Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/18
	Heard about 2 Bomber deaths and 
4 Bombers sent stuff: 
Betty BELL ('51), Norma LOESCHER ('53)
Helen CROSS ('62), Dennis HAMMER ('64)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathleen KINNEY ('66)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Betty BELL Norton ('51)

In going through some boxes of yard sale stuff some time ago I
found an 8" x 10" framed picture of guys who probably graduated
1946 to 1949, or so at Col High. There are 8 of them, all in
white shirts and pants with a small, round patch on their
shirts. Four are standing behind four more who are kneeling. 
It looks like they could be in front of a service station as 
it looks like gas pumps reflected in a window. If anyone knows 
who they are, or where they are and would like this picture, 
I would try to get it to them. Just e-mail me or call.

	[Can you get that picture scanned so we can see
	what you're taling about, Betty? -Maren]

Re Dance 

The Richland Seniors Association is putting on a special
western dance Sunday, April 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the
Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive in Richland. A
favorite local band "Swing Shift" will be playing, there will
be an old-fashioned photo booth with costume choices (FREE
PICTURES!) and snacks. Cost is $7 at the door. Would love to
see you there!

-Betty BELL Norton ('51) ~ Richland  
>>From: Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) 

Re: Bill SCOTT's ('64) novel, The Electric Woman

One of the best books I have encountered lately is James
Scott's The Electric Woman. James Scott (our own Bill SCOTT ('64))
writes about strong women, and I've enjoyed reading every one
of his novels. The one I keep re-reading is The Electric Woman.
In it, the robot "Holly" is not only a strong character, but
she becomes a gigantic challenge to her creators, to the men in
her life, to the world into which she is sent, to herself, and
to the reader. 

	Holly is a beautiful soft-fleshed (feels human to the
touch) robot without a belly button. Having no navel emphasizes
the fact that Holly was created in a laboratory for specific
purposes. Humans face huge challenges in this world of ours,
and so does Holly. I hope you are intrigued enough to check out 

	You might also ask Bill if he still has any of his books
on hand that he makes available to fellow Bombers. 

Bomber cheers, 
-Norma LOESCHER Boswell ('53) ~ in rainy Richland  
>>From: Helen CROSS Kirk ('62)

As both my father and father-in-law have passed, the Honor
Flights did not happen soon enough for them; however I am very
honored to be a guardian for a veteran (also been in the Navy,
our dads were both Navy vets) in the upcoming Flight out of
Indianapolis on April 28.

I am so happy to be doing this as a small way in memory of both
of our dads, who sadly left this earth in '86 and '99.

Re: Deceased classmate

My regards to the family of Jinny BARNETT Howser ('62-RIP). I 
remember her well from high school.

To: Terry DAVIS ('65) 

Having been the original owners of a ranch house, I remember
the free standing closets well. My dad had our neighbor, Howard
Hughes build in closets as soon as possible and he could afford
it. (Possibly the early '70s?). Never thought about what he did
with those original closets till now.

-Helen CROSS Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN in the house by the
	little lake where we've had snow and cold along with 70
	on this past Tuesday, so spring is coming slowly. 
from my iPhone
>>From: Dennis HAMMER ('64)

Re: DIY and tools

It has been said that a man only needs two things in his tool
box; WD40 and duct tape. If it is supposed to move and it
doesn't use WD40, If it moves and it is not supposed to, use
duct tape. I however am rather old school; I also have some
bailing wire.

I used to carry a tool box in my car trunk, if I had car
problems on the road I might be able to fix it, but haven't
carried one in years. With these new cars I am probably not
going to be able to fix it anyway. (Usually have to fix it with
cell phone and credit card.) I only have a set of jumper cables
and a good lug nut wrench so if I have a flat tire I won't have
to use that cheap piece of junk the manufacture puts in the
trunk. I recently added a little ratchet wrench for the battery
terminals, then got to thinking, maybe I should also add
whatever I will need to take the battery out and wire brush to
clean the battery terminals. Gotta get around to that one of
these days.

Re: Okinawa

April 1st I did re-watch two documentaries on the Battle of
Okinawa. After naval bombardment of the island the Army and
Marines landed to surprisingly little (and deceptive)
opposition. The Marines went North and the Army South. Not sure
it is right to say the Army had to be bailed out by the Marines
because the Japanese in the South were really dug in. They had
multiple lines and when one was lost, they just moved back to
the next one and started all over again. They also would go the
offensive, I think mainly at night. Army General Simon Boliver
Buckner had a great admiration of Marine General Roy Geiger and
left word that if anything were to happen to him Gen Geiger was
to be in charge. Just days before the end of the battle Gen
Buckner was killed and Geiger became the only Marine Corps
General to ever command a field army. Five days later the Army
replaced him with General Joseph Stillwell; today probably 
best known as the General that watched the movie "Dumbo" in
Spealberg's movie "1941." Buckner also became the only USMC
representative at the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship
USS Missouri.

Okinawa was the bloodiest battle in the Pacific war. The Navy
actually had the most killed, and more killed than wounded,
mainly because of Kamikaze attacks which were a big part of 
the battle. The USS Enterprise CV-6 was hit twice. Once it
withdrew, was repaired and came back, the second time a
Kamikaze, who knew what he was doing flew straight down into
the forward elevator. The explosion propelled the elevator 400
feet into the air. It landed in the water and floated, some
sailors climbed onto it. Aircraft carriers in those days did
not have the elevators on the side of the ship, they were in
the middle of the deck, so airplanes could not land or take off
from it. It was completely useless. The Japanese had been
trying to get that ship since Pearl Harbor and one Kamikaze
pilot had done it. (I am doing this from memory so I might not
be 100%) There was a Marine who was operating a machine gun
either jumped at the last instant or was blown overboard. They
assumed he was dead, but he was in the water and swam out to an
injured sailor. The sailor kept urging him to leave him, he was
wounded anyway, and get on the elevator, but he stayed with 
him all night and was picked up the next day by I think a
submarine. Back on "the Big E" he got in the chow line and
never said a thing until a reunion just a few years ago. A
Marine officer said, "You never told me that before." Being one
of the few Marine officers still living he went to the Marine
Corps and got him a medal, which was presented to him during
half-time at a game.

Back around 1978 I worked with a Marine who had been in the
battle of Okinawa. He told me that he and another guy had run
and jumped in a ditch. Nearby the Japanese had a tower like a
water tower but it was filled with sorghum syrup or molasses.
Artillery fire (?) knocked that tower down and the sorghum
spilled out and came into that ditch. Can you imagine, being in
combat and then being covered with molasses? I guess the Brits
would call that a sticky wicket! That is the only thing he ever
said about the battle, and he only told that story because the
subject of sorghum was brought up.

To: Bill SCOTT ('64)

Re: WWII memories

I can kinda relate to what you say. A lot of kids our age had
parents involved in WWII, but I did not. My friends had a lot
of old military junk to play war with. My father was farming at
the time and mom told me they weren't drafting farmers; need
someone to grow food for the troops. I said that to my wife and
her mother and was told it didn't keep some of their family
members out of it. Got to thinking later, they were sons of
farmers and working on the farm, my dad was actually running
the farm. Had two uncles in WWII one at Panama Canal and the
other did go to Germany but don't know if he was actually in
combat. A few cousins were in Army, Navy, USMC and Air Force.
They all lived half the country away, so I felt like I had no
military connections at all until I enlisted. Of my direct
ancestors I was the first to be in the military since my great-
great grandfathers and the Civil War.

-Dennis HAMMER ('64)
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>> Diane JOHNSON Albrich ('63wb-RIP) ~ 11/25/44 - 1/6/14

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Heard about Bomber death #60 in 2018 today:

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