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The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Remarks at George C. Marshall Awards Dinner(10/27/2004)-Oct. 2, 2005 ^ | 10/27/2004 | SMA Kenneth O. Preston

Posted on 10/01/2005 10:03:29 PM PDT by SAMWolf


Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.

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for all those serving their country at this time.

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Sergeant Major of the Army Remarks,
George C. Marshall Awards Dinner
Washington, D.C.
October 27, 2004

CSA, Mr. Secretary, General Sullivan, all of our distinguished guests, families and friends of the Army and all our Soldiers.

This is a great honor tonight and I accept the George C. Marshall award on behalf of all of our American Soldiers.

General Sullivan sir, to you and all the leadership of the Association of the United States Army from all of us who currently wear or have worn the Army uniform, all of our civilian workforce, and all of our families and friends, we are very humbled by this tribute to the American Soldier.

Tonight we should honor and pay tribute to the legacy of the American Soldier. Before and during our 229-year history as a Nation, millions of Americans have worn the uniform of the American Soldier.

Each of those soldiers who have served, have a story as unique as the towns and cities from where they come. Soldiers who come from all across this great country, her territories, and in many cases, other countries, to wear a United States Army uniform in her defense.

Tonight I want to take this opportunity to reflect and share a few stories of the men and women who have served our Nation proudly. Some of these stories you may have read or heard about, and some you have not. Some of these are famed stories that have become folklore to our service.

The history of the American Soldier transcends officer and enlisted, Private and General, man and women. The history of the American Soldier is filled with countless names and stories, adventures and heroes. The stories I’ll share with you tonight embody the Soldier’s Creed and the Warrior Ethos.

Statue of Deborah Sampson Gannet (Sculptor Lu Stubbs)
Sharon Public Library, Massachusetts

Take Deborah Samson of Plympton, Massachusetts. She epitomized the first paragraph of the Soldier’s Creed; “I am an American Soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army values.”

In October of 1778, motivated by the burning desire of freedom, Deborah disguised herself as a young man and volunteered for service in the American Army.

She enlisted to serve in the War of Independence under the name of Robert Shirtliffe. Deborah became Robert, and for three years, she served.

She was wounded twice. Inevitably, she was found out and discharged from the Army.

Her American soldier spirit was so immense, George Washington himself, along with our congressmen and senators at that time, sponsored and passed a bill to ensure she was afforded the same pension, lands, and benefits provided to the men who served during that war.

While touring the White House at the President’s invitation, she was asked if she served as a soldier in an attempt to move forward women’s rights.

She stated; “I was heeding the call of freedom. That call, calls to both man and woman alike.”

1SG Powhatan Beatty

The story of the American Soldier continues in the spirit of Civil War era, 1SG Powhatan Beatty of the Union Army. 1SG Beatty was a member of Company G, 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

1SG Beatty embodied the spirit of the Warrior Ethos, which is the second paragraph of the Soldier’s Creed; “I will always place the mission first; I will never accept defeat; I will never quit; and I will never leave a fallen comrade.”

1SG Beatty took command of his company during a siege at Fort Harrison, Virginia. With all the company officers dead and while wounded himself, 1SG Beatty ran over 600 yards while under intense direct fire to reach his unit colors.

Once he secured the colors, he then organized his unit and led a successful and important raid on this key position. 1SG Beatty knew the importance of sacrifice, and commitment.

For his actions that day, he received our Nations highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Known as an ordinary man, who under extraordinary conditions was immortalized, a hero.

That same soldier spirit came by a seemingly and most unlikely hero who embodied the third paragraph of the Soldier’s Creed. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough. Trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself. I am an expert and a professional.

Sergeant Alvin C. York

Born in a log cabin in rural Tennessee in 1887, Sergeant Alvin C. York supplemented his family’s subsistence in farming, by hunting. Sergeant York became an expert marksman very early in his life. He’s quoted as saying he never thought growing up he would have anything other than possum in his crosshairs.

Two months after the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, York was drafted. Soon after he was deployed overseas, and on 8 October 1917, he and 15 other soldiers were dispatched to seize a German held rail point.

In the fog of war, Sergeant York and his team found themselves deep behind enemy lines. Confronted by a superior enemy force, who were armed with machine guns, half his team; including his commander, were immediately gunned down.

Sergeant York reacted and began picking off the enemy machine-gunners one at a time with his carbine. He then individually charged the machinegun nests. The enemy thinking they were outnumbered by the volume of accurate fire and not knowing what to make of this “crazy man,” the enemy commander surrendered.

Sergeant York and the remaining six American soldiers took 90 enemy prisoners of war in that one engagement. By the end of that day, Sergeant York had single-handedly taken a total of 132 enemy prisoners.

Those heroic actions were also embodied by another group of men and women. You don’t have to go much further than our World War Two veterans to understand and appreciate their contributions. In May this year we dedicated the World War Two memorial here in Washington, D.C., fittingly on Memorial Day. It was a long-overdue thank you to the men and women known as the Greatest Generation.

PFC Martin

All my buddies at Fort Bragg regularly tell, the tale of a young 325th Glider Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division soldier named PFC Martin.

PFC Martin epitomized the forth paragraph of the Soldier’s Creed; “I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier.”

During the Battle of the Bulge on 23 December, 1944, many units positioned in the Ardennes Forest were forced to pull back to subsequent fighting positions. These units pulled back in an attempt to get ahead of, and stop the bulge created by the German Army’s attack to split the Allied Forces and capture the Port of Antwerp.

A Sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The tank destroyer pulled up beside the foxhole to speak to the young paratrooper. That lone GI, PFC Martin, looked up and asked the commander of the tank destroyer; “Are you looking for a safe place?”

The commander of the tank destroyer simply replied; “Yeah” in a rather timid voice. PFC Martin quickly replied; “Well buddy,” he said with a North Carolina drawl, “Just pull your vehicle in behind me. I’m the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as those bastards go!”

PFC Martin was a source of pride and inspiration to generations of paratroopers that followed. A story they still love to tell to this day.

Through Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, Somalia, and the Balkans, our soldiers continued the proud traditions of their forefathers.

As our Army met the coming of the new millennium with optimism and hope, it soon found itself changed forever. 11 September 2001, a day that is frozen in our memories and equaled only by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

This attack came not by a state, a territory, or an official government. This attack came from a new enemy that lives to hate our freedoms. This enemy was met head-on by the greatest Army the world has ever known. Our Army met this enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan and in the streets of Baghdad.

The enemy was met by our soldiers today just as the enemy was met by soldiers from eras gone by. Every generation has their heroes and ours is no exception. Our soldiers today embody the Warrior Ethos just as those stories I have told of the past.

Master Sgt. Anthony S. Pryor

Master Sergeant Anthony Pryor, a team sergeant with company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, deployed to Afghanistan in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On a cold Thursday morning, MSG Pryor’s unit was conducting a mission to flush out Al Qaida and Taliban members held up in a small Afghan town in the eastern mountains close to the Pakistani border.

During a raid of a suspected enemy stronghold, MSG Pryor single-handedly eliminated four enemy soldiers, including one in unarmed combat, all while under intense automatic fire and with a crippling injury.

His commanding officer described the events that day. He said at the end of the mission, MSG Pryor came running up wanting to know if everybody was okay. The man was bleeding and broken and all he wanted to know was if his soldiers, were ok.

Asked what his thoughts were about the engagement, MSG Pryor said, “I just did what I had to do”.

PFC Jessica Lynn Nicholson, 21, a 1st Armored Division soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, was recently awarded the Army commendation medal “for valor and courage in the face of enemy action” in Baghdad, Iraq.

Without knowing, without intent, MSG Pryor upheld the proud and courageous traditions of the American Soldier. MSG Pryor was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day. Soldiers like PFC Jessica Nicholson, a 21-year old with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division serving last year in Baghdad, Iraq. Like Deborah Samson over 200 years ago, PFC Nicholson demonstrated she was a warrior and a member of a team.

While manning a checkpoint with members of her unit, PFC Nicholson single-handedly apprehended a man twice her size trying to get into the Green Zone in the center of Baghdad with hidden grenades.

Later, as the word spread of her heroic actions, she told reporters; “I just reacted, and the training took over.” PFC Nicholson was trained and proficient in her Warrior Tasks and Drills. She is an expert and a professional.

Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, V Corps deputy commander, pins the Soldier Medal on to Staff Sgt. Eric Hartman during a ceremony at Wiesbaden Army Airfield Oct. 5. Sgt. Douglas Holm stands at attention to his left.

The enemy was also met by soldiers like SSG Eric Hartman and SGT Douglas Holm, assigned to V Corps’, 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), of the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.

On 19 August 2003, the United Nations building in Baghdad was destroyed by an enemy truck loaded with explosives. Just minutes before the bombing, SSG Hartman and SGT Holm had just returned from another MEDEVAC mission.

When these professionals received the call of this explosion, both soldiers grabbed their teams and took off to help. Without regard for their personal safety, the soldiers entered the dangerously unstable building to search for victims trapped under the rubble.

These soldiers spent the next six hours pulling victims from the collapsed structure and performing life-saving triage on-site.

When asked about their bravery, SGT Holm said; “We would have done the same for anybody.” SSG Hartman’s quote; “I didn’t do anything another crew member wouldn’t have done.”

These Sergeants were awarded the Soldier’s Medal for their actions on that day. Two extraordinary soldiers who embodied the Soldier’s Creed and the Warrior Ethos.

Maj. Matt Breeding, an activated Army Reservist assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the anti-terrorism force protection officer, works around the clock in Baghdad to help train the new Iraqi Army. Breeding is working with the U.S. Department of Justice and the new Iraqi government to put more police on the streets of Iraq in hopes of bolstering the security of the country.

We have heroes in many ways in the Global War on Terror. Finally, we have Soldiers like Major Matt Breeding, a citizen soldier out of Oldtown, Maryland. Major Breeding is a 27-year veteran of the Military Police Corps and a 22-year veteran as a Maryland State Trooper.

Major Breeding was originally mobilized and deployed here, to the Washington, D.C. area as an Anti-terrorism expert. His extraordinary work drew national attention from law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Following his D.C. experience, Major Breeding volunteered to deploy to Iraq to help coordinate Military Police training and aide in the stand-up of Iraqi Security Forces.

Major Breeding knew his civilian experience would help keep American Soldiers safe. Soldiers were the centerpiece of his formation. At this moment, this American Soldier is probably still on-duty after a 16-18 hour workday in Iraq.

He is working hard to work his soldiers out of a job, one Iraqi recruit at a time. Major Matt Breeding is a guardian of freedom, and the American Way of life.

There are millions of stories throughout our history as important and meaningful as the ones I’ve shared with you tonight.

Their cast of players line the fields at Arlington and Normandy, and countless other memorial grounds around the world.

As I speak to you right now, soldiers man the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, stand at checkpoints in Afghanistan and help the victims of hurricanes in Florida.

Some of these soldiers’ names are lost to history and some to war. Their efforts . . . will never be forgotten.

The Association of the United States Army has made a superb choice in making the American Soldier this year’s recipient of the George C. Marshall award.

I accept the award on behalf of the American Soldier, past, present, and future. God bless the American Soldier, God bless America’s Army, and the country we so dearly love, our United States of America.

God bless you all. Thank you.

SMA Kenneth O. Preston

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Raise a daughter and a son
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Everything to everyone
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From my head down to my boots

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Oh, and I don't want to die for you
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'cause freedom don't come free

I'm an American soldier, an American
beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand
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1 posted on 10/01/2005 10:03:33 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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The Soldiers Creed

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

The Creed of the United States Marine

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.
I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will . . . .
My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make.
We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit . . . .
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its barrel.
I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage.
I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other. We will . . . .
Before God I swear this creed.
My rifle and I are the defenders of my country.
We are the masters of our enemy.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace!

The Sailor's Creed

I am a United States Sailor,
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me,
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world,
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment,
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.


A Newly planted seed growing each day, exceeding all expectations

One of the many, the strong, and the proud

Backbone of the Air Force, focused on quality, integrity, and excellence

Eager to learn the skills of tomorrow's needs.

Continuously striving to become more than I thought I could and encouraging my fellow airmen to do the same.

Going above and beyond what is appointed by those appointed over me

A follower, transforming into a future leader

A part of the hope and promise of freedom, willing to die so that freedom may live


The Coast Guard Creed

I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.
I revere that long line of expert seamen
who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self
have made it possible for me to be a member
of a service honored and respected,
in peace and in war, throughout the world.
I never, by work or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.
I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.
I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.
I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.
I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.
I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.
I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.
I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril

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2 posted on 10/01/2005 10:04:50 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Tried to play my shoehorn - all I got was footnotes)
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"We all are allowed to sleep at peace in our beds because of rough men willing to go in harm's way "

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

- John Stewart Mill

"We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, of overwhelming power on the other."

- George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff

3 posted on 10/01/2005 10:12:08 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Tried to play my shoehorn - all I got was footnotes)
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4 posted on 10/01/2005 10:12:29 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Tried to play my shoehorn - all I got was footnotes)
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Link to Video of Toby Keith's An American Soldier

It's the 7th one on the page, short commercial first then the full video.

5 posted on 10/01/2005 10:34:56 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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Thank you for this wonderful thread Sam. You are my favorite American Soldier.

Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968.
Vietnam 04/69-11/70
Germany 12/70-8/71
Illinois National Guard 1991-1993
Oregon National Guard 1994-1995

Summer-Fall 1969 -- 09 Jun 1969-31 Oct 1969
Winter-Spring 1970 -- 01 Nov 69-30 Apr 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive -- 01 May 1970-30 Jun 1970

6 posted on 10/01/2005 10:59:30 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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7 posted on 10/01/2005 11:01:05 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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Good morning, snippy and everyone at the Freeper Foxhole.

8 posted on 10/02/2005 3:05:19 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: SAMWolf

Good morning Sam, Snippy and every one.

9 posted on 10/02/2005 3:45:40 AM PDT by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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10 posted on 10/02/2005 5:05:27 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Tried to play my shoehorn - all I got was footnotes)
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Good Sunday morning to everyone.

Thanks for your service, SAMWolf. You are truely a great American.

11 posted on 10/02/2005 5:56:12 AM PDT by texianyankee
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October 2, 2005

When We Speak Foolishly

Psalm 39

Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength, before I go away and am no more. —Psalm 39:13

Bible In One Year: Esther 8-10

cover When former law professor Phillip E. Johnson had a stroke, he was so afraid of being mentally and physically impaired that he wished the doctor would give him a painless death. He said, "That was a foolish thought, of course, but not the last foolish thought I was to have."

In my own pastoral ministry, I've heard some of God's children express thoughts worse than Johnson's—even rebellious words against God.

Psalm 39 offers comfort to people who regret the thoughtless things they've said in times of despair. David was gravely ill and desperate when he wrote the psalm. At first he kept silent lest he speak foolishly (vv.1-3). But when he could contain himself no longer, he prayed a wonderful prayer (vv.4-9).

But in verses 10 and 11 his tone began to change. According to the British scholar Derek Kidner, David spoke foolishly when he said, "Remove Your gaze from me, . . . before I go away and am no more" (v.13). David expressed a hopeless attitude toward death, and said to God, in effect, "Leave me alone." Kidner comments that God included this prayer in the Bible to reassure us that when we say things out of desperation He understands. And when we tell Him how sorry we are, He graciously forgives. —Herb Vander Lugt

Sometimes our pain becomes so great
That we despair in deep distress;
We cry to God with foolish words
That later we to Him confess. —D. De Haan

Our tongue can be our own worst enemy.

Knowing God Through Job

12 posted on 10/02/2005 6:35:40 AM PDT by The Mayor ( Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.)
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Sunday Morning Bump for the Freeper Foxhole

How about an interesting color pic from WW-II today, eh?

Hope y'a;; have a great day


alfa6 ;>}

13 posted on 10/02/2005 6:44:43 AM PDT by alfa6
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Good morning ladies. Flag-o-Gram.

14 posted on 10/02/2005 7:47:02 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (See my book, "Percussive Maintenance For Dummies")
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Good Sunday morning texianyankee. We are blessed to have many great American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen here and many who just love and respect them. We've tried to honor them here for almost three years. God Bless them all near and far, past and present.

15 posted on 10/02/2005 8:06:39 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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You are my favorite American Soldier.

You and your blushing face. LOL.

I realize this is about all American Services but I just had to pick on you.

Now if we're talking Sailor I've got a whole list! ;-)

16 posted on 10/02/2005 8:09:13 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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Cool picture. We can't forgot all those Dogs that were great American Soldiers, too. God surely loves dogs and so do we.

17 posted on 10/02/2005 8:10:19 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: SAMWolf

On This Day In History

Birthdates which occurred on October 02:
1452 King Richard III, of England (1483-85)
1715 Peter II, czar of Russia (1727-30)
1737 Francis Hopkinson, US, writer/lawyer (design Stars & Stripes)
1800 Nat Turner Virginia, leader of major slave rebellion
1847 Paul von Hindenburg, German Field Marshall during World War I and second president of the Weimar Republic.
1851 Ferdinand Foch believed to be responsible for Allies winning WW I
1869 Mohandas K Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), Porbandar Kathiawad India, pacifist
1871 Cordell Hull US Sec of State (1933-44), lowered tariffs (Nobel 1945)
1879 Wallace Stevens Reading Pa, poet (Ideas of Order)
1890 Julius "Groucho" Marx NYC, comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life)
1891 H V Porter basketball pioneer, created fan shape backboard
1895 Bud Abbott Asbury Pk NJ, comedian (Abbott & Costello)
1921 Robert Runcie archbishop of Canterbury
1928 Clay Felker St Louis, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire)
1928 Spanky McFarland actor (Little Rascals)
1929 Moses Gunn St Louis Mo, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft)
1932 Maury Wills baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
1938 Rex Reed Ft Worth Tx, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge)
1939 Yuri N Glazkov cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
1945 Don McLean singer/songwriter (American Pie, Vincent)
1948 Donna Karan Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977)
1950 Persis Khambatta Bombay India, actress (Star Trek, Megaforce)
1951 Mike Rutherford rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
1951 Sting AKA Gordon Sumner, rocker (Police-Roxanne)/actor (Dune)
1952 George Meegen England, walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska
1954 Lorraine Bracco actress (Someone to Watch Over Me, Dream Team)
1962 Esai Morales actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba)
1964 Sherry Arnett St Louis Mo, playmate (Jan, 1986)
1965 Jill Powell Jacksonville Fla, actress (Marcy-As The World Turns)
1970 Kelly Ripa actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children)

Deaths which occurred on October 02:
0322BC Aristotle dies of indigestion
1264 Pope Urban IV (1261-64), dies (birth date unknown)
1564 Andreas Vesalius, Flemish anatomist, dies at 49
1678 Gen Wu San-kuei invited Manchus in China, dies trying to expell them
1780 John Andre British major, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold, dies at 30
1962 Frank Lovejoy actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
1973 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies
1973 Paul Hartman actor (Bert-Petticoat Junction), dies at 68
1981 Hazel Scott singer/pianist, dies at 61
1985 George Savalas actor (Kojak), dies at 58
1985 Rock Hudson actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies at 59 of aids
1985 Sidney Clute actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
1993 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), died at 83

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On this day...
1187 Saladin (Salah ed Din) captures Jerusalem from the Crusaders
1263 At Largs, King Alexander III of Scotland repels an amphibious invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.
1535 Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)
1608 Prototype of modern reflecting telescope completed by Jan Lippershey
1656 Connecticut colony bans Quakers
1792 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London
1833 NY Anti-Slavery Society organized
1835 Battle of Guadalupe River. The first battle of the Texas Revolution. American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry
1853 Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
1870 Italy annexes Rome & Papal States; Rome made Italian capital
1871 Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrested for bigamy
1879 Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Musgrave Ritual" (BG)
1889 1st Pan American conference (Washington DC)
1907 Phillies Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader
1909 Orville Wright sets an altitude record, flying at 1,600 feet. This exceeded Hubert Latham's previous record of 508 feet.
1910 1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan Italy)
1913 Phillies beat NY Giants 2 games out of 3 in a tripleheader
1916 Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 16th shutout of the year
1919 Pres Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke
1920 Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates 2 games out of 3 in a tripleheader
1931 Pope Pius XI encyclical On the economic crisis
1932 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 29th World Series
1932 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
1935 Italy invades Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1935 NY Hayden Planetarium, the 4th in the US, opens
1936 1st alcohol power plant established, Atchison, Kansas
1936 Tony Lazzeri becomes the 1st Yank to hit a world series (World Series #33) grand slam
1938 Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller strikes out 18 Detroit Tigers
1938 Tigers' Chester Laabs struck out 5 times in a game
1939 Birdbaths installed in Union Square, SF
1940 British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
1941 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
1941 German armies began Operation "Typhoon" an all-out drive against Moscow.
1942 "Queen Mary" slices cruiser "Curacao" in half, killing 338

1942 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction demonstrated, Chicago

1946 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
1947 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted
1947 Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a world series (World Series #44) homer
1949 St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
1950 Bob Shaw of the Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD catches
1950 The comic strip "Peanuts" 1st appears, in 9 newspapers
1953 Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in the 50th World Series
1954 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal
1954 NY Giants sweep Cleve Indians, in 51st World Series
1955 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premiers
1956 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
1958 Guinea gains independence from France (National Day)
1959 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS
1961 "Ben Casey" premieres
1962 SF & LA play a 4h18m 9 inning game
1964 Phillies tie major league record with season's 3rd triple play (Reds)
1966 2 perfect game pitchers face each other (Bunning vs Koufax)
1967 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
1967 Groundbreaking begins on Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia
1967 Thurgood Marshall is sworn as 1st black Supreme Court Justice
1968 Bob Gibson sets a world series record of 17 strikeouts (World Series #65)
1970 Billy Martin named manager of the Tigers
1970 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
1971 Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race
1972 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Phila)
1978 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding
1980 Larry Holmes retains WBC heavweight title defeating Muhammad Ali
1980 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
1983 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
1984 3 cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit
1984 Richard Miller, becomes 1st (former) FBI agent, charged with espionage
1986 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
1988 Police breakup domestic disturbance between Mike Tyson & Robin Givens
1990 US Senate votes 90-9 to confirm David Souter to the Supreme Court
1990 Radio Berlin International's final transmission final song is "The End" by the Doors
1997 Algerian terrorist kill 20 members of a wedding party in Blida
2000 Philippines soldiers freed 12 Christian evangelists from Abu Sayyaf rebels after one escaped and alerted the military. The guerrillas escaped with 5 remaining hostages.
2002 James Martin (55) was shot to death by a sniper in Wheaton, Md. He was the 1st to die at the hands of a local serial killer.
2003 The US House voted 281-142 to prohibit doctors from carrying out what abortion opponents call partial birth abortion.

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

Guinea : Independence Day (1958)
India : Gandhi Jayanti
Massachusetts : Grandparents Day
Missouri : Missouri Day (Monday)
World : Child Health Day, Universal Children's Day (1928) (Monday)
Bhutan : Tsechhu
Name Your Car Day
National Wine Festival Month!!

Religious Observances
RC : Memorial of the Guardian Angel
Jewish : Rosh Hashanah-New Year

Religious History
1782 The Baptist Missionary Society was founded in London, England. This first modern mission society was started by William Carey, then 21, who later became England's first great Protestant missionary to India.
1808 Birth of Allen W. Chatfield, an Anglican vicar in Herefordshire (a west England county bordering on Wales). His best remembered writings include the English translation of the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me."
1918 Birth of Don Hustad, organist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He accompanied Graham as organist for his worldwide crusades during 1961-67.
1970 A two-day convention opened at which the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey was formed. It was comprised of 9,000 charter members from 52 Southern Baptist churches.
1984 Grace Ministries International was incorporated in Grand Rapids, MI. Originating as Bethesda Mission in 1951, GMI engages in church planting in nearly a dozen overseas countries.

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

Woman, 71, pulls car with teeth

A 71-year-old woman has pulled a car for 65ft - with her teeth - in China.
Wang Xiaobei performed the stunt with a car weighing more than a tonne in Jinan, Shandong province, where she lives.
She attached one end of a heavy rope to the car and wrapped a handkerchief around the other end before biting on the rope.

Mrs Wang said she had been practising feats of strength with her teeth for more than 30 years.
She has previously managed to carry a 25 kilo bucket of water with her mouth, and also a bicycle.

Thought for the day :
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx

18 posted on 10/02/2005 8:11:03 AM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: Professional Engineer

I wonder what message he's reading. ;-)

19 posted on 10/02/2005 8:11:07 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Valin
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx

LOL. Thanks Valin, that's one of my favorite quotes.

20 posted on 10/02/2005 8:11:58 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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