Monday, June 28, 2010

Ferrin Hicks In Critical Condition

Ferrin Hicks, through his older sister, Peggy Dorminey, has asked that his classmates be notified that he is in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  Ferrin, on a voice mail, said that last week, he was declared clinically dead; however, he was successfully resuscitated.  For several days, he was in ICU, but as of June 30, he is in wing B, room 413A.  Peggy says that his cardiologist has stated that Ferrin has considerable cardiac disease, complicated by renal insufficiency and diabetes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Carol Bregler Kinder Passes Away

With sadness, I must report that another of our classmates has passed away.  Carol passed away June 13, 2010, from cardiac failure.  Below is a link to her obituary in The Ledger.
Obituary - Carol Bregler Kinder

Monday, June 14, 2010

Roger Shermans's Trip To England And France

My trip to England went really well.  The weather, instead of what my English friends said, was boiling for most of the visit, and I hadn't packed a single short sleeve shirt.   I ended up buying one in a charity shop in Canterbury and changing there!
I traveled with my friend Dr. Douglas Files (Lt.Col. USAF) who had never been to England although he's been most everywhere else in the world.  Our first stop was the rental car agency at Heathrow.  Douglas had insisted on a manual transmission car, as that is what he has always driven.   What he failed to realize is that the gear shift is on his left in an English car, so there were the occasional grindings of gears.  My job was to occasionally warn "mind the curb".
The day we arrived, we drove to West Sussex for a three day stay with HRH Princess Katarina, Granddaughter of King Alexander of Jugoslavia, and 5x great grandaughter of Queen Victoria -  and about everyone else on a throne of Europe.
Her turn of the century craftsman country house was quite grand and her garden spectacular.   She is recently divorced from Sir Desmond de Silva, QC, who is a war crimes prosecutor for the Hague trials.
The three of us had a great day outing to Brighton where we visited the Royal Pavillion.
We then left for the coast, ending up at Dover at the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.  In addition to the Castle, we visited the secret tunnels carved into the cliffs where the command center for the British troops was housed for WWII.  
The next day, we went to Calais, France for lunch (how cool is that) and  visited the German bunker which was the forward command post at the channel. We also visited the City Hall (Maison de ville) to see the monumental sculpture by Rodin of the "Burghers of Calais"  ...and yes, it is signed.
Then off to Canterbury where we spent a great deal of time at the Cathedral and town centre and also saw an ancient Norman castle ruin.   While in Canterbury we took a day trip to visit Leeds Castle.  A spectacular setting in lush parks.   This is the place where important international meetings are held, specifically the G8 meetings in the past.  The grounds include an aviary, so took a few photos for Roger K. I was pleased to note that our collection at the farm was larger.  We are, however, short a few hundred acres and one castle.
Then off to London, were we stayed in a B&B in Victoria, the section of London just south of Buckingham Palace.  While there we and an appointment with the Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms at the Royal College of Arms and got to see the heraldic records of England from the 13th century, and visited with an heraldic artist doing a grant of arms certificate.   One evening I was able to meet up with my cousin from Massachusetts, Kayla Haveles, who was there for a week after graduating.
While in London we did a day trip to Windsor, visiting the Castle and St. George's Chapel.  I've been a life member of the St. George's Friends for more than 30 years.
I also showed Doug the usual suspects, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul's, Buckingham Palace etc.   Walked for miles.
The trip home was long and boring, but uneventful.    Will attach a few photos which might help.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

LHS Class of 1959 Vietnam Veterans, Spouses & Siblings


A number of our 1959 classmates, spouses or siblings were involved with the Vietnam War, either serving in the war theater or holding down the fort at home.  Below is a short version of their service and sacrifice.
  • Barnes, Frank | Class of 1959 | Served during Tet, 1968-1969, around Da Nang & the Cua Viet river area
  •  Bird, Donna | Class of 1959 |Donna's husband, Scott Wilson, a U. S. Air Force fighter pilot, was shot down on Thanksgiving Day of 1966.  The remains of Gordon Scott Wilson were returned to the USA in April, 1986. He was interred in the cemetery of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 22 Nov 1986 - twenty years to the day after he lost his life in the service of his country.  Please visit the Virtual Wall web page 
  • Collier, Ron | Class of 1959 | Served in Viet Nam from June 1967-June 1968 as part of the 21st Reconnaissance Airplane Company - flew the O1G Birddog, a two-place reconnaissance fixed wing aircraft
  • Edwards, James | Class of 1959 | Served in Vietnam from January 1966 through December 1969 with the First and Fifth Special Forces Groups.
  • Ford, Thomas | Class of 1959 | Now deceased - was most likely in Vietnam with Army Special Forces 
  • Gilley, Robert | Class of 1959 | Went to Vietnam with 1st Cavalry in 1965
  • Gonzalez, Ralph | Class of 1959 | U. S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
  • Hodgson, Jean | Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force Flight Nurse - in and out of Vietnam numerous times from June 1969 to May 1971 
  • Huston, Dale | Class of 1962 | Brother of Anne Huston Whalen, class of 1959 - Dale died in Vietnam in 1968.  Please visit the Virtual Wall web page
  • James, Mollie | Class of 1959 | Mollie took care of the family and home front, while Rodney flew over North Vietnam
  • James, Rodney |Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force fighter pilot out of Da Nang AB in Vietnam
  • Sheridan, Wayne | Class of 1965 | Brother of Arlene Sheridan, class of 1959 - Charles Wayne Sheridan was a U. S. Navy medical corpsman, attached to a Marine unit in Vietnam 
  • Valentine, Daniel | Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force 1960 through 1980 - Da Nang, Vietnam 1966