I have good news...
As I mentioned in the original post about these missing manuals...Although I had thoroughly searched our archives containers for these items, they were not there. I could only hope that I had simply not seen them somewhere within one of the containers, some of which are full of misc items. I knew I would have to wait for the next reunion to pull everything out and put it all on display. Still, the prospect that someone might have stolen these was daunting at the very least.
I was sitting here at my desk wondering about them again today as I am heavily "into" preparations for our next gathering in May. As you know, I have placed quite a few documents in loose leaf notebooks. Our General Orders, the collections of material covering our major battles, and other miscellaneous documentation that displays better in a notebook format as opposed to being stuck in a file.
Today I was looking for something in one of these binders and spotted a loose-leaf with all those missing manuals! The "lost" manuals were sitting literally 2 or 3 feet from my thick head all this time!
Of course I am relieved, although somewhat embarrassed!
See you all in May...WITH the manuals for the M113!