CNNreuters ^Posted on 6/16/2014, 8:00:10 AM by sunmarsThe USS Mesa Verde with 550 Marines on board entered the Gulf on Monday to support possible U.S. action to help Iraq‘s Shi’ite-led government combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency that has overtaken large areas of the country’s north, CNN reported.
The USS Mesa Verde joins the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, which the Pentagon ordered on Saturday to move into the Gulf. President Barack Obama has said he is considering military action, short of putting U.S. troops in Iraq, to aid that government’s efforts to stop the insurgency.
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SOME ‘Gunny G’ NOTES ON MARINE CORPS HISTORY, POLITICS, INTER-SERVICE RELATIONS, ETC.
Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?
World Affairs Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Richard H. Kohn
Posted on Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:27:41 PM by robowombat
Tarnished Brass: Is the U.S. Military Profession in Decline?
Richard H. Kohn Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the American military, financed by more money than the entire rest of the world spends on its armed forces, failed to defeat insurgencies or fully suppress sectarian civil wars in two crucial countries, each with less than a tenth of the U.S. population,
after overthrowing those nations’ governments in a matter of weeks. Evidence of overuse and understrength in the military abounds: the longest individual overseas deployments since World War II and repeated rotations into those deployments; the common and near-desperate use of bonuses to keep officers and enlisted soldiers from leaving.
Nor is it only the ground forces that are experiencing the pinch. The U.S. Air Force has had to cut tens of thousands of people to buy the airplanes it believes it needs. The U.S. Navy faces such declining numbers of ships that it needs allies to accomplish the varied demands of power projection, sea control, and the protection of world commerce.
Navy SEALS ordered to remove ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ symbol from uniforms
http://www.bizpacreview.com ^ | November 2, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
Posted on Monday, November 04, 2013 10:55:09 AM by kimtom
The original Navy Jack was made up of 13 horizontal stripes — seven red and six white. A rattlesnake was later added diagonally across the flag, along with the words, “Don’t Tread On Me,” on the lowest white stripe.
“All of the military services have been challenged to find the right balance between preserving what is unique and valuable in their traditions, while at the same time making the changes necessary to win the wars we are in and prepare for the likely future threats in the years and decades to come,” he said.
“Looking ahead, I do think it is proper to ask whether large-scale amphibious landings along the lines of Inchon [the Marine’s invasion of the Korea peninsula in 1950] are feasible.”The review, which was completed in 2011, recommended the Marines shrink the size of their force dramatically and make other cuts that would lessen their strength.
(Before It’s News)
Alexis complained to police that stalkers were using a microwave-type machine to send “vibrations into his body.” Newport investigators took a report and gave it to local Navy police. It apparently was never passed up the chain of command.
Bob Lonsberry: I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT… “… He told all about hiding in his office. In one interview he said he was going to recommend that the sailor who barricaded the door be given a medal…Somehow, I don’t think that’s what John Paul Jones meant when he said, “I have not yet begun to fight.””
I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT
boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/18/13 | Bob Lonsberry
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:57:15 AM by shortstop
In the military, after an engagement with the enemy, it used to be customary to compile an “after-action report.”
It was an assessment of how things went. What the enemy did, what we did, what were the outcomes, and what could we have done better.
Operation Highjump, Admiral Byrd, and the Hollow Earth… “Although Byrd was chosen to lead the mission for a rather specific reason, he was quite qualified, and favorited amongst the American public, the perfect candidate of choice for the US Navy. Another man by the name of, Rear Admiral Richard Cruzen, was selected to head-up the Task Force.However, make no mistake, this was an unusual move for the American military at the time, as people, nations, and even world economies, were still volatile from the previous war. “- | Intellihub.com
This special in-depth report, takes a closer look at what the real purpose of ’Operation Highjump’ really was, and some of the men behind the mission.
Photo by Rob Jones/National Science Foundation via Getty imagesMCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA –
Flags of the original 12 signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty fly next to a bust of Admiral Richard Byrd at McMurdo Station on October 21, 2005 in Antartica. Photo by Rob Jones/National Science Foundation via Getty imagesSpecial Reportby Shepard AmbellasIntellihub.comMay 26, 2013
ANTARCTICA 1946-47 — Operation Highjump OpHjp placed nearly 5000 US military personnel, and every resource available to the Navy’s disposal, in the hands of Admiral Richard Byrd, the Operations Leader of the US Naval mission at the time.
There are certain individuals who have made an impact on the American psyche whether they intend to do it or not. In the last few years, one of those who has made such an impact in both the worlds of entertainment as well as the world of politics is a man by the name of James George Janos.
The reader may know Mr. Janos by his stage name, Jesse Ventura, politician, actor, author, veteran, broadcaster, body guard and former professional wrestler who went on to serve as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
Earlier, during a discussion with business leaders, Clinton, who appointed Boorda to his position in 1994, was handed a note from an aide informing him of the shooting. After reading the note, the president’s shoulders slumped and he grimaced. (800K QuickTime movie)
He continued the discussion for 20 minutes, without mentioning Boorda. On returning to the White House, he headed for an Oval Office meeting with several somber aides.
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On the contrary, we respected him as a man, who like us, came “up from the ranks” as a Mustang officerWhile we never bought the “official story” that Boorda committed “suicide” over a couple of disputed attachments to his ribbons – the Navy’s ham-handed cover-up of the truth only made things worse they never learn – until now, we hadn’t got hard INTEL that might explain just why Boorda had to die.
All we can say for the moment is that a reliable source indicates it may have been so horrible that the only enlisted sailor to make CNO in Naval history, would have been ruined if the news had leaked out.
We realize even speculating on such a thing could be hurtful to his family. They have remained very quiet indeed about what really happened. You can’t blame them for not speaking to the media.
YOU CAN HELP US BREAK THIS STORY WIDE OPENThis website that went online July 4, 2000, gets up to six million hits a month and is read around the world.
Oh What A Tangled Web (Clinton in Iran)
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 5:33:53 PM by DBCJR
A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.
Iranian intelligence agents quoted in this GRU report confirm that the C-12 Huron aircraft is still in their possession in Ahvaz, but will only admit that the plane was “forced to land because of technical problems.”
The US Navy Seal member reported killed in this bizarre incident, this report says, was indentified as Commander Job W. Price left] who as a leader of this highly specialized American Special Forces unit protects high-ranking diplomats traveling in Middle Eastern and Asian combat zones.
Every now and then an email comes my way warning about the day when the government unleashes the military against its own citizens. This day isn’t likely to come because for one thing the current regime is not particularly fond of the military.
The Obama Administration isn’t inflicting massive cuts on the military, cutting their health care and pushing veteran officers out the door because it likes the military as an institution. It doesn’t. And it won’t until it remakes it into a fully politically correct institution dedicated to promoting tolerance and fighting global warming. Progress has been made on that front, the Navy is cutting ships and spending money on Green Energy. The Marines are celebrating gay marriage. Any day now the Air Force will be announcing its first wheelchair pilot. But it’s still a poor fit with the culture of the left.
If Obama has to have any kind of military, he prefers the kind where young men with college degrees sit in a room, push buttons and kill people thousands of miles away from remotely controlled aircraft. That kind of military is a closer cultural fit with a campaign that is in love with technocratic solutions and always looking for shortcuts to avoid the dangerous and dirty hard work that has to be done. It’s also much less dangerous.
The brother of a Navy veteran shot by a deputy in her own backyard wants the sheriff’s department to admit its mistake and take responsibility for the incident.
Jennifer Orey, 36, was shot Sunday in a surprise encounter with two sheriff’s deputies who were searching for a man reportedly in the area wearing a ski mask, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Orey was in her pajamas in her yard around 10:30 p.m. because she heard noises and thought it was her ex-husband, the newspaper reports.
…..A collection of photos ( Mostly US Navy Stock ) and aviation artwork representing the dastardly attack by the Japanese Navy on the Army, Navy, and Marine forces stationed at Pearl Harbor. Music by the Sammy Kaye
The US Navy, which has just revealed the latest development in stealth drone technology, is using a logo for its unmanned aviation program that literally features the angel of Death, clothed in a black cloak with a hood, holding aloft a large scythe.
Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET] The U.S. Navy’s new class of carriers will be the first to go without urinals, a decision made in part to give the service flexibility in accommodating female sailors, the Navy says.
The US Department of Justice has released new files about convicted spy Jonathan Pollard’s bid for presidential clemency. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 after passing more than a million highly classified documents to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. Documents in the Freedom of Information Act response (PDF) reference 32 pages of government agency deliberative communications and 37 pages of new communications between Pardon Attorney Ronald Rogers and Pollard’s legal team — all produced since July of 2011. While the contents have been withheld, their existence signals that the Pollard commutation request may be nearing a conclusion within the Obama administration.
Jeremy Michael Boorda (November 26, 1939 May 16, 1996) was an admiral of the United States Navy and the 25th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) who ‘suicided himself”/was assassinated with 2 shotgun shots to his chest because he did not approve of the current chemtrail program, Project Cloverleaf, according to A. C. Griffin.
I had a great YouTube Video on Admiral Boorda but YouTube keeps deleting it.
Boorda supposedly went home for lunch and decided to shoot himself in the chest (by one report, twice) rather than be interviewed by Newsweek magazine that afternoon.
Explanations for Boorda’s suicide focused on a claim that he was embarrassed over two “Valor” pins he was not authorized to wear.
The wounds of Veterans, both physical and mental, are real and have widespread effects on Veterans and their families. I applaud the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as private entities to help these men and women, and their families, on the long road to recovery. Not a day passes that I’m ungrateful for my health after four years in the Navy.
(“Well, the marines do not belong to the navy, contrary to what many people think. “) Marines: The USNs Neo-Marines
Why not continue just using marines for this? Well, the marines do not belong to the navy, contrary to what many people think. Both the navy and marines are part of the Department of the Navy (the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force each have only one component.) The marines used to be part of the navy, but over the years, the marines obtained more and more autonomy. They are now, for all practical purposes, a separate service.
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 10:23:31 AM by txgirl4Bush
Kenyan businesses lately are increasingly becoming recipients of U.S. government largesse, as the Obama Administration, among pursuing other endeavors, aims to expand “livestock-related economic opportunities” in that nation. Although this and other recently released presolicitation notices for unrelated programs serve as advance alerts to potential vendors—and therefore do not offer cost estimates and other details— a review of U.S. government contracting actions nonetheless indicates a spike of activity in Kenya in a variety of sectors.
The White House is committing to a five-year effort to “improve the inclusiveness and competitiveness” of the livestock industry specifically in Marsabit and Garissa counties, Kenya, according to a presolicitation notice released April 12 that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via routine database research.
The Feed the Future-related initiative, known as the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands-Accelerated Growth, or REGAL-AG, program, will be carried out by contractors hired by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to the document.
The agency did not disclose the project’s estimated cost: “No additional information regarding this planned RFP [Request for Proposals] is available at this time.”
USAID that same day separately alerted potential contractors to the launching of yet another endeavor in that nation, known as the Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises, or KAVES, program.
The KAVES presolicitation notice simply states the agency’s intention “to use full and open competition for the contract, which will be performed in Kenya. USAID intends to release the solicitation within the next 45 days.”
The agency pointed out that the presolicitation number——will change upon release of a bid request, but the program name would remain the same.
Other recent contracting actions include:
Up to $50 million in U.S. Navy-coordinated military construction projects on the horizon at Camp Simba, Kenya, and at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Deployment to Kenya of a privately contracted Regional Advisor for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). as well as an Emerging Pandemic Threats Advisor. A U.S. Trade & Development Agency-led search for a contractor to perform a “definitional mission” exploring possible funding of geothermal energy projects in Kenya and Rwanda.
The above-mentioned endeavors have taken place in recent weeks; however, other notable U.S.-funded Kenyan projects thus far in 2012 include the launching of a National Institutes of Health-led initiative to hire contractors to conduct genetic research of Kenyans with Type-2 diabetes. Separately, the U.S. Army embarked upon a market survey of potential vendors to provide helicopter flight-training simulators to the Kenyan government.
For years, the Navy has been reluctant to reclaim the remains of its first 13 commandos, who perished in a failed raid on Tripoli Harbor in Libya in 1804 — but pressure has been growing in Congress to force it to do just that.
The Addictive Yet Deadly Spice (Military Deal With New Drugs)
Strategy Page ^ | November 25, 2011
Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 2:13:17 PM by nickcarraway
The U.S. Navy is beginning a worldwide video campaign to let sailors know about the dangers of “Spice”. This drug is often described as synthetic marijuana. The problem for the navy is that Spice comes from many manufacturers, varies widely in its purity and potency, and has unpredictable effects. The navy is particularly concerned about its use by crews of ships at sea. Sailors who are off-duty often find themselves being called to handle an emergency. That can be a problem if you’ve just done a bit of Spice.
This paper is presented in an historical context and is indicative of the various rants, raves, treatises, etc., that were prevalent in the old BBS (Bulletin Board Service) days. Content has not been changed, though formatting changes may have taken place to make it more presentable. (Spelling, sentence/paragraph structure, etc.) Wherever possible, credit is given to the originating source.
April 24, 1995
`SHOOT AMERICANS‘ SURVEY RESULTS
One in Four Marines Would Fire
Results are in from the U.S. military “shoot Americans”
survey-and they are disquieting.
By Mike Blair
About one in four U.S. Marines would be willing to fire upon American citizens in a government gun confiscation program, according to the results of a survey undertaken nearly a year ago at a Marine Corps base in southern California.
In addition, more that four out of five of the Marines surveyed indicated they would be willing to “participate in missions under a U.S. National Emergency Police Force.”
The SPOTLIGHT has been provided the results to the survey contained in a master’s degree thesis, reportedly undertaken by a student at the Naval -More-Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, to determine “unit cohesion” when soldiers are assigned to “non-traditional missions.”
Few stories published in The SPOTLIGHT have created such a stir as when it was revealed in this newspaper’s July 25, 1994 issue that the survey had been taken at the Marine base.
It was last May when I first learned of Sgt Raymond Jacobs and the part he played as a member of the 40-man combat patrol led by Lt. Schrier up Mount Suribachi on the morning of 23 February 1945. That was the patrol that raised our Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima!
I had just posted a picture of that First Flag Raising on one of my websites, and it was not long until I received a response from Ray stating that he was in that picture. Knowing that Cpl Charles “Chuck” Lindberg was recognized as the only living survivor of the flag-raising, I immediately e-mailed him back requesting more information. I soon heard back again from Ray, and I began a bit of research into several books I have on Iwo Jima, the flag raisng, etc. I also forwarded this information on to Ray “Doc” Fornof, in Hawaii, as I knew he was at that time involved in conversations with Chuck Lindberg regarding this most interesting topic. Fornof advised that he was much interested and that he would follow up on this with both Jacobs and Lindberg. And he kept me posted on their exchanges of information. Since that time, in addition to information provided by both Jacobs and Lindberg, I have become aware, through many readings, of numerous interesting and even shocking facts regarding this subject.
Ray Jacobs had advised me that on the morning of 23 February he, a radioman, had been watching a reconnaissance patrol led by Sgt Sherman Watson as it made its way back down Suribachi. At about that time, Jacobs received a call from battalion ordering him to rendezvous with Lt. Schrier who was to lead the 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi and raise our colors. Jacobs was to accompany the patrol as its radioman. Pfc (at that time) Jacobs was a member of Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, and the other patrol members were from Easy Company, therefore the other members of the patrol didn’t know Jacobs and Jacobs had never met the others before. Chuck Lindberg has indicated that there had been a radioman with them on the patrol, but that he didn’t know his name.
After the flag had been raised
Could the horrific 8.9 Japanese earthquake and its devastating tsunami have been caused by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, ( HAARP) based out of a remote bush country military lab in Northern Alaska? Several health professionals and activists worldwide are coming forward with just that theory.
”My first reaction was to check the University of Tokyo’s HAARP induction magnetometer to see if HAARP was fired up around the time of the quake,” says Eric Dubay, an American English teacher living in Thailand. “Sure enough, after a week of silence, HAARP was turned on at approximately 0:00 hours 9 March 2011,” he blogged at his Atlantean Conspiracy web site.
Dr. Rima Laibow of Health Freedoms USA is alerting Americans to the dangers of radiation escaping from such experimentation on her You-tube video (search “A Weaponized World”.)
Laibow actually suggests the USA warned Japan three days before these natural disasters happened. Because of the enormous energy output,”2.5 cycles per second,” the earth began to vibrate in concert with these emissions!
The official HAARP home page describes the ionospheric research as a $250 million U.S. tax funded project “jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)”. Its most prominent instrument is the Inospheric Research Instrument (IRI) which is a high powered radio transmitter located in Gakona, Alaska.
A Vero Beach, Florida man I recently interviewed told me he has been researching HAARP for years. He said no one is allowed within 50 miles of the HAARP facility. “The IRI is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere,” says another source in Wikipedia. It appears this IRI operates in reverse of a radio transmitter which pulls in waves; IRI sends them out.
A book with the ominous title of “Angels Don’t Play This HAARP” may be a warning that we are under threat of a weapon of mass destruction
San Diego area Rep. Duncan Hunter criticizes Navy’s decision to name ship for Cesar Chavez
LA TIMES ^ | May 17, 2011 | LA TIMES
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:58:51 PM by The Bronze Titan
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy’s decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The decision, announced Tuesday, “appear[s] to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy’s history and tradition,” Hunter said in press release….
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com …
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Source: CVN-69, to be commissioned in 2019, will be named USS Barack Obama ~ quietly released on Friday
Source: CVN-69, to be commissioned in 2019, will be named USS Barack Obama
Liberal Lunacy ^ | 5/14/11 | Liberal Lunacy Staff/REM
Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 1:57:02 PM by GeorgiaDawg32
(Washington, D.C., 5/14/11) In an announcement quietly released on Friday evening, it was announced by an anonymous source within the administration the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, currently designated CVN-69 and scheduled for commissioning in 2019 will be called the USS Barack Obama.
The statement read in part, “A president such as Barack Obama, will be dutifully and respectfully honored by having CVN-69 named for him. His courage, honor, honesty and ability to effectively lead this nation through hard times brought upon us by previous Republican administrations to unparalleled prosperity and record numbers on government assistance ensuring thousands of federal government jobs are the hallmarks of a great President deserving of every accolade which can be given.”
“We are also pleased to announce that CVN-69 will be “manned” by the first all gay crew on board a U.S. Navy vessel in honor of Obama’s commitment to allow gays in the military. We will be making some adjustments to the vessel in order to ensure a happy gay crew such as a small wedding chapel in the rear of the ship as well as double-wide bunks that can easily accommodate up to 3 sailors.
The crew’s lounge will be renamed the “Frolic Area” and will be in the rear next to the wedding chapel. Other adjustments are under discussion such as an onboard florist and a hair stylist.”
“One last thing, CVN-70, scheduled for commissioning in 2023 is tentatively named the USS Michele Obama.”
Posted by Gunny G at Saturday, May 14, 2011
Gunny G said…
A usual friday Big Sh!tty!!!!!
A bit late…
OK got a question for all of you…
13 May 2011 | US Navy Vet
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 11:23:25 AM by US Navy Vet
Of all the things I’ve seen or heard about Obama on the internet, NONE has hit me like this!! How can we not believe some of the charges about citizenship, religion, etc., after hearing what he says on this?
Obama said his father served in WW II? Barack’s father served in WW II? He said so in a speech. Here is an 18 second video:
Is he a compulsive liar? Were there no reporters who checked or double checked these statements and called the party on this? They did for everyone else. Why not him?
Like it or not, here are the facts:
Most of us who believe in the free enterprise system have been taught that business interests normally work to the betterment of America’s overall health, both commercially and politically. While there might have been a time when this was true, it is definitely not true today. Not only has Big Business become unfriendly to the principles of freedom, it has also become freedom’s greatest threat.
To say that Corporate America is America’s greatest threat is a harsh accusation, but one that I believe is warranted. I will even be so bold as to say that freedom has much more to fear from today’s Chambers of Commerce than it does from Al Qaida.
Today’s Americans need to carefully heed the sage counsel of Thomas Jefferson, who said, “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” The truth of that statement aptly explains the serious damage that Big Business is currently inflicting upon our liberties.
Someone rightly observed that one can determine the focus of, and influence upon, societies by analyzing its architecture. For example, from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the beginning of the War for Southern Independence, the most notable buildings (in most communities) belonged to churches. From the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, the most prominent buildings belonged to various governments. From the mid-twentieth century to the present, the biggest, most lavish, and most notable buildings belong to Big Business. This is not accidental or coincidental. These buildings are the monuments of men to the ideas that mean the most to them. Accordingly, a vast number of today’s Americans have come to worship at the shrine of Big Business.
However, this idolatry comes at great price. Not the least of which is the way we have allowed Big Business interests to virtually control governmental policy, including our war and defense policies.
For example, I recently obtained a copy of the U.S. Navy’s “Playbook.” This Playbook succinctly summarizes the Department of the Navy‘s policies and guidelines, and is made available to naval officers and to public affairs professionals. Under the section entitled “Vision” it states, “Americans secure at home and abroad; sea and air lanes open and free for the peaceful and productive movement of international commerce; enduring national and international naval relationships that remain strong and true; steadily deepening cooperation among the maritime forces of emerging partner nations . . .”
Notice the emphasis of “international commerce,” “international naval relations,” and “emerging partner nations.”
A U.S. president has attacked another country, so it’s time for the scam artists to pull out their fake constitutional arguments in support of our dear leader. Not all of them are doing so, to be sure – in fact, it’s been rather a hoot to hear supporters of the Iraq war suddenly caterwauling about the Constitution’s restraints on the power of the president to initiate hostilities abroad. But I’m told that radio host Mark Levin criticized Ron Paul on his program the other day on the precise grounds that the congressman didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to war powers and the Constitution.
That means it’s time to lay out all the common claims, both constitutional and historical, advanced on behalf of presidential war powers, and refute them one by one.
“The president has the power to initiate hostilities without consulting Congress.”
Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution – which refers to the president as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” – has been interpreted this way.
But what the framers actually meant…………………..
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Japanese Iwo Jima eyewitness tells it in his own words
MSN Japan News Manichi ^ | 20 February 2007 | As IndicatedPosted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:05:59 AM by gunnyg
“On the morning of February 23, he saw the first U.S. flag go up on Suribachi’s peak, followed shortly thereafter by the second, larger flag, the raising of which was immortalized at 1/400th second in Rosenthal‘s famous photograph. Akikusa’s descriptions up to this point correspond completely to American accounts of the event.
But what followed afterward appears to contradict the official U.S. Naval version of the battle.The following morning, as Akikusa relates in his book, “It was not the Stars & Stripes, but the Nissho-ki Japanese Sun flag that was waving.
Even though the peak was the target of attack from every direction on the island, I thought how hard they must have fought, and tears naturally came to my eyes.
The valiant fighters were defending Mt. Suribachi to the death.”The U.S. troops quickly hauled down the Japanese standard and replaced it with their own flag. But early the next morning, February 25, “the Nissho-ki was once again fluttering in the morning sunshine. It was a dazzling, beautiful sight.”
“The flag was a different one from the day before,” Akikusa recalls. “It was a smaller one, and square. It may have been improvised. The red circle in the center looked brownish, so it could have been blood.””It may have been made out of a shirt. It moved me to tears. ‘Our guys are still up there,’ I thought.
‘They’re giving everything they’ve got. So will I.'””I had hoped to see the Nissho-ki still flying the next morning, but that miracle was not to be,” Akikusa writes. “I said to myself, ‘Well, I guess that’s the end of it.'”…………………………..
President Obama needed a little help from the troops in Afghanistan on Friday as he thanked the military branches for their work but forgot to mention the Coast Guard.“I think we’ve got every service here tonight,” Obama said at Bagram Air Base. He then called on the branches as their members cheered: “We’ve got Army. We’ve got Navy. We’ve got Air Force. I think we may have a few Marines around, too.”
First of all, no offense meant to the good conservatives in the Air Force.
Second, I thank all members of our military for their service, regardless of their political points of view.Here is what I have observed…and admittedly, I have known only a FEW Air Force veterans.
So perhaps my experience isn’t the best judge.Seems to me, though, that of the friends and acquaintences I’ve had, the folks who have served or are serving in the AIR FORCE are much more prone to be liberals in their politics than others I’ve known who are in the Army, Navy, or Marines.
One particular encounter with an old close friend, who I’ve come back into contact with, seems to have really gone off the deep end…I don’t know, perhaps I’m wrong and just have had “bad luck” in meeting up with the libs.
Is this a fair judgement–are there more liberals in the Air Force? And if so, why?
USC — Don’t try wearing a Bush hat or sweatshirt at an Obama rally.Duane Hammond says it’s what got him fired. Hammond is a union stagehand who was part of the crew that built the platform for the Obama event on campus.He came to work early this morning wearing clothing that says “George H. W. Bush“.
Hammond says he was not trying to make a political statement.
He says he got the sweatshirt and hat during a visit to the aircraft carrier on Family Day. The back of his sweatshirt has a large drawing of the ship.He says he wore it to show how proud he is of his son.
Bush2That didn’t go over well with his union supervisor. Hammond says he was told to take off the sweatshirt, or he would have to go home.He refused.
They told him he was fired from the job.
Navy Birthday Information – 13 October 1775
The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually. This page provides historical information on the birth and early years of the Navy, including bibliographies, lists of the ships, and information on the first officers of the Continental Navy, as well as texts of original documents relating to Congress and the Continental Navy, 1775-1783.
The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength.
After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
Gunny G: THE ORDERLY SERGEANT – USMC
THE ORDERLY SERGEANT – USMC
When the Marine Corps was reactivated in 1798, the American Navy consisted of a handful of frigates under orders to patrol the Atlantic seaboard. During the second war with England, Marines served aboard Yankee frigates in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Following the war, the Navy was charged with the protection of American interests througout the world.
Many of these vessels had no Marine officer. Instead, a sergeant was responsible for the conduct of the ship’s detachment. Thus, a sergeant serving on a sloop-of-war off Java drew the same pay as a sergeant in the Washington barracks, but his responsibilities were many times greater. To remedy this situation, the Marine Corps in 1833 created the grade of orderly sergeant. Thirty “orderly sergeants and 1st sergeants of guards at sea” were to be paid $16 per month, the same amount as the drum major and fife major. The 41 “other sergeants” received $13 per month.
Encouraged by its success in breaking the law, the executive branch early this year announced that the Obama regime has given itself the right to murder Americans abroad if such Americans are considered a “threat.” “Threat” was not defined and, thus, a death sentence would be issued by a subjective decision of an unaccountable official.
There was hardly a peep out of the public or the media. Americans and the media were content for the government to summarily execute traitors and turncoats, and who better to identify traitors and turncoats than the government with all its spy programs.The problem with this sort of thing is that once it starts, it doesn’t stop. As Norris reports citing Obama regime security officials, the next stage is to criminalize dissent and criticism of the government. The May 2010 National Security Strategy states: “We are now moving beyond traditional distinctions between homeland and national security. . . .
This includes a determination to prevent terrorist attacks against the American people by fully coordinating the actions that we take abroad with the actions and precautions that we take at home.”[PDF]
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Fallon was born in East Orange, New Jersey, where he went to Camden Catholic High School, and graduated from Villanova University. He received his naval commission through the Navy ROTC Program, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer.
Fallon is a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and the National War College in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University.1
He Was A Carrier Pilot On The Saratoga
Fallon was a young US Naval Officer serving aboard the US Aircraft Carrier Saratoga in June, 1967, when Israel launched a surprise war against its Arab neighbors. He saw the valiant F-4 Phantom pilots rocket off the Saratoga to save the crew of the USS Liberty, only to return 15 minutes later. Heroic pilots getting out of their jets, smashed their helmets on the deck, and called Admiral McCain a treacherous bastard. 2