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Ed Tipshuss
01:18 PM ET (US)
Pass to Fitz: Am praying for your succesful outcome.
Marine Bird Colonels have a way getting things done :-)
Edited 12-10-2018 01:18 PM
10:46 AM ET (US)
Dick Raymond - Great poem this month
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
07:10 AM ET (US)
I received the following from Fitz Woodrow:

Thanks you for the sad news about Jack and for your constant information about the of 54! I’m on a “new” Cancer treatment which should be over around the first part of February. My best personal regards, and Cheers, Fitz
Mike Myers 9th
10:18 PM ET (US)
Bob -- your story is much far better than mine!
bobbriner 17th company
04:43 PM ET (US)
Barbara Crane pointed out to me comments on class mates comments about Pearl Harbor. We lived in Pearl City, which jutted out into Pearl Harbor from the north west. I was 9 years old and my brother was 8 and we walked down 2 blocks to the fleet landing were a Navy motor launch took us across the harbor to Ford Island where a bus took us around the air station to Kenneth Whiting Elementry School. The school was right next to battleship row. You heard the boatswain's pipe all day long. On the morning of 7 December, we heard loud explosions and went to the front yard and the Japanese plans where flying over head at about 500 feet, making there runs on the ships, You could see the Japanese pilots in their cockpits. My mother asked a Lt. Naval aviator next door, 'what are these planes with red balls on their wings'. He told my mother that the Japanese were attaching Pearl Harbor and to get your kids to the sugar cane fields. We drove up by car and watched the entire attack. Dad was the duty officer on the battleship Pennsylvania, in dry dock. She took 2 hits and about 25 were killed. We were not allowed to go back to Pearl City and went into Honolulu and stayed in an apartment with a wife of one of Dad's shipmates. The chaplain came around that night to let us know that Dad and his shipmate made it. Gratefully, Dad survived the war.
Charlie Shelton
02:09 PM ET (US)
Watching the Army/Navy game reminded me of a Tea-Fight I attended at the U of Penn following the game there in 1953. I was matched with a cutie and sometime before we had to leave she called a classmate over and asked her to tell me about her time spent in Seoul Korea. After a few questions from me I realized she had made up her story since I had served there in 1947 in the Army of Occupation. I called her bluff and she said she enjoyed the reactions she got when telling her fake story. Then she asked me to correct the errors she had been telling so she could continue her routine. I declined and soon afterword it was time to get on the bus and head for the train station. I never experienced another "fake story" but now it's a pretty common thing in the daily news here in Washington, D.C.

Mike Myers - 9th
12:56 AM ET (US)
I guess I've got to ring in on this. At this point I've had several glasses wine and my submission is erstwhile merely pithy. I was there that day. My Ole Man was an XO at Pearl on a four-stack destroyer and presumed Kimmel was holding one of his damned drills. He took his time and finally drove in to Pearl -- we didn't see him again for at least three years. Mom had to get a friend to drive her in to Pearl to get the car back. The rest is minor history.
Oliver Shearer 5th Co.
06:59 PM ET (US)
I remember David E.Ferguson (5th Co) telling me that he was with his mother and father as they had an early picnic on one of the hills above Pearl Harbor. They saw the Japanese planes bombing Hickam and ships moored at island in Pearl Harbor and at first though it was an exercise. His father was a USN officer -- not sure of his job.
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Bill Crawford, (14)
11:26 AM ET (US)
I think you are referring to Don Morton, who was in the 13th Company.
Les Ostrom - 19
11:59 PM ET (US)
Today being the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, I recall one of our classmates being there with his family as a result of his father being the CO of one of the ships stationed at Pearl Harbor. What was his name?
Les Ostrom - 19
11:37 PM ET (US)
Tis skiing season and time for ski tales. About 20 years ago while skiing 49 North about 40 miles north of our present home, I witnessed an accomplishment of sheer determination that I will never forget. As I disembarked from the chair lift, I noticed a group collecting their bearings and preparing for the run. I paid scant attention until I overheard a conversation between two of the skiers and saw the sign being worn by one of them. "Where do you want to go?" inquired one of the skiers. "Go where you want and I will follow", responded the other skier with the sign. And then I saw the sign - it read "Blind Skier". Now being curious, I knew I had to follow. The two took off with the blind skier close on the heels of his guide. The blind skier did every bit as well as the rest of us on that run. Only later did I learn his secret. He listened for the distinctive "whoosh" sound made by his guide's skis as his guide made a turn; upon hearing that sound, the blind skier knew he had to make the turn. I was quite impressed!!!
Al Casey 16 Co
03:31 PM ET (US)
Re posts on the log, I regard it like the local coffee shop where old geezers gather in most small towns in the USA. Virtually all subjects are usually allowed - even clever shots at a friends logic.
Charlie Shelton
01:43 PM ET (US)
December 7, 1941. My parents kept the Atwater-Kent radio turned off on Sundays so we knew nothing going on until we were attending the evening church service and the noise outside turned out to be the newspaper boys shouting "extra, extra, read all about it, Pearl Harbor attacked!". Within a few weeks the Army was erecting tents for a training camp a few miles from our home.I was selling the evening newspaper at the time and was told to begin servicing the camp which I did and continued until 1945. Thanks to the money I made I was able to pay the tuition for a JROTC high school,Porter Military Academy there in Charleston, S.C. Later classmates Gerald Carter and IKe Heyward also attended PMA.I also recall a radio female singer who sang, to the Snowwhite melody, "Hi-Ho,Hi-Ho, we're off to Tokyo, we'll bomb those Japs right off the map HI-Ho, Hi-Ho,Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho!"Any one else recall that ditty?
Bill Crawford, (14)
09:29 AM ET (US)
More family chit-chat.
It's sort of ironic that the local newspaper article referenced below about my daughter Sal's encounter with a local Emergency Room about an epipen injection for her son Jay to prevent a possible allergic reaction to a bee sting included a picture of Jay sitting in a hospital bed wearing a tee-shirt with the word BEE emblazoned on it(!).
As it turns out, Jay had recently gotten that shirt when participating in a State Spelling Bee.
07:26 AM ET (US)

Let's don't be too restrictive about what is posted on the Website. I look forward to hearing that a Classmate is alive and still able to post. I would like to see more posts not fewer. I would like to see more classmates post - any thing. If you have contact with a classmate that you haven't seen on the site try to get him to post. All you "lurkers" out there. Make a post you won't break anything
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