Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fw: TheList 4759

The List 4759     TGB

To All,
I hope that your week has started well and you are ready for a fourth of July Holiday. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.
This day in Naval History
July 3
§  1898—During the Spanish American War, when Rear Adm. Cervera's Spanish fleet attempts to flee from the harbor at Santiago, Cuba, but the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Squadron successfully pursues, attacks, and systematically destroys the Spanish vessels.
§  1942—A PBY 5A aircraft successfully fires the first airborne retro-rocket at Goldstone Lake, CA.
§  1943—Submarine chaser USS (SC 1048) rescues survivors of a U-boat attack who had been sighted by a Navy blimp in the North Atlantic Ocean. The survivors are from the tanker Bloody Marsh, which was previously torpedoed July 2 and sunk by German submarine (U 66), which during its career sinks 37 Allied vessels until sunk by aircraft from USS Block Island (CVE 21) and USS Buckley 51) nearly a year later.
§  1944—USS Frost (DE 144) and USS Inch (DE 146) sink German submarine (U 154) off Madiera.
§  1950—USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean War. VF 51 aircraft from Valley Forge shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is also the first combat test of the F9F Panther and AD Skyraider. 

Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news, headlines today are dominated with reports that a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the government may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum, and reports that authorities stated yesterday that the man charged with gunning down five people at the Capital Gazette last week allegedly mailed three threatening letters before carrying out the attack. USNI News reports that the use of laser scanning equipment saved the Navy nearly $2 million during the planning effort for USS George Washington's refueling and overhaul. USNI News reports that the Navy plans to continue exploring how laser scanning can be leveraged to lower shipbuilding and maintenance costs in the future. Stars and Stripes reports the U.S. and nine allied countries are working to improve anti-submarine tactics in the North Atlantic through NATO's 12-day Dynamic Mongoose exercise. Additionally, Seapower Magazine reports that the Navy has awarded Bell-Boeing a $4.2 billion contract to procure 78 V-22 Ospreys through 2022.
Today in History July 3
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
In Paris, the Marquis de Condorcet proposes granting civil rights to women.
American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China.
Confederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it.
John Wise flies the first dirigible in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train.
The first cable across the Pacific Ocean is spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.
U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.
U.S. carrier-based planes attack airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
Food rationing ends in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
North Vietnamese soldiers attack South Vietnam's only producing coal mine at Nong Son.
BTW as I watched and listened to her sing this morning I got a chill and the screen went out of focus for a bit.
It is that time of year again and I think this will bring back a few memories for many of you...I don't know why but hearing Kate Smith sing this today really struck a chord with me.  Happy 4th of July  and God Bless America
This  was the era just before TV when radio shows were huge, and American families sat  around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers,  and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate  was also large -- plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used  today is in deference to her: "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."
Kate  was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what  the next day would bring. She had hope for America and faith in her fellow  Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up. So she went to the  famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas")  and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about  their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just  the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written but  never published, 22 years before in 1917. He gave it to her, and she worked on  it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song  would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits  from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over  the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from  this song. 
This  video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra  and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time and starts  singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still  singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In the Army Now." At the  4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office,  reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan. 
To  this day, "God Bless America" stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our  country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the  spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how  successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of  hardship and worry -- and for many generations of Americans to follow.    Now  that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even  more. 
Many  people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with  "God Bless America."
Thanks to NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND. I will publish this one later in the week in  the List.   Skip
Team Naval History,
H-Gram 0-19 has been published in the Director's Corner. Director Cox covers a wide swath of naval history to include: the mysterious disappearance of a Navy Swift boat in Vietnam; the first naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; the 50th anniversary of the loss of USS Scorpion (SSN-589); the month of May 1943, when the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic finally turned against German U-boats; and a discussion of the German U-boat threat along the East Coast in 1918 (https://www.history.navy.mil/about-us/leadership/director/directors-corner/h-grams/h-gram-019.html).
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?
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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton
Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton
Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Column 4
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean
Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark
Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton
Thanks to my Friend John "Bug"Roach
July 4, 1776-2017
I Am the Nation
    I was born July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The blood lines of the world run in my veins because I offered freedom to the oppressed. I am many things, and many people.
    I am the Nation. I am 200,000,000 living souls---and the ghosts of millions who have lived and died for me.
    I am Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world.
    I am Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. I am John Paul Jones and the Green Mountain Boys, and Davy Crockett. I am Lee and Grant and Abe Lincoln.
    I remember the Alamo, the Maine, and Pearl Harbor. When freedom called, I answered and stayed until it was over, over there. I left my heroic dead in Flanders Fields on the rock of Corregidor, and on the bleak slopes of Korea. I am the Brooklyn Bridge, the wheatlands of Kansas, and the granite hills of Vermont.. .1 am big; I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific. I am more than 4,000,000 farms. I am forest, fields, mountain and desert. I am quiet villages and cities that never sleep.
    You can look at me and see Ben Franklin walking down the streets of Philadelphia with his loaf of bread under his arm. I am Babe Ruth and the World Series. I am 169,000 schools and colleges and 250,000 churches where my people worship God as they think best. I am a ballot dropped in a box, the roar of a crowd in a stadium, and the voice of a choir in a cathedral. I am an editorial in a newspaper and letter to a congressman. I am Eli Whitney and Stephen Foster. I am Tom Edison, Albert Einstein, and Billy Graham. I am Horace Greeley, Will Rogers, and the Wright Brothers. I am George Washington Carver, Daniel Webster, and Jonas Salk. I am Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Thomas Paine.
    Yes, I am the Nation. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom will I spend the rest of my days. May I always possess the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.
See the entire Rolling Thunder at  the URL below
With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/  


July 3, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #850… ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES CHIEF OF STAFF, AND THE HERO OF THE SINAI PENINSULA CAMPAIGN IN 1956, MOSHE DAYAN WENT TO VIETNAM TO RID HIMSELF FROM THE ITCH OF IDLENESS. Dayan: "It had been ten years since I had been in battle, ten years since I had been at the wrong end of an enemy tank, field gun, and attack plane–and at the right end of our own." On 12 July 1966 he headed for Vietnam and was accorded the grand tour on a lax schedule that included close up and personal brushes with the VC and North Vietnamese. But that's another story. He also spent a year visiting and talking to every military mind in the world who would give him a few hours. The result was a book, of course. But that's another story, too. Included in his quiet evenings of conversation was a discussion of the American's Vietnam War with Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976). "The hero of El Alamein told the hero of the Sinai that the Americans had implemented a misguided strategy that depended on large numbers of combat troops, aggressive bombing and the civilian social engineering plan that moved entire village populations threatened by the Viet Cong into safe havens. That policy, the 78-year-old Montgomery told Dayan, was, 'insane.' '… And that's the Ripple Salvo story for this post…   But first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY of a remembrance of that part of the Vietnam war fought over the horizon that represented the offense in the American strategy… it was called Operation Rolling Thunder…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Wednesday, 3 July 1968…

God Bless the U.S.A.
by the Texas Tenors at https://www.youtube.com/embed/daqwGRdRIsk?feature=player_detailpage

America, Why I Love Her narrated by John Wayne at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuteyiYN6js

A Jacquie Lawson greeting card at https://www.jacquielawson.com/ecard/pickup?source=jl999&code=6258292123081&utm_medium=internal_email&utm_source=pickup&utm_campaign=receivercontent

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and world-famous violinist Jenny Oaks Baker with a haunting rendition of Amazing Grace at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFO6EcC0ls with background images of American soldiers fighting in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and other wars of the 20th and 21st centuries

A four-minute video to honor our soldiers who have fought for our freedom at

So Lucky to Be an American at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0rQzUVQjd8

If you are unable to make it to a fireworks show this year, you may enjoy this one recorded in 2013.

On Wednesday, the fireworks (non-political type) will be over for another year, but should we only celebrate our independence on July 4?  Many don't want to be involved in war or even struggles for justice.  I suggest we maintain the spirit of independence 365 days a year—the spirit of our forefathers, the minutemen, the entrepreneurs—and take care of America the way they formed it.  Here are some thoughts by folks much more eloquent than me:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. --Thomas Paine
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.--Elmer Davis
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.--Woodrow Wilson
Let freedom never perish in your hands.--Joseph Addison
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.--Erma Bombeck
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.--Dwight D. Eisenhower
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.--Franklin D. Roosevelt
A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.--Curtis Billings
This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.--Lyndon B. Johnson
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?--Ralph Waldo Emerson
That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.--John Burroughs, Journal
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.--Louis D. Brandeis
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.--Dick Cheney
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!--Daniel Webster
We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.--Robert J. McCracken
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.--Hamilton Fish
I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.--Author Unknown
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.--Benjamin Franklin
Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it.--George Bernard Shaw
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom.  The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.--Thomas Macaulay 
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.--William Faulkner
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!--Thomas Jefferson
We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.--Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.--Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.--Moshe Dayan
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.  And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.--Lee Greenwood
It is sweet to serve one's country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words.--Sallust
Freedom is never free.--Author Unknown

Have a great Fourth,
Uncle Sam

"Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty, above thy fruited plain.  America, America, God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea."
—Irving Berlin
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."--Thomas Jefferson
"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."--Patrick Henry
"Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white--and we're all precious in God's sight."--Jesse Jackson
"Our flag is our national ensign, pure and simple, behold it! Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate."--Robert C. Winthrop (1809-1894), Senator from Massachusetts
"You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife until she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town."--O. Henry
"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die"--Robert Orr
"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, dream of battled fields no more. days of danger, nights of waking."--Sir Walter Scott
"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children."--William Havard
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends."--John 15:13

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