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02/19/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Plus 69 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 Newsletter theme, which we try to observe each year that our computer systems are not wreaking havoc, is brought to us by
        Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN, whose father,          Syd Dearing (Hampton HS - '36) (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002), was a participant.

   Thanks again, Sydney!



  Happy Birthday today to    Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND        Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57);
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 19, 1942 - Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attacked the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.

February 19, 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.

February 19, 1943 - The Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia began.

February 19, 1945 - The Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima.


Wednesday, February 19, 1964 -     Linda Lane Lane ('64) AND        Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) celebrated their 18th birthdays!

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Whitesnake, Burning Rain, Hurricane, Bad Moon Rising, Lion, and Dio) Doug Aldrich was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 - Author Jonathan Lethem was born Jonathan Allen Lethem in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 - Author and playwright Dmitri Lipskerov was born Dmitri Mikhailovich Lipskerov (Дми́трий Миха́йлович Ли́пскеров) in Moscow, Russia.

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 - Writer, illustrator, comic book artist, videographer and voice talent Richard A. Scott was born in Anchorage, Alaska.

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 - Miss India 1985, actress Sonu Walia was born in New Delhi, India.

  From Elizabeth Feathers Buchan (Hampton HS - '61) - 02/18/14 - "  Kitty Morgan Ramsay - Class of @ 1933":


Mrs. Ramsay was the sister of the late
 Donald Morgan, Class of 1955.

Thanks for all you do,

Elizabeth Buchan

   OH, WOW! Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I never would have made that connection! I've updated her Memorial Newsletter:

        From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 02/18/14 - "Always say a prayer":

God bless.

Behold! What is a bell? A bell is that which sounds, far, and high ... It will echo far and wide like the peal of thunder but under utmost purity. And evil men, hearing the bell, will be saved.

Photos by J London.


Read at least the first two lines....Never thought of it!

Jesus died over 2000 years ago.
Nobody has ever referred to HIM as the late Jesus,
Not even the heathens.
Nowhere in history.
Nowhere has HE ever been referred to in the past tense.
HE 'is' the Living God!

When Jesus died on the cross HE was thinking of you!

"May God Smile on You Today."

     HMMM! I never thought of that either! Thanks, John Darlin'!


 From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/14 - "ParaHawking":

Makes me want to fly!

You will really like this. Probably something I would do. No, DEFINITELY something I would do! in fact, if you consider swimming with alligators the same basic thing, I HAVE done it!!!

Here are the cliffs next to the Torrey Pines Golf Course just north of San Diego. These men release their hawks and then soar with them. This is really spectacular.


   YIKESARONI! Thanks, Dearest Judy! You have fun with that!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/18/14 - " 'So What!' and more":
5 best posture exercises



"How long have you been driving without a tail light?" asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car and gave a long, painful groan and put his face in his hands.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

"Come on, now," he said, "you don't have to take it so hard. It isn't that serious."

"It isn't?" cried the motorist. "Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?"


Everyone knows Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will..." - Hereare some other Laws you may not have heard!

Lorenz's Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Anthony's Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Lowery's Law of Home Repair: If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

Beach's Law: Interchangeable parts aren't.

William's Law: There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved by brute strength and ignorance.

Lane's Law of Supply and Demand: The one item you need is always in short supply.

Cannon's Karmic Law: If you tell the boss you were late for work because youhad a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

Norman Einstein's Law: If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.

Col. Murphy's Law of Combat: Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder!


"After facing backlash from customers, Subway says it will remove a chemical in its bread that is also found in yoga mats. Some people were like, 'You mean I've been eating a dangerous chemical?' While most people were like, 'You mean I can eat my yoga mat?'" - Jimmy Fallon


"Because we live in the modern age, women now have choices that are just killing them.

"They can have a job, not have a job. They can be married or unmarried, married with children, unmarried with children, married with children and a job, unmarried with children and a job, unmarried with children and no job, unmarried with children who themselves have jobs, have a job and an au pair who has children, marry the au pair, have the au pair have their children, etc...

"Men, unfortunately, have the same choice we've always had: we can work or we can go to jail." - Tim Allen



There was so little dialogue in the original Mission Impossible TV show that Peter Graves, the star, once fell asleep in the middle of a scene and no one noticed.

In a 1990 preschool poll, Mister Rogers was first choice for president of the United States.

Desi Arnaz's mother was one of the heirs to the Bacardi Rum fortune.

Ted Danson once appeared in a TV commercial as a package of lemon chiffon pie mix.

Five different dolphins "acted" in TV's Flipper, but only one horse played Mr. Ed.

TV actor George Reeves needed three men to help him out of his Superman suit.



"A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships."
- Helen Keller

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."
- Anonymous

"Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude."
- Dale Carnegie

"Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change. Life's too short to be anything... but happy."
- Anonymous

"When you feel worried and depressed, consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat until the happy feeling becomes genuine."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


So true facts!


So true!

So what!

Those two words can take you a long way by keeping your spirit at peace.

About 95% of the things of life fit into the "so what" category.

There is nothing that you can do about them anyway. The thing really doesn't harm you, it is just an irritating inconvenience.

So what!

Learn to recognize "so what" situations.
Stay calm.
Don't get upset.
You won't really suffer major consequences,
you would just rather have it happen another way.

Someone didn't speak to you.
A car cut you off in traffic.
"They" have a "bad attitude."
You struggle with bills but your stomach is full and warm.
...and a thousand other things.

So what!

Learn to realize the power of those two little words to calm your spirit and put things in perspective.

There are always alternatives in life. Remember that.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thanks, Shari!

From My Friend, Lauren, of UT - 02/18/14 - "Best Moments in Reading":

  A reader is never lonely.

     ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Lauren!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/01/14 - "Dogs (#18 in a Series of 26)":


Happy New Year to dog lovers everywhere!

     HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Dools!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/06/14 - "OLD CANS .... (#9 in a Series of 15)":


He used to go to all the public functions...especially the picture theaters. And he always carried a sugar bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was... Albert (Tapper) Torney.

Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans.

After he died in 1998 (aged 86) his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered.

This goes to prove..."you shouldn't judge a book by its cover" - or a sculptor by his sugar bag. Some of his collection ---- AMAZING!

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Jimmy!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/10/14 - "Maxine on cold weather (#9 in a Series of 12)":

In light of more snow.  Thought you might enjoy these.  :) :)

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#4 in a Series of 37)":

Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

Snow in Russia

Now THIS is winter!


   YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


BONUS KNIT PATTERN (Sorry; not theme-related):

BONUS RECIPE (Sorry; not theme-related): - Border Biscuit Bake - "Our southwestern-style Border Biscuit Bake is so easy to throw together, and these melt-in-your-mouth zesty wedges will surely turn any meal in to a fiesta, as a side dish or even instead of traditional rolls!"


From - 02/18/14:

Q. Why did the blonde woman only change her baby’s diaper once a month?

A. On the package it read "good for up to 15 pounds".


1. Thursday, March 6, 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.  

2. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 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. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/13/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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

                          Love to all, Carol





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 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 - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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