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2016 REUNION

Went out via email contact list on Jan. 15, 2015
Possible Oak Grove Hotshot 2016 reunion
We are investigating interest in having a 2016 reunion to be held in May and we need your help.
We have had two wonderful reunions, one in 2012 that was pretty formal with speakers, memorabilia and a luncheon. In 2014 we had a very informal reunion that was basically a get together.
This reunion is open to any former Forest Service employee and spouses that would like to participate.
Please hit your reply button and tell us yes or no and if a “yes”, let us know what kind of reunion you would like and where.
Email: oghotshot@comcast.net
Thank you, Oak Grove Hotshot 2016 Reunion committee.

I just saw a note from Mike Rogers supporting the proposed reunion in May. Yes I think its a great idea, Reno is a good place. May I suggest the Atlantis—great rates.

Yes. Formal or informal. No location preference.
Dick Williamson

Yes, I am very interested. Tahoe was nice, but is that centrally located for all?
Gerry Himango

Reunion Committee:

Although I had planned on attending the 2012 & 2014 Reunion’s, unfortunately; I was unable. I will be clearing my calendar early to attend the 2016 reunion……so my answer is YES.

Whichever reunion format (formal vs. informal) would yield the greatest attendance may be something to consider.

If you are searching for a location, perhaps San Diego would be an attractive option. I would be able to assist with the logistics and coordinate with the management of potential venues. Just a thought.

Thanks in advance for the opportunity to provide feedback.
Brian Fennessy
Assistant Fire Chief Emergency Operations
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Yes, definitely.
Larry Thomas

I really enjoyed both reunions, but the informal style left us a lot of options. I’m willing to travel.
Tom Kruschke

Yes, A informal maybe with a dinner.
Claude Marsh

yes, perhaps a mix between 12 and 14
Jim Stumpf

Sure!
Jim Robb

Yes we would come just let us know when and where
Jack Lane

Hi Steve,
I would support a get together in May. The 1st part of May does not work for us as I am tied up on a large project for the US Navy the 1st two weeks in May. I agree with George Roby, keep it informal and that Reno would be a good location, easy to get in and out of, good room rates, lots of good inexpensive food choices. There are some good Basque Restaurants in Reno that would work for a large group. I like the Basque Restaurant in the Santa Fe Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. May is part of the slow season in the tourist industry in Reno so you should get some excellent group rates in late May. We do have our oldest grandson graduating from High School in Virginia the 1st week in June, so June of 2015 would not work for me.
Mike Rogers

Happy New Year to you and yours.
I’d be interested in participating again – depending on the dates you choose. I’d recommend an informal gathering again – maybe with an evening happy hour with no host bar and appetizers in Reno again. This would help get/force everyone to gather in one place to mix and mingle and trade war stories – without a formal agenda. Reno’s pretty easy to get to, reasonable room rates, reasonable food, entertainment, etc.
The week you’ve been having it is not good for us (and a few others) due to the conflict with the Los Padres Compadres Reunion at Pozo. Some of us could make it work better if you scheduled the OG reunion for 2 or 3 days during the period of May 20 to June 6. If this makes it difficult for others I wouldn’t change your normal dates.
Just food for thought. Best Regards, G.A.

Yah, Sure getting together again would be fun. Loved hearing the stories that were told!
Greg Ruggles

Steve,
This sounds good to me. I liked the informal style better of the two.
Chuck Grennell

Yes. Like 2014.
Bruce Hamp

I would definitely attend a 2016 reunion. In fact, if there is enough interest to schedule one, I would be happy to assist in putting it together. I planned a lot of training and other sessions while working for the FS and I have some good ideas for locations and securing good rates for lodging.
If I may suggest, in order to assure good weather, maybe early fall would be better. It seams that every year I plan a trip somewhere in May there is inclement weather for at least part of it. Not so in September. Lodging rates and availability can be much better after schools resumes in fall as well. Also, how about coming up with three choices for location and then putting it to a vote by those who pledge to attend?
Please share my input with your mailing list and let me know if you like any of those ideas.
Wayne Crowder

Yes Do Not care where as long as I can find a trailer park close. Just like to visit with friends.
Bob Powers

Larry & Steve:
Yes. Inviting “all” former USFS is a good idea, although, you may want to consider indicating in your invitation something along these lines: “Who were former Hot Shots anywhere in the system, associated with Hot Shot
crews in any manner, interested in the Hot Shot Program & History & wildland fire suppression issues past &/or present, or persons who worked in other fire management positions including smokejumpers or other persons
with assignments on wildfires.”
McClellan in Sac is a location worth considering. Lots of associated perks on base & nearby to attract attendees. The USFS Fire Training Center & the Air & Space Museum for example. Easy to get to & reasonable & good
quarters. Good food & booze, conference & meeting room setting both informal & formal. Even a swimming pool.
Too big an explanation I know. Also, you could perhaps combine the informal with formal (20% formal & 80% informal).
Bill Derr

sounds good to me
Paul Copeland

YES. Maybe a dinner together w/a guest speaker who would speak the truth about planned direction FS going in general, with emphasis on Aviation and Fire mngt. Forest,Region, or national Staff.
John Bowser

Yes, same location as in 2012
Mike Gutierrez

yes
Mike Page

Hi There,
I would be interested in a reunion of some type. Location anywhere, type, informal.
Thanks,
Tom Way

Yes
Tom Hensley

Yes,this sounds like fun and Reno or Tahoe would be great. Thanks for inviting Chilao.
Hans Holtz

Yes I will go. I have no preference where or what kind of gathering. Thanks!

Here’s a thought. Talk to the City of Pasadena (I think they own our former camp) about a huge BBQ at Oak Grove. We get volunteers to clean the place up a little, set up EZ ups, BBQs, beer etc. I would help, might even bring a few kegs of homemade beer!
Robert Hewitt

YES. Something onor closer to the Angeles would be nice.

Steve Slate

Hi,
Although I was unable to make either of the first two reunions, I would like to see another gathering in 2016 and would plan to attend if possible. I would prefer a location in southern California near the ANF.
Thanks.

Bruce Bundick
Chilao 1971-1991

Yes, I am interested
Lynn Biddison

Yes I would be interested either Reno Tahoe od San Diego might be nice to invite all the area hotshot crews and sorry Tom K lost your e-mail address.
Gene Allara

Yes im interested reno sounds good.
Gary Kruth

Yes it sounds good. Informal.
Joe Gutierez

Yes I would be interested. I’d have to say LA county area.
Glenn Wears

Chris Slate has an interest. Let me know any updates.

No, but thanks and keep up the good work.
Joe Gamm

Yes
Mike McGeragle

Would love to attend another reunion! If i can make it i`ll be there. Still like to hear war stores. And there are some real good ones out there. So , don`t care where or what kind I hope to be there.
Jerry O`Dell

Yes I think I would like to attend in May 2016
Ken Mc Cool

Yes, I’ll be looking forward to this reunion, having missed the last one.
Anywhere is good for me, coming from Prescott, az

Bill Barnard

I would be interested, I was on OGHS in 1966

Jack Von Ah

Since Debbie and I own the management agreement for Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai, we would like to offer our facility for a combination golf and BBQ or Banquet in our banquet facility. If you are interested we could either do something in our banquet room after an optional golf outing or we could set up our picnic tables outside. There are lots of options for either a casual or formal get together.

If this is something you would like to do, you can contact Debbie at 760-207-8832 or email her at debdylandaulton@aol.com. She can go over the options and costs for food or drink. I can be reached at the number below or soulepark@att.net.

Thanks, Tom York

I would be interested if it was local.

Don McCormack

I would be interested in attending. I would be fine with a somewhat informal event.

Mike Dougherty

I would like to come

Rick Waite

Yes. Reno would be a good place. Let me know.

Gary Reynolds

I would like another informal get together. It made it possible to get reacquainted. We’ve had the meetings in the north and south, how about some place in the central part of the state?
………………….wolf

I’m interested, I haven’t been to any yet because I’ve been out of town on both occasions. Sounds like fun…

Shawn Walls

Go for it. Tahoe is always a good bet in May. Maybe Vegas if its not to far away for folks.

Mark Sayles

Yes, I am interested in a May, 2016 Oak Grove Hotshot Reunion. I had the time of my life photographing the Hot Shots in the summer of 1968. I was at the reunion in Lake Tahoe and
thoroughly enjoyed meeting forest fire fighters from all eras.
Tim Brehm

yep that yes and tell me where I be there ken Peugh all in

Oak Grove hotshot 2016 reunion committee_____yes I am interested in another reunion. I had to miss the last one due to death in the family. Lake Taco is a great place with lots of things to do.

Duane Casita

Reno sounds fine to me. We like the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno. Reasonable room rates, good close parking, and it’s near other casinos and restaurants.

Royal Mannion

Reno will work for me.

Chris Kruschke

Hi
No

Ron Kilby

Yes…informal

Bob Swinford

No , will not make it. Hope u have a great event!

Bob Serrato

Chris Slate is very interested as is my brother Steve. Thank you for chasing me down

Yes I am interested. I prefer a informal get together in the north or central part of the state.

Todd Heckert

wont be able to make it

Ron Shurney

How about Bakersfield, CA. with a luncheon Buffet, and party down at the BUCK OWENS CLUB ? I would like each person introduce themselves and assignments they held. I’ll be there at any location you pick. Jerry Rice Moorhead, Iowa.

I’m interested. Informal, Reno works for me
John schaffer

I’d be ready for another one. I don’t care where it’s held. Tom Ralls

I will not at the reunion thank you Denis Mitchell

I won’t be able to make it. But glad this gathering is continuing on.
Tom Pogue

To:whoever is giving so generously of their time.
I would love to join in, but excuses,excuses; too old, wouldnt recognize anyone etc. etc. I was a summer employee for two summers in the late 50’s. Stationed at Oak Grove Ranger Station. A Hot Shot the first year; foreman was a great man. He died in a fire east of there the following summer. I arrived at that fire as a TTO shortly afterward. I believe his first name was Norm and the last name I do not recall. Another friend I recall from those days was a big tall fellow, Dave Lake.
I was injured on a fire my last summer and they used me to replace the lookout on Mendenhal Peak ( while she took leave ) and then finished the summer at Little Tujunga RS.
I loved my time with the USFS, but went on to another career which I am still at part time. I cannot commit, but this event is in my bucket list. Again thank you and everyone and please keep me on your mailing list. Blue Skies and a low fire danger.
Tom “OB 1″ OBryon

No thanks, Ray Coker

Yes, informal
Jim Reveley

Yes!! Jerry Rice

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INFORMATION UPDATE

2016 Reunion… we have received some inquires about when are we going to have another reunion? Well we have nothing planned but would like to know if there is any interest out there. So post on the blog or email us at: oghotshot@comcast.net

We still have a few coins (approx. 10) left so if you want one you had better move quickly. Just ask anyone that has one and they will tell you about the quality of the coin. DO IT NOW!!! For coin information read below.

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We still have some of these beautiful coins left so if you are interested in purchasing one or more here is the information you need. Each coin is $5 plus the shipping cost. All proceeds for the sale of the coin will go to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. Contact Larry Boggs at 530.343.1989 or email Larry at: lnboggs@sbcglobal.net Your going to want one for your children and grandchildren.

Larry is also taking orders for Oak Grove Hotshot Tee shirts. They come in either long or short sleeve and one color black. If you’re even thinking about it, do it, because this is not going to come around again.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW?

4.17.2014
What are you doing these days. Drop us a note so we can let everyone know.

We here on the Oak Grove Hotshot web site are wondering what crew members are doing these days. Well Chuck Grennell, has been painting and has submitted his beautiful watercolor below. If you have something your proud of and want to show up, let us know and we would be happy to post it.

cow camp cabin 008

I’ve been working on this watercolor, Cowboy Cabin Near Highlands Lake, for a while; I recently finished it. This painting is based on a photograph that I took of a cabin near the top of Ebbetts Pass off of State Route 4, in Alpine County. This is a transparent watercolor on a half sheet of 300 pound Arches Aquarelle paper; it measures 22.5” X 15.25”. Chuck Grennell

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REUNION 2014

We are getting down to the last of the 2014 Reunion coins and it is beautiful, and your going to want one. They are $5 plus shipping. Get your order in now. Email Larry Boggs at: lnboggs@sbcglobal.net All profits will go to the Wildland Firefighter Fund. We have raided over $400 selling coins for the fund so please join us with this great cause.

OK for all of you that attended the Tahoe reunion, please send us your photos so we can put them on our site.
Thanks to all that attended and please make comments on our site for all to read. Steve

ATTENTION
TAHOE HOTEL REGISTRATION
CUTOFF DATE IS APRIL 21ST.

If you have not already registered you need to by April 21st to secure the great deal at this 5 star hotel.

If you register after that date, call Theresa Hiatt-Downer, the Hotel Conference Sales Manager at: 530.543.2114 direct to register. If the hotel is not full she will honor our special low room rate.

GREAT NEWS

The hotel has agreed to reduce the daily room rate from $119 + tax to $99 + tax. This is a great rate for this hotel.

We also found an option while visiting the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. It is always fun to get out on the lake and one way is to travel to Emerald Bay on one of two paddle wheeled boats. You can get discounted tickets through: Travelzoo.com Go to there search block in the upper right corner and type in: $23 – Lake Tahoe: Scenic Cruise to Emerald Bay Reg. $49

OAK GROVE HOTSHOT TEE SHIRTS

Due to not having enough requests for a minimum order we are unable to fill the few requests we did get. If you still want a Tee shirt contact the company below. They have our artwork and will fill your order.

LIMEY TEE’S
730 W. 9th Street
Chico, Ca 9598

530-343-8321

REMINDER

Oak Grove Hotshot
2014 Reunion
May 20th and 21st
South Lake Tahoe

Happy New Year, the clock is ticking and if you have not looked at the clock lately, time is ticking away for the May 2014 Oak Grove Hotshot Reunion. To secure your room and rate, you need to make your reservations now. There is a limited block of rooms available with excellent rates which are way below the standard room rate for this time of year. If something comes up you can always cancel your reservations up to 72 hours in advance of arrival date.

Collectively, all of you know where more Oak Grove and Chilao crew members are than we do, so we are asking you to contact fellow crew members notifying them or reminding them of the up and coming Oak Grove Reunion. Todd Heckert found Gerry Himango, crew of 1960, and both are planning to attend. Come and join us watch beautiful Lake Tahoe dry up along with everything else in California.

And please reply to this reminder telling us if you are planning to attend or not.

OAK GROVE HOTSHOT
TEE SHIRTS

It has come to our attention that there maybe some folks that either want another “Tee shirt” or missed out on getting one at the 2012 reunion. The organizing committee wants to help but here is the reality.

The artwork will be the same as for the 2012 Arcadia reunion, so your cost will be the price of the shirt(s). Shipping adds cost and time to the high tee shirt cost so we will not ship but will bring the shirts to the 2014 reunion and deliver there.

We will only offer one color, BLACK in either short or long sleeve.

Price for short sleeve will be $21.00
Price of shirts includes taxes.
Price for long sleeve will be $25.00

March 1 will be the cut off for shirt orders.

Send shirt orders to:

Larry Boggs, 838 Jacobs Court, Chico, California 95926.
Shirt orders are to include Name, phone number, email, mail address, shirt quantity, size, specify Short or Long Sleeve Shirts and a check for the full amount of the order.

If you have questions you can contact Larry:
Larryboggs7851@gmail.com or call 530-343-1989

REMINDER

Oak Grove Hotshot
2014 Reunion
May 20th and 21st
South Lake Tahoe

Our next reunion is informal, no speakers, no raffles, no nothing except seeing each other and talking old times. Our basic plan is to have a place, a time and we hope you show up. Bring your family and tell your old fire fighting friends. This reunion is open to all not just the Oak Grove Crew.

Make your reservations now so you don’t miss out on this reunion. You can always cancel if plans change.

We have made discounted block room arrangements for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; formerly the Lake Tahoe Embassy Suites. For room reservations call: 800.988.9894 The group name is: HOTSHOT.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel really does it all. Free Breakfast Buffet served in the atrium, and nightly Happy Hour, also in the atrium, are included in every reservation at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Lunch and dinner are served, for your dining pleasure, in Echo, featuring California Casual Cuisine, in a relaxed environment where you can catch all the latest sports action on the many flat screens surrounding the room.

We have had a challenge coin designed specifically for this reunion. All former Oak Grove Hotshot crew members that attend the reunion will receive this beautiful special coin.

If you have any questions please call Steve at: 888.532.5196 and email us at oghotshot@comcast.net and let us know your coming. We would love to hear from you and don’t forget our blog at: oakgrovehotshots.wordpress.com

The images below represent both sides of a 1 3/4″ coin that will be given to every former crew member that attends the 2014 reunion.

Oak Grove Hotshot Challenge coin

Oak Grove Hotshot
Challenge coin

Oak Grove Hotshot
2014 Reunion
May 20th and 21st
South Lake Tahoe

Our next reunion is informal, no speakers, no raffles, no nothing except seeing each other and talking old times. Our basic plan is to have a place and time. We have both now and we hope you show up.

We have made discounted block room arrangements for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; formerly the Lake Tahoe Embassy Suites. For room reservations call: 800.988.9894 The group name is: HOTSHOT.

We are also having a challenge coin designed specifically for this reunion. All former Oak Grove Hotshot crew members that attend the reunion will receive this special coin.

There has to be at least one of the activities below that is still on your bucket list.

Just some of the area activities include:

Golf at six area golf courses

Lake Tahoe Cruises.. Either the Tahoe Queen or MS Dixie Paddlewheel Boats

Tahoe Ducks… tour boat

Fishing

Balloon Rides

Spa Services

Horseback Riding

Hiking

Charter Boat Rentals

Helicopter Tours

Kayaking

Power Boat Rentals

Bike Rentals

Bike Tours

Almost forgot Gambling

I am going to be there so make plans now and do not forget to network with your fellow crew members. If you missed the 2012 Reunion you do not want to miss this one.

OAK GROVE HOTSHOT
2014 REUNION

Due to everyone having had so much fun recounting stories with fellow crew members at our 2012 Reunion, we are planning another in May, 2014. This will also give crew members that were unable to attend the 2012 Reunion, a chance to catch up.

The 2014 Reunion will be much lower key with no speakers or fan fare. Basically, we are just picking a place and a time to get together.

The place is Lake Tahoe, and as America’s largest alpine lake, it’s easy to have a fun time at Lake Tahoe. The recreation at this mountain vacation paradise is virtually unlimited. Hiking and biking, world class golf, water sports, paddlewheel boat cruises, trail riding and so much more.

Lake Tahoe is famous for 12 months out of the year. Casino gaming. Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat and Sports Books are all there. Tahoe casinos also boast a wide variety of excellent restaurants and the biggest names in entertainment perform regularly.

We are planning two nights at the Embassy Suites (www.embassytahoe.com) Embassy Tahoe is located in the heart of South Shore’s action, right on the state line.

Fly into Reno (approx. one hour away) or into the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

We will keep our blog up to date and remind you as we get closer. Until then continue to help us find former crew members who would like to join us.

We know this is two years off, but please let us know if this sounds interesting to you so that we can get an estimate of attendance.

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2012 REUNION PHOTOS


IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE 2012 REUNION PHOTOS, GO TO: http://www.shutterfly.com Reunion photos can be purchased from this site.

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2012 REUNION

January 17, 2013

Due to the great financial support of friends and fellow crew members at our 2012 reunion, we have paid all our bills and have been able to donate $3,000 to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. This was a promise we made and have kept. Oak Grove Hotshots will continue to support our fellow Hotshots as they go into harms way.

Read the details at:

http://www.wildlandfire.com/theysaid.htm

http://www.wffoundation.org/news.aspID=226

http://www.facebook.com/groups/wffoundation/?fret=ts

The Oak Grove Hotshot 2012 Reunion was held on May 23, at the Supervisors office of the Angeles National Forest. With over 140 crew members and their families attending from as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska (Dave Maxell) and Huntsville, Alabama (Ron Shurney). The Reunions master of ceremony was George Roby, former Arroyo Seco, District Ranger and Angeles National Forest Supervisor. The Reunion started with members of the Forest Service Honor Guard presenting the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Welcoming former crew members was current Angeles Forest Supervisor Tom Contreras and District Ranger Mike McIntyre. In attendance were five former Oak Grove Superintendents, Tom Ralls (1961-62), George Pond (1963-64), Larry Boggs (1965-71), Chet Cash (1971-73) and Steve Arney (1974-78). Acknowledgements included the Reunion organizers Larry Boggs, Bob Serrato and Steve Arney, as well as those that donated cash and auction items. Doug Beck (crew of 1968) supplied professional photography for the Reunion and Gordon Rowley brought in an impressive historical display of firefighting equipment. Crew members from the Del Rosa, Little Tujunga, Dalton, Chilao and Los Padres Hotshots, also participated. Lively conversations, yarn telling and reacquainting with old friends and crew members continued on at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

More details on our donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and crew photos to follow.

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Crew Stories

I was a forester attached to the Oak Grove Hotshots in 1976 through 1978. Whenever the crew was short, I was just 5 minutes from the office so I got called out a lot. I spent two full months with the crew in 1977. Since I am in several pictures with the crew in 1976 and 1977 I thought I would send along a few of my best pictures from the Hog Fire on the Klamath. This was a 9 day assignment on the line and as I recall, we had one hot can meal on a ridge that whole assignment. Now they call this coyote tactics, then it was called “being hung out to dry”. C-Rations…I still can’t look at pork in a can, but I would fight over a the English Toffee in a B-2 unit. Still have my P38 on my key chain, just in case.

Steve Arney had modified his Dodge emblem to read DOG on the front of his pickup truck in 1976. The crew switched the first and the last letters and he didn’t notice until the end of the 1977 fire season. We did have fun.

I retired as the Stanislaus NF Forest Silviculturist. Still working on a Type 2 Incident Management Team as Plans Chief through City of Sonora FD. I had an assignment in September where I saw Bob Serrato who told me about the reunion possibility and your site.

Sorry, I can’t remember the other crew members names in these pictures. I am working our my logistics for attending the reunion. George Roby was my first Ranger when I got picked up.
John Schmechel

The two photos below are of Oak Grove Hot Shot Crew 1-4-2 laying a pipeline from a spring in upper Millard Canyon to Sunset Ridge to a place I believe called Sierra Saddle. It’s a couple miles, give or take, east of the Sunset Ridge Station. If I remember the story correctly, a group of equestrians, maybe a club, stopped there one day and thought it would be nice to have water there for their horses. They passed the hat and collected several hundred dollars and took the money down to the District Ranger at Oak Grove. That summer, 1959, we built the water system. It consisted of a water trough and drinking fountain. A bit of historical trivia.
Dick Willamson.


The Great Oak Grove Shaving Cream Massacre of 1968
A short work of non-fiction
by
Chuck Grennell

This tale takes place during a time that I was employed on the Oak Grove Hot Shot crew and working in the Angeles National Forest. As the reader of this work might imagine, when a bunch of eighteen-year-olds work and are housed together for a summer, there would be more than a few practical jokes played. This story is the account of one such event. It is specifically chosen (and slightly modified) for its “G” rating. Not everything that happened that summer can be revealed, even after the passage of forty four years.

This is chronicled with some speculation and conjecture that assumes information that is not in the possession of the author. The author would therefore not be in a position to testify, under oath, to all of the details that will be told here. This is, however, chiefly intended to be non-fiction.

The plot was hatched by those two well-known practical jokers Frank Hacker and Paul Evens. They were always known as “Hacker and Evens.” Most of the crew members were called by their last names; that part wasn’t unusual. The unusual part was that their names were perpetually intertwined, linked and paired. They were seldom referred to singly. When their names came up, it was pretty much always as a duo and pretty much always Frank’s name first and Paul’s name second.

I don’t know which one of the two came up with this plan; I’m fairly sure that they both put their minds to it with a will. In the final analysis, they seemed equally at the bottom of the attack.

The Great Oak Grove Shaving Cream Massacre occurred late one night, in the summer of 1968, after the mandatory lights-out time. As I recall that would have been after 10:00 Post Meridian. There were three different wings to the barracks that we all shared. Frank and Paul were together in a smaller wing. The rest of us were spread out in the two larger wings of the building. My associates and I were in the middle barracks wing and either asleep or trying to get there when this all happened.

Without warning the lights in our wing suddenly came on. There stood Hacker and Evens in their boxer shorts. They were each holding a can of Barbasol shaving cream in both hands. And they were both hollering: “Shaving cream fight!” They began running up and down the length of our barracks wing spraying shaving cream on everyone and everything. The reader will easily be able to imagine that they clearly had the advantage in this endeavor. This was partly due to the fact that none of the rest of us had been forewarned about this impending and unwarranted attack. It was sort of the shaving cream version of Pearl Harbor as far as the element of surprise goes. The degree of injury that was inflicted was, of course, considerably less.

The natural reaction of the group under attack was to jump out of bed and try to extract some amount of revenge. The advantage, in this instance, being on the side of the Hacker/Evens team, led to their ability to make good their escape without suffering any retribution at all Or so they thought.

They had apparently worked out most of the details with some degree of precision, including their getaway. They ran off into the night and hid somewhere outside that we never did discover. It turned out that they’d made one small miscalculation in this otherwise brilliant escapade. When they made their egress they had dropped their arsenal on the floor; I suppose that they thought that they might run faster with empty hands. They did run fast and there’s no denying that.

When the posse returned to the barracks, after having given up on finding the shaving cream terrorists, I happened to notice the abandoned cans of shaving cream on the floor of the barracks. An idea came to me that I felt a need to act on. I don’t know that I would have done this without the extreme provocation that had led up to all of this.

I grabbed up all four cans of shaving cream and completely emptied the remaining contents into each of Hacker/Evens’ bunks. I pulled the sheets and blankets back up to the top. I disposed of the empty cans in the bathroom waste basket, so as not to leave any obvious clues behind.

Much, much later that night I knew exactly when they had returned. The rest of the crew did, too. Everyone woke up to hear a very loud chorus of “Oh, no! Oh, crap! Not this!” and other spontaneous utterances that I’ll leave to the imagination of the reader, this story having a “G” rating.

I don’t know that Frank or Paul ever did know who accomplished this successful counterattack. I don’t recall that I ever took credit for it prior to the writing of this story. I am writing this now so that I can send it to Frank’s widow Mrs. Gisela Hacker. I had told her that I’d try to come up with something that I could remember about that summer that I’d spent with the Hacker and Evens duo. Frank passed away way too early. His kids were young and didn’t get normal lifetime to get to know their Dad. I hope that this story will let them know that he had a good (if somewhat unusual) sense of humor. I often think that is one of the most important senses that a person needs to develop. Frank had managed to develop this one early on in life.

Chuck Grennell January 19, 2012

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