Monday, May 28, 2018

TheList 4731

The List 4731
To All,
A great day yesterday on the flight deck of the USS Midway next to the F-8 Crusader here in San Diego. Lots of brothers at the other aircraft. The flight gear still fits but got a bit heavy after over 6 hours of standing and the helmet got a workout on many heads. This Friday is a Bubba breakfast in San Diego.
This day in Naval History
May 28
  • 1813—During the War of 1812, the frigate Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, and her prize, Georgiana, capture the British whalers Atlantic, Greenwich, Catharine (burned), Rose, and Hector (burned) in the Pacific.
  • 1943—USS Peto (SS 265) sinks Japanese hydrographic-meteorological research ship Tenkai No.2 northeast of Mussau Island. Also on this date, USS Tunny (SS 282) sinks Japanese gunboat Shotoku Maru off the west coast of Rota, Mariana Islands.
  • 1945—USS Ray (SS 271) sinks Japanese freighter Biko Maru northwest of Changshan. Also on this date, USS Blueback (SS 326) and USS Lamprey (SS 372) damage Japanese submarine chaser Ch1 in a surface gunnery action off Japara, N.E.I.
  • 1958—USS Galveston (CLG 3, previously CL 93), the first Talos-firing missile cruiser, is placed in commission. USS Galveston participates in the Vietnam War with the Seventh Fleet and serves in the Mediterranean during the Arab-Israeli War during 1967.
  • 1980—55 women become the first female graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • 2017—Special Operator 1st Class Remington J. Peters, dies of injuries sustained during an airborne demonstration of the Navy Leap Frogs at Liberty State Park for New York Fleet Week. Peters, a veteran of two combat deployments, was a member of the parachute team for more than a year with more than 900 jumps.
·         Today in History May 28
585 BC
A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy.
Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
Belgium surrenders to Germany.
Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Thanks to Carl
The Meaning of Memorial Day, From the Civil War On
The Meaning of Memorial Day, From the Civil War On
Lee Edwards / May 26, 2017
As we pause this Memorial Day to honor those who died so that we might enjoy the blessings of liberty, here are some facts to remember about the day and some inspiring words from a great president.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, set aside to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.
On the first Decoration Day in 1868, Gen. James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery where some 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were buried. Garfield said they "summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtue of men and citizens."
Red poppies are often worn on Memorial Day as a symbol of remembrance and to honor those who died in war.
Since the late 1950s, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, have placed small American flags at each of the over 260,000 gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, a practice that continues to this day.
For those who have flags at home, remember this Memorial Day custom: The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon, and then raised to the top of the staff.
Presidents have long honored Memorial Day with speeches, and President Ronald Reagan did so in 1982 while visiting Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
After placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Reagan spoke briefly about sacrifice and obligation, saying:
If words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and final sacrifice.
Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.
How, then, will we respond to the challenge of this Memorial Day 2017?
Will we accept the burden of preserving the freedom for which so many died? Will we sacrifice ourselves for those who will come after us? Will we keep faith with those who gave their all for us?

Thanks to Len who sent it to the Crusader drivers but it is applicable to us all
Dear F-8 Crusader Leaders,
(A modification of Rachel Firth's original)
Springtime flowers were blooming.  Together to the appointed place in San Diego, the old Crusader Warriors came.
Pilgrims, drifting across the land they fought to preserve. French friends were missing.
Where they meet is not important anymore.  They meet and that's enough for now.
Greetings echo across a lobby.
Hands reach out and arms draw buddies close.  Embraces, that as young men they were too uncomfortable to give, too shy to accept so lovingly.
But deep within these beautiful spring days, they have reached a greater
understanding of life and love.
The shells holding their souls are weaker now, but hearts and minds grow
vigorous, remembering.
On a table someone spreads old photographs, a test of recollection.
And friendly laughter echoes at shocks of hair gone gray or white, or
merely gone.  The rugged slender bodies lost forever.
Yet they no longer need to prove their strength.
Some are now sustained by one of "medicine's miracles," and even in this
fact, they manage to find humor.  The women, all those that waited, all those who loved them, have watched the changes take place.
Now, they observe and listen, and smile at each other; as glad to be
together as the men.
Talk turns to war and Crusader Fighter planes and foreign lands.  Stories are told and told again, reweaving the threadbare fabricate of the past.
Mending one more time the banner of their youth.  They hear the vibrations, feel the shudder of jet engines whine and whirl, and planes come to life.
Those beautiful birds with folding wings can be seen beyond the mist of clouds,
and they are in the air again, chasing the wind, feeling the exhilaration of flight close to the heavens.  Dead comrades, hearing their names spoken, wanting to share in this time, if only in spirit, move silently among them.
Their presence is felt and smiles appear beneath misty eyes.
Each, in his own way may wonder who will be absent in another year.
The room grows quite for a time. 
Suddenly an ember flames to life.  Another memory burns.
The talk may turn to other wars and other men, and of futility.
So, this is how it goes.  The past is so much present.  In their ceremonies, the allegiances, the speeches and the prayers, one cannot help but hear the deep eternal love of country they will forever share.
Finally, it is time to leave.  Much too soon to set aside this little piece of yesterday, but the past cannot be held too long, for it is fragile.
They say "Farewell" . . .  "See you another year, God willing."
Each keeps a little of the others with him forever.
Check six!
(Author: Unknown to me)
God bless you all.
And, Special Thanks to all you Leaders who made it happen.
Len  VF-84, VF-174, VF-301 CJ
Nobel Peace Prize Nominations 2003, 2014 & 2017
Help Make it a Better World.
Thanks to Robert and others
So appropriate on the Memorial Day Weekend.
I don't know who wrote "THE FINAL INSPECTION",  but PLEASE keep this going!
 I hope this circles the globe.
 If it were not for the United States military, there'd be NO United States of America.
The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
 'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
 I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
 But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
 If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
 There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
 'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
~Author Unknown~
 It's the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
 It's the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
 It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
 It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
SEAL who shot bin Laden: Don't wish me a happy Memorial Day
By Robert O'Neill
Fox News
Don't wish me a happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about the loss of the brave men and women of our armed forces who died in combat defending America. Memorial Day is not a celebration.
Memorial Day is a time for reflection, pause, remembrance and thanksgiving for patriots who gave up their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of us all – including the freedom of generations long gone and generations yet unborn. We owe the fallen a debt so enormous that it can never be repaid.
Memorial Day is a time to honor the lives of those who would rather die than take a knee when our national anthem is played. But they will fight and die for the rights of those who kneel.
This holiday is a time to think of young lives cut short, of wives and husbands turned into widows and widowers, of children growing up without a father or mother, of parents burying their children.
Memorial Day is a time to think of might have beens that never were. Of brave Americans who put their country before themselves. Without these heroes, America would not be America.
Unfortunately, for many Americans this solemn holiday might as well be called Summer Day – marking the unofficial start of the season of barbecues, days at the beach, time spent on baseball fields and golf courses, hiking and enjoying the great the outdoors. All those things are great – we all appreciate them and they are some of the best things in life.
But Memorial Day is not Summer Day. Nor was the holiday created as a way to promote sales of cars, furniture or clothes.
Another Memorial Day brings with it a whole lot more than the start of summer. Since last Memorial Day, grass is now growing above the final resting places of many young men and women whose lives were taken too soon while defending our country in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other far-off places many Americans have rarely heard of.
When Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright were killed last October in an ISIS ambush in Niger, many Americans asked: We have troops in Niger? These unknown soldiers lost their lives protecting you – every one of you reading these words.   
Think about this: Millions of high-school seniors are walking across auditorium stages this season, receiving their diplomas. Most will go on to college or jobs, but some will choose a career of military service, joining the second generation of American warriors fighting in the Global War on Terror – a war that began with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took the lives of almost 3,000 people in our homeland.
Most of these new recruits – who were not even born or who were just infants when the 9/11 attacks took place – will make it home just fine. But some will not. I pray that I am wrong, but the sad truth is that the number of American war dead on Memorial Day in 2019 will be higher than it is on this Memorial Day.  
On Memorial Day, I salute my brothers and sisters-in-arms who have served beside me in War on Terror. My heart especially goes out to the families of those who did not return home. In fact, I think about all those who served and those who have given their lives fighting for America from our county's earliest days in the Revolutionary War. They all have my gratitude.
We think we are strong, but in war any of us can be turned into just a memory in an instant. And war seems to have been the universal experience of just about every society on the planet at one time or another, for as long as there have been human societies.
How do we stop the wars resulting in such tragic waste of lives? How do we stop the number of American war dead and war dead in other nations from growing? I wish I knew the answer. But battle lines are being drawn and redrawn, and wars and terrorist attacks just keep going on and on. Weapons are getting bigger. Bombs are becoming smarter and more lives are being lost every day all over the world, leading to more death, more anger and more war.
Some are so loyal to their cause that they strap bombs on their bodies or fly passenger jets into buildings. They conduct beheadings. They set prisoners on fire. How do we find common ground with them? Do we even try to find common ground, or do we finally take the gloves off and start landing punches intended to take our enemy out for good?
I've been on over 400 Army combat missions and have seen more war than most Americans. More than I care to remember, but cannot forget. There is never a shortage of war. War spreads faster than fire and like fire it leaves destruction in its wake.
It hurts my heart as an American every time I see another service member's body being brought home draped in an American flag. But it hurts my heart as a human being with every act of war we are all unleashing against each other around the world.
This Memorial Day, I urge all Americans to remember all the fallen sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members who have so bravely served our country, as well as their families.
And I urge all Americans to join me in the hope and prayer that somehow, someday people around the world will focus more on our similarities than our differences and that we will move closer to a time when war is just a memory – part of our past but not our future.
Robert O'Neill is a Fox News contributor and ex-Navy SEAL best known as "the man who killed Usama bin Laden." O'Neill joined the Navy in 1996 and deployed as a SEAL more than a dozen times, participating in more than 400 combat missions across four different theaters of war.

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