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11/20/21 08:01 PM #47    

John DeFrain

Thank you Linda and Lee for offering to help find a 1965 Runes.

Nikki and I were at wit's end trying to figure out how to find the Runes for use in our new book, and it was gratifying to see how quickly old Knights jumped in to help. 

Gretchen came to our rescue right away and we'll be receiving a copy of the Runes from her. And we thank every one of you for your kind thoughts.

John and Nikki (Schulling) DeFrain



12/11/21 12:28 PM #48    


Harry Peterson (Peterson)

To all my classmates in kindergarten through twelfth grade:

Despite being dyslexic, I accomplished writing a memoir that was just recently published by LifeRich/Readers Digest. All through kindergarten, grade school, junuor high and high school, I struggled academically. I also worked hard to attain an engineering degree in 1974 from the University of Nebraska. My dyslexia was not medically diagnosed until I was in my early sixties. The title of my book is: Fighting for Repose and can be purchased at LifeRich Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I also have soft cover books available that I can maill to you. Please email me:

Below is the press release from LifeRich/Readers Digest about my book. On November 21, 2021, I launched the book in Tampa, FL. Thank you in advance for your time and I hope you enjoy reading my book. I would appreciate hearing from you about the book.  See you at the reschuled reunion.smiley 

New memoir shares life lessons on surviving and overcoming profound challenges

Harry V. Peterson releases ‘Fighting for Repose: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran’

TAMPA, Fla. – Harry V. Peterson wants his two daughters to know firsthand what his life was like growing up through the Vietnam War and how it affected his life after coming home from the war. It is for this reason he has written “Fighting for Repose: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran” (published by LifeRich Publishing).

This memoir is a gripping, suspenseful, intense true-story account of Peterson’s service in Vietnam onboard the Navy hospital ship, USS Repose (AH-16). As a 19-year-old electrician working in the bowels of the 450-feet ship, he traversed Da Nang’s coast along the demilitarized zone, with his ship admitting and caring for critically wounded American servicemen by the hundreds. His life is full of lessons on survival and laced with insights on enduring war, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dyslexia that was not diagnosed until he was in his 60s.

“This book should appeal to all veterans and their love ones; particularly to the veterans of the Vietnam War. We were not welcomed when we came home. I know that there are some of us out there who continues to be in denial of their PTSD condition. It will also appeal to the spouses and family members of the veterans who has PTSD as well as to those readers who may or may not realize that they have dyslexia and are being bullied and treated differently,” Peterson says. He adds, “Looking back at everything I had gone through seemed like I was always the underdog. Yet, it was God’s way of cleaning up all the harmful and destructive elements in my life to pave the way for a new and rewarding life that I appreciate very much. Major trials in life help shape your perspective to start over and make better decisions for a happier and contented life.”

When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, Peterson answers, “I hope my memoir will inspire them to always do their best to persevere and follow their moral compass. Each life threatening experience could at times have a positive impact on one’s life. Never, ever give up!”

“Fighting for Repose: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran”

By Harry V. Peterson

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 296 pages | ISBN 9781489738127

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 296 pages | ISBN 9781489738134

E-Book | 296 pages | ISBN 9781489738141

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Harry V. Peterson was third in his high school class of approximately 600 students, (third from the bottom that is), but through grit, patience, and persistence rose to become a petty officer third-class electrician mate, earned a BS degree in Engineering, commissioned Naval officer, and resigned his commission as full lieutenant in 1979. He reached the pinnacle of his careers as chief engineer, associate hospital administrator, and owner of the New River Construction. A licensed private pilot and open water master diver, Peterson retired in 2010, and lives with his wife Lari in Florida. This is his first book.

12/12/21 12:55 PM #49    

Michael Border (Border)

To Harrry Peterson:

Harry- I don't believe we met at Southeast. My family moved to Lincoln halfway through my junior year. Most of the class seemed to have known each other since second grade. 

I was a Radioman aboard the USS Noxubee. We navigated most often between Danang and the Cua Viet River near the DMZ, replenishing a Marine encampment with several kinds of fuel.

We often saw the USS Repose and the USS Sanctuary in our shuttles northward and back. I often reflected on the immense kindness and compassion that was manifest on those two sister ships of mercy.

I most sincerely salute you.Thank you for your service.


Michael Border

12/13/21 11:33 AM #50    


Bruce Watson

Thanks so much to all of you who served.  Thanks isn't enough, but its all we've got. God bless you all.

12/14/21 03:22 PM #51    

Michael Border (Border)

Gracious, Brujo! Feliz Navidad!



12/15/21 11:51 AM #52    


Bruce Watson

Back atcha Amigo.

12/16/21 03:56 PM #53    

Michael Border (Border)


01/02/22 04:54 PM #54    


James Stone

Happy and excited to share our newest adventure, we own and are remodeling our new Airbnb acquisition.

01/03/22 12:33 PM #55    


Cathie Cather (Petsch)

James Stone...Fun and good 👍 luck

01/03/22 09:20 PM #56    

Carol Thompson (Miller)



01/04/22 12:37 PM #57    


Jennifer Seyler (Jacobs)

Absoulutely charming! Wish you all the best with your new venture. 


04/08/22 12:39 PM #58    


James Stone

Unable to find the "Survey", where is it hiding?

04/09/22 08:47 AM #59    

Sherrie Gilliland (Geier)

The "Survey" activated this morning. It is the third page from the top on the class website.

Hope this helps.

04/09/22 08:48 PM #60    


Bruce Watson

I answered the survey and am planning to go.  Who's going?

04/10/22 02:53 PM #61    

Cathlene Walters (Peterson)

I plan on going. Need to find out if the Nebraska game is an afternoon or evening game.  We have season tickets so we plan to attend the game. Hope some of activities for the reunion don't happen the same time as the game. I've looked forward to the reunion since 2020. The class of 1971 had their 50 reunion. Chuck and I were at the LSE football game that night when the announcer asked the reunion classmates to stand. I was jealous they got to have theirs. 

05/04/22 08:18 PM #62    

Carol Wallace (Kleppinger)

I have a weird favor to ask. Short version: Does anyone have a 1963 Shield school annual they could check and see if there are any pictures of a typing class? Scan and post so I can download it? It would be VERY appreciated.

Long version: The modern way of telling a parent she is getting old and needs to write some memoirs is to sign her up at  I don't mean to beat a commerical drum here, but this particular site has been very helpful. Storywoth sends out a question every week and, at the end of the year, compiles the answers and any submitted pictures in a book. If you don't like a question, you can change it or make up your own. This week's question is about your favorite high school subjects. Typing class is one of several that I want to cover, and I would like a picture of the old non-electric typewriters with the return handles. The 1965 annual has a great picture, but they had just changed typewriters and they were the newer electric. I don't see anything in the 1964 annual. I don't have a 1963. Thanks again for any help!

05/05/22 12:21 PM #63    


Bruce Watson

I liked that class, thought the typewriters were cool, and have a 1963 Shield. I wish it was a 1963 Corvette.

05/06/22 01:22 PM #64    

John Alloway

the 1963 shield does not have a picture of a typing class.  There is picture of Diane Focht and 3 other girls in the Shield office with a manual type writer.  The 1963 Northeast year book has a picture of two girls sitting a manual typewriter learning how to operate a "Cole Dictator".  But no pictures of a class room full of machines.  If either of these would help let me know.  Say hello to Mike.  Regards John

05/07/22 12:44 PM #65    


Bruce Kubick

I have a 50's or 60's style Underwood typewriter in a case, and in working order among my antiques. I would consider selling it for a reasonable price.  It is in nice condition.  -Bruce

05/07/22 07:29 PM #66    


Douglas Nelsen

Typing class kept me from seeing Vietnam Up close & personal...drafted, Chinook helicopter crew chief training...volunteered Airborne....sent to Fort Bragg....Simmons Army Airfield....morning formation...they were looking for people who could type....I was the Company Clerk working with the CO & first Sergeant....

Thank You Mrs Galloway....

05/08/22 05:13 PM #67    

Carol Wallace (Kleppinger)

What a story! Thanks for sharing, Doug. 

05/09/22 12:22 PM #68    

Dean-Ross Schessler

I took typing for two semesters at Millard Lefler from Beersie (aka Gladys Beers Anderson), which she had been affectionately called for decades.  I know this because she taught both my mother and father how to type.  During a parent/teacher visiting session where we walked through our class schedule spending a few minutes with each teacher when we got to the typing classroom, we walked in and the first thing Beersie said was, "Johnny your kid is a better student and typer than you were.  He can bang out 107 WPM.  And I bet you're standing here talking to me because your typing kept you off the front line during the war (WWII).  She put her arms around him and they hugged.  Beersie looked at my mother and said, "And you married this guy?  I remember you, Althea  You were always asking to take make-up typing tests because you were always off playing softball." 
For my junior high graduation gift, my parents bought me a Smith Corona typewriter with are hardshell case from (are you ready for it) Latsch Brothers on O Street (which I now understand is still in business somewhere else in Lincoln!).  In that my parent were Mr. & Mrs. Frugal, they did not get the model with the electric carriage return button, they bought me an electric typewriter with the old-style manual carriage return!.  If you think that is odd my father got my first car (a '56 Ford 4-door sedan with battleship gray paint) with no air conditioning, roll-up windows, and rubber flooring, no carpet!  I still have it (not the car, but I might wish, but the typewriter) on the side wing of my desk and use it more often than you might think.  I find it a pain in the ass to use my printer to print envelopes so most of the time I type the envelopes.  I one time got a phone call from a client and the first thing they said was, "Dean-Ross do you still use a typewriter?"  And I also still have most every necktie I've ever purchased!  There are some laughable classics.  When I move it will take two moving vans!  The good Lord willing, I will be delighted to see any and I hope all of you at this upcoming reunion to see who gained the most weight, who lost the most hair, has the most wrinkles, and will get the most drunk!  And we also have to find out who spread this bullshit about retirement being the "Golden Years"!  The only thing golden in my years is my urine.

05/09/22 12:59 PM #69    


Jennifer Seyler (Jacobs)

That was a very entertaining story, Dean! Thanks for sharing.  


05/09/22 01:01 PM #70    


Bruce Watson

I'll see you there. The first piece of equipment I bought when I started my biz in 1980 was an IBM Selectric typewriter.  I still use it to do page numbers because I can put the number exactly where I want it. The first PC, an IBM 360, was dumped 30+ years ago.   There has to be a message somewhere in this. It might be that some technology survives a very long time while most becomes obsolete in a very short time.

05/10/22 04:04 PM #71    

Linda Ryon (Woodhouse)

Great story, Dean.  I'm sure I must have been in the same typing class at Millard Lefler.  It was a fun class.

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