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JEMAIL: Marotta, Frank (MC1971) has surgery complications


Marotta, Frank (MC1971)
12:14 PM 

Due to unexpected complications following routine surgery, I won’t be back in the office until 11/30/15.  

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares good news on Merkert, Joe [MC1960]


Good Morning All,

George Skau has shared some good news. Joe Merkert ’60 was in our prayers last week as he went in hospital for back surgery. All went well, Joe is recuperating and will be doing rehab and sends his thanks to all for your prayers and good thoughts. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Merkert, Joe [MC1960]

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JEMAIL: Scudo, Bob (MC1969) received the plain text version from MAILCHIMP


Scudo, Bob (MC1969)

What happened to the other format?

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You got the text version. I switched it to HTML. I don’t know why it changed.


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[JR: First time that’s happen on MAILCHIMP.]  

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares about Professor Dwyer


Good Afternoon All,

Mike Brady ’05 shared the following from Professor Rocco Marinaccio regarding esteemed Friend, Mentor and Member of the Manhattan College Faculty, June Dwyer. Many of you knew Professor Dwyer and may be able to attend the Memorial Service and reception. Please keep Professor Dwyer and her Family in your prayers as her Family and Friends mourn their loss and she is remembered. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)  

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Dear Alums,

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that June Dwyer passed away suddenly this weekend. June was beloved by so many of us as an inspiring, generous, and dedicated teacher, colleague, and friend. Manhattan College and the English Department, in particular, were graced by her extraordinary gifts for so many years, and she will leave an absence that will never be filled.

The best we can do is to try to fill that absence with our many wonderful memories of June, and, for her faculty colleagues, among the most prominent of those memories is that of her unwavering commitment to her students. Nothing–nothing–ever challenged her belief that you all were the most important members of the College, and doing what was best for you was our shared, primary duty and privilege.

There are no plans yet for a memorial service, but we expect one to be held at the College at some point in the future. We will surely keep you informed. In the interim, should you care to send your condolences to her family, you can do so at this address:

The Dwyer Family
30 Fifth Avenue
NY, NY 10011

Please share this information with anyone who might want it, and don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of us.

On behalf of the entire English Department, I send our best wishes to you all,

Rocco Marinaccio, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Director of the Liberal Arts and Science Core Curriculum

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Veteran’s Day


Good Afternoon All,

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, 2015, is a very special day in our lives, Veterans Day. For all of us, I know, it will be full of memories, love, admiration and gratitude and yes in some hearts, grief and loss. But, I also know that in our hearts and minds, we will honor our Veterans, those who served and those who serve in our armed forces. They are our heroes, they wore and wear “Dog Tags.”

They don’t ask for recognition, they were and are selfless. Some gave all, all gave some, is not just a saying, it recalls their sacrifice and their love and strength in what they believed and God help us if we ever forget.

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you the following true story shared with me by a dear friend who also signed that Blank Check to each of us for love of Country. This story is an incredible tribute to a man in WWII who did not look for recognition, expect adulation or sought fame. As I read each entry it gave me chills, an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride in being an American. Please read it, remember and raise the volume of our prayers for our Veterans. We will not forget. Thank you Mike. Thank you all. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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        Wednesday is Veterans Day and is a Federal holiday.  While we all enjoy an extra day off from work it is important that we not lose sight of why our nation celebrates Veterans Day.     

        Last week we were going through my dads military box looking for a picture of him for the Chronicle Veterans Day publication.   In the box was a 1944 diary he kept during his 50 missions piloting a B 24 liberator bomber.  I have shared a few of his entries below.

        I have to remind myself that in 1944 my dad was just 23 years old.  He was one of thousands of  Montana farm and ranch kids who were called to defend the world from the relentless march of Nazi Germany.   In his case he was recruited from the ranch, given 6 weeks of basic training, then 40 hours of flight training. Then along with 10 other crew members he climbed into a newly built 4 engine bomber and soared into the sky to fly alone over the ocean to a home base in Italy.  My dad was the pilot and head  of the crew at his young age.  The crew included a copilot, bombardier, engineer, navigator, radio operator, gunners in the front, bottom and top turrets, tail gunner and two waist gunners.  At 23 he was the oldest member of his crew.   At the beginning of world war II the air crews were required to complete 35 missions.  By 1944 so many crews had been shot down and couldn’t be replaced  that the number of required missions was increased to 50.   Statistically a third of all allied airplanes were shot down each mission so the odds of completing 50 missions were extremely low.   

        My dads diary did make me think about what a 23 year old today would answer if asked, “how was your summer?”   Or when someone is asked in a job interview, “what was your biggest challenge in life and how did you handle it.”    I wonder how  the veterans mentioned in his diary, or for that matter veterans from all our conflicts,  would respond. 

                        When my 94 year old dads weathered fingers were turning the pages of his re-discovered  diary last week he got a bit teary eyed.   I suppose he was thinking  not only of his lost youth in the skies above Europe, but also his young comrades who never came home.   I think that is why all Veterans hold Veterans Day so sacred.  They know about the commitment and sacrifices made in the sky and on the oceans, on the beaches of France and in the forests of Germany,  on small atolls in the Pacific, throughout the jungles of Asia and in the sands of the middle east.   That is why the rest of us need to remember that those sacrifices are why we enjoy our freedoms and lives we live today.   

        Veterans Day shouldn’t ever be viewed as just another day off.  Let’s remember and honor those veterans who didn’t make it home and especially those who came home but have the scars and memories of war and service.  If you see a Veteran on the street next Wednesday,  please make it a point to shake his or her hand and say, “thank you for your service.” 

        May 11, 1944

        Wiener Neustadt, Austria

        Mission carried out by 484th bomb group to date.  Flak extremely heavy, intense, accurate. Ships ahead of us, on our right and on our left  shot down and left us as a single plane.  Hydraulic system shot out. Landed with no brakes. Large hole in left rudder, large hole in left aileron.  All scared but no casualties.   48 missions to go.


        May 25 1944

        Sagreb Yugoslavia

        Flack heavy to our left and in front.  Made a 360 degree turn over target with weather too bad to locate target.  P 38 fighter escort ran low on gas and started for home.  461st bomb group made run on target without fighter escort and lost two planes and wounded 12 men when jumped by German 109 fighters.   Earned Air Medal today.   43 to go.


        May 29, 1944

        Assigned to Wiern Neustadt, Austria but had to turn back when lost oil in number 3 engine. Had to feather.  Dumped our bombs off of coast of Yugoslavia and accidently set off German minefield and exploded 30 to 50 mines.  No mission credit since we didn’t drop on target. 


        May 31, 1944

        Ploesti Rumania

        Hit oil refinery on edge of Ploesti. Flak extremely heavy.  B-17 pilot with 35 missions said there was more flak than all his missions put together.  Hit target and oil spouted flames up to 18,000 feet.  Four squadrons lost two planes apiece that we know of.  Two planes made it to home field but were too shot up to land.  Everyone baled out.  Copilot of one jumped with unconscious engineer and pulled his rip cord then pulled his own.  We were lucky as usual and only got one little hole in Aileron.  Getting used to flack cause we get it on all raids but we are darn lucky, so I guess we will make it.  This life is doggone hard on your nerves.    40 to go.


        June 8, 1944

        Nice France

        R.R. bridge on Ventimiglia above Nice.  Very heavy flak. High explosive shells.  We got hit in number 3 engine and oil line shot out.  Landed at Corsica Island for temporary repairs.  No one hurt in the crew.  Came home and tent all ripped down and clothes burned because of a haystack fire close by. 

        37 to go.


        June 14, 1944

        Munich Germany.

        Supposed to bomb airplane factory but never got the chance.  Half the group turned back leaving only 9 planes in first attack unit.  Flak extremely heavy and we got jumped by 30 or 40 fighter planes.  We are sure of shooting down 4. That makes 7 planes we shot down in the last 2 raids.  The Germans are getting mad and sending up fighters. Six B-24’s’ missing today and 5 the last raid. Only 12 crews left so we have to fly almost every day. 35 missions to go.


        June 22, 1944

        Bombed Pola Submarine base in Yugoslavia.  No casualties but bombardier hit between the eyes with flak leaving only a bruise.   33 to go.


        July 8, 1944

        Vienna Austria

        Second most heavily defended area in the world.  Flak very intense.  Our target was oil storage tanks and we got no hits.  I counted 16 parachutes about 10 miles from target.  I think they came from three separate ships.   28 to go.


        July 12

        Nice France

        Flak fairly accurate and heavy.  Hit target very well. Came home on three engines.  Every time I have flown to France I have come home on three engines.  26 to go. 


        July 18, 1944

        Fredrichshvean, Germany

        Bombed Dornier aircraft factory.  Did a good job.  Right on Swiss border.   Might have gotten into Switzerland a quarter of a mile accidentally.  Flak heavy and accurate.  Got a couple of small holes.  466th bomb group lost 12 out of 22 ships to fighters.  20 to go.


        July 20, 1944

        Munich Germany

        Flew behind lead ship of group.   Pilot of ship on our left got hit in hip with flak.  Lead ship got controls shot away and bombardiers leg broken by flak. Ship on right got hit in gas tanks by flak.  Our bombardier hit in face and shoulder by flak.  All ships hit at same time.  One, two and three lead ships fell out of formation  so we led the group out of flak.  Came closest today to being shot down than any other time.  This is second time ships ahead and on our wings have been knocked down leaving us up there alone.  Bombardier not too badly hit but suffered a little shock.  He gets an Oak Leaf Cluster to go with his purple heart.   18 to go.


        July 28

        Ploesti Romania

        Rough Mission but we went around the target cause we got in prop wash and lost two turbo’s.  I was sure glad we didn’t go through all that flak. Saw one plane explode ahead of us so completely there was hardly anything left.  Never was so scared in my entire life.  Saw many ships cracked up on the ground all  along the route home.  16 to go.


        July 30

        Budapest Hungary

        Rough mission and I’ll be doggone if I don’t get so scared its pitiful.  Bombardier lay on the floor and covered himself up with metal flack suits and navigators knees gave out on him over target and he can’t look out any more.  Crew now never looks out to see where bombs hit.  I guess 50 missions is about enough.  15 to go.


        August 3, 1944

        Avignon, France

        Bombed bridge.  Lost one engine on bomb run and second lost almost all oil pressure coming off target.  Had everything ready to throw out in case we lost too much altitude.  Made Corsica ok and left our plane there.  Needs two new engines. At camp someone said we were last seen heading for Spain so all the enlisted men’s pistols and jackets were taken.  They got them all back from some embarrassed boys  We got a new plane. This makes our fourth.  The name of it is the “Flaming Mamie.”   All of its crew finished 50 missions except its pilot who was shot down in another plane and is probably a POW.  14 to go. 


        August 11, 1944

        Ploesti, Romania

        Hit a very rough target.  Flak heavy, accurate and intense.  Flak hit flight deck, top turret and a piece about 4 inches long wrecked the tail turret. No one hurt. We dropped back after we dropped bombs and it’s a good thing or we would have been shot down cause flak started bursting where we should have been and there were about 20 birds there.  12 to go.


        August 15, 1944

        Fretua, France

        Supported invasion this morning by bombing beach.  Saw hundreds of boats and troops landing.  5 minutes after we hit the beach the infantry hit it.  Big show with lots of planes and boats.  They also landed paratroops inland when we  were bombing.  9 to go.


        August 21, 1944

        Vienna Austria

        Roughest Raid since my first one.  Hit by 30 or 40 fighters and lost one plane piloted by my old copilot on his last mission.  Flak was extremely heavy but we dropped bombs and went around it the best we could.  Fighter planes laid for us all the way home and flew around us until we sighted the coast of Italy.  Hope I never have another mission like today.  Too rough. My nerves are getting too shot. Can’t sleep much at night.  Flew a couple of new gunners with my crew today to break them in.  They’re broke in!   4 to go.


        September 1, 1944

        Ferrara Italy

        Returned bombs to base due to cloud coverage over target.  Group separated in a cloud over fighter territory so I stayed with my box leader.  We were the only two ships together so the fighters left us alone cause there were lots of single planes up there.  Another new crew broke in on a very rough mission.  Hit by flak.  Mission 50 – FINITO-

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) Addis Hope update


Dear Donor Partner and Friend of Addis Hope,

First, Ruth Girmay, my Addis Hope Lasallian colleague, and I want to thank you for your continued support of our children at Addis Hope School. Without your generosity our school could not be the success it has become.

Second, I want to let you know about some exciting changes in our program. Rich Wilkie, a retired sales and marketing executive, will assume the position of Volunteer Development Director for Addis Hope School. Rich is a former student of Dr. Richard O’Connell (formerly Brother Conrad) who taught Rich at St. Raymond’s School in the Bronx. It has been through the close bond that Richard O’Connell has had with this class that they have become ongoing supporters of Addis Hope. Rich Wilkie says, “Like so many Brothers’ boys I am grateful to the Brothers for the way they contributed to my life. I promise to work as hard for the kids in Ethiopia as the Brothers did for me so many years ago.”

Over the next year you will be receiving communication from Rich Wilkie and me updating you regarding the Addis Hope program. We thank you for your support and ask your help in identifying people like you who can render assistance to our children, the poorest of the poor.

God bless,
Brother Gregory Flynn (

Ruth Girmay (

Donations (which are now tax exempt) should be made out to:
Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Mail to:
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444 A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

[JR: There were two pictures attached but they were corrupted I presume in transit.]

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JEMAIL: Fink, Bob (MC1957) prays for us all at @pontiflex


Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings]

My wife and I are in Philadelphia in the presence of the Holy Father I prayed for the College and all the Alumni

particularly those in need

God bless

Bob Fink ’57

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[JR: Can’t tell you when this came in. But I’m sure I could use it.]  

Fink, Bob (MC1957)

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