Nov 25, 2020

P-35 "John Wayne" Can Openers


A friend asked if we were issued can openers for our C-Rations. We were!

Official military designations for the P-38 include 


We were issued a P-38 can opener, commonly called a "John Wayne".  Many of us wore the opener around our necks with our dog tags. They were small and handy and many of us still have them.

From Wikapedia

The P-38, developed in 1942,[1] is a small can opener that was issued in the canned field rations of the United States Armed Forces from World War II to the 1980s. Originally designed for and distributed in the K-ration, it was later included in the C-ration. As of 2020, it is still in production and sold on a worldwide market.[2]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner Back in the Good Old Days - Finger Licking Good! - 50 Years Ago

Thanksgiving Dinner Back in the Good Old Days - Finger Licking Good!

Our turkey dinner in Vietnam!

Add a heat tab.... and a veritable feast for our Boys!!!

Delicious and nutritious. It was better with hot sauce.

Some guys liked Nước chấm sauce with it. Nước chấm is a Vietnamese dipping sauce - an acquired taste. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2020

New EMPEHI Group

We have a new Google Group for EMPEHi 1960's classes.  This means you can send and receive emails to and from the group with one email address. This is replacing our Yahoo Group which is closing down next month. Our thanks to Taffy Cannon who started the Yahoo site, which enable us to stay connected with many of our classmates.

If you would like to join send an email to Craig Hullinger MPHS Jan 66 at

The group email is, which will work after you sign up. The rules are the same as before - no politics.

We also have a number of other connections on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, and Pinterest. All of our addresses can be found at: which forwards to:

Talk to you on the sites.

Nov 15, 2020

Thomas (Tom) Edward Wodrich Rest in Peace


Thomas (Tom) Edward Wodrich

1946 ~ 2020 (age 74)


Thomas Edward Wodrich, 74, went to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom was born on July 1, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Alfred E. and Clara Wodrich.  He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1964, and began a career with Sears shortly after.  He met his wife, Mary Kay, in 1966 at a friend’s house and on May 11, 1968 they were married.   

Tom lived and worked in Chicago until 1980, when he moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona.  After he retired from Southwest Gas in 2008, he moved again to Glendale to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  He was active in his local community and church.

He was a fan and supporter of high school basketball, all things Chicago – Cubs, Sox, Bulls and Bears, and the University of Arizona Wildcats.  In high school he was a talented athlete, playing basketball all four years.  He never slowed down with his athletic endeavors and continued to play basketball, including competing in the Senior Olympics, while picking up weightlifting, tennis and racquetball along the way.

Tom was a loving husband, a caring father and grandfather, and steadfast friend.  He never met a stranger, and truly loved his neighbor as himself.  Quick witted, fast to smile and share a good story, he was also a wonderful listener, encourager and had a lot of wisdom to share.  He will be missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Wodrich; his children and their spouses, Jennifer (Scott) Brower, Jeffrey (Esther) Wodrich, and Sarah (Bradley) Dorman;  and 14 grandchildren, Isaac Brower, Andrew Brower, Jonathan Brower, Amya Brower, Santos Brower, Betty Brower, Julian Brower, Renna Brower, Christian Wodrich, Clara Wodrich, Thomas Wodrich, Peter Wodrich, William Dorman, and Alexander Dorman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Clara Wodrich, and his brother Fredrick Wodrich.

An open house to celebrate Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm at 12617 N. 58th Drive, Glendale Arizona.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Ironwood High School Basketball via PayPal @ihseaglesbball or check (send to IHS Basketball, c/o Jennie Brower, 12617 N 58th Drive, Glendale Arizona 85304).  Please leave “In honor of Tom Wodrich” in the notes/memo section.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Thomas (Tom) Edward Wodrich, please visit our floral store.


November 21, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Private Home
12617 N. 58th Dr
Glendale, AZ 85304


Tom was an excellent athlete in High School and a very nice guy. I have a vivid memory of playing a game at Lindbloom or Wescott where Tom went up for a shot and a huge guy leaped up to block the shot and came down on Tom.  Tom was a thin guy and this guy completely covered him up on the floor. He was erased!  As the huge guy slowly got up and off him Tom bounced up, calmly hit his two free throw shots, and kept playing.

Rest in peace, Tom

Nov 5, 2020

Free Entrance to National Parks For Vets


Veterans, Gold Star Families: Free Entrance to National Parks and Other Public Lands

Veterans and Gold Star Families will have free access to about 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, and other Federal lands starting from this Veterans Day! 


Thanks to Jack Barber MPHS Jan 66 for sharing.

Morgan Park High Reunion


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Nov 1, 2020

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