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06/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter

D-Day Plus 65 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,

   You know, I will allow that because of       my daddy's (the late Robert Buckley, M.D. - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) participation in the first hour of D-Day on Omaha Beach, it's possible, just possible, that I've paid slightly more attention to its observance here than most others.  The recap of all that that I posted at the beginning of last year's issue would certainly indicate that: - all the way down to the birthdays

   If you study that thoroughly, you may consider that your homework for today.  There will be no test, but you're on your honor to complete your assignment - and what is this day all about if not honor??



From the Daily Press - 06/05/09:

Preparing for D-Day:
Members of the 29th Division
in England in December 1943, practicing for the D-Day invasion.
Preparing for D-Day:
Members of the 29th Division
in England in December 1943, practicing for the D-Day invasion.
Front Page:
The headline of the
June 6, 1944
Baltimore Evening Sun
announces the invasion.
The Convoy:
A convoy of Allied ships
in the early stages
of the June 6 invasion.
Aboard the Transport:
Members of Maryland's 29th
Division aboard a transport on its
way to Normandy on D-Day.
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
  (Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
Approaching the Coastline:
The coast of Normandy appears
in the distance as Maryland's 29th
Division prepare for the invasion.
Landing Craft:
American GIs clamber
into a landing craft as they
prepare to hit the beaches
along France's Normandy coast.
The Assault Begins:
American troops begin the assault
on the Normandy coastline as
Coast Guard landing crafts
drop them in the surf.
Assault Troops:
Assault troops in a landing craft
huddle behind the protective front
of their boat as it nears the
beachhead during D-Day.
The 29th Sets Up:
The 29th Division sets up
in a quarry after landing
on the beach at Normandy.
(Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)
(AP file photo) (file photo) (Bettman-UPI photo) (Baltimore Sun photo
by Holbrook Bradley)

NOTE: The U.S. 29th Infantry Division was both a Maryland and Virginia National Guard unit.



1. Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / HHS - '59) of VA - via her son, Gary Sealey of VA - 06/05/09:

Hi Carol,

Wonderful job on the site and thanks for all you do...

Could you please add my mother, Barbara Womble Lawson,  on your email list? She has the site marked as one of her favorites - I found out for the past three years - and she loves it. I know she would love the email updates as well.

Thanks for your help and thanks for your hard work.

Gary Sealey

   Certainly! Thanks, Gary - and welcome aboard, Barbara!

   Sadly, the 1958 Anchor where I might have found your junior portrait is not numbered among my possessions. :o(  I did find your picture on page 69 of the 1957 Anchor, right there in    Miss Suttle's Homeroom 301, but it's really too tiny to catch a good scan.....



   Happy Birthday today to Robert Helmintoller ('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 AND Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA;

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

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 06/03/09 - "Justin's commercial":

Be proud to be an American. This young man surely is.

Bruce Sims  1956


This "commercial" is so powerful, it's difficult to imagine a teenager having the insight to put it together.

This is what gives me hope for America!  This young man (I don't see the teen's age) expressed something we likely don't think our kids understand... It is gratifying to see that they do!
Take a minute to see what kind of work our kids are capable of. 

This was created by a teenager for the TEA PARTIES... You should take the time to view 
 this ........this was sent out by his mother... Here's what the mom said,
"I asked Justin if he could help me make a commercial for my group's Tea Party. He sat down at the laptop for about an hour and then brought this to me and asked, "Is this okay, Mom?"

After I finished watching it, my stomach was in my throat."

   I have a confession to make. Because of my exceedingly poor vision, I usually sit with the most abominable posture, hunched over my computer desk, leaning on it, actually, with my face about 15" from the screen (and it's a 19" wide screen), just so I can see what I'm doing (and no, I do NOT want to adjust the print size, thanks, anyway). You know "The Forger" played by Donald Pleasence in The Great Escape (1963)?  Let's just say I strongly identify with his character.....

   Anyway, as I began watching this video, I was compelled to sit bolt upright in my chair.  It was all I could do not to jump to my feet and stand at attention. I was afraid, though, that I might miss something. But I was really startled to see what I did, near the end of the video.  At 3:08 into the 4:05 set, there in battle array is a close-up of my good friend,   Josh J.

   I should not have been surprised to see him.  At 6' 4" - or is it 6' 7'' ? - Sgt. J. is not only one of the finest men I've ever met; he's one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous men I've ever seen, a magnificent specimen who beautifully illustrates The American Soldier.  No self-respecting photo-chronicler of the war would have been able to resist snagging an image of such a warrior.
Thank you so very much, Bruce!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 06/04/09 - "An American Anthem":

   While I was searching YouTube for the above video (which Bruce had sent me as a .wav file attachment), I found this as well.  It had very much the same effect on me; I hope it touches you as well: - An American Anthem


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/03/09 - "I Am a Child of God":
I Am A Child Of God--This really made me cry; it was sung at my grandmother's funeral.

   That would be my mama              the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999).  We chose that because it was her favorite song.  She loved it from the moment she first heard it in 1967.  It made me cry, too.

   Thank you for sharing this lovely version, Shari!


From Russell Gary ('59) of VA - 06/05/09 - "Down On The Corner":

Hi Carol,

It was fun listening to Down On The Corner. I was the recording engineer on the the original recording by CCR.

Russell Gary '59
Thousand Oaks, CA

   NO WAY!!! WOWZERONI! How cool is that?!? Thanks so much for letting us know, Russell!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 06/05/09 - "Historical Marker":

This historical marker in Burnsville, NC may be my favorite of all time:

   WILD GIGGLES!!! That IS classic! Thanks, Ronnie!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 06/05/09 - "cars":


This brought back a lot of memories.....thought classmates might like to see what they probably rode in growing up.....and more important, what they probably drove when they got their license.

   Thanks, Janice!     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX beat you to the punch on this one about a month ago, so we already have it posted on the site, but it certainly bears another look!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/05/09 - "The U.S. Navy Presidential Drill Team":

Worthy of another look!

Outstanding !
The US military is always #1 on the battlefield, this video shows how even our dress military is the best.
Check out this video and keep in mind that those rifles have a bayonet on the end of them.
This is breathtaking. Click on the link and turn up the sound.
About three years ago, our US Navy Ceremonial Guard Silent Drill Team was invited to compete in an International Tattoo in Norway.
The Navy competed against military units from all over NATO and won first place. Once you see the video you'll understand why they won.

Remember,  you may need to hold down your control key as you left click this link.

   Thank you so much, Wayne Honey - I could watch this over and over!


From - 06/05/09 - "Control Impulse Buying":

Life Coach and Life Coaching - Five Life-Changing Facts About Impulse Buying
By Vickie Champion, Mar. 15, 2009


Debbie was called into the boss’s office Thursday and berated for something she didn’t do. She stewed all day, thinking about how her promotion was now in jeopardy. At 5 p.m., she grabbed her purse and headed for the mall. Debbie thought she needed a little retail therapy.

And why not? She was innocent after all. And the smell of leather from a fine pair of shoes has the power to comfort and soothe, the way Debbie supposed fresh baked goods could for other people.

The following morning, the shoes still in the box, she couldn’t help but regret her impulse shopping spree. Deep down, Debbie felt guilty.

It’s not what you do that’s important, it’s what you’re thinking when you do it that matters. If Debbie had thought about buying the shoes and saved for them, she most likely would have happily worn them at work the next day. Instead, her guilty pleasure sat untouched because her binge purchase was to alleviate stress.

Below are five facts about impulse buying that once realized could change your life:

1. By definition an “impulse” means unplanned, hasty and thoughtless. When we spontaneously buy something, most of us mistakenly believe we are in control. But in truth, we’re acting without thinking about it or the long term consequences. The mere ability to purchase something with cash, a charge card or credit card, doesn’t mean we are in control or have regained a sense of power we fear we have lost.

2. Anger, stress, guilt or boredom is usually what drives an impulse purchase. It’s true that buying things can put us in a better mood. But the high lasts only a short time and doesn’t address the reason we needed a quick fix in the first place. The pleasure Debbie felt from her pricey shoes only masked her anger and frustration at her work situation – it didn’t erase it or resolve it.

3. The positive effects of an impulse buy are replaced by guilt and possibly worse. A client of mine timed how long the good feelings lasted: 18 minutes. After that, guilt began to creep in. As soon as you think, “I shouldn’t have done that,” you know you made an impulse buy. By the time Debbie got home with her new purchase, the positive feelings had been replaced by negative ones. Guilt is bad enough, but others may also have to deal with the repercussions of mounting debt.

4. Impulse buying “nickel and dimes” us out of our dreams. Instead of saving for what Debbie really wanted – down payment on a house, a new car, a vacation to Hawaii – she relieved her stress with binges at the mall.

5. There are three easy ways to avoid or handle an impulse buy.

First, recognize that you have a choice. You can choose a quick fix to a temporary problem or you can choose to pursue your lifelong dream instead.

Second, wait! Before you buy, take three deep breaths. This simple exercise helps to release the immediate emotion. If you are already at your shopping destination before you calm down, take a little extra time to compare items. You may find that you simply don’t want to and go home. Or tell yourself that you can come back that the next day and buy the item. This will help you gauge whether you really want it. Had Debbie waited until the next day, she would have found that she didn’t want the shoes after all.

Third, learn to take it back. If you went ahead and bought something, and the thrill is now gone, take it back. You don’t have to live with the guilt forever. Because Debbie felt remorseful the next day, she returned the shoes.

Rather than heading to the nearest mall the next time Debbie is angry, frustrated, sad or bored she will release her emotions with some deep breaths, taking time to listen and trust her intuition.

Resisting the urge to impulse buy is one of the best things you can do for your wallet, but also for yourself. In doing so, you build your self-esteem in a way that no shoes could ever do!

Author's Bio

Vickie Champion is a business/life coach and speaker committed to helping people listen and trust their intuition and achieve their dreams. She has coached as many as 54 concurrent clients on a one-to-one basis and has given over 750 classes and workshops. For more information visit her at or call her at (602) 249-1912.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.



  From Curt Overman ('59) of VA - 06/02/09 - "Typhoon Class of 59":

Dear Carol,

Several members of the Typhoon class of 59 are trying to see if there is any interest in a 50-year reunion.
They would ask that members contact one of the people listed below to express their interest and ideas.
Mary Catherine Todd    Telephone 757-596-4347
Margaret Powell Bryant   Telephone 757-826-6397   Email
Mary Jones Lenhart              Email
Curtis Overman             Email

They would ask that they contact one of the above before July 1 so that plans may be made.  It is anticipated that the reunion itself would be in either September or October.  The form and venue would depend on the response they get.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Curtis Overman

   That's truly fabulous news, Curt! I'll harp on this everyway I can imagine in the next four weeks to try to encourage one and all so that this comes to fruition!



1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

4. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/03/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

- Composed by John Williams, 1998
(b. 08 Feb 1932)


"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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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