Harold Schrage

Profile Updated: October 7, 2014
Harold Schrage
Address: Valley Glen, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Roselyn 'Rozzie' Jacobs Schrage
Elementary School: MacDowell
Occupation: Retired Sales Rep
Children: Andrew, born 1976, 1 grand-daughter, Hailey (2004)
Matthew, born 1978, Pathologist
Military Service: US Navy Seabees, '65-69. Tet Vet  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I just found the website yesterday and was surprised to learn that I had died. "I'm not dead yet."

Went to HP JC for a little then dropped out. (That school is gone too.)
I enlisted in the Navy in 1965 and was a medic, dental tech. I figured that if I was going to Vietnam, it would be by ship. I never saw a ship in 4 years of service. I was transferred to MCB3, the Navy Seabees, in Oct of '67. I learned that they built roads, housing, power plants, communication systems and safe water supplies for the U. S. Marines.
I was in the northern portion of Vietnam, Hue/Phu Bai from December '67 to Feb 1, '68. We lost 8 of 500 men due to the war. I am a Tet vet. As a part of the medical team I was responsible to handle medivacs and loaded 4 badly injured men on a chopper in the early morning hours of 1/31/68. I thought that one of the men was hopelessly injured and I didn't know his name or home town. I attend MCB3 reunions yearly and was startled to meet Gary Berg from Minnesota last year. He's got scarring and limited vision but has supported himself completely since he was delivered home. This was about the most meaningful moment in my life as I realized that I helped to save a life.

My second tour was about 6 months in DaNang and always very frightening but we had no fatalities that deployment. I met Roz (OPHS) in LA 2 days before my first trip and we started dating in March. We became engaged quickly but I didn't want to leave a young widow so we married in Feb. '69. It's been 45 wonderful years and I know how lucky I am. I have a sister, Faye Ullmann Kanter and loads of cousins still freezing there around DTW. My brother Bob followed us out here and lives in San Luis Obispo. We have loved LA, heat and all, but this year is hard due to the continuing draught. Please send us bottles of water.

Mumford memories:

I was supposed to graduate in the summer of '62 but enjoyed American History II so much that I repeated it 4 times. I didn't have a true appreciation of the dates but I heard the stories repeatedly and could probably have taught it better than some. I panicked in Mr. Thaddeus Korczynski's Economics class and was failing the course. I found a pattern in his multiple choice test and got a B on the final. Loved Dr. Kovach in languages. Hated swimming in the nude but it prepared me to share restrooms with up to 80 guys in the Navy.

Funniest memory was going to Mumford Sports to buy my first jock strap. The female owner asked me at an immature 14, "What size?" She then said, "what is your waist as I blushed and squirmed."

We get Vernors out here and have a Faygo source. I miss Zukin's Ice Cream, the Royal Theatre, Fredsons, Darbys, etc. We occasionally find a 1 layer Sander's bumpy cake and, even though it's not as fresh, we're in heaven. Used to have a Barton's store out here but I'm not sure they exist any more.

MHS is the only school that had its own driving track that I've ever seen. Loved to shift gears with my thumb and forefinger on the Corvairs and Falcon's and push buttons on the Plymouths.

I spend time as a volunteer tutor with at risk kids at the local elementary where my sons went and also with the LAPD Jeopardy program for at risk kids.

In summary, I survived high school as a smaller kid, but I'd hate to repeat it with the zits, anxiety, etc.

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Apr 06, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Posted on: Apr 05, 2015 at 6:27 PM

I am still alive as of 4/5/15. I'm really glad that I was resurrected on the website 6 months ago.

Happy Passover and Easter to you 'Michiganers.' Has the snow let up yet.

By the way, David Rosenthal remembers my '52 Pontiac being a faded green and I remember it being a crappy tan. The Navy informed me that I was color blind in 1965. That may have effected my memories as well.

Harold Schrage has left an In Memory comment for Michael McTyre.
Mar 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Thank you or your service to our country. Welcome home brother.

Harold Schrage has left an In Memory comment for Nathan Keller.
Nov 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

There are very few people that I remember from those years. Nathan was one of them.  He was a very mature student in a sea of squeaky voiced boys. It added years to his maturity level. I'm sure he will be missed.

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Posted on: Oct 07, 2014 at 3:47 PM

PS. Love your dog.

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Posted on: Oct 07, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Thank you for your response. I left Detroit in early '65 to enlist and only returned on vacations since then. My memories of MHS are fading, thank G-d, and, not to be mean, cold weather sucks.

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