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06/06/10 - NNHS Newsletter

D-Day Plus 66 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 2008'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.



   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!



June 05, 1941 - Four thousand Chongqing residents were asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.

June 05, 1942 - The United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

June 05, 1944 - More than 1000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

June 05, 1945 - The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally took power.


June 06, 1942 - Battle of Midway: U.S. Navy dive bombers sank the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers; Japanese forces retreated. The battle had begun on June 4.

June 06, 1944 - Battle of Normandy began. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commenced with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly broke through the Atlantic Wall and pushed inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. Altogether 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.



Saturday, June 05, 1965 - Astronomer Michael E. Brown was born in Huntsville, Alabama.

Saturday, June 05, 1965 - Soprano Sandrine Piau was born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.


Sunday, June 06, 1965 - Hockey player Cam Neely was born in Comox, British Columbia, Canada.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - "USS Spruance (DD 963)":

I noticed in the 4 June newsletter that        Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) mentioned the Battle of Midway. The Naval officer credited with this early victory over superior Japanese forces was Admiral Raymond A. Spruance.

In September 1975, USS Spruance (DD 963) was placed in commission in Pascagoula MS. I had the honor of being a member of that commissioning crew as a young lieutenant.

The ship was decommissioned in 2005 in Mayport FL. About 30 members of the commissioning crew, including myself, attended the ceremony. She was sunk as a target in December 2006.

Today, 5 June 2010, I and seven members of the commissioning crew, representing the first ship to bear the name of Spruance, attended the christening ceremonies of USS Spruance (DDG 111) at Bath Iron Works in Bath Maine. Our presence was noted by the president of the shipyard and the main speaker, who asked us to stand to be thanked for our service. It was a moving moment, a linking of the past, the present and the future.

Read all about it here: 

   OHHH, I'm so happy for you that you were able to attend this ceremony! I can only imagine how incredibly moving an experience it must have been for you. Thank you so much for sharing this, Captain!


  From Mike Fordham ('66) of FL - 06/04/10 - "reunion pictures":

Dear Carol ------

Thank you for adding the names to the class of 1965 reunion picture.

Even with the names I canít remember most of them.  I do remember, along with     Mr. (Joe) Wingo (of NC), Willard Smith.  Other than my first cousin   Billy Turner (of TX), Willard was my first friend in Newport News.  He is one of the nicest people Iíve ever met. 

Iíd like to ask one more favor of you.  On the class of 1966 reunion pictures,   Randy Tate (of DE) took a class picture Saturday morning with everyone sitting in the stands of the stadium.  At your leisure, could you possibly add the names to this picture. 

Thank you,  Mike Fordham

   AHHH! Ummm, actually, that sounds much more difficult, but, ah, let's have look:

   Oh, well, the first thing I must tell you is that that shot contains alumni from several different classes, not just yours; right offhand I see people from 1954 (     Bill Campbell) all the way down to 1970 (Warren Crisp). Also, there's at least one from another school (Holly Hill Campbell - Hampton Roads Academy - '72).

   Secondly, no one is wearing nametags.

   Thirdly, due the the problems I mentioned before, I can only spot ten or twelve people in that image that I can definitely identify at this moment (and that would be tremendously humiliating  ), so let me do some checking and crosschecking, and I'll get back to you on this.

    Meanwhile, anyone who wants to jump in here on this ID game would be extremely welcome!

   Thanks, Mike!


  From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 06/05/10 - "Wythe Elementary School":


Granted Wythe Elementary School was in Hampton, but if any of you, particularly you "East enders" from NN,  knew someone who lived in Wythe and/or attended Wythe Elementary School (corner of Claremont Avenue and Kecoughtan Road) you might want to share this information with them:
On Saturday, June 12th, from 9 am to 2 pm, former Wythe Elementary School or George Wythe Jr. High School students are invited to a Celebration of Wythe Elementary School's Closing, and a Wythe Homecoming.  Former students are requested to bring their old photos, memorabilia and memories, all of which will be preserved on the Olde Wythe History website.
A special program, 10 am, includes the Wythe Elementary School Chorus and opening of the 1985 time capsule.
The flyer invites former students to attend and reconnect with classmates, old friends and neighbors and encourages them to "Save the date, Saturday, June 12th" and attend the event.  
Two new elementary schools are being built in it is off with the old, "i.e., Wythe Elementary" and on with the new.

   Thanks so much for this reminder, Sandra! This would certainly seem to be a "Do Not Miss" event!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 06/04/10 - "Formula for Prayer":

ďYou will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.Ē

Fenelonís Formula for Prayer

Is your prayer life consistent? Is it rich and rewarding? Do you see measurable growth in it? If not, Francois Fenelon, a 17th century Frenchman, tells us how to pray and get results.  Itís a tried and true formula worth following:
"Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads oneís heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend.  Tell Him your troubles that He may comfort you; tell Him your longings that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes that He may help you conquer them; tell Him your temptations that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your soul that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved taste for evil, your instability.  Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride hides you from yourself and from others.  If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, and troubles, there will be no lack of what to say.  You will never exhaust the subject, for it is continually being renewed.  People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversations.  They do not weigh their words for there is nothing to be held back.  Neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of their heart.  Without consideration, they simply say just what they think.  When they ask, they ask in faith, confident that they will be heard.  Blessed are those who attain such familiar, unreserved communication with God.Ē

   Thank you, Bill! This seems to be appropriate for the day!



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 06/05/10:

New Son-In-Law

A very successful businessman had a meeting with his new son-in-law. "I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family," said the man. "To show you how much we care for you, I'm making you a 50-50 partner in my business. All you have to do is go to the factory every day and learn the operations."

The son-in-law interrupted, "I hate factories. I can't stand the noise."

"I see," replied the father-in-law. "Well, then you'll work in the office and take charge of some of the operations."

"I hate office work," said the son-on-law. "I can't stand being stuck behind a desk all day."

"Wait a minute," said the father-in-law. "I just make you half-owner of a moneymaking organization, but you don't like factories and won't work in a office. What am I going to do with you?"

"Easy," said the young man. "Buy me out."

1. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

2. Saturday, June 26, 2010 - The NNHS Classes of 1945 will hold their 65-Year Reunion .at Warwick Forest Retirement Community. For additional information, please email Roland McCoy at - CLASSES OF 1945

3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

7. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

8. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: - CLASS OF 1971


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/01/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  
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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 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 Navy Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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