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10/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Navy Day

“For in this modern world, the instruments of warfare are not solely
for waging war. Far more importantly, they are the means
for controlling peace. Naval officers must therefore understand
not only how to fight a war, but how to use the tremendous power
which they operate to sustain a world of liberty and justice,
without unleashing the powerful instruments of destruction
and chaos that they have at their command.”

- Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, CNO, Change of command address
at the U. S. Naval Academy, 01 August 1961
(19 Oct 1901 - 01 Jan 1996)

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,

 This is our fourth observance here of this day - which technically no longer exists, but we never worry ourselves with such tiny details as that:

BONUS #1 - - The Navy Hymn - 2008 Naval Academy Men's Glee Club

BONUS #2 - - The Navy Hymn -  the Sea Chanters chorus of the U.S. Navy Band

BONUS #3 - - The Navy Hymn - no slide show, but a nice version by an unidentified male chorus

BONUS #4 - - The Navy Hymn - beautiful double slide show with an international twist

BONUS #5 - - The Navy Hymn - Phil Coulter - also a two-part version with an interesting history of the hymn



In the United States, the Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27 because it was the birthday of the Navy-supporting President Theodore Roosevelt. Although meeting with mixed reviews the first year, in 1923 over 50 major cities participated, and the United States Navy sent a number of its ships to various port cities for the occasion. The 1945 Navy Day was an especially large celebration, with President Harry S. Truman reviewing the fleet in New York Harbor.

In 1949, Louis A. Johnson, secretary of the newly-created Department of Defense, directed that the US Navy's participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization the Navy League was not affected by this directive, and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before. In the 1970s, the "birthday" of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define that as the new date of Navy Day.


  Happy Birthday today to    Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA;

31 -   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


October 27, 1940 - French General Charles de Gaulle set up the Empire Defense Council.

October 27, 1944 - German forces captured Banská Bystrica during the Slovak National Uprising thus bringing it to an end.


Wednesday, October 27, 1965 - Just nuffin' happened on this day - nada - zilch.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


 YIKESARONI-RINI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I've been gone and stopped nagging you!!!  The last time I checked Grace had 3941 votes and Dollar had 5722 votes. This just cannot be allowed to continue!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/27/10 - "Reunion Images":

   I have received images from a number of you from the last two reunions.  This would be an ideal day to begin posting them.  Unfortunately, I'm too sick with the nasty flu to be able to think clearly enough to do that.  Automatic pilot stuff I can handle.  Thinking stuff - not so much.  I'm very sorry.


   "They say" I should be feeling better by Sunday evening.....

  From Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 10/26/10 - "Birthday":

Hi  Carol,  

Please add me to the birthday list Brenda Shepard McCoy January 30, 1949    Class of 67       

Thanks for all you do; I love keeping up with all the news. 

   Certainly, Brenda - thank you!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/26/20 - "Buggah-Wanna buy a truck":

Buggah-Wanna buy a truck

Here's a funny Toyota pickup commercial from Australia. Makes you realize how boring our ads are. We tend to like trucks plowing through water or hauling a rock.

    Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

  From MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA - 10/26/10 - "Patrick Notley - BREATHTAKING PHOTOS":

You will enjoy this slide show. Absolutely Beautiful.

   Thank you so much, MaeLea - I did!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/19/10 - "The Power Of Touch":

A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of the state capitals of the United States. She proudly announced, "go ahead, ask me any of the capitals, I know all of them."

Her friend asks, "O.K., what's the capital of Wyoming?"

The blonde replied, "Oh, that's easy, 'W'."


The Power of Touch

I worked as a medical/surgical nurse at a busy hospital and was young in years and experience when this happened.

I had a patient to care for on my night shift along with eight others. This particular patient did not talk, move or even give me eye response when I was speaking to her.

She was alone; no family. She was a DNR (do not resuscitate),no heroic measures for her, just let her be. She was on the telemonitor, which watches what the heart is doing, rate, rhythm, etc.

After I did my initial assessment (like a physical exam), I repositioned her, placed pillows at the areas known to have skin breakdown (any bony prominence) and tried to make her more comfortable. Then I went to speak to the nurse watching the telemonitor for the shift so I could find out her rhythm, etc. to put in my nurse's notes.

I was shocked when she pointed to the screen that displayed my patient, "This is what a dying heart looks like."

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. She didn't look to be in any distress when I was just with her. I asked a few questions then quickly went back to the patient. Still no change.

As the evening went on, I got patients admitted from the emergency room and things got very busy. I had to make time to check on my "special" lady.

Every four hours I like to check vital signs if someone is in this state. I took them again; pulse rate and blood pressure were lower. I was standing at the bedside and could talk to the telemonitor nurse over the intercom in the room. I asked her if there has been any change.

"The heart rate is 60 and dropping."

While I was checking blood pressure and breathing rate, suddenly there were two other nurses and several nurses aid's in the room. Since she was DNR, there was absolutely nothing we could do.

The other members stood and watched as the voice over the intercom said, "Heart rate is 50 and dropping." Her respiratory rate dropped from the normal 20 a minute to 15 then 10. She was going.

I stood there feeling completely helpless. I must do something. The only thing to do was pray.

"Heart rate is 40."

I prayed silently and looked around the room. Everyone was just standing, watching, with their hands clasped in front of them. She was not struggling, but lying peacefully with her hands across her chest, rising slower and slower as her breaths decreased.

Speaking to the intercom I said, "Her breathing is 5."

Of course I am touching her while checking blood pressure but it is not the same as "touching" her. After a moment her breathing stopped completely. The feeling of helplessness came forward again.

My mind told me, as many people who are in this room we can't do anything to help her, but I can touch her and let her know she is not alone.

I placed my left hand across her hands lying on her chest.

Immediately, she took in a long, hard very deep breath. The other people in the room looked at each other, then me, then the patient.

"She's breathing again!

What's her heart rate?" I was shouting to the intercom.

"She's back up to 60, what did you do?" came the booming voice from the speaker.

"I'll tell you in a minute, let me check a blood pressure."

It was low but far from dead. Her breathing got stronger and more like normal. She did not die that night, Thank God.

The last I heard she had made a full recovery and was discharged from the hospital. She was gone when I came back to work a couple of days later.

Don't deny the healing powers of touch; I never will.

~A MountainWings Original by Kim Ewing, North Richland Hills, TX~

   Thanks, Shari!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/26/20 - "Italian Girl":

Italian Girl

An 18 year old Italian girl tells her mom that she has missed her period for 2 months. Very worried, the mother goes to the drugstore and buys a pregnancy kit. The test result shows that the girl is pregnant.

Shouting, cursing, crying, the mother says, 'Who was the pig that did this to you? I want to know!'

The girl picks up the phone and makes a call. Half an hour later, a Ferrari stops in front of their house. A mature and distinguished man with gray hair and impeccably dressed in an Armani suit steps out of a Ferrari and enters the house.

He sits in the living room with the father, mother, and the girl and tells them: 'Good morning, your daughter has informed me of the problem. I can't marry her because of my personal family situation but I'll take charge. I will pay all costs and provide for your daughter for the rest of her life.

Additionally, if a girl is born, I will bequeath a Ferrari, 2 retail stores, a townhouse, a beach-front villa, and a $2,000,000 bank account. If a boy is born, my legacy will be a couple of factories and a $4,000,000 bank account. If twins, they will receive a factory and $2,000,000 each.

However, if there is a miscarriage, what do you suggest I do?'

At this point, the father, who had remained silent holding a shot gun, places a hand firmly on the man's shoulder and tells him.

"Youa gonna try again."

Norris Sweetie, you are trying to make me laugh myself silly! Thanks so much!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


1. Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. 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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U. S. Navy Hymn

- Original Words by the Rev. William Whiting, 1860
(1825 - 1878)
Music ("Melita") by John Bacchus Dykes, 1861
(10 Mar 1823 – 22 Jan 1876)

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O 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.

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" midi courtesy of - 11/14/04

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The U.S. Navy Hymn" lyrics courtesy of - 11/14/04

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

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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