Features http://www.sentinelnews.com/features/todaysfeatures en VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 20: Western Europe 1958: A tour to remember (continued) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-20-western-europe-1958-tour-remember- <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory20-bareham.jpg" alt="SERGT. REGINALD G. BEREHAM, Suffolks, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Bareham, Hall Farm, Newton, reported missing since July 1st. From letters received by friends there can be little doubt that he was killed. On April 20th of this year Sergt Bareham was presented with the Card of Honour for “gallant leading of nightly patrols during March and April.”" title="SERGT. REGINALD G. BEREHAM, Suffolks, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Bareham, Hall Farm, Newton, reported missing since July 1st. From letters received by friends there can be little doubt that he was killed. On April 20th of this year Sergt Bareham was presented with the Card of Honour for “gallant leading of nightly patrols during March and April.”" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> London</p> <p> I arrived in London by air from Dinard, Brittany on May 18, 1958. It looked clean, orderly and green from the air. Susanne, who had to return to Paris to catch her scheduled flight, met me the following day. We found comfortable accommodations at a reasonable price, just north of Pall Mall in central London.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 19: Western Europe 1958: A tour to remember (continued) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-19-western-europe-1958-tour-remember- <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory19-charetteatrome.jpg" alt="General Baron Athanase de Charette (1832-1911)" title="General Baron Athanase de Charette (1832-1911)" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> La Maison de Charette de la Contrie</p> <p> I have written extensively about the distinguished family Charette de la Contrie, revered in France not for their titles but for their heroic leadership in combat against overwhelming odds.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 18: Western Europe 1958: A tour to remember (continued) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-18-western-europe-1958-tour-remember- <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory18-bassemotte.jpg" alt="La Basse Motte before World War II." title="La Basse Motte before World War II." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> After visiting my father&rsquo;s grave on May 11, 1958, my wife and I returned to Paris to meet Susanne&rsquo;s good friend, whom she had not seen since leaving France many years before.</p> <p> Guillemette Dunoyer de Segonzac had attended a private girl&rsquo;s school in Paris with my French-born wife, then Susanne de Charette.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 17: Western Europe 1958: A tour to remember (continued) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-17-western-europe-1958-tour-remember- <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory17-brandt.jpg" alt="Willie Brandt" title="Willie Brandt" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> Berlin and Mayor Brandt</p> <p> From Bonn, the de facto capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, we were flown into West Berlin, then an Allied portion of a divided city. West Berlin was separated by 100 miles from the eastern border of West Germany and only accessible by land by narrow rail and highway corridors. It consisted of the American, British, and French occupation sectors established in 1945. It was, however, a de facto part of West Germany. At the same time, East Berlin, occupied and administered by the Soviet Union, was the de facto capital of East Germany.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 16: Western Europe 1958: A tour to remember http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-16-western-europe-1958-tour-remember <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory16-explorer.jpg" alt="Launch of Explorer 1, Patrick Air Fore Base, Florida, Jan. 31, 1958." title="Launch of Explorer 1, Patrick Air Fore Base, Florida, Jan. 31, 1958." align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Canadian National</p> <p> Defense College (CNDC)</p> <p> In July, 1957, following my tour of duty as Headquarters Commandant of the Far East Command in Tokyo, I was ordered to attend the Canadian National Defence College at Fort Frontenac in Kingston, Ontario.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 15: Touring Japan with Van and Susanne (concluded) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-15-touring-japan-van-and-susanne-conc <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory15-divers.jpg" alt="Susanne and our children with ladies who dived for lobsters on the Chiba Peninsula." title="Susanne and our children with ladies who dived for lobsters on the Chiba Peninsula." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> During this tour of duty in Japan, having a penchant for climbing mountains, particularly those requiring only stamina, I climbed Mt. Fuji (called Fuji-san), elevation 12,389&nbsp;feet, following a switchback trail that had been littered by hundreds of earlier climbers. I am sure this trail has subsequently been cleared by the meticulous Japanese.</p> <p> Chiba with the children, Sept. 1956</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 14: Touring Japan with Van and Susanne http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-14-touring-japan-van-and-susanne <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory14-cormorant.jpg" alt="Cormorant fishing boat on the Nagara Gawa." title="Cormorant fishing boat on the Nagara Gawa." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> Author&rsquo;s Notes: I temporarily suspended the current series in order to mark Veterans Day by depicting the life of Shelbyville hero, Colonel Ben Bollard. I now resume the series with &ldquo;30 Years in the Marines,&rdquo; Part 14. This column and the next are practically identical with those I published in The Sentinel-News in June 2008.</p> <p> Susanne Van Stockum&rsquo;s</p> <p> innate curiosity</p> VAN STOCKUM: Col. Ben Pollard, U.S. Air Force (1932-2016), Shelbyville hero, Part 2: A scholar, pilot, survivor – concluded http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-col-ben-pollard-us-air-force-1932-2016-shelbyville-hero-part-2-scholar-pilot-sur <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumpollard2-benjoan.jpg" alt="Triumph over adversity: Joan and Ben Pollard at a Dallas POW reunion in 2004." title="Triumph over adversity: Joan and Ben Pollard at a Dallas POW reunion in 2004." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> On Christmas, 1970, Ben entered a large cell with 45 cellmates. He thought he had &ldquo;died and gone to heaven!&rdquo; They didn&rsquo;t sleep for many hours as they met their new cellmates and swapped stories.</p> <p> Hazards of religious services</p>