Monday, July 3, 2017

TheList 4491


The List 4491

To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - July 3
1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, RADM Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet
1942 - A PBY 5A aircraft successfully fires the first airborne retro-rocket at Goldstone Lake, Calif.
1950 - USS Valley Forge and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down 2 North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.
Today in History July 3
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
In Paris, the Marquis de Condorcet proposes granting civil rights to women.
American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China.
Confederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it.
John Wise flies the first dirigible in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train.
The first cable across the Pacific Ocean is spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.
U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.
U.S. carrier-based planes attack airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
Food rationing ends in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
North Vietnamese soldiers attack South Vietnam's only producing coal mine at Nong Son.
It is that time of year again and I think this will bring back a few memories for many of you...I don't know why but hearing Kate Smith sing this today really struck a chord with me.  Happy 4th of July  and God Bless America
This  was the era just before TV when radio shows were huge, and American families sat  around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers,  and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate  was also large -- plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used  today is in deference to her: "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."
Kate  was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what  the next day would bring. She had hope for America and faith in her fellow  Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up. So she went to the  famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas")  and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about  their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just  the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written but  never published, 22 years before in 1917. He gave it to her, and she worked on  it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song  would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits  from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over  the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from  this song. 
This  video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra  and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time and starts  singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still  singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In the Army Now." At the  4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office,  reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan. 
To  this day, "God Bless America" stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our  country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the  spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how  successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of  hardship and worry -- and for many generations of Americans to follow.    Now  that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even  more. 
Many  people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with  "God Bless America."
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton
July 4, 1776-2017
 I Am the Nation
    I was born July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The blood lines of the world run in my veins because I offered freedom to the oppressed. I am many things, and many people.
    I am the Nation. I am 200,000,000 living souls---and the ghosts of millions who have lived and died for me.
    I am Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world.
    I am Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. I am John Paul Jones and the Green Mountain Boys, and Davy Crockett. I am Lee and Grant and Abe Lincoln.
    I remember the Alamo, the Maine, and Pearl Harbor. When freedom called, I answered and stayed until it was over, over there. I left my heroic dead in Flanders Fields on the rock of Corregidor, and on the bleak slopes of Korea. I am the Brooklyn Bridge, the wheatlands of Kansas, and the granite hills of Vermont.. .1 am big; I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I am more than 4,000,000 farms. I am forest, fields, mountain and desert. I am quiet villages and cities that never sleep.
    You can look at me and see Ben Franklin walking down the streets of Philadelphia with his loaf of bread under his arm. I am Babe Ruth and the World Series. I am 169,000 schools and colleges and 250,000 churches where my people worship God as they think best. I am a ballot dropped in a box, the roar of a crowd in a stadium, and the voice of a choir in a cathedral. I am an editorial in a newspaper and letter to a congressman. I am Eli Whitney and Stephen Foster. I am Tom Edison, Albert Einstein, and Billy Graham. I am Horace Greeley, Will Rogers, and the Wright Brothers. I am George Washington Carver, Daniel Webster, and Jonas Salk. I am Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Thomas Paine.
    Yes, I am the Nation. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom will I spend the rest of my days. May I always possess the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.

God Bless the U.S.A.
by the Texas Tenors at

America, Why I Love Her narrated by John Wayne at

A Jacquie Lawson greeting card at

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and world-famous violinist Jenny Oaks Baker with a haunting rendition of Amazing Grace at with background images of American soldiers fighting in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and other wars of the 20th and 21st centuries

A four-minute video to honor our soldiers who have fought for our freedom at
So Lucky to Be an American at

If you are unable to make it to a fireworks show this year, you may enjoy this one recorded in 2013.

On Wednesday, the fireworks (non-political type) will be over for another year, but should we only celebrate our independence on July 4?  Many don't want to be involved in war or even struggles for justice.  I suggest we maintain the spirit of independence 365 days a year—the spirit of our forefathers, the minutemen, the entrepreneurs—and take care of America the way they formed it.  Here are some thoughts by folks much more eloquent than me:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. --Thomas Paine
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.--Elmer Davis
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.--Woodrow Wilson
Let freedom never perish in your hands.--Joseph Addison
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.--Erma Bombeck
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.--Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.--Franklin D. Roosevelt
A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.--Curtis Billings
This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.--Lyndon B. Johnson
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?--Ralph Waldo Emerson
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.--John Burroughs, Journal
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.--Louis D. Brandeis
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.--Dick Cheney
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!--Daniel Webster
We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.--Robert J. McCracken
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.--Hamilton Fish
I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.--Author Unknown
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.--Benjamin Franklin
Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it.--George Bernard Shaw
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.  The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.--Thomas Macaulay 
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.--William Faulkner
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!--Thomas Jefferson
We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.--Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.--Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.--Moshe Dayan
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.  And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.--Lee Greenwood
It is sweet to serve one's country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words.--Sallust
Freedom is never free.--Author Unknown

Have a great Fourth,
Uncle Sam

"Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty, above thy fruited plain.  America, America, God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea."
—Irving Berlin
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."--Thomas Jefferson
"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."--Patrick Henry
"Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white--and we're all precious in God's sight."--Jesse Jackson
"Our flag is our national ensign, pure and simple, behold it! Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate."--Robert C. Winthrop (1809-1894), Senator from Massachusetts
"You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife until she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town."--O. Henry
"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die"--Robert Orr
"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, dream of battled fields no more. days of danger, nights of waking."--Sir Walter Scott
"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children."--William Havard
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends."--John 15:13
Thanks to Carl
July 3, 2017
Earned Valor Refused
Some of you regulars here at American Thinker may know that I also post at a combat veteran-operated military website called This Ain't Hell. Its primary mission is exposing Stolen Valor fraud, that is, going after those sleazy types who dishonestly claim military service, deeds, heroism, and awards which they did not perform or earn, and shining the bright, hot light of Internet fame on them. Since 2008, TAH has exposed more than 2,000 of these valor thieves, many of whom appear in this rogue's gallery, a place you most surely do not want your mug to be plastered, for as they say, the Internet is forever.
Vietnam War hero Lieutenant General Hal Moore was made famous by his heroic leadership at the Battle of Ia Drang, the U.S. Army's first major set-piece battle in that war where Moore and the legendary 7th Cavalry fought off a much larger North Vietnamese Army force. A widely acclaimed book, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young, written by Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, a war reporter present throughout the battle, made Moore famous outside the military. A movie based on that book starring Mel Gibson as Moore made the by-then-retired, three-star general an American icon. Sadly, the old warhorse left us earlier this year.
My involvement with Moore was very brief and strictly by chance. My unit, the 2d Battalion, 327th Airborne Infantry was engaged with a much larger NVA force at a hamlet called Trung Luong in June 1966. The 1st Air Cavalry Division was tapped to assist. Moore, a full colonel and brigade commander by then, led the relief force, a battalion of the 8th Cavalry Regiment. He blew through the blackout flaps of our Forward Tactical Operations Center like a tall, lean whirlwind and within minutes I found myself designated his tactical net radio operator within the TOC. For the better part of the next two days, I issued and rescinded endless streams of commands and instructions as his voice to the rifle companies except when he grabbed the handset, as he did frequently, and barked out orders himself. At the conclusion of the battle, when the enemy regiments had withdrawn from the field, he boarded his command chopper and I never saw him again. However, for the remainder of my life, much of which was spent on military installations all over the country, I have told countless listeners of this fierce colonel who embodied the image of the lean, mean Airborne Ranger infantry officer. That statue at Fort Benning could well be him.  
Last week I received an email from an old Cav trooper buddy which I thought might interest readers of American Thinker but especially the valor hunters at This Ain't Hell:  via Lt General Hal Moore's son.
Missing award?
I had a question about Dad's Purple Heart. As you can see from his official picture, it is not on his chest. In this letter home from Vietnam, he explains: "By the way please send me back that Purple Heart and award certificate. I cannot keep it as I feel that a minor punji stake wound in the foot is no reason. Many get it for that when so hurt, but I have my own self-respect to live with. I intend to turn them back. Although it was properly earned, I cannot wear it or keep it in conscience."
Dad was unsuccessful in his effort to return it. Once something is awarded, it is final. But, it was his choice not to wear it out of respect for those who paid a much higher price.
As someone who saw others wounded by punji stakes and who himself once came within inches and seconds of planting his jump boots into a punji pit, I can assure you that such wounds can be no small matters, even life-threatening. Yet here was an infantry leader turning down a duly awarded Purple Heart, his nation's oldest and most cherished award, for a legitimate injury, because he considered it too minor.
Now can you, for even a moment, imagine John Kerry possessing the honor and self-respect to do that? It would be a most fitting punishment to all Stolen Valor thieves exposed by This Ain't Hell and other such organizations for local judges to require the perpetrators to stand in their courtrooms and eat a copy of General Moore's award citation, printed on heavy formal presentation stock. John Kerry should have to do that, too, except while standing on the steps of the Capitol holding a wooden model Swift Boat.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
July 3, 2017 Bear Taylor
Good Morning: Day FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE recalling the events and warriors, great and small, who were Rolling Thunder fifty years go…
3 July 1967… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a rainy Monday in New York City…
SIX DAY WAR: Page 1: "Israel And Egypt in 2 New Clashes Along Suez Canal–Israelis Contend Foe Fired Heavy Mortar Barrage Across Waterway–8 Casualties Reported–Cairo Says Enemy Resumed Drive Along East Flank Toward Port Said"…"third clash within 24 hours…Israelis return fire and after 90 minutes of shelling silenced the Egyptian guns."… Page 1: "At UN West Fails Move to Delay U.N. Vote–Backers of Yugoslavia's Draft on Mideast Sought Time To Win More Support"… "Western powers opposed to a Yugoslavia resolution on the Arab-Israeli settlement blocked an attempt by its sponsors today to gain time to revise it and canvass for votes." … Page 1: "Israelis to Allow Refugees to go Back To The West Bank"… "detailed plans will be broadcast 10 July and refugees will have one month to return."…
Page 1″ "Joint Chiefs Back Troop Rise Asked By Westmoreland"… "The Joint Chiefs of Staff have warned the Johnson Administration that if General Westmoreland's minimum request of 70,000 more troops is not met, the United States will run a high risk of losing the initiative in the ground war in South Vietnam. The warning was contained in a recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara that the Administration grant General Westmoreland's request for two-more combat divisions and supporting units by mid-1968. The recommendation was submitted on 20 April and there has been no action on it."… Page 3: "Newsweek Prints Issue on Vietnam"… "Magazine Assesses Impact of Conflict on U.S."... "…an examination in-depth of the impact of Vietnam on major segments of U.S. society. 'The nation stands divided on  bloody jungle war whose beginnings are last in controversy and whose outcome is unpredictable. The crisis in conscience has spilled over into the streets in massive demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. So incendiary have feelings become that close-knit families have had to agree to disagree bout Vietnam at the dinner table. More than anything Vietnam has made Americans question their fundamental assumptions about themselves and their country…' "
HUMBLE HOST note: Our country was at a turning point. In mid-July 1967 52% of Americans disapproved of President Johnson's handling of the Vietnam war. Approval had dropped to 34%. When asked if the country had "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Vietnam," 54% said Yes. The Newsweek Vietnam edition coincided with the first of the hard questions and media interest in the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The President's credibility was now the focus of the Doves. "He lied to us."
Page 1: "51 Marines Killed in Fierce Battle Near the Buffer Zone–170 Wounded at Conthien and 34 Are Missing–Fighting in The Second Day"… "…the action began yesterday morning and is continuing. It is centered in an arena a mile and a half south of the southern boundary that separates North and South Vietnam. Once contact was made with small units, reinforcements were rushed in by both sides until it was a regiment versus regiment sized fight. The Marines called in air strikes and thousands of rounds of artillery."…
3 July 1967… The President's TS Daily CIA Brief: SOUTH VIETNAM: Information is still coming in on the armed forces meetings last week which hammered out the agreement between Ky and Thieu. At this point, it seems Thieu's uncompromising attitude may well have alienated some of the key generals while Ky's behavior generated considerable admiration among them...ARAB STATES-ISRAEL: The Israelis do not give much importance to the minor clashes with Egyptian troops that took place over the weekend on the banks of the Canal. More such clashes have occurred today.…COMMUNIST CHINA: Liu Shao-chi may have been formally overthrown as head of state as the US newspapers are saying, but this signifies little. He was deprived of all meaningful authority months ago. The turmoil continues in many parts of China.
3 JULY 1967… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (4 July reporting 3 July ops)… Page 3: "In air action over the North yesterday United States Air Force Phantom jet pilots reported that they had destroyed half the Thainguyen military barracks area 43 miles north of Hanoi. Air Force Thunderchiefs bombed another military barracks in the same area but were unable to give  damage report because of the anti-aircraft fire and heavy smoke from the bombs on target. Other Thunderchief pilots said they had damaged 19 railroad cars in a siding 40 miles north of Hanoi."... Page 3: "3 U.S. Planes Downed"… "Three United States planes were shot down over North Vietnam on July 2 raising to 596 the number of American aircraft lost in the North since attacks began in 1965. The pilots of two air Force Thunderchiefs shot down near the Mugia Pass were recovered but a Navy Skyhawk pilot was not saved and is listed as missing." (These three losses reported in RTR post for July 2: Navy LTJG KASCH (kia); AF MAJOR STONE (recovered); and AF CAPTAIN PICHARD (recovered)…
"Vietnam: Air Loses" (Hobson) There were no fixed wing losses in Southeast Asia on 3 July 1967…
3 July 1967…New York Times…Page 3: "REPORT DESCRIBES AMERICAN POWS"… special to NYT… "A Polish writer says he saw interrogations in Hanoi of three captured servicemen. One of the three was identified as LIEUTENANT COLONEL GORDON A. LARSON, an Air Force pilot based in Thailand who was reported to have been shot down May 5. The United States State Department protested that 'Colonel Larsen and two other captured fliers had been paraded through Hanoi in violation of the Geneva Convention.' Other prisoners mentioned were Commander Stockdale and Greg Hegdahl."… The Polish writer's "interrogations in Hanoi" story consisted of the following questions and answers given by LCOL LARSON:
"Q. 'Have you realized that by bombing cities that you have killed women and children?'.. A. 'I did not bomb women and children. I executed my battle orders. I hope I did not kill more people than was inevitable in bombing in a city.'
"Q. 'What were your orders?… A. 'To destroy industrial quarters of Hanoi. I led a squadron emerging from the clouds. I got into ack-ack fire. Shells bursting inside the plane. I barely had time to leave the cabin.'
"Q. 'What happened to your mates?'… A. 'Don't know, probably burned.'
"Q. 'How was the antiaircraft fire?'… A. 'Terribly dense. The worst I could imagine. Friends who have flown for long time said it was worse than over Germany and Korea.'
"Q. 'How were you treated after being shot down?'… A. 'Good. Quite good. They did all they could to put me on my feet.'
"Q. 'What do you think of your government's war in Vietnam?'… A. 'I am not a politician. I am a soldier. Ask that question of the State Department.' "
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR to LIEUTENANT COLONEL GORDON A. LARSON, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Aircraft Commander over North Vietnam on 11 March 1967. On that date, COLONEL LARSON, while leading the largest single force of F-105's ever assembled, dealt severe damage to the largest steel plant in North Vietnam. He led his large force through marginal weather conditions and through the most dense hostile fire ever encountered by pilots in this force. By the gallantry and devotion to duty, COLONEL LARSON has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
Among Colonel LARSON's other combat awards are a second SILVER STAR and five awards of the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS and the PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL…    OOHRAH…
This from the Operations Summary of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron for May 1967… "The 469th lost its able Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Gordon A. Larson on May 5th. On that day, in an attack near the outskirts of Hanoi, Lt.Col James Hughes (also of the 469th) who was Lt. Col. Larson's wingman was forced to eject near the Hoa Lac airfield when his engine failed. Lt. Col Larson followed Lt. Col. Hughes down in an attempt to RESCAP and to positively fix his bailout position. Lt.Col. Larson's aircraft was then hit and he bailed out. News stories and photographs have confirmed that both are alive and residing in the Hanoi Hilton."
RIPPLE SALVO… #485… Humble Host enjoyed a few hours diddling with his iPad Sunday going through about a dozen superb entries available on Google for COLONEL GORDON A. LARSON, USAF...  A great way to "Remember Rolling Thunder"… and enjoy a little of the legacy of a complete Cold War Warrioryou gotta' read COLONEL LARSON's biography to believe it… whattaguy… Posted with highest respect, admiration and appreciation for his inspirational service for our country…
RTR QUOTE for 3 July: ST. JEROME: "Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All your friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield."
Lest we forget…    Bear

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