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02/19/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Plus 63 Years

“The battle of Iwo (Jima) Island has been won. The United States Marines, by their individual and collective courage, have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it
was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate
defeat.... Among the Americans who served
on Iwo Island, uncommon valor
was a common virtue.”

- Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,
17 March 1945

The first (10:00 AM) flag raising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery This is the original uncropped photograph by Joe Rosenthal. There are six Flag Raisers shown. FRONT: Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block; BACK: Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
 Today's observance comes at the request of a request from         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN on 02/18/08:

Hi Carol and Typhoons everywhere,

In addition to Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day and a few others, I fly the flag on February 19th (and March 9th).

  Six months before the end of World War II on February 19th 1945 my father, PFC Sydney Dearing, Sr. and 110,000 other Allied troops, mostly U.S. Marines, landed on the small volcanic island of Iwo Jima.  Iwo Jima was defended by 21,000 Japanese troops, well hidden in over eleven miles of tunnels on a 7.5 sq. mile island 1/3rd the size of Manhattan.  By the time the fighting ended on March 26th, 1945 more than one out of every four Americans would be a casualty. 
PFC Sydney Dearing, Sr.
Of those 6,825 were killed, more than double those killed in the twin towers on 9/11.  Over 19,000 others were wounded or MIA.  Of the 21,000 Japanese on the island, more than 20,000 were killed.  One fourth of the Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. Marines in WWII  were earned on Iwo Jima, more than any other battle in U.S. history.  Twenty-four marines and five naval combatants earned the Medal of Honor.  It is the only major battle of the war where the American casualties outnumbered those of the enemy.

On March 9, 1945 Dad's luck ran out.  He was very seriously wounded when a Japanese mortar shell went off right behind him.  It severely damaged his right shoulder and the nerves in his right arm and hand.  Thank God he was not killed and although his injuries were not as bad as many others on that island, they truly changed his life.  Before the war, Dad had been a professional pianist in a number of well known local big band orchestras.  It took a few years but he did regain the use of his right hand, but not the complete mobility and dexterity required to play the piano.  That meant his days as a piano player in the big bands were over.  After the war he took a mundane job as a clerk for the C&O Railroad, a long way from the exciting life of a professional musician.

The famous picture of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi was taken on February 23, 1945.  The battle for the island would rage on for another month.  That flag raising was not the first that day.  The flag in the most reproduced photo of all time was sent to the top of the mountain to replace a smaller flag raised earlier the same day, supposedly so it could be better seen all over the island.  Actually Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal had just arrived on the beach in the shadow of the mountain when the first flag went up and it is said that he wanted it as a souvenir.  Another story has it that Col. Chandler Johnson wanted it for himself.  Col. Johnson is the one who had sent the platoon of marines to the top with the first flag and told them if they made it to the top to fly the flag.  Johnson sent the second flag up the mountain where it was immortalized forever by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.
When Dad was recovering from his wounds in Bethesda Naval Hospital after the battle, the man in the bed next to him with a leg wound was Navy Corpsman      John "Doc" Bradley who was one of the flag raisers in the famous picture.  In that picture he is second from the right with his back to the camera.  Dad and "Doc" Bradley went to several Iwo Jima ceremonies together including one at the Post Office Department to commemorate the issue of the Iwo Jima postage stamp.  One of my prized possessions is a photograph of John Bradley and my father taken that day.
Being that tomorrow is February 19th, I thought this might be appropriate for the newsletter, if it is not too late.  Also, you might consider the Marine Hymn as the musical theme; if not tomorrow because I am so late sending this, then some time in the future.
Thanks, Carol,

   Sydney, it would not have mattered if I had already completed an entire Newsletter for today. I would have simply redone it after finding your note! I am completely awed by your story. Thank you so much for sharing it!

   Once again I cannot guarantee the continuity of today's Newsletter, but I can absolutely guarantee that it is incomplete!  There was a great deal of input this past weekend, and I'm going to hit some of the high points today and try to ad the rest during the week.


   Sydney has already provided it. Thank you again, Sweetie!

  I hope these dates are correct now; when I originally posted some of them I had inadvertently scrambled the order!  
19 -
 Bobby Norris ('62) of VA  AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA;
20 -
   Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;
22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA;
23 - Richard Prince ('57).

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/17/08 - "  Jerry ('65) Update":

I just want to thank everyone again for all the prayers and special attention to Jerry and his progress as he fights his illness. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins radiation this Wednesday.  He will have daily doses for four weeks.
We had great news from Dr. Kruger on Friday.  He could see no obvious signs of any cancer upon examination and is very optimistic that after radiation and a PET scan, that he will pretty much be finished until a 6 month check up.  Jerry's blood work was VERY OK.  The doc said that the numbers were right in there.  We are very happy with the results of our visit with Dr. K and Dr. Miller on Friday.  We are ready to move on.  Thank God for getting us through and giving us such special friends and a great family.
We love you!

      What fabulous news! Thanks so much, Judy!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/18/08 - "Update on       Herbie (Hice of MI)":

Dear Carol and Typhoon Nation....

I spoke with Herbie's daughter
  Heidi (Hice MacKay of MI) again this morning and Herbie is slowly coming around.  He is still comatose most of the time but has progressed to keeping his eyes open and responding to commands, such as blinking, holding up fingers and moving his head, for about 10 minutes a day; last week it was ten seconds.  Progress is slow but his vital signs are good and his tests show that the chemicals in his brain are slow to function, from the trauma dealt to his body at his age and from being under for such a long time during the actual surgery.  His doctors are pleased with his progress.  His family is impatient to have their dad back to normal.  

There is no sign of stroke or any damage in that area.  Heidi said the hospital staff is working hard to keep him awake a little longer each day, but his hospital stay is still about two months; after that remains anyone's guess.   In addition to worrying about her dad, Heidi has taken Herbie's dog for keeping until he is able to resume such duties.... She says that their dog and Herbie's dog get along fine, but the weather is cold, snowy, and muddy which keeps the dogs inside 90% of the time.  That is adding to her distress.  The dogs get along well, but are noisy and tend to frazzle her nerves slightly more than they are already.  She also expects Herbie to be on the computer more than usual this summer since his activities will be limited for a while after his recovery. 

I told her of all the prayers for her dad and the entire family is grateful, so don't stop praying !   Is it possible that our dear Herbie, knowing the weather conditions outside of his warm bed, could be hibernating until the first kiss of spring awakens him from a well deserved sleep ?  Thinking of it that way somehow makes it easier to deal with...for me, anyway !  She will give him our love and tell him of our prayers when she visits him this evening !

Dimples aka Sepi

   MORE fabulous news! Thank you so much, Dimples!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 02/18/08 - "Life is Beautiful HOAX again":


I have seen this so many times through the years and it is still a HOAX.

I check out anything that says it has been checked out by Snopes. What that usually means is, that whoever sent did not check it out. So here it is again.


   Ja, I meant to check that out myself, but I was interrupted about two more times right about then, and forgot what I was doing..... But, hey, wasn't it more fun this way?!? Thanks, Dicky!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 02/18/08 - "Snopes":

Regarding the "Life is Beautiful" virus........Snopes says it's a hoax. 
   I just wanted to see if y'all were on your toes.  And it worked - you were!!!

   Thanks, Gloria!

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 02/18/08 - "Newsletters":

Hi Carol: 

While recovering from Knee Surgery to repair torn Cartridge in my right knee, I have been catching up on all the Newsletters that I have missed. The Pink Ribbon opened up for me;  it took a little time to load because my computer is slow. 

Sorry to hear of       Herbie Hice's (of MI) health problems. Please tell his family to continue to talk to him about anything they can think of while he is in a coma. My husband was in one in 1991 and the Staff at the Hospital encouraged us to talk to him and when he came out of the coma he said he could not remember what we said but it was comforting to hear our voices and that he kept trying to break the coma to let us know he was hearing us. We could tell by his monitor's that he was calmer and more alert when we were there talking. For his family it is very frustrating I know and I will keep them in my prayers.    
Thank you for the list of Typhoons and Friends who are in need of Prayer help. Please keep up the good work (but take care of yourself too).
I remember the Tidewater Hotel and the Coffee Shop that was run by Mr. Holley and his Staff. I spent a lot of time in there with my parents.  I would help the waitresses clean the tables and wash dishes. I liked to help put the Beer Mugs in the Refrigerator to get them chilled. The entrance was on the side of the building.
The Daily Press and Times Herald building was on the same side of the street as the Police Station.  They later built the new Police Station( which is now the City Jail), behind the Original Station and the Daily Press and the Times Herald Building (which moved to the current location on Warwick Boulevard.)
Thank you again for all that you do to keep all us Typhoon's together and informed on all the memories that we have misplaced over the years.  May God Bless you and your family. 

Catherine Slusser Hudson

   Thanks so much, Cathy! I've added your name to our Prayer Roll!

   I also forwarded your note to   Heidi (Hice MacKay of MI).  I haven't cross-posted your other comments yet, but I hope to do so in the next few hours.

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/18/08, 5:06 PM:

Cool gas station pics.

   Thanks, Shari!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/18/08, 7:26 PM:

Carol, and Typhoon Friends, especially Dave,

The old brick gas station in
Hilton was an Amoco Station and was owned and attended by Mr. Adams, a lovely Southern gentleman that would personally take care of special customers.  When driving back from Newport News to Raleigh, he always came out and greeted me with, "Hey there, Miss Carolina." He knew I was from Newport News but liked to tease. "Oh, I know you ain't from Carolina, but that's where you're going, and I ain't going to let you go with dirty windows." 

He passed away some years ago, not too many, but I sure do miss his friendly greeting and send off on my way back to North Cacklacky !   The station was right next to Ray Adams' "Hilton Country Club" where I used to go and shoot pool on the days when I had time, always in a skirt and high heels, with my own cue...what happy memories !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thanks, Dimples!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/18/08, 10:14 PM - "Ho, Ho, AMOCO":

Hello Dave,    Mon. Feb. 18, 08, copies to Charles and Ralph Wicke      
I sent the Hilton Gas station photo to three former Hiltonites.  All three grew up on River Road, just south of Cedar Lane.  They are younger than I, but old enough to have ridden the streetcar to NN.
I think Jeff Walker's comment probably IDs the station brand.
The old station on the SE corner of Pear and 25th was of the 1920's style with the building's roof extended out over the pumps.  W. W. Sims owned the station, along with a coal and wood business (located elsewhere).  If you ever photograph that station I can add a few recollections.
I can vaguely remember gas pumps changing over the years.  The very oldest were purely manual. A lever was pumped back and forth until the desired amount appeared in the glass tank at the top (which had lines like a measuring cup).  Then a control was turned and the gas drained into the car by gravity feed.  I only saw a couple of these during visits to Gloucester Co. in the early 1930s (the county was very late getting electricity).
On our peninsula I only remember electric pumps.  However the early ones still had the glass tanks at the top.  I can't remember just how it worked but I think even after the numerical displays were on the pump one could still see the gas slopping around in a glass tank.  I have to admit that in those tender years I was more interested in sniffing the gas than watching it delivered. 
Eventually the glass tanks were phased out and numerical displays took over.  There was some way of programming the feed so that it stopped at a certain total.  Most stations had a special dollar price such as "Six gallons for a dollar."  This persisted for a long time until the price of gas got so high that a dollar didn't buy enough.
By the time the glass tanks were gone the pumps were being topped with glass globes.  These had the brand name prominently displayed and were usually lighted with an internal electric bulb.
In the Boulevard and Wythe districts the service stations were all located along Kecoughtan Rd. (eventually the NN segment received 25th St. signs).  Bread, soft drinks, candy, and a limited supply of staples were usually available.  I was sent to Sim's Service station a million times.  They stocked my father's favorite bread, Betty Lewis, which was baked in NN and delivered in the afternoon.  He always admonished me to "feel the loaves and get a a warm one."  Sometimes he would have me get a pack of cigarettes or a bottle of Sunshine Beer (10 cents a bottle).  There was never any hesitation about selling these to a ten-year-old boy. 

To: Tom Lawford, Jane Courtless, Jeff Walker,   Mon. Feb. 18, 08
This is a recent photo of a former gas station in Hilton.
The sign says "Community Education Outreach Center."

From: "Jeff Walker":

I guess they ran out of AMOCO gas!!!

   Thanks so much, Fred - and Jeff!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 02/19/08, 2:58 AM:

Dear Carol,

I just wanted to say what a grand idea I think it is to have a prayer roll.

Having a daughter that has overcome leukemia (she was 3 when diagnosed, she’s now 25!) I know that prayer circles all across this great country impacted her success tremendously.  In short, it works.   Jerry ('65) and    Judy (Phillips - '66) Allen can also attest to the power of prayer as I’m certain many of us can.

With this in mind ,would I be too bold in asking that each prayer roll conclude with a prayer request for “all of us”? The greater the numbers offering prayers on behalf of us all, the greater the impact of those prayers.

Seems to me like the perfect way to “take good care of each other”!!

Yes, I’m awake at a ridiculous time of day but I do love the very early morning. So peaceful.

Well, thanks and sincerely hope you’re better.

Best to everyone.


  Thanks, Joe Sweetie, what a wonderful idea! I've added all of us to the list below!

  I'm afraid though, that I personally am not getting any better, and if anything am getting worse. Lifting a galloon of milk is difficult, hurrying is out of the question, walking down the hall is downright embarrassing, and changing the bed linens has become a nightmare.....

From Sherry Mitchem Baker ('65) of VA -  02/19/08:

Thanks for the NNHS newsletters.

   Thank you so much, Sherry!

        Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 02/19/08 - "Update profile":

Hi Carol,
I thought you might add these two pictures to my profile.

Also I don't know if this qualifies for the USMC anchor and globe or not but in my senior year of high school I was in the U.S. Marine Corps active reserve from which I received an honorable discharge when I graduated and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I did that for two reasons (other than the fact that the Air Force had a better recruiter).

First, as circumstances prevented me from going to college, I was looking to the military for educational programs and the Air Force won hands down. Second, this was between Korea and Viet Nam and at the time we weren't at war anywhere. If we had been, my decision and I expect my whole life would have been different. 
Sydney Dearing

   As you see, I certainly agree that you qualify for the USMC logo, Sydney! Thanks for the images! It's good to know you're still adorable after lo, these many years!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 02/19/08 - "PayPal":


I looked all over for your PayPal link today.  It seems only to be posted on the main page.  Wouldn't it be better to have it posted on each individual Newsletter as well?

Love, Eleanor

   Well, Lady, I'd never really thought about it before, but now that you mention it, I suppose you're right - especially as the website hosting fees are due next week!

   Thanks, Eleanor! From now on, the Easy PayPal gold seal will be located just above the song lyrics.

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - begins radiation for cancer - 02/20/08

2. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

4.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

5. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis

6.       Herb Hice of MI - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

7. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

8.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

9. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08

10.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

11. All of Us


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

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#18 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

   Remember, there's much more to come - next time!  And obviously there will be several people added to our Famous Military pages!!

   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  
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The United States Marine Corps Hymn

Words: L. Z. Phillips (?) (1919)
Music: Jacques Offenbach from Genevieve de Brabant (1868)

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom 
And to keep our honor clean; 
We are proud to claim the title 
of United States Marine. 

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes; 
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines. 

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve 
In many a strife we've fought for life 
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; 
They will find the streets are guarded 
By United States Marines. 

"Marine Corps Hymn" midi courtesy of - 06/21/03

"Marine Corps Hymn" lyrics courtesy of - 06/21/03

Images of Flag Raisings on Iwo Jima courtesy of - 02/19/08

See also:

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!!

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

Divider Line clip art courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........
Thanks, Joe!

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 - 05/29/06

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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