In Memory

Joseph Klugg

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04/22/10 08:56 PM #1    

Robert W. Farnsworth

Joe died during the Vietnam war; as recounted in one of the earlier reunion letters, his jet stalled taking off from a carrier and crashed into the south china sea.

Joe was a superb trumpet player; that is how I remember him---doing solos at the school talent shows and in the band. He was a nice and gracious guy in class.

09/03/10 07:27 AM #2    

Melvin "Skip" Fritze

Joe's name can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Panel 6W, Line 60.

11/08/10 09:31 PM #3    

Martha S. Ladner (Williams)

Yes, Joe was a marvelous trumpet player.  He won the trumpet contest and I the piano in 1961 - - we were featured with the Topeka Civic Symphony under the direction of Mr. Fetter.  I have seen and touched Joe Klugg's name on the Viet Nam Memorial wall in Washington.  I understood at the time that he left a wife and son.  Tragic...but such wonderful high school memories.

01/11/11 05:27 PM #4    

Greg J. Mott

 This is not a story I ever wanted to write. Joe and I have been friends since 4th grade, that summer when I was diagnoised with polio and in a iron lung,Joe Mom & Dad(my second family), were their.Remember not much was known about polio and people were scared. I remember playing basketball in Joe's back yard. Then Joe's mother would say "Joe its time to practice."When we went to THS, Joe went the music way and I went the sport way,I never got to see Joe perform at football games as I was in the gym at halftime. Joe went on to Julliard school of music, where not only did he receive his degree, for a short time he played with the "STAN KENTON BAND". In his own words the best thing he received at Julliard was his wife also a concert pianoist, and with a big smile told Penny  and I they found out on the way to our house they were having a baby. This is the part of the story I hate. Joe went on to his first assignment as a fighter pilot based in the Tonkin Bay. According to his mom, Joe took off, a tire blew out, he ejected but could not get out of his ejection seat and drowned. What a waste of great talent (by the way) Joe never saw his child. All I can say Joe, is it won't be long before will be together again, Love Greg Mott

07/30/11 07:36 PM #5    

Cherlyn D. Seckinger

 Okay, in addition to having a crush on Mr Madl and Mr McCarthy, I had a crush on Joe.  He was a fellow band member.  Not only was he very talented and handsome, he was, also, very nice.  But I am not disclosing any more crushes.    

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