World War II Veteran Honored
A 94 year old WW-2 POW received his medals in
A World War II veteran honored with medals he never got,
a ceremony at Jacksonville's Veterans Memorial
As with each war, the military personnel from both sides are not looking
for glory, medals or recognition per say, most just want to get back as best
they can, to
the life that they were living before their time in a
Each knows that this will be impossible and they know
are and will be a part of their lives
until the end.
That said. shame on anyone not giving thanks, glory,
and a lot of recognition to every one of our
I was "Fortunate enough?" to have been drafted into
Military service at a
time when our government is telling me that
I can go to the V.A. for help
if needed, thank god
because boy do I need to, thanks to a corrupt company.
What about a time when someone was drafted however and
is telling them that they were
drafted at the wrong time?
If it was the wrong time, why were they drafted?
Jessie F. Hughes at age 23 in 1944, had volunteered to
serve, did he shoot anyone?
Was he shot by anyone?
Maybe not, he was a radio operator for the 73rd Field
Battalion, 9th Armored Division.
Does he deserve this recognition?
You better believe it and when you read his story you
can see how easy
it could have been for him to have been
number 200 or lower.
My best friend was "Fortunate enough?" to be drafted at
when this government is telling him that he will receive no help.
Was he drafted at a time when he could have been wounded
Did he harm or kill anyone?
Does he need any help?
Maybe not yet, will he in his future?
I hope not.
You better believe it.
July 14, 2013
19 More Heavenly Angels Are Watching Over You
Far too many of our hero's will not be coming home once again.
As they always have in the past, they will now always be,
watching over their people.
At the very least, 19 families will not have much of a
4th of July.
This country has once again lost too many of our top of
the line hero's.
Deadly Wildfires Permanently Changing Arizona’s Desert
Forest Wildlife Habitats
There is no way that I, even as an old veteran, can give
any comforting words
or reason, at a time like this.
However, because I am not able to be there in person,
my humble prayers and know this, I will,
as always, be with the families in spirit.
July 7, 2013
Happy 4th Of July To All Of You
Navy Chaplain Honored In Vietnam Despite Communist Objections
You must read the
"While with Maryknoll,
Fr. Capodanno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong,
requested to be reassigned as a chaplain with the
He was sent to Vietnam in 1966, and requested
to his tour of duty when it was up.
Sept. 4, 1967, his unit was in the Que Son Valley near Da
and became outnumbered by North Vietnamese forces.
As American soldiers were being gunned down, Fr. Capodanno went about
giving Viaticum and Anointing to
the dying, and medical aid to the wounded.
reassuring a wounded Marine, Fr. Capodanno
another soldier who had called out for help.
Both he and
the solider were shot, and died.
He was awarded the
Medal of Honor in 1969."
“ His citation for
the Medal of Honor says he “left the relative safety of the
company command post and ran through an open area
raked with fire.”
The main reason for
the objection from the communist government
now running that country?
They say, is that the priest was on the
The main reason
for the communist party always objecting has been
the United States was in the war on the south side.
say that it was a civil war, like our civil war
should have butted out.
First, we had help on both sides
of our civil war.
Second, this is important for the
world to always remember,
their north had the help from
Russia, China and a few smaller countries,
long before the United States became involved.
If the communists did
not want the United States involved, they should
have refused the help from all of those
Of course, if they had, there would now be an entirely
government running Vietnam today.
June 30, 2013
Cereal Scandal: Cap'n Crunch Not A Captain?
Well of course I have something to say,
did you really expect anything different?
Charisma Madarang of Foodbeast
You are wrong?
Hopefully your apology will be soon coming to
Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch S.S. Guppy?
If you so chose to come public with information that was
investigated on your part, then you need to now
You see, in times such as war or any other
reason for that matter,
if for any reason, the captain
of a ship or boat should,
for an undetermined amount of
time, be incapable to affectively perform
his/her duty, the next in line officers must legally assume that
In the case of, for instance, as with both of my ships in the
United States Navy, it would be the executive
and this person is usually a 3 stripe Commander!
So, Commander Horatio Magellan Crunch you can forever be
Captain of the S.S. Guppy and continue to sweeten your foe,
the Pirate Jean LaFoote, as you have since 1963.
June 23, 2013
A Final Resting Place For Veterans
Woodworkers Craft Final Resting Places For Veterans
By Eddie Daniels
Published: May 26, 2013
The Tampa Tribune, Florida
Land O'Lakes, Florida
The boxes are simple. The thought is not!
Some time ago I, along with hundreds of veterans,
wrote about a WW-2 Veteran buried in a cardboard
PFC Davis JR. Was Buried In A Cardboard Box
Today a group
of hero's (veterans) are doing something about this.
Made of donated wood — birch, maple, or poplar,
are generally 9 inches in length,
7 inches wide and about 7
Woodcrafters Club of Tampa is a group of people who love
woodworking and all things wood."
range from complete newbie's to those who craft wood for a
“I think what
it does is it gives (the families of indigent veterans)
sense of dignity and respect knowing that they have a piece
to lay their loved one to rest in more than
anything else,” Cook said.
"Urns have been
sent, free of charge, to locations across the country,
including Maine, Hawaii and Washington state.
picked up and wood crafting clubs in Virginia and
Villages have inquired, among others, about participating."
welcome to help us continue the most important work."
June 16, 2013
He's On A Much Better Flight Now
Two Purple Hearts?
This solider should have been able to take whatever
he wished to take whenever he wished, at our
We are starting to once again, losing our hero's faster
than we did during their wars?
Before you read about
the loss of one more person that put
their life on the
line for you, please think about this?
You are minding
your own business having fun growing up,
you are drafted
to go to war?
You go to a place that you know someone is
waiting for you, gun in hand.
This person believes as
much as you do, that their cause is as sound as yours.
You face this person because they have been labeled an
You are shot, you shoot back.
After you are
patched up, you go back for more of the same,
wish to protect and serve.
Now remember that many of
these people that are out in a strange
land to protect
and serve you, go through this more than just once.
tell me that you are someone that can put down your
put this knowledge behind you and go about your
day not feeling
grateful for our service people?
if you are thankful, please say a prayer, then while
you are out and about touch and thank a
be the last person to do this to them.
Wisconsin World War II Veteran, 91, Dies While Awaiting Honor Flight
June 9, 2013
Dumpster Dive at NASWI
What a great idea?
Let's all go Dumpster Diving the Navy way.
When trash is collected throughout the community,
it is brought to the recycling center where
volunteers get hands-on experience by sorting it to
determine how much waste can be recycled.
I am thinking that the next step should or could be to send
school children with
teachers and state workers around the
neighborhoods and out onto streets to do a check and a
book report to each house, to write about the recycling
or not recycling of waste as a field trip?
Dumpster Dive At NASWI
June 2, 2013
The Navy's Acceptable Losses
When the Navy changed the dress code for sailors in 2008, the
all knew that this 50/50 cotton/nylon
uniform was not flame proof,
however, sailors wanted a comfortable and washable uniform.
I guess that they forgot to say, " Oh by the way please
make it flame proof. "
In December 2012, while testing the uniform, someone
decided to put a flame to it.
Not only does it burn, it melts, so when in contact with
skin, the tester is
the one in trouble, not the officers in
charge of getting the uniforms,
because no one ordered a flame test.
Today I find that the Navy is going to have a temporary
solution issued within nine months,
identical to the existing uniform except it is made of a fire-retardant fabric.
Over the next three years, the US Navy will work to
develop a more comprehensive
uniform that can be used across different types of
WHAT? It has already been six years.
On the ships that I was on, everyone on the ship had a place
to go in case of a fire,
not to change uniforms, but to help in some way to fight the fire.
After all one can only run so far on a ship, before a
decision must be made and made fast.
US Navy Work Uniforms Burn Like Paper, So Sailors Will
Get New Garb
Navy Uniforms Are Flammable And The Military Knows It
I tried in vain to find out which country made these
A big secret, some of the websites
denied my access.
Announces Working Uniform Update
May 26, 2013
On This Day Of Remembrance
On this Memorial Day, we Honor all of those who
have served and
sacrificed for the freedoms that many of us here
in America take
for granted each and every day.
The story about this very special Veteran, is the one
that I most wanted to share with you on this day.
he is 107 year old World War II Army veteran
and he is shown in the story below at his home in
Can we all say a very big "thank you for your
service Richard" and
may you have many more memorial days to celebrate
in the "Free America"
that you and all of our Veterans in this
country secured for us.
America's Oldest Veteran
May 19, 2013
Two Great Navy Stories Today
US Navy To Travel To Pacific On Humanitarian
Since 2006, beginning with the USNS Mercy, a hospital ship
now the USS Pearl Harbor, which will leave Hawaii
on May 24,
our Navy has
been visiting countries like the Philippines,
Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Papua,
New Guinea, Kirbati,
the Solomon Islands and other Asian countries
on humanitarian missions.
"Sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan handle boxes of
supplies bound for the Carnival cruise ship
which went adrift after an engine room fire in
And, Story Number Two
Building it at home, what a concept?
Navy unveils ship for speedy troop transport
If the navy can
do this why can't our cruise ships?
This ship was
built in Mobile, Alabama
and now docked in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Disney Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines
May 13, 2013
Remember, I Am A Proud Veteran
That said, right is still right and wrong is still wrong.
When the Democratic party in Tavares, Florida flew an Obama flag
under the United States of America Flag, the veterans and
the Republican party, had fits until it was removed.
sachemspeaks wordpress: Pictures of old glory
sachemspeaks wordpress: Vets in spotlight after flag fuss
Also remember, as I have explained in an earlier posting,
once something is added or subtracted from our
it is no longer Old Glory.
sachemspeaks wordpress: When Is Right Wrong And Wrong Right?
Veterans, as well as anyone else, cannot have it both ways,
you cannot force someone to remove their flag
from their flag pole and then fly your flag under our
Old Glory and think that no one has the right to complain?
Any Veterans group flying a Tea party flag under Old Glory,
is in direct conflict with just what they were fighting about in Florida.
Gadsden Flag, Called Tea Party Symbol, Removed From New York Military Armory
May 5, 2013
How Much Does The USS Betelgeuse Weigh?
Welcome to the City of
Fairmont, West Virginia
and thank you for this great question.
Please go to the pages below for much more information
about the "GOOSE" or the USS
I have absolutely no idea why you would want this question
answered, however, the Goose weighs NOTHING.
The USS Betelgeuse AK-260 was struck back in 1974
and some say that it was sold for scrap, some say that it
is now at the bottom of the ocean as a reef.
I believe that both stories are true, she was sold as scrap
and on the way to Texas because of a bad storm the tug boat
had to cut the tow line and she ran aground,
so they sunk it as a reef.
No matter, she is gone in spite of the many protests from her
But, back to your question, when in service she was:
Length: 455 feet, Beam: 62 feet,
Depth of Hold: 38 feet,
Draft (loaded): 28 feet
Tonnage: Gross Tonnage: 7,162
(relative measure of the volume of the ship's enclosed spaces)
Net Tonnage: 4,555 (relative measure of the volume of
the ship's cargo carrying spaces)
Displacement Tonnage: 15,200 (total weight of the ship
Deadweight Tonnage: 10,750 (total weight of the ship's
cargo, fuel, water & stores)
Ballast: 3,129 tons
Fuel Oil: 2,833 tons
Fresh Water:300 tons
Hope that this answers your question.
April 28, 2013
U.S. Navy Could Use Blimps To Track Drug Submarines
The M Z-3 A helium filled airship can carry a crew of 10.
The U.S. Navy was flying airships in the 1920's and 1930's.
Lt. Commander Barker says the surveillance equipment on board
the M Z-3 A blimp is state of the art.
The Navy will also be testing an aerostat, an unmanned balloon,
that could fly behind a ship
to scan the surrounding sea.
The U.S. Navy patrols the waters around Central
and South America looking
for drug traffickers.
Smugglers use a
variety of boats and submersible.
You can teach an old dog new tricks!
US Navy Could Use Blimps To Track Drug Submarines
April 21, 2013
The Tubbataha Mess
Groups Take US To SC Over Tubbataha Damage
In our navy, the United States of America, once that last line is
cast ashore, the captain of that ship is the
president of the ship.
Like the president of the United
States of America, he/she must
sleep at sometime, so that
is why a ship has an Executive Officer.
Just like our
president and vice president, the captain and EO
be everywhere, all of the time on their little country so,
a ship also has an officer of the bridge.
This officer is in charge of everything to do with the brains,
or the bridge of the ship.
Then we have the helmsmen, lookouts and so on.
At least this is how it went when I was in the navy,
maybe little changes here and there, but
you get the drift?
The reason for all of the above, is this law suit now
pending by a
multitude of people against the United
States, the navy and
that ship that idiotically ran
aground on the Tubbataha Reef.
I agree that somebody
must pay and pay big time however,
let's look at some facts as I believe them to be.
I remember an earlier
news article stating that the ship was asked
to change course because it was heading into the
what happened from that point on,
it was up to that ship to correct course.
I also believe that someone from that ship more or less,
The person refusing to change course and any officer on
in charge at that time, must pay for running
the ship into the reef.
What about that poor peon sailor off duty, eating,
working or sleeping?
This lawsuit, although much needed to end this reckless
our ships, must go forward however, it is in need
of a little trimming.
April 14, 2013
Our Navy Ships Are An Endangered Species
Endangered Mammals have the right to live in their
Our navy constantly guarantees us that their ships and
men are well equipped to stop hurting endangered species,
while using their newest types of sonar and equipment
because they can spot them well in advance of any
On Sunday August 12, 2012 11:20 EDT, one of our newest and
best equipped Navy ships could not spot one the biggest
objects ever built by man, in the most active area
in the world,
a place where one would think that a ship
be on the lookout for any danger?
USS Porter (DDG-78) a guided missile destroyer, commissioned in 1999
and actively serving as of 2012.
US Navy ship collides with oil tanker
Youtube US Navy Ship Collides with Oil Tanker
US Navy Ship Collides With Oil Tanker In Gulf
Three years ago, The USS Hartford, a nuclear-powered
based in Groton, Conn., collided in the Strait
with the USS New Orleans,
a San Diego based amphibious ship.
Posted on Feb 19, 2013
Youtube Oil Tankers - Modern Marvels
April 7, 2013
Maine Voices: Critics Of Navy Testing Overlook Experts'
"There is no evidence that sonar testing in the waters
would hurt marine mammals. "
I can still remember a young news reported invited to
walk around the
Millstone nuclear site in Waterford,
Connecticut in the early 1970’s,
as he faced the cameras
his statement to the public was,
" Well, I didn't see any radiation while walking
around the units. "
Connecticut Tries To Raise Taxes On Millstone
Call me "Senile of the sea," however I still cannot
what the difference is between training our
young sailors at sea,
compared with training our young
sailors who are in direct contact
with our endangered whale
The deputy chief of staff Joseph W. Murphy is about
ready to retire
as a politician? Talking a lot and saying nothing except, " I
I do not care how much improvement has been made with
my time in the navy, ships lookouts
cannot see mammals off on the horizon,
nor can they see
them under the sea.
Ocean is ocean so, if the navy must blow things up for
wouldn't it be a more accurate test, doing so
out where the real enemy
would be hiding?
The only enemy close to the shores of Maine are the
Joseph W. Murphy is correct, in that the navy has been
and blowing up things for over 60 years,
however, sixty years ago,
the testing and blowing things,
up were like shooting a Cap Pistol
compared to today's
fire power and the sonar was as strong
In today's navy, blowing up things is
a lot stronger and the new sonar
is drastically interfering with a mammals live saving sonar.
This is how they eat, detect their enemies and stay off shore.
Critics Of Navy Testing Overlook Experts' Conclusions On
March 31, 2013
Our Navy Continues To Do It Right
It's Never too late to say "welcome home" and even
though it is
15o years later, the Navy still continues to Honor
The USS Monitor was a civil war ship that sank in
1862 off of
the coast of North Carolina, killing 16 of its crew
In 2002, when it was partially raised from the
two of the crew were found in the old
and were recently buried at Arlington, Virginia.
A marker honoring all those who died on the ship,
so many years ago, will be placed at the new gravesite.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus attended the service, as
as some of the men's relatives.
Am proud to say, "We take care of our own in the Navy."
USS Monitor Civil War Sailors Buried at Arlington
Images Of The USS Monitor
March 24, 2013
Houston Cops Give Ticket To Hungry Homeless Vet
A Homeless veteran, a hero, was recently dumpster diving for food
this country allowed him to slip through the
so to speak, while we all live in our nice warm
eating at least three square meals a day
thanks to him
and hundreds of thousands of homeless hero’s like him.
So, who is this guy you ask?
He is only a Navy Veteran, but he didn't get
wounded or killed,
so what is he complaining about? He needs to get a
This seems to be the ridiculous attitude of some people in an
uncaring country towards one of its military heroes.
The man in this story is James Kelly, who is
44 years old and
he told the Houston Chronicle that he was given a ticket for:
"disturbing the contents of a garbage can in the downtown business district."
"I was just basically looking for something to eat, I wasn't in a real good mood."
The Houston Police said,
"It is a violation for anyone to remove
any contents of any bin,
bag or other container that has been placed for collection of garbage,
trash or recyclable materials.
"An officer has
probable cause to issue such a citation when a person is
opening a lid and rummaging through contents of a dumpster or trash can."
"Kelly, who spent about nine years in Navy, says he does not plan to stay in Houston,
but has nowhere to live at this time”. "
Is this all nuts or what?
Houston Cops Ticket Homeless Vet For Searching Trash Can
March 17, 2013
What Is It With Guys And Their Ships?
Recently, an 82 year old Korean War
veteran, was granted his dying
wish to walk the deck of his old ship.
He only has about a year to live and was granted his wish
to walk around his old ship of some 60 years ago?
Veteran Gets Dying Wish To Walk Deck Old Ship
We spent some
of the best years of our lives on a hunk of floating metal,
slowly poking around enemy waters, working our butts off
knowing that at any moment, disaster could strike.
always had at least one enemy sub following us on
each trip of my two years across the ocean.
War is hell.
Thanks in part to the
Dream Foundation, a California-based organization,
war veteran with Congestive heart failure gets to walk
gangplank of his first ship.
I have this same condition and
I would gladly walk the gangplank of my first
ship in a heartbeat, why?
Alas, put your
phones down and pens aside, my beloved ship, "The Goose"
was deep sixed, in spite of all of our begging and has been a marine reef
now for many years.
The fact still
remains, that in times of war, old salts fell in love
their first lady and will love her for the rest of their
was arranged after his daughter contacted the
Dream Foundation, a California-based organization granting
for adults and their families facing life-threatening
Thank you for
serving, machinist mate Korean War veteran Gerald Bowman
of course, Welcome Aboard.
March 10, 2013
Not Exactly What They Expected For Their Sacrifices
If you are a veteran heading for the city of Titusville, Florida,
that this seems to be the way that they say,
"WELCOME HOME ~ THANK YOU FOR SERVING"
I just found
out that two years ago the police in Titusville
went on private property to raid a group of our veterans that,
way, it would also seem had permission to set up camp.
I copied the story below word
for word, just in case it disappears
from the only news station that I could find it on.
Homeless Veterans File Suit Against Titusville
Videos/News/Homeless Veterans File Suit Against Titusville
"A group of
homeless veterans is suing the city of Titusville.
The group said
officers raided their camps, then destroyed their property,
including a family member's ashes.
"They came and
took everything," said homeless veteran Ralph Deese.
Deese who, gets
around with an artificial leg, said he remembers
when the city took everything he had left.
"I asked how we can recover our property, they said, 'You can't.
it to the dump,'" said Deese.
A lawsuit filed
Monday says two years ago Titusville officials raided
homeless people's camps without official notice ...
them with no way to get their possessions back.
"I said, 'We're
taking it down today.' They didn't care, said Deese.
officers even took his dentures.
men have slowly been able to rebuild their makeshift homes.
Some said the things they treasured most, including family
and a family bible, will never be returned.
One man said he
even lost his father's World War II burial flag.
"You can only
kick a dead dog so much," said homeless man Adam Adkins.
officers took all of his tools and equipment for trimming
"It was my
whole livelihood," said Adkins.
attorney for Titusville said he hasn't seen the lawsuit
declined to comment.
rights. It's not illegal to be homeless," said George Taylor
with National Veterans Homeless Support.
Taylor said if
anyone was having a problem with a homeless camp,
organization like his would have taken care of it.
price of freedom? "
Our veterans are coming home with major
"They just want a job," said Taylor.
The camps were
on private property.
The lawsuit said some of the men had
permission from the owners to be there."
March 3, 2013
A Vietnam Veteran's Parade and a New License Plate
After 40 years, Lake County is talking about having a Vietnam
Veterans Event here in central Florida?
Leaders hope to hold a special recognition event for Vietnam Veterans
in Tavares, Florida on may 18.
Each conflict and war, except for the Cuban crisis, Panama Canal skirmish
and Vietnam conflict, our hero's were welcomed home with joy,
parades and open arms, as well they should have been.
We Vietnam Veterans were welcomed home with open arms too.
But they were throwing tomatoes, potatoes, rocks and fake blood
and the people were screaming vulgar language at
We Bay of Pigs and Panama Canal veterans are still totally ignored.
Guess that is better than ending up in the hospital, as a thank you for serving?
I am a Navy veteran that knows well about the treatment because of
our conflict, which is now called a war?
I Stepped off the train in 1962 in New London Connecticut on my way to the hospital
to visit my sick mother, as I walked through the station to get a cab
to the hospital,
I was hit in the face with fake blood, tomatoes, potatoes and in the
with what I was told was a rock,
I woke up in the emergency room and could not get up stairs to see my mother
in the ICU until the next day.
Forty years later at 72, I am not so sure that I could walk in
However, you give me the parade and I'll walk,
I will walk for all of my brothers who can never walk again.
New Vietnam Veterans License Plate
Guess what I did not know about until 3 hours
An Event was held recently to promote a new Vietnam veterans
New Vietnam Veterans License Plate
What: Event to promote new Vietnam veterans license plate
When: 10:30 a.m. last Friday
Where: Bay County Commission Chambers, 840 W. 11th St.
Long overdue — that’s what Bay County’s state
of the new Vietnam veterans
It’s “40 years in the making,” said Rep. Jimmy
Patronis, R-Panama City.
license plate became available in October, but
Patronis is gathering
as many Vietnam veterans
as possible Friday to promote it.
the Bay County Commission chambers for 10:30
where he plans to discuss the veterans’
contribution to the country
and talk about the
new tag, which has an interesting story.
February 24, 2013
The US Army Aircraft in Action
The US Army, Navy and Marines as well as the Coast Guard
have been dropping off food,
generators and trucks to help move
material off the roads, so that the
power companies, the
Red Cross and
others could get into the effected areas
in all of the states damaged
by Super storm Sandy and they should have been be
doing it much faster.
Tempers Flare as Food Runs Short in Hoboken, N.J.
The U.S. Navy sent three helicopter carrier ships
to the coast of
and New Jersey to help
with rescue and recovery operations
storm Sandy, according to those at NBC News.
Navy officials said that the USS Wasp, USS Carter Hall
Mesa Verde were ordered to head
to the area to
provide landing platforms for Coast Guard, National
and civilian agency helicopters if they were needed.
February 17, 2013
I am going to enjoy bringing this back into the light, or
People in glass houses should never throw stones.
US Navy Sailors sue Japan for lying about Fukushima radiation
The US Government, Especially the navy, has been sweeping
critical information under the rug for years.
Living far too
close to 5 nuclear power plants has forced me
into keeping a close eye on their mistakes.
Oops with a
nuclear meltdown does Mother Earth no good at all
and now we are sending, if they do not explode
rockets into space using nuclear power and/or
something even much more dangerous?
These are the Worst
Top 10 worst Nuclear Disasters
Close Calls and
Radiation Releases at U.S. Nuclear Reactors:
will never talk about this, calling it top security,
so I did dig up a few things.
A List of Military Nuclear accidents:
Military Nuclear Accidents
And if all of this wasn't bad enough, we still have
place to safely get rid of nuclear
spent fuel rods?
February 10, 2013
US Navy Fined For Damaging Reef
I am so sorry to learn that the people that our government is putting
War Ships, has not changed much since the beginning of this
The audacity of the person or persons in charge of any ship that is warned of an
upcoming disaster and still plows ahead because
"I am a United states of America Captain of a big boat and I am in charge"
Note a little sarcasm?
Couldn't help it knowing that it happens
far too many times.
Please do not get me
wrong, I enjoyed my time in the service of my country
and am still proud, also happy to have made it out with all of my body parts.
I was always frustrated at the way this same navy would take a raw land lover
fresh out of college drop them onto the bridge of any warship
and then be shocked if and when, things go wrong?
Back in the 60's, I know
that when someone fresh out of high school, like me,
gets placed, as needed,
not as promised, as a grunt. you learn from others.
You have many people
above you, rightly or wrongly, teaching you to become a sailor.
This "Captain" was warned of the imminent danger to the extremely fragile
Tubbataha Reef and fluffed it off!
So now we are trying to wiggle
out of this mess by blaming Mother Nature?
The USS Guardian, a US Navy Minesweeper, went
aground on Jan. 17, damaging
the Coral Reef, even after they got radio warnings
of the Reef's location.
contacted the USS Guardian, and the ship's captain
told them to "direct their complaints to the US Embassy instead."
"The US Navy then
continued along their route, going aground against
the Tubbataha Reef and getting stuck."
"The US Navy released a statement after the incident, blaming the
on bad weather, wind and waves."
The Navy got off with only fines this time,
because the Philippine government,
although they had every right to, chose not
to imprison anyone.
What an embarrassment this man is/was, he
represents the finest Navy
in the world and made us look like we
were/are either stupid, or bullies,
and neither is acceptable, as far as I am
February 3, 2103
Shouldn't We Be Doing This Everywhere?
The US Navy is replacing magnetic sensors in the Thames River
in my hometown Of New London, Connecticut.
And it concerns me that the Navy Sub Base at Groton,
is the only place that this is being done.
The Navy is replacing these magnetic sensors,
that probably few outside
of the Military were even aware of, between New London and
Groton under the Pequot (Thames) river this year.
Why is this important?
Because the Iranians are mass producing
and placing them throughout the Strait of Hormuz!
My question is this,
" why is this the only river
that we are using to test our
magnetic signatures around our ships?"
And, shouldn't we be putting these sensors in a lot more rivers?"
Navy Replacing Magnetic Sensors
January 27, 2013
The Most Formidable Navy In The World
This Is why the US Navy Is the Most Formidable Naval Force In the World
Navy Most Formidable Naval Force In The World
Now remembering Pearl Harbor Hawaii:
Pictures of the Pearl harbor Attack
After the war to end all wars (WW-1) and
before the Second World War,
this country was still a relative new comer on the
"how to" of
For some really
stupid reason, only historians will tell,
had almost all of our pacific fleet in one place
making it a good target for any unknown enemy.
Along came "our
friends" the Japanese military and the rest is history.
History - Noun - The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
Or, as I like to say, " A way to learn from the past for a
The top photo
looks to the unknowing eye to be a repeat of Pearl Harbor?
That was then
and this is now.
Our country now has much better control over
and how many people travel around, under and over,
bases, like the
Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
- Noun - The study of past events, particularly in human
January 20, 2013
The USNS Cesar Chavez
I am not really sure if Cesar Chavez would like
being named for a
Dry Cargo/Ammunition ship because he was always for
but he is absolutely deserving of this recognition.
Chavez came from a poor migrant family who
followed jobs in the fields,
because the family moved so many times, he
went to 38 different schools,
Cesar finally gave up on schools after the eighth
He then served two years in the Navy during WWII,
later saying it was the, " worst two
years of my life. "
Following his time in the Navy, Cesar became an
advocate for other
migrant farmers like his own family and
then went on to become the
greatest Hispanic or Latino Civil Rights leader in
Yes, after a lifetime spent in dedication to
making the lives of others better,
he more than earned the honor of having a US Ship
named after him.
Unusual Ship Docked At Naval Weapons Station
Fight In The Fields
Cesar Chavez Serve and Learn Program
The Life of Cesar
January 13, 2013
Is The Goose To Become
A Super Mass?
It looks like the Star that my ship was named after will
end in an uneventful disaster, in about
My ship, despite many pleas from her loyal shipmates,
after a long,
and proud history,
was sunk out in the ocean,
they say it was for the benefit
of the fish?
We, her shipmates, wanted it for the benefit of history
and our old salt reunions.
Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky,
into its supernova phase and become as
bright as a full moon
and last for as long as a year.
The massive star, which is visible in the winter sky over
most of the world
as a bright, reddish star, could explode as a
anytime within the next 100,000 years.
Super Massive Star Betelgeuse -- Will Its Violent Death Impact Earth?
January 6, 2013
Time To Thank My V.A.
Today was my day to give some of my blood plus other fluids to the
I walked in the door about 20 minutes early, as usual and waited my
turn at the window.
This guy walked out of the lab room, cane in tow and right up to my
I am used to most of the people in the building being friendly
this had never happened before.
He said, " Good Morning, Happy New Year. "
I said, " Good Morning and a Happy New Year to you. "
At the door he turned and said, " So what part of the country are
you from? "
I am guessing it was my shirt with the big red fox on it (a Paw~
and my Prayer pouch and long hair that got up his curiosity?
I said I was originally from Connecticut.
He said, " Anywhere around all of that shooting? "
I said, "Just around the
corner, it is a beautiful town".
Have you ever been in a
real loud room that went stone quiet in a second?
As I turned around to
once again face the window, everyone in the room was standing,
heads bowed in prayer for the children, not a dry eye in the room,
Now that is togetherness.
Thank you to my Veteran Brothers and Sisters.
While in the Lab giving blood, someone poked his head into the room and
the prayers were for both the Virginia Tech and Newtown
I agree, AHO.
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