Monday, December 4, 2017

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To All
I hope that your weekend has been going well.
This Day In Naval History – December 1
Dec. 1
§  1842—Midshipman Philip Spencer, Boatswain's Mate Samuel Cromwell, and Seaman Elisha Small of the Bainbridge-class brig Somers are executed for mutiny. Spencer was the son of then-Secretary of War, John Canfield Spencer.
§  1914—Rear Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan dies. A graduate of the Naval Academy and a veteran of the Civil War, he served two tours as President of the Naval War College. He is also known for his numerous naval publications, notably "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History."
§  1921—The first flight of an airship filled with helium, the C-7, leaves Norfolk, VA, and arrives later that day in Washington, D.C. The airship is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne and piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ralph F. Wood.
§  1943—USS Bonefish (SS 223) sinks Japanese transport Nichiryo Maru in the Celebes Sea while USS Pargo (SS 264) sinks the Japanese transport Shoko Maru north of Ulithi. Also on this date, USS Peto (SS 265) sinks Japanese transport Tonei Maru.
§  1945—Capt. Sue S. Dauser, Navy Nurse Corps, receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse for her leadership of Navy nurses during World War II.
§  1984—USS Taylor (FFG 50) is commissioned. The ship is named after the late Jesse Junior Taylor, who gave his life attempting to save the life of a downed pilot during an attack on the key bridge near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong, and consequently awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism.
§  2013—Pilots and Sailors of VP-16 arrive on station at Kadena Air Base Okinawa for the first deployment of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A eventually replaces the venerable P-3 Orion. 
Dec. 2
§  1891—New York (CA 2) launches. In 1911, it is renamed Saratoga and renamed again in 1917 to Rochester. Rochester serves as the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet from 1932-33 and is decommissioned in 1933.
§  1908—Rear Adm. William S. Cowles submits the report prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet recommending to the Secretary of the Navy the purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation missions.
§  1944—USS Sea Devil (SS 400) attacks a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea and sinks merchant tanker Akigawa Maru and passenger-cargo ship Hawaii Maru, while USS Gunnel (SS 253) evacuates 11 rescued aviators from Palawan, Philippines and turns over all available stores to Filipino forces ashore.
§  1944—In order to halt resupply and reinforcement of troops on Leyte, Destroyer Division 120 leaves to attack a Japanese convoy escorted by destroyers Take and Kuwa. After midnight during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) and USS Cooper (DD 695) sink Kuwa, but USS Cooper sinks from a torpedo.
§  1965—USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) become the first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 
Dec. 3
§  1775—The first American flag is raised aboard a Continental ship when Lt. John Paul Jones hoists the Grand Union Flag during Continental ship Alfred's commissioning at Philadelphia, PA.
§  1863—The armed steamer Cambridge captures schooner J.C. Roker off the coast of North Carolina and the schooner Emma Tuttle off Cape Fear.
§  1943—USS Tinosa (SS 283) sinks the Palau-bound Japanese fleet tanker Azuma Maru northwest of Sonsorol.
§  1956—The first ship converted to support the Fleet Ballistic Missile program, USS Compass Island (EAG 153), is commissioned.
§  1983—Two F-14s are fired upon off Lebanon. The next day, USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS Independence (CV 62) launch a strike against Syrian anti-aircraft positions. During the strike, two U.S. Navy planes, A-6E and A-7E, are shot down. In the A-6E, Lt. Mark A Lange is killed while Lt. Robert O. Goodman is captured. Goodman is released Jan. 1984. 
Today in History
December 3
Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeed their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
France cedes to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi--the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
Illinois admitted into the Union as the 21st state.
The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, and anti-slavery paper.
Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marks the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
Major General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with slight resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.
French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle is the new French commander in chief.
The Allied Conference ends in London where they decide that Germany must pay for the war.
The League of Nations orders Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
British reports claim that German soldiers are being trained in the Soviet Union.
The Chinese close in on Pyongyang, Korea, and UN forces withdraw southward.
The National Council of Churches asks the United States to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
The State Department proposes the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
Presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.
A test engineer for Sema Group sends the world's first text message, using a personal computer and the Vodafone network.
Representatives of 121 nations sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the manufacture or deployment of antipersonnel landmines; the People's Republic of China, the US and the USSR do not sign.
First manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail takes place in Mojave, Cal.
Suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three ministries of the Transitional Federal Government.
Thanks to Mike
VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.
This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today's rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

"The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service," said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. "With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services."

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit, click on "Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card" on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

SOURCE:  US Department of Veterans Affairs article, 29 November, at
Thanks to George –and Dutch
Fun stuff from the Deck of the Big E

Today on Fighter Sweep

Watch: Friday Night Fun! Flight Ops – Controlled Chaos On-board The Big E!

Friday night viewing fun! Carrier flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) while deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The Big E lives! Featured image of Sailors observing flight View More ›
Thanks to Bud and Dutch R.
Here you go…we lived it and sang about it
Another from Dutch R  What a beautiful aircraft. My first flight was in a super Connie when I was about 5 years old.
Super Constellation, Engine Exhaust Flames (34 second video)
Thanks to Sparky
Hey…a short video with some real airplane sound. Thanks Ken.  If only I was Warren Buffet rich…. Have a great weekend.
Thanks to John and Ed
Subject: C-2 Greyhound - The COD
A great story about the C-2 written by who flew it.  The C-2 first appeared in the fleet in the mid-1960s when I was on the Kitty Hawk.  It quickly developed a bad reputation and high ranking folks refused to fly as PAX in them for awhile.  Never had to ride in one myself.
Thanks to John and Dick
Setting a very high bar.
Subject: Not too shabby
Thanks to Bruce -
Forwarded with permission from author, Roger Canfield.  For more on Roger, see
IF you forward this critical review, the author, Roger Canfield, requests you include the following with the attachment:
California Political Review; Reprinted with permission by MILITARY Magazine, 'GUEST COMMENTARY,' December 2017, page 23."
Why Ken Burns' "Vietnam" on PBS Matters
October 4, 2017 By Roger Canfield Leave a Comment

With monuments falling and history burned, comes renewed foci on America's faults. Vietnam is exhibit A.
"A good deal of the disunion … we experience today really metastasized in Vietnam," says filmmaker Ken Burns. A creative genius, Burns is America's greatest storyteller since Mark Twain. Unlike Twain, Burns does not admit to fictitious works. He has perfected manipulating human emotions. He selected veterans whose war stories bring one to tears, anger and even hate. Ho Chi Minh said America's policy was "burn all, kill all and destroy all," using "napalm bombs, poison gas and toxic chemicals to massacre our compatriots and ravage our villages."[1] Burns fills the screen with the orange fires, bloody slaughter and destroyed hamlets — that do not fit the narrative's timeline. No matter. An ugly America is repeatedly depicted waging an illegal, immoral, unjust, racist and unwinnable war. You see, America "misreads" the war as fighting communism. Burns quickly passes over Ho's 20 years as a paid agent of the international communism and his receipt of massive Soviet and Chicom weaponry.
To Burns, America is the real enemy in Vietnam. Episode 1 begins with the sound of helicopter blades and a montage of scenes symbolically running rapidly backwards out of Vietnam.[2] Veteran Karl Marlantes has an unfriendly homecoming – strangely, not spitting or being called a "baby killer." No one talks about Vietnam. Burns does that definitively. Almost all of Burns' facts are true as far as they go. The emotional impact of 60's music, iconic photos and human pain easily pass by contradictory facts.
Many of Burns' vets are disillusioned antiwar activists. They fear attacks of resolute enemy troops. They grow increasingly cynical about the war, their presidents, and the South Vietnamese and decreasingly patriotic. They say little positive about their service. In truth, 90% of the combat veterans of Vietnam were proud of their service [killing babies?]. Such vets do not fit into Burns tour de force.
Inspired by their enlightened leaders, Ho and Giap, hundreds of thousands of larger-than-life heroic "volunteers" drafted Vietnamese peasants, march hundreds of miles of jungles. Ho revered Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin, but deceitfully claims Tom Jefferson, George Washington[3] as his own. Of course, liars, incompetents and cowards in Saigon and Washington led the USA.
Burns' chosen narrator, Peter Coyote, is a former hippy Diggers and player in the Marxist San Francisco Mime Troupe. He whines on about the futility of an unwinnable war. The war puts "Everything in question … the candor of leaders. … What does it mean to be a patriot? Was it worth it?" Rhetorical questions beg Burns' answers.
A blizzard of facts and a cacophony of sounds obscure key points and advance falsehoods. Here's some examples. Ho Chi Minh was an international communist, not a patriotic Vietnamese nationalist. "Reuniting" Vietnam is a fraud. There was no Vietnam whole to reunite. There was French colonial Indochina[4] targeted in 1932 by Ho's Communist Party of Indochina. On March 6, 1946, Ho Chi Minh and French General Sainteny signed a deal returning Vietnam to the French Union, inviting 15,000 French troops to re-enter Indochina. The deal enabled the removal of anticommunists, Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists troops and the elimination of  "reactionary" nationalists. In 1954, the U.S. and Saigon Vietnam did not sign the Geneva Accords. They had no obligations to an unsigned "agreement." The allies did not "promise" unsupervised communist controlled elections.[5] Burns admits "thousands" killed in Ho's 1954-5 land reform. The actual "thousands" murdered was 50,000.
The main antagonists in Burns' morality play, other than lying presidents, were corrupt Saigon leaders and their cowardly troops.  In fact, President Ngo Dinh Diem formed a democracy, the Republic of Vietnam; drove communists and gangsters out of Saigon; began land reforms and hamlet security; and appointed Buddhists to his cabinet. Today Vietnamese hold Diem in the highest esteem.[6] In 1959, Hanoi, not the U.S., secretly started the war in South Vietnam when the Poliburo ordered Unit 559 to build the Ho Chi Minh Trail. For refusing to march into a death trap at Ap Bac in 1963, the Saigon press, (Neil Sheehan, David Halberstam, and Malcomb Brown) aided by an English speaking Hanoi spy, Pham Xuan An, created the storyline Vietnam's troops were always cowardly. Yet in 1968 and 1972 the gallant ARVN, and local villagers, taking heavy casualties, thoroughly whipped two massive invasions. The press asserted Diem was persecuting 70-90% of the population, Buddhists. Actually, they were about 30%. Investigative reporter Margarite Higgins and the U.N. proved Diem did not persecute Buddhists.
Hanoi was thrilled when JFK approved a coup that murdered Diem plunging Saigon into years of political chaos. Diem had been winning the war and some hearts and minds.
From 1954-1975, millions fled into the arms of Americans and anticommunists. Today millions of Americans run toward the lights and sounds of peace, social justice, progressivism, socialism and communism. Thank Burns and like propagandists.
Dr. Roger Canfield's work on Vietnam, China and California can be found at his http:/ $20 for three ebook volumes on Vietnam peace movement's collaboration with the enemy. Also http:/, Military magazine and in annual volumes of the war at Radix Press in Houston, Texas

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