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The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The Battle for Tarawa (11/20-23/1943) Nov. 20th, 2006
http://history.acusd.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/CRAIGE/tarawa.html ^ | Professor Dirk A. Ballendorf

Posted on 11/19/2006 6:34:02 PM PST by snippy_about_it



Lord,

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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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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THE BATTLE FOR TARAWA
A Validation of the U.S. Marines

THE ROAD TO TARAWA




At the Quebec conference in August of 1943, the Allied high command announced it's intention to launch an offensive in the Central Pacific, in the drive towards Japan. A prime objective of this drive, to be undertaken as a Navy-Marines operation, was to take the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands would serve as an air base from which further operations could be launched against the Marianas, and from there against the Japanese home islands. But 500 miles to the southeast of the Marshalls, an archipelago of atolls called the Gilberts stood between U.S. forward ground air bases and the Marshalls. The Gilberts had only one workable airstrip for refueling American aircraft and that was on the island of Betio in the western Gilbert Island atoll of Tarawa.



The Japanese commander in charge of the defense of Tarawa, Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, said "A million men cannot take Tarawa in a hundred years." He commanded 2,600 imperial marines, the best amphibious troops in the Japanese armed forces. With the importation of 1,000 Japanese workers and 1,200 Korean laborers the island airstrip of Betio had been transformed into one of the most formidable fortresses in the world, boasting 14 coastal defense guns(four of which were taken from the surrendered British garrison at Singapore), 40 strategically located artillery pieces, covering every approach to the island, a coconut-log sea wall four feet high lining the lagoon and over 100 machine gun emplacements behind the wall. All this was concentrated on an island only a mile long and a few hundred yards wide.

Meanwhile an armada of 17 carriers, 12 battleships, eight heavy and four light cruisers, 66 destroyers and 36 transports carrying the 2nd Marine Division and a part of the 37th Infantry Division- some 35,000 soldiers and Marines headed for Betio in early November of 1943. In the moments before pre-invasion bombardment began, the task force naval commander, Rear Admiral Howard F. Kingman announced to the landing troops "Gentlemen, we will not neutralize Betio. We will not destroy it. We will obliterate it!" Neither Shibasaki nor Kingman knew what they were up against.



NOVEMBER 20: D-DAY


On November 20th at 2:15 A.M. the marine transports went to General Quarters. Last minute landing preparations were made and the marines received their last rites. At 5:05 A.M. the first battleship let loose a salvo on Betio's coastal batteries, followed shortly thereafter by the other battleships and destroyers in the task force. The shelling stopped only for enough time to let the dive bombers from the escort carriers pound the island. The first wave of amphtracks and Higgins boats moved in on the lagoon side of Betio. The formation was jolted to a stop 500 yards out by a reef which the amphtracks could climb over only with great difficulty. Simultaneously, a hail of fire opened up from the island, incinerating the lodged and incoming boats as well as mowing down the marines wading ashore. Few of the first wave survived. But a few got through, and with the help of four successive waves the marines established a beachhead up to a four foot sea wall.



By nightfall, the marines were pinned down on a stretch of beach 100 yards long and 20 feet inland. And rather than being obliterated, the Japanese marines had barely been scratched by the naval and air bombardment. While a brief respite between bombardment and the landings had occurred, the Japanese rushed to their gun posts and had delivered devastating fire. But because their communication lines had been cut, none of them knew what was going on. Therefore, according tot the Bushido Code, each isolated soldier or group of soldiers was obliged to either fight to the death or commit suicide unless ordered otherwise.

Consequently, Japanese resistance was fanatical. Some Japanese swam out to disabled amphtracks that night and poured fire onto the marines from the rear- silenced only at great cost to the marines. And a lone Japanese seaplane-turned-bomber easily inflicted casualties on the concentrated beachhead. In all, the first day on Betio had been very costly for the 2nd Division- amphtracks and Higgins boats littered the lagoon, wounded marines everywhere, and dead bodies and parts of bodies everywhere: out of 5,000 men, 1,500 were dead or wounded.



NOVEMBER 21: THE SECOND DAY


At the beginning of the second day, three marine battalions held a small foothold on Betio's lagoon beach. They were ordered to attack at 6:00 A.M. while the 2nd Division reserves, the 1st and 3rd battalions of the Eighth Marines were brought up to the reef. As the Japanese defenders opened up on the wading-in marines, Colonel Shoup of Major Crowe's battalion at the far east side of the lagoon ordered a desperate attack to halt the slaughter of incoming marines. Only 450 of the 800 incoming men made it to the beach. But with this fresh reserve, the central battalion punched its way inland, across the airstrip, and seized a part of the island's sough shore. Meanwhile a high tide flooded the lagoon, allowing reinforcement boats to pass over the reef and come directly up to shore. The arrival of tanks in support of all three battalions on the beachheads proved critical that day. The tanks rolled up to the front lines, taking out Japanese pill boxes and other fortifications at close range.



By dusk, the 6th Marines, after having secured the nearby island of Makin, paddled over the reef in rubber boats and landed on the western beach. There, they met up with Major Ryan's ravaged western lagoon assault battalion. Reinforced, and having gained ground, the second day came to an end. Marine Colonel Shoup radioed the daily situation report back to the command ships: "Casualties: many. Percentage dead: unknown. Combat efficiency: we are winning." Meanwhile, Admiral Shibasaki was sending his last radio message to Tokyo: "Our weapons have been destroyed. From now on everyone is attempting a final charge. May Japan exist for ten thousand years!"



NOVEMBER 22: THE THIRD DAY


On the third day, all three battalions moved inland, with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines sweeping up the southern shore of Betio. With infantry and flame thrower support, tanks blew apart the remaining fortifications in the central and western part of the island. Taking out pill boxes, machine gun nests and snipers took up much of this third day. But by nightfall, the marines held western and central Betio. At twilight, Shibasaki's troops made one final courageous 'Banzai' suicide charge. They rushed the 6th Marines, Company B in almost overpowering numbers. The marines began to break. Lieutenant Thomas phoned Major Jones, saying "We are killing them as fast as they come at us, but we can't hold much longer; we need reinforcements." Jones replied, "We haven't got them to send you; you've got to hold." In the face of heavy losses, the 6th Marines wavered, but didn't break. When dawn appeared, the marines still held their positions.



NOVEMBER 23: THE FINAL ACT


On the morning of November 23rd, the 6th Marines counted 300 Japanese bodies scattered around their positions. As it turned out, this group of Japanese had been the last large contingent on Betio with only small pockets of resistance remaining. And following a painstaking mop up of the eastern side of the island, Japanese resistance, with the exception of a few snipers who would continue to take pot shots at marines for the next several days, came to an end. For at 1:12 P.M., after 76 hours of fighting, Betio was declared 'secure'. Upon arriving at Betio that day, General Holland Smith ordered both the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack to be raised over Betio(for Betio was to revert to the British as a Pacific trust after the war). The general then toured the island west of the airport. He noted that only seventeen Japanese had surrendered while only 129 Korean laborers had survived out of a total of 4,700 troops and construction workers



THE VALUE OF TARAWA


In the 76-hour fight for Betio, 1,056 marines and sailors were killed, died of wounds or were missing and presumed to be dead. Some 2,300 men were wounded, but recovered. Meanwhile, at home, Americans were appalled by the losses at Tarawa, flooding Admiral Nimitz's mail with angry letters. But Tarawa had taught the navy and the marines some vital lessons in amphibious warfare which in the near future, would save thousands of lives. More amphtracks were to be built with better armor, including side protection for marines. Higgins boats were removed from landing operations. Landing craft were converted into supporting gunboats, able to come in close on the beach. Underwater demolition teams were organized to destroy natural and artificial obstacles before future atoll landing would take place. Precision rocket and naval attacks had proven their worth against the near impregnable fortifications. And the role of the tank in turning the tide of battle proved critical. All these lessons would be applied to future campaigns with great success.



The price for Betio had been relatively high, but within days, Betio was converted into a forward base for the assault on the Marshalls, with bomber and fighter sorties flying out within hours of the marines victory. And within nine weeks of the battle, an invasion task force under Admiral Nimitz left Tarawa to take the Marshall Islands.



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To: alfa6

LOL. Good night.


51 posted on 11/22/2006 3:25:32 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Professional Engineer

Cool!


52 posted on 11/22/2006 3:26:32 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Peanut Gallery

"What the???" Wow,


53 posted on 11/22/2006 3:27:53 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Peanut Gallery

Just Wow. Thanks for the explanation.


54 posted on 11/22/2006 3:29:38 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: All

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Foxhole residents and visitors. Sam and I will be away from the computer for the long weekend. Take care, enjoy and we are certainly thankful this Thanksgiving and every day for all of our Foxhole family and for our troops and veterans.

Sam and Snippy


55 posted on 11/22/2006 5:50:28 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Peanut Gallery

Awesome, I looked it up too...


56 posted on 11/22/2006 7:42:13 PM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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A Thanksgiving Day Bump fro the Freeper Foxhole

A bit of whimsy for the Freepers

Hope the denizens of the Foxhole have a great day.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

57 posted on 11/23/2006 4:16:19 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving
Click for lovely tribute to our Troops!

58 posted on 11/23/2006 5:17:43 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar cause I can....)
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Happy Thanksgiving.

Whatever you do today, for God sake, eat too much turkey!
And stuffing,
and gravy,
and taters,


59 posted on 11/23/2006 7:05:09 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Peanut Gallery

caption this:




Does this thing really fly, and if so where is it headed? I want plenty of warning to get out of Dodge before it grinds its way through NY.


60 posted on 11/23/2006 7:56:53 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar cause I can....)
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November 23, 2006

All About Gratitude

READ: Colossians 2:6-7; 3:12-17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. —Colossians 3:17 For centuries, people in many countries have held harvest festivals to celebrate the bounty of the land and the blessings of life. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln established a national holiday in the United States as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen thinks that most holidays have been corrupted by commercialism, while Thanksgiving Day has retained its intended purpose. He said, “This is a very rare day. It is wholly and entirely about gratitude.” No matter what others do, we as followers of Christ have the privilege and responsibility to extend the spirit of thankfulness to every day of the year. Paul urged the Colossians to keep growing in Christ while overflowing with thankfulness (Col. 2:6-7). We are to do everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (3:17). Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation also declared that all our blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” This is a fitting day to express gratitude to God. And so is tomorrow, and every day that follows. David C. McCasland

Worthy is God of our worship, Worthy is He of our praise, Magnify Him with thanksgiving, Gladly our voices we raise.  —Anon.
The joy of living comes from a heart of thanksgiving.
Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 20-21; James 5

61 posted on 11/23/2006 8:08:06 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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Happy Thanksgivin' Ya'll!!!

Bless each and every one of you. :-)


62 posted on 11/23/2006 8:52:07 AM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor

Hi Wneighbor,

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Blessings on you and yours.


63 posted on 11/23/2006 9:05:32 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar cause I can....)
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64 posted on 11/23/2006 12:18:42 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Wneighbor

Happy Thanksgiving! We just returned to my mother's from Aunt Grace's in Granbury. I'm sneak FReepin... Shhhhh!


65 posted on 11/23/2006 7:00:30 PM PST by Peanut Gallery
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Bittygirl playing in grandma's front yard this morning.

For comparision, Bear the cat, is a 20+ pound tom.


66 posted on 11/25/2006 1:48:05 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer
What a cutie--and she keeps getting cuter!

Warning: Cute little girls turn into teenagers attract boys with red cars.

67 posted on 11/26/2006 2:44:11 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Samwise
Warning: Cute little girls turn into teenagers attract boys with red cars.

And you know this because....:-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

68 posted on 11/26/2006 5:03:18 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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Sunday Morning from work (aarrrgh) Bump for the Freepr Foxhole.

Busy not so holiday weekend, had to work Thursday and Friday nights and had Mrs alfa6's family over on Saturday afternoon. As an added bonus my Dad was up for the Turkey Day festiviites as well. Did not get to spend to much time with alfa6 Sr :-(.

Hoping everybody had a great Holiday weekend egven if mine was only so-so.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

69 posted on 11/26/2006 5:14:51 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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November 26, 2006

The Finish Line

Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” —Colossians 4:17

When I was in college, I ran on the cross-country team. In the final event of the season, the state’s small colleges competed against each other, with about 75 runners in the event. We ran the 5K course in the rain and mud on a cold November day.

As I neared the finish line, I spied a runner from one of the other schools just a short distance ahead of me. He became my goal. I ran as hard as I could and passed him just as I crossed the finish line. That last dash meant I finished 42nd, which seemed a lot better than 43rd! It meant our team finished one position higher in the final standings than the team represented by the runner I had beaten. The point? I didn’t give up—I ran all the way through the finish line.

This is probably what Paul had in mind as he wrote to Archippus, one of his young ministry protégés: “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it” (Col. 4:17). When we feel discouraged and want to quit, it’s good to remember that the Lord who entrusted us with the privilege of spiritual service will give us the grace and strength to carry out that service. Let us “run with endurance” (Heb. 12:1) so that we will receive the “imperishable crown” (1 Cor. 9:25). Bill Crowder

Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path and Christ the prize.  —Monsell

Running with patience is perseverance in the “long run.”

Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 27-29; 1 Peter 3


70 posted on 11/26/2006 5:50:09 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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Good morning everyone

71 posted on 11/26/2006 7:13:50 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: Professional Engineer

BTW, you and the Mrs do good work :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


72 posted on 11/26/2006 7:22:05 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: alfa6; Samwise
And you know this because....:-)

Mr. Samwise had a red car...?

73 posted on 11/26/2006 8:29:08 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: alfa6

Thanks


74 posted on 11/26/2006 8:30:14 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Speel check? What for? It'll just become part of the FReeper lexicon.)
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To: Professional Engineer
And you know this because....:-)

Mr. Samwise had a red car...?

LOL. Hubby had a white SS396 convertible.

Alas, the hobbit lass' new beau has a driver's license and a sporty red car. Arghhhhhhhh!

Lock Bitty Girl up NOW!

75 posted on 11/26/2006 10:18:50 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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Hubby had a white SS396 convertible.

A VERY cool car. Could never decide between that and a GTO, myself.

76 posted on 11/27/2006 9:48:26 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
A VERY cool car.

This is the only picture I have of it. It's next to my TA. Hubby almost cries when he thinks about it. I'm longing for my TA myself. ***sniff, sniff***

Ahhhh, lost youth!

77 posted on 11/27/2006 11:17:50 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Samwise
If I won the lottery, one of the toys I'd like is is a SS or GTO restored to cherry condition, with a Hirst shifter on the floor. Oh baby, oh baby! (My wife thinks I'm nuts.)
78 posted on 11/27/2006 11:21:30 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
Just for you!

Definitely cool.

79 posted on 11/27/2006 11:22:00 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: colorado tanker

I hope you win!


80 posted on 11/27/2006 11:23:59 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: colorado tanker

I hope you win!


81 posted on 11/27/2006 11:24:05 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: colorado tanker
with a Hirst shifter on the floor

What kind is that? The chevelle had a racing shifter that clicked from gear to gear. I hated that thing. Hubby loved it.

82 posted on 11/27/2006 11:27:00 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Samwise
Oops. Looks like I mis-spelled it.

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83 posted on 11/27/2006 11:34:49 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yeah, he had one of those drag racing ones. Of course, he never drag raced--or so he says.


84 posted on 11/27/2006 11:41:57 AM PST by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Samwise; Professional Engineer; Soaring Feather; The Mayor; All
Another at work Bump for the Freeper Foxhole

My idea of what to do about work

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

85 posted on 11/28/2006 5:27:37 AM PST by alfa6 (Taxes are seldom levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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November 28, 2006

Angry Floods

READ: Psalm 93

The floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. —Psalm 93:3

Trouble comes our way, according to Psalm 93, in relentless waves that surge and pound against our souls and break upon them with furious force. “The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice,” and they are deafening (v.3).

Yet above the tempest we hear the psalmist’s refrain: “The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea” (v.4).

Indeed, “the Lord reigns”! He is clothed with majesty and strength. He sits as King, exalted higher than the waves that rise above us, deeper than their immeasurable depths, greater than their strongest surge. The storm is in His all-powerful hands: “The world is established, so that it cannot be moved,” for His rule over it was established long ago (v.1). He rules the raging of the sea; the “wind and the sea obey Him” (Mark 4:37-41). He speaks and they are still.

The storm will not last forever. Yet, while it rages, you can cling to the Lord’s promises of love and faithfulness, for His “testimonies are very sure” (Ps. 93:5). Waves of trouble and grief may sweep over you, but you will not be swept away. He “is able to keep you from stumbling” (Jude 24). Our Father in heaven is holding your hand. David H. Roper

When overwhelmed with problems,
When weak or tired or ill,
When storms are fierce and raging
Just hear His “Peace, be still.”  —Jarvis

When adversity is ready to strike us, then God is most ready to strengthen us.

Bible in One Year:   Ezekiel 33-34; 1 Peter 5


86 posted on 11/28/2006 6:02:20 AM PST by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: alfa6

LOL. That's why I don't have a real job.


87 posted on 11/28/2006 6:26:46 AM PST by Samwise (The root word in "environmentalist" is "mental.")
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Good morning everyone.

88 posted on 11/28/2006 6:51:37 AM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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To: alfa6

Thanks for the cool photo!


89 posted on 11/28/2006 8:55:59 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: PhilDragoo

I'm only getting the red x. :-(


90 posted on 11/28/2006 3:08:48 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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She's so adorable.

Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. We did. We had a wonderful trip to Chicago for a Thanksgiving feast at Sam's parents. The weather and flights were good and we arrived home last night. The dogs were glad to see us and glad to be back home. If it weren't for Sam's folks we'd never go to Chicago, no redeeming value in it (except we did bring home a suitcase full of food). It's good to be back in the South.


91 posted on 11/28/2006 3:14:27 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: colorado tanker

I wanted a GTO. Instead, I had a Dodge Dart convertible. Slant six with a push button transmission. LOL. Hey, I'm not complaining, it ran.


92 posted on 11/28/2006 3:18:45 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Welcome home, Sam and Snippy, glad you had a good time.


93 posted on 11/28/2006 3:26:49 PM PST by Soaring Feather (I Soar, cause I can....)
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Thank you feather.


94 posted on 11/28/2006 3:37:29 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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95 posted on 11/28/2006 3:45:13 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: snippy_about_it

Push button transmission?? Boy, does that take me back, LOL!


96 posted on 11/28/2006 3:51:28 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: PhilDragoo

awww. Thanks for reposting it.


97 posted on 11/28/2006 4:13:14 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: colorado tanker

LOL. Just to be clear, the car was at least 10 years old when I got it! I can't remember for sure the age.

Before I could drive it my dad and I nearly dismantled it to put on new brakes shoes and pads, new belts etc., this assured him that I knew how to take care of the thing myself first. I recall it lasted about 2 years when the U joints went out and then the engine finally caught fire.


98 posted on 11/28/2006 4:20:11 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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I think those are the perfect cars for new drivers. The kids aren't spoiled and they're probably gonna run into something anyway!

I never could make any sense out of those push button transmissions, though. I'd rather have three on the tree than one of those!

99 posted on 11/28/2006 4:25:37 PM PST by colorado tanker
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I recall the boys always wanted to rev the thing up and push two buttons at a time, probably why it didn't last long.

The training was all good until they came up with all the computerized stuff and started putting parts where you couldn't reach them unless you were a contortionist.


100 posted on 11/28/2006 4:31:36 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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