THE RICHLAND ALUMNI SANDBOX
  ISSUE # 6 ~  SPECIAL VETERANS DAY ISSUE NOV 11 1998    
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From: Gary Horton (59)
mailto:hortonge@msn.com

       Accounts of our (Bomber) lives from past
communications brings forth many memories of days past.
One I would like to share with you because I'm reminded
of this experience many times throughout each year,
especially Memorial and Veterans Day.  As mentioned, we
all have days we remember where we were, the time of
day, etc., when an event in our lives happens, i.e.,
Kennedy's assassination, the first moon landing, Mount
St. Helens, for those of you who lived down wind from
the eruptions, plus many others.
    I remember being out in my front yard, we lived on
Farrell Lane in a "B" house at the end of the cul-de-
sac, Farrell Lane had an abundance of Sycamore trees
and most of the leaves blown from the March winds would
end up in my front yard. It was early March, a nice
sunny day, I was raking leaves when Richland's finest
drove up, got out accompanied by an Army officer, they
headed for the next door neighbor's house, when the
wife of Danny Neth (57) stepped out on the porch they
handed her a telegram informing her of her husbands
death. It's a moment in time that has forever changed
my life.  Prior to that point in time I had not
understood nor appreciated the sacrifices made for us
(U.S.).
          Looking back, youthfully thinking most of us
were ten feet tall and bullet proof, we would probably
live forever. Danny, one of the first Bombers to be
killed in Viet Nam and others weren't so fortunate.   I
give thanks to all you Bomber Veterans and my utmost
appreciation to those who lost their lives defending
our country.
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From:    b_rector@owt.com (Bob Rector)

You know, I have not written to Rick Maddy yet, but need
to send a real message.  Rick has offered much to our
history and memories, and is a Viet Nam War Vet, in a
wheelchair. I do not believe he has ever  mentioned it,
nor have I heard any complaints. *he only joked that he
did not have a job.  I Need to say thank you (thank you
Very Much) to Rick, and remind him that we, or at least
I, have not forgotten. He mentioned the loss of Dan
Wagoner in Viet Nam. Dan's mother had come to work at
Western Sintering to earn money for college upon his
return.  That dream never came to pass.  She put
together Dan's letters and it's published, "Letter's
from Nam."  So, I'm just feeling a bit thoughtful
tonight. Special thanks to some special Bombers.  Rick,
I owe you a few beers. Just where in the hell  south of
Olympia, are you?
Bob Rector, '62
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Subj:    Veteran's Day
From:   Donald Winston  Class of '63
Reply-to: dwinston@ditell.com

For people of my generation, one only has to spend a
quiet evening at The Wall (a sacred place in my opinion)
to realize that Veteran's Day, if viewed as a day to
honor our Veterans and not as a day for the latest pre-
Christmas sales, is completely relevant.
Don Winston
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Subj:   Vet's Day
From:   Mari "Leona Eckert" Leahy '65  Me12147@aol.com

Nov.11 was always a special day for us school kids, as
we always got it off.  For many years I thought we were
getting it off because it was my brother Don's,
birthday! Happy Birthday, Don Eckert '64
......love ya bro.
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Subj: Proud to Honor All Bombers Who Served
>From Shirley Collings Haskins '66
Mailto:asking@worldnet.att.net

As Veteran's Day approaches I would like to say that we
are proud to honor all Bombers who served our country.
Our prayers are offered for the families who lost a
loved one in death, especially the families of Mark
Black and Kerry Love.  Both Mark and Kerry were with the
class of 1966.

God bless,
Shirley Collings Haskins '66
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Subj:    Let's Remember All Veterans
From:    Patti (Snider) Miller (class of 1965).
Mail To: TME391@aol.com

Hi Al Parker and Bomber friends.
Is Veterans Day a worthwhile holiday?  Why?  Yes, it is
a worthwhile holiday for the reason to remember all who
fought and died for us in each of the wars (some they
don't call wars, but they were as far as I am
concerned).

From the class of 1966 Mark Black died so young in Viet
Nam. I belong to the church he and his family went to,
Richland Lutheran Church (corner of Van Giesen and
Stevens) where the Mark Black Memorial Fund was set up
and is still in effect to this day.  My daughter, April
Miller (class of 1992) was very fortunate to have
received this scholarship and attended Eastern
Washington State University and graduated in 1996.  She
was very proud to receive the Mark Black Scholarship, as
I told her about Mark and how he died.  My brother, Mike
Snider (class of 1962) was in the Air Force and
stationed in Thailand during Viet Nam, my husband was in
the Navy during Viet Nam and on a ship, I had a cousin
from Tacoma who was a paramedic in Viet Nam, and also
anyone remember Roy "Mack" Brand (class of 64)? In Viet
Nam he lost a leg (I see him when he comes through my
checkstand at Albertsons' on Lee blvd.) memories of Viet
Nam really come back when I see him.  He is as nice as
ever kind of shy, but I get him to say a few words;
these were just some of the lucky ones who didn't die in
the war, but have a lot of scars.  My Dad was in the
Navy in World War II, and was lucky enough to come home.
I feel we should think of all veterans who made it
through the war and the ones who did not.  I am proud
that all of them fought for our country.  Needless to
say, Veterans Day brings back a lot of memories.

Several years ago a Viet Nam Memorial was built and
dedicated with all the tri-city veterans names on it and
is located on the Kennewick side of the Ed Hendler
bridge (used to be the Pasco/Kennewick bridge), I
remember the day it was dedicated to this day.  My
husband and I were there and you just get choked up. At
Einans' Cemetery (off the by-pass highway) they still
have the parade of flags and a special ceremony with the
guns salute and that gets me choked up too, even now.
As far as I am concerned every veteran who is working
should have that as a paid holiday to honor them.

Let's remember all veterans on Veterans Day. Thank you
for listening

Patti (Snider) Miller (class of 1965)
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Subj:    Veteran's Day
From:   Carol Wiley-Wooley (63)
Reply To:       Rowein@aol.com

I grew up in a home where respect for veterans was
taught.  I am sure that it was due to my parents
experiences during WW II.  As a result I was aware of
some elementary facts about remembering those who had
served in their country.  However I think it all became
really a big deal when my boyfriend quit high school and
went into the Navy. (total understatement) As the 60's
happened, I was more interested and aware of what was on
the news about Vietnam and how many people I knew were
in some way involved.

One day I woke up and was a Navy wife with a small child
and one on the way, and a husband in Vietnam.  Life was
strange and frightening.  The war was on TV in the
newspapers and friends and neighbors were talking about
it everyday.  Bizarre thing I remember clearly....You
could get a letter faster from a Vietnam combat zone
than from a relative in the states...  It seemed like
all the people around me were applauding my husband for
"serving his country"... No one where I was had any
negative comments about our country sending my
classmates and cousins to Vietnam.  I really didn't come
into contact with any "guys who had been there" until my
husband returned from Vietnam and we moved to
California.  He was still on active duty.

As I became a part of the military community I met a lot
of "vets" and their families.  Funniest thing, they
didn't think they were heroes...They had a number of
different feelings.  Some guys wouldn't talk about it,
others talked at length about buddies they had become
friends with and a lot of silly fun.  There were others
who left buddies behind, both alive and dead and felt
guilty for leaving.

I observed first hand, the National Guard and the tanks
in Berkley. I saw people throw tomatoes and eggs at
soldiers returning from overseas.  I saw the young men
at the Oakland Naval Hospital, that had lost their legs
and arms.  One of the most difficult experiences I've
ever had in my life, was walking into an elevator that
had three young guys in wheelchairs with no legs.  That
was a long ride down to the lobby..They were my age and
could have been the guys I went to school with...This
was really confusing to an over protected girl who grew
up in Richland...

I made it my business to get involved.  I joined an
organization called VIVA.  It was one of those that
passed around petitions for people to sign to send to
the Vietnamese government, demanding better treatment of
our POWs.  I listened to anyone who would talk about
Vietnam and came to some conclusions that were not real
popular with my husband's C.O. I was the president of
the enlisted wives club and I talked to the other wives
and encouraged them to look beyond the surface stuff
that was on the news.One of my friends from California
gave his life for "freedom"....whose I don't know.  But
his nineteen year old wife and his little baby girl
didn't understand and I don't think they ever will.  As
the years have gone by I have continued to care about my
own generation and the bill of goods that they were sold
by "our fearless leaders in the other Washington"...

Finally, after a lot of years of advocating I was
privileged to meet Col. Ray Merritt USAF, Ret. He was
the guest speaker at a Vietnam Veterans of America
meeting here in Bremerton.  He spoke to a room full of
vets for over an hour.  No one moved, coughed or made a
remark.  His talk was spellbinding.  When he apologized
for talking so long all the guys told him that he had
not talked too long and they wanted to hear more.  He
made reference to the fact that the petitions from VIVA
had, in fact caused the Vietnamese to afford better
treatment to him and those with him in the Hanoi Hilton.
(he was there 7 years).  I was so amazed to hear him
mention that organization, which I had belonged to so
long ago.  It gave me a renewed conviction to keep on
doing whatever I can do to help my generation who gave
"their best" for whatever reason.

Over the past 14 years in Bremerton, I have done Crisis
Intervention with Vietnam Vets and their families.  It
has been a really rewarding experience for me.  I have
talked to literally hundreds of guys, just like you that
I went to school with.  In some cases I have been able
to help, sometimes just by listening.

On this Veteran's Day, I will remember with respect all
of those who have served their country, overseas or at
home and to all the Vietnam Vets, late as it is-
"Welcome Home"...and thanks.


Carol  Wiley-Wooley
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Subj:         Fields of red
From:         0311 Bob Mattson USMC
Reply to:       RMat683939@aol.com

Nothing seemed to matter.  The sack, still on the
ground.  Never to move, lay, waiting for choppers, that
couldn't land.  Pop a yellow smoke, and so did they, no,
it didn't, it wasn't me.  Two days, then three, it
wasn't me.  A swarm of choppers filled the sky, Heueys
guarding Chinooks, like a wing of honkers in an autumn
sky, wings set, guiding by.  Death, standing by the
sack, waiting. Where was the comfort in knowing?  I was
to say it, and weep, for me, for my sorrow.  The gunny
plucked one from the sky, we laid the sack at the feet
of some new meat, a green lieutenant squawked at me as I
left, he and his chicks, mother to his own ass.  Fuck
that shit I hissed, not recognizing the command, it
wasn't me, God help me but I hated him for his breach of
silence. A grunt had come aboard.  The newness of them.
The colors, not yet faded by the Nam, lit up like neon,
much more than I could ever tell.  But they saw me.  I
see the shadows in step, the parades are for those who
will always be, for as long as there will be a day of
tribute to those that did what was asked.  A day like
mine, when the shadows are in step, everyday, in step
with them. Always Faithful.   0311 Bob Mattson USMC

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LISTED BELOW ARE A NUMBER OF WEBSITES RELEVANT TO
REMEMBERING AND HONORING OUR VETERANS. To access any of
these sites, copy and paste the web address into you web
browser and hit "return."

THE WALL:
http://grunt.space.swri.edu/thewall.htm
This gallery contains pictures and stories of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Known
simply as "The Wall," this monument is one of the most
visited sites in the city of Washington.  Here are five
of the pictures from Larry Powell's book, "Hunger of the
Heart: A Communion at the Wall."

VIETNAM VETERANS HOME PAGE
Officially Opened on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1994
http://grunt.space.swri.edu/index.htm

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial-This is the official
National Park Service page for The Wall. Friends of the
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Homepage - This site provides
services of interest to veterans and their  families at
no charge. "In Touch" is a locator service which
connects  the families, friends and fellow veterans of
those listed on the Wall.
http://www.ojc.org/gunny/links/memorial.htm

Lost and Found:  This section is a World Wide Web
Vietnam Veteran Location Service. The purpose of this
section is to help other Veterans and friends of Vietnam
Veterans locate Veterans and others who served in
Vietnam during the war years.
http://grunt.space.swri.edu/lostfnd.htm

UAW Onlline Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,
D.C. Designed by Maya Ying Lin, the dark reflective slab
contains the names of Americans who lost their lives
fighting in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975. Listen to music
and search for names and information about everyone
named on The Wall.
http://www.uaw.org/special/memdaylinks.html

Air Force Memorial: A salute to the Millions who have
served. Join us in making the Air Force Memorial a
reality. Arlington National Cemetery  Official site.
"Our Nation's Most Sacred Shrine." Arlington National
Cemetery: Unofficial site. "Where Valor Proudly Sleeps."
http://funnelweb.utcc.utk.edu/~dmdragon/memorial.html

Korean Veterans Memorial
DC Pages / Memorial Day / Memorials / Korean War Vets
Memorial Location: 900 Ohio Drive, S.W. Dedicated to the
returning veterans of the Korean  War, the first
Americans not to receive a heroes' welcome.
http://dcpages.com/Memorial/korean.html

Korean War Veterans' Memorial Homepage They went not for
conquest and not for gain, but only to protect the
anguished and the innocent. They suffered greatly and by
their heroism in a thousand forgotten battles they added
a luster to the codes we hold most dear: duty, honor,
country, fidelity, bravery, integrity. . . .
http://www.nps.gov/kwvm/index2.htm

WWII Memorial Planned.  Gifts are being sought to create
a memorial on the UW campus in Seattle  honoring
students, faculty, staff and alumni who fought and died
in World War II. The Classes of 1944, 1945 and 1946 have
taken the lead in establishing a World War II Memorial
fund.
http://www2.cac.washington.edu/alumni/columns/june96/memoria

Personal Legacy: The Healing of a Nation AN EXHIBITION
OF OBJECTS LEFT AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL A joint
exhibition of the National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution and National Park Service
Department of the Interior.
http://photo2.si.edu/legacy/legacy.html

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL (AFL-CIO Executive Council
Statement 10/14/98)  More than 50 years after the end of
World War II, our nation is now building a national
memorial to recognize the courage and sacrifices made by
a generation of Americans who served their country
overseas and on the home front, united in a bond of
common purpose to win the war that changed the course of
human history.
http://www.aflcio.org/estatements/oct98/memorial.htm

NPF Guide, Korean War Veterans Memorial Korean War
Veterans Memorial Washington, DC Designed to memorialize
the veterans of the "Forgotten War," the Memorial pays
tribute to the men and women who served in Korea (1950-
53) when the Cold War got hot.
http://www.nationalparks.org/guide/parks/korean-war-v-1719.htm

Washington State World War II Memorial Installation in
progress This memorial is inspired by themes from the
first stanza of Katherine Lee Bates' song "America the
Beautiful."Elements of the memorial are representative
of "O Beautiful for spacious skies...amber waves of
grain...purple mountains majesties...above the fruited
plain...from sea to shining sea."The memorial honors all
those in Washington State who...
http://leginfo.leg.wa.gov/www/admin/legis/vetmemrl/ww2mem.htm

Washington DC Monuments and Memorials Just southeast of
the Lincoln Memorial stands the Korean War Memorial,
dedicated July 27, 1995. The memorial features 19
statues in a field, symbolizing a squad on patrol on the
Korean peninsula, as well a granite wall with the images
of thousands of servicemen and servicewomen etched on
it.
http://www.his.com/~matson/monument.htm
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