Secretary's Station 130
This Just in from James Bass:
The Group has launched a Project that will place the "Fait Accompli Trilogy" in the hometown libraries of those members of the Group who were Killed in Action or Killed in the Line of Duty. The Board of Directors authorized the Project, "Operation Library Placement" during its meeting in September and it is currently being developed.
James Bass is coordinating the project. He states, "It is fitting for those who gave their lives for the Cause of Freedom to be remembered. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten. "
Identifying the hometowns is proving to be a slow process. If you know the hometown of a KIA, please send it to James.
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News stories for your newsletter. A newsletter is a lot more fun to put together and to read and enjoy if it contains your own stories.
Soooo...please send them to Nancy at 453 Sunset Lane Pueblo, CO 81005. Come on you guys, you have stories to tell and to share. Many thanks to John Wranesh for sharing his story "A Long and Memorable Circuitous Route" , to Frank Bernd for his article "How the "Paper Warrior" Came By Its Name" , and the Ancil Shepherd story sent by James Bass, all of which appeared in the last newsletter.
* * * It's not how old you are, but how you are old.
Check your mailing label on this newsletter...Let us know if we have spelled your name or address wrong, or if we don't have your address right. Please notify us if you have a change of address. It costs us 60 cents for every address the Post Office has to correct for us...but if you let us know, it's free!!!
* * * FYI: Mickey's son, Jerry Briggs, has been in Pakistan on assignment for Operation "Enduring Freedom." Her two daughters, Caroline and Linda, have been experiencing health problems and could use our prayers and good wishes.
* * * Joe Toth reports good progress towards completion of a new, updated Roster. Please continue to advise him of any corrections (other than address) so your Roster will be as accurate as possible. It is going to the printer soon and should be available for you to buy at the beginning of Summer. Putting together a new Roster is a huge undertaking and trying to make it error-free is more time consuming than we originally had thought. We will notify you of the cost ASAP.
* * * This message is for those who attended the Colorado Springs Reunion and had registered to go to the Air Force Academy. If you did not tell Nancy that you wanted your refund for that activity sent back to you, you need to notify her right away. We are finally ready to close out that account and money for refunds will not be available much longer.
* * * THE EDITOR'S PLIGHT
The typographical error is a slippery thing and sly; you can hunt it 'til you're dizzy, but it somehow will get by.
"Til the pages are off the press, it is strange how still it sleeps; it shrinks down in a corner, and it never stirs or peeps.
That typographical error is too small for human eyes, 'til the ink is on the paper, when it grows to mountain size.
Secretary's Station 130
* * * Readers of the Newsletter are reminded that John I. (Jack) Buttrey, bombardier on the George Gilbert Crew, was a member of the New York city Fire Department both before and after the war. During his career, he was an active participant in fighting many of the fires in the skyscrapers in the city.
* * * MAN ATTACKED
A robber attacked an 80-year-old man outside his Glen Burnie apartment Tuesday, January 29th, 2002, severely cutting him in the head and sending him to an area trauma hospital, county police said.
Thomas Goff was taken by ambulance to the Shock-Trauma Center at University Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition yesterday with a fractured skull.
Mr. Goff had just left his car and was walking to his apartment complex at 300 Blue Water Court about 10:50 p.m. when a man came from behind and hit him in the head with an unknown object. The unknown object turned out to be a gun.
The robber than took Mr. Goff's wallet and ran away.
NOTE: We have heard from Tom and thought you might want to share your concerns with him. He spent 5 days in Shock-Trauma and just got stitches out on February 12th. He is understandably still suffering the effects of this terrible experience. All our best to you, Tom. We hope for a speedy recovery and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
300-202 Bluewater Ct.
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Today, as you know, our Air Force is deployed to defeat terrorism in Afghanistan. They're serving with the same pride and perseverance we've shown in every time of national crisis. Now, it's our responsibility to give these brave men and women the honor they deserve.
While our fundraising has been very successful to date, we are still short of our goal. I know that we have leaned on you in the past for contribution, and I am hoping, again, you will provide support. If you are able, can you please make a tax-deductible contribution of $25, $35, $50, $100, $250 or more to the Air Force memorial? Additionally, I would ask you to please share this letter with another friend or family member and solicit their support.
Your special gift will go a long way towards helping our nation pay this long-overdue honor to the men and women of the United States Air Force, and all of the Air Force's predecessor organizations, like the Army Air Corps. Most importantly, our Memorial will inspire countless future generations to follow in our footsteps in the service of our great nation.
Major General Edward F. Grillo, Jr.
Air Force Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 97026 20677-7193
* * * Since our last correspondence, we received many dues payments. John and I thank you for taking care of this. We hate it when we have to drop members. If you still need to catch up, this is your last newsletter and last chance to pay dues and be a member in good standing.
* * * "Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."