Thursday, August 30, 2018

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To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.
This day in Naval History
Aug. 30
1923—USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-WWII service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944.
1929—At New London, Conn., 26 officers and men test the Momsen lung to exit an intentionally-bottomed submarine. The device was created by Lt. C.B. Momsen following the failure to save surviving crew members trapped in USS S-4 (SS 109) that sank after a collision with Coast Guard cutter USS Paulding in 1927.
1942—USS Colhoun (APD 2), is sunk by Japanese land attack planes (Kizarazu and Misawa Kokutais) off Lunga Point. Fifty-one crewmembers die. High speed transport, USS Little (APD 4), and chartered freighter, Kopara, emerge undamaged from the attack.
1944—U.S. tanker, Jacksonville, steaming in convoy CU-36, is torpedoed by German submarine U-482 while en route to Loch Ewe, Scotland. The gasoline cargo explodes, giving little chance for the 49-man merchant complement or the 29-man Armed Guard to abandon the blazing ship, which breaks in two at the second massive explosion. USS Poole (DE 151) rescues a fireman and one Armed Guard gunner, Jacksonville's only survivors.
1945—Rear Adm. Robert B. Carney and Rear Adm. Oscar C. Badger accept the surrender of Yokosuka Naval Base. The Headquarters of Commander, Third Fleet is then established there. Also on this date, USS San Juan (CL 54) evacuates Allied POWs from Japan.
2007—USS Denver (LPD 9) renders medical assistance to an ailing fisherman on board a Qatari-flagged bow while conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf.  After 46 years of service, the amphibious transport dock is decommissioned Aug. 14, 2014.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes coverage of Sen. John McCain's memorial service at the Arizona Capitol Wednesday; and a former Dallas-area police officer being sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of unarmed black teenager. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson selected Russ Smith as the 15th master chief petty officer of the Navy, reports Navy Times. "After a thorough and deliberate review process, I am confident that Fleet Master Chief Smith is the right leader to be our master chief petty officer of the Navy. I look forward to working with him to advocate for our sailors and their families selflessly serving around the world," said Richardson. President Trump cast doubt on the future of U.S.-South Korea military exercises in a Twitter message Wednesday following a statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis that no further cancellations were planned reports the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, CNN reports that the Navy seized hundreds of small arms from a boat in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.

Today in History August 30
Rosa de Lima of Peru becomes the first American saint to be canonized.
The Peace of Nystad ends the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.
The French fleet arrives in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.
Creek Indians massacre over 500 whites at Fort Mims, Alabama.
The first British tramway is inaugurated at Birkenhead by an American, George Francis Train.
Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. President Lincoln overrules the general.
The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brings cholera to the United States.
Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.
President John F. Kennedy appoints General Lucius D. Clay as his personal representative in Berlin.
Hot Line communications link installed between Moscow and Washington, DC.
US Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as first African-American Supreme Court justice.
Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show.
First recorded instance of a comet (Howard-Koomur-Michels) hitting the sun; the energy released is equal to approximately 1 million hydrogen bombs.
Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) forced out of Lebanon after 10 years in Beirut during Lebanese Civil War.
Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., becomes the first African-American astronaut to travel in space.
KGB arrests journalist Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report) on a charge of spying and hold him for 13 days.
Eiffel Tower welcomes its 150 millionth visitor, 33-year-old Parisian Jacqueline Martinez.
RIPPLE SALVO… #909… THE WEEKLY U.S. CASUALTIES ARE IN: 308 KIA AND 1,134 WIA…BUT THAT'S OK, THE OTHER SIDE IS LOSING MEN AND BOYS AT A RATE OF MORE THAN 15 TO 1 COMPARED TO OUR LOSSES. IN FACT, OUR SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS ARE KILLING VIETCONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE AT THE RATE OF 78 TO 1… So far, in looking back at 1961-1968, the U.S. had lost 27,101 KIA. Yet to go, 1968-1972, 31,000+ to reach the final tally of more than 58,000 "Names On The Wall"… WAIT!!! The Fallen are more than names on a wall. Every one of these men left Mothers, Wives, Children, the pursuit of Happiness to follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief. THEY DIED FOR WHAT?… THEN THIS TODAY 29-Aug-2018: "DOD: AFGHANISTAN OPERATIONS COULD HIT 22 YEARS"… THEY FIGHT FOR WHAT?… but first…
Good Morning… Day NINE HUNDRED NINE of another look at the war behind us to highlight lessons that might be useful in addressing the now and future of our nation… We sure  don't want to repeat that Vietnam disaster…   (?or are we?)
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Friday, 30 August 1968…
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On the MSM?     and Chinese?!  not Russians?! -Dutch
Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every email in real-time
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A Chinese state-owned company reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that -- a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.
The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a "courtesy copy" for almost all her emails -- which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.
The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.
A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News the details of the Caller's reporting, and said that the ICIG was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents -- including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok -- of the development after it was discovered via the emails' metadata.
The source told Fox News the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.
A second source briefed on the matter told Fox News that officials outside of the FBI indicated code on the Clinton server suggested a foreign source was receiving copies of emails in real time.
The hacking report caught the attention late Tuesday of President Trump, who warned that the FBI and DOJ should act or "their credibility will be forever gone." 
But the FBI disputed the claims. 
"The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised," an FBI official told Fox News and referred to the Justice Department's Inspector General report in June. That report detailed how the FBI conducted intrusion analyses into the server to look for evidence the accounts on the server had been accessed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also responded to Trump's tweet, saying: "This isn't the first time we've heard similar kinds of allegations."
"China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity. We firmly oppose and crack down on any forms of internet attacks and the stealing of secrets," she said, according to Reuters
The ICIG declined to comment. 
Clinton's office did not respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman told The Daily Caller, "The FBI spent thousands of hours investigating, and found no evidence of intrusion. That's a fact." 
Fox News reported in March that Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Clinton's server that suggested a possible breach, but no follow-up action was taken.
Further, a May 2016 email from Strzok, obtained by Fox News earlier this year, said "we know foreign actors obtained access" to some Clinton emails, including at least one "secret" message "via compromises of the private email accounts" of Clinton staffers.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked Strzok in a House Oversight Committee hearing in July whether he was briefed about an anomaly on Clinton's emails found by ICIG officials.
"You were given that information, and you did nothing with it," Gohmert told Strzok in July.
Strzok said he remembered meeting with the ICIG officials, but did not remember the contents of the meeting and that every allegation was forwarded to experts who looked at it carefully.
"If there was a lead, I gave it to the team," Strzok said as part of a heated back-and-forth between the two. Strzok was fired this month after controversy surrounding anti-Trump texts he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair. 
Reached by phone Tuesday, Gohmert told Fox News on Tuesday that the emails were obtained by a foreign country's intelligence, but he declined to name the country in question. He said there was no sign that Strzok and the FBI had taken any action when informed by the ICIG, and no indication that they even informed Clinton.
He told Fox News he was surprised that his questioning about it in the Strzok hearing in July didn't generate more media attention, but noted that the press seized on a comment he made shortly afterward when he asked Strzok, "How many times did you look into your wife's eyes and lie about Lisa Page?" 
"It's critically important," he said, when asked about the significance of the server revelation. "There are countries that would pay a tremendous amount of money to know what Clinton was saying, doing and thinking through her emails, what she's doing, who she's going to meet, what she thought about meetings, not necessarily classified but critically important and those emails were compromised and people like Strzok, when they were briefed, knew this would devastate her chances of being elected and they weren't about to do anything to hurt those chances."
Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded the FBI's investigation into Clintons emails in July 2016, saying that while Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, he would not recommend charges to the DOJ.
REVEALED: Chinese Govt. Killed and Imprisoned 18-20 CIA Spies After Penetrating Hillary Clinton's Private Server
August 28, 2018

Hillary's carelessness and criminal actions may have led to the deaths of 20 CIA operatives in China.
The Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA operatives in China from 2010 to 2012.
At the same time a Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton's private server throughout her term as secretary of state. 
The Chinese government was obtaining Hillary Clinton's emails in real time.
Her criminal behavior severely damaged US foreign policy.
And the FBI refused to act.
The Chinese government murdered or imprisoned 18-20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012 while Feinstein had a Chinese spy as her office manager.
"China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the Central Intelligence Agency who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA's covert communications system, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials.
The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the CIA from 2010 through 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the newspaper reported.
One was shot and killed in front of a government building in China, three officials told the Times, saying that was designed as a message to others about working with Washington.
The breach was considered particularly damaging, with the number of assets lost rivaling those in the Soviet Union and Russia who perished after information passed to Moscow by spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, the report said. Ames was active as a spy in the 1980s and Hanssen from 1979 to 2001.
The CIA declined to comment when asked about the Times report on Saturday.
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Some of you may have seen these stats before. As it says, kind of sobering.  The war has taken it's toll but I have made it to the last 1/3, so far so good.


"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served on the ground in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest  Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 68 years old."

So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? I don't know about you guys, but it kinda gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information I'm used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets.

The last 14 years we are dying too fast, only a few will survive by 2028...if any.   If true, in 6-10 years you'll be lucky to be a living Vietnam veteran!

These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer - 1st Recon .


9,087,000 military personnel served "on active duty" during the Vietnam Era (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).

8,744,000 GIs were "on active duty" during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March 28, 1973).

2,709,918 Americans served on the ground in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their generation.

3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).

2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of  Vietnam (Jan.1, 1965 - March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.

Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.

7,484 women (6,250 or83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.

Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968).

Agent Orange is taking a huge toll on Vietnam Veterans with most deaths somehow related to Agent Orange exposure. No one officially dies of Agent Orange, they die from the exposure which causes ischemic Heart Disease and failure, Lung Cancer, Kidney failure or COPD related disorders.


The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.

Hostile deaths: 47,378
Non-hostile deaths: 10,800
Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casuaties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total

8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA.
61% of the men killed were 21 or younger.
11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.

Of those killed, 17,539 were married.

Average age of men killed: 23.1 years
Average Age of total Deaths: 23.11 years
Enlisted: 50,274; 22.37 years
Officers: 6,598; 28.43 years
Warrants: 1,276; 24.73 years
E1: 525; 20.34 years
Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.
The oldest man killed was 62 years old

Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1 per 100,000 male population (national average 58.9 for every 100,000 males in 1970).

Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.

Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea.

Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII

Missing in Action: 2,338

POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)

As of January 15, 2014, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for, from the Vietnam War.


25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. armed forces members were drafted during WWII).

Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.

Reservists killed: 5,977

National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.

Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.

Draftees who actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.


88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.

86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);

12.5% (7,241) were black;

1.2% belonged to other races.

170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.

70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.

86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.

14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.

34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.

Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.

Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7%


Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.

Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.

76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.

Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.

79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service.

63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.

Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31, West--29.9; Midwest -- 28.4; Northeast -- 23.5.


There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans Administration Study)

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.


82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.

Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.


97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.

91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.

87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem.
Item Number:1 Date: 08/30/2018 DENMARK - GOVERNMENT MULLS ENDING E.U. DEFENSE OPT-OUT (AUG 30/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The Danish government is considering strengthening defense cooperation with the European Union amid concerns about the reliability of the United States, reports Deutsche Welle.   On Tuesday, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen told French President Emmanuel Macron during talks in Copenhagen that he wanted to immediately boost defense cooperation with the European Union.   Macron pressed Rasmussen to play a larger role in E.U. defense efforts as part of a push to reduce European dependence on the U.S.   The Danish prime minister agreed to a plan to maximize cooperation with the E.U. within the confines of its opt-out.   The Danish government negotiated an opt-out of four policy areas, including defense, as part of its agreement to join the E.U. in the early 1990s.   "One reason is the transatlantic relations are changing these days . . . so we have to take greater responsibility for our own security," Rasmussen said.   The opt-out can only be changed through a national referendum. Rasmussen said he would not call for such a vote before the next general election, which is slated to be held by June 2019, reported Reuters.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/30/2018 EGYPT - 20 TERROR SUSPECTS KILLED IN SEVERAL OPERATIONS (AUG 30/REU)  REUTERS -- The Egyptian government says it has killed 20 suspected terrorists in different operations around the country, reports Reuters.   Seven suspects were killed in an airstrike in the Western Desert, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.   The desert has recently become a subject of concern. The Egypt government is worried that militants could exploit the area's vast, empty terrain to launch attacks on Cairo and other cities.   Another 13 militants were killed in shootouts with security forces in the northern and central Sinai peninsula. Eighteen suspected militants were arrested, the military said.   The defense ministry statement did not specify when the operations took place.   In February, Egyptian security forces began a mission to eliminate militant groups in the country, with a focus on Sinai Province, an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate active in the Sinai peninsula
Item Number:4 Date: 08/30/2018 IRAQ - SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS 2 POLICE OFFICERS IN KIRKUK (AUG 30/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- At least two police officers have been killed and one wounded in a suicide car bombing in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   On Thursday, the bomber detonated his device at a police checkpoint in Abassi, 30 miles (50 km) southwest of the provincial capital, also named Kirkuk, said a local police source.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) is active in the area. Abassi was under ISIS control from 2014 until late 2017.   The attack comes a day after ISIS claimed a similar bombing on a police checkpoint in the western Anbar province.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/30/2018 KENYA - 5 SOLDIERS DIE IN ROADSIDE BOMBING NEAR BORDER WITH SOMALIA (AUG 30/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed and 10 injured in a bomb attack on the northern coast of Kenya, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Wednesday, troops were distributing water to residents when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device along the Kiunga-Sankuri road in Lamu county, not far from the border with Somalia, the military said in a statement.   Attacks against domestic security forces have grown since the Kenyan government joined international efforts to fight Al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011, noted Reuters. The terrorist group favors roadside bombs in its attacks against Kenyan forces.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/30/2018 PHILIPPINES - MILITARY BLAMES BIFF FOR DEADLY BLAST IN ISULAN (AUG 30/MINDA)  MINDA NEWS -- At least two people have been killed and dozens injured in a bombing in the southern Philippines, reports the Minda News (Davao).   On Tuesday night, a bomb was detonated during the Hamungaya Festival at a market in Isulan in the Sultan Kudarat province on the southern Mindanao island.   Two civilians were killed, including a seven-year-old boy, and as many as 37 people were injured, including two soldiers.   Two more unexploded bombs were discovered near the city hall after the blast, reported ABS-CBN (Philippines).   The bomb was placed near a parked motorcycle and went off as a military vehicle drove past, according to the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The military blamed the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which reached a peace deal with Manila in 2014.   The BIFF denied involvement in the attack
Item Number:8 Date: 08/30/2018 SOMALIA - 3 AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS KILLED IN U.S. AIRSTRIKE (AUG 30/AFRICOM)  AFRICA COMMAND -- At least three Al-Shabaab militants have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia, reports the U.S. Africa Command.   On Wednesday, U.S. forces launched the attack in coordination with the Somali government approximately 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Mogadishu, the command said.   AFRICOM indicated that no civilians were believed killed or injured in the strike.   The U.S. has been stepping up attacks against Al-Shabaab and the Islamic State in Somalia, noted the Defense Post.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/30/2018 USA - NAVY NEARING FIX FOR HELMET ISSUE THAT HINDERS CARRIER LANDINGS (AUG 30/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Navy says it is close to fixing a longstanding technical issue with the advanced helmet worn by F-35 fighter pilots, reports   The malfunction, which was first reported by F-35C pilots in 2012, is described as a green glow created by the LED technology in the Generation 3 helmet-mounted display.   The glow prevents pilots from seeing a carrier's lights at night, affecting their ability to safely land the aircraft.   Until the service can fix the issue, only qualified pilots, who have completed at least 50 carrier landings, are allowed to make carrier landings at night, said officials.   The Navy has unsuccessfully attempted to fix the problem through multiple software upgrades.   The service is now working on an upgrade that relies on organic LED technology to reduce the green glow, produce a clearer picture and prevent pilot disorientation.   The upgrade should be ready for fielding sometime early next year, said one official. 

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