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06/06/13 - NNHS Newsletter - D-Day Plus 69 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 the late    Eileen Casey Sparkman  (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11);

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) !

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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.


Thursday, June 06, 1963 - Politician Eric Cantor was born Eric Ivan Cantor in Richmond, Virginia. He is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district, serving since 2001. A member of the Republican Party, he became House Majority Leader when the 112th Congress convened on January 3, 2011. He previously served as House Minority Whip from 2009 to 2011. His district includes most of the northern and western sections of Richmond, along with most of Richmond's western suburbs and portions of the Shenandoah Valley. Cantor is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history.

Thursday, June 06, 1963 - Journalist, television host and politician Bernard Drainville was born in Île Dupas, Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, June 06, 1963 - Scientist Wolfgang Drechsler was born in Marburg, West Germany. He holds degrees from Bridgewater College, the University of Virginia, the University of Marburg, and the German Post-Graduate School of Public Administration Speyer.

Thursday, June 06, 1963 - Actor Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK.

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL -
06/04/13 - "69th Anniversary of D-Day":
National D-Day Memorial Commemorates
69th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings
On Thursday, June 6 the National D-Day Memorial will pay tribute to those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy 69 years ago and honor those veterans who lived to fight another day. The ceremony begins at 11am and includes guest speaker Major Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr., Commander of the 29th Infantry Division.  Whittington deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. He taught at the U. S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla. from 1991 to 1992.
Whittington joined the Maryland National Guard in November 1992 and served as the battery commander, brigade targeting officer, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer and battalion commander. He served as the Chief of the 291st Army Liaison Team from May 2006 to March 2007 and was selected as the deputy commander for the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in March 2007.  He deployed with the 58th from April 2007 to April 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 15. He commanded the 58th IBCT from June 2008 to June 2010.  His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Southwest Asian Service Medal with campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Parachutist Badge.

Also in attendance will be Major General Daniel E. Long, Adjutant General of Virginia and Col. Jacques Aragone, the military attache to the Embassy of France.
The Memorial will also dedicate a series of new narrative plaques and will recognize all D-Day veterans in attendance.  Several dozen D-Day veterans are expected to attend. 
Music will be provided by the Enduring Freedom Honor Team.  The Enduring Freedom Honor Team consists of a group of student instrumentalists conducted by Gregory Reed, from the National Award winning music program at Faith Baptist Schools in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Among other venues, they have performed at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and The United States Pentagon, with recognition from each installation and the House of Delegates in Richmond. The team performs a series of patriotic tunes and period music from wartime eras in American history and wears the vintage WWII khaki and Eisenhower short jacket ensemble with authentic insignias and original visor caps and EM badges.  The director of the group, Gregory Reed, commented on why he enjoys having students perform music for veterans.
"It is not our history books that remember these heroic deeds, but our hearts that must measure the gratitude of yesterday.  We show 'Our Greatest Generation' that we will never forget their great sacrifice.  For it is their sacrifice that supplies our freedoms today.  Freedoms we enjoy can be taken for granted.  Freedom may not disappear because we forget those who paid its price, but will absolutely fade from our conscience unless we mentor the sacrificial spirit entrusted to us by these great Americans.  It seems a pale tribute to just thank our older generation in passing several times each year.  But by more than remembering we can actively express our gratitude for their sacrifice.  The Enduring Freedom Honor Team is dedicated to an expression of gratitude by music as we value the sacrifice of our Greatest Generation." 

The Memorial's program begins at 11am.  Admission is free until noon. Regular admission fees apply after noon and tours will be provided throughout the day.  Guests are asked to bring their own chair.

The National D-Day Memorial to Participate in Blue Star Museum Program
The National D-Day Memorial is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is proud to partner once again with the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at
"Being a part of this program allows the Memorial to reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice," commented April Cheek-Messier, Co-President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.
This marks the third year the Memorial has been a part of the Blue Star Museums program.

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Major Madagan!

    From My Friend, Daniel Pratt (Foothills Composite HS, Alberta - '02) of Alberta, Canada - 06/06/13 - "D-Day":

Let us never forget the sacrifice and heroism of the Canadians and allied troops that stormed the beaches of Normandy 69 years ago today.

   INDEED! Lest we forget! Thank you, Daniel!


    From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of MA - 06/05/13, 1:50 PM:

Breaker breaker, come in, Baby. This is Mother. You're due today. Over.   

   Thanks, Diana! Tell that little baby girl that D-Day, the Sixth of June would be an excellent day to be born!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC (temporarily of MA) - 06/06/13, 1:07 PM - "Baby":

Well, it looks to be the day actually - they are going to the hospital very soon. I will watch the kids here. Pray that both mother and baby will be healthy and happy.


   EXCELLENT! Thanks, Webby! Y'all take care and enjoy the day!

       From My (soon to be five-year-old) Grandson, Buckley Harty - 06/06/13, phone call of 3:22 PM - "Baby Sister!":

We have a new baby sister!
  SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Buckley! Congratulations!     

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 06/06/13, same phone call of 3:22 PM - "Baby Girl":

The baby arrived a couple of hours ago - we're calling it 1:35 PM. As you know, we had planned to have her at home, but then we thought we'd head over to the hospital. Diana made it to the doorway between the bedroom and the living room when the baby had other plans.

   That's probably just as well! Going down three flights of stairs at such a moment sounds like no fun at all! How big was that little doll baby?

Well, as we never made it to the hospital yet, we don't really know, but she appears to be baby-size.
Good to know, Sweetie-Weetie! That's a very good size for babies to be! CONGRATULATIONS!

      From My Daughter-in-Law,
Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of MA - 06/05/13, 7:50 PM:

  Behold, Harty #3!

Name: TBD

Born: 1:35pm (ish) on 6/6/13 slightly accidentally on-purpose on our living room floor. Details to follow. After a nap.

   OOOH! Sweet little newborn baby girl! Thank you, Diana - nicely done!    


  From Madeleine Ferrer Donovan of TN - 06/05/13 - "RE: Do You Want to Know a Secret?":


These newsletters that you put together are fantastic! Thank you for sharing my blog with your readers.

I am a music lover, so I really appreciated the bit about "Do You Want To Know a Secret." I never knew this information about this song, so I was pleased to learn it.

You and
        Paul are both gifted writers. I love how the universe works, bringing people together all of the time.

Thanks for thinking of me,

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Madeleine, for all the family history you've contributed to us!

   We are always delighted here to learn how our lives seem to be so intertwined - even when we've never met one another!

From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 06/05/13 - "RE: Norfolk Naval Base":

Glad       Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) liked the pics, Mom...

With love

   So am I! Thanks again, Brent! See you this weekend here in Fayetteville!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 06/04/13 - "A Poem Worth Reading":

(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting  old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

   Thank you, Haul Party! This is good to remember on such a day as this!

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/13, 12:09 AM - "RE: Ice Cream Bread Recipe":

Anyone heard of this? Use any flavor of Ice Cream.. just make sure it's not non-fat or low-fat.

  Ice Cream Bread

2 cups Ice Cream
1-½ cup Self-Rising Flour

Stir together ice cream and flour, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8×4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack.
Well, I had to add baking powder and salt to our all-purpose flour.  I used Prairie Farms Caramel Coyote.  The cake turned out surprisingly tasty.  I would think the experimentation with different flours, etc., could yield some nice results.

   SUPER! I'll have to try that out soon! Thanks, Faniel!

BONUS D-DAY CROCHET PATTERN: - Rachel Vives' "Knit Your Bit" Lengthwise Striped Crochet Scarf - "This lengthwise crochet pattern is a wonderful way to use your oddballs! "

BONUS D-DAY MENUS: - D-Day Army Rations: How the Troops Kept Their Strength - "Storming the beach at Normandy was quite the strategic operation for the Allied forces — right down to the food. Combat rations (sometimes known as field rations) were nutritional meals created specifically for troops in the battlefield. They were compact, lightweight, pocket-sized foods that were canned, pre-packaged bars, or freeze-dried and provided the right amount of nutrition and sustenance..."

From - 06/05/13:

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops.

Now you know why they call it a workstation!

1. Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 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, June 12, 2013 - 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. Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/03/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





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


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

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

"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

Barbed Wire Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/30/08

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 - 07/07/06

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

Foothills Composite High School Provincials' logo courtesy of - 05/34/13

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

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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