06/06/04 - NNHS Newsletter - D-Day Plus 60 Years and a Time to Mourn
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
What a somber day!
Sixty years ago today was, of course, the Allied Invasion at Normandy. As my father, Maj. Millard R. Buckley, M.D.,
was the Regimental Surgeon for the 116th Infantry of the 29th Division, please permit me a personal remembrance.
I sent this to some of you earlier, but in case you missed it and are interested, this is a letter he wrote from Germany
to his commanding officer on 01/27/45 describing quite vividly the landing during the First Hour on Omaha Beach:
My father was so myopic that he would certainly have been classified as 4-F had the entire truth been known. It’s
a family joke that he wanted to serve in WWII so badly, that he wasn’t looking at the right wall when he took his vision test,
and being a physician, merely recited the eye chart – which is largely true. He was overage, and had two little girls at home,
and on and on, but he thought he should go, so he did.
But he realized he would have, shall we say, difficulty, if his glasses should happen to break, so he landed on Omaha Beach
with twelve extra pairs of glasses suspended from condoms encircling his belt.
At the close of the war, he wanted it said that he was one of only two officers in his outfit that was neither killed nor wounded.
That, I suppose, would depend on your definition of wounded. My mama always said he was killed in the war; it just took him
fifteen years to die. Additionally, his legs were covered with little brown craters, ranging in size from apparent cigarette burns
to marks the size of a silver dollar. They were obvious shrapnel wounds. I knew it, he knew it, and wherever he was (from first
hand experience) Bob Dole knew it. But my daddy never once admitted it.
When I was a little girl, he often asked me to rub his legs with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to soothe them. Even
then, he denied there was anything different there – as though everyone’s legs were so marked. Right.
Former President Ronald Reagan passed away yesterday, Saturday, June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles at the age of 93.
He was a man who loved his country, a man without guile who exuded optimism and was beloved of millions.
As Joe Madagan (’57) of FL said, “President Reagan was a serious man, but did not take himself seriously. His strength was
using humor to describe world events and the human condition. This polite gentleman wrote in his yearbook at graduation, ‘Life
is like a melody. Let the music begin’...this is not an accurate quote, but reveals his vision and optimism.”
Thanks, Joe. I appreciate your words.
From Joe Madagan (’57) of FL – 06/02/04:
My former Platoon Sgt. at Marine Barracks, sent this to me. It is a fitting tribute.
A must-see website!
Click here: http://www.rock103.com/america/america.swf
Thanks, Joe! We’ve played this a couple of times before. This is a very appropriate time to watch it again, lest we forget.
Speaking of Joe, he graciously consented to allow me to add Cpl. Madagan to Famous Marines:
And Maj. Madagan to Famous Soldiers:
(This one includes a shot of Joe and Eva (Ellis –’61) at his graduation from OCS in June of ‘68. They both look gorgeous,
and she has the most adoring look in her eyes which translates beautifully in the image – I just love it!)
President Reagan’s information was updated thereon last night as well, and tweaked again this morning.
Go ahead and check out Famous Sailors while you’re at it, because they’re gloriously beautiful:
Thanks again, Joe!
News from Baghdad: I don’t know about you, but I don’t get too many letters from Baghdad. I’ve had a few
from Afghanistan, but this one is a bit rarer, and it comes from a fella I grew up with in Stuart Gardens:
From Todd Givens (’65) – NORMALLY of Northern VA – 05/31/04:
Since Mike Miller had mentioned to you I was coming to Baghdad, Iraq as an advisor I thought I had better close the loop and let you know that I will heading home in June. In anticipation of Iraqi sovereignty on July 1, the Embassy taking over, and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) going away, there are many of us that are scheduled to be redeployed home. There have been several waves of CPA personnel that have headed home already. Right now my tentative schedule is to return to the States on the “Patriot Express” (that’s a fancy name for chartered airplane) around mid June. This plan is tentative because the daily threat assessment governs convoys going to Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) and the military flights to Kuwait. The road to BIAP is dangerous and unfortunately we have already had several people killed and wounded while in rout. Once I make it to Kuwait I’m almost home free. I go through one day of debriefing, minimal medical checks, turn in my personal protection equipment and then I head home. Assuming things go as planned, I will spend a couple weeks reuniting with my family and friends before going back to work. If things don’t go as planned, …well I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
I want to thank every one of you, and in some cases your extended family and church, for all your prayers, kind thoughts, cards, emails, care packages and other means of support! There is no way I could describe just how much that meant to me and how it has lifted me up and gotten me through some rough times. I just want you to know that I really do appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!
Take care and God bless!
Wow, Todd – you’re scaring the bee-bees out of me! DO be careful, and it goes without saying that our prayers,
which have been with you all this time, will be multiplied and concentrated for the next couple of weeks!
While we’re traveling around the world, here’s another, also from a former Stuart Gardens kid:
From Ilene Levinson Lieberman (’65) of Israel – 05/27/04:
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say that I really enjoy reading the newsletters you send -
they are informative, funny and sad - each in its own - I enjoy reading about what old classmates
are doing all these years after graduating.
For those who do not know - I married Paul Lieberman (from Hampton) and we had 2 girls, Amy,
an Israeli and British Attorney, and Beth, a Geriatric Assistant, and Beth has a daughter, Rebecca,
who is 10 and the apple of my eye.
We have lived in Israel since August 1980. We live in a suburb of Jerusalem called "Gush Etzion"
and the 'yeshuv' is called Nokdim.
Keep those newsletters coming -
Thanks, Ilene Levinson Lieberman
Thanks, Ilene! It’s so good to hear from you!
Norman Olshansky (’64) of FL – 05/30/04
Here’s a link to Norman’s company: http://www.nfpconsulting.com/
If I recall correctly, Norman, you’re a man who loves to dance. See you in October!
Hunter Todd (’57) of TX – 06/03/04
Howdy from Houston...
Happy to hear from you and you may certainly add me to the list –
firstname.lastname@example.org ... and our website is www.worldfest.org –
with more info than anyone ever wants to know! (;-) All the best,
Hunter TEAM WORLDFEST
Thanks, Hunter! (And thanks, Joe, for putting us in touch!)
If y’all want to see a really fascinating web site, do your selves a BIG favor and check this one out!
Carol Lynn Stewart (’71) of NC – 06/04/04
Unfortunately, Jo Ann, I somehow neglected to actually get your sister’s email address from you,
so until I do, if you’d be so kind as to forward the Newsletter to her, I’d appreciate it.
Meanwhile, all those on board are listed here:
I was privileged to speak to a goodly number of you on the phone this week on a wide variety of topics.
That’s always an enormous treat for me, even when it involves weighty matters. Thanks for calling!
Thanks also for your monetary contributions to the upkeep of the page. Y’all are the greatest!
From Bobby Yevak (’65) of NC – and soon to be VA – phone conversation of 06/02/04:
Emails and phone calls would be appreciated! email@example.com 252-767-6880
Thanks to all for your generous help.
From Dee Hodges Bartram (’66) of VA - 06/04/04:
I looked in my data base of addresses for the class of '66 (which I am still trying to update) and I don't find
a thing on Barbara (Hedrick). Therefore, a call will go out to those '66 grads that I have e-mail address for
to try to help me locate her. Give me a few days.
Speaking of Missing Classmates, we made up a listing of those from the Class of ’69 and posted it,
and results began coming in immediately:
The Class of ’64 already had one of these:
I would be delighted to post a similar roster for any other Class Reunion Committees – especially ’65.
(Hint! Hint!) Just send me the names of the missing, and then we can ALL help locate them.
From Eddie Perry (’65) of TN – 06/04/04:
Ricky (Hedrick) used to live across from my dad but moved about 2 years ago.
My dad called and got his address which follows:
(Address and phone number blocked for privacy)
Hope this helps. Pauline and I certainly do enjoy the newsletters and notes
that you send.
Thanks, Eddie! (Hi, Pauline!)
I’ll keep this information on file for those who want it. Drop me a line.
From Craig Miller (’63) of FL – 06/01/04:
Bucky Keller was one of the biggest "heroes" of NNHS basketball, ever. I was shocked to hear he died at age 38.
Thanks, Craig. I’m still in shock myself!
From Judy Horton Lindstrom of FL – 05/30/04:
Have you had any luck with (that ’63) yearbook? You told me to check back with you in a week. I know you are busy.
I read the newsletter for Memorial Day; couldn't believe the Carol Vogel story. I haven't seen her since graduation.
She is a great girl. Thank you so much for the information on everyone; brings back wonderful memories. Am I allowed
to crash the ‘64? Will you be there? I figure if I missed mine, I'll see other people I know. Let me know if I can.
Judy Horton Lindstrom. ‘63
Thanks, Judy. That was a cool story about Carol and Darden, wasn’t it?
Now, about those yearbooks. I haven’t yet heard back from Linwood. I’m never really sure when my mail goes through.
There are so many spam filters in place now, I think they all think I R one. To recap, Linwood Wright (’65) of VA had some
old Anchors he graciously consented to place for adoption some time back:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/news.html - see entry of January 2, 2003
Lately we’ve had requests from Renee Helterbran Benton (’59) and Judy Horton Lindstrom (’63) to try to recapture Anchors
from their senior year. Linwood, if you get this, could you let us know if these (and the others) are still available? Thanks!
As for ‘64’s Reunion in the fall, Friday night (October 22) is open to members from other classes. More news will be
forthcoming from Dave Spriggs on this very shortly. Yes, by all means, come!
“WILL I BE THERE?!?” Honey, I missed so many reunions for so many years, from 1975 to 2000, that now if anybody’s
having even a
casual get-together, and I can get to Newport News, and they let me in, I’ll be
there! And this particular reunion
is going to be magnificent! Yes, ma’am, I’ll be there – with bells on! (Well, actually, with Bass Weejuns on!) See you there!
There have been numerous Page Updates this week, largely due to the efforts of Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA,
Joe Madagan (’57) of FL, and Thelma Spade Roberts (’57) of VA (Thanks, All!), but as this letter is already long,
I’ll spotlight them in a separate Newsletter.
Y’all take care of each other. You do it so well!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."
Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305
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