Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
Bonita Beck, Publisher                                         Bob Graham, Editor

November 2015
"A Daughter's Love for her Hero Dad"     
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OK, OK - What went wrong?  We were going strong with connecting, reconnecting, the Bucket List, and “Who Said That?” for September.  Then for October   
̶   N O ONE has connected or reconnected with any Classmate?  NO ONE wants to challenge me with their “Bucket List?”  Finally, Maryann (Maskevich) Flanagan answered the September of “Who Said That,” but NO ONE came through on October! 
Come on, we can do better than that. We all can’t be that busy! If you have any thoughts on something that would be of more interest, just let me know.  Let’s keep this Special Class of Aragon 1964 going Strong...  stay “Fired Up” and let me hear from you.
I am going to put the same quote, from October back in for November.  This is one of my favorite movies.  One of those where you know all of the funny lines from memory.  A movie you can walk in on at any time and know what is happening.  Take a chance, you may like it and you may win the prize at year’s end.
 • What is the movie title?
 • What is the character’s real name?
 • What is the character’s name, played in the movie?

On a happy note…

I have reconnected with Sharon (Freitas) Peros.  She will be the feature donator for the November Newsletter.  Sharon has done a lot of research on the subject matter.  I’m sure you will enjoy her Salute to her Hero.  It is a great story, (I know, because I’ve already read her article).
Other articles from Classmates, Family, and Friends discuss the importance of this month  in regards to our Military and our Freedoms; with some bits of History, Preventing night Terrors,  a Mass Airborne Jump, Thanking a Soldier, WWII Posters, Drill Team in Action, We were all Young Once, a Jeopardy Question - Not answered, a Nineteen year old in Combat, and God Bless America.
I know there are many other important dates in November i.e.,  3rd - general elections, 17th - world peace, 19th - great American smoke out, 26th -Thanksgiving, 27th - black friday, etc.  But I truly believe, that without the 11th - Veteran’s Day, we might not have many of the other days in any of the Months - without Our Veterans.  Please, if you see any Vets on the 11th or go to a Veteran’s Day Parade or see one on any other day throughout the year - Thank them for their Service to Our Great Country!  To my Brothers and Sisters that served, THANK YOU AND WELCOME HOME! 
So, know that you know how things are going, what things need some support, and what this month’s Newsletter will discuss - let’s get to it.
Hooah, Hugs, & Have a Great November, I will be talking with you again in December,

                                                                        Your Classmate,


 “God Bless America”
 Contributed For Our Military
 (Without them, what would we have?)



"A Daughter’s Love for Her Hero Dad”
 Contributed by Sharon (Freitas) Peros
 (My Dad will always be my Hero)

  Contributed by Bob Graham
 (0h, the memories - stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door!)

 “Preventing Night Terrors”
  Contributed by Mike Graham
 (What a great young man!)

“Thank You Soldier -  For Freedom, WWII Vets”
 Contributed by & for Our Fathers & Mothers
 (They are our greatest generation!)

 “World War Two - Posters Found”
  Contributed by Ted Dumke
 (Check these out!)


 “Army Drill Team”
  Contributed by Michael Graham
 (Always a prideful watch!)

 “We Were All Young Once”
  Contributed by Bonita Beck
 (Still the pride & honor…)


“Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer”
  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
 (The old guard - never miss a day due to weather!)

 “Bits of History”
 Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz

You might enjoy this from Col D. G. Swinford, USMC, (Ret) a history buff. You would really have to dig deep to get this kind of ringside seat to history.
1. The first German serviceman killed in WW II was killed by  the Japanese (China, 1937). The first American serviceman killed, was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940). The highest ranking American killed was Lt Gen Lesley McNair, who was killed by the US Army Air Corps.
2. The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. His benefits were later restored by Act of Congress.
3. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced 'sink us'), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the Swastika, and Hitler's private train was named 'Amerika.' All three were soon changed for PR purposes.
4. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.  While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%.
5. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese Ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes.  He died while a passenger on a cargo plane.
6. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every  5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a mistake. Tracers had different ballistics, so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet, tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire, and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt, to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.
7. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill, (who made a big show of it), and Gen. Patton, (who had himself photographed in the act).

8. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but they decided it wasn't worth the effort.
9. German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.
10. Among the first 'Germans' captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army; until, they were captured by the Russians, and forced to fight for the Russian Army; until, they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army; until they were captured by the US Army. Talk about Recycling!
11. Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands.  21 troops were killed in the assault on the island. It could have been worse if there had been any Japanese on the island!

 “You are a 19 Year Old Kid”
 Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
 (We will never forget)

You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. It's November 11, 1967.  LZ (landing zone) is code "X-ray".
Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.  Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.  As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in.  But... it doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.  He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.  Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come.  He's coming anyway.  And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.  And, he kept coming back!!  13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out.  No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.
He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.  Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho.  May God Bless and Rest His Soul.


 “God Bless America”
  Contributed by Ted Dumke
 (Who else to conclude our tribute to the military?)




 1  *   All Saint's Day.

 2  *   All Soul's Day - Deviled Egg Day - Look for Circles Day.
 3  *   Housewife's Day - Sandwich Day - U.S. General Election Day.
 4  *   King Tut Day.
 5  *   Gunpowder Day - Guy Fawkes Day.

 6  *   Marooned without a Compass Day - Saxophone Day.
 7  *   Book Lovers Day - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.
 8  *   Cook Something Bold Day - Dunce Day.
 9  *   Chaos Never Dies Day.

 10  *   Forget-Me-Not Day - USMC Day - Young Readers Day.

 11  *   Veteran's Day.
 12  *   Chicken Soup for the Soul Day.
 13  *   National Indian Pudding Day - Sadie Hawkins Day - World Kindness Day.

 14  *   Operating Room Nurse Day - World Diabetes Day.
 15  *   Clean Your Refrigerator Day - America Recycles Day - National Philanthropy Day.
 16  *   Button Day - Have a Party With Your Bear Day.
 17  *   Electronic Greeting Card Day - Homemade Bread Day - Take A Hike Day - World Peace Day.
 18  *   Occult Day.

 19  *   Great American Smokeout - Have a Bad Day Day.
 20  *   Absurdity Day - Beautiful Day - Universal Children's Day.
 21  *   False Confession Day - National Adoption Day - World Hello Day.

 22  *   Go For a Ride Day.
 23  *   Eat a Cranberry Day - National Cashew Day.
 24  *   Evolution Day - All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day.
 25  *    National Parfait Day.

 26  *   Thanksgiving
 27  *   Black Friday - Buy Nothing Day - Pins and Needles Day - You're Welcome Day.
 28  *   Make Your Own Head Day - Red Planet Day.
 29  *   Square Dance Day.
 30  *   Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day.

As always, Thank You to All Classmates, Family, and Friends that support the Keep Your Fork...’64 each and every month.  Enjoy November and all it has to offer.  Take Care, Hooah, & Hugs, and we will get together soon,

Your Classmate, Bob



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