Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bob Grant, 167th Retiree dies at 79

[caption id="attachment_1227" align="alignnone" width="300"]Bob Grant 1936-2015 Bob Grant 1936-2015[/caption]Bob Grant, one of my friends who served at the 167th Air National Guard in Martinsburg, WV died July 28 in Leesburg, Florida at the age of 79. His full obituary can be seen at: http://thevillagesladylake.beyersfuneralhomeandcrematory.com/tribute/details/6055/Robert_Grant/obituary.html Bob worked as a photographer for the 167th Air Guard when I was in the 167th Public Affairs office. We both were NCOMs. He had invited me to his home then in Martinsburg, WV to see his home, wife Elsie, and garage full of beautiful antique cars. Grant was always the consummate dresser and professional. He will be missed. ...

Barbara and I visit Brookside Gardens on July 24, 2015

We had some trouble finding parking at the Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD on July 24.....but since we came before 10am, we found a spot. They were redoing one of the Gardens parking lots which was supposed to be completed last June..but wasn't. But we had a nice walk, and got some photos of butterflies. Here are a couple and you can see the entire 27 photo slide show by clicking on the link: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/RS5tq6RQ [caption id="attachment_1216" align="alignnone" width="300"]Butterflies at Brookside Gardens Butterflies at Brookside Gardens[/caption] IMG_2959 pink butterf IMG_3000 pretty butterfly...

Barbara and I see the Old Soldiers and Airmens Home in D.C.

Subject: An interesting coincidence about a WWII veteran I helped I am currently reading the book, "Halsey's Typhoon," by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin I obtained at a used bookstore. It is very interesting since it is the story of WWII's most unexpected disaster....Halsey's ships are blind-sided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope; battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized and hundreds of sailors are swept into the roiling shark infested sea. Interesting yes.....but more so since this week I was invited to the US Soldiers and Airmens Home in Washington D.C. (http://www.defense.gov/specials/heroes/history1.HTML )to help a taxpayer with his taxes under my Wheaton LIbrary volunteer tax assistance. When I start interviewing him for his return prep, I found out that he served on the carrier WASP during the typhoon! He also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. What a hero. He had taken an honor...

We attend a WV Child and Youth trip to the D.C. Zoo

[caption id="attachment_1203" align="alignnone" width="300"]WVNG Child and Youth group visit the National Zoo in D.C. WVNG Child and Youth group visit the National Zoo in D.C.[/caption] IMG_4366 group at panda cafe IMG_4391 elephant group 2 IMG_4348 panda IMG_4399 small mammal IMG_4403 dragonfly Over 30 adults and children of the WVNG Child & Youth Program traveled from Martinsburg, WV to the National Zoo on July 14. They enjoyed seeing the pandas, the lions, tigers and bears ( Oh MY!) and a host of other beautiful animals at the zoo on the extremely warm 90 degree day. The ate lunch near the Panda Cafe right along side a large group of Amish adults and children also...

Marvin Attends Dr Roger Thomas Memorial Service

Our father attended a memorial service on July 3 for Dr Roger J. Thomas who died May 19, 2015 at the age of 72. Marvin worked the renowned Solar physicist at NASA for many years. The service was held at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD. Fellow NASA physicist Stuart Jordan gave the opening remarks on the life and legacy of Dr. Thomas, and others, including Marvin gave personal recollections of his life. See the photoshow of the event by clicking on the link: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Uc3rW7wy [caption id="attachment_1199" align="alignnone" width="300"]Marvin saying a few words about Dr Roger Thomas at his memorial service on July 3 Marvin saying a few words about Dr Roger Thomas at his memorial service on July 3[/caption]...