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Today in Naval History
1821 Lt. Robert F. Stockton sails aboard USS Alligator from Boston to
West Africa, to suppress the African slave trade and select and acquire
territory to resettle former slaves in their native continent. The land
eventually purchased by Stockton and Dr. Eli Ayers of the American
Colonization Society becomes the Republic of Liberia.
1943 TBF and F4F aircraft from VC-9 based onboard USS Card (CVE 11)
attack four German submarines -- U-460, U-264, U-422, and U-455 -- north
of the Azores. Also on this date, PV 1 aircraft from VB-128 sink German
submarine U-336 southwest of Iceland.
1943 Aircraft from USS Ranger (CV 4) attack convoys in the harbor of
Bod, Norway during Operation Leader, sinking German tankers, steamships,
and freight barges. This mission is the only Navy carrier operation in
northern European waters during World War II. USS Corry (DD 463)
provided escort support.
1944 Pfc. Wesley Phelps, while serving with the First Marines on Peleliu
Island, immediately rolls onto a grenade after it is thrown into a
foxhole he shares with another Marine, saving his comrade's life. For
his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" he is posthumously awarded
the Medal of Honor.
1976 USS Jonas Ingram (DD 938) rescues seven survivors of a Finnish
motor craft that sank in the Baltic Sea.
1991 USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171), USS Aubrey Fitch
(FFG 34) and Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 6 (HS 6) rescue personnel
on merchant ships in three different rescue operations in the Arabian Sea.
1998 U.S. and Algerian navies conduct the first bilateral exercise - a
search and rescue operation involving USS Mitscher (DDG 57) -- since
Algerian independence in 1962.
1863 Confederate ship David severely damages ironclad steamer New
Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, S.C. Though not sunk, she
has to leave the blockade for repairs at Philadelphia, Penn.
1918 USS Mary Alice (SP 397) is sunk in a collision with USS O-13 (SS
74) in Long Island Sound. There are no casualties.
1942 PBY aircraft from Commander Aircraft South Pacific sink Japanese
submarine 1-22 near Indispensable Strait, Solomon Islands. Also on this
date, PBY aircraft from VP-73 sink German submarine U-582 south of Iceland.
1940 The Organized Naval Reserve is placed on short notice for call to
active duty by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.
1943 Task Force 14 (TF 14) performs raids on Wake Island. Rear Adm.
Sakaibara Shigematsu then orders the execution of the 98 remaining
civilians captured on Dec. 23, 1941 due to his fear they would escape
and weaken his garrison.
1945 Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is given a parade in his honor through
downtown Washington, D.C. at the end of World War II.
Thanks to CHINFO
• Multiple outlets are reporting that Hong Kong authorities
plan to invoke emergency powers in response to continued unrest.
• U.S. officials confirmed that North Korea successfully
tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, reports USNI News,
ahead of planned working-level talks.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Russia is
assisting China to build a ballistic missile warning system, reports the
Today in History
Today in History October 4
At Germantown, Pa., British General Sir William Howe repels George
Washington's last attempt to retake Philadelphia, compelling Washington
to spend the winter at Valley Forge.
General Napoleon Bonaparte leads the rout of counterrevolutionaries in
the streets of Paris, beginning his rise to power.
The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade
runners outside of New Orleans, La.
Kiowa leader Satanta, known as "the Orator of the Plains," surrenders in
Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he
commits suicide October 11, 1878.
Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The
flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles.
The first German Zeppelin raids London.
Battle of Broodseinde near Ypres, Flanders, a part of the larger Battle
of Passchendaele, between British 2nd and 5th armies and the defenders
of German 4th Army; most successful Allied attack of the Passchendaele
Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting the heads of 4 US presidents on Mount
Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner
Willie Gillis Jr., a fictional everyman created by illustrator Norman
Rockwell, makes his first appearance, on the cover of The Saturday
Evening Post; a series of illustrations on several magazines' covers
would depict young Gillis throughout World War II.
US captures the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the
"space race." The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184
pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic
Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum
height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and
Hurricane Flora storms through the Caribbean, killing 6,000 in Cuba and
Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US
and the Western hemisphere.
Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary.
Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death
sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital
punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution
following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.
Free Software Foundation founded to promote universal freedom to create,
distribute and modify computer software.
Mozambique's 16-year civil war ends with the Rome General Peace Accords.
Russia's constitutional crisis over President Boris Yeltsin's attempts
to dissolve the legislature: the army violently arrests civilian
protesters occupying government buildings.
SpaceShipOne, which had achieved the first privately funded human space
flight on June 21, wins the Ansari X Prize for the first non-government
organization to successfully launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space.
This day in Military History
1943 – U.S. captures Solomon Islands.
1943 – Aircraft from USS Ranger sink 5 German ships and damage 3 in
Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern
European waters during World War II. Ranger departed Scapa Flow with the
Home Fleet 2 October to attack German shipping in Norwegian waters. The
objective of the force was the Norwegian port of Bodö. The task force
reached launch position off Vestfjord before dawn 4 October completely
undetected. At 0618, Ranger launched 20 Dauntless dive bombers and an
escort of eight Wildcat fighters. One division of dive bombers attacked
the 8,000-ton freighter LaPlata, while the rest continued north to
attack a small German convoy. They severely damaged a 10,000-ton tanker
and a smaller troop transport. They also sank two of four small German
merchantmen in the Bodö roadstead. A second Ranger attack group of 10
Avengers and six Wildcats destroyed a German freighter and a small
coaster and bombed yet another troop-laden transport. Three Ranger
planes were lost to antiaircraft fire. On the afternoon of 4 October,
Ranger was finally located by three German aircraft, but her combat air
patrol shot down two of the enemy planes and chased off the third.
Ranger returned to Scapa Flow 6 October.
1957 – The Space Age and "space race" began as the Soviet Union launched
Sputnik (traveler), the first man-made space satellite. The satellite,
built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a
converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the
earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. The event was
timed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. In
1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. It was followed
by 9 other Sputnik spacecraft.
2004 – Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, one of the original Mercury astronauts who
pioneered human space exploration, died. He was 77. One of the original
seven Mercury astronauts, Cooper piloted the final flight of the Mercury
program, the United States' first manned spaceflight program. An
Oklahoman, Cooper was born March 6, 1927, in Shawnee. Cooper was a World
War II veteran. He joined the Marines and transferred to the Air Force
in 1949. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical
engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956 and
served as a test pilot in the Flight Test Division at Edwards Air Force
Base. Cooper was selected as a Mercury astronaut in April 1959. On May
15, 1963, Cooper piloted the "Faith 7" spacecraft on a 22-orbit mission
that lasted 34 hours and 20 minutes. In 1965 he served as command pilot
of the Gemini 5 mission. He and Charles Conrad established a new space
endurance record by traveling more than 3.3 million miles in an elapsed
time of 190 hours, 56 minutes, and proved that humans could survive in a
weightless state for the length of a trip to the moon. It also tested a
new power source for future flights – fuel cells. During a 1995 reunion
of surviving Mercury astronauts, Cooper was asked who was the greatest
fighter pilot he ever saw, Cooper answered, "You're looking at him!"
Thanks to Carl
Inside the 8,000-mile race to save a wounded soldier's life - Task & Purpose
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'I knew that they weren't gonna stop' — Inside the 8,000-mile race to
save a wounded soldier's life
Oriana Pawlyk, Military.com
September 28, 2019
It all had to sync up perfectly.
A GREATEST CONVERSATION -
Thanks to THE Bear
Cicero Marcus Tullius spoke to me this evening... I thought I'd
pass his words of wisdom along... The old Roman sat with me for a while
as I scanned the news of the day. He took special interest in the
Democrats' plans to impeach our President. Finally, he sighed, cleared
his voice and launched into a somber, emotionless soliloquy. I strained
to hear his low, almost whispered, delivery of his assessment of the
news he had just absorbed.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it
cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less
formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the
traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers
rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government
itself. For the traitor appears not as a traitor, he speaks in accents
familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he
appeals to the baseless that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots
the soul of the nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to
undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that
it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear."
With that, he gathered his raiments, adjusted his halo of olive
leaves, downed the last of his wine, gave a little salute and was
gone... I think I heard him say as he faded out of sight, "The soul of
America is rotting."...
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11 F4U's flying together - Corsair Crazy
Thanks to Carl
October - A Month For Remembering What We've Lost
By Don Feder
October 03, 2019
October always makes me think of loss. In much of the country,
we lose green grass, leaves, flowers, soft breezes and warm, sunny days.
They'll all be back in the spring, of course.
But I also think about what we've lost as a country and a
society – things that may never come back. Gone are the days when:
1. People who walked in front of you in stores said, "Excuse me,
2. Movies relied on plot and character development, instead of
computer-generated images, crashing cars, exploding buildings and
3. Sex in the cinema was a kiss on the lips and dialogue wasn't
a constant stream of obscenities.
4. Young women didn't consider it the height of fashion to stick
metal in their faces, a la the bride of Frankenstein. Young men didn't
wear their hair in styles that defied both gravity and taste.
5. Only sailors, Marines and wrestlers had tattoos.
6. Kids played outdoors in every season.
7. A hand-held electronic device wasn't a life-support system.
8. Children had imaginations and didn't constantly whine that
they were bored.
9. 30-year-olds didn't want to be children.
10. Children didn't want to be 30-year-olds.
11. People did something called "reading," with things like
books, magazines and newspapers.
12. If you wanted to insult someone, you had the decency to do
it in person or on the phone, instead of posting or Tweeting.
13. We treated the flag with a kind of reverence.
14. Homosexuals were mostly characters in French novels who
didn't have parades.
15. Muslims were Arabs who rode across the desert in flowing
white robes and did things with rugs, instead of with IEDs.
16. People who entered the country illegally didn't have rights.
17. We did everything reasonable to keep people from entering
the country unlawfully and didn't feel guilty about it. If anyone had
called it "racist," we would have fallen on the floor laughing.
18. Immigrants were expected to learn our language and identify
with our country.
19. We blamed criminals for crime, instead of blaming firearms.
20. The culture didn't constantly try to make Caucasians feel
guilty about being white. Tell a farmer who survived the Dust Bowl about
21. We were bored with three channels in black and white,
instead of 156 channels (including one on house-hunting in Pago Pago) on
a 72" flat screen TV.
22. The most violent things on television were "The Amazing
Adventures of Superman" and "The Lone Ranger."
23. Democrats were patriots.
24. Couples had children, instead of pets with pedigrees.
25. Divorce in the family was spoken of in hushed tones.
26. Killing a child in utero or on the delivery table wasn't
celebrated as a right.
27. Men didn't want to be women and women didn't want to be men.
28. We weren't forced to pretend that a man who thought he was a
woman in fact was one by virtue of his delusion.
29. Masculinity was admired and relied on (especially in times
of war) instead of being condemned as toxic.
30. Women were called ladies and men gentlemen, based not on sex
31. Virgins past the age of 17 weren't viewed as side-show
attractions. Premarital abstinence was something to be prized, not scorned.
32. People didn't demand that others' views be banned for
hurting their precious feelings.
33. Teachers were educators, as opposed to political commissars
in charge of indoctrination.
34. Schools taught history, English and math, instead of
multiculturalism, condoms and safe injection.
35. The wealthy were admired instead of being vilified.
36. We saved S&H Green Stamps, instead of saving the planet.
37. You didn't have to say that America is the greatest country
on earth – because no one doubted it.
38. The word "community" actually meant something. It referred
to a locality, instead of a grudge.
39. People didn't feel guilty about saying "Merry Christmas."
40. Celebrities didn't begin public appearances by telling us
how much they hated the president of the United States.
41. Insufferably arrogant adolescents weren't constantly
parading their ignorance in the streets, making absurd demands and
assaulting passersby in the name of tolerance.
42. We didn't blame someone or something else for all of our
failures – the 1%, the invisible ceiling, white privilege, the
patriarchy, our parents, the culture, etc. We took responsibility.
43. People got married instead of getting a "partner."
44. We didn't feel compelled to document every second of our
lives, as if they were as important as the revelation at Sinai or the
deliberations of the Second Continental Congress.
45. People didn't think they had a right to everything under the
46. People were grateful for what they had, instead of resentful
for what they lacked.
47. Whining wasn't considered a sign of sensitivity.
48. We didn't listen to snotty, 15-year-olds from socialist
countries lecture us about how we had stolen their future. To quote the
Queen of Thornes in "Game of Thrones," speaking to another mouthy brat:
"Are you through? Good. Now let the grownups talk."
49. We respected cops, firemen and the clergy, while
understanding that (like the rest of us) they were human.
50. People didn't substitute a belief in astrology or UFOs or
crystals for a belief in God.
Due to the natural cycle, warm weather, flowers and green grass
will all come back in the spring. Sadly, the culture doesn't work like
nature. Civilizations don't have a recurring cycle. What was won't
necessarily be again.
In "South Pacific," Mitzi Gaynor sings about being a "cockeyed
I'm not one of those.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a