Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TheList 4727

The List 4727
To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This day in Naval History
May 22
1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade
1943—During the battle to protect British Royal Convoy (ON 184) in the North Atlantic, TBFs from (VC 9) based on board USS Bogue (ACV 9) sink German submarine (U 569) and damage (U 305).
1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records,
1967—New York City reaches an agreement to purchase the New York Naval Shipyard, also known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, after it was closed in 1966.
1968—USS Scorpion (SSN 589) is lost with her crew south-west of the Azores. In late Oct. 1968, her remains are found on the sea floor more than 10,000 feet below the surface by a deep-submergence vehicle towed from USNS Mizar (T-AGOR-11).
1986—Military Sealift Command's USNS Sgt. William R. Button (T-AK 3012) is christened and launched. The ship serves as one of 17 Container and Roll-on/Roll-off vessels for the Navy and is part of the 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes details on a gun battle and negotiations from last Friday's Texas shooting at Santa Fe High School, and the White House brokering an agreement with intelligence and law enforcement officials that will allow Republican congressional leaders to view some of the most highly classified information related to the Russia investigation.  The Pentagon may rename US Pacific Command to Indo-Pacific Command, reports Military Times. While the command's AOR and responsibilities would not change, the change in name would reflect the 2019 defense bill's increased focus on China's activities across the Indo-Pacific region. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a more stringent list of 12 demands that Iran would need to agree to in order to lift the economic sanctions the U.S. is moving to impose, reports the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Reuters reports that the USS Milius arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea.
Today in History May 22
Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.
King Henry VI is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
U.S. Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane for Sumner's earlier condemnation of slavery, which included an insult to Brooks' cousin, Senator Andrew Butler.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant's second attack on Vicksburg fails and a siege begins.
The "Great Train Robbery" takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang make off with $98,000 in cash from a train's safe in Indiana.
The Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners.
The United States formally recognizes Korea.
The Wright brothers register their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign a "Pact of Steel" forming the Axis powers.
The Truman Doctrine brings aid to Turkey and Greece.
The children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiers.
Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified.
Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.
In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.
Johnny Carson's final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program's host.
An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person.
Fahrenheit 9-11, directed by Michael Moore, becomes the first documentary ever to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral
An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950.
The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.
Thanks to Mike
The first one on Sunday was entertaining.
The  Red Rock Films' production of Carriers at War, four episodes will air on the Smithsonian Channel at 8:00 p.m. and 23:00 EDT on the following dates:

May 20, 2018 - Strike Force Arabian Gulf
May 27, 2018 - Ready to Launch
June 3, 2018 - Air Wing
June 10, 2018 - The USS Ford
In two weeks we will more history on the anniversary of the Battle of Midway. Here is an article on one of the real heroes of that battle
Thanks to BudD

             A few weeks ago ,While on the web trying to answer a Navy uniform question, this Navy History article showed up.  The article talks about a hero of the Battle of Midway.  As I read the article, I realized I had known this gentleman when he was a schoolteacher in Berkeley Springs.  He also taught a surveying course in the adult Ed classes at Rumsey Votech near Hedgesville.  I took his surveying course in the mid 70's.  He mentioned flying in the Navy
and since I was still serving in the Naval Reserves we naturally talked about airplanes and flying.  During our conversation, he mentioned flying dive bombers in WW2 and that he was at the battle of Midway. I said we were fortunate to get him back from that battle.  He didn't dwell on the subject, but stated sadly that he had lost many friends there.
Here is his story.

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Admin
Captain Jack "Dusty" Kleiss retirement photo, 1962; Kleiss with wife Jean, 1942 (Images provided by Jack Kleiss/Hampton Roads Naval Museum/Laura Orr)
Captain Jack "Dusty" Kleiss, USN (Ret.), a VS-6 Dive Bombing pilot that served during the battle of Midway, passed away last week at the age of 100 at his residence in Texas. The Kansas native was the last surviving pilot of his kind that fought in arguably one of the greatest naval battles in human history. He is remembered for his heroism and unwavering humility in the pivotal role he played during that battle.
By Matthew T. Eng
Before I accepted my current position as the Digital Content Developer for the Naval Historical Foundation, I cut my teeth working for several years in the education department of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. As a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, I wanted to stay close to Norfolk after graduate school and learn more about the area's strong connection to the Navy. While there, I had the opportunity to work with the finest set of museum staff I have ever met. One of those staff members who came shortly after I started as a contract educator was Laura Orr. Laura was a seasoned museum educator with loads of experience and moxy. It was the beginning of a friendship and working partnership that continues today.
Around 2011, she informed he that she would be working with her husband, Old Dominion University History Professor Dr. Timothy Orr, on a new writing project about about a Battle of Midway veteran named Jack "Dusty" Kleiss. At that point, I was still a young greenhorn in naval history whose knowledge barely extended beyond the American Civil War navies and the 19th century. From what I was told, he was certainly a household name among veteran circles and WWII aficionados.
Over the course of the next few months, Laura and her husband traveled down to San Antonio, Texas, to meet Dusty and write down his story. What an extraordinary story it was. The museum was fortunate enough to have Dusty write about his personal experiences in the Navy, specifically at the Midway. His excellent article is included in the 2012 Special Midway edition of The Daybook, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum's quarterly publication. I often dig back into my issue I keep in my library and read about his miraculous exploits. This particular section of his article details his experience scoring a direct hit on the Japanese carrier Kaga as a member of USS Enterprise's Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6):
Wade McClusky waggled his wings and, in our Scouting Six planes, we followed him into a dive on Kaga, the closest carrier. This was the perfect situation for dive bombing: no Zeros, no anti-aircraft fire. McClusky and our Scouting Six dive bombers attacked Kaga. Bombing Six planes attacked Akagi. Earl Gallaher scored the first hit on Kaga. I watched his 500-pound bomb explode on the first plane starting its takeoff. It was the only plane on Kaga's flight deck. His incendiary bombs also hit the gas tanks beside it. Immediately, the aft-part of the ship was engulfed in a huge mass of flames. I scored the next hit. My 500-pound bomb and two 100-pound incendiaries landed on the rear edge of the large red circle on the bow of Kaga. The bombs set fire to the closely-parked airplanes below deck, filled with gasoline; a huge fire started. (Note: my bombs hit the target at 240 knots, and exploded 1/100th of a second later!) I had dropped my bombs at 1,500 feet, and I pulled out at 9g, just barely skimming above the water.
A Zero came speeding for us. I gave my gunner John Snowden a good angle, and in two seconds, no more Zero! I sped past numerous ships shooting AA fire at me, so I changed course and altitude every second. I finally made a half circle, heading towards Midway. I looked back and saw three carriers in flames: many bombs from Scouting Six and Bombing Six had hit Kaga; three bombs from Bombing Six had hit Akagi; and bombs from Yorktown's dive bombers torched Soryu. Only Hiryu, twenty miles away, was unharmed.
For his actions at Midway, Kleiss received the Navy Cross. He also received a Presidential Unit Citation in 1944. He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross for action at the Marshall Islands.
Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu burning, shortly after sunrise on 5 June 1942, a few hours before she sank. (NHHC Photo # NH 73064)

On 7 March of this year, Dusty and I celebrated the same birthday. I blew 32 candles out on my birthday cake; Dusty had 100. I got a birthday call from my parents. Dusty got phone calls from John McCain, Ash Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Each of the phone calls apparently thanked him for his service and his courage during Midway. Yet it is likely that he shrugged off the praise he had likely heard for nearly 70 years.  "I'm anything but a hero," he said to CNN reporter Richard Roth, "I was only doing what at the time was the proper thing to do." Laura and Tim Orr asked him about a sentimental photo of Kleiss with his new wife Jean taken after his return back to the states. After receiving one of the most prestigious medals in the United States military, all Dusty could say was "Who would ever look at a Navy Cross with the most beautiful girl in the world doing her stuff?" Those words are still some of the most sentimental I have ever heard, and my heart still flutters every time I read it. Romance authors could not write a better line if they tried. War is hell, but love and duty are eternal. Dusty was a master of both.
Dusty would retire from the Navy as a Captain in 1962. He went on to work for the aerospace industry. He remained active in the community and had written or posted about his experiences on several websites on the Internet. He also made several noteworthy television appearances. Sadly, Dusty passed away last week. He had told those closest among him that he wanted to make it to 100. Strong willed and determined, Dusty did just that – one last mark on the greenie board of a life well lived.
So often we write about individuals of naval history who were towering figures that made the big decisions that turned the tide of conflict. That kind of attention is usually reserved for high ranking officers, men of the WWII era with names like Nimitz, Leahy, Halsey, and King. Dusty never wore stars on his shoulders, but you can believe his character and demeanor was worthy of five stars. It is highly doubtful that monuments will be built in his honor. Dusty would want it that way. So in my own small way, this is but one of many tributes to a great American who exemplified honor, courage, and commitment.
In life or death, his story will continue to inspire generations of Sailors coming into the U.S. Navy. I never knew the man like Laura or Tim did. I can only imagine what it must have been like to sit next to someone who took part in such a harrowing event only to push it aside as merely doing one's duty. That is the true mark of a hero. But he was more than a hero to me. He was a different caliber of human being. We can only hope to all live close to the potential of Dusty. My heart goes out to the Orr family and anyone who knew him well. Your lives have been undoubtedly enriched by the experience.
Fair winds and following seas, Sir. You are our hero, and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
Thanks to Carl. A bit long but very interesting. My last two years in High School we lived at Vandenberg AFB Ca. and my dad was one of the first to earn the Missile Badge. We were there when Kruchev went by on the train and the three Atlas Missiles were all up so he could see them. The joke around the base was that you could not get them off the ground except with a bomb underneath. But they made a big impression on him. The train was always escorted by a helicopter.
Soviet Rocket Man Was Known in West
Lifting the veil on a secret life
Sergei Korolev is rightly considered the founder of the Soviet space programme. Not surprisingly, there has been an enormous amount of scholarship devoted to his life and activities. During his lifetime, the Soviet government took extraordinary efforts to ensure that his identity – and those of other prominent space designers – was completely unknown to the public.
Thanks  to Kurt
I came upon this quote from General Douglas MacArthur. It does an excellent job of describing the performance of every subsequent Democrat President.
General Douglas MacArthur addressed Massachusetts State Legislature in Boston, on July 25, 1951: "I find in existence a new and heretofore unknown and dangerous concept that the members of our Armed Forces owe primary allegiance and loyalty to those who temporarily exercise the authority of the executive branch of government, rather than to the country and its Constitution which they are sworn to defend. No proposition could be more dangerous. None could cast a greater doubt upon the integrity of the armed services.
"For its application would at once convert them from their traditional and constitutional role as the instrument for the defense of the Republic into something partaking of the nature of a praetorian guard, owing its allegiance to the political master of the hour. … The armed services … are accountable as well to the Congress, charged with the policy-making responsibility, and to the people, ultimate repository of all national power. Yet so inordinate has been the application of the Executive power that members of the armed services have been subjected to the most arbitrary and ruthless treatment for daring to speak the truth in accordance with conviction and conscience."
Thanks to Chuck
 1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent. 
2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, 'I'll serve you, but don't start anything.'
3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted. 
4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. 
5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: 'A beer please, and one for the road.' 
6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: 'Does this taste funny to you?' 
7. 'Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.' 'That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.' 'Is it common?' Well, 'It's Not Unusual.' 
8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, 'I was artificially inseminated this morning.' 'I don't believe you,' says Dolly. 'It's true; no bull!' exclaims Daisy. 
9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either. 
10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before. 
11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any. 
12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!' The doctor replied, 'I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!' 
13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel. 
14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh. 
15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, 'Dam!' 
16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too. 
17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse. 'But why,' they asked, as they moved off. 'Because,' he said, 'I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.'  
18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.' The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him 'Juan.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, 'They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.'  
19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him. (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) ..... A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis. 
 20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
Item Number:1 Date: 05/22/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 20 MILITANTS DIE IN FIGHTING WITH SECURITY FORCES, U.S. AIRSTRIKES (MAY 22/KP)  KHAAMA PRESS -- At least 20 militants have been killed in separate operations in Afghanistan's southeastern Ghazni and Paktika provinces, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   Afghan forces in the Andar district of Ghazni province killed four militants and injured three, according to the 203rd Thunder Corps.   U.S. airstrikes in the Chaharbaran district of Paktika province killed at least 16 militants, said an unnamed source. A vehicle and three motorcycles were destroyed in the strikes.   On Sunday, the Thunder Corps said a joint Afghan-U.S. operation killed at least 30 militants in the Ajristan district in western Ghazni. The Taliban conducted a major operation to capture the district, noted the Long War Journal.   At least one Afghan soldier was killed and two were injured in the fighting, reported the Frontier Post (Pakistan
Item Number:5 Date: 05/22/2018 ISRAEL - AIR FORCE F-35S 1ST TO CONDUCT OPERATIONAL AIRSTRIKES, SAYS GENERAL (MAY 22/HA)  HAARETZ -- The head of the Israeli air force says his service is the first to perform an "operational attack" with the F-35 stealth fighter, reports Haaretz (Israel).   "We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts," Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said on Tuesday at an air force conference in Herzliya.   The F-35 did not take part in the most recent strike in Syria, but joined two previous attacks, Norkin said.   The Israeli air force is still examining the best way to employ the new fighter, the general said. It has an "incredible potential" and the service is discussing the best way to exploit its range of capabilities.   Israel declared initial operational capability for its F-35I Adir fighters in December after taking delivery of nine of the jets, noted the Jerusalem Post. Israel has ordered 50 aircraft with plans to form two full squadrons by 2024.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/22/2018 LIBYA - 5 LNA TROOPS DIE IN ONGOING OPERATIONS AROUND DERNA (MAY 22/XIN)  XINHUA -- Five troops belonging to the Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar and loyal to the government in Tobruk, have been killed in operations near Derna in northern Libya, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The fighters from the 212 Battalion were conducting a reconnaissance mission on Sunday when they ran into land mines west of the city, said LNA officials.   The LNA has been stepping up operations against the Islamist Derna Mujahideen Shura Council, which holds Derna. The group remains the last major opposition to the LNA in eastern Libya.   The LNA has surrounded Derna since 2015, but previously limited operations to occasional airstrikes and bombardments.   Six civilians have been killed and 14 injured, with another 47 casualties reported among the armed forces, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as cited by the National (Abu Dhabi) on Sunday
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/22/2018 SYRIA - UNKNOWN DRONE SHOT DOWN NEAR HMEIMIM AIRBASE (MAY 22/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Russian officials say its air defenses have intercepted and destroyed an unknown drone near Hmeimim airbase in western Syria, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   There were no injuries or damage reported during the incident on Monday, according to a military spokesman.   Explosions were reported by nearby residents, which appeared to have come from Russian air defenses, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Russia operates two airbases in Syria: Hmeimim in Jableh and a second in Tartus. Hmeimim has been targeted by unknown drones, most recently on April 24, reported the National (Abu Dhabi).   The base is operating normally, said officials
Item Number:10 Date: 05/22/2018 UKRAINE - AT LEAST 10 KILLED IN LATEST VIOLENCE AS WAR IN EAST HEATS UP (MAY 22/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Fighting in eastern Ukraine has increased in recent days, with at least four killed and nine injured in the latest violence, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Ten people have been killed over the past five days in the sharpest uptick in violence in the region in recent months, reported Agence France-Press.   Two civilians and two Ukrainian soldiers were killed, Alexander Hug, the deputy chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in Ukraine (OSCE-SMM), said on Monday.   Rebel authorities said one of their fighters was killed and another wounded in fighting along the front line. Four civilians in Gorlivka in a separatist-held area were injured in a mortar attack, the authorities said.   More deaths may be confirmed as monitors examine more cases from last week, he said.   With 7,700 cease-fire violations, fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in the last week was the worst in 2018, said Hug.   More than 10,300 people have been killed in the conflict, which broke out after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 05/22/2018 USA - DESTROYER MILIUS ARRIVES IN YOKOSUKA TO BOLSTER MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES (MAY 22/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its most advanced guided-missile destroyers to Japan, reports Reuters.   On Tuesday, the USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base, home of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, according to a Navy statement.   The forward deployment of the destroyer, announced in October 2014, is part of the Navy's long-term plan to station its most advanced and capable units in the Indo-Pacific region.   The Milius was originally scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2017. The deployment was delayed by nearly a year to complete installation of the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which provides advanced air defense, ballistic missile defense, surface warfare and undersea warfare capabilities, the Navy said.   Two other ships in the Seventh Fleet have similar upgrades. The Milius also reinforces the fleet after two other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers were damaged in collisions last year.    
  Item Number:14 Date: 05/22/2018 USA - TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO END ASSISTANCE TO SYRIA (MAY 22/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- The U.S. government has decided to end all assistance to northwest Syria following the defeat of the Islamic State in the region, reports CBS News.   The move, which was made after an inter-agency process, eliminates tens of millions of dollars in aid that was used to fund projects to counter violent extremism, strengthen education and community policing and support independent media and society, administration officials said.   U.S. stability aid in northwest Syria is not expected to have a significant effect in the region in the long run, said officials.   The region is the first part of Syria from which the U.S. is disengaging, apart from humanitarian aid.   What U.S. funding remains is being focused on eliminating ISIS from its final strongholds in Syria. Washington has also cut funding to groups such as the White Helmets, which have been conducting rescue and civilian assistance operations in the war-torn country.   Additional U.S. aid to Syria remains under review. President Trump has signaled his desire to withdraw from the country.   Critics say that U.S. funding, including for civil society projects, are needed to help rebuild Syria. It will also give Washington more leverage in future negotiations on the country's political future. The U.S. withdrawal will also make it easier for the Assad regime to recapture the territory, it is argued
  Item Number:16 Date: 05/22/2018 YEMEN - HOUTHI ROCKET KILLS 7 IN MARIB MARKET (MAY 22/NATIONAL)  THE NATIONAL -- At least seven people have been killed and 25 wounded by a Houthi missile strike in the city of Marib in western Yemen, reports the National (Abu Dhabi).   The Katyusha rocket struck the city's crowded Al Mujama neighborhood on Tuesday, said a Yemeni army spokesman.   Marib is controlled by the internationally-recognized government of Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The Houthis control the nearby Sirwah district and launch attacks from there, noted Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   A coalition spokesman said on Monday that the Yemeni forces and their coalition backers have recaptured more than 85 percent of Yemen from the Houthi rebels.  

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