Special Forces Gear Newsletter - Voice Of The Soldier
Monthly Newsletter December 2009

In This Issue
Dave's Message
Voice of the Soldier
Word of Truth
The Blue Warrior
What Has Really Changed?
Embroidered Items
Featured T-Shirts
Free Shipping Coupon
Quotes & Jokes
Sale Items
Featured Tactical Gear
Tactical Tips
December Sale
Articles
Obituaries
Special Forces Gear Forum
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June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
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Dave's Message
The Forgotten Story of Dec 7, 1941

"Remember Pearl Harbor!"
America Stabbed In the Back

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941December 7, 1941 - this will be known in the history as the Day of Perfidy (Treachery), when the assassins in winged armadas swooped down from the skies on the islands of the Pacific and drove their daggers into the back of America. Behind them were the Japanese battleships riding the seas and their hundreds of submarines under the seas. This, too, is the day that Japan woke up a sleeping giant.

"The amiable peace-at-any-price people who in our country have been prancing about as anti-imperialists . . . are generally men weak in body or mind, men who could not be soldiers because they lack physical hardihood or courage."

- British statesman, Cecil Springs-Rice, December 27, 1904

In 1930 General MacArthur became Chief of Staff of the United States Army and began the fight of his life with Congress to try and modernize our army and defenses to keep America safe.

General MacArthur, was convinced by his inspection tours in Europe and confirmed by his contacts in the Orient, reiterated his declaration to the leaders of our country: "The nation that first adopts mechanized warfare on a huge scale as an instrument of aggression can overrun the world."

He warned: "Unless an effort is made to curb or combat the unabashed and unsound propaganda of the peace cranks who obstruct national defense a score of nations will soon be ready for the sack of America."

While Chief of Staff, MacArthur was called before a Congressional Committee to make a report. It is the intolerant practice of some congressmen and senators to throw monkey-wrenches into the wheels of progress in an attempt to make themselves important in the eyes of their constituents back home. Instead of constructively trying to get at the essential means for meeting problems, they bulldoze and insult with impunity. MacArthur detests this type of arrogant ignorance.

Some of these alleged statesmen started to ride him. MacArthur got up very slowly, with much dignity, put his papers away, and looked them squarely in the eyes.

"Gentlemen," he said, "you have insulted me. I, in my profession, am as high as you in your profession. When you are ready to apologize, I shall return." And he walked out.

MacArthur's battles with Congress were courageous to the likes of nothing I dare say we would see today. I'm sure that to many of you this seems all too familiar to what we are now witnessing happening with our country.

General MacArthur was right on target with his assessments that would bear out during World War II.

When the Commonwealth of the Philippines achieved semi-independent status in 1935, President of the Philippines Manuel L Quezon asked MacArthur to supervise the creation of a Philippine Army. With President Roosevelt's approval he accepted the assignment.

When MacArthur resigned from the U.S. Army in 1937, his rank again became that of a general, and he was made Field Marshal of the Philippine Army by President Quezon. (MacArthur is the only American military officer ever to hold the rank of field marshal).

Recognizing the imminent danger from Japan and Germany. In July 1941 Roosevelt recalled him to active duty in the U.S. Army as a major general and named him commander of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East promoting him to a lieutenant general the following day. In December, he became a four star general yet again when the Japanese attacked across a wide front in the Pacific.

General MacArthur had great insight and while he was in the Philippines he was in constant communication with Washington and reinforced his appeals for "help and more help" to defend the American dependencies in the Pacific-knowing it would not be long before Japan would strike.  

General MacArthur followed closely the debates in Congress where shortsighted politicians were declaring there were no danger and blocking the appeals of President Roosevelt to build defenses at home and abroad. Failure to heed MacArthur's and Roosevelt's appeals caused the tragedy to come.

General MacArthur knew that this day was sure to come-but he could not know how soon. It was against that day that he was building a strong army and powerful defenses in the Philippines to be completed in 1946, the year after the Philippines were to become a free and independent nation.

December 7, 1941

While Pearl Harbor was being attacked in this gigantic invasion along the Pacific, sleeping little Wake Island, 2000 miles away, was being aroused by the sleek assassins. It was shelled and bombarded by huge guns of Jap cruisers. The stealthy enemy, given much valuable information by reconnaissance planes and fifth column colonists, attacked vital spots on this island. There was little ammunition or bombs wasted on non-military objects. How the heroic little garrison of American marines held out for weeks is one of the first hero tales of America in World War II. Wake was caught unawares while 1,100 workers were rushing the building of air bases when the Japanese struck. The first attack was at 8 P.M., December 7, 1941.

LT John William Finn, Medal of Honor

Wake Island, a bleak and desolate dot in the Pacific, was manned only by 378 tough, fighting Marines. Valiantly they held off the Jap attacks, sinking their surface craft and pulling Jap planes out of the air to crash in the seas. They blasted the Jap landing parties into the Pacific Ocean. For weeks they were to hold off Japanese attempts to occupy the island outpost.

As fast as their radio was silenced they repaired it and began to send messages to America. "What can we send you?" asked a voice speaking from the states.

"Send us-more Japs!" came the reply from the marines, abandoned like Robinson Crusoes on a lost island.

Guam, rising out of the sea farther west, stepchild of the American defenses in the Far East, fell next. A somnambulant, (sleeping) Congress, fearing to disturb the "good relations that existed between the United States and Japan," refused to fortify this island.

Midway Island, a United States possession about 1,400 miles west of Honolulu, was shelled and its oil stores and hangars went up in flames.

The first American transport liner carrying lumber out of San Francisco, 1300 miles off the California Coast, was torpedoed by Japanese submarines, December 7, 1941, Japan was using her submarines off of California to block effective aid in reaching America's stricken outlying possessions in the far Pacific.

The Japanese were like a giant octopus reaching out their "loving arms" and sucking in everything in sight on these first December days of the war in the Pacific.

Invasion forces landed in Southern Thailand, after that nation's immediate capitulation, and advanced with stiff British resistance, through the Malay States on to Singapore. The Frenchmen of Vichy turned over to Japan all facilities of defense in French; Indo-China, December 10, 1941. Japanese Army and Navy Commanders and French representatives concurred on "the details for joint defense."

"Hong Kong was encircled by land and by sea and destined later to fall.

The British defeated first attempts to land at British North Borneo, site of a British Naval base.

A large scale offensive was launched against Northern Malaya, and gained a tight foothold after first being repulsed by the British.

Twenty-five Jap transports stole down the Thai coast on the night of December 8, and under cover of darkness, with the full consent of Thailand, unloaded huge reinforcements in the Kota Bharu area in the extreme northeastern part of Malaya. Possession of the Kota Bharu Airport would give the Japanese a strategic base from which to chart their attack on Singapore.

The following day the Japanese succeeded in making landings at Kuantan, halfway between Singapore and the Thailand border. Stealthily the little sons of the Rising Sun swept down the Asiatic coastland. They camped on the neighboring Malaysian shores and waited with the cunning of beasts of prey for the inevitable attack on the British base at Singapore.

Jap observation planes sighted the British 32,000-ton Battleship Repulse and the 35,000-ton Prince of Wales off Singapore, where they had recently arrived to reinforce the British Navy in Asiatic waters.

The Prince of Wales was hit at 11:30 A.M. and for three hours it listed helplessly while Jap planes dove again and again, dropping huge bombs on her decks. She attempted to escape but the Jap bombs again found their mark and the Prince of Wales went down at 2:50 P.M. on December 9, 1941.

The Repulse went down instantly after being hit by Jap bombs at 2:29 P.M. Both ships sank off Malaya.

Two thousand, two hundred men and 130 officers were pulled out of the churning waters by British destroyers after the ships went down. Admiral sir Tom Phillips was among the 595 officer and men lost from the two capital ships.

Japanese Naval Ministry boasted that they captured over 200 merchant marine vessels in the still undeclared warfare against the Unite States, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

Four hours after the Japanese had sneaked up on Hawaii in the night-they struck at the Philippines. Fleets of warships, cruisers, destroyers and transports with powerful aerial guards, had been taking their position in the Pacific for many days-each fleet located at a strategic point and keeping in constant radio communication for simultaneous action. The whole perfidious plot under the cover of peace was exposed instantly on this fateful day of December 7, 1941.

The Japanese "humming birds of peace" were humming their song of death over the Philippine Archipelago at exactly 12 o'clock noon.

General Douglas MacArthur's fighters for freedom were waiting for the enemy! The Japanese struck at him five years before the completion of his vast plans for defense of the Philippines, but MacArthur was waiting! He marshaled his forces to meet the invaders.

They came in waves over Clark Field, 65 miles from Manila, 52 bombers came over and dropped huge bombs in a straight line across Clark Field. The soldiers had just finished lunch, and a mess truck, driving straight across the field was struck, killing two drivers.

Pursuit planes dove in over the field from every direction at once, crisscrossing each other. Seven enemy pursuit planes were shot down in the attack on Clark Field and not a single plane was lost by the defenders, the only casualties being a slightly wounded sergeant and the two mess truck drivers who were hit by the first bombs to fall.

Japanese bombers came back and struck again at Davao on the island of Mindanao, south of Luzon. Jap planes attacked Baguio, the "Winter Capital" of the Philippines-Tarlac, 70 miles north of Manila-and Aparri, chief port of Northern Luzon.

The Flag

Just before the fall of Manila, General MacArthur sat in his headquarters, issuing orders for the next day' battle. An officer came to him and exclaimed: "General, the American flag flying from your headquarters makes a fine target for the bomber."

MacArthur looked up from the maps on his desk and remarked quietly: "Take every normal precaution, sir-but we'll keep the flag flying!"

QUICK RECAP OF EVENTS DECEMBER 7, 1941

"Last night Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor"

"Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong."

"Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam."

"Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

"Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

"And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island."

What was at stake-the Pacific, Australia, Indo China, and the west coast of the United States. Japan and Germany were carving up the world between them.

The Japs under the scheming General Homma, were amazed at the determined resistance of the "damned Yankees."   It was from the air, with their mighty armada, that the Nipponese shot thunder and lightning on the naval base at Cavita, the Nichols airfield, the city of Manila simultaneously (December 11).

Avenge December 7Two waves of twenty-seven bombers and a third wave of nine, protected by fighting planes, dropped more than 200 bombs. Circling the City of Manila from a height of 25,000 feet, they escaped the heavy anti-aircraft fire and the fighters rising to meet them could not gain altitude fast enough to engage the attackers in combat before they fled. They were not eager to get into dog fights with the Americans. It was estimated that some sixty bombers appeared over this area.

Nichols Field and the planes caught on the ground were set in flames. Columns of dirt and smoke spouted from Cavite. Oil tanks exploded like dynamite. Two of these huge bombers hurtled down and crashed with a terrific roar in the mountains near Bagui while fleeing from Manila. The crewmen bailed out and were captured. The natives brought them to town trussed up like wild pigs.

General MacArthur tells his own story of these first battles in the Philippines in his War Department Comunique, December 12, 1941:

"Japanese air activity continued throughout the day with raids in Manila area and at Davao on the Island of Mindamao. Attempted Japanese landings were repulsed south of Vigan and north of San Fernando, as well as at Lingayen on the Island of Luzon. Operations of enemy parachutists were reported at Tuguegaro and Ilagon in the extreme north and northeast of the island of Luzon. Some enemy troops were landed in the vicinity of Legaspi in the extreme southern portion of the Island of Luzon. Previous reports of enemy naval concentration west of Zambeles province on the western coast of Luzon were confirmed.

"The Commanding General of the Far Eastern Command has notified the Commanding General of the American Army Air Forces of the brilliant performance of the American Army and Navy fliers of the Philippines Commonwealth in attacking enemy units with total disregard for their own safety."     

On this day (December 12) President Roosevelt sent a message of congratulations to General MacArthur: "My personal and official congratulations on the fine stand you are making. All of you are constantly in our thoughts. Keep up the good work. Warmest regards." Franklin D. Roosevelt.

General MacArthur replied: "The Far Eastern Command appreciates deeply your message. We shall do our best."

After five days of desperate fighting, driving the invaders back to the seas at five landing points, Admiral Hart told the people of Manila that the Jap fleet had taken to the high seas in an effort to avoid a showdown with the United States Fleet in Manila Bay.

MacArthur discovered at the outbreak of war that the first army he must destroy was the front line of Fifth Columnists. The Sakfalista Party represented a group of natives who were sympathetic to the Jap invasion. When the Japs dropped their propaganda leaflets on the bombed city of Manila, these native traitors spread rumors of poisoned water supplies and stories of huge landings of Jap troops encircling the island of Luzon, to inspire fear and dread in the hearts of the Filipinos.

But fortunately the Filipino is a poor subject for propaganda warfare. He was aware of but one thing: that the Jap invaders were trying to take the land of his fathers. The loyal native soldiers, enraged by these attempts to befuddle their people, were all the more bitter against the Jap attackers. Encountering the Japs on waterfront raids the Filipinos would identify each other (so as to avoid shooting their own men in the blacked-out night) by shouting "Adios Ko." The little Jap apes began using the password, too, but when their accents gave them away, they were blasted by Filipino rifles.

Under MacArthur's cryptic statement: "Mopping up operations have been completed on the Lingayen coast," was hidden the story of the most savage struggle up to end of the first week of war in the Philippines. An eyewitness observer declared that the Jap paratroops that had been landed in that sector were wiped out in the mountains in a savage struggle that lasted for several hours.

U.S. PT BoatOff the coast two Jap transports were sunk carrying 600 to 700 men and officers on each transport.

Three days later, The Japs infuriated by their inability to establish bases in the Philippines sent an armada of 154 boats to land an invasion army at Lingayen.

A Colonel of a Philippines Division, manning the shores at Lingayen said: "We awaited eagerly the Japanese attempt to land. The enemy showed up Wednesday night. I counted 154 boats in all. We waited until they were near. Then our artillery roared into action. Most of the boats were destroyed. Each time the enemy attempted to land he had been frustrated. We will defend these shores to the last man!"

The battle of Lingayen was the fiercest of all combats in the Philippines up to this time. Lingayen Gulf, 110 miles northwest of Manila, felt the impact of the Jap assaults at a beachhead on Luzon. After three days "softening up" MacArthur's defenses by almost continuous bombing, the invader attempted to land 154 motorboat loads of picked Jap troops, under cover of darkness. The MacArthur men were waiting.  .  .  A Filipino Army Division banded on the sandy beachhead, hidden by low clumps of shrubbery, some of them brazenly stalking the surf, were impatient for the first Jap to lunge against their waiting bayonets. The Filipinos waited until the Japs were within artillery distance, then blasted away at the motor launches... Some of the more astute raiders turned tail and streaked back to the motor launches. But the others felt the ping, pang of Filipino bullets as they skipped on the surf, or the frightening impact of shell fragments, tearing their flesh, and the cold steel of bayonets, ripping their lungs as they came within reach of the defenders. Not one of the invaders managed to reach shore alive.

Christmas Eve is a day of joyous celebration in the Philippines-but not Christmas 1941. The faithful followers of Christ crowded the churches and prayed for liberation from the enemies of Christianity who were besieging them. Not far away, on the east coast of Luzon, the Japs were landing hordes from newly arrived transports, Jap tanks were rattling across the Isthmus into the back door of Manila.

General MacArthur and his staff weighed the danger. He decided that the 600,000 people in Manila should not be ruthlessly murdered on Christmas Day.

"These people trust me, and I can trust them," he said. "They can take the bad news with the good and stand up for more. They know that I won't quit fighting-that I'll stand up to the last-I want to be honest with them."

- General MacArthur

Until Christmas Eve, Manila had been treated to bombings twice daily and at least one bombing every night. MacArthur decided to declare it an open city. He would allow the Japs to occupy it with as little loss of life as possible. He did not expect the atrocities that followed to be humanly possible in a civilized world.

Santo Domingo Church, built by the Spaniards in 1588, was lit by dim candlelight as devout Filipinos prayed for the salvation of their beloved city from the hands of the invaders. At 1:46 P.M. December 26, 1941, the enemy's bombers, flying high overhead spotted this chapel, huddled in the ancient walled section of the city.

The fiendish Nipponese dropped a salvo of bombs. The worshippers died on their knees, with their eyes turned toward the cross. Flames destroyed the church as more bombs crashed down into the ruins.

Santa Catalina College for Girls felt the impact of Jap bombs, as did the Treasury Building, and a mile square area of homes in the heart of the city was raked by bombs and set in flames.

At high noon the following day the Japs returned and bombed again the open city, stripped of its defenses and helpless against the attacks from the air. When Jap planes flew overhead they met no resistance.

General MacArthur had given his word of honor that Manila was undefended. The Japs made sure of it, and then bombed the city unmercifully. But remembering the lessons of war-torn France and Belgium,. The Filipino population and the Chinese huddled in the ancient walled city refused to "take to the road" and clog MacArthur's vital lanes of defense.

Back home in the United States millions of Americans, enraged by the atrocities, waited for the day of vengeance when Japan's match-box cities would be flaming wreckage in the wake of American bombers.

It was the Japanese drive from the south that forced MacArthur from Manila. In the north he had held the enemy's attack, and kept open the area over which he led his consolidated forces to Bataan, where he had long planned to make his stand. It was one of the most successful maneuvers in military history. The task was no easy one. He had to withdraw his southern forces from under the noses of Japanese planes, scouts and harassing units, and when he finally made contact with his troops north of the Philippine capital there was hard fighting before he finally reached prepared positions northwest of Manila Bay. Then began the long delaying action which made MacArthur's name famous around the world.

The swampy jungles and mountain strongholds of Bataan Peninsula after the first two weeks of intensive fighting, were pounded by heavy artillery fire from Jap guns. Large forces attempted to infiltrate into MacArthur's lines from the Subic Bay where the Japs made landings at terrific cost. Eleven of the Jap batteries were knocked out by MacArthur's guns.

MacArthur was now fighting on his chosen battlefield ground on the Bataan Peninsula-with his back to Corregidor. Though heavily engaged on all fronts against a foe, which greatly outnumbered his own troops, with characteristic coolness, he took time to send this greeting (December 30, 1941) to his chief, General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff at Washington:

"We have not forgotten your birthday. I send heartiest felicitations and reiterate the complete confidence I feel in your professional leadership of the Army."

New Year's Eve was celebrated by soldiers in both armies by bombings and raids. On New Year's Day the Japs held council and decided upon desperate means to take possession of the Island by overwhelming numbers. Transports were arriving in vast flotillas.

"This New Year must bring us victory," came orders from Tokio. "MacArthur must be defeated and forced to surrender without further delays, whatever the price may be."

It was about this time that General MacArthur enraged by the brutal treatment of prisoners taken by the Japs entered a vigorous protest: "They have been violating rules of land warfare covered by international agreement to which Japan is a party," he charged. "In the Battle of Bataan there have been many violations. A flagrant instance was disclosed on January 12. After a successful counterattack on that day, our troops found the body of Fernando Tan, a Philippine Scout soldier, in a stream. His hands had been bound behind his back and he had been bayoneted several times before being thrown in a stream to die. On the previous day, Private Tan had distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action."

To this the Japs retorted in self-defense with a volley of falsehoods so preposterous that they made MacArthur laugh. Japan announced over the government radio (January 23) in Tokio that American and Philippine troops were using gas shells in the Battle of Bataan.

General MacArthur replied: "There is absolutely no truth in this statement." He declared that he had absolutely no intention of violating the rules of war, no matter how great the provocation. However foully the enemy may act, the General stated that he would abide by decent concepts of humanity and civilization.

Shock troops, the "Commandos" of the Jap Army, lunged against MacArthur's right flank, trying to knock it out of possession of Bataan's best road. For two days the battle raged (week of January 19th) and when it was over, MacArthur still held the road and the Japs counted their dead by the thousands. This in spite of the fact that swarms of dive bombers strafed the defenders' lines in each wave of attack.

MacArthur said proudly: of the soldiers of the Philippine Army. Their training in the difficult school of actual combat and their battle experience have steadied them and developed their initiative and resourcefulness."  

Battles raging in the Philippines day-by-day were proving the genius of MacArthur as a strategist. He was extorting from the Jap hordes an appalling toll.

Here is the typical War Department Communique (January 21, 1942):

"In particularly savage fighting on the Bataan Peninsula, American and Philippine troops drove back the enemy and reestablished lines which previously had been penetrated. The Japanese, by infiltrations and frontal attacks near the center of the line had gained some initial successes. Our troops then counter-attacked and all positions were retaken. Enemy losses were very heavy. Our casualties were relatively moderate."

"One of General MacArthur's guerilla bands operating in the Cagayen Valley in northern Luzon scored a brilliant local success in a surprise raid on a hostile airdrome at Tuguegarao. The Japanese were taken completely by surprise and fled in confusion leaving 110 dead on the field. Approximately 300 others were put to flight. Our losses were very light."

General Masaharu's Fourteenth Army swashed through the swamps and treacherous undergrowth of Bataan's valleys and mountain ravines (week of January 26, 1942). Wild hogs, deer, snakes and snail-like slugs of the jungle infested the territory. The parasitic balete clinging to the stately lauan or Philippine mahogany tree, hung in ropes overhead or twined in choking embrace around the tall trees.

With the agility of Tarzans, MacArthur's fighting men leaped along the highway in the skies, swinging balete ropes until they were over the Jap lines, 150 feet in the air, where they took their places as lookout sentries or snipers. Many a grenade fell from the treetops and landed on surprised Jap patrols, who never knew what hit them.

MacArthur's main forces held fast to their positions and the Jap army charged time and again into ready rifles and 75-, 105-, and 155-millimeter cannons barking from behind natural rock barricades for artillery emplacements. MacArthur's army fought gallantly for every inch of ground and in heroic thrusts regained the first lost footholds on Bataan Peninsula, with heavy losses to the enemy.

The Japanese landed additional forces at Subic Bay and threw them into the battle with little regard for the mounting losses. In a desperate effort to dislodge MacArthur from his jungle stronghold, the Jap invader ordered a terrific bombardment from the skies and a devastating artillery assault from Jap warships flanking the west coast positions of Bataan Peninsula.

Many brave defenders died with their boots dripping jungle swamp mud but not before they succeeded in decimating the invading forces clear out of proportion to their own losses.

MacArthur ordered a thrust to the right, throwing the Japs on his left flank into confusion. The attack was started with 155-millimeter artillery fire and was quickly followed by infantry thrusting their way through dense jungleland outposts, to relieve the pressure on the left and stabilize the line.

This was how the Army on Bataan stood when MacArthur celebrated his sixty-second birthday on January 26, 1942.

He had been holding back the Japs fifty days when he celebrated his sixty-second birthday.

He demonstrated in brilliant attack that he was sixty-two years young. It was sixty-two years since he had been born "a soldier" at the Fort Little Rock Military post in Arkansas-thirty-nine years since he had first stepped foot on Philippine soil and went under fire for the first time-thirty-three years since he had been under fire in the Russo-Japanese War-twenty-eight years since he was with the Mexican Expedition-twenty-five years since he was fighting on the battlefields of France in World War I.

The Secretary of War, the Honorable Henry L. Stimson, sent this birthday message to General Douglas MacArthur:

"We shall all think of you on your birthday. Every one of us is inspired to greater efforts by the heroic and skillful fight which you and your men are making."

- Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson to General Douglas MacArthur

Felicitations were also sent to General MacArthur by the President, General George C Marshall, Chief of Staff, General John J. Pershing and other prominent civilian and military officials of the Government along with this communiqué from the Japanese Commander opposing him;

To General Douglas MacArthur,

Commander in Chief,

United States Army in the Far East.

Sir:

You are well aware that you are doomed. The end is near. The question is how long you will be able to resist. You have already cut rations by half. I appreciate the fighting spirit of your self and your troops who have been fighting with courage. Your prestige and honor have been upheld.

However, in order to avoid needless bloodshed and to save your 1st, 31st Divisions, and the remnants of other division, together with your auxiliary troops, you are advised to surrender. In the meantime we shall continue our offensive as I do not wish to give you time for defense. If you decide to comply with our advice send a message as soon as possible to our front line. We shall then cease firing and negotiate an armistice. Failing that our offensive will be continued with inexorable force, which will bring upon you only disaster.

Hoping your wise counsel will so prevail that you will save the lives of your troops, I remain,

Yours very sincerely,

Commander in Chief, the

Japanese Expeditionary Forces.

General MacArthur turned the letter over and on the back was another letter-this time addressed to his troops:

To the Filipino soldiers:

The outcome of the present combat has already been decided and you are cornered to the doom. At this time ever generous Commander in Chief of Japanese Expeditionary Forces in order to avoid further annihilation of your dear lives has presented to your Commander in Chief, General MacArthur, a letter as shown on the back page of this leaflet. But, however, being unable to realize the present situation, blinded General MacArthur has stupidly refused our proposal and continues futile struggle at the cost of your precious lives.

Dear Filipino soldiers there are still one way left for you. That is give up all your weapons at once and surrender to the Japanese forces before it is too late, then we shall fully protect you. We repeat the last. Surrender at once and build your new Philippines for and by Filipinos.

"Commander in Chief of the Japanese Expeditionary Forces."

General MacArthur shrugged his shoulders and walked away. The letter were answered immediately-by both General MacArthur and his troops-with terrific anti-aircraft fire which brought some of the couriers in the planes crashing down to earth. And the Filipinos answered it-by a drive which proved their loyalty, courage and resolution.

The hero of Luzon was leading his armies-to victory or death!

In February 1942 a few weeks after delivering the message above the "Great Homma," pride of Japanese people, humiliated by his failure to crush MacArthur, had committed hara-kiri. Homma's suicide was brought on by the fact that his numerically superior force had been unable to destroy the American and Philippine defenders.

General Tomoyki Yamashita, conqueror of Singapore, was hurriedly dispatched to the Philippines "to take the Philippines whatever the cost."

MacArthur's men proved their valor in the very first combat with the Japanese hordes invading the Philippines. Greatly outnumbered, they met the foe with the courageous spirit that has made America-the spirit of the pioneers that blazed the trails across the continent and built a mighty nation.

Excerpts have been taken from the book, "General Douglas MacArthur" by Francis Miller, 1942.

General MacArthur escaped the clutches of the Japanese in a daring escape when he took command of the Australian Forces and lead the allies to victory over Japan against all odds.

There are many lessons to be learned from the events that lead up to December 7, 1941 and after. My hope is that you will take those lessons and apply them to our current situation and that as we carry on as a nation and we always "Remember Pearl Harbor," and

he other events of that day. When its all said and done Pearl Harbor could have been prevented by being prepared with a strong Military and a projection of strength through our foreign policy a lesson I fear we as a nation still have not learned. The cost of a strong prepared Military is a bargain compared to the cost of war in both lives and money.

Merry Christmas... HOOAH!

- Dave

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Well done sir.
Ripley had it.



Dave,
That is fine. Thanks.
By the way, very interesting read on SFG email.
Printed up the requirements for a Marine Leader for my NCO's to review.

Scott
 


Dave, I have often written you to complimnet you on your insight. I just wanted you to know that this month's column, so close to Veteran's Day, was very appropriate. In additon I used this month's colomn to read the facts to my sons. (16 & 14) about what it is to conmcentrate. They go to an all boy school but the distractions still exist. I think they gained some idea of what we did in Vietnam and what will be expecxted of them. Thanks again.

George
 

I have recieved the shirts and I couldnt be more happier They are exactly as i expected PERFECT! Thankyou na dwe will be doin much more business I have many friends that have seen my shirts and now they want thier own custom shirts!! Great job and thankyou again

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This was a great inspirational message, honoring and celebrating those who have taught by example what must be done in the defense of freedom and to secure the peace. There is no greater love (or duty) than to lay down one's life for a friend. I can't wait for the second instalment next month.

Jonathan



On this Veterans day of 2009, I want to thank you for your service.
As a Navy vet i think it becomes stronger in my heart with each passing year.
Great article this month...

Timothy
 


Thanks Special Forces for your gear newsletter. I enjoyed reading about LTC. Moore as his service in the NAM made me miss my old pair of TIGER STRPES and may be my next SPECOPS purchase for Christams next to a poncho.
 
As your letter all so mentioned CUSTER and the 7th Cavalry it was just last night I was watching RANDOLF SCOTT in his movie " 7 th Cavalry," where he had just returned to FORT LINCOLN with his new bride only to find a deserted post as he veiwed that there was no US FLAG flying and it was still several hours before RETREAT.... Then when he arrived only to find that CUSTER had been wiped out he was confined to his room as he became infuriated at the claims of the other officers who in their report they were placing the blame of " Custer's Last Stand," solely on his military command and not the way they would of done if they were in charge. Sounds kind of like the same type of superior intelects who reflected your RIPLEY's account of that bridge at DONG HA in what I would call " RIPLEY's BELIEVE IT OR NOT ! "
 
Well I think DAVID JANSON gave the GREEN BERETS the same kind of guff when he as a reporter questioned John Waynes Green Berets when they were describing their mission in vietnam against the communists when he asked " Are those Pungee Sticks," and the Beret said " YEP, but we don't dip them in the same stuff Chalie does ! " Thats why when I look around me here in the world at all those Charlies and Jodies driving my Cadilac and Banging my girls I look up at that BIG RANGER in the SKY and sing " Puff the Magic Dragon ! "

White



Announcement:

The immediate past president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Bob Howard has been diagnosed with non-operable pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. His life expectancy is limited. He is presently in St. Luke's Baptist Hospital in San Antonio and has begun a very hard chemo therapy regimen. We are unsure of how long he will remain in the hospital. He is very weak has been reluctant to accept phone calls at the present time. We will provide more information as we are able to get it. As an aside, in typical Bob Howard fashion, despite feeling terrible, he joined his fellow recipients in Seattle recently for the University of Washington Medal of Honor Memorial dedication on Veterans Day. He moved slowly and was very weak and unable to eat much...it was obvious that he was "gutting it out." He even took the time, on top of other scheduled events, to speak to several classes at the University of Washington and to a local Rotary luncheon. He just wouldn't say no, regardless of how badly he felt. Please keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Followup:

Gentlemen: I contacted the MOH Society in order to obtain a POC for Bob and they have requested that all cards, letters, etc. please be sent in care of the Society and they will make sure he gets them. I attach the Society's message to me. Thanks for putting this out to all. Ray

In order to protect the privacy of the recipients, we do not release contact information. You can send your cards and letters here and we'll forward them on to COL Howard. The address is:

COL Robert L. Howard
c/o CMOHS
40 Patriots Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

I'm sure he'll be happy to hear from everyone.


 
"In God We Trust"


GOD BLESS YOU,
and
GOD BLESS AMERICA!

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,
then we will be a nation gone under.'

- Ronald Reagan
 


WW II Battleship sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out !

Harold EstesThis venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, He has never spoken out before about a government official, until now.

He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year.

People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies
like:

"We're no longer a Christian nation"

"America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world,"America is mean-spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, "America hasn't lived up to her ideals." Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination.

You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue.

You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Sincerely,
Harold B. Estes


When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can.



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Fighting the Insurgency at Home
Allen West on Fort Hood Massacre
November 7, 2009 in General, Guest Authors

Lt. Col Allen WestThe following is a statement released by Retired Lt. Col. Allen West:

This past Thursday 13 American Soldiers were killed and another 30 wounded at a horrific mass shooting at US Army installation, Ft Hood Texas. As I watched in horror and then anger I recalled my two years of final service in the Army as a Battalion Commander at Ft Hood, 2002-2004.

My wife and two daughters were stunned at the incident having lived on the post in family housing.

A military installation, whether it is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or Coast Guard, is supposed to be a safe sanctuary for our Warriors and their families. It is intended to provide a home whereby our "Band of Brothers and Sisters" can find solace and bond beyond just the foxhole but as family units.

A military installation is supposed to be a place where our Warriors train for war, to serve and protect our Nation.

On Thursday, 5 November 2009 Ft Hood became a part of the battlefield in the war against Islamic totalitarianism and state sponsored terrorism.

There may be those who feel threatened by my words and would even recommend they not be uttered. To those individuals I say step aside because now is not the time for cowardice. Our Country has become so paralyzed by political correctness that we have allowed a vile and determined enemy to breach what should be the safest place in America, an Army post.

We have become so politically correct that our media is more concerned about the stress of the shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The misplaced benevolence intending to portray him as a victim is despicable. The fact that there are some who have now created an entire new classification called; "pre-virtual vicarious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)" is unconscionable.

This is not a "man caused disaster". It is what it is, an Islamic jihadist attack.
We have seen this before in 2003 when a SGT Hasan of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) threw hand grenades and opened fire into his Commanding Officer's tent in Kuwait. We have seen the foiled attempt of Albanian Muslims who sought to attack Ft Dix, NJ. Recently we saw a young convert to Islam named Carlos Bledsoe travel to Yemen, receive terrorist training, and return to gun down two US Soldiers at a Little Rock, Arkansas Army recruiting station. We thwarted another Islamic terrorist plot in North Carolina which had US Marine Corps Base, Quantico as a target.

What have we done with all these prevalent trends? Nothing.

What we see are recalcitrant leaders who are refusing to confront the issue, Islamic terrorist infiltration into America, and possibly further into our Armed Services. Instead we have a multiculturalism and diversity syndrome on steroids.
Major Hasan should have never been transferred to Ft Hood, matter of fact he should have been Chaptered from the Army. His previous statements, poor evaluation reports, and the fact that the FBI had him under investigation for jihadist website posting should have been proof positive.

However, what we have is a typical liberal approach to find a victim, not the 13 and 30 Soldiers and Civilian, but rather the poor shooter. A shooter who we are told was a great American, who loved the Army and serving his Nation and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) stating that his actions had nothing to do with religious belief.

We know that Major Hasan deliberately planned this episode; he did give away his possessions. He stood atop a table in the confined space of the Soldier Readiness Center shouting "Allahu Akhbar", same chant as the 9-11 terrorists and those we fight against overseas in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation.

No one in leadership seems willing to sound the alarm for the American people; they are therefore complicit in any future attacks. Our Congress should suspend the insidious action to vote on a preposterous and unconstitutional healthcare bill and resolve the issue of "protecting the American people".
The recent incidents in Dearborn Michigan, Boston Massachusetts, Dallas Texas, and Chicago Illinois should bear witness to the fact that we have an Islamic terrorism issue in America. And don't have CAIR call me and try to issue a vanilla press statement; they are an illegitimate terrorist associated organization which should be disbanded.

We have Saudi Arabia funding close to 80% of the mosques in the United States, one right here in South Florida, Pompano Beach. Are we building churches and synagogues in Saudi Arabia? Are "Kaffirs" and "Infidels" allowed travel to Mecca?

So much for peaceful coexistence.

Saudi Arabia is sponsoring radical Imams who enter into our prisons and convert young men into a virulent Wahabbist ideology... one resulting in four individuals wanting to destroy synagogues in New York with plastic explosives. Thank God the explosives were dummy. They are sponsoring textbooks which present Islamic centric revisionist history in our schools.

We must recognize that there is an urgent need to separate the theo-political radical Islamic ideology out of our American society. We must begin to demand surveillance of suspected Imams and mosques that are spreading hate and preaching the overthrow of our Constitutional Republic......that speech is not protected under First Amendment, it is sedition and if done by an American treason.

There should not be some 30 Islamic terrorist training camps in America that has nothing to do with First Amendment, Freedom of Religion. The Saudis are not our friends and any American political figure who believes such is delusional.
When tolerance becomes a one way street it certainly leads to cultural suicide. We are on that street. Liberals cannot be trusted to defend our Republic, because their sympathies obviously lie with their perceived victim, Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

I make no apologies for these words, and anyone angered by them, please, go to Ft Hood and look into the eyes of the real victims. The tragedy at Ft Hood Texas did not have to happen. Consider now the feelings of those there and on every military installation in the world. Consider the feelings of the Warriors deployed into combat zones who now are concerned that their loved ones at home are in a combat zone.

Ft Hood suffered an Islamic jihadist attack, stop the denial, and realize a simple point.

The reality of your enemy must become your own.

Steadfast and Loyal,
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Ret)


"'For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.'" -Jeremiah 29:11
Word of Truth
The Word Of Truth - Alive and PowerfulThe Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret) IN USAR

The true meaning of Christmas is described in the following poem and booklet written by Pastor Robert B. Thieme Jr. Bob was my Pastor for over thirty years. He was my friend, my mentor, and my source for understanding the Christian way of life. He made the Bible come alive and because of the grace of God and his dedication and unwavering love of the Scripture, the Word lives in me. A gift for which I will always be grateful and one I could never repay. Bob is now face to face with the Lord, and his son, R.B. Thieme III has picked up the guidon and is leading his congregation to the high ground.

The Night Before Christmas
By Robert B. Thieme Jr.

Copyright 1994 All rights reserved First Edition published 1965. Reprinted in its entirety with permission from R.B. Thieme Jr. Bible Ministries

'Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the world
A message was preached,
A challenge was hurled:
Believe on the Son
And thou shall be saved!

The road to heaven with His blood
Was paved.

Out of darkness of sin
And despair
God's salvation, the fairest of fair,
Was born in a manger;
No room in the inn.

God in the flesh, He died for our sin.

The angels sang;
The shepherds rejoiced,
Messiah has come!

The message was voiced
By joyous believers both far and near;

Christmas has come!

Immanuel is here!


Christmas celebrates the incomparable divine gift to all mankind; the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Two millennia ago the Savior appeared, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The babe in the manger would demolish the barrier between depraved humanity and perfect God. He was born to die so that through Him we might have life everlasting.

Unfortunately, today Santa Claus and shopping for presents take priority over the true meaning of Christmas. Exchanging gifts has supplanted our focus from the greatest of all gifts. The eternal consequence of the season is obscured. Only the Bible, God's infallible Word and inerrant Truth, reveals the import of that first Christmas. The Scriptures disclose a meaning far more momentous than the notions and traditions of men, however clever or charming.

Seven truths recounted in Luke 2:7-20 illuminate the magnificent message of that first Christmas.

A night of life and death

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. (Luke 2;7a)

The same [Jesus Christ] was in the beginning with God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:2, 14a)

Jesus Christ is the God-Man, undiminished deity and true humanity united in one Person forever (Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3). Although Christ is eternal God, His incarnation began with His physical birth, as all human life begins. At birth Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes, the garments used to shroud the dead.

From the beginning of His earthly life, He was identified with death. The shadow of the cross loomed over Him. In that moment, God proclaimed to the world that Christ's death is more significant than His life.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) Thirty-three years later the Lord Jesus Christ bore all our sins, past, present and future, when He died on the cross.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. (I Peter 2:24a)

Christmas is not Santa and his sleigh. Christmas is Christ and His cross!

A night of good news

And the angel said unto them [certain shepherds], Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
The supernatural appearance of the angel rendered these shepherds speechless with fear and awe. But the good news announcing that salvation from God was brought down to man promptly transformed their fear to joy.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11)

A wish for a "merry Christmas" should be a wish for all to know the joy of salvation through faith in Christ.

The good news concerned the savior, Christ the Lord. All humanity is under the penalty of death; separation from God, because "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23). The proclamation made on that first Christmas announced the solution to sin. The advent of Christ was for the express purpose of saving mankind from the penalty of sin.

Not only did the angel bring the good news to the shepherds, but to all people. There is no exception. Salvation was provided for all. Christ's substitutionary death is an unlimited atonement.

Who gave Himself a ransom for all. (I Timothy 2:6a)

That He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9b)

And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:2)

A night of heavenly worship

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. (Luke 2:13a)

On the first Christmas, the angels in heaven set the precedent for worshiping and praising God. Most people have long since ignored that precedent. True worship is based on a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas, above all, should elicit a personal response to Christ and adoration of Him. No one can enter into the true spirit of Christmas apart from personal faith in the God-Man Savior.

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31)

A night of potential peace

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Whether or not you have peace with God depends on your attitude toward Jesus Christ. God is well pleased only with those who believe in Jesus Christ. Only they are the ones who have peace that cannot be purchased.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

A night of reverent seeking

The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste. (Luke 2:15b-16a)

These shepherds were not ordinary shepherds, nor were the sheep ordinary sheep. These men were carefully chosen to watch over the flocks from which lambs without blemish were selected for Temple sacrifice. The sacrifices foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the true Lamb of God.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot [His saving work on the cross]. (I Peter 1:18-19)

The shepherds were well informed concerning the Old Testament prophecy of the coming Messiah (Micah 5:2). While the angel referred only to the "city of David," the shepherds went immediately to Bethlehem, the predicted birthplace of the Messiah. Their prompt response exhibited not only a knowledge of the Scripture but also faith in God's promise. In contrast, the pious religious leaders of Israel who attended Temple worship three times a day also knew where the Messiah would be born (Matthew 2:4-6), but they lacked the faith to act on their knowledge.

The shepherds who tended the flocks night and day could not attend Temple worship. Yet the angel revealed the good news to them, not to the religious leaders. Although faithful in keeping the sheep, the shepherds now left those sacrificial lambs to witness an event of the greatest magnitude, the newborn Lamb of God, the Savior of all mankind. They went to Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29b)

Is Christ more important to you than anything you possess? The shepherds made haste to seek the Savior. Oh, that men would make haste to seek the Savior today!

Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (II Corinthians 6:2b)

And Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37b)

A night of witnessing

And when they had seen it [Jesus in the manger}, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (Luke2:17-18)
People were amazed and astonished when they heard that the Messiah had come. The shepherds made the salvation issue clear.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

No greater joy or experience can come to the believer than to evangelize for Jesus Christ by presenting the Gospel to others.

A night of quiet meditation

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
Few people today sit quietly and think intently about the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Mary set the precedent that first Christmas. Will you give a thought to the Savior this Christmas? Or will your Christmas simply be a time of festivity, gift-giving, and excitement? From His birth day came His death day, and through His death day comes our eternal life day.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Doctrinal Bible Studies

Bible doctrine is the body of teaching drawn from a literal interpretation of the Scriptures. Doctrine serves as the standard for truth. Doctrine is the Christian's spiritual nourishment (Matt. 4:4).

For many years, doctrinal Bible classes taught by R. B. Thieme Jr., have provided daily spiritual food for his congregation. Doctrinal books like the one above and tape recordings of his classes are available without charge or obligation. A Doctrinal Bible Studies catalogue will be provided upon request
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Blue Warrior
Blue WarriorBlue Warrior
with Sgt. Glenn French


A joyful Christmas season is here for most but for some a dreadful holiday
looms on the horizon. On the wake of the Ft. Hood massacre and the murders
of four Lakewood Washington officers I am reminded why I chose the path of
the Blue Warrior. The family's of our fallen comrades and military warriors
will experience a Christmas like no other.

I will drive through several states to visit my father, a retired Command
Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army on Christmas day. My kids will sit with
grandpa as they open presents and my wife will help cook a special dinner.
During this time I will forget about work, the SWAT team and all my other
responsibilities. I will enjoy a special day with the ones I love the most.

However, the families of these American hero's will gather with heavy hearts
and reflect on the lives of the men and woman they loved so dearly. Their
kids will not feel the joy that my children will feel as they open their
Christmas gifts. As their widows cook Christmas dinner, their hearts will
feel empty and filled with sorrow. For these heroic families, this holiday
season will be painful to say the least.

Sadly, the day has come where mass murder and violence has become apart of
American culture. Today I wonder what the future holds for my youngest
children.

John Wayne was once asked what he wanted most for his new daughter "Marisa". He replied "I want her to be grateful as I am everyday for living in these
United States. The first thing she's going to learn from me is the lords
prayer. I really don't care if she ever memorizes the Gettysburg's address
just so long as she understands it and since little girls are seldom called
upon to defend their country she may never have to raise her hand for that
oath but I certainly want her to respect all those who do. I guess that's
all I want for my little girl". (John Wayne)  

It appears that the things that Wayne wanted for his children fifty years
ago are very similar to the things that I wish for my children in these days
of mass murder and violence. It is within this glimmer of hope that I am
willing to sacrifice my tomorrows for their safer future. Every time that I
pin my badge on my shirt and kiss my children goodbye I accept the terms
that face me on the streets, for God is my protector. No matter who is in
peril in the streets I patrol, I am willing to sacrifice my tomorrows for
people I don't know.

You warriors that will celebrate Christmas with the ones you love take a
minute and reflect on the victims and family's from Ft. Hood and the
Lakewood Police department.

Merry Christmas,

Sgt. Glenn French
 
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?

1944  
Where do your wages come from?
 
Not from the rich nor the "bosses". If communists had their way and took all the dividends of every corporation in America, and divided up the results, you wouldn't get 25 cents more a day. Actually you'd get much less than you get today, for you would have destroyed the very source of jobs.
 
Not  from politicians nor labor leaders. They create no wealth.
 
Wages come from what you produce. Fifty million Americans make things. Then the fifty million divide what they have made. That (shorn of all the fancy theories) is the true fact about wages. All the pressure groups and dreamy reformers and glib dictators can never change that simple truth.  
 
The more you produce and add to the pool (and the more you see to it that others produce) the more there will be for you to divide.
 
But-every article you fail to produce, every slowdown you permit, every government restriction on sound production, means just that much less in the pool and the less there is for you to divide.
 
Modern machinery helps you produce more and so adds to the pool; the profit system creates money for the machinery. Therefore modern machinery and the profit system are the best friends labor ever had or ever will have. With them, efficiently used, the wages pool can be great enough so that everyone's share, in proportion to his value, will stay high and go higher.   
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Quotes & Jokes
Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known.

Enjoy the following:
  1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
  2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
  3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.
  4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
  6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.
  8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading.  The few who learn by observation.  The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
  9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
  11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
  12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.  The moral:
  13. When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
ABOUT GROWING OLDER...

First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way.  I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Tenth ~ Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.  Today it's called golf And finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.
 
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Tactical Tips
Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part Drill Instructor, and part stand up comic. Here are a few of his observations on Tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the Civilized world.

"The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight....I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic Bomb instead."

"The two most important rules in a gunfight are: Always cheat and Always win."

"Every time I teach a class, I discover I don't know something."

"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."

"If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin, you should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna Cut your head off and put it on a stick."

"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlightin your back pocket... If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy...and you're gonna be one of 'em pretty soon."

"Do something.  It may be wrong, but do something."

"Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a Ghilliesuit."

"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for."

"Don't shoot fast, shoot good."

"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."

"You cannot save the planet. You may be able to save yourself and your family."

"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away and either way it will be exciting."

More Excellent Gun Wisdom.......The purpose of fighting is to Win!

There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both..

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." -Thomas Jefferson

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy." -Samuel Adams
  1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight,  He'll just kill you.
  2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
  3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
  4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
  5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers.  The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'
  6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
  7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'
  8. Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to use it!
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Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq - the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.

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Michael E. Norton, Silver Star75th Ranger Regiment Ranger receives Silver Star for combat action


FORT BENNING , Ga. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 2, 2009) - Valor is defined as boldness or determination in the face of great danger; it is the quality which enables a man to encounter danger with courage and personal bravery.

Valor describes men like Staff Sgt. Michael E. Norton, a squad leader with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, who risked his life to save the lives of two Ranger brothers.

"Any Ranger would have done the same thing," Norton said. "The Ranger Creed says, 'I will never leave a fallen comrade.' There was no moment of thinking about what to do. I had to get my brothers and the most important thing in my mind was how hurt they were."

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U.S. Ranger Competition Shooters Irving, Wooten75th Ranger Regiment lead the way in Shooting Competition

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FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, Nov. 24, 2009) -Two non-commissioned officers from the 75th Ranger Regiment competed in the 2009 Rifles Only Shooter Bash Competition held in Kingsville, Texas Nov. 6-7.

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Pucino TNNational Guard Special Forces Soldier Killed in Action

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Nov 24, 2009) - A U.S. Army Special Forces National Guard Soldier was killed Nov. 23 as a result of an improvised explosive device strike to his all-terrain vehicle, while conducting a combat patrol in the vicinity of Pashay Kala, Afghanistan.

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Medal of Honor Winner Lewis MillettMedal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett of Idyllwild died last Saturday morning at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He was 88.

"He had a brief hospitalization. He came in the day before Veterans Day," said hospital spokeswoman Annie Tuttle.

Col. Millett had various health problems over the last three to five years, including diabetes, said Mike Goldware, a family spokesman.

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