Lynn English High - Class of 1953 Reunion Site

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Military Life


Tootie (Pettigrew) Anderson encouraged us to have a page for the veterans who served in wartime and the site manager would also like to hear from those who served in peace time or served in the reserves.

A picture or two of you in or out of uniform would be great along with information on when and where you served. 

Material can be emailed to the site at .  If you do not have a scanner or do not have children who can do it for you, the site manager will be happy to do the scanning. 

If you have some slides that are still holding up after all these years, the website has a scanner than can process those as well. 

To see several YouTube veterans tributes from Ed Cummiskey, click here.


Ron Natalie:  Active Duty Assignments

U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64) - Summer, 1954
U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA - Summer, 1955
U.S. Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX - Summer, 1955
U.S.S. Keppler (DDE-765) - Summer, 1956
U.S.S. John W. Weeks (DD-701) - June, 1957 to October, 1958
U.S. Navy Training Publications Center, Washington, DC - 1953 to 1962



Gerry Colpitts on duty in Germany and on leave in Holland



Janet (Armstrong) Ralph wrote to tell us Stu was in the Marine corps from 1953 to 1957.  He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and did 18 months in Okinawa.  He returned to the states in 1955. 

"We got married in 1956 and lived on base  at Camp Lejeune.  He was a staff sergeant when he got out in 1957 and we returned to Lynn.  No complaints about the whole experience.  It was great!"


This scalped, lean and mean fighting machine is Rick Donovan ready to attack New York's Times Square at a moment's notice.  He served at Ft. Dix, New Jersey from January to June of 1958 and in the Army reserves at Boston Army Base from July, 1958 to September of 1964.

Colonel Bob Rhodes in formal attire above and as a brand new 2nd Lt. below from our Down Memory Lane webpage.  I wasn't 100% sure it was Bob in the picture with Janice Wyman when I added it to the Down Memory Lane page.  On that page I had kidded him about how good the Army pay must be to own a brand new Chevy. 

Bob reported "It is me with Janice Wyman following my graduation from West Point on 6 June 1958. I was home on leave before reporting to Fort Sill, OK and field artillery training followed by air defense training at Fort Bliss, TX. Once that was done I reported to Fort Benning, GA to complete airborne jump school before being assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Gelnhausen, Germany as an artillery forward observer

.The car is a 1958 Chevrolet Impala which put me in serious debt for many, many months/years."



Larry Buchanan in his civvies as he celebrates a rare midsummer's dream day in Alaska in 1972.  Larry served in the Air Force and in 1972-73 was stationed at the Tin City Air Force base in Alaska.  The equipment at the top of the mountain behind him is a radar site and part of the defense early warning system.  To prove he did own a uniform, here he is in his dress blues.

Larry has sent us some slides from his Alaska tour and some pictures of his Okinawa tour where he fired ground to air missiles at Okinawa seagulls and got an award for not shooting down any friendly aircraft.  A few more pictures will be available after the conversion to our newer Internet software.   

Larry in Okinawa practicing on the local seagulls.


Larry's private taxi service to Anchorage.  Larry noted that there was no truth to the well-known and widely circulated rumor that the taxi often returned with Anchorage party girls.


The base ski lift is also used to bring radar operators to their installation at the top of the mountain in the background.


Join the Air Force and see the least the top of it anyway.



High Flight
-by P/O John Gillespie Magee RCAF

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

      Links to tributes to veterans from Ed Cummiskey


Vietname veterans 50 years later:

Tribute to all branches of service:

 WW2 survivors by Gary Senise:


Link to veteran benefits by state


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