Skip to comments.USO Canteen FReeper Style....Monday Mail Call.... July 15,2002
Posted on 07/15/2002 3:02:48 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
It is like a cottage down a road,
a place where a weary veteran can spend the night.
Freepers who post here, feel it too.
It has been so dear how the Freepers
kept making it a cottage - a home-type of place
that had a huge living room
for them to visit in and a dance floor, a library, etc.
saying that the Canteen is like home
to them for the first time since they served.
a respite from our busy
and sometimes troubling world.
Make yourself at home.
Take one dose of the USO Canteen Freeper Style and see
how you felt afterward.
He included the web site and am I ever feeling better. Grandpa
served in Vietnam, then came back and has been the doc here
where I grew up.
I want to thank each of you at the Canteen for your enthusiastic
support and for making my time serving be more up days then down.
You are all the best!
I grew up in foster homes one after the other all my life,
and then as soon as I was out of highschool I enlisted.
I knew it was the right thing for me.
You see the one constant thing in my life has been my love
for my country. I want to protect her and guard the freedoms she
has for me. I love history and read everything I could about why we are free, why we have liberty and our founding fathers. How all our wars
were to keep us free and they Were !
I want to be a part of why you and the Canteers and myself are STILL
free .How can I live the rest of my life in a land where I have not
done my part to help.
Thank you for being my home, more of a home then I have ever had. I know all your names there . You have all made me laugh so hard when I
really needed it.
Freeper Friday is one of my favorite days . I also really like Themelesss Thursday, it is so clever how you do that Samwolf.
Souris, Light Speed, Victoria Delsoul, MistyCA, SpookBrat , AntiJen,Joe Brower, Coteblanche, DoughtyOne, everyone ( !!) I know you take the time to find the things you share and put things together and it means an awful lot to me.
I feel like the bad boys are my brothers that are always up to something, pushing the card to see how much they can get away with teasing the girls and keeping them on their toes. Your 666 is such a hilarious, who will it be today. ROTFL
So many things that just really make it a home to me . Snow Bunny, I think one of the reasons it is such a great place is also because everyone there has a heart like yours. You all really do care about us, and you have gathered these fine people in a place the a Great man Jim Robinson has made possible. AWESOME !
Thank you Jim Robinson, what a great man you are. I cannot find the words to thank you for what you have done. FR is a place to gain knowledge and information. Then you added the USO Canteen Freeper Style and gave me a home online. Thank you Sir!
God bless all of you and thank you for more things then I can say.
Joe, Marty, Al, and myself,
OK so this is where I have to pay back for opening
my mouth about Marty. LOL.
Victoria if I ever get to New York. I know you are
probably booked till 2004 but
a hot dog at Rockefeller Center just to say hi.
(Just a dream I had, from a scrounger )
A Late Happy Birthday SassyMom!
Scully and the Pirates
This was my fourth visit to the Freeper USO Canteen.
GOD Bless all of you! You all have a big fan here and
I love you all!
Thank you for being there when I need you !
Thank you Canteeners the guys too for your constant support for us
You are true patriots in every way!
One of those Snow Bunny hugs she does for each of you girls!
God bless you all !
So thanks for all the work you all do , the work to make us see just how
how much America cares.
I have made the Army my career and I never saw a USO Canteen like you
have there.You and everyone there is first class all the way! God knew we needed people like you and a place like FR and the Canteen.
Steve US Army
Jim Robinson is a personal hero of mine for many reasons !
But when he started the USO Canteen Freeper Style he made
my heart burst with pride in being a Freeper. A lurker yes, but
my heart is ALL FReeper.
I am a disabled vet, and wish I could donate to FR. Unfortunately
my support cannot be financial , but if I could I would pay each day
to keep FR up and running.
Jim Robinson , as a veteran you know how a guy feels away from home.
You know how important the USO has been in many of our lives when we
were serving and needed the USO kind of support. Not many men can
say they came up with one good idea in their life that took place and you
sir have now had TWO. FR and now the Freeper USO Canteen!
Thank you Snow Bunny and all the Canteeners for making this idea of
Jim Robinsons come into being each day.
You make my days brighter in so many ways.
Vietnam Veteran and Free Republic Lurker since 1998
When I enlisted it was shall we say the last straw for them, but it is
OK. When I found out about the USO Freeper Canteen at FR it took
the deep hurt and shelved it better then anything else.
You see I love my country and no matter what I have a need in my guts
to defend it . When I get computer time you all there are my life support
to how I am hoping all of America feels about us. You have all made a
difference in my life more then I can write here.
Thank you for your hard work each day , ALL OF YOU ! And for the
Fresno Rally every Friday night.
God be with you and your families.
Liberty to California and that Beach party is one that should be
in the USO History books!
We all get news from back home and sometimes it isnt good. I know about those that are against this war and it sickens me and hurts inside. But they are just a handful of people and I know it too.
When I come to FR and see the Freeper USO Canteen as you nicknamed it, and the Fresno Rallys. Well, lets put it this way, I have only cried a few
times in my life. Once when my dog died , and the other time when my brother was very sick. But when I saw the support at FR from the Canteen and the Fresno freepers too that was the third time. Tears of happiness I promise you.
Thank you all you Freepers and Jim Robinson and your cute helper JustAmy,Snow Bunny and all the Canteeners. I wish I could write better,just to let you know how much the Canteen and support means to me.
You all can take a guys heart, get him laughing then turn me in another
direction and have me with a lump in my throat. The way you are all so
friendly at the Canteen in such a sincere way, and the obvious love you have for each other and for all of us. Man there is that lump again!
God sent you all into my life and I will fight with all I have to keep you safe.This is something I dont tell a lot of people. I love to read poetry. When I saw the box to click on for poetry, I clicked on it right away.
Now I read that thread too along with the Canteen every time I get to be
online. Maybe you are surprised to hear that a Marine would like
poetry but it is a great way of expression. I have sent copies of some of the
poems back home to my parents.
Thank you for variety of things your Canteen offers each day. Those jokes
are the best too.That day Mr_Magoo and Tomkow6 had a joke off, I didnt stop laughing for hours.
My Grandfather was in several battles and I showed him the Canteen too.
He especially liked the ladies and said the dolls as you call them reminded
him of the Pin Ups they had. He had them in his barracks and even one
folded up in his helmet. My Dad fought in Vietnam and he had two girls
pictures with him all the time. He didnt meet my mom till right after he got
home. The story goes she won him over when she put the two small
pictures he had of girls in the Medal Box with his purple heart.
Thank you for your support of what we are doing.
The Canteen is a place I look forward to coming to. And yes, it is that
Cottage down a road for a weary veteran or a weary in spirit soldier.
Love to you all for your hearts,
A view of left interior view showing (left to right) a cot with sleeping bag, the M1943 OD service blouse for nurses and WAC officers, an issue manual on X-ray techniques and equipment, a fountain pen, a writing book, glasses, a "Returning to Civilian Life" booklet, a copy of the Stars and Stripes newspaper, a July 1942 issue of National Geographic magazine, a small sized 48 star US flag, a women's M1943 field jacket with Red Cross brassard, an M1 helmet with an M1941 "jeep" cap, bar of soap, and mess kit inside the helmet.
To Joe: "The Canteen is a place I look forward to coming to. And yes, it is that Cottage down a road for a weary veteran or a weary in spirit soldier."<----Very well said. I just discovered the poetry link yesterday, Joe, USMC, so it's nice to know that is another place on FR that you enjoy. (Did you see the Eagle's Wings song posted there yesterday? Coteblanche posted it there because CB likes the poetry thread also - and liked that Eagle song).
All of you dear ones in our military are in God's care and He will carry you - just as you are carrying us in our national defense.
Hugs to each letter writer! And a thank you from this American to those serving our country especially at this time - and to those who have served.
What a country! What heroes! God bless you and keep you and bring you home safely real soon!
Allow me to adress this post to Jeff, Scott, Scully and the Pirates,Sandy, Trevor, Sergio, Steve, Andy, Glenn, Luis, BK, And JOE.
Good Morning, Gang!
Your letters touched me. It's good to know how much Jim Robinson, Snow Bunny, and all the rest of the Canteen freepers have meant to you and are supporting you as you defend our country and our freedom. But YOU are Our heroes!
Thank you all for your service to this great nation. May God bless you all, and may you all come home safe.
Scully, I don't know why I'm attracted to BAD BOYZ, but I think you're cute! I'm glad you enjoyed the beach party in California. It was fun!
Naw, the one you & the gurlz ripped off me, (leaving me nakid on the beach, I might add), was me "HANGING with FRIENDS" burka.
Today's classic warship, USS Saint Louis (CL-49)
Saint Louis class
Displacement: 10,000 t.
Speed: 33 k.
Armament: 15 6; 8 5; 16 1.1; 12 20mm; 1 depth charge track
Commissioned on 19 May 1939.
Foundered on 24 August 1980 off South Africa
The USS ST. LOUIS (CL-49) was laid down on 10 December 1936 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; launched on 15 April 1938; sponsored by Miss Nancy Lee Morrill, and commissioned on 19 May 1939, Capt. Charles H. Morrison in command.
Fitted out and based at Norfolk, ST. LOUIS completed shakedown on 6 October, then commenced Neutrality Patrol operations which, during the next 11 months, took her from the West Indies into the North Atlantic. On 3 September 1940, she put to sea with an inspection board embarked to evaluate possible sites, from Newfoundland to British Guiana, for naval and air bases to be gained in exchange for destroyers transferred to the British government. She returned to Norfolk on 27 October and, on 9 November, sailed for the Pacific.
Transiting the Panama Canal five days later, ST. LOUIS reached Pearl Harbor on 12 December. She participated in fleet maneuvers and conducted patrols during the winter of 1940 and 41; then steamed to California for an overhaul at Mare Island. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 20 June and resumed operations in Hawaiian waters.
Two months later, she sailed west with other cruisers of the Battle Force, patrolled between Wake, Midway, and Guam, then, proceeded to Manila, whence she returned to Hawaii at the end of September. On the 28th of that month, she entered the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard for upkeep; and, on 7 December, she was moored to the pier in Southeast Lock.
That Sunday morning at 0756, Japanese planes were sighted by observers on board ST. LOUIS. Within minutes, the ship was at general quarters, and her operable antiaircraft guns were manned and firing on the attackers. By 0806, preparations for getting underway had begun. At about 0820, one of the cruiser's gun crews shot down its first enemy torpedo plane. By 0900, two more enemy aircraft had joined the first. At 0931, ST. LOUIS moved away from the pier and headed for South Channel and the open sea. Fifteen minutes later, her 6-inch guns, whose power leads had been disconnected, were in full operating order.
As the cruiser moved into the channel entrance, she became the target of a midget submarine. The enemy's torpedoes, however, exploded on striking a shoal less than 200 yards from the ship. Destroyers then pounded the bottom with depth charges and ST. LOUIS continued out to sea where she joined in the search for the Japanese fleet. After failing to locate the enemy strike force, the hunters returned to Pearl Harbor on 10 December, and ST. LOUIS turned to escorting transports carrying casualties to San Francisco and troops to Hawaii.
On 6 January 1942, she departed San Francisco with Task Force (TF) 17, centered on carrier YORKTOWN (CV-5) and escorted the ships transporting the Marine Expeditionary Force to Samoa to reinforce defenses there. Between 20 and 24 January, the YORKTOWN group covered the offloading at Pago Pago, then moved to conduct air strikes in the Marshalls and the Gilberts before returning to Pearl Harbor on 7 February.
Upon her return to Pearl Harbor, ST. LOUIS resumed escort duty with Hawaii-California convoys. In the spring, after a trip to the New Hebrides, she escorted SS PRESIDENT COOLIDGE, which was carrying President Quezon of the Philippines to the west coast, arriving at San Francisco on 8 May. The following day, she was again bound for Pearl Harbor. There, she switched to a reinforcement group carrying Marine aircraft and personnel to Midway in anticipation of Japanese efforts to take that key outpost. On the 25th, she delivered her charges to their mid-ocean destination, then moved north as a unit of TF 8 to reinforce Aleutian defenses.
On 31 May, ST. LOUIS arrived at Kodiak, refueled, and got underway to patrol south of the Alaskan Peninsula. Through July, she continued the patrols ranging westward to intercept enemy shipping. On 3 August, she headed for Kiska for her first shore bombardment mission. Four days later, she shelled that enemy-held island, then retired, returning to Kodiak on the 11th.
After that mission, the cruiser continued patrols in the Aleutian area and covered the Allied occupation of Adak. On 25 October, she proceeded via Dutch Harbor to California for an overhaul at Mare Island.
On 4 December, she departed San Francisco with transports bound for New Caledonia. She shepherded the convoy into its Noumean anchorage on the 21st, then shifted to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, whence she proceeded into the Solomons. She commenced operations there in January 1943 with bombardments of Japanese air facilities at Munda and Kolombangara and, during the next five months, repeated those raids and patrolled the "Slot" in the Central Solomons in an effort to halt the "Tokyo Express"--reinforcement and supply shipping that sought, almost nightly, to bolster Japanese garrisons.
Shortly after midnight on 4-5 July, she participated in the bombardment of Vila and Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia. Her division, Cruiser Division 9 (CruDiv 9) and its screen, Destroyer Squadron 21 (DesRon 21), then retired back toward Tulagi to replenish as troops were landed at Rice Anchorage. Early on the morning of the 6th, however, the cruiser-destroyer force located and engaged ten enemy destroyers headed for Vila with reinforcements embarked. In the ensuing Battle of Kula Gulf, HELENA (CL-50) and two enemy ships were sunk.
Six nights later, the force, TF 18, reinforced by DesRon 12, moved back up the "Slot" from Tulagi and soon after 0100 on the 13th, engaged an enemy force of one light cruiser, JINTSU, and five destroyers in the Battle of Kolombangara. During the battle, which raged for over an hour, JINTSU and GWIN (DD-433) were sunk and HONOLULU (CL-48), ST. LOUIS and New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER were damaged. ST. LOUIS took a torpedo which hit well forward and twisted her bow, but caused no serious casualties.
She returned to Tulagi on the afternoon of the 13th. From there, she moved on to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs; then steamed east, to Mare Island, to complete the work. In mid-November, she returned to the Solomons and, from the 20th to the 25th, covered marines fighting for Bougainville. In December, she returned to that island to shell troop concentrations and, in January 1944, shifted southward to bombard enemy installations in the Shortland Islands. Thence, she moved back to Bougainville to cover the landing of reinforcements at Cape Torokina. On 10 January, she headed back to Florida Island. In February, she again moved northwest, this time into the extreme northern Solomons and the Bismarcks. On the 13th, she arrived in the area between Buka and St. George Channel to support landing operations in the Green Islands off New Ireland.
At 1855 on the 14th, six Vals were sighted approaching ST. LOUIS's group. Crossing astern of the ships, the enemy planes went out to the southeast, turned, and reapproached. Only five remained in the formation which split into two groups. Two of the planes closed ST. LOUIS.
The first plane dropped three bombs, all near misses. The second released three more. One scored on the light cruiser, the other two were near misses just off the port quarter. The bomb which hit ST. LOUIS penetrated the 40 millimeter clipping room near the number 6 mount and exploded in the midship living compartment. Twenty-three died and 20 were wounded, 10 seriously. A fire which had started in the clipping room was extinguished. Both of her planes were rendered inoperable and her ventilation system was damaged. Communication with the after engine room ceased, and the cruiser slowed to 18 knots. On the 15th, she survived another air attack and was then ordered back to Purvis Bay.
Repairs were completed by the end of the month and in March, ST. LOUIS resumed operations with her division. Through May, she remained in the Solomons. Then, on 4 June, she moved north to the Marshalls whence, on the 10th, she sailed for the Marianas in TF 52, the Saipan assault force. Four days later, she cruised off southern Saipan. On the 15th, she shelled the Charan Kanoa area; retired as the landings took place, then moved back to provide call fire support and to shell targets of opportunity. On the 16th, she proceeded south and bombarded the Asan beach area of Guam. She then returned to Saipan and, on the 17th, shifted to an area north of that island where she remained through the Battle of the Philippine Sea. On the 22d, she returned to Saipan and, after screening the refueling group for two days, proceeded to the Marshalls.
On 14 July, ST. LOUIS again headed for the Marianas. The next day, she damaged her number 3 propeller and lost 39 feet of the tail shaft. Nevertheless, two days later, she arrived off Guam as scheduled; and, during the afternoon, covered underwater demolition teams working the proposed landing beaches. Pre-invasion shore bombardment followed; and, after the landings on the 21st, she provided support fire and call fire. On the 29th, ST. LOUIS departed the Marianas for Pearl Harbor, whence she was routed on to California for overhaul. In mid-October, she steamed back to Hawaii, trained until the end of the month, then moved on across the Pacific, via Ulithi and Kossol Roads, to the Philippines, arriving in Leyte Gulf on 16 November.
During the next 10 days, she patrolled in the gulf and in Surigao Strait, adding her batteries to the antiaircraft guns protecting shipping in the area. Shortly before noon on the 27th, a formation of 12 to 14 enemy planes attacked the cruiser's formation. ST. LOUIS was unscathed in the brief battle. A request was made for CAP cover, but Japanese planes continued to command the air. At 1130, another 10 enemy planes filled the space vacated by the first flight and broke into three attack groups of four, four, and two. At 1138, a Val, hit and aflame, made a suicide dive on ST. LOUIS from the port quarter and exploded with its bomb on impact. Fires broke out in the cruiser's hangar area and spaces. All crew members of 20 millimeter guns 7 through 10 were killed or wounded.
At 1139, a second burning enemy plane headed at her on the port beam. Flank speed was rung up and the rudder was put hard right. The plane passed over number 4 turret and crashed 100 yards out.
At 1146, there was still no CAP cover over the cruiser's formation, and, at 1151, two more enemy planes, both burning, attacked ST. LOUIS. The first was splashed off the port quarter; the second drove in from starboard and crashed almost on board on the port side. A 20-foot section of armor belt was lost and numerous holes were torn in her hull. By 1152, the ship had taken on a list to port. At 1210, another suicide-minded Japanese pilot closed ST. LOUIS. He was stopped 400 yards astern. Ten minutes later, enemy torpedo planes moved in to attack. ST. LOUIS, warned by a PT boat, barely avoided contact with a lethal package dropped by one of the planes.
By 1236, the cruiser was back on an even keel. Thirty minutes later, all major fires were out; and salvage work had been started. Medical work was well under way: 15 were dead, 1 was missing, 21 were seriously wounded, 22 had sustained minor injuries. On the 28th, ST. LOUIS's seriously injured were transferred; and, on the 30th, she put into San Pedro Bay for temporary repairs which allowed her to reach California toward the end of December.
On 1 March 1945, ST. LOUIS departed California and, at mid-month, she joined the fast carrier force at Ulithi. By the end of the month, she had participated in strikes against the southern Japanese home islands, then moved south to the Ryukyus to join TF 54, bombarded Okinawa, and guarded minesweepers and underwater demolition teams clearing channels to the assault beaches. On the 31st, she put into Kerama Retto to replenish, then returned to the larger island to support the forces landed on the Hagushi beaches on 1 April.
Five days later, the cruiser covered minesweepers off Iwo Jima, then resumed fire support and antiaircraft duties off Okinawa. On 18 May, she departed Hagushi for a brief respite at Leyte; and, in mid-June, she resumed support operations off Okinawa. On 25 July, she shifted to TF 95, and on the 28th, she supported air strikes against Japanese installations on the Asiatic mainland. Sweeps of the East China Sea followed; and, in early August, she anchored in Buckner Bay, where she remained through the end of hostilities on 15 August.
Postwar duties kept the cruiser in the Far East for another two and one-half months. In late August, while in the Philippines, she was assigned to TF 73, the Yangtze River Patrol Force. During September, as other ships joined the force, she was at Buckner Bay, and, in October, she moved on to Shanghai. In mid-October, she helped to lift Chinese Army units to Formosa, then she joined the "Magic Carpet" fleet to carry veterans back to the United States.
ST. LOUIS completed her first "Magic Carpet" run at San Francisco on 9 November, and by mid-January 1946, made two more runs, both to islands in the Central and Southwest Pacific. In early February, she sailed for the east coast and arrived at Philadelphia for inactivation on the 25th. She was decommissioned on 20 June and berthed at League Island with the 16th (Inactive) Fleet through the decade. Early in the 1950's, she was designated for transfer to the government of Brazil. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 January 1951, and, on the 29th, she was commissioned in the Brazilian Navy as TAMANDARE.
ST. LOUIS (CL-49) earned eleven battle stars during World War II.
[TAMANDARE (C-12) was stricken from the Brazilian Navy in 1976. Sold to breakers four years later, she foundered 24 August 1980 off South Africa while under tow to Taiwan.
Good Morning, Everyone.
Hope you all have a great day. See you later.
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