Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/05
6 Bombers sent stuff: 
Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Burt Pierard ('59)
Dave Hanthorn ('63), Ray Stein ('64)
Jeff Curtis ('69), Greg Alley ('73)
>>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02)

Re: ET
To: Burt Pierard ('59)
    When your chain is shaken you sure do rattle. I'm sure the
prisoners of whatever origin would be sure to have a security
clearance. Personally I like Ray Stein's ('64) ISU answer... it sort 
of follows my statement that most Italians were conscientious objectors 
from the days of the African Campaign when they were alternately run 
over by Rommel then the Brits. Also AKA Clowes/Carlson ('54) has 
finally answered my question as to where ET really landed.
Keith Maupin ('47) and Jim McKeown ('53) have interesting arguments. 
At any rate this is my final missle on this dumb subject. Really. 
Let's get the donut debate going again.

Love all you Bombers
-Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Take your pick. 
>>From: Burt Pierard ('59)

To: Keith Maupin ('47)
Re: POWs at Columbia Camp
 Nothing in the published documentation conflicts with your memories
except the scuttlebutt about POWs. Remember that the "old guy" is
saying that they were positively, without question, POWs at Columbia
Camp. Also, I would bet that the "lots of the Italians" around here in
the '40s that you mentioned were all USA citizens, certainly not POWs.

To: Jim McKeown ('53)
Re: Prison Camps
 Thanks for providing another source to prove my point about Columbia
Camp, to wit, there were no POWs there. As to the Pasco facility 
(first I heard of it, by the way), Ray Stein ('64) provided the 
probable explanation in his 4/08/05 posting about the Italian Service 
Units (ISUs). I would guess that this was one of those and they were 
probably working for the Navy.

Bomber Cheers,
-Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland
>>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63)

Re: the inventor of Wool Wax Creme
To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) and Tami Lyons Zirians ('76)
    Visit this web site for more information on the invention of 
Wool Wax Creme, including the name of the woman that invented it:
Bomber Cheers,
-Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63)
>>From: Ray Stein ('64)

To: Burt Pierard ('59)
    Sorry if I misled you. I didn't mean to imply that the Italian POWs
might have worked for Federal Prison Industries as employees. No, they
would have been working inmates with an unusual POW status since Italy
had switched sides in WWII. The "friendly to U.S." Italian POWs were
spread around the country and some experienced very good conditions
(read "Prisoners in Paradise"). For example, in many places a Catholic
priest would be notified to arrange Mass for the Italians (just as
Father Sweeney did at Camp Columbia).
    If someone really wants to know whether Italian POWs were at Camp
Columbia or Port of Pasco, the records are on microfilm in the National
Archives (see file 389.4.5). I also found on the internet where someone
has recorded the name, rank, station, etc. of every WWII Italian POW
(over 50,000) who was sent to the U.S. The records are on CDs, but it
will lessen your "stash" of money to get them. Or closer to home,
someone could contact the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington
(located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle). Recently
(3/9/05), one of their members, Dom Moreo, gave a talk on "Italian 
POWs in Seattle during WWII". He may know something about Italian 
POWs in other parts of the state.

-Ray Stein ('64) ~ enjoying Spring Break and pondering a question from 
             Jim House ('63), "Did we have a spring break when we were 
             in H.S.?"  "Too Tall" House doesn't think we did and I 
             can't remember. What say you'all.
>>From: Jeff Curtis ('69)

Re: Another Day

-Jeff Curtis ('69)
>>From: Greg Alley ('73)

To: Brad Upton ('74)
    Hey Brad, since you're working with the Smothers Brothers can you 
get me Yo-Yo Man's autograph?

Re: Big Y
    The Big Y tavern is going down today or maybe it happened late
yesterday. The old buildings that housed the Wagon Wheel, the Starlite,
the old gas station that became a U-Haul place, and all the other
surrounding businesses are gone. It looks like a war zone and the
landscape of the Richland Y is forever changed. It will soon be slow
traffic time and long construction delays.

-Greg Alley ('73) ~ In Richland in the wind but enjoying the spring
That's it for today. Please send more.