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10/27/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Navy Day

“The Navy has both a tradition and a future -- and we look
with pride and confidence in both directions."

George W. Anderson Jr., Chief of Naval Operations, 1 Aug 1961

10 Dec 1996 - Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area: USS JOHN F. KENNEDY
(CV 67)
27 Aug 2004 - Naval Station, Norfolk, VA: A UH-3H Sea King helicopter flies over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's theme comes at the indirect suggestion of
    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL on 10/19/07:

Hi, Carol:
This evening, while doing a little iTunes shopping I found a couple of my favorite songs by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and they do a great job with two songs, Shenandoah and Eternal Father Strong To Save

..... But of course, no one sings Eternal Father like the United States Naval Academy Glee Club.

   I quite agree with you there, Major Madagan! Thanks for the song nudge! And what a perfect choice for the day formerly designated as Navy Day!

   We had previously used it nearly three years ago:

   As we didn't really manage to celebrate the 232nd Birthday of the United Stares Navy this year other than peripherally, I thought we should celebrate Navy Day even though technically it no longer exists.


   We have another Happy Birthday Two-Fer today!    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA  AND        Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie-Prichard ('58) of NC are both having birthdays!  On Sunday,   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA will be celebrating her birthday, and on Monday,    Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA will be as well! 

   That brings us to November: We'll open the month with another Two-Fer:     Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA on the 1st, followed by    John Clark ('57) of VA on the 2nd, and the ever gorgeous    Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA on the 4th.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


      From Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie-Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/12/07 - "Navy Day":

Hi Dave,

It's me again, "Dimples."  What can you tell me about 'Navy Day' ?  What I can tell you is it was on my Birthday, until some bureaucrats got together and decided to consolidate all of the special military days into 'Armed Forces Day'  It nearly broke my heart, because my birthday would no longer be on what had become a double celebration day for me. I could no longer say " I was born on October 27, Navy Day."  Carol had never heard of it, and I could not remember enough information to tell her why the 27th was Navy Day, or had been.  I know it wasn't the Navy's birthday, so why, for Heaven's sake, was it Navy Day ?  Now, I don't want you to get another "nosebleed," but if you could enlighten me as well as Carol and others who were born on that once celebrated day of Oct. 27th, I (and I am sure the others born on that day and remember that it used to have some meaning other than the day they were born) would really appreciate having that piece of the puzzle that we can take and put in it's proper place to make the picture complete once again.

Missing Navy Day,

"Dimples" a.k.a. Sepi

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/07 - "RE: Navy Day":

These days ... my first research stop is Wikipedia ... and for good reason. Here is an excerpt from

In the United States, the Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27 because it was the birthday of the Navy-supporting President Theodore Roosevelt. Although meeting with mixed reviews the first year, in 1923 over 50 major cities participated, and the United States Navy sent a number of its ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Harry S. Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor.

In 1949, Louis A. Johnson, secretary of the newly-created Department of Defense, directed that the US Navy's participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization the Navy League was not affected by this directive, and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before. In the 1970s, the "birthday" of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define that as the new date of Navy Day. Navy Day continues to be celebrated as of 2004.

   Thank you, Captain!

      From Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie-Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/12/07 - "RE: Navy Day":


Tol jah, tol jah so !    Na na, na na na na !!

Love, "Dimples"

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Sepi - and David!

      From Sepi ("Dimples") Dinwiddie-Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/29/07:

   Thanks, Sepi! I know you snapped this image during a recent trip.  I'm embarrassed - mortified is a better word - to admit I cannot seem to recall the details.   This was taken at the Naval Academy, n'est pas?

   I thought I could simply run an image search and match them, but that didn't seem to go well for me either.....

   I think my mind is Missing at Sea somewhere; I'm sorrier than you know!    Please enlighten me.

The Cornerstone of Naval Aviation

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/07 - "Two Recent EBAY Acquisitions":

This PC was posted on 6 July 1965. I bet that someone reading this Newsletter was in the park on that day. Apart from the nostalgic view of the entrance, I found it curious that the roller coaster was in operation, that there appear to be people in the cars, that it is mid-day ... and there is absolutely no activity at the entrance ... no cars, no people, no buses, nada. This is a view of the train station which I had not previously seen. As explained in the caption, the image was taken from the site of the Casino.

   Thank you so much for these "new" images, David! Just when I think we've seen them all, different versions emerge from the dust and shadows of yesteryear.  I've posted these on the site:


      - significant page redesign

   Thanks again, Brown Eyes!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/23/07 - "USS Ronald Reagan":

Carol --

I just ran across this awesome photo of the USS Ronald Reagan (the shipyard's newest carrier) passing the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor. Notice that the crew is "manning the rail" to honor the Arizona and its lost crewmen.

   Thanks, Ronnie! I agree - this is indeed an awesome shot!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/25/07 - "Famous Marines":

Hi, Carol:
I would like to nominate   John Jacob Harrison, Jr. ('58) of GA for inclusion in your Famous Marine page on your website.
I hope he is one of your Newsletter subscribers.

   He is indeed!

He served on Active Duty in the USMC from 1959 to 1963, and served in the Marine Detachment, USS Independence (CVA-62) and moreover served the Commander, Carrier Division 2, when the Flag was aboard this Forrestal class carrier powered by oil.

After completing his tour of sea duty, he served in the Fleet Marine Force in the 2nd Marine Division.
Later, he served in the Marine Security Forces, U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo, Cuba and finally at the NCO Leadership School, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
The attached photo image is John in USMC uniform.
Thank You,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks so much, Joe! I not only added him t last to Famous Marines, but placed the USMC symbol before his picture on the Alumni Page:

   And thank you, J - for everything! Semper Fi, Gentlemen!

   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 10/26/07 - "no arms":

Hi Carol,

This  is the second time I've seen this video of this woman with no arms.

Remember, my sister,    Rosalie ('65), had polio at the age of three and only has the use of half of one arm. We call her other arm, her lazy arm. In my world this woman does nothing unusual.

I've seen Rosie change diapers ( with safety pins), put on and tie shoes, and I can't tell you how many times I've seen her throw something over her shoulder to carry in just that way. She never considered herself "handicapped". She always said it was just a minder inconvenient.  She even refused those handicap plates for the car because she said she could walk just fine.

She still has the prettiest legs, ever.

But thanks for the memories, it was nice to remember a time when life was so simple. You did not feel sorry for yourself. So you couldn't do it "that" way, you found another. Easy-peasy.

Linda May

   Linda May, as you know, Rosalie was in my homeroom class.  I never knew the original cause of her difference and never would have asked.  I always thought it was a birth injury.  And I never knew there was a problem with her other arm at all!  That's because Rosie never let it bother her.  I watched in awe as she accomplished feats which would have bowed the rest of us, with never a moment's hesitation or complaint

  While we do seem more inclined to count ourselves as "victims" of one thing or another these days, I think we have always had "whiners" among us, as well as those who heroically step up to meet life's challenges.  I have always considered Rosalie to be a truly remarkable woman.

   Thanks for sharing this with us, Lady!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/26/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, Love is Eternal !!!":

Dear Carol / Dimples,

When I see a picture like this, I get warm all over with love.

What more could you say about a Dog and a Fawn ??


   AWWW!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

Fawn of Her Own


  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 10/24/07 - "Fort Monroe documentary on WHRO":

This a reminder that the Fort Monroe documentary covering both the past and the future of this National Historic Landmark will be on WHRO this week. Many people, including me, would like to see it become a park after the Army leaves. I hope that you will watch the half-hour program to become better informed on the issue.
Adrian Whitcomb
WHRO Channel 15's upcoming "Kingdom by the Sea" documentary on Fort Monroe and its future.
The half-hour film premieres October 24 at 8:30 p.m. on WHRO-TV 15 and WHRO HD 15.1, and airs again on October 25 at 9:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.
Portfolio Magazine review of documentary:
Daily Press announcement of documentary:,0,5393461.story

For more information on Fort Monroe:
(Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park)

   Thank you, Adrian! I myself had forgotten this!


1. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/11/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This says it all" - #2 in a Series of 12:

Dear Carol / Dimples,

Just to make you smile a little, If you laff, so much the better,


This says it all

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   Well, I was almost caught up with myself in posting all the many wonderful things y'all have sent me this week

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

                          Love to all, Carol 





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U. S. Navy Hymn

- Original Words by the Rev. William Whiting 
(1825 - 1878)

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" midi courtesy of - 11/14/04

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" lyrics courtesy of - 11/14/04

Official U.S. Navy Images courtesy of
at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Captain!

1 - 961210-N-0710M-001 (DECEMBER 10, 1996)--The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
steams in the Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area (NPOA) during carrier airwing qualifications.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak. (RELEASED)

2 - 040827-N-4459K-002 Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 27, 2004) - A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue
(SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,
left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The SAR squadron,
which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, (was) decommissioned on October 1st, 2004.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (RELEASED)

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks again, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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

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