Thursday, March 1, 2018

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The List 4667

To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
This Day In Naval History – February 28, 2018
Feb. 28
1844—An experimental 14-inch gun explodes on board USS Princeton, killing Secretary of State (former Secretary of the Navy) Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Gilmer, and five other dignitaries and injuring 20 people.
1893—The first true U.S. Navy battleship, USS Indiana (BB 1), launches.
1942—USS Jacob Jones (DE 130) is sunk by German submarine U 578 off the Delaware capes. 
1942—USS Houston (CA 30) engages the Japanese in the Battle of Sunda Strait and is sunk the next day.
1944—USS Balao (SS 285) and USS Sand Lance (SS 381) sink Japanese army cargo ship Akiura Maru, transport Shoho Maru about 90 miles northwest of Manokawari, New Guinea and transport Kaiko Maru just east of Musashi Wan, off Paramushir, Kurils.
1959—USS Strong (DD 758) rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats flounders in a storm.
1980 - Blue crew of USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) launches 4 Trident  (C-4) missiles in first C-4 Operational Test.
1987Guided Missile Frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) is commissioned.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines include senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner having his security clearance downgraded; a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that arrested more than 150 people in Northern California; and West Virginia teachers agreeing to end a strike Thursday after reaching a deal with the Governor over pay and benefits. USNI News reports that new Air Boss Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller made his first visit to Naval Air Station Fallon, setting out his priorities for the Naval Air Forces. Miller outlined a focus on "warfighting and people, and readiness to both," aligning with the National Defense Strategy. USNI News also reports that the Navy and Marine Corps requested only $1.7 billion in additional spending in their FY 19 unfunded priorities list. This is down from last year's $8.2 billion in requests, and the Navy attributed the lower sum of unfunded priorities to the higher top line in the formal budget request, after Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reports that North Korea shipped 50 tons of supplies to Syria to help facilitate the construction of a chemical weapons facility.
On this day in history (February 28, 2006):
1953: In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
1973: Bamboo Harvester, better known as "Mister Ed" the talking horse, dies at the age of 33. A corpse is a corpse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a deceased horse!
And today is:
National Chocolate Souffle Day
February 28
Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.
On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.
Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.
Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
The territory of Colorado is established.
After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.
Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.
Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.
The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.
U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.
Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.
In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.
A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.
The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.
U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.
Since there is no 29 March tomorrow here is what happened
This day in Naval History February 29
1944 - PB4Y-1s from squadrons VB-108, VB-109, and VD-3, conduct a low-level bombing raid on Japanese positions on Wake Island.
1968 - Four North Vietnamese trawlers attempting to simultaneously infiltrate supplies into South Vietnam were detected. Three of the trawlers were sunk in battle on the following day and one survived by turning back.
Monday Morning Humor from Al From last year
February 29th—the day where 'this time last year' and 'this time next year' do not apply.
 Leap Day is like the Olympics, it happens every four years and nobody notices until it's over.
 Leap Day is like a Kobe Bryant pass, it only occurs once every four years.
 Lousy leap year—it makes you wait one more day for payday.
 The government says I can't get my pension yet, as I am only 17½ .  I hate being born on a leap year.  All my friends are 70.
 Shout out to all the people born on February 29th in 1928 celebrating their 21st birthday!
 May the fact that your birthday comes once every four years be a passing excuse for your infantile behavior.
 On the positive side, you are fortunate in that you only have to put up with incessant Facebook wishes every four years.
 Smart men get married on 29th of February—they will only have to celebrate their anniversary every four years.
 Fun facts:
There have been 499 leap years since Caesar created it in 45 BC.  Without the extra day every four years today would be July 12, 2017.
Leap days don't occur on century years unless they are divided by 400 (e,g, 400, 800…1600, 2000)
The chances of a leap birthday are one in 1,461 -- long odds for getting the short end of the stick. Imagine waiting four years for your real birthday and hearing endless jokes about being three when you're really 12.
The longest time between two leap years is eight years. The last time this happened was between 1896 and 1904 and it won't happen again until 2096 to 2104.
People born on leap year's day are called leaplings.
Besides Leap Day, February 29th is also called Femandnesday.
Groaner Alert…
What year do frogs like best?  Leap year.
Finally, I can't believe it's been only four years since I told the same leap year jokes.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 28, 2018  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #725… 1968 was a leap year with an extra day… Humble Host will stick to operations for this post and skip the head lines and other source material…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE of a review of the air strike operations against North Vietnam from 1965 to 1968…
28 and 29 FEBRUARY 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… "Vietnam: Air Losses" (Chris Hobson) Three fixed wing aircraft were lost on 28 February and two more on 29 February in Southeast Asia…
(1) A C-130 E of the 776th TAS and 314th TAW was destroyed by small arms fire taking off from an airstrip at Song Be 25 miles northeast of An Lac. Withering ground fire led to a wing fire, but the pilot MAJOR LELAND R. FILMORE was able to get back to the runway for a successful crash landing in which five in the crew and 5 tensed-up passengers survived. The aircraft was destroyed. Chris Hobson writes: MAJOR FILMORE was awarded a Silver Star for his intrepid airmanship in the face of intense enemy fire. "This was the only transport shot down during the Tet offensive, although another 83 transports were damaged by ground fire during the period. At this date there was a total of 96 USAF C-130 transports temporarily based in South Vietnam. The majority, 51, were based at Cam Ranh Bay, 27 were at Tansonnhut, 10 at Tuy Hoa and 8 at Nha Trang."… (This incident occurred on 29-Feb-68.)
(2) CAPTAIN GENE I. BASEL was flying an F-105D of the 354th TFS and 355th TFW out of Takhli on his 79th mission, a strike on a POL storage site on the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Ban San in southern Laos. He was hit by automatic weapon ground fire that disabled his engine with a subsequent fire. He ejected a few miles from his target to be rescued by an Air Force helo to fly and fight again. MAJOR BASEL shot down a MiG-17 fighter on 27 October 1967 and was awarded the Silver Star… He wrote "Pak Six" to chronicle his Rolling Thunder experiences…. 192 pages of great reading… oohrah…
(3) LCDR HENRY ALBERT COONS and LT THOMAS STEGMAN were flying an A-6A of the VA-35 Sunday Punchers embarked in USS Enterprise on a strike mission on the coastal defense site at Do Son that ended up in the water about 20 miles east of Thanh Hoa, the site of an oil slick and some identifiable debris that included the aircraft tail fin exhibiting flak damage. LCDR COONS and LT STEGMAN remain where they fell fifty years ago his day… they are remembered as good shipmates and friends as they rest in peace…
(4) LCOL C.D. SMITH and 1LT FRANCIS MURTAUGH DRISCOLL were flying an F-4D of the 435th TFS and 8th TFW out of Ubon on a Steel Tiger mission in southern Laos targeted to attack a truck park. On their second run they were hit by automatic weapon fire and sustained substantial battle damage. LCOL SMITH was able to keep the crippled aircraft airborne for the return flight to Ubon. However, the aircraft crashed while attempting an emergency landing. LCOL SMITH ejected at extremely low altitude and was seriously injured when his parachute failed to fully deploy. 1LT DRISCOLL perished in the crash…
(5) MAJOR CROSBY JAMES FITTON and CAPTAIN CLEVELAND SCOTT HARRIS were flying an F-105F of the 44th TFS and 388th TFW out of Korat Providing Wild Weasel support for a wing strike on a major vehicle repair facility south of Hanoi (Van Dien?) and 10 miles south of Hanoi came under fire of several surface-to-air missiles. They were hit by a SAM and set afire before losing their left wing. Both aviators were seen to eject by other members of the flight and emergency beepers were heard for both men. The beepers quit as soon as they touched down indicating their capture. While neither was identified as a POW, both were declared MIA to await the POW release in March 1973. Neither appeared. MAJOR FITTON's remains were returned in December 1975. Captain Harris' remains were returned in April 1985.
The following is quoted from the Homecoming II Project of 1 April 1991 and updated by the P.O.W. Network... "Although Fitton and Harris landed safely on the ground, it was not certain what happened to them after that. Both were declared Missing in Action. Their families resigned themselves to a long wait. In the spring of 1973, 591 American POWs were released by the Vietnamese, but Fitton and Harris were not among them. Military officials expressed their dismay at the time that hundreds of men known or suspected to be prisoners were not released. In 1975, the Vietnamese discovered and released the remains of Crosley J. Fitton. It was another ten years before Harris was to return. His remains were turned over to U.S. control in April 1985."
Thanks to Tod
Subject: Fwd: Heteronyms.....
*Read all the way to the end.................This took a lot of work to put together!*
For all of you who wonder why folk from other countries have a bit of trouble with the English language. This is a clever piece put together by an English teacher, who else??
*Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.*   *You think English is easy??*   *I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT !*
1) The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2) The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3) The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4) We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5) He could *lead*if he would get the *lead* out.
6) The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7) Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to  *present* the *present*.
8) A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9) When shot at, the *dove dove *into the bushes.
10) I did not *object* to the *object*.
11) The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12) There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13) They were too *close* to the door to *close* it.
14) The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15) A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17) The *wind* was too strong to *wind* the sail.
18) Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19) I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20) How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese.  So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?  How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'? AND If a male goat is called a ram and a donkey is called an ass, why is a ram-in-the-ass called a goose?
Thanks to the Bear and Dutch.
A very recent post was about retired General John "Pete" Piotrowski and his accusation in his book, "Basic Airman to General: The Secret War & Other Conflicts: Lessons in Life and Leadership." that Secretary Dean Rusk passed to the North Vietnamese, via the Swiss, information on planned airstrikes by US forces in Vietnam.
Some questioned that assertion, so I passed it to one of best experts, THE Bear.
His reply – and what he also included in today's Rolling Thunder Remembered -
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Gents... this attachment identifies the original source of the charge... 
     In my non-stop reading of declassified State Department Historical Documents I have noted supporting incidents... at least once, and possibly more, in the minutes of Tuesday lunch meetings at the White House Sec Rusk refers to his contact in the Swiss Embassy as a way to back channel information on targets for the specific purpose of reducing the possibility of civilian casualties.. in countless documents Sec Rusk makes it clear that his paramount interest, by his own words, was civilian casualties as a consequence of our bombing in the Hanoi/Haiphong circles... 
         I tend to believe Rusk did leak our targets based on a personal experience. In a January 1967 Newsweek, the Periscope column carried a piece that said "when the weather permits the Navy will bomb the thermal power plant in Haiphong." I wrote home to my folks noting that times had changed from WWII when "loose lips sink ships." My dad wrote the President and asked what this was all about. An Army one-star answered his letter with, "Not to worry, that won't happen"... In May 67 that is exactly where we went...
       The strategy of "gradual defeat," where we rationed our targeting on an escalating schedule, the enemy knew intuitively where we were going next. Not only that, they knew when we were coming— a Doctor Pepper Schedule of 10-2-4 ... 
      The fact is, there were thousands of guns, hundreds of missiles and dozens of MiGs to cover a couple dozen targets. Their IADS was world class and our tactics were dumbass... We made up for our shaky strategy, compounded by restrictive tactics, with bold and brave defiance of the odds, and we had a great time doing it.... Every trip into North Vietnam north of Than Hoa was into guns that were cocked and ready and it didn't make much difference whether Secretary Rusk passed them the daily frag or not... If the weather was fit for dive bombing, every gunner including Jane Fonda had their hats cocked back and a round in the chamber... fights on...Bear

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