D-Day oversight

While reading all of the recent stories about D-Day, the heroics and sufferings of the armies and navies of the various military units participating in the invasion, I saw nothing about the U.S. Coast Guard's role during the invasion.

There were many 83-foot patrol boats that were on duty patrolling the waters off the Normandy beaches, and rescuing Army and Navy personnel who were forced into the water after their vessels and boats were hit. The 83-footers were manned by one officer and about 10 crewmen.

Unfortunately, not much has been written about the men and their patrol boats during the massive invasion.

There is a website that lists all the boats that were built, and where they were used. See: WWW.USCG.mil/history/webcutters/83fthistories.pdf/

I would imagine there are many other sites about the Coast Guard during World War II.

PAUL PALUMBO

U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

Green Castle Drive

Goose Creek

School successes

The last notes of "Pomp and Circumstance" have wafted through the Charleston summer air now that graduation season has ended.

This letter is not about a trail of tears. Those have been dried.

It's not about pretentious charter schools with arcane teaching methods that even teachers don't fully comprehend. That school has closed.

Nor is it about educators for whom molding the minds of young people is just a job. They have sown their seeds and will surely reap.

No. This is a letter of triumph. For along that trail of tears fine educators and administrators do walk.

The proof is in my living room now. I don't dare name names for fear of overlooking someone. And each wonderful teacher and administrator is as important as the next, like steps in a staircase. Our lives are woven together in a tapestry of success.

Kudos to all of those who looked into the heart of a child and created victory. Most of them are still in Charleston County so I know that this story is being repeated again and again. These men and women can't help themselves. They bring light, hope and triumph everywhere they go.

Yvette R. Murray

Skinner Avenue

Charleston

Tribute to Jones

The great joy and wonder that are the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals have been tempered with a little sadness in recent years for the many friends and loyal readers of The Post and Courier's late performing arts critic, Robert T. Jones. Bob's insightful daily festival overview columns were must reading for all serious festival goers, and his weekly column informed us year-round.

A June 7 Post and Courier interview with the principal acoustic engineer of the emerging Gaillard Performance Hall reminded me of a Robert T. tale worth the telling. Some years ago, when a true concert hall was yet only a fond dream, he ordered and we read a book on the acoustics of the world's great performance venues. He presented a copy to City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and Piccolo Spoleto Director Ellen Dressler Moryl, herself an accomplished cellist. From Ellen it went to Mayor Joe Riley, and we now eagerly anticipate hearing the results next year in the adoptive city Bob came to love and enhance.

In this era of ubiquitous "naming rights," it seems not inappropriate to suggest that the Robert T. Jones Memorial Acoustics be commemorated and celebrated by an obscure plaque. Bob will surely be with us in spirit for each and every show.

Beau Booker

Sloop Utopia

Ashley River

Not welfare

"Unbelievable" doesn't begin to describe the recent letter from a retired Army colonel. I do think that the VA needs a major overhaul.

I don't think the writer should have taken a swipe at every man and woman who has served in uniform since the 1930s. He missed no one. He particularly slammed Vietnam veterans.

Whether a veteran served in combat or not, joined or was drafted during times of peace or war, the risk was always there. Peace time can become war time in the blink of an eye and it only takes a split second for someone to be wounded or killed.

To begrudge veterans of earned benefits is way out of line. But worst of all is the claim that the VA operates a welfare system.

Real welfare is collected by those who have never worked a day in their lives and live off of working, taxpaying citizens. Also, how about the billions of taxpayer dollars spent supporting illegal aliens in this country? The writer acknowledges that most veterans (Vietnam) have spent the past 40 or 50 years working in the civilian world before using VA benefits.

So how does that equate to welfare? To lump veterans in with people who have never done anything to earn the benefits they are being handed for free is absurd and obscene.

Veterans who have served their country honorably and at risk to their own lives deserve better than to be insulted by someone who, having served in uniform, should know better.

J.T. Thomas

Vietnam 1968-1969

U.S. Marine Corps

Sea Foam Street

Summerville