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10/13/11 - NNHS Newsletter - 236th Birthday of the United States Navy

A powerful Navy we have always regarded as our proper and natural
means of defense; and it has always been of defense that we have
thought, never of aggression or of conquest. But who shall tell us now
what sort of Navy to build? We shall take leave to be strong upon the seas,
in the future as in the past; and there will be no thought of offense
or provocation in that. Our ships are our natural bulwarks.”

- President Woodrow Wilson, 08 Dec 1914, An Annual Message to Congress
(28 Dec 1856 - 03 Feb 1924)

10 Dec 1996 - Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area: USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) 27 Aug 2004 - Naval Station, Norfolk, VA: A UH-3H Sea King helicopter flies over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   For unknown reasons, sometimes we manage to celebrate this day together, and sometimes we don't.  We think it's one of Life's Mysteries.

   Hug a sailor today.  Or salute one.  Well, okay, just thank one for their services rendered.  I still would personally prefer the hugging option.

I've assembled five truly special videos for you - a birthday gift, as it were:

BONUS #1 - - Anchors Aweigh

BONUS #2 - - Anchors Aweigh - full of surprises!

BONUS #3 - - Anchors Aweigh - US Naval Academy, 2006

BONUS #4 - - Brief History of the US Navy, 2007

BONUS #5 - - US Navy Birthday Video - Fallujah, Iraq, 2008 (version played in camp)



   Happy Birthday today to The United States Navy - 1775  AND   Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND   Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA AND       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND   My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 -   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA;

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);
18 -
Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA;

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC;

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


From Day/thisday1013.htm - INCLUDING:

Sunday, Oct. 13, 1861

Things were going rather slowly in Sterling Price’s first expedition to retake Missouri for the Confederacy. He and his men had had a success in the siege and battle of Lexington, when Fremont sat in St. Louis fighting political battles rather than military ones. Finally, though, Fremont had gotten a force together and was moving towards where he thought Price might be. As Price wished to discourage this, he attempted to cut the telegraph wires wherever he could. Today’s telecommunication outages took place near Henrytown, at a locale known variously as Dutch or Monday Hollow, and also as Wet Glaize, Mo. Federal scouts caught Price's people at it, and a small battle ensued.

Monday, Oct. 13, 1862

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is in many ways a fascinating document. Modeled almost word for word after the US Constitution, it is best known for its differences from the earlier document, such as a single six-year term for the President as well as repeated references to the everlasting legality of the institution of slavery. The similarities, however, were considerable, and included the right of habeas corpus, the rule that persons could only be arrested on specific charges, and had the right to have these heard before a judge. The Congress today renewed a law authorizing the suspension of these rights. Then they adjourned the second session of the First Congress.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1863

It would have been a case of “déjà vu all over again” if such a phrase existed at this time, because Robert E. Lee seemed to be retracing the exact steps and maneuvers as had occurred before the dreadful Second Battle of Bull Run, or Battle of Manassas in the Southern nomenclature. The Army of Northern Virginia had crossed the Rapidan and headed north, before curving west as though to cut between Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac and the city they were supposed to protect, Washington D.C. Meade seemed intent on keeping his position near Richmond, and Lincoln was in a state of near-hysteria. Again he wired Meade, “How is it now?” Finally on the move, Meade today responded that he was headed for Manassas and Centerville, and was no longer likely to be cut off from the capital.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 1864

John Singleton Mosby was technically a cavalryman, but really belonged to that category known as “Confederate raiders.” Rather than scouting and screening for an army of infantry, he and his men operated independently, taking supplies, tearing up communications lines, and generally raising hell wherever they could. They raised a great deal today when they tore out some railroad tracks. The next train along naturally derailed, and Mosby’s men pounced. Great was their glee when they discovered the Army payroll was on board. Relieving the two Union paymasters of $173,000, they compounded their nuisance value by burning the train.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/11/11 - "    Bill Reece's Nash Metropolitan AKA: Sears.":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for sharing the story of Bill Reese replacing the Nash emblem with a Sears Emblem on his automobile.

It reminded me of another replaced auto emblem story, which amused me. While volunteering as the Editor of "The Seahorse" for the United States Seagoing Marine Association, I had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing World War II Marine Combat Veterans to secure their story of combat while serving in the Capital Ships of the Fleet. One such interview took place in Clearwater, Florida with a Marine who served in the USS Intrepid on Sea Duty, and was a gunner on a 40 MM Gun Mount designed to protect the vessel from enemy aircraft. He told me of the horrifying experience of having a Kamikaze attack in the South Pacific. As they swarmed like hornets at the ship, his gun mount was hit by one of the enemy aircraft, and caused a massive explosion, which he survived, but others in the gun crew were killed. This colorful Marine became agitated when mentioning that I noticed that his car sitting in the driveway was a Toyota. He jumped up and told me to follow him, to show me his car. He had replaced all of the Toyota emblems with large USMC emblems.

Semper Fidelis!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   PRICELESS! Thanks for sharing this, Adonis!

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/11/11 - "Senior Texting Codes":

ROFL CGU...  :-)

Since more and more Seniors are texting and Tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC
(Senior Texting Code). If you qualify for Senior Discounts, this is for you.
Please pass this on to your children and grandchildren so they an understand your texts.


At The Doctor’s 
Best Friend Fainted
Bring The Wheelchair  
Bring Your Own Teeth
Covered By Medicare
Can't Get Up
See You At The Senior Center
Driving While Incontinent
Don't Bug Me/ I'm Reading The Old Geezer Blog 
Friend With Beta Blockers
Forgot Where I Was
Found Your Insulin
Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
Got Heartburn Again 
Had Good Bowel Movement 
Is My Hearing Aid On?
Laughing My Dentures Out
Living On Lipitor 
Lawrence Welk’s On 
On My Massage Recliner
Oh My! Sorry, Gas
Rolling On Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
Talk To You Louder 
Who Am I Talking To? 
Wet The Furniture Again
Where’s The Prunes?
Walker Wheels Need Oil
(Gotta Go Laxative Kicking In)
     Thanks, Michael!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/11/11 - "STAN SHELTON'S T.V. INTERVIEW FOR TRACTOR PULL":

Stan Shelton is my 2nd cousin.


Click below to see Stan's interview on CBS T.V. He won National Championship this year. This is my sister's youngest son. One of the pictures in interview shows her sitting in his first truck that he pulled with.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Glenn!

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/11/11 - "Interested?":


FOR SALE:  One Useless Cat

   AWWW! Michael, that is so sweet! Thanks so much!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/13/11 - "Online Recipes Recently Located": - 09/28/11,1941,148160-248203,00.html - Quick Oatmeal Bread - 10/12/11 - 10/13/11

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/12/11 - "Ten years ago...":

Ten years ago we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope.  Now we have no Jobs, Cash or Hope.

   WILD SAD GIGGLES!!! Thanks again, Michael!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/11/11 - "Looking for my car keys - Hilarious":

   MORE WILD SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!


1. From Yahoo Shine - 10/11/11 - "How to Clean Your House in 30 Minutes or Less":

Cleaning house can feel like a gargantuan task, especially when you’ve let things slide for a few days too many. But it doesn’t have to be such a time-consuming undertaking. By incorporating these easy tips into your daily routine and prioritizing the areas that have a knack for getting the messiest the quickest, you’ll find that keeping the house in order is as easy as pie. The only drawback is that now you’ll have to figure out what to do with your new-found free time.


  • Do the dishes or place them in the dishwasher after every meal. (5 minutes)
  • Wipe down counter tops and stove with an all-purpose cleaner after cooking. (2 minutes)
  • Wipe up any spills and sweep up any crumbs after eating. (2 minutes)


  • Keep sanitizing wipes under your bathroom sink so you can quickly wipe the countertop after each time you wash your face or brush your teeth. (2 minutes)
  • Once a week, wipe the toilet and seat rim and clean the toilet bowl. By keeping the cleaning products within reach, you’ll be more likely to reach for them even if you’re not doing a major cleaning  (2 minutes)


  • If you’ve already started a load of laundry, don’t consider it finished until you fold and put away clean clothes. Doing it right away ensures you’re less likely to have piles of clean clothes on your bed. (5 minutes)
  • Each morning, clear bedside tables of dishes, books, and reading glasses from the night before. (2 minutes)
  • Get into the habit of making your bed every morning, the moment you get out of bed. You’ll be happy you made the time when you come home that night. (2 minutes)

Living Room:

  • Every few days, wipe the tables with a microfiber cloth to pick up dust while you watch TV. (2 minutes)
  • Break out the Dustbuster to swoop up crumbs on the floor and in the couch cushions. By doing this while you watch TV, you’re integrating the chore into your daily routine, instead of waiting for a deep-cleaning session. (2 minutes)
  • Before retiring for the evening put away all entertainment gadgets, DVDs, newspapers, and games that have been left out. (4 minutes)

2.   From Martha Stewart Organizing Tip of the Day -
07/23/09 (sic) - "Six Things to Do Every Day":

1. Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.

2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.

4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

5. Wipe Up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.

6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

3. From - What's in a Shiny Sink?

FlyLady's Eleven Commandments

1. Keep your sink clean and shiny.

2. Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your lace-up shoes.

3. Do your morning and before bedtime routine everyday.

4. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer.

5. Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away.

6. Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME.

7. Don’t pull out more than you can put back in one hour.

8. Do something for yourself everyday, maybe every morning and night.

9. Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time to play later.

10. Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It is contagious. Make your mind up to be happy and you will be.

11. Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#4 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

Rough day

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#17 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! Ummm, no these aren't really my style.....



From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 10/09/11:

"Mid-Life Barbie"

Introducing the new, improved MID-LIFE BARBIE:

Now, at long last, here are some NEW Barbie dolls to coincide with her and OUR aging gracefully.  These are a bit more realistic.

1. BIFOCALS BARBIE: Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too), neck chain and large print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.

2. HOT FLASH BARBIE: Press Barbie's belly button and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with hand-held fan and tiny tissues.

3. FACIAL HAIR BARBIE: As Barbie's hormone levels shift, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.

4. FLABBY ARMS BARBIE: Hide Barbie's droopy triceps with these new, roomier sleeved gowns. Good news on the tummy front too- muumuus with tummy support panels are included.

5. BUNION BARBIE: Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie's dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.

6. NO-MORE-WRINKLES BARBIE: Erase those pesky crow's feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin Sparkle Spackle, from Barbie's own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.

7. SOCCER MOM BARBIE:  All that experience as a cheerleader is really paying off as barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and Ken Jr. Comes with a SUV in robin-egg blue orwhite, and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.

8. DIVORCED BARBIE:  Sells for $399.99. Comes with Ken's house, Ken's car and Ken's boat.

9. POST-MENOPAUSAL BARBIE:  This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things and cries a lot. She is sick of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex.


1. 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

2. Thursday, November 3, 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. Thursday, November 3, 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.

4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 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.

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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Anchors Aweigh
- Words (Verses One and Two) by Midshipman First Class Alfred Hart Miles, USNA - '07, 1906 ;
Music by Lieut. Charles A. Zimmermann, USN, 1906
Words (Verse Three) by Midshipman Royal Lovell, USNA - '26.

Stand Navy down the field, sails set to the sky.
We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail Navy down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey.

Get underway, Navy, Decks cleared for the fray,
We'll hoist true Navy Blue So Army down your Grey-y-y-y.
Full speed ahead, Navy; Army heave to,
Furl Black and Grey and Gold and hoist the Navy, hoist the Navy Blue

Blue of the Seven Seas; Gold of God's great sun
Let these our colors be Till all of time be done-n-n-ne,
By Severn shore we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all.

"Anchors Aweigh" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Captain!

"Anchors Aweigh" original lyrics and history courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

Official U.S. Navy Images courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

1 - 961210-N-0710M-001 (DECEMBER 10, 1996)--The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
steams in the Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area (NPOA) during carrier airwing qualifications.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak. (RELEASED)

2 - 040827-N-4459K-002 Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 27, 2004) - A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue
(SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,
left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The SAR squadron,
which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, (was) decommissioned on October 1st, 2004.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (RELEASED)

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!

Animated Navy and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!!

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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