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Posted on 11/10/2010 8:52:43 PM PST by Iraqs Inconvenient Truth.
Peace To All The Familys And Their Loved Ones.
Thank You To ALL Our Fellow Americans That Serve(d) OUR Country In A Civilian Or Military Position.
Thank You to All Your Familys.
Past ~ Present ~ Future
Bless You ALL ~ Peace AMERICA!
Veterans Day 201l ~ Tribute:
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BTW: PLEASE do not forget to put your AMERICAN FLAG outside your home on Thursday Morning: November 12....If it is not up already up...
In memory of my Hero - My Daddy
When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, young Clarence was eager to join the military as soon as he was old enough to do so. Clarence joined the Navy in 1944 and served on the battleship USS Mississippi (BB 41) with 2,000 other men. With her twelve 14-inch guns, the Mississippi supported the Marine landings on the island of Peleliu. She then assisted in the liberations of the Philippines, shelling the east coast of Leyte Gulf and supporting the landings of General Douglas MacArthurs troops.
On the night of October 24, 1944, the U.S. Army on Leyte passed the word that a powerful Japanese naval task force was approaching from the south. With the U.S. main battle fleet and the carriers steaming away in the opposite direction, chasing what would be discovered to be a decoy, the soldiers knew the Japanese were about to spring a trap. They would be doomed if the Japanese ships opened up on them. They waited in the dark in stunned silence and quite desperation. But, lying in wait for the Japanese were six of Americas oldest battleshipsincluding the Mississippithat waited at the mouth of the Surigao Strait. This line of old battleships accompanied by 7th Fleet destroyers and cruisers, opened fire with an enormous coordinated salvo at the approaching line of Japanese warships, immediately sinking the first of the two Japanese battleships they would sink that night, along with three destroyers and a heavy cruiser. Naval historians would later call this The greatest Naval Battle in History, but for the Army ashore who could see the ships burning in the night sky, they had no words to explain what they saw, for they knew their worst nightmare was stopped dead in its tracks by Admiral Oldendorfs old battleships. The men ashore felt eternal gratitude for those sailors and especially to the 1,100 Navy men that died that night.
The Mississippi supported the landing forces in the Philippines until February 1945, despite receiving heavy damage near her waterline from a kamikaze during the bombardment of Lingayen Gulf Luzon.
One of his more memorable WWII moments for Clarence came while supporting landing forces on Okinawa. Clarence would often tell the story of how the Japanese stalled our offensive from their position in Shuri Castle, which the enemy claimed was indestructible. Our Marines were beginning to have doubts it could be taken. Clarence said, “We opened up with our 14-inch guns and with 56 direct hits, destroyed the castle. The Marines were finally able to capture the castle but only after the Navy laid waste of it.
Clarence recalled that the ship remained off Okinawa for two months, never shutting down its engines during that time so they would always be ready for a fight, which included the constant threat from the kamikazes. Even after being hit by a kamikaze once again, this time on her starboard 5-inch gun mounts, which caused heavy damage and many casualties, the Mississippi refused to leave Okinawa. The soldiers ashore were grateful that Ole Miss stayed on post even with her heavy damage. Her steadfast presence saved many lives on Okinawa.
After the announced surrender of Japan, the USS Mississippi anchored in Tokyo Bay while Clarence and his shipmates witnessed the signing of the surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.
The Mississippi was eventually sold for scrap in 1956, but the men to whom she was so good never forgot her. I recall that the first word he taught us kids to spell was M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i., and there is no doubt why.
Colonel Oliver North’s tribute to our Military
I fought for You
It is the Soldier
It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Marine chaplain Father Dennis Edward OBrien
Trace Adkins’ “Arlington” USA Military Tribute
A Military Tribute
Military Tribute. “When you Come Back to Me Again”
United States Military Tribute “Arms of an Angel”
A CONDENSED HISTORY OF THE 503d PARACHUTE REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM, WWII
The 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team , World War II began with the activation of the 503d Parachute Battalion in Fort Benning, Georgia on 21 August 1941. The Battalion was the third of four Parachute Battalions formed prior to the beginning of World War II. The others were 501, 502 and 504.
On 2 March 1942 the 503rd Parachute Battalion was the nucleus around which the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment was formed. This was the first of a number of such regiments organized over the next few years. The Regiment was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March 1942.
On 20 October 1942 the Regiment left the POE San Francisco on the MS Poelau Laut. The first stop was the Panama Canal Zone where the 501st Parachute Battalion was picked up. This battalion was redesignated as the Second Battalion of the 503d PIR, replacing the original 503d's Second Battalion which had been sent to England and, eventually, redesignated as the 509. The Regiment landed in Cairns, Australia on 2 December 1942 after a voyage of 43 days and 42 nights. Later the Regiment was expanded into a Combat Team with the assignment of the 462d Parachute Artillery Battalion on 29 March 1944 and the 161st Parachute Engineer Company on 13 September 1944.
During its more than three years service in the Southwest Pacific Theater, the 503d served in five major combat operations. A number of other missions were planned but called off by higher headquarters.
1. The Regiment jumped in the Markham Valley, New Guinea, on 5 September 1943, in the first successful Airborne Combat Jump. The Regiment forced the Japanese evacuation of a major base at Lae to take a route which proved to be disastrous for them. The third Battalion of the 503d had a major skirmish with the rear guard of this exodus. The successful employment of Parachute troops, in the Markham Valley, has been credited with saving the concept of vertical envelopment from being abandoned following several less than successful engagements in Europe.
2. Two rifle Battalions of the 503d Regiment jumped on the Island of Noemfoor off the coast of Dutch, New Guinea early in July 1944, followed by an amphibious landing by the other rifle Battalion a few days later. The Regiment was employed in the elimination of the Japanese garrison on that Island. Airfields constructed on Noemfoor after its capture played a significant role in supporting the advance of Allied troops from New Guinea to the Philippines. Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions on Noemfoor.
3. Following a non-combat landing on the Island of Leyte, in the Philippines, the 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team made a major amphibious landing on the Island of Mindoro, in the central Philippines on 15 December 1944. Originally, it was intended for the 503rd to jump on Mindoro but due to inadequate airstrip facilities on Leyte an airborne landing was not possible. The purpose of this landing was to secure sites for air strips providing forward Air Corp bases to support later landings at Lingyen Gulf, Luzon. The Combat Team was subjected to intense air and naval actions during this operation, at one point being shelled for 25 minutes by a Japanese Naval task force. One Company of the Combat Team engaged in a fierce battle against a Company-size enemy air raid warning station on the North end of Mindoro.
4. The Combat Team jumped on Fortress Corregidor on 16 February 1945 to liberate that Island from occupying Japanese forces. This was the most vicious combat action in which the Combat Team engaged during its existence. Corregidor was the bastion which withstood a fierce Japanese siege for nearly five months in 1941 and 1942, thereby interrupting the Japanese advance toward Australia. The 503rd was proud to have been allowed to have the honor of recapturing the Island. Japanese sources, within recent years have estimated there were 6550 Japanese on the Island when the 503rd landed. Of those, only 50 survived. The 503rd, however, lost 169 men killed and many wounded or injured. The 503rd was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. Private Lloyd G. McCarter was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery on Corregidor.
5. Almost immediately after returning to Mindoro from Corregidor, the Combat Team was called upon to bolster the 40th Division which was bogged down on the Island of Negros, in the Central Philippines. The Combat team was inserted into Negros by landing craft, although it had been alerted for another combat jump. The objectives of the proposed jump, a strategic bridge and a large lumber mill, were destroyed by Japanese forces, thereby eliminating the first objectives of the 503d. The 503rd engaged in fierce battles against frantic Japanese resistance in the mountainous areas of Negros for more than five months. The 40th US Division convinced higher headquarters there were only a few enemy troops remaining on the Island and were moved to Minanao, leaving the 503rd to battle the Japanese alone. At the end of the War with Japan in August 1945, about 7,500 of the surviving Japanese troops surrendered to the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team. Official U.S. War Department sources estimated the 503rd killed over 10,000 Japanese troops during its combat operations in the Southwest Pacific. Unfortunately, the 503rd lost a lot of good men in accomplishing its missions. The names of 348 of these men have been identified. By early November 1945 the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team ceased to be operational. All men with lengthy service in the Southwest Pacific had been rotated to the United States while those who had served the Combat Team for a shorter time had been reassigned to the 11th Airborne Division and sent as occupation troops to Japan. The Regiment was inactivated on 24 December 1945 at Camp Anza, California.
Veterans of the 503rd, who served during World War II, began holding informal get-togethers almost immediately after 1945. An Association was established and National Reunions have been held each year since 1957.
Written by Donald E. Abbott, July 1997
NavyCanDo ~ ExTexasRedhead....
Great Post... Thanks Much For taking the time to share!
NavyCanDo..... Great “AMERICAN” story...thank you.
God bless you and your and your family and your “Daddy”!
ExTexasRedhead...Very nice “Photo Essay”
God bless you and your and your family!
DID NOT SEE THE OTHER 5 POST....”Beautiful” ALL Of Them!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING ALL!!
AND FOR “REMEMBERING”!
Thanks again for sharing.....
Peace For All!
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