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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: USS Enterprise ~ April 2, 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 04/01/2012 5:02:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

The USS Enterprise

Info from here.

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USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Norfolk Naval Station March 11 on the ship's 22nd and final deployment.

Enterprise is slated to deploy to the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

Working with allied and partner maritime forces, the Enterprise and her accompanying strike group will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts designed to maintain regional stability.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group consists of approximately 5,500 Sailors and Marines who, during the last few months, successfully completed a series of complex training events and certifications to ensure they were capable of operating effectively and safely together.

"This Strike Group is trained and ready for the full spectrum of operations," said Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. "We're ready to maintain freedom of the sea lanes, project power if directed to do so, and certainly perform a presence mission."

These skills, which will be vital as the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group travels to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), were recently tested during the carrier's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

"During my time as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, I haven't sent a strike group underway that is as ready as you are," said Adm. John C. Harvey, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, while addressing the crew of Enterprise prior to the ship getting underway. "No one has done as much to get ready, worked as hard, and accomplished as much in every warfare area. You should be very proud of what you're going to be doing once you get to where you're going...where the business of the nation needs you."

For Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the deployment represents the culmination of more than 50 years of distinguished service.

Commissioned in 1961, the Enterprise is both the largest and oldest active combat vessel in the Navy.

Enterprise's age, however, does not impact its effectiveness.

"Enterprise is as ready and capable as she has ever been throughout her 50 years," said Capt. William C. Hamilton, Commanding Officer of Enterprise. "The ship and crew's performance during work-ups demonstrates that the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has never been more relevant."

Throughout its storied history, Enterprise has played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and was one of the first Navy assets deployed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The importance of the role Enterprise has played in both national and naval history is a fact not lost on the Sailors and Marines currently aboard the ship.

"The crew is very mindful that we are following the legacy of the more than 200,000 Sailors who have come before us during the last 50 years," said Hamilton. "It's the Sailors of this great warship, and the Sailors that have served aboard Big E over the past half-century that have established the legacy she enjoys."

Enterprise was designed in the late 50's for a 25-year lifespan, and the Nimitz-class carriers were designed for 50 years. "To effectively double the service life of a ship as complex as Enterprise speaks volumes about the design strengths of the world's first nuclear-powered carrier, the Navy's commitment to cost effectiveness, and our Sailors hard work and innovation throughout the last half-century to keep her going strong," said Hamilton.

Enterprise is scheduled for deactivation and eventual decommissioning following its anticipated return later this year, marking the end of the carrier's legendary 50-plus years of service.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is comprised of Enterprise, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Nitze (DDG 94), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).

CVW-1 is comprised of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11.

 

Some highlights from the US Navy's The Legend of Enterprise Page...

The first Enterprise originally belonged to the British and cruised on Lake Champlain to supply their posts in Canada. After the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by the Americans on 10 May 1775, it became the object of desire in the mind of Benedict Arnold who realized he would not have control of Lake Champlain until its capture. He learned it was stationed at a small British garrison at St. John’s on the Richelieu in Canada, and set out from Skenesborough (Whitehall, New York) in the commandeered sloop Liberty for that place on 14 May 1775. He surprised and captured the British garrison on 18 May, took possession of the 70-ton sloop, and sailed it south to Crown Point. It was named Enterprise by Arnold and fitted out with twelve long 4-pounder carriage guns and ten swivels. About 1 August 1775, Captain James Smith was sent by the New York Provincial Congress to General Philip Schuyler and ordered to take command of “the sloop Enterprise.”


The seventh Enterprise (CV 6) was the first of the Enterprise ships to receive the nickname of Big 'E'. Other nicknames included the Lucky 'E', the 'Grey Ghost' and the 'Galopping Ghost'. CV-6 became the sixth aircraft carrier to join the U.S. Navy fleet upon its commissioning as a Yorktown-class carrier on Oct. 3, 1936. It had an overall length of 827 feet and displaced more than 32,000 tons of water. Enterprise fought in many of the key Pacific theater battles of World War II, and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (aloCV6 Flight Deckng with USS Saratoga and USS Ranger).

Enterprise was ordered to serve in the Pacific fleet in April 1939, and was sent underway to conduct training and transport Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF-211) to Wake Island in November 1941. Big 'E' was returning to the Hawaiian island of Oahu on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 when it received news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Enterprise became one of the first ships to respond to its nation's call to war and went on to earn 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II, for the crucial roles it played in numerous battles including Midway, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and the 'Doolittle Raid' on Tokyo. Japanese forces announced that the Big 'E' had been sunk in battle on three separate occasions throughout its Pacific campaign.

After its legendary World War II service, the first Big 'E' was decommissioned on Feb. 17, 1947 as the most decorated ship in U.S. naval history.


In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the eighth U.S. ship to bear the name Enterprise.

The giant ship was to be powered by eight nuclear reactors, two for each of its four propeller shafts. This was a daring undertaking. for never before had two nuclear reactors ever been harnessed together. As such, when the engineers first started planning the ship’s propulsion system, they were uncertain how it would work, or even if it would work according to their theories.

Materials used by the shipyard included 60,923 tons of steel; 1507 tons of aluminum; 230 miles of pipe and tubing; and 1700 tons of one-quarter-inch welding rods. The materials were supplied from more than 800 companies. Nine hundred shipyard engineers and designers created the ship on paper, and the millions of blueprints they created, laid end-to-end, would stretch 2400 miles, or from Miami to Los Angeles.

<-- Constructing USS Enterprise

Three years and nine months after construction began, Enterprise was ready to present to the world as “The First, The Finest” super carrier.

The newly-christened Enterprise left the shipyard for six days of builder and Navy pre-acceptance trials. Its escort during the trials, destroyer Laffey, sent this message; “Subject: Speed Trails. 1. You win the race. 2. Our wet hats are off to an area thoroughbred.” When the Big “E” returned to port, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral George W. Anderson, Jr., stated enthusiastically, “I think we’ve hit the jackpot.”

After years of planning and work by thousands the day finally arrived. At the commissioning of Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Secretary of the Navy John B. Connally Jr. called it a worthy successor to the highly decorated seventh USS Enterprise of World War II. “The fighting Gray Lady, as it was called, served in such well-known battles as the raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway.” Secretary Connally went on to say, “The new Enterprise will reign a long, long time as queen of the seas.”

In October 1962, Enterprise was dispatched to its first international crisis. Enterprise and other ships in the Second Fleet set up quarantine of all military equipment under shipment to communist Cuba. The blockade was put in place on October 24, and the first Soviet ship was stopped the next day. On October 28, Soviet leader Krushchev agreed to dismantle nuclear missiles and bases in Cuba, concluding the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the U.S. and USSR have ever come to nuclear war.

In the Fall of 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. In direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Big 'E' once again took its place in history by becoming one of the first units to respond in a crisis with its awesome striking power. Enterprise expended more than 800,000 pounds of ordnance during the operation. The ship returned to home port at Naval Station Norfolk November 10, 2001.


USS Enterprise in Marmaris, Turkey

Following several more deployments and an extended shipyard period that began in 2008, Enterprise embarked on its 21st deployment in January 2011, during which the carrier supported operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and multiple anti-piracy missions. During its six-month tour of duty, Big ‘E’ made port visits to Lisbon, Portugal, Marmaris, Turkey, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Mallorca, Spain.

Big 'E' became the fourth aircraft carrier in naval history to record 400,000 arrested landings on May 24, 2011. The milestone landing was made by an F/A-18F Super Hornet piloted by Lt. Matthew L. Enos and Weapon System Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Welsh from the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11.


400,000th landing aboard USS Enterprise


Enterprise aircraft launch

 

On November 25, 2011, Big ‘E’ celebrated its 50th birthday, making the carrier the oldest active duty ship in the U.S. Naval fleet. Enterprise’s 22nd and final deployment is scheduled for spring 2012.

 

 

 

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Today, Enterprise Sailors continue to set the standard for excellence aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier - proudly furthering the legend begun by the first Enterprise Sailors more than two centuries ago.

Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.  This is a politics-free zone!  Thanks for helping us in our mission! 

Thanks to Tomkow6 for his suggestion to feature the Enterprise's last voyage in the Canteen Hall of Heroes!

 


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To: tomkow6

*salute*

Thanks for the idea, Tom!!


51 posted on 04/01/2012 7:53:42 PM PDT by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: LUV W

Almost Easter! :)


52 posted on 04/01/2012 7:54:49 PM PDT by StarCMC (Sometimes you need a Jimmy Carter to get a Ronald Reagan.)
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To: StarCMC

Hey, Star! Sure is! This year is just flying by!


53 posted on 04/01/2012 7:59:20 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: Brytani
Good evening, Brytani, and welcome to the Canteen.

Thank you for sharing your Dad with us. We thank him for his service to our country.


54 posted on 04/01/2012 8:00:10 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

TAPS

RIP

Sgt Jamie Jarboe, USA
4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment,
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division


Amazing Grace

55 posted on 04/01/2012 8:04:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W
Good evening, Luv...((HUGS))

BIG ships...it's a wonder they even float...they are incredible for sure!!

56 posted on 04/01/2012 8:10:50 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

They do amaze me!

Those poor bunnies! LOL!


57 posted on 04/01/2012 8:21:58 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC; Samkay

58 posted on 04/01/2012 8:27:37 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: LUV W

LOL! Love that chocolate!


59 posted on 04/01/2012 9:05:46 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I had to go get a bit...made me crave it! :)


60 posted on 04/01/2012 9:20:21 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: LUV W

I just got a bag of Hershey’s kisses and eggs in Easter colors to “hide” Saturday night for my Dad...been doing it for years and years and years. He’ll keep finding them for months.


61 posted on 04/01/2012 9:33:09 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha, Hawaii...((HUGS))...your main landers all well? You have nice weather? Visitors?

Sun has come out here finally...chipped more ice. I amthisclose to having a path to the street.


62 posted on 04/01/2012 9:37:22 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

How fun!! I’ll bet he has a big ole smile on his face every time
he finds a new one. Hope they don’t get too stale after all
those months. LOL!

Need to go find my pillow....thanks for always being here, Kathy!
See ya manana!


63 posted on 04/01/2012 9:39:32 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: StarCMC

Good evening, Star...((HUGS))...thanks for today’s Hall of Heroes. Thanks for the additional links.


64 posted on 04/01/2012 9:57:16 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W

Good night and sleep well, Luv. ((HUGS))


65 posted on 04/01/2012 9:59:17 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

This is the final voyage of the Warship Enterprise, whose mission is to go where ever in the world she wants!


66 posted on 04/01/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT by HiJinx
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha again Night Owl! ((HUGS))

Well interesting chats today with the mainland and most seem to be faring well but all have concerns as we all do.

The weather has turned back to normal......it sucks. But you know what follows two days of rain in Hilo, right?
67 posted on 04/01/2012 10:38:14 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: HiJinx; ConorMacNessa; magslinger; StarCMC
Aloha all!

Did you know that there's a petition out there to bring back Enterprise?


68 posted on 04/01/2012 10:48:53 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: BIGLOOK

LOL! I do know....except for Tuesday at 39 degrees, it is supposed to be mid 40s thru next Sunday, with some snow and rain showers, but still freezing at night. I really am ready for that to stop.


69 posted on 04/01/2012 11:32:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: HiJinx

Good evening, HJ...((HUGS))...I didn’t know that.

Hope you and yours are doing well. A nice weekend?


70 posted on 04/01/2012 11:44:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC

Thanks, unique, for the woohoo.

Star.....#50!!


71 posted on 04/02/2012 12:20:35 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: blackie; E.G.C.; Arrowhead1952; ConorMacNessa; Allegra; Mrs.Nooseman; beachn4fun; Jet Jaguar; ...



72 posted on 04/02/2012 2:19:49 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a donut?

Cookies?

Veggies?

Sandwich?


73 posted on 04/02/2012 2:21:23 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Good morning, Tomkow6. Thanks Star for this morning's thread. Thanks, Tomkow6 for the heads up. How's it going?

74 posted on 04/02/2012 2:41:27 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


75 posted on 04/02/2012 2:42:04 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Back when I was in the Navy, stationed on carriers, I used to list the classes of carriers as such (back in the 90’s):
Midway class, CV-41, 42, 43
Forrestal class CV-59, 60, 61, 62
Kitty Hawk class CV 63, 64, 66
Nimitz class CVN-68 - up

and the Experiment, Enterprise CVN 65 (let’s see if we can build a nuke carrier)

and the Bastard Stepchild, John F. Kennedy CV-67 (supposed to be the first of the class of nukes, but Congress wanted to save money.)


76 posted on 04/02/2012 4:06:13 AM PDT by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ...

Good morning, Canteen. Good morning to our

Military, our Allies, and their families.

THANK YOU for all you do.

Thank you, Star, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.
When I saw the title I thought you meant

DC Metroland weather report

~ Today...Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

~ Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s.
North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Looks like we had a rain shower pass this way
some time in the middle of the night.
Warm and a bit breezy this morning.
Hopefully shaping up to be nice later on.
And now...Monday...UGH!
Not ready for it...hard to believe the weekend is over already.

Time for me to make my rounds.
But, you stay right where you are.
Cause...............I'll be bock!

The FR Canteen is

Come in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes, conversation, silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM

DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before.



77 posted on 04/02/2012 4:19:06 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I will NEVER forget it!
:-)


78 posted on 04/02/2012 4:28:40 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: beachn4fun
Good morning, Beachy!

*HUGS*

We seem to have wandered into another Monday - they seem to come so frequently these days! How are you doing today?



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

79 posted on 04/02/2012 4:40:34 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning, Kathy!

*HUGS*

How are you doing this morning?



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

80 posted on 04/02/2012 4:44:34 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: StarCMC

Here’s another good one:

My dad went to sea with the Gloucester Commercial Fishing Fleet at the tender age of 9. It was a wooden fishing schooner with sails and was called the “SADIE NOONAN”. Nearly forty years later, in the sixties, Dad took us to the seafaring Village in Mystic, CT. THERE on the wall of the Ship’s Chandler’s Store was the ACTUAL WHEEL OF THE SADIE NOONAN!!! My dad was so moved, he started to get all teary eyed right there in the museum.

We were, of course, in AWE of our daddy!


81 posted on 04/02/2012 4:47:12 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: BIGLOOK
Indeed there is - and I support it. Why should we be naming them after living persons? I'd like to see them bring back the names of ships that won WWII in the Pacific - Yorktown, Lexington, Saratoga, Hornet, Wasp, etc.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

82 posted on 04/02/2012 4:49:36 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: left that other site
Good morning, ML!

*HUGS*

Sounds like your daddy was an awe-inspiring man.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

83 posted on 04/02/2012 4:51:38 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. We have a chance for strong storms later.





84 posted on 04/02/2012 4:56:56 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach. How’s it going?


85 posted on 04/02/2012 5:01:44 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beachy and (((HUGS))).


86 posted on 04/02/2012 5:12:06 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

He was! I am still in awe of him, even though he is gone.


87 posted on 04/02/2012 5:17:26 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: All


Col. John W. Ripley, USMC - Hero of Dong Ha Bridge, Vietnam, 2April1972

NAVY CROSS CITATION

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain John W. Ripley (MCSN: 0-84239), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism on 2 April 1972 while serving as the Senior Marine Advisor to the Third Vietnamese Marine Corps Infantry Battalion in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon receipt of a report that a rapidly moving, mechanized, North Vietnamese army force, estimated at reinforced divisional strength, was attacking south along Route #1, the Third Vietnamese Marine Infantry Battalion was positioned to defend a key village and the surrounding area. It became imperative that a vital river bridge be destroyed if the overall security of the northern provinces of Military Region One was to be maintained. Advancing to the bridge to personally supervise this most dangerous but vitally important assignment, Captain Ripley located a large amount of explosives which had been pre-positioned there earlier, access to which was blocked by a chain-link fence. In order to reposition the approximately 500 pounds of explosives, Captain Ripley was obliged to reach up and hand-walk along the beams while his body dangled beneath the bridge. On five separate occasions, in the face of constant enemy fire, he moved to points along the bridge and, with the aid of another advisor who pushed the explosives to him, securely emplaced them. He then detonated the charges and destroyed the bridge, thereby stopping the enemy assault. By his heroic actions and extraordinary courage, Captain Ripley undoubtedly was instrumental in saving an untold number of lives. His inspiring efforts reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service.

Col. Ripley passed away 28Oct2008 and is interred at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

88 posted on 04/02/2012 5:23:17 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SevenofNine

Well, we have always known that hugo Chavez was crazy, but.....yeesh!


89 posted on 04/02/2012 5:34:07 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

It's gonna be a looooong day, Early Birds!
Been awake since 5:30, up since 6:30...
...and the alarm was set for 7:30!
Yep...it's Monday!
Also supposed to be windy and cooler today.
No sandstorms, please!
Anywhooooo...all of you have a GREAT day!
(((hugs)))

90 posted on 04/02/2012 5:40:16 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: LUV W

((HUGS))Good morning, LUV W. How’s it going?


91 posted on 04/02/2012 5:44:50 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: E.G.C.

Hey, EGC! (((hugs)))

Going well...just got up too early! Hope you and Bo had a nice weekend visiting with your sister! :)


92 posted on 04/02/2012 5:59:43 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: LUV W; beachn4fun
Well, Dad's garage got cleaned out yesterday. They're going to haul all the stuff off later today.

We're also watching for storms today and tonight.

93 posted on 04/02/2012 6:19:51 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: everyone; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; tomkow6; Old Sarge

Good Morning To The Canteen



I Wish You A Beautiful Monday
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*HUGS*

94 posted on 04/02/2012 6:22:33 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: beachn4fun
Morning Beachie!!

Spring is warming things up a bit here but it's still plenty wet. I'm getting over a cold, I took Friday off.

My daughter graduates from Oregon State University in June and guess who the commencement speaker is? Moochelle 0bama :-( AND because of her schedule conflicts, graduation is on Sunday, June 17th, FATHER's DAY, instead of Saturday; I SO want those people to just go away!

Other than that, life is good :=)

Enjoy your funomenal day!

95 posted on 04/02/2012 6:27:45 AM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to ENSLAVE Me)
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To: beachn4fun
Morning Beachie!!

Spring is warming things up a bit here but it's still plenty wet. I'm getting over a cold, I took Friday off.

My daughter graduates from Oregon State University in June and guess who the commencement speaker is? Moochelle 0bama :-( AND because of her schedule conflicts, graduation is on Sunday, June 17th, FATHER's DAY, instead of Saturday; I SO want those people to just go away!

Other than that, life is good :=)

Enjoy your funomenal day!

96 posted on 04/02/2012 6:27:51 AM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to ENSLAVE Me)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good morning, CMN ((HUGS))

I’m not really in the mood to be at work this morning. I’d hardly had to time to R&R into the weekend. UGH!

Have a good weekend?


97 posted on 04/02/2012 6:32:29 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: MEG33

Morning, Meg!


98 posted on 04/02/2012 6:43:48 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: MEG33

Morning, Meg!


99 posted on 04/02/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: MEG33

Morning, Meg!


100 posted on 04/02/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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