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07/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
John Paul Jones' 264th Birthday

“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger,
if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”

 - John Paul Jones
(06 July 1747 - 18 July 1792)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We observe this day each year that it is possible to do so: - (147 kb MP3 version - "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save") - (147 kb MP3 version - "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save") - (regular version - "The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save")

   Once again, I'm only issuing a single newsletter this year, but if your computer will allow you, please do check out the great mp3 sound file, "Admiral Side Honors and Gun Salute" prepared for us on 06/30/06 by        Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA

   Thanks again, Captain!

BONUS #1 - - The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father (Strong to Save) - Sea Chanters chorus of the US Navy Band - If you can make it through this without tearing up, please go check your pulse.....

BONUS #2 - - Navy Hymn Tribute

BONUS #3 - - The Navy Hymn - United States Naval Academy Mens Glee Club visits San Antonio, TX, 2008



  Happy Birthday today to    The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11)!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

11 -   Bobby Maddy ('57) AND POSSIBLY      Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN;

13 - James Stidham ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Friday, July 5, 1861

Claiborne Jackson was the legally elected governor of Missouri, but today he was nowhere near the state capital of Jefferson City. He, along with some 4000 fellow Confederate supporters, was down near Carthage, Mo, on the run from Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. They today discovered that besides Lyon behind them, they had Brig. Gen. Franz Sigel in front of them. Jackson got Sigel to attack, then rolled up his flanks in a very good use of cavalry. Sigel retired to await Lyon, whIle Jackson moved to join Sterling Price.

Saturday, July 5, 1862

The outbreak of war had seen the US Navy in dilapidated condition, as many ships, shipyards and commanders wound up in Confederate hands. Progress was made over the last year, but more was on the way. A bill, sponsored by Senator Grimes of Iowa, was about to authorize new Bureaus of the Navy. They included separate bureaus for Steam Engineering, Construction and Repairs, Navigation, and Medicine.

Sunday, July 5, 1863

Fulfilling their general’s wish that they “retire in good order”, the proud Army of Northern Virginia began to retire to the safety of Virginia as quickly as the miles of ambulance wagons would permit. They anticipated attack at any moment. It did not come. In one of the most controversial actions of the War, Gen. Meade stayed on Cemetery Ridge rather than launch his battered army in pursuit. Had he known that the Potomac River was rising rapidly from the ongoing rains, perhaps he would have chosen differently.

Tuesday, July 5, 1864

In ‘62 it had been Antietam. In ‘63 the attack was in Gettysburg. So when summertime came around it caused nervousness in the North. Jubal Early hoped that Lincoln would order the recall of the troops surrounding Petersburg if he could threaten Washington. Deciding against an assault on Harper’s Ferry, he fought smaller battles in Point of Rocks, Keedysville, Nolan’s Ferry and elsewhere. Rather than bother Gen. Grant, Lincoln called for militia reinforcements from New York and Pennsylvania to meet the threat.



Saturday, July 6, 1861

Commander Raphael Semmes was just beginning his career as the terror of Union commercial shipping. In less than a week with the CSS Sumter he had captured seven vessels. He tried to pull off a diplomatic coup today by depositing the prizes in Cienfuegos, Cuba, casually telling the Spanish colonial governor that he assumed Cuba would treat Confederate ships with “the same friendly reception... as to cruisers of the enemy.” As this would have amounted to diplomatic recognition of the Rebel government, the Spanish declined. The prizes were later released.

Sunday, July 6, 1862

Gen. Ambrose Burnside concluded today that his recapture of Albermarle Sound and Roanoke Island in North Carolina was essentially complete. He, along with a good part of his troops, sailed from Cape Hatteras up to the James River headquarters of Gen. McClellan. The battered Army of the Potomac, having just concluded the messy Seven Days campaign, badly needed the manpower.

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 07/05/11, 2:50 PM - "class of 1963 - obit":


Hope your 4th of July was a good one, and you're glad to be back in NC with your sister.

A classmate passed on to me this week that 
 Billie Hehl Schaefer of Midlothian, VA had passed away on July 17, 2007. I located her obit in the Richmond Times Dispatch of July 19, 2007.

Would you post her passing on our (memorial) page?

Thank you,
Susie Jones

Oh, Susie, I'm so very sorry to hear this! I remember Billie as such a sweet, delicate beauty.  After reading the news article published about her, I'm stunned on several levels.  What an incredible woman she was! 

   Because we would have made her a Memorial Edition had we known of her death four years ago, I made it anyway, and updated the Memorial Page for your class as well:

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 07/04/11 - "Someone sending Trash Mail":

There is someone sending Trash/not appropriate e-mails. "DO NOT OPEN."  SUBJECT is labeled as Re: 7 or Re: 9 or something with another number. I have already received 2 from people that do not do that type of thing. If you get one from me please trash as I did not send it. 

Cathy Hudson

   Thanks, Cathy! Isn't it strange how some people get their jollies?!? I've received several of these myself over the last few months, but none from you. Hang in there, Lady!

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/11 - "1956":

II found most of the 1956 comments in the Independence Day newsletter amusing, but the one about taxes was off-base. 

Income taxes were much higher in 1956 than today,  as many of us remember from our civics/US government classes. Both the tax rates were much higher (marginal tax rates at all income brackets were much higher, with some taxpayers in brackets more than double today's maximum), and the percentage of the adult population paying taxes was much higher. Today almost half of US adults pay no Federal income tax, and 2/3 of US corporations pay none. Additionally, the percentage of the Gross Domestic Product which goes to taxes at all levels (Federal, state, country, local; personal, business, capital gains, income, sales, payroll, property, etc) is at the lowest level in decades, at 20.9%.
Domi O'Brien NNHS '64

   Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Domi! I might have remembered that myself, but I was goofing off far too much in my government class to have retained much if anything.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/04/11 - "try this... amazing": 


It is fun. It is amazing!
Choose a famous person in your mind and then participate in this 20 question game!!
It really works:

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Glenn!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/05/11:

Hi Carol!

I hope you are enjoying summer in your new home. In your spare time (HAHAHA) you should come to facebook and visit the alumni page. If it weren't for you, I don't think it would exist.

Love from LaLa Land, Chris

Thanks so much, Chris! We are having great fun! 

   If I ever figure facebook out, I might just come check that out!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/05/11 - "A Family Love Story...": 

A Desert Love Story

Once upon a time there was a very handsome male camel
with two huge camel humps.

He fell in love and married a beautiful female camel
who had one perfect camel hump.

As time progressed, they became the proud parents of
a wonderful baby camel who had no humps.

They contemplated long and hard on
what to call their beautiful little boy.

They finally decided on......
You ready for this?????


Oh, stop your whining and groaning!!!!!!!!
It's a nice story . . . and better than a lot of the other junk I forward to you.

     Thanks again, Glenn!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 07/03/11 - "Thoughts Of A Retiree's Wandering Mind:":

These are fun....enjoy!

Idle Thoughts Of A Retiree's Wandering Mind:

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it.

I had amnesia once --- or twice.

I went to San  Francisco.  I found someone's heart. Now  what?

Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

If  the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?

They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home  and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

My weight is perfect for my height -- which varies.

I  used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

How  can there be self-help "groups"?

If  swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Is it me -- or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?


     Thanks, Dools! I really liked these!

From - 07/05/11:

The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job.

"Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Gomer, what is 1 and 1?"

"11" he replied.

The sheriff thought to himself, "That's not what I meant, but he's right. What two days of the week start with the letter 'T'?"

"Today and tomorrow."

The sheriff was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.

"Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?"

Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don't know."

"Well, why don't you go home and work on that one for a while?"

So, Gomer wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. "It went great! First day on the job and I'm already working on a murder case!"

1. Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 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. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

3. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/05/11

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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The Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Music (the hymn Melita) by J.B Dykes,
Lyrics by William Whiting,
Arranged by Dave Kahn

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

As for the MIDI:

JPJ is buried in the crypt beneath the Naval Academy Chapel.
Perhaps the Navy Hymn would be appropriate:
courtesy of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/30/06
Thank you so much, David!

Thank you again, Sir!

First Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06

Second Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06

Third Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of - 07/05/06
Image of John Paul Jones' Sarcophagus at the United States Naval Academy courtesy of - 07/05/06

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

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks once more, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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!

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

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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