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The List 5136 TGB
To All,

I hope that you your week has started well


Today in Naval History

November 5

1775 Commodore Esek Hopkins is appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy. Early in 1778, he is dismissed from his position due to dissatisfaction with his service but remains popular in his local community, serving in the Rhode Island legislature.

1915 Lt. Cmdr. Henry C. Mustin, in an AB-2 flying boat, makes the first underway catapult launch from a ship, USS North Carolina (ACR 12) at Pensacola Bay, Fla. This experimental work leads to the use of catapults on battleships and cruisers through World War II and to the steam catapults on present-day aircraft carriers.

1917 While escorting a convoy en route to Brest, France, USS Alcedo (SP 166) is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-71. Twenty-one crewmembers are lost with the ship.

1943 PB4Ys from Patrol Bombing Squadron VB-107 and U.S. Army Air Forces B-25s sink the German submarine U-848 480 miles southwest of Ascension Island.

1944 Aircraft from USS Essex (CV 9), as part of Vice Adm. John S. McCain's Task Force 38's two day carrier strikes in the Philippines, sink the Japanese cruiser Nachi in Manila Bay.

1945 Ensign Jake C. West, embarked with VF-51 on board USS Wake Island (CVE 65) for carrier qualifications with the FR-1 aircraft, loses power on the forward radial engine shortly after taking off, forcing him to start his rear engine. Returning to his ship, he makes a successful landing, thus becoming the first jet landing on board an aircraft carrier.

1986 Three navy ships, USS Reeves (CG 24), USS Oldendorf (DD 972), and USS Rentz (FFG 46) visit China for the first time in 37 years. Embarked on the Reeves is the Commander and Chief of the U.S. Pacific fleet.

2007 Amphibious assault ship Tarawa (LHA 1), with Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked, sails on her 14th and final deployment from San Diego, CA. The ship supports Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, visits four continents, and provides humanitarian relief to people in Bangladesh and Djibouti. Tarawa returns June 2008, and is decommissioned after 32 years of service on March 31, 2009.

2010 Fleet Weather Center San Diego is established at NAS North Island, CA. This completed the relocation of Naval Aviation Forecasting Detachment San Diego, Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego, and Naval Maritime Forecast Center to the command.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Speaking to Financial Times, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer warned of a “fragile” supply chain for U.S. warships.

• ABC reports U.S. Navy submarines are constantly checking Russia in the Mediterranean Sea.

• A deal between the Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat to build nine Block V Virginia class submarines received a tepid response from lawmakers, reports USNI News.

• The New York Times reports that Iran announced the addition of a significant number of new, advanced uranium centrifuges.

Today in History November 5


The port of Damietta falls to the Crusaders after a siege.


The Emperor Akbar defeats the Hindus at Panipat and secures control of the Mogul Empire.


Guy Fawkes is betrayed and arrested in an attempt to blow up the British Parliament in the "Gunpowder Plot." Ever since, England has celebrated Guy Fawkes Day.


The Iroquois League signs a peace treaty with the French, vowing not to wage war with other tribes under French protection.


Frederick II of Prussia defeats the French at Rosbach in the Seven Years War.


William Johnson, the northern Indian Commissioner, signs a treaty with the Iroquois Indians to acquire much of the land between the Tennessee and Ohio rivers for future settlement.


Having decided to abandon the Niagara frontier, the American army blows up Fort Erie.


Afghanistan surrenders to the British army.


British and French defeat the Russians at Inkerman, Crimea.


President Abraham Lincoln relieves General George McClellan of command of the Union armies and names Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside commander of the Army of the Potomac.


Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote.


Calbraith P. Rodgers ends first transcontinental flight--49 days from New York to Pasadena, Calif.


Woodrow Wilson is elected 28th president of the United States.


France and Great Britain declare war on Turkey.


General John Pershing leads U.S. troops into the first American action against German forces.


Sinclair Lewis becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Babbit.


Parker Brothers company launches "Monopoly," a game of real estate and capitalism.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected for third term.


Richard Nixon is elected 37th president of the United States.


Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first elected African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives.


Andre Dallaire's attempt to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is foiled when the minister's wife locks the door.


Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, pleads guilty to 48 counts of murder.


Former president of Iraq Saddam Hussein, along with Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, is sentenced to death for the massacre of 148 Shi'a Muslims in 1982.


Chang'e 1, China's first lunar satellite, begins its orbit of the moon.


The deadliest mass shooting at a US military installation occurs at Fort Hood, Texas, when US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 29.


Thanks to Clyde

About 28 mins of USN Aviation Carrier History.




This Day in Aviation History” brought to you by the Daedalians Airpower Blog Update. To subscribe to this weekly email, go to

Nov. 3, 1909

Lt. George C. Sweet became the first Navy officer to fly when he accompanied Lt. Frank P. Lahm of the Army on a flight at College Park, Maryland. Lieutenant Sweet, Daedalian Founder Member #5791, was the official observer for the Navy at the trials for the Wright Flyer. Lahm was Daedalian Founder Member #211.

Nov. 4, 1954

Strategic Air Command retired its last B-29 Superfortress four-engine heavy bomber to the aircraft storage facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The B-29 Superfortress was the most technologically advanced — and complex — aircraft of World War II. It required the manufacturing capabilities of the entire nation to produce. Over 1,400,000 engineering man-hours had been required to design the prototypes.

Nov. 5, 1912

The Army used aircraft to make artillery adjustments for the first time at Fort Riley, Kansas, from Nov. 5-13, 1912. Capt. Frederick B. Hennessy, Lt. Henry H. Arnold, and Lt. Thomas DeWitt Milling signaled the ground with radiotelegraphy, drop cards, and smoke signals in this demonstration. Hennessy was Daedalian Founder Member #2940; Arnold, #2182; and Milling, #133.

Nov. 6, 1915

Navy Cmdr. Henry C. Mustin launched the first airplane by catapult from a moving vessel—the USS North Carolina—in Pensacola Bay, Florida. Mustin was Daedalian Founder Member #3501.

Nov. 7, 1917

Eugene J. Bullard, an American in French service, became the first black pilot to claim an aerial victory. Bullard was officially inducted into the Order of Daedalians as Founder Member #14167 in 2018. Founder membership required one to be a commissioned officer in the U.S. military, and a rated military pilot no later than Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1918. Bullard, born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1894, wanted to serve and fly for the U.S. but was unable to because of discriminatory practices at the time.

Nov. 8, 1950

The first jet vs. jet aerial combat in history took place between a MiG-15 and an Air Force F-80, Lt. Russell J. Brown piloting.

Nov. 9, 1950

During a fierce battle over North Korea, Lt. Comdr. William T. Amen of the VF-111 Sun Downers made the Navy’s first MiG kill. Amen, the Sun Downer’s skipper, led a group of F9F-2B Panthers flying from Philippine Sea (CV 47) that covered a strike force of Corsairs and Skyraiders against the Sinuiju Bridge when at least five MiGs flying from the sanctity of Antung, Manchuria, attacked them. The Panther pilots lost no time as they aggressively streaked in to protect the bombers, and the battle swirled from just above ground level up to 18,000 feet. Turning inside of a tight loop on the tail of a nimble but poorly flown MiG-15, Amen closed the gap and shot down his opponent with a quick burst. “I was coming head on at one of them and he didn’t even try to get in a shot,” Amen recalled. “When I got on his tail he tried to evade but he wasn’t very sharp.” Along with many of the pilots, Amen had already chalked up quite a record during WWII and added Gold Stars in lieu of four Air Medals. Amen further received the Distinguished Flying Cross following no less than 35 missions over Korea.


Thanks to the Bear

For “D.Q.”...

Sir: Your lead article in “The Hook” states “you want them back.”

May I suggest that Hook 2020 be planned and executed as the “50th” anniversary and commemoration of Operations Rolling Thunder (1965-68) and Linebacker I/II (1972)...and the Vietnam war.

These historic operations were “Glory Days” for Naval Aviation and the attack carrier Navy. Unfortunately, the Association is running out of time to give the Vietnam tailhookers — especially, all those JGs and LTs who came home with an Air Medal and a Green Weenie for 200+ missions flying wing and diving down gun barrels along the Red River— their due and a salute. I suggest you put the focus on Coonts’ and Tillman’s Thanh Hoa bridge book, Dan Pederson’s Top Gun, Denny Wisely’s Green Ink, and the guys with the Miss Jessie story. Highlight the Oriskany survivors. Great stories abound.

Perhaps, a Sept 2020 rendezvous in the cloak of a 50th reunion of old Vietnam war warriors would “bring them back.” Call it “Glory Gained, Duty Done.”

“D.Q.” We are a fading generation of “tailhookers.” Give us a “last hurrah” and we will be back, at least for 2020 — if able.🤩

Bear Taylor🇺🇸⚓️🐻


Thanks to Carl

Trump Expected To Intervene In Golsteyn, Lorance, And Gallagher War Crimes Cases - Task & Purpose

Trump expected to intervene in Golsteyn, Lorance, and Gallagher war crimes cases by Veterans Day

Jeff Schogol

November 04, 2019

President Donald Trump is poised to order the Army to dismiss charges against Maj. Matthew Golsteyn and former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and force the Navy to make SEAL Eddie Gallagher a chief again, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth stated on Monday.

Gallagher was found not guilty of killing a wounded ISIS fighter but he was convicted of posing for a picture with the dead man and demoted to first class petty officer. Golsteyn is accused of murder after repeatedly admitting he killed an unarmed Afghan man 10 years ago, whom he believed was a Taliban bomb maker. Lorance was convicted of murder in August 2013 for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men whom he believed were Taliban bomb makers, killing two of them.

Trump is expected to intervene in all three cases by Veterans Day, Hegseth said during Monday's edition of Fox & Friends.

"I was able to confirm yesterday from the president of the United States himself – the commander in chief – that action is imminent, especially in the two cases of Clint Lorance and Matt Golsteyn," said Hegseth, who enjoys a close relationship with Trump.

"The president will be speaking to the Army secretary about this because both Lorance and Golsteyn are soldiers in the Army," Hegseth continued. "It doesn't have to be a pardon or a commutation. It could be, but pardons and commutations, they imply guilt – that you've done something wrong and you need to be forgiven for that."

"The president … has a lot of latitude under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss a case or change a sentence. From what I understand that is likely what will happen here shortly."

Golsteyn's court-martial is expected to begin on Dec. 2 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His attorney Phillip Stackhouse confirmed to Task & Purpose that Trump is expected to speak to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy about this case this week.

"We are very grateful the president is taking action in Major Golsteyn's case," Stackhouse said on Monday. "As the most senior court-martial convening authority under the Code, the president has many options available to him - including assuming jurisdiction of this case and dismissing the charge with prejudice."

Lorance is serving a 19-year prison sentence at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His attorney Don Brown declined to talk about his discussions with the White House about what the president might do.

"I hope that the president will sign and order to disapprove the findings and sentencing of Clint's court-martial; to order him released immediately from Leavenworth and to order to the secretary of the Army to return him to active-duty," Brown told Task & Purpose.

The president is also expected to order the Navy to restore Gallagher's rank and prevent his SEAL trident from being taken away, Hegseth said during Fox & Friends.

The Navy had planned to take away Gallagher's trident on Friday, but they had delayed that move until Monday, said Gallagher's attorney Timothy Parlatore.

However, Parlatore wrote a letter on Sunday to Rear Adm. Collin Green, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, warning that any further punitive action taken against the SEAL would be illegal.

Gallagher has already lost his nomination for a Silver Star, a promotion to E-8, and nearly $200,000 from his pension earnings, Parlatore wrote.

"If you choose to move forward with any further unlawful retaliatory efforts against our client, we are prepared to use every additional option available to us including, but not limited to, an Article 138 complaint, a criminal complaint for violating UCMJ Article 132, and a lawsuit before the Court of Federal Claims," Parlatore wrote.


Thanks to Carl

Eric "Winkle" Brown, the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot


Monday Morning Humor from Al

Monday Morning Humor--Fraternities

I spent this past weekend at a fraternity reunion/gathering. There were ‘brothers’ there from 50+ years ago as well as the current actives and pledges. It was great to retell stories with the ‘old’ friends as well as listen to the stories of the young kids. Here are a few jokes about fraternities.

Passing through his son’s college town late one night, a father decides to drop in and pay his kid a visit. The father knocks on the fraternity house door. No one answers. He knocks louder, but still no answer. He begins to bang angrily on the door.

Finally, a head pops out of a window on the second floor. “You need something, pal?” a fraternity brother asks from the window.
“Yes, does Billy Powers live here?” the father asks.
“Yeah,” says the brother, “just dump him on the steps and we’ll grab him in the morning.”

What do you call a mathematician in a fraternity? An algebro

Alex and his four friends wanted to get into a fraternity. So they went to the leader and asked him how they could get in.

The fraternity leader told them that if they wanted to join his fraternity they would have to stand in a line and all get socked in the face.

So they all stood in a line and waited for it. Then right before the fraternity leader lifted his fist he decided not to “ I’ve all ready got in trouble with the school twice by doing this one more strike and I’ll get expelled” he said.

Alex replied, “Wait! What? So there’s no punchline?”

It’s the first day for a fraternity, and the Dean of Students is explaining the rules to the new pledges. He sternly advises them, “And I must warn you of the curfew for this semester. If I catch any of you in the women’s dorms past eight o'clock at night, it’s fifty dollars for the first time, a hundred dollars for the second time, and five hundred dollars for the third time.”

One pledge raises his hand and asks, “How much for a season pass?”

When I was in college, I went to a party at the math fraternity house. I left when I found out they didn't have any booze; they didn't want people to drink and derive.

Bill is a man in his forties and he gathered his old fraternity brothers together for a weekend to play some golf, reminisce about old times and complain about their lives. Particularly, Bill had marital troubles, and was explaining his worries that his wife was cheating on him.

One of the brothers there that night was named Arty. Now, Arty's family had always been involved with the Mafia, and it wasn't talked about but it was very well understood among the fraternity brothers that Arty had joined the family business as an enforcer.

Arty and Bill had been good friends for years, and upon hearing Bill's woes decided to help him out. He offered to check and see if Bill's wife was cheating on him.

Bill, desperate for an answer, took Arty up on the offer.

Days later, Arty comes to Bill at his house and explains to him that he followed Bill's wife for a few days and she had made an unusual number of trips to the local grocery store after hours, leaving with nothing but what she walked in with. Arty followed her into the grocery store one night and witnessed her having an affair with the manager.

Bill was absolutely furious, and began devising how to get back at his wife. It was at that point that Arty offered to 'take care of the situation' and to make sure that Bill's wife 'took her last trip to the grocery store, if you know what I mean'.

Bill was aghast at first, but as he searched inside himself he discovered that he was willing to go through with it, and agreed that Arty should ‘take care’ of his wife. Bill asked him how much Arty usually makes on this kind of a job and offered to pay him full price, but Arty waved him off and said that friends don't pay. Bill insisted though, so Arty told him he'd do it for a single dollar and that would be his payment. Bill relented eventually, and handed over the dollar.

The next day, Arty followed Bill's wife to the grocery store, and hid behind her car as she went inside. After some time had passed, and she came back to her car to head home, Arty jumped out and strangled her.

However, he looked up and saw the grocery store manager who had followed the woman with her purse, so he also had to strangle him. Unluckily for Arty, the whole thing was caught on the security footage at the grocery store.

The headline ran in the news the next morning: Arty Chokes Two for a Dollar at the Grocery Store!

19 Things Only Fraternity Brothers Will Understand

1. You have more t-shirts than you can shove in your drawer.

2. Letters belong on literally everything.

3. There's nothing like the stress of finding a last minute formal date.

4. Paddles are not something to be taken lightly.

5. Your house is basically your family.

6. Standards is pretty much a given...

7. ...and fines are your most dreaded punishment.

8. Your little brother is actually your child.

9. There's always a mixer to go to.

10. Puns are fun.

11. With so many themed mixers, your closet has pretty much become a costume store.

12. Recruitment may be the most stressful thing you've ever done...

13. ...but at least you got to learn a lot of catchy cheers.

14. There's always something going on at the house.

15. You've heard the phrase, "you're always wearing your letters" at least 100 times.

16. Fitting 14 people in one car isn't even that hard.

17. Regardless of what party you go to, you're always going to hear the exact same five songs.

18. Intramural sports may as well be the pros.

19. Most importantly, you've found some pretty fantastic people.

Have a great week,



Spruce Goose - 2 November 1947

Thanks to Mike ….

On this day in 1947, the “Spruce Goose” flies for the first and only time. With a wingspan of 320 feet, it remains the largest airplane to ever take to the sky. Did you know that the largest plane ever flown was designed by Howard Hughes? And that it flew decades ago, in 1947?

The idea for the seaplane was born during World War II.

When the United States first entered World War II, the Battle of the Atlantic was in full swing. It was not going well. German U-boats were a formidable force, and they were sinking hundreds of Allied vessels. The difficult situation prompted an idea: What if Americans had something even bigger than a cargo plane? What if troops and supplies could be transported by large flying boats?

Soon, industrialist Henry J. Kaiser seized on the idea. He was then known for constructing huge hydroelectric dams and American Liberty ships. Now he proposed to build a fleet of flying boats, too.

Kaiser had just one problem: He had no experience in the aviation sector. At first, it seemed that his idea might flounder, but then two things swung in his favor: First, public pressure was building to do something. The casualties at sea kept climbing. Second, the renowned Howard Hughes agreed to help.

By September 1942, Kaiser and Hughes were authorized to begin building prototypes for the military, but they were also instructed not to use certain materials that were considered critical to the war effort. Hughes would have to figure out how to build the world’s largest airplane—out of wood.

Critics began calling it the “Flying Lumberyard” or the “Spruce Goose,” which irritated Hughes. The official name of the plane at that juncture was HK-1.

If only the plane had been finished in time to help with the war! But it wasn’t. Everything took time. The vast majority of the plane would be made of birch, created through a special process of layering wood and bonding it together with heat, glue, and a layer of varnish. Moreover, new processes for bonding glue had to be developed for the immense plane. The seaplane itself was huge, a “monumental undertaking,” as Hughes would say. When completed, it would have a wingspan of 320 feet and a length of 218 feet.

While the plane was in process, the nature of the war changed. Soon, the War Production Board began to question the necessity of the plane. “If we are going to keep abreast of development in aviation,” Hughes responded, “then we must reconcile ourselves to the necessity of building bigger and bigger airplanes. This being true, why throw away the $14,000,00 already expended on the HK-1 and later start from scratch on another?”

Hughes’ contract was reinstated in March 1944, but this time Kaiser was out. He and Hughes had not worked together well. Now that Kaiser was gone, the aircraft was renamed the Hughes H-4 Hercules.

You won’t be surprised to hear that the long timeline began to spark congressional concern. Hughes was called to defend his work before a Senate committee in 1947. “I put the sweat of my life into this thing,” he stormed to the committee. “I have my reputation rolled up in it and I have stated several times that if it’s a failure, I'll probably leave this country and never come back. And I mean it.”

On November 2, Hughes was performing a taxi test in Long Beach Harbor. He took the plane 70 feet up in the air for about one minute before landing again on the water. It was a short, low flight, but he’d proven his critics wrong.

The war might be over, but his behemoth plane could, indeed, fly.


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