Breanna and me at the Park just renamed after Lt. j.g. Graham Edward Martin

My Airedale and me at the Indiana Park just
renamed in honor of a great Naval Hero

*please see his story dated 8-27-11*


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August 25, 2013

Thank You For Serving/Welcome Home

It's never too late to say, "Thank you for serving and Welcome home."

Residents Seeking To Build A Memorial Honoring The Late

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill, a Connecticut neighbor,

so to speak because Stamford is not far from Uncasvillage in the state.

Two years ago Today, Bill died along with 29 other Americans and

eight Afghan commandos, when the Chinook helicopter they were in,

was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.

"I don't want to drag this out, but the biggest thing we are

working on right now is the plan," said Patrick Sasser,

organizer for the Brian Bill Memorial Fund.

"This monument is really to honor Brian as a hometown hero,

to honor those who died in this last decade of war.

We've honored veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam War

and other conflicts, and it's time we start doing that

for our modern heroes, too."

"This undated family photo, provided by the U.S. Navy shows Special Warfare
Operator Chief Petty Officer, Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn."
"Bill was killed along with other SEALS in the Afghan Helicopter crash on
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/US Navy) Photo: Associated Press."



August 18, 2013

He's Lying On A Korean Mountainside

This is an "about time"  follow up of a much earlier posting,

better late than never.

My prayer is for success in finding a hero and

getting him home to his family before it is too late.

Veteran returns to North Korea for first black Navy aviator

U.S. Hero pays respects in North Korea

By Paula Hancocks, CNN updated 11:07 PM EDT, Sun July 21, 2013

Jesse Brown, the first African-American Navy aviator,

crash-landed in what is now North Korea in December 1950.

U.S. Navy Thomas Hudner who received the Medal of Honor

for crash-landing his plane and trying to save Jesse Brown,

his wingman, who went down behind enemy lines during the Korean War.

Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot,

Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in

subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding.

His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and

even burned his hands trying to put out the flames.

He could not.



August 11, 2013

Heroic World War II Korean, Vietnam, Warrior, Dies at 88

Retired Col. George (Bud) Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent

more than five years as a POW in Vietnam has died at the age of 88,

his widow said Sunday.

He was an enlisted Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II

and an Air Force pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

In Vietnam at one camp known as the Plantation and later in the

infamous Hanoi Hilton, where he was often the highest-ranking captive.

During his imprisonment, the once-muscular, 5 foot 9 inch tall Day,

was hung by his arms for days, tearing them from their sockets.

He was freed in 1973, a skeletal figure of the once dashing fighter pilot.

His hands and arms never functioned properly again.

"As awful as it sounds, no one could say we did not do well.

(Being a POW) was a major issue in my life and one that I am extremely proud of.

I was just living day to day," he said in a 2008 interview with The Associated Press.

"One really bad cold and I would have been dead."

George Day, one of the nation’s most highly decorated servicemen

 since Gen. Douglas MacArthur and later a tireless advocate for

veterans’ rights, died Saturday surrounded by family at his home in

Shalimar, Fla., after a long illness.

Although I believe that all POW’s and MIA’s are hero’s, especially

the many that survived the inhumane insensibility of Jane Fonda.

Today is about Hero George Day, so, no disrespect to another hero, John McCain,

one of the many cell mate hero's of George Day,

I do not plan on including an internet address.

Retired Col. George (Bud) Day was a cellmate of Arizona Sen. John McCain's

during his five years and seven months as a POW in Vietnam.



August 4, 2013

US Drops Bombs On Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

How would you like living so close to a navy bombing range,

that each time they bomb, cracks appear in your walls and ceiling,

all the while knowing that one mistake, like this one can end your life?


Welcome to central Florida.

What Are A Few Bombs Among Friends, Right?

“ The four bombs were dropped in more than 50 meters (164 feet) of  water away

 from coral to minimize possible damage to the reef, " the statement said.

None exploded.

Once again I ask you all to think about this.

With today's knowledge of computers and weapons, is it really necessary

to use live bombs in practice training runs?

I am no expert in checking targets however, I would be willing to put my

hard earned money on the fact that even a blind person could tell where

the bomb landed if they where using dummy bombs?

If you walk around the target and it is now gone, you hit the target.

If you walk around the target and fall into a hole, you missed the target?

Our navy is still using Vietnam bombing tactics, while fighting in a

computerized world, what an enormous waste of our tax money?



July 28, 2013

Today, Three Stories about the Korean War

The Forgotten War, to some, not everyone.

Remember, if you are around the Leesburg Florida this Saturday,

the plans for the 60th anniversary have been moved because

of the weather, information is at the bottom of this posting:

Sarasota Florida Korean War veteran wants to reclaim Navy ship

A Sarasota man who spent 11 months in captivity in North Korea

wants to bring his Navy ship back to the U.S. from behind enemy lines.

Richard Rogala served aboard the USS Pueblo when it was captured in 1968.

He was released, but the Pueblo wasn't, It's still in North Korea.

15 years after the Korean war armistice,

(it was a war, not a conflict or a peace action)

the USS Pueblo was kidnapped and her shipmates spent

11 months in a horrible North Korean camp and our government

has done little to get her back into her country where she belongs.

Remains of WWII airman identified in South Pacific

A-20 Gunner Sgt. Dominick Licari World War II airman is coming home.

Remains of WWII airman identified in South Pacific home

In 1944, Dominick Licari went missing, his plane and two other planes flying

from a mission, never returned to their base in northeastern New Guinea.

After two years of searches, the military officially presumed Licari

to be dead, along with pilot 2nd Lt. Valorie Pollard.

Drafted in 1942, Dominick was the gunner on the two-man A-20 when it crashed

in bad weather after returning from a bombing run against a Japanese airfield.

Two other A-20s in the group hit the same mountain, killing six airmen in all.

Of the four men in the other two planes, only the remains of one was recovered,

according to the website,

a database of World War II plane crash sites and MIA cases.

UNDATED: This handout photo provided by the family, shows World War II

Airman Sgt. Dominick Licari, whose remains were identified nearly

70 years after his plane and two others slammed into a remote,

jungle-covered mountainside in the South Pacific.


Korean War veterans to mark 60th anniversary of armistice at Leesburg ceremony

On Saturday, Thiel will be among thousands nationwide to remember

the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war.

In Leesburg, Thiel will serve as the keynote speaker at a

memorial event at the National Guard Armory, 400 W. Meadow St.

The event was moved from the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park

because of soggy grounds.

Thiel, 84, said he plans on giving the audience a brief history

of the war and the 60 years that have passed.

He wants the public to know that it was a war, not a conflict,

or a peace action, as it has been called in the past.



July 21, 2013

Today, Two Stories of heroes honored

Staff Sergeant Homer Allem Receives His Medals

91Year-Old Polk County WWII Veteran and

Pearl Harbor Survivor is Finally Awarded Medals on July 15.

Not only was he due the Bronze Star, but also the American Defense

Service Medal with one bronze service star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

with two bronze service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman

Badge first award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII

and the Expert Badge with Rifle Bar.

As Homer said, "A 23 year old fresh out of the service isn't

going to read the back of a discharge slip to see what he got."

I am sure that Homer would rather have his wife of 67 years,

I wish that he could still have both.


The media spent less than 45 seconds on this good story and

45 hours about a murder trial and or advertising?

World War II Veteran Honored

A 94 year old WW-2 POW received his medals in Jacksonville Florida

A World War II veteran honored with medals he never got, during

a ceremony at Jacksonville's Veterans Memorial Wall.


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 war.

Each knows that this will be impossible and they know that flashbacks

are and will be a part of their lives until the end.

That said. shame on anyone not giving thanks, glory, medals

and a lot of recognition to every one of our serving personnel.

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 the government

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 Artillery

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 a time

when this government is telling him that he will receive no help.

Was he drafted at a time when he could have been wounded or dead?

Did he harm or kill anyone?

Does he need any help?

Maybe not yet, will he in his future?

I hope not.

Could he?

You better believe it.



July 14, 2013

19 More Heavenly Angels Are Watching Over You This Day

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, please except

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 complete article.

"While with Maryknoll, Fr. Capodanno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong,

and then requested to be reassigned as a chaplain with the Marines.

He was sent to Vietnam in 1966, and requested an extension

to his tour of duty when it was up.

On Sept. 4, 1967, his unit was in the Que Son Valley near Da Nang,

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.

Shortly after reassuring a wounded Marine, Fr. Capodanno

went to 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 battle field?

The main reason for the communist party always objecting has been

that the United States was in the war on the south side.

They say that it was a civil war, like our civil war

and we 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 communist countries.

Of course, if they had, there would now be an entirely different

government running Vietnam today.



June 30, 2013

US Navy's 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 not well

investigated on your part, then you need to now "Stand Down."

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 responsibility.

In the case of, for instance, as with both of my ships in the

United States Navy, it would be the executive officer

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 box:

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,

the containers are generally 9 inches in length,

7 inches wide and about 7 inches tall.

"The Woodcrafters Club of Tampa is a group of people who love

woodworking and all things wood."

"Skill levels range from complete newbie's to those who craft wood for a living."

“I think what it does is it gives (the families of indigent veterans)

a sense of dignity and respect knowing that they have a piece of craftsmanship

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.

Interest has picked up and wood crafting clubs in Virginia and

The Villages have inquired, among others, about participating."

"Donations are 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 flight

he wished to take whenever he wished, at our government's expense.

We are starting to once again, losing our hero's faster now,

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 enemy?

You are shot, you shoot back.

After you are patched up, you go back for more of the same,

because you 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.

Now tell me that you are someone that can put down your paper,

put this knowledge behind you and go about your day not feeling

grateful for our service people?

Today, if you are thankful, please say a prayer, then while

you are out and about touch and thank a veteran.

You could 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 Admirals

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

fire-resistant uniform that can be used across different types of naval assignments.

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 uniforms?

A big secret, some of the websites denied my access.

Navy 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 Richard Overton

and he is shown in the story below at his home in Austin, Texas.

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 Mission

Since 2006, beginning with the USNS Mercy, a hospital ship and

now the USS Pearl Harbor, which will leave Hawaii on May 24,

our Navy has been visiting countries like the Philippines, Indonesia,

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 relief

supplies bound for the Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor,

which went adrift after an engine room fire in November 2010."


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 country's flag,

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 Betelgeuse:

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 former shipmates.

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 fully loaded)

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

cannot 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 reef.

No matter 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, said NO.

The person refusing to change course and any officer on that ship

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 steaming by

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 oceans.

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 danger?

On Sunday August 12, 2012 11:20 EDT, one of our newest and

best equipped Navy ships could not spot one the biggest moving

objects ever built by man, in the most active area in the world,

a place where one would think that a ship would constantly

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 submarine

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' Conclusions

"There is no evidence that sonar testing in the waters off Maine

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 understand

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 population?

The deputy chief of staff Joseph W. Murphy is about ready to retire

as a politician? Talking a lot and saying nothing except, " I want. "

I do not care how much improvement has been made with binoculars since

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 training,

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 Sea Mammals

and Lobsters.

Joseph W. Murphy is correct, in that the navy has been testing sonar

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

as looking through binoculars.

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 The Issue



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 it members.

The USS Monitor was a civil war ship that sank in 1862 off of

the coast of North Carolina, killing 16 of its crew members.

In 2002, when it was partially raised from the ocean floor,

two of the crew were found in the old turret

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 well

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 in

Texas, because this country allowed him to slip through the cracks,

so to speak, while we all live in our nice warm homes,

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 job.

This seems to be the ridiculous attitude of some people in an often

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 seen

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 For Food



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.

My ship 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,

a Korean war veteran with Congestive heart failure gets to walk

the gangplank of his first ship.

I have this same condition and guess what?

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.

USS Betelgeuse

The fact still remains, that in times of war, old salts fell in love

with their first lady and will love her for the rest of their lives?

Bowman's trip was arranged after his daughter contacted the

Dream Foundation, a California-based organization granting wishes

for adults and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.

Thank you for serving, machinist mate Korean War veteran Gerald Bowman

and 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,

remember that this seems to be the way that they say,


I just found out that two years ago the police in Titusville

went on private property to raid a group of our veterans that,

by the 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

the day when the city took everything he had left.

"I asked how we can recover our property, they said, 'You can't.

We've taken it to the dump,'" said Deese.

A lawsuit filed Monday says two years ago Titusville officials raided

homeless people's camps without official notice ...

and left them with no way to get their possessions back.

"I said, 'We're taking it down today.' They didn't care, said Deese.

Deese said officers even took his dentures.

The homeless men have slowly been able to rebuild their makeshift homes.

Some said the things they treasured most, including family photos

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.

Adkins said officers took all of his tools and equipment for trimming trees.

"It was my whole livelihood," said Adkins.

The city attorney for Titusville said he hasn't seen the lawsuit

and declined to comment.

"They have 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,

a homeless organization like his would have taken care of it.

"What's the price of freedom? "

Our veterans are coming home with major issues.

"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 us.

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 forehead

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 a parade

with Cardiomyopathy?

However, you give me the parade and I'll walk,

I will walk for all of my brothers who can never walk again.

The New Vietnam Veterans License Plate

Guess what I did not know about until 3 hours too late?

An Event was held recently to promote a new Vietnam veterans license plate

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 representative said

of the new Vietnam veterans license plate.

It’s “40 years in the making,” said Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City.

The license plate became available in October, but Patronis is gathering

as many Vietnam veterans as possible Friday to promote it.

He’s booked the Bay County Commission chambers for 10:30 a.m.

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 should

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

New York and New Jersey to help with rescue and recovery operations

following super storm Sandy, according to those at NBC News.

Navy officials said that the USS Wasp, USS Carter Hall

and USS Mesa Verde were ordered to head to the area to

provide landing platforms for Coast Guard, National Guard

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 first,

rockets into space using nuclear power and/or

something even much more dangerous?

These are the Worst Nuclear Disasters:

Top 10 worst Nuclear Disasters

Close Calls and Radiation Releases at U.S. Nuclear Reactors:

Unacceptable Risk

Our government 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 no reasonable

place to safely get rid of nuclear spent fuel rods?

Nuclear Fuel



February 10, 2013

US Navy Fined For Damaging Reef

I am so sorry to learn that the people that our government is putting in charge

of our War Ships, has not changed much since the beginning of this country?

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.

Park rangers 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

slip-up 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 concerned.

US Navy Fined



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 magnetic mines

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 world wars.

For some really stupid reason, only historians will tell,

our government 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 better future."

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 who

and how many people travel around, under and over,

our bases, like the Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia

History - Noun - The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.



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 peace,

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 grade.

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 US history.

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

His Fight In The Fields

The Cesar Chavez Serve and Learn Program

The Life of Cesar Chavez



January 13, 2013

Is The Goose To Become A Super Mass?

It looks like the Star that my ship was named after will soon

end in an uneventful disaster, in about 100,000 years.

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, could burst

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 supernova,

at 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 V.A.

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 face?

I am used to most of the people in the building being friendly however,

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~ paus gift)

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, including mine.

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 said that

the prayers were for both the Virginia Tech and Newtown school children.

I agree, AHO.



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