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FReeper Foxhole - Military Related News in Review - May 19, 2003
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Posted on 05/19/2003 3:10:13 AM PDT by snippy_about_it



Dear Lord,

There's a young man far from home,
called to serve his nation in time of war;
sent to defend our freedom
on some distant foreign shore.

We pray You keep him safe,
we pray You keep him strong,
we pray You send him safely home ...
for he's been away so long.

There's a young woman far from home,
serving her nation with pride.
Her step is strong, her step is sure,
there is courage in every stride.
We pray You keep her safe,
we pray You keep her strong,
we pray You send her safely home ...
for she's been away too long.

Bless those who await their safe return.
Bless those who mourn the lost.
Bless those who serve this country well,
no matter what the cost.

Author Unknown

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

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Coalition Efforts and Iraq's Recovery

May 17, 2003

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait – Coalition forces continue to assist in developing a safer and more secure environment in Iraq. Among recent developments:

MOSUL

Civil affairs personnel accompanied an ORHA Engineering Assessment Team to the Mosul Courthouse to assist in a top-to-bottom assessment of structural needs for the facility.

352d Civil Affairs Command is assisting I Marine Expeditionary Force to develop practical initiatives to expedite Liquid Propane Gas distribution in southern Iraq via railroad.

101st Airborne Assault soldiers delivered propane to 16 sites and conducted inspections of 20 farm combines in the Makhmur area.

AL AMARAH

Civil Military Cooperation personnel facilitated a meeting between the Iraqi engineers that resulted in the transportation and replacement of a damaged electrical tower, and restoration of power to the city today. Power is assessed at 40% of requirement, but exceeding pre-war levels.

United Kingdom fuel tankers are now traveling to Basra with support to provide regular supplies of fuel to Amarah residents.

UMM QASR

The Motor Vessel Rise has completely offloaded. Civil Affairs personnel coordinated with the town council for delivery of 1000 lbs of sugar.

Civil Affairs officials coordinated delivery of 500 gallons of machine lubricating oil from the port to the town’s electric generators.

Civil Affairs officials met with representative from Institute of Asian Culture and Development to coordinate logistical needs, and arrange for a team of 10 doctors that will see patients for a 5-day period starting May 15.

AD DINWANIYAH

Marine Civil Affairs personnel developed a public service announcement that addresses key issues such as education concerns, police hiring, and salary distribution.

7th Engineer Support Battalion participated in a humanitarian assistance visit to the teaching hospital , and Marine civil affairs representatives assisted 5th Marine Regiment medical staff in a process to identify reliable hospital employees.

Governance Support Team personnel: (1) met with the Water Department Technical Division to discuss the availability of chlorine for water treatment, assess resupply stocks, and to establish a process of periodic checks to ensure adequate supplies of chlorine are maintained; (2) met with Ministry of Agriculture officials to review the entire crop food production process from planting to final distribution, and provide detail to form the basis of a deliberate assessment.

AL HILLAH

Civil Affairs officials met with the Assistant Governor, and participated in a review of his plans for restructuring of the current governmental administration, which should provide the basis for effective civil governance in the foreseeable future..

Governance Support Team personnel met with members of the Human Rights Association and the leaders of four local tribes to discuss how the tribal leaders may be used as a constructive conduit to build cooperation, understanding, and trust between the transitional authority and the citizens of Hillah.

Civil Affairs personnel assisted electrical and glass contractors to assess needs and compile estimates for improvements to the two local fire stations.

The Marine Corps gave out awards to 9 Iraqi police officers at the center city substation for bravery displayed in the apprehension of two wanted men.

Governance Support Team personnel: (1) completed the twenty-dollar ORHA payment to all 318 Department of Agriculture, and 400 Department of Education employees; (2) hosted a meeting of World Food Program (WFP) personnel with Disaster Assistance Response Team, and ORHA representatives to discus bulk shipments of wheat, rice, and flour, and maximizing the productivity and security of WFP warehouses and silos.

TALLIL

The 3d Marine Air Wing Medevac'd an Iraqi boy with an urgent, penetrating eye injury from Tallil to an Army hospital at Kuwait International airport for immediate surgery. The father was permitted to accompany the boy.

BAGHDAD

The 308th Civil Affairs Brigade reported that the first Humanitarian Assistance supply flight from the US arrived today. A McDonnell- Douglas MD-11 of medical supplies completed a flight from Atlanta to Baghdad via Spain.

Virgin Airlines announced their intent to fly a major shipment of Medical Aid to Iraq, this time to Baghdad. They have been overwhelmed with offers of support following the publicity of their first flight to Basra.

V Corps Division engineers repaired 44 power lines yesterday and conducted assessments of 7 facilities.

The 18th Military Police provided 12 security teams to escort fuel trucks 17 fuel trucks from a fuel plant to various fuel distribution points within the City of Baghdad

KARBALA

Civil Affairs teams with the 7th Marine Regiment: (1) supervised the police department as they began the third iteration of the police-training program; (2) escorted a one-week supply (11 benzene gasoline trucks) into Karbala, (3) met with the Karbala judges and presented them the “Agreement to Disavow Party Affiliation” for signature denounce the Ba’ath Party, Saddam Hussein and his regime, and (4) loaned water-testing equipment to the water treatment plant so their fluid specialist could test the water system.

AS SAMAWAH

Marines are facilitating the plan s for large-scale sanitation and sewage rehabilitation projects for the city.

CA conducted the first day of payments of the $20.00 ORHA stipend for As Samawah.

AN NAJAF

Marines of the 7th Regiment met with a trucking company to negotiate a contract for 6 private trucks to supplement the 4 government trucks that deliver diesel fuel to the electricity-generating turbine. We continue to assess the natural gas supply.

AL KUT

Marines of the 23rd Regiment met with Directors of the Water and Sewer Departments of Wasit Governate and obtained 2,000,000 dinars to begin restoration of several water and sewer vehicles and pump stations.


Security Still Most Serious Concern for U.S. Forces in Iraq
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2003 – Security is currently the most serious concern of U.S. forces in Iraq, and commanders are taking substantial steps to stem lawlessness, several American officials said today.

Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which is responsible for maintaining the peace in and around Baghdad, said 90 percent of the problems his unit deals with stem from common criminals. The rest comes from attacks by forces loyal to deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, he said in a video teleconference from Baghdad with reporters in the Pentagon.

Also, in a Baghdad news conference today, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, the career diplomat President Bush sent to act as Iraq's civil administrator, noted that shortly before the war began, Hussein released more than 100,000 prisoners in a nationwide amnesty.

"Many of these people were political prisoners, but many of them were common, violent criminals," he said. "It's time the criminals were back in jail, and that's where we'll put them." He added that U.S. forces in Iraq have arrested 300 criminals in the past two days.

Coalition forces are working hard to give authority back to Iraqi police forces. About 7,000 Iraqi police officers have returned to work, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld noted during a Pentagon press conference today. "And that number should also increase in the days ahead," he said.

Regional commanders are also upping the number of American military police in Iraq. The number of MPs attached to the 3rd Infantry should double to nearly 4,000 soldiers "by the end of the month," Blount said. He mentioned that his MPs were conducting "a few" joint patrols with Baghdad police today.

Division troops are guarding more than 200 separate sites throughout Baghdad and are working diligently to remove weapons and ammunition from the city. Blount described the city as a "big weapons store."

To date, soldiers have removed more than 1,000 truckloads full of weapons, military equipment and ammunition, including more than 35 million rounds of ammunition. "(Baghdad) was scattered with arms and ammo in every school, every vacant lot, and hospitals and houses," he said.

Sixty to 70 truckloads full of weapons and ammunition leave Baghdad every day, and officials estimate it will take about two to three more weeks to finish the job, Blount said.

The general said he has high hopes for a new program he called "Task Force Neighborhood," in which soldiers choose a different Baghdad neighborhood to help out each day. "Every day a neighborhood section will get a full-court press of support that will include garbage pickup, medical assistance, ordnance cleanup, and anything else we can do in a day to help the neighborhoods," he said.

Soldiers hire about 20 to 30 day laborers in each neighborhood to "instill a sense of pride and responsibility" in the local citizens and "give some infusion of money into the neighborhood."

Blount said he hopes the program will help instill "good will between the Iraqi people that we're here trying to help and the American soldiers."

Intermittent power in many Baghdad neighborhoods and other parts of Iraq doesn't help the security situation. As power becomes more dependable in more areas, streetlights will stay on at night, which will help stem some crime problems, Blount said. He added that he hopes removing trash and war debris will help in the overall situation in the city.

During his briefing, Rumsfeld said that he tracks the situation on the ground in 27 metropolitan areas in Iraq. Many of those areas are now better off than they were before fighting began there, he said.

In particular, Bremer mentioned, water quality in Basra is "better than it has been in years," and more Iraqis have access to electricity than they did while Hussein was in power.

"In the next week I think you'll start hearing a much more positive story coming out in reference to security in Baghdad," Blount said.

Coalition forces are also aggressively dealing with holdouts from Hussein's regime. In Tikrit, Hussein's hometown, 4th Infantry Division forces today staged a raid on a Baath party safe house, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the press conference with Rumsfeld.

The general said the soldiers detained "maybe several dozen" people, possibly including a U.S. Central Command "most wanted" Iraqi official.

"We don't know yet," Myers said. "But we're trying to run that down."

Despite the problems, Bremer said, Iraq is "not a country in anarchy."

"People are going about their business. They are going about their lives," he said. "Saddam Hussein was in power for 20 years. His instruments and means of brutality and repression run deep into society and throughout it.

"We have an obligation to the Iraqi people now to build the new Iraq without those instruments."


Troops from the 3rd Infantry Division are working diligently to remove weapons and ammunition from the city. Maj. Gen. David Blount, division commander, described the city as a "big weapons store." Photo by Jim Garamone.


To date, soldiers have removed more than 1,000 truckloads full of weapons, military equipment and ammunition, including more than 35 million rounds of ammunition. "(Baghdad) was scattered with arms and ammo in every school, every vacant lot, and hospitals and houses," said Maj. Gen. David Blount, 3rd Infantry Division commander in a briefing from Baghdad today. Photo by Jim Garamone.


Fleet Battle Experiment Turns War-Fighting Theory Into Reality
Release Date: 5/13/2003 9:40:00 PM

By Journalist 1st Class Kurt Wesseling, Tandem Thrust 03 Joint Information Bureau Public Affairs

GUAM (NNS) -- After landing aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at sea May 1, President George W. Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the world for the first time witnessed how quickly U.S. force commanders could identify, target and engage enemy high-value leadership targets. What the president did not mention in his address is how U.S. military leaders have acquired the ability to act so swiftly when engaging such time-critical targets.

The rapidity with which U.S. forces are now able to attack military or terrorist targets anytime, anywhere, has not happened by accident. According to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Robert F. Willard, the ability to attack quickly is, in part, the result of many lessons learned during the Navy Warfare Development Command’s (NWDC) 12-year series of fleet battle experiments.

The current experiment, Fleet Battle Experiment Kilo (FBE-K), is examining command and control objectives, as well as the Chief of Naval Operations’ Sea Shield and Sea Strike objectives. Fleet battle experiments are designed to examine innovative war fighting concepts in a sea-based environment. This year’s FBE-K took place concurrently with exercise Tandem Thrust '03 in the Western Pacific in and around the Mariana Islands.

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The director of NWDC’s Maritime Battle Center, Capt. Kevin Morrissey, is particularly enthused about the participation of Australian Defence forces in FBE-K. “This is the first time that Australian systems have been tied into U.S systems in a high-level simulation architecture,” Morrissey said.

Since Australia and the United States are working together in FBE-K, both American and Australian doctrine and technology will grow at the same pace, allowing for much improved future interoperability. Morrissey expects the unprecedented cooperation to result in, “an incredible improvement in the future war fighting capabilities of coalition partners.”

A key initiative of FBE-K is the testing of the joint fires network (JFN), formerly known as Navy fires network. JFN is a network-centric warfare family of sea, air, land and space-based intelligence gathering systems. JFN will eventually allow all U.S. military commanders and those of certain allied nations to share a common battlespace view. Regardless of whether a military decision maker is Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Army, they will have access to the same data.

According to Cmdr. John Covell, FBE-K director, the JFN initiative is essentially an effort intended to shorten the time it takes to identify a target and execute an attack on it.

JFN provides near real-time intelligence through the collection of data provided by imagery and other intelligence gathering sensors. During the experiment, computer generated or “virtual” intelligence gathering assets, such as virtual “Predator” unmanned aerial vehicles and virtual U-2 surveillance aircraft, are used to give the tests greater realism and save millions of dollars.

“The data feeds received from these sensors are fed into the JFN system aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19),” said Covell. “From there, intelligence officers and petty officers are able to take the information they are receiving and turn it into something that can be targeted.”

Simply stated, JFN allows time-critical targets to be engaged by ships or aircraft quicker than ever before.

Willard credits the FBEs with helping to transform yesterday’s experimental war fighting initiatives and concepts into today’s remarkable reality. He said the steady improvements brought about by the FBEs are typically more evolutionary than revolutionary.

“In almost every FBE since 1991, there has been at least some small technology or process development initiative to try and advance our ability to turn quickly on a target that we want to strike immediately,” said Willard. “This current experiment, FBE-K, is no different. This one happened to be occurring as the war in Iraq is winding down, but nonetheless, we’re advancing it even farther with the focus on joint fires network.”

Because of the advancements made to JFN during fleet battle experiments, U.S. commanders no longer have to spend long periods of time waiting for the completion of the target acquisition cycle.




Snippy's Pic of the Week
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Colonel Gregory Cook, 615th Air Mobility Operations Group Commander, atop a tank during the sight-survey of an abandoned Iraqi Air Base, Apr. 25, 2003, in support of Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate weapons of mass destruction and to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman JoAnn S. Makinano)(Released)

Extra PICs for Kicks


An 82nd Airborne Division member from Fort Bragg, N.C., parachutes to the ground after jumping from a C-17 flown by the 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 9, 2001. The jump was part of the 82nd Airborne Division’s annual convention in Charleston. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Lock



More photos of U-2 Dragon Lady



Standing on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the forward watch keeps a vigilant eye for anything suspicious. The Roosevelt is operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Photographers Mate Johnny Bivera.




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Marine Corps Capt. Steve Hahn
Boston Marathon - Marine Style


U.S. Marine Capt. Steve Hahn chases down the miles in his Iraqi version of the Boston Marathon, April 21, in Umm Qasr, Iraq. Due to his deployment to the region, Hahn was unable to attend this year's marathon, though he commemorated the event by running 26.2 miles through the Iraqi desert. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacques-René Hébert


UMM QASR, Iraq, April 21, 2002 — When Marine Corps Capt. Steve Hahn applied for entrance into the 2003 Boston Marathon, he had no idea that he would be miles away, deployed to a small town in the southern desert of Iraq, working to help rebuild a country. Indeed, when April 21 came around, it appeared that Hahn's hopes of running the legendary marathon had come to an end. But after some internal deliberation, he decided that if he couldn't run Boston's marathon, he would run his own.

Hahn, a Colonial Heights, Va. native, is currently attached to the Office of Reconstruction and Human Assistance: Southern Region, a coalition effort to provide humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Iraq and to help restore control of Iraq to the Iraqi people.

"To simplify it, I didn't want Saddam to get the best of me," Hahn said. "It was his fault that I had to miss my first Boston Marathon. Saddam had already lost his big battle - I wasn't going to let him win this one.

"Plus, it was just something to do in my off-time."

Hahn measured out a 5.8-kilometer track and did a little math. Seven and one quarter times around would put him roughly at the marathon length of 26.2 miles. However, measuring the course was only the first step to preparing for his run. Hahn explained, to run a distance of this magnitude, it takes a little bit more work than to "just do it."

"I had been running on a pretty regular basis, doing work ups for the real deal," he said. "But because of the work load here, I just haven't had the time to train the right way, doing my carbohydrate loads and my training runs."

At 110 degrees on an April afternoon, training for a marathon is a difficult endeavor, Hahn later explained. Prime running conditions are early morning and evening, when the sun is but a sliver in the sky and the desert winds race across the sand to cool the brow. Fortunately for Hahn, his marathon would begin shortly after the sun slipped below the western horizon.

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Status of Iraq's 55 Most Wanted


NEWS LINKS FROM THE PAST WEEK - IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

* US Navy Starts Work on Next Class of Carriers 5/11/03

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DOD IDENTIFIES MARINE CASUALTIES 5/12/03

US interrogates Dr Germ over banned weapons 5/12/03

101st Airborne Commander to Brief Live From Mosul (Transcript) 5/12/03

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Franks rejects top Pentagon post 5/13/03

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DOD IDENTIFIES MARINE CASUALTY 5/14/03

DOD IDENTIFIES AIR FORCE CASUALTY 5/14/03

DOD IDENTIFIES MARINE CASUALTIES 5/14/03

NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MOBILIZED AS OF 5/14/03

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U-S military tells Iraqis to turn in all guns or face arrest 5/15/03

Marines Recount Duty in Iraq 5/15/2003

Myers praises 64th AEW during visit 5/15/03

Ambassador Bremer Statement from Baghdad, Iraq 5/15/03

3rd Infantry Division Commander Live Briefing from Iraq (Transcript) 5/15/03

U.S. Indicts Two Yemeni Nationals, Al Qaeda Members in USS Cole Attack 5/15/03

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Rumsfeld Salutes Service Members, Families at Open House 5/16/03

Boeing Wins Army Modernization Contact 5/16/03

Army hands over control to Iraqi's 5/16/2003

Pentagon Ponders Overseas Military Shift 5/16/2003

''Operation Devil Dog'' aims to cool Marines' canine heroes 5/16/2003

Tanker lease vital to global operations 5/16/03

Enlisted aide upgraded to special duty 5/16/03

National Guard Bureau Chief Briefing on the Transforming Roles of the National Guard 5/16/03

National Guard Boss to Espouse Transformation to State AGs 5/16/03

DOD IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY 5/16/03

RELEASE/TRANSFER OF DETAINEES COMPLETED 5/16/03

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Technology changes the face of military 5/17/03

Iraqi Ex-Military Official Surrenders 5/17/03

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Mountain View wind tunnels used in aviation research closed (Two largest in the world) 5/18/03


Bush praises military's role in terror fight

White House-AP -- Calling the latest bombings in Saudi Arabia a "wake-up call", the president's using his weekly radio address to mark Armed Forces Day -- and praise the military for its service in the war on terror.

It's a war he says is clearly far from over -- as evidenced in this week's deadly car bombings in Saudi Arabia.

Bush's broadcast was recorded in the Oval Office in the presence of eight of the wounded from Iraq, which Bush calls one battle in that war.

Meantime, U-S officials are praising Saudi cooperation so far in probing the Riyadh attacks -- Attorney General John Ashcroft saying the Saudis seem to be taking the matter seriously.



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1 posted on 05/19/2003 3:10:14 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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Fallen Troops Honored at DoD Asian-Pacific American Heritage Ceremony - 5/14/03 -Full Story

VA Programs for Trauma Victims - 05/14/03 - Full Story

2 posted on 05/19/2003 3:12:03 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: SAMWolf; MistyCA; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; SassyMom; bentfeather; GatorGirl; radu; souris; ...
The State of the Union is Strong!
Support the Commander in Chief

Click Here to Send a Message to the opposition!


3 posted on 05/19/2003 3:13:11 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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4 posted on 05/19/2003 3:13:34 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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The FReeper Foxhole received an anonymous request to post pictures of a "feisty" freeper and his dad, both Navy Veterans.

In turn, I was asked if I could find a place for them on my Monday thread.

Those of you that know me know I love the Navy and agreed to the request.

I don't know who the freeper is and it doesn't matter, they're Veterans and Sailors to boot, we can always find room for them.

~

A Freeper and his Dad

Sailors...gotta love 'em.





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5 posted on 05/19/2003 3:18:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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Come on out of there!


Have a cup a joe -

Read some Recent News -

Stretch your legs a while and welcome to Monday at the Foxhole!

Please post any news you have links to that you'd like to share and send us any ideas you would like to see us cover at the FReeper Foxhole.

Have a Good Monday and enjoy. :)

6 posted on 05/19/2003 3:20:53 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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Good morning Snippy, SAM.

My goodness snippy the early to bed, early to rise thing works for you!! LOL
7 posted on 05/19/2003 4:53:35 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I just got up! I need coffee.)
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LOL. I did my best to get up before you!
8 posted on 05/19/2003 5:12:41 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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On This Day In History


Birthdates which occurred on May 19:
1469 Giovanni della Robbia Italian sculptor
1611 Innocent XI [Benedetto Odescalchi] Italy, 240th Roman Catholic Pope (1676-89)
1616 Johann Jacob Froberger German singer/organist/composer
1746 Johann Friedrich Peter composer
1755 Gabriele Prota composer
1762 Johann G Fichte German philosopher (Wissenschaftslehre)
1770 Antoine-Charles Glachant composer
1795 Johns Hopkins philanthropist, founded Johns Hopkins University
1808 Samuel Jameson Gholson Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1883
1812 Felix Kirk Zollicoffer Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862
1815 John Gross Barnard Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1882
1828 Adin Ballou Underwood Brevet Major General (Union volunteers)
1839 Alice Mary Smith composer
1858 Roland Napoleon Bonaparte French officer/traveller (Surinam)
1859 Nellie Melba [Heal Mitchell] Australian soprano (Peach Melba)
1860 Victor E Orlando Italy's premier (1917-19)
1864 Carl Ethan Akeley US, naturalist, developed animal mount process
1869 Jules Poncelet Belgian minister of State
1873 Federico Gerdes Tacna Perú, orchestraestra director
1874 Gilbert Laird Jessop cricketer (The Croucher)
1876 Saint-Georges de Bouchélier French author (Le Rois Sans Couronne)
1878 Adam von Ahn Carse composer
1879 Lord Waldorf Astor England, 2nd viscount (C)/publisher (London Observer)
1879 Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor US/England's feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor
1880 Allard R Hulshoff architect of Amsterdam (1924)
1883 Henricus Keuls Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
1884 Arthur Meulemans Belgian composer (Adriaan Brouwer) (or 5/10)
1890 Ho Chi Minh trail blazer/leader of Vietnam (1946, 1969)
1892 Konstatin G Paustovski Russian author (Povestj Zjizni)
1895 Albert Hay Malotte composer
1895 Cecil Gray composer
1896 Michael Balcon Birmingham England, producer/father of Jill Balcon
1899 Leonid Maksimovich Leonov novelist/playwright
19-- Tim Waldrip Spokane WA, actor (Casey-American Dream)
1901 Ivo Cruz composer
1904 Anthony Bushell Kent England, actor (Journey's End)
1904 Sven Thofelt Sweden, pentathlete (Olympics-gold-1928)
1909 Bruce Bennett Tacoma WA, actor (Before I Hang, Sahara)
1909 Schlomo Joffe composer
1910 Alan Melville cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
1913 Albert Hardy photographer
1913 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy President of India
1915 Pol Pot dictator/mass murderer
1918 Florence Chadwick swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways)
1919 Betty Jameson Norman OK, LPGA golfer (1947 US Women's Open)
1921 Charles van de Reve slavic (Belief of Kameraden)
1921 Daniel Gelin Angers France, Maria Schneider's dad, actor (Obsession)
1921 Karel van het Reve Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion)
1922 David McLean Akron OH, actor (Tate-Tate)
1924 Sandy Galbraith Wilson composer
1925 Malcolm X [Little] Omaha NE, assassinated leader of black muslims
1926 Paul Cooper composer
1928 Anthony C B Chapman England, sports car builder/autoracer (Formula 1)
1929 Harvey Cox US theologist (Secular City)
1929 Michael Adamis composer
1930 Hans Kox composer
1930 Lorraine Hansberry playwright (Raisin in the Sun)
1931 Eric Davidson comedy scriptwriter
1931 Ruben Radica composer
1934 David Sinclair actor (Love & Hate)
1934 James Charles Lehrer Wichita KS, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report)
1934 Jan Wijn Dutch pianist
1935 David Hartman Pawtucket RI, TV personality (Good Morning America)
1935 F R Fries writer
1936 Elisabeth Schwartz Austria, pairs figure skater (Olympics-gold-1956)
1937 Sanne Sannes Dutch photographer
1938 James H Bilbray (Representative-D-NV)
1938 Marilyn Chris Brooklyn NY, actress (Wanda Wolek-One Life to Live)
1939 17th Earl of Pembroke English landowner/director (Emily)
1939 Francis R Scobee Cle Elum WA, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
1939 James Fox England, actor (Greystoke)
1939 James Fox London England, actor (Greystoke)
1939 Nancy Kwan Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong)
1939 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum composer
1939 Tomasz Sikorski composer
1940 Carlos Diegues actor (Xica)
1940 Frank Lorenzo airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1940 Joan Staley playmate (November 1958)
1940 Mickey Newbury rocker
1941 Jane Brody writer/nutritionist
1941 Jimmy Hoffa Jr son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
1941 Marc-Antonio Consoli composer
1941 Nora Ephron New York NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Michael, Heartburn)
1942 Gary Kildall creator of CP/M
1942 James Topping author of CP/M
1945 Peter Townshend England, rock guitarist/vocalist/composer (The Who-Tommy)
1946 Diedre Lenihan Atlanta GA, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins)
1946 Mary Bryan LPGA golfer
1946 Michele Placido Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)
1946 Phillip Rudd Melbourne Australia, rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation)
1947 Jerry Hyman Brooklyn NY, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears)
1948 Grace Jones [Mendoza] Spanishtown Jamaica, singer/actress (Vamp)
1948 Jean-Pierre Haignere France, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17)
1948 Tom Scott Los Angeles CA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show)
1949 Dusty Hill rocker (ZZ Top)
1951 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman] Forest Hills NY, punk rocker (Ramones-Baby I Love You)
1952 Barbara Loomis rocker (BT Express)
1953 Henry Lascelles English grandson of princess Mary
1954 Rick Cerone Newark NJ, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos)
1955 Ed Whitson pitcher (New York Yankees, San Diego Padres)
1955 Pierre J Thuot Groton CT, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62)
1956 Althea Gwyn WBL center (New York Stars)
1956 Martyn Ware rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
1956 Steven Ford East Grand Rapids MI, actor (When Harry Met Sally, Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
1957 Bill Laimbeer NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
1957 Sophia Crawford London England, actress (Power Rangers)
1959 Nicole Brown Simpson Frankford Germany, Mrs OJ Simpson (murdered in 1994)
1961 Lisa Rathgber Hillsboro IL, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1980)
1961 Lisa Wagner bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade)
1962 Iain Harvie Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
1963 Rebecca Bradley LPGA golfer
1963 Yazz [Yasmin Evans] Mrs Simon La Bon/rocker (Fine Time, The One Way is Up)
1964 Michael Dean Standly Abilene TX, PGA golfer (1993 Freeport-McMoRan)
1965 Edward Odumbe cricketer (Kenyan pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
1965 Joshua Rifkind actor (Marshall Chronicles)
1966 Keith Jennings NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
1966 Marc Bureau Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montréal Canadiens)
1967 John Friesz NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
1967 Turk Wendell Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
1968 James Parrish NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1968 Jeanne Basone Brubank CA, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
1968 Mark Janssens Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
1968 Paul Justin NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
1969 Cecile Ulbrich Tucker Warren ME, rower (Olympics-96)
1969 David Wharton Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympics-silver-88)
1969 Kevin Scott WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores)
1969 Richard Dumas NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
1971 Darryl Morrison NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
1971 Lori Ann Mundt Yorkton Saskatchawan, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
1972 Ronald Williams CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1972 Willie Brown NFL/WLAF linebacker (Seattle Seahawks. Rhein Fire)
1973 Andreas Johansson Hofors Sweden, NHL forward (Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders)
1976 Kevin Garnett NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)





Deaths which occurred on May 19:
0804 Alcuin of York English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69
0988 Dunstan[us] English archbishop of Canterbury, dies
1296 Celestine V [Pietro del Murrone] Pope (1294), dies
1536 Anne Boleyn Queen of England/wife of Henry VIII, beheaded
1536 Lord Rochford English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded
1647 Sebastian Vrancx Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
1653 Carel Reyniersz Governor-General of Netherlands East Indies, dies at 48
1786 John Stanley composer, dies at 74
1795 Josiah Bartlett US physician/judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
1800 French Bosbeeck veterinarian/robber, hanged
1801 Herman H Vitringa politician (National Meetings), dies
1845 Maria EJ Versfelt mistress of General Moreau/marshal Ney, dies at 68
1864 Nathaniel Hawthorne US, writer (Scarlet Letter), dies
1872 Johan van Dale schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
1876 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer Dutch historian/politician, dies at 74
1887 Pieter Blussé van Alblas liberal minister of Finance, dies at 75
1890 Gus Kempis cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
1895 José J Marti y Perez Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies
1901 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius 1st President Republic South-Africa, dies at 81
1903 Arthur Shrewsbury cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies
1922 Heinrich I Quincke German internist (postural drainage), dies at 79
1924 Billy Zulch cricketer (South Africa batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
1928 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert composer, dies at 59
1928 Max Scheler German philosopher, dies at 53
1935 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler French composer, dies at 74
1935 Thomas E Lawrence (of Arabia) dies in a motorcycle crash
1941 Werner Sombart Marxist economist (Händler und Heroes), dies at 78
1942 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69
1953 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste Spanish general/minister of War, dies at 79
1954 Aart A van Schelven church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
1954 Charles Edward Ives US composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
1958 Bruno Sturmer composer, dies at 65
1958 Ronald Colman British actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 67
1961 Joe Howard singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
1965 Maria Dabrowska Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
1966 Tortoise reportedly given to Tonga's king by Captain Cook (1773), dies
1969 Coleman Hawkins US jazz musician/composer, dies
1971 Bernard Wagenaar Netherlands/US composer, dies at 76
1971 Ogden Nash poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
1978 George Gladstone cricketer (one Test West Indies vs England 1930), dies
1983 Jean Rey Belgian minister, dies
1987 Alice B[radley] Sheldon sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
1988 Virginia Farmer actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
1989 Able J Herzberg Russian/Netherlands lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
1989 E Galgóczi writer, dies
1989 Robert Webber actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig's disease) at 64
1989 Robert Weber character actor, dies of Lou Gehrig Disease at 64
1991 Douglas L Mays cartoonist (Punch), dies
1991 Rini Otte Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
1993 Nemesio Antunes Chilean painter, dies at 75
1993 Richard Murphy director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
1993 S W Sohoni cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
1994 Henry Morgan TV panalist (To Tell the Truth), dies of cancer at 74
1994 Jacqueline [Lee Bouvier] Kennedy Onassis 1st lady (1961-63), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 64
1994 Jacques Cesar Ellul writer, dies at 82
1994 Luis Ocana Span cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
1996 Johnny "Guitar" Watson musician, dies at 61
1996 Margaret Rawlings actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
1997 Millie dog of President Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12




Reported: MISSING in ACTION

1965 DONOVAN LEROY M. CEDAREDGE CO.
(ACFT OVERDUE)
1965 HARPER RICHARD K. BURLINGTON MA.
(ACFT OVERDUE)
1967 ANDERSON GARETH L. FALMOUTH MA.
(03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, DECEASED 1974)
1967 GRIFFIN JAMES LLOYD GATES TN.
(03/13/74 REMAINS RETURNED)
1967 HELLBACH HAROLD J. NEW ORLEANS LA.
(REMAINS RETURNED 1997 ID'D 05/98)
1967 KNIGHT ROY A. JR. MILLSAP TX.
1967 MC DANIEL EUGENE B. KINSTON NC.
(03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1967 METZGER WILLIAM J. WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI.
(03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1967 PATTERSON JAMES K. LONG BEACH CA.
(PROB CAPTURED WITH BROKEN LEG)
1967 PLUMB JOSEPH C. MISSION KS.
(02/18/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1967 RICH RICHARD STAMFORD CT.
1967 RUSSELL KAY CORSICANA TX.
(03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, DECEASED)
1967 STARK WILLIAM R. CORANADO CA.
(03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1967 WALTERS JACK JR. WHITEVILLE NC.
(03/13/74 REMAINS RETURNED DIC)
1968 DAVIES JOSEPH E. ALEXANDRIA VA.
1968 MC CUBBIN GLENN D. ALMENA KS.
1972 MOTT DAVID P. FARGO ND
(03/27/73 RELEASED BY PRG, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1972 NICHOLS AUBREY A. EL PASO TX.
(03/28/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98)
1972 THOMAS WILLIAM E. PITTSBURG PA.
(03/73 RELEASED BY PRG, ALIVE AND WELL 96/98)




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




On this day...
715 St Gregory II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1506 Columbus selects his son Diego as sole heir
1515 George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1517 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht
1547 Monarch Johan Frederik surrenders to Karel
1568 English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary
1571 Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines
1585 Spain confisquates English ships
1588 Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound to England
1608 Matthias von Habsburgs army reaches Lieben, at Prague
1635 France declares war on Spain
1643 Battle at Rocroi/Allersheim: French army destroys Spanish army
1643 Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1652 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
1662 Uniformity Act of England goes into effect
1749 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
1780 About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day its cause is still unexplained
1792 Russian army enters Poland
1793 Netherlands captures French island of St Maarten (held until 1795)
1796 Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds
1802 French Order of Légion d'Honneur forms
1848 México gives Texas to US, ending the war
1853 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
1856 Senator Charles Sumner, Massachusetts, spoke out against slavery
1857 William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1862 Homestead Act becomes law provides cheap land for settlement of West
1863 Siege of Vicksburg, investment of city complete
1864 Battle of Port Walthall Junction VA (Bermuda Hundred)
1864 Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
1864 Skirmish at Cassville GA
1878 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield
1884 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1885 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn MA)
1885 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon & Togoland
1886 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C, premieres
1891 Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered
1892 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1892 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
1893 Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)
1896 1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands
1898 Post Office authorizes use of postcards
1900 Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago
1902 Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria
1905 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President open world's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Iselle Italy & Brig Switzerland
1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champion
1906 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
1906 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
1909 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
1910 Cleveland Indian Cy Young gets his 500th win, beats Washington 5-4 in 11 innings
1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris France
1911 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in American League, & win the World Series
1912 American League president Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
1913 Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, forbidding Japs from owning land
1916 Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
1918 Washington's 1st Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings
1921 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
1923 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Zev wins in 2:05.4
1923 KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies
1926 French air force bombs Damascus Syria
1928 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather PA coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
1928 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp CA)
1928 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium; 2 people crushed to death
1929 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-Shek Government
1930 White woman win voting rights in South-Africa
1931 Ironclad cruiser Germany launched in Kiel
1934 Military coup by Colonel Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria
1934 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Saturday Review of Literature"; Males who solved puzzle become members of Baker Street Irregulars
1935 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
1937 John Murray/Allen Boretz' "Room Service" premieres in NYC
1939 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact
1940 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
1940 French counter attack at Péronne under General De Gaulle
1941 German occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
1941 New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
1942 Atlanta Braves' Paul Waner is 3rd National League-er to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)
1943 Berlin is declared "Judenrien" (free of Jews)
1943 Churchill pledges England's full support to US against Japan
1944 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork Netherlands
1944 German defense line in Italy collapsed
1945 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Australia Services
1946 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
1950 New York Times reports of world's smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
1951 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
1951 UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George UT)
1954 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project
1955 Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt West Indies vs Australia
1956 82nd Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
1956 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning homerun, 1st homerun in 8 straight games
1957 Adone Zoli forms Italian Government
1958 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
1958 Premiere of Harold Pinter's "Birthday Party" in London
1958 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1959 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
1960 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
1960 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
1960 Juan Marichal debuts as San Fransisco Giant pitcher, beats Phillies on 1 hitter
1960 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222mph
1961 New pier opens in Scheveningen
1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
1962 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
1962 88th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
1962 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
1962 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's National League hit record with 3,431
1962 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1964 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in the Moscow embassy
1965 Patricia R Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)
1965 West Ham United wins 5th Europe Cup II
1967 US bombs Hanoi
1967 USSR ratifies treaty with England & US banning nuclear weapons in space
1968 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain
1968 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
1968 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
1971 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1973 "Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14
1973 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
1973 99th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4
1974 Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
1974 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
1974 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
1975 27th Emmy Awards: Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh
1975 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona India
1975 Junko Tabei is 1st woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest
1976 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
1976 Liverpool wins 5th UEFA Cup at Bridge
1976 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 "Smokey & the Bandit" premieres
1979 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
1979 105th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
1979 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
1980 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
1980 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash
1981 Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires the next 27 batters
1982 IFK Göteborg wins 11th UEFA Cup at Göteborg
1982 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion
1983 NASA launches Intelsat V
1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC
1984 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62
1984 110th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
1984 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 seconds in an NHL playoff game
1984 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1
1984 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1986 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 years in South Africa
1987 1st American Comedy Award
1988 "Red Sox" retire Bobby Doerr's #1
1988 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellín drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
1989 Dow Jones average passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
1989 Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas
1990 "General Elvis", TV Drama last airs on ABC
1990 116th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6
1991 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances
1991 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic
1991 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
1991 Willy T Ribbs becomes 1st black driver to make Indianapolis 500
1992 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary
1992 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in Massapequa Long Island New York
1992 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
1992 Ric Flair wins NWA wrestling title
1992 Vice President Dan Quayle sites Murphy Brown as a poor example of family values
1993 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellín Colombia, kills 132
1993 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
1993 Juventus wins 22th UEFA Cup at Torino
1994 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run
1994 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
1995 Emmy's 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time
1995 World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
1996 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
2161 Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun








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

Finland : Flag Day of the Army
Turkey : Youth & Sports Day
Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (1890)
Canada : Victoria Day (1819) - - - - - ( Monday )
US : Armed Forces Day - - - - - ( Saturday )




Religious Observances
Christian : St Ives
Anglican, Lutheran : Commemoration of St Dunstan, archbishop of Canterbury
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of St Peter Celestine, pope
Anglican : Commemoration of 1st Book of Common Prayer




Religious History
1662 England's King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer."
1740 English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'True faith is not merely in the head, but in the heart.'
1885 The complete Old and New Testament English Revised Version (EV or ERV) of the Bible was first published in England. After a promised 20-year wait, U.S. scholars on the ERV committee published an "Americanized" edition in 1905, known afterward as the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible.
1939 Death of Howard B. Grose, 88, U.S. Baptist leader and author of the hymn, "Give of Your Best to the Master." At one time president of South Dakota State University, Grose also worked with American Baptist publications and home missions.
1971 "Godspell" first opened at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. The musical by Stephen Schwartz is based on the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, and is still produced by secular and religious theater groups today.




Thought for the day :
" Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. "
9 posted on 05/19/2003 5:21:26 AM PDT by Valin (Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
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To: AntiJen; Reaganwuzthebest; weldgophardline; Mon; AZ Flyboy; feinswinesuksass; Michael121; ...
FALL IN to the FReeper Foxhole!

To be removed from this list, please send me a blank private reply with "REMOVE" in the subject line! Thanks! Jen
10 posted on 05/19/2003 5:37:34 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: SAMWolf
Good Morning Snippy.

Lots of news to catch up on today. Any left over Sliders from yesterday?>
11 posted on 05/19/2003 5:42:23 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: Valin
1977 "Smokey & the Bandit" premieres

Still a pretty darn good comedy.

12 posted on 05/19/2003 5:53:42 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: bentfeather
Good Morning Feather
13 posted on 05/19/2003 5:54:03 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: radu; snippy_about_it; TEXOKIE; Bethbg79; LaDivaLoca; cherry_bomb88; beachn4fun; Do the Dew; ...
Current Military News


U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Lemar of Travers City, Mich., kisses his daughter, Violet, after returning to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., with other members of the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Friday, May 16, 2003. The troops served in Operation Iraqi Freedom . (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bill Wroble of Indian Head, Md., and his wife, Shondi, kiss as their daughter Imah watches after he returned to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., Friday, May 16, 2003. The troops served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)


U.S. President George W. Bush is presented with an Air Force Academy football jersey during an event honoring the team at the White House, May 16, 2003. The Air Force Academy football team has now won the Commander-in-Chief 's trophy for six consecutive years. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


Air Force Academy football team wide receiver Bryan Blew gives President Bush a Falcon jersey during a visit to the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 16, 2003. It is the sixth straight year the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo., has won the commander in chief's trophy which is awarded to the military service academy with the best record against the other two service academies. Head Football Coach Fisher DeBerry applauds at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


14 posted on 05/19/2003 6:40:30 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: SAMWolf
Good Morning Sam.

No sliders today. I can't imagine eating them as leftovers.
15 posted on 05/19/2003 6:41:08 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
I can't imagine eating them as leftovers.

LOL! Neither can I but I'm desparate. ;-)

16 posted on 05/19/2003 6:48:10 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: SAMWolf
A 26.2 mile bump for Capt. Hahn.

Sure glad he's one of ours!
17 posted on 05/19/2003 6:49:03 AM PDT by SouthernHawk
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To: snippy_about_it
Some great pictures today Snippy. Thanks
18 posted on 05/19/2003 6:50:04 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.)
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To: *all

Air Power
Mil Mi-24 HIND D/E

Mil Mi-24 is a twin-engined assault helicopter intended for close support of ground forces, destruction of armored targets and transportation of persons or cargo. Its design is a classic one with a five-bladed main rotor and three-bladed tail rotor. The Mi-24, the first helicopter to enter service with the Russian Air Force as an assault transport and gunship, was developed on the basis of the Mi-8's propulsion system. Additional missions include direct air support, antitank, armed escort, and air to air combat. The helicopter was used extensively in the Afghanistan War, becoming the "signature" weapon of the conflict. The Mi-24 is a counterpart to the American AH-64 Apache, but unlike this and other Western assault helicopters it is also capable of transporting up to eight troops. The Russians have deployed significant numbers of HINDs in Europe and have exported the HIND to many third world countries.

A characteristic feature of the Mi-24 is a load cabin connected with the flight-deck, which is 2.83 m long, 1.46 m wide and 1.2 m high. It is capable of accommodating up to armed 8 troops; they can fire from their small arms fixed in mountings on side windows which can be opened. The cabin is accessible by a vertically opening clamshell door on each side of the fuselage. The helicopter has a wing with a span of 6.536 m, which can relieve the tail rotor by up to 30 per cent in higher speeds. It is equipped with a hydraulically retractable tricycle type landing gear with a twin-wheel nose unit. It is powered by TV3-117 engines (2 x 1638 kW).

The development of the helicopter commenced in mid-60ies based on the dynamics, power units and other components of the Mi-8. The first prototype, still with TV2-117 engines, flew in September 1969. Mi-24A (Hind-A) is the first version, in serial production since 1972.

The five-blade main rotor is mounted on top of fuselage midsection, while short, stubby, weapon-carrying wings are mounted at the fuselsage midsection. Two turboshaft engines are mounted above body midsection with two round air intakes located just above the cockpit and exhaust ports on the sides of engines. The Hind A fuselage consists of a large, oval-shaped body with a glassed-in cockpit, tapering at the rear to the tail boom. The swept-back tapered tail fin features a rotor on the right on some models, with tapered flats on a boom just forward of the fin.

The Hind D fuselage features nose modification with tandem bubble canopies, and a chin-mounted turret. Mi24D (Hind-D) is significantly re-designed version of the Mi-24A. It entered service in 1976. A re-modelled two-seated cockpit has a tandem seating with the gunner/pilot sitting in front, the pilot/commander in the rear seat which is raised. The cockpit has characteristic bulging canopies. An undernose turret contains a four-barrel 12.7 mm 9A624 machine gun with up to 1470 rounds. Optional weaponry is mounted on four underwing pylons. It can consist of 4 UB-32 pods (with 32 57 mm S-5 rockets each), 4 x 100 or 250 kg bombs, or 2 x 500 kg bombs, or the same number of napalm dispensers. An air-to-surface launching system for four 122 mm rockets can also be used. On wingtips there are tube-launchers for two pairs of 9M17P anti-tank missiles (Falanga system).

External stores are mounted on underwing external stores points. Each wing has three hardpoints for a total of six stations. A representative mix when targeting armor formations would be eight AT-6 ATGMs, 750x 30-mm rounds, and two 57-mm rocket pods. The aircraft can store an additional ammunition basic load in the cargo compartment in lieu of carrying troops. Armored cockpits and titanium rotor head able to withstand 20-mm cannon hits. Every aircraft has an overpressurization system for operation in a NBC environment.

The HIND’s wings provide 22% to 28% of its lift in forward flight. In a steep banking turn at slower airspeeds, the low wing can lose lift while it is maintained on the upper wing, resulting in an excessive roll. This is countered by increasing forward airspeed to increase lift on the lower wing. Because of this characteristic, and the aircraft’s size and weight, it is not easily maneuverable. Therefore they usually attack in pairs or multiple pairs, and from various directions.

Mi-24DU is a training version of Mi-24D without the undernose gun turret.

Mi-24V (Hind-E) is another improved version, a development of Mi-24D. The major change consists in the upgraded and more efficient SHTURM - V missile system with 9M114 (AT-6 Spiral) radio-guided anti-tank missiles launched from two pairs of cylindrical pods mounted on wingtips. Also added were B-8V rocket pods for 20 80 mm S-8 rockets, UPK-23-250 pods with two-barrel Gsh-23L and 250 rounds, GUV9A universal pods which can carry a 30 mm 9-A-800 automatic grenade launcher, or one 12.7 mm 9-A-624 four-barrel machine gun and two four-barrel 7.62 mm 9-A-622 machine guns. It was equipped with TV3-117V engines with improved height characteristics and optional exhaust mixer boxes to cool exhaust gasses, and auxiliary fuel tanks with a capacity of 450 litres.

Specifications:
Country of Origin: Russia
Builder: MIL
Date of Introduction: 1976 (HIND D)
Role: Assault, gunship, antitank
Similar Aircraft: AH-1 Cobra (all models), UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache, Mangusta A129
Crew: Two (pilots in tandem cockpits)
Blades: Main rotor: 5 - Tail rotor: 3
Rotor diameter: Main Rotor: 17.3 meters - Tail Rotor: 3.9 meters
Wing span: 6.5 meters
Length Length: 21.6 m (rotors turning)
Length: 17.5 m (fuselage)
Height: 13 ft., 11 in.

Dimensions/Performance:
Cargo Compartment Dimensions:
Length: 2.5 meters
Width: 1.5 meters
Height: 1.2 meters

Weight Maximum Gross: 11,500 kg
Normal Takeoff: 11,100 kg
Empty: 8,500 kg
Fuel Internal: 1,840 liters
Internal Aux Tank (in cabin): 1,227 liters
External Fuel Tank: 500 liters ea.
Fuel consumption(l): 360 l/h (ground) 350 l/h (air)
Engines: 2 x 2,200 shp Isotov TV-3-117 turbines
Maximum speed: 168 mph / 335 km/h
Cruising speed: 295 km/h
Range Normal Load: 450 km
With Aux Fuel: 950 km
Service Ceiling: 4,500 meters
Vertical Climb Rate: 15 m/s
Max “G” Force: 1.75 g
Standard Payload Internal load: 8 combat troops or 4 litters
External weapons load: 1,500 kg
External load (no weapons): 2,500 kg

Armaments:
12.7-mm 4x Barrel Machinegun, YaKB-12.7:
- Range (m): (practical) 1,500
- Elevation/Traverse: 20° up to 60° down/ 120°
- Ammo Type: HEFI, APT, Duplex, DuplexT
- Rate of Fire (rpm): up to 4,500 (pilot selectable)
30-mm Twin Barrel Cannon, GSh-30K:
- Range (m): (practical) 4,000
- Elevation/Traverse: None (rigidly mounted)
- Ammo Type: HEFI, HEI, APT, APE, CC
- Rate of Fire (rpm): 300, or 2,000 to 2,600

2-12 - AT-2C or AT-6C Spiral ATGMs
2-4 - 80-mm S-8 rocket pods (20 ea.)
2-4 - 57-mm S-5 rocket pods (32 ea.)
940 - GSh-23L twin 23-mm MG pods
4 - 250-kg bombs FAB-250
2 - 500-kg bombs
500 liters External fuel tanks

Most Probable Armament Load:
HIND D: Turret-mounted 4-barrel 12.7-mm Gatling type machinegun, 57-mm rockets, AT-2C/ SWATTER ATGMs.
HIND E: Turret-mounted 4-barrel 12.7-mm Gatling type machinegun or twin barrel 23-mm turret gun, 57-mm rockets, AT-6C/ SPIRAL ATGMs.
HIND F: Fixed 30-mm twin gun on the right fuselage side, 57-mm rockets, AT-6C/ SPIRAL ATGMs.

Loaded combat troops can fire personal weapons through cabin windows.

Sensors: FLIR, RWR, laser designator
AVIONICS:
The ATGM targeting system uses a low-level light TV, a laser designator, FLIR, air data sensor, and a missile guidance transmitter.
HIND D versions are primarily daytime aircraft only.
Some HIND E and Mi-35 series export versions have upgraded night and weather capabilities, better avionics, weather radar, autopilot, HUD, GPS, NVG compatibility, more armor, and an increased weapons load provided by the French company Sextant Avionique.

Survivability:
Main and tail rotors electrically deiced.
Infrared signature suppressors can be mounted on engine exhausts.
Radar warning receivers, IFF, Infrared jammer, rotor brake, chaff and flares.
Armored cockpit.




All photos Copyright of Global Security.Org

19 posted on 05/19/2003 7:03:37 AM PDT by Johnny Gage (We will not tire, We will not falter, We will not fail. - George W. Bush)
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To: Johnny Gage
Thanks Johnny.

You have to admit that the Hind is just on meand looking machine. I always think of "Red Dawn" when I see one.
20 posted on 05/19/2003 7:09:07 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
Wonderful pictures today SAM, such happiness!!
21 posted on 05/19/2003 7:12:01 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I just got up! I need coffee.)
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To: SAMWolf
Red Dawn. Great movie.. but we are seriously "dating ourselves" ROFL
22 posted on 05/19/2003 7:25:46 AM PDT by Johnny Gage (Support BACTERIA - It's the only culture some people have!)
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To: Johnny Gage
LOL! I have it on DVD. I just wish they'd release a Directors Cut.
23 posted on 05/19/2003 7:30:53 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks for the "ping" Sam, although I'm accustomed to getting "pinged" by AntiJen. No hard feelings . . . she's just cuter than you are. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a lot of reading to do.


24 posted on 05/19/2003 7:59:52 AM PDT by w_over_w (Why does blood rush to our head when we stand on it, but not when we stand on our feet?)
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To: radu; snippy_about_it; TEXOKIE; Bethbg79; LaDivaLoca; cherry_bomb88; beachn4fun; Do the Dew; ...
Current Military News


WELCOME HOME HUGS — Senior Airman Mike Cordano, from the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Willow Grove, Pa., gets hugs from his children, after returning home from his deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Foce photo by Master Sgt. Patrick Cashin


INCH BY INCH — U.S. Air Force crews from Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., load a tractor trailer into a C-5 in preparation to be delivered to an undisclosed forward location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. With clearance coming as close as four inches at one point, the trailer took approximately five hours to complete loading. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristi Hare


DEMONSTRATION — Ex-Iraqi army officers demand pay in a peaceful demonstration outside a government building in Mosul, Iraq, occupied by the U.S. Army in the morning of May 15. U.S. Army photo by Army Pfc. Mary Rose Xenikakis


HUMAN FLAG — Students and faculty of Akers Elementary School aboard NAS Lemoore show their appreciation for the military forces May 13 by constructing a human U.S. flag. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Gregory E. Badger. U.S. Army photo by Army Pfc. Mary Rose Xenikakis


SECURITY CHECK — A policewoman of the 3rd Infantry Division assists checkpoint operations in Baghdad, Iraq. The 3rd Infantry Division military police are helping bring security and stability to Baghdad streets. U.S. Army photo by Spc. James B. Smith Jr.


25 posted on 05/19/2003 8:00:04 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
More great homecoming pics. Kisses and hugs all around!
26 posted on 05/19/2003 8:14:17 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: SAMWolf
Good work SAM, love the pictures.The first one is a winner for sure!
27 posted on 05/19/2003 9:13:15 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I just got up! I need coffee.)
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To: snippy_about_it
Good afternoon Snippy. :)
28 posted on 05/19/2003 9:58:59 AM PDT by SCDogPapa (In Dixie Land I'll take my stand to live and die in Dixie)
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To: snippy_about_it

Today's classic warship, USS Missouri (BB-11)

Maine class battleship
Displacement. 13,500 t.
Length. 393'11"
Beam. 72'2"
Draft. 25'8"
Speed. 18.15 k.
Complement 592
Armament. 4 12 ", 16 6 ", 6 3 ". 8 3-pdrs.

The USS Missouri was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va., 7 February 1900; launched 28 December 1901; sponsored by Mrs. Edson Galludet, daughter of Senator Francis Marion Cockrell of Missouri, and commiss ioned 1 December 1903, Capt. William S. Cowles in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Fleet, Missouri left Norfolk 4 February 1904 for trials off the Virginia Capes and fleet operations in the Caribbean. On 13 April, during target practice, a flareback from the port gun in her after turret ignited a powder charge and set off two others. No explosion occurred but the rapid burning of the powder suffocated 36 of the crew. Prompt action prevented the loss of the warship and three of her crew were awarded Medals of Honor for extraordinary heroism. After repairs at Newport News, Missouri sai led 9 June for duty In the Mediterranean from which she returned to New York 17 December.

Fleet operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean during the next years were highlighted by her relief to earthquake victims at Kingston, Jamaica, 17 to 19 January 1907. In April she took part in the Jamestown Exposition.

With the "Great White Fleet," Missouri sailed from Hampton Roads 16 December 1907, passing in review before President Theodore Roosevelt at the beginning of a world cruise which was to show the world that American naval might could penetrate any waters. Calling at ports in the Caribbean and along the east coast of South America, the fleet rounded Cape Horn to call in Peru and Mexico before arriving San Francisco 6 May 1908 for a gala visit in July the fleet turned west for Honolulu, New Zeal and, and Australia, arriving in Manila 2 October. The most tumultuous welcome yet came in Yokohama, and with a call in Amoy, China, the fleet began the passage home by way of Ceylon, Suez, and ports in the eastern Mediterranean. Departing Gibraltar 6 February 1909, the fleet was again reviewed by President Roosevelt upon its triumphant return to Hampton Roads 22 February. An important diplomatic mission had been carried out with the greatest success.

Placed in reserve at Boston 1 May 1910, Missouri recommissioned 1 June 1911 and resumed east coast and Caribbean operations with the Atlantic Fleet. In June 1912 she carried marines from New York to Cuba where they protected American interests during a rebellion. The next month the battleship carried midshipmen for training then decommissioned at Philadelphia 9 September 1912.

Missouri recommissioned 16 March 1914 for that summer's Naval Academy Practice Squadron's cruise to Italian and English ports. She returned to ordinary at Philadelphia 2 December 1914, but recommissioned 16 April 1915 to train midshipman in the Caribbean and on a cruise through the Panama Canal to California ports. She returned to the Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia 18 October 1915, recommissioned 2 May 1916, and again conducted training along the east coast and in the Caribbean until placed in ordinary for the winter at Philadelphia.

Upon the entry of the United Stated into World War I, Missouri recommissioned 23 April 1917, joined the Atlantic Fleet at Yorktown, Va., and operated as a training ship in the Chesapeake Bay area. On 26 August 1917 Rear Adm. Hugh Rodman broke his flag in Missouri as Commander, Division 2, Atlantic Fleet, and the warship continued to train thousands of recruits in engineering and gunnery for foreign service on warships and as armed guards for merchant vessels.

Following the Armistice, the battleship was attached to the Cruiser and Transport Force, departing Norfolk 18 February 1919 on the first of four voyages to Brest to return 3,278 U.S. troops to east coast ports. Missouri decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 8 September 1919. She was sold to J. G. Hitner and W. F. Cutler of Philadelphia 26 January 1922 and scrapped in accordance with the treaty limiting naval armaments.

29 posted on 05/19/2003 10:35:26 AM PDT by aomagrat (IYAOYAS)
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To: radu; snippy_about_it; TEXOKIE; Bethbg79; LaDivaLoca; cherry_bomb88; beachn4fun; Do the Dew; ...
Current Military News
Duty in Baghdad


Army Spcs. Jacques Andrews and Adam Volkerding, infantrymen with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, ride on the back of a light medium tactical vehicle through a market area in southern Baghdad during a patrol. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Sgt. Vic Zacharay, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and his team clear a small farmhouse in Baghdad. The paratroopers were working with local police to locate rocket-propelled grenades suspected of being on the property. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Sgt. Vic Zachary, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, talks to a group of Iraqi children during a stop on a patrol through a Baghdad neighborhood. Wherever American soldiers stop there is sure to be a crowd of children surrounding them. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Spc. Jacques Andrews, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and his team clear a small farmhouse in Baghdad. The paratroopers were working with local police to locate rocket-propelled grenades suspected of being on the property. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Spc. Jacques Andrews, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and his team clear a small farmhouse in Baghdad. The paratroopers were working with local police to locate rocket-propelled grenades suspected of being on the property. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Spc. Adam Volkerding, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, prepares to move during a raid on a farm in a southern Baghdad suburb. The local police were informed there were RPGs on the property, and the paratroopers were called in to help remove the weapons. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Spc. Adam Volkerding, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, climbs a wall to begin clearing a farmhouse in Baghdad. The paratroopers were working with local police to locate rocket-propelled grenades suspected of being on the property. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


Army Pvt. Jose Lopez, an infantryman with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, mans a .50 caliber heavy machine gun to maintain a presence at a local all-girl school in Baghdad. The students were being harassed when they were let from class and walking home. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason B. Baker


30 posted on 05/19/2003 10:36:26 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: Johnny Gage
ooooh. Great pictures Johnny, thanks.
31 posted on 05/19/2003 10:36:27 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: aomagrat
With the "Great White Fleet," Missouri sailed from Hampton Roads 16 December 1907, passing in review before President Theodore Roosevelt at the beginning of a world cruise which was to show the world that American naval might could penetrate any waters.

And the US Navy can still do it today.

32 posted on 05/19/2003 10:38:25 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: w_over_w
No hard feelings . . . she's just cuter than you are.

LOL! That's for sure. Just filling in for her while she's out of town. Don't worry she'll be back.

33 posted on 05/19/2003 10:40:13 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: w_over_w; SAMWolf; AntiJen
LOL!

Poor Sam, he gets picked on a lot around here. :)


For what it's worth Sam I think your cute and I'm sure the rest of the ladies agree!
34 posted on 05/19/2003 10:44:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: aomagrat
As always. Thanks.
35 posted on 05/19/2003 10:47:02 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
Poor Sam, he gets picked on a lot around here. :)

For what it's worth Sam I think your cute and I'm sure the rest of the ladies agree!

<== Mash this

36 posted on 05/19/2003 10:47:17 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SCDogPapa
Good afternoon. How's things down in your neck of the woods. Now that we've all returned to work the sun decided to come out and the rains stopped. Go figure!

Good to 'see' you. :)
37 posted on 05/19/2003 10:49:02 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: SAMWolf
Looks like I'm going to have to teach you how to accept a compliment......lol.
38 posted on 05/19/2003 10:51:50 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
There's a way to accept a compliment?
39 posted on 05/19/2003 10:56:13 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
LOL, why yes there is Sam.


THANK YOU for asking.
40 posted on 05/19/2003 10:59:00 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
LOL! Is there a hint in there somewhere? Thanks Snippy.
41 posted on 05/19/2003 11:01:38 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
Thank you SAM.

Wonderful pictures of our Troops defending our rights and defending the rights of citizens of Baghdad.
42 posted on 05/19/2003 11:09:21 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I need to eat breakfast.)
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To: bentfeather
You're welcome Feather.
43 posted on 05/19/2003 11:15:41 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: SAMWolf
oooh, cute AND smart. :)
44 posted on 05/19/2003 11:24:36 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
Thank you Snippy.
45 posted on 05/19/2003 11:27:04 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf
Great Pic's I love the link's to see what is happening over there, I was talking to Island Princess about how her husband was and she told me about the marine's that had died. The media does not even tell us about it. It is clear if we what to know the place to come to is free republc and it is here.
46 posted on 05/19/2003 11:29:19 AM PDT by weldgophardline (Pacifism Creates Terrorism)
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To: SAMWolf
Your welcome. :)
47 posted on 05/19/2003 11:31:09 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: weldgophardline
Thanks weldgophardline.

Snippy does a great job of putting all the Military news in one place.
48 posted on 05/19/2003 11:33:07 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (T)ell your boss it was a virus....)
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To: weldgophardline; SAMWolf
Thank you both for the kind words.
49 posted on 05/19/2003 11:45:46 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: SAMWolf; Aeronaut; snippy_about_it; bentfeather
Hello to Everyone. Thought I'd drop by the Foxhole to see what ya were doing. I noticed in the current military news a guy from my neck of the woods made the news!

p.s. are we dreaming of nice things to post for Memorial Day? See ya tomorrow.

50 posted on 05/19/2003 11:57:01 AM PDT by beachn4fun (God Bless our military...our allied military...our real allies....President Bush....and Tony Blair)
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