12/07/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date
which will live in infamy -
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"
"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It isn't time for school break yet. It's time once more to do your homework:
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":
|The attack on Pearl Harbor set in
motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically
depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".
Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.
The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html
I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.
For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark: http://home.comcast.net/~pflyersboy/victory/mare_nostrum.mp3
You may already have considered this, but the
image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed
against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the
Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea". What a powerful MIDI you located! And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
I used to watch that series with my daddy as well. For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war. I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages. It overwhelms me to even try.
When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?), I was so thrilled, for so many reasons. The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again. Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
Thank you, Captain. No one could have done it better. No one ever does.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":
Re: CLIPART. If you are looking for some small images
of ships, you might look here:
Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here:
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.
Thank you, David. I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.
1. Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/06/05:
My name is Bill Campbell. I graduated from NNHS in 1954. I live in Williamsburg, VA, and I would like to be added to your mailing list. You may publish my email address if you wish to do so. It is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome, Bill! I posted both your name and your email addy on the Alumni Page so that your friends can find you!
The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7 1941
|The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left.||The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.|
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/06/05 - "Snow, glorious snow":
|We had our first covering on Sunday
morning and then again this morning...I love it until about March and then I
It sounds beautiful, Jean. Enjoy it
while you're able. Thanks!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/06/05:
|I was able to add the eleven new images of the deceased members of the Class of 1960 to the three which were already posted. This seems an appropriate moment to tell you they are now available:|
Take some time
today to remember all the sacrifices that were made on your behalf by those who
kept our nation free, and voice a few words of gratitude.
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario"
- Richard Rodgers
"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!
Image of the
USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
(DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker, U.S. Navy)
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once again, Captain!
Images of the Death of Arizona
(BB-39) courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once more, Captain!
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