12/07/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pearl Harbor Day Plus 72 Years
“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,
We try always to observe this day here. Our 2007 issue contains our darlin' Herbie's (22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008) first person account.
Beyond that it remains largely unchanged from year to year, because we got it right the first time.
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 (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) 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 again, 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.
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.||
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;
12 - Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX (soon to be UT);
Kay Davis Smith ('57);
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
Sunday, December 07, 1941 - Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. Because of the time difference due to the International Date Line, the events of December 8 occurred while the date was still December 7 to the east of this line. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.
TODAY IN 1963:
|Saturday, December 7, 1963 - Instant replay made its debut during an American Army–Navy football game.|
2013 CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL:
Enjoy the 2013 Christmas
Devotional here on Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM
CST, 6:00 MST, or 5:00 PM PST:
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/06/13 - "In Good Shape":
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#7 in a series of 14)":
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
- Gingerbread Baked in Jars - "When I think
of gingerbread, I automatically think of Christmas. This is one of the
most delicious gift jar food recipes I've come across, and it smells
simply divine when it's baking. The whole house smells like Christmas -
it really IS a wonderful life!"
http://www.recipelion.com/Christmas-Recipes/Old-Fashioned-Fruitcake-Bars/ml/1 - Old Fashioned Fruitcake Bars - "Fruitcake has a negative connotation, but dont let that deter you from tasting these Old Fashioned Fruitcake Bars. The spices and dried fruits in these Christmas bar cookies make them a unique and colorful way to celebrate a tasty tradition."
Perfect Peppermint Cookies - "Crushed
peppermint candies give these festive Christmas cookies just the right
amount of added texture to make it a delightful surprise when you first
bite into them. This recipe for Perfect Peppermint Cookies is great for
holiday cookie exchanges because it's unexpected yet classic at the same
time. If you want to wow the crowds this Christmas, just make a dozen or
so of these yummy peppermint cookies. They're always a hit!"
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/06/13:
|Answering the phone, the
priest was surprised to hear the caller introduce herself as an IRS
“But we do not pay taxes,” the priest said.
“It isn’t you, Father,
it’s one of your parishioner, Sean McCullough. He indicates on his tax
return that he gave a donation of $15,000 to the church last year.
Is this, in fact, the truth?”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, December 11,
2013 - 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.Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
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!
Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
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
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png- 12/27/07
Laughter clip art courtesy of
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
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