11/15/20

Death of a Classmate - John Phillip Bayne - 13th Co.



John Phillip Bayne, "Phil" to his family and friends, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 with his family and beloved dog, Dutchess, at his side.
An avid outdoorsman, Phil was happiest sitting in a tree stand or hunting pheasants at the Mid County Rod and Gun Club, or fishing for bluefish in the Long Island Sound. He fostered a love of skiing in his children and grandchildren that started with weekend trips to Butternut Basin in the Berkshires and migrated to 35 years of annual adventures to Alta, Utah.
He tried his hand at countless hobbies including gardening, cooking, beekeeping, tapping maple trees for syrup, making strawberry jam, wine and beer as well as shooting skeet. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and was often found cheering them on from the sidelines. Phil raised many hunting dogs over the years, always having a loyal companion by his side.
Phil was born Christmas Eve, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland to Bernice Elaine Coleman and Elmer Washington Bayne. He lived on a farm with his 4 siblings, Martha, Roy, Donald and Merle, later moving to the city where his mother ran and owned a diner. He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1948. After taking an aptitude test in October of 1949, he entered the US Naval Academy Prep School and was admitted to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in June 1950, graduating in 1954. He also graduated from the Naval War College and earned a Master's Degree in International Affairs at George Washington University.
He commanded a nuclear submarine, the USS Dace, a submarine tender, the USS Fulton and a division of nuclear submarines. He also commanded the Navy Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, MD and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He retired from the Navy, July 1976, and transitioned to private industry as plant manager at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant for the NY State Power Authority, eventually rising to President. In 1991, he joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness (later renamed to the Nuclear Energy Institute) a nuclear trade association based in Washington, DC., as President and Chief Executive Officer.,
He married Lydia Jacob in 1956, who passed away in 2017. He is survived by their 5 children, Jenny, Cyndy, Connie, John, Stephen, and 11 grandchildren - Katy, Chris (SGT,US Army '03 to '09 ), Craig, Sean, Ryan, Connor, Kevin, Liam, Reghan, Darby, Owen, and one great granddaughter, Annabelle. His sister Marge and brothers Roy and Donald predeceased him. His brother Merle Bayne, lives in Towson, MD.
A private family burial will be held at the Providence United Methodist Church, in Towson, MD on November 24th. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, alzinfo.org.
Published in Poughkeepsie Journal from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, 2020.

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11/14/20

“THEIR PASSINGTREAD” - Dick Raymond's November poem

                       

 

                                    "THEIR PASSING TREAD"

                       The armies are slowly dispersing,

                      Armadas become but a shade,

                      The air-fleets drift off into cloud-banks,

                      Each day, more join that parade.

                      And we call those who served, the Veterans,

                      Of our millions, they count but a few—

                      Whatever the mission, the danger,

                      They marched, they sailed, and they flew.

                                             

                      They came from the hills of New England,

                      They came from the Southern pines,

                      From east to west they were summoned,

                      They mustered, in long straight lines.

                      A many had gone into battle,

                      In peace, as reserves, they drilled,

                      With hearts of love for their country

                      The ranks have ever been filled.

 

                      They answered the stern call of duty,

                      They raised up their hands and swore--

                      All honor to brave men and women,

                      Remember their names evermore,

                       Who served, whether highest or lowest,

                      In the air, on the land or sea,

                      Bear the title of Veteran, proudly,

                      Our preservers of liberty!      

 

                      10-23-20

 

11/10/20

RE: Death of a Classmate - John Daniel Keating - 20th co.


 

 

 

John Daniel Keating of Williamsburg, VA died on Sep 22, 2020.  He was 89 years old. 

"Jack" grew up in Kingston, NY graduating from Kingston High in 1948 while lettering in football and track.  He was an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout.  Jack entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1950, lettering in 150lb football.  He graduated with the Class of 1954 (20th Company).

Upon graduation, Jack reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for basic flight training in the AT-6 Texan then NAS Kingsville, TX for advanced flight training in the T-33 Shooting Star earning his Naval Aviator Wings in 1956.

Jack's first assignment was to VA-44 at NAS Jacksonville, FL where he flew F9F Cougars and the A-4D Skyhawk.  He operated on the USS Randolph CV-15 and the USS Saratoga CV-60.  In 1958, Jack reported to VA-72 at NAS Oceana, VA where he flew the A-4D Skyhawk and deployed to the Med on the USS Wasp CV-18.  Jack married Joan (Klucz) Keating of Virginia Beach, VA at the NAS Oceana Chapel on July 11, 1959.

Later in 1959, Jack reported to the Naval Air Development Unit (NADU) at NAS South Weymouth, MA where he test flew most Navy aircraft in the inventory including the P-2V Neptune and the F-4 Phantom.

After leaving the Navy in 1961, Jack and his family moved to Bitburg, Germany where he worked as a test pilot for the LFE Corporation.  In 1963, they re-located to Torrance, CA where he managed all west coast sales for the Link Simulation Company.  Promoted to Senior Program Manager, they moved to Vestal, NY in 1964 where he assumed a key role in the expansion of Link's government business and was responsible for the development of flight simulators for the North American Apollo Command Module, Grumman Lunar Module, SR-71, P-3C, L-1011 and B-747 aircraft as well as the Trident Submarine program.  Jack finished his distinguished career in Fairfax, VA as the Vice President for Link's Washington Operations.

He is survived by his wife Joan of 61 years; sons Michael-USNA 83 (and Stacey) of Sarasota, FL, John (and Judy) of Englewood, FL, and Geoffrey (and Kate) of Warrenton, VA; daughter Leslie Nalewaik (and Dave) of Kapolei, HI, and 11 grandchildren.  He also leaves brother Thomas Keating of Madison, TN, and sister Ann Wehner (and Robert) of Alamo, CA.  Jack is pre-deceased by his brother Stephen Keating and granddaughter Tiffany Keating.

 

10/1/20

The Wings of Eagles 1957 trailer

Richard Raymond's October Poem - The Sounds of Autumn

                              


                            THE SOUNDS OF AUTUMN

                                  A Kind of Reprise *


October-season's for pumpkins and witches,

Feasting and drinking from green Summer's riches,

Werewolves and vampires and bats on black wings,

These ought to serve as some favorite things—


Bobbing for apples and sipping on cider,

Trickings and treatings (Look out for that spider!)

Kids leap on leaf-piles and swing on tire-swings,

Fall is a great time for favorite things—


Harvest-moon hayrides and toasting marshmallows,

Ghoulies and ghosties, the Eve of All-Hallows,

Songs at the fireside, with sweet gatherings,

Can't you remember those favorite things?


  When the hair thins and the bones creak,

  When our joys are few—

  Let's simply take comfort from favorite things,

  I do every day—don't you?


7-5-20




9/30/20

Death of a Classmate - Commander John Edward Riester USN (ret)- 19th Co,




John (Jack) Riester passed away on September 17, 2020 in Williamsburg Virginia. He was born October 30, 1931 in Auburn, New York to John and Mary Riester.
Jack spent one year at St. Bonaventure University before accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1954, 19th Company. While at the Academy he played football and lacrosse and met his future wife, Jane Stevens from Falls Church, Virginia. They were married in December 1954.

After graduation, Jack went to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and then to Kingsville, Texas for multi-engine training. His first duty for five years was flying S2F's, as an anti-submarine warfare carrier pilot based in Norfolk, Virginia. He was also his squadron's Landing Signal Officer. In addition to his bachelor's degree from the Naval Academy, he obtained a professional engineering license from New York state.

After seven years active duty, Jack transitioned to the Navy Reserves and for over thirty years, he was an engineering supervisor for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. Upon Jack's retirement from the Navy Reserves and Kodak, Jack and Jane moved to their home in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Jack was an active member and volunteer in his church, coached youth sports, led Boy Scout troops and was involved in many other civic projects. An avid gardener, he was often found tending to flowers in his yard. For six years Jack was the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade Commissioner. He and his wife spent twenty years delivering Meals on Wheels in rural Delaware.

Above all of Jack's accomplishments, he was best known for his devotion to God, his family, relatives and friends. There was nothing that made Jack happier than spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He will live on in his family for years to come and will always be known as the legendary "Grandpa Jack."
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his second oldest son Andrew. He is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons, John E. Jr. (Denise), Peter USNA 81 (Nancy), and Matthew (Lynn); three daughters, Betsey Lisenbee (Donald), Sara Dillon (Mark), and Martha Marino (Marc); thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, his brother Donald and sister Carol Duffy.

A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Hope, Potomac Falls. Interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations in memory of Jack can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
Adams-Green Funeral Home & Crematory
721 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170
P: (703) 437-1764 or (703) 471-4090

9/29/20

Death of a Classsmate - John Daniel Keating - 20th co.





John Daniel Keating of Williamsburg, VA died on Sep 22, 2020.  He was 89 years old. 

"Jack" grew up in Kingston, NY graduating from Kingston High in 1948 while lettering in football and track.  He was an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout.  Jack entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1950, lettering in 150lb football.  He graduated with the Class of 1954 (20th Company).

Upon graduation, Jack reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for basic flight training in the AT-6 Texan then NAS Kingsville, TX for advanced flight training in the T-33 Shooting Star earning his Naval Aviator Wings in 1956.

Jack's first assignment was to VA-44 at NAS Jacksonville, FL where he flew F9F Cougars and the A-4D Skyhawk.  He operated on the USS Randolph CV-15 and the USS Saratoga CV-60.  In 1958, Jack reported to VA-72 at NAS Oceana, VA where he flew the A-4D Skyhawk and deployed to the Med on the USS Wasp CV-18.  Jack married Joan (Klucz) Keating of Virginia Beach, VA at the NAS Oceana Chapel on July 11, 1959.

Later in 1959, Jack reported to the Naval Air Development Unit (NADU) at NAS South Weymouth, MA where he test flew most Navy aircraft in the inventory including the P-2V Neptune and the F-4 Phantom.

After leaving the Navy in 1961, Jack and his family moved to Bitburg, Germany where he worked as a test pilot for the LFE Corporation.  In 1963, they re-located to Torrance, CA where he managed all west coast sales for the Link Simulation Company.  Promoted to Senior Program Manager, they moved to Vestal, NY in 1964 where he assumed a key role in the expansion of Link's government business and was responsible for the development of flight simulators for the North American Apollo Command Module, Grumman Lunar Module, SR-71, P-3C, L-1011 and B-747 aircraft as well as the Trident Submarine program.  Jack finished his distinguished career in Fairfax, VA as the Vice President for Link's Washington Operations.

He is survived by his wife Joan of 61 years; sons Michael-USNA 83 (and Stacey) of Sarasota, FL, John (and Judy) of Englewood, FL, and Geoffrey (and Kate) of Warrenton, VA; daughter Leslie Nalewaik (and Dave) of Kapolei, HI, and 11 grandchildren.  He also leaves brother Thomas Keating of Madison, TN, and sister Ann Wehner (and Robert) of Alamo, CA.  Jack is pre-deceased by his brother Stephen Keating and granddaughter Tiffany Keating.