Thursday, November 14, 2019

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The List 5144 TGB

To All,

I hope that your week has been going well.



This Day in Naval History

Nov. 14

1864—During the Civil War, Acting Master Lothrop Wight and Acting Ensign Frederick W. Mintzer explore Confederate naval dispositions above Dutch Gap on James River, VA. Work on the Dutch Gap would allow Union gunboats to bypass the obstructions at Trent's Reach. Wight and Mintzer provide valuable information regarding the positions of the Confederate ships and troops.

1906—President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President to visit a foreign country while in office, traveling to Panama aboard USS Louisiana (BB 19).

1910—Civilian Eugene Ely pilots the first aircraft to take off from a warship, USS Birmingham (CL 2) at Hampton Roads, VA. He lands safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, VA.

1943—USS Narwhal (SS 167) delivers 46 tons of ammunition and stores, disembarks a Navy officer at Nasipit, Mindanao and embarks 32 evacuees, which include eight women, two children, and a baby, who are transported to Darwin, Australia.

1944—USS Jack (SS 259) attacks a Japanese convoy off Cape Padaran, French Indochina and sinks the freighter Hinaga Maru, while USS Raton (SS 270) attacks a Japanese convoy off the northwest coast of Luzon and sinks the merchant tanker No.5 Unkai Maru. Lastly, USS Ray (SS 271) sinks Japanese Coast Defense Vessel No.7 65 miles northwest of Cape Bolinao.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Multiple outlets covered Defense Secretary Mark Esper's trip to South Korea following South Korea's decision to terminate a military intelligence pact with Japan.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that the long-awaited meeting between President Trump and Turkish President Erdogan ended without a resolution of key issues.

• USNI News reports that the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines will be acquired through a cost-plus contract with the remaining submarines being acquired at a fixed price.

Today in History November 14


Arthur Tudor of England marries Katherine of Aragon.


As Napoleon Bonaparte's army retreats form Moscow, temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero.


Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is published in New York.


Billy Clairborne, a survivor of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, loses his life in a shoot-out with Buckskin Frank Leslie.


Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.


Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.


The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas.


The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.


Right-wing militarists in Japan attempt to assassinate Premier Hamagushi.


Manuel Luis Quezon is sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of the Philippines is inaugurated.


German bombers devastate Coventry in Great Britain, killing 1,000 in the worst air raid of the war.


The United States and Yugoslavia sign a military aid pact.


French paratroopers capture Hoa Binh, Vietnam.


New Orleans integrates two all-white schools.


President Dwight Eisenhower orders U.S. naval units into the Caribbean after Guatemala and Nicaragua charge Castro with starting uprisings.


President Kennedy increases the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.


Iceland gets a new island when a volcano pushes its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast.


Greece frees hundreds who were jailed in the Communist uprising of 1944-1950.


The U.S. First Cavalry Division battles with the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia Drang Valley, the first ground combat for American troops.


Yale University announces its plan to go co-ed.


The United States launches Apollo 12, the second mission to the Moon, from Cape Kennedy.


US President Jimmy Carter freezes all Iranian assets in the United States in response to Iranian militants holding more than 50 Americans hostage.


Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, is released by communist authorities after 11 months confinement; he would win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and be elected Poland's president in 1990.


The Space Shuttle Discovery's crew rescues a second satellite.


Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany sign a treaty officially making the Oder-Neisse line the border between their countries.


Budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress forces temporary closure of national parks and museums; federal agencies forced to operate with skeleton staff.


Northern Alliance fighters take control of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.


First G-20 economic summit convenes, in Washington, DC.


Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense against the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip.


Thanks NHHC and Admiral Cox H-Gram 12

2. Guadalcanal, 1942 Battleship Versus Battleship—The Battle of 14–15 November

The tide of the Guadalcanal campaign was turned by one new American battleship, USS Washington (BB-56), Captain Glenn B. Davis commanding, in a brutal and near-run battle during the night of 14/15 November 1942. With the battleship South Dakota (BB-57) on fire and out of action, and the four screening destroyers sunk or crippled, Washington was the only ship left of Rear Admiral Willis "Ching" Lee's Task Force 64, which entered Iron Bottom Sound the evening of 14 November in a last-ditch effort by Vice Admiral William F. Halsey to halt yet another major attempt by the Japanese to bombard Henderson Field and land more reinforcements on Guadalcanal (it was a last-ditch effort for the Japanese, too). Washington single-handedly took on a Japanese force of one battleship (Kirishima, a survivor of the 13 November battle), two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, and nine destroyers. In a matter of minutes, with accurate radar-directed fire, Washington pummeled the Kirishima with between nine and 20 hits (probably 20) by 16-inch shells and over 40 hits by 5-inch shells, which caused Kirishima to sink after midnight. Washington also hit other Japanese ships with her secondary armament, probably including the destroyer Preston (DD-379). Washington then maneuvered to avoid multiple torpedo attacks. The loss of the Kirishima caused the rest of the Japanese force to withdraw, with the exception of one sinking destroyer.

Lee was the Navy's foremost flag-level expert on the integration and use of radar, and that knowledge and technology provided the critical edge in turning what could have been a disaster into a decisive victory, which contributed in a major way to ending the last major Japanese push to re-take Guadalcanal. Disillusioned by the Japanese army's inability to make any progress against the U.S. Marines and stunned by the loss of two battleships, the Japanese navy decided to limit further action to making "Tokyo Express" supply runs using destroyers. It would never again commit cruisers or battleships (or aircraft carriers) to the waters around Guadalcanal.

The action between Washington and Kirishima was the only one-on-one battleship action in the Pacific War, and the first of only two battleship-versus-battleship actions in the Pacific (the other was at the Battle of Surigao Strait in October 1944). Most accounts focus on the fact that Kirishima was hopelessly outclassed by Washington. The Japanese warship was a World War I–vintage battlecruiser (which had received some additional armor and upgrades during the inter-war years), armed with four twin 14-inch gun turrets. Washington (and South Dakota) were both brand-new, state-of-the-art battleships, armed with three triple 16-inch gun turrets, the latest radar, and an admiral who knew how to use it. The standard interpretation was that Kirishima didn't have a prayer, and this is arguably true on a ship-to-ship basis. However, such analysis does not account for the 90 torpedo tubes (plus reloads) aboard the Japanese cruisers and destroyers and the power of the Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedo, the capabilities of which the U.S. was still largely ignorant. Had the U.S. destroyer screen not absorbed many of these torpedoes at great sacrifice, and had the Japanese commander not lost situational awareness in the chaos of battle, the outcome could have been disastrous for the U.S. Halsey took an enormous risk, much more than he even knew, in stripping both his battleships from carrier-screen duties and committing them to a night battle in constricted waters against so many torpedoes; the outcome could easily have been USS Houston (CA-30) at the Battle of Sunda Strait redux.

As in the Battle of Friday the 13th, the ferocity of the engagement was such that every commanding officer of the six U.S. ships involved was awarded a Navy Cross, two posthumously. Total U.S. personnel losses in the battle were 242 killed in action and 142 wounded. The destroyers Walke (DD-416) and Preston (DD-379) were immediately smothered and sunk by Japanese torpedoes and shellfire, and were lost with most of their crews (80 killed on Walke, including skipper Commander Thomas E. Fraser, and 117 killed on Preston, including skipper Commander Max C. Stormes). Benham (DD-397) and Gwin (DD-433) were both quickly put out of action, but the skipper of Benham got all of his crew onto Gwin before Benham sank, with only 8 wounded on Benham and 6 killed on Gwin. The battleship South Dakota (Captain Thomas L. Gatch commanding) suffered a massive and debilitating power failure at a critical point in the battle, ending up silhouetted by the burning U.S. destroyers and taking 27 topside hits, none threatening to the integrity of the ship, but killing 39 crewmen (including one Marine) and wounding 59 more, and putting her out of the battle. Dozens of Japanese torpedoes missed both South Dakota and Washington. Washington came through the battle (and the rest of the war) unscathed and with no casualties. Given her impact on the course of the Guadalcanal campaign and the war, why the battleship did not receive a Presidential Unit Citation (or even a Navy Unit Citation or Meritorious Unit Commendation) remains a complete mystery to me.

After the battle, Washington's skipper, Captain Glenn Davis, made a profound observation: "Radar has forced the Captain or OTC to base a greater part of his actions on what he is told rather than what he can see." Naval warfare had just been revolutionized. (For more on the Battle of 14-15 Nov, please see attachment H-012-4.)

Thanks to Mud


(Actual writings from hospital charts)

1 . The patient refused autopsy.

2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was

very hot in bed last night.

5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6 On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared

7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be


8 The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

10. Healthy appearing decrepit 66-year old male, mentally alert but


11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12. She is numb from her toes down.

13. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated, and sent home.

14. The skin was moist and dry.

15. Occasional constant infrequent headaches.

16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23. Skin: somewhat pale but present.

24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.


Thanks to Robert


A USMC hero.


Thanks to Ed

The story of USS Franklin in WWII

It contains a couple of great videos. One about the ship's history and flight ops, the other an interview of a survivor, years later.


Thanks to C


Ibrahim did his graduate work under Victor Davis Hanson Dr. Hanson provides a forward for Mr. Ibrahim's book that is worth the book all by itself

November 13, 2019

Raymond Ibrahim and the History the Army Refuses to Heed

By John Dale Dunn

Sword and Scimitar: 14 Centuries of Conflict Between Islam and the West, by Raymond Ibrahim, Hardcover pp 481 $20.42 Kindle $16.99, ISBNs 978-0-306-82555-2, (DeCapo Press NYC 2018).

In the book Sword and Scimitar Raymond Ibrahim, an Egyptian Christian, tells the story of the millennium-plus of conflict between Islam and Western (Christian) Nations, structured on 8 landmark battles. The first, Yarmuk in 636 AD, was a devastating defeat for the West, and the last in 1683 at Vienna, a defeat for the attacking Islamist army of the Ottoman Empire.

Ibrahim uses contemporaneous sources that provide insight into the cultural and religious mindsets of the opposing parties, essential for understanding the nature of the conflict that was, at that time and since, so long and horrific. The 8 battles of import are dealt with in the book are, with the Islamic armies arrayed against Western Opponents (in parens), are Yarmuk (Bysantine) 636, Constantinople (Bysantine) 717, Tours (French) 732, then Manzikert 1071, Hattin 1187, Las Navas de Tolosa 1212 (all three Crusader opposition), and Constantinople 1453 (Bysantine), and, finally, the Muslim defeat at the siege of Vienna, 1683 (European forces).

Ibrahim shows that Islam is an unrelenting lethal danger for Western Civilization and asserts "Muslim hostility for the West is not an aberration but a continuation of Islamic History." In the first few centuries of Muslim conquest and depredations of conquered countries, all the main targets were Christian societies, Middle East, North Africa, Sicily and Iberia, all countries that that suffered brutal conquests and a horrific trail of death and bloodshed as well as cruelty, rape, pillage, and genocide. A reader cannot ignore the bellicose acquisitive nature of Islam.

Both Robert Spencer in  
and Raymond Ibrahim in 
make a good case for the commitment of jihadis and the Islamist fanatics to destroy infidels and Western Civilization and their purposeful use of terrorist tactics, rape, pillage, taking slaves, wonton slaughter of non-combatants as a method of intimidation and an asset in their campaign of conquest. Islamists are committed to conquest and that means submission to Islam, slavery and dhimmitude or destruction in the process. Mohammed himself attributed his successes to terrorist tactics. "The Prophet Muhammad boasted, "I have been made victorious with terror". [Bukhari: 4.52.220]

Ibrahim did his graduate work under Victor Davis Hanson -- renowned and respected historian and author of many books on military history and politics, but also a widely published and prolific essayist. Dr. Hanson provides a forward for Mr. Ibrahim's book that is worth the book all by itself, since Dr. Hanson writes at length about the important points of the book that he considered dispositive on the question of Islamist aggressiveness and remarkable aggressive cruelty, that clearly exceeded anything that the West might be accused of. Dr. Hanson approves of the high quality of the military history presented, but also the importance of other aspects of the Ibrahim effort to explain the cultural and political dynamics that energize the long standing Western/Islamic conflict that continues to the present, unabated.

In his preface Mr. Ibrahim lays out his intention in the book that "documents how the West and Islam have been mortal enemies sine the latter's birth some fourteen centuries ago. It does this in the context of narrating their military history, with a focus on their most landmark encounters, some of which have had a profound impact on the shaping of the world." He concludes his preface by asserting that his book "demonstrates once and for all that Muslim hostility for the West is not an aberration but a continuation of Islamic history."

I will never forget reading The Rage and the Pride and The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci, famous Italian journalist, who made it clear that Europe had forgotten the evil that was Islam with a history of violent and barbaric depredations of Europe visited by Muslim pirates and armies. She revived the experience of European coastal towns -- THE TURKS ARE COMING, that commenced rape and pillage and the taking of men, women and children into slavery or for ransom. Muslim atrocities and crime was the nature of things for Europe for centuries not to mention the threat of conquest. Recall that Muslim pirates were the first American enemies in a foreign war and the "leathernecks" were because of the scimitar. The Barbary Pirates predated the Mediterranean countries for centuries and European nations paid them tribute.

Fallaci was persecuted after she condemned the political correctness insanity of Europe with clarity and eloquence and advocated an effort to stop the Islamist migrations that brought with them societal disruptions, civil strife, widespread out of control criminal and political lawlessness fueled by Muslim antagonism and hatred of any Western Europeans who were infidels.

All that Fallaci asserted is well established by the evidence of history, but Mr. Ibrahim puts it all together to make a brilliant case for the magnitude of the Islamist threat -- as evidenced by the Islamist persistent and energetic, unrelenting effort to destroy anything that is not Islam, or compliant to Islamic demands. He documents the case in his book on Islamic conquest and barbaric destruction of all they find offensive, and the list is long, anything that is not Islamic. Ibrahim asserts

"Non-Muslims are described in the Koran as 'vile animals and beasts, the worst of creatures and demons; perverted transgressors and partners of Satan to be fought until religion is Allah's alone. They are to be beheaded; terrorized, annihilated, crucified, punished, and expelled, and plotted against by deceit.'"

As a strategic variant of terror and violence, deceit is a well-established tactic traceable to Mohammed, who used treaties and agreements mendaciously for any advantage he could achieve against the infidel -- exemplified by his conduct in the matter of the Treaty of Hudaybiyya with the Quraysh that he violated in the Battle of the Trench and his subsequent slaughter of the men of Quraysh. The lesson was Mohammed was not to be trusted in agreements with non-believers, and when circumstances changed and Muslims had an advantage, treaties meant nothing. The practices taqiyya, kittman and dawa are all forms of deceit to be used in dealing with infidels and non-believers, imitating the conduct and teaching of Mohammed. So treachery and terror have been used as jihadist methods throughout their history, with awful cruelty visited on the hated and detested infidels and non-believers in pursuit of conquest and the world wide Caliphate.

Samuel Huntington, in his well-received book Clash of Civilizations and Remaking of World Order (1996) points out that Islamists are involved in the majority of all the wars and conflicts around the world, and we should not ignore the reality that Islamists are committed to conquest and have no taste for resolution of their enmity for non-believers.

Ibrahim made the news before and after his book came out and he was recognized and acclaimed as in important voice in the matter of the threat of Islam, the problem of persistent and dangerous Islamic Jihadis personified by Hamas, Hezb'allah and of course the pretentious attempt to create the new Caliphate, ISIS. Ibrahim showed by history that the West was naïve to think that Islam is a religion of peace. He asserted that naiveté in these matters ignores hundreds of years, more than a millennium of conflict between Muslims and Christians (identified as "the West"). Of course, history shows that other religious groups and societies, nations were also dealt with by Muslim Jihadis in the same manner: Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, any non-believer. Islam has a deep reservoir of intolerance and hate.

As Ibrahim asserted, history did not begin with Western Imperialism and slavery did not originate in the United States. Muslim Imperialism lasted from 630 to the end of the Ottoman Empire after WWI. It enslaved millions of people from all of the lands it conquered, those that it allowed to live or avoid slavery. Consider such a stark contrast from Christian practices and certainly Christian non-violent expansion in the first centuries of the first millennium.

The Crusades were not an example of "aggression" against peaceful Muslims but an effort to take back the Holy Lands from the Muslim conquerors who had taken the Middle Eastern Christian Countries by violent conquest and were persecuting the remainders of the Christians that inhabited the lands Islamist conquerors had subjugated and enslaved. Genocide is still a practice among modern Muslims -- exemplified in Africa and the Middle East, in all Islamist countries.

There is nothing adequate to describe the nature of Islamic violence on infidel enemies and the book describes shocking beheading deaths, wanton destruction, devastation, burning alive, crucifixion, skinning alive, impalement, rape, pillage, kidnapping, abominable abuse and slavery that accompanied the spread of Islam. Conquered towns and cities with stacks of skulls at their entrances to intimidate. In the book Ibrahim provides details, and the butchery and shocking violence was over 14 centuries. The author of a contemporaneous account in Sword and Scimitar ends his bloodshed-riddled account with "But let us say no more, for it is impossible to describe the horrors the Muslims committed." Such things were common to the Jihad.

Raymond Ibrahim was invited to talk about his book at the Army War College. Then he was "uninvited" after pressure was exerted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation efforts to fund terrorist organizations promoting jihadi anti-American entities. Don't ask me to find excuses for the US Army for such a thing, but may I give another example of inane Army political correctness in a personal experience. I was at the door of the emergency department to receive the victims of the Nidal Hasan mass shooting November 5, 2009, and a few days later General George Casey, then Chief of Staff of the US Army, visited Fort Hood and expressed his concern that the event might impede his project to promote "diversity" in the Army. (Translated that means increasing Muslim soldiers.)

Ibrahim provided an excellent rebuttal to this scurrilous propaganda/nonsense promulgated by CAIR, and the weakling decision by the War College. More important, he pointed out that the American Military is obligated to know the nature and the motives of the enemy, including terrorist Islamists. But the Army caved and cancelled the engagement, but that's what the Army does. They have a politically correct diversity project that includes ignoring the threat presented by Islamic Jihadists and Islamic antagonisms and ambitions, particularly Islamic hatred of non-believers. There is a strange political blind spot and willingness to accept disadvantage. 0212

Sun Tzu, the renowned military sage said know yourself and know your enemy.

John Dale Dunn MD JD is a physician and inactive attorney in Brownwood, Texas

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