Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Sherlock Thanksgiving in Franklin

A round of the family room as the group is intently playing Scattergories. The quiet thoughtful period is about to end and then they will compare their answers.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Brouillard brunch - Wright's Farm

The Brouillard Brunch today was held at Wright's Farm in RI. I took Jerry to join with our cousins on my mother's side of the family.

24 folks showed up and we filled the long table!

I should have brought my Nikon in to use. Getting the group to pose for a photo long enough to get a good shot is not easy. They are a good fun loving group!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

235th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Jerry attended the Birthday Dinner last night at the Alpine Country Club.

Jerry sat with the organizing committee. Steve Cileli, Ed Malloy, Carl Weston, Bill Jamieson and other Marines.

Jerrry gave out his special challenge coins. They were minted in the shape of the 4th MARDIV Patch and the Eagle Globe and Anchor on the opposite side.

Ed Malloy senior presented Jerry with a picture of Jerry and Ed Junior at the VE Day celebration in Smithfield.

I sat by the bar for a few minutes and several young guys were talking about the Iwo Jima Marine at the head table. A marine who I know but will remain nameless so as not to embarrass him said. "That is Jerry Sherlock. Dude is a ROCK STAR. He is a ROCK STAR! Saipan, Tinian and Iwo. Gunfighter from the old days. You have to meet him."

Jerry was in his element of fellow Marines. The colors were posted by the Marine Color Guard contingent. The Pledge of Allegiance and then the convocation by Carl Weston. With special emphasis on 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. They have borne the brunt of the casualties while taking the fight to the evil doers in A-STAN.

God Bless them and keep them safe!

Dinner and the nights events.

When I returned I was able to watch Marine Manny Soares play the Marine Corps Hymn on the Bagpipe. The Entire crowd came to attention and sang. With the assistance of Steve I'll be posting that video. It is especially motivating! Didn't Jerry get in trouble for singing the Marine Corp along time ago? Not last night. These guys don't play around. Wait for the video. OORAH!

Jerry ran into Paul Chalko. Paul was with the Frozen Chosin and was seriously wounded along with Jack Mainor. Paul and Jack were friends. Jack is another legendary Marine in the extended Sherlock OUTLAW clan. Paul and Jack fought in Korea at the Frozen Chosin and shed blood for this country so that others might have freedom. Jack has left us too early and is standing post on the streets of Heaven. Semper Fi Jack!

Jerry was surrounded by the Marine Color guard who fought to have photos with him. These guys speak the same language as Jerry. Freedom and Honor our not just simple word to the MARINES.

The Marines have been kicking ass and taking names in places with names that people can't even pronounce. It is written indelibly in blood on the MARINE Corps Battle Honors. Here is to guys like Jack Mainor and Jerry Sherlock. Guys like them, and guys that want to be like them!



When they don't listen, just say "thanks"

On this Veteran's Day make sure you say "Thank you for your service" to any veteran or military person you see. I will be spending some time with two key veterans of 'the Greatest Generation" today; my father-in-law and my father.

Joe Proulx is a great example of the "Can Do" spirit that the Seabees where he served reinforced. He knows parts and logistics. He'll tinker with something broken, pulling it apart and putting it back together with parts from something else so that it works. He is having a hard time these days with Parkinson's developing and taking over his life. Parkinsons's in not something he is prepared to deal with. He can't take it apart and put it back together. When he does starting taking something apart, he doesn't remember doing it.

He will fall. Out of control, he just will lose balance and fall. This can be real dangerous when navigating the stairs in his house. He has already had several incidents with emergency room visits, stitches and bruises. He fell this past Sunday. Coming up from the basement, his shop where he does all his tinkering, he fell backwards. The family is still not sure how far he fell but he fell. Broke his neck this time. Second vertebrae so he was lucky. If it had been the first vertebrae, the situation could have been far worse.

Jerry Sherlock, my father, you may already know some of his story. We have been recording parts of the story of his life. We started with his first memory about three years old and worked our way up through school, baseball and World War II. He served in the Marines, in the Pacific Theater. He fought on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He came home, started working, married Rita, raised six kids and did what he needed to do. We did not hear of what he did in the war. I do not know that we will ever hear all that occurred on those islands. I know enough that war is cruel, and horrible, and the worst that can be.

Jerry is challenged these days by diabetes, poor hearing, and recently has become legally blind. He keeps his routine as much as possible. He likes to read so his paperback and hardcover books from the library have been replaced by talking books. His newspaper has been replaced by a radio broadcast service that read the paper to him. Yet, when he gets up in the morning, he still walks out to the driveway to get the paper. A paper he really can't read.

The habits and routines that helped both Joe and Jerry survive are now creating some of their tough times. As much as we try to help them, they are set in their ways and won't listen. They made it before, they intend to make it now.

This Veterans Day is a great opportunity to just step back and say "Thanks for your service!"

This was originally posted to Steve's 2 Cents

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Marianna "Hundy" (Shields) Moody

Frank Moody, a frequent contributor here for Jerry's Story, lost his mother this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go to Frank and his family.

SOUTHINGTON — Marianna "Hundy" (Shields) Moody, 78, of South Farms Terrace, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Noel J. Moody.
She was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Providence, R.I., daughter of the late Frank J. and Anna (Flynn) Shields. She received her bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Mary's in New Hampshire. After graduating, she became a school teacher in Rhode Island. In 1979, she moved to Southington with her family, where she worked for the Southington school system until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of the Southington Women's Club and a parishioner of St. Thomas Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid reader.
She is survived by her son, Frank Moody and his wife, Joan Sherlock, of Providence, R.I.; her two daughters, Mary Ellen Coe and her husband, Bill, of Watertown and Joan Roberts and her husband, Steve, of Cheshire; and her son, John Moody and his wife, JoAnne, of Unionville. She is also survived by two sisters, Joan S. Tracey and her husband, Bill, of Providence, R.I., and Nancy Bloor of Warwick, R.I.; and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Shields. She leaves her beloved grandchildren, Melissa, Sarah and Megan Coe, Brianna and Kegan Moody, Ashley, Annie and Jack Roberts, Alexandra and Devlin Moody. She was predeceased by a brother, John F. Shields, and a brother-in-law, Carl Bloor.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington, to St. Thomas Church for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For online condolences and directions, visit

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