Nov 11-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: November: Nov 11-07
Waves in the Pacific, 1945    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from C&H News-Views
Photo from C&H News-Views

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:00 am:

A Shoebox Memory for Veteran's Day...

This handsome group posed for the pages of August 1945 "C&H News - Views", as they were starting their tour of duty in the sunny Pacific. Mary Curto is in the back row (apparently on the left) with her other four fellow Waves from downstate. Mary's dad Peter Curto worked in the C&H foundry, and most likely provided the photo to the editors of the company's monthly publication.

A search of the Pasty Cam archives comes up with the name Peter Curto a few years back, on a Sunday when the conversation began in St. Ignace. But I think that one may have been a grandson, because he was a school boy in the late 60's.

To all the men and women who have devoted time and energy in the service of our country, we salute you on this Veterans Day.

Courtesy Dept of Vet. Affairs

Tim in Oscoda (Timmer280) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:14 am:

We all owe are freedoms to all the men and women who have served and done their part! THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!!!

Thanks Dad for the time you put into the Marines!!! Love Ya!

By Ozzie W. (10330) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:27 am:

A salute to all my fellow veterans past and present.

By DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:59 am:


By David Soumis (Davesou) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 09:13 am:

To honor them even more, press your congressmen to start funding adequately the VA hospitals, and to provide better aftercare for them when they come back from combat.

25% of the homeless in the US are veterans. Its a disgrace.

I stand and salute each and every veteran, my brothers and sisters, that have served us, and shed a tear for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice, that we and their families can live in this great country with the freedoms we enjoy. They deserve our being more vigilant in protecting our rights and freedoms from those that desire to tread on those liberties, as is happening right now under the guise of fear in this country

As a veteran myself, 14 years, with a tour of Vietnam, I understand the sacrifice, and the fact veterans deserve our support not just by our words, but also our actions. We need to ACT and get the veterans of this country the best care, mental and medical, available. We need to get them off the streets into better than adequate shelter. We see and hear the phrase "support the troops". Let's start actually doing it instead of the lip service. Contact your congressmen and women and tell them you DEMAND action.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 09:26 am:

Happy Veteran's Day, and thanks to all the many of you who have served. My dad was in the Navy, quit school and everything to join to fight in WWII. I believe his brother was in the Marines. So thanks to the both of them for their sacrifice. I thank my good friend, Steve, who now has cancer due to the time he spent in VietNam with Agent Orange. I commend you Steve. And to all of the veterans who have fought and are still fighting the fight here at home to try to get all of the benefits they should be receiving, and who are suffering with illnesses due to the chemicals they may have been exposed to.

As David says, if we all write a letter to our congressmen, maybe something will get done. It's not probable, but anything's possible. And oh yes, thanks to you too, David, for your service and that of your brother in Iraq. I didn't know anything about that and am so glad that he's one of the few who made it back.

By Laure (O2bindaup) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 09:28 am:

For all the freedoms we enjoy, Thank You to those who have served and those who are serving. Without your generosity, this wonderful country of ours would be totally different. God Bless You.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:03 am:

My maternal aunt from Hubbell served in the WACs, the army during WWII. Not sure where and when exactly. She passed away in 2006 at the age of around 84 years. She was Virginia Marie Slattery, daughter of "Red" Jerry and Virginia Slattery. He worked nearly 50 years at the C&H mill. Thank you all vets!

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:29 am:

Didn't I see an outrageous post earlier on this page, I think from Heikki Lunta, that made some rather shaky assertions?

It was moved over to Politics and Religion, Ketchup or Gravy

By jeffryeleconte (Upwannabee) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:16 am:

Just to remember my buddy Jim Vadbunker, who died in Vietnam in March, 1967, and my dad Frank, who served in WWII.
PS, Those WWII ladies were sure gorgeous. Love a woman in uniform!!!

By Liz B (Lizidaho) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:21 am:

In memory of Robert Anderson MacDonald whose remains are in the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Italy...our uncle who we only knew through his letters home.

By Heikki (Heikki) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:27 am:

Sorry, Charlie. I had too many pages open at once and while editing, lost track of which page I was on and posted on the wrong page. Thx for putting it on the appropriate page. Today, my hat is off to all my fellow veterans.

There is a lighter side to Veterans Day as well, although trivia is not in concert with the theme of this page. In addition to remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, this day honors all who served, and in that vein, trivia has a place. As to shaky assertions, well, you're gonna have to take that up with the Colonel. His words, not mine.

By Michael Austin (Mjayeh) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:34 am:

Like Ozzie W. said, I too say it ... A salute to all my fellow veterans past and present. Thank you for the honor to serve along side of you all.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 12:08 pm:

This picture makes me proud! I served in the WAVES during WW2 and it is nice to know we are not forgotten....just grown old.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 12:40 pm:

Thanks to all who have served this country in both war time and peace. That includes my husband, Jim, USAF 1961-1965.
While thinking of our veterans today I would like to mention an address I received for sending Christmas cards to those recovering from wounds at Walter Reed Hospitl--I hope this alright with Charlie. If please delete, Charlie.
A Recovering American Soldier
C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001
It's the least we can do for this fine veterans.

By Mary A. Heide (Mheide42) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 12:45 pm:

I would like to remember David Cavis (not sure of the last name spelling) who died in Veitnam. I went to St. Ceclia school in Hubbell with David and his brother Chuck. David was from Tamarack. At that time his death hit me like a ton of bricks, he was the first person I knew that was killed in that war. He was a good guy who died way to young d/t the politics of our leaders. So so sad.

By Heikki (Heikki) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 12:58 pm:


This is a cruel hoax. Please read:

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 01:13 pm:

My heartfelt thanks to all Veterans, from all branches of military service, that also includes the Coast Guard, something that not everyone is aware of. Your service is what has kept our country free, and the rights of free speech and disagreement that we have today. Thanks to all of you Veterans!

I also thank my deceased father, who during World War II was kept by the chemical companies and the US Government to supervise the opening & running of critical styrene-butadiene rubber plant, that produced the rubber for tires, etc, so that all of the military vehicles could be operated during World War II. That was not his choice, but the government's choice. Anyway, safe handling of chemicals back then was a whole lot different from what it is today, and it was actually almost non-existent. I believe his exposures to those monomers at that plant was responsible for, or at least contributed to, the cancer that cause his death at age 75, when his his parents, aunts & uncles all lived to be from mid-80's to 99. Here's to you, Dad! Dad died on Valentine's Day, 1985, before my oldest son was 5 months old.

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN (Charlotte61) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 01:20 pm:

Heikki, thanks for setting me straight. I usually check with snopes but my brain didn't work to well on this one. Sorry for the error.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 01:22 pm:

Charlie,I am wondering if,perhaps,Peter Curto was the son of Mary Curto not the grandson. I had children going to school in the late sixties. Just a thought.

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 01:33 pm:

'With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.'

Abraham Lincoln

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 02:25 pm:

Remembering Sgt Vallee,PFC Porter,PFC Barnhart,Corpsman Connely. A few of the names I remember of the Marines and a Navy Corpsman who I served with in Vietnam that did not make it home.All brave men.

By Frank Picotte (Frankp) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 02:27 pm:

A salute to those of VFW post 4624. A group of good vets who have done so much with so little. I am proud to be part of that group. Frank

By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 04:19 pm:

Tim, dad said thanks! THANKS TO ALL VETERANS!

By Heikki (Heikki) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 04:26 pm:

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone, who at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount "up to and including my life".

-Author unknown

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 05:43 pm:

Thanks to my cousins Franklin Deleno Du Long and Ken Baird who served in Viet Nam and died there. One on the battle field and the other from the chemicals that were in his body that caused his death several years later, both heros.

By jerry wilks (Boiga) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 06:08 pm:

Thanks Dad (Jerry Wilks) for serving in viet-nam

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 06:18 pm:

Remembering my husband Hal,deceased)who served in the navy. He left school in his senior yr(45) but graduated after he was discharged. He was aboard the Harold Ellison. My brother Norbert Spellich(deceased)who served the Army in the Korean War and my oldest brother John served in the army in Korea also. My brother in law Ken Anderson (deceased) also served in the navy in WW11

I remember David and Chuck Cavis. They were a few grades behind me at DBHS. They were nice and it is a shame David never made it back. Thanks to all of those who served our country so we can live in freedom.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 06:53 pm:

I saw a bumper sticker a couple of days ago in Calumet; it read "support our troops by bringing them home", I couldn't agree more!

By Heikki (Heikki) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:06 pm:

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

-- Winston Churchill

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 07:38 pm:

Thanks to all of the servicemen and women who served in the forces!
My dad Ed Pietras in the Army. My brother Lawrence Pietras in the Navy. Z-Man in the Marines.
Thank you to each and every individual!
Z-Man and I visited the Veterans Memorial in Rockland MI yesterday. There was snow, but didn't matter. They all served in honor of the United States of America.

By Just me (Jaby) on Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 08:16 pm:

Happy Veterans Day to my nephew,Chad Schmitt, presently serving in Iraq and to all servicemen and women ,past & presently serving.God bless America!

By Barry Seymour (Bimplebean) on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 06:07 pm:

I like the hottie at the top right. [g]

Actually they're ALL beautiful, not just for how they look but for who they were and what they did. We all owe them a debt.

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