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Today's Features

  • Personal Note: When my first column appeared in The Sentinel-News on April 27, 2007, I had no expectation that nearly ten years later, at the age of 100, I would be writing my 183rd column.

    June 27, 1938

    [At Secondary Battery Gunnery School on board USS Nevada (a 2-month course) and having spent only a weekend aboard USS Tennessee, I took a boat on June 20, 1938 to the USS Nevada another battleship, to attend the two-month Secondary Battery Gunnery School. Here I joined a number of ensigns and 2nd lieutenants, new to the Fleet.

  • Tribute to the U. S. Navy

    Eternal Father, strong to save,


    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

    Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

    Its own appointed limits keep;

    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,


    For those in peril on the sea!

    --The “Navy Hymn” sung at the U.S. Naval Academy

    As I reach the date in my Journal that records my reporting aboard the Battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), it seems appropriate to pay Tribute to the U.S. Navy.

  • [On May 24,1938, immediately after graduation from Basic School, a short ceremony lasting only a few minutes, I departed for my next duty station, USS Tennessee (BB43), a battleship based off San Pedro, California. I travelled with a classmate by auto as far as St. Louis. There I took the train to Portland, Oregon where my parents met me for the drive to their home, about 50 miles to the north, in Longview Washington,. In order to save travel expenses I had taken a coach rather than a Pullman sleeping car.

  • April 14, 1938

    Those of us who are going to the West coast received the best break of our school year when Col. Jackson said today that we will get overland transportation at 8 cents a mile. The transport San Miquel is loaded with Army men I imagine. That extra $170 will come in mighty handy.

    April 16, 1938

    Boston: Pel Withers and I left Phila [Philadelphia] 4 p.m., arrived Boston 1:30 a.m.

  • Randall Stivers took a long drink of his Powerade Zero while pondering the question just put to him – How did he maintain the willpower to loss a third of his body weight in less than a year? 

    “Life,” he said simply, his eyes – usually full of laughter – candid and somber.  “I wanted to live. I wanted to be there for my kids. I don’t want to go back there – I don’t want to go down that path again.” 

  • Randall Stivers took a long drink of his Powerade Zero while pondering the question just put to him – How did he maintain the willpower to loss a third of his body weight in less than a year? 

    “Life,” he said simply, his eyes – usually full of laughter – candid and somber.  “I wanted to live. I wanted to be there for my kids. I don’t want to go back there – I don’t want to go down that path again.” 

  • March 21, 1938

    Some recent quotations from Puller in his Small Wars Course –

    “It’s no more trouble to carry a rifle than it is a swagger stick.”

    “Don’t overload with provisions. When you run out of food turn back. Two days without food won’t hurt you.”

    “Get up with the leading element of your patrol. Your life is no more valuable to you than an enlisted man’s is to him.”

  • Children can tug at your heartstrings, especially when they are in need.

    Uganda, located along the equator in eastern Africa, is home to 2.3 million orphans, and two women – a mother and daughter from Shelbyville – are doing what they can to provide for a small fraction of them.

    After a trip to Uganda last year, Hannah Jones and her mother, Linda Jones, came back home determined to make a dream come true for some children in a village near Jinja, 54 miles east of the capitol city of Kampala.

  • Children can tug at your heartstrings, especially when they are in need.

    Uganda, located along the equator in eastern Africa, is home to 2.3 million orphans, and two women – a mother and daughter from Shelbyville – are doing what they can to provide for a small fraction of them.

    After a trip to Uganda last year, Hannah Jones and her mother, Linda Jones, came back home determined to make a dream come true for some children in a village near Jinja, 54 miles east of the capitol city of Kampala.

  • February 20, 1938

    After the last class on Friday, I left with A. J. Stuart on my way to N.Y. It was a beautiful day. We took the skyline route to the Holland Tunnel, under the Hudson to N.Y. “Jeb” drove up Riverside Drive on his way to Boston, letting me off at about 50th St. There at seven P.M. I landed in the Big City. I took a bus to Broadway and walked down that famous street to Times Square. I was certainly not disappointed at the electric signs there. It was as light as day on the great white way. Had my first glimpse of the famous Wrigley sign.