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Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Notes: For original hand-written Journal, see Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    [I have been surprised to notice that I had neglected to record in my Journal a startling event at the Basic School in November 1937.

  • Note: For original hand-written Journal, see the Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    December 4, 1937

  • Note: For original hand-written Journal, see the Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    October 30, 1937

  • Note: Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets. My original hand-written Journal is included in the Ronald R. Van Stockum Papers in the Archives of The Filson Historical Society in Louisville.

    Sept 26, 1937

    Received a nice letter from Colonel Kimmel yesterday. [Head of the University of Washington ROTC unit who had been very supportive.]

  • Note: Throughout this series, actual journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold and enclosed in brackets.

    Aug 20, 1937

    First week of regular instruction is now over. We are working every minute of the day, doing in three weeks, four weeks work. We are thus catching up with the boys who were commissioned earlier and who are now firing on the range at Cape May [New Jersey].

  • Introduction

    Nine years ago, at age 90, suggesting that I might run out of years before running out of columns, I arranged with Walt Reichert, then editor of the Sentinel-News, to write a newspaper column. My first column, under the heading “History Researched and Recalled” was published on April 27, 2007.

  • You have probably seen some of Shelby’s 15 members of the Stubblefield Repeater Radio Club out in the community performing various communications services without ever realizing it.

    “Emergency management calls on us quite frequently to do events for back up communications in Shelby County,” said Marvin Bowman, president of the club. “You can use ham radio if the internet is not available or if it’s down. During severe weather, we have storm spotters out relaying information to the national weather service.”

  • Want to jazz up your workout or even begin a fun new one?

    You might want to pop in at Jazzercise on Main Street and join in the fun.

    Diane Young smiled as she began to warm up.

    “I really like it,” she said. “I had a total knee replacement September 13 and this has really helped me.”

    Nel Grin, instructor and owner of the facility, said that having fun is the key to a successful exercise routine in terms of longevity.