After loss of leg, 'big battle' ahead 89-year-old Colonial Beach...

Sep 17, 2009 Full story: The Free Lance-Star 17

"I gotta get out of here," Harry "Long John" Studds said this week from his bed at VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

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VETNAM 2

Clinton, MD

#1 Sep 17, 2009
To me, John Studds is a National Treasure at the local level. It's good to see he has maintained his feistiness in a battle that would break many a man's spirit. Many of us will be tickled pink to see him home soon (this weekend, I hope) on Monroe Bay.
Happy

United States

#2 Sep 17, 2009
Ahhhhh, how absolutely heart warming! All the best to you Mr. Studds!!! Let us know if you need anything!
cbvirginian

King George, VA

#3 Sep 17, 2009
VETNAM 2 wrote:
To me, John Studds is a National Treasure at the local level. It's good to see he has maintained his feistiness in a battle that would break many a man's spirit. Many of us will be tickled pink to see him home soon (this weekend, I hope) on Monroe Bay.
Thanks for bringing this story to Topix, and thanks to Frank Delano, for writing about this brave man in a trying time of his life. Colonial Beach watermen rock!
Onlygrandson

Irvington, VA

#4 Sep 17, 2009
To my grandfather, you mean the world to me and cant wait to get you home tomorrow!!! welcome back gramps I love you! Patrick Studds-
Lafayette Escadrille Pal

Clinton, MD

#5 Sep 17, 2009
Onlygrandson wrote:
To my grandfather, you mean the world to me and cant wait to get you home tomorrow!!! welcome back gramps I love you! Patrick Studds-
Patrick-
When your gramps is upright and semi-ambulatory I will be proud to buy him (and you) a beer at the American Legion. See you over the weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing John in the backyard if (not if, when) he's up to it.
Joan

Tappahannock, VA

#6 Sep 17, 2009
What a beautiful story and those picture in the paper were awsome. What a guy! Patrick what a grandfather you have and I know you are very very proud of him. Tell him how much you love him everytime you see him.
VETNAM 2

Clinton, MD

#7 Sep 18, 2009
Joan wrote:
What a beautiful story and those picture in the paper were awsome. What a guy! Patrick what a grandfather you have and I know you are very very proud of him. Tell him how much you love him everytime you see him.
Joan.....

I agree. And the photography is by Eric Smith. Sometime check out his other photographs which really are awesome.
Wanda G

King George, VA

#8 Sep 18, 2009
VETNAM 2 wrote:
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Joan.....
I agree. And the photography is by Eric Smith. Sometime check out his other photographs which really are awesome.
As most of us at the Beach know, Eric's work is displayed and sold at WideRiver Gallery. We are very lucky to have Eric's talent here at the beach. So much of his work is exclusive to Colonial Beach. In fact he did a free photography walk just last weekend for anyone that was interested. He also gives classes at WideRiver Gallery.
VETNAM 2

Jessup, MD

#9 Sep 24, 2009
LEST WE FORGET.....

John Studds said "When I get home, I'm going to sit on the porch and wave at everybody that goes by. The ones that don't wave can honk."

If you're on Monroe Bay Avenue, between Lafayette and Hamilton, and you think about it, give a honk. I know for a fact that he gets a charge out of it.
VETNAM 2

Upper Marlboro, MD

#10 Oct 9, 2009
VETNAM 2 wrote:
LEST WE FORGET.....
John Studds said "When I get home, I'm going to sit on the porch and wave at everybody that goes by. The ones that don't wave can honk."
If you're on Monroe Bay Avenue, between Lafayette and Hamilton, and you think about it, give a honk. I know for a fact that he gets a charge out of it.
Tomorrow, 10 October 2009, is Harry "Long John" Studds' 90th Birthday. Don't forget to honk!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!
VETNAM 2

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Nov 11, 2009
With his tremendous spirit and "can do" attitude, John has made terrific progress. Probably better than someone half his age. Tomorrow, 12 November, John is heading back down to Richmond to be fitted for a new leg. Congratulations John for your speedy recovery and Good Luck with your new leg!

I'll still be honking when I pass by. Good to see you out and about and at the VFW on Sunday!
VETNAM 2

Vienna, VA

#12 Jun 11, 2012
The Town of Colonial Beach has lost a great man with the passing of Harry "Long John" Studds on Thursday, June 7th.

Godspeed to him and his family. We will miss you John.
cbvirginian

King George, VA

#13 Jun 11, 2012
I will his waves when I pass by his house. But he lived until he died...literally.
cbvirginian

King George, VA

#14 Jun 11, 2012
OOps...I will MISS his waves
Business

Chesapeake, VA

#15 Jun 11, 2012
John was a great man! A living legend in my mind. The stories that are lost when men like John pass can not be replaced. For those of you who did not know John, check out the dvd available at the C.B. museum. There is a great interview with him to give you a taste of the man we have lost. He passed while painting corks. Other than passing on while aboard his boat I dont think he would have had it any other way. This is a man who overcame so much, including witnessing the murder of his son. He took pride when he opened up to me one afternoon and said "the coward shot him, cuz he knew he couldnt whoop my boy". The world and our town inparticular have lost one of the greatest men. Men like John are not created anymore. The crabs and eels of the after life are running scared right now. I believe that in the bottom of my heart. Long live the legend John Studds! Until we meet again waterman.
Clueless

Falls Church, VA

#16 Oct 10, 2012
Business wrote:
John was a great man! A living legend in my mind. The stories that are lost when men like John pass can not be replaced. For those of you who did not know John, check out the dvd available at the C.B. museum. There is a great interview with him to give you a taste of the man we have lost. He passed while painting corks. Other than passing on while aboard his boat I dont think he would have had it any other way. This is a man who overcame so much, including witnessing the murder of his son. He took pride when he opened up to me one afternoon and said "the coward shot him, cuz he knew he couldnt whoop my boy". The world and our town inparticular have lost one of the greatest men. Men like John are not created anymore. The crabs and eels of the after life are running scared right now. I believe that in the bottom of my heart. Long live the legend John Studds! Until we meet again waterman.
Happy Birthday to my friend John Studds. He would have been ninety-three years young today.

RIP
Clueless

Falls Church, VA

#17 Oct 10, 2012
and happy birthday to you too jack swith

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