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I hope that your fourth of July is a great one. Remember that it is not just hot dogs, hamburgers and liquid refreshment but the celebration of the birth of the greatest nation.



Today in Naval History

July 4

1776 The Second Continental Congress unanimously adopts the Declaration of Independence, which announces the colonies' separation from Great Britain.

1777—The crew aboard the sloop of war Ranger hoist the first Stars and Stripes flag on board a Continental warship at Portsmouth, NH. The ship is commanded by Capt. John Paul Jones.

1801 President Thomas Jefferson holds the first Presidential Review of U.S. Marine Band and Marines at the White House, Washington, District of Columbia.

1863 During the Civil War, the Confederates surrender Vicksburg, Miss., following a lengthy bombardment and siege by Union naval and land forces. The surrender gives the Union control of the Mississippi River. President Abraham Lincoln writes, ''The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.''

1944 USS David W. Taylor (DD 551) and USS Riddle (DE 185) sink Japanese submarine (I 10) while attempting an evacuation mission to Saipan, 100 miles east-northeast of her destination.

1991 USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) is commissioned at the waterfront of downtown Norfolk, Va. The guided-missile destroyer is the lead ship of her class and named for the former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Arleigh Burke, who attends the ships commissioning ceremony.

1992 USS George Washington (CVN 73) is commissioned at Norfolk, Va. The ships sponsor is First Lady Barbara Bush. The sixth carrier in the Nimitz-class of supercarriers, it is the fourth warship to be named after the first president of the United States.

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Today in History July 4


12 slaves are executed for starting an uprising in New York that killed nine whites.

The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock--President of the Continental Congress--and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing.

Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.


Two of America's founding fathers--Thomas Jefferson and John Adams--die.


The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73.


Henry David Thoreau begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond.


Walt Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense.


Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Harpers Ferry.


Charles Dodgson first tells the story of Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole during a picnic along the Thames.


The Confederate town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant.


Billy the Kid is shot dead in New Mexico.


After seizing power, Judge Stanford B. Dole declares Hawaii a republic.


The poem America the Beautiful is first published.


William H. Taft becomes the American governor of the Philippines.


Race riots break out all over the United States after African American Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.


Novelist James Joyce and Nora Barnacle are married in London after being together for 26 years.


Boxer Joe Louis wins his first professional fight.


The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence.


The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia.


An Israeli raid at Entebbe airport in Uganda rescues 105 hostages.


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If a person lives long enough they realize they can learn new things every day. It's part of America's history and this video is really awesome.

Too bad this video can't be shown before all events to remind everyone why The National Anthem is played. Younger generations have yet to

understand what this country is all about. Next time you see hats on, people not standing at attention with their hand over their heart while our

National Anthem is played, remember this video. Also remember, we have some misguided persons who want to change our National Anthem

because they feel the Star Spangled Banner is just too combative and portrays violence. It is from violence that we, as Americans, became a "free nation." Lest we forget!

Click below for a great video and perhaps a much greater understanding of the history of America and our National Anthem. YaxGNQE5ZLA


Thanks to Chuck

4th of July Fireworks U.S. Navy Style - YouTube


Thanks to Hawk

Great tribute to the flag in Robin Williams own way.

The man was a genius. He was 31 when he made this video... it is about 4 minutes long, but I guarantee you will never see anything as creative as this again. His comment at the end is germane today.

Robin Williams as the American Flag


Thanks to Andy

We should be very proud of U.S. history

By Andy Logar

Andy Logar resides in Santa Rosa and can be contacted at


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I am the Flag
by Ruth Apperson Rous

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.

There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.

My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.

I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.

I am as old as my nation.

I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people."

I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.

Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law—Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.

I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.

Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.

I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.

Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.

Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.

Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.


With our thanks to THE Bear at


July 4, 2018 Bear Taylor

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY… "as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty…"

ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERS and Humble Host are greatly honored to present and make a permanent entry in our archives a reminisce of one of the great aviation writers and fighter pilots of our time, CAPTAIN RICHARD W. SCHAFFERT, USN, Retired, AKA BROWN BEAR… At my request, Brown Bear has recalled a "most memorable 4th of July."… His prose comes alive from 52 years ago, 4 July 1966, Southeast Asia… I quote…


My Fourth of July 1946 was celebrated with our farm community of eight families. We gathered for a picnic at a green meadow alongside Pumpkin Creek, 12 miles north of our Nebraska one-room country school-house. Since the War was over, this one would be special. Firecrackers were to be provided for the first time in years. Featured would be the fly-by of neighbor Ivan Walker's Piper Cub, piloted by his 17-year-old son Benton. We were finishing the hotdogs and getting ready for ice cream, when we heard Ben approaching from the south. As he passed low overhead, he tossed out some firecrackers. We were all shouting and applauding as he pulled up into a wingover turn. Then we were screaming as that yellow aircraft apparently stalled and fell inverted into the ground. Ben died instantly.

Fast forward 20 years, I'm riding the escalator from Oriskany's Ready Room Three to the flight deck with other VF-111 Crusader pilots. Like most peace-time pilots, we were very short on live ordnance delivery experience. With over 2,500 hours in tactical aircraft, the firing of two 5″ HVAR's off an F5F Panther in the training command in 1957, and blowing up some South Padre Island sand, was the only live ordnance I'd ever flung at Mother Earth. Now at 0730 hours on 30 June 1966, I was pre-flighting two NAPALM tanks dwarfing my F-8E Crusader on the flight deck of the Oriskany. I had no idea what I was looking for, and the First Class Ordnance guy cautioned me: "Please don't try to land back aboard ship with these, Sir." As I looked up from one of those huge tanks, my eyes met Wingy Nugget Bill McWilliams', who was preflighting the Crusader next to mine. His eyes were as big as saucers. His comment: "You've gotta' be —-ing me!" I had over 700 hours in the Crusader, he had 150.

Bill was on my wing as I rendezvoused our flight of four NAPALM-laden Crusaders and went feet dry to look for our Forward Air Controller, 50 kilometers south of Saigon in the midst of the Mekong Delta. "Bird Dog?" Was that his call sign… too far back to remember … but I do remember he was flying very low in a slow-moving aircraft and darn hard to see in the morning mist that frequented the Mekong. I felt like King Richard during the Crusades, arriving with all the firepower under my control.

"Tally-Ho, Bird Dog, this is Old Nick 206, directly overhead at Angels 5. I've got four fast movers with two napes and 400 rounds of 20 mike mike each. Where can we put it?"

Bird Dog had a prime target and was happy to see us. He had over a hundred heavily armed Viet Cong camped under the jungle canopy covering a 500-meter-wide and 1,000-meter-long peninsula that jutted out into the Mekong. It was easy to find. Smoke was still rising from the farming village a kilometer to the north, which the VC had "raped and pillaged" the night before.

"Brown Bears, check switches hot!" Under my breath I muttered a little El Cid: "For God, Country, and those poor damned farmers!" We were setting up for our run-in, when I suddenly began sweating profusely. I was about to kill every living thing in a large patch of Vietnam jungle! I nervously requested Bird Dog to mark the target for us. I felt like an absolute idiot when he replied something to the effect that this was not his day to die. If the bad guys, with their finger on so many triggers, watching him orbit in his little kite, thought he was about to bring the wrath of the U.S. Navy down upon them, he was "Dead Meat!"

Our run-in formation was line-abreast, with 1,000 feet of separation between aircraft, designed to disintegrate the entire peninsula with NAPALM, but directly into the morning sun. Not the best of all possible worlds, but we did it perfectly. The VC were indeed heavily armed, and four Crusaders made a hell of a noise in that quiet jungle. As we crossed the Mekong river bank, streams of tracers blazed up through the green canopy. In a 20 degree glide, 300 feet of altitude and 350 knots, we were sitting ducks! "Brown bears, drop on my mark! One, two, three, drop!" and to myself: "Please Dear God, forgive me. Thy will be done." Billowing, hideous, flaming swaths of liquid fire destroyed everything unfortunate enough to have been down there on that quiet morning in South Vietnam.

We didn't have time to think about it! As we pulled up from treetop level, we were suddenly in the midst of what seemed like a hundred helicopters. I remembered screaming into my oxygen mask, and Bird Dog was swearing in a language that would indeed make a Sailor blush. It turned out to be an attack force inbound to do business near where we'd just dropped our ordnance.

Above 5,000 feet, clear of all the choppers, we rejoined and Bird Dog began to assign us another target. I interrupted that we were NAPALM zero, but we did have 400 rounds of 20mm each and we could lend to the fray. He didn't take our offer. Most likely the Skipper of all those helos had ordered him to get us the hell out of there. On our way out Bird Dog explained the helos had arrived 15 minutes too early. Fog of war?

I was back in the "NAPALM BARREL" again the next day. OV-10 Bird Dog found us a target for one nape each, and we again did it right. I hope! It was a small peninsula jutting into the Mekong, and it was ablaze when we pulled off. However, Bird Dog then said: "Let's try it again, on that one about 200 meters to the west." That cost me several sleepless nights.

On the Fourth of July 1966, I flew my 4th, and thankfully last, NAPALM mission. "Nape" was not a Yankee Station weapon and Oriskany had used up its Dixie Station allowance. In fact, I launched with the last two. Wingy McWilliams was carrying Zuni pods

Bird Dog again had a special place for my napes, but directed us to wait while he worked some Air Force guys. Bill and I were orbiting near where we had hit the VC on our first mission. I recognized the peninsula and instructed Bill to remain high while I went down to check our handiwork. Famous, almost fatal, last words! I became far too intense staring at the devastating aftermath of our napes, and was suddenly enveloped in streams of tracers. I was, stupidly, down to about 300 kts and 500 feet. Already at high G, I reacted to Bill's scream to "Break left" with too much adrenalin, and felt my Crusader begin to shudder with the initial warning of the "departure" for which it was infamous. Off the G, hit the afterburner, nose up through the tracers, and take a deep breath going through 5,000 feet, with a "Thank you, Gabriel!!"

Bill rejoined, and Bird Dog was giving us our target instructions, when the image of Young Ben Walter's Piper Cub crashing 20 years to the day earlier, Fourth of July 1946, flashed through my mind.

A few months later, life in the supersonic lane came to an end for my Wingy, that courageous, all-guts, rookie Irish fighter pilot Bill McWiliams. At 0725 hours, 26 October 1966, he and Cody Ballisteri (another junior Sundowner pilot who'd previously been shot down and rescued) and our flight Surgeon, the youthful Lloyd Hyde, were trapped in their stateroom when Oriskany's flare locker exploded, just one deck above and 30 feet forward of their location. They were not injured in the explosion, but the area where they were trapped was flooded during attempts to keep the fire from spreading throughout the interior of ill-fated Oriskany. The entrance to their room was sealed with a water-tight hatch, which also prevented the air from reaching them. The water stalled the compressor that normally vented the compartment, and they were doomed. Sundowner Squadron Duty Officer LT John Sande spoke with them on their room telephone as time ran out. It seemed God needed three brave young Sundowners for some mission in Heaven that morning.

When Oriskany limped into Subic a few days later, their bodies were off-loaded with 42 other valiant pilots and Sailors who's died fighting to save the ship. Their bodybags were covered with American flags and reverently placed in the C-130 that would transverse the wide Pacific to return them to the nation that was their home, and to which they had all taken an oath to defend with their very lives.

The rest of us Sundowners walked off the ship and went to the Cubi Point Club. We arrived there in the early evening. We grouped around the piano -playing ex-Blue Angel, Executive Officer Bob Rasmussen, who began leading us in song. We didn't stop singing until sunrise the next morning. The only song we couldn't really get all the way through was: "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." I'm quite certain St. Peter has since heard it more than a few times from the tough little guy who once flew my wing through hell and back! Wonder how he and Ben Walker will celebrate this Fourth of July? They will be in my thoughts…

With Prayerful Respect, Dick Schaffert…

Doctor Brown Bear… Bravo Zulu, as always… When I made my request for one of the tales from your journey, "From Farm Boy To Fighter Pilot" and beyond, I knew you'd make Charlie on-time with an OK-3 Underlined… Youdaman… Thanks, Bear…

I will save my tale of USS Kalamazoo Fourth of July celebrations from 1979 in a KAZOO Utility boat in the Hudson River with 50 sailors-on-beer; and then in 1980 at anchor in Rapallo, Italy, when KAZOO sailors ran into a waterfront hotel in flames as a result of a fireworks miss fire to save many lives…. Google Rapallo and check out their annual July displays (Italians empty the rocket locker in a few minutes)…

RTR Quote for 4 JULY: JOHN ADAMS to ABIGAIL ADAMS, Letter 3 July 1776… OF INDEPENDENCE DAY…"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of This Continent to the other from this Time forever more."….. Amen.

Lest we forget… Bear


Thanks to Mighty Thunder at

4 July 2018 Happy Birthday America!!!

July 4, 2018Mighty Thunder0 Comments

Stand strong and proud of our great nation!

While watching the news this morning, I was ashamed at the number of young people today who couldn't answer this simple question – "What does the 4th of July mean to you". The answers were outrageous – not even close to what the 4th of July stands for.

Share this article far and wide and let's see how many of the younger generation we can get to read this. They need to understand and appreciate what this country and it's people have gone through and sacrificed to allow the them freedoms they have today.

Count your blessings, say a prayer of thanks to the Founding Fathers who provided us these freedoms and say a prayer of thanks and safe returns for those who continue to place themselves in harm's way ensuring we continue to enjoy these freedoms.

Be safe and God bless…Mighty Thunder

Top 10 Most Interesting Facts about the 4th of July

1. America didn't declare its independence on the Fourth of July

Perhaps the greatest misconception of this holiday lies in the name and its equally iconic date. The true "Independence Day" depends on your definition of when such an official declaration was made. It's widely believed that America's first Continental Congress declared their independence from the British monarchy on July 4th, 1776. However, the official vote actually took place two days before and the "Declaration" was published in the newspapers on July 4th.

2. John Adams thought 'the Second of July' would become Independence Day

John Adams, a Founding Father and future president, wrote to his wife, Abigail, about the events that led to the nation's founding. In one, he famously predicted, "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epochal, in the History of America."

3. The Declaration of Independence wasn't fully signed on the Fourth of July

Another misconception is that when the vote was made official, everyone signed it at that time – a moment that's often portrayed in popular paintings. However, it took an entire month to get all 56 delegates together to put their "John Hancock" on the document. In fact, the only person to sign the document on July 4th was also its first signer: John Hancock.

4. Three successive presidents died on the Fourth of July

US Presidents, and Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed away on July 4th. The even more amazing coincidence is that both died on the same day in the same year of 1826 by a difference of five hours with Jefferson passing first at age 82 and Adams at age 90. Our fifth president, James Monroe, died a few years later on the Fourth in 1831.

5. Calvin Coolidge was born on the Fourth of July

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born in 1872 on the Fourth of July in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

6. The Fourth of July was originally celebrated with a lot of greenery instead of red, white and blue

Fourth of July celebrations these days are filled with fireworks, clothes and ornaments covered in red, white and blue. Such colors weren't widely available for decoration in the shadow of the nation's birth, especially in the heat of battle during the Revolutionary War. The first few Independence Day celebrations used greenery as decorations instead. They also fired artillery used in battles following the completion of the war for the Fourth of July, but the practice waned as cannons fell apart and were slowly replaced with fireworks.

7. The USA isn't the only country to celebrate our independence

Even though the Fourth of July is America's birthday, we're not the only ones who celebrate it. Denmark began celebrating our Independence Day in 1912 after thousands of Danes immigrated to the USA. Thousands of Danish Americans and U.S. military personnel stationed in Europe celebrate Independence Day at the annual outdoor festival in Rebild, Denmark. The Danish tourism office bills it as the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the United States.

8. A country gained its independence from the US on the Fourth of July

In 1946, on July 4th, the Philippines gained their full independence from the United States through the Treaty of Manila. However, they celebrate their Independence Day on June 12th which is when they gained independence from Spain in 1898.

9. The song 'God Bless America' stayed in Irving Berlin's rejection pile for 20 years

Irving Berlin was drafted into the military in the early 1900s and helped to draft a musical comedy for his fellow troops in which he composed the song for its final number — a tune inspired by a phrase his Russian mother would often utter after escaping to America from underneath the iron fist of the bloody Russian empire. However, the composer didn't think it would fit in the show and kept it in his file for 20 years until singer Kate Smith wanted a patriotic song to sing on the radio as war broke out across Europe. The song became one of the most requested patriotic ditties almost overnight and a staple in American songbooks.

10. The modern flag was designed by a high school student as part of a class project

High school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new "national banner" for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a "B-minus" for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960. His teacher changed his grade to an "A".

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