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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 17, 2014 lmmmm From Page 1 We supported the troops on Okinawa until 5 May when a Kamikaze appeared directly above us. Only one 20 mm gun was firing and I could see the tracer bullets fall just short of the plane. When the plane rolled over and started his dive, I ran. below deck, aft, and the plane hit the main deck forward of the superstructure. The plane broke through the wooden deck and the bomb passed through decks two and three. When it hit deck four, which was armor plated, it exploded. It had passed through the officers' quarters and the sick bay, while sick call was still in effect. Therefore, the force of the explo- sion was directed through those compartments leaving no survivors. We lost both doctors and all the medical staff on duty, plus all those on sick call. The total casualties were fifty deaths and eighty wounded. We left Guam on 21 May and arrived in Pearl Harbor on 28 May. This time the ship would be repaired at Pearl Harbor. A few days later the executive officer received an order to transfer five Radiomen back to the states. And as luck would have it, my name was on the top of the list. On 13 June we were sent to the Replacement Depot near Pearl Harbor to await transportation to the states. On the following day we were on our way and arrived at Treasure Island in the San Francisco bay on 19 June. A short time later I was sent to the hospital for a hernia oper- ation and while I was recuperating, the war ended. When the doctor told me I was being released from the hospital he said that he could send me back to the fleet or give me a discharge and asked me which one I wanted. I was dis- charged from the Navy on 24 Aug. 1945. Billy ~nt~r~d @,F,H,E.~ in ~ahe i[:~:~.~q~n.vorg ~=tlvo In h.i= ~=hool work, :~ ~: ~l~l~ =~so a fai%hfu:l mcraber of %h~ ~ clu~. ABOUT BILLY MURPHY NOTE: In response to my inquiry in the St. Paul Hi- Lights article concerning Billy Murphy, I was contacted last week by his granddaughter, Kelli HeRon. Here's what she had to say: My grandfather was the son of the late Louise Kiser Murphy and Charlie Murphy. Billy was an only child. Graduated from SPHS and joined the Navy. After his 4 yr. term he moved to Washington, DC and worked for the government printing office. He was pro- moted to a new position in Colorado running a book store on Dec. 18,1970 and died Dec. 20,1970 after suffering from a heart attack. He always wanted a large family and he and his wife Dorothy Jeanne Murphy had8 children together. I am currently carrying the 55th grandchild of Billy Murphy!!!! I suppose his dreams came true. He loved his job and having a large family. He is one man I always wish I had a chance to meet. Calendar From Page 1 with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library,' Lebanon. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276- 623-3410 or fullerjr1942@ yahoo.corn JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable" to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- rags are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS- Dickenson County-Oscar Silcox helps fide veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473 FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information conceming GED testing. IN CONTROL PRO- GRAMS-In Control, a free dia- betes program, meets at Oxbow Center. St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (eXcept November, and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. ame' WINONA, Minn. Winona State University professor April Hemdon is not on board with Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" cam- paign. It's not that she's against exercise or eating right. On the contrary, she's for both. It's the campaign's focus on childhood obesity that has her casting a critical eye. "Weight loss is often con- rated with being healthy," she said. "I don't think obe- sity in and of itself is a health problem." Hemdon has a new book, "Fat Blame." How the War on Obesity Victimizes Women and Children," com- ing out May 5. She did much of the work for it over the course of her sabbatical last year, but the project has been based on a lifetime of expe- rience. "Fat Blame" explores the divide between large bodies and small bodies, and Hemdon has lived in both. Ever since she was a child growing up in the 1970s, she has been overweight. Until a few years ago, she weighed almost 300 pounds. Then she rapidly dropped 120. The world was sudden- ly a different place. She was treated differently in restau- rants, on airplanes, every- where. "I always knew thin priv- ilege was real," she said. "On this side of the fence, I saw it more." The so-called national War on Obesity, she said, has had plenty of collateral damages, she discovered while researching and writ- ing her book. chief among those damages is overweight children being removed from their homes by social services. Not to mention which kids are the ones most often getting taken away. Working-class families and single moms, she said, are the ones getting the brunt of the attention from cam- paigns like "Let's Move." "It's hard to imagine pulling a fat kid out of a wealthy home," she said. When children are removed from their families, she said, it can have detri- mental psychological effects. Besides that, statisti- cally, these children aren't getting thinner as a result. "Pulling kids out of their homes won't work," she said. "Even if you think obe- sity is a serious issue, that's doing more harm than good." Not everybody agrees with Hemdon, including on a local level. There are those who think obesity is, in fact, a serious issue, and among them is Hemdon's colleague at WSU, pediatric nursing professor L'mda Heath. Like Herndon, Heath's involvement in the issue of childhood obesity comes from a place of long-seated passion. She's been a pedi- atric nurse for more than 20 years. She's become alarmed with the trends she's seen over time and convinced they can no longer be ignored. "We're starting to see adult onset diabetes in kids," she said. "When there is an imbalance between what goes in and what goes out, it leads to health problems." Herndon maintains that correlations between obesity and harmful disorders like diabetes are not so clear-cut. "Even if it turned out obesity did cause all these health problems, we don't have a way to fix it," she said. "No doubt some people end up fat because of what they eat, but some people will always end up being heavy people." That back-and-forth resembles the ongoing dis- cussion the two professors have been having about their different approaches to pub- lic health and obesity. Their approaches to bettering pub- tic health, however, are sim- ilar in a couple of ways. First is holding off on the blame: "When somebody dictates to you how to take care of your body, it doesn't work," Heath said. Second, less chewing the fat: "If you want to have a f~nk ~,t~ It Goc~d Met@h!~e:~. CAl.l. ME TC'OAY FO~ f~;tE INFOI~MA~')N e.~[~a ~*~ ~ ~ ~g:~ ~:I ~ga g~, ~) ~) a~(Sag,~ .~ -11am Castlewood High School Auditorium Doors open at 10 am Everyone is invited as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Castlewood High School and Morning Star Church of Castlewood About the Author: April Herndon is a 1990 Castlewood High School graduate. The daughter of Bud and Brenda Herndon of Castlewood, Jones received her doctorate in American Studies from Michigan State University. She joined the Winona State University faculty in 2006. She is currently an associate professor in the English Department and also teaches Women's and Gender Studies courses. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals, including "National Women's Studies Association" and "The Journal of Social Semiotics," and she is a writer at discussion about eating well and .mov~ag, obesity is not a requirement for that," Hemdon said. "Everybody ought to have it." For Hemdon, the "Let's Move" campaign may be pinning too much on child- hood obesity, but its call to action is something she can get behind. "Regardless of what size your body is, moving is good for you," she said. But emphasizing move- ment doesn't mean empha- sizing thinness. "That makes fat kids the problem," she said. 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