In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.

CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)




Sunday, September 13, 2009

More Memories of Jack Shank

Jack Shank (see his picture, posted 9-12-09) taught me history at Meridian Junior College in 1960.

Jack was an Army photographer and landed with the second or third wave on D-Day. One day he brought up D-Day in class and told us he was stunned when he landed and saw all the dead bodies. Jack said he thought all of the men that hit the beach on the first wave had been killed. Up until then I had never really realized how terrible D-Day was. I think that day Jack had a great impact on my decision to pursue a degree in History and I never forgot what he had said about D-Day.

I accomplished my degree goal while in the Air Force at Eglin AFB, FL. My super civilian boss Lou Vegas made this possible. Lou was a retired Air Force Colonel who had flown B17s over Germany in WWII. With his help, I was allowed to attend the U. of West Florida in Pensacola for a year to complete requirements for a degree in History.

(fyi - My older brother Lester lived at the Silver Leaf Manor in Meridian the last year of his life. It is very nice place.)

(Reporter: James E. Minor Smith)

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