AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
FROM WEB SITE VISITORS - 2000
I found your web site because I contacted a former classmate on
classmates.com and she
suggested that I check out this special site.
It is indeed special and it has brought back many
memories. I keep having
flashbacks of names and faces and special
events. I have yearbooks
from 64, 65 and 66. Those were the
years that I attended VAHS. I went to 8th and 9th grade at
Toul R. My Dad was stationed at
Chambley, my first year at Verdun
I rode the bus back and
forth. That got old fast and I convinced
my parents to allow me to stay in the dorm.
My name is Linda Ann Long,
I was married, but am now divorced and have returned
maiden name. Friends can contact me at: email@example.com
My address is
3538 Grand Ave S Apt.100
Minneapolis, Mn. 55408
I would love to hear from
anyone who remembers me. I have already found two long
lost friends that I will soon
contact. Thanks for your work on this
site and your dedication
to all of us.
Bill, I am in the army in Germany. I
visit Verdun often. Let me know what
you want pics of and send me your
address, I would be glad to mail them. Maj
Major Paul S. Teague
Chief, Intelligence Section
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 14:07:11
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: (no subject)
Hi Bill, I'm Gary Witt, class of
'59. I recently discovered a large stack of copies of the school
" Falcon Feathers ". All date from the 58-59 school
year and are in pretty good shape. Most are
mimeographed, some are on good quality paper with photos. Be happy to
research and send
copies to anyone interested. Seems as if everyone enrolled got their
name mentioned at least once.
From: Paul Miller <email@example.com>
To: "W.L. \(Bill\) Harmon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello I am here in Verdun;I have a meeting tomorrow with the city and deputy mayor:
I am trying to open a museum dedicated to all of us Americans who lived and
worked here since WW 1 and after: sorry for the bad letter:
I am in a stress today: so please forward this to all time to do it:while i live on a small
va check and it cost to much to use this here: best wishes from Paul E Miller;
I am in the Post office using a French keyboard.
|From: "Cheralyn Powers"
Subject: VAHS site
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 11:35:16 -0500
I have just found this site, after being
contacted by John Everly, following my registering with the
Military Brats Registry. What a great find this was! I had to
laugh out loud at the Cooper et al picture,
which was taken the year before I arrived, but of course seemed
familiar. I think I see a funny
cigarette, but I may be wrong. France was the first place I
heard about marijuana, and I believe I
recall a fellow named Tony clueing me on that.
I had never seen the overhead view of the
school and hospital, and was surprised by the size. One
of my "adventures" there involved somehow wandering into the
medical library at the hospital,
where I was allowed to sit and read, even though I clearly recall
warnings about the hospital being
The music choices were on target, too.
Thanks for all your work!
Cheralyn Hendrix Powers
From: "Jill Murphy Spackman" <email@example.com>
Subject: pin found in yard
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 00:55:52 -0700
I live in Maurertown Virginia. I rent a pre civil war house there. While gardening, I found a
pin of a bird with outstretched wings in blue and white, bearing a banner saying "Verdun". I'm
curious if this has any connection to your school, or if it is a reference to a town in France,
noted in WWI. Ironically, I found your sight while searching my neighbors name, "Red" Irwin, a
former football coach and FBI employee, but I haven't found him on your site. It is such a
weird coincedence, I couldn't help but inquire. I will ask him about it, but if you have any
info, let me know.
Subject: Just a note!
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 17:00:15 -0500
All Verdun students, graduates, faculty,
The Website and photos, etc. make me both happy and sad. I wish we all had the age of
"innocence" of the "60's! Gee, wasn't life easier before we knew about "stress", cigarettes,
chloresterol, Viet Nam, drugs, depression, divorce, and alcohol? Hey, if we were lucky, we had
a telephone, and radio. We now have to deal with Cell phones,
TV, Fax machines, Email, and we are all running faster and faster - going "where"?
My husband & I will be @ the "2000 Reunion" in San Antonio, TX. Pictures make me sad -
gives me the reality of aging, although my mind (not body) says I'm 18.
Marilynn (Candy) Chandler (now French)
Hi: I don't have internet yet
but do have email. I met a lot of you at the reunion in
Dallas. I was
in Verdun l953-56 and have some of my best
school memories there. Am considering the fall
Have you ever been contacted by any
of the kids from my time? I have hunted for them over
years but never have come up with anything. I attended 7,8,
and 9th grade in Verdun and
have a yearbook, which I took with me to
Dallas from 1955; the first yearbook for Verdun.
Do you have
anyone in you inquiries from that time. My name then as now
Claire Elaine Wise. Would so like to find some of them.
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 16:54:41 EDT
From:Jenelle Peterson <JPChad61@aol.com>
Subject: Former Students
I am Jenelle Peterson - class of 1961 - Chateauroux France - you and I have
I'm sending you info about my brothers - Eric (Cave City, AR) and Stephan
Peterson (Temple, TX) - They attended Verdun when they were in the 6th and
8th grades, respectfully, which would have been in 1964. My brothers do not
If you need other information for your database, please contact me and I will
supply the rest.
By the way - your website is wonderful.
From: Michael W Hicks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 14:24:39 -0400
Just a short note to let you know how much I appreciate the Verdun American High School
web page. Over the years (40 in 2002 ) I have, at times, felt like a fish out of water; not really
belonging - disconnected. I always knew those feelings were, for the most part, attritable to
my unique childhood. Born in a foreign country, moving every three to four years, not having
a home town, and a making and losing friends for the first eighteen years of my life made me
a member of a very exclusive family. It wasn't until I found your web page a couple of years ago
that I realized I wasn't alone. I knew, of course, there were others that shared similar
backgrounds but what I didn't know was that we were reconnected through your page.
I was estactic when I discovered your page. There, after many years, were the names and
pictures of old friends; some of which I have restablished contact and some for which I am
Your page allowed me to connect with my past and verify that I was once part of something
Michael W. Hicks (Mike)
P.S. John, I would like to ask a favor. When I was at Verdun, I established a
close relationship with the Secrest brothers and Yutta Billings. I am aware
that Jack (Junior) died in Vietnam in 1967 but I have yet to be successful in
contacing John (Butch) Secrest. It would appear that he and Yutta married and
are living, according to your mailing list, in California. I have sent mail to
that address only to have it returned and, I cannot locate a phone number.
Could you please see what you can do to locate a more current address or phone
number. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
If anyone has information as to how to contact John (Butch) Secrest please get in
touch with Mike via e-mail at: <email@example.com>
Bill Harmon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Bill Harmon.
I was in the Army,
stationed in Verdun, May- October 62. Loved the
and took a bunch of photos which i have kept. I
have been in touch with Joe Cooper keeping
my memory alive about the
place. Have not revisited Verdun, but have been to Paris
two trips back. Here are two jpg copies of scenes I
loved while there.
Thanks for the great page. I did
not know many there, only the guys in my unit, the depot at
casern next to the French Army barrocks. I used the
craft room photo lab a lot. That would
be at Maginot. Across
the road. I became very good friends with Margaret Perry at
Richard Smith is the soldier at the gate.
I have lost touch with both. Maybe I can find them on
the internet somewhere.
Here is what I have so far.
Will get around to digitizing all my old photos if I live long
Would love to keep in touch with anyone like Joe who
has a love for the place.
This is Richard Smith under the other
the hill near the Cathedral. Summer of 1962.
The fellow on the bike was a soldier
His dad was a professor....Forget his name.