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Cheers Andrew and best wishes for the New Year.

Dave's Message

Mother's Day
All Mothers Have a Heart of a Warrior Hidden Inside

Motherhood is one of the great potential influences in human society. Her caress first awakens in the child a sense of security; her kiss the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. Thus in infancy and childhood she implants ever-directing and restraining influences that remain through life.

- David O. McKay (Slightly Modified)

In this month of May we celebrate Mothers Day and for us that have been graced by a mothers love it is a wonderful thing that we should always cherish. There is great courage to be found in a mother's love that is often over looked but if we take the time to think and remember I think all of us have felt, or been witnesses to, or heard of incredible courage. Acts performed by mothers protecting, providing and carrying on in the absence of husbands, willing to sacrifice everything even their lives for the safety of the family.

"Her dignity consists in being unknown to the world; her glory is in the esteem of her husband; her pleasures in the happiness of her family."

- Jean Rousseau

Her courage comes in so many forms the mother that carries on providing for her children and their future. It may be holding down a job or two working hard to fill the roll of a missing father or it may be sharing and supporting the destiny of a warrior husband who is away fighting the war or it may be a protective role in the face of great danger or crises to risk everything for the safety and future of her children.

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

- George Washington


During the War of the Grand Alliance, 1689 — 1697 (King William's War in North America) that pitted Britain against France, the settlement of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was a frequent target of raids by the Abenaki Indians, who were allied with the French and received bounties for English scalps and prisoners. On March 15, 1697, the Abenakis struck again.

Forty-year-old Hannah Duston was in her farmhouse resting. Less than a week before, she had given birth to her 12th child (counting four who had died). A neighbor, 41-year-old Mary Neff, was caring for her while Hannah's husband, Thomas, and her seven other children were out in the fields.

When the attack came, Thomas Duston was cut off from his wife, and he hurried his children to a nearby fortified house while holding off the Indians with his musket. Nathaniel later justified Thomas leaving his wife to fend for herself by observing, "As is not improbable, he had such knowledge of the good lady's character as afforded him a comfortable hope that she would hold her own, even in a contest with a whole tribe of Indians."

The Abenaki looted Duston's house, even tearing the cloth from her loom, and set the house on fire. They hustled the women into the forest, Duston carrying her baby. As soon it began to cry, an Indian grabbed it by the feet and smashed its head against a tree. All in all, the Abenakis killed 27 settlers that day, took 13 captives, and burned nine homes.

At last they reached a rendezvous point, a clearing in the woods. There were a number of captives. Some were killed on the spot, and the rest were divided up to be taken to Canada by different parties of warriors. Dusten and Neff were given to a group who had another captive, a 14-year-old boy named Samuel Lennardson, whom the Abenakis had held for 18 months. For the next two weeks, they traveled about 100 miles through the untracked wilderness, across icy streams, and through mud and winter snows. Despite being poorly dressed and having lost one of her shoes, Duston managed to keep up. The captives were given heavy loads to carry and were told that when they reached Canada they would be sold to the French as slaves or else stripped naked and made to run the gauntlet until they died. They prayed desperately. Oddly enough, the Abenakis, who had been converted by French missionaries, communed regularly with God as well, pausing twice daily to pray a rosary. According to Duston's account, one of the Indians told her that she had nothing to worry about: if God intended for her to be delivered, she would be.

Divine intervention was much desired, but Duston intended, if possible, to see to her own deliverance. She was constantly on the alert for an opportunity to escape, and she took Lennardson into her confidence. While the Abanakis and their prisoners were traveling by canoe up the Merrimack River, they camped on an island at the junction with the Contoocook River. At last the Abenakis let down their guard, falling asleep around the campfire, while Duston and Neff shivered beyond its warmth. Duston got up and quietly stole two tomahawks from the braves. She and Neff then killed the Indians in their sleep, except for an old woman and a child who woke up just before the slaughter was concluded and ran screaming into the forest.

Duston had seized her freedom, but there was still retribution to exact. In those days the British authorities paid a bounty on Indian scalps; Duston scalped each of her and Neff's 10 victims and wrapped the scalps in the cloth that had been torn from the loom. Duston, Neff, and Lennardson then scuttled all the canoes except one, which they filled with their scalps, supplies, and weapons. They traveled the river by night and hid by day until they reached Dunstable, now part Nashua, New Hampshire, and then continued to Haverhill on foot.

Hannah Duston was joyously reunited with her husband and children. She was awarded L25[?] between them. On October 4, 1698, Hannah gave birth to a baby girl, Lydia.

The raid, kidnapping, and heroic escape were the subject of a Colonial-era best seller, Cotton Mather's Humiliations Follow'd with Deliverances (1697). The governor of Maryland sent her a set of pewter plates, and the Great and General Court of Massachusetts presented her with a pewter tankard, all of which are on display at a museum in Haverhill. In 1879 the town erected a monument to Duston, the first such in the United States to commemorate a woman's courage.


Nancy Hart never achieved the renown of he cousin Daniel Boone, but she certainly rivaled him in resourcefulness and audacity. She was born in about 1735 and married Benjamin Hart while in her teens. They had eight children and lived in the settlement on the Broad River in northern Georgia. Benjamin didn't worry when he left Nancy alone at home with the children—she was 6 feet tall, muscular, hot tempered, and an excellent shot, who covered one wall of their log cabin with the antlers of deer she had shot. She also smoked a pipe and was cross-eyed. The Cherokee who lived nearby had a nickname for her: Wahatchee, or War Woman.

Benjamin joined the Georgia militia when the American Revolution broke out in 1776. Nancy served as well. She once crossed the Savannah River on a homemade raft to infiltrate the British garrison at Augusta, and, posing as a half-wit, gathered valuable intelligence concerning troop strength and dispositions. She also spied on British camps under the pretext of selling eggs. Her activities aroused some suspicion, and a Tory informant crept up to her cabin to spy on her. When her son told her that a man was looking in the window, she quickly turned from her stove and tossed a ladleful of hot lye into the man's face, then tied him up an turned him over to patriot forces.

One day, while her husband was away and she had only her 12-year-old daughter Sara with her, six Loyalists, or "Tories" came to her cabin demanding food. Previous raids had stripped the farm of its livestock, but these soldiers shot her one remaining turkey and ordered her to cook it. As Hart grudgingly prepared the meal, the Tories leaned their Brown Bess muskets against the wall and sat at the table. They were in a good humor, boasting that they had just killed Col. John Dooley, the Harts' nearest neighbor and a good friend. Containing her rage, Nancy quickly planned her vengeance. She sent Sara to the spring to get water, whispering to her to blow an alarm on the conch shell that was kept there for emergencies. Hart then put on her most hospitable manner and made sure her visitors were well supplied with corn whiskey. They grew increasingly relaxed.

While the soldiers were distracted, Hart knocked some of the mud chinking from between the logs in the wall. Then, as she returned to the kitchen area after pouring a round of drinks, she surreptitiously picked up one of the muskets and slipped it through the hole. She did this four times, so that there were only two muskets left in the house by the time one of the Tories realized what she was doing. As he lunged toward her, Hart snatched up a musket and shot him, and then picked up the other and held it on the group. Because she was cross-eyed the soldiers were confused about whom she was looking at.

"She can't get all of us with one shot. Rush her!" ordered the leader. Hart dropped him. As the others hesitated for a moment, Sara rushed in and handed her mother one of the muskets that had been thrust out through the wall. Hart covered the men until her husband came back with several members of the local militia. He suggested shooting them all, but she responded that shooting was too good for them. She insisted they be hanged.

Because the British still controlled that part of Georgia, Hart's deed was kept a secret until after the war, and most historians considered it only a legend. It was not given credence until 1912, when workers constructing the Elberton & Eastern Railroad line discovered an unmarked grave in the vicinity of the old Hart cabin containing the remains of six men.

Nancy Hart died in Kentucky in 1830 at 95. In 1954, the Georgia legislature named the county in which she had lived in her honor.

What's a Mother to do?

This is a true tale that took place near the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, in Southern California in the early 1850s when Grizzly bears grew to over 2000lbs and were more plentiful then pigs. In fact they were so numerous in certain localities as Topango Malibu, La Laguna, de Chico and other places close to the City of Angels now called Los Angeles that the rearing of cattle was utterly impossible. To give you a little appreciation for the strength and fierceness of a grizzly in San Luis Obispo County north of Los Angeles at Captain Wilson's ranch he formed up a party of men on horseback to kill an immense grizzly weighing 2100 lbs who would pick up a full-grown cow and walk away with her in his mouth with as much ease as a mastiff (large dog) would carry a rabbit. They managed to kill the grizzly at the cost of one mans life in a fierce battle after the bear was wounded by several gun shots.

Bears are sometimes peculiar as well as dogs, and one of the most peculiar and funny freaks of a bear I know of is the following, which is a well-known fact, and the infantile hero of this bear story was a well-known and prominent man in our country, quite recently deceased. Well, the story is to this effect: A ranchero who dwelt near the mountains base, near our angel burg, had a wife and one child, a little boy about three years old. The husband was absent one day, as was his daily habit, looking after his herds, and the young wife leaving the little Vicente to manage his own affairs, went to the spring to wash some clothes, being absent about an hour. When she returned what was her alarm and horror to find an immense grizzly playing pranks and cutting up rusties with the infantile Vicente, the two seeming to be on terms of the most affectionate intimacy. The old bear would lay on her back, and would hold the little fellow up in her great paws, and would toss him around and tenderly hug him, and the little don would scream with delight, so pleased he seemed to be with his new-found friend. What was to be done was the absorbing question in the mind of the poor mother, so the only; thing she could do was to pray to the saints to deliver her boy, but the boy did not want to be delivered, and the two newly-made and strange acquaintances continued their gambols until near the close of day, when Madme Osa, leaving little Vicente, who was fain to follow, took up her line of march for her home in the Sierra. The anxious mother lost no time in securing the youthful renegade, who had conceived so strange an affection for a bear, and who in later years was wont to speak of his mamma La Osa.

"Some of the bravest battles are not fought on the battlefield but in the heart of a mother in the absence of her husband; protecting her family, raising and providing for her family or suffering the loss of a husband or child in war."

- Dave

Mothers I salute you!


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Hi Dave,

Great post about an American warrior. Would to God that an accurate movie about Boone would be made to inspire boys of today.

Keep up the good works

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

WL Moses

AWESOME...thanks for the history!

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

Officer Reyes

This months message was very well done. Great job Dave.

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

Thanks Ken

Excellent info. I appreciate the time that went into this.

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

Rolf Peterson

SEMPER FI ,DO OR DIE! whoop one up for Dan Daly! OOH-RAH! Excellent article,was just going to skim through but got sucked in. I served with STA 2/2 and graduated from 2D Mar Div scout/sniper school class 1-91, in Nov of 90. One week later I was in Saudi Arabia and then on up to the border for the air war. During the invasion I had the honor of providing cover fire for F co 2/2 (Amtrac co. for the Bn), and first through the breaches. Although I don't hunt I am deadly with a Fly rod, and stalk "hogs" (trout& salmon) on the rivers near my home religously. I also love the woods and always have, My kids and I love to hike out into the woods and sit quietly and just check out the wildlife. I loved the article ,it makes me proud of who I am , like I belong to a great group of men or something though I'm far from being great.

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

Thanks, John Beddington.


The American Sniper/ Daniel Boone message for the May newsletter is quite good, and it appears you do considerable research and give a thoughtful presentation for each message developed.

Moreover, in addition to the erudite devlopment,the writing style is elegant and seamless, particularly for subjects of the military genre, which leads me to ask...

What is your academic background?

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

Dave Peters

I love this months letter. having been a Scout Sniper in the Army, it is very close to my heart. thank you.

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - May 2007

josh mcmaster

Very interesting, informative. Comment: Most of the "sniping community" or as we prefer to refer to as the "precision rifleman", think of Carlos Hathcock as the greatest American sniper to exist, and hence gets all of the attention. What needs to be conveyed is that in fact Chuck Mawhinney had a higher number of confirmed kills. I think there has been a cottage industry built up around Hathcock that does not want to realize this fact, and does much to avoid the real truth. Please respond. Thank you, SplitHoof.

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What a great inspirational e-mail. Thanks.

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The US Military Sniper has always been a specialized weapons system of war. Most other soldiers, especially comanders in the field or at a desk, have routinely degraded, thought of less than a regular US Soldier because of their technique of shooting undetected from afare and in relative concealment. In truth the US sniper is a highly specialized, dedicated honorable member of the US Military, who normally places himself, long with his spotted, as extreme danger with full knowledge that, should he be spotted or even wounded, his fate was far more violent, tham that of the regular US Soldier,Sailor, Marine or Salior. They are q combat multiplier that continues his skills with pride, honor and the full knowledge of what could await him and his team.

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Stewart M Bestwick Sr USA SFC (Retired) 1966-1987

Dave: thank you so much for the sniper history - very interesting. I have long felt that the "specialists" of Black Ops should have a living history, a compilation recorded on CD and DVD. Possibly the History Channel (under the watchful eye of JSOC) could portray our heroes (although they don't feel that way) as individuals, and illustrate the unique skills and personalities of some of the most admirable and honorable Americans. "This American Life" and "Portraits in Courage" come to mind..

In reply to Special Forces Newsletter - April 2009


Shame on the American Media

You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you.

He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses. And, he kept coming back 13 more times and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we sure were told a whole bunch about some hip-hop coward beating the crap out of his "girlfriend."

Medal of Honor Winner: Ed Freeman!

Shame on the American Media!

Global Hawk

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV that returned from the war zone recently under its own power.

(Iraq to Edwards AFB in CA) Not transported via C5 or C17.....

Notice the mission paintings on the fuselage. It's actually over 250 missions.... (And I would suppose 25 air medals).

That's a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft.. Think of the technology (and the required quality of the data link to fly it remotely). Not only that but the pilot controlled it from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB.

Really long legs- can stay up for almost 2 days at altitudes above 60k.

The Global Hawk was controlled via satellite; it flew missions during OT&E that went from Edwards AFB to upper Alaska and back non-stop.

Basically, they come into the fight at a high mach # in mil thrust, fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever sees them or paints with radar.

There is practically no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight are tied together electronically, and can see who is targeting who, and they have AWACS direct input and 360 situational awareness from that and other sensors. The aggressors had a morale problem before it was all over.

It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.

On a Wing and a Prayer

There are not many left from this generation. They were/are true patriots who gave their best for our nation and for their posterity. It did not matter whether they were on the front lines or back home, everyone did their part to pull their weight. They were unified in their voices, support of the troops and vision for the future. Every one of them was willing to pay the ultimate price. We have been truly blessed to have them in our midst.

These pictures are inspiring. How America has changed. This was the Greatest Generation held in such high esteem by most Americans including those on the left. I believe it was left wing news man Tom Broakah who wrote the book, The Greatest Generation.

The greatest generation learned how to fight a war. In the documentary Hell in the Pacific we clearly see US Marines walking around the battle field executing wounded Japanese soldiers in mass. The Army Air Corps B-29's fire bombed Tokyo and other population centers killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. Finally they dropped Atomic Bombs on civilian cities and ended the war.

Contrast that with our solders today being prosecuted and jailed for putting panties on the heads of terrorists in something akin to a college hazing. Is it any wonder that we have not been able to knock out Al Quida in seven or eight years. The left should try to learn something from the generation that defeated Germany, Japan, and Italy in a come from behind total victory in just four years.

The Greatest Generation will soon be gone. It is a shame. We could sure use their help now, A quarter of a million men from both sides died in the skies over Europe during WW II. Nearly half a million Americans gave their lives for their country. The 8th Air Force suffered 50,000 casualties. Where did we get such men? Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

God Bless them and God Bless America that we may remain free.

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NAVY SEAL Extraction

A video of a U.S. Navy SEAL extraction was filmed from inside an MH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The pilot has lowered the ramp, dipped the tail end into the water to partially flood the compartment,(a maneuver that requires quite precise flying) and awaits the Navy SEALs to board in their F470 Zodiac.

So awesome, it gives me chills!! You have just got to LOVE the skill of our military....

I think very few Marine or Navy Chopper Pilots would attempt this.

Too easy to lose lift and ditch the whole chopper.

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One Smart Dog

At least the dog is smart enough to get out of the way

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French Eryx Anti-Tank Missile

Very impressive video of French technology and courage under pressure. The French are surely on the cutting edge in all area.

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The Word of Truth

The Squirrel and the Fish

By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret)


If I were to ask you the difference between a squirrel and a fish, you would answer me immediately. You might start by saying that a squirrel has fur, and a fish has scales. Then you would recognize that a squirrel breathes using lungs, and a fish breathes using gills.

I am sure you can continue with many differences.

However, what if I were to ask you the difference between you as an unbeliever, and you as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, this is a much harder exercise. The Bible clearly teaches that you are a new creature in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

The day you became a Christian, is the day you became a new creature in Christ. What changed? Do you look any different? Do you sound any different? Did your hair color change? Let me assure you the change that took place in you is vastly more than the differences between a squirrel and a fish. The day you believed in Christ you changed in inexplicable ways forever.

God gave you forty things the moment you believed in Christ. These forty things now define you. There are no longer any similarities (beyond the superficialities) to who you were, compared to who you have become. You have become a vastly superior being, with attributes and blessings that are innumerable. Since these forty things define you, it is imperative that you know and understand them. After all, we are talking about you. You should know who you are.

If you are not a Christian, then know that "God is not willing that any should perish".

The bible says,

Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much, that He gave His uniquely born Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

JN 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the command to believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

I am going to assume that you are a Christian, and continue with these very important, defining forty things.

This list compiled by Lewis Sperry Chafer and later revised by R.B. Thieme Jr. includes thirty-nine irrevocable absolutes and one revocable absolute.

Thirty-Nine Irrevocable Absolutes and One Revocable Absolute

Irrevocable Absolutes

I. The believer resides in the eternal plan of God and shares the destiny of Christ. He is:

  1. A. foreknown (Acts 2:23; Rom 8:29; 1 Pet 1:2)

  2. B. elected (Rom 8:33; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet 1:2)

  3. C. predestined (Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:5, 11)

  4. D. chosen (Matt 22:14; 1 Pet 2:4)

  5. E. called (1 Thes 5:24)

II. The believer is reconciled (removal of the barrier between man and God)

  1. by God (2 Cor 5:18-19; Col 1:20)

  2. to God (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 2:14-17).

III. The believer is redeemed, purchased from the slave market of sin (Rom 3:24; Col 1:14; 1 Pet 1:18)

  1. The believer’s condemnation or eternal judgment is removed (John 3:18, 5:24; Rom 8:1).

  1. The substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the cross, paid the penalty for all sins (Rom 4:25; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 2:24).

  1. Every believer receives propitiation for sins; God is satisfied with the work of His Son (Rom 3:25-26; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

  1. The believer is dead to the old life, the old sin nature, but alive to God, retroactive positional truth. He is:

    1. crucified with Christ (Rom 6:6; Gal 2:20);

    2. dead with Christ (Rom 6:8; Col 3:3; 1 Pet 2:24);

    3. buried with Christ (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12);

    4. raised with Christ, current positional truth (Rom 6:4; 7:4; Col 2:12; 3:1).

  1. The believer is free from the Mosaic Law. He is:

    1. dead to the Law (Rom 7:4);

    2. delivered (Rom 6:14; 7:6; 2Cor 3:6-11; Gal 3:25).

  1. The believer is regenerated (John 13:10; 1Cor 6:11; Titus 3:5). He is:

    1. born again (John 3:7; 1Pet 1:23);

    2. a child of God (Rom 8:16; Gal 3:26);

    3. a son of God (John 1:12; 2Cor 6:18; 1John 3:2);

    4. a new creation (2Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 2:10).

  1. The believer is adopted by God, placed as an adult son because of positional truth (Rom 8:15, 23 at resurrection; Eph 1:5).

  1. The believer is made acceptable to God (Eph 1:6; 1Pet 2:5). He is:

    1. made righteous by imputation (Rom 3:22; 1Cor 1:30; 2Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9);

    2. sanctified positionally (1Cor 1:30; 6:11;

    3. perfected forever (Heb 10:14);

    4. qualified for inheritance (Col1:12).

  1. The believer is justified, declared righteous (Rom 3:24; 5:1, 9; 8:30; 1Cor 6:11; Titus 3:7).

  1. The believer receives the unique availability of divine power (2Pet 1:3).

  1. The believer is guaranteed a heavenly citizenship based on reconciliation (Luke 10:20; Eph2:14-19; Phil3:20).

  1. The believer is delivered from the kingdom of Satan (Col 1:13a; 2:15).

  1. The believer is transferred into the kingdom of God (Col 1:13b).

  1. The believer is now on a secure foundation (1Cor 3:11; 10:4; Eph 2:20).

  1. Every believer is a gift from God the Father to Christ (John 10:29; 17:2,6,9 11-12, 24).

  1. The believer is positionally delivered from the power of the sin nature (Rom 8:2; Phil 3:3; Col 2:11).

  1. Every believer is appointed a priest unto God. We are:

    1. a holy priesthood (1Pet 1:5,9);

    2. a royal priesthood (1Pet 2:9; Rev 1:60).

  1. The believer receives eternal security (John 10:28-29; Rom 8:32, 38-39; Gal 3:26; 2Tim 2:13).

  1. The believer is given access to God (Rom 5:2; Eph 2:18; Heb 4:16; 10:19-20).

  1. Every believer is in the "much more" grace care of God (Rom 5:9-10). We are:

    1. objects of His love (Eph2:4; 5:2);

    2. objects of His grace;

      1. for salvation (Eph 2:8-9);

      2. for keeping (Rom 5:2; 1Pet 1:5);

      3. for service (John 17:18; Eph 4:7);

      4. for instruction (Titus 2:12);

    3. objects of His power (Eph 1:19; Phil 2:13);

    4. objects of His faithfulness (Phil 1:6; Heb 13:5b);

    5. objects of His peace (John 14:27);

    6. objects of His consolation (2 Thes 2:16);

    7. objects of His intercession (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25; 9:24).

  1. The believer is the beneficiary of an inheritance as an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Rom 8:17; Eph 1:14, 18; Col 3:24; Heb 9:15; 1Pet 1:4);

  1. Every believer has a new position in Christ (Eph 2:6). We are:

A. partners with Christ in life (Col 3:4);

B. partners with Christ in service (1Cor 1:9);

      1. workers together with God (1Cor 3:9; 2Cor 6:1);

      2. servants of the New Covenant (2Cor 3:6);

      3. ambassadors (2Cor 5:20);

      4. living epistles (2Cor 3:3);

      5. servants of God (2cor 6:4).

  1. Believers are recipients of eternal life (John 3:15; 10:28; 20:31; 1John 5:11-12).

  1. The believer is created a new spiritual species (2Cor 5:17).

  1. The believer is a light in the Lord, part of the angelic conflict (EPH 5:8; 1Thes 5:4-5).

  1. The believer is united with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are:

    1. in God (1Thes 1:1;cf., "God in you," Eph 4:6);

    2. in Christ (John14:20; cf., "Christ in you," Col 1:27);

      1. a member in His Body (1 Cor 12:13);

      2. a branch in the Vine (John 15:5);

      3. a stone in the Building (Eph 2:21-22; 1Pet 2:5);

      4. a sheep in the flock (John 10:27-29);

      5. a portion of His Bride (Eph5:25-27; Rev19:6-8; 21:9);

      6. a priest of the kingdom of priests (1Pet 2:9);

    3. in the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9; "the Spirit in you").

  1. Every believer is the recipient of the ministries of God the Holy Spirit. He is:

    1. born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8);

    2. baptized with the Spirit (Acts 1:5; 1Cor 12:13);

    3. indwelt by the Spirit (John 7:39; Rom 5:5; 8:9; 1Cor 3:16; 6:19; Gal 4:6; 1John 3:24);

    4. sealed by the Spirit (2Cor 1:22; Eph 4:30);

E. given spiritual gifts (1Cor 12:11, 27-31; 13:1-2).

  1. The believer is glorified (Rom 8:30).

  1. The believer is complete in Christ (Col 2:10).

  1. The believer is possessor of every spiritual blessing granted in eternity

  1. The believer receives a human spirit along with the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:16; 1Cor 2:12; 2Cor 7:13; 1Thes 5:23).

  1. The believer has all sins and transgressions blotted out (Isa 43:25; 44:22).

  1. The believer is the recipient of efficacious grace (Eph1:13).

  1. The believer is guaranteed a resurrection body forever (1Cor 5:40-54).

  1. The believer is the beneficiary of unlimited atonement (2Cor 5:14-15, 19; 1Tim 2:6; 4:10; Titus 2:11; Heb 2:9; 2Pet 2:1; 1John 2:2).

  1. The believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity under election and predestination (Rom 12:3; Eph 3:16-19).

Revocable Absolute

  1. The believer is filled with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation (Gal3:3).

    The filling of the Holy Spirit received at salvation is revoked when the believer sins. The filling of the Holy Spirit is recovered when the believer rebounds (1John 1:9 confession of sin).

Do you now know who you are? This is a list of how you have changed. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have become a new creature in Christ, with all the benefits and blessings that come with your royal station.


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Blue Warrior

"Blue Warrior"
with Sgt. Glenn French

Frank J. Reynolds ( 1899 - 1969 )

"He had a disdain for danger
and an outspoken hatred of all
hoodlums, and his real exploits
surpassed the legendary deeds
of most famous Western Lawmen."

  – Frank J. Reynolds

Though police work sometimes requires the use of deadly force, it is considered a regrettable aspect of the job and one with the most serious repercussions. An officer who has killed as many as three times in the course of his career may find himself relegated to desk duty. No matter how justified each shooting may have been, politically sensitive departments are reluctant to keep such an officer on the beat once the press, pressure groups, and litigation-hungry lawyers start tossing around terms like "trigger happy" and "killer cop."

In compiling this book, I tried to identify the top police ace of the 20th century. Which police officer, in the proper performance of his duty, had accumulated the highest tally? In recent decades, such information is swept under the rug, but this was not always the case. In Chicago during the crime wave of the 1920s and 1930s, the public felt "there's nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot," as Dirty Harry put it Officers who made a significant dent in the city's criminal population were praised and promoted, news articles regularly updated their tally. Detective Chris Callahan and Lieut. Al Booth were both noted for having killed six outlaws. Capt. Frank Pape, dubbed the Toughest Cop in America, killed nine. "The most honored of Chicago cops, with a tally put officially at "over a dozen" and unofficially at 14 or 15, was Frank J. Reynolds. (The tally is not exact because Reynolds was often one of several officers shooting at a suspect.)

Reynolds was born July 24, 1899, the son of Chicago policeman Michael J. Reynolds.

Captain John Stege, under whom Reynolds worked during his early career, said, "I first remember Frank Reynolds when I was traveling post in the Woodlawn District years ago and he was a school kid. I boxed his ears or warmed the seat of his pants more than once for raising hell in the neighborhood."

Reynolds enlisted in the navy in World War I. He flew an observation plane from the naval base at Brest, France, and was later assigned as a gunner's mate, making 19 crossings of the U-boat infested Atlantic. On May 31, 1918, he was on the transport U.S.S. President Lincoln, heading back to the United States loaded with the wounded, when it was torpedoed some 800 miles from land. Reynolds was thrown into the water when the boilers burst. He and several others clung to a raft for 36 hours until they were rescued, by which time one of the men had died of exposure.

Reynolds joined the Chicago Police Department on May 8, 1924. Shortly afterward, Captain Stege, who was deputy chief of detectives at the time, had Reynolds transferred to the detective department.

Chicago in the 1920s was in the midst of a crime wave. The city had 98 officers killed in that 10-year period, almost four times as many as in the average decade. Of those, 13 were killed in 1924, and the same number the following year. In 1925, Chicago was America's murder capital. With 389 homicides. On October 25, 1925, Captain Stege declared war on crime. Every bad man left in the city was to be dealt one of three fates, he told his men: "You must send them to the penitentiary of gallows, you must drive them out of Chicago, or you must kill them. If he has a gun in his hand, kill him without any talk over it. And every time you catch one, don't handle him with gloves. Be tough and let him understand that if he doesn't skip out of our city he is going to lead a sorry existence."

By 1926, Frank Reynolds had made the news for several arrests of armed robbers and killers. On October 31, 1927, his first shooting was reported when he and his partner, Patrick O'Day, confronted William McDermont, who was robbing a grocery store. As McDermott rushed at O'Day with a butcher knife, Reynolds and O'Day shot and killed him.

On February 19, 1928, Reynolds' squad car was in pursuit of a stolen car. The car thief, later identified as Harry Davis, led them on a wild five-mile chase through the city at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. At last, losing control of his vehicle, Davis struck another vehicle and then plowed into a fence along the sidewalk. As Davis ran from the wreck, Reynolds and his squad brought him down with a volley. Mortally wounded with four bullets in his body, Davis was taken to the hospital, where he confessed to having been involved in 25 robberies in the previous few months.

On November 15, 1928, Reynolds made the front page under the headline "3 Robbers Kill Victim; Caught In 15 Minutes." Three holdup men held up a South Side drugstore. The owner made no resistance as they looted the till, but as they left, he got his pistol and followed them out onto the street. He fired at the robbers and missed; they returned fire and killed him. Reynolds and his squad were on the scene before the dying man was lifted into an ambulance. With information provided by witnesses, it was only a few minutes before the squad arrived at the apartment into which the killers had fled. Through the frosted glass panel of the apartment door, Reynolds demanded entrance. In response one of the gunmen fired through the glass, the bullet missing Reynolds by inches and the flying shards cutting his face. Bullets flew back and forth until the robbers ran out of bullets, at which point they surrendered, "unhurt, and begging for mercy." Taken to the Wabash Avenue station, they confessed to a drugstore robbery the previous week in which they had killed a patron named Charles Metlock, who, like them, was African-American. As the newspaper account describes it, "The killing of Metlock was wanton, according to witnesses. The three youths meet no resistance in the store, but Metlock, an elderly man who lived above the place, remonstrated with them for disgracing their race by robbing on Sunday. They shot him three times, looted his pockets, and fled."

It is interesting to note the suspects' confession to the prior homicide. Many news accounts in this period mention confessions made by criminals within a few hours of their arrests. This was well before the advent of Miranda rights, and it was understood that the third degree to which suspects were subject while in police hands usually included a good working over.

Reynolds next made front-page news in what the newspapers dubbed the "Moorish Cult Battle" at the end of September 1929.

The Moorish Science Temple, a precursor to the Nation of Islam, was founded by Timothy Drew in South Carolina in 1923. In six years it had attracted nearly 15,000 members and had 21 temples nationwide, with headquarters in Chicago's South Side. Its top officials were earning $12,000 to $15,000 a month, leading to a power struggle after Drew's death in March 1929. After one official, Charles Kirkman, left to run a splinter group, he was kidnapped by the faction led by Ira Johnson, who called himself Ria Johnson El. Johnson ordered his band of followers to arm themselves to fight "our enemies, police, or anybody who interferes."

Kirkman's wife called the police, and officers were dispatched to investigate. As they knocked at the door, they heard a man inside call out, "The law is here, get your guns."

Patrolman Stewart McCutcheon slipped in through a window and had just opened the back door for officers George Kleback and Jesse Hults when they came under heavy fire. In all, over 100 shots were exchanged in the fight. Hults, a father of three and a 21-year veteran of the force, was hit seven times and was mortally wounded. McCutcheon was shot through the leg, and a bullet clipped Kleback's ear. A radio call went out to Reynolds, who was attending an inquest. He immediately; sped to the scene with his squad. Meanwhile, two of the gunmen, Johnson and John Stephenson, burst out of the front door, Johnson shooting and killing Officer William Gallagher, 40, father of three, who was guarding it.

When Reynolds arrived, he was told that the two killers were barricaded in an apartment in a nearby building. With a squad guarding the building's exits to prevent escape. Reynolds entered and found Stephenson hiding in the darkened apartment, a revolver in his hand. Reynolds ordered him to surrender. Stephenson's gun clicked twice as he pulled the trigger. Just as Reynolds fired in return, Stephenson dropped to the floor. As he arose and again tarried to fire his gun, Reynolds shot him four times, killing him. Johnson was found in another apartment and surrendered without resistance.

For his action, Reynolds was awarded the Lambert Tree award, presented annually by the city of Chicago to a member of the police or fire department for an outstanding act of heroism.

On February 14, 1930, the Tribune reported that Reynolds while on patrol saw suspicious activity in a parked cab. Reynolds and two of his men left the squad car and quietly approached. Reynolds saw the driver cringing over the steering wheel and a man in the backseat pressing a pistol into the back of his neck. Reynolds pulled open one of the rear doors and shouted "Police officers!"

The robber, Theodore Murray, leapt out the opposite door and ran. Murry shot three times at Reynolds and his men before they returned fire and killed him. Murray was identified as the culprit in eight recent armed robberies. The New York Times covered the story a few days later under the headline "Chicago Policeman Promoted for Killing Eight Bandits." After reporting that Reynolds was promoted to the rank of temporary police sergeant as a result of the shooting, it added, "Reynolds, who is 31 years old, has eight dead bandits officially to his credit, though his admiring colleagues say the number is in reality eleven. Many another gangster is carrying around wounds that bear Frank Reynolds's trademark."

Less than ten days later, Reynolds had to use his gun again, this time when he was called to a rooming house where the landlord, Walter Collins, had threatened a visitor with a pistol.

According to the news account, "As Sergt. Reynolds announced himself, Collins fired twice through the front door. Two detectives remained at the front door as the sergeant, Detective Ross and Detective John Enright went to the rear. Collins resumed firing from an upper rear window, hitting Ross, who was taken to Mercy Hospital. Reynolds and Enright then forced the door, advanced up the stairs under Collins' snipping, and shot him."

The following year, a lengthy article in the Chicago Tribune, headlined "70 Bandits Slain by Citizens and Police This Year," gave a progress report in the ongoing war on crime, crediting 39 kills to the police, five to private security guards, and 26 to private citizens. Frank Reynolds was mentioned as having killed one William Churchill after Churchill opened fire on him as he and three companions were being pursued.

In addition to his gunfights, Reynolds is regularly mentioned in news articles in connection with more routine arrests. He was regarded as a highly effective law enforcement officer. Despite his swashbuckling image, his colleagues described him as quiet and reserved, and "considerate in dealing with offenders who do not try to shoot it out with him." When, after seven years on the South Side, he was transferred out of that area in 1931, 300 local businessmen signed a petition requesting that he be returned to the district, crediting him with holding down robberies and burglaries.

In 1933, the nation was consumed with the hunt for John Dillinger and his gang of bank robbers, who were often in the Chicago area. Besides Dillenger, the gang included Harry Pierpont, John Hamilton, Russell Clark, Charles Makley and sometimes, George "Baby Face" Nelson. On December 14, Sergt. William Shanley was fatally shot by Hamilton as he tried to arrest him, Shanley who had been a recipient of a Tribune hero award, was the fifteenth police officer to be killed in 1933, the year the city suffered its highest death toll ever. Two days later, Capt. John Stege assigned 40 "quick trigger men" to lead the manhunt. This elite group, called the Dillinger Squad, was divided into two shifts, with Frank Reynolds in charge of the night shift.

The Dillenger gang was heavily armed and proficient in the use of weapons, Edward Shouse, an escaped convict who had been with the gang for a time before his recapture, told authorities that gang members spoke of little else than killing policemen: "They are all kill crazy and that's why I left them. . . .If you policemen are married men with families I warn you to be careful about trying to take the other members of the gang. Every night they have a drill and each takes the position assigned to him in the event the police surprise them."

Shouse added that they wore bulletproof vests even when they slept, and jumped to their gun posts whenever the doorbell rang or there was a knock.

On the night of December 21, 1933, the Dillinger Squad got a tip that the gang was holed up in a first-floor apartment at 1424 Farwell Avenue, Stege made his plans, and gathered 19 of his men. At 9 P.M. they surrounded the building. Briefing his squad leaders, Stege said, "To the best of our information, the men inside are members of the Dillinger crowd. They are good shots. But they must be taken."

Sergeant John Daly and two other officers, one of them armed with a submachine gun, were assigned to cover the rear door and windows. Others covered the front of the building.

One of the policemen forced open the door to stairs that led to the apartment. This done, Sergt. Reynolds, Detective Jack Dawe, Capt. Stege and several other men crept up the stairs. Meanwhile, after a moment's wait, one of the policemen left in the vestibule pressed the call button of the apartment that was to be raided.

Cautiously, the door to the apartment was opened. Someone peered out and asked gruffly, "Who's there?"

Sergt. Reynolds leaped forward. "We're police officers," he shouted. "Surrender."

Instead of surrendering, the man at the door fired a shot at Reynolds. The sergeant was too far to one side, however, to be hit by the bullet. The gunman fired two more shots that missed Detective Dawe by inches. He did not get a chance to shoot any more. Reynolds forced his way into the apartment, pushing the outlaw back, and in the same movement lifted his gun and dropped him with two shots to the head.

Reynolds pushed on in, followed by Capt. Stege, Dawe, and several other detectives. In the living room, to the left, stood another hoodlum, two guns in his hands. He blazed away blindly at Reynolds, Capt. Stege, and the policemen who stormed after them. His shots went high. Reynolds disposed of him with one quick shot in the chest. At the same time, Capt. Stege and Dawe pumped more bullets into him.

There was one more suspect left. He backed into the kitchenette, firing as he retreated. In a group, Capt. Stege, Reynolds, and the others swooped upon him shooting, just as Sergt. Daly, breaking in through a rear door cut off his escape.

The man fell, wounded, his gun still in his hand. With the last ounce of his strength he raised and pointed it at Daly, Daly; kicked the gun to one side and fired a bullet into his head, killing him.

Forty-four shots were fired in all, according to Capt. Stege. The gunmen had fired twenty four shots and the policemen twenty. The gunmen lay where they had fallen, all of them riddled with bullets.

The shooting brought hundreds of Rogers Park residents to the scene. Police immediately placed a guard around the apartment and refused admittance to the curious. At this time the police were confident that the dead men had been members of the Dillinger gang. While not committing himself on their identities, Capt. Stege said he was sure the men were Dillenger's companions.

When Deputy Baul arrived he strongly supported this idea.

"This man's Dillinger," he said, gazing at the face of the dead gunman lying in the kitchenette. "The other two look like Jack Hamilton and Harry Pierpont."

Reynolds wasn't convinced. "Those are Jews," he observed, Three hours later he was proven correct when their fingerprints revealed that they were Louis Katzewitz, Charles Tattlebaum, and Sam Ginsburg. All had records for bank robbery, and Katzewitz and Tattlebaum were fugitives, having escaped from prison six months previously. At the morgue it was found that Ginburg, the first man shot, was hit once in the head, twice in the left side, once in the left arm and once in the back. Tattlebaum, the next man to die, was shot once in the left chest, twice in the left arm and side, and twice in the left shoulder. Katzewitz was struck twice in the stomach, once in the left side, once in the back, and once below the left ear. Despite firing 24 times, the bandits did not hit any of the officers, which was a good thing for Reynolds as he would not wear the cumbersome bulletproof vests that were available. "I never liked the vests," he said. "If I am going to get it I'd rather take it as I am."

At the coroner's inquest the following day, Reynolds gave an account of the gunfight that on several significant points contradicted the account published in the newspaper – a reminder of how difficult it is to nail down the facts in such incidents. According to Reynolds, he went to the front door with Dawe, Daly, and seven others. He and his men listened at the front door for five minutes, then pressed the bell and plunged into the apartment as soon as the door was opened..

"I took a step into the front room and saw two men getting off a settee. They had guns in their hands. The smaller one fired three times point blank at me and I dropped on one knee. The other man rushed past me and grappled with Daly, who was the second policeman to enter the apartment. Daly killed his man and the body fell right beside me. I fired two shots at the little man, who then ran by me into the dinette. I fired twice again and he fell dead. Dawe had killed the third man by that time."

Stege told the inquest that he had been with the squad at the back door and had not been involved in the shooting at all. "When we got to the level of the kitchen window we could see clear through to the front room. We heard the men in front shout that they were police officers and then the shooting began. By the time we'd kicked in the back door all three men were dead."

The Dillinger Days, written in the early 1960s, gives a third version of the shootout that contains additional detail, and since John Toland evidently interviewed Reynolds,it is worth including. According to Toland , the tip Stege had received included the information that the gang was waiting for a contact named "Mule." After Reynolds and two other officers positioned themselves outside the apartment door, a policeman at the building's entry door buzzed the apartment and identified himself as the Mule on the intercom. This sounds plausible and would be the kind of information the police might have withheld from the press at the time. After the door buzzer was activated, Reynolds knocked on the apartment door and heard someone inside say, "Okay, it's the Mule." Reynolds burst in, with his .38 revolver in hand. He put a bullet into one man on the settee, dropped to one knee as the man fired back, and, as the man scrambled to get behind the settee, pput three more bullets into him, then turned on a second man who was getting up from a chair and shot him twice. At this point the other detectives had shot the third man, Katzewitz. As Katzewitz writhed on the floor trying to raise his gun, Reynolds dropped his empty revolver, drew his backup .38 Super automatic, and shot him in the head.

The gang was identified as having been responsible for the submachine gun killing of two police officers as well as two other homicides the previous July. In the apartment, the police found a repeating rifle; a shotgun; two Mauser pistols with extended magazines and shoulder stocks, capable of full-automatic fire; 1,000 rounds of ammunition; and six automatic pistols (identified as Lugers in the news reports, but later described by Reynolds as Colt .38 Supers, prized by gangsters for their ability to shoot through bulletproof vests and automobile bodies).

Captain Stege expressed disappointment that the gunmen slain had not been the suspects they were looking for, but observed that the raid was not without its useful purpose, saying, "John Dillinger and his gang can get an idea that we mean business from this."

After the raid, the States Attorney recommended that the men involved be given a pay increase and added, "I shall request the civil service commission to give Sergt. Frank Reynolds the highest mark for efficiency in the examination for a lieutenancy."

Reynolds was awarded the Chicago Tribune's $100 hero award and the Lambert Tree Medal for the second time.

One wonders if Reynolds' willingness to be the first man to go into deadly situations may have stemmed not only from his courage, but also from the fact that at 34 he was still unmarried and childless. He may have felt that it was better that he take the risk rather than a man supporting a family. In those days, a policeman who was killed left his family destitute, as the Patrolman's Benevolent Association's insurance policy provided a mere pittance. (Reynolds would later marry but never had children.)

Over the next ix months, Reynolds led his squad on a number of well-publicized raids of gang hangouts in an unsuccessful search for Dillinger. During this time, the cocky outlaw liked to telephone Reynolds and taunt him.

"You better watch your ass. We'll get you," Dillinger threatened on one occasion.

"Any time, Johnny; you and me, alone," Reynolds answered.

On another call, Dillinger told Reynolds he was going to come to his home and kill him.

"Come on over. I can handle two like you without any help," Reynolds told him.

At the end of January 1934, Dillinger was captured in Tucson, Arizona, and flown to Chicago. Reynolds was among the reception committee at the airport, and Dillinger visibly paled when he came face to face with the burly cop with the cold blue eyes. Reynolds is said to be the only lawman Dillinger was afraid of; he described him as "my worst enemy."

Dillinger was brought to Indiana's Crown Point Jail in the backseat of a squad car, shackled between two officers. Reynolds rode in the front passenger's seat, cradling a Thompson. His orders, direct from Stege, were clear: "If any effort is made to raid the caravan and release Dillinger, or if he makes a break at escape, kill him at once."

Looking over his shoulder at Dillinger, Reynolds said, "Just start something, Johnny."

For once, the wisecracking outlaw didn't have a comeback.

It was from the Crown Point Jail that Dillinger made his famous escape with a pistol carved from a block of wood and colored with shoeshine. But his days were numbered; on July 22, 1934, he was shot by FBI agents as he left Chicago's Biograph Theater. As he lay in the Cook County morgue, Reynolds was among those who came by for a look. As a ghoulish gag, he marked his first face-to-face meeting with Dillinger by shaking the dead man's hand.

Though Reynolds continued to be active in high profile investigations, there are no further reports of him using his pistol. However, on one occasion, in December 1942, his reputation apparently sufficed. Eddie Sturch, a minor Democratic politician who fancied himself a tough guy, entered a tavern and began terrorizing the place. Waving a pistol, he fired two shots, ordered patrons to line up against a wall, and then began smashing liquor bottles. Reynolds arrived at the scene and walked into the tavern. When Sturch recognized him he instantly fell to his knees and begged for mercy.

Reynolds retired in July 1962. In a 38-year career, he had risen from patrolman to captain, ending as commander of the Deering district. Twice awarded the Lambert tree Medal for exceptional bravery, he had also won the Tribune hero award three times and had 14 creditable mentions and 10 extra compensations for outstanding work. He was given a testimonial dinner attended by all dignitaries of Chicago, including the police superintendent, secretary of state, and Mayor Richard J. Daley.

On November 29, 1969, Reynolds, who had never been injured in over a dozen deadly encounters, died as a result of injuries suffered when he fell down the stairs in his home. He left a widow, Alvira.

Glenn French

Glen French is a Sergeant with the Sterling Heights(Metro Detroit) Police Department has 18 years police experience andcurrently serves as the Sergeant of the Sterling Heights Police DepartmentTraining Bureau, Crime Prevention and DARE unit. He has twelve yearsSWAT experience and served as a Sniper Team Leader, REACT Team Leader,and Explosive Breacher for the Macomb County SWAT team.

Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company andfounder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge www.DetroitSWATChallenge.com. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".

Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.

What has Really Changed?

This section has been dedicated to the new "call for change" and we say there's nothing new about change.

What Has Really Changed?

Just what is Free Enterprise?

Written in 1948

It has nothing to do with politics nor wealth Nor class. It is a way of living in which you as an individual are important. Little things make up this way of living, but think what you would lose if you ever surrendered it:

Free Enterprise is the right to open a gas station or grocery store or buy a farm, if you want to be your own boss, or change your job if you don't like the man you work for. (Under communism you work where you're told, and you live and die bossed by hard-fisted bureaucrats who tell you every move you dare make.)

Free Enterprise is the right to lock you door at night. (In communist countries the dreaded secret police can break it down any time they like.)

Free Enterprise is the right to argue. (In communist countries you humbly say "Yes" to whatever is told you.)

Free Enterprise is the right to save money if you want, or blow it on a good time if that's what you prefer. (Under communism you'd never have the money to do either—back breaking hours earn you only enough to keep alive.)

Free Enterprise is looking on a policeman as someone to protect you, on a judge as a friend to help you. (In communist countries you had better you had better be afraid of all police . . . and dread all judges and courts.)

Free Enterprise is the right to raise your children as you think best. (Under communism the state decides what your child shall learn and do, where he or she shall go. Respect for parents, and family life, are held in contempt.)

Free Enterprise is the right to speak freely about anything you wish. (In communist countries you can never know whether your best friend or your own child is an informer. You are told what opinions to have; you'd better not voice any others.)

Free Enterprise has nothing to do with how much money you have or don't have, nor what your job is or is not. Free enterprise means the right to be yourself instead of some nameless number in a horde bossed by a few despots. Free enterprise is the sum of many little things—but how miserable you'd be if someone stole it from you!


'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose. '
    -  Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. '
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'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so. '
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'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong. '
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'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress. '
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'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. '
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'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. '
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'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program. '
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'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. '
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'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it '
    -  Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book. '
    -  Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. '
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'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. '
    -  Ronald Reagan

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Quotes & Jokes

"The bands of decency and humanity which bind men to men in Concord and amity have been broken; but not by us…Broken, I say, willfully and with deliberate malice, by a king who has by these very actions forfeited all rights of allegiance from us, from this colony, and indeed from all colonies lying in North America lying under his supposed dominion. David prevailed over the Philistines, as you under the mercy and purposes of God, will prevail!"

  –  Rev. Jonas Clarke, April 19, 1775, to the Lexington Minute Men

"We shall cut them off. We shall make them our prisoners! We will show General Gage: Yankees will fight!"

  –  Captain John Parker and his hardened battle cry to his men assembled on Lexington Battle Green, where they listened to an impassioned war call then marched off to defend Hartwell Tavern from British regulars. April 19, 1775

"Jack walloped us all — and decisively — using a six inch Smith K-38. He was very quick and he did not miss. And, of course, he shot from the Weaver Stance, which was, and is, the way to go."

  –  Colonel Jeff Cooper on LA Sheriff Deputy Jack Weaver Developer of the Weaver Stance Method of Pistolcraft — in 1959

"...Retired Special Forces ...those caliber of people .. While not the complete soution, [are a] strong deterent."

  –  Captain Richard Phillps of the Maersk Alabama and former captive of the Somali Pirates, on going up against Somali Pirates, during Capitol Hill Testimony, 4-30-09

Sale Items

Because a natural rivalry exists between the Army SF and USN SEALs and would often have the green and blue odds (never-mind their fine job taking out pirate tangos off the coast of Somalia last month!), this month's sales item proceeds go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) specifically named for www.nswfoundation.org Warrior Foundation (NSW) to be used for names of the families of SEAL's who have fallen in combat during the GWOT.



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UDT Duck Feet fins are used at Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training

The most highly acclaimed and coveted swim fin since its inception is back. The molds have been returned to American soil and the VOIT UDT Duck Feet are now made in the USA by people who understand not only fin design and function, but by people who value the responsibility of inheriting, improving, protecting, and perpetuating the tradition of greatness that this product is known for. UDT Duck Feet always have been strongly preferred by U.S. Navy SEALs, big wave bodysurfers, kneeboarders, scuba divers, skin divers and professionals in the lifesaving community, and with their re-release have quickly become the most sought-after swim fin to be included in the water athletes product arsenal.


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Pictures?  No Pictures?

Two extremes are emerging behind what on the surface appears to be a simple issue - that of how to appropriately protect the privacy of the families and friends of deceased American service personnel. The issue is whether members of the media will be granted access when military remains arrive at U.S. installations to take pictures. It sounds benign, but two passionate movements have been battling over the issue. On one side, many American Warriors deploying to fight for their nation are angered that photos of their corpses could end up on a terrorism-advocating website as a "trophy shot". On the other side, citizens who disagree with our nation's participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, feel the media should be able to publicize images of dead Americans to sway public opinion against the war effort. While many Americans have very different opinion or none at all, these two groups have emerged as prevalent in the fight.

The ability of the media to cover the return of military remains at ports of entry was once permitted but was halted by the Pentagon during the First Gulf War, on Feb 2, 1991. A few exceptions were made to the rule, such as the 1998 Embassy Bombings and the 2000 USS Cole Bombing. However, on February 26, 2009, the Secretary of Defense repealed the policy after a review directed by the Commander-in-Chief. The new policy leaves it up to the individual families to decide if they will allow media coverage of the return of their loved ones' remains.

The "Pics OK" group sees the policy reversal as a victory. Many see it as freedom of the press having been restored, seeing the military as a group concealing their activities and hiding the truth of their actions and the horrors of war. Many feel it is a way of honoring the fallen heroes while taking steps to influence the public so no more of our warriors will have to fall in service of the nation.

The "No Pics" group has silently bitten their lips, as military personnel are expected to do, but have voiced outrage at the policy behind closed doors. American Warriors have witnessed media coverage of the burned corpses of American contractors hung over a bridge in twisted triumph, viewed terrorist beheadings of American captives, and seen video of terrorists driving car bombs into their comrade's vehicles on the internet. After this, many service personnel are outraged at the thought of American journalists contributing to the enemy's propaganda effort.

Short of the argument against proliferating enemy "trophy shots," many American Warriors are disheartened that in the days following their having made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, someone will take an image of their remains and use it for a political position. Worse, that it is probably opposite of his or her own, and of the cause for which he or she just sacrificed his or her life.

Rather than burden their families with the decision during their time of anguish, some personnel have opted to state their feelings on whether or not they wish to have the media photograph their remains during return. They mark themselves in much the same way as they do with their blood type and religious preference. These patches that are affixed to bags and packs (not worn on the uniform) read "NO PICS" or "PICS OK".

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Designed for MARSOC medical personnel, the S.O.TECH Mini Go Bag is a distinct hybrid of their popular Go Bag and Waist Bag allowing for shoulder /back pack use and waist pack carry. When wearing body armor, the waist pack feature allows for easy front access to med kits, breaching gear, and SERE kits. The padded shoulder strap gives great stability that other waist packs lack. When used as a go bag, the Mini Go Bag can store in between seats as a tubular bag and the end pull handle gives a quick and easy pull and go. After bailing out of the vehicle, the padded shoulder strap allows for easy over the neck carry on the back. Double internal (against the body) zippers allow for internal access for bag entry while walking or running without dismount.

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Tactical Tips

Tactical Tips: JACK WEAVER


As Jack Weaver told Jeremy D. Clough, by Jeremy D. Clough,
May/June 2008 issue of American Handgunner

'...I asked Jack if there are any misconceptions about the stance he'd like to clear up. "The idea it has to be done a certain way," he tells me, explaining that much of it is about "what's comfortable." I ask him to show me how it ought to be done, and, pistols in hand, we step outside into the back yard.

"Figure out where your target is," he tells me first. Standing next to him, I watch as he lines his feet up, the left a little forward of the right, and takes his two-handed grip on the pistol, with his left hand wrapped around the right, unlike the "teacup," and "wrist grab" holds used by some others. A man with large hands, Jack wraps the thumb of his left over the top of his right hand, just out of range of the K-38's hammer, then quickly cautions me not to do that with the .45 auto I'm holding.

"Your eye, the back sight, front sight, and the target don't have to be perfectly lined up," he says, bending his head down slightly and bringing the gun up to eye level, "but you can see the sights, and as you squeeze the trigger, you correct them as best you can. Pretty soon, you get to the point where you come pretty close every time."

I watch closely, and try to imitate his movements as he brings the gun up to eye level and strokes the trigger through, dry-firing. "If your feet don't feel right," he tells me, "you just pick them up." I ask him if I'm doing the Weaver Stance right, and he hands me his K-38, so I can try it with a revolver. He watches me bring the gun up, then tells me, "If you find something that works better for you, why, go for it."

In his Book of Five Rings, Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi directed his readers "To maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance." For the serious minded among us, this is one of the great strengths of the Weaver stance. Having your offside foot slightly forward (which cops will immediately recognize as the "interview position,") puts you in the position to respond to a threat with whatever force is required. Whether that involves throwing a punch, using an ASP baton, or drawing a pistol, you're already in the right position.

As Ed Head, Gunsite's Director of Operations, put it, the modern version of the Weaver is a "balanced fighting stance," and Gunsite teaches it across all the weapons platforms, including pistol, rifle, shotgun and SMG. When we talked about its attributes, Head focused on the fact the Weaver allows movement and weapon retention, as well as excellent recoil control, all of which are part and parcel of defensive shooting. "You don't have to be big and powerful," he explained, "The technique is what it's all about." And there's no doubt these advantages of the Weaver stance – its universality, speed, retention and recoil control – have saved the lives of many law enforcement officers. '

How to do the "Weaver Stance"

Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart and knees locked. Keep the foot on the side of your gun arm back from your other foot.


Extend the hand holding the pistol out in front of you until your arm is almost fully extended. Keep a slight bend in the elbow. Hold your gun at shoulder level.

Step 2

Grip your gun hand with your other hand. Keep the elbow of that arm bent, held close to your body and pointed toward the floor. When firing, push forward with your gun arm and pull back with the other arm.


Turn your body at a 45-degree angle to your target. Bend your head slightly to align the gunsight.

Arms should be fairly close together when employing the Weaver shooting stance. Do not allow your elbows to flare out from the body.

Control the recoil and improve shooting accuracy by remembering the push/pull action when firing in the Weaver stance. Straighten out your gun arm fully to employ the modified Weaver shooting stance that is becoming more popular today. Shooting accuracy may be lost when using the Weaver stance because the gun arm may overpower the support arm; thus, a right-handed shooter may pull shots to the right, and vice versa for a left-handed shooter.


I guess they already finished their English homework

Montebello High School in California

You will not see this heart-stopping photo on the front page of the NY Times, nor on the lead story of the major news networks.

The protestors at Montebello High School took the American flag off the school's flag pole and hung it upside down while putting up the Mexican flag over it.  (*See pictures below*)

I predict this stunt will be the nail in the coffin of any guest-worker/amnesty plan on the table in Washington . The image of the American flag subsumed to another and turned upside down on American soil is already spreading on Internet forums and via e-mail.

Pass this along to every American citizen in your address books and to every representative in the state and federal government. If you choose to remain uninvolved, do not be amazed when you no longer have a nation to call your own nor anything you have worked for left since it will be 'redistributed' to the activists while you are so peacefully staying out of the 'fray'.. Check history, it is full of nations/empires that disappeared when its citizens no longer held their core beliefs and values. One person at a time CAN make a difference..

One plus one plus one plus one plus one plus one...

If this ticks YOU off... PASS IT ON!

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The NRA is giving FREE 1-yr memberships to everyone that wants to join. Please join and pass it around, they are trying to build up their membership to fight pending legislation that impacts our right to bear arms.


Veterans a Focus of FBI Extremist Probe


WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year launched a nationwide operation targeting white supremacists and "militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups," including a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to memos sent from bureau headquarters to field offices.

The initiative, dubbed Operation Vigilant Eagle, was outlined in February, two months before a memo giving a similar warning was issued on April 7 by the Department of Homeland Security.

Disclosure of the DHS memo this week has sparked controversy among some conservatives and veterans groups. Appearing on television talk shows Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the assessment, but apologized to veterans who saw it as an accusation.

"This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans," she said on NBC's Today Show.


The Real Story Re: The Navy SEALS Intervention! 4-16

Lt. Col. Jerry passed this on to me today from a buddy of his who is "in the know" with the Navy SEALS, who is stationed in Virginia and who obviously disagrees with the tactical decisions from the civilian government as well as having legitimate disdain for that same civilian government taking credit in the customary tradition of politics. Here's the inside poop according to Lt. Col. Jerry's friend.--Larry:

Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:

1.  BHO wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.

2.  Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE that they couldn't do anything unless the hostage's life was in "imminent" dange

3.  The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction

4.  When the navy RIB came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE restrictions.  As the raggies were shooting at the RIB, they were exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in.

5.  BHO specifically denied two rescue plans developed by the Bainbridge CPN and SEAL teams

6.  Bainbridge CPN and SEAL team CDR finally decide they have the OpArea and OSC authority to solely determine risk to hostage.  4 hours later, 3 dead raggies

7.  BHO immediately claims credit for his "daring and decisive" behaviour.  As usual with him, it's BS.

So per our last email thread, I'm downgrading Oohbaby's performace to D-.  Only reason it's not an F is that the hostage survived

Read the following accurate account.

Philips' first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn't worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country's Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors - and none was taken.

The guidance from National Command Authority - the president of the United States, Barack Obama - had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage's life was in clear, extreme danger.

The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates - and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate from the commander in chief's staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a "peaceful solution" would be acceptable.

After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the on scene commander decided he'd had enough.

Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage's

life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer - unnamed in all media reports to date - decided the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips' back was a threat to the hostage's life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.

Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.

There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events over the last week that culminated in yesterday's dramatic rescue of an American hostage.

Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and [1] declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced president's toughness and decisiveness.

Despite the Obama administration's (and its sycophants') attempt to spin yesterday's success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort.

What should have been a standoff lasting only hours - as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location - became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.

3 Pittsburgh Cops Killed, Gunman Arrested


Police identify the officers slain in Stanton Heights as Officer Eric Kelly, Officer Stephen Mayhle & Officer Paul Sciullo III.

Police Officer Paul J. Sciullo.
Pittsburgh Police Department /Getty Images

Police Officer Stephen Mayhle.
Pittsburgh Police Department /Getty Images

Police Officer Eric Kelly.
Pittsburgh Police Department /Getty Images

Police say Richard Poplawski, 23, is facing a long list of charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Police officers leave the scene of a shooting April 4, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
KDKA-TV Local Coverage

A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and "lying in wait" opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn't clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.

Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours as the fallen officers were left bleeding nearby, their colleagues unable to reach them, according to police and witnesses. More than 100 rounds were fired by the SWAT teams and Poplawski, Harper said.

The three slain officers were Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo III. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years, Mayhle and Sciullo for two years each. Another officer, Timothy McManaway, was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.

Poplawski had gunshot wounds in his legs but was otherwise unharmed because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Harper said. He was charged with three counts of homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons violation.

The shooting occurred just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. The officers were the first Pittsburgh city officers to die in the line of duty in 18 years.

"This is a solemn day and it's a very sad day in the city of Pittsburgh," Harper said. "We've seen this kind of violence happen in California. We never would think this kind of violence would happen in the city of Pittsburgh."

At 7 a.m., Sciullo and Mayhle responded to a 911 call from Poplawski's mother, who remained holed up in the basement during the entire dispute and escaped unharmed, Harper said.

When they arrived at the home, Sciullo was immediately shot in the head. Mayhle, who was right behind him, was also shot in the head.

"It appears he was lying in wait for the officers," Harper said.

Kelly, who was on his way home after completing his overnight shift when he heard the call for help, rushed to the scene and was killed trying to help Sciullo and Mayhle, Harper said. SWAT teams and other officers arrived and were immediately fired on as well.

Don Sand, who lives across the street from Poplawski, said he was woken up by the sound of gunfire. Hunkering down behind a wall in his home, he saw the first two officers go down and then saw Kelly get shot.

"They couldn't get the scene secure enough to get to them. They were just lying there bleeding," Sand said. "By the time they secured the scene enough to get to them it was way too late."

Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson, who lives nearby, was one of the first officers to arrive. He saw Mayhle by a bush to the right of the door; Kelly was in the street and McManaway, his hand injured, was kneeling beside him, yelling that Kelly needed help.

Donaldson suggested using a police van to get them. They draped a bulletproof vest on the window to protect the driver and several officers got into the van to get Kelly and McManaway.

During this time, Poplawski was somehow distracted, Donaldson said.

"We were fortunate that he didn't fire on us. I don't know why he was distracted, but he apparently didn't see us coming down to get them," he said. "It could have been worse."

Poplawski had feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon," said Edward Perkovic, his best friend.

Perkovic, 22, said he got a call at work from him in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. ... Tell your family I love them and I love you."

Perkovic said: "I heard gunshots and he hung up. ... He sounded like he was in pain, like he got shot."

Poplawski had once tried to join the Marines, but was kicked out of boot camp after throwing a food tray at a drill sergeant, Perkovic said.

Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said Poplawski feared that President Barack Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he "wasn't violently against Obama."

Vire, 23, said Poplawski once had an Internet talk show but that it wasn't successful. He said Poplawski owned an AK-47 rifle and several powerful handguns, including a .357 Magnum.

Obama has said he respects Americans' constitutional right to bear arms, but that he favors "common sense" gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he would approve some curbs on assault and concealed weapons.

Poplawski had been laid off from his job at a glass factory earlier this year, said another friend, Joe DiMarco. DiMarco said he didn't know the name of the company, but knew his friend had been upset about it.

The last Pittsburgh police officers killed in the line of duty were Officers Thomas L. Herron and Joseph J. Grill, according to a Web site that tracks police killings. They died after their patrol car collided with another vehicle while chasing a stolen car on March 6, 1991.

In 1995, an off-duty officer was shot with his own gun after he confronted a group of teenagers about graffiti. Tests later showed the officer had been drinking.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 133 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2008, a 27 percent decrease from year before and the lowest annual total since 1960.

Poplawski had often fought with neighbors and had even gotten into fist fights with a couple, Sand said.

"This is a relatively really quiet neighborhood except for him," Sand said. "He was just one of those kids that we knew to stay clear from."

Harper confirmed police had responded to calls from the Poplawski house several times but said the incidents were still being investigated.

Rob Gift, 45, who lives a block away, said the well-kept single-family houses with manicured lawns are home to many police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other city workers.

"It's just a very quiet neighborhood," Gift said.

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

By William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott

You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."


Homeland Security: Everyone's a Threat


Feeling the heat from veterans groups, pro-life organizations, conservatives, and even Democratic members of Congress, President Barack Obama's Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was forced to make a slight about-face regarding a controversial intelligence report issued by her department for law-enforcement agencies, including federal-state "Fusion Centers." In a string of media appearances in mid-April, Secretary Napolitano half-apologized for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that has drawn severe criticism for targeting conservative political opponents and associating them with dangerous terrorists.

The DHS document that stirred up the political firestorm is a leaked ten-page report entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." The most harshly criticized section of the report concerns the finger of suspicion it points at military veterans. The report, which was distributed to law-enforcement agencies nationwide, warns:


Petraeus: Shippers should consider armed guards

By LARA JAKES, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The global shipping industry should consider placing armed guards on its boats to ward off pirates who have become increasingly violent, the U.S. military commander who oversees the African coastline said Friday. Gen. David Petraeus told a House committee Friday that just trying to outrun or block pirates from boarding cargo ships isn't enough to deter sea bandits off the Somali coast who are becoming more aggressive.

But the shipping industry has resisted arming their boats, which would deny them port in some nations.

Petraeus said defensive preparations short of armed guards "can work. You can have water hoses and others that can make it more difficult," Petraeus told a House Appropriations subcommittee.

But in a wry tone, he added: "It's tough to be on the end of a water hose if the other guy is on the end of an RPG. So you've got to think your way though that calculation as well."


Is swine flu 'the big one' or a flu that fizzles?

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA – As reports of a unique form of swine flu erupt around the world, the inevitable question arises: Is this the big one?

Is this the next big global flu epidemic that public health experts have long anticipated and worried about? Is this the novel virus that will kill millions around the world, as pandemics did in 1918, 1957 and 1968?

The short answer is it's too soon to tell.

"What makes this so difficult is we may be somewhere between an important but yet still uneventful public health occurrence here — with something that could literally die out over the next couple of weeks and never show up again — or this could be the opening act of a full-fledged influenza pandemic," said Michael Osterholm, a prominent expert on global flu outbreaks with the University of Minnesota.


Citizens can challenge state, local gun laws

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that private citizens can challenge state and local gun laws by invoking the constitutional right to bear arms - the first such ruling in the nation - but upheld a ban on firearms at gun shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco followed last year's landmark Supreme Court decision that the Constitution's Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess guns for self-defense.

The high court struck down a handgun prohibition in Washington, D.C., a federal enclave, and did not say whether the Second Amendment also applied to state and local laws. Nor did the court spell out the extent of the government's authority to regulate firearms, although it said guns could be excluded from "sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."


China, Friend or Foe?


A cave complex blasted out of the rocky coastline on China's southern island province of Hainan is home to one of the newest and potentially most lethal weapons in Beijing's arsenal: a home-grown submarine designed to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

So when the USNS Impeccable, a U.S. surveillance ship, was snooping in the area last month, China set a trap. Five Chinese vessels crowded around the U.S. ship. Crew members hurled chunks of wood into the Impeccable's path and used poles to try to snare its acoustic equipment. When U.S. sailors turned a fire hose on their assailants, the sodden Chinese crew aboard one of the vessels stripped to their underwear and closed to within 25 feet, the Pentagon said.

The encounter in the South China Sea, which lasted for about 3½ hours, was intended to send a clear message. China says the Impeccable was violating international law by conducting surveillance activities in its exclusive economic zone. The U.S. and many other nations view such activity as legal.


A Great Day For The Army

You may have seen this already--but wanted to share it. There are some of us that remember Ft. Benning, GA only too well - be it for basic, AIT, OCS, IOBC or jump school as well as the sacrifices made by Vietnam Veteran brothers.

Miami Herald
March 25, 2009
Pg. 17

A Great Day For The Army

By Joseph L. Galloway

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- It was a great day for the infantry and for the U.S. Army, and it was one for the history books, as well.

On a bright, sunny spring day in Georgia, Fort Benning and the National Infantry Museum dedicated a new parade ground, and the first of what will be thousands of basic training companies broke it in by marching in review for their graduation.

Before the 125 newest soldiers in the Army set boots on that field, though, it was consecrated in a ceremony that saw veterans and descendants of veterans of eight of America's wars spread soil collected from their battlefields on the new parade ground.

Douglas Hamilton, a fifth-generation descendant of Alexander Hamilton, sprinkled soil gathered from the decisive battlefield of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War.

Former Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, a great-grandson of Pvt. Charles Kempthorne of the Union Army's 3rd Wisconsin Infantry, and Henry B. Pease Jr., a descendant of Henry Lewis Benning, the Confederate commander at the Burnside Bridge, spread soil from the blood-soaked Civil War battlefield of Antietam, or Sharpsburg, as Gen. Benning probably called it.

Soil from World War I battlefields in France was spread on the parade ground by George York, son of the legendary Sgt. Alvin York, and Samuel Parker Moss, grandson of Samuel Parker of the 28th Infantry. Both York and Parker earned the Medal of Honor during World War I.

World War II was represented by soil collected from the beaches at Normandy and those of Corregidor and Guadalcanal in the Pacific. Theodore Roosevelt IV, grandson of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who earned the Medal of Honor on D-Day at Normandy, and by Kirk Davis, son of Charles Davis, who earned the Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal, spread soil from those battlefields.

Two legendary warriors from the Korean War -- Col. Ola Lee Mize, who held Outpost Harry against overwhelming odds and earned a Medal of Honor, and Gen. Sun Yup Paik, who at age 30 commanded both a division and a corps in the South Korean Army -- sprinkled soil from their war's battlefields.

Then it was time to honor the infantrymen who fought in Vietnam, and two legendary old soldiers marched onto the field wearing their black cavalry Stetsons. Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley carried jars bearing soil collected at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley and on other Vietnam battlefields.

In the stands, a dozen or more Ia Drang veterans and other 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) veterans, most wearing the same black hats, stood at attention as Moore, 87, and Plumley, 89, carried out their mission and then saluted them.

Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the senior enlisted advisor to Gen. David Petraeus at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, spread soil collected from battlefields in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Desert Storm and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Actor Sam Elliott, who portrayed Sgt. Maj. Plumley in the movie We Were Soldiers, narrated the ceremony. (Full disclosure: The movie is based on a book that Gen. Moore and I wrote.)

Last week's ceremony marked a partial opening of the new $100 million National Infantry Museum that adjoins the parade ground. The grand opening of the entire facility is scheduled for June 19.

The Infantry Museum Foundation is busy rounding up the last $10 million to complete work on the displays that will fill the museum's galleries on America's wars and the infantry battles that distinguished them.

The new soldiers graduating from basic training with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry, marched past the stands, which were filled not only with their proud parents and siblings but also with the assembled VIPs and such legendary infantrymen as retired Gen. David Grange and retired Gen. Ed Burba and retired Col. Ralph Puckett.

In the infantry and in the Army, there are good days and bad days, and a few great days. This was one of the great days.

Joseph L. Galloway is a military columnist for McClatchy Newspapers.


In the war on terror, intelligence plays a much greater role than in many past conflicts. Good intelligence has always been essential for success. It helps to preserve the element of surprise and disorient the enemy. It also protects our own troops and interests, by determining the enemy's force size and strength. Major American achievements such as the Allied landing at Normandy on D-Day could not have succeeded without good intelligence, to confuse Hitler as to the intended invasion point and to detect Nazi force movements on the French coast.

But because of the unique nature of the war on terror, American success depends even more upon accurate intelligence than in the past. Our enemies are more dispersed and congregate in smaller groups, with no geographic boundaries. They must be tracked and located in many countries and on several continents. Their movements are not as obvious as those of an army, with no tanks, no divisions, no planes to signal an invasion. They infiltrate a country and attack surreptitiously, moving within existing social and legal structures. The war on terror is not confined to a clearly marked front, but is waged in civilian neighborhoods, increasing the risk of unforeseen collateral damage. All of these factors, and many more, mean that intelligence is an inescapable element in our victory over radical Islamist terrorists.

1. Identify Terrorists

The first role of intelligence is to identify and locate our enemies. They do not wear uniforms or belong to national armies and so can only be identified by their behavior. To accomplish this difficult task, intelligence agencies must determine and monitor the behaviors that would likely accompany terrorist activities. These may include active involvement in mosques or schools led by individuals of known radical sympathies, participation in online message boards that support radical activities, or affiliation with groups involved with or funded by radical organizations. By themselves, none of these activities positively indicate that an individual may be a potential terrorist, but they are specific behaviors that may accompany the potential for corruption.

Making this identification is often more difficult than it might seem. Much of the terrorist training and organization process now occurs on the Internet, where identifying the person behind a screen name and tracking them to their geographic location are extraordinarily difficult. Other activities require infiltration of social, family, or religious groups that are characteristically hostile to outsiders. Finally, many religious, financial, or civic organizations that may support terrorism are transnational in nature, making access to membership records elusive at best.

These challenges do not mean that the task of identifying terrorists through intelligence methods is impossible. Many of our greatest successes in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted from accurate intelligence providing the identity and location of terrorists and insurgents. Accurate intelligence has helped curtail the activities of many transnational funding and support organizations and numerous pro-radical websites have been identified. Some have been closed down, while others have been used as tools for identifying potential terrorists and preventing attacks that may still be in the planning stages. Overall, however, the task is an extremely difficult one that requires the best efforts of extremely qualified individuals.

2. Preventing Attacks

The second objective of intelligence in the war on terror is preventing further attacks against American interests. When intelligence officials have identified potential terrorists or important communications channels, they can then monitor these for indications of a pending attack. This particular use means that known communications channels may be allowed to continue functioning, to prevent users from moving to other, unidentified methods. In this case, the American public in particular may never hear of these successes, but will see their results in increased security at certain targets. When the Homeland Security threat level is raised or protection of specific buildings or infrastructure elements is increased, this is an excellent indication that the American intelligence community has unearthed discussion of a potential plot through such clandestine communication. Of course, it is impossible to identify and prevent all attacks using this method, necessitating the constant presence of law enforcement and other security measures in certain areas. But identifying potential attacks and likely targets can help allocate scarce resources to the areas of most pressing need.

3. Stopping the Flow of Money

Like any other activity, terrorism cannot succeed without a secure financial basis. Terrorism is an expensive business that demands payments for training, equipment, communications, and recruitment. Few individuals have the resources to fund their own private jihad and so must rely upon the largesse of wealthy families and religious organizations to keep their enterprises alive. This money travels in a variety of ways over many miles to reach its targets. To greatly impact international terrorism, intelligence agencies must locate the channels through which this money flows and either monitor or stop them. Several organizations around the world that are ostensibly dedicated only to preventing religious discrimination or aiding Muslim business and educational ventures have already been identified as sources of terrorist or radical financing. But the most effective way to halt the distribution of money to terrorists is through regulation of the international Muslim financial network. Islam establishes a set of rules by which Muslim financiers and banks may operate, distinct from that of most countries. This network transcends political boundaries and lacks the transparency of contemporary financial networks. Attempts at regulation are largely unsuccessful, amid the inevitable cries of religious persecution and against the legal realities of the countries of origin for these institutions. However, some progress has been made at tracking the flow of money through these channels, contributing to the dwindling financial resources of many terrorist cells.

Ron Paul's plan to fend off pirates

Erika Lovley

A little-known congressional power could help the federal government keep the Somali pirates in check — and possibly do it for a discount price.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a growing number of national security experts are calling on Congress to consider using letters of marque and reprisal, a power written into the Constitution that allows the United States to hire private citizens to keep international waters safe.

Used heavily during the Revolution and the War of 1812, letters of marque serve as official warrants from the government, allowing privateers to seize or destroy enemies, their loot and their vessels in exchange for bounty money.

The letters also require would-be thrill seekers to post a bond promising to abide by international rules of war.

In a YouTube video earlier this week, Paul suggested lawmakers consider issuing letters, which could relieve American naval ships from being the nation's primary pirate responders — a free-market solution to make the high seas safer for cargo ships.

"I think if every potential pirate knew this would be the case, they would have second thoughts because they could probably be blown out of the water rather easily if those were the conditions," Paul said.

Theoretically, hiring bounty hunters would also be a cheaper option.


Man Survives 3 Days Lost in the Arctic

In a real scene worthy of the most harrowing reality shows, a man working on a scientific research project in Greenland's Arctic went missing last week but used survival techniques to stay alive for three days before being rescued.

The man, whose name has not been released, was rescued Saturday with the help of several international agencies, the National Science Foundation announced today.

The NSF provided few details regarding why the man got lost. Here's what's known:

The missing man was identified as a 38-year-old U.S. citizen who works as a heavy equipment operator at the station for a sub-contractor of CH2M HILL, an engineering, construction and operations company that provides logistical support for NSF's scientific research efforts in the frigid Arctic.


CIA documents shine light on secretive Air America

By JEFF CARLTON, Associated Press Writer

DALLAS – Former naval aviator Don Boecker isn't too proud to say he was scared out of his wits on that July 1965 day in Laos when he dangled by one arm from a helicopter while enemy soldiers took aim below.

Boecker had spent the longest night of his life in the thick jungle, evading capture and certain execution while awaiting rescue. The Navy aviator had ejected after a bomb he intended to drop on the Ho Chi Minh trail exploded prematurely.

His rescuers that day, however, weren't from the American military, who couldn't be caught conducting a secret bombing campaign in Laos.

They were civilian employees of Air America, an ostensibly private airline essentially owned and operated by the CIA.

Boecker, now a 71-year-old retired rear admiral, plans to tell the story on Saturday at a symposium intended to give a fuller account of an important outfit that alumni say is still misunderstood by the American public.

The University of Texas at Dallas event coincides with the CIA's release of about 10,000 previously classified Air America records, which will become part of the school library's extensive aviation collection. The CIA declassified the documents following a Freedom of Information Act request by UT-Dallas.


Shipping companies need armed guards: US commander

US shipping companies need to provide armed guards for vessels threatened by pirates, the commander of US naval forces in the region told US media from Bahrain Monday.

"You need two things to have a successful piracy attack. You need pirates that are seeking monetary gain and you also need a ship that's able to get pirated," Vice Admiral Bill Gortney told CNN.

Somali pirates have vowed to retaliate for Sunday's shooting of three men by US Navy snipers, and Gortney said that shipping companies needed to provide a last line of defense against being boarded by pirates.

He said in addition to armed guards, companies could deploy more passive measures, like barbed wire around the lower parts of the ship.

"Just last week, two vessels were unsuccessfully attacked because the ship had put barbed wire around the ship on the closest avenues of approach," he said.


A long line of pirate hunters

The destroyer Bainbridge is named after an early American naval officer who struck fear in the hearts of Barbary Coast predators.

By Jerry Hirsch

Earlier this week, sharpshooters on the fantail of the U.S. Navy destroyer Bainbridge picked off three pirates with single bullets to the head, freeing a hostage merchant marine captain. Two days later, the Bainbridge sailed to the aid of another American merchant ship attacked by pirates.

William Bainbridge, the naval officer for whom the ship is named, would be pleased. Bainbridge played an important role cleaning out a similar nest of corsairs who plagued shipping off African coastlines two centuries ago.

Born in Princeton, N.J., in 1774, Commodore Bainbridge joined the Navy in 1798. It was a time when Congress and President John Adams wrestled over how to deal not only with the combined threats of England and France, the military superpowers of the time, but also with bands of pirates who preyed on the rapidly expanding shipping of a youthful nation without much of a sea force.

After service against French forces in the West Indies during what was called the "Quasi-War," the Navy in 1800 handed Bainbridge the command of a converted merchant ship, the George Washington. He was told to deliver tribute -- a bribe, in effect -- to the dey of Algiers in return for safe passage. This was essentially piracy on a state scale. These days, the Somali pirates take a ship and ask for ransom. Back then, we just paid rulers in advance to safeguard our merchant fleets from the Barbary pirates who operated off the coast of North Africa.


Lexington re-enactors portray Parker's Revenge

By Jason Crotty/Staff Writer

GateHouse News Service

Capt. John Parker only wanted revenge.

On April 19, 1775, the Lexington Minute Men captain assembled his men on Lexington Battle Green, where they listened to an impassioned war call from captain and minister alike, and marched off to defend Hartwell Tavern from British regulars.

And "he" did it again today.

"This is my first year playing John Parker, which is an honor," said William Delay, a third-generation Minute Man.


The Real Story
Obama's Decision Making With The Hostages


Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:

1. BHO wouldn't authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.

2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE that they couldn't do anything unless the hostage's life was in "imminent" danger

3. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction

4. When the navy RIB came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE restrictions. As the raggies were shooting at the RIB, they were exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in.

5. BHO specifically denied two rescue plans developed by the Bainbridge CPN and SEAL teams

6. Bainbridge CPN and SEAL team CDR finally decide they have the OpArea and OSC authority to solely determine risk to hostage. 4 hours later, 3 dead raggies

7. BHO immediately claims credit for his "daring and decisive" behaviour. As usual with him, it's BS.

So per our last email thread, I'm downgrading Oohbaby's performace to D-. Only reason it's not an F is that the hostage survived.

Read the following accurate account.

Philips' first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn't worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country's Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors and none was taken.

The guidance from National Command Authority the president of the United States , Barack Obama had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage's life was in clear, extreme danger.

The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate from the commander in chief's staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a peaceful solution would be acceptable.

After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the onscenecommander decided he'd had enough.

Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage's life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer unnamed in all media reports to date decided the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips' back was a threat to the hostage's life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.

Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.

There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events over the last week that culminated in yesterday's dramatic rescue of an American hostage.

Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and [1] declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced president's toughness and decisiveness.

Despite the Obama administration's (and its sycophants') attempt to spin yesterday's success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort. What should have been a standoff lasting only hours as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.

A missing CAV Huey is finally found (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

MCT COLUMN 286 (04/10/2009)

Commentary: Fallen brothers found and lost

By Joseph L. Galloway McClatchy Newspapers

As with so much in life and in death, there was news this week that was joyous and sad and bittersweet all at once for the small community of the Vietnam War's band of brothers of the Ia Drang Valley.

Early in the morning of December 28, 1965, a U.S. Army Huey helicopter, tail number 63-08808, lifted off from the huge grassy airfield at the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) base at An Khe in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam.

Two experienced pilots, CWO Jesse Phelps of Boise, Idaho, and CWO Kenneth Stancie of Chattanooga, Tenn., were at the controls. Behind them in the doors were crew chief Donald Grella of Laurel, Neb., and door gunner Thomas Rice Jr. of Spartanburg, S.C. All four were already veterans of the fiercest air assault battle of the war, fought the previous month in the Ia Drang.

Huey 808 was one of 10 birds in a platoon of A Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, led by Capt. Ed (Too Tall to Fly) Freeman. It was bound on a short, routine flight down Route 19 to an infantry field position just over the high pass between An Khe and the port city of Qui Nhon. It was what Army aviators called an "ash and trash mission," hauling cases of C-rations, ammunition and other essential supplies to a company of grunts preparing for an air assault mission.

Normally, all missions were flown by at least two helicopters, but this one was so brief and so routine and along a route so well known and marked by the center white line of a familiar highway that Capt. Freeman and his boss, Maj. Bruce (Ol' Snake) Crandall, already at the Landing Zone with the rest of A Company's 20 helicopters, agreed to waive that requirement and let 808 fly alone.

With that, 808 flew off the face of the earth. It disappeared without a word on the radio of distress or trouble. The helicopter was gone, and a massive search effort began almost immediately and continued for months, both as an organized and methodical search and by individual Huey pilots who flew anywhere near that route.

For weeks, they combed the rugged jungle hills on both sides of the road and on both sides of the mountain pass. Choppers hovered over every break in the tree cover peering down if they could see or sending crewmen rappelling down ropes to look around clearings that were not easily checked from the air. They found nothing. The Huey and its four crewmen had vanished.

The families of the crewmen joined the ranks of those who wait for news, for hope, for some closure of an open wound. More than 1,600 American servicemen are still listed as missing in action in Vietnam.

This week, the Department of Defense liaison officers who work with MIA families called Ol' Snake Crandall and surviving family members of the four missing crewmen to confirm that after 43 years, search teams following one of thousands of leads had found and positively identified the wreckage of Huey 808.

In what amounts to almost an archaeological dig the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team assigned to this lead also recovered dog tags, other personal artifacts and some human remains. After so long a time in the acid soil of Vietnam, that usually means bone fragments and maybe a tooth or two. Often that adds up to no more than will fill a small handkerchief.

The remains will now be flown to the Central Identification Library in Hawaii and every effort will be made through DNA testing to identify them and attach a name to them.

"They told us it could take several months to complete that process," said Shirley Haase of Omaha, Neb., the sister of crew chief Donald Grella. "I only wish my mother was here for this news. She waited for so long."

The men of Huey 808 will be coming home at last. Grieving mothers and fathers have died waiting for news that never came. Siblings have grown old. Their buddies have never forgotten and never rested in pressing for a resolution to this case.

Too Tall Ed Freeman and Ol' Snake Crandall, his wingman and boss, never missed an opportunity to ask questions or get a little pushy with a government official, even a president of the United States or a North Vietnamese Army general, in seeking an answer to the mystery.

Too Tall Ed died last summer in a Boise, Idaho, hospital. In their final farewell visit, he and Crandall, both Medal of Honor recipients, talked about Huey 808, and Bruce promised Ed that he'd keep pushing the search as long as he lived.

A week ago, the Ia Drang fraternity buried Doc Randy Lose at the National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss. Doc was the medic of the Lost Platoon of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry at Landing Zone X-Ray in November 1965.

Doc's old company commander, Col. (ret.) John Herren, was there. So was Sgt. Earnie Savage, who inherited command of the Lost Platoon after Lt. Henry Herrick and three more-senior sergeants were killed in the first 10 minutes of battle after the 30-man platoon was cut off and surrounded by hundreds of North Vietnamese soldiers.

In all, nine men were killed and 13 were wounded in the opening minutes of a struggle for survival that lasted 27 hours for the cut-off Americans. Doc Lose used up all the bandages and kept plugging wounds with small rolls of C-Ration toilet paper. He crawled from man to man under intense enemy fire, was wounded twice himself and kept every one of the 13 wounded alive during the longest day and night of their lives. Doc earned a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions, and his battalion commander, Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore, and I did everything we could to get that upgraded to the Medal of Honor we think he deserved.

Doc Lose died last month, killed by the Vietnam War just as certainly as if he'd been shot in the head by a sniper during those 27 hours with the Lost Platoon. You see, my friend Doc Lose came home from Vietnam a different man. He carried wounds no one but other combat veterans could see. Doc carried the battlefield memories of suffering and death and killing, and they never let him rest.

All that's over now. Doc has crossed the river to be with some other great soldiers. The rest of us will be along soon enough, Doc, so pop smoke when you hear us inbound. The goofy grape (purple smoke) will work just fine.

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Somelian Pirates

Your "Real" story is not exactly the way I heard it, and probably has a few political twists thrown in to stir the pot. Rather than me trying to correct it, I'll just tell you what I found out from my contacts at NSWC Norfolk and at SOCOM Tampa.

First though, let me orient you to familiarize you with the "terrain." In Africa from Djibouti at the southern end of the Red Seaeastward through the Gulf of Aden to round Cape Guardafui at the easternmost tip of Africa (also known as "The Horn of Africa") is about a 600 nm transit before you stand out into the Indian Ocean. That transit is comparable in distance to that from the mouth of the Mississippi at New Orleans to the tip of Florida at Key West-except that 600 nm over there is infested with Somalia pirates.

Ships turning southward at the Horn of Africa transit the SLOC ( Sea Lane of Commerce) along the east coast of Somalia because of the prevailing southerly currents there. It's about 1,500 nm on to Mombassa, which is just south of the equator in Kenya. Comparably, that's about the transit distance from PortlandMaine down the east coast of the US to Miami Florida. In other words, the ocean area being patrolled by our naval forces off the coast of Somalia it is comparable to that in the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River east to Miami then up the eastern seaboard to Maine.


Machine Gun Madness

You can add Greta Van Susteren to the list of Fox News hosts who can't or won't be honest about what's going on in Mexico. The other night, not only did the host of "On the Record" let Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get away with saying that Mexican drug cartels are getting machine guns in the United States, Susteren herself said, "these automatic weapons that go right through...are coming from the United States."

It's been 15 years since Hillary Clinton and her husband pushed their gun ban on the American people, and the mainstream media still can't get it right. Fully automatic firearms have been heavily regulated since 1934, and they're not the subject of the ban that Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and others are promoting. They're pushing for a ban on some of the most popular semi-automatic firearms around firearms that shoot just one time every time the trigger is pulled.

These reporters keep saying it's time we get serious about gun control. Maybe they could start by making sure their reporting isn't a joke.

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Always Remember

Russell Dunham dies at 89; Medal of Honor recipient

During World War II in France, Dunham took out three German machine gun emplacements, two of them after having been shot, and killed nine German soldiers.

By Joe Holley

Reporting from Washington -- Russell Dunham, a World War II Army veteran who was awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest decoration for valor, after he assaulted three German machine gun emplacements, killed nine German soldiers and took two prisoners, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in Godfrey, Ill. He was 89.

On Jan. 8, 1945, Tech. Sgt. Dunham's company, part of the 3rd Infantry Division, was facing a formidable German force at the small town of Kaysersberg, France, on the Franco-German border. The men were issued white mattress covers as camouflage in the deep snow.

Heavily armed, Dunham scrambled 75 yards up a snow-covered hill toward three German machine gun emplacements. He took out the first bunker with a grenade.

Advancing toward the second, he glanced around to call up his squad and a bullet hit him in the back, leaving a 10-inch gash. As he struggled to his feet, a grenade landed nearby; he kicked it away before it exploded.


Ken Annakin dies at 94; British director of 'Swiss Family Robinson' and others

By Dennis McLellan

Ken Annakin, a British director whose films included the family-adventure classic "Swiss Family Robinson," the madcap comedy "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" and the World War II epic "The Longest Day," has died. He was 94.

Annakin, who suffered a heart attack and a stroke within a day of each other in February, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, said his daughter, Deborah Annakin Peters.

His five-decade career was launched in England in the early 1940s when he began making wartime documentaries. He made his feature-film directorial debut in 1947 and became what fellow British director Mike Leigh described as a "truly great master of successful, commercial cinema."

Annakin directed nearly 50 movies, including "Across the Bridge," "Battle of the Bulge," "The Biggest Bundle of Them All," "Paper Tiger," a 1972 version of "The Call of the Wild," "The Fifth Musketeer" and "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

In 1966, Annakin and co-writer Jack Davies shared an Oscar nomination for their original screenplay for "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," a comedy depicting a 1910 London-to-Paris airplane race.


Tom Braden dies at 92; former OSS and CIA operative , columnist and talk show co-host whose 1975 memoir about his crazy family became the TV show Eight is Enough

Braden was born in Greene, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 1917. His father worked a variety of jobs, including at a tie store and a bank. His mother was a writer for American Mercury, the magazine founded by H.L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan. Braden dropped out of high school during the Depression and worked briefly for a printing press in New York. He wanted to go to college and applied to Dartmouth, which was one of the few Universitiys that accepted students without a high school degree. He was interested in journalism and became editor of the campus newspaper. He graduated in 1940.

In 1941, he went to England and was among a small group of Americans who enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the British Army to fight in World War II. He later joined the U.S. Army and shifted to intelligence work for the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA.

With Stewart Alsop, the columnist and political analyst who had also fought with the British Army and joined the OSS, Braden wrote the book "Sub Rosa: The OSS and American Espionage" (1946).

After the war, he taught for a few years at Dartmouth, where he met poet Robert Frost, who encouraged him to pursue journalism. But in 1950 he joined the CIA and worked for Allen Dulles, who became CIA director in 1953. One of Braden's duties was to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-communist elements in labor unions such as the AFL-CIO.

He also helped the agency wage a propaganda war by sponsoring cultural events, including a European tour of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and placing agents in various organizations, including Encounter magazine. Braden himself was a covert cultural agent who worked as executive secretary at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

After leaving the CIA in 1954, he moved with his family to California, where he became involved in politics.... and later, the media.


Jack Cardiff dies at 94; Oscar-winning British cinematographer

A pioneer in Technicolor photography, he won an Academy Award for his color work on 'Black Narcissus' in 1947. He also directed films.

By Dennis McLellan

Jack Cardiff, the British cinematographer who won an Academy Award for his stunning color work on the 1947 drama "Black Narcissus" and later became an Oscar-nominated director, has died. He was 94.

Cardiff, who as a cinematographer was known as a pioneer of Technicolor and a "master of light," died Wednesday of age-related causes at his home in Ely, England, said Craig McCall, the producer and director of a pending documentary on Cardiff.

"Jack was a great ambassador to film," McCall said. "He loved it; it was his entire life and almost all the great people that we can mention crossed paths with him."

Cardiff began as a child actor in silent movies and continued to remain professionally active until about three years ago, McCall said.

"He literally almost worked for 90 years, which is quite extraordinary in an industry that is just over a hundred years old."


Jack Weaver Passes at 80

Whether you believe combat point shooting is superior or you had once attended the late Col. Jeff Coopers Gunsite classes or not many modern operators and shooters trained by a U.S. instructor in pistol-craft and worth his salt knows what a "weaver" or "modified weaver" is. And for that skill, which has assisted many of us in combat or in the face of grave danger , the editors at Voice of the Soldier would like to extend a moment of silent homage to and prayer to the almighty to bless and look after the soul of the man whose name is synonymous with modern combat pistol craft a should come from us one and all…. Jack Weaver. Thank you and R.I.P. former Deputy Weaver ...

"...the shooting world lost one of its best-known names last week. Former Los Angeles County Deputy Jack Weaver, 80, died Tuesday in Carson City. Weaver, for those of you not familiar with the name, is the man for whom the Weaver Shooting Stance is named.

"After experimenting with a variety of shooting stances and modifications, Weaver decided the best position for reaction shooting was simple: two hands on the weapon, gun up a foot or so above the vertical centerline of the body, and head slightly dropped. This gave him what he called a "flash picture" of the target. It also gave him the 1959 "Leatherslap" gunfighting title. As he explained "it looked kind of stupid, and everybody was laughing at me, but it worked."

"After three years of losing to Weaver, Guns and Ammo writer and legendary shooting expert Jeff Cooper proclaimed the Weaver Stance "decisively superior" to anything else. In fact, Cooper incorporated Weaver's stance into his Modern Technique of the Pistol.

"On Saturday evening[April 12 ,2009] I spoke with Weaver's son, Alan, about his father and learned that this last year of his life had been one "of a rock star" after American Handgunner published a story about Weaver and his stance in its May issue. "All last year," Alan said, "Dad got letters, videos, patches from police departments and shooting clubs, tons of mementos that made him realize that people did remember him and his contributions."

We all remember Weaver's contribution to shooting - every time we take a two handed Weaver, or modified Weaver or whatever you call it. "

- Jim Shepherd of Remington's' 'The OutdoorWire', April 13, 2009


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