Monday, July 30, 2018

Fw: TheList 4778

The List 4778     TGB

To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego
This day in Naval History
July 30
1918—Headquarters Company and Squadrons A, B, and C of the First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France, on board USS DeKalb (ID #3010), as U.S. enters European Theater of World War I.
1919—During an inspection by a six-man maintenance crew, the submarine USS G-2 suddenly floods and sinks at her moorings in Two Tree Channel near Niantic Bay off the CT coast. She goes down in 13 1/2 fathoms, drowning three of the inspection crew.
1942—President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the act establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). During World War II, more than 80,000 officers and enlisted women serve in the WAVES.
1943—PV 1 aircraft from (VB 127) sinks German submarine (U 591) off Pernambuco, Brazil. Also on this date, TBFs and F4Fs (VC 29) from USS Santee (CVE 29) sink German submarine (U 43) in the mid-Atlantic, while (PC 624) sinks German submarine (U 375) off Tunisia.
1945—A Japanese submarine sinks USS Indianapolis (CA 35), northeast of Leyte. Only 316 of her 1,199 crew survive. Due to communications and other errors, her loss goes unnoticed until survivors are seen from a passing aircraft on Aug. 2. Four days earlier, she had delivered atomic bomb components used on Japan in August.
2005—USS Halsey (DDG 97) is commissioned at Naval Station North Island in San Diego, CA. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William "Bull" Halsey Jr., who commanded the U. S. 3rd Fleet during much of the Pacific War against Japan.
Executive Summary:
Top national headlines include continued coverage of the Carr Fire in California, where at least seven people are still missing; and President Trump's metal tariffs sending steel prices surging and sparking blockbuster profits for steel manufacturers. Eleven nations participated in the final and largest of four amphibious exercises on Sunday as RIMPAC 2018 nears completion, reports Stars and Stripes. The exercise was commanded by RIMPAC's Marine Air Ground Task Force-Hawaii, which is composed of more than 2,800 marines and sailors and foreign military personnel from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Chile, Philippines and Tonga. Stars and Stripes also reports that the United States, Japan and India have concluded Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2JA 2018. Additionally, the New York Times reports that American diplomats held face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar.]
Today in History July 30
The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va.
The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax.
The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians.
In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater.
Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots.
George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process.
A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.
General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.
Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.
 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's Parliament, surrenders Jordan's claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal partner of the New York Yankees.
The last of the uniquely shaped "old style" Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.
Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power.
Thanks to Dr. Rich
Thanks to Mo ...
Sue and I visited the U.S. Military Cemetery at Cambridge this Spring with a WWII Museum tour of the Allied air bases in England …. and I sent this story to the retired SEAL who currently runs the cemetery ...
  Seventy-five years ago this month, a Band of Roughnecks went abroad on a top secret mission into Robin Hood's stomping grounds to punch oil wells to help fuel England's war machines.
  It's a story that should make any oilman or woman proud.
  The year was 1943 and England was mired in World War II. U-boats attacked supply vessels, choking off badly needed supplies to the island nation. But oil was the commodity they needed the most as they warred with Germany.
  A book "The Secret of Sherwood Forest: Oil Production in England During World War II" written by Guy Woodward and Grace Steele Woodward was published in 1973, and tells the obscure story of the American oil men who went to England to bore wells in a top secret mission in March 1943.
  England had but one oil field, in Sherwood Forest of all places. Its meager output of 300 barrels a day was literally a drop in the bucket of their requirement of 150,000 barrels a day to fuel their war machines.
  Then a top secret plan was devised: to send some Americans and their expertise to assist in developing the field. Oklahoma based Noble Drilling Company, along with Fain-Porter signed a one year contract to drill 100 wells for England, merely for costs and expenses.
  42 drillers and roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma, most in their teens and early twenties volunteered for the mission to go abroad. The hands embarked for England in March 1943 aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Four National 50 drilling rigs were loaded onto ships but only three of them made landfall; the Nazi U-boats sank one of the rigs enroute to the UK.
  The Brits' jaws dropped as the Yanks began punching the wells in a week, compared to five to eight weeks for their British counterparts. They worked 12 hour tours, 7 days a week and within a year, the Americans had drilled 106 wells and England oil production shot up from 300 barrels a day to over 300,000
  The contract fulfilled, the American oil men departed England in late March 1944. But only 41 hands were on board the return voyage. Herman Douthit, a Texan derrick-hand was killed during the operation. He was laid to rest with full military honors, and remains the only civilian to be buried at The American Military Cemetery in Cambridge.
  "The Oil Patch Warrior," a seven foot bronze statue of a roughneck holding a four foot pipe wrench stands near Nottingham England to honor the American oil men's assistance and sacrifice in the war. A replica was placed in Ardmore Oklahoma in 2001
  It is by no means a stretch to state that without the American mission, we might all be speaking German today.
Special thanks to the American Oil and Gas Historical Society.
 "There are no noble wars, just noble warriors"
Thanks to Mike
WWII P-38 Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice in Greenland
Here we go again!
Thanks to Mike
"Cool" Corsair Story
American ingenuity at it's best!  (From the latest Smithsonian Air & Space magazine)
A sign above a urinal in a golf course men's locker room reads:  "Welcome to this facility.  It's the only place on the grounds that nobody will try to change your stance or adjust your grip."
Golf is a game in which you yell "Fore", shoot six, and write down five.—Paul Harvey
Submitted by Al Anderson:
     John, who lived in the north of England, decided to go golfing in Scotland with his buddy, Shawn.  So they loaded up John's minivan and headed north. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. So they pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night.
     "I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm recently widowed," she explained, "and I'm afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house."
     "Don't worry," John said. "We'll be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light."
     The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.
     Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way. They enjoyed a great weekend of golf.  But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the golf weekend.
     He dropped in on his friend Shawn and asked, "Shawn, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our golf holiday in Scotland about 9 months ago?"
     "Yes, I do," said Shawn
     "Did you, er, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit?"
     "Well, um, yes!," Shawn said, a little embarrassed about being found out, "I have to admit that I did."
     "And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name?"
     Shawn's face turned beet red and he said, "Yeah, look, I'm sorry, buddy. I'm afraid I did.  Why do you ask?"
     "She just died and left me everything."
Submitted by Bob King:
     The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands. The instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path."
     "Gentlemen, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both."
     The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information.  After a few moments a man, name unknown, at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand.
     "Yes?" said the Instructor.
     "I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"
(Brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?  This kind of sensitivity just can't be taught.)
Submitted by Mark Logan:
     Two old men had been friends most of their lives. When it was clear that Frank was dying, Leonard visited him every day. One day Leonard said, "Frank, we both loved playing golf all our lives, and we started playing in high school.  Please do me one favor: when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's golf there."
     Frank looked up at Leonard from his deathbed and said, "Leonard, you've been my best friend for many years.  If it's at all possible, I'll do this favor for you."
     Shortly after that, Frank died.  A few weeks later, Leonard was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, "Leonard!"
     "Who is it?" asked Leonard, sitting up suddenly.  "Who is it?"
     "Leonard -- it's me, Frank."  
     "You're not Frank. Frank just died."
     "I'm telling you, it's me, Frank," insisted the voice.
     "Frank!  Where are you?"
     "In heaven," replied Frank. "I have some really good news and a little bad news."
     "Tell me the good news first," said Leonard.
     "The good news," Frank said with joy and enthusiasm, "is that there is golf in heaven.  Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before me are here too.  Even better than that, we're all young again.  Better still, it's always summertime and it never rains.  And best of all, we can play golf all we want, and we never get tired.  And we get to play with all the greats of the past."
     "That's fantastic," said Leonard.  "It's beyond my wildest dreams!  So what's the bad news?"
     "You're in my foursome this Saturday."
Submitted by Al Anderson:
     A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack!  "Help me, dear," she groans to her husband.
     The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt.
     His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying here and you're putting?"
     "Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you.
     "Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
     "No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."
     A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, "You are spectacular; your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course.  What's your secret?"
     Mickelson replied, "The holes are numbered."
     A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3, the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son?"
     The young man says, "An 8-iron, father. How about you?"
     The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."
     The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.
     The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.
     The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."
     Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 3-iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"
     "Yes" says the woman.
     "Did you hit him with that golf club?" 
     "Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.
     "How many times did you hit him?"
     "I don't know -- put me down for five."
     A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.  Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.
     As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
     The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?
     The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.
     She said: "What are your golf clubs doing here?"
     He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day, is it?
May the course be with you,
Item Number:5 Date: 07/30/2018 IRAQ - ISIS DESTROYS POWER STATION NEAR KIRKUK AMID ELECTRICITY SHORTAGES (JUL 30/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- The Islamic State terrorist group has destroyed an electricity station southwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, reports the Iraqi News.   ISIS militants attacked the facility at Therban village on Sunday, destroying the station and causing other damage nearby, a source from the provincial electricity department told AlSumaria News.   The station supplies electricity to several villages in Hawija, the source said.   Iraq has faced an electricity shortage amid ongoing protests in the south. The protests led to the suspension of Electricity Minister Qassim al-Fahdawi, who is under investigation amid complaints of poor service across the country.   Protesters demanded better electricity and water services, jobs and an end to corruption
Item Number:7 Date: 07/30/2018 MALI - VIOLENCE HINDERS TURNOUT FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (JUL 30/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Voting has wrapped up in Mali amid violent attacks that overshadowed the election process, reports Agence France-Presse.   Sunday's elections were marred by reports of attacks throughout the country by militants and irate citizens.   Militants fired rockets on the U.N. Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in the northeastern area of Aguelhok. No casualties were reported.   Elsewhere, polling stations were burned and election officials attacked, forcing some stations to close.   In the central town of Bourema Napo, voting was cancelled in four villages following threats by armed groups, said the mayor.   Violence prevented voting at 644 polling stations (about 14 percent of the total), according to figures from the ministry of territorial administration that were provided to France 24.   Men described as "jihadists" burned ballot boxes in the northern Timbuktu village of Lafia, telling a local official that "god does not like elections."   About 30,000 security personnel were deployed in anticipation of the election.   Mali has struggled to contain a secessionist movement in the north and attacks by extremists across the country.   President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is among 24 candidates competing. Keita has been criticized for failing to stop the violence.   Election results are expected to be announced on Tuesday. If no candidate obtains more than 50 percent of the vote, a second round is scheduled for Aug. 12, noted Deutsche Welle.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/30/2018 NIGERIA - 1,000 SECURITY PERSONNEL TO FIGHT BANDITS IN ZAMFARA STATE (JUL 30/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Nigerian government has deployed a 1,000-strong joint force to the northwestern state of Zamfara to combat banditry, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the mixed deployment, which includes elements from the air force, army, police and civil defense force.   Following the announcement, the air force began deploying fighter aircraft to the Katsina airport, the closest to the state. The lack of a fuel depot had previously prevented such deployments, said a presidential spokesman.   Buhari also authorized the use of advanced satellite imagery to track the movement of bandits, he said.   Banditry is rife in Zamfara and its border with Kaduna state, noted Reuters. Over the last year, hundreds of people have been killed by bandits in Zamfara. The bandits often burn villages and take prisoners for ransom.   On July 24, bandits attacked a village in Zamfara. When soldiers arrested the suspected attackers, the community police station came under attack from locals demanding their release.   On Saturday, 15 people were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Maradun district, local officials said, as cited by the Premium Times (Abuja).   The military is currently deployed in at least 30 of Nigeria's 36 states, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 07/30/2018 NORTH KOREA - GEN. RI BACK AS MILITARY CHIEF IN ANOTHER LEADERSHIP SHUFFLE (JUL 30/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has appointed army Gen. Ri Yong Gil as chief of the General Staff, reports the Yonhap new agency (Seoul).   Ri was previously appointed to the position in September 2013. He was demoted to deputy chief for unspecified reasons in early 2016.   Kim has been replacing older, more conservative officers with loyalists as he pursues improved relations with the United States and focuses more on economic development, according to analysts cited by Reuters.   Ri accompanied Kim as the new army chief of staff to a war dead cemetery on the 65th anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War, reported the official Korean Central News Agency.   Kim recently appointed army Gen. Kim Su Gil as director of the General Political Bureau and army Gen. No Kwang Chol as defense minister
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/30/2018 PHILIPPINES - NAVY RECEIVES DONATED PATROL BOATS, RPGS FROM CHINA (JUL 30/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Philippines has accepted a Chinese donation of patrol boats and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, reports China's state-run Xinhua news agency.   Four new patrol boats and 30 RPG launchers and corresponding ammunition was handed over last week, a navy spokesman said on Sunday.   Training with the systems has begun as the force examines how to best integrate them into service, he said.   On July 27, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said the delivery, the third such shipment to the Philippine armed forces, would help fight terrorism and violent extremism in the Philippines.   In 2017, China donated about 6,000 assault rifles and hundreds of sniper rifles after U.S. legislators blocked the sale of M4 rifles to the Philippine police, noted Reuters
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/30/2018 SYRIA - KURDS SEEK REGIONAL AUTONOMY IN TALKS WITH DAMASCUS (JUL 30/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it has agreed to work with the government in Damascus to achieve a "democratic, decentralized Syria," reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   In a statement released on July 28, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) said it would form negotiation committees to further talks with Damascus, with more meetings to come at a later date.   The Syrian government did not immediately confirm the accord.   Under the rough outlines of the negotiations leaked to the press, the SDC is willing to return territory to the control of Damascus in exchange for greater autonomy within those areas, reported Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   The SDC is focused on restoring utility and government services to the areas under its control before moving to larger and potentially more divisive issues.   The council distinguishes between the Syrian state and the government of Bashar Assad, so any agreement would be part of "Syria's post-political treaty," said SDC co-chair Riad Darar.   The group has established local governments within much of the area under its control, where they levy taxes and provide some services.   The SDC would like to see to Syria divided along ethnic lines, with local governments exerting a greater influence.   The SDF is a predominately Kurdish group of fighters that is supported by the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/30/2018 UKRAINE - DOMESTIC ANTI-TANK MISSILE SYSTEMS PASS TESTS AHEAD OF DELIVERY (JUL 30/UKRINF)  UKRINFORM -- The Ukrainian state-owned Kiev Design Bureau Luch has completed acceptance testing for another batch of anti-tank missiles for the Ukrainian military, reports Ukrinform.   The Stugna-P and Corsar systems demonstrated their high quality and reliability and are ready to be transferred to the armed forces, the Kyiv Design Bureau Luch said in a statement on Thursday.   The Stugna-P missile system, designed to destroy mobile and stationary armored targets, can also be used against weapons emplacements, lightly armored objects and hovering helicopters during the day or night.   The system has a range of 5,500 m (18,050 ft) and is equipped with 130-mm and 15-mm caliber missiles in transport and launching containers with tandem hollow-charge and high-explosive warheads.   The Corsar missile system has a range of 2,550 m (7,380 ft) and can be fired from portable firing posts, vehicles and special platforms.   It is equipped with an optical sight and a missile laser control channel enabling target search, detection, identification and target tracking
Item Number:14 Date: 07/30/2018 USA - 55 FALLEN SOLDIERS REPATRIATED FROM N. KOREA (JUL 30/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- U.S. Forces Korea and the U.N. Command in Korea have repatriated 55 cases of remains of fallen U.S. troops from North Korea, reports the Dept. of Defense.   A U.S. C-17 cargo aircraft transported the remains from Wonsan in North Korea to Osan Air Base in South Korea on Friday, the Pentagon said.   A full honors ceremony for the fallen soldiers is scheduled for Aug. 1. The remains will then be flown to Hawaii for further processing by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.   The move is part of the four-point accord reached by President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The agreement aims to build new relations, establish a lasting and stable peace regime and purse the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.   The project to repatriate the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers in North Korea began in 1990, before being suspended 11 years ago. North Korea has handed over more than 400 sets of remains to the U.S
Item Number:15 Date: 07/30/2018 USA - GAO QUESTIONS COAST GUARD'S ICEBREAKER PLANS (JUL 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Coast Guard's last heavy polar icebreaker may retire earlier than expected and put U.S. Arctic capabilities at risk, reports Defense News, citing the Government Accountability Office.   The Polar Star is scheduled to retire in 2023. A new heavy icebreaker, currently in development, is slated to enter service at the same time, according to service plans.   The GAO has questioned this timeline, noting that the Polar Star could reach the end of its service life as soon as 2020. The watchdog also called the service's plans for a new icebreaker "highly optimistic."   The Polar Star is "limping along," and nothing with a U.S. flag could rescue her if something happened, said Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations.   Meanwhile, House appropriators are discussing cutting $750 million from the Coast Guard budget.   The entire program is at risk if the cuts are implemented, but the service is "well-poised to award the detailed construction contract in fiscal year 2019" for the new icebreaker, senior Coast Guard officials said
Item Number:16 Date: 07/30/2018 USA - WASHINGTON PUSHES FORWARD WITH ARAB ALLIANCE AGAINST IRAN (JUL 30/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. government is quietly working to establish an Arab alliance similar to NATO to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East, reports Reuters.   The efforts focus on creating an alliance between six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, the news agency reported last week.   The White House is trying to better coordinate missile defense, counterterrorism and military training, as well enhance economic and diplomatic relations, sources said.   The proposed alliance has been given the tentative name Middle East Strategic Alliance and could be broached during a summit in Washington scheduled for October.   Saudi officials proposed the idea of a similar alliance last year, but nothing came of the proposal.   Some sources from the Arab countries in question confirmed that they were aware of the efforts. Others declined to comment.   The alliance would focus heavily on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the most influential countries in the Gulf.   How the bloc would counter Iranian influence is unclear. The proposed alliance includes states like the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, who have made the opposition to Iran explicit, and Egypt, which has shown more flexibility in dealing with Iranian influence, said analysts.   Similar efforts to create such an alliance in the past have failed, noted experts. 

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