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      The Class of '61 -  55th Reunion
                    
October 22nd
      COMPLIMENTARY food & drinks
      Hotel rooms have been reserved 
Assistance is needed to contact anyone
that was ever in the class, as all are invited. 
     More info on Marshall News Page           

 

 


 

 


This from Susan Hardy Vanhorn 
Il Silenzio - Melissa Venema (13 Yrs old) with Andre Rieu
 Orchestra. 

About 6 miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301
American soldiers, who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles
to liberate Holland, in the fall & 
winter of 1944.

Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as, those in the
Canadian & British 
military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch
family who mind the grave, decorate it, 
& keep alive the memory of the
soldier they've adopted.   It is even the custom to keep a 
portrait of "their"
American soldier, in a place of honor in their home.

Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for 
"the men who died, to liberate Holland."  

The day concludes with a concert.   The final piece, is always
"Il Silenzio," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch, & first
played in 1965, on the 20th anniversary of 
Holland's liberation.   It has
been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.

This year, the soloist was a 13-yr-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema,
backed by André Rieu & his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the
Netherlands
).   This beautiful concert piece is based on the original
version of "Taps" & was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

 


 

 

                          

 

 OUR VETERANS

This page is dedicated to our classmates and all Americans who have served in the armed forces and to those who have lost their lives in the service of our country.  

They are the chosen;
we are the blessed.

   To listen to patriotic songs while on this page, click right arrow.

 

 

 

from Huntsburger and Carpenter

 

                                           


 

 

 

  

 

ARMED FORCES WEEK
From the second to the third Saturday in May.  

ARMED FORCES DAY
The third Saturday in May, is a day to honor Americans serving in all branches of the military. 

MEMORIAL DAY
Formerly Decaration Day,  is on the last Monday in May, or May 30th this year.  This is a day of remembrance of those who have died in service of our country.

 


 

 

 

 MEMORIAL DAY

 2011

 

 

  

 All gave some.
  Some gave all. 

                                                       

 

 

 

 Remembering...


Revolutionary War 1775-83
Estimated USA deaths: 4,435


 

Mexican American War 1846-48
Est'd USA deaths: 13,283

 

U.S. Civil War 1961-65
Est'd USA dead: 618,000 - 700,000

 

Spanish-American War, 1898
Est'd USA dead: 2,446

 

World War I  1914-18
Est'd USA dead: 116,708

 

World War II  1939-45
Est'd USA dead: 405,400

 

Korean War  1950-53
Est'd USA dead: 53,686

 

Vietnam War  1960-75
Est'd USA dead: 58,210

 

Bay of Pigs Invasion  1961
Est'd USA dead: 4

 

Grenada  1983
Est'd USA deaths: 19

 

U.S. Invasion of Panama   1989
Est'd USA deaths: 40

 

Persian Gulf War  1990-91
Est'd USA deaths: 258

 

 

Intervention in Bosnia -
Herzegovina  1995-96
Est'd USA dead: 12

 

Invasion of Afghanistan  2001
Est'd USA dead: 1,427

 

Invasion of Iraq  2003
Est'd USA dead: 1,572 

 

 God Bless the USA and those who
made the ultimate sacrifice

 
What is a veteran? 
Just look around.
Right where you're standing,
He fought for that ground.

 A Vet is a person who answered the call,   
Who went into war, and gave it his all.
He defined a way of life that we all love,
but much preferred peace, like the way of a dove.
He asked not the reason, as he stood in the trench.
He faltered not once in the muck and the stench.
As soldiers in legions, they stood side by side.
They knew some would fall, as many more died.
They whispered their prayers in a helmet of sweat.
Shells bursting above wouldn't let them forget.
 
The following are those who served for us.
We are all so fortunate that they returned.


James Ross Ayers
John Curtis (JC) Brooks
Billy Ralph Burke
Charles Clair (Res)
Joseph Lynn Perkins
Gerald Lamar Sandlin
Joseph Frank Teodorczyk
Gerald Charles (Soff) Watson
Douglas Bryant
Morris James Bullard
Richard Clarence McBraer
William Robert (Billy Bob) Miller
Donald Ray Waldrop
John Charles Wolf
William Micnael Young


Edd Clark
Robert (Bob) Bethune Huntsberger
Douglas Mitchell (Dude) Roberts

 


James (Jimmy) Barnard
Gene H. Carey
Walter Scott Caven
Edwin Irving (Eddy) Goldberg
Robert Edward (Bob) Holtzclaw
William Carter (Bill) McCay
Curtis Alfred McClurg
Jerry Allen Miller
John Vassar
Richard Glynn Wilson
James Michael Wood
Don McArthur Bradford
Donald Gene Broadus
Alton Graves
James Morgan Hill
Clifford Morris Hilliard
Dennis Wyatt Martin
Charles McIntire
Robert Michael Murphy
Billy Wayne Pope
George Edwin Ware, Jr.
Robert Wooten
James Franklin Davis

 


Vernon Dillon Calcote
Ronnie Dean Carpenter
Paul Spurgeon Curry
James Spencer Jones
Willie Lee Elkins

 


Charles D. (Bubba) Armstrong
Charles Dillard Campbell
Jerry Lynn Duncan (Res)
Michael Arthur Dymond
Herman Lee (H.L.) Daniels (Engrs. Corps)
Lonnie Orvin English
James Harrell Harris (Med.Corps)
Walter Steve Reeves (Dntl. Corps)
Fred Clint Selz
John Loyd Sullivan
Donald Chris Tracy (Res)
Robert Sandlin Wood
Stanly Rayburn Bailey
Gerald Dale Barton
Garnett Eugene Bell
Jack Roller Canson
Richard Noel (Dick) Cole
Roy Anthony (Tony) Coleman
John Hugh Covin
James Franklin Davis
Clifford Lloyd Faircloth
Ronald David Foster
Larry Hatcher
Robert Lewis Ingle
William Louis Mauthe
Don Charles Pair
Thomas Rayburn Roberts
James Rowley
Lester Eugene (Gene) Sanders, Jr.
Ronald David (Ronnie) Senn (Dntl. Corps)
Harry Miller Solomon
Robert O'Neal (Bill) Thomas

 

 

  WHY "TAPS" IS PLAYED:

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which "Taps" was played; this brings out a new meaning to it.
Here is something every American should know...but most don't, until they read this: We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats, and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.
When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the
Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they would give him one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born!
The words are:
Day is done ... Gone the sun
From the lakes ... From the hills ...
From the sky.
All is well. Safely rest.
God is nigh.
Fading light. Dims the sight.
And a star ... Gems the sky
Gleaming bright
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise ... For our days.
Neat the sun ... Neat the stars...
Neat the sky.
As we go... This we know.
God is nigh.
 
 

 

 

 

Flame to burn in remembrance

 

 

 

 

 THE FINAL INSPECTION

 The Sailor stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hopes his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass
"Step forward now, you sailor
How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"
The sailor squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
 
"I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk was tough,
and sometimes I've been violent
because the world is awfully rough.

 
"But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills just got too steep.
"And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God... forgive me,
I have wept unmanly tears.
 
I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here;
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
 
There was silence all around the throne
Where the Saints quite often tread
As the Sailor waited quietly
For the judgment of his God.
 
"Step forward now, you Sailor,
You've borne your burdens well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
You've done your time in Hell."
 
-Author Unknown
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flame to burn in remembrance

 
THE FINAL INSPECTION
The Sailor stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hopes his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass
"Step forward now, you sailor
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"
The sailor squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
"I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk was tough,
and sometimes I've been violent
because the world is awfully rough.

 
"But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills just got too steep.
"And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God... forgive me,
I have wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here;
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the Saints quite often tread
As the Sailor waited quietly
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you Sailor,
You've borne your burdens well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
You've done your time in Hell."
-Author Unknown
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
 
 
 
 
All gave some.  Some gave all.
Two iconic photographs taken decades apart, yet hauntingly similar -
 
 
 
 
 

For many the battles never will end,
Now they are civilians, and find they can't blend.
Some are disabled, and some are disturbed.
After coming home from hell,
They find they've been curbed.
A veteran is special, to be not denied.
He put it up front, he need never hide.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Watch this - Too Cool and Funny

 

 


from Soff  -   ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
Take a trip through time and history on your way to the top. 

 


from Bill Peteet - SENSATIONAL
                Like Whose Got Talent from Holland

 


Another Got Talent not to be missed - THE ILLUSIONIST

 


Beautiful rendition of the National Anthem in a
Hyatt Regency

 

 

Paramount Theater lights to open on

Saturday.  Click here.
 

         

                                                                                                

 


thank you Harriett Eaker Adams

                                              

                        


Doug Moseley's daughter Lujenna, surprises Cathie at the Brown Pig
during our 55th Reunion.

 

 

                            

 

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HEALTH WATCH

 

                            

 

 

 

 


Good Memories



One more for the Stagecoach Road?

 


                                              

 

MARTIN - STREET SINGER - AVE MARIA

 

                     

 

 


from Susan Hardy Vanhorn - STREET SINGING
Martin, a baker in Holland for 32 years, out of a job, began
Street Singing.  Stop the player above, before listening.

   

 

from Susan Hardy Vanhorn -    Les Flashmob Prodiges

 

                                            

     

Click on NEW sign to see another
fun musical flash mob video.
via Bill Peteet

 

 

 

                           
             COOLEST JUKEBOX EVER
CLICK on the Jukebox for songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s.
from Sam 

 

                                              

 


A Capella version of the Eagles' Hotel California

 

 


            How cool is this?  Our first military service photo.
      Boot Camp - Gerald (Soff) Watson & Ross (Abber) Ayers

                                   


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James Hampton

Abe Lee Nader

Jo Nell Bailey Rogers

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beachcombing or maybe sailing?

or soaring with the clouds?

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This is the Marshall High School classes of 1960 and 1961 Website. What started out as a reunion website evolved into a "Stay In Touch" with classmates website. Each Classmate and our Guests have a personal page that is set up so they can share with us the things that have been going on with themselves and their families since High School.  This is a great place to brag on your children and grandchildren, share your experiences and plans.  Feel free to "link" your Facebook, My Space, You Tube, etc. to your personal page. Insert recent photos of you and your family, add your "since I left MHS" history, etc. 

The site will be updated, active and useful for as long as class members want it to be. Update your personal information anytime you wish, and encourage other classmates to continue updating theirs.  When you enter the Home Page, there is a box in the upper right hand corner that will indicate who else is using the site.  To send an Instant Message to that person, simply click on the box and type in your message.  When they get your message they can immediately respond.   One can also go to the Message Center and contact anyone in the classes and/or our Guests, to begin a dialogue.  

Addditionally, there are website Administrators available to assist with preparation of your personal page, as well as respond to questions you have about the site. They also, check new data entered by classmates to assure that it is admissable. Info60@marshallmavs.com for the class of 1960 and info61@marshallmavs.com for the class of 1961. 

  

             

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Stick with this.  You'll be glad you did.

"Getting Old" with Mary Maxwell


Thanks to Jane Walker Payton for this video.

 

 

Here is a bit of nostalgia, Mr. Neely, Henry Moyer (Bill's dad), Bushe
Morgan, Carolyn Abney, Joe Gouden, Max Lale and others.

 

 

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Here is a story of an aging couple told by their son who was President of NBC NEWS.   

  

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

It is well worth reading. A few good chuckles are guaranteed. 

My father never drove a car. Well, that's not quite right. I should say I never saw him drive a car.

He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet.

"In those days," he told me when he was in his 90s, "to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or drive through life and miss it."

At which point my mother, a sometimes salty Irishwoman, chimed in: "Oh, baloney, he hit a horse!!"

"Well," my father said, "there was that, too."

So my brother and I grew up in a household without a car. The neighbors all had cars -- the Kollingses next door had a green 1941 Dodge, the VanLaninghams across the street a gray 1936 Plymouth, the Hopsons two doors down a black 1941 Ford --but we had none.

My father, a newspaperman in Des Moines, would take the streetcar to work and, often as not, walk the 3 miles home. If he took the streetcar home, my mother and brother and I would walk the three blocks to the streetcar stop, meet him and walk home together.

My brother, David, was born in 1935, and I was born in 1938, and sometimes, at dinner, we'd ask how come all the neighbors had cars but we had none.

  

"No one in the family drives," my mother would explain, and that was that.

But, sometimes, my father would say, "But as soon as one of you boys turns 16, we'll get one."

It was as if he wasn't sure which one of us would turn 16 first.

But, sure enough, my brother turned 16 before I did, so in 1951 my parents bought a used 1950 Chevrolet from a friend who ran the parts department at a Chevy dealership downtown.

It was a four-door, white model, stick shift, fender skirts, loaded with everything, and, since my parents didn't drive, it more or less became my brother's car.

Having a car but not being able to drive didn't bother my father, but it didn't make sense to my mother.

So in 1952, when she was 43 years old, she asked a friend to teach her to drive. 

  

She learned in a nearby cemetery, the place where I learned to drive the following year and where, a generation later, I took my two sons to practice driving. The cemetery probably was my father's idea. "Who can your mother hurt in the cemetery?" I remember him saying more than once.

For the next 45 years or so, until she was 90, my mother was the driver in the family. Neither she nor my father had any sense of direction, but he loaded up on maps -- though they seldom left the city limits -- and appointed himself navigator. It seemed to work.

Still, they both continued to walk a lot. My mother was a devout Catholic, and my father an equally devout agnostic, an arrangement that didn't seem to bother either of them through their 75 years of marriage.

(Yes, 75 years, and they were deeply in love the entire time.)

He retired when he was 70, and nearly every morning for the next 20 years or so, he would walk with her the mile to St. Augustine's Church. She would walk down and sit in the front pew, and he would wait in the back until he saw which of the parish's two priests was on duty that morning. If it was the pastor, my father then would go out and take a 2-mile walk, meeting my mother at the end of the service and walking her home.

If it was the assistant pastor, he'd take just a 1-mile walk and then head back to the church. He called the priests "Father Fast" and "Father Slow."

After he retired, my father almost always accompanied my mother whenever she drove anywhere, even if he had no reason to go along. If she were going to the beauty parlor, he'd sit in the car and read, or go take a stroll or, if it was summer, have her keep the engine running so he could listen to the Cubs game on the radio. 

  

In the evening, then, when I'd stop by, he'd explain: "The Cubs lost again. The millionaire on second base made a bad throw to the millionaire on first base, so the multimillionaire on third base scored."

If she were going to the grocery store, he would go along to carry the bags out -- and to make sure she loaded up on ice cream. As I said, he was always the navigator, and once, when he was 95 and she was 88 and still driving, he said to me, "Do you want to know the secret of a long life?"

"I guess so," I said, knowing it probably would be something bizarre.

"No left turns," he said.

"What?" I asked.

"No left turns," he repeated. "Several years ago, your mother and I read an article that said most accidents that old people are in happen when they turn left in front of oncoming traffic.

As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and you can lose your depth perception, it said. So your mother and I decided never again to make a left turn."

"What?" I said again.

"No left turns," he said. "Think about it.. Three rights are the same as a left, and that's a lot safer. So we always make three rights.."

"You're kidding!" I said, and I turned to my mother for support.

"No," she said, "your father is right. We make three rights. It works."

But then she added: "Except when your father loses count."

I was driving at the time, and I almost drove off the road as I started laughing.

"Loses count?" I asked.

"Yes," my father admitted, "that sometimes happens. But it's not a problem. You just make seven rights, and you're okay again."

I couldn't resist. "Do you ever go for 11?" I asked.

"No," he said " If we miss it at seven, we just come home and call it a bad day. Besides, nothing in life is so important it can't be put off another day or another week."

My mother was never in an accident, but one evening she handed me her car keys and said she had decided to quit driving. That was in 1999, when she was 90.

She lived four more years, until 2003. My father died the next year, at 102.

They both died in the bungalow they had moved into in 1937 and bought a few years later for $3,000.

  

(Sixty years later, my brother and I paid $8,000 to have a shower put in the tiny bathroom -- the house had never had one. My father would have died then and there if he knew the shower cost nearly three times what he paid for the house.)

He continued to walk daily -- he had me get him a treadmill when he was 101 because he was afraid he'd fall on the icy sidewalks but wanted to keep exercising -- and he was of sound mind and sound body until the moment he died.

One September afternoon in 2004, he and my son went with me when I had to give a talk in a neighboring town, and it was clear to all three of us that he was wearing out, though we had the usual wide-ranging conversation about politics and newspapers and things in the news.

A few weeks earlier, he had told my son, "You know, Mike, the first hundred years are a lot easier than the second hundred." At one point in our drive that Saturday, he said, "You know, I'm probably not going to live much longer."

"You're probably right," I said.

"Why would you say that?" He countered, somewhat irritated.

"Because you're 102 years old," I said..

"Yes," he said, "you're right." He stayed in bed all the next day.

That night, I suggested to my son and daughter that we sit up with him through the night.

He appreciated it, he said, though at one point, apparently seeing us look gloomy, he said: "I would like to make an announcement. No one in this room is dead yet."

An hour or so later, he spoke his last words:

"I want you to know," he said, clearly and lucidly, "that I am in no pain. I am very comfortable. And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have."

A short time later, he died.

I miss him a lot, and I think about him a lot. I've wondered now and then how it was that my family and I were so lucky that he lived so long..

I can't figure out if it was because he walked through life, or because he quit making left turns.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. 

So love the people who treat you right. 

Forget about the one's who don't. 

Believe everything happens for a reason. 

If you get a chance, take it & if it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it."

  

ENJOY LIFE NOW - IT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE AND DON'T MAKE LEFT TURNS!