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Hello Belle Grove Friends -- We wanted to let you know that Dad (Trent Thompson) finally woke up from his surgery yesterday. They have taken the ventilator off and he is breathing on his own today. He is still in critical condition but all his vitals are good as well as his ability to respond to commands by blinking his eyes. Due to all the equipment that was on him, he cannot talk nor can he stand yet but they are working on arm and leg movement. We have faith that everything else will occur as soon as he gains some strength again. Thanks to all of you for your e-mail messages and your prayers! I told Dad about them and he smiled so he knows you are all pulling for him. I'm printing your e-mails for him to read when he is able. Thank you!

We feel very blessed to have the Belle Grove family in our lives. Have a great Holiday Season and we'll keep you informed as Dad progresses.

Always, Barbara Thompson
Daughter of Trent Thompson
USS BG, WWII, '43-'46


Added: November 30, 2008
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Dear Belle Grove shipmates -- I wanted to let you know about the medical situation Dad has been going through the past three weeks and ask you to pray for his recovery.

When I arrived home in Brownwood three weeks ago today, Dad was having a hard time lifting his feet and walking in general. Mom (Rosemary) said it had been getting worse over the past month, so we kept a good eye on him throughout the next day and by Sunday it was clear he needed urgent medical attention so we took him to ER in Brownwood for diagnosis, he was sent to Abilene by ambulance and then by CareFlight to Dallas a few days later. We've been in three hospitals over the past three weeks and they found his back aortic valve in his heart had given out almost completely. Thankfully, his heart surgeon in Abilene knew of a new experimental procedure in Dallas led by one of his Medical School buddies so he worked diligently to get him into the program. We had no alternatives except full open-heart surgery which they felt he couldn't tolerate again.

After days of testing and evaluation, he was accepted as a good candidate for the procedure which is the least invasive of all the aortic valve research procedures. He had the surgery on Tuesday and has been in ICU since then. Thankfully his heart is working perfectly with the new aortic valve.

Dad's not doing very well (yet) but this is the same way he did in Abilene after his heart surgery (four years ago when he didn't wake up for eight days). It is agonizing! They tried to take the ventilator off yesterday morning. He opened his eyes for a while and moved his left arm and leg but nothing much as yet on the right side. I'm just thinking they are rushing him too much, as they had to put the ventilator back in again yesterday afternoon (for the third time), but they don't want him to get too weak either so they've now put in a feeding tube. We are just in the "waiting mode" right now! If you wish, I'll keep you informed as things progress!

I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Ours, of course, was at the hospital, but it was still good. Please send this on to other Belle Grove shipmates.

Love to you and yours,
Barbara Thompson
Trent's Daughter


Added: November 28, 2008
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Dear Shipmates and Righthanders,
Happy Thanksgiving, we are so blessed to have you in our hearts and minds. Thank you.
Sending you and address, and hoping you will keep Richard and Betty Carr in your hearts and prayers. Richard has lung cancer, and has just complete 14 treatments of Radiation, and 3 chemo treatments, he is taking a break right now, and will continue with Chemo on Dec. 5th, get another break as their oldest son will be getting marring December 19th. Here is their address: Richard and Betty Carr, 930 Lenton Ave., Barrington, NJ, 98997. Richard was on board the BG in the late 60's. Take care all of you. The logbook will be in the mail within a week. Thank you and love to all. Les and Janet Maudlin


Added: November 23, 2008
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Happy Thanksgiving to our Belle Grove "family." Among the many things we are thankful for are the friendships of these great people. We value these friendships and keep them close to our hearts. To you and your families.. a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Love 'n Hugs Jack and Donna

Added: November 23, 2008
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Served from 1964-1966 in M-Division. Would like to hear from anyone from this time period. New site is great!

Added: November 10, 2008
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Sending this from my daughters computer as I'm having problems with mine. We are doing just ok, Jeannette is on lots of medication, diognosis is depression with some memory loss. I have recently been told I have prostate cancer and am waiting treatment. most likly seed implants,also the other night my implanted defibrillater fired and, saved my life again, the second time.Other than those things we take one day at a time. I can still receive mail on email so if you care to send a note my address is sillyseniors@comcast.net
Herb and Jeannette Brown


Added: November 5, 2008
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ON BOARD LAST 2 MONTHS OF 1962 AND JAN 63 DISCHARGED FROM BELLE GROVE AT PIER 9 IN LONG BEACH CALIF.HAD A GREAT TIME WHILE ON BOARD CAN'T
REMEMBER ANY NAMES BUT HAD A GREAT TIME IN PORT
AU PRINCE HAITI DOES ANYONE REMEMBER ME WORKED IN MESS HALL THE WHOLE TIME ABOARD WORE GLASSES FROM
LOUISIANA AND BREWED STRONG COFFEE .


Added: October 25, 2008
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Glad to read that everyone is happy with the new web site and are able to enter information into the log. Lee is doing a great job and it is really appreciated.
Russ


Added: October 18, 2008
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Hi. shipmates and right handers, It's getting close to election day and I want to encourage everyone to go out and vote for the candidate of there choice. Who is best morally and economy wise and for our country's safety and freedom.
May God bless you'll and keep you'll safe.
John


Added: October 15, 2008
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We really like the new website. Nice to be able to see how everyone is doing and not have to bother Russ all of the time. Russ and Lee have done a great job. We all like to keep in touch. We were without electricity for 13 days and nice to have our computer back up and running again. A job well done Russ and Lee.

The Yeltons


Added: October 1, 2008
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