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05/25/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Memorial Day

“They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.”

- Francis Marion Crawford
(02 Aug 1854 - 09 Apr 1909)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Barring technical difficulties, we observe this day here every year:

BONUS - - Trace Adkins - Arlington



   Happy Birthday today to Edna Martin Clemence ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

30 -   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND   JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/23/09 - "Memorial Day":

Hi, Carol:

Just in case you might be searching for a photo image for the Newsletter for Memorial Day,
may I offer this one?

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Major Madagan!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/22/09 - "Memorial Day":

Please remember all of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend and say a prayer for them, their families who are missing them, and for those who are still serving to protect our freedoms!

  The Flag is planted.  There are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB. Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson

Soldiers' Prayer

For our soldiers....

Please don't break it

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen.


Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

Since the late 1950's on the Thursday just before Memorial Day, around 1200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

Moina Michael came up with an idea of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.

In the year 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution passed. At 3pm on Memorial Day all Americans are asked to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect by pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.

   Thanks so much, Shari!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/16/09 - "True Warriors":

This story reminded me of my uncle Billy ( also my namesake ) who was lost when his B-17 was shot down over Poland attacking the German oil fields in 1944. There were more Army Air Force lost than in any other branch of the service during the war.


Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is - one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up.. It was ready to fall out of the sky.

(This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.)

Then realize that there is a German ME-109 fighter flying next to it.

Now read the story below. I think you'll be surprised.....

  Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton. 

After flying the B-17 over an enemy airfield, a German pilot named Franz Steigler was ordered to take off and shoot down the B-17. When he got near the B-17, he could not believe his eyes. In his words, he 'had never seen a plane in such a bad state'. The tail and rear section was severely damaged, and the tail gunner wounded. The top gunner was all over the top of the fuselage.  The nose was smashed and there were holes everywhere.

Despite having ammunition, Franz flew to the side of the B-17 and looked at Charlie Brown, the pilot. Brown was scared and struggling to control his damaged and blood-stained plane.
 B-17 pilot Charlie Brown BF-109 pilot Franz Stigler

Aware that they had no idea where they were going, Franz waved at Charlie to turn 180 degrees. Franz escorted and guided the stricken plane to, and slightly over, the North Sea towards England. He then saluted Charlie Brown and turned away, back to Europe. When Franz landed he told the CO that the plane had been shot down over the sea, and never told the truth to anybody. Charlie Brown and the remains of his crew told all at their briefing, but were ordered never to talk about it.

More than 40 years later, Charlie Brown wanted to find the Luftwaffe pilot who saved the crew. After years of research, Franz was found. He had never talked about the incident, not even at post-war reunions.

They met in the USA at a 379th Bomber Group reunion, together with 25 people who are alive now - all because Franz never fired his guns that day.
    When asked why he didn’t shoot them down, Stigler later said, “I didn’t have the heart to finish those brave men. I flew beside them for a long time. They were trying desperately to get home and I was going to let them do that. I could not have shot at them. It would have been the same as shooting at a man in a parachute.”

Both men died in 2008, Steigler on March 22 and Brown on November 24.
(L-R) German Ace Franz Stigler, artist Ernie Boyett, and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown

This is a true story:



   Thank you so much, Billy! This story gave me chills! I reserved it to use for today, because of its great message for us all!

From Bob Burns ('58) of VA - 05/19/09 AND   From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/19/09 AND   From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA -5/19/09 AND     From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/21/09 AND      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 05/23/09 - "Lest we forget - Memorial Day 2009":

Several in my family died, wounded, or were affected by the events below. I have never heard of a German, Italian, or French apology for starting or of assisting the FASCIST cause. Just think how much AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY went to rebuilding the European economy after these sacrifices and still continuing today.....


This is something I had never thought about.  I guess I thought all American military dead were brought home and buried here.  The total given does not account for those bodies never found or returned.


To my email buddies....don't you wish every citizen of every country listed below could see this?????

We are STILL the good guys....


Memorial Day 2009

"The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men" - Plato

In alphabetical order...... Just Europe.
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France. A total of 2289 of our military dead.

2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium. A total of 5329 of our dead.

3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4410 of our military dead.

4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468 of our dead.

5. Cambridge, England. A total of 3812 of our military dead.

6. Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5525 of our military dead.

7. Flanders Field, Belgium. A total of 368 of our military dead.

8. Florence, Italy. A total of 4402 of our military dead.

9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7992 of our military dead.

10. Lorraine, France. A total of 10,489 of our military dead.

11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5076 of our military dead.

12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14246 of our military dead.

13. Netherlands, Netherlands. A total of 8301 of our military dead.

14. Normandy, France. A total of 9387 of our military dead.

15. Oise-Aisne, France. A total of 6012 of our military dead.

16. Rhone, France. A total of 861 of our military dead.

17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7861 of our military dead.

18. Somme, France. A total of 1844 of our military dead.

19. St. Mihiel, France. A total of 4153 of our military dead.

20. Suresnes, France. A total of 1541 of our military dead.

Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don't confuse arrogance with leadership.

As Americans, let's all look forward.....


   Thank you so much, Bobby, Jay, Joyce, Glenn, and Janice! I wish time and space had allowed me to post the poignant images of these 20 beautifully designed and maintained cemeteries! The price of freedom is never free.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 05/21/09 AND     From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/21/09 - "Preparation for Memorial Day":

It is the 

 not the preacher, 
 who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is 
 not the reporter, 
  who has given us freedom of the press.

It is 
 not the poet, 
who has given us freedom of speech.


It is 
not the campus organizer, 
who has given us freedom to assemble. 


It is 
 not the lawyer, 
who has given us the right to a fair trial. 


It is 
not the politician, 
who has given us the right to vote.

It is 
salutes the Flag,

It is 
who serves 
under the Flag


We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. 

God Bless them all!!
Makes you proud to be an American.

Thank a serviceman/woman for their sacrifice for our country - I just did.

   Thanks so much, Jay and Glenn!

  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ - 05/23/09 - "Amazing Song/Video":

Well ... here's another good one! No ... here's one that beat's them all! An excellent song and video. One of the best I have seen in a long time! A masterpiece! It's a song written by Keith Carradine and performed by artists from all over the country. It will be performed Sunday night at a Gala at Washington's Renaissance Hotel. It has a powerful message, just listen to (and read) the words.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thank you, Mary!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 05/23/09 - "Let's All Do Our Patriotic Duty!!":

Sign in Asheville, NC

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ronnie - I'm all for that!

Friday, May 22, 2009
Asheville, NC

  From Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC - 05/23/09:

As we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, it is important to remember what the celebration is REALLY about!!

Please pray for our soldiers!


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

.....Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.


   Thank you, Tina!

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 05/24/09:

OMGosh!!!!!         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) came home early and surprised me!!!!! Seriously. :) I was sitting at home, playing online on Friday night, and he called to check in for the evening. He does that when he travels. Well, it was about 10pm, and I asked him where he'd stopped for the night. He was like "Well, there's a flag out front, and the street numbers are X X X X Waters St." That's our address. I was like "NO WAY!"

I threw the phone on the couch, and ran outside. There he was! I was SO excited. He'd tricked me, and driven like a madman to get home. Aww, what a sweet guy!!! I was SO not looking forward to the weekend, waiting around all Friday and Saturday, wondering when he'd finally get home. While all my friends' hubbies had the days off (4 days weekend), and I was stuck at home, by myself. Woohoo for Brent! He saved me.

  On Saturday, we woke up early to go to the National Cemetery here on post, and put flags on the graves. Jimmy was so cute. He saw the grave stones, and said "Look out, Mom. Those are Skeleton Rocks". So funny. :) The things that 3 year olds come up with - LOL!

All of the scouts in town had met there to put out the flags on the graves. They had these really cool metal holders that slid on the grave stones, so that the flags wouldn't poke holes in the ground. All the scouts and grown ups 13 and over could put out the metal holders, and the little kids and younger scouts went along behind them and put out flags.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Fort Bliss, TX

   Thank you, Sweet Bethany! I'm glad Brent's home from his training in Georgia now, and also that his surprise worked so well!

From Barbara Sherwood Brickner ('64) of VA - 05/24/09 - "New Address":


Please change my address from ___________________  to ____________________. I have finally updated from dial-up.

I really enjoy your newsletters.

Barbara Sherwood Brickner '64

   Certainly, Barbara! Thanks so much - and congratulations on your upgrade!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 05/24/09 - "Memorial Day":

Hi Carol,

I'm feeling terribly sad today trying to remember when this merry go round of a life stopped and who pushed me off too soon.

I went to the dollar store to buy a 2.00 Sunday paper but spent 3.00.

I went to the movie store to rent a '3.00 for new movies', movie and it cost 4.79  but that was without the assurance that it was not broken (scratched) when you never see if it is or not. Can we say pig in a poke?

This seem, to them, to be perfectly plausible because they "gave" you a choice of a .69 bag of M&M they'd marked up to 1.99 or 2 bags of .35 popcorn they had marked up to 1.00 each. "See, they're FREE?"

I paid for cable which when it first came out was free of commercials because YOU paid for it. You could opt for what you wanted. "YaHoo"

Now, on cable I have to buy a lot of "stuff" I don't want to get some stuff I do want but they ALL have commercial interruption.

That means the commercials are paying cable and you are paying cable for a lot of stuff you don't want to get some stuff you do want just to end up having to rent a movie "because there's nothing on TV" but reruns of new shows you didn't like in the first place.

Then there are the 'movie channels'. TNT, AMC, USA, etc.
They now run loops of new reruns over and over of those show you never liked in the first place, with the same commercial interludes there were the first time. Well, they did manage to update the commercials. (more money for cable?)

Now cable is a big necessity for us all. We all pay. Do we now get to pick?
Do we get commercial free programming?
Do we get to avoid rerun heaven?
If more people are getting cable and the technology is better/ less expensive-why are we paying more?

I am pegging for someone out with still half a brain to help get cable regulated so we can buy what we want, no commercials, HAVE OUR IDENTITIES SAFE GUARDED and HAVE SOMETHING TO WATCH!

The End     (picture now my soap box falling over and I can't get up.)

Linda May ' 66

   SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Linda May - I feel your pain! Welcome to the Wonderful World of Aging Baby Boomers!

   Maybe it's the weather. I myself have been very nostalgic for practically everything about The Good Old Days - whenever they were - all week. I knew I was in real trouble when yesterday as I was lying in bed watching WWII movies on TMC, that I realized I missed not only the great old cars from the forties, but the clothes - especially men's clothes, the suits, ties, overcoats, and hats. Am I the only one who misses those days of everyone appearing to be dressed up practically everyday?!?

   Hang in there, Lady!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 05/18/09:

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it. Later they get together.

The priest begins: "When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his First Communion."

"I found a bear by the stream," says the minister, "and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him."

They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast. "Looking back," he says, "maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision."

   Thanks, Eleanor!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/18/09 - "Aged Cartoons - loved the last one!" (#7 in a Series of 10):

  Thank you, Gorgeous!


1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

4. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 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

5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/20/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   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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Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 – 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks again, Dave!

Memorial Day Image courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/23/09
Thanks, Joe!

Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/26/06
Thanks, Al!

Elaine's Memorial Day Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

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!

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
 Thanks, Mark!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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