Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/02/17
3 Bombers sent stuff: 
George "Pappy" SWAN ('59)
Mary ROSE ('60)
David RIVERS ('65)
ADOPTED BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Donogh (Adopted '71)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Mary ROSE Tansy ('60)

To: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59)

Happy Birthday Pappy!!! Lost your email address quite some
time ago but hope you, your wife, and the doggies are all
doing good!!!

-Mary ROSE Tansy ('60)
>>From: George "Pappy" SWAN ('59)

Re: No Trombones Leading A Big Parade, 
                  but "76 Trips Around the Sun"

To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54), David RIVERS ('65),
    and Brad WEAR ('71)

Contrary to a possibly, popular opinion, I have not croaked or
journeyed off into the great beyond. No, I am still here, just
"doin' what I gotta do" and "Keepin' on, Keepin' on." But,
thanks to you guys who wrote into Sandstorm and the others 
who sent personal emails for remembering. It's probably not
unusual that those Sandstorm writers are all fellow military
men, because that's what military types do - remember each

Thank you Bob, aka Mike, Richland Bomber and U.S. Navy Man,
for remembering the elves and Lab pups. The elves may have
moved away. The puddle in my driveway is no more, graded over
and leveled out due to the installation of a new drain field,
but you never know. They may be lurking under the overgrowth
that has taken over my yard making it resemble a Vietnam
Training Area. And the Lab pups (girls from the same litter)
of nine years ago, grew into "Big Dogs" and ventured through
life much as we humans do. Bella, my good hunting partner,
passed away to be with Darby, the greatest hunting dog that I
will probably ever have known in my lifetime. And, Me'a, the
"Goofey Girl" who never really cared to hunt, but always
wanted be part of the "goings on," is now old and fat like
Pappy. She, and "Corporal Freddy," my rescue cat are my
constant companions. As I learned when stationed in Japan,
"Shi**a Hoppen!" 

Thank you David, fellow Bomber, Marine, and "Here come da
Judge!" David one of the many things about you that always
rang through to me was your involvement with, I think it was
the "Oath Keepers." I have always held sacred any commitments
made in life such as signing on the dotted line and swearing
allegiance to our country and it's people and our pledge to
serve in what ever capacity assigned, up to and including our
lives, in keeping with that oath.

And, last but by no means ever least, thanks to my buddy Brad
WEAR, Bomber, Cougar (Sorry, I was a Dawg!), fellow Marine,
hunting, fishing, and partaking of the "good stuff" partner
"extraordinare," and the best of friends. We will never forget
the all night effort of a few years ago at setting up Elk Camp
before the other guys arrived, in which we polished off a
large jug of Maker's Mark between the two of us. I think that
we set up and tore down the big long tent at least three times
before getting it right. The liquid refreshment might have had
something to do with that, however we were both still upright,
bright eyed, and bushy tailed, as only Marines can be, when
the sun came up! And, now you are in Texas, but maybe 
we'll reunite in November, if it works out for the Gary
Sinese/wounded warrior thing. And, now we're not spring
chickens anymore, but we still have the "Aye Aye Sir, Gung Ho,
Gung Ho!" Spirit. Yes, indeed, "How ___ are we now?"

Nowadays, I don't get out into the "Great" (I said it before
Donald Trump!) Outdoors like I used to due to looking after 
my elders for a few years, and now caring for my lovely 
wife whose health took a turn for the worse. There's that
commitment thing again, "Through sickness or health, for
better or worse..." However, a good friend of ours spells me
off once a year, by staying with Jeanne, so I can go float
Montana Rivers with fly rod in hand with my other "Best of
buddies and classmate, Bill BYRD ('59). A nearly life-long
friendship, since we were 12 years old. I'm off on that trip
the morning of the 4th of July. And, I made it back to South
Carolina last month to see my grandson graduate from Parris
Island Boot Camp as a new Marine. That was a whole new
experience for me since I went through San Diego - a
"Hollywood" Marine. Oorah! 
-George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Where the sun also shines and
       the sweat runs (but it has not been so bad as of late). 
       And, time waits for no one, reminding me that I sure
       as hell never expected to live this long (lotta close 
       calls), and thus I think more and more of the one sure 
       thing that I fully absorbed throughout all those trips
       around the sun - "There ain't no such thing as a free 
       lunch" ... sooner or later someone, somewhere ... has 
       to pay for it.  Otherwise, "Shitta Hoppen!"
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: oh no... I can't even member the date

Well, most... I say most people let my fo paw go by without
mention... well at least so far... I must admit... I have
finally learned to put "17" on my checks but these months are
going by way too fast... Today we got special special stuff to
celebrate, but of course I could be wrong... I mean 30 days
has September bla bla bla... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jamie WORLEY ('64)
and Happy Anniversary, Bomber-babe Mary Lou WATKINS ('63) and
Grizzly-dude Van Rhebeck on your special day, July 2, 2017!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
That's it for today. Please send more.