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09/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
64th Birthday of the United States Air Force

“No one comes close.”

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Every now and then we forget to observe this day, but sometimes we get it right.



    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":


Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.

Also, please include the invitation in your newsletter’s “save the date” section.


Bill Roady


The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two.  Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call me at 757-595-0716 so we have a head count.

Bill Roady

   Thanks so much, Bill - if there's any possible way to manage it, I'll see you there!


   Happy Birthday today to Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

September 18, 1947 - The United States Air Force became an independent branch of the United States armed forces.

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Barry Stutt ('57);

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57)

22 -   Curt Overman ('59) of VA;

23 -        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany;

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1861

The Confederate invasion of Kentucky (in the Yankee view of things) or rescue mission from an impending Northern invasion (the Confederate philosophy of the matter) was proceeding with considerable speed and action, and remarkably little fighting. This was in part because the two invading forces were not yet close enough to fight each other, and neither had any intention or desire to fight with Kentuckians, who were wanted as allies. In consequence, when Brig. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner rolled into Bowling Green, Ky., today, there was no battle; the Confederates simply marched in and started looking for a place to camp.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 1862

The single bloodiest day of the War was over, or at least the shooting part of it was. Miller’s cornfield held 12,000 dead or dying, and thousands of others lay dead or suffered behind trees, in other fields, or along fencerows. In every building for miles around, surgeons, volunteers, farm families and strangers struggled to treat the wounded. Surgery was done on doors removed from their hinges; the survivors were laid on mattresses, tents, the bare ground, and in one case a hay manger to attempt to recover. Of the unscathed, Lee’s advisors recommended a hasty retreat across the Potomac. Lee, knowing that McClellan had thousands of reserves who had not even been used yesterday, chose to remain braced for another attack. For reasons known only to McClellan, the 36,000 Union men were never used.

Friday, Sept. 18, 1863

The Army of Tennessee was on the march today. Leaving only three divisions near Ringgold, Braxton Bragg moved all the rest across West Chickamauga Creek. These men were joined by Gen. James Longstreet’s corps from the Army of Northern Virginia, which had been detached after Gettysburg and sent west to help Bragg’s sagging fortunes. On the Union side, Rosecrans swung Thomas’s men far to the northeast to guard the right flank and the roads to Chattanooga. This required a difficult forced march, as they were far to the south of where they needed to be. As the armies got closer to each other skirmishes flared all along the line, at Pea Vine Ridge, Stevens’ Gap, Spring Creek, and numerous fords and bridges. The Chickamauga may have been only a creek, but it flowed between steep rocky banks and could only be crossed at a few points.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 1864

Jefferson Davis was either a great believer in the power of positive thinking, or completely deluded today. The siege of Petersburg continued as it had for months, with no progress whatever being made to break it. The only major portion of the Army of Northern Virginia operating elsewhere, Early’s cavalry force in the Shenandoah, was scattered and under pressure from Sheridan’s Union men. The far West had been lost since the fall of Vicksburg the summer before. Nevertheless, Davis sent a letter full of glowing optimism to a Confederate Congressman today, saying that he thought Atlanta could be retaken and “Sherman’s army can be driven out of Georgia, perhaps be utterly destroyed.”

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 09/12/11 - "new pool":

I am finally able to get in the pool!

We are in the cleaning stage for 4 days.  Scrub the sides and bottom twice a day until the marsite settles and then we add the salt and can open your eyes.

My friends in Park City are probably asking is it cold?  Well, not after playing 18 holes with my 8 buds at Mayport Naval Station every Monday.  And you should have seen the security getting in and out...


Monday, September 12, 2011

   AHHH, the life of Riley! Thanks, Phil - have fun!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/12/11 - "":


Posted: 11 Sep 2011 12:07 PM PDT

 The Covert Letter has been in hiatus since early summer due to medical challenges beyond our control. We hope to be back to regular input soonest. In the meantime it is fitting that this day, September 11, 2011 marks our return to cyberspace. A decade ago we were shocked into sobering reality with the dastardly attack on America by Muslim Terrorists. I make no apology for the foregoing description of our enemy that day — and today.

World War II U. S. Army recruiting poster is as apropos September 11, 2011 as it was in 1917.

It is frustrating that our national leadership seems not to know the face of the enemy and has formed alliances with friends of these Muslim Terrorists. The failure of our leadership to pursue this enemy with alacrity is distressing and appalling.

Our military think tanks and training institutions emphasize a vital lesson established by the respected 19th century military theorist and soldier Carl von Clausewitz. He insisted that fighting forces must intend to destroy the enemy’s ability and will to fight. Consider that we are bogged down in Afghanistan and Pakistan because of our civilian leadership’s failure to enable our troops to pursue just such an end.

Moments after the second United Airlines plane struck the second tower, September 11, 2001.

Consider, too, that our fighting forces are admonished not to fire unless fired upon. We never would have defeated the Axis Powers in World War II with today’s rules of warfare established in the White House. The Department of Defense and the White House insist on this touchy, feely type of military games. I suppose that is better than “shoot, ready, aim,” but the enemy isn’t using paint ball guns.

I could give you a litany of admonitions from Gen. George S. Patton Jr., but that would require some editing to conform to  decorum you demand. Instead, consider the words attributed to Andrew Jackson while he commanded the defense of New Orleans during the War of 1812. “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes….” I suppose Rooster Cogburn’s words in the movie ”True Grit” are as telling, “A gun that isn’t loaded and cocked isn’t worth anything….”

We offer our prayers and best wishes for the survivors of the victims of the attacks in New York City, The Pentagon and the United Airlines aircraft forced down in Pennsylvania that fateful day.

We also offer our prayers and tribute to the men and women of the U. S. Army, U. S. Marine Corps, U. S. Navy, U. S. Air Force, U. S. Coast Guard and those contract personnel supporting and sharing the danger in Southwest Asia and other perilous assignments worldwide.

No preaching here can put more urgency on the meaning of today. When you leave The Covert Letter, please go to It is informative and inspirational.

God Bless America.–Norman M. Covert

You may contact Mr. Covert at

   Thank you so much, Normie! I was afraid your silence may have indicated that you were not well; I hope your health has vastly improved now!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 09/12/11 - "Really a cool video. It's a little over seven minutes, but after this weekend really worth the watch.":


Painting the Flag
I guarantee you will watch spell-bound until the last drop of paint is put in place.
Make sure your sound is turned up.

   Thank you so much, Jay Sweetie - this is really quite incredible!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/13/11 - "The Owl and the Pussycat":

The Owl and the Pussycat

    This is sooo cool! Thanks, Dools!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/17/11 - "Russian 9/11 monument sent to the USA":

Thought it would be appropriate to send this out on this particular weekend.

Most Americans are not aware of this gesture that was sent to us by Russia following 9/11...

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Joan!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/17/11 - "Thankfulness":

   AMEN! Thank you, Bill!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/15/11 - "Irish Luck":

You take the chance it doesn't --not me!!


I hope it works...

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you;

and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead.

OK, this is what you have to do.... Send this to all of your friends.

But - you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it!

Now.....Make a Wish!! I hope you made your wish!

Now then, if you send to:

1 person --- your wish will be granted in 1 year

3 people --- 6 months

5 people --- 3 months

6 people --- 1 month

7 people --- 2 weeks

8 people --- 1 week

9 people --- 5 days

10 people --- 3 days

12 people --- 2 days

15 people --- 1 day

20 people --- 3 hours

If you delete this after you read it, you will have 1 year of bad luck!

But, if you send it to 2 of your friends, you will automatically have 3 years good luck!!!

   Oh, I wouldn't dream of taking such a chance, because I just sent this to over 650 people, and now I'm gonna be richer than Rockefeller in about 5 nano-seconds - and the timing would be excellent on the heels of that trip!

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/15/11 - "Jokes":

Now that I'm older, I thought I'd have more patience; but really, I just don't give a d__n.
The best form of birth control after 50 is ... nudity.
Why is a woman's work never done? They don't get up early enough!
Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the edge of the pool and throw fish to them.
Yeah, it's a dog's world--but what kind of best friend would snip your testicles?
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mover is broken.
God is inventive and devious. He took a rib from Adam and made a loudspeaker.
My wife said, "Whatcha doin' today?" ...
I answered, "Nothing." ...
She said, "But you did that yesterday." ...
I replied, "Patience! I'm not done yet."
Paper or plastic? Why ask me? I'm bi-sackual.
Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

From the Jim Rohn Newsletter - 09/12/11 - "Practice Being Like a Child":

Practice Being Like a Child by Jim Rohn

Remember the master teacher said 2000 years ago, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances are zero, you haven’t got a prayer.” A major consideration for adults.

Be like children and remember there are four ways to be more like a child no matter how old you get –

1) Curiosity - Be curious. Childish curiosity. Learn to be curious like a child. What will kids do if they want to know something bad enough? You’re right. They will bug you. Kids can ask a million questions. You think they’re through. They’ve got another million. They will keep plaguing you. They can drive you right to the brink.

Also kids use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever noticed that while adults are stepping on ants, children are studying them? A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.

2) Excitement - Learn to get excited like a child. There is nothing that has more magic than childish excitement. So excited you hate to go to bed at night. Can’t wait to get up in the morning. So excited that you’re about to explode. How can anyone resist that kind of childish magic? Now, once in awhile I meet someone who says, “Well, I’m a little too mature for all that childish excitement.” Isn’t that pitiful? You’ve got to weep for these kinds of people. All I’ve got to say is, “If you’re too old to get excited, you’re old.” Don’t get that old.

3) Faith - Faith like a child. Faith is childish. How else would you describe it? Some people say, “Let’s be adult about it.” Oh no. No. Adults too often have a tendency to be overly skeptical. Some adults even have a tendency to be cynical. Adults say, “Yeah. I’ve heard that old positive line before. It will be a long day in June before I fall for that positive line. You’ve got to prove to me it’s any good.” See, that’s adult, but kids aren’t that way. Kids think you can get anything. They are really funny. You tell kids, “We’re going to have three swimming pools.” And they say, “Yeah. Three. One each. Stay out of my swimming pool.” See, they start dividing them up right away, but adults are not like that. Adults say, “Three swimming pools? You’re out of your mind. Most people don’t even have one swimming pool. You’ll be lucky to get a tub in the back yard.” You notice the difference? No wonder the master teacher said, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances, they’re skinny.”

4) Trust - Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great merit. Have you heard the expression “sleep like a baby”? That’s it. Childish trust. After you’ve gotten an A+ for the day, leave it in somebody else’s hands.

Curiosity, excitement, faith and trust. Wow, what a powerful combination to bring (back) into our lives.

—Jim Rohn


From - 09/17/11:

A man gets pulled over by the police for speeding. The cop walks up to the car and says to the driver, “Sir, did you know that you were going 60 miles an hour?"

The driver says, "Officer, there is no way I could have been going 60 miles an hour!"

The cop says, “Really! Why is that?" 

The driver replies, "I could not have been going 60 miles an hour because I've only been out driving for 25 minutes." 


1. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

2. Thursday, October 6, 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.

3. Wednesday, October 12, 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. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

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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Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Written by
Robert MacArthur Crawford (27 July 1899 - 12 Mar 1961), 1939

Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At'em boys, giv'er the gun!
Down we dive spouting our flames from under,
Off with one hell-uv-a roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they live God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings ever to soar,
With scouts before and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the US Air Force!

Here's a toast to the host of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send the message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast the US Air Force.
Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true!

If you'd live to be a gray haired wonder,
Keep your nose out of the blue!
Flying men guarding our nation's borders,
We'll be there followed by more,
In echelon we carry on!
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!

"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" midi courtesy of - 07/01/04

"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" lyrics courtesy of - 07/02/04

1947 Insignia courtesy of - 07/02/04

United States Air Force Emblem courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/04
Thanks, Dave!

Unofficial USAF Motto courtesy of - 09/17/06

Divider Line 802 courtesy of - 09/18/11

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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

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