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The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Outpost Harry - Korea (June 10-18, 1953) - June 10th, 2003
| Compiled by SAMWolf
Posted on 06/10/2003 4:43:29 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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.
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join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time.
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Korea June 10 - June 18, 1953
Outpost Harry was located in what was commonly referred to as the "Iron Triangle" in Korea. This was an area approximately 60 miles north of Seoul and was the most direct route to the South Korean capital. Outpost Harry's elevation was around 1280 feet high and positioned some 320 yards south of a larger landmass occupied by the CCF (Chinese Communist Forces) called "Star Hill" and some 425 yards northeast of United Nations positions. A service road that wound from the MLR (Main Line of Resistance) along an intermittent stream led to the rear of the outpost where a medical aid station and a supply point were located. The position contained a communication trench line which ran from the supply point forward some 400 yards to the top. At that point, the trench line joins another trench that makes a complete loop (circle) around the outpost with an additional finger that ran along the east ridge about 100 yards. The trench line was deep enough to walk around the perimeter unseen by the enemy. It was fortified with reinforced fighting bunkers, a command post and a forward observation bunker. It could accommodate approximately 150 infantrymen.
The outpost commanded an excellent view of the enemy positions as well as our own lines of defense. The elevation of the outpost was greater than any other friendly position within a mile. Since the Chinese did not have aerial observation, Outpost Harry was a strategic "military Hot Spot" and dearly desired by the Chinese. It's defense and preservation was viewed as critical because it blocked Chinese Communist Forces observation down the Kumwha Valley and shielded that portion of the MLR from enemy direct fire. If the UN forces lost the outpost, the U.S. Eighth Army would have had to withdraw approximately10 kilometers to the next defensible line, as shown in the photo at right. Furthermore, a CCF victory at Outpost Harry would have whet the appetite for more war and dishearten the American public to a point where it might accept an armistice term less favorable than was eventually was the case.
During the period of June 1-8, 1953, aerial reconnaissance indicated that the enemy Chinese Communist Forces were building for a major offensive. The enemy units identified were the 22nd & 221st Regiments of the Chinese Communist 74th Division.
King Company of the 15th. Infantry Regiment. was selected and ordered to occupy and defend Outpost Harry as they were considered a more experienced battle tested unit. It was a "Hold at all Costs" order with no withdrawal. With the background of "Peace Talks" on going, The CCF goal at this time was to inflect heavy casualties and to gain possible concessions at the truce table. King Company occupied Outpost Harry on the morning of June 6, 1953 through light enemy mortar fire. Upon reaching the summit and the outpost's fighting positions, King Company personnel along with the assistance of the 10th. Combat Engineers engaged in improving the fortifications. The trench line was deepened and expanded, bunkers reinforced, 55 gallons of napalm were installed and wired for firing, wire was strung, and communications improved. Meanwhile the company's defensive fire plan was developed and submitted to headquarters where the division artillery commander finally approved it.
On the evening of June 10th the Chinese launched their offensive by pounding the surrounding area and the outpost with artillery, mortar rounds and rocket fire. Around 2130 hours, and under the eerie glare of searchlights and parachute flares, the sudden blare of bugles and whistles signaled the enemy attack. Attacking in swarms, approximately 3600 enemy troops advanced forward throughout the night and the early hours of the next day. Despite an intense barrage of defensive firepower and the detonation of napalm, the invading CCF forces stormed the slopes of the outpost and soon penetrated the trenches. Over running the outpost they engaged King Company, 15th Infantry in hand to hand combat. The fighting became so intense that the Commanding Officer of King Company ordered his 39th Field Artillery Forward Observer to call in our artillery fire directly on the outpost. Fighting continued all night for possession of the outpost. In the early morning of June 11th advancing personnel of the 15th Infantry Easy and Charlie companies reinforced King Company to push the enemy forces back to their positions.
Action like this continued. On the night of June 11th, Baker Company of the 15th and Baker Company of the 5th. RCT defended Harry. On the night of June 12th, Able Company of the 5th. RCT and Love Company of the 15th. Infantry Regiment defended Harry. They were supported by a detachment from the 10th. Combat. Engineer Battalion that got trapped on the outpost while on a mine laying detail. Charlie Company of the 5th. RCT took responsibility for Harry on June 13th and was replaced by companies P and N of the Greek Battalion. Finally, on June l8th the enemy forces called off their attack due to horrible loses inflected by the defending units.
George, Easy and Able Companies of the 15th Infantry as well as Dog Company of the 5th. RCT also participated in the defense. Other units supporting the action were the 65th. Infantry Regiment., the 10th Combat Engineer Battalion, the 10th, 39th, 58th, 555th, and 3rd AAA Artillery Units. Additionally, the 64th Heavy Tank Battalion, the 3rd Medical and the 3rd Signal Unit provided much needed resources for the defense of Harry.
Units receiving the Distinguished Unit Citation for their performance on Harry were King Company, 15th. Infantry Regiment for the night of June 10/11, Baker Company, 15 Infantry for the night of June 11/12, Able Company, 5th. RCT for the night of June 12/13 and Peter Company, Greek Battalion for the night of June 17/18. In the annals of United States Infantry history it appears that this is the only time this many rifle companies received this distinguished award for an engagement of this type. Also recognized for valor and heroism was Sgt. Ola Mize, of King Co., 15th. Infantry Regiment. who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions of the night of June 10-11th, 1953.
Some 39 years later, 11 veterans from around the country decided to hold a reunion in honor of the Outpost Harry Siege. That first reunion was held at Fort Stewart, Ga. It was decided at that time that it would be appropriate to meet yearly around the anniversary date of June 10th to commemorate those that defended and preserved the outpost and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thus the Outpost Harry Survivors Association was established.
Since that first reunion meeting, The Outpost Harry Survivors Association has grown to over 160 members. At the reunion in 2001 it was decided that any veteran that defended Outpost Harry, regardless of time served, was to be considered a regular member of the Association.
There was never a safe time to be on Outpost Harry. The Greeks had a name for it and it was called "Death Place". If you served on Harry, you knew that was true. We invite you to share our Outpost Harry web site in honor of all that served and put their lives on the line to preserve it against overwhelming enemy numbers.
Out motto is, "WE HELD". And indeed we did!
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Outpost Harry Command Report
"During the period 16 May to 5 June, the 15th Infantry had been relieved of its responsibility for the Outpost Harry sector. When reports from various higher staff sections had been correlated and evaluated, and the higher commanders were assured beyond any reasonable doubt that Outpost Harry was to be attacked by numerically superior Chinese force, it was ordered that the 15th Infantry Regiment, a more experienced and battle tried unit, be made responsible for the Outpost Harry sector no later than the 6th of June. This was accomplished by relieving the 2nd Battalion 65th Infantry, with the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry. The regiment prepared to meet the onslaught of the Chinese.
Following is a physical description of Outpost Harry, for most of the action from 10-18 June centered around this hill. Outpost Harry is situated some 425 yards northeast of the friendly MLR which is on a general southeast-northwest line from the Chorwon Valley to the Kumwha Valley. The hill is approximately 1280 feet high and is locate about 320 yards south, and part of a larger hill mass occupied by the enemy, referred to as Star Hill. The outpost commands a good view of the enemy terrain and his avenues of approach to the MLR position. Since the elevation of the outpost is greater than that of any friendly-held terrain within an area of a mile, the position affords early warning of enemy approach to the main battle line.
The road approach to the outpost from the MLR runs north along an intermittent stream to the rear of the outpost, where the supply point is located. From here, movements to the position must be accomplished dismounted.
The position itself contains a communications trench which runs from the supply point forward some 315 yards to the forward observer bunker on the northernmost slope. Here the trench joins another trench which makes a complete circle around the forward position of the outpost; this position of the outpost is referred to as The Loop. Approximately 80 yards to the rear of The Loop, along a finger of the ridge running to the right side of the outpost, an additional trench extends approximately 110 yards. This finger is mutually supporting with The Loop position and helps protect the probable avenues of approach into position. The left side of the outpost is steep enough to afford a natural barrier to the attacking enemy force.
Aerial reconnaissance from 1 June to 8 June showed much increased enemy activity. This activity included construction of new anti-aircraft artillery positions, self-propelled gun revetments. artillery positions, supply bunkers, personnel bunkers, a new bridge and road improvements along the enemy main supply routes. An enemy offensive was obvious.
During the same period prior to the attack of 10 June, increased personnel sightings were reported during daylight hours. During the period of darkness, an increasing number of vehicle lights were reported, generally in the rear areas moving south and southwest toward the enemy's main battle positions. Prior to the attack CCF artillery battalions positioned to fire into the 3rd Infantry sector disclosed the enemy to be employing 102mm rocket for the first time in this area.
Also evident during this period was increased enemy counter battery fire on friendly artillery positions. Incoming artillery and mortar rounds reported in the regimental sector increased from an average of 275 per day to 670 per day, during the 4 to 5 days prior to the initial attack on the outpost. During the attacks on Harry, a tremendous volume of rounds fell in all of the regimental sector, including service units and regimental headquarters.
The enemy disposition at this time were not pinpointed; however; it was well known that there were in contact two unidentified battalions of The 22nd Regiment, 74th Division, in the left sector and two unidentified battalions of the 221st Regiment, 74th Division, in the right portion of the 15th regimental sector. The 221st Regiment, 74th Division was located in the sector immediately opposite outpost Harry. Reserves capable of intervention in the outpost Harry action were the two reserve battalions of regiments in contact with the 15th Infantry in the left sector, as well as three battalions of the 220th Regiment, unallocated which were in the 74th Division reserve.
Then began the concentrated enemy drive which was to last for a week and was to cost the Chinese dearly for every engaged minute. At 1950 hours on the night of 10 June the first CCF sightings were reported, and each sighting was engaged by mortar and artillery fire. At 2130 hours an ambush patrol west of OP Dick in the sector of the Greek Battalion reported Chinese numbering approximately 250 coming off Jackson Heights (in front of OP Tom). Mortar and artillery began falling on the 15th MLR as well as outposts Dick and Harry.
After a short but intense fire fight in the vicinity of Outpost Dick, including 2000 rounds of enemy artillery and mortar fire, the enemy withdrew. This was recognized as a possible enemy feint, and all units were alerted. At 2245, while attention was still focused on Outpost Dick, word came that the CCF were in the trenches on Outpost Harry. Bitter hand to hand combat was engaged in by members of Company "K", 15th Infantry and the Chinese were killed or driven from the trenches. The Chinese reinforced their attack four more times during the early morning hours, and as late as 0430 hours 11 June, were in the trench on the northern side of the outpost. In addition to a composite reserve local reserve committed by the 3rd battalion commander, Companies "E" and "C" 15th Infantry were committed to reinforce. One platoon of tanks from Heavy Tank Company, 15th Infantry, and one platoon of infantry were committed to the valley east of Outpost Harry as a diversionary force. This tank-infantry team proved to be of great value in channelizing the enemy attack.
About 0530 the morning of the 11th, a daylight CCF attack in battalion strength was repulsed by elements of the outpost. An hour later, evacuation of dead and wounded began. This continued through the daylight hours. Colonel Russell F. Akers Jr., Regimental commander, reorganized placing Company "B", 15th Infantry, on the outpost, and placing responsibility for defense of this section on the 1st Battalion. The day continued with intermittent shelling of the outpost.
On 12 June at 0005 hours the Chinese moving through their own and friendly artillery gained the trenches in the rear of the outpost: hand to hand fighting followed. At 0032 hours the CCF gained the trench on the northern slope of the outpost while friendly forces held the southern trench. Bitter fighting ensued and the CCF made numerous attempts to reinforce through the protective artillery ring. Company "B", 5th Regimental Combat Team, was used to reinforce. One platoon of tanks from Heavy Tank Company, 15th Infantry, and one platoon of infantry were committed to the valley east of Outpost Harry. as a diversionary force and again this force was highly successful in channelizing the enemy attack.
At daybreak, about 0545 hours, the enemy withdrew and all action ceased. Evacuation of the wounded and dead was begun and Colonel Akers took immediate steps to reorganize for renewed attacks, placing Company "A" 5th Regimental Combat Team on the outpost.
On the night of 12 June at 2200 hours, enemy artillery and mortar fire preceded a CCF attack on the outpost which was broken up by friendly defensive fires. CCF were in the trench for a short time but were forced to withdraw. Fighting ceased at 2247. However at 0208 the CCF attacked from the north, northeast, and northwest of the outpost. Bitter hand to hand fighting ensued as the enemy gained the trench on the northern slope of the outpost. Company "L", 15th infantry, reinforced and by 0450 hours the enemy was driven from the trenches and forced to withdraw. A platoon of tanks from the 64th Tank Battalion plus one platoon of infantry were dispatched to the valley east of outpost Harry and operated successfully as a diversionary force. All action ceased with the exception of friendly counter battery and counter mortar fire. Evacuation of wounded and dead was begun, and the regimental commander took immediate steps to reorganize for renewed attacks, placing Company "C", 15th Infantry, on the outpost.
Daylight hours were utilized to clean the trenches and refurbish weapons' positions in anticipation of another attack during the hours of darkness. On the night of 13-14 June, at approximately 0255, enemy artillery and mortar fire preceded a CCF screening action against the outpost from the east and west for the purpose of protecting recovery of their dead. This screening force was broken up by friendly defensive fires. Action became sporadic, with light enemy artillery and mortar fire falling on the outpost and MLR. By 0440 the enemy withdrew and all action ceased. The regimental commander took immediate steps to reorganize for renewed attacks, placing Company "G", 15th infantry on the outpost.
During the night of 14-15 June, at about 0125 the Chinese moving through friendly artillery and defensive fires, gained the trenches on the rear of the outpost, and intense hand to hand fighting followed. At 0222 hours, friendly forces held the outpost with the enemy reinforcing in the bitter hand to hand action. Company "E", 15th Infantry was committed to reinforce. One platoon from Heavy Tank Company and one platoon of Infantry were again dispatched as diversionary force. At 0345 the enemy withdrew and action ceased; the regimental commander again reorganizing for new attacks, placed Company "A", 15th Infantry on the outpost.
The night of 15-16 June was a quiet night on the outpost, and the following morning the regimental commander placed the GEF Battalion in the area of the outpost Harry sector in order that his US battalions, all of which had suffered heavy causalities, could refit and reorganize. During the night of 16-17 June there was no significant action, permitting much needed engineer work on the outpost to be accomplished by Company "P", GEF Battalion and elements of Company "B", 10th Engineer (C) Battalion.
On the night of 17-18 June, the Chinese returned at about 0052 hours, moving through their own and friendly artillery and mortar fire to attack Outpost Harry from the northeast and northwest. The enemy was repelled and forced to withdraw, but stayed in the area. At 0240 the enemy attacked from the north under intense artillery and mortar fire. The CCF gained the trenches of the outpost on the northern slope at 0313. Bitter hand to hand fighting ensued with the enemy making numerous attempts to reinforce through the protective artillery ring. Company "N", GEF Battalion was committed to reinforce. One platoon of tanks from Heavy Tank Company, 15th Infantry Regiment, and one platoon of Greek Infantry were dispatched to the valley east of Outpost Harry as a diversionary force. By 0402 hours the enemy was forced out of the trenches on the outpost, and all action ceased with the enemy withdrawing, having fired 22,000 rounds in support of this attack.
The enemy forces employed against Outpost Harry during the period 10-18 June were tabulated by Intelligence Sections to be substantially as shown in the following table:
10-11 June - A reinforced CCF regiment (Approx. 3,600 CCF)
11-12 June - A CCF regiment (approx. 2,850 CCF)
12-13 June - A reinforced CCF regiment
13-14 June - An estimated 100 CCF
14-15 June - An estimated 120 CCF
15-16 June - Negative
16-17 June - Negative
17-18 June - A CCF regiment.
During this period the entire 74th CCF Division was utilized against this position and at the end of the engagement was considered combat ineffective. Enemy rounds fired in support of their attack during the period 10-18 June amounted to 88,810 rounds over 81 mm size: friendly mortar and artillery units in conjunction with friendly tank fires were 368185 rounds over 81mm size."
(This command report courtesy of Martin Markley)
| After the front line stabilized in November 1951, along what eventually proved to be the demarcation line between North and South Korea, the fighting over the next 20 months degenerated into a battle for outposts, whose possession served more political and propaganda purposes than military. In some respects it was like the trench warfare of World War I.
This can give you an idea of the intensity of the combat in an outpost fight
The battle for Outpost Harry began on 10 June 1953 with the following units heavily engaged in its defense: 15th Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 5th Regimental Combat Team; and the Greek Expeditionary Forces Battalion.
After nine days of repeated assaults, the Chinese bid to gain control of the critical terrain between the Chorwan and Kumhwa Valleys had failed. The entire Chinese 74th Division was committed to this operation and was rendered combat ineffective by 18 June. Estimated Chinese casualties were 1,673 dead and 3,800 wounded. United Nations casualties included 102 dead, 533 wounded, and 44 missing in action. In support of their attack, the Chinese fired approximately 88,810 indirect fire rounds in the Outpost Harry sector. United Nations forces countered with approximately 368,185 rounds. By the end of the nine day battle, Outpost Harry resembled a cratered moonscape.
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SAM, intrigued to learn more, I went to the Outpost Harry Survivors Association link you provided and read some of their personal experiences. I thought I would post a link to one I found most interesting to read.
The Longest Day of My Life - June 10. 1953
2nd Lt. 39th FA 3rd Inf. Div.
Attached to King Company, 15th Regiment
I ran to the door where I had left my carbine and caught a Chinese coming at me. Another grenade came in and I would step in the corner and put my head down against the blast and step back in the door and catch another trying to run in. This went on at least 3 or 4 more times before my hand and leg went numb,..."
On This Day In History
Birthdates which occurred on June 10:
1613 Johan Georg II, ruler of Saxon (1656-80)
1637 Jacques Marquette, jesuit/missionary
1706 John Dollond owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens
1735 John Morgan American physician-in-chief of Continental Army
1819 Gustave Courbet France, realist painter (Funeral at Ornans)
1836 Yamaoka Tesshu Japanese swordsman, master of kendo
1895 Immanuel Velikovsky writer (Worlds in Collision)
1904 Frederick Loewe composer/partner of Learner
1910 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], Blues legend (Evil, Do the do, Big City Blues)
1911 Ralph Kirkpatrick Leominster Mass, harpsichordist
1911 Terence Rattigan playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version)
1913 Thor Johnson Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin, conductor (Cin Symph 1958)
1913 Wilbur J Cohen 1st employee of Social Security System
1914 Saul Bellow author (Mr Sammler's Planet)
1915 Oscar Comras Bronx, drummer (namesake of Comras Mall in Bronx Park)
1921 Prince Philip Mountbatten Greece, Duke of Edinburgh, Mr Elizabeth II
1922 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], Mich, actress/singer (Wizard of Oz)
1922 Rose Moffard AZ acting Governor
1923 Earl Hamner Jr Schuyler Va, TV narrator (The Waltons)
1923 Robert Maxwell [Jan Hoch], Czech, billionaire/CEO (NY Daily News)
1925 Nat Hentoff columnist/novelist (Village Voice, The Cold Society)
1926 June Haver actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door)
1928 Maurice Sendak NYC, author/illustrator (Where The Wild Things Are)
1929 James McDivitt Chicago, Brig Gen USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4, Apollo 9)
1932 Gardner McKay NYC, actor (Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles)
1933 F Lee Bailey Waltham Mass, attorney (Sam Shepard case)
1937 Richard Foreman NYC, theatrical director (Daily Life)
1939 Alexandria Stewart Montral, actress (In Praise of Older Women)
1941 Shirley Alston Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
1943 Jeff Greenfield NYC, media commentator (Firing Line, Nightline)
1945 Ron Glass Evansville Ind, actor (Ron-Barney Miller, New Odd Couple)
1946 Matthew Fisher England, keyboardist (Procal Harum-Conquistador)
1951 Dan Fouts NFL QB (San Diego Chargers)
1955 Andrew Stevens Memphis Tn, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury)
1959 Timothy Van Patten Bkln NY, actor (White Shadow, Master)
1961 Maxi Priest rocker (Wide World)
1962 Duane Sutter NHL player (NY Islander)
1966 Doug McKeon NJ, actor (Big Shamus Little Shamus, Centennial)
1967 Human Beatbox (Darren Robinson) rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
1973 David Friedman LA Calif, actor (Jason-Little House on the Prairie)
1991 James Cleveland McFadden-Talbot son of Gates McFaden (Star Trek NG)
Deaths which occurred on June 10:
1190 Frederik I van Hohenstaufen "Barbarossa", German King, dies
1580 Lu¡s Vaz de Camoes Portugal's national poet, dies
1839 Nathaniel Pryor sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies
1903 King Alexander I & Queen Dragia of Serbia are assassinated
1924 Giacomo Matteotti Italian socialist deputy, assassinated by fascists
1941 Marcus Garvey dies at 52 in London England
1946 Jack Johnson 1st black heavyweight champion, dies in car accident
1971 Michael Rennie actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
1981 Russell "Lucky" Hayden actor (Judge Roy Bean), dies at 68
1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder film-maker, dies of drug overdose at 36
1985 Bob Prince sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
1985 George Chandler actor (Lassie), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
1988 Louis L'Amour western writer, dies at 80 of cancer
Reported: MISSING in ACTION
1965 COMPA JOSEPH J. JR. EAST LIVERPOOL OH.
[LAST SEEN ON GROUND]
1965 CURLEE ROBERT L. JR. MONROE NC.
[ON GROUND-UNDER FIRE]
1965 DOUGHTIE CARL LOUIS TARBORO NC.
[ID 15 DEC 98, REMAINS BURIED 02/25/99 ARLINGTON]
1965 HAGEN CRAIG L. SACRAMENTO CA.
[LAST SEEN ON GROUND-UNDER FIRE]
1965 HALL WALTER L. OLD TOWN ME.
[LAST SEEN ON GROUND-UNDER FIRE]
1965 JOHNSON BRUCE G. HARBOR BEACH MI.
[LAST SEEN UNDER FIRE]
1965 OWENS FRED M. PICHER OK.
1965 SAEGAERT DONALD R. BERLIN CT.
[LAST SEEN ON GROUND-UNDER FIRE]
1967 EVERSON DAVID AITKIN MN.
[03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE AND WELL 98]
1967 HALL THOMAS R. CARROLLTON VA.
[03/04/73 RELEASED BY DRV, ALIVE IN 98]
1967 PLATT ROBERT L. JR. CHARLESTON SC.
1967 SHERMAN PETER WOODBURY BAY VILLAGE OH.
[REMAINS RETURNED 01/16/91]
1970 PIERCE WALTER M. PHILADELPHIA PA.
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1610 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island
1639 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
1682 Tornado in Connecticut uproots a 3' diameter oak tree
1720 Mrs Clements of England markets 1st paste-style mustard
1752 Ben Franklin's kite is struck by lightning-what a shock!
1760 NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine
1772 Burning of the Gaspe, British revenue cutter, by Rhode Islanders
1776 Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Decl of Ind
1801 Tripoli declares war on US for refusing tribute
1809 1st US steamboat to a make an ocean voyage leaves NY for Phila
1846 Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tire
1847 Chicago Tribune begins publishing
1848 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago
1854 Georg F.B. Reiman proposes that space is curved
1863 Battle of Brice's Crossroads, Miss; Forrest w/3500 defeats 8000 Feds
1865 Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" 1st performance Mnchen Germany
1868 2nd Belmont Stakes, General Duke wins
1869 Agnes arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef
1880 Charlie Jones becomes 1st to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning
1892 Wilbert Robinson of Balt Orioles sets record of 7 for 7 in 9 inn game
1898 US Marines land in Cuba, during Spanish-American War
1899 Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms in Cincinnati
1902 Patent for window envelope granted to H.F. Callahan
1905 1st forest fire lookout tower placed in operation, Greenville, Me
1908 1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of NY, opens
1916 Great Arab Revolt begin
1921 Babe Ruth becomes all time HR champ with #120 (Gavvy Cravath)
1924 1st political convention broadcast on radio-Republicans at Cleveland
1926 Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
1932 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield Mass
1934 Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 (OT) in soccer's 2nd World Cup at Rome
1935 Dr Robert Smith & William Wilson of Akron form Alcoholics Anonymous
1940 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
1942 Massacre at Lidice (Czechoslovakia) Gestapo kills 173
1943 FDR becomes 1st US pres to visit a foreign country during wartime
1943 FDR signs withholding tax bill into law (this is W-2 Day!)
1944 Joe Nuxhall at 15 becomes youngest ML baseball player
1946 Italian Republic established
1952 Chic White Sox Sam Mele is 6th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
1954 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
1955 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
1956 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
1957 Harold MacMillan becomes British PM
1957 John Diefenbacker (C) elected PM of Canada
1959 Rocky Colovito hits 4 HRs in 1 game
1962 A record 54 home runs hit in baseball
1962 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3¬"
1964 Southern filibuster on civil rights bill ends; cloture invoked
1965 A R Klemola discovers asteroid #2370 van Altena
1966 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in the UK
1966 Beatles record "Rain", 1st to use reverse tapes
1966 Cleve Indian Sonny Siebert no-hits Wash Senator, 2-0
1966 Janis Joplins 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in SF)
1967 15,000 attend Fantasy Faire & Magic Mountain Music Festival, Calif
1967 Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq & Egypt end "6-Day War" with UN help
1971 11 die in a train crash in Salem Ill
1972 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him aheard of Willie Mays as the #2 HR hitter (649)
1973 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
1975 Rockefeller panel reports on 300,000 illegal CIA files on Americans
1976 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
1977 Apple Computer ships its 1st Apple II
1977 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison
1978 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
1979 Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve)
1979 Pope John Paul II visits Poland
1981 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail
1981 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits
1981 Sebastian Coe of Englands sets the 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence
1981 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
1982 Israeli troops reach outskirts of Beirut
1984 Boston beats Los Angeles, for the NBA championship
1984 Ivan Lendl wins the French Open, his 1st grand slam title
1984 US missile shot down an incoming missile in space for 1st time
1984 Zhu Jian Hua of China high jumps a record 7'10" (2.39m)
1985 Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife
1985 Coca Cola announces they'd bring back their 99-year-old formula
1986 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's NL
1987 Discovery's SRBs and External Tank are mated
1988 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
1989 Major French Open upset, as Spain's Arantxa Sanchez, 17 beats heavily favored Steffi Graf, also 1st Spaniard to win a grand slam title
1990 Andres Gomez beats Andre Agassi for French Open title
1990 Burger King begins using Newman's Own Salad Dressing
1990 Detroit Pistons beat Trail Blazers for 1st time since 1974 in Portland
1990 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Fla for obscenity
1991 Mother of All Parades-NYC welcomes desert storm troops
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Argentina : Affirmation of Argentina's Rights over the Malvinas
Azores : Camoes Day (1580)
Cape Verde, Maderia : National Day (1580)
Portugal : Day of Portugal (1580)
Massachusett : Children's Day - - - - - ( Sunday )
Shelby, Mich : National Asparagus Festival - - - - - ( Thursday )
Great Britain : Queen's official birthday (National Day) - - - - - ( Saturday )
RC-Vatican City : Sacred Heart Day (moveable feast)
Ang : Commemoration of Ephrem of Edessa, Syria, deacon
old RC : Commemoration of St Margaret, Queen of Scotland, widow
1692 Bridget Bishop became the first person hanged for witchcraft, during the ordeal known to history as the 'Salem Witch Trials.' In all, 20 people died before theological jurisprudence was restored in this isolated Puritan community in Massachusetts.
1850 The American Bible Union was founded, organized by church leaders who had broken from the American and Foreign Bible Society.
1854 Eventually to become the first African- American Roman Catholic bishop, James Augustine Healy, 24, was ordained a priest in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
1925 The United Church of Canada was formed, uniting both the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations of Canada. The merger also took in 3,000 independent Canadian Congregational churches.
1983 The Presbyterian Church (USA) was formed in Atlanta, through a reunification of the United Presbyterian Church (UPCUSA) and the Southern Presbyterian Church (PCUS).
Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Thought for the day :
"If you want the last word with a woman, apologize."
posted on 06/10/2003 5:51:54 AM PDT
(Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
"If you want the last word with a woman, apologize."
LOL. Words of wisdom.
To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; *all
Good morning snippy, SAM and FOXHOLE residents.
Good Morning feather.
To: snippy_about_it; Valin; AntiJen
Good mornin, Fox FRiends. Valin,could you link me here or Freepmail the 12 Jun calendar? That is my grandson,Nicholas's birthday. I want to tell him what happened in 62,before and since.
To: snippy_about_it; Valin; AntiJen
Correction,Nick was born 92 not 62. My son was born 92. As you can tell I was born too long ago.
To: bentfeather; SAMWolf
I'm going to go out in the sun,look at baby robins and get some brains. My son was born 62
Regards to OK from ME.
I know the feeling.
Here is a google search of this day in history June 12 which should give you some ideas.
:-DSame to you, Larry.
posted on 06/10/2003 6:46:27 AM PDT
Missing Navy Crewmembers Found and Identified(from the Vietnam War)
Department of Defense | 5/27/03 | Department of Defense http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925820/posts
The remains of nine U.S. Navy crewmembers, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and their remains are being returned to their families for burial.
The nine are identified as Cmdr. Delbert A. Olson, Casselton, N.D.; Lt. j.g.'s Denis L. Anderson, Hope, Kan.; Arthur C. Buck, Sandusky, Ohio; and Philip P. Stevens, Twin Lake, Mich.; Petty Officers 2nd class Richard M. Mancini, Amsterdam, N.Y.; Michael L. Roberts, Purvis, Miss., Donald N. Thoresen and Kenneth H. Widon, Detroit and Petty Officer 3rd class Gale R. Siow, Huntington Park, Calif.
A group burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on June 18, 2003.
The nine departed Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base on Jan.11, 1968 onboard a Navy OP-2E Neptune aircraft for a mission over Laos to drop sensors which detected enemy movements. During its last radio contact, the crew reported they were descending through dense clouds. When they did not return to their home base, a search was initiated but found no evidence of a crash. Two weeks later, an Air Force aircrew photographed what appeared to be the crash site, but enemy activity in the area prevented a recovery operation.
Between 1993 and 2002, six U.S.-Lao investigation teams led by the Joint Task Force Full Accounting interviewed villagers in the surrounding area, gathered aircraft debris and surveyed the purported crash site scattered on two ledges of Phou Louang Mountain in Khammouan Province. During a 1996 visit, team members also recovered identification cards for several crewmembers, as well as human remains.
Full-scale recovery missions by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii (CILHI) in both 2001 and 2002 yielded additional remains, as well as identification of other crewmembers. More than 1,900 Americans are missing in action from the Vietnam War, with another 86,000 MIA from the Cold War, the Korean War and WWII.
Kudos to Diddle E. Squat
posted on 06/10/2003 7:01:08 AM PDT
(Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
posted on 06/10/2003 7:03:57 AM PDT
(Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
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