Monday, October 14, 2019

TheList 5119

The List 5119 TGB

To All,

I hope that you are having a great weekend. Today is the 244th birthday of the United States Navy.

This day in Naval History

1775 The Continental Congress votes for two vessels to be fitted out and armed with 10 carriage guns, a proportional number of swivel guns, and crews of 80 then sent out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This legislation, out of which the Continental Navy grew, constitutes the birth of the U.S. Navy.

1862 The Union yacht America seizes schooner David Crockett attempting to run the blockade out of Charleston with a cargo of turpentine and rosin.

1864 Union bark Braziliera and screw-steamer Mary Sanford, both with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, send out a boat expedition that frees a number of slaves from a plantation on White Oak Creek, Ga.

1941 The Bureau of Aeronautics directed the painting of all fleet aircraft non-specular light gray, except for surfaces seen from above, which were to be blue gray. Beginning in late December, this color scheme extended to shore-based airplanes, except trainers.

1944 TBF (VC 9) aircraft of escort carrier USS Card (CVE 11) sink the German submarine U-402, which had previously sunk 15 Allied vessels, including USS Cythera (PY 26).

Great story that has been around for a while. Not sure of the whole truth but entertaining and good for the birthday of the Navy from the days of wooden ships and iron men fortified by a few sips of rum.

LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY... ‪‪‪‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers). ‪‪ However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum." ‪‪ Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. ‪‪ Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine. ‪‪On 18 November, she set sail for England. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each. ‪‪By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. ‪Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water. ‪‪GO NAVY ‪‪

Today in History October 13


Nero succeeds his great uncle Claudius, who was murdered by his wife, as the new emperor of Rome.


Members of the Knights of Templar are arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of King Philip the Fair of France.


Henry IV of England is crowned.


Virginia passes a law that blacks arriving in the colonies as Christians cannot be used as slaves.


The Continental Congress authorizes construction of two warships, thus instituting an American naval force.


Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.


President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House.


At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the American who have tried to invade Canada.


The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.


Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball's first World Series.


Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is published.


In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.


Italy declares war on Germany.


Troops of the advancing Soviet Army occupy Riga, capital of Latvia.


The Fourth Republic begins in France; will continue to 1958.


First appearance of Paddington Bear, now a beloved icon of children's literature.


First game of the fledgling American Basketball Association; Oakland Oaks beat Anaheim Amigos 134-129 in Oakland, Cal.


Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes Mountains, near the Argentina-Chile border; only 16 survivors (out of 45 people aboard) are rescued on Dec. 23.


Dr. F.A. Murphy at Center for Disease Control obtains the first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle.


The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The Lebanese Civil War ends when a Syrian attack removes Gen. Michel Aoun from power.


After being underground for a record 69 days, all 33 miners trapped in a Copiapo, Chile, mine are rescued.


With our thanks to THE Bear at



o This is a "Keeper" that should be circulated "Nation-Wide".


A neat old Johnny Cash thing... "That Ragged Old Flag" chizzel/videos/1156247044095/? fref=gs&dti=132404619750&hc_ location=group


Thanks to Boris

Last piece in Chapter 3 of Testimony of Pilot series

Testimony of Pilot (19): Chapter 3 Ending -Such Men and Women

Have a great Navy Birthday


OBTW, loved this pic


Thanks to Barrel

Why do we sing the National Anthem before sports games?


A great story but not verified.


Citroen WWII sabotage

In case you forgot to change the batteries in your calendar, you may not be aware that this year is the 100th anniversary of Citroën. While doing some research I happened to stumble upon a fascinating bit of wartime Citroën lore. It involves screwing with Nazis in a genuinely clever and subtle way that nevertheless had big repercussions. I'll explain. So, when France was occupied by the Germans in 1940, major French factories like Citroën were forced to produce equipment for the Nazis. Citroën president Pierre-Jules Boulanger knew he couldn't just refuse to produce anything, but he also knew there's no way in hell he's going to just roll over and build trucks for a bunch of filthy Nazis. Pierre had a plan. John Reynold's book Citroën 2CV describes Boulanger's sabotage efforts. Of course, he instructed workers to set a nice, leisurely pace when building trucks (likely Citroën T45 trucks) for the Wermacht, but that's fairly obvious. What was brilliant was Boulanger's idea to move the little notch on the trucks' oil dipsticks that indicated the proper level of oil down just a bit lower. By moving the notch down, the trucks would not have enough oil, but German mechanics would have no idea, because, hey, the little notch on the dipstick says its just fine. Then, after the truck has been used for a while and is out deployed somewhere crucial, whammo, the engine seizes up, and you've got a lot of angry, stranded, vulnerable Nazis, balling up their little fists and redly barking curses in German. It's such a fantastic act of sabotage: it's extremely cheap to implement, it's subtle, there's no way to see something amiss is happening as the trucks are being built, and it delivers its blow away from the site of the sabotage and when it will cause the most inconvenience and trouble. That's some mighty good sabotaging, Pierre.


Thanks to Brown Bear

A Prayer for Thee, Oriskany

To those whose words have, for many years, honored the memories of our fallen Comrades:

This is an advanced copy of a prayer I'll be offering to the Pastor of our Lutheran Church in Roy, Utah, prior to 26 October. Please feel free to share it whenever, however, with whomever you see fit.

Brown Bear aka Captain Richard Schaffert, US Navy Retired

Our Father, Who Art in heaven, "Whose arm doth bind the restless wave," please be with Master Diver Susan Snapp and her All-American team of Patriots
as they descend into the deep waters off Pensacola Florida on 26 October. Their courageous mission is to attach an engraved memorial to the once mighty, now sunken, United States Ship Oriskany.

Susan will be attaching their memorial to the Oriskany's bridge, from whence our Commanding Officer directed the launching and recovering of our Air Wing. During 350 days of combat in Operation Rolling Thunder, our Air Wing lost 86 aircraft, with 58 pilots killed in action, 13 taken prisoners of war, and 4 still missing.

Susan's memorial is a ship's bell, upon which are engraved the 46 names of those who died, while fighting to save the ship, on 26 October, 53 years ago. A munitions magazine had exploded, and raging fires threatened to sink Oriskany. Seamen . . . Cooks . . . Plane Captains . . . Pilots . . . all fought through the smoke and fire . . . some made the supreme sacrifice . . . their names are on the memorial and on "The Wall" in America's capitol city. Enclosed in Susan's bell are notes and prayers from family, friends, and surviving shipmates.

Please cradle their heroic souls in Your loving arms, dear Lord. Watch over and provide for their bereaved families, bless those who hold them in loving memory, and tell them it's okay for old fighter pilots to cry.

Almighty God, please also help us to hold, and honor, the memories of those brave souls, who flew from Oriskany's deck to fight, and too often die, in a fierce battle to save a defenseless people from a ruthless foe, in a forgotten war, now known to but a few, as "Vietnam."

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Following is a photo of Susan attaching an earlier memorial containing a copy of my "Last letter to Norm." It can be viewed on the Internet at "Oriskany Honor Mission."

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