Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TheList 5129

The List 5129 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has started well. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego. Thanks to all of you that sent notes on my son's graduation from Boot Camp. He did well and started his first school this week. We ran into a lot of his fellow Airman as we went around the base and San Antonio and they all greeted him with "Pops" because of his age -39 and leadership. He went in at 196 and came out at 172. He was ripped and had ab muscles showing that I did not think would show. Maybe I need to do that to get rid of my extra…..and maybe not



Today in Naval History

Oct. 29

1814—The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City. Commissioned in June 1816, she carries President James Monroe on a day cruise in New York Harbor a year later.

1942—PBY-5 Catalinas from Patrol Squadron (VP) 11 sink Japanese submarine I 172.

1956—The 6th Fleet is ordered to evacuate U.S. nationals during the Suez Canal Crisis. Some of the ships involved are USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), USS Randolph (CVA 15), USS Antietam (CVA 36), and a series of support vessels. By Nov. 3, approximately 2,000 people are evacuated.

1980—USS Parsons (DDG 33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon.

1989—A developmental prototype of the advanced capability version of the EA‑6B Prowler makes its first flight.

2002—Commander Central Command Gen. Tommy R. Franks, USA, announces the impending deployment of 700 to 800 Marines to Djibouti as part of Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa.

2011—Virginia-class submarine USS California (SSN 781) is commissioned at Norfolk, VA.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• A U.S. airstrike killed Islamic State's spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir in an operation that closely followed the raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, multiple outlets report.

• Multiple outlets spoke with Assistant Secretary of the Navy James Geurts on the current state of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

• Senate Democrats signaled their intent to filibuster a proposed 2020 defense spending bill over objections to President Trump's border wall, reports Defense News.

October 29


Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh's enemies spread rumors that he was opposed the accession of King James.


Mozart's opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.


The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, launched in New York City.


Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.


Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.


Black Tuesday--the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares were sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.


The first ball-point pen goes is sold by Gimbell's department store in New York for a price of $12.


Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.


French forces launch Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.


Thieves steal a jewel collection--including the world's largest sapphire, the 565-carat "Star of India," and the 100-carat DeLong ruby--from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves were caught and most of the jewels recovered.


The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous "with all deliberate speed" ruling.


First computer-to-computer link; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.


Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.


More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.


The last stretch of Britain's M25 motorway opens.


South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemns both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.


John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.


The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people died and approximately the same number were missing.


For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.


Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world's largest airline.


Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.


Thanks to Admiral Cox and the Naval Historical and Heritage Command

In his latest H-Gram, NHHC Director Sam Cox updates his previous writings on the Battle of Midway in advance of the "Midway" movie scheduled to hit theaters during the upcoming Veterans Day weekend. The movie depicts the extraordinary heroism of American Sailors who, against great odds and great sacrifice, turned the tide of the Pacific War against the Empire of Japan. According to Director Cox, "The movie is not perfectly historically accurate, but the producers went to great lengths to be as accurate as possible given time and resource constraints." A couple of years ago, with the help of NHHC historians, Director Cox had the opportunity to provide feedback on the script and initial cuts of the movie. Given that state-of-the-art CGI costs about $1 million per minute, some of the requested changes were made and others not. For more, read H-Gram 037 Special Edition at the Director's Corner.

H-Gram 037: Special Edition—Battle of Midway Movie

28 October 2019

A junior officer poses with a 20-mm gun on USS Yorktown (CV-5), during the morning of 4 June 1942. This gun is one of five in Yorktown's after port 20-mm battery. Several SBD-3 Dauntless scout bombers are parked on the flight deck alongside these guns (80-G-312008).

Finally, Hollywood decided to make a $100 million–dollar movie about real heroes instead of comic book heroes. In this case, the heroes are the pilots, aircrewmen, submariners, sailors, intelligence officers/code-breakers, and senior commanders who, against great odds and at great sacrifice, turned the tide of the Pacific War against the Empire of Japan at the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942. Although the movie is not perfectly historically accurate, the producers went to great lengths to be as accurate as possible given time and resource constraints, and it comes far closer than any other movie about naval combat (and is way more accurate than the 1975 Midway movie or the more recent Pearl Harbor).

Whenever a Hollywood producer wants U.S. Navy support to make a movie, they are required to submit the script to the CHINFO West office in Los Angeles for review. If the script concerns a historic topic, it is then forwarded to Naval History and Heritage Command for a review of historic accuracy. I admit to getting pretty excited when I first read the script a couple years ago, because, although not perfect, it got so much right. Even better, in my view, it is a great depiction of the incredible courage of those who fought in the battle—on both sides. It depicts the heroic sacrifice of the U.S. torpedo bombers and the incredible work by the dive-bombers, and also incorporates the important role of the submarine Nautilus (SS-168). Moreover, it nails the naval intelligence contribution to the battle. Finally, it presents a balanced view of the Japanese side as well. Although there is some fictitious interpersonal conflict for "drama," the characters in the movie are real people who did the incredible things depicted (sometimes a little exaggerated and out of proper time sequence, but the valor was very real).

I recommended strongly that the Navy and DoD support the production of the movie. NHHC provided substantial archival, research, and technical assistance (such as ship and aircraft plans, squadron markings, etc.) to assist the special effects teams. (I'd always been frustrated with previous Navy historical movies—cheesy ship models or anachronistic ships—but the current state of computer simulation provided the opportunity for more realistic depiction—although in some scenes the special effects guys get carried away, but they are still pretty incredible. The first scene of USS Enterprise [CV-6] will blow people away.) With the help of NHHC historians, I provided feedback on the script and initial cuts of the movie. Given that state-of-the-art CGI costs about $1 million per minute, some of the requested changes could be made and others couldn't. The weakest part of the movie is the depiction of the important contribution of the Midway-based aircraft (the 1975 movie left them out completely.)

After the movie has been out for a while, I will publish my list of historical discrepancies. In the meantime, I am re-issuing portions of previous H-grams covering the Battle of Midway (with some updates based on some feedback I received—if you want to start a historic food fight, the controversial role of the Hornet's [CV-8] dive-bombers is a good way to do it) for those who want to "bone up" on the battle.

Despite some "Hollywood" aspects, this movie does real credit to the United States Navy.

Please follow the links below for more on the Battle of Midway:

H-Gram 005-2: "Carrier Versus Carrier (Us Versus Them)"

H-Gram 006-1: "The Battle of Midway—Overview"

H-Gram 006-2: "'ISR' at the Battle of Midway"

H-Gram 006-3: "The Sacrifice"

H-Gram 006-4: "The Victory—Barely"


Thanks to Jim for reminding us that ours has always been a very unforgiving profession and we must remember those that gave their lives in performance of their duty. This is in response to the piece on the USS Midway in yesterday's list.


1 year to the day later, Midway lost 3 aircraft, 5 pilots and 1 aircrewman on our first night ops since relocating to Japan.

It was a total mess. Nordo marine EA-6, and A-7 lead and a helo.



Thanks to Al

Monday Morning Humor--Halloween

The History of Halloween in America

The Irish brought the holiday to the United States in the 1840s. Americans adopted the Jack-o'-lantern, a tradition started in Ireland as a result of folklore. The folk legend goes that Jack, a troublemaking old miser, trapped Satan in a tree and forced him to promise he'd never tempt Jack again. But upon his death, Jack found he couldn't get into heaven because of his earlier sins, or the underworld because of the trick he had played on Satan.

So Jack was forced to walk the earth for eternity with only a coal in a hollowed-out turnip to light his way. Thus was born "Jack of the lantern," or the jack-o'-lantern.

Special decorations went up using colors that reflect the ancient origins: orange signifying harvest and black signifying death. Skeletons were added from the Day of the Dead festival celebrated in Mexico. Candy was chosen over soul cakes, costumes became funny as well as scary, The first card made its appearance in 1920.

In 1950, a group of Sunday school children decided to trick-or-treat for money for needy children rather than candy. They raised and donated $17.00 and started the tradition of trick-or-treating for UNICEF.

Halloween appears to be here to stay, so let the haunting begin

Three vampires went into a bar and sat down. The barmaid came over to take their orders. "And what would you, er, gentlemen like tonight?"

The first vampire said, "I'll have a mug of blood."

The second vampire said, "I'll have a mug of blood."

The third vampire shook his head at his companions and said, "I will have a glass of plasma."

The barmaid wrote down each order, went to the bar and called to the bartender, "Two bloods and a blood light."

Top Halloween Headlines:

Count Dracula Arraigned Following Police Stakeout

Satan Arrested, Charged with Possession

Bride of Frankenstein Files for Divorce: "The Spark Is Gone"

Submitted by Mark Logan:

This happened in a little town in Mexico, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's reported to be true!

This guy was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark night and in the middle of a storm. The night was roiling and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.

Suddenly, he saw a car coming towards him and stop. The guy, without thinking about it, got in the car and closed the door - and only then realized that there's nobody behind the wheel!

The car starts very slowly. The guy looks at the road and sees a curve coming his way. Scared, he starts to pray, begging for his life. He hasn't come out of shock when, just before the car hits the curve, a hand appears thru the window and moves the wheel. The guy, paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appears every time they are approaching a curve.

The guy, gathering strength, gets out of the car and runs all the way to the nearest town. Wet and in shock he goes into a cantina, asks for two shots of tequila, and starts telling everybody about the horrible experience he just went through. A silence enveloped everybody when they realize the guy was crying and wasn't drunk.

About half an hour later two guys walked in the same cantina and one said to the other, "Look, Pepe, that's the idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!"

Submitted by Adela Pizano:

A cabbie picks up a nun. The nun gets into the cab, and notices that the very handsome cab driver won't stop staring. The nun asks him why he is staring.
He replies: "I have a question to ask you, but I don't want to offend you"
The nun answers, "My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive."
"Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me."
The nun responds, "Well, let's see what we can do about that: first, you have to be single and second, you must be Catholic."
The cab driver is very excited and says, "Yes, I'm single and Catholic!"
"Okay," the nun says. "Pull into the next alley."
The nun fulfils the cab driver's fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.
When they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
"My dear child," said the nun, "Why are you crying?"
"Forgive me but I have sinned. I lied and I must confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish."
The nun says, "That's okay. My name's Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party."

Halloween groaners submitted by many…

What's a monster's favorite play?

Romeo and Ghouliet

What's do you call a haunted chicken?

A poultry-geist

Why do mummies make excellent spies?

They're good at keeping things under wraps

What kind of monster is safe to put in the washing machine?

A wash and wear wolf

Why do ghouls and demons hang out together?

Because demons are a ghoul's best friend!

What happened to the guy who couldn't keep up payments to his exorcist?

He was repossessed.

Why was the skeleton afraid to cross the road?

It had no guts...

How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?

With scare spray...

What did Dracula say when he kissed his vampire girlfriend?


How do monsters tell their future?

They read their horrorscope...

What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire?

A fur coat that fangs around your neck...

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?

No, they eat the fingers separately...

Why don't skeletons ever go out on the town?

Because they don't have any body to go out with...

What do ghosts add to their morning cereal?


What do zombies like to eat at a cook out?


What is a vampire's favorite sport?


What is a vampire's favorite holiday?


Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist?

To improve his bite...

What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?


What does a ghost get when he falls and scrapes his knee?

A boo boo...

Why do witches use brooms to fly on?

Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy...

What is Dracula's favorite kind of coffee?


What would a monster's psychiatrist be called?


What is a baby ghost's favorite game?


What did one ghost say to the other ghost?

"Do you believe in people?"

What do you call someone who puts poison in a person's corn flakes?

A cereal killer...

Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?

They're too wrapped up in themselves...

What kind of streets do zombies like the best?

Dead ends...

What does the papa ghost say to his family when driving?

Fasten your sheet belts...

What do ghouls eat for breakfast?

Ghost toasties with evaporated milk.

What is a vampire's favorite mode of transportation?

A blood vessel...

What is a ghost's favorite mode of transportation?

A scareplane...

What type of dog do vampire's like the best?


What is a ghoul's favorite flavor?


What does a vampire never order at a restaurant?

A stake sandwich...

What is a skeleton's favorite musical instrument?

A trombone...

What do birds give out on Halloween night?


Why do vampires need mouthwash?

They have bat breath...

What's a vampire's favorite fast food?

A guy with very high blood pressure...

Why did the vampire subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?

He heard it had great circulation...

Why did the dyslexic vampire starve to death?

He couldn't find any doolb...

What kind of car does a ghost drive?

A Boo-ick...

What did the mother ghost say to her son?

Don't spook unless you are spooken to...

What do ghosts use to wash their hair?


What do skeletons say before eating?

Bone App├ętit…

What do you call a witch on the beach?

A sandwitch

What do you get if you cross a ghost and Bambi?


What happened to the guy who didn't pay the exorcist?

He got repossessed

What do you call a ghoul with a broken leg?

A hoblin' goblin

Which monster loves dance music?

The boogieman

What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o'-lantern by its diameter?

Pumpkin Pi.

And did you hear about the ghost photographer?

The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.

A person was asked by a co-worker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"

The co-worker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts of the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

Have a spooktacular week,



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