Sunday, November 4, 2018

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The List 4848 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has been going well.



This day in Naval History

Nov. 1

1777—During the American Revolution, the Continental sloop Ranger, commanded by Capt. John Paul Jones, departs for France carrying dispatches British Gen. John Burgoyne's surrender in the Saratoga, New York, campaign. The news helps solidify France's support of the patriots. During the voyage, Ranger captures two British prizes, Mary and George, and sends them to France.

1841—The "Mosquito Fleet", commanded by Lt. Cmdr. J. T. McLaughlin, carries 750 Sailors and Marines into the Everglades to fight the Seminole Indians.

1864—CSS Chickamauga, commanded by Lt. John Wilkinson, captures schooners Goodspeed and Otter Rock off the northeast coast of the United States.

1941—President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 8929 transfers the U.S. Coast Guard to Navy Department control for the duration of a national emergency in order to perform anti-submarine patrols and escort high-value convoys.

1943—USS Borie (DD 215) rams and sinks the German submarine U-405 in the Atlantic. As a result from the ramming, she is so badly damaged that she is scuttled the following day after a failed attempt to tow her to port. Twenty-seven crewmen lose their lives in this engagement.

1944—USS Blackfin (SS 322) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks auxiliary vessel Caroline Maru and transport No.12 Unkai Maru in Mindoro Strait. Meanwhile, USS Ray (SS 271) sinks the Japanese merchant tanker No.7 Horai Maru and lands a party of three men, together with two tons of supplies, at Mamburao on the west coast of Mindoro.

1952—During the Korean War, USS Vammen (DE 644) is taken under fire by an estimated 105 mm gun in the vicinity of Sinuong. One man is wounded by a shell fragment, but there is no material damage. 

Executive Summary:
Reports leading national news headlines today include President Donald Trump starting a late-campaign tour of eight states on Wednesday, the death of mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger at federal prison is being investigated as homicide, and reports that the man accused of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs had been plotting the "domestic terrorist attack" for months.  The U.S. and Japan began Keen Sword, a 10-day exercise involving 57,000 personnel, on October 29 reports the Diplomat. "The exercise is a visible demonstration of the strength and durability of the U.S-Japan alliance and our shared pursuit of a free and open Indo-Pacific region," said Lieutenant General Jerry P. Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan. The Navy is putting together a comprehensive plan to develop the next generation of mine countermeasures systems as legacy systems are set to be phased out within the next decade reports USNI News. Additionally, USNI News also reports that the USS John P. Murtha is currently underway training with NASA on how to recover the Orion spacecraft.

Today in History November 1


The city of Pompeii is buried by eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.


Michelangelo's painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is exhibited for the first time.


Maurice of Nassau, the son of William of Orange, becomes the governor of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht.


A great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, kills over 50,000 people.


The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies.


Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, 50 year-veteran and leader of the U.S. Army at the onset of the Civil War, retires. General George McClellan is appointed general-in-chief of the Union armies.


Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley (Belle Starr) marries James C. Reed in Collins County, Texas.


Louis Riel seizes Fort Garry, Winnipeg, during the Red River Rebellion.


Italian planes perform the first aerial bombing on Tanguira oasis in Libya.


Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company buys the rights to manufacture Zeppelin dirigibles.


Legendary Oklahoma marshal Bill Tilghman, 71, is gunned down by a drunk in Cromwell, Oklahoma.


Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini announces the Rome-Berlin axis after Count Ciano's visit to Germany.


The Rodeo Cowboy's Association is founded.


American troops invade Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.


John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine.


Two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement attempt to assassinate President Harry S Truman.


Algerian National Liberation Front begins guerrilla warfare against the French.


The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the streets.


President Lyndon B. Johnson calls a halt to bombing in Vietnam, hoping this will lead to progress at the Paris peace talks.


The Motion Picture Association of America officially introduces its rating system to indicate age-appropriateness of film content.


Leon Jaworski appointed as new Watergate Special Prosecutor.


Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.


Honda opens a plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the US.


Serbia joins the United Nations.



Thanks to Outlaw

Thought you, our fellow Midway shipmates and all the bubbas might enjoy this, Skip.  


USS Midway (CV-41) - Queen of the Seven Seas


Thanks to Doctor Rich 

I think you'll enjoy this story:


Thanks to THE Bear at who includes the following in this morning's post - 

Good Morning… Day NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE of a remembrance of the events and warriors of the great air war of 1965-68 code named OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… This post concludes the core collection and archive, which has been called "a monumental and comprehensive work" by Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, Director of Naval History… Thanks, Sam…  RTR will remain active indefinitely to pursue expansion, editing and indexing the archive by Humble Host and his trusty Webmaster MIGHTY THUNDER. In addition, after a short stand down, RTR will resume weekly posts on Monday, 19 November that will continue a remembrance of the Vietnam war and the air strike operations under the COMMANDO HUNT umbrella…


November 1, 2018Bear Taylor



President Johnson's Address to the Nation, March 31, 1968. Index terms: Speeches; March 31; Vietnam; WH; Bombing Halt; Campaign 68. LBJ Library video MP 600 ...

President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Good evening, my fellow Americans: I speak to you this evening about very important developments in our search for peace in Vietnam.

Good Morning… Day NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE of a remembrance of the events and warriors of the great air war of 1965-68 code named OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… This post concludes the core collection and archive, which has been called "a monumental and comprehensive work" by Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, Director of Naval History… Thanks, Sam…  RTR will remain active indefinitely to pursue expansion, editing and indexing the archive by Humble Host and his trusty Webmaster MIGHTY THUNDER. In addition, after a short stand down, RTR will resume weekly posts on Monday, 19 November that will continue a remembrance of the Vietnam war and the air strike operations under the COMMANDO HUNT umbrella…

HEAD LINES from The New York Times on 1 November 1968…

THE CESSATION: Page 1: "ATTACKS ON NORTH VIETNAM HALT TODAY–JOHNSON SAYS WIDER TALKS BEGIN NOVEMBER 6–PEACE CALLED THE AIM–Saigon and National Liberation Front Can Join In The Enlarged Paris Discussions"… Page 1: "CAUTION VOICED–U.S. Officials Expect The Sessions To Be Long and Difficult"… Page 1: "NIXON HOPES JOHNSON STEP WILL AID THE TALKS IN PARIS… Page 1: "HUMPHREY HAILS DECISION AS WISE–Asserts Vast Majority Will Support It–Aides Look for Campaign Upturn"…

THE WAR: Page 1: "ROCKET ATTACKS ON SAIGON KILL 21–Most Victims at Early Mass–Hue Is Also Shelled With 9 Feared Dead"… "A series of the war's most damaging rocket attacks in terms of human life rocked Saigon last night and this morning a President Johnson was instructing the military to halt the bombing of North Vietnam…. more than 20 rockets were fired into Saigon, killing at least 21 Vietnamese civilians and wounding more than 70…About 15 rockets fell into Hue, the former imperial capital, killing 9 and wounding 13…Mytho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, was shelled heavily by mortars but few casualties were reported…. A few hours before the rocket attacks struck Saigon, the United States Military Command reported 109 American deaths last week as a result of combat with the enemy. This was the second lowest weekly toll of the year. The week before 100 Americans died."…


1 NOVEMBER 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… On the final day of Operation Rolling Thunder one fixed wing aircraft was lost in Southeast Asia…

An F-4J of the VFMA-334 Falcons and MAG-11 out of Danang flown by CAPTAIN G.S. LIBEY, USMC and 1LT W.H. FRIZELL was downed by ground fire attacking an NVA position near Vinh Linh two miles north of the DMZ. CAPTAIN LIBEY was able to fly the damaged aircraft east to the Gulf of Tonkin where both aviators ejected and were rescued: CAPTAIN LIBEY by a Navy helicopter, and 1LT FRIZELL by the Australian destroyer HMAS Perth."…


1965, 1967 and 1968… NONE…

1966… LT ALLEN RUSSELL CARPENTER, USN… (POW)… Refer to RTR for 1-Nov-68, Ripple Salvo #244 for LT CARPENTER's parachute landing in Haiphong Harbor and the race to pull him out of the water won by a North Vietnamese junk to the dismay of two other aircraft and a SAR helo that took battle damage in their effort to rescue LT CARPENTER.

RIPPLE SALVO… #971… NEW YORK TIMES, 1 NOVEMBER 1968, Page 46, Opinion Editorial… I quote…


"Seven months to the day from his announcement of a partial cessation of the bombing of North Vietnam and his withdrawal from the Presidential race Lyndon Johnson has ordered the rest of the bombing halted. With the ground rule for substantive peace negotiations fixed meanwhile in secret talks, the search for a political settlement of the long Southeast Asian conflict can now begin.

"Most of the principles of a settlement expounded by both sides are similar. The agreed aim is to seek a cease-fire, a phased withdrawal of American and North Vietnamese troops under international supervision and establishment of a neutral, independent South Vietnam committed to free elections and ultimate reunification with the North through agreement.

"The nature of the future government of South Vietnam–the chief issue on which there is no agreement in principle–will not be a simple question too resolve. Nor will the fine print be easy to write on any of the points at issue. But peace can only be achieved one step at a time. The first step needed was to open the way to negotiations. That step now has been taken.

"The device that had permitted this breakthrough evidently was an agreement to admit the Saigon Government and the national Liberation Front to the negotiations without requiring either side to recognize its adversary's South Vietnamese friends.

'Mr. Johnson made no claim of obtaining the explicit assurances of future Communist military restraint that he and Secretary Rusk repeatedly had sought in the past in exchange for a complete bombing halt. There is no 'contract' with North Vietnam on this, Administration officials admitted last night. Instead, Mr. Johnson said that it had been made clear to Hanoi that 'talks cannot continue' in an 'atmosphere where the cities are being shelled and where the demilitarized zone is abused,' thus leading to 'an increase in American casualties.' He had decided to halt the bombing, the President added, 'to really determine the good faith' of the North Vietnamese, 'who have assured us that progress will result when bombing ceases.'

"The de facto lull in the fighting in the South clearly made Mr. Johnson's decision easier. Historians will have to decide whether similar evidence last summer was wrongly dismissed as insufficient. What is important now is that a policy that failed has been put aside. More than three years of bombing North Vietnam and escalating the ground war in the South increased the scale of the conflict without ever breaking the military stalemate, much less breaking Hanoi's will. Now, finally, the bombing has been halted, the fighting in the South is being de-escalated and a serious attempt is to be made to negotiate a political settlement."Despite a divisive election campaign, the country is largely united behind this move. Hard negotiations–perhaps hard fighting too, as Mr. Johnson warned–lie ahead. But, for the first time, a future prospect of peace can be discerned."…   End quote…

RTR Quote for 1 November: PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON, "Report on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident"… Watch and hear at…

View the full speech here: President Johnson reports to Congress and the American people on the ...

Lest we forget…   Bear


Thanks to Richrd

Subject: Thought for Today

I used to think I was just a regular guy, but I was born white, which now, whether I like it or not, makes me a racist & responsible for slavery.

I am a fiscal & moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist because I plan & support myself.

I went to HS, worked through college, got a degree & have held a job, & am here not because I earned it but because I was advantaged.

I am heterosexual, which according to gay folks, now makes me a homophobe.

I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class & ally of big business.

I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a member of the vast NRA gun lobby.

I am older than 65 & retired, making me a useless old man who doesn't understand Facebook.

I think & I reason, so I doubt what the mainstream media tells me, which must make me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage & our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

I value my safety & that of my family, & I appreciate the police & the legal system, making me a right-wing, cop loving extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, & fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort - not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath.

I believe in the defense & protection of America for & by all citizens, now making me a militant.

I am proud of our flag, what it stands for, & the many who died to let it fly so I stand & salute during our National Anthem, taking me back where I started - I must be a racist.

Please help me come to terms with the new me because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!

I thank my friends for sticking with me through these abrupt, new found changes to my thinking!

I just can't imagine or understand what's happened to me so quickly!

Funny - it all took place over the last 7 or 8 years!

If all this nonsense wasn't enough to deal with, I don't know which restroom to use, & I gotta go!!!

Have a great day,


Thanks to Mud

    This is nice, but I wonder if they have enough of them to cover all points of entry.  I'd be surprised if they all came to the same place on our border.

Check this out.  


Item Number:1 Date: 11/01/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN CONTINUES TO MAKE GAINS, SAYS LATEST U.S. REPORT (NOV 01/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Taliban controls more of Afghanistan than at any point since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report from the Special Inspector for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) cited by CNN.   The Taliban has steadily increased its control over the country over the last three years, according to the report, which was released on Thursday.   The government in Kabul currently controls about 55.5 percent of Afghan districts, compared to 72 percent when the watchdog began tracking the statistic in 2015.   In comparison, the share of control by the Taliban has grown from 7 percent to 12.5 percent.   The Taliban has not successfully captured a major provincial center despite attacks in Farah and Ghazni earlier this year. The group controls large sections of the countryside, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Afghan security forces are also about 11 percent, or 40,000 personnel, below their target strength of 352,000, said SIGAR. The forces have been experiencing increased casualties compared to 2017, said Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command.   Civilian casualties increased to their highest recorded levels, hitting 1,692 in the first six months of 2018, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).   Militants may be trying to gain an advantageous position before negotiating a final deal, said analysts.  

  Item Number:2 Date: 11/01/2018 CAMEROON - U.S. MISSIONARY KILLED IN ANGLOPHONE REGION (NOV 01/JDC)  JOURNAL DU CAMEROUN -- Cameroonian Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo says security forces have apprehended the killers of a U.S. missionary, reports Journal du Cameroun.   Charles Wesco was shot on Tuesday while traveling to a market in the city of Bamenda, the capital of the Anglophone Northwest region, reported BBC News. He died from his wounds later in the day.   Wesco was shot by militants trying ambush a gendarmerie brigade in the city and attack the University of Bamenda, Assomo said.   Anglophone separatists disputed the government's account, saying the missionary was killed by government forces.   It is unclear what happened to the alleged perpetrators. Journal du Cameroun quoted Assomo as saying that the suspects had been arrested the same day. BBC reported that the suspects had been killed.   Cameroon's Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions have witnessed a wave of violence by separatists over the last year, including attacks on government employees, soldiers and buildings.  

  Item Number:3 Date: 11/01/2018 CHINA - SCIENTISTS SENT TO WESTERN UNIVERSITIES TO OBTAIN LATEST TECH (NOV 01/ASPI)  AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been sending scientists and engineers to Western universities to gain technical expertise in new military technologies, says a new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).   The PLA operation places scientists in leading western academic institutions under false pretenses, such as the use of misleading historical names for their institutions and the use of names of non-existent institutions.   Nearly all of the scientists sent abroad are members of the Communist Party who return to China on time at the end of their exchanges.   China has targeted the members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance -- the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand -- as well as Germany and Singapore.   The effort is designed to erode the West's military advantage by stealing expertise and technology in advanced research areas, including hypersonic missiles and navigation technology.   The report says that the PLA has paid for more than 2,500 military scientists to study abroad since 2007.   "It's not clear that Western universities and governments are fully aware of this phenomenon," the study notes

 Item Number:4 Date: 11/01/2018 CHINA - SOLAR-POWERED, LONG-ENDURANCE UAV MAKES 1ST FLIGHT (NOV 01/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- A Chinese state-owned defense firm has successfully flown for the first time a solar-powered drone that can stay in the air for months at a time, reports the South China Morning Post.   The Morning Star unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reached a cruising altitude of 66,000 feet (20,000 meters) during its maiden flight, the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) said on Wednesday.   The company declined to provide further details about the test.   The UAV has a 66-foot (20-meter) wingspan, with the main wing structure weighing about 42 pounds (19 kg). A new, unspecified material enabled the lightweight structure, officials said.   In September, AVIC tested a smaller prototype with a 33-foot (10-meter) wingspan, which flew for about five hours, the company said.   With the ability to stay airborne for long periods of time, the Morning Star could have applications for patrol, reconnaissance and navigation missions, in addition to civilian roles.   Heavier and longer-endurance test flights are planned, the company said

  Item Number:7 Date: 11/01/2018 NIGERIA - AT LEAST 13 KILLED IN OVERNIGHT ATTACKS IN BORNO STATE (NOV 01/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- At least 13 people have been killed in a militant attack in northern Nigeria, reports the Vanguard (Lagos).   Overnight attacks targeted the villages of Konduga Bularin and Kofa, southeast of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as well as nearby internally-displaced persons camps, Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the acting commander of 7 Division, said on Thursday.   Hundreds of militants arrived with truck-mounted guns and on motorcycles, said a resident. Other residents reported rocket fire.   A guard who was on duty during the attack said militants tried to infiltrate the communities but were pushed back when attack jets provided air support.   Others reported that at least some insurgents made their way inside.   Nine people were killed in Bularin and three others in Kofa, said a resident. Reuters reported that at least 15 people were killed.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Boko Haram or one of its offshoots was suspected

 Item Number:8 Date: 11/01/2018 SOUTH KOREA - NO-FLY ZONE ENTERS EFFECT ALONG BORDER WITH NORTH (NOV 01/REU)  REUTERS -- A no-fly zone and ban on military exercises has entered into effect along the border between North and South Korea, reports Reuters.   On Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae In confirmed the move in a speech to Parliament.   The measures were part of an agreement reached between the North and South in October that promised to end "all hostile acts" and remove land mines and armed guard posts near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).   The no-fly zone extends 25 miles (40 km) north and south of the border in the east and 12 miles (20 km) in the west for fixed-wing aircraft.   Different restrictions are in place for helicopters, drones and balloons.   North Korea appeared to be taking steps in line with the agreement, including covering artillery on the western shore, where numerous skirmishes have occurred, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.   The ban on exercises prevents live-fire drills and the use of air-to-ground guided weapons, effectively banning close air-support exercises in the area.   Further discussions between the North, South and U.S. will lead to "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and lasting peace based on firm trust," said Moon.   U.S. officials have expressed concern that inter-Korean dialogue has granted concessions to North Korea while receiving little in return.  

Item Number:10 Date: 11/01/2018 SYRIA - 5 KILLED IN HTS ASSAULT ON REGIME POSITION IN IDLIB PROVINCE (NOV 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- At least four soldiers loyal to the Syrian government in Damascus and one rebel fighter have been killed in fighting in Idlib province, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Thursday, rebels from the Al-Qaida-affiliated Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) attacked a regime redoubt in the province's east, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog group.   The combatants continued to exchange artillery fire, the observatory said.   The fighting took place in an area that is part of a demilitarized zone agreed to by Russia and Turkey in September.   That agreement aimed to set up a buffer zone to avoid a full-scale government-assault similar to that in Eastern Ghouta earlier this year.   Implementation of the deal has been hindered by ongoing fighting. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem has criticized Turkey for failing to live up to its obligations.   HTS previously declined to say explicitly whether it would abide by the truce.  

Item Number:11 Date: 11/01/2018 SYRIA - SDF SUSPENDS ANTI-ISIS OPERATIONS FOLLOWING TURKISH ATTACKS (NOV 01/DEFPOST)  DEFENSE POST -- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it has temporarily suspended operations against the Islamic State terrorist group because of Turkish attacks, reports the Defense Post.   Six attacks by Turkish forces have forced a temporarily halt in efforts to clear ISIS from its last positions in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, the SDF said on Wednesday.   A series of ISIS counterattacks in recent days pushed the SDF out of areas it had captured from the militants, leading the SDF to redeploy special operations and other experienced troops to the region.   The suspension was temporary but could be extended if Turkish attacks continue, the SDF said.   The SDF will take measures to defend itself and resume operations if appropriate, said a spokesman.   Turkish artillery began hitting SDF positions on Sunday night.   On Wednesday, fighting continued across the Turkish-Syrian border west of Kobani. The SDF published a video purporting to show a Turkish military vehicle being destroyed by a guided missiles

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