Tuesday, September 25, 2018

TheList 4820

The List 4820 TGB

To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This day in Naval History
Sept. 25
1863—Commodore Henry H. Bell reports to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles from New Orleans about the yellow fever outbreak onboard steamers coming into port.
1925—USS S-51 sinks after being rammed by SS City of Rome off Block Island, RI, killing 33 of her crew.
1943—USS Skill (AM 115) is sunk by German submarine (U 593) in Gulf of Salerno. Only 32 of her men survive from the 103 officers and men on board.
1944—USS Searaven (SS 196) is attacked by a Japanese small craft off southwest tip of Etorofu, Kurils. USS Barbel (SS 316) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship, Bushu Maru, off Togara Gunto. Additionally, USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship, No.2, Miyakawa Maru, in the Yellow Sea off Chinnampo. Also, on this day, USS Thresher (SS 200) sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship, Nissei Maru, in the Yellow Sea.
1952—USS Taylor (DD 468) is fired on by a shore battery in the vicinity of Wonsan, Korea.  Counter-battery fire by USS Taylor silences the enemy guns.
1957—In project Stratoscope, Office of Naval Research obtains sharp photographs of sun's corona from first balloon-borne telescope camera.
1982—USS Houston (SSN 713) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. For two months in 1989, the boat participated in the filming of The Hunt for Red October off the coasts of Washington and California.
Thanks to  CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines include coverage of the former Dallas Police officer who shot a neighbor in his apartment and the conviction of an Army Servicemember for detonating chemical weapons in Louisiana.  USNI News reports that the Navy and Air Force have for the first time successfully deployed a 2,000-pound shallow-water mine from altitude and at speed from outside anti-aircraft range during Valiant Shield 2018. Newport News Daily Press reports that the USS George Washington's overhaul is 25 percent complete. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reports that Russia has announced that it will supply Syria with its S-300 missile system.
Today in History September 25

The last great Christian crusade, led jointly by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary, ends in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bayezid I's Ottoman army at Nicopolis.

In Sweden, King Sigismund is defeated at Stangebro by his uncle Charles.

British troops capture Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga, when he and a handful of Americans try to invade Canada.

Congress proposes 12 new amendments to the Constitution.

The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president.

American General Zachary Taylor's forces capture Monterey, Mexico.

The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden.

An allied offensive is launched in France against the German Army.

Brazil declares war on Austria.

German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.

President Franklin Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Edvard Benes over the Sudetenland.

The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States.

The Red Army retakes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.

President Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev begin Camp David talks.

Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes.

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in.

Maze Prison escape, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; 38 IRA prisoners escape in the largest prison breakout in British history; known among Irish republicans as the Great Escape.

NASA launches Mars Observer probe; it fails 11 months later.

Ireland's last Magdalene laundry closes; begun as asylums to rehabilitate "fallen women," they increasingly took on prison-like qualities.

China launches Shenzhou 7 spacecraft; crew performs China's first extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy jointly accuse Iran of building a secret nuclear enrichment facility.
This is why I have so much history in the list. We can learn from the mistakes of the past and we need to honor the people that made our country great. And finally he is correct 90percent of the people out there could not pass a history exam.
thanks to Lurch  and Dutch
I wish my kids and grandkids had a Mr. Robertson as a history teacher.

Subject: Fwd: Confederate Monuments and the Destruction of a Nation's History
By James Longstreet  ---  [do you remember Gen. Longstreet?]
They tore another Confederate statue down.  A mob of misinformed lawless miscreants in North Carolina, ignorant of history but allowed to alter history.  Violating law and allowed to do so by gutless local authorities guarding not history or law but their positions and municipal pensions.
Where is the concern for facts or even the greater concern for a destruction of national identity conducted by the uneducable twenty-year-olds? 
Enter an expert, a person not wet behind the ears with a sledge hammer, but rather an astute historian who possesses knowledge beyond any level which the mobsters could imagine.
Meet James "Bud " Robertson.  If you have read Civil War history, you might have read one of his books.  He has published forty.  If you are a statue remover, you most assuredly have read none.
Mr. Robertson is professor emeritus Virginia Tech.  He has studied the politics of the great war for nearly six decades.  He assisted the Kennedy administration in the commemoration of the Civil War Centennial. He provides great wisdom regarding the importance of history to a nation's identity and insights into the Civil War.  His one hour speech can be seen on his video.  It is remarkable collection of observations, both past and present, regarding a nation's history and the peril that comes with its altering.  He corrects the misconceptions that fuel much of this Confederate statue controversy.
His opening line is dramatic. "For the first time in my sixty year career I must say I take no pleasure in the talk I am about to give. Yet, it is time that the other side be heard in this monument fury…I will address the factors that lay behind the insanity under which we live in many sections.  I understand and I respect those whose friendships I may damage here."
Here are some salient points from Mr. Robertson:
·        Forgetting the War is impossible
·        Slavery was the underlying issue but not the only factor. States rights and limitations on federal power were also in play.
·        Probably 90% of our citizens could not pass a history exam. Cultural illiteracy is fast becoming a way of life in America.
·        History is the greatest teacher you will ever have.
·        Monuments compel us to look back, and learn from our history.
·        Demagogic propaganda that purges fact and extols fantasy is destructive.
·        Great men are being slandered by the noneducable.
Robertson points out that there are laws on the books to prevent monument removal by local authorities.  The wisdom of these laws is to disallow the ideological fashions of the day, implemented by fleeting politicians, to erase a history revered by the previous generations who were witnesses and participants.
In 1906 a federal law was passed which state Confederate soldiers would be treated the same as any other American veteran.
The statues in Virginia memorialize those who defended their state. Section 2742 of the Virginia code, passed in February 1904 protected all monuments from removal: "It shall not be lawful for the authority of any county or any persons whatever to disturb or interfere with any monuments. (Prohibiting removal, damaging or defacing was included later.)  It is still the law in 2018.  In short, monuments may not be removed due to the whims of a local agency or "loud mouths" seeking notoriety.  Authorities in Leesburg and Alexandria sought to take down monuments but such proposals were quickly shot down.
Robertson suggests individuals memorialized should be considered in the "context of their time", and that too many local politicians are to willing to bend to the politically correct trend of the moment.
"It is sad that so many of my Democrat friends who have respect for history are having to take the other side merely because if the Republicans are for it, they must oppose."
Politics must never supersede principle, says James Robertson.
We must not ignore the presence of a mob mentality that is long on noise and short on knowledge.
General John Kelly was castigated for commenting that the Civil War was caused by a "failure to compromise".  Robertson notes that "failure to compromise" has been a staple of Civil War causes ever since the war ended. Noted historians including Columbia's Allan Nevins and Randall of the University of Chicago wrote extensively on just that point and thus General Kelly took the position of experts.
According to polls, at least 70% of the electorate do not want monuments removed. There are laws on the books to prohibit removals.  Yet, laws are ignored, historical fact is ignored. Why are bona fide references to history and its analysis, widely held for decades such as General Kelly's comments,  now castigated? Is this intentional ignorance or anarchical globalist machinations? Or both?
Robertson maintains eliminating the past has never been a successful means for healing.
Winston Churchill said, "The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you can see." But "When the present argues with the past, you have likely lost the future."
Robertson notes "When we remove statues erected by previous generations we are destroying more than bronze and marble, we are tearing down our nation itself…all the things.. good and bad and inadequate that made it.  Why should we want to learn from an imperfect past.  We could learn from it and move to a more perfect future."
But there are those who wish to "tear down" and there are those who choose not to "learn".  Their mission is to erase history, to eviscerate and carve out the foundations of a nation's heritage.  What could be more distasteful to a globalist than that which is the foundation of a nation, that being a nation's history?
Robertson continued:
Only when Americans learn more of their history will they become more respectful of it.
Nothing is more critical to the future of liberty than the manner in which we educate our children.
We can not sit idly and watch these incendiaries run loose, for protection of heritage is patriotism.
Robertson closes with a call for more history, not less.
We need more memorials. We yearn for more reminders of how far we have come and the obstacles we have overcome and the long journey. Eliminating memorials will not change yesterday. Learning from them can change tomorrow.
And as Robert E. Lee stated, "It is the study of history that teaches us to hope."
thanks to Hal  
Thanks to Sam's Warriors......hal
Great Story from Stephen Spielberg ... Worth watching
This didn't get much publicity at all, when this man went to war.  Glad to see it going around.
Nice to see Stephen Spielberg behind this. 
 Inspiring and emotional all the way!
Rolling Thunder Remembered 2 March 1965 - Operation Rolling Thunder - 1 November 1968
September 25, 2018Bear Taylor
FOREMOST: A SALUTE TO MAJOR CLIFTON E. CUSHMAN, USAF (1938- 25 September 1966) and his gift, a letter:
RIPPLE SALVO… #934… ON THIS DAY–25 SEPTEMBER 2018–PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL GIVE HIS SECOND SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATION. He will face a crowd of critics as he expands on an "America First" policy and defends American sovereignty as the paramount consideration in the conduct of our business in the world.  The U.N. would like to believe all the nations of the world are willing to yield portions of their individual sovereignty for the benefit of the world en total and all of mankind. President Trump won't be telling the members of the United Nation what they want to hear. World government is not on the President's wish list. Fifty years ago the U.N. mustered in New York for the 23rd Annual Session with the United States taking heat from every side for including the bombardment of North Vietnam–Operation Rolling Thunder– in its support for South Vietnam in their war with the North. On 24 September 1968 the New York Times castigates U.N. Secretary General U Thant for his scolding of the United States without taking equal shots at North Vietnam and the Soviets, who invaded Czechoslovakia… See RS below… But first…
Good Morning… Day NINE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR of a daily snapshot of this day 50 years ago in the skies over North Vietnam with a little of the history of the day to keep the air war in perspective…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times for Wednesday, 25 September 1968…
THE WAR: Page 2: "B-52s POUND TAYNINH AREA IN 5 HEAVY RAIDS–Saigon Is Taking Precautions Amid Rumors Of Attack–Curfew Checks Are Prompt And Roadblocks Go Up"… "American B-52 jets flew five heavy bombing missions yesterday in Tayninh Province northwest of Saigon, amid growing rumors that the capital would come under attack again. 'We don't expect any large-scale ground assault on Saigon because there is still no one moving out there,' a high-ranking officer said. 'However, there are low-level reports of new rocket or terrorist attacks. In the last few days, the South Vietnamese national police have stepped up their security precautions, and roadblocks have been set up on the avenues leading in to the city…The heavy bombing of nearby provinces in the recent months has often reflected a belief by the military command that the enemy was trying to move on the capital. The high ranking spokesman asserted that he did not think that the bombing meant much so far as Saigon was concerned, but showed that there were 'good targets' in Tayninh…  In Quangtri Province, to the north, United States marines found a five ton cache of enemy supplies and weapons…In Quangnam Province, a marine reconnaissance team observed 15 ot the enemy moving in open 10 miles east of the city of Anhoa and killed all of them…Four miles east of Tamky, in Quangtin Province, troops of the Americal Division engaged an enemy force in a five hour fight that left an American dead and 33 wounded. The spokesman said that 92 enemy soldiers had been killed… ALLIES SHELL CAMBODIAN AREA… South Vietnamese forces hate fired 105-mm howitzers into Cambodia in an effort to silence Vietcong guns shooting across the border… the Cambodian government was expected to complain about the attack but the South Vietnam Government claims the right to fire on gunners shooting at them from inside Cambodia."
HEAD LINES: Page 1: "U.S. AND SOVIET EXCHANGE CHARGES OVER PROPAGANDA"… "The United States and the Soviet Union have exchanged protests over propaganda activities. The State Department announced today that the United States had complained about continued Soviet jamming of Voice of America broadcasts a month after the invasion of Czechoslovakia. A note handed to the Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, called the jamming 'a reversion to the ugly practices of an early era.'"… Page 1: "U.S. REJECTS GOLD PRICE FLOOR–Treasury Secretary Fowler Says Official Rate Will Not Rise Above $35″… Page 1: "CHASE BANK CUTS PRIME RATE TO 6%"… Page 1: "AIR FORCE TEMPORARILY HALTS ALL FLIGHTS ON F-111–Swing Wing Plane Restricted For The Second Time In Year"… Page 1: "REP MELVIN LAIRD REPORTS TROOP CUT PLAN–Campaigning With Nixon, He Foresees 90,000 Reduction–Officials Voice Doubt"… Page 1: "Humphrey Asserts He Gains Ground After A Slow Start"… Page 1: "VISIT TO MOSCOW BY DUBCEK IS OFF–Czech President Will Meet To Consider Next Move In Snagged Relations"… Page 4: "SOVIET UNION BUILDING CAMPS NEAR WEST GERMANY–Massive Military Presence On Bohemian Border Is Felt But Not Seen"… Page 5: "SOVIET NAVY SHIFT TO DEFENSIVE SEEN–Jane's Fighting Ships Finds Indications of New Role"… Page 5: "14 ARRESTED AFTER BURNING DRAFT RECORDS IN MILWAUKEE"…
25 SEPTEMBER 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times/AP: No coverage of air operations north of the DMZ… VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There were no fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 25 September 1968…
1965, 1967 AND 1968…  NONE…
1966…MAJOR CLIFTON EMMET CUSHMAN, USAF… (KIA)… The report on the loss of Cliff Cushman is archived on my RTR for 25 September 1966 and Ripple Salvo #208. Included are the shared thoughts of Ed Haerter. Humble Host suggests a reading of the Task Force Omega two pager at:
There are many "Remembrances" for Cliff Cushman at VVMF, Wall of Faces…Among them is this one from Stewart Orvik , which was posted 7/5/17: "I would often see Cliff at the track meets we both competed in in North Dakota. (Humble Host: Cliff won the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the 1960 Olympics in Rome) What a guy, just the most outgoing, helpful, nicest person you'd ever meet. With a great big smile, he would actually give tips to his opponents on how to hurdle. I tell you there was something magnetic about the guy and, had he lived he would have become nationally known as a politician, for which he was ideally suited. Combine JFK and Bill Clinton, you have what I think he would have become. I could go on, but it's enough to say no one who ever met Cliff ever forgot meeting him."…
Two years before his death on 17 September 1964 Cliff Cushman– Olympic Athlete; Fighter Pilot, USAF– wrote this letter to the youth of Grand Forks. It has been reprinted in many forums. I add it to the RTR archives with humble appreciation to a warrior who did not come home and remains where only God knows…
Don't feel sorry for me. I feel sorry for some of you.
You may have seen the U.S. Olympic Trials on television. If so, you watched me hit the fifth hurdle, fall and lie on the track in an inglorious heap of skinned elbows, bruised hips, torn knees and injured pride, unsuccessful in my attempt to make the Olympics team for the second time.
In a spit second, all the many years pf training , pain sweat, blisters and agony of running simply and irrevocably wiped out. But I tried! I would much rather fall knowing I had put forth an honest effort that never to have tried at all.
This is not to say that everyone is capable of making the Olympic team. However, each of us is capable of making our own personal "Olympic Team' whether it be the high school football team, the glee club, the honor roll, or whatever your goal may be. Unless your reach exceeds your grasp, how can you be sure what you can attain?
Over 15 years ago, I saw a star–first place in the Olympic games. I literally started to run for it.
In 1960, I came within three yards of it; this year, I fell and watched it recede four more years away. Certainly, I was very disappointed. However, there is nothing I can do about it now but get up, pick the cinders from my wounds, and take one more step followed by one more and one more, until the steps turn into miles, and the miles turn into success.
I know I may never make it. The odds are against me, but I have something in my favor–desire and faith. Romans 5:35 has always had an inspirational meaning to me in this regard: '…we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.'
At least I am going to try.
How about you? Would a little extra effort on your part bring up your scholastic average or enable you to make the athletic team?
Let me tell you something about yourselves. You are taller and heavier than any past generation in the country. You are spending more money, enjoying more freedom, and driving more cars than ever before, yet many of you are unhappy.
Some of you have never known the satisfaction of doing your best in sports, the joy of excelling in class, the wonderful feeling of completing a job, and looking back on it knowing that you have done your best.
I dare you to cut your hair neatly, to clean up your language, to honor your mother and father, and to go to church without being compelled by your parents.
I dare you to look up at the stars and set your sights on one of them that, up to now, you thought was unattainable. There is plenty of room at the top, but no room for anyone to sit down.
Who knows? You may be surprised at what you can achieve with sincere effort. So get up, pick the cinders from your wounds, and take one more step.
I dare you.
LEAVE A REMEMBRANCE…Google "VVMF, Wall of Faces"…enter the name of a fallen warrior of the Vietnam War and leave a remembrance… You'll be glad you did… 
RIPPLE SALVO… #934… New York Times, 24 September 1968, Page 46, OpEd:
"The General Assembly of the United Nations, once widely hailed as 'the world's last best hope for peace,' opens its twenty-third annual session today in an atmosphere of diminishing hope for the world organization and for the cause of international peace and justice it was designed to promote.
"The 'black and gloomy' world outlook was noted last week by Secretary General Thant in a speech in which he criticized the conduct of the great powers and called on the smaller nations, which predominate in the General Assembly, to become a 'vigorous and articulate their force which could serve as the voice of the conscience of mankind.
"A resolution requesting the cessation of the bombing in North Vietnam as 'the essential first step' toward peace  in Southeast Asia–a move suggested by Mr. Thant yesterday–could be one appropriate expression of the 'third force' concern. But the resolution would be strengthened if the text proposed by Mr. Thant were modified to call 'on both sides to move toward substantive negotiations and to reduce hostilities in South Vietnam as soon as the bombing of the North is stopped.
"On the other major threat to world peace mentioned by Mr. Thant in his speech last week, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Secretary General was strangely passive yesterday. He declined to suggest a resolution on Czechoslovakia, saying, 'If the Russians were bombing and napalming the villages of Czechoslovakia, you wait and see what I would have to say.'
"If the General Assembly is to serve truly as 'the conscience of mankind' it can follow no such sophistic standard. The world organization cannot in conscience wait for further indignities against Czechoslovakia before it moves to condemn and correct the Soviets' brutal breach of the Charter of the United Nations and of the General Assembly's own resolution of 1963–sponsored by the Soviet Union–declaring 'The Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty.'
"'The essential first step' toward the restoration of Czechoslovakia sovereignty is the withdrawal of Soviet troops. The General Assembly has a moral obligation to say so in unmistakable terms.
"Neither the United Nations nor its Secretary General can speak for the conscience of mankind unless all violations of human and national rights are condemned with equal vigor."…
RTR Quote for 25 September: MAJOR CLIFF CUSHMAN: "I dare you!"…
Lest we forget…   Bear

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