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Posted on 09/24/2013 7:50:40 PM PDT by grundle
Says it all. Harry Truman is prolly spinning in his grave.
Nobody can blow like Bill Clinton.
Nice photo of Hadji. Where’s the photo of Race Bannon?
Now you know the liberals will say that having Reagan and G.W.Bush in uniform is not fair because they didn’t serve overseas. Me personally I’m for them, at least they didn’t protest the U.S. overseas or apologize to the world for America saving their asses like Clownton or Zero!
Different man from a different time. Would have probably made admiral if his father hadn't died and he had to return to Georgia to run the peanut farm and become a very poor politician.
Jimmy Carter was supposed to be the engineering officer on the 2nd SSN the Seawolf which was also the only American SSN completed with a liquid metal (sodium) cooled reactor.
His experience at the nuclear reactor meltdown at Chalk River makes rather harrowing reading:
It was a very exciting time for me when the Chalk River plant melted down, Jimmy Carter, now 83, said in a recent interview in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
I was one of the few people in the world who had clearance to go into a nuclear power plant.
On Dec. 12, 1952, the NRX reactor at Atomic Energy of Canadas Chalk River Laboratories suffered a partial meltdown. There was an explosion and millions of litres of radioactive water ended up in the reactor buildings basement. The crucial reactors core was no longer usable.
With the Cold War then in full swing, and considering this was one of the first nuclear accidents in the West, the Americans took a great interest in the cleanup.
Mr. Carter was a young U.S. Navy officer based in Schenectady, New York, who was working closely with Admiral Hyman Rickover on the nuclear propulsion system for the Sea Wolf submarine. He was quickly ordered to Chalk River, joining other Canadian and American service personnel.
I was in charge of building the second atomic submarine and that is why I went up there, said Mr. Carter. There were 23 of us and I was in charge. I took my crew up there on the train.
Once his turn came, Mr. Carter, wearing white protective clothes that probably, by todays standards, provided little if any protection from the surging radiation levels, was lowered into the reactor core for less than 90 seconds.
When he was running for president in 1975-76, Carter briefly described this Canadian experience in his campaign book, Why Not the Best?
It was the early 1950s I had only seconds that I could be in the reactor myself. We all went out on the tennis court, and they had an exact duplicate of the reactor on the tennis court. We would run out there with our wrenches and wed check off so many bolts and nuts and theyd put them back on And finally when we went down into the reactor itself, which was extremely radioactive, then we would dash in there as quickly as we could and take off as many bolts as we could, the same bolts we had just been practicing on.
Each time our men managed to remove a bolt or fitting from the core, the equivalent piece was removed on the mock-up, he wrote.
Years later, he was asked if he was terrified going into the reactor. He paused, growing quiet, before answering.
We were fairly well instructed then on what nuclear power was, but for about six months after that I had radioactivity in my urine, Mr. Carter said. They let us get probably a thousand times more radiation than they would now. It was in the early stages and they didnt know.
Captain Reagan had about 8 years total active and reserves going back to 1937, he definitely served, as did G W Bush flying the most dangerous plane in our forces, and doing it well, and serving 6 years, with about 2 years or more active.
Only liberals can sit at a table with an Army Captain and a fighter pilot and accuse them of never serving in the military.
I know they served, I have no issue with their service, Reagan was denied serving overseas because of his eyesight, I simply pointed out a “liberals” argument that the never served “overseas”, you read that part, right? A liberal I am not! Also I pointed out that the two clowns who never served either insulted and protested against America during the Vietnam war or went on an apology tour around the asking forgiveness for America saving their sorry asses twice!
Sorry, I assumed that you knew and was posting a response to liberals, I should have worded it better.
Personally I think that Reagans military record is more impressive, at a time when the tiny number of GIs were seen as low life drunken scum he signed up for a Army correspondence course (1935), by early 1937 he was serving as an officer in an a Calvary Reserve unit.
At a time when he was making dozens of Hollywood films he was quietly serving in the low prestige military. When WWII broke out he was simply transferred (not drafted) over to the active duty as a transportation officer and then to the record that most people know, serving the rest of the war working on films etc, being removed from the books in 1953.
Reagan had to fight and struggle to serve, here is a description of that struggle during the war.
>Following the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Lt. Reagan interrupted his acting career and on April 19, 1942, went on active duty. This was not achieved without some difficulty because when Lt. Reagan took his first physical exam, he was not accepted for active duty due to eyesight difficulties. His persistence finally triumphed and he was given another exam, which he passed. He was classified for limited service only, which permanently denied to him his ambition of serving overseas. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, Calif., as Liaison Officer of the Port and Transportation Office.<
Jimmy Carter was a healthy college student when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, in 1943 Jimmy transferred to the Naval Academy with a graduation date of 1947, because of the war his class actually graduated in 1946, after the war was over Jimmy resigned his commission in 1953.
We all have different ways of measuring these things, but I really admire how hard Reagan fought and struggled to do something that he truly appeared to have a passion for.
Jimmy Carter graduated high school in June of 1941, by the time he switched from Georgia Southwestern and then to Georgia Tech, and then finally to the Naval Academy in 1943
As I read the story, the rank of LCDR, USN (or USNR) was bestowed on LBJ and he wore the uniform of same during a tour by air over some Pacific Ocean combat zone while WWII was in progress, the extent of his “service.”
Looks like GHW Bush has a pimple on his teenaged face. But that didn’t stop him from piloting a top of the line war plane in combat.
You should hear about LBJ’s mysterious Silver Star.
My father’s class of ‘46 graduated in ‘45.
F* U Obama!
God bless your father!
Yes, GHW Bush was the second-youngest Navy pilot to qualify carrier landings in the WWII.
In the South Pacific he flew off both conventional (large) carriers and escort carriers as a scout/search torpedo bomber pilot.
I read up on it a few years ago.
From what I could find, Johnson’s service was brief and not particularly impressive, and he certainly did not deserve the Silver Star he was awarded, but what service he had was both honourable and useful. He was already a member of Congress when the war started, and, for that reason, he was kept relatively safe whether he wanted to be or not. The inspection tours he carried out did provide some valuable information.
He was no hero, but he did the duty he was ordered to do, until President Roosevelt ordered all members of Congress to return to the United States, to do the job they had been elected to do.