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02/19/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Plus 64 Years

“The battle of Iwo (Jima) Island has been won. The United States Marines, by their individual and collective courage, have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it
was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate
defeat.... Among the Americans who served
on Iwo Island, uncommon valor
was a common virtue.”

- Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,
17 March 1945

The first (10:00 AM) flag raising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery This is the original uncropped photograph by Joe Rosenthal. There are six Flag Raisers shown. FRONT: Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block; BACK: Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's Newsletter is a reminder of last year's - and there's where your
HOMEWORK may be found, courtesy of         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN:

   Thanks again, Sydney!


  Happy Birthday today to     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57);
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,   Joe Wingo of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1. Lennie Alger ('70) of VA - 02/18/09:

Wednesday 02/18/2009 1:18:29pm
Name: Leonard (Lennie) Alger
Marital Status married, 37 years
City/Country: Poquoson, Virginia
Favorite Teachers Ms. Minnick, Charlie Woollum, Mr. Walls, Mrs. Thomas
Hobbies My two children, Kelli, & Bradley. Kelli is near completion on getting her Phd from W&M. Kelli is a teacher in Yorktown. Bradley is getting his degree from Old Dominion in engineering. He works for URS an engineering firm loacted in Newport News. Bradley is an assistant at this time doing auto cad and has been offered a full time engineering position once he graduates. My grandson Elijah who is 3 and a very smart child. He did not acquire this from grand dad as most of you would know. I like Shooting, going out on my boat and fishing. I also love riding my motorcycle.
Weird but yes I like my job. I work at Christopher Newport University. I have been here for 16 years first as a Assistant Director and now for past 15 years the Director of Facilities Management.
Comments It saddens me to see the people we went to school with dying so young. I loved going to NNHS. I know it more now than I did when I was in school.

   Thanks, Lennie!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 02/18/09:

RE: 'Groaner of the day' from your niece       Shari: we are honored by the presence of a master!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Ronnie!

  And speaking of Shari.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/18/09 - "Video of the Fifty States,,,,,This is great....Enjoy....!!!":

Turn on your speakers and enjoy!!

Repeating an old one-----------------

   Thank you so much, Shari! This is really beautiful!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA for        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - "RE: Woman Drivers":


Shame on you for that obviously prejudiced video on those poor under developed women! It is clear from the tape that many of them had arms that were way too short. And necks that could not only turn, but see over the seat to back up. And torsos not long enough to see over the directional device (steering wheel) that was clearly too large!

Not to mention that poor woman who got caught up in her safety belt because she was not anatomically positioned to avoid bodily contact and interaction with the steering wheel. (It made her boobs stick out too far) (that means she had to push the seat back more and could not effectually hit the brake.)

Clearly all physical challenges brought by MAN-made cars!

Just kidding, Hon, it was funny.

Linda May '66

   Thanks, Linda May - you're baaad!!!

From - 02/18/09 "The Power of Words":

Natural Health - Healing Energy: The Power of Your Words
By Elizabeth Eckert, Feb. 12, 2009


Perhaps you are facing a health crisis right now. You've been told, or even simply suspect, that you have a serious illness. You've developed a chronic pain problem. Or something just doesn't seem quite "right."

Maybe instead it's a close friend or family member. Or possibly you've just dodged a health scare and are determined to place your best foot forward from this day on.

There is one simple thing you can and should do immediately. It will require just a bit of your attention. But that's no problem right now, is it? Something big has already got your attention.

Maximize your body's own natural healing energy.

Many people in our culture have come to expect that healing will come from taking medicine, or from the doctor. That's an incomplete view. While doctors and medicines both have their place, in my experience those chemical compounds rarely promote actual healing.

Yes, both magic pills and skilled physicians can absolutely help relieve symptoms. They can stop a crisis from getting bigger. They can buy you some time. They and can patch you up after an emergency or trauma. I'm sure I'm not the only one who admires and respects this aspect of Western medicine!

But when it comes to the underlying problem ... the thing that
caused the crisis ... that little pill really doesn't do a whole lot of good. Real healing comes from the inside. From you! And from the healthy nutrition you receive.

Nutrition. Food -- right?

Yes, partly. But the single biggest mistake I observe among people seeking natural health benefits is the misperception that eating well is all there is to do. Big mistake!

Nutrition also comes from your mind and spirit. Imagine the person who exclusively eats organic food while all the while muttering to himself about what a loser he is. The energy a person drains away to that mental mistake is enough to cancel out anything positive he does. Put bluntly, it's like putting yourself on a poisoned IV drip!

In order to harness true natural healing power (the only real healing there is), it's imperative that your mind play the game with you! And that means one thing.


As a start, try this: begin to monitor your inside talk. Set a positive intention that everything you say on the "inside" is as kind and compassionate as the language you'd speak on the "outside." If it helps, imagine that your inside talk (every single word) is being taken to "heart" by a beloved child. It is. The heart it affects is yours.

Then... Sit back, smile, and watch what happens!

Author's Bio

Elizabeth Eckert coaxes, cajoles, and gently guides the creation of healing intent. She's the founder of and author of Word Cures: How to Keep Stupid Excuses From Sabotaging Your Health. Align your whole self for health ... starting today! Share "Arielle's" real-life success story and optimize your own natural healing energy.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 02/18/09 - "The older you get the less picky you are":

What I Want In a Man As Years Go By....

Original List:

- Handsome
- Charming
- Financially successful
- A caring listener
- Witty
- In good shape
- Dresses with style
- Appreciates finer things
- Full of thoughtful surprises
- An imaginative, romantic lover

What I Want in a Man, Revised List: (age 32)

- Nice looking
- Opens car doors, holds chairs
- Has enough money for a nice dinner
- Listens more than talks
- Laughs at my jokes
- Carries bags of groceries with ease
- Owns at least one tie
- Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
- Remembers birthdays and anniversaries
- Seeks romance at least once a week

What I Want in a Man, Revised List: (age 52)

- Not too ugly
- Doesn't drive off until I'm in the car
- Works steady - splurges on dinner out occasionally
- Nods head when I'm talking
- Usually remembers punch lines of jokes
- Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture
- Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
- Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids
- Remembers to put the toilet seat down
- Shaves most weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List: (age 62)

- Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
- Doesn't belch or scratch in public
- Doesn't borrow money too often
- Doesn't nod off to sleep when I'm venting
- Doesn't re-tell the same joke too many times
- Is in good enough shape to get off couch on weekends
- Usually wears matching socks and fresh underwear
- Appreciates a good TV dinner
- Remembers my name on occasion
- Shaves some weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List: (age 72)

- Doesn't scare small children
- Remembers where bathroom is
- Doesn't require much money for upkeep
- Only snores lightly when asleep
- Remembers why he's laughing
- Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
- Usually wears some clothes
- Likes soft foods- Remembers where he left his teeth
- Remembers that it's the weekend

What I Want in a Man, Revised List: (age 82)
- Breathing
- Doesn't miss the toilet...

      Thanks, Norris!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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The United States Marine Corps Hymn

Words: L. Z. Phillips (?) (1919)
Music: Jacques Offenbach from Genevieve de Brabant (1868)

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom 
And to keep our honor clean; 
We are proud to claim the title 
of United States Marine. 

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes; 
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines. 

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve 
In many a strife we've fought for life 
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; 
They will find the streets are guarded 
By United States Marines. 

"Marine Corps Hymn" midi courtesy of - 06/21/03

"Marine Corps Hymn" lyrics courtesy of - 06/21/03

Images of Flag Raisings on Iwo Jima courtesy of - 02/19/08

See also:

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Divider Line clip art courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........
Thanks, Joe!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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