Tuesday, December 11, 2018

TheList 4878

The List 4878     TGB

To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
Dec. 10
§  1843—The first steam ship with screw propeller, Princeton, is launched. In 1844, its guns explode during a demonstration and kill Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer and several others.
§  1941—SBD aircraft from USS Enterprise (CV 6) attack and sink the Japanese submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first major Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II.
§  1941—A PBY aircraft piloted by Lt. Harmon T. Utter is attacked by three Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 0 carrier fighters. Chief Boatswain Earl D. Payne, Utter's bow gunner shoots one down, scoring the Navy's first verifiable air-to-air "kill" of a Japanese plane in the Pacific War.
§  1994 – USS Mitscher (DDG 57) is commissioned at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Cmdr. Roy J. Balaconis in command.
Dec. 10, 1864:  Union Army forces under the command of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman reach the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, a key Confederate coastal city which Sherman will present as a Christmas gift to Pres. Abraham Lincoln on Dec. 22. Sherman's famous "March [from Atlanta] to the Sea" (infamous to many Southerners, even today) is all but over. In the new year, Sherman's army will begin its fiery march up into South Carolina, the extraordinarily proud but soon-to-be defeated state where the whole thing started.
Dec. 10, 1898:  The Spanish-American War ends with the signing of the "Treaty of Paris" (not to be confused with the 1783-1784 "Treaty of Paris" ending our War of Independence, nor the 1763 "Treaty of Paris" ending the Seven Years War, known here in the colonies as the French and Indian War). Spain gets the short end of the stick. We get Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, etc.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news headlines today, a powerful winter storm struck the Southeast over the weekend left more than 310,000 homes without power and cancellation of hundreds of flights yesterday. Bloomberg News reports that President Donald Trump signaled that he may request $750 billion in national defense spending after Secretary Mattis and top lawmakers urged him to abandon a plan to seek only $700 billion. Military Times reports that President Trump has selected Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, USS Abraham Lincoln successfully completed Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials on Dec. 7.

Today in History
December 10
Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state.
Kentucky is admitted to the Confederate States of America.
The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
Governor John Campbell signs the bill that grants women in Wyoming Territory the right to vote as well as hold public office.
The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, ceding Spanish possessions, including the Philippines, to the United States.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Red Cross.
U.S. troops are called to guard Berlin as a coup is feared.
Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly 11,500 miles from England to Australia.
Japanese troops invade the Philippine island of Luzon.
The siege of Tobruk in North Africa is raised.
Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill that postpones a draft of pre-Pearl Harbor fathers.
Allied forces bomb Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
150,000 French troops mass at the border in Vietnam to prevent a Chinese invasion.
Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20 prominent dissidents under house arrest, cutting off telephones and threatening to break up a planned silent demonstration in Moscow's Pushkin Square. Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world.
President of Egypt Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Democracy is restored to Argentina with the assumption of Raul Alfonsin.
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces the establishment of Mongolia's democratic movement that changes the second oldest communist country into a democracy.
The Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland, East England, closes, marking the end of the County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages
Thanks to Clyde….Well Worth repeating
This is what 18 year old "kids" were doing in 1944.  No safe spaces, no hurtful unthinkable remarks that they couldn't cope with, just dying for their country so the ungrateful, uninformed  snowflakes of today could act like fools decades later..   
This 2 minute video is moving.  Worth your while.
 "What actually made this country great is ordinary guys like this doing extraordinary things." 
Heroes don't wear capes, they wear dog tags !!!
In case not yet seen. RLW
Thanks to Roger…I heard the story but never had this info before
Subject: Story of the day: F-4 Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge
You've may have heard/ read about his before, sending just in case not.
75 YEARS AGO 'this month
H-015-2: Guadalcanal Campaign—Battle of Rennell Island and Operation Ke
H-Gram 015, Attachment 2
Samuel J. Cox, Director NHHC
February 2018 
Most narratives of the Guadalcanal campaign tend to peter out after the Battle of Tassafaronga and jump to the final Japanese defeat and evacuation in February 1943. The reality is that the Japanese navy continued to fight with extraordinary audacity and tenacity, on several occasions inflicting serious losses to the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy continued to learn, albeit sometimes slowly, from its experience in night surface combat around Guadalcanal, aided by increasingly advanced technology, including airborne radar and variable-time (VT) fuzed anti-aircraft ammunition. In many cases, U.S. Sailors displayed incredible valor in the final months of the campaign, especially the U.S. PT-boats operating from Tulagi. Most of these actions have now faded into relative obscurity.
During the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November–1 December 1942, the U.S. Navy, at great cost, had thwarted the Japanese navy's first attempt to resupply Japanese troops on Guadalcanal using the new floating supply-drum method. The Japanese tried again on 3 December, fighting off a 15-plane long-range U.S. air attack from Guadalcanal at dusk and proving that radically maneuvering high-speed destroyers were very difficult targets to hit. The ten destroyers dumped 1,500 drums of supplies just off Guadalcanal, but at dawn, strafing from U.S. aircraft sank most of the drums before Japanese troops could retrieve them.
The Japanese quickly adjusted their drum tactics and tried again with 12 destroyers on 7 Dec, under the command of Captain Sato, who had been so effective at Tassafaronga. Thirteen Marine SBD dive bombers attacked the Japanese destroyers at dusk, damaging one destroyer that had to be towed back by another, at the cost of the squadron skipper, Major Joseph Sailor, USMC. Sato pressed on with the remainder of his force and was met by eight U.S. PT-boats (including PT-109, not yet under the command of future President John F. Kennedy) off Savo Island. In the night battle that followed, which included PT-59 and the Japanese destroyer Kurushio exchanging machine-gun fire at a range of 100 yards, the U.S. PT-boats launched numerous torpedoes, which did not hit, but successfully drove off two attempts by Sato's destroyers to get close enough to Guadalcanal to deliver their drums. By driving off the Japanese, without loss, the PT-boats accomplished the same thing that had cost the U.S. Navy four heavy cruisers sunk or crippled the week before, one of the best showings by PT-boats in the entire war.
The next day, the Japanese navy announced to the Japanese army that it was terminating "Tokyo Express" supply runs effective immediately because continued losses of ships at the rate since November would preclude the Imperial Navy from being able to achieve victory in the great "decisive battle" that their Mahanian doctrine called for. The Japanese army, whose troops on the island were literally starving, was not amused, especially since they had been goaded by the navy into committing wave after wave of troops to the island in what was supposed to have been a definitive campaign. In the face of vociferous army protests, the Japanese navy agreed to one more Tokyo Express run to Guadalcanal. Relations between the Japanese army and navy, never good to begin with, only became more poisonous. Shortly after, U.S. Navy transports landed three regiments of the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division on Guadalcanal (bringing U.S. troops on the island to near 50,000, while the Japanese could muster well less than 10,000 fit to fight.) On 9 December, Major General Alexander M. Patch, U.S. Army, relieved Major General Alexander Vandegrift, U.S. Marine Corps, in command of U.S. Forces on Guadalcanal. Most of the Marines of the 1st Division, exhausted by months of combat with Japanese and jungle diseases, were withdrawn.
The Japanese continued resupply efforts by submarine that had begun the previous month, making three deliveries in the first week of December, before U.S. Navy radio intelligence pinpointed the schedule for the next delivery. In the pre-dawn hours of 9 December, the Japanese submarine I-3 surfaced right between PT-44 and PT-59 waiting in ambush, and was hit and sunk by a torpedo from PT-59 (Lieutenant Jack M. Searles, commanding) which actually worked. Searles was awarded the Navy Cross. The Japanese suspended further submarine supply runs.
The last Tokyo Express run, under the command of Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka, commenced on 11 December with 11 destroyers, five of them as escorts. U.S. intelligence provided precise warning, and the Tokyo Express was met by 14 Marine dive bombers at long range at dusk. However, no hits were achieved. Once again, the U.S. PT-boats were waiting (five of them). This time, the Japanese managed to get 1,200 drums into the water just off shore, but as they were withdrawing, PT-37, PT-40, and PT-48 all launched torpedoes, one of which struck Tanaka's flagship, the destroyer Teruzuki, knocking the admiral unconscious. As PT-44 and PT-114 closed in on the flaming Japanese destroyer to finish off the kill, the destroyers Kawakaze and Suzukaze found the range on PT-44  (Lieutenant Frank Freeland, commanding), hitting her multiple times and sinking her. Only two of PT-44's crew of 11 survived. At 0315 on 12 December, the Japanese gave up trying to save Teruzuki and scuttled her. Although the mission was a "success," only 220 of 1,200 drums actually made it to shore, at the cost of a destroyer.
Beginning in mid-November, the Japanese attempted to secretly build an airfield at Munda, on the island of New Georgia about 170 nautical miles up the Solomon Islands chain to the northwest of Guadalcanal (which would considerably shorten the 500–nautical mile flight from Japanese bases at Rabaul). Despite elaborate deception efforts, U.S. aerial reconnaissance and Allied coast watchers detected the construction activity. Throughout early December, U.S. aircraft from Guadalcanal repeatedly bombed the incomplete airfield, but construction continued. The Japanese suffered a major setback when the U.S. submarine Seadragon (SS-194) torpedoed the transport Nankai Maru carrying construction troops intended to build an airfield on the island of Kolombangara, just to the northwest of New Georgia. While attempting to assist the immobilized transport, the destroyer Uzuki collided with the other ship and lost power as well. Four other destroyers took the two ships in tow, but one of the destroyers was hit by an air attack in the process and was seriously damaged. By 27 December, the Japanese gave up trying to complete the airfield on Munda, but continued to fly some planes from the airstrip. Also on that same day, the Japanese resumed submarine resupply missions to Guadalcanal.
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From 27 November to 13 December 1950 this is what the Marines were doing in Korea. If you are not familiar with it you can read about it here.
1.     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chosin_Reservoir
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign or the Battle of Jhangjin Lake (Hangul: 장진호 전투; Hanja: 長津湖戰鬪; RR: Jangjinho jeontu; MR: Changjinho chŏnt'u). The name "Chosin" is derived from the Japanese pronunciation "Chōshin", instead of the Korean pronunciation.
Official Chinese sources refer to this battle as the eastern part of the Second Phase Offensive (or Campaign) (
第二次战役东线). The Western half of the Second Phase Offensive resulted in the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River.
Thanks to Dave
Treasure Trove of Military Information
Even if you are not into this you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are.
Just click on one of the items and up pops information.
.  <http://acepilots.com/pioneers.html> Aviation Pioneers
thanks to Tam -  
Pics included within article link below 
General Michael T. Flynn
The Greatest Spook of All Time
I can't tell you what Robert Mueller is actually doing. "Collusion" isn't a crime, and every single state in the union reported that nobody interfered in their elections. The only things I know for sure are that Rod Rosenstein is no "deep state" agent, and Michael Flynn went on a near-suicide mission for his country.
I've had one exchange with the general. He sent me a single direct message on Twitter. Half of the message is something I won't reveal because I'm sure that the general would prefer that I keep it to myself. It was something that indicated that I'm not a total waste of time. The other half of the message was the general's desire to someday have lunch with me.
Everything that follows is therefore from my own head. Nobody has confirmed it.
It's clear to me that in his brief tenure as National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn assembled a team of very skilled, serious military and civilian spooks who knew what was coming. To sit on the National Security Council, you need Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance.
After General Flynn resigned, his team RETAINED their TS/SCI clearance. H. R. McMaster—an expert on North Korea–came in as National Security Advisor, and the press was fed nonsense about how Flynn's people were "purged." We saw a lot of public stupidity during that period.
McMaster is a Muslim!
And McMaster is a puppet of the Jews!
This is why I don't miss social media. All the people stirring you up never said, "Boy, was I wrong! I'm sorry." They just moved on to the next delusion.
Flynn pleaded guilty to a "process crime." In other words, they found no evidence for a single accusation made against him. He lied to the FBI. I'm positive that he lied to the FBI so that he would be charged. This was the only way to prove that the Obama administration used FISA warrants to spy on political opponents.
Once Flynn was in the system, his lawyers were given the evidence against him. As a spook, Flynn would be able to point out precisely how corrupt the FISA application system had become. FISA Judge Rudolph Contreras accepted Flynn's guilty plea, and then Contreras was yanked off the case. We were never told why.
Contreras is good friends with these two.
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. People forget that they both had their butts handed to them, and they admitted that they had nothing on Trump. And Contreras was removed from the Flynn case against his will. Nobody ever expected a counterespionage operation like the one Flynn ran. It's unprecedented. He fooled everybody.
We're used to press conferences in which officials toot their own horns. Trump and his allies don't do that. It leaves an information vacuum that is filled by imbeciles who say that H. R. McMaster is a Muslim controlled by Jews, but Trump is able to mitigate the damage caused by the sheer idiocy of his fellow citizens. I'm not worried. The reason I backed out of daily commentary is disgust, not despair.
Flynn got himself indicted so that he could collect the evidence, but he also assembled a team of people who have virtually no digital footprint. After Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor, it became almost impossible to tell who is doing what and where they are. Neither Wikipedia nor the White House publish the names of those who sit on the National Security Council.
Since I figured out what was going on, I was able to determine who was doing what, but I'm not going to tell you. Most of the articles that listed Flynn's staffers have been removed from all Internet archives.
The Trump White House has been 100 percent leakproof when it comes to information that matters. Leakers did not have the TS/SCI clearances that Flynn's people retained after they were "fired," so these Leak Killers were able to identify the ones trying to sabotage Trump. And remember: As CIA chief, Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang undetected to speak directly to Kim Jong-un. That may be one of the most impressive intelligence feats in American history.
Yet such feats are routine for the Trump administration.
I attribute this to General Michael Flynn. He found spooks like Ezra Cohen-Watnick and so many others. They cleaned house, misled, and put duct tape over flapping yaps. Leaks have always plagued presidents. Only Trump has defeated what was once considered a feature, not a bug. It WAS in fact a massive, repulsive, stinking, evil bug that Flynn sprayed with insecticide and then stomped flat. He truly fixed the wagons of the people who stoked their own egos and wrecked administrations.
There was or is a drunken ex-CIA dork on Twitter who kept insisting that "Langley" would have Trump out of office in a matter of weeks. This was a guy who got fired for sending photos of his penis to a woman who had no interest in any part of his body. THAT was the caliber of the CIA for so many lost years. But it's a different world now.
Although General Flynn paid a very high price, his sacrifice has changed the system. To use economic term, the lack of leaks is a "leading indicator," and the dumbassery of the press and the public is a "lagging indicator." Every day the Democrats make more threats, so I fully expect President Trump to follow through on his promise to destroy everybody who tries to stop him.
He has the power to do that because of General Flynn's near-suicide mission.
The general is almost ready to come in from the cold. He deserves our gratitude.
If we do have lunch, General, tell me how in the hell you get pleasure out of surfing. Didn't you see the movie Jaws? Don't you know what's swimming around underneath you? People belong on land, not in the ocean. It's the reason we have feet instead of fins.
That being said, I sincerely pity the shark that tries to tangle with you.
If you know about Bob Dole's history this should not surprise you.

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