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06/06/08 - NNHS Newsletter

D-Day Plus 64 Years

"In all of the far-flung operations of our own Armed Forces the toughest job has been performed by the average,
easy-going, hard-fighting young American who carries the weight of battle on his own young shoulders.
It is to him that we and all future generations of Americans must pay grateful tribute."

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   History buffs that we are here, we try to observe this day every year - and then some: - (1.0 mb MP3 file version of the D-Day Theme from "Victory at Sea") - (regular version) - (1.0 mb MP3 file version of the D-Day Theme from "Victory at Sea") - (regular version)

BONUS #1 - - The invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 - footage from The History Channel

BONUS #2 - - ten minute documentary made for eighth grade school project - extraordinarily well done (plus you can catch a glimpse of       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) just before the end)!

BONUS #3 - - My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You - for all you "young 'uns" - especially my baby girl,         Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC)


HOMEWORK - the above three videos plus:



    From Fred Field ('45) of CA - ummm, long, long ago - "D-DAY AT NNHS":



Fred W. Field

Class of June 1945

      Beginning in late May of 1944 we students had been told and reminded that we would have a special assembly when the invasion of Europe began. As the calendar crept into June we began to wonder if the event would happen before Friday the ninth - the day school closed for the summer.

      We had a lot to think about in that early June of 1944. My own class was just finishing the junior year. For most juniors, the end of the semester would be a determining point for whether or not our earned credits by the following June would likely add up to the minimum required for graduation. A few classmates had already made the decision to stretch out the graduation date for at least an extra semester (an ambitious athletic department head helped nurture that idea).

      Many of us pondered the chances of the war lasting long enough for our age group to be swept into the military. At June 1944 most boys in my class were within plus or minus a few months from a sixteenth birthday. The draft boards were already grabbing fresh eighteen-year-olds. We had known seniors who had fallen behind in the education time track and were drafted right out of school - some of them only a month before graduation. For my contemporaries the time-to-uniform seemed already stamped into our destiny. 

      Those who had plans for college knew that the institutions were crowded with military programs and that entrance immediately after high school might be difficult. The draft board would certainly be watching with interest.

      Others just thought about their forthcoming summer employment - which for most of the boys meant a job in the shipyard. There would be a long, long six-day week and while the pay would seem great, the work would be weary and dirty.

      A few of us had signed up for summer jobs as waiters at the Orkney Springs Hotel - an upscale resort in the mountains close to the West Virginia Border. We had no idea what an adventure that would turn out to be.

      On the morning of Tuesday, June 6th we woke up to radio reports that the invasion had begun. Landings had started just before daybreak on the English Channel beaches of France, the time there being about nine hours prior to our waking up in Virginia. Conversation was quiet on the bus trip to school. There wasn't a lot to say. Most of us were aware of the dangers of that invasion and how disastrous failure could be.

      Not long after we were settled in our classrooms the summons came for the special assembly. About an hour later we filed into the auditorium and quietly took our seats. This was certainly not to be a pep rally. No band playing this time. No bouncy cheerleaders hyping up our spirits. Not even any of the usual applause for the self conscious student helper who dragged the microphone onto the stage and tested the PA system.

      As was traditionally the case in our assemblies, some opening remarks were made by Dean of Girls Ethel Gildersleeve. She then very quickly introduced our Principal, Lamar R. Stanley

      Principal Stanley was always a rather serious person but on this day he made a particularly solemn speech about the significance of what was happening on the beaches of Normandy. He reminded us of the price paid by those recent schoolmates already lost in action in many places around the world. All of us had known some of them personally. 

      In retrospect I think that in his speech our Principal intended a strong message that we must be prepared for the list of the fallen to suddenly grow. There was a brief interlude for a prayer by a local minister. Then after a few closing words from Principal Stanley our special assembly for D-Day was concluded.

      Thank you again - so very much, Fred!  You can't know how much I appreciate having you with us to share these precious memories!


   Happy Birthday today to  Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57)!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/05/08 - "Ouch - tooth ordeal":

I went to the oral surgeon today and my back right upper tooth has to be cut out, as it dangerously impacted. It is scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday. I was told bone removal is almost 100 percent expected. He can not explain what happened, just a fluke. An implant in 6 months is doable. The tissue will have to heal first. I am scared, so please pray. The pain is unreal.
                                                                  Thank you,

   YOWZERONI-RINI! I'm so sorry, Shari; we'll keep you in our prayers!


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 06/05/08:

Dear Carol,
I just wanted to pass on to you that our Fifty-Year Reunion (Class of NNHS 1958) was the Very Best Ever!!  Both our Friday and Saturday night functions were at the Marriott Kingsmill in beautiful Williamsburg.  So many people are responsible for the Magnificent outcome - it was certainly a team effort and paid off in the long run.  I want to pass on the following  names to you so that Classes planning future Reunions can perhaps benefit from our success:
DAN WEST - our DJ -
VICKI VAWTER - Photographer for Class Picture -
  FRED MAYS ('60 - of VA) - Collector of Memorabilia - awesome -
BILL CLOUGHLY - Videographer -

   Thanks, Evelyn, it's always helpful when the wheel doesn't need to be reinvented each time! Fred, of course, has graciously brought his collection to several of the reunions in recent years, but if ya'll were pleased with your other support people, then we are certainly pleased to advertise their services on the site:

Thank you again, Carol, for all that you do.
We look forward to seeing you again at Buckroe on Sep 27th - same time, same place.
Thanks, ev

   Thank you again, Ev! I know I would enjoy that, as always!


  From Ann Mabe Leighton ('58) of NC - 06/05/08:

My brother sent me a framed, pen and ink rendering of NNHS.  On it is the history of NNHS which I thought
everyone might enjoy if they have not read it before.
It reads:
                                                            NEWPORT NEWS HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                3000 HUNTINGTON AVENUE
In 1922, Charles M. Robinson, a Richmond architect, was awarded the contract to design a new high school to be built in the heart of Newport News.  The resulting three story structure, erected on the site of the former turn-of-the-century livery stables and later a U.S. Army Camp, was completed in 1923 and named Newport News High School.  The contracting firm of Harwood and Moss performed the construction.  Two story pilasters and Corinthian columns rising from above the first floor give the impression of two stores built above a raised basement.  The original structure contained 67 rooms and could accommodate 990 students.  Seven years later, two wings were added on the north and south, as were additional classrooms on the building's east side.  The additions were more modest but in keeping with the style of the original construction.  In 1935, the Joseph H. Saunders Stadium was dedicated on the adjacent easterly property.  William, Cole and Pipino, the designers of the stadium, which included classroom space beneath, later designed further additions to the school building itself.  A fire in 1952 caused nearly one-half million dollars in damage to the structure.  As a result, the auditorium was redesigned and the cafeteria was moved to a new wing.  1963 saw the addition of a new gymnasium for boys across 30th street from the school.  In 1971, citywide changes in the distribution of students and the addition of newer facilities elsewhere in the city brought about the change of Newport News High School to Newport News Intermediate School. serving only 8th and 9th grade students.  On June 12, 1980, the school was officially closed.  The structure remains today as a reminder of the 57 years it served as one of the area's finest public schools and as a tribute to its thousands of graduates, many of whom have become prominent citizens of Newport News.
Ann Mabe Leighton

   WOWZERONI-YOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Ann! I really appreciate your taking the time to transcribe that! I hope you type faster and better than I do, because I tried that once years ago, and it took me quite a while. I already have it posted here, but thank you so much; I'm sure that there are many who have not read it, and it's always good to reflect:

   Tell your brother he's a sweetie for sending you that treasure!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/05/08:

Dear Carol,

Ok, now I remember Marie (Suttle) was my teacher.  I surely would like to see her again.

Answering to         Syd Dearing ('56 - of TN) about those pictures:  In the one with the jockey, the fellow on the right with the hat is definitely Froggie.  He was always Big Syd's side kick in jokes and trips.  I remember Froggie's pinching the flesh on top of his hand and saying if it does not snap back quick, you are in trouble.  His never did.  There was also another fellow from NASA and another one that was in the shipyard on submarines.  I don't recall any more names, unfortunately, but we had some great times.  

   Thanks, Norris! Isn't it fun when we can all help one another solve such mysteries - and relive such memories?!?


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 06/05/08: 

Hi Carol,
Thanks to Norris (Perry - Warwick HS - '59 - of VA) for identifying Froggie in the picture.  I kind of thought the one on the right was Froggie because he was the only one in the picture that I actually recognized but didn't want to make that ID without knowing for sure.  Again I'm trying to pull in very old memories but I'm wanting to say that Froggie got that nickname from his deep gravelly voice reminiscent of a bullfrog's croak.  Maybe Norris or        Dimples (Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC) will remember that.

   Maybe so, Sydney - thanks!


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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

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

4.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth; update of 06/06/08 - back right upper tooth has to be cut out on 06/09/08, as it dangerously impacted

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

7. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."

. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

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

11. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

14. All of Us


1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08


   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY! 

   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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"Hymn to the Fallen" theme from "Saving Private Ryan"

- Composed by John Williams


"Hymn to the Fallen" theme from "Saving Private Ryan" courtesy
of at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06

Thank you, Dave!

First D-Day Image courtesy of - 05/26/06

Second D-Day Image courtesy of - 05/26/06

Woodland Camouflage Background (also used to form Divider Lines) courtesy of - 05/26/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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

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 - 03/24/03

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