New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3AObituaries HOMECOMING/From 1A SCHOOL’S OUT/From 1A
Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Elsie Fitsco of New Braunfels.
She passed away Sunday, May 25, 2003. at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age
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Joseph Michael Doyle of New Braunfels passed away Thursday, May 22, 2003. at his residence. He was 78.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until IO a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2003, at Zoeller Funeral Home.
The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at IO a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. mass at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at the Doeppen-schmidt Funeral Home for Vivian Meyer, 94, who passed away Sunday, May 25, 2003, at her residence.
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they stood with other brown-hatted veterans of the Comal County Veterans Council and about GO others to honor those less fortunate.
The ceremony was brief. Rain began falling soon after a recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played.
During the music, two Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets from New Braunfels High School lowered the American flag to half-staff to honor departed veterans.
Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ski Hainewich read a history of Memorial Day.
“We are gathered here to remember those who passed away,” Hainewich said, as members of the American legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, plus ladies’ auxiliary members, wives and children of veterans listened solemnly.
Hainewich thanked County Commissioner Jan Kennady, American Legion Post 35 Commander Cecil Konkel, American Legion Post 179 Commander John Schindel, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Joe Median and Comal County Veterans Service Officer Miehaetle Davis for their attendance.
After riflemen fired three volleys, the crowd sang “America The Beautiful,” and the ceremony wound down gracefully. T\vo bagpipers marched to the memorial, slowly playing “Amazing Grace.”
After applauding the pipers, Hainewich dismissed the crowd as the rain began to fall harder.
This concludes our ceremony, under threat of rain,” he said.
TARS test available to Comal third graders
Any third grader in the 2002-03 school year, who has not passed the reading portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TARS) test, and will be living in the Comal Independent School District’s boundaries this summer, can take the third administration of the TARS reading test June 27.
The students have had two opportunities to pass the exam and are eligible for accelerated reading instruction.
The students’ guardians or parents must call Victoria Bursch, director of elementary education, at 830-221-2082 or 830-885-1791 to receive information.
Braunfels on a flight from Hawaii, where the USS Constitution docked. His wife, Lisa, son, Cody, daughter, Vanessa, and a host of other family members and friends welcomed him at the San Antonio airport when his plane arrived just after 9 p.m.
Jones, 37, moved to New Braunfels in preparation for retirement. He’ll have two decades of service in the Marine Corps as of Jan. 31, 2004. He’ll retire in November while on terminal leave.
The past two months, living on an aircraft carrier off of the shores of Iraq, Jones was about as far away from New Braunfels as he could be.
During his war stint, Jones worked as a direct intermediary between the USS Constellation’s carrier air wing and the ship’s permanent crew, which is responsible for launching jets. He indirectly supervised the launching of 46 different airplanes from eight different squadrons on the carrier’s flight deck.
Every flight squadron had a coordinator who dealt with Jones. Jones, in turn, told the air operations supervisors final details that needed to be done before planes were launched.
“It could be anything from getting the airplane moved to spreading its wings or telling the ship’s company that the aircraft was ready to fly,” Jones said.
If there were an emergency, Jones would convey that information to the carrier air wing.
There was occasional danger on the flight deck during the eight-month deployment. There was a fire below deck. Later, when fuel got inside the catapult, it exploded, causing another fire. The catapult is the launcher that supplies force to hurl an airplane from the carrier’s flight deck.
There were more mishaps. A jet went off the side of the ship, but its crewmen ejected safely. The jet caught the wire on landing, but when the tail-hook was raised, it dumped hydraulic fluid, lost its brakes and went over the side.
In a final accident, a propeller-driven plane slid on the deck after it landed. Deck personnel tried to park the plane on a slick deck. But it slid on the melted asphalt that was matted with hydraulic fluid, and a propeller chopped into the wing of another airplane. A piece of the airplane flew off
and hit a sailor in the back. He wasn’t seriously injured.
“Believe it or not, that was a safe deployment for us,” Jones said.
Jones said he was never in any danger and did not experience any close calls. But he felt danger from fear of the unknown.
There were anthrax and smallpox shots to take. He had to have his chemical suit ready.
Would there be a chemical attack? Would there be a Scud missile fired at the carrier, which was 500 miles from Baghdad?
“Those were the only fears that I had out there,” he said.
When the carrier pulled into Bahrain twice, he wasn’t too comfortable going into town. Jones stayed aboard the base. He felt safer there.
Tbward the end of the 79-day bombing campaign, USS Constellation-based squadrons flew late in the day. Jones’ shift started at 2 p.m. That was after sleeping from 6 a.m. to whenever — often difficult when an airplane was landing three feet above his head. His shift ended around IO p.m.
Then it was time to eat and go to class at midnight. While aboard ship, Jones came within one class of completing his associate’s degree.
He said it was the ability to ignore privation and pain that he learned during boot camp that got him through the high tempo of war operations. Learning to roll with the lack of sleep and the fast pace of the bombing mission sharpened his focus and concentration.
“I guess you train yourself how to ignore it; you go through boot camp, and that’s where you learn to start ignoring things. I didn’t get to see a whole lot of daylight, except through a window. But I did get to talk to everybody on headphones. And you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Boy, I need some sun,’” Jones said.
“I did a normal thing, an everyday thing that any guy off of the street could do,” Jones said humbly.
Then he looked at his wife, son and 18-year-old daughter.
"The best thing about being home is family. Everything I’ve done, everything i’ve endured has all been worth it because of my family,” he said.
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High School graduate at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Southwest Tbxas State University’s Stra-han Coliseum. Students are to arrive in the auxiliary gymnasium no later than 6:20 p.m.
NBHS’s valedictorian is Taryn Varner. Salutatorians are Ryan Barlow and Brittney Stevens.
Canyon High School graduates 260 students at IO a.m. Saturday at Southwest Tfexas State University’s Strahan Coliseum. The valedictorian for CHS’s Class of 2003 is Erin Wiegand. Salutatorian is Mark Vaclavik.
Smithson Valley High School graduates 450 students at 3 p.m. Sunday in Southwest Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum. SVHS’s valedictorian is Chase Zachary; salutatorian is Jessica Campros.
Special ceremonies aren’t limited to graduating seniors. Elementary schools in both districts are having their awards ceremonies this week. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are taking final examinations. It’s a busy week for both districts. But the toughest task might be keeping students’ minds from drifting as they eagerly await the start of summer vacation.
The break officially begins
Smithson Valley High School’s valedictorian for 2003 is Chase Zachary and the salutatorian Is Jessica Campros.
early Friday, as schools plan to release students early on the last day.
New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels Middle School and Oak Run Sixth Grade Center will release students at noon Friday.
Carl Schurz Elementary will release at 12:30 p.m., and other NBISD elementary schools - Memorial Intermediate, Memorial Elementary, Memorial Primary, Steele Elementary, Lone Star Elementary and Lamar Primary -will release students at I p.m.
In the Comal Independent
School District, all students will be released one and one-half hours earlier than their normal release times. Report cards will either go home with students on Friday, or they will be mailed to parents, depending on the choice of the school.
Students will enjoy about a seven-week vacation.
CIS!) students return to academia Aug. 18, and teachers head back to work Aug. 11.
New Braunfels 1SD students return to class Aug. 19, with teachers scheduled to report Aug. 12.
“He was a good man and a proud vet.” Reyes said.
Then Reyes talked about what the Memorial Day ceremony meant to him.
“It means we’re giving honor to all the men and women who served and protected our nation. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” he said.
About GO other people joined Reyes in honoring the service of Guerrero and 1,010 other veterans buried at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Prepar ations for the ceremony started Sunday when 12 veterans, including American Legion Post 35 Commander Cecil Konkel and fellow Legionnaire Max Donaldson, planted small American flags atop every veteran’s grave.
They started at 7 a.rn. They finished at
‘The ground was hard," Donaldson said.
“I had 980 on my list,” Konkel said of the names of veterans. "I found 30 more.”
He said in 1986, there wen* 250 veterans in the park.
This year, there were 761 more.
In addition, homage was paid to the veterans by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jan Kennady.
“This is a nation worth defending, preserving and loving,” Kennady said.
She then related a vignette about seeing a man in luanda Park that morning wearing a T-shirt saying, in bold letters, “Freedom isn’t free.”
“That should be emblazoned on our hearts,” Kennady said. ‘That should stir hearts. And if it doesn’t, you need to go to the doctor.”
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