Bob Mitchell: June's busting out all over
This is the first day of the sixth month of the year, and as the old song once proclaimed, "June is busting out all over."
According to the Farmers Almanac, the first part of the month is an ideal time to plant tomatoes. This would more than likely preclude the possibility of having a crop by July 4, but that's what the book says. Why argue with tradition?
Of interest in this area are the best fishing days of the month. With the water getting warmer this time of the year, it might be ideal to put on a topwater bait and coax a big one off the bottom or out from under some rocks.
According to the Almanac, the best days to get out on Table Rock Lake this month are: June 2, 9, 10, 19, 20 and 29. Other good fishing days are: June 24, 26 and 27. If you are like most anglers, any day that you can get out on the water and get bait toward the bank is a good fishing day.
There are some patriotic observances of which to take advantage this month, and it might be a good thing about this time of the year and season to do just exactly that.
First of these is D-Day, that time in 1944 when the Allies hit the beaches in France as a prelude in getting rid of the tyrants of Europe and once again pulling that continent from under the heels of dictators. There were few families in this country that didn't feel the stress of this action taken by American armed forces.
June 14 is Flag Day, again an opportunity for Americans to show respect to the Flag of the United States of America.
June 19 is one day fathers of the nation hope won't go overlooked as dads everywhere will know this particular Sunday is Father's Day. Ironically, the very next day will mark the first day of summer.
With the area, for the most part, running behind in moisture for this time of the year, there is a possibility the 'June's Busting' could provide some storm action that fills in some of those shortages. Rainfall this time of the year is always welcome in the Ozarks, where these old hills and their rocks seem to almost never have enough rainfall. That's not withstanding this spring's couple of shots of Flat Creek getting out of her banks and into downtown Cassville.
June rains would go a long way toward putting this area on top of the world for the run through a hot summer and early fall. Late June is forecast as pleasant over the central states.
Book review Korea
Not often does this column have much to say toward a book review, but Devotion by Adam Makos deserves an exception. The book came to me quite by accident from Spiz Stephens who had read it and thought it might be interesting to me.
Actually, it's one of the best I've read in recent years, probably because it is a story about two Navy carrier pilots, one black the other white and the First Marine Division during the Korean War. Many of you don't have any memory or concern about the "Forgotten War." It's stuck in my memory since I spent about two years involved in Navy public relations and photo assignments clear around the country on both coasts, in the north and in the south. Much of my time was with the First Marine Division, assignments we won't go into vary far.
Devotion is about the most accurate account of some of the landings accomplished by the Marines, put ashore by the Amphibious Force, either with an Amphibious Group or the Amphibious Force, Pacific. There are a couple of glitches that I might cover with the author, but his work is so good he's entitled to the differences.
Especially well covered is the suffering the Marines were under when the U.S. extended them too far north and brought the Chinese into the conflict. This might be the subject of future columns, mainly to keep the Korean "conflict" from fading far into the past like World War II has done in our society.
From Legion Magazine
Late for Memorial Day, but early for Flag Day, June 14, is an inside cover observance that simply includes a red poppy on a stem and a few words that are appropriate for both observances. Here they are:
For those who were vigilant so we could rest.
Who gave everything that we might thrive.
Who are silent that we may breathe free.
We honor you.
Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat.