Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/17
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4 Bombers sent stuff and heard about 2 Bomber deaths today: 
David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66)
Pam EHINGER ('67), Mike FRANCO ('70)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn HALSTEAD ('61)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie HUTCHINS ('62)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James SONDERLAND ('64)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: friends

Two celebrations for me today... one is still with us and
still one a the good guys... the other was one of those guys
who had his own ways and was just... well hard to describe...
Terry DAVIS ('65) and I once decided the best way to describe
him was to say that unlike most people our age, he always saw
all the colors in the big box of crayons... HAPPY BIRTHDAY
James SONDERLAND ('64) and so long and remembering Steve
SIMPSON ('65-RIP) on September 5, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
-David RIVERS ('65)
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>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

For those of who attended CWU, the latest CWU Connections
magazine has a short blurb on CWU student and WWII USCG member
Signalman First Class Douglas Munro who is buried in Cle Elum.

He has had a new US Coast Guard Cutter (418') named after him
and says he died in WWII.

If anybody wonders why the USCG would do that (not explained
in the magazine), here's the reason: He was awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle
where he died.

"In the engagement in which he gave his life, Munro had
already played an important part, having been in charge of the
original detachment of ten boats that had landed the Marines
at the scene. Having successfully landed them, Munro led his
small boat force to a previously assigned rally position.
Almost immediately upon his return, he was advised by the
officer-in-charge that conditions at the insertion point 
were not as expected. The Marines were under attack from a 
larger Japanese force and needed to be extracted immediately. 
Munro volunteered to lead the boats back to beach for the
evacuation. Commanding the rescue expedition, he brought 
the boats in-shore under heavy enemy fire and proceeded to
evacuate the Marines still on the beach. Though the majority
of the Marines had been loaded into the boats, the last
remaining elements of the rear guard were having difficulty
embarking. Assessing the situation, Munro maneuvered himself
and his boats into a position to cover the last groups of men
as they headed to the boats. In doing so, he exposed himself
to greater enemy fire and suffered his fatal wound. At the
time it was reported that he had remained conscious long
enough to utter his final words: "Did they get off”?

"For his heroic and selfless actions in the completion of this
rescue mission Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of
Honor. 

"He was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal. His
other decorations included the American Defense Service Medal,
the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II
Victory Medal."

Incidentally, One of those rescued marines was LT COL Lewis B.
"Chesty" Puller who went on to become LT General Chesty
Puller, the most decorated marine ever.

-Tedd CADD ('66)
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>>From: Pam EHINGER (Blue Ribbon Class of '67)

Re: Bomber Class of '67!

Ok it's our 50 year Class Reunion on September 15th & 16th! 

We are already called the Blue Ribbon Class of '67! How about
we add The Richland Bombers Blue Ribbon Class of '67!! Any
other ideas?

Bombers Rule,
-Pam EHINGER Kindl (Richland Bombers Blue Ribbon Class of '67)
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>>From: Mike FRANCO ('70)

To: Clif EDWARDS ('68)

Yup. L. Holland St. John was indeed our tennis coach at 
Chief Jo. And yes we had legendary players back in the day!!!! 

-Mike FRANCO ('70)
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Heard about two Bomber deaths today:

>>Louie YESBERGER ('67-RIP) ~ **/**/49 - 8/30/17

>>Mark GERKEN ('02-RIP) ~ 1/11/84 - 9/2/17 
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