Our Poets October Poem - THE PADRE CAME HOME



"After nearly seventy years, since being recovered from a mass grave at

a POW camp in North Korea, the body of Chaplain (Captain) Emil J.                  

Kapaun. USA, was at last identified, reverently returned to his little

home  church in Pilsen, Kansas, and laid to rest with solemn ceremony.

For his heroism in that prison camp, staying to be captured, ministering

to his fellow-prisoners, defying his captors, he was awarded the Medal of

Honor. Posthumusly. And a first step toward sainthood." -- News item

We sing the old-time martyrs, "Who follows in their train",

And seldom think how some may tread today--

Not only under Nero did Christians suffer pain,

A many meet such fate along the way.


A dauntless Army chaplain set out to bear that cross,

He would not flee, though troops were pulling back,

Obedient to duty, the Great Martyr as his boss,

He faced the worst, and steadfast, did not crack.


He stole food for his buddies, he tended to the sick,

Guards beat him, sat him naked in the snow--

He led a Mass at Easter, used every kind of trick

To keep men's hopes alive, their hearts aglow.


Too soon, in mortal torment, his splendid spirit passed,

His body went with others, to the dust,

Yet patient toil recovered his name and bones at last,

Forever now he sleeps among the just.


And in a little country church they sing his holy name,

No more to be unnumbered or unknown,

Who never sought for glory or the shallow world's acclaim,

He sings them for his Lord, before the Throne. 




Death of a Classmate - Captain Bernard F. Storck USN RET- 17th Co.


Captain Bernard F. Storck USN RETIRED, beloved husband of Margaret Mary Storck (deceased) and now Jo Marie Cox, sailed from this world on September 20, 2021. He was the father of Carolyn Marie McNeill (Tom) and Michael William Storck (Janelle). He is survived by one brother, Ed Franklin Storck, and 3 wonderful grandchildren he adored, Taylor, Katie and Eli.

Captain Storck entered the Navy in 1950 as an enlisted man. He was selected for admission to the Naval Academy on a Fleet Appointment and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1954. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned his master’s degree in Management in 1969. Other tours of duty included service on guided missile cruisers and destroyers. He also served as the 19th Company Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy before being selected as an Engineering Duty Officer. As an Engineering Duty officer, he served as the planning and production officer at the New York Naval Shipyard, Repair Officer on the USS Vulcan, Commanding Officer of the Amphibious Maintenance Support Unit and the Design and Maintenance section of the Naval Sea System Command, which was tasked with the design of the Aegis Missile System. He proudly served on the Board of Inspection and Survey under Vice Admiral John Bulkeley.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, 4801 Jefferson David Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.
Online guest book and live stream is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Published by The Free Lance - Star on Sep. 24, 2021.



Death of a Classmate Falvie (Andy) B. Anderson -1st Co.


Falvie (Andy) Anderson passed away  at the age of 90.

All men die, but not all men live. Andy truly lived life to the fullest. A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he’s gone.

Andy was a native son of Louisiana, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, career Naval officer, and an awesome softball pitcher.
He is survived by his wife Terry, sister Charlene, daughters Pandie, Tia (son in law Bernie), Keri, grandsons Grey and Dalton. He is also survived by Chris the cat and many, many great friends.

A celebration of life was held August 21st at 2:00pm at the Shevlin Park picnic pavilion.


Death of a Classmate - Wilson Grant Reid - 12th Co.

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Wilson Grant Reid - 12th Co. 

Our beloved Wilson Grant Reid was born in Norwood, Pa., Sept. 28, 1930, to James Potter Reid and Elizabeth Lear McClurg – the youngest of five children. Having been given the names of two presidents and living on Governor Printz Ave. between President Cleveland Ave. and President McKinley Ave., he thought he was destined for greatness. And to everyone that knew him, he truly was the greatest of men.
As a boy, he spent his days exploring the woods by his home often catching and studying snakes, crayfish, water spiders and other critters, a practice his children and grandchildren have continued. This fascination with the world around him set a pattern of study and learning that would lead him to great treasures of knowledge.
Although he was not a man of many words, he was a favorite source of knowledge on endless topics. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and attended Stanford University, UC Berkley, and eventually received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Bill worked most of his career at the Naval Research Lab, writing an interactive software system consisting of about a half million lines of code for the atomic clocks aboard the satellites of the Global Positioning System. He became one of the most highly respected members of the Precise Time community.
Besides his scholarly abilities, Bill was an avid athlete. In high school, he was on the basketball and baseball teams, gaining a lot of recognition as a pitcher. At the U.S. Naval Academy, he participated as an oarsman on the crew team, becoming a national champion and an alternate for the 1952 Helsinki gold medal Olympic crew team from the Naval Academy (known as The Great Eight). In his later years he always stayed physically active, gardening and taking his family camping and clamming on Virginia’s Barrier Islands.
Of all of Bill’s accomplishments, he always insisted that his greatest achievement and blessing in life was marrying for eternity the woman of his dreams, Nancy Gail Schwartz, in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Bill adored Nancy for all 62 years of their marriage, never missing an opportunity to express that deep and abiding love to her and their two children, Launie and Joseph. In his quiet and gentle way, he was truly a giant of a man in the way he loved his family deeply as well as those he knew and cared about.
Bill often said that the key to having been blessed so greatly in his life was choosing to follow God’s commandments and the Savior’s restored gospel. What set him apart from most was his great faithfulness in his God and truly believing His word. Studying the Scriptures was a regular part of his daily life. He loved and treasured the gospel of Jesus Christ and always took the opportunity to share his testimony and gospel knowledge with all those who would listen, even serving an 18-month full-time mission with his wife in the Haiti, Port-au-Prince Mission.
It is truly impossible to convey through words the impact that his life had on all who knew him. In his gentle and loving way, he uplifted everyone around him. He was an example of knowledge, wisdom, faith and love. He will truly be missed by his family and those who knew him. But his desire for us would be to look forward, with hope, to that day when we will all be reunited again in the presence of our God.
Wilson Grant Reid is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; his two children, Launie and Joseph; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
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