Friday, February 23, 2018

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I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History – February 22, 2018
Feb. 23
1795The U.S. Navy Office of Purveyor of Supplies is established.
1919The first ship named for an enlisted man, USS Osmond Ingram (DD 255), is launched.
1944In an overnight raid, Task Force 58 planes bomb the Japanese at Saipan, Tinian, Rota and Guam in the first raid of the Mariana Islands.
1945Four days after landing on Iwo Jima, an invasion "where uncommon valor was a common virtue," the United States flag is raised on Mt. Suribachi.
Feb. 24
1813The sloop of war Hornet, commanded by Capt. James Lawrence, encounters HMS Peacock off British Guyana and easily wins the engagement.
1942Task Force 16, commanded by Vice Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., leads the Wake Island Raid in an attempt to destroy the Japanese installations on the island.
1944PBY-5As (VP 63) employing Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) gear, bomb and sink German submarine U 761 as she attempts to transit the Straits of Gibraltar.
1945USS Lagarto (SS 371) sinks Japanese submarine I 371 and freighter Tatsumomo Maru off Bungo Strait, Kyushu.  
1959USS Galveston (CLG 3) fired the first Talos surface-to-air missile.
Feb. 25
1861The sloop of war Saratoga of the U.S. African Squadron captures the slaver sloop Express.
1917Marines and a naval landing force from USS Connecticut (BB 18), USS Michigan (BB 27), and USS South Carolina (BB 26) move into Guantanamo City, Cuba to protect American citizens during the sugar revolt.
1933USS Ranger (CV 4), the US Navy's first true aircraft carrier, is launched.  
1944 USS Hoe (SS 258) attacks a Japanese convoy at the mouth of Davao Gulf, sinking the fleet tanker Nissho Maru and damaging the fleet tanker Kyokuto Maru, while USS Rasher (SS 269) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Ryusei Maru and freighter Tango Maru off the north coast of Bali. 
1991During Operation Desert Storm, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and USS Missouri (BB 63) provide naval gunfire support and other operations.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines were dominated by the resignation of a Broward County deputy, after video revealed he never entered the Florida high school during the school shooting that killed 17 students. National news also focused on the indictment of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens for invasion of privacy. Defense News reports that the U.S. Navy will begin the Pacific partnership mission, its largest multilateral disaster-response preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific region, on Feb. 23. During the mission, the USNS Mercy will make stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Vietnam, the USNS Fall River will visit Yap, Palau, Malaysia and Thailand and the USS Carl Vinson will also make the first carrier visit to Vietnam since the Vietnam War. The Washington Post reports that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria, was in close contact with the Kremlin and Syrian officials shortly before and after the assault according to U.S. intelligence reports. Additionally, USNI News reports that the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams entered service with Military Sealift Command during a ceremony in San Diego on Thursday.
February 23
Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of Christians in Rome.
The Hapsburg Charles I succeeds Ferdinand in Spain.
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France.
The Estates-General in Paris is dissolved, having been in session since October 1614.
Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
Poet John Keats dies of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington's birthday.
Forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista.
Great Britain officially recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union.
John Lee survives three attempts to hang him in Exeter Prison, as the trap fails to open.
Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for his letter J'accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Britain and Germany agree on a boundary between German East Africa and Nyasaland.
Japan guarantees Korean sovereignty in exchange for military assistance.
Secretary of State Lansing hints that the U.S. may have to abandon the policy of avoiding "entangling foreign alliances".
An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
In Russia, an unmanned balloon rises to a record height of 25 miles.
Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.
A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.
American bombers strike the Marianas Islands bases, only 1,300 miles from Tokyo.
Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.
U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.
Several hundred Nazi organizers are arrested in Frankfurt by U.S. and British forces.
New York's Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.
Mass innoculation begins as Salk's polio vaccine is given to children for first time.
Eight nations meet in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.
Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.
The U.S. and Britain recognize the new Zanzibar government.
American troops begin the largest offensive of the war, near the Cambodian border.
Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.
French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.
I am with THE Bear, who ask at the end of this post: "But if anybody really wanted to thank the WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans for their service, they would recognize this wrong and work to make it right. That's my opinion, what's yours?…"
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 23, 2018Bear Taylor0 Comments
RIPPLE SALVO… #719… NEW YORK TIMES, 23-FEB-68, Page 1: "U.S. KILLED-IN-ACTION IN LAST WEEK 543, A RECORD–TOLL IN 1968 –48 DAYS– RISES TO 2,442″… AFGHANISTAN (2001-2018=17 YEARS=1,954 KIA)… but first…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY recalling a history lesson called Quagmire 101–The Vietnam War… Failure of this history lesson leads to Quagmire 201– AFGHANISTAN…
23 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a sunny, windy cold Friday in the Empire State…
GROUND WAR ("War is a killing business"): Page 1: "U.S. MARINES GAIN A HUE OBJECTIVE BUT FOE FIGHTS ON–AMERICANS REACH SOUTH WALL OF CITADEL AS ENEMY PUSHES SOUTH VIETNAMESE BACK–THIRD OF AREA CLEARED– But A Final Drive On Inner Royal Palace Is Expected To Be Costly"... "United States Marines ran crouching up a stone staircase and reached the south wall of the Hue Citadel today to close an important phase of the battle to control South Vietnam's second most important city. By taking a part of the south wall of the rectangular walled city within a city, the marines finished their current assignment of clearing a third of the Citadel of North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops who occupied Hue 23 days ago. The battle, however, is not over. Enemy troops still hold the southwest corner of the Citadel, which lies on the north Bank of the Huaong River. They also hold  crescent-shaped area inside the western wall. At almost the same time the American marines were reaching their objective, enemy troops counterattacked against the Fourth Regiment of the First South Vietnamese Division. The attack drove the South Vietnamese back about 200 yards before the line could be stabilized near a small airstrip that roughly bisects the northern part of the walled town. Enemy forces were also in complete control of the Imperial City, a walled royal city within the walled Citadel. The eventual assault against this beautiful seat of Annamese emperors may be costly. The cost to the First Battalion of the Fiftieth United States Marine Regiment in taking a third of the Citadel has also been high… Marine casualties are estimated at 50 dead and 200 seriously wounded… one company of about 205 men was withdrawn from the line today only 61 men left."… Page 4: "Spotter Plane Over Hue Looks Into Muzzles Of Foes Guns"… "The little gray spotter plane skimmed under the clouds covering Vietnam's embattled old imperial capital today, twisting and skidding away from enemy gunfire, 'They're gonna' shoot you right out of the air,' an American soldier on the ground radioed the pilot. 'We've got beaucoup VC here. If you can gain some altitude, I suggest you do."…
Page 1: "KHESANH: WHY U.S. IS MAKING A STAND"..."At Khesanh in the northwest corner of South Vietnam, 5,000 to 6,000 United States Marines sit in sandbagged bunkers and wait for an attack by an enemy force estimated at 20,000 men. About 100 marines have been killed there since January 2. The airstrip in the mountain valley, the garrison's lifeline, is under such constant shellfire that planes do not dare to come to a full stop while unloading men and supplies."… "The Defense Department explanation for the defense of Khesanh is that the American fortress there blocks five avenues of infiltration for the enemy from Laos into South Vietnam. If Khesanh were abandoned, the explanation goes, entire North Vietnamese divisions could pour down Route 9 and four other natural approaches through the valleys and could overrun a chain of Marine positions, the Rockpile, Conthien, Dongha and Pyubal to the east."…
RIPPLE SALVO… #720… The New York Times, 23-Feb-68, Page 1: Dateline: Saigon, South Vietnam, By-line Tom Buckley… Head Line:  "U.S. DEAD AT 543 IN A WEEK –Toll In '68 Rises to 2,242" ……
"The United States command announced yesterday that the death toll of American troops for the week ended last Saturday (17th) was 543, by far the highest of the war. The toll for the week before was 400, and the week before that, 416, then the highest of the war. Last week's toll brought the total of Americans killed since the first of the year to 2,242. About 9,000 Americans were killed in action in 1967 and about 5,000 in 1966. American wounded were put at 2,547 for the week. Of those, 1,247 required hospitalization…."
PRE- 9/11 VETS: WWII… 201,557; KOREA…33,739; VIETNAM…47,434
Humble Host has specifically high-lighted these casualty numbers to make a point. A few years ago the Congress and the President, with the help of active senior military officers, created a two-tier Veteran's Benefit schedule: one for those serving post-9/11 and one for those retiring before September 11, 2001. Affordability precluded the inclusion of the older veterans, and their spouses, in the generous alterations made to the full range of veteran's benefits. Do the math. The 9/11 date was chosen to specifically deny World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veteran's the new benefits. Their service and sacrifices were of the highest in our nation's history. To sell them short is, of course, is unconscionable.
Battle deaths is just one convenient measure of the value of their service. All a reasonable man has to do to conclude something is rotten with this two-tier schedule is to compare combat casualty rates for the WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans with those from the post 9/11 wars. Life is not fair, and by and large, the old veterans have learned to grin and bear the slight by our country. We toughened our hides fifty years ago. But if anybody really wanted to thank the WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans for their service, they would recognize this wrong and work to make it right. That's my opinion, what's yours?…
RTR Quote for 23 February: NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST: "War means fighting and fighting means killing."…
Lest we forget…       Bear
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Subject: FW: How about this for a history lesson?
A little story from history and aviation lore that might be of interest to you.   Just rec'd this from a friend who was career Navy and flew fighters beginning in the sixties and beyond after graduating from USNA
 It was said that the secret to Ted Williams batting success was that he could pick up the rotation of the stringing on the ball soon after it left the pitcher's hand. 
This is definitely a case of "WHO KNEW"?
 When asked to name the greatest team he was ever on, Ted Williams said: "The US Marines."
 Ted Williams was John Glenn's wingman flying F-9Fs in Korea.

The Boston Red Sox slugger who wore No. 9 as a major leaguer, was assigned to an F-9 Panther jet as a pilot. Ted flew a total of 39 combat missions in Korea.
He was selected by his commander John Glenn (later the astronaut, senator, and 'septuagenonaut') to fly as Glenn's wingman.
 While flying an air strike on a troop encampment near Kyomipo, Williams' F-9 was hit by hostile ground fire.
Ted commented later: "The funny thing was I didn't feel anything.
I knew I was hit when the stick started shaking like mad in my hands.
Then everything went out, my radio, my landing gear, everything.
The red warning lights went on all over the plane."
The F-9 Panther had a centrifugal flow engine and normally caught fire when hit.
The tail would literally blow off most stricken aircraft.
The standard orders were to eject from any Panther with a fire in the rear of the plane.
Ted's aircraft was indeed on fire, and was trailing smoke and flames.
Glenn and the other pilots on the mission were yelling over their radios for Williams to get out.
However, with his radio out, Williams could not hear their warnings and he could not see the condition of the rear of his aircraft.
Glenn and another Panther flown by Larry Hawkins came up alongside Williams and lead him to the nearest friendly airfield.
Fighting to hold the plane together, Ted brought his Panther in at more than 200-MPH for a crash landing on the Marsden-matted strip.
With no landing gear, dive brakes, or functioning flaps, the flaming Panther jet skidded down the runway for more than 3000 feet. Williams got out of the aircraft only moments before it was totally engulfed in flames.
Ted Williams survived his tour of duty in Korea and returned to major league baseball.
Pssst: Ted missed out flying combat missions during WW II, because his flying and gunnery skills were so good that he was kept as an instructor for much of the War.
During advanced training at Pensacola, Florida Ted would accurately shoot the sleeve targets to shreds while shooting out of wing-overs, zooms, and barrel rolls.
He broke the all time record for 'hits' at the school.
Following Pensacola, Ted was sent to Jacksonville for advanced gunnery training.
This is the payoff test for potential combat pilots.
Ted set all the records for reflexes, coordination, and visual reaction time.
As a result of his stunning success he was made an instructor at Bronson field to put Marine aviation cadets through their final paces.
By 1945 Ted got his wish and was finally transferred to a combat wing, but weeks later the War was over.
He was discharged from the military in December of 1945.
Seven years later, in December of 1952, Ted was recalled to active duty as a Marine Corps fighter pilot.
Semper Fi!
Thanks to Carl
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Item Number:1 Date: 02/23/2018 AFGHANISTAN - NEW MILITIA FORCE TO HOLD AREAS CLEARED OF TALIBAN (FEB 23/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Afghan Defense Ministry is establishing a new militia to assist in holding areas retaken from Taliban fighters, reports the Voice of America News.   The 36,000-strong force will consist of 7,500 army officers and 28,500 volunteers recruited from the areas where they will be serving, the ministry said.   The new militia will be under the direct command of the Defense Ministry, said a spokesman. It was not clear when recruiting for the force might begin.   The announcement raised concerns among some observers, who pointed out the difficulty of enforcing accountability among irregular Afghan soldiers. There have been numerous allegations of human-rights abuses against Afghan militias.   Afghan authorities have promised oversight mechanisms, but have not elaborated. Officials say that placing the militia under the army's control will help prevent abuses.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/23/2018 BRAZIL - LAWMAKERS AUTHORIZE MILITARY TO TAKE OVER FIGHT AGAINST GANGS IN RIO (FEB 23/RIO)  RIO TIMES -- The upper and lower houses of the Brazilian congress have voted in favor of giving the military authority over public security in Rio de Janeiro, reports the Rio Times.   The legal measure, proposed by President Michel Temer on Feb. 16, was approved on Feb. 20.   Under the plan, the military will deploy to the city, the largest in Brazil, to fight gangs, who have "virtually taken over," said Temer.   The civilian governor will maintain control of the state government. The military units are under the authority of a general, who reports directly to Temer.   Critics have expressed concern that the decree is not clear on how far the military can go to restore peace and security, including language that permits search and seizure operations on entire streets or other areas without legally specifying the targeted individuals.   Previous military deployments to Rio have done little to reduce crime or insecurity, while leading to increased reports of abuses, reported Business Insider.   This is the first military intervention since Brazil's military dictatorship ended in 1985.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/23/2018 JAPAN - 2 ARRESTED AFTER FIRING ON N. KOREAN ORGANIZATION HQ IN TOKYO (FEB 23/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Two men have been arrested for firing on the headquarters of a pro-North Korean organization in Tokyo, reports the Japan Times.   The duo drove to the gate of the headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, early Friday. From there, one of the men fired several shots.   The bullets hit the gate. No one was injured, said police.   Police arrested the men on suspicion of vandalism. Both men, believed to be right-wing activists, confessed to the charges.   Founded in 1955, Chongryon's stated aim is protecting the rights of North Korean residents in Japan. In the absence of formal relations between Tokyo and Pyongyang, it serves as a de facto embassy.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 02/23/2018 MALI - ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS 2 FRENCH SOLDIERS NEAR BORDERS WITH BURKINA FASO, NIGER (FEB 23/RFI)  RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE -- Two French soldiers have been killed when their vehicle struck a mine during counterterrorism operations in Mali, reports Radio France Internationale.   The soldiers were in an armored vehicle that hit the mine on the road between the towns of Ansongo and Menaka, said the French army. A third soldier was injured in the attack.   The region, which borders Burkina Faso and Niger, is a known hotbed for militant activity.   The attack came after the Malian army said it had "inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists" in the Ansango area on Feb. 20.   France intervened in Mali in 2013 to help government forces defeat Al-Qaida-linked militants who attempted to take over the country. There are currently about 4,000 French troops there.   Separately, the European Union is set to double funding for a joint African security force intended to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, reported Agence France-Presse.   The additional 50 million euros (US$62 million) is expected to be announced on Friday during talks by E.U. leaders in Brussels.   The G5 Sahel forces involves troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.  
Item Number:11 Date: 02/23/2018 RUSSIA - SU-57 STEALTH FIGHTERS REPORTED IN SYRIA (FEB 23/BUSINS)  BUSINESS INSIDER -- The Russian air force appears to have sent its advanced Su-57 stealth fighter to Syria, reports the Business Insider.   Videos published on social media appear to show Su-57 jets operating in Syria.   Two Su-57s have been deployed to the Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria, according to informed sources cited by Interfax-AVN.   Analysts say that the move could be a marketing stunt by Russia to show off its latest jet, since the Su-57 is not believed to be ready for combat.   Moscow's efforts to buy the Su-57 have been hindered by budget shortfalls and development issues.   Obtaining export orders would give the program a significant boost. Russia has only purchased 12 of the jets so far.   Russia has used the war in Syria to display a wide range of its military products.   The Su-57 could be used for surveillance and reconnaissance operations with its array of radar and sensor systems, according to experts. It is also an opportunity to test the fighter in an environment where the U.S. F-22 is known to operate
Item Number:14 Date: 02/23/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - COUPLE SENTENCED FOR ISIS BOMB PLOT (FEB 23/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- A U.K. couple has been sentenced for their role in an Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired terror plot, reports the Independent (U.K.).   Munir Mohammed was sentenced to life imprisonment and Rowaida El-Hassan was jailed for 12 years and five years probation. Mohammed will serve a minimum of 14 years.   Mohammed, 37, and El-Hassan were convicted in January 2018 of planning a deadly terror attack in the U.K.   Prosecutors said the pair met on a dating website and exchanged messages that included terrorist plots.   Mohammed allegedly used el-Hassan's knowledge of chemicals to conceive a deadlier bomb.   Police arrested the pair in December 2016. Mohammed was found in possession of two of the three necessary precursor chemicals to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), the deadly explosive used in the attacks in Paris and Brussels
Item Number:16 Date: 02/23/2018 USA - ALIGNMENT ISSUES ON AC-130J GUNS CAN BE FIXED WITH SOFTWARE, SAYS AFSOC CHIEF (FEB 23/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- Concerns raised over the performance of the Air Force's newest AC-130J gunship have been overblown, says the head of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), as cited by   "This is normal stuff that happens in test," Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said during an interview on Thursday.   The challenges, which began by taking a 30-mm gun from an AC-130W, can be overcome by software, he said.   Testing continues, the general said.   The AC-130J Ghostrider achieved initial operational capability in late September.   The Pentagon's Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation said that issues with the GAU-23/A cannon's alignment during firing needed to be addressed before moving forward.

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