Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TheList 4842

The List 4842    TGB

To All,
A bit of  history and some tidbits.
This day in Naval History
Oct. 24
1862—A landing party from stern wheel casemate gunboat Baron de Kalb, commanded by Capt. J.A. Winslow, lands at Hopefield, AR, and engages a small Confederate scouting party. On mounted horses, the sailors then engage in a nine mile running fight, ending with the capture of the Confederate party.
1944—The Battle of Leyte Gulf continues, with Task Force 38 aircraft attacking the Japanese in the Sibuyan and Sulu Seas. U.S. Navy carrier planes sink the Japanese battleship Musashi and damage numerous other enemy ships, among them battleships Yamato, Nagato, Fuso and Yamashiro. Japanese air attacks hit the small USS Princeton (CVL 23), which eventually has to be scuttled. The desperate kamikaze tactic makes its appearance, causing damage and casualties on U.S. ships off the Leyte invasion beaches.
1944—USS Shark (SS 314) is lost in the vicinity of Luzon Strait while participating in a coordinated attack by Task Group 17.15 with USS Seadragon (SS 194) and USS Blackfish (SS 221). Also, USS Richard M. Rowell (DD 403) sinks Japanese submarine I-54, 70 miles east of Surigao, and USS Tang (SS 306) is lost when she runs into her own torpedoes.
1944 - USS Woolsey (DD 437) and British destroyer HMS Fortune sink two German explosive boats 16 miles off Cap Ferrat, France. Woolsey and minesweeper USS Sway (AM 120) then recover the prisoners.
1944 - In air-sea battle in the Sibuyan Sea, carrier aircraft attack Japanese Center Force.
1958—USS Kleinsmith (APD 134) rescues 56 U.S. citizens and three foreign nationals at Nicaro, Cuba, where they are endangered by military operations between the Cuban Army and the Castro rebels.
1962 - Atlantic Fleet begins quarantine operations to force Soviet Union to agree to remove ballistic missiles and long range bombers from Cuba.
2009—USS Makin Island (LHD 8) is commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island, CA.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include the son of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi meeting with Saudi Arabia's crown prince and the U.S. withdrawal from the INF treaty with Russia. USNI News reported on the upcoming Trident Juncture 2018 exercise which will give sailors and Marines a chance to operate in an unfamiliar environment. "The North Atlantic and the high north is a very unforgiving environment in blue water. USS Harry S. Truman is out there right now. We haven't operated a carrier in that vicinity since the late 1980s. … What are we learning? We're doing flight ops in cold weather. We're doing flight ops in high seas. We're having to make the call – is it safe? Can we continue? Can we recover aircraft? And there's one last thing that is a very valuable lesson learned, and that is communications, connectivity and interoperability with allies, said Adm. James Foggo. The Washington Post reports that U.S. Cyber Command has begun targeting Russian operatives in an effort to deter them from disrupting the upcoming midterm elections. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reports that John Bolton has stated that President Trump would welcome a meeting with President Putin next month.
Today in History October 24

Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, falls to Genseric and the Vandals.

Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.

The signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ends the German Thirty Years' War.

A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ends in failure.

The match is patented.

Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.

General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.

The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the 'Yellow Kid.'

Anna Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.

Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.

The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.

Black Thursday--the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.

John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail .

Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or "Great Soul," resigns from Congress in India.

The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.

The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.

Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.

Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea.

Leftist Salvador Allende elected president of Chile.


Poland's government legalizes the Solidarity trade union.

Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.

The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.

Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as "Bloody Friday."
Band of Brothers speech before the Battle of Agincourt
Historical context[edit]
On the morning of 25 October 1415 (feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian), shortly before the Battle of Agincourt, Henry V made a brief speech to the English army under his command, emphasising the justness of his claim to the French throne and harking back to the memory of previous defeats the English kings had inflicted on the French. According to Burgundian sources, he concluded the speech by telling the English longbowmen that the French had boasted that they would cut off two fingers from the right hand of every archer, so they could never draw a string again.[1]
In Shakespeare's account, King Henry begins his speech in response to Westmorland's expressions of dismay at the English army's lack of troop strength. Henry rouses his men by expressing his confidence that they would triumph, and that the "band of brothers" fighting that day would be able to boast each year on St. Crispin's Day of their glorious battle against the French. Shakespeare's inclusion of Westmoreland, however, is fictional as he was not present during Henry's 1415 French campaign.
WESTMORLAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!
KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmorland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my
coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day, and live old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Harry the King,
Bedford and Exeter,Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember├Ęd-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
From Humphrey's Solo to Thornton's Swim by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
Oct. 25, 1812: The frigate USS United States under the command of Capt.
(future commodore) Stephen Decatur – hero of Tripoli and said to be the U.S. Navy's own "Lord Nelson" – captures the Royal Navy frigate HMS Macedonian under the command of Capt. John Carden in a brisk fight several hundred miles off the Azores.
In seven years, Decatur will be mortally wounded in a duel with Commodore James Barron.
USS United States – the first of four so-named American Navy vessels and the first commissioned warship for the new U.S. Navy – will be seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and rechristened CSS United States.
Oct. 26, 1909: U.S. Army Lt. (future brig. gen.) Frederick Erastus Humphreys becomes the first Army aviator to solo in a heavier-than-air craft – the Wright Flyer – following three hours of instruction by Wilbur Wright.
Humphreys will write:
"From a military standpoint, the first and probably the greatest use [of the aircraft] will be found in reconnaissance. …
"The next use will probably be in carrying messages. …
"Another time where advantage might be taken of the speed of these machines is when officers of high rank might desire to give personal supervision at a distant point of the line or to go from one point to another for a council of war. …"
Interestingly, Humphreys adds: "Probably a large amount of damage could be done to the personnel of the enemy when in mass, or in a raid to the storehouses and depot, by projectiles dropped from a flyer. That any could be done to fortifications or ships is doubtful."
Oct. 26, 1922: Lt. Commander Godfrey de Courcelles Chevalier makes the first aircraft-carrier landing on the deck of America's first carrier, USS Langley, the first of two carriers named in honor of aviation scientist Samuel Pierpont Langley.
Readers will recall Eugene B. Ely's first-ever airplane-landing aboard ship on Jan. 18, 1911 (Ely's landing however was on a special platform mounted on a cruiser, not a carrier).
Both Chevalier and Ely will be killed in plane crashes weeks after their historic firsts.
Oct. 26, 1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf – the last great naval battle of the Pacific during World War II – ends in a lopsided victory for the Americans. An epic three-day, four-part engagement fought in defense of the U.S. effort to retake the Philippines, the battle has all but ended the Japanese Navy's ability to fight as a substantive fleet. It is also history's last sea battle in which battleships engage one another in pitched battle.
All total, 282 U.S. and Japanese warships and 190,000 sailors on both sides have been directly involved in the battle. Four Japanese carriers, three battleships, six cruisers, 14 destroyers, and nearly 10,000 sailors have been sent to the bottom. The U.S. Navy has suffered the loss of three carriers, three destroyers, and one submarine.
Oct. 28, 1962: Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev "blinks," ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Oct. 31, 1972: U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer (future lieutenant) Michael E.
Thornton; his commanding officer, Lt. Thomas R. Norris; and three South Vietnamese Naval commandos are conducting an intelligence-collection and prisoner-snatch operation deep behind enemy lines when they are discovered by a force that outnumbers them at least 10 to one.
Fierce fighting ensues. Thornton and Norris are both wounded, Norris badly.
As the team begins a fighting withdrawal toward the beach, Thornton learns that Norris is down, perhaps dead.
Thornton races back through a hailstorm of enemy fire to find and retrieve his commander – dead or alive.
Thornton finds Norris, kills two enemy soldiers who are standing over his wounded commander, then hoists Norris onto his shoulders and sprints back toward the beach for several hundred yards under heavy enemy fire.
When he hits the surf, Thornton ties Norris to his own body and starts swimming. When he sees one of the South Vietnamese commandos shot in the hip and unable to swim, Thornton grabs him too; swimming both men out to sea for more than two hours before they are rescued.
For his actions, Thornton will receive the Medal of Honor.
Norris will survive and receive the Medal himself for a previous action.
Thanks to Carl… A real hero's story  More on the one above This week in Military History : U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer (future lieutenant) Michael E. Thornton;
The Incredible Rescue of LtCol Gene Hambleton
The Incredible Rescue of LtCol Gene Hambleton
.  Mike A friend of mine who was close to Norris told me about the story of The Incredible Rescue of LtCol Gene Hambleton by Norris who survived and received the Medal himself for this rescue. He also said a book called The Rescue of BAT 21 is out that describes the rescue in detail. Something that could not be done when it happened because it was classified. It was an amazing story of a true hero. This book is a great read if you have not read it yet….skip
Subject: Misty FAC video
Bud Day, "Misty 1", was shot down and a POW in the Hanoi Hilton who who was repatriated after the war and retired at Eglin AFB.  

The Misty operation was a good one, but it was a dangerous one.   Lots of guys didn't make it back.
Here is a link to a short (4 minute) intro to the Misty FAC Program. 
Thanks to Carl….You should read this one
The Left Seeks To Rob Us Of Our Past
By Don Feder
October 22, 2018

       The Amazon series "The Man in The High Castle" is about an alternate universe where the Axis won World War II. Germany occupies the Eastern United States and Japan the West.

       The nightmarish series isn't easy to watch, especially the last episode of Season 3, where the Nazis decide that to truly wield power, they must eradicate U.S. history.

       The Statue of Liberty is blown up in New York Harbor and the Liberty Bell melted down and recast as a giant swastika. In New York City, mobs of torch-bearing youth roam the streets chanting "Blood and Soil," and attacking passersby.

       The Nazis announce that this is Jahr Null (Year Zero), when American history begins. Nothing will be acknowledged which preceded it. There will be no memory of what America once was.

       Back in our universe, Year Zero is happening now.

       The leftist Southern Poverty Law Center said that as of early June, 110 monuments to Confederate figures (including depraved characters like Robert E. Lee – the most beloved general on either side of the Civil War) have been removed. Thousands more await demolition.

       At Virginia's Washington and Lee University, portraits of the father of our country and the leader of the Army of Northern Virginia will still grace the chapel, but no longer in uniform. Perhaps they'll rename the school for Booker T. Washington and Spike Lee.

       Antifa and its allies started with soft targets, those they'd convinced a gullible public are symbols of racism.

       Soon, they'll move on to bigger things, like Mount Rushmore, with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – two slave-owners, a president who said preserving the Union was more important than freeing the slaves, and the quintessential jingoist – hardly fitting heroes for the new age of enlightenment.

       In the meantime, the Antifa mob controls parts of Portland, Oregon, courtesy of Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler. Instead of "Blood and Soil," the chants are "No Fascist USA" and "Fight White Supremacy" – as defined by them, of course.

       Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was accosted in a Louisville restaurant by a Dem mob. One thug slammed his fist on the table where the Senator and his wife were sitting, making dishes rattle.

       On October 19, Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi was arrested for phoning death threats to two Senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh – messages that had something to do with "a nine-millimeter" and "the side of your (expletive) skull." Hillary's 2016 running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, says his party should "fight in the courts," "fight at the ballot box" and "fight in the streets." And would you like that shirt in brown, Senator?

       How can ordinary Americans be expected to resist this insanity when their history is as alien to them as flora at the foothills of the Himalayas? A 2014 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found only 18% of U.S. high school students are proficient in American history.

       In 2008, one of the most comprehensive surveys of its kind, involving more than 2,500 Americans, young and old, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, found:

       • Only 21% recognized the phrase "Of the people, by the people, for the people" from the Gettysburg Address.

       • Less than half could name the three branches of government.

       •  47% didn't know that only Congress has the power to declare war.

       • 73% didn't know that the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from establishing a national religion.

       • Fewer than one in five knew that the phrase "wall of separation" isn't in the Constitution, but was taken from Jefferson's private correspondence.

       • Based on another survey, only 28% of respondents could name three of the original 13 colonies; just 24% could name one thing for which Benjamin Franklin is famous (37% thought he invented the light bulb); 12% identified Dwight Eisenhower as a Civil War general; and a majority didn't know who we fought in World War II.

       History is as alien to our schools as hygiene is to a punk concert.

       A staggering 88% of elementary school teachers consider teaching history a low priority. The Pilgrims, Puritans, pioneers, Grand Army of the Republic and Doughboys might as well be craters on a map of the moon.

       The educrats who design public school curricula intentionally avoid U.S. history, which they view as a lamentable saga of subjugation, extermination and exploitation. Instead of teaching our history, schools teach victimology: This is what we did to American Indians. This is what we did during the eras of slavery and segregation. This is what we did to Chinese railroad workers and Japanese-Americans during World War II, etc., etc.

       Who cares if we demolish statues of presidents and generals. The coming New Order will give us memorials to Herbert Marcuse, Malcolm X and Saul Alinsky.

       The left plans on taking from us everything that binds us as a people – symbols and struggles, heroism and optimism, faith and freedom.

       Camille Paglia, the author and academic, warns: "What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and hot water comes out. ... They know nothing!"

       These are empty vessels waiting to be filled with leftist slogans: "It's the 99% versus the 1%," "Tax cuts for the rich," "The system is broken," "Socialism means we care about the poor," "Level the playing field," "Western Civilization is about dead, white males," "The patriarchy encourages violence against women," "Cops target young, black men," "Borders violate human rights" and so on.

       We live in a materially-rich, spiritually-impoverished country. Not only does hot water flow from faucets and orange juice magically appear in supermarkets, but we have homes with heat and air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, personal computers, and well-stocked refrigerators.

       If that weren't enough, we can choose our leaders every two and four years, speak our minds without fear of retaliation (except in Portland, Ore.), practice our faith, work where we want, and have leisure time that previous generations couldn't even imagine. But there are always barbarians prowling on the fringes of civilization, and savages within – Huns and Mongols, Ottoman armies, Cossacks, Bolsheviks, Nazis and jihadists, and (in our streets) anarchists, nihilists and racial lynch mobs.

       Without reference to history, how do we know where rights come from? How can we begin to comprehend how precious and rare freedom is, and what our forebears and forefathers had to sacrifice to get us here?

       Civilization depends on the choices we make every hour of every day. But how can we choose wisely when the past is lost in a fog -- a tale told by a Democrat, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

       That's from the Gettysburg Address. 
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page
The following story can be found on the GrassTopsUSA website at  Permission to reprint or quote this commentary on the Internet is granted provided you include a byline to Don Feder, attribution to GrassTopsUSA and link back to the article at the URL above.
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/24/2018 JORDAN - FORMER COUNTERTERROR CHIEF SHOT DEAD NEAR HOME (OCT 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A retired Jordanian counterterror official has been killed, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Tuesday, Habis Hanayneh was shot three times in the chest outside of his home in Madaba, around 18 miles (30 km) southwest of the capital, Amman, said Jordanian security sources.   Police have arrested a suspect, who confessed to the crime, said a police spokesman.   The attack was fueled by a personal vendetta that began in 2005, the spokesman said. The suspect believed Hanayneh was behind his arrest in Russia.   Hanayneh was one of the country's top counterterror officials with a deep knowledge of extremist groups, said a CIA source.   He had retired from the General Directorate of Intelligence (GID) about a year ago, said Jordanian officials.  
Item Number:7 Date: 10/24/2018 LITHUANIA - IRON WOLF BRIGADE LINKS UP WITH GERMAN DIVISION (OCT 24/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The German and Lithuanian army chiefs have signed an agreement to affiliate a Lithuanian brigade with a German army division, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   Brig. Gen. Valdemaras Rupsys, the head of the Lithuanian land forces, and Lt. Gen. Jorg Vollmer, the commander of the German field army, on Oct. 21 signed the affiliation accord that will permit Lithuania's Iron Wolf mechanized infantry brigade to operate as part of a German army division.   The affiliation will ensure the brigade's readiness, boost training and improve interoperability with the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Battalion Battle Group, said Rupsys.   In 2017, NATO deployed the battalion to Lithuania in response to increased tensions with Russia. Iron Wolf Brigade has been training with German army units since early 2018
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/24/2018 PAKISTAN - RUSSIAN COMMANDOS ARRIVE FOR COUNTERTERROR DRILLS (OCT 24/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Russian troops have arrived in Pakistan ahead of scheduled counterterror drills, reports the Voice of America News.   The Druzhba III (Friendship) drills began on Monday at the National Counterterrorism Center in Pabbi, near Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan, said a Pakistani military spokesman.   Pabbi is also the home of the Pakistani army's commando unit, noted VOA.   More than 70 Russian commandos will participate in the two-week, high-altitude training exercise, officials said.   The defense relationship between Pakistan and Russia has strengthened since the drills began in 2016, spurred by concerns about a local Islamic State affiliate
Item Number:9 Date: 10/24/2018 SOUTH SUDAN - GOVERNMENT, REBEL FORCES GUILTY OF KIDNAPPING, RECRUITING CHILD SOLDIERS, SEXUAL SLAVERY, SAYS U.N. REPORT (OCT 24/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.N Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has accused government and rebel forces of kidnapping and sexual slavery, reports Reuters.   Government and rebel forces abducted hundreds of women and girls this year, many of whom were raped or forced into sexual slavery, says the report, which was released on Tuesday.   Both sides also recruited child soldiers during the civil war, which began in 2013, the U.N. report says. A peace agreement was only reached last month.   The study was based on evidence gathered between April and August in the southwestern part of the country.   The abductions could amount to war crimes, it said.   A spokesman for forces loyal to President Salva Kiir denied any wrongdoing.   A spokesman for the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army said the group would investigate and punish any violators
Item Number:11 Date: 10/24/2018 TAIWAN - LIVE-FIRE COAST GUARD DRILLS PLANNED IN DISPUTED S. CHINA SEA (OCT 24/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Taiwan is planning a live-fire exercise next month near a disputed island in the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post.   The three-day drills will take place off of Taiping Island (Itu Aba) in the Spratly chain from November 21-23, a spokesman for the Taiwanese Coast Guard Administration said on Tuesday.   The drills are routine and have been carried out for years, he said.   Troops will not enter the islands during the maneuvers, which will involve the firing of 40-mm grenade machine guns and other weapons.   Fishing vessels and aircraft have been advised to avoid the island during that time.   The South China Sea island is claimed by China, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. It is administered by Taiwan

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