1/27/2012 (1704)

         Happy  Birthday Allen Richard  (DHS ’65):  Midland, MI
Happy Birthday Allen Richard (’65)
From Floyd and Carmen Richard:  Rolette, ND
Happy birthday to Allen Richard from  Aunt Carmen and Uncle Floyd.
Alan Campbell Memories
From Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ
Gary,  I  would like to add my condolences to the Campbell family and recall a few memories.  Alan was six years older than me.  I wandered over to his house long before WW II, because I’d heard his mother was giving him a birthday party. There were in attendance. guys his age, but Mrs.Campbell invited me in to have some goodies and watch the big boys play games like, dropping clothes pins into a milk bottle, and one strange game which consisted of two guys with the two ends of a piece of string about two feet long in their respective mouths, while, without hands, they worked the string into their mouths to reach a piece of candy in the middle of the string.  I don’t remember anyone gagging, but a couple of the real guest were Emerson Murray, who later became the Adjutant General of the State of ND, and one of the Roher (spelling) boys whose folks ran the Peace Garden Cafe between the creamery and the drug store.  Alan was home on leave from a training session with the Air Corps, where he became a tail gunner
on B-17s in the 8th Air Force operating out of England, where survival was a hit or miss proposition.  I was
driving my dad’s ’41 Chevrolet, which I later rolled on the Lake road, and honked when I saw Alan in uniform in his back yard.  He recognized me and the car, came to attention, and gave me a smart salute.  I’ll never forget the feeling I had about he and the others from our town going off to war.  It was my hope
to be like Alan and have that handsome head of hair, as I got older.

  Later when he married Phyllis after finishing college in Jamestown, they were always involved with activities my wife, Pat, and I and others in Dunseith enjoyed when I would be home for a visit between
assignments. They both, and their children all were sterling members of our community, and during my long life, there was always a Campbell somewhere on our agenda.  Few people had greater influence and
greater example of that rare breed of Americans. Dunseith People.   Bill Hosmer

Allan Campbell Memories
From Ron Peltier (70)  Dunseith, ND
My sincerest condolences to Phyllis and all of the Campbell family.  Your husband / father was a very honorable man whom I had nothing but the utmost respect.  I remember while I was in high school and even after I graduated from DHS, whenever there was an article in the local newspaper and if my name was mentioned, I would always get a little note and a copy of the article in the mail from Alan.  I always wondered why he did this that but after growing up and getting to know Allan better, then I knew why, it was just Allan doing what he did best, treating people with honor, respect, and appreciation.  I often drive by the Campbell home and remember the days when we used to play basketball in his driveway with David and alot of times with no family member around, it was the local public basketball court.  Thanks for the memories and thank you for being my friend.  I lost both of my parents and I know how hard it is to lose a parent, the pain gradually goes away but never the memories.  Prayers for Phyllis and the rest of the family.   
Ron Peltier  
Allan Campbell Memories
From Larry Liere (55)  Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
Hi Gary
When I was in Dunseith we lived next door to the Campbell family.  I think it was Alan who was about 10 or 11 years older then me who was in high school and college when we were neighbors.  I can still remember once in a while he would come over to our yard and play ball with the little kids in the neighborhood.  That was a big deal for us to have a high school guy do that and he would give us some coaching advise about the game.  He would always say hi when he met us and sometimes stop and visit for awhile.  I remember him as a very friendly nice young man.  It has been over 65 year since I have seen Alan so I do not know his family but I do want to extend my condolences to them.  Questions:  Did he go into banking?  Did he run the bank in Dunseith and did he live there for most of his live?  Did Alan have any Brothers or Sisters? I can only remember one boy in their family so it must have been Alan that I am remembering.  I have seen there is a 5th. home on the block and when we lived there the block only had four homes.  Did Alan and/or his Dad build and live in the 5th. home on the South end of the block?  It is kind of fun to follow up on things that happen after you leave a community.  Thanks for any history you can give me on the Campbell family.
Campbell Face Book captured picture
From Cathy Campbell Springan:  
When I saw this precious picture as your profile picture I wanted to share it with everyone. The only ones
I recognize are your mother and Dad (Alan and Phyllis) and of coarse you. I can guess at the others
but it would be just a guess. Can you or someone please idenify the others?
Reply to Dale Pritchard
From Gary Wall (Dentist in Vietnam):  Bottineau, ND
And thank you for your service Dale…I probably have never met you but would look forward to if ever possible.  Where do you live now?  Are you related to Floyd Pritchard?
The pics are really holding up quite well and I’m glad you shared them with us. 
What a beautiful beach there and do remember the Jap pill boxes nearby by?  I squeezed into one.
The barracks look the same and I remember one night the M.P.s had enough with a group of guys that decided to go on strike.  Tracers lit up the sky overhead.  Nice sight.  Wonder what ever happened to those dudes?  Ha.
The C-130 seemed like a very durable craft and the rate of climb I remember was superb.  You kept my dumb North Dakota ass safe while in one and I thank you!
It’s a small world even back then.  This big tall lanky, good looking guy one day abled up to me and said, “Capt. Wall, where you from?” 
Well I answered something like you would never know.  North Dakota I replied. 
“where in ND”
Up north near the border.
“Where was that town near the border?”
ans. I’m sure you have never heard of Bottineau? and the Turtle Mountains.  KNEW I HAD HIM STUMPED.
“well Captain, I’m from Dunseith and lived up by the Peace Gardens, Gary Stokes replied.
I am so very please we met that day at Cam Ranh Bay and will never forget it.  HE WILL FOREVERMORE BE MY FRIEND BECAUSE OF IT.
Gary Wall
Bottineau, ND
Gary Stokes’ reply to Gary Wall
Yes Gary, I do remember those guys rioting. We couldn’t believe it and in Vietnam too.
Yes again Gary, what a pleasant shock it was to see you in that small little dental clinic we worked in, in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam when I was checking in. It was such a pleasure seeing your smiley Bottineau face everyday too in that war torn country.  Actually we had it pretty good. We couldn’t knock the duty, the working conditions and some of the cute local dental assistance either. LTC Hettinger was our commanding officer. He was a periodontist. It was under his supervision that I learned to use the cavitron and all of the other teeth cleaning instruments. With that training in hand, I did a whole slew of prophy’s (cleanings) while stationed my last year at Fort Riley KS. and even into my Army Reserve days at Fort Lewis.  
Your mother too, Gary was a very special lady. I learned to know her too after our stint in Vietnam. Whenever I visited the area, she would always look me up. Of coarse through my dad she knew when I was in town.
You know from where I am presently sitting here in Cebu, I am only about 500 miles from Vietnam. What a pleasure it would be to have you come back to this part of the world some day for a visit. Loretta is very much invited too. Who knows, maybe you could jar that Brother of Neola’s, Jim Kofoid to come along also.
PS – We were slim trim in those days.  
Condolences to the Campbell family and a question for Dale Pritchard
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71): Bedford, TX
Hi Gary
This question is for you and Dale Pritchard and some of the rest of the Viet Nam vets out there…. The C130’s are air – refueling planes, right? Did anyone happen to know or do you remember a Col. Lou Byrd that flew them? They were our neighbors at Minot AFB and I used to babysit for their girls back in 1968 until we moved back to Bottineau in 1970 and he used to have to fly TDY to Japan. He was originally from Lubbock Tx. (I once had a customer at the bank years ago (somewhere in the 80’s) and in the course of converstation, found out he was a Viet Nam vet who was at Pleiku and knew of my Dad who was there then as well. Proof that it really is a small world).
I also want to extend my condolences to the Campbell family. I have such warm memories as a kid when we would go back to Dunseith to visit, we were always welcome at their home.
Thanks for all you do and a hello to Bernadette!
I will have to let Dale or some of the others answer this one.  I too was in Plekiu, briefly for one day when I was in Vietnam. I hadn’t heard of or thought of that town in quite sometime.
Joke of the day
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
This was from one of my Canadian cousins.

This joke is for all the smart women who read your blog,
and  all the fishermen who love them! Vickie 
A man calls home to his wife and says, “Honey, I’ve been invited to fly to�

Canada with my boss and several of his friends to go fishing for the long�
weekend . This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been�
wanting , so could you please pack enough clothes for a three-day weekend?�
And also, would you get out my rod and tackle box from the attic? We’re�
leaving at 4:30 pm from the office and I’ll swing by the house to pick up my  things .�
Oh! And please pack my new navy blue silk pajamas.”�
The wife thinks this sounds a bit odd, but, being the good wife, she does�

exactly what her husband asked.�
Following the long weekend he returns home a little tired, but otherwise�

looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish?�
He says, “Yes! Lots of walleyes, some bass and a few pike.” “But”, he�
said , “why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas, like I asked you to  do ?
The wife replies, “I did. They’re in your tackle box”. �
Never, Never, Never try to outsmart a woman!