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07/06/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
John Paul Jones' 266th 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.

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;

10 -   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA;

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

12 -     Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA;

13 - James Stidham ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 06, 1939 - Holocaust: The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany were closed..

July 06, 1941 - Nazi Germany launched its offensive to encircle several Soviet armies near Smolensk.

July 06, 1942 - Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse.

July 06, 1942 - Japanese forces landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield. On February 1, 1943 the Japanese forces began to withdraw. 


Saturday, July 06, 1963 - Novelist, screenwriter and director Peter Hedges was born Peter Simpson Hedges in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Saturday, July 06, 1963 - Baseball player Todd Burns was born Todd Edward Burns in Maywood, California.

Saturday, July 06, 1963 - Baseball player Lance Johnson was born Kenneth Lance Johnson in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Saturday, July 06, 1963 - George, Duke of Mecklenburg (b. Count George of Carlow on 05 Oct 1899 in Oranienbaum, Russia) died in Sigmaringen, Germany of a heart attack at the age of 63.

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/13 - "Family News from NH - Naturalization ceremony":

My daughter-in-law, Daniela Petkova Dimova, wife of my older son, Ragnar Arneson, became a US citizen on July 4, 2013. She was one of 124 immigrants from 57 countries who were naturalized at the Portsmouth, NH ceremony at Strawbery Banke historical museum. (Daniela is from Bulgaria. She came here on a student visa while finishing her degree in English philiology and linguistics and her teacher certification, and went out dancing in Boston one evening and met Ragnar. She speaks eight languages. Had she decided to spend a year abroad practicing her Russian or Norwegian or French, instead of English, things might have turned out quite differently. ) There were similar ceremonies throughout the states and on military bases for new citizens. Before the ceremony her family were all texting her greetings from home, and then congratulations after. Her mother, Angelina, was here for a visit three months ago. Wonders of modern travel and electronic communication!


125 people become citizens during Independence Day event

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office administered the Oath of Allegiance to the group on Thursday morning.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. —There are 125 people who have become American citizens at a ceremony at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office administered the Oath of Allegiance to the group on Thursday morning.

The participants originate from 57 countries. They live throughout the state.

The ceremony is part of the immigration agency's annual celebration of Independence Day, which involves more than 7,800 candidates becoming citizens at more than 100 special ceremonies across the country.

"You come from diverse cultures, and this will enrich our cultural lives with the music, foods, and crafts you bring to your new country," U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said, addressing the new citizens.

"America's greatness always has come from being a nation of immigrants. This is as true today as it was at the founding of this nation 237 years ago," she said. "I thank you for all you and your children and grandchildren will contribute to making America an even greater country."

Shaheen also discussed the bipartisan immigration reform package she voted for last week. She said she thought it was important for the Senate to pass it before the Fourth of July, "just as becoming citizens on the Fourth of July no doubt makes this great achievement even more meaningful for you."
WOWZERONI-RINI! That's wonderful, Domi! Congratulations to you all!

         From David Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/05/13, 4:52 PM - "Site Map Link":

The Site Map Link is broken.  I have tried from two computers with no luck.

That pretty much cripples users, so I know you will put your tech crew right on it.


   Thanks so much for letting me know!

   For the past couple of days I've had problems with the FTP. It generally took a dozen or so efforts to upload any page, as I kept receiving double messages from the FTP - one of which would say, "Transfer aborted. Link to file server lost ." and the other which would say, "Transfer complete."

   I may or may not have resolved that issue, but this one page - for now, anyway - is fixed:

 Thanks again - great hearing from you!

         From David Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/05/13, 8:23 PM - "Site Map Link":

I just tested it, and it is working perfectly.


I use links to the site often on the NN Group on Facebook. Whenever they come up with a new topic of discussion, I can almost always provide a link to photos and information.

   Oh, good - glad to be of service!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/05/13 - "A 4th of July viewing... Marines!":

Watch how the Marines fold the American Flag. Reverence is the word that comes to mind. A great story of a WW I soldier. Fitting tribute for this Independence Day. Let us not forget what this holiday is about. Pass it along to only people you like, and who, you know will appreciate it.

     Thanks so very much, Billy! I do appreciate it!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 07/05/13 - "This is brilliant!!!":

Please watch to the end - only a minute or two

   Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah!

"Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe."

~ Galileo Galilei
(15 Feb 1564 - 08 Jan 1642)


      - brand new page!

BONUS NAVY CROCHET PATTERN: - Navy Hat Pincushion - "The "dixie-cup" hat was written into Navy uniform regulations in 1886. The Navy needed a summer hat that was inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to store and comfortable to wear."

BONUS NAVY RECIPES: - Navy Recipes - "747 Recipes"


From - 07/05/13:

Notice on the bulletin board at the wrestling arena: “There will be a rehearsal for tonight’s bout.”

1. Thursday, August 1, 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, August 14, 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. 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
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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 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!

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '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 Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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