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06/06/15 - NNHS Newsletter - D-Day Plus 71 Years

"In all of the far-flung operations of our own Armed Forces the toughest job
has been performed by the average, easy-going, hard-fighting young
American who carries the weight of battle on his own young shoulders.
It is to him that we and all future generations of Americans must pay grateful tribute."

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Seventy-one years? WOW. You know, I will allow that because of       my daddy's (the late Robert Buckley, M.D. - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) participation in the first wave of the first hour of D-Day on Omaha Beach, it's possible, just possible, that I've paid slightly more attention to its observance here than most others.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPU4p7UQOtU - The invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 - footage from The History Channel

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_qeCNg8fO0 - ten minute documentary made for eighth grade school project - extraordinarily well done (plus you can catch a glimpse of my daddy just before the end)!

BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCUpvTMis-Y - My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You


HOMEWORK:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Normandy

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/


EXTRA CREDIT:

From the Daily Press - 06/05/09:

Preparing for D-Day:
Members of the 29th Division
in England in December 1943, practicing for the D-Day invasion.
Preparing for D-Day:
Members of the 29th Division
in England in December 1943, practicing for the D-Day invasion.
Front Page:
The headline of the
June 6, 1944
Baltimore Evening Sun
announces the invasion.
The Convoy:
A convoy of Allied ships
in the early stages
of the June 6 invasion.
Aboard the Transport:
Members of Maryland's 29th
Division aboard a transport on its
way to Normandy on D-Day.
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
  (Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
Approaching the Coastline:
The coast of Normandy appears
in the distance as Maryland's 29th
Division prepare for the invasion.
Landing Craft:
American GIs clamber
into a landing craft as they
prepare to hit the beaches
along France's Normandy coast.
The Assault Begins:
American troops begin the assault
on the Normandy coastline as
Coast Guard landing crafts
drop them in the surf.
Assault Troops:
Assault troops in a landing craft
huddle behind the protective front
of their boat as it nears the
beachhead during D-Day.
The 29th Sets Up:
The 29th Division sets up
in a quarry after landing
on the beach at Normandy.
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(AP file photo) (file photo) (Bettman-UPI photo) (Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)

NOTE: The U.S. 29th Infantry Division was both a Maryland and Virginia National Guard unit.


MORE EXTRA CREDIT:

    From Fred Field ('45) of CA - ummm, long, long ago - "D-DAY AT NNHS":

D-DAY AT NNHS

by

Fred W. Field

Class of June 1945

      Beginning in late May of 1944 we students had been told and reminded that we would have a special assembly when the invasion of Europe began. As the calendar crept into June we began to wonder if the event would happen before Friday the ninth - the day school closed for the summer.

      We had a lot to think about in that early June of 1944. My own class was just finishing the junior year. For most juniors, the end of the semester would be a determining point for whether or not our earned credits by the following June would likely add up to the minimum required for graduation. A few classmates had already made the decision to stretch out the graduation date for at least an extra semester (an ambitious athletic department head helped nurture that idea).

      Many of us pondered the chances of the war lasting long enough for our age group to be swept into the military. At June 1944 most boys in my class were within plus or minus a few months from a sixteenth birthday. The draft boards were already grabbing fresh eighteen-year-olds. We had known seniors who had fallen behind in the education time track and were drafted right out of school - some of them only a month before graduation. For my contemporaries the time-to-uniform seemed already stamped into our destiny. 

      Those who had plans for college knew that the institutions were crowded with military programs and that entrance immediately after high school might be difficult. The draft board would certainly be watching with interest.

      Others just thought about their forthcoming summer employment - which for most of the boys meant a job in the shipyard. There would be a long, long six-day week and while the pay would seem great, the work would be weary and dirty.

      A few of us had signed up for summer jobs as waiters at the Orkney Springs Hotel - an upscale resort in the mountains close to the West Virginia Border. We had no idea what an adventure that would turn out to be.

      On the morning of Tuesday, June 6th we woke up to radio reports that the invasion had begun. Landings had started just before daybreak on the English Channel beaches of France, the time there being about nine hours prior to our waking up in Virginia. Conversation was quiet on the bus trip to school. There wasn't a lot to say. Most of us were aware of the dangers of that invasion and how disastrous failure could be.

      Not long after we were settled in our classrooms the summons came for the special assembly. About an hour later we filed into the auditorium and quietly took our seats. This was certainly not to be a pep rally. No band playing this time. No bouncy cheerleaders hyping up our spirits. Not even any of the usual applause for the self conscious student helper who dragged the microphone onto the stage and tested the PA system.

      As was traditionally the case in our assemblies, some opening remarks were made by Dean of Girls Ethel Gildersleeve. She then very quickly introduced our Principal, Lamar R. Stanley

      Principal Stanley was always a rather serious person but on this day he made a particularly solemn speech about the significance of what was happening on the beaches of Normandy. He reminded us of the price paid by those recent schoolmates already lost in action in many places around the world. All of us had known some of them personally. 

      In retrospect I think that in his speech our Principal intended a strong message that we must be prepared for the list of the fallen to suddenly grow. There was a brief interlude for a prayer by a local minister. Then after a few closing words from Principal Stanley our special assembly for D-Day was concluded.

      Thank you again - so very much, Fred! You cannot know how much I appreciate having you with us to share these precious memories.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57) AND  My Granddaughter,     Evey Harty of CA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -        Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND the late    Eileen Casey Sparkman  (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11);

11 - Joan Warren Smith ('63) AND    Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html


THIS DAY IN WWII:

June 06, 1942 - Battle of Midway: U.S. Navy dive bombers sank the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers; Japanese forces retreated. The battle had begun on June 4.

June 06, 1944 - Battle of Normandy began. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commenced with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly broke through the Atlantic Wall and pushed inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. Altogether 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Sunday, June 06, 1965 - Ice hockey player and actor Cam Neely was born Cameron Michael Neely in Comox, British Columbia, Canada


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 06/04/15:

“Let me close by bearing witness (and my nine decades on this earth fully qualify me to say this) that the older I get, the more I realize that family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness. I give thanks for my wife, for my children, for my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren, and for all of the cousins and in-laws and extended family who make my own life so rich and, yes, even eternal.

-  L. Tom Perry
(05 Aug 1922 -
30 May 2015)

    Thanks so much, Susan!


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 06/06/15 - "D-Day":

My family typically watches war movies on "holidays" like today. To say "Happy D-Day" isn't right. Neither is "Happy Memorial Day" or "Happy Veterans Day". There wasn't anything to be "happy" about on D-Day. I'm grateful, but not happy that I'm free because of those brave and courageous souls that sacrificed so much. I'm happy that I'm free though. Whether they lived another day or not, they sacrificed and suffered greatly. So, no...it's not a happy day. It's a time to reflect on what transpired and where we are now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=81&v=82RTzi5Vt7w

I sometimes wonder about what those great men would think if they saw us nowadays. Would they regret losing their life or their friend's life because of how seemingly spoiled and unfeeling our country is now? I doubt that would happen. They did the things they did out of something far more powerful - it wasn't for recognition or anything like that. They suffered because of the immense love that they had for their fellow beings. None of us is perfect and they knew that. I'm sure they would be proud of those that still serve and still sacrifice everything.
 

  Here is a picture of my Grandfather Buckley (bottom right) helping out one of his fellow soldiers. This picture was taken on Omaha Beach on 06/06/44.

 I'm indebted to all those men who sacrificed so much - not only for their freedom, but for countless others.

Here's a link to a letter that my grandfather wrote concerning that day:

http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat/daddysddayletter.html

      Thank you so much, Adrienne!

 
 


“The Lord is a shoving leopard.

- Attributed to the Reverend William Archibald Spooner
(
22 July 1844 – 29 Aug 1930)


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/15/15 - "Phenomenal Photos (#22 in a series of 29)":
 

  How in the world do they get these photos? The patience must be incredible.....

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!

 
 


BONUS D-DAY CROCHET PATTERN:

http://www.ddaymuseum.org/assets/pdfs/2008-scarf-pattern-crochet.pdf - Rachel Vives' "Knit Your Bit" Lengthwise Striped Crochet Scarf - "This lengthwise crochet pattern is a wonderful way to use your oddballs! "


BONUS D-DAY MENUS:

http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/d-day-history-of-army-rations - D-Day Army Rations: How the Troops Kept Their Strength - "Storming the beach at Normandy was quite the strategic operation for the Allied forces — right down to the food. Combat rations (sometimes known as field rations) were nutritional meals created specifically for troops in the battlefield. They were compact, lightweight, pocket-sized foods that were canned, pre-packaged bars, or freeze-dried and provided the right amount of nutrition and sustenance..."


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 06/05/15:

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.

A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

"I feel terrible," he explained. "I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it."

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to he car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit.

Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 meters away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 meters, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 meters.

The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can!

He ran over to the woman and demanded, "What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?"

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label.

It said: " 'Hare Spray' Restores Life to Dead Hare. Ads Permanent Wave."


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ brothersbc@msn.com or Pauline Collins Shofner @ pcshofner@verizon.net
http://nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1965/50-Year-Reunion-Letter-2015.docx 


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/03/15

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



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

                          Love to all, Carol

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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802


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2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


"Hymn to the Fallen" theme from "Saving Private Ryan"

Composed by John Williams (b. 08 Feb 1932), 1998


"Hymn to the Fallen" theme from "Saving Private Ryan" courtesy
of
http://victoryatseaonline.com/war/saving.html at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thank you, Dave!

First D-Day Image courtesy of http://mccarthy.vg/ - 05/26/06

Second D-Day Image courtesy of http://www.openfire.us/blog/archives/2005/06/index.php - 05/26/06

Barbed Wire Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.cowboyclipart.net/horizontalrules/fences.asp - 04/30/08

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

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 http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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!

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 http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve! 

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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