Friday, November 8, 2019

The List 5138

The List 5138 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has been going well



Today in Naval History

This day in Naval History

Nov. 7

1861—The U.S. Naval force under Rear Adm. Samuel F. DuPont capture Port Royal Sound, SC. During battle, DuPont’s ships steam in boldly and the naval gunners pour a withering fire into the defending forts Walker and Beauregard with extreme accuracy. Marines and sailors land to occupy the forts until turned over to Army troops under Gen. T. W. Sherman.

1881—The Naval Advisory Board submit their report to Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt recommends new ships in the U.S. Navy be constructed of steel instead of iron, resulting in the A, B, C, D ships.

1944—USS Albacore (SS 218) is sunk by a mine off the northern tip of Honshu. All-hands are lost.

1971—Seabees of from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 arrives at its homeport of Port Hueneme. This was the last full battalion to depart from the Republic of Vietnam. The departure marks the end of a significant chapter in the Seabee effort in Vietnam. An effort which began at Chu Lai in 1965 and resulted in the construction of approximately $200 million worth of facilities in support of U.S. forces.

1973—The War Powers Resolution becomes law. The law requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30-day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.

2009—Amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) is commissioned at New York City, NY.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Vice Adm. Charles A. “Chas” Richard announced the drafting of a new Vision 20XX document that will outline the submarine force’s role in the future, reports USNI News.

• The Diplomat reported that USNS Richard E. Byrd conducted a replenishment-at-sea with an Indian Navy corvette in the South China Sea.

• Navy times reports that the guided-missile destroyers Bainbridge, Mason and Nitze returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Tuesday while USS Abraham Lincoln remains on an extended deployment.

Today in History November 7


The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.


Rebellious Indians in a conspiracy organized in defiance of the United States government by Tecumseh, Shawnee chief, are defeated during his absence in the Battle of the Wabash (or Tippecanoe) by William Henry Harrison, governor of Indiana Territory.


Andrew Jackson attacks and captures Pensacola, Florida, defeating the Spanish and driving out a British force.


Zachary Taylor, one of the heroes of the Mexican War, is elected president.


Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.


Rutherford B. Hayes is elected 19th president of the United States.


Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, two participants in Tombstone, Arizona's, famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, are jailed as the hearings on what happened in the fight grow near.


President Woodrow Wilson is re-elected, but the race is so close that all votes must be counted before an outcome can be determined, so the results are not known until November 11.


Jeannette Rankin (R-Montana) is elected the first congresswoman.


British General Sir Edmond Allenby breaks the Turkish defensive line in the Third Battle of Gaza.


The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, take power in Russia.


Benito Mussolini declares himself to be leader of the National Fascist Party in Italy.


Tacoma Bridge in Washington State collapses.


British troops launch a limited offensive along the coast of Burma.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term by defeating Thomas Dewey.


UN General Assembly calls for France, Israel and the UK to immediately withdraw their troops from Egypt.


In Cleveland, Ohio, Carl B. Stokes becomes the first African American elected mayor of a major American city.


President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


President Richard Nixon is re-elected.


Congress overrides Pres. Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution that limited presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.


A uprising in Bangladesh kills Brig. Gen. Khaled Mosharraf and frees Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman, future president of the country, from house arrest.


A bomb explodes in the US Capitol's Senate Chambers area, causing $250,000 damages but no one is harmed; a group calling itself the Armed Resistance Unit claimed the bomb was retaliation for US military involvement in Grenada and Lebanon.


Douglas Wilder wins Virginia's gubernatorial election, becoming the first elected African American governor in the US; during Reconstruction Mississippi had an acting governor and Louisiana had an appointed governor who were black.


Mary Robinson becomes the first woman elected President of the Republic of Ireland.


The world's first internet radio broadcast originates from WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Hilary Rodham Clinton becomes the first First Lady (1993–2001) elected to public office in the US when she wins a US Senate seat.


Election Day in the US ends with the winner between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore still undecided.



FDR wins unprecedented fourth term


Thanks to NHHC

This is an exceptional find of a real hero ship. If you have missed the many items in the List on the heroic events involving the ships of Taffy 3 and understand the significance of the charge of the USS Johnston into the teeth of the many cruisers and battleships including the largest battleship ever launched you can only marvel at what it took in the way of courage. I always recommend the book “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors”

On Oct. 30, the crew of research vessel Petrel announced they believe they have found wreckage from the famed USS Johnston. Petrel’s crew located the wreckage about 20,400 feet below the ocean’s surface at the edge of a steep undersea cliff. However, the Navy is not able to confirm it is Johnston. “After reviewing the data from Vulcan, we can’t say with certainty that the wreckage is USS Johnston, but we can confirm it’s a Fletcher-class destroyer, either USS Johnston or USS Hoel, both lost during the Battle off Samar.” Johnston and Hoel were part of Rear Adm. Clifton A.F. Sprague’s TG 77.43—call sign “Taffy 3”—tasked with defending north Leyte Gulf, east of Samar, during the landings on the Leyte beachhead. “Johnston, under Cmdr. Ernest Evans, was the first one to conduct an attempted torpedo attack on the Japanese force,” said NHHC Director Sam Cox. “Evans made the attack without waiting for orders to do so because he knew it was clear that unless he did something, the Japanese were going to run down the slower U.S. force, and they had the power to wipe it out.” For more, read the article at USNI News. NHHC’s Frank Thompson was recently onboard Petrel. Read about his experience, “The Search for Kido Butai”, at The Sextant


Thanks to Bio

That site "The Week in Aviation History" needs to update their records regarding the first jet-on-jet kill. History's first-jet-on-jet kill was actually scored by a Navy pilot, LCDR Bill Amen of VF-111. The Air Force claimed the first jet-jet kill and it stood for many years, but Russian records later revealed the enemy pilot survived.

The very next day Amen scored his kill, which has been supported by Russian records. Here's one of several Web articles about it:


Great article.

Thanks, Mike.



Thanks to Dr. Rich

Thanks to Pat via Bill …

A Tribute to Military Aviators

As we get older and we experience the loss of old friends, we begin to realize that maybe we bullet-proof Pilots won’t live forever. We aren’t so bullet-proof anymore. We ponder, "if I/we were gone tomorrow, did I say what I wanted to my Brothers?” The answer is “No!” Hence, the following random thoughts:

When people ask me if I miss flying, I always say something like, “Yes, I miss the flying because when you are flying, you are totally focused on the task at hand. It’s like nothing else you will ever do (almost). ” But then I always say, “However, I miss the Squadron and the Guys even more than I miss the flying.”

Why? You might ask? They were a bunch of aggressive, wise ass, cocky, insulting, sarcastic bastards in smelly flight suits who thought a funny thing to do was to fart and see if they could clear the room. They drank too much, they chased women, they flew when they shouldn’t, they laughed too loud and thought they owned the sky, the bar -- and generally thought they could do everything better than the next guy. Nothing was funnier than trying to mess with a buddy and see how pissed off he would get. They flew planes that leaked, that smoked, that broke, that couldn’t turn, that burned fuel too fast, that seldom had working autopilots or radars, and with systems that were archaic compared to today’s new generation aircraft.

But a little closer look might show that every guy in the room was sneaky smart and damn competent and brutally handsome in their own way! They hated to lose or fail to accomplish the mission and seldom did. They were the laziest guys on the planet until challenged and then they would do anything to win. They would fly with wing tips overlapped at night through the worst weather with only a little "formation light" to hold on to, knowing their flight lead would get them on the ground safely. They would fight in the air knowing the greatest risk and fear was that another friendly fighter would arrive at the same enemy six o’clock position as they did. They would fly in harm’s way and act nonchalant as if to challenge the grim reaper.

When we flew to another base we proclaimed that we were the best as soon as we landed. Often we were not invited back. When we went into an O’ Club, we owned the bar. We were lucky to be the Best of the Best in the Military. We knew it and so did others. Later, we found flying jobs, lost jobs, got married, got divorced, moved, went broke, got rich, broke some things--and knew the only thing you could count on--really count on--was if you needed help, a fellow pilot would have your back.

I miss the call signs, nicknames and the stories behind them. I miss getting lit up in an O’ Club full of my buddies and watching the incredible, unbelievable things that were happening. I miss the crew chiefs saluting as I taxied out of the flight line. I miss lighting the afterburner, if you had one, especially at night. I miss going straight up and straight down. I miss the cross countries. I miss the dice games for drinks at the bar. I miss listening to BS stories and laughing until my eyes watered. I miss three man lifts. I miss naps in the squadron with a room full of pilots working up new tricks to torment the sleeper. I miss flying down in the Grand Canyon and hearing others' stories about flying so low. I miss coming into the break "HOT" and looking over and seeing my three wing men tucked in tight, ready to make our boys on the ground proud. I miss belches that could be heard in neighboring states. I miss putting on ad hoc Air Shows that might be over someone’s home or farm in far away towns.

Finally, I miss hearing "DEAD BUG!" called out at the bar and seeing and hearing a room full of men hit the deck with drinks spilling and chairs knocked over as they rolled in the beer and kicked their legs in the air—followed closely by a Not Politically Correct tap dance and singing spectacle that couldn’t help but make you grin and order another round.

I am a lucky guy and have lived a great life! One thing I know is that I was part of a special, really talented bunch of guys doing something dangerous and doing it better than most--flying the most beautiful, ugly, noisy, solid aircraft ever built--supported by loyal ground crews fully committed to making sure we came home! Being prepared to fly and fight and die for America. Having a clear mission. Having FUN.

Most of the time, we box out bad memories from various operations, but never the hallowed memories of our fallen comrades. We are often amazed at how good war stories never let truth interfere and how they get better with age. We were lucky bastards to be able to walk into a squadron or a bar and have men we respected and loved shout our names, or our call signs, and know that this is truly where we belonged. We were military pilots. We were few and we were PROUD.

I am privileged and proud to call you Brothers!

Push it Up & Check your "SIX!"


Thanks to Grant

Now this is bling! RIP!Subject: Fallen Warrior

You may have seen this earlier in the month, a true warrior.


Many of my civilian friends have seen the picture on the left. It’s a popular backdrop for a meme.

It’s usually employed to jokingly poke fun of the Marines in some way... but I think it’s very appropriate that the Marine Corps is featured. The Navy fella on the right woulda been ok with most Marines.


The man whose decorations are being admired is Navy SEAL Master Chief Rudy Boesch (and yes ... he is the same Rudy who was on the original season of Survivor)

Rudy is the original ‘Bullfrog’, the title given to the longest serving SEAL at any given time and originally to Rudy near the end of his FORTY FIVE years of service in the US Navy.

More than any of this however, Rudy was ‘the standard’. As Master Chief of the Command at SEAL Team Two for most of the days since my birth, Rudy created a strictly conservative, silent and professional culture at my command SEAL Team 2 (the other teams jokingly referred to us as Stalag-2) that I believe our community would do well to look to today.

Like so many great leaders, Rudy knew that to be trusted with great responsibility, young men needed first to demonstrate the ability to do the simple things accurately and consistently.

Every man at his command had to have a regulation haircut (the SEAL Teams are notoriously cavalier about grooming standards so we were conspicuous in our adherence to this), there was NEVER an excuse to miss PT (morning Physical Training) you were never allowed to let an ‘old man’ (Rudy) pass you on a run and we were as platoons or individuals expected to leave every training site, situation and encounter ‘better than we found it’.

Very much reminiscent of Admiral Rickover (the father of the nuclear Navy), Rudy knew what mattered, what was important and the how the values of quiet professionalism and attention to detail were essential to develop young men into some of our nations finest warriors.

I have read word from his daughter  
Barbara Boesch Schlatter, that Master Chief Rudy Boesch reached the end of his long life of service last night, November 1, 2019.

Thank you Master Chief, 
you left us
better than you found us.

Rudolph E. Boesch

Rank, Service

Master Chief Petty Officer E-9, U.S. Navy
Veteran of:

U.S. Merchant Marine 1944-1945
U.S. Navy 1945-1990
World War II 1944-1945
Cold War 1945-1990
Vietnam War 1968-1970


Rudy Boesch was born on January 20, 1928, in Rochester, New York. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1944, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 5, 1945. After receiving Underwater Demolition Team Training at Fort Pierce, Florida, he served aboard the barracks ship USS New Yorker (APL-11) in the Pacific at the end of World War II. Boesch's next assignment was aboard the destroyer USS Massey (DD-778) from December 1946 to March 1949, followed by service with United States Naval Forces Europe in London, England, from May 1949 to January 1951. He then served with UDT-2 (redesignated UDT-21 in May 1953) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia, from January 1951 to January 1962. Boesch was then selected as one of the original members of SEAL Team TWO, where he served at NAB Little Creek from January 1962 to January 1988. During this time, he deployed twice with SEAL Team TWO to Southeast Asia between 1968 and 1970. MCPO Boesch's final assignment was as Command Master Chief Petty Officer of United States Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, Florida, where he served from January 1988 until his retirement from the Navy after 45 years of active duty on August 1, 1990. Rudy later became famous as a contestant on the television show Survivor in 2000. He and his wife Marge had three children together-Ellen Marie, Patricia Ann, and Barbara Jean. Margorie Boesch died on November 1, 2008, and Rudy died on November 1, 2019.

The Sailor's Creed:

I am a United States Sailor.

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.

I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.

I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.

I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.


Thanks to NHHC

See the highlighted URLs for a good history of the ship and other info

In May 1942, USS Nautilus departed on her first war patrol of World War II from Pearl Harbor, HI, to search for the Japanese fleet sailing for Midway. During the Battle of Midway, Nautilus survived 42 depth charges, several failed torpedo deployments, and was spotted several times by the enemy, forcing her to dive and evade. Despite all the challenges the crew of Nautilus faced, their actions were critical to the success of the battle. The U.S. submarine force would go on after Midway to take the fight to the enemy across the Pacific, wreaking havoc on maritime supply routes and ravaging Japanese warships. Submarines made up only two percent of the Navy’s vessels, yet they sank 30 percent of the enemies’ warships and 55 percent of their merchant ships. Although submarines had unparalleled success during WWII, their sacrifice was significant, suffering the highest casualty rates of any naval force during the war. A foundational part of training for submariners today is the study of this legacy of sacrifice and commitment in the face of the enemy. For more, read the blog by Rear Adm. Blake Converse at Navy Live.


Thanks to Dr. Rich

Pan Am Boeing Clipper transoceanic service ... the "good old days" ...


A great series of pictures of the Pan Am flying boat service. I bought much of my first Tiger Moth project from a retired flight engineer (retired on the 747) who was an F/E on the 314. He had many tales that made me think our days on the 707 and 747 were vacations. He'd climb out into the wing.... in flight... to do some repairs on an engine. All flight engineers on those boats were Aeronautical Engineers...a requirement.

I'm sure it was a fascinating time, however, I much preferred my own Pan Am days in the 707 and 747.


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