Prospect Valley High School REUNION NEWS This is the Start of Something Big
American Legion Post 180 “The Moving Wall” Memorial at Keenesburg” “The Moving Wall” a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, that serves as a solemn reminder of the more than 58,000 lives lost between 1956-75 in that Southeastern Asian country, arrive in Keenesburg on June 5th. Ceremonies begin June 6th at 9am and June 8th at 7pm. This honored visit is hosted by the American Legion Post 180, 595 Railroad Ave. Keenesburg, Colorado. The American Legion Post 180 was a POW camp for German prisoners of WWII. One of the buildings used during that time is used as the kitchen at the Post. “The Moving Wall” is a half-sized replica of the Washington , DC, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall”. He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington. John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gary Haver, and other Vietnam Veterans volunteers built “The Moving wall”. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of “The Moving Wall” now travel the USA from April through November, spending a week at each site. (Source: The South Weld Sun)
Reunion Committee Marilyn Sargent Haffner Treasurer
The Moving Wall” Memorial at Keenesburg
Sherry Sargent Stickle Secretary
Mark Kauffman serving as Master of Ceremonies Reunion September 13 & 14th
George Davis Chairman
http://www.prospectvalleyreunion.com (Donated by Hans & Lucile Arnusch)
Over 2200 visitors
Reunion Meeting Class Reps & Interested Members August 1st 10AM Prospect Valley Fire Station Contact Sherry or Marilyn Registration Update Thanks to all of you who have sent in your registration forms. From the looks of the response, we will have one fun reunion. If you are like me, one of those who procrastinates, well have no fear. You can still send them to me and I will add you to the list. So just start digging for that red form and send it in. Or contact me by email or phone and I will fill one out for you. We do not want to leave anyone out. Marilyn FOR THOSE NOT ATTENDING REUNION I was talking to Rene Zimbelman Kaelber the other day and she had a great idea. This is what we came up with. If you are unable to attend the reunion, we would like for you to write something for our “Unable to Attend Book”. Just jot down, on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper, what you have been up to since attending PVHS, using both sides if necessary. Pictures are also welcome. Remember to put your name (maiden if applicable) and year of graduation/attendance. This book will be available at the reunion for all those attending. Marilyn Sargent Haffner 2
Leonard Roscop, originated the event (left). Mark K.
Color Guard marching in front of the Wall.
Loyd Sargent & son Lee. (Father & Son (very cool)
DECEASED PVHS VETERANS Richard Erker, USN Howard Tegtman, USN Sylvester Tegtman, USN Richard Smith , USN Veloy Vigil, USMC Gary Baumgartner, USMC Donald (Sonny) Zimbelman, USMC Edward Dyess , USAF Jean Sirios, USA Elvin Huwa, USA Richard Reagan, USA Bertha Greve, USA Unknown Deceased PVHS Members
Day is done, Gone the sun, From the hills, From the lake. From the skies. All is well, Safety rest, God is nigh Go sleep, Peaceful sleep, May the soldier or sailor, God keep, On the land, Or the deep, Safe in sleep. Love, good night, Must thou do, When the day, And the night, Need thee so? All is well, Speedeth all, To their rest. Fades the light, And afar, Goeth day, And the stars, Shineth bright, Fare thee well, Day is gone, Night is on. Thanks and praise, For our days, â€žNeath the stars, 3 â€ž Neath the sky, This we know, God is nigh.
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded. The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
U. S. ARMY
Now & Then
Gene Calvert”58 Robert Zimbelman‟48 Louis Rodriguez
Other Soldiers Not Pictured
James G. Smith, Jr.‟55
Walter Huwa Frank Tegtman‟60 Jack Schmidt‟63 Floyd “Scott” Erker‟64 Jim Shoenemen
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Gerald Wagner‟63 Mark Kauffman‟64
Donald “Sonny” Zimbelman‟54
Other Marines Not Pictured Ron Bertram‟60 Larry Weickum Robert Klausner‟64
Jim Figg‟63 with nephew Robert Sargent
Elmer Becker „51
UNITED STATES NAVY
Sylvester Tegtman Robert Tegtman‟49
Lee B. Cobb, Jr. „63
Other Sailors Not Pictured Paul Scheid’60 Don Schwartz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
Gean Abbott I attended Prospect from 1945 thru 1948, my junior year, and then went to Brighton High School where I graduated in 1949. I then attended CSU from 1949 thru Dec. of 1950. At that time I joined the U.S. Navy along with Ray Yeager, Bob Tegtman, Lyle Smith, Max Smith, Ken Bosky, Don Voght and Bill Marrow. We all attended Boot Camp in San Diego, CA. After Boot Camp I went to Radio School. Upon completion of Radio School, I was assigned to a ship, The USS The Sullivans DD537. Our homeport was in Newport, Rhode Island. We went to Korea in 1952. When we completed our tour of Korea, we took a world tour, which consisted of Hong Kong, India, the Philippine Islands, Suez Canal, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, France and then back to Newport. I was discharged as a Radioman Second Class. I reenrolled at CSU and received a Bachelor‟s Degree in 1958. I taught school in Brule, Nebraska from 1959-1963, as a science teacher. In 1963 I moved to Wiggins, CO teaching science until 1966. In 1966 I was given a chance to be an Elementary School Principal. In 1986 I received my Masters Degree. I moved to Brighton, CO and was an Elementary Principal in two different elementary schools. I retired in 1980 and still reside in Brighton with my wife, Sally. Our son, Gean and daughter-in-law, Donna, along with our two grandsons, Nathan and Allen, all live in Brighton 7
Edward Dyess „63
Bertha Greve by Shrley Kuhrt Bertha Greve graduated from Prospect Valley High school in 1944. She was the daughter of Bill and Mollie Baumgartner Kuhrt. She moved to Prospect either in 1942 or 1943 from Crook, Colorado. After graduating she went to Denver and attended Barnes School of Business after which she taught high school for one year in Keenesburg. I can remember her telling about finding mice and snakes in her desk drawer. Because she was younger than some of her students, they would be ornery every chance they had. She also taught one year in Sterling. After this she joined the Army to see the world. She never left Virginia, which is where she was stationed. Bertha met her husband, Harold Isenberg, while in the Army and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, after she was discharged from the Army. They had four (4) children and three (3) grandchildren. Bertha passed away in November of 2001. Jim Davis The Straight Arm Of the Law!
Once a Marine,
Always a Marine
Two and half years ago Leonard Roskop, a member of the American Legion Post 180, took it upon himself to invite the “Moving Wall” to come to Keenesburg. December 2007 dinner meeting at the American Legion, Leonard announced The Wall was coming early June 2008. We immediately had volunteers to be part of the planning committee. I shared this with you hoping to gain your understanding of the following article about the Vietnam War Veterans. I salute all Veterans from 1776 to the present. However, the Vietnam War was my war. The Committee felt the best way to honor the 58,243 killed or missing, was to read their names. 173 volunteers were recruited to read 58,243 names in 59 hours. The largest number of readers came from the Weld Central High School. 986 names per hour. On each page there are 48 names. The “Moving Wall” has 70 panels going east and 70 panels going west. The east and west walls are at a 90 degree angle. Members of my platoon are on 7th and 8th panel going east. I joined the United States Marine Corps in January of 1966. Eight weeks of boot camp and 4 weeks of ITR (infantry training), had us convinced that we were a MEAN GREEN FIGHTING MACHINE. Looking back now I am in awe of the drill instructor. They received 80 kids from all different backgrounds and turned us into Marines. First part of May 1966, I left the Marine Corp Base El Toro and 18 hours later I arrived in Okinawa. I spent 3 days for processing, received orders, and was C130 to Da Nang. The next day I was C130 to Chu Lei. At Chu Lei, I was told my company was out on an operation. While waiting for the company to return to battalion CP (command post), I was a typical FNG (new guy). The sights, sounds, and smell of a war zone were all encompassing. The oppressive heat and humidity in Vietnam had me questioning whether I would survive my 13 months. When the company returned to battalion CP, I was told I was not on their replacement list. I was C130 to Pu Bai, where I became a member of 3rd squad, 3rd platoon, hotel company, 2 battalion, 1st Marines. A day later we were trucked to Dong Ha. Dong Ha is just south of the DMZ. Gave the impression we were staged for the assault on Hanoi and Ho Chi Mein. Second battalion conducted operations around Dong Ha and along the DMZ. My mind is a buzz of what to tell you. I am thinking of a lot of events right now. I am not sure of what to say in this article. Let‟s just say that I was not a FNG anymore. September 66 second battalion was transferred to Quang Nam province south of Da Nang. While up north we fought the NVA (North Vietnam Army). Now we are fighting the Viet Cong. Knowing that we were the best trained and had superior fire power has left me bitter. Instead of bringing this all to bear against the enemy we fought with one arm tied behind our back. In 4 years the United States defeated Hitler‟s Nazism, Mussolini‟s Fascism and Tito‟s Imperialistic Japan. In Vietnam the United States never had a plan to win, but continued to send young men to die. I am sorry that I did not keep a journal as to exact dates and some names have escaped me. Reviewing slides after my return “Home” I was surprised to find the part of a roll of film of Michael D‟Angelo and myself in a hotel room in Tokyo, Japan. We were taking our R&R (rest and relaxation) there. After spending more than 8 months in the bush, the twin beds and clean white sheets, and hot and cold water were the best thing this side of Heaven. I talked earlier of the oppressive heat, but it was not so during the monsoon season. The temperature hardly dipped below 75 degrees. It rained every day or night, and mud everywhere. 75 degrees is cold in wet conditions. From the start of the monsoons in mid November to the end of February, there wasn‟t a dry pair of socks to be found. On patrols it was easier to walk in the rice paddies rather than the on the paddy dikes. A grunt isn‟t much good without healthy feet. So at CP we were always barefoot to give our feet a chance to dry out or at the least air out. The mud would be washed out of our socks and on our way back out, yesterday‟s almost dry socks would be worn. I am proud of being a United States Marine Veteran. I am proud of all Veterans. Without Veterans we would not be living FREE today. I want to thank the good Lord in bringing me home safe and in one piece. Mark Kauffman, Class of 1964 8
Don Vogel I was drafted into the Army in 1956. After basic I was sent to Abrdeen Proving Grounds Maryland to “metal working school”. I returned to Ft Lewis and later was awarded a Recovery specialist MO. I drove a 5 ton wrecker where I pulled power packs out of tanks., gun tubes out of artillery pieces, towed and recovered all kinds of vehicles. I really enjoyed what I was doing as long as it kept me away from playing soldier! I was honorably discharged in 1958 (picture). I returned home to get back to farming. I served two more years in the active reserves and four years in the inactive reserves completing my military obligation in 1964. They tried to send me to Vietnam! I won my case to stay out because of my inactive status. It took an act of Congress to send me there. Ruby and I were married at that time with one child, our daughter. It would have been tough. I lost two cousins in Vietnam. I had a lot to be thankful for.. P.S. I had a specialist rating equal to sergeant when I got out of the military. I believe it was in 1957 where we were put on a “Red Alert”. We started packing our equipment for a trip to the Middle east. That was kind of a scary time.
Raymond E. Becker I was in the Navy from 1947 to 1955. I joined IBM in 1955 and was with Federal Systems Division involved with our Air Defense until I retired in 1985. After I retired, I moved to Spring Valley Lake, CA. I now live in Victorville, CA and live close to two of my daughters. One lives in Modesto, CA and the other is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I know the reunion is Sept 13&14th. I will try to make it.
Lots of memories for me. The most interesting was being a member of the 1st US Marine Corps Drill Team. It was 1947 where it started and was commissioned the next year. We performed for a lot of local stuff, plus the Salt Lake City Centennial. I have pictures of the team and we spent one whole day performing for RKO pictures. These were used in the old Newsreels that were always showed before the feature picture. Robert 9 (Bob) Mallory ‘46
George Duffield‟39 George Duffield lived with the Bush family during his senior year at PVHS. He joined the Marines and became a paratrooper. He broke an ankle and transferred to a different division and spent all of WWII in the South Pacific. He died 5/16/81 during his second heart surgery. We are not sure if he was wounded during the war.
Coach Sam Turner In a letter to Don & Ruby Vogel, Sam mentioned serving 33 months in the military. He also disclosed that he was a P.O.W. in Germany. Sam was awarded two (2) Purple Hearts. This is probably a little known fact by the people he coached. We never know when heroes walk among us!!
Tusyoshi “Pete” Okada, M.D. I graduated from Prospect Valley High School in 1948. After internship, I was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1957. The first two months was “Boot Camp” at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. After that I was assigned to Japan. I was on active service duty from August 1957 to March 21, 1961. The Korean War had already ended when I got in. However the Vietnam War began on February 28, 1961. So I am considered a Vietnam veteran. I served in the U.S. Army Reserves from March 1961 to October 1963 at which time I was honorably discharged. Sorry, can‟t make the school reunion as I am still working full time at the age of 77.
George H. Bush(‟42) provided the picture of Jack Gould on the left. Jack graduated in 1940. He served in the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, was wounded in France and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked for the U.S.P.S. in Denver for 30 years. Registration In ????
Duane Bilslend‟41 He graduated in 1941 according to George Bush (‟42). We are not sure where he served. Duane is related to the Lewton family.
We salute all veterans who received the Purple Heart.
Reunion September 13 & 14th
THE MILITARY GAVE PVHS VETERANS A GREAT EDUCATION!! The military gave us the best “Reality Based” education available in the world. We have reaped the rewards of this education throughout our lifetimes. The military taught us absolute standards: “tell the truth”, “don’t give up”, “don’t whine or make excuses”, “do your best”, “choose a difficult right over an easy wrong”, “look out for the group and judge others by their actions, not their words or their race”. The military taught us lessons taught centuries ago by ancient Greek philosophers: “don’t pursue happiness, pursue excellence”. Another belief that was instilled in us was; “knowledge is power, and power is victory”. We were pushed harder than we‟ve ever been pushed. They made us go beyond our self-imposed limits. Those experiences created an esprit de corps or camaraderie among members. By subordinating our needs to those of the group, we all emerged with a stronger sense of self. We were taught that integrity was honorable. This is a powerful alternative to the alarming distrust that seems so widespread in our society today. The military discipline stresses “brotherhood”. It stresses that people of different backgrounds can learn to work together for a common cause. The military approach to leadership is: “concentrate on doing a single task as simply as you can, execute it flawlessly, take care of your people”. We were taught that we could do anything if we had the right “ can-do” attitude. The military not only prepared us for battle, but it shaped us into self-reliant, hard-working and honorable members of a team. The military molded and is still molding ordinary people into effective leaders and honorable citizens. The military has done a better job teaching teenagers the right way to live than does the average American school. I have seen this first hand as a teacher, school administrator, unit and battalion commander in the National Young Marine Program headquartered in Washington, DC. Semper Fi, George Davis‟60
Who Is This Guy? By George Davis Several people have asked me over the last year “How and why did you get interested in starting this PVHS Reunion”. I must admit that this reunion has a direct relationship to my military experience, allow me to explain. In February 1960 I joined the Marine Corps on their 120 day delay program. Thirteen days after high school graduation, I along with 63 other young men were standing tall! On Flag Day, 1960 my entire life changed and was transformed into what I am today and how I think and operate. I met a man named Roger Maggart. My first impressions of this dude were that he was mean, arrogant and right down disgusting. Over a period of thirteen weeks this man controlled everything I did both night and day. He was the last person I saw at night and the first person I saw in the morning. He was everywhere! At night I tried to think of my previous life in Prospect Valley and the fun I had in high school. Thoughts of driving my white 1953 Ford convertible (which I regret selling) danced through my head. My dreams quickly turned to nightmares thinking about this Maggart Guy. He was so controlling and demanding and soon he would be yelling at the top of his voice “EVERYBODY OUT OF THE RACK, BE OUT FRONT WITH YOUR SHEETS AND PILLOW CASES FOR ROLL CALL IN TWO MINUTES, MOVE, MOVE MOVE!!!”. Finally, on September 20th, 1960, boot camp came to an end. This Maggart Guy accompanied our platoon to Denver to perform at various ceremonies. You see, our platoon was called, the Colorado Old Glory Platoon of 1960. 10 continued on next page)
Roger Maggart, our drill instructor, was a Colorado native and was charged with training the two Colorado Old Glory Platoons 1959 & 1960. He was to bring us back to Denver to show the Governor and State Officials how he made men out of these Colorado boys. After boot camp and my Marine Corps experience, I continued to practice the things that S/Sgt Maggart taught me. Things like perseverance, and all the things in the article on the pervious page. With the help of this Maggart Guy, I learned to focus, stay on task, adapt and overcome. I married a young school teacher (Murial) and with her help and the GI Bill received a B.S. Degree and eventually a Masters in Supervision and Instruction. I retired as a School Superintendent in 2003. Prior to my retirement I started an after school program to help youth gain focus and purpose in their life. We hooked up with the Young Marine Program and provided an opportunity for youth to excel for ten years. The whole idea was to help young people focus the same way S/Sgt Maggart helped me. In the year 2000, I visited the Marine Corps Recruit Depot where my transformation occurred in 1960. The thought occurred to me, “What if I found this Maggart Guy and my fellow platoon members. Then I started searching for fellow platoon members and this Maggart Guy. On June 14th, 2003, at 10AM, members of the 1960 Colorado Old Glory Platoon met on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to re-assemble as we did forty-three years earlier when then Governor, Stephen McNichols, conducted the swearing in ceremony. Only this time, his daughter and Colorado Treasurer Mike Coffman welcomed us back on behalf of the State of Colorado. We now have annual reunions in various locations. By the way, that Maggart Guy, the guy who changed my life, has become a personal friend. So, how is the PVHS Reunion connected to this? Well, soon after our first Marine Corps reunion I went through Prospect Valley. I stopped at the old red school and said, “What if we found former students and we had a reunion?” Guess what, September 13 & 14th it will happen. Please be there. It‟s going to be a life changing event.
S/Sgt Maggart staring me down!
Roger Maggart telling the platoon and the Denver TV News audience how he trained us. (He is a lot nicer now!) He was always looking for things, like Once a Marine, Always a Marine! “Perfection”!
Roger Maggart presenting a pillow to me. He feels so bad that he caused me to suffer from sleep lost in boot camp. He is a kinder and more gentle person now. His wife Sally really whipped him into shape. Everyone has a D.I.
The Young Marine Program The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
11 Young Marines at Camp Pendleton CA 10
Flag Folding Ceremony
Young Marines, San Diego
PVHS CARDINAL CLUB Jimmie Baumgartner Gloris Sargent-Griffin Polly Scheid Ferguson Marilyn Sargent Haffner George Davis Celeste Martinez Garduno Herb Weickum Pat Ruhl Bass Melba Keller Johnston Charles Wagner Dorothy Zimbelman Kern Marcella Davis Ruth Yeager Trupp Herman Huwa Joy Keller Vitgenos James Vogel Jacob Kenny Vogel Geraldine Weickum Cooper Bob Alberts Robert Zimbelman Robert Mallory Carolyn Mitzel Stolley Dorothy Davis Green Donald Mallory Louise Reichert Shepherd Jack Goble Bill Sargent Jr. Deryl Dunham Helen Nelson Amundson Ernie Reichert Ken Nelson Frank Hillenbrand Dorothy Amen Belk Donn Reid Larry Baumgartner Donald Altergott Jim Scheid Charlene Croissant Woods Sandra Yeager Grangaard Richard Goble Ginger Schmidt Fulmer Rodney Hofferber Sr. Raymond Yeager Esther Baumgartner Becker Russell C. Epple Blanche Ewertz Meyer Bob Tegtman Shirley Jakel Sirios Ed Sirios Kathy Dyess Busking Shirley Kuhrt Haines Martha Huwa Marvin Zimbelman 12
Ron Englehardt John Bumpus Esther Yeager Klemm Judy (Jean) Sirios Ted Zimbelman Jim Davis Sharon Brown Hervold Frank Tegtman Hans Arnusch Sherry Sargent Stickle Richard Scheid Barbara Evers Wagner Kathy Bumpus Baes Kenny Pierson Betty Amen Mitro Darlene Suppes Keller Chuck Sargent Deryl Elmore Shirley Shaklee Howard Barbara Brown Mackery Lona Bauer Uerling Dorothy Willmott Alberts Gene Abbott Toby Patton Schwindt Dorothy Patton Ley Shirley Rodriguez Sisneros William Chandler Verna Warden Glantz Jean Mallory Kipp Diane Mitzel Goble Jim Ruhl Gene Calvert Loyd Sargent Doris Ann Huwa Schlidt Nancy Scheid Ikes John Epple Rene Zimbelman Kaelber Scott Erker Mary Kay Busnardo Baumgartner Betty Croissant Bennett Helen Trupp Altergott Donald Vogel Sandra Erker Zimbelman Paul Scheid Dorothy Lott Firestien Omega Keller Powers Dorothy Sirios Yeager Albert Becker Beverly Trupp Duvall Antoinete Ewertz Bordner Gene Eisenbarth Frank Hillenbrand Ann Altergott McCulloch Doris Halligan Kissler
Mary Ann Lott Murray June Trupp Croissant Wayne and Juanita Ball Connie Mitzel Maul Charlotte Klausner Chumbley Marilyn Zimbelman Imhof Ed Suppes Helen Baumgartner Huwa John Nelson George Bush Judy Gibson Cook Lee B. Cobb, Jr. Mary F. Smith Stein James G. Smith, Jr. Betty Tegtman Hillenbrand Irene Vigil Padilla Sharon Sanders Fauth Helen Uhrich Boosinger
Thank You Cardinal Club Members. You Are Making It Happen!! See You In September! (Questions call Marilyn)