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Vietnam War MOH Recipient Looks Back
Northwest Florida Daily News | Jul 06, 2014 | by Lauren Sage Reinlie
It was his first deployment, but he and the 11 soldiers on the team he was leading had been well-trained and well-prepared.
The soldiers were sent in as advisors to the South Vietnamese. Their job was to train and equip them to fight off the Viet Cong.
The men were excited, as young men are when they travel to a new country, a new culture, and they were filled with hope that they were going to be able to help people help themselves, the now-80-year-old said.
They knew the risks: they could be killed, or, perhaps worse, be captured and taken as prisoners of war.
“We all vowed to each other we would fight until the end,” he said.
On July 6, just six weeks after the team arrived, they faced that test. Continue reading
50 Years Ago Today:
President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s daily diary for August 2, 1964 – In the early hours of Sunday, August 2, 1964, President Johnson received a message that North Vietnamese torpedo boats had attacked an American destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin. In the morning the President met with Secretary of State Dean Rusk and others to discuss the situation in Vietnam. At the meeting it was decided not to retaliate at this time, to strengthen the American patrols, and to issue a protest note to North Vietnam. Later that day, the President walked to church services at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Lady Bird Johnson. (LBJ Library/National Archives) Continue reading
Army Wants a Harder-Hitting Pistol
Jul 03, 2014 | by Matthew Cox
As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS.
The MHS would replace the Army’s inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.
“It’s a total system replacement — new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything,” Easlick said.
The Army began working with the small arms industry on MHS in early 2013, but the effort has been in the works for more than five years. If successful, it would result in the Defense Department buying more than 400,000 new pistols during a period of significant defense-spending reductions. Continue reading
During July 2013 the Navy successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George W. Bush, with a new stealth jet called the X-47B.
What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a ‘drone’. Yes, it is completely unmanned. Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one of the larger ones.
What is so ironic about all of this is, the fact that the enemy cannot detect a plane like this in the first place. In the unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one down, there will be no human loss of life or captivity. As you view the flight deck crew signaling the plane, they are simply signaling the on-board cameras, who in turn are being manned by staff inside the command intelligence center ( CIC ) onboard the ship.
Also check out the short distance this plane needs for a takeoff. Impressive indeed.
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Fast Freddy says:
Veterans from Charlie Company can relate to the military experience of James Garner
By Frank C. Girardot, Pasadena Star-News
In the era of Justin Bieber and Shia LaBeouf, it’s easy for an angry old man sitting behind a computer keyboard to decry modern entertainers
And yet, despite the affliction of age, I know I’m right if I do.
Which is why I say with certainty that our culture lost a great actor and a good man this weekend when James Garner died. Continue reading