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FR Thread, posted by hedgetrimmer about the Coast Guard Auxiliary 09/20/2001.
This promted me to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary
after the US Navy and the Oregon National Guard said I was to old to re-enlist at 53.
5th year anniversary of actually doing something since Sep 11 2001
Never Forget
US Navy
GMG3 '66-'69
Tonkin Gulf
Coast Guard
Auxiliary Oct 2001-
I've volunteered and supported the US Coast Guard,
each and every week, without missing a single week since Oct 2001,
by actually training and doing their job on base,
including (but not limited to)
radio watch standing, updating crew training records
and commercial and recreational vessel exams.
LINK for Coast Guard Auxiliary AUXDATA
Click on Flotilla 01 (next to Div 5)
for Member Activities & Hours

Dec 2005 : I now have 3000 volunteer hours of documented
Coast Guard Auxiliary service since Oct 2001
Dec 2005 : I'm Top Auxiliary (2005) CFVE (Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner)
in # of exams AND hours in all of Dist 13 (OR, WA, MT, ID)
U.S.C.G Auxiliary Fishing Vessel Safety Division
I am 1 of 150 CFVE's (Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner)
trained and certified by the US Coast Guard
nationwide out of 36,208 Auxiliary members.
I am 1 of 8 CFVE's
out of 1,964 Auxiliary members in Dist 13 (WA, OR, ID, MT).

Founder - Webmaster and Plank Owner
Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiners Association

Commercial fishing is one of our nation’s most hazardous industries.
The Coast Guard is committed to increasing safety in the fishing industry.
The main objective is to increase compliance
with the minimum safety requirements found in
Title 46 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 28—
Requirements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels.

I have reported to Motor Lifeboat Station Coos Bay OR
every week, at least one day a week,
often times more, since Oct 2001
March 2005 update
In March 2005 I became the 1st Flotilla 51 AND Division 5 member
to be designated a CFVE.
(Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner)
May 2005 update
I head a unit that does all voluntary CFVE dockside exams for Station Coos Bay
and verify compliance to any boardings at sea safety violations
from Charleston to Port Orford.
I also trained the other 3 Flotilla 51 CFVE examiners.
*June 28 '05 update #1 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
*July 26 '05 #2 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
*Jan 10 '06 #3 of my trainees is now qualified as a CFVE*
I also organize and co ordinate
US Coast Guard Drill Conductor Classes for commercial fishermen
in Charleston and Port Orford

Auxiliary Commendation Award Auxiliary Substained Service Award Presidential Unit Citation
9/11 Coast Guard Unit Commendation to Auxiliary Members National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal
Auxiliary Operations Program Ribbon Auxiliary Operations Vessel Examination Ribbon Auxiliary Membership Service Award
Auxiliary OperationsServiceS Ribbon Auxiliary CFVE Examinations Award Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Auxiliary Commendation Award
The Auxiliary Commendation Medal is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of their sustained professional and/or leadership achievements in administration or operations. The Auxiliary Commendation Medal may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (0-4 and above) of an operational unit or serving as
a DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ or Director.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service of a nature, which is worthy of special recognition as described below. The key words for the Auxiliary Commendation Medal are sustained professional, leadership achievements and period of time. The Auxiliary Commendation is for recognition of Auxiliarists who have maintained an outstanding level of performance and/or achievement over a period of time to further authorized activities of the Auxiliary. The achievements could be in administration or operations.

Awarded to Dorwin, Kriss, Richard and myself, Feb 06,
by Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson Jr.,
Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, Coast Guard Defense Forces West

Auxiliary Substained Service Award
With 3 bronze stars
This award is presented to a member
contributing a documented total of
3000 volunteer hours of Auxiliary service.

Presidential Unit Citation
To all Coast Guard force of active duty, reserve,
auxiliary and civilian members
in preparation for, and response and recovery
to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
from 29 August to 13 September 2005
All Coast Guard members are authorized to wear
the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon
with a special clasp in the form of
the internationally recognized "hurricane symbol".

Coast Guard Unit Commendation
9/11 Coast Guard Unit Commendation to all Auxiliary Members
for exceptionally meritorious service
from 11 September 2001 through 1 September 2002

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal
With 2 bronze campaign stars
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI 1968-1969
Tet 69 Counteroffensive 1969

Auxiliary Operations Program Ribbon
Coast Guard Auxiliary Watchstander
Designated in writing by a Coast Guard unit
as qualified radio watchstander in that position.

Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Ribbon
With 2 bronze stars
Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)
Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)
Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)

Auxiliary Membership Service Award
Presented for completion of five cumulative years
(needs NOT be consecutive) of Auxiliary membership.

Operations Service Award
Earned by completing 200 or more hours of Operational Support
as a communications watchstander.

Auxiliary CFVE Examinations Award
Earned by conducting a total of 20
commercial fishing vessel examinations.

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

I also do commercial fishing vessel exams in the Port of Bandon

And Port Orford

Trained and qualified by the US Coast Guard
Radio and Tower Watchstander Motor Lifeboat Station Coos Bay OR (WS)
and as Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)
Qualified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)
and the Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)
I am also the Webmaster/FSO-CS/Flotillia 51 website
US Coast Guard Auxiliary, DISTRICT 13, DIVISION 5, FLOTILLA 51

Flotilla Level
2004 and 2005 Golden Web Award
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
13th District

"Plank Owner" Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

There are (Nationwide) 36,208
US Coast Guard Auxiliary members

There are 1,964 members in Dist 13 (WA, OR, ID, MT)

I am trained and certified by the US Coast Guard as

Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner (CFVE)

8 (CFVE) are in Dist 13
Nationwide (CFVE) : 150

Radio and Tower Watchstander (WS)

13 (WS) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : (WS) 1,137

I an also trained and certified by the US Coast Guard Auxilary as

Recreational Boating Safety Visitor Program (RBSVP)

79 (RBSVP) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : 1,512 (RBSVP)

Recreational Vessel Examiner (VE)

257 (VE) are in Dist 13
Nationwide : 5,105 (VE)

There are 7 nationwide qualified as CFVE, WS, VE and MDV
I am the only member in Dist 13 qualified as CFVE, WS, VE and MDV

Nov 2002
FReeper makes Coast Guard /
Coast Guard Auxiliary History

Aug 2004
68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub meets
fellow Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Vet
Jim Robinson

"The Coast Guard Auxiliary is not the best kept secret in the USCG anymore,
it's now a premier Force of the Department of Homeland Security
and the United States Coast Guard."


"We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail..."

President George W. Bush


I also worked in the Operations Office on the Coast Guard base in Coos Bay.
I was responsible for making sure the Coast Guard crew training records were updated weekly.

This is where I "work" each week.
Motor Lifeboat Station Coos Bay OR

Which is under the Command of Group/Air Station North Bend

Please take the time to read this
Click Below for full details
Hanoi Kerry is in in Violation of the
US Constitution 14th Amendment Section 3

Violation of 18 US CODE 2381

Violation of 18 USC 953
- Private correspondence with foreign governments

Violation of UCMJ Section 904. ART. 104.
- Aiding the Enemy.

Click Here if the 1st url is unavailable.

I VOW to the 58,000 + Brothers and Sisters on
The Viet Nam Wall who never came home
and to those who died at home from injuries and
from broken hearts.

"I will do everything I LEGALLY can
to expose Hanoi Kerry once and for all.

I will not tire, I will not falter,
and I will not fail.

I solemnly vow to do all I can to restore your honor
until I give my last breath on earth."

I spent 3yrs on a destroyer in the Navy from
'66-'69 as a Gunners Mate, GMG3.
USS CORRY DD 817 '68-'69 Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Member.
Home port was Norfolk Virginia
and sailed with her in the North Atlantic,
Caribbean,(dealt with Cuban gunboats off of Havana in Jan '68)
thru the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to Viet Nam and back.

I was there the same time Kerry was.
I was there Oct'68-Apr'69 on the destroyer USS Corry DD-817
which sometime supplied PCF's and PBR's
and provided gunfire and gunfire support
in North AND South Viet Nam.

My ship may have even supplied
Kerry's boat in the Mekong Delta

USS Corry served in all areas of the Viet Nam conflict from patrol in North Vietnam & China waters,
providing gunfire support in the south, replenishing patrol craft in the Delta.
The USS Corry earned various ribbons, awards & the E efficiency award.
She sailed from Norfolk in Aug'68 & returned Apr'69.
The USS Corry was alongside the USS New Jersey
when she made her debut in the South Vietnam war theater.
Both ships were participants of Operation Bold Mariner in Jan'69.
It was the largest amphibious landing since the Korean conflict began.

Although there are many similarities between naval gunfire support
and Operation Sea Dragon (which ended Nov '68), they differ in two important areas:
naval gunfire support is normally fired at the request of troops ashore,
while Sea Dragon's mission is the interdiction of supplies and destruction
of military targets; and naval gunfire support is always conducted in South Vietnam,
while Sea Dragon missions are fired only above the demilitarized zone.

29 US Navy ships received gunfire from Viet Cong shore batteries.
My ship DID NOT get hit by the VC.

This is EXACTLY what I used to do as a Gunner's Mate 3rd class.
DoughtyOne found this top pic from another ship.
The bottom pic is the ship I served on.


Picture taken Sept 10 2004

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

To our military readers, we remain steadfast in keeping the Canteen doors open.
The FR Canteen is Free Republics longest running daily thread specifically designed
to provide entertainment and morale support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.

To every service man or woman reading this.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
no matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

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Proud Patriots is a group of private Americans who are working to ensure
that our brave military heroes receive the support we believe they deserve.


TITLE 14 > PART II > CHAPTER 23 > Sec. 831.

Assignment and performance of duties

No member of the Auxiliary, solely by reason of such membership, shall be vested with,
or exercise, any right, privilege, power, or duty vested in or imposed upon the personnel
of the Coast Guard or the Reserve,
except that any such member may, under applicable regulations,
be assigned duties, which, after appropriate training and examination,
he has been found competent to perform, to effectuate the purposes of the Auxiliary.
No member of the Auxiliary shall be placed in charge of a
motorboat, yacht, aircraft, or radio station assigned
to Coast Guard duty unless he has been specifically designated
by authority of the Commandant to perform such duty.
Members of the Auxiliary, when assigned to duties as herein authorized shall,
unless otherwise limited by the Commandant,
be vested with the same power and authority, in the execution of such duties,
as members of the regular Coast Guard assigned to similar duty.

Received in mail from:

The Commandant of The United States Coast Guard

To the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard

I am pleased to present you with the Department of Homeland Security Founding Member's certificate. As a "plank owner," this personalized keepsake signed by Secretary Tom Ridge acknowledges your important service during the Coast Guard's historic transfer on March 1, 2003, to the newly established Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Representing the largest reorganization of the federal government since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947, the Coast Guard plays a critical role as the lead federal agency for maritime homeland security. Although safeguarding our country is not a new mission for the Coast Guard, today's environment is filled with increasingly complex and dangerous threats. I am counting on you to help see us through these demanding times and continue protecting our nation as we have done for more than 213 years.

As we embark on this new chapter in our history, I appreciate your contributions to the Coast Guard and your dedication in upholding the vital mission of the new Department - protecting America.


T.H. Collins
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

Enclosed Certificate reads

Homeland Security (with logo)
Be it known that
Brian Marotta
is a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security,

dedicated to preventing terrorist attacks within the United States, reducing America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimizing the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Tom Ridge, Secretary
Washington, D.C., March 01, 2003

I have taken a vow that our military will never be disrepected again.
To those who post snide remarks about those in the military

Who served with Honor

Including Male or Female active duty or Male or Female Vets

First introduced to Free Republic Thanksgiving weekend 1998
by a very dear friend of mine.
She finally got me to quit being a lurker
and finally register on 06/20/01

I am 57 years old and single. Born and raised in Chicago.
States* (in order) that I have lived in as an adult.

*Cities Chicago, Norfolk, Detroit, Austin, Los Angeles, Las Vegas

Click for Bandon, Oregon Forecast
Bandon is 30 miles south of Coos Bay

On any given day, the men and women of the Coast Guard:

• Conduct 109 search-and-rescue missions.
• Assist 192 people in distress.
• Seize 169 pounds of marijuana.
• Nab 306 pounds of cocaine.
Most important, the Coast Guard saves lives.
"Ten or 12 people today will go home to dinner with their family
only because the Coast Guard got them out of trouble,"
said Adm. James Loy, commandant of the Coast Guard.
Now that's a respectable day's work.
All from a service of only 35,000 people, fewer than the New York Police Department.

I am sometimes on this boat in the ocean as part of my training.

52' Motor Lifeboat Intrepid
Generally regarded by their crews as the "Cadillac" of the motor lifeboats, these boats answer the call when heavy weather conditions are too severe for any other rescue boat. Built in 1960 to replace wooden-hulled ships that carried the same names since the 1930's, these steel-hulled 52-foot motor lifeboats can withstand 100-mile per hour winds and sea swells up to 35 feet. These are the only Coast Guard vessels under 65 feet that have names. Only four 52-footers are in service, all in the Pacific Northwest. They are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and are capable of effecting a rescue at sea even under the most difficult circumstances. They are self-bailing, self-righting, almost unsinkable, and have a long cruising radius.
Missions: Search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and recreational boating safety.

Boating And Non-Boating Programs

Below is a brief but comprehensive listing of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's many missions.

Surface (water) Missions

  • Safety Patrol - Patrol under Coast Guard orders using an Auxiliary Operational Facility.

  • Regatta Patrol - Patrolling organized regattas and boat parades.

  • Chart Update Patrol - Verifying the accuracy and completeness of information published on charts and related navigation publications.

  • PWC Patrol - Patrolling on a Personal Water Craft (PWC).

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Air Operations Missions

  • SAR Mission - Search And Rescue call out or the air equivalent to a vessel safety patrol.

  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Air support of a Coast Guard law enforcement mission.

  • MEP Mission - Air support in the area of Marine Environmental Protection.

  • Ice Operations Mission - Air support in the area of ice patrol operations.

  • Logistics Mission - Transportation of personnel.

  • Training Mission - Training missions involving air operations.

Land-based Operations Missions

  • Radio Watchstander - Serving as a qualified watchstander at a Coast Guard or Auxiliary facility.

  • Officer of the Day Duties - OOD at a Coast Guard facility either ashore or afloat.

  • B-2 Alert SAR Standby - Time spent on stand-by.

  • B-0 Alert SAR Standby - Standing by under with an Auxiliary Operational Facility for immediate call out.

  • SAR Call Out - Search And Rescue call out involving communication facilities.

  • CG Crew Augmentation - Serving as a qualified crew on Coast Guard, not Auxiliary, vessels.

  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Providing surface support of Coast Guard law enforcement mission.

  • MEP Mission - Surface support for a Marine Environmental Protection mission.

  • Auxiliary Radio Net Mission - Maintaining Coast Guard authorized Auxiliary radio nets.

  • Aids to Navigation Mission-Federal - Servicing federal or private Aids to Navigation.

  • Bridge Administration - Inspecting bridges.

Public Education Missions

  • PE Other Than State/Youth - Auxiliary multi-lesson public education classes.

  • State and Youth Courses - State public education classes and youth courses.

  • MT Instructor Mission - Member training activity, including specialty courses, boats crew training, and basic qualification classes.

Environmental Missions

  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Provide support to a Coast Guard law enforcement mission.

  • Marine Environmental Protection - Provide support to the Coast Guard in the area of Marine Environmental Protection.

Coast Guard Support and Boating Safety Missions

  • CG Operational Support - A service provided to operational Coast Guard units in support of Coast Guard programs.

  • CG Administrative Support - Provide support to the Coast Guard in areas other than operations or recruiting.

  • AIM Mission - The Auxiliary's Academy Introduction Mission (AIM).

  • RAP Mission - Coast Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (RAP).

  • Courtesy Marine Examinations - Vessel Safety Checks; Personal Water Craft Safety Checks; Uninspected Passenger Vessel; and Commercial Fishing Vessel.

  • Public Affairs Mission - Promoting the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary or Coast Guard Reserve.

  • Marine Dealer Visits - Participating in the Marine Dealer Visitation Program.

Agency Support Missions

  • Federal Agencies - Provide non-operational support to other federal agencies, such as Customs, Corps of Engineers and NOAA.

  • State Agencies - Provide support to state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources, State Police and Marine Patrols.

  • Local Agencies - Provide support to local agencies, such as local police, sheriff's offices, fire/rescue and Harbormasters.
We Need You -- In the wake of the recent attacks on the United States, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be called upon to provide essential services to the Coast Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions.  We will need all the help we can get.  You needn't own a boat or even be an experienced boater, since our missions are wide-ranging.  For information about existing Auxiliary missions and the Auxiliary in general, go to our Join the Auxiliary webpage.  You will find there a form through which you can ask that a local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can assist Team Coast Guard
and, in the process, do something for our country in its hour of need.
Age 17 and up (no upper age restrictions) Click Here for details.

This is the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat we do Helo Ops on in Coos Bay.
NOTE : It is very seldom this calm on the water.

This is the Coast Guard 47' Boat on Helo Ops in Coos Bay.
I have been on the 47' boat numerous times during helo ops, day and night.

This is the Coast Guard 23' Safe Boat on Helo Ops in Coos Bay.
NOTE : I have been on this boat several times but not during Helo Ops

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Accuracy is the key word in naval gunfire support--accuracy that enables cruisers and destroyers to fire projectiles up to 15 miles inland at an enemy who may be within a few hundred yards of friendly forces. And that accuracy is backed by mobility unmatched by ground-based military artillery and more readily available than aircraft.

Although there are many similarities between naval gunfire support and Operation Sea Dragon, they differ in two important areas: naval gunfire support is normally fired at the request of troops ashore, while Sea Dragon's mission is the interdiction of supplies and destruction of military targets; and naval gunfire support is always conducted in South Vietnam, while Sea Dragon missions are fired only above the demilitarized zone. Pix-pg7

Geographically, the Republic of Vietnam is ideal for naval gunfire. The country's sprawling coastline, narrow breadth and navigable coastal waters mean that cruisers and destroyers can move in close and hit targets deep inland. The country's dependence on the sea means that many villages and towns, and as a result many of the enemy's activities, are near the coast and within easy range of naval guns.

Naval gunfire support ships have the ability to loiter in an area indefinitely or to speed along the coast at more that 30 knots. A ship assigned to gunfire support might spend her early morning hours softening up a beach before an amphibious assault, answer a call for an emergency mission against enemy troops in the afternoon, and fire illumination rounds and H and I (harassment and interdiction) fire through the night.

A gunfire mission begins with a request from a naval gunfire liaison officer ashore in South Vietnam. When a ship arrives on station, she contacts ground or airborne spotters by radio for last minute instructions.

At first the ship fires her rounds slowly and deliberately, while the spotter radios corrections. Within a few rounds, under the guidance of the spotter, the ship's projectiles find their mark and the pace of the firing quickens. The ship can remain on station until the targets are completely destroyed, and at the end of the mission hundreds of rounds may have been fired.

But one target destroyed means another to take under fire, and unless the ship is needed for another target in an area, she wastes no time in getting to another target along the coast. [Map inset: From the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta and beyond in the south, gunfire support ships provide mobile and responsive firepower for Allied forces ashore.]


Ships operating in the Vietnam area run the gamut of naval gunnery, from the three-inch guns aboard Pix-pg14destroyer escorts and radar picket escorts to the massive eight-inch guns aboard heavy cruisers.

Most common of all guns in the Navy today are five-inch guns, which are found aboard every destroyer in the fleet. the older five-inch/38 caliber guns are the mainstay of destroyer gunnery because of their range and reliability, while modern, rapid-fire five-inch/54 caliber guns serve as main battery guns aboard newer destroyers and guided missile destroyers.

In naval gunnery, the first measurement given is the diameter of the bore and the second, if multiplied by the diameter gives the length of the bore. Thus, a five-inch/38 caliber gun has a bore five inches in diameter and (5x38) 190 inches long.

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Eight-inch/55 caliber guns are found only aboard heavy cruisers and are used extensively on both Operation Sea Dragon and naval gunfire support. They have a range of approximently 15 nautical miles and fires projectiles weighing over 250 pounds.


Six-inch/47 caliber guns are found only aboard light cruisers. They have a range of approximately 12 nautical miles and fire projectiles weighing more than 100 pounds.


Five-inch/54 caliber guns are found on post-World War II destroyers and guided missile destroyers and, because of their high rate of fire and range, are among the most versatile guns in the Navy. They can fire up to 45 rounds per minute, delivering 70-pound projectiles more than 12 nautical miles.

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Five-inch/38 caliber guns are carried by World War II vintage destroyers, by some destroyer escorts and, as secondary battery guns, by both heavy and light cruisers. they can fire their 55-pound projectiles more than eight nautical miles.


Three-inch/50 caliber guns are carried by most destroyer escorts and all radar picket escorts. They fire 13-pound projectiles about six nautical miles.


The accuracy of naval gunfire stems largely from a complex gunfire control system made up of a radar-equipped fire control director to located and track targets and a fire control computer to compensate for variables. with the position of the ship and the relative position ofáЈ8GET http://g.msn.com/1cl91enus/15 HTTP/ms the ship's guns so that rounds are delivered on target nearly 100% of the time.

Pix-pg16The first step in gunfire control is to obtain an exact picture of the ship's position, which can be done by taking visual bearings on geographical points or by taking ranges and bearings of the same points with the ship's navigational radar or fire control radar. Once the ship's position has been plotted on a chart, the target is plotted, and the range and bearing determined from the ship to the target.

Pix-pg17With the initial range and bearing from the ship to the target fed into the computer, the computer compensates for the ship's course and speed and for other variables such as the target's course and speed (if any), wind speed and direction, air temperature, pitch and roll of the ship, and the initial velocity of the projectiles being fired. The computer's solution automatically aims and elevates the gun barrels.

Navy ships are capable of placing their first rounds within a few hundred feet of their target. In addition, whenever possible, Navy and Air Force aircraft or ground spotters assist the ships by spotting or locating the fall of shot in relation to the target. With spotters passing corrections to the firing ship, projectiles can literally be "talked" or "walked" to the center of a target in a matter of minutes [Photo: From high up on the ship's superstructure, the radar-equipped director feeds target information to the ship's computer deep inside.]

Please pause a moment for those never accounted for
from WW II, Korea and Viet Nam.
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 Text of the Second Amendment
"A well regulated Militia
being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."

Anyone who actually reads AND understands the 2nd Amendment will see that there is no need or authority for any type of gun registration and there is no need for anyone to have to apply for a license to carry a gun.
Any political party, politician, judge (etc), organization or individual who trys to convince you that:
1) you must register a firearm
2) you must pass a background check
3) you must wait (x) amount of days before you can get your firearm
4) you need to have a license to carry a gun
is either uneducated about OUR rights as citizens
OR is actively working to undermine OUR country.

How Did the Founders Understand the Second Amendment?

The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment right to keep and bear firearms,
originated in the United States Congress in 1789 before being ratified by the States.
On three occasions since then--in 1866, 1941, and 1986--
Congress enacted statutes to reaffirm this guarantee of personal freedom
and to adopt specific safeguards to enforce it.

ON THE DAY BEFORE Thanksgiving 1993,
the 103d US Congress brought forth a constitutional turkey.
The 103d Congress decided that the Second Amendment did not mean what it said
("...shall not be infringed") and passed the Brady bill.

How the Brady Bill Passed (and subsequently - "Instant Check")
When the Brady Bill was passed into law the Senate voted on the Conference Report
and passed the Brady Bill by UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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