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06/06/18 - NNHS Newsletter - D-Day Plus 74 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-four 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 - The invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 - footage from The History Channel

BONUS #2 - D-Day Invasion - 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 - The Ghost Of You - My Chemical Romance


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, Eve Harty of CA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Fred Field (June '45) of CA AND  the late Al Simms ('60) (d. 08/11/16) 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) (d. 08/16/11);

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

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57)!  

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


100 YEARS AGO TODAY:

June 06, 1918 - World War I: Battle of Belleau Wood: The U.S. Marine Corps suffered its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Château-Thierry.


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 1968:
Wednesday, June 06, 1968 - Author and screenwriter François Avard was born in Canada.

Wednesday, June 06, 1968 - Journalist and politician Randolph Churchill (b. Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill on 28 May 1911 in London, England) died unexpectedly in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England of a heart attack in his sleep nine days after his 57th birthday.

Wednesday, June 06, 1968 - The 64th United States Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, (b. Robert Francis Kennedy on 20 Nov 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts) died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 42, having been mortally wounded by Sirhan Sirhan the day before.

Wednesday, June 06, 1968 - The 3rd Turkish Minister of National Defence, Kâzım Özalp (b. Kâzım Fikri Özalp in 1880 in Köprülü [now Veles, Republic of Macedonia], in the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire), died in Ankara, Turkey.


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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/06/18:

  Thank you, Joan!
 
 


    From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) (then 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 My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/20/18 - "Good and Beautiful Flowers" (#17 in a Series of 19):
 
  Turn off your t.v.
Turn off your cell phone.
Power down your computer.
Turn off your mind chatter.
Sit still and connect to the divine.
Do this for at least ten minutes a day.
You'll be surprised at the guidance that comes through.
--A student of life

     Thank you, Shari!

 
 


BONUS D-DAY CROCHET PATTERN:

Ashlea's Simple Scarf for Men - "...I came up with this super quick, super easy and “manly” simple scarf pattern... I love it so much that I decided to offer it for free."


BONUS D-DAY KNIT PATTERN:
We Remember D-Day from Knit Oasis - "...To remember D-Day is to remember courage, sacrifice, dedication and excellent leadership. And of course, it is a day to remember knitters. Knitting had been an important part of home front life in WWI and during WWII, needles were once again clacking with the rhythm of hope and the assurance that every little bit helped..."


BONUS D-DAY MENUS:

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
- 06/05/18:

Jeff had a problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work. After a few weeks of this, his boss was mad and threatened to fire him if he didn't do something about it.

So Jeff went to his doctor, who gave him a pill and told him to take it before he went to bed. He got a great night's sleep and actually beat the alarm in the morning. After a leisurely breakfast, he cheerfully drove to work.

"Boss," he said, "the pill my doctor prescribed me actually worked!"

"That's all fine," said the boss, "But where were you yesterday?"


 


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, May 09, 2018 -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.

3. Saturday, June 09, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its Belated 70th Birthday Celebration at The Cove Restaurant in City Center (across the fountain from the Marriott Hotel), Newport News. No admission cost; run your own food and beverage tab. RSVPs should have been made by May 01 to Lynn Walker Brothers at brothersbc@msn.com, 757-595-4116 or Pauline Collins Shofner at pcshofner@verizon.net, 757-595-1965.

4. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Contact lindameredith@verizon.net.

PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/26/18

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."

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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

Bronze Star clip art courtesy of http://www.wpclipart.com/armed_services/ - 05/09/08 

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

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!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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