Dec 27, 2021
Dec 23, 2021
Vietnam XMAS Eve 1969
Twas the Night Before Christmas,
When all through the House
The Creatures were stirring
and shooting up the place
On Christmas Eve 1969 I arrived in Vietnam. It was gently raining. A very large hill loomed inland over the Danang airport swathed in bright perimeter lights like a halo in the mist. It was impressive and beautiful and frightening. There was a great deal of firing and flares from the hill and some of the new guys thought we were under attack.
I moved to the Hill - Hill 327 to MASS-3 a month later and found out that there had been no attack. It was simply a "lighting it up" impromptu firex to celebrate Christmas. Of course no one would openly admit that. You could fire at noises or sounds, so the troops were firing on Christmas eve at numerous noises and sounds.
Nice and impressive fireworks.
Dec 22, 2021
Sharon Avny nee Shepardson age 73. Beloved wife of Dr. Warren Y. Avny and his children Michelle (Stephen) Serck and Jeffrey Avny (Kim Fossieck). Much beloved grandma Sharon to Jacob, Adam, and Benjamin Serck. Sister of Diane Shepardson and Beverly Lambert. Special auntie of Sara Shepardson Mitchell and Stacy Shepardson Williams. Graveside service Thursday 1PM at Shalom Memorial Park (Section VII-Mt. Zion), 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, 308 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 225, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania 19096, www.sandyovarian.org. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website.
Charles Beirne was born on June 3, 1929 in Watertown, South Dakota and died peacefully at home on October 31, 2018 in Chicago. He graduated from DePaul University with a BA in English Literature in 1952. He served in the U.S Army Corps of Engineers 1952-1954. He earned his MA in Literature in 1959. He was a teacher with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for most of his career.