Thursday, June 14, 2018

TheList 4745

The List 4745     TGB

To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.  Happy Flag day

June 14
1777—John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.
1777—The Continental Congress adopts the design of present U.S. flag of 13 stripes and 13 stars.
1847—Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry conducts the second expedition against Tabasco, Mexico, also known as the Battle of Villahermosa.
1945—PB4Y aircraft bomb Japanese shipping off Banjarmasin, Borneo and sink Japanese (No. 470) shuttle vessel.
1985—Steelworker Second Class Robert D. Stethem, of Underwater Construction Team ONE, is tortured and killed by terrorist hijackers of TWA Flight 847. He posthumously receives the Bronze Star for his heroism during this situation. 
Thanks to  Robert
Happy 243rd birthday to the US Army !!  Proudly served !!!
June 14th: The Birthday of the U.S. Army - U.S. Army Center of Military History -
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Tuesday's summit with North Korea continued to dominate national headlines, while the Federal Reserve Board announced an increase in interest rates. President Trump declared on Wednesday that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat," though the path to achieving nuclear disarmament remains unclear reports the New York Times. USNI News reports that the Naval Safety Center is creating a new Knowledge Management and Safety Promotion directorate which will use data analytics to help prevent future mishaps. Although the directorate's creation was spurred by the Comprehensive Review following last year's surface collisions, Rear Adm. Mark Leavitt said the directorate will also focus on the rising number of naval aviation mishaps. Additionally, in an effort to retain highly sought after computer technicians, the Navy is bringing back the rank of warrant officer-1 reports USNI News.
Today in History June 14

The Peasants' Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxes when rebels plunder and burn the Tower of London and kill the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies.


The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops.

The Continental Congress authorizes the "stars and stripes" flag for the new United States.

Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrives in Timor in a small boat. He had been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied.

A group of settlers declare California to be a republic.

At the Battle of Pine Mountain, Georgia, Confederate General Leonidas Polk is killed by a Union shell.

The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day.

Women in Norway win the right to vote.


President Warren G. Harding becomes the first president to speak on the radio.

Nicaraguan President Porfirio Diaz signs a treaty with the U.S. allowing American intervention in his country.

Representative Edward Eslick dies on the floor of the House of Representatives while pleading for the passage of the bonus bill.

German forces occupy Paris.

The Supreme Court rules that requiring students to salute the American flag is unconstitutional.

Boeing B-29 bombers conduct their first raid against mainland Japan.

Burma is liberated by the British.

The State of Vietnam is formed.

UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, is demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr.

Americans take part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.

A military triumvirate takes control in Saigon, South Vietnam.

Argentina surrenders to the United Kingdom ending the Falkland Islands War.

Gunmen hijack a passenger jet over the Middle East.

Congressman William Gray, an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives.

Chechen rebels take 2,000 people hostage in a hospital in Russia.
Thanks to Al for thoughts on Flag day
     I am proud of my American heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. I celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. There are parades, picnics, and barbecues where citizens proudly wave our flag.
     As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose.
     If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider deleting this message before reading…and maybe find a better place to live, IF THERE IS ONE.

I Am Your Flag by James M. Fillmore
     I am your Flag. I have been kicked, trampled, burned, and shot full of holes. I have fought battles, but I prefer the untroubled air of a world at peace.
     I am your Flag. I represent the freedom of humanity, and I shall fly high, thundering in silence for the whole world to hear. My gentle rustling in the breeze sounds out the warning to all who would bury me forever that below stands a population dedicated to liberty.
     For those who have perished for my right to freedom of flight, for those who will die, and indeed for those who will live, I stand as a symbol of freedom-loving people.
     I have been carried into battle in faraway lands, always for the cause of freedom. I am blood-stained, torn, and many times wearied and saddened by the thousands who have paid the supreme sacrifice.
     Do not let it all be for nothing. Tell me the brave has died for a worthwhile cause. Be proud of what I represent, and display me for all to see.
     Whether you call me "Old Glory," Stars and Stripes," or "Star Spangled Banner," I shall fly forever as a symbol of your freedom, as I did for your ancestors, and I shall for your heirs.
Submitted by Skip Leonard:
The Meaning of the Flag
     On December 28, 1945, Congress made the Pledge of Allegiance the official national pledge to the U.S. flag. Noted clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) reminded us what our flag means:
     If one asks the meaning of our flag, I say it means just what Concord and Lexington meant, what Bunker Hill meant. It means the whole glorious Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice, for liberty, and for happiness, meant.
     Under this banner rode Washington and his armies… It waved on the highlands at West Point…This banner streamed in light over the soldiers' heads at Valley Forge…It crossed the waters rolling with ice at Trenton…
     Our flag carries American ideas, American history, and American feelings. Beginning with the colonies, and coming down to our time, in its sacred heraldry, in its glorious insignia, it has gathered and stored chiefly this supreme idea: Divine right of liberty in man. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every form of star and beam or stripe of light means liberty. Not lawlessness, not license, but organized, institutional liberty— liberty through law, and laws for liberty.
     This American flag was the safeguard of liberty. Not an atom of crown was allowed to go into its insignia. Not a symbol of authority in the ruler was permitted to go into it. It was an ordinance of liberty by the people, for the people. That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to the end of time.
    The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.
    They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old together.
     Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
    In school we studied English, history, math, and science, which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience.  We  remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.
    We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America; we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag.
     We know the words to the "Star Spangled Banner," "America," and "America the Beautiful" by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America .
Submitted by Dean Laird:
 This flower field is in Lompoc California. I graduated from High School at this little town next to Vandenberg AFB where we lived and my father was stationed. Lompoc is famous for its flower fields and some White Sharks that feed off the coast.  Skip Lompoc '61
The Flag That Doesn't Fly
     Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB. Check out the dimensions of the flag. The floral flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This flag is 6.65 acres and is the first floral flag to be planted with 5-pointed stars, comprised of White Larkspur.  Each star is 24 feet in diameter; each stripe is 30 feet wide. This flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
Submitted by Barry Gaston:
The Flag by Robin Williams at:
Submitted by Mark Logan:
Acuity Flagpole Project at:
     Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America.  Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag.  Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.  
     Flagpole Facts: 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:- 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions- 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F
Submitted by Dave Harris:
Have a great day,
Thanks to Carl

Six Incredible American Aviators You've Never Heard Of

Thanks to Mo ….And Dr. Rich….
Remember it well … in college and dad, who worked for the CIA, called and said "come home" … and I did!  Never knew why for quite awhile ...

Thanks to Mugs
F-16 Vs MiG-29: when the mighty Viper dogfighted with the Fulcrum for the first time

Thanks to ted – and Dutch R
Subject: The Aircraft Carrier, by Ernie Pyle
I came across this quote in a recent email.  It's an interesting observation/description of the ships in which I served and commanded....over twelve years of my life.  Ernie Pyle was America's most famous WW II war correspondent, covering the war in Africa, Sicily, mainland Europe, and then in the Pacific.  He was killed by Japanese machine gun fire on Ie Shima island (off Okinawa) in April 1945.  I like what he wrote, loved his drawings.

An aircraft carrier is a noble thing. It lacks almost everything that seems to denote nobility, yet deep nobility is there. A carrier has no poise. It has  no  grace. It is top-heavy and lop-sided. It has the lines of a cow. It doesn't cut through the water like a cruiser, knifing romantically along... It just plows... Yet a carrier is a ferocious thing, and out of its heritage of action has grown nobility. I believe that every Navy in the world has it as its No. 1 priority the destruction of enemy carriers. That's a precarious honor, but it's a proud one.

Ernie Pyle, 1945
Happy Birthday to Old Glory !!  241 years strong !!!
tem Number:1 Date: 06/14/2018 AZERBAIJAN - MISSILE FORCES SHOW OFF LATEST ACQUISITIONS (JUN 14/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Azerbaijani missile forces have acquired new missile systems as part of its ongoing arms race with Armenia, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   On Monday, President Ilham Aliyev revealed the Israeli-made Long-Range Attack (LORA) tactical missile system and the Belarusian-built 301-mm Polonez multiple rocket launcher during a ceremony at a new missile unit.   The LORA is a single-stage solid-fuel ballistic missile with land- and sea-based configurations and a maximum range of over 190 miles (300 km). The system is ideal for missions against infrastructure targets and air defense batteries deep in enemy territory.   The Polonez system is equipped with eight missiles with a maximum range of up to 190 miles and is mounted on an MZKT-7930 wheeled chassis. The system includes launch, transport and loading vehicles; a command post; and radar stations. Belarus is scheduled to deliver 10 systems to the Azerbaijani missile forces.   No financial details were provided.   Both systems are being acquired in response to rival Armenia's fielding of Russian Iskander ballistic missiles in 2016, noted EurasiaNet.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/14/2018 IRAQ - ARMY TURNS TO RUSSIAN TANKS TO AVOID POTENTIAL ISSUES WITH U.S. ABRAMS TANKS (JUN 14/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The Iraqi army appears to be moving away from M1A1 Abrams tanks in favor of the Russian T-90S, reports the Military Times.   Iraq received about 35 Russian tanks in February and was expected to receive 30 more in April. The Iraqi Defense Ministry last week announced that it had received 39 T-90S tanks, noted Iraqi News. Baghdad had purchased 73 of the tanks, said manufacturer Uralvagonzavod.   A video uploaded on June 6 appears to confirm receipt of the second shipment.   The tanks are for two battalions in the 35th Mechanized Brigade, 9th Armored Division, said Iraqi military officials. Any remaining Abrams tanks will be distributed to the 34th Armored Brigade in the same division.   U.S. officials complained after several Abrams tanks were seen being used by Iran-backed militias fighting the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS). There have also been reports that the tanks were used against Kurdish separatists last year.   At least nine of the American tanks are believed to have been operated by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).   There have been concerns in Iraq that the use of the Abrams by the PMF could lead to General Dynamics to cancel its maintenance contract. Acquiring Russian tanks is intended to circumvent the potential issue, analysts said.   All of the tanks have since been returned to the possession of the Iraqi army, said a Pentagon spokesman
Item Number:4 Date: 06/14/2018 MALI - 10 MILITANTS 'NEUTRALIZED' IN CLASHES IN KARAKINDE, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (JUN 14/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- Ten militants have been "neutralized" by Malian armed forces in a military operation in central Mali, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   On Tuesday, the Malian military neutralized 10 terrorists, recovered weapons, explosive devises and other war materials in the fighting in Karakinde in the Mopti region, said Defense Minister Tiena Coulibaly.   The gunmen entered the village of Bani and fired into the air before making their way to the prefecture, the local symbol of government, said residents.   No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Qaida-linked extremist groups have been stepping up attacks in the region against Malian troops and administrative facilities.  
Item Number:9 Date: 06/14/2018 SUDAN - THOUSANDS DISPLACED AS FIGHTING RESUMES IN C. DARFUR (JUN 14/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Violent clashes have resumed in Darfur between Sudanese government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW), forcing thousands of civilians to flee, reports the Sudan Tribune.   On Tuesday, fighters from the SLM-AW gained control of several positions in Jebel Kali and Badia in Central Darfur state, a Sudanese official told the news website.   About 2,000 troops, including Sudan's Rapid Support Forces, have been mobilized to respond to the threat, said the unidentified official.   The SLM-AW confirmed the clashes but did not elaborate.   In a vote to extend the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday, members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union condemned the violence, reported Radio Dabanga, a short-wave station supported by Radio Netherlands.   The council called on the government of Sudan to grant UNAMID personnel access to carry out independent verification.   The renewed fighting follows a June 1 report from the A.U. and U.N. that indicated that the security situation in Darfur was relatively stable. Clashes between the SLM-AW and government forces were limited to certain mountainous parts of Jebel Marra, the report said.  

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