Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mission Of Hope2

Mission Of Hope2
Video sent by hopeforlife
Mission of Hope 2- A presentation of a second mission trip to Mississippi (March 18-22, 2006). Hope Lynch was an online student of mine last year (From Sussex County Community College). This presentation is eveidence she "got it" as it concerns "new media". In addition, this is a very good selection of photos and music to illustrate the devastation in Mississippi. This was "Katrina". Hope notes that it is yet 6 months from their last mission trip to help and little seems to have changed. From my own experience with friends and relaatives living in the Ivan "zone of destruction", I'd say they might expect another year before they begin to see appreciate the cumulative small bits of change that occurs from the massive self-help and volunteer efforts tha t go into reconstruction. It takes many hundreds of thousands of volunteers to bring areas like this back to normalcy. It would take decades instead of years to recover if not for the generous help of volunteers, such as the Hope For Life ministry in Dingman's Ferry, PA.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A Priest - A POW - A Ship

This (note at end) corresponds with my visit last week with Otto. I got to read about 40 pages of "SHIP OF GHOSTS" to Otto while I was there. Everyone who visits should take some time to read from it. Due in October, it is a supeb book! Otto is such fun to talk with. He's the real deal and even in pain he manages a positive outlook, except when he does not, if you know what I mean. I was on my way to an interview with a WOWOTUH vet from USS Franklin when I got a cell message that allowed me a two hour delay. It was a perfect opportunity to stop in and visit with Otto (At the Lyons, NJ Veterans Nursing Home). I told Otto about the other vet ... the connection is to my ship, USS O'Callahan (DE-1051) in service from 1968 to about 1992. I've been helping our reunion team with the ship's website, - but as yet, I have never been to a reunion myself. One of the leaders let me know by email about the WOWOTUH vet, Mr. James Blanchard, who lives in Barnegat, NJ. Blanchard is the "dying sailor" in a famous photo and film of a priest giving last rites aboard the kamikaze struck Franklin (1945). The Priest was Father O'Callahan (Medal of Honor for what he did that day that saved the ship - his sister, Rose Marie, (a nun) was at that very time, just liberated from Japanese imprisonment in the P.I. - she later Christened the USS O'Callahan!). In the photo Blanchard had just been rescued from the depths of the ship where 300+ sailors were trapped. Lt. Gary (Medal of Honor) was the one who went below in a maze of passageways inside air pipes and maintenance spaces and got the doomed sailors out into the air. There was a DE named USS Gary (DE-326) too (my friend Dallas Bethea was CO of Gary in the 80's when the ship starred in the movie RED OCTOBER). Dallas read my book (it is online and free) about "stuff" including my adventures aboard O'Callahan. When he was CO of USS Cowpens (CG-63) ... Dallas invited me to come to Hawaii and ride his ship back to San Diego on a Tiger Cruise. Truly, before that, I had put the Navy way way way in the back of my mind. Later as I adjusted my self-employment - I decided to get involved with video. I ran into some WOWOTUH Tin Can Sailors and began taping their stories for a documentary about Destroyer Sailors. Then... I attended a state meeting and heard a one-eyed salt lay out the story of the USS Houston and the Burma Railroad (River Kwai). I was stunned. "How come I did not know this story?" The video resulted and now it is a DVD along with the JAVA SEA (from the Dutch). To get word out about the DVD, I built a website - . The purpose of the website was also to expand on the information I could not cover in the film. It became a complicated mess of patchwork at one point, but I lucked out and had a class teaching web design. The shoemaker had no time, but the students did, and the result is the look and feel of the website today. With Hornfischer's NEW book("Ship of Ghosts") coming out (His last book: "The Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors" ) and the Houston and Java films reborn as DVD's, things are on a roll. Meanwhile, I have a lot of other interviews from Houston Survivors and family and lots of Tin Can Sailor interviews and more -- Many of these will eventually find their way to web videos where people can learn even more about the Asiatic Fleet and the Heroes who served it. And one day, I will do a Tin Can Sailor film from all the interviews. Mr. Blanchard's interview will likely be on the O'Callahan website and on ME3TV in a few weeks or a couple of months. I'll be spending a few days down in Asheville, NC with USS Houston's kin, the Asiatic Fleet - next week. Of course, I plan to do some more interviews there. In the course of time, I have also found myself helping some other veterans groups get their history onto tape or DVD. The 11AD (army) now has a number of DVD's available from Buzz Creek. Some "home movies" made by Sgt. Raymond Buch, shows the liberation of Mathausen Concentration camp. Gruesome to say the least. One of those liberated was a young Jew named, Tibor Rubin. Tibor joined the US Army when of age and won the Medal of Honor in Korea. President Bush ony recently presented the medal to Mr. Rubin at a ceremony at the White house. Such History! Such a generation! Thank you - all of you.
To all the Houston Family
I send my most humble thanks for letting me be a part of your lives.
Vic Campbell, Buzz Creek
(message to Val follows - this was forwarded to all the Houston Family) (Note - Otto is totally blind now for about 7 years) Hi Val,
I was in New York this past weekend for Reserve drill and took the opportunity to visit with Otto at the VA Nursing Care center in New Jersey. He is doing as well as to be expected. Understandable he's a bit frustrated at all the poking and pordding he's getting while the doctors try to stabilize his condition and make him as comfortable as possible. He's been listening to books on tape and Trudy has been vreading him the manuscript for the new Houston book that's due out in October. He sang high praises for it, and so I am contacting the author to see about getting a copy for the Annapolis Library when it is released.
Naturally, passing the long days are difficult. The other gentleman in the room is hard of hearing, so conversations of any great length between them is virtually nill. My wife and I enjoyed our visit with him, and since I am now attached to the Bronx Reserve Center, I plan to stop by next month as well.
He really enjoys receiving the cards and letters folks have been sending, so if you chat with the other members and NOK, encourage them to write. He also mentioned how proud he was as to how the NOK and all have taken up the mantle of keeping the Houston memory alive and well.
Although Otto is a fighter, it is clear to me and his situation is a serious one. I think hoping for a recovery to the level where he would be allowed to return home would be somewhat miraculous, at best. But - miracles do happen from time to time. I hope this finds you well. Please pass on to the members to keep Otto and Trudy in their prayers. Regards, Dave K.
__CDR David Kenney, USN (RC)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Hispanics 16.5 percent Marine recruits

all the more reason this is a more comlex problem that just shipping people back every time they cross the border. Or buildng a "maginot line" that just allows creative people tofind another way.. I outlined some ideas earlier and sent them to my congressman. (fines - targeted deportation-increased personnel at border- more visas for farm workers-visa fees refundable on return to Mexico, etc.. Below .... This is a note worth chewing on a bit. vic
Hispanics accounted for 16.5 percent of Marine recruits last year, up from 13.4 percent in 2002 and 11.7 percent in 1997, the firm said. The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments: Shortcut to:;_ylt=Ah

Friday, April 21, 2006

This book is an anthology of stories for young teen girls about "that time of the month". Dianne Ochiltree is one of the authors. She reads frrom her selection about a young Indian girl in the woodlands of New Jersey hundreds of years ago. You can read more about Dianne Ochiltree and her books at

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Well, if it Ain't Real...

HE STATES: "THAT PAINTING MUST BE WORTH SOMETHING".I just got to see the real one.

Monday, April 10, 2006

To a "Sweet Tater"

Check out this "Sweet Tater

IF CarsWere as Good As PC's


At a computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Long Time Soldier Killed

United States Navy

Shipmates and friends:
Don't know if you've seen this yet. It is a recruiting tool being used now
and the show is about 5 minutes in length. The music and photos are awesome.
Hope you enjoy the show !!! I want to run down and ship over again !!
Contributed, James Chryst

Going to Mexico

Care to join me? Thanks to JC for forward. Further posted at

Monday, April 03, 2006

FW: Emailing: topquotes

Sounds like events , situations and happenings in my few youthful post
college years in the Corps...your call... check it out all 10 of them . : From RG.