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The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Major Bernie Fisher, 1st Air Commando Squadron, USAF - June 20th, 2004
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Posted on 06/20/2004 12:01:28 AM PDT by snippy_about_it


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Major Bernie Fisher

1st Air Commando Squadron, USAF

In early March 1966, a 450-man Special Forces camp in the A Shau Valley came under attack by a North Vietnamese force of two to four thousand. Mortar shells rained down on the camp.

The weather in the A Shau, a box canyon high in the mountains, was always bad, either raining or fogged in. An AC-47 managed to get in under the weather, though, to come to the camp's defense. The three hundred foot ceiling made the gunship an easy target. Ground fire disabled first one engine and then the other.

Responding to the MAYDAY, aircraft scrambled from Pleiku, Qui Nhon, and Nha Trang. Major Bernie Fisher, of the 1st Air Commando Squadron, was piloting an A-1E Skyraider. He and his wingman went in with orders to destroy the wreckage of the AC-47 to keep it out of enemy hands. Successful at that, they flew cover for two C-123 Providers carrying medical supplies and ordnance for the A Shau defenders. The Providers were hit hard by ground fire as they made their drops, but they managed to drop their bundles and escape from the valley. Major Fisher, low on fuel, also was forced to abandon the camp and return to base for fuel.

The next morning, the weather was a little better when Fisher was ordered back to the A Shau. The camp had just been overrun when Fisher and two other A-1s arrived on the scene. The A-1s began strafing passes over the camp. The A-1s would make a run, break left, and make another run. The North Vietnamese quickly saw the pattern and took advantage of it. The number three plane, flown by Major "Jump" Myers of the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, was hit at the end of a strafing pass. His engine quit and the aircraft caught fire. At so low an altitude, Myers had no choice; he had to ride the plane in. If the plane went into the jungle, he had little chance of surviving the crash. His only chance was the pierced steel planking (PSP) runway that served the camp. But the camp was now controlled by the North Vietnamese.

Myers pickled his bombload into the jungle and made for the PSP runway. He made a belly landing, skidding sideways nearly six hundred feet. The crippled plane hit a bank and became a large ball of flame.

Overhead, Fisher thought that Myers had died in the crash and reported it back to the command post. Just then, the smoke cleared momentarily and Myers ran out of the inferno. Fisher asked a nearby Marine helicopter for a rescue pickup and returned to the fight. When ten minutes had passed without a rescue chopper appearing, Fisher asked for an estimated time of arrival. The choppers were at least twenty minutes away. Myers was only twenty feet from capture, however.

Fisher decided to make the pickup himself. Flying through smoke and fire, he broke into the clear over the runway. In spite of the expended rocket casings and damage from mortar fire on the PSP runway, Fisher dropped his plane in. The plane skidded as he braked. The plane came to a stop in the fuel dump at the far end of the runway, hitting some of the barrels and damaging the A-1's wings and tail. Fisher turned the aircraft around and headed back up the runway toward the burning wreckage of Myers' aircraft. Myers jumped up as Fisher passed the burning A-1 and Fisher stopped his plane.

Myers ran for the A-1E, but could not get aboard because of the prop wash. Fisher throttled back and Myers clambered up the wing, falling head first into the cockpit. Without taking time to strap in, Fisher turned the plane around again and opened the throttle. Holding the plane down until the last possible moment, Fisher's A-1 raced down the runway and then leapt for the sky.

Major Bernard F. Fisher's bravery under fire as he risked his life to save a comrade from capture or death earned him an Air Force Medal of Honor. Fisher became the first recipient of the Air Force Medal of Honor in Vietnam.


During the Battle of A Shau on March 10, 1966, a C-123 crew flying in the vicinity of the Special Forces Camp taped the actual rescue as it was in progress. The tape was later given to Major Fisher as a souvenir. The recording was not started until after the initial decisions to rescue Major Dafford ("Jump") Myers were made and the first recorded sentences were of Fisher telling fellow Skyraider Pilots (Captains Franciso "Paco" VASQUEZ, 29, of Puerto Rico; John LUCAS, 28, of Steubenville, Ohio; and Dennis HAGUE, 28, of Kellogg, Idaho) how he planned to land on the debris- littered strip where Myers was down. Another pair of Skyraider pilots, Jim GUNTER and Pete HOUK, arrived as the rescue was unfolding. They flew cover for the takeoff portion of the rescue and then continued to hit the Viet Cong positions after the rescue was completed.

PIC Major Bernard F. Fisher and Lt Col Gene Deatrick, 1st Air Commando Squadron

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Major Fisher's Medal of Honor mission Tape Transcript -

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FISHER: He's about 20 feet.

LUCAS: Understand he's 20 feet?

FISHER: Roger.

LUCAS: Which way you gonna land?

FISHER: I'm gonna make a 180 degrees, come in to the southeast.

LUCAS: OK. Well, then, we'll come up behind you and strafe paralled to your heading with you.

FISHER: OK, I'm rolling in now.

Unknown: Make it slow or you'll lose it.

LUCAS: I'm right behind you, Bernie. I took a hit in my pitot system, and I'm smoking a little.

HAGUE: OK, I'm right back at your six o'clock, Luke.

LUCAS: OK. Ahh, do you see any smoke?

HAGUE: Negative. It looks pretty good.

LUCAS: OK, my air speed's gone to hell, and my hydraulic pressure's fluctuating.

HAGUE: All right. You want me to stay with you?

LUCAS: OK, Bernie, you gonna land out of this one?

Unknown: Skosh

Unknown: (garbled) in trail ???

Fighter: Five-Two, Oxford 81, over.

FAC: Oxford 81, Birddog 52?

Fighter: Roger, we're headed your position for time on target of 1240. We're ten minutes late. We have eight 500 GPs retarded and 20 mike-mike.

FAC: All right, Sir, hold on high and dry. At the present time we have A-1H's working underneath. There's an aircraft down there at the present time and we're trying to get the pilot out.

Unknown: (garbled) all aircraft

Fighter: This is (Call sign) 07-1. We're still orbiting up here at 20,000.

FAC: Roger, hold high and dry for now, Sir.

Fighter: Roger.

Fighter: Ahh five one, this is Congo 56 with eight napes and eight bombs and 20 mike mike.

FAC: Roger, stand by. The weather underneath is not too good for napalm at the present time.

Fighter: Roger.

HAGUE: :Bullshit

Unknown: (Call sign) Bird Dog 52.

LUCAS: OK, Paco, you in trail with us now?

LUCAS: Hobo 51, Hobo 03.

Unknown: Zero three, uh, Shoeseller 03. ???

LUCAS: Roger, go ahead, Jim.

GUNTER: Roger, which kind of help do you need? We're about three miles up the valley.

LUCAS: OK, Jim, do you read me?


LUCAS: OK, Babe, come on down the valley. As you come down the valley you run over that airstrip, pick up a heading of one five zero. And as you run down, you can run the napalm right down the east side of the runway.

GUNTER: Understand. 150 down the east side of the runway. OK, got that. Pete?

HOUK (Jims Wingman): Roger Dodger, Jim.

LUCAS: You'll see quite a bit of smoke.

GUNTER: OK, I see an aircraft down there to the left. Who's that? You?

LUCAS: No, I'm coming down the east side of the runway now. Why don't you come down one time and look it over.

Fighter: OK, this is Hobo 21, we're up here Luke.

Birddog 52: Hobo 21, Bird Dog 52.

FAC: Roger 52, we're orbiting the airfield to the North at 6000 feet.

LUCAS: OK, let's hit everything Denny, except the Fort.

HAGUE: Roger, I gotcha....I'm winchester (out of ammo).

LUCAS: OK, so am I. Let's keep making pases though. Maybe they don't know it.

HAGUE: Roger.

LUCAS: OK, Jim, the area's smoking pretty badly, and you'll see an airacraft burning on the runway. Bernie's taking off to the north.

GUNTER: OK, understand to the north. OK, I can see him. Is he rolling now?

HAGUE: Roger - Roger.

LUCAS: OK, get the east side Denny.

HAGUE: Roger - Roger, Babe.

GUNTER: OK, where do you want those trenches strafed, Jon?

LUCAS: OK, you got us in sight? We're breaking off. I'm coming left.

GUNTER: OK, Where you want the strafe here? Right on the east end of the runway?

LUCAS: Yeah, put it all down the east side of the runway, in the grass area. Put a couple of bursts in there and then get hold of Barry.

GUNTER: OK. Get a hold of who?

LUCAS: Correction, it'll be Hound Dog 23 if he's still up.

GUNTER: OK, right here, we'll be going right in now.

LUCAS: OK, all the gun fire is over here on the East side in these trees.

GUNTER: OK, Luke, you got a chopper comin' in up here to the north. Uh, he may be able to get the pilot out.

LUCAS: We already got him out.


Major Fisher returned to the United States, and, on 19 January 1967, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Major Bernie Fisher returned to the Air Defense Command and jet interceptors until he retired to his hometown of Kuna, Idaho.


Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Air Force, 1st Air Commandos.
Place and date: Bien Hoa and Pleiku, Vietnam, 10 March 1966.
Entered service at: Kuna, Idaho.
Born: 11 January 1927, San Bernardino, Calif.


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On that date, the special forces camp at A Shau was under attack by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars. Hostile troops had positioned themselves between the airstrip and the camp. Other hostile troops had surrounded the camp and were continuously raking it with automatic weapons fire from the surrounding hills. The tops of the 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800 foot ceiling, limiting aircraft maneuverability and forcing pilots to operate within range of hostile gun positions, which often were able to fire down on the attacking aircraft. During the battle, Maj. Fisher observed a fellow airman crash land on the battle-torn airstrip. In the belief that the downed pilot was seriously injured and in imminent danger of capture, Maj. Fisher announced his intention to land on the airstrip to effect a rescue. Although aware of the extreme danger and likely failure of such an attempt, he elected to continue. Directing his own air cover, he landed his aircraft and taxied almost the full length of the runway, which was littered with battle debris and parts of an exploded aircraft. While effecting a successful rescue of the downed pilot, heavy ground fire was observed, with 19 bullets striking his aircraft. In the face of the withering ground fire, he applied power and gained enough speed to lift-off at the overrun of the airstrip. Maj. Fisher's profound concern for his fellow airman, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Thank you Foxhole FReeper alfa6 for the suggestion to do a thread on Bernie Fisher.

Today's Educational Sources and suggestions for further reading:
1 posted on 06/20/2004 12:01:34 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: Diva Betsy Ross; Americanwolf; CarolinaScout; Tax-chick; Don W; Poundstone; Wumpus Hunter; ...

FALL IN to the FReeper Foxhole!

Good Sunday Morning Everyone.

If you would like to be added to our ping list, let us know.

2 posted on 06/20/2004 12:02:36 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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GoodNight Snippy, Great thread today.

3 posted on 06/20/2004 12:08:31 AM PDT by SAMWolf (I've had fun before. This isn't it.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; Darksheare

Good morning everyone.

4 posted on 06/20/2004 12:24:28 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~The Dragon Flies' Lair~ Poetry and Prose~)
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To: snippy_about_it; JulieRNR21; Vets_Husband_and_Wife; Cinnamon Girl; Alamo-Girl; Bigg Red; ...
Hiya Snippy .... :)

Just a quick "check-in" to let you know I'm still here ... :)

I really enjoyed the thread yesterday on the USS Juneau and the Sullivan Brothers ...... thanks! Having served on a later USS Juneau (while assigned to CTF 76 staff in the mid '80s, the USS Juneau was one of the flagships) I found the thread very interesting.

You and SAMWolf are doing a "bang-up" job here ..... WELL DONE



"The Era of Osama lasted about an hour, from the time the first plane hit the tower to the moment the General Militia of Flight 93 reported for duty."

5 posted on 06/20/2004 12:40:23 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright (An oath is FOREVER)
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To: Neil E. Wright
TYPE CORRECTION: that was the mid '70s ... too many beers tonights .... :)



"The Era of Osama lasted about an hour, from the time the first plane hit the tower to the moment the General Militia of Flight 93 reported for duty."

6 posted on 06/20/2004 12:52:44 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright (An oath is FOREVER)
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To: SAMWolf; All
Thank you Sam. BTW-

Happy Father's Day to all our Foxhole Dads!

For you Sam

And to Sam and all the other Dads, I hope you get some rest

And enjoy your day


Good luck!

7 posted on 06/20/2004 1:02:43 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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Hi all
Here are a few books I just finished reading. Thought I would let you all know about some good reads. I would say all deserve there own FoxHole Thread. ( hint;-)

Storm on the Horizon
Khafji - The Battle that Changed the Golf War
David Morris

James Bradley
About the fate of pilots shot down over Chichi Jima And how George Bush missed getting invited to dinner.
Some good lines from the book:

Japanese pilot Mitsuo Fuchida ( led Pearl Harbor attack) in 1959 to Paul Tibbets
" You did the right thing. You know the Japanese attitude at that time, how fanatic they were, they'd die for the Emperor..... Every man, woman, child would have resisted that invasion with stick and stones if necessary..... Can you imagine what a slaughter it would be to invade Japan? It would have been terribie. The Japanese people know more about that than the American public will ever know."

Few people now reflect that Samurai swords killed more people in WWII than atomic bombs

Brave Men Gentle Heroes
American fathers and Sons in WWII and Vietnam

Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586
The Author CAPTAIN Jampoler was my Squadron CO And VP-9 was our sister Squadron.


8 posted on 06/20/2004 1:19:43 AM PDT by quietolong
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To: snippy_about_it
Good morning Snippy.

9 posted on 06/20/2004 2:35:30 AM PDT by Aeronaut (I think I'll just go lie by my dish and whimper.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf

Hi Ho Hi Ho off to work we go

Will try to check in later to the Foxhole mean while... a Good Moring to all and to all a Good Morning.

Hopefully The Mayor will have the coffe ready by the time I get to work.

Oh Yeah I forget...HAPPY FATHERS DAY .


alfa6 ;>}

10 posted on 06/20/2004 3:34:12 AM PDT by alfa6 (Mrs. Murphy's Postulate on Murphy's Law: Murphy Was an Optimist)
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Good morning, Snippy and everyone at the Foxhole.

11 posted on 06/20/2004 5:27:33 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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On This Day In History

Birthdates which occurred on June 20:
1566 Sigismund III, King of Poland/Sweden
1674 Nicholas Rowe England, poet laureate (Jane Shore, Tamerlane)
1763 Theobald Wolfe Tone, Irish nationalist
1819 Jacques Offenbach Cologne, French composer (Tales of Hoffmann)
1823 Jesse Lee Reno, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1824 John Tyler Morgan, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1907
1868 Helen Miller Shepard philanthropist/established Hall of Fame
1894 George Delacorte NYC, philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books)
1899 Jean Moulin hero of the French Resistance during WW II
1907 Lillian Hellman playwright (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes)
1909 Errol Flynn actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood, Against All Flags)
1919 Bruce Gordon London England, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables)
1920 DeForest Kelley Atlanta Ga, actor (Dr Leonard McCoy-Star Trek)
1924 Audie Murphy Kingston Tx, WWII hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)
1924 Chet Atkins Luttrell Tenn, guitarist (Me & My Guitar)
1928 Jean-Marie Le-Pen France, leader National Front party
1928 Martin Landau actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Tucker)
1931 Olympia Dukakis, Lowell Mass, actress (Moonstruck, Cemetery Club)
1933 Danny Aiello NYC, actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days)
1942 Brian Wilson Inglewood Calif, singer (Beachboys-In My Room)
1944 Terry Funk, Hammond Ind, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley)
1945 David S Monson, (Rep-R-UT, 1985- )
1945 James F Buchli New Rockford ND, USMC/astr (STS 51C, 61A, 29, 48)
1950 Lionel Richie singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover)
1952 John Goodman actor (Roseanne, Everyone's All American)
1957 Butch Patrick Inglewood Calif, actor (Real McCoys, Eddie-Munsters)

Deaths which occurred on June 20:
1837 King William IV of England, dies
1597 Willem Barents, explorer (discovered Spitsbergen and Bereneil), dies
1837 William IV, King of England, dies
1864 Friend Smith Rutherford, US Union brig-gen, dies in battle at 43?
1883 Olivier Gloux, [Gustave Aimard], French world explorer, dies at 64
1947 Benjamin `Buggsy' Siegel gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal
1963 Joseph Self murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs
1963 Ralph Sanford actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
1965 Ira Louvin country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
1984 Estelle Winwood actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
1997 Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
1997 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59


POW / MIA Data & Bios supplied by
the P.O.W. NETWORK. Skidmore, MO. USA.

On this day...
0451 Goths, Franks and Romans beat Atiila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields
1212 French and Spanish crusaders unite against the Almohaden at Toledo
1402 Battle of Angora (Ankara)-Tatars defeat Turkish Army
1567 Jews are expelled from Brazil by order of regent Don Henrique
1632 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
1675 Abenaki, Massachusetts, Mohegan and Wampanoag indians form anti-English front under Metacom
1756 146 Brit soldiers imprisoned in India-Black Hole of Calcutta-most die
1779 Battle of Stone Ferry
1782 Congress approves Great Seal of US & the eagle as it's symbol
1789 Oath of the Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken
1791 King Louis XVI caught trying to escape French Revolution
1793 Eli Whitney applies for a cotton gin patent
1819 Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic)
1837 England issues its 1st stamp, 1P Queen Victoria
1837 Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV Ruled for 63 years ending in 1901
1855 Commissioners appointed to lay out SF streets west of Larkin
1863 1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa)
1863 West Virginia admitted as 35th US state
1867 Pres Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska
1871 Ku Klux Klan trials began in federal court in Oxford Miss
1874 1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons)
1893 Lizzie Borden found innocent in New Bedford Mass
1895 1st female doctor of science earned (Caroline Willard Baldwin)
1895 A Charlois discovers asteroid #404 Arsinoe
1895 Nicaragua, El Salvador & Honduras form a short-lived confederation
1907 1st Portland Rose festival
1910 "Krazy Kat" comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal
1911 NAACP incorporates (NY)
1913 3 of 1st 4 Yankees hit-by-pitch en route to a record 6 hit batsman Bert Daniels set AL mark, being hit-by-pitch 3 times in a doubleheader
1917 J Palisa discovers asteroid #876 Scott
1920 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed
1921 29.2 cm (11.5") of rainfall, Circle, Montana (state record)
1926 Mordecai W Johnson becomes 1st black president of Howard University
1936 Jesse Owens of the US sets 100 meter record at 10.2
1939 C Jackson discovers asteroid #1817 Katanga
1939 Test flight of 1st rocket plane using liquid propellants
1942 Adolf Eichmann proclaims deportation of Dutch Jews
1942 German troops conquer Tobruk, North Africa
1943 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded
1943 Detroit race riot kills 35
1943 New Quebec (Chubb) Crater discovered in northern Quebec (3« km dia)
1944 Nazi begin mass extermination of Jews at Auschwitz
1947 Pres Truman vetoes Taft-Hartley Act
1948 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
1949 - Central Intelligence Agency Act, passes
1950 Joe Dimaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2
1960 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France
1960 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavywgt boxing title
1963 1st Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 6-2
1963 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
1963 US & USSR agree to set up "Hot Line"
1966 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman
1967 Muhammad Ali convicted of refusing induction into armed services
1967 Phillies Larry Jackson beats NY Mets for 18th straight time
1968 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
1969 150,000 attend Newport '69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear
1970 Oriole's Brooks Robinson get his 2,000 career hit, a 3 run HR
1974 Felix Aguilar Observatory discovers asteroid #2124 Nissen
1977 Oil enters Trans-Alaska pipeline exits 38 days later at Valdez
1978 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
1980 Roberto Duran takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous decision
1982 Israeli PM Menachem Begin arrives in Washington
1984 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss
1986 Drs at Bethesda Naval remove 2 small benign polyps from Reagan's colon
1987 Johnny Carson marries 4th wife Alexis Mass
1988 Price is Right model Janice Pennington is knocked out by a TV camera
1990 40,000-50,000 die in a (7.6) earthquake in Iran
1994 Bomb attack on Islamic temple in Mashad Iran (70 killed)
1996 Attorney General Janet Reno asked that the Whitewater counsel be allowed to investigate the matter of FBI background checks. A panel of judges agreed the next day.
2001 Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police. Yates was later sentenced to life in prison.
2001 American Lori Berenson was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Peruvian court for collaborating with leftist guerrillas.

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Argentina : Flag Day
Senegal : Independence Day (1960)
Finland and Sweden : Midsummer Day
West Virginia : Admission Day (1863)
US : Father's Day (TODAY!)..(Gentlemen, take a break)
Black Music Month

Religious Observances
RC : Feast of St Silverius, 58th pope [536-37], martyr

Religious History
1529 Clement VII and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V signed the Peace of Barcelona, which ended attacks on Rome by the Lutheran armies.
1599 The Synod of Diamper reunited a native church in India with Rome. Discovered in 1498 by Portuguese explorers, this isolated pocket of worshipers traced their Christian origins back to the missionary efforts of the Apostle Thomas.
1776 Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'A Christian is not of hasty growth...but rather like the oak, the progress of which is hardly perceptible, but in time becomes a deep-rooted tree.'
1779 Birth of Dorothy Ann Thrupp, English devotional writer and author of the hymn, 'Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.'
1885 A band of Moravian missionaries landed on the shores of Alaska and founded the Bethel Mission. During the first year of their mission work among the, eskimoes, winter temperatures outside their makeshift housing plummeted to 50 degrees below zero!

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.

Thought for the day :
"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life."
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Thought for the day #2:
Fathers, NEVER raise your hand to your kids.
It leaves your groin unprotected.

Things To Do If You Ever Became An Evil Overlord...
One of your advisors must be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in your plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

The World's Shortest Books...
Career Opportunities for History Majors

Dumb Laws...
Federal Laws:
Persons may be placed in jail for up to five years for shooting a hole in a penny.

Top 10 signs your family is stressed...
The number of jobs held down by family members exceeds the number of people in the family.

12 posted on 06/20/2004 5:58:44 AM PDT by Valin (What part of "You don't understand anything" don't you understand?)
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Be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil . . . , but on the contrary blessing. -1 Peter 3:8-9

Our children need to know we care,
That when they need us we'll be there;
For deep within they need to hear
That they are loved by someone dear.

The best thing you spend on your children is your time.

13 posted on 06/20/2004 6:01:58 AM PDT by The Mayor (Christians are like coals of fire-together, they glow; apart, they grow cold.)
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"The Fall of A Shau"
March 9, 1966 - At 0200 hours on the morning of 9 March, the camp was attacked with mortars, 75 mm recoilless rifles, automatic weapons, and small arms fire. In the initial attack, two Americans were killed and 30 wounded; Vietnamese casualties were eight killed and 30 wounded. The barrage destroyed the supply area for the 380-man camp. Medevac was requested along with air strikes. The enemy attack was broken off at daylight and the defenders began to repair and improve their defenses.
During the night, the ceiling over the camp was 300 to 500 feet with visibility of five miles. No air strikes were flown due to the poor weather. In preparation for further enemy attacks, the I Corps commander requested that a U. S. Marine Corps standby force be alerted for airlift into the A Shau area if weather permitted and if the need arose. Also, two Chinese Nung companies, one at Hue and one at Da Nang, were standing by for helilift to the camp when the weather permitted. The first air request was received at 0908 hours, but weather initially kept planes out of the area.

At 1120 hours, 9 March, an AC-47 was sent to the outpost. The crew was scrambled from bed, having flown the previous night. When the aircraft arrived over the camp, the pilot, Captain Willard M. Collins, was told by the ground forces that the camp was in imminent danger of being overrun. The ceiling was still around 400 feet but Captain Collins and his co-pilot, 1st Lt Delbert R. Peterson, made two attempts to penetrate the ceiling under visual flight conditions. A third attempt was made at treetop level and the plane was successful in reaching the fort. Under intense enemy ground fire from automatic weapons, including .50 calibers, the plane completed one pass at enemy troops surrounding the fort and on its second pass, had the right engine torn from the mounts by ground fire. The other engine was silenced seconds later. The plane crash-landed on a mountain slope, sliding to rest at the base. One crew member, SSgt Foster, broke both legs in the crash. The crew prepared a perimeter defense around the wreckage of the plane and wounded crew member, and in fifteen minutes the enemy attacked. This was repulsed but a second enemy attack killed the pilot, Capt Collins and SSgt Foster, the wounded airman.

A third attack began as a USAF H-43 rescue helicopter dropped down to pick up the crew. During this attack, Lt Peterson charged the enemy's .50 Caliber machine gun with his M-16 rifle and a .38 caliber Pistol to permit the rescue to take place. He was successful. The chopper picked up the other three survivors and took off under heavy enemy fire, leaving Peterson and the two dead men behind.

When the word was received that the AC-47 had been shot down, a flight of two A-lEs, led by Major Bernard F. Fisher, of the 1st Air Commando Squadron at Pleiku, was diverted to the scene. Locating a small hole in the overcast above five miles northwest of the camp, Major Fisher led his flight through the hole and down a mile-wide valley to the camp. The ceiling was about 500 feet and enemy automatic weapons fire, including .50 calibers, was trained on the planes. Receiving instructions to destroy the AC-47, Fisher assigned the task to his wingman and went to the assistance of the beseiged fort. Learning that enemy forces were preparing for a mass assault, he brought another flight of A-lEs into the box canyon area and directed their strikes on enemy positions less than a half mile from the fort. When this flight had expended, he directed a CH-3C helicopter into the fort to evacuate badly wounded personnel. He then returned above the overcast and brought in two C-123s to make a perilous paradrop of needed medical supplies and ammunition to the defenders. As the C-123s made their drop of some 6000 pounds on target, Fisher and his wingman suppressed hostile ground fire by strafing. Earlier, two U. S. Army Caribous had made drops of supplies to the fort which landed outride the compound, but were later retrieved.

Two B-57s joined the battle later, being led through the hole in the overcast by Fisher, who by that time, was dangerously low on fuel. The B-57s strafed and bombed enemy positions in the camp and around the AC-47 where numerous enemy troops were observed. The AC-47 was destroyed along with its valuable mini-guns around 1650 hours after napalm and bomb drops were observed making direct hits on it. In addition to the A-lE and B-57 strikes, two VNAF A-1H aircraft successfully penetrated the ceiling around 1330 hours, expending ammunition on enemy positions.

Throughout the daylight hours of the 9th, only 29 sorties could be flown in support of A Shau; 17 by the USAF, ten by the USMC, and two by the VNAF. The ground defenders, concerned about deteriorating weather and another enemy attack, repaired their defenses as well as they could and dug in for the night.

* - "The Fall of A Shau - Project CHECO Report"
Technical Evaluation Center
Project CHECO
Prepared by: Mr. Kenneth Sams
Chief, SE Asia Team
Project CHECO
18 April 1966

14 posted on 06/20/2004 6:20:08 AM PDT by Valin (What part of "You don't understand anything" don't you understand?)
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To: snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise
Good morning ladies. Flag-o-gram.

Old Glory is readied for the first trip to another world.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin deploy the first U.S. flag on the moon. (NASA JSC Photograph S69-40308).

15 posted on 06/20/2004 7:05:13 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Vexillologist to the FReeper Foxhole)
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To: Professional Engineer

Good morning PE, great Flag-o-gram. Yesterday, I saw for the first time "The Right Stuff," good flick.

16 posted on 06/20/2004 7:36:41 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (~The Dragon Flies' Lair~ Poetry and Prose~)
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To: bentfeather

Good Morning Feather.

17 posted on 06/20/2004 7:38:37 AM PDT by SAMWolf (I've had fun before. This isn't it.)
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To: bentfeather

Got any Beemis?

18 posted on 06/20/2004 7:39:34 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Vexillologist to the FReeper Foxhole)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Morning Neil. Thanks for the kind words.

19 posted on 06/20/2004 7:39:47 AM PDT by SAMWolf (I've had fun before. This isn't it.)
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To: SAMWolf

Hiya Sam. Happy dad's day.

20 posted on 06/20/2004 7:40:53 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Vexillologist to the FReeper Foxhole)
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