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This day in Naval History May 21, 2019
1917 During World War I, USS Ericsson (DD 56) becomes the first U.S. Navy warship to fire a torpedo in the war at a German U-boat.
1918 During World War I, while serving as an officer on USS Christabel (SP-162), Ensign Daniel A.J. Sullivan, exhibits "extraordinary heroism" in securing live depth charges that came loose during combat with a German U-Boat. For his action, he receives the Medal of Honor.
1943 USS Nields (DD 616) sinks Italian submarine Gorgo that is attacking a US convoy off Algeria.
1944 During preparations for the invasion of Saipan, accidental ordnance blasts on LST 353 at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, kills 163 and injures 396. Six tank landing ships, three tank landing craft, and 17 track landing vehicles are destroyed in explosions and fires.
1983 USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) is commissioned at Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn.
2005 The first T-AKE ship, USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), is launched at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, Calif. The dry cargo ship replaces the aging T-AE ammunition ships and T-AFS combat stores ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.
Thanks to CHINFO
Today’s national headlines includes severe storms and tornadoes hitting the Midwest and a migrant teen dies at a border patrol station in Phoenix. Iranian officials have announced that they could exceed an internationally agreed cap on their stockpile of low-enriched uranium within weeks as tensions between the Iran and the U.S. have escalated reports the Wall Street Journal. The crew of USS Stethem (DDG 63) participated in the 80th annual Black Ship Festival in Shimoda commemorating the 165th anniversary of the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the signing of the 1954 Japan-American Treaty of Peace and Amity June 17. "The opportunity for our crew to celebrate the 80th Black Ship Festival symbolizes the friendship between our two nations," said Cmdr. Jeff W. Benson. Additionally, USNI News reported on exercises between the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in the Arabian Sea.
Today in History May 21
Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.
King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.
Christopher Columbus dies.
The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
Present-day Martha's Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
Paris is divided into 48 zones.
The Democratic party holds its first national convention.
Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.
The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.
Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.
British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.
The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.
Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.
The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
Can’t believe I missed this one Next Monday is Memorial Day We can’t forget that one.
THANKS to MIGHTY THUNDER!! And Dutch
17 May 2019 – A Sincere, Heartfelt Thank You to Our Armed Forces
The first Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949, by the Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson. This announcement was followed up with a Presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950. The first celebration was on May 20, 1950, so this year marks the 69th anniversary of the celebration. Before 1950, each of the separate branches of the military had a separate holiday recognizing that branch’s contribution. People celebrated Army Day, Navy Day, and Air Force Day. The creation of this new celebration replaced all the previous holidays.
Formerly, each branch of the military sponsored the celebration of its own day, but now the Department of Defense sponsors the newer, broader event.
Another goal of the holiday was (and is) to educate the civilian population about what the members of the military do for the country. In many communities, this includes having members of the military explain what it is they do on a daily basis, and it also gives the military a chance to show off some of their new state-of-the-art equipment in public.
Historically, this is a holiday about appreciation, recognition, awareness, and education.
In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. First observed on 20 May 1950, the day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.
As you’re out and about today, let our military members know how much you appreciate their service, dedication and sacrifice to this great nation and each and every American. Shake their hand, give them a hug and tell them Thank You – they are the reason we enjoy the freedoms we have today
At the very least, grateful Americans can offer thanks to those men and women who still stand to protect our truest values, and that is what Armed Forces Appreciation Day is for.
Reflections on Harry Truman and Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Thanks to Bill
With regard to the statement that “...U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history...”, I would kindly suggest that there were many jet aces prior to 1951, notably German pilots flying the ME-262.
Thanks to Richard
Subject: Controversy about Wright Bros. VS. Gustav Whitehead...1st to Fly....
Subject: Wright Brothers First
Flight(1903)A Day That Shook the World////MORE INFO!!
Gustav Whitehead beats the Wrights by two years.
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
Seen it all, done it all. Can't remember most of it.
Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
He's not dead. He's electroencephalographically challenged.
She's always late. In fact, her ancestors arrived on the "Juneflower."
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you.
I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Pardon my driving, I'm reloading.
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
Submitted by Dave Harris:
Even though Charles Schulz is no longer around to write Peanuts and all of his friends, he has left us with a multitude of thoughts and recommendations for how to really live our lives.
Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.
I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me. I’m too busy loving the people who love me.
The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.
There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.
Definition of a friend: Someone who says nice things about you when you aren’t around.
The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy.
As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.
Take time to stop and smell the roses.
Thank you for being you.
Faith is holding on tight when the going gets windy.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Submitted by Colleen Grosso:
When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without it being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is tht they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.
A nation that forgets its past has no future.
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
There is nothing government can give you that it hasn’t taken from you in the first place.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.
The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.
I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.
Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.
Submitted by Mark Logan:
The Cynical Philosopher
I just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?
Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather … not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive.
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body ... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
A recent study has found that woman who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.
Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.
Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.
You're not fat … you're just easier to see.
If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.
I can’t understand why women are okay that J C Penny has an older women’s clothing line named “Sag Harbor.”
My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.
My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.
The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.
The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.
Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch.
The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Think of this: Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he was always drunk.
The Wisdom of Dr. Thomas Sowell
No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.
The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many conservatives there are in their sociology department.
Too much of what is called “education” is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take someone else’s money.
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson
I cannot live without books.
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.
Have a great week,
Thanks To Dutch
May 18 Aviation History -
1910 – International talks open in Paris to draw up a legal basis for flight between countries.
1916 – Kiffin Yates Rockwell is the first American to claim an air victory for the U.S. Military.
1919 – Harry Hawker and Lt Cdr Kenneth Mackenzie-Grieve attempt a non-stop Atlantic crossing but are forced to ditch their aircraft only 2,253 (1,400 miles) after leaving Newfoundland. London's Daily Mail newspaper awards them a prize of £5,000 for their attempt.
1929 – During the 1929 U.S. Army maneuvers, two Boeing P-12s of the 95th Pursuit Squadron, operating out of Norton Field (the first airfield to be built in central Ohio), collide over the Linden neighborhood on the north side of Columbus, Ohio, the propeller of 2nd Lt. Andrew F. Solter's XP-12A, 29-362, cutting into the rear fuselage of 2nd Lt. Edward L. Meadow's P-12 (possibly 29-361). Meadow is killed but Solter bails out and lands safely. Gen. Benjamin Foulois tells newsmen, "It's all in a day's work of the Air Corps. Although an unhappy occurrence, the accident will cause no change in the maneuver plans, which will be carried out as scheduled."
1934 – The Douglas DC-2 entered into service with Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA).
1938 – Tadeusz Góra, Polish glider pilot, is the first winner of the Lilienthal Gliding Medal in the world for his record-breaking 577.8-kilometer flight in a PWS-101.
1939 – Death of Col. Charles deForest Chandler, American military aviator, and the first head of the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps that later became the United States Air Force.
1945 – Boeing B-29-45-MO (serial number 44-86292, victor number 82) Superfortress bomber 'Enola Gay', named after Enola Gay Tibbets, mother of pilot Paul Tibbets rolls out from the manufacturing plant.
1949 – New-York city's first helipad, is built on Pier 41 by the Hudson river.
1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant, British four-jet bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V bomber nuclear force, originally developed for use as high-level strategic bomber, but its role, like other V bombers, was changed to low-level attacks.
1952 – Birth of Jeana Yeager, American aviatrix. most famous for co-piloting with Dick Rutan a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Rutan Voyager aircraft.
1953 – First flight of the Douglas DC-7, American 4 engine transport aircraft, last major piston engine powered transport made by Douglas.
1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.
1958 – An F-104A Starfighter sets a world speed record of 2,259.82 km/h (1,404.19 mph).
1958 – In a Zero Length Launch (ZEL) experiment, a U. S. Air Force North American F-100D Super Sabre becomes airborne with no runway or take-off roll at all, using its own engine in afterburner and boosted by a 130,000-pound- (58,967-kg)-thrust Astrodyne rocket.
1966 – British pilot Sheila Scott takes off from London Heathrow for the first round-the-world solo flight. She will fly 29,000 miles (46,670 km) in stages in her Piper Comanche 'Myth Too'.
1969 – Launch of Apollo 10, fourth manned mission in the American Apollo space program, for testing all of the procedures and components of a Moon landing without actually landing on the Moon itself.
1970 – National Airlines ends a 108-day strike by offering ground crews a 33% pay increase.
1971 – Birth of Desiree Tyler Horton, nicknamed "Chopper Chick" helicopter pilot and television personality. She is one of the few female helicopter pilots/on-camera reporters in Los Angeles television history.
1979 – First flight of the Piper PA-42 Cheyenne.
1983 – American Airlines carries its 500 millionth passenger.
2006 – The world’s biggest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, lands at Heathrow Airport for the first time, making its UK debut.
2011 – Space Shuttle Endeavour docks to the ISS for its final mission.
American ingenuity at work by Klyde Morris -
Thanks to Dr Rich
Please pass the salt….Someone with a lot of time on their hands
Thanks to Mugs….Very interesting
Combat Tree unclassified version.
Thanks to Mud
Thanks to Dutch
a few words of wisdom -
"It had almost nothing to do with bin Laden. What bin Laden allowed me to do was to get an invitation from the president of the University of Texas at Austin to be the commencement speaker in 2014."
In that speech, he recounted to graduates the ten lessons he'd learned from basic SEAL training, "that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life."
McRaven made it through the notoriously brutal training, which had an 80 percent dropout rate. Ringing a bell was all it took to quit.
"All you have to do is ring the bell to get out," McRaven said. "If you want to change the world, don't ever, ever ring the bell."
And the secret to making it begins with one improbable act. He told his audience, "If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another."
Thanks to Carl
B-17 crew saves young British boy’s life
Veteran’s Story graphic by Kimber Garland.
Seventy-five years after the fact, Tony Foulds from Sheffield, United Kingdom has devoted his life to honoring the American bomber crew that he says saved his life.
On Feb. 22, 1944, the 10-man crew of the B-17 “Mi Amigo” flew a bombing mission with the 305th Bombardment Group, 8th Army Air Force to Denmark, with the goal of destroying a Nazi air base. Due to weather conditions, the mission was not completed and the group returned to their base in England. On the return flight, the “Mi Amigo” sustained heavy damage from Nazi fighters. The crew lost contact with the bomber group and ended up flying nearly 80 miles off their route toward Sheffield.
That afternoon, Foulds was playing in Endcliffe Park with his friends when he saw the disabled bomber circling the field and the pilot, Lt. John Kriegshauser, waving to the boys hoping they would clear the field so he could safely bring the plane down. Instead, the plane ended up losing altitude and crashed into a forest. The B-17 exploded immediately, killing the ten Americans on board.
Foulds credits the pilot, who received the Distinguished Flying Cross, for saving his life. Lt. Kriegshauser’s decision to crash the plane into the trees saved the lives of the British children playing in the park that afternoon. Foulds vowed he would never forget what the men did for him.
In 1969 a memorial was established in the park with ten American oak trees, dedicated to the crew of the “Mi Amigo.” Since then, Foulds has dedicated countless hours of his time to preserving the legacy of the crew members.
For the 75th anniversary of the crash in 2019, Foulds, with the help of the British Broadcasting Company, planned an elaborate military flyover to honor the fallen men. Ten planes from the Royal Air Force and United States Air Force participated in the memorial ceremony. The planes circled the field three times like the “Mi Amigo” did before the crash. Four F-15 Strike Eagles also performed the missing man formation, an aviator tribute to lost aircraft crews.
The 75th anniversary tribute was a fitting way for Foulds to give thanks to those who serve. The little known story of the “Mi Amigo” crew is another important chapter to the countless stories of American servicemen giving their lives for the cause of freedom during World War II.