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To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
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This day in Naval History
Aug. 24
1814—During the War of 1812, the British invade Maryland. and burn Washington, D.C. Commodore Thomas Tingey, superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard, burns the Navy Yard to prevent British access during the invasion.
1862—During the Civil War, Capt. Raphael Semmes takes command of CSS Alabama at sea off the island of Terceira, Azores, beginning his career of raiding American commerce.
1912—The collier, USS Jupiter, is launched. The vessel is the first electrically-propelled Navy ship. She is renamed USS Langley in April 1920 with the designation of aircraft carrier CV-1 and a few months later becomes the Navy's first aircraft carrier in March 1922 following conversion.
1942—Task Force 61, commanded by Vice Adm. Frank J. Fletcher, engages the Japanese First Carrier Division, Third Fleet, commanded by Vice Adm. Nagumo Chuchi, during Battle of Eastern Solomons. Planes from Japanese carrier, Ryujo, bomb U.S. positions on Lunga Point but SBDs from VB-3 and TBFs from VT-8 off carrier USS Saratoga (CV 3) sink Ryujo. Additionally, USS Enterprise (CV 6) is damaged by carrier bombers from Japanese carrier, Shokaku. As a result of this battle, the Japanese recall the expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.
1943—Aircraft from USS Core (CVE 13) sink the German submarine (U 185) southwest of the Azores.
1992—USS Essex (LHD 2) is commissioned without ceremony from Pascagoula, Miss., in order to take part in an emergency sortie to avoid Hurricane Andrew. After transiting through the Panama Canal, USS Essex is officially commissioned Oct. 17 at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego.
Aug. 25          
1864—CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Cmdr. John Taylor Wood, returns to Wilmington, N.C. to refuel on coal. During her more than two-week raid, CSS Tallahassee destroys 26 vessels and captures seven others.
1927—USS Los Angeles (ZR 3) rises to a near-vertical position due to the sudden arrival of a cold air front that lifts the airships tail, causing it to rise before she can swing around the mast parallel to the new wind direction. Los Angeles only suffers minor damage but the affair demonstrates the risks involved with high mooring masts.
1943—Depth charges from USS Patterson (DD 392) sink the Japanese submarine RO-35, 170 miles southeast of San Cristobal Island, Solomon Islands.
1944—USS Picuda (SS 382), in attack on Japanese convoy at the western entrance to the Babuyan Channel, sinks destroyer Yunagi 20 miles north-northeast of Cape Bojeador, Philippines and merchant tanker Kotoku Maru.
1951—Twenty-three fighters from USS Essex (CV 9) escort Air Force heavy bombers in an attack on Najin, Korea due to the target being beyond range of land-based fighters.
2017—Hurricane Harvey Strikes the Texas Gulf Coast. The Navy responds by sending 10 aircraft to provide humanitarian assistance that lasts until Sept. 4.
Aug. 26
1775—The R.I. delegates press the Continental Congress for creation of a Continental Navy to protect the colonies due to the harassment of shipping by the British.
1839—The brig USS Washington seizes the Spanish slaver Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The Africans are held on murder charges due to their prior seizure of the ship in July. The case goes to the Supreme Court in Jan. 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams successfully argues the defendants' case.
1843—The day after the steam frigate, USS Missouri, becomes the first steam-powered ship to complete a Trans-Atlantic crossing, she accidently catches on fire, explodes and sinks at Gibraltar, without loss of life.
1912—A detachment of Marines from USS Rainbow lands at Camp Nicholson, near Shanghai, China, to protect American interests from local revolutionaries.
1944—Motor torpedo boats PT-511, PT-514, and PT-520 take part in a night engagement that turns back the last German attempt to reinforce the besieged garrison at La Havre. The PTs sink Germany artillery ferries AFP-98 and AFP-108.
1949—While operating in stormy seas off northern Norway, USS Cochino (SS 345) suffers a series of serious battery explosions that result in her loss. Though Cochino's crew is successfully rescued by USS Tusk (SS 426), the submarine loses seven of her own men during this difficult effort.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include Attorney General Jeff Sessions publicly asserting his role at the department of Justice in response to remarks from the President, continued coverage of the convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, and the impending landfall of Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. CNO Adm. John Richardson visited Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command on Aug. 22, where he focused on how to compete and win in today's increasingly competitive environment. "We have to approach the competition with a sense of urgency; with a sense that we do not have a divine right to victory," said Richardson. USNI News reports that the Navy has called off the search for a sailor who went missing from USS Lake Erie. Additionally, Defense News reports that the Navy accepted of the littoral combat ships Sioux City and Wichita.
 
 
Today in History August 24

79

Mount Vesuvius erupts destroying Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and other smaller settlements.
410

German barbarians sack Rome.
1542

In South America, Gonzalo Pizarro returns to the mouth of the Amazon River after having sailed the length of the great river as far as the Andes Mountains.
1572

Some 50,000 people are put to death in the 'Massacre of St. Bartholomew' as Charles IX of France attempts to rid the country of Huguenots.
1780

King Louis XVI abolishes torture as a means to get suspects to confess.
1814

British troops under General Robert Ross capture Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.
1847

Charlotte Bronte, using the pseudonym Currer Bell, sends a manuscript of Jane Eyre to her publisher in London.
1869

Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patents the waffle iron.
1891

Thomas Edison files a patent for the motion picture camera.
1894

Congress passes the first graduated income tax law, which is declared unconstitutional the next year.
1896

Thomas Brooks is shot and killed by an unknown assailant beginning a six year feud with the McFarland family.
1912

By an act of Congress, Alaska is given a territorial legislature of two houses.
1942

In the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the third carrier-versus-carrier battle of the war, U.S. naval forces defeat a Japanese force attempting to screen reinforcements for the Guadalcanal fighting.
1948

Edith Mae Irby becomes the first African-American student to attend the University of Arkansas.
1954

Congress outlaws the Communist Party in the United States.
1963

US State Department cables embassy in Saigon that if South Vietnam's president Ngo Dinh Diem does not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu as his political adviser the US would explore alternative leadership, setting the stage for a coup by ARVN generals.
1975

The principal leaders of Greece's 1967 coup—Georgios Papadopoulos, Stylianos Pattakos, and Nikolaos Maarezos—sentenced to death for high treason, later commuted to life in prison.
1981

 Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering former Beatles band member John Lennon.
1989

Colombian drug lords declare "total and absolute war" on Colombia's government, booming the offices of two political parties and burning two politicians' homes.
1989

Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball for gambling.
1991

Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; Ukraine declares its independence from USSR.
1992

Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida. The Category 5 storm, which had already caused extensive damage in the Bahamas, caused $26.5 billion in US damages, caused 65 deaths, and felled 70,000 acres of trees in the Everglades.
1994

Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) create initial accord regarding partial self-rule for Palestinians living on the West Bank, the Agreement on Preparatory Transfer of Powers and Responsibilities.
2004

Chechnyan suicide bombers blow up two airliners near Moscow, killing 89 passengers.
2006

Pluto is downgraded to a dwarf planet when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines "planet."
2010

The Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas kills 72 illegal immigrants from Central and South America in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
 
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Banned terms - RAF
Thanks to Boom ….and Dr. Rich
 
I'm afraid, after a brief scan through the LONG list, that U.S. Naval Aviation has been outdone when it comes to banned terms by aircrews … C'mon guys, we need to get our best grammarian (there IS such a word) to start on our list ASAP … not to be outdone for long.  PS - not for the faint of heart or genitalia …. 
 
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LFSE, sure you all will waste much time marveling at these. (using BCC cuz there's so many I know who will like it. 
You can assume the usual suspects are getting the link)  
Mostly Brit bias but all who slip the surly bonds will get it. 
 
 
YA, Boom
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stomach started rumbling
thanks to ted - 
 
It just gets better as you get older, doesn't it? 
 
 
I was in a Starbucks Coffee recently when my stomach started rumbling and I realized that I desperately needed to pass gas.  The place was packed, but the music was really loud so to get relief and reduce embarrassment I timed my farts to the beat of the music.  After a couple of songs I started to feel much better.  I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me.  I  suddenly remembered that I was listening to my Ipod (Via my Ear piece) - and how was your day?
 
 
 
(This is what happens when old people start using technology!)
 
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Thanks to Tom
 
The bridge at Remagen, Germany was constructed during WW I at the urging of Germany's Generals, so more troops and war materials could be brought to their Western Front.

     The bridge was 300 yards long, measured 90 feet above the Rhine, and supported two sets of railroad lines.

 





    With [ 1 ] great good fortune intertwined with the [ 2 ]  incompetence of the Germans in charge.  So Ike's troops captured it. Eisenhower soon reported that the captured bridge was


worth its weight in gold. Hitler was so outraged by its loss that he ordered all of the responsible officers to be summarily shot. The bridge was then attacked by German dive bombers


and also attacked by at least of one team of demolition-trained German ' frog men.'


    Now, fellow jocks listen up . . here's a correlative combat story from one of our Fighter Pilot Loop friends : 
   " I had a mid-air collision with my P-38 wingman while flying patrol over Remagen bridge. The Germans were trying to dive bomb the bridge and P-38s were trying to keep them from it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our squadron commander,  James Cobb was leading our flight of four . . and I was his element leader."

" We were circling at about 18M, when a flight of (4) four FW-190s crossed 3M feet below us . . where they split in twos.   Major Cobb dove on the right pair and I went after left pair.  I

was closing fast, began scoring a few hits when . .

' WHAM ! '

My wing man Byers hit me from above and behind.

HARD !

The physical impact was so great I couldn't breathe.  Even with a backpack parachute on, my seat back knocked the breath out of me . . 

And now our two aircraft were twisted together . . high in the air. "
" All I could see was the greasy belly of an engine nacelle that had crushed my canopy   down on my head.  And my left prop was chewing on his airplane . . the vibration was terrible. 

Instinctively, I yanked all the power off. This action caused us to break apart. I never saw the other P-38 again, but others in the squadron watched it tumble, but . . then smack the then

hit the ground. Byers never exited."

   " When we broke apart, we both continued  going almost traight down in a left spiral. I pulled up to a shallow glide. The left engine was on fire. I quickly turned off gas and ignition and

prepared to bail out.  The big old Rhine River was under me.  And I assumed everything West of the Rhine was friendly territory.  To be sure, I punched up the 9th TAC Fighter Control

Emergency radio frequency . . asking  them if I was right.  And they came right back with a ' YES ' "

" Now the fire in the left engine was almost out.  I had tried to feather it but the prop blades were bent up into grotesque shapes  . . they kept ' flipping around ' . . causing the airplane   

to sort of corkscrew itself through the air. 

    All the while, the right engine and prop were wind-milling smoothly, so I turned on the gas and ignition, put the mixture back up to rich and that

sweetheart engine began running like a top.  So, I headed west toward our home base in Belgium, with a magnetic compass swinging from side to side - and the bent prop flipping over

and over.

Soon, the P-38 squadron caught up with me, and led me home. 
    Major Cobb stayed with me when I dropped the landing gear.  He flew under and said it looked O.K.  However, now, I worried about how the left wing damage would behave in a stall. 

So, after everyone else was safely on the ground, I pulled the nose up and got into a wicked stall at fast 130 mph.  On the other hand, it was a pleasant experience, because the engine

with the twisted prop quit turning over. And this would allow me to have a stable landing platform.

    I smoked it on to the runway at about 150 mph, then climbed on the brakes as hard as I dared . . slowing it enough to make the final turn-off at the runway's end. The first hard-

stand was empty, so I spun around and parked it on the parking spot.

" WHAT A RIDE
 !

And this beautiful P-38 had just saved my butt . . one more time ! "



Jim
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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 24 AUGUST 1968… WHEN YOU GO FEET DRY, THREE THINGS CAN HAPPEN…
August 24, 2018Bear Taylor
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 24 AUGUST 1968… WHEN YOU GO FEET DRY, THREE THINGS CAN HAPPEN…


RIPPLE SALVO… #903 …  WOODY HAYES (According to Darrell Royal): "THREE THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU THROW THE BALL, AND TWO OF THEM ARE BAD." For the ROLLING THUNDER warrior, you accepted that when you crossed the beach and went "feet dry," three things could happen, and two of them were bad– you could get killed or you could end up on the ground in hostile country. If you were standing on the ground in Southeast Asia wondering where to hide your parachute, three things could happen. Two of them bad. You could end up in the Hanoi Hilton, or you could get killed. When you went feet dry you hoped to get feet wet and chalk up another great memory of fleeing forward to destroy something, and then leaving danger behind on the homeward leg to another OK3. And if you had bad luck and got shot down, you hoped a heroic helicopter crew could/would come save your sweet arse. Fifty years ago, on 24 August 1968, more than 300 Air Force and Navy fighter-bomber aviators went "feet dry." Six had bad days. And on 24 August 1965, three Naval Aviators had the first of many–2,730–bad days as they went feet dry and ended up in Hanoi tapping on walls…  but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day NINE HUNDRED THREE of a review of the pages of history covering Operation Rolling Thunder, the air campaign that divided America in "the year the dream died," 1968…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 24 August 1968…
THE WAR: Page 1: "ALLIES BATTLE ENEMY AT CITIES AND BASES"… "The enemy launched mortar and ground attacks yesterday against cities, provincial capitals and military installations throughout the country as the tempo of fighting picked up. the heaviest attacks occurred at Danang and the northern provinces and at a counter-guerrilla camp at Duclop, 130 miles northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. A 1,000-man enemy force fired rockets and mortar rounds at the camp and then began a ground assault. Through the  night, the American Special forces unit and the Montagnard tribesmen in the camp were being supported by helicopter gun ships and tactical aircraft. Allied casualties were light and enemy losses were put at 22 enemy soldiers known killed… The focal point of the enemy assaults were the five northernmost provinces where 30 coordinated ground and mortar assaults took place last night and today. In Danang enemy soldiers slipped into the sprawling Marine-Air Force compound on Marble Mountain, on the fringes of the city… throughout the Danang area a total of 81 enemy soldiers were reported killed. The Marines lost 15 killed… In two other battles at least 10 Americans were killed…"…
PEACE: Page 3: "MANSFIELD PUSHES FOR PROMPT PEACE"… "The Senate Democratic leaders, Mike Mansfield, called on the Democratic party today to 'delineate a path to a prompt peace in Vietnam. If we could have peace in my judgement, we must be prepared to spend political face for the purpose of saving lives,' the Montana Senator said in a statement . It continued: 'If we would have peace, we must act on the premise that this nation's proper interests do not lie in the prolongation of this deep military involvement on the Asian mainland. If we would provide leadership of relevance in this situation we will delineate a prompt peace in Vietnam. Others may indulge in pietions and pomposities on Vietnam and Asia. As Democrats we cannot. Ours is the responsibility for getting in (to war in Vietnam). Ours should be the responsibility for getting out."…
Page 9: "HOUSE UNIT ASSERTS U.S. HAS NO POLICY TO WIN IN VIETNAM"… "the House Armed Services subcommittee charge in a report after hearings  here and abroad that the United States has formulated no plan to win in Vietnam. The subcommittee's report suggested that the limitations on the bombing of North Vietnam might haver to be lifted in an effort to close the port of Haiphong to ships if a military victory is to be attained. Representative Mendel Rivers, Democrat of South Carolina and chairman said that 'the war in Vietnam could and should have been won long ago. Unfortunately, however, our strength is our weakness, for there are those who fear to use it.' "…Page 1: "CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S SVOVODA IN MOSCOW FOR TALKS–Czechs Stage General Strike–Foreign Minister Flies to  U.N. –A Dramatic Move–End of Crisis Is Sought In Direct Discussion With Soviet Chiefs"… Page 1: "SVODOBA  GREETED BY SOVIET LEADERS–THOUSANDS LINE STREETS AS HE IS DRIVEN TO KREMLIN–Meeting Extended"… Page 1: "RUSSIANS BECOME JUMPY IN EMPTY PRAGUE STREETS"… Page 15: "Moscow Said To Have Felt Dubcek Broke Vows"… Page 16: "CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS BRIEFED BY PRESIDENT ON CRISIS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA–Leaders Express Their Support In Backing U.S. Effort To Get U.N. Action–Details Given On Dobyrinin's Visit To Inform Johnson Of Intervention In Prague"… Page 19: "McGOVERN CHARGES U.S. PARTLY TO BLAME FOR CRISIS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA"….. Page 1: "Illinois National Guard Told To Shoot If defied In Chicago"…"6,000 Guardsmen on duty during the Democratic Convention."…. Page 11: "EISENHOWER ALERT, HIS DOCTORS FIND–Despite Critical Condition He Remains Cheerful"…
24 AUGUST 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (25 Aug reporting 24 Ops) Page 2: "In the air war, American pilots flew 117 missions over the southern area of North Vietnam."… VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were four fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 24 August 1968…
(1) MAJOR CHARLES HAROLD W. READ and 1LT MELVIN EARL LADEWIG were flying an F-4D of the 497th TFS and 8th TFW out of Ubon on a night armed reconnaissance mission 17 miles northwest of Dong Hoi and were downed in the attack on a storage area. The flight leader observed a large fireball in the target area that a low pass confirmed was the burning wreckage of an aircraft. The conclusion was that there had been no ejection prior to the crash. At 2236 the FAC directed the Phantoms onto a secondary target located in a densely populated and heavily defended North Vietnamese staging area for troops and supplies destined to enter the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the Ban Karai Pass. The lead aircraft lit up the target with flares so the number two aircraft (Read and Ladewig) could make a second bomb run… after making a bomb run on a target, the Phantom was seen as a large fireball. Immediately, Lead transmitted a report to the airborne commander…Visual and electronic searches were conducted with out any result other than a good fix on the crash site at 21 miles northwest of Dong Hoi and 29 miles northeast of the Ban Karai Pass. When no sign of either warrior was found, the search was terminated and MAJOR READ and 1LT LADEWIG were reported Missing in Action. When the two failed to appear with the release of 591 POWs in 1973, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the Presumptive Finding of Death in the case of both CAPTAIN LADEWIG on 8 November 1973 and COLONEL READ on 25 July 1978.   They rest in peace where they fell on the attack and on the battlefield.They are remembered on this 50th anniversary of their last flight as they await repatriation and a return to the land they loved…
(2) LT J.R. LEE was flying an A-7A of the VA-27 Royal Maces embarked in USS Constellation on an armed reconnaissance mission in a flight  of A-7s armed with Walleye weapons. The flight found and attacked an occupied antiaircraft gun position. Before LT. LEE could commence an attack he was hit at 10,000-feet. He turned toward the sea in a race against the on-board fire. When his hydraulic systems failed he ejected very close to the beach a few hundred yards at sea. A Navy helo crew braved the enemy resistance to make the pick-up, as other USS Constellation aircraft suppressed enemy fire and efforts to capture LT LEE, fifty years ago today…
(3) LTJG B.S. FOSTER was  flying an F-8H of the VF-211 Checkmates embarked in USS Hancock on a BARCAP mission when he suffered a total hydraulic system failure. He was able to eject over the Tonkin Gulf well clear of enemy opposition and was rescued by a Navy helicopter to fly and fight again…
(4) LT WILLIAM ARTHUR HEAP and LTJG T.I. McPHERSON of VF-143 embarked in USS Constellation were launching on an armed recce mission when the bridle failed on the catapult shot. The Phantom failed to fly and fell off into the sea. LTJG McPHERSON was able to eject and was rescued to fly and fight again. LT HEEPS did not eject and went down and under with his aircraft where he remains today.  
SUMMARY OF ROLLING THUNDER LOSSES (KIA/MIA/POW) ON THE FOUR 24 AUGUST DATES OF  THE FOUR YEARS OF THE OPERATION OVER NORTH VIETNAM…
1968… MAJOR CHARLES HAROLD W. READ, USAF …  (KIA)… and… LT MELVIN EARL LADEWIG, USN…  (KIA)…
1967… CAPTAIN JAY CRADDLE HESS, USAF… (POW)… of the 537th TFS was downed on his 35th mission while striking the Lang Dang marshaling yards 25 miles northeast of Kep.
1966… NONE…
1965… LTJG RICHARD MARVIN BRUNHAVER… (POW)… and… COMMANDER FRED AGUSTUS FRANKE, JR., USN, Commanding Officer, VF-21… (POW)… and… LCDR ROBERT HARTCH DOREMUS, USN… (POW)…    
On 24 August 1965, LTJG BRUNHAVER , VA-22, embarked in USS Midway, was downed on a low level Snakeye attack on a bridge near Phong Bai, 30 miles south of Thanh Hoa. After bomb release he was unable to control his A-4 and struck a karst ridge damaging the aircraft forcing him to eject. He was captured to become the 7th Navy POW of the war. He had completed more than 100 combat missions at the time of his downing.  The Citation for his Second SILVER STAR reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. On 10 June 1969, his captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces."…
On 24 August 1965, COMMANDER FRANKE and LCDR DOREMUS, VF-21, embarked in USS Midway, were downed by a North Vietnamese SAM to become the first Navy aviators to be nailed by an SA-2 Guideline missile in the war. They were the 8th and 9th Navy POWs (by Humble Host count) and like LTJG BRUNHAVER they would spend 2,730 days in the North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war system of prisons. They were downed while flying MIGCAP for an Air Wing  Rolling Thunder strike on the Thanh Hoa Bridge. CAPTAIN FRANKE was awarded the LEGION OF MERIT with VALOR device, among other awards for courage under fire. The Citation reads: "For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 1965 to February 1973. By his diligent efforts, exceptional leadership, devotion and loyalty to the United States, and under the most adverse of conditions, he resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in causes detrimental to the United States. While in daily contact with the North Vietnamese guards and officers he performed duties in staff positions, maintaining good order and discipline among the prisoners. Under constant harassment from their captors and due to the frustrations of the prisoners during their long internment, many difficult situations arose, requiring perseverance, endurance and ingenuity. Using his extraordinary courage, resourcefulness, and sound judgement, he reflected great courage upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces…The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized."CAPTAIN DOREMUS' first of two awards of the SILVER STAR was earned earlier in the USS Midway's deployment to Yankee Station. The Citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving in Fighter Squadron TWENTY-ONE, embarked in USS MIDWAY (CVA-41), as Flight Officer of a F-4B Phantom aircraft during a mission in support of combat operations in Southeast Asia against North Vietnam forces on 17 June 1965. Engaging at least four and possibly six FRESCO aircraft, Commander (then Lieutenant Commander) Doremus accounted for one confirmed kill and contributed to a second confirmed kill by the other F-4B aircraft in the fight by diverting the remaining enemy planes from the threat to U.S. striking forces. With heavy antiaircraft fire bursting throughout the patrol area, his crew relentlessly maintained their vigil and pressed forward their attack, seeking out and destroying the enemy aircraft thereby preventing damage to friendly strike aircraft in the area. By his outstanding courage, skill, and devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk, Commander Doremus upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."…
RIPPLE SALVO… #903… There is among the remembrances left for the warriors whose names are on The Wall on the Washington Mall  a wonderful poem by the niece of COLONEL CHARLES HAROLD W. READ, USAF, who went missing 50 years ago this day. He remains where he fell on 24 August 1968. The poem, MISSING IN ACTION by Laura Read Turner is posted here to honor the memory of COLONEL READ and to recognize and admire the enduring love of Laura Read Turner for her long missing Uncle… "MISSING IN ACTION"… I quote…
"Missing in action
The situation grim
And yet
They have not said
That he is dead
They've left a slender, gossamer thread
Of hope to which we cling
So slim a thread suspending so much hope
And the two griefs enshroud our minds
A cloud of mourning glimmering
With but the slightest shine of hope
That just perhaps he isn't dead
And this then brings the second dread
Agony of
If he lives is he in pain
Suffering,
Wounded, tortured, ill
One grief is pain enough
Still we will take the two of them
To get the one with hope."…. End quote …….     Five Stars!!! oohrah…  
RTR quote for 24 August: SENATOR MIKE MANSFIELD, 22-Aug-68: "We have yet to put aside the fantasy that peace can be achieved by coffee breaks in Paris even as war goes on as usual in Vietnam."
Lest we forget…     Bear
 
 
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  Item Number:3 Date: 08/24/2018 BRAZIL - ANOTHER SOLDIER DIES IN ONGOING OPS IN RIO (AUG 24/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A third Brazilian soldier has been killed in the latest military operation in Rio de Janeiro, reports the Voice of America News.   At least two soldiers and five civilians have been killed in this week's raids in violent neighborhoods in northern Rio.   On Monday, the army launched an operation against suspected drug dealers.   The latest fatality resulted from a shootout with suspected drug-traffickers, the army said.   More than 4,000 soldiers and police officers, supported by armored vehicles and aircraft, are taking part in the mission.   In February, President Michel Temer announced that the military would take command of police forces in the state following a sharp increase in violence between drug gangs and militias.   The operation has been criticized for its use of the military, lack of transparency and unclear goals.   On Wednesday, residents of one of the slums involved in the operations complained about mistreatment by soldiers, including allegations of murders.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/24/2018 JAPAN - 3 YEARS AFTER BAN LIFTED, ASDF GETS 1ST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOT (AUG 24/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The first female fighter pilot in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force has completed training, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   First Lt. Misa Matsushima, a graduate of Japan's National Defense Academy, completed her training earlier this week and was formally named a fighter pilot in a Friday ceremony, reported CNN.   Matsushima, 26, will be assigned to the 5th Air Wing at Nyutabaru air base in the southern Miyazaki prefecture.   For the next six to 12 months, she will train to fly F-15 fighters.   Three other women are currently training to become fighter pilots.   Tokyo loosened its restrictions on women in the Self-Defense Forces in 1993 but the ban on female fighter pilots remained in effect until 2015.   Women currently make up 6 percent of the SDF. The armed services plan to increase this to 9 percent by 2030
Item Number:8 Date: 08/24/2018 PAKISTAN - PARAMILITARY KILLED IN MINE BLAST NEAR BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN (AUG 24/DPAK)  DAILY PAKISTAN -- A paramilitary has been killed and three injured in a roadside bombing in northwestern Pakistan, reports the Daily Pakistan.   On Thursday, the Frontier Corps troops were patrolling in the Dand Killay area near the border with Afghanistan when their vehicle hit a land mine, reported the Dawn (Pakistan).   The injured personnel were taken to a hospital in Datta Skel, part of the North Waziristan district, where they were declared to be in stable condition.   The area was secured and an investigation into the attack was launched, said government sources.   No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/24/2018 SOUTH SUDAN - REBELS BEGIN TO RETURN TO ARMY (AUG 24/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Former rebels are rejoining the ranks of the South Sudanese army, reports the Voice of America News.   On Thursday, former rebel Brig. Gen. Chan Garang said he and more than 300 officers and soldiers would be rejoining the government's ranks.   An army spokesman confirmed the development, adding that Garang was a formidable foe.   Garang's return should enhance peace around the capital, said the spokesman.   Garanag defected from the South Sudanese armed forces in 2017, fighting first for Riek Machar's forces before joining the South Sudan United Front Army led by former army chief Gen. Paul Malong.   Garang said he defected because government troops were killing youth near his hometown, Aweil.   With Garang out, Malong's South Sudan United Front Army is weakened, said local analysts.   The announcement follows a peace agreement that was signed by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on Aug. 5, which aimed to end a five-year civil war. The integration of rebel groups was a key factor in securing the agreement.   Under the agreement, the army, military police and security forces must be built before the end of the 36-month transitional period, after which they can be deployed throughout the country.   Government and rebel representatives are expected to finalize a follow-up agreement this weekend in Khartoum. Several outstanding issues remain, including the number of states, their boundaries and the role of the five vice presidents in the planned transitional government
Item Number:13 Date: 08/24/2018 UKRAINE - RUSSIAN-BACKED REBELS MAKE PUSH NEAR ZHOLOBOK (AUG 24/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and seven injured in a five-hour clash with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Fighting erupted on Wednesday when rebels, under the cover of artillery and mortar fire, attempted to overtake observation posts near Zholobok in the Luhansk region.   The Russian-backed forces fired more than 30 122-mm rounds, 60 120-mm mortar shells and 60 82-mm mortar bombs in addition to employing infantry combat vehicles and grenade launchers, said a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.   Ukrainian armed forces quickly regrouped, returned fire, engaged the reserves and deterred the attack, said President Petro Poroshenko.   At least eight rebels were killed and 11 injured in the battle, said Poroshenko.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/24/2018 USA - JORDANIAN OFFICER DIES IN HELO TRAINING CRASH IN TEXAS (AUG 24/AUSTIN A-S)  AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN -- A Jordanian military officer and U.S. pilot have been killed in a helicopter crash in central Texas, reports the Austin American-Statesman (Texas).   On Tuesday, the Hughes H369FF helicopter hit a power line during a training flight in northeast Williamson County before crashing into a cotton field and bursting into flames, reported NBC News.   The Jordanian fighter pilot was on a government-contracted training flight with a U.S. instructor, according to local officials.   The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Jordanian military are jointly investigating the crash.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/24/2018 USA - NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOR HURRICANE RESPONSE (AUG 24/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Hawaiian National Guard could deploy up to 400 personnel to support the response to Hurricane Lane, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The 150 members already activated would be augmented by an additional 120 as part of Joint Task Force 50, said a spokesman for Hawaiian National Guard.   Around 40 of 120 Guardsmen already in Hawaii for volcano recovery work will be redirected to hurricane relief as required, he said.   A 10-person specialized team is in action to speed support requests and planners have been deployed to Hawaii's emergency operations center to coordinate response efforts.   Guard members will also help clear debris and rescue trapped survivors.   About 100 members of the Nebraska National Guard are preparing to deploy to Hawaii after the storm, said a spokesman for the National Guard.   The Hawaii National Guard regularly trains in for hurricane response, the Hawaiian Guard spokesman said.   The storm was downgraded from Category 4 to Category 3 on Thursday but has continued moving towards the capital, Honolulu, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/24/2018 YEMEN - COALITION STRIKE ON IDP CAMP KILLS 31 CIVILIANS, SAY HOUTHIS (AUG 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Houthi rebels in Yemen claim that air attacks by the Saudi-led coalition have killed at least 31 people, including 22 children, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Thursday, coalition jets struck a camp for internally displaced people in Ad Durayhimi, which is about 12 miles (20 km) from the contested city of Hodeidah, reported the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV.   A strike on the camp on Wednesday killed four people, reported CNN.   Most of the victims were killed while boarding a bus to flee the previous day's strike, said a Sanaa-based pro-Houthi activist.   The Emirates News Agency reported on Thursday that the Houthis launched a ballistic missile from the Ad Durayhimi district, which had killed a child. The claim could not be independently verified.   According to some locals, the victims were hit in their cars after deciding to move from the camp because it was being used to launch missiles.   The attack comes two weeks after coalition jets hit a bus in Saada, northwest Yemen, killing 40 schoolchildren. 
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