1. NEW article: Honoring CNC's First Decade Veterans: Part 3, Air Force & Coast Guard (Names, Details & Photos).
2. Honoring CNC's First Decade Veterans:Part 2, Navy & Marine Corps (Names, Details & Photos).
3. NEW Feedback.
4. Humor, from 2014: Christmas Dinner with Lovable Louise (an inflatable adult female doll).
5. NEW Cartoons: The Oops before Christmas.
The only thing that separates any one of us from excellence is fear, and the opposite of fear is faith. I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for, perfection is God's business.
Michael J. Fox
Actor, author, film producer
(Born June 9, 1961)
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Honoring CNC's First Decade
Air Force and Coast Guard
by A. Jane Chambers
Part 1of this article honored CNC's 52 First Decaders who served in our nation's Army and also the two who were killed in action: Ric Bahr (Army) and Pat Giguere (Marines). Part 2 saluted the 23 who were in the Navy, the 10 in the Marines, and our first and second CNC presidents who served in combat--H. Westcott (Scotty) Cunningham (Navy) and President James C. (Jim) Windsor (Marines). Part 3 honors those in the Air Force (18) and in the Coast Guard (2) and also shows and names 8 more veterans not yet located.
AIR FORCE & COAST GUARD VETERANS
Including OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS and RANKS at ends of service.
RICHARD L. BURNEY, Jr. served 6 yrs, dates & rank unknown
HOWARD HUNTER CLARK , Jr. Thailand 1966-86 Maj
L. LAUGHTON (BUDDY) COCKRELL, Jr. 1969-73. SSgt
JAMES STANLEY (JIM) CRANK: (res) 1966-71 med. corps, rank unknown
HERMINIO CUERVO1974-82 (act): Germany, Italy, Turkey; 1983-88 (res): Central America; 1988-93 (act): Spain, Morocco, Italy, Turkey. Lt Col
WILLIAM TALBOT (BILL) EUBANK III details unknown
PAUL WILLIAM FISHERTurkey 1965-1969 SSgt
ALEC L. (SKIP) GAINES III: (Deceased) Thailand 1966-1969 rank unknown
JOSEPH F. (JOE) HUTCHKOVietnam 1966-70 SSgt
THOMAS L. TOM KLUMP Thailand 1966-70 SrA
EDWIN J. (TED) McFALLS Jr. 1961-65, act & 1965-67 res A1C
GARY P. MORGAN Air Nat'l Guard Brig Gen
LUTHER L. (LEW) RICHARDSON (Deceased) England & Germany 1955-61 SrA
ROBERT J. (BOB) TUTTON USAF 4 yrs & Army Nat'l Guard 18 yrs Lt. Col
JAMES R. (JIM) WATSON 1966-70 SSgt
JOSEPH ERNEST (JOE) WINN years unknown Lt Col
MICHAEL B. (MIKE) WITTY 1968-75 (act) +1 yr (res) TSgt
COAST GUARD VETERANS
ALAN CUSTER 4 yrs, dates & rank unknown
JIM LOWELL Coast Guard Res. 1964-66, Seaman; Army Res 1966-70
PHOTOS and INFORMATION
provided by the VETERANS
After one academic year at CNC (1965-66), Joseph F. (Joe) Hutchko joined the USAF, serving 1966-70. Happily, at his first base assignment, in Syracuse, New York, he met Bobbi, also stationed there, who soon became his wife (photo of them above). Later, Joe spent a year (1969) stationed in Saigon, Vietnam. His last USAF assignment was at a small base in Kansas City, Missouri. He left service honorably as a Staff Sergeant. Joe then returned to CNC and completed his BS degree in Management Information Science in 1974. His is a CNC family, with 13 years of attendance invested there. Wife Bobbi attended three years, their son attended two, and their daughter earned her BS in biology at CNC in four years.
The photo left above is of a 4-man Titan II ICBM combat crew of the late 1960s. The young man on the right is James R. (Jim) Watson. After completing two years at CNC (1964-66), Jim served in the USAF 1966-70. Stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, he and his crew pulled 24-hour alerts (around eight per month) in remote underground missile sites located 20 to 30 miles from their base. Their job was to keep their Titan II ICBM, with its nuclear warhead, on alert status, ready to be launched (as in photo two) if the order came to go to war. Jim was "so glad that never happened." Overall, he wrote, "The job was very easy, so we had lots of time to read. I read a lot of books and took a correspondence college course during the time I served." After leaving service as a Staff Sergeant, then completing studies at the University of Arizona, Jim became an architect.
Edwin J. (Ted) McFalls, Jr. served in the Air Force both before and during his attendance at CNC. He served 1961-65 on active duty at Langley AFB, Hampton. The photo in his dress blues was taken at Christmas time in 1962 when he was home on leave. The second picture, in work clothes, was taken at Langley, where Ted was assigned to the 4500 Transportation Squadron Log Air section. He took a moment to smile at the photographer while waiting for a C130 aircraft to land so it could be loaded with cargo going to Vietnam. Ted went immediately from active to reserve duty, serving 1965-67 while also attending CNC, where he was active in track and flag football. He left the USAF at the rank of Airman First Class.
The photo right shows Dr. Herminio Cuervo, MD, in his flight suit while he was serving with the 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Torrejon Air Base, Spain, in 1990. After attending CNC, then completing his BS at William and Mary in 1968, Herminio earned his MD & PhD at the University of Salamanca-Spain in 1974. Then he served actively in the USAF 1974-82 in Germany, Italy, and Turkey. In Wiesbaden, Germany, he was Chief of Neurology, USAF Europe. Back in America, in 1979 Herminio earned another medical degree at Harvard University's Medical School. In January 1981, he participated in the Rescue of 52 American hostages held in the American Embassy in Teheran, Iran.
Herminio then served in the USAF Reserve 1983-88, deployed to Central America in support of the Contras in Nicaragua., and in 1988, he earned a third medical degree from Florida International University in Miami. He served again actively 1988-93, deployed to Spain, Morocco, Italy and Turkey--during which time he participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.He left the Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel. Currently, he is Chief of Neurology at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, FLA.
After completing two years at CNC (1966-68), Michael B. (Mike) Witty served on active duty in the Air Force seven years (1968-75), then spent an additional year in the AF Reserve, ending his service as Tech Sergeant. The photo left above shows him receiving an AF Systems Command Certificate of Achievement in September 1971, at the rank of Staff Sergeant. The second photo, made recently, proves that there are some who can still fit into their 50-year-old dress uniforms. Mike posed with his youngest grandsons at their elementary school's annual Veterans and First Responders Parade in Winchester, VA.
Mike served 14 months overseas at Wheelus AFB in Tripoli, Libya (Dec. 1968 - Feb. 1970). The rest of his service was primarily at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX, and Air Force Systems Command Headquarters, Andrews AFB, MD. He took college courses on and off base everywhere he was stationed. A Boot-Strap Degree Leave of six months to attend Culver-Stock College full time in Canton, MO enabled him to complete his BS in Business Administration there in December 1973.
Luther (Lew) Richardson (photos above) served 7 years (1955-61) in the USAF in England, Germany, and Virginia. While stationed in England Lew met Patricia, from Liverpool, and married her December 6, 1958. Photo left above shows him in winter dress uniform the day of the wedding. After Lew's deployment in Wiesbaden, Germany ended, the couple moved to Virginia, where Lew was stationed at Langley AFB, Hampton, with the USAF Second Weather Group.
On May 5, 1961, Lew participated in an historic event. Astronaut Alan Shepard was piloting Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, 90 miles above the Earth, in the first manned orbital flight of Project Mercury. About three minutes after launch, Shepard reported the weather conditions he saw from Cocoa, FLA to Cape Hatteras, NC. Lew heard and taped Shepard's report and immediately sent it to all USA weather stations. It was the world's first pilot report from space. The Daily Press article "LAFB Weatherman Sends Space Pilot's First Report On Conditions" included the second photo above, showing Lew at work. That fall, he enrolled at CNC. Later he enrolled in NASA's Apprentice School and eventually became a computer programmer at NASA.
Stationed at Langley AFB 1965-69, Robert J. (Bob) Tutton (photo left) began his academic studies part time at CNC in 1968. After leaving the Air Force, he enrolled full time at CNC, where he completed an AA degree in 1971 and a BA in psychology in 1973 which, he writes, "truly changed my life." His BA, followed a year later by an MS in counseling at VCU in Richmond, started him on a career path in higher education. Bob joined the Army National Guard in 1981, serving as a personnel officer, but also, between periods of active duty, working at John Tyler Community College as a counselor.
He completed two more advanced degrees while continuing to serve John Tyler CC--an Educational Specialist degree (William and Mary, 1999) and a Doctor of Arts degree (George Mason, 2003). He retired from the Guard in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel. He was promoted in 2005 to academic dean at John Tyler, where he served in that office until retiring in 2008. He wrote that he is "grateful to CNC for giving me the opportunity to launch my education and my career as a professional counselor and academic dean."
Dr.James D. (Jim) Lowell, MD (photos above) first attended CNC in 1965-66, while also serving in the US Coast Guard Reserve 1964-66 (Boot Camp photo left). After leaving the Coast Guard, he served in the US Army Reserve 1966-70. While also in the USAR, Jim enrolled in the Riverside School of Professional Nursing at Riverside Hospital, Newport News--the first male in the hospital's nursing program. In 1967-68, he and the other student nurses were bused to CNC for required academic classes. After earning his RN in 1970, and also completing Army Reserve service, Jim worked night shifts at Riverside Hospital while earning a BS in psychology at CNC, completed in 1972.
He then earned his MD in 1977 at MCV and completed a residency in family medicine at the Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. His medical career afterwards included being a fly-in doctor at a reservation in Manitoba, practicing rural family medicine, having a private practice (80% obstetrics), and working in occupational medicine. Currently Jim directs the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview, TX. After half a century, Jim still fits into his winter dress Coast Guard uniform (2015 photo, right).
The above photo of the 1970 Veterans Club at CNC is from page 66 of the 1970 Trident. The following students, listed alphabetically, have not yet been located: ANNETTE HENNESSY (Sec), ROBERT HUBERT, TOM HOGGE, JOHN MARCHI, BILL NEEDHAM, CLINTON SWIFT, GEORGE WILLIAMS. Contact us if you can help locate any of them, please! Thank you!
Part 1of this article honored CNC's 52 First Decaders who served in our nation's Army and also the two killed in action: Ric Bahr (Army) and Pat Giguere (Marines). Part 2 honors the23 First Decaders who served in the Navy and10 who served in the Marines, plus our first and second CNC presidents who served in combat--H. Westcott (Scotty) Cunningham (Navy) and President James C. (Jim) Windsor (Marines).
Scotty Cunningham (family photo), a Navy lieutenant in WW2., served two years in the Pacific commanding a PT (Patrol and Torpedo) boat, when John F. Kennedy, whom he knew, was doing the same in his PT 109. It was very hazardous duty; many men and boats were lost. Cunningham served again during the Korean War, but having contracted malaria in the southwest Pacific, he couldn't fight in Korea; instead he served as a military briefer at the Pentagon. From 1953 through 1970, he was also an active member of the Naval Reserve, retiring at the rank of Captain. Our website's tab ARCHIVES, sub tab FIRST DECADE HISTORY, has more information about Scotty's military experience.
Internet drawing of ELCO style PT boat.
Photo left above is from the 1966 Trident; photo right is courtesy of Dr. Sean Heuvel. Jim Windsor joined the Marines after high school and served in Korea on an anti-tank platoon which also set and disarmed mines --dangerous work with frequent casualties. For him, the most difficult experience was losing friends: "When you are in combat," he wrote, " and getting shot at, your world shrinks down to the small portion of the earth you occupy, and to the few comrades on whom you depend. There is a strong bonding and you look after each other. You fear letting your buddies down more than you fear the enemy or death. We suffered a lot of casualties (dead and wounded) and were fully aware that we were living in harm's way. I was wounded, but not seriously and ... have felt since then that every day is a gift. Many of my comrades did not have the chance to grow up, and I have felt blessed all of my life.” Jim was awarded a purple heart and a medal for valor. Our website's tab ARCHIVES, sub tab YOUR MEMORIES, has more of Jim's USMC memories.
Including OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS and RANKS at ends of service
At least four served in Vietnam.
NORMAN BLANKENSHIP unknown
EDMOND LEE BOURQUE LTJG
TIMOTHY M. BROWN Vietnam unknown
TEOBALDO (TED) CUERVO unknown
ROBERT (BOB) DEANS PC3
DANNY W. DOTSON unknown
JOHN LaROCHE GRAY YN2
DAVID (DAVE) STEPHEN HALL unknown
DIXIE HOGGE SHARP LT, Nurses Corps
WILLIAM G. (BILL) HUGHES CDR
DAVID L. KAHN unknown
ROBERT J. (BOB) LeCOUNT, Jr. CDR
JOHN WILLIAM MOORE MU2, USNR
MICHAEL E. (MIKE) PAYNE unknown
RAYMOND A. (RAY) PEPE Vietnam CDR, USNR
ROBERT A. SLUSSER Japan & Philippines AZ1
DAVID A. SPRIGGS CAPT, USNR
ALAN R. WATSON (deceased) LTJG, USNR
RAYMOND (RAY) WEST Vietnam SCPO
DORSEY E. WHITE III unknown
ANTHONY (TONY) WILLIAMSON PO2
MARGARET WILKINSON CROWEVietnam CAPT, Nurses Corps
THOMAS E. (TOM) WITTY, Jr. LCDR, Dental Corps
PHOTOS and INFORMATION
provided by the VETERANS
Anthony Lee (Tony) Williamson (above left) enlisted in the Navy in November 1966 and was discharged honorably in July 1970 as an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class (PO2: Petty Officer). He then attended CNC 1970 -73, completing his BS in business administration in 1973. The photo above was taken January, 1967 at the USN Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes, IL--familiar to Navy veterans.
After 3 semesters at CNC, Robert A. Slusser (above right), served in the Navy ten years (1965-75) and, like Tony, was also in the field of aviation maintenance, leaving as an Aviation Maintenance Administration man First Class (AZ1). He served in Japan and the Philippines. His photo above was taken in a aircraft hanger at the US Naval Air Station at Sangley Point, Philippines in 1969.
After earning his AA degree at CNC in 1968 and BS in psychology at ODU in 1969, John William Moore (left above) served three years on active duty in the Navy (1969-72), then four years in the Naval Reserve while also earning his MA in psychology. He left the Navy as Musician 2nd Class (MU2). John's picture was taken aboard the USS Columbus in January of 1971. After earning a Ph.D. in psychology, he became a professor and then senior systems computer analyst at Belmont University.
After completing his AA at CNC in 1965 Raymond Alan (Ray) Pepe (right above as Ensign) joined the Naval Reserve, enabling him to serve his country while also earning his baccalaureate degree at William and Mary. He was on active duty for two years (1967-69) on the USS Dewey (DLG-14), serving six months of that time in Vietnam on search and rescue missions (Jan.- June 1968). He left the reserve in 1994 at the rank of Commander (CDR).
David A. Spriggs (photos above) enlisted in the Naval Reserve in May 1964, then enrolled at CNC as a freshmanthat fall. After receiving his letter of acceptance from the U.S. Naval Academy and completing his first semester at CNC, he entered the Naval Academy on June 30, 1965 and graduated June 4, 1969, commissioned as Ensign. He served on active duty until June 30, 1980, then accepted a commission as lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. He retired as Captain, USNR on June 30, 1998, having served a total of 34 years and 2 months. The left photo shows David as LTJG aboard the USS Leary (DD-879) at Valetta, Malta, in July 1970. The right photo shows him in his Navy Captain uniform in Norfolk in July, 2004.
Thomas E. (Tom) Witty, Jr. (photos above), earned his AA at CNC in 1965, his BS at William & Mary in 1967, and his DDS at MCV in 1971--after which he joined the Navy. He served two years active duty (1971- 1973) as a dental officer on the USS Vulcan (AR-5). The left photo shows Tom as a LTJG. The right, a promotional picture for the USS Vulcan, shows him examining a patient's teeth. He also served in the Naval Reserve for fifteen years, being discharged as a LCDR-R.
Including OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENTS and RANKS at ends of service
At least 5 served in Vietnam.
CHARLES M. (CHUCK) BELL Cpl
WAYNE EVANS Sgt
ROBERT L. (BOBBY) FIXX, Jr. Sgt JAMES T. (JIM) FRONKIER Vietnam USMC & USMCR, SSgt& VA ARMY NATL GUARD, retired as Major
J. PATRICK (PAT) GIGUERE Vietnam&(KIA) Grenada Major
RONALD A. (RON) MITCHELL unknown
DONALD SEYMORE Vietnam Sgt
JACK N. SPEARMAN Vietnam Cpl
DAVID (BUZZY) VOHRINGER Sgt
JAY C. (KIT) WARREN Vietnam USMC SSgt & Merchant Marine AB Grenada NAVY CQM
PHOTOS and INFORMATION
provided by the VETERANS
Above are the Boot Camp photos of Wayne A. Evans (left ) and Jack N. Spearman (right), both made at Parris Island, NC-- where they, like Jim Windsor and many more, learned to be Marines. Wayne served in the USMC and USMCR from 1958-66, while also beginning studies at CNC in 1962-63 and continuing them later--mainly through night classes between job transfers in and out of state. He left service as sergeant E5 and earned his BS in business at CNC in 1993.
Jack attended CNC first in 1962-64. He was the photographer for CNC's first yearbook, the 1964 Trident. He then served in the USMC from 1964-67, including deployment in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged as corporal. He then attended CNC again while working in the chemical research lab for Dow Badische in Williamsburg.
James T. (Jim) Fronkier (photos above) served in both the Marines and the Army. He was first in the USMC 1964-67, including 13 months in Vietnam, leaving as corporal--after which he attended CNC 1967-69, where he was the first president of the first Veterans Club.* Jim served also in the USMC Reserve 9 years, leaving as staff sergeant (photo left). In 1979 he transferred to the Virginia Army National Guard, where he served 15 years, moving from SSGT to 2nd Lt and retiring as a Major (photo right).
* A photo of this club is at end of Part 1 of this article.
Like Jim Fronkier, Jay C. (Kit) Warren served in two military branches: the USMC and the Navy. He attended CNC one year (1964-65), then served three years (1965-68) in the USMC, including duty in Vietnam. The photo left shows Kit as a corporal on R and R in DaNang, outside a Marine Chapel during Passover. After a year in the Merchant Marines and other adventures, Kit served two more years as a Marine (1972-74). He was promoted to staff sergeant in August 1974 during a Mediterranean cruise (right photo). He then served in the Navy 1975-89, including deployment in Grenada. He retired as chief quarter master.
Re: Honoring CNC's First Decade Veterans: Part 1, Army.
FROM Bill Gardner: Very proud to see my cousin John Ward Bane listed in this group. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in combat. John passed in April 2017. He was a Phoebus native and HHS class of 1962. He practiced law in Hampton all his adult life.
Editor: John earned the AA degree at CNC in 1965. I did not know he had died. He will be listed in our website's IN MEMORIAM.
FROM Roman Schenkkan: USArmy E-4 Vietnam (August 19, 1968 - October 21, 1969). Boots on the Ground photo. At CNC 1970-74.
Editor: Your excellent combat photo and information will be in the Revision of Part 1 in 2019, Roman.
FROM John Hughes: I served in the army reserves between September 1962 to 2004. I put in a total of 22 years but never served in Vietnam or elsewhere. I was in the reserves while at CNC and ODC. Retired as a sergeant. I congratulate all vets.
Editor: Thank you for your military information, John. It will be in the Revision of Part 1 in 2019.
FROMBob Fulgham: I remember an incident in the lobby of CNC's Smith library that involved Louis Tapia. Louis had just returned from a lengthy stay in the hospital, recuperating from his wounds in Vietnam. One of the others in the group, which I will not identify, made a comment about how stupid people were who served in Vietnam. He was corrected rather rudely.
Editor: My brother Bob served in Vietnam. All who did were fulfilling their pledge to serve wherever and whenever they were ordered to do so. I'm glad you mentioned Louis Tapia, Bob, because I have lost contact with him.
READERS: If you can help me reconnect withLouis Tapia, please contact me email@example.com OR 757-238-9629.
Re: Honoring CNC's ... Veterans: Part 2, Navy & Marines.
As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them. What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jake's kids' stockings overflowed, his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty.
One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and a fake beard and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown. If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse yourself. I spent an hour saying things like, "What does this do?" "You're kidding me!" "Who would buy that?" Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section. I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour.
Finding what I wanted was difficult. Love dolls come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for "Lovable Louise." She was at the bottom of the price scale. To call Louise a "doll" took a huge leap of imagination.
On Christmas Eve, with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life. My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours. Long after Santa had come and gone, I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom.ThenI went home and giggled for a couple of hours. The next morning Jake called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy but had left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more. We all agreed that Louise should remain in her panty hose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner.
My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. "What the hell is that?" she asked. Jake quickly said, "It's a doll." "Who would play with something like that?" Granny snapped. I had several candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?" Granny continued. "Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran," Jake said, trying to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless. "Why doesn't she have any teeth?" Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny! Hang on!"
My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, "Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jake's friend. A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.
The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, Then suddenly Louise made a noise that sounded a lot like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the panty hose, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa. The dog howled. I snorted cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth to mouth resuscitation. My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants, and Granny threw down her napkin, and stomped out of the room.
It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember. Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health, and she went on to star in several bachelor party movies.
Republished December 7, 2018
THE OOPS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Published December 7, 2018
SILLY DILLY ANSWER
ANSWER: I was the same length that I am now!
Dr. Jane Chambers, Editor and Head Writer
Ron Lowder Sr., Webmaster
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