Mel Johnson

Remember.

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On this anniversary of the ending of the Great War, I think it appropriate to notice and commend the services of dancers who have served their countries in honorable military service. Prominently must be mentioned T5 Conrad Ludlow of the US Army, PO1 Igor Youskevitch of the US Navy, and Flying Officer Frederick Ashton of the RAF! We are grateful to them and their brothers and sisters, but would that war were no longer an instrument of anyone's policy.

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Well said. :bow:

Indeed, and this would have been my first realization that it was Veteran's Day had I not gone to the post office and found it mysteriously closed (about 6 others discovered it the same way, and one woman was very upset that she 'wasn't paying enough attention'.)

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Bertram Ross served in WW 2. The G I Bill of Rights enabled him to begin his studies at the Graham School.

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Capt. Vernon Castle (US Army) was killed in a plane crash while teaching Army aviators to fly at Benbrook Field, TX in February 1918. Not his fault, though. A student pilot near-missed his craft and caused it to stall.

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I'm not sure, but I think that Arpino used GI money to study dance as well. Excellent thread!

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:lightbulb: Yes, I recall a photo of Gerry as a Seaman in the Coast Guard. That would have been right after WWII, when the CG had reverted to the Treasury Dept., after having been part of the Navy for the War. Also worthy of celebration are those in Merchant Marine service, who in wartime, sailed into danger with little or NO armament. In wartime, they get absorbed into the Navy, too. Eddie Villella, with his King's Point Academy degree in Marine Sciences counts here, too!

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Murray Louis was in the Navy before he started training seriously with Hanya Holm. I vaguely remember something about his GI benefits, but I could be conflating him with someone else.

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