Raymond Jacobs, from Wikipedia the free encyclopedia….
Raymond Jacobs (1925–January 29, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps Private First Class, a Radioman with the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines of the 5th Marine Division (Iwo Jima), and later a news reporter. Although not officially confirmed, Jacobs maintained that he was the last surviving member of the original party of Marines who raised the first flag on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Jacobs spent his later years working to prove that he was the radio operator photographed by Louis R. Lowery, (a photographer with Leatherneck magazine), standing beneath the first American flag raised by Marines on Mount Suribachi. He even disputed the official identifications in the picture and asserted that it should be: PFC James Robeson (lower left corner), Lt. Harold Schrier (sitting behind his legs), PFC Raymond Jacobs (carrying radio), Sgt Henry Hansen (cloth cap), unknown (lower hand on pole), Sgt Ernest Thomas (back to camera), Phm2c John Bradley (helmet above Thomas), PFC James Michels (with carbine), Cpl Charles Lindberg (above Michels).
Is Not Western Hypocrisy Astonishing?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Mikheil Saakashvili’s decision to use the opening of the Olympic Games to cover Georgia’s invasion of its breakaway province of South Ossetia must rank in stupidity with Gamal Abdel-Nasser’s decision to close the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships.
Nasser’s blunder cost him the Sinai in the Six-Day War. Saakashvili’s blunder probably means permanent loss of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
After shelling and attacking what he claims is his own country, killing scores of his own Ossetian citizens and sending tens of thousands fleeing into Russia, Saakashvili’s army was whipped back into Georgia in 48 hours.
Vladimir Putin took the opportunity to kick the Georgian army out of Abkhazia, as well, to bomb Tbilisi and to seize Gori, birthplace of Stalin.
Reveling in his status as an intimate of George Bush, Dick Cheney and John McCain, and America’s lone democratic ally in the Caucasus, Saakashvili thought he could get away with a lightning coup and present the world with a fait accompli.
1 October, 2004
Who is 1/Lt Harold G. Schrier, USMC? Those who recognize his name will likely remember only that he was the officer who led the patrol up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima to raise our flag there in 1945. Yet his achievements and career ranks right up there with many better known Marine heroes of the Corps, both Old Corps and new. Having researched some elusive facts regarding this Marine, I have decided to record them here for the benefit of Marines, and others, with an interest in such matters.
It was 1/Lt Harold G. Schrier, USMC, Executive Officer of Easy Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, who was chosen to lead the 40-man combat patrol up Mount Suribachi on the morning of 23 February 1945. And it was this patrol from Easy Comapny that first raised our flag over soverign territory of Japan that day, at approximately 1020 (the given time varies according to which account is used)that morning.
No American died during the final assault on Mount Suribachi. Later…Why, Schrier wondered, had they declined to defend the mountaintop? Attacking from the tunnels, after the flag went up, the Japanese were easy targets. But earlier, the American patrol had been vulnerable, virtually helpless, woefully outnumbered. “We’d have been real dead ducks,” Schrier admitted. “They could’ve killed us all.”20
Leatherneck magazine photographer, S/Sgt Lou Lowery, accompanied Schrier’s patrol, and he took a series of photos of the patrol’s ascent up Suribachi and the flag raising.
August 16, 2008
Guess What? Military Funds Mind-Reading ScienceBy Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Here’s a mind-bending idea: The U.S. military is paying scientists to study ways to read people’s thoughts.
The hope is that the research could someday lead to a gadget capable of translating the thoughts of soldiers who suffered brain injuries in combat or even stroke patients in hospitals. But the research also raises concerns that such mind-reading technology could be used to interrogate the enemy.
Armed with a $4 million grant from the Army, scientists are studying brain signals to try to decipher what a person is thinking and to whom the person wants to direct the message.
August 15, 2008
Marines, Navy Aim To Remove Stigma Of Mental Health IssuesBy Rick Rogers, Staff Writer
The Navy and Marine Corps will roll out a program next month that’s designed to take the stigma out of mental health ailments by describing them as largely brief challenges instead of lifelong disorders.
“These Marines are recoverable,” said Sgt. Maj. Kevin Wilson, from the Personal and Family Readiness Division at Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Va. “In the past, we thought if a Marine had post-traumatic stress disorder, he was gone. Now it’s more like breaking a leg.”
Wilson and other military officials outlined the program during the Marine Corps’ second annual Combat Operational Stress Control Conference. The event, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, ended yesterday.