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The Warrior and Common Sense
The true warrior knows that common sense comes from objective observation thought and wisdom and emotion is the enemy that breaks down common sense defying all logic.
The Mature Warrior discovers that he can make good decisions from his own inventory of training & experience and truth & knowledge. I like to call truth & knowledge the Warriors Arsenal of Wisdom.
With the Warriors Arsenal of Wisdom the warrior can take full responsibility for his own life and acquire a personal independence in subordination to his duty and service.
Common sense is our topic and it must be defined because common sense means many different things to many different people.
Merriam-Webster's definition says "The phrase Common sense refers to beliefs or propositions that - in their opinion - most people would consider prudent and of sound judgment, without reliance on esoteric knowledge or study or research, but based upon what they see as knowledge held by people "in common". Thus "common sense" (in this view) equates to the knowledge and experience which most people allegedly have, or which the person using the term believes that they do or should have."
However Merriam- Webster's definition is not the common definition. The most common meaning to the phrase is good sense and sound judgement in practical matters. It has nothing to do with what other people may think or feel.
Now I would like to give you some short simple clever definitions from various people.
Common sense is calculation applied to life.
-Henri Frederic Amiel
One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
To act with common sense, according to the moment, is the best
wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take the
world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness
that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is, and
despise affectation (falsely influenced).
Common Sense was a Pamphlet written by Thomas Paine and published in 1776. Common Sense presented the American colonists with a powerful argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as, "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era".
This book along with the leadership of Samuel Adams the Father of our Independence was probably the two biggest influences that led to our independence short of God. It was Samuel Adams who pressed and made the case for our independence who eventually convinced the Continental Congress to agree to the writing and announcing of the Declaration of Independence. Many of the Representatives were holding on to the false hope that the Colonies could kiss and make up with Britain but Samuel Adams opened their eyes to the reality of their true circumstances. I couldn't resist putting this in because Thomas Paine used common sense to help the people understand the cause for independence. Something I think we desperately need to day. Politicians, Judges, Professors and Attorneys have brain washed and confused everyone to thinking common sense does not apply any more in the time in which we live. But common sense next to God is the only thing that can give us Freedom and Prosperity again in our United States.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Common sense is an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
-Samuel Taylor Coldridge
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
I wish our political leaders understood this. Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.
Success is more a function of consistent common sense then it is of genius.
When you've got an elephant by the hind legs and he is
trying to run away it is best to let him run.
My definition of common sense is "Seeing things as they are and doing things as they should be done".
Knowledge, without common sense is folly; without method it is waste; without kindness it is fanaticism; without Jesus Christ it is death. But with common sense; it is wisdom with method; it is power with clarity; it is giving without reward and love before desire.
Over the years I have wondered sometimes why I've used common sense and other times I haven't. I believe it boils down to this objectivity verses subjectivity, knowledge verses ignorance, thought verses emotion and humility verses arrogance. When the first conquers the second you will find common sense.
To me things are sometimes best understood by breaking them down into pieces so I have broken Common Sense down into 3 parts for you. Each part is critical to achieve Common Sense
The mechanics of Common Sense
1. The ability to see things as they are. (Truth and Reality)
2. The Warriors Arsenal of Wisdom (the Warriors personal data base of existing knowledge and experience) to draw off of.
Here are some links to some previous News letters that can contribute to the building of your Warriors' Arsenal of Wisdom:
3. The ability to integrate all your senses and knowledge to discern the proper course of action or solution to a problem.
To put this in simpler terms the essence of common sense is to see things as they are, apply your knowledge and experience to arrive at the best thing to do.
Everyone has strength and weaknesses which means for some common sense comes easy and for others it is hard. But there is hope. Common sense can be learned just as wisdom is learned for common sense and wisdom can be one in the same.
"I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it."
-Frank A. Clark
One way to develop common sense is to develop a sense of humor. While maturing as a warrior I learned quickly to find humor in the many different tough circumstances I found myself in. If I didn't I would find it easy to fall into many different traps like developing a bad attitude, becoming emotional or becoming disillusioned, ect. But with humor I could keep my perspective and objectivity which caused me in my search for humor to lead with thought versus emotion.
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
Five things the warrior should avoid in his quest for common sense:
Impulsive- Do you feel and act first, then think? That usually spells trouble for a warrior. Always lead with thought and learn to recognize when you are being impulsive. Learn to restrain yourself until you can sort things out without emotions. Self control, good knowledge and training are the counters to impulsive actions.
Optimistic - Did you gamble or hang it all out there on a hope and got caught with your pants down with nowhere to go? As a warrior matures he replaces hope with confidence he has acquired from self-discipline, hard training, knowledge and experience. When he does hope he hopes for the best and plans for the worst because he knows false hope and over confidence come from two of his great enemies pride and arrogance.
Stubborn - Stubbornness is a cohort of the "Need to be Right." The need to always be right can be very costly to a warrior not to mention irritating to his buddies. The mature warrior replaces stubbornness with "Could be Right" or "Could be Wrong" and keeps an open mind.
The best warriors I have ever observed always kept an open mind analyzing and evaluating everything to understand and apply his experience and knowledge to see if there is a better way or he can improve his skill set. This is how the warrior keeps advancing. True warriors are flexible and are masters at adapting to new techniques and tactics because they know if they don't the enemy will.
Not concentrating - A wandering or scattered mind spells doom for the warrior. Experienced warriors have learned that when you break your focus or concentration is when you lose and all it takes is an instance, a look in the wrong direction and all hell breaks loose. One good example that comes to mind is executing entries and clearing rooms a lot can happen in a small moment of time. The warrior learns to keep his focus when it counts and sets his goal to 100% concentration 100% of the time. Through experience and practice he will develop cognitive thinking and learn to adapt his focus to his circumstances, but he never lets his guard down. Always expect the unexpected this is the way of the warrior always prepared for anything.
Impatient - Have you ever been impatient and felt the stress rise and grow until you wanted to burst or do something stupid? I think we've all been there.
The experienced warrior know impatience means self induced stress or misery. The warrior learns patience by developing the proper mind set. The best way I have found is to remain detached, not take things personal or internalize things. The moment you take things personal you lose. The warrior wants to be cold and calculating in the attack and he knows when it becomes personal he will not be at his best. Only when he is detached and thinking objectively is he the most dangerous.
Patience under hardship, vigorous in attack and stubborn in the defense. These are characteristics of a warrior.
Common sense is the application of practical logic and reason to a situation as opposed to popular beliefs, emotional influences or hopeful delusions.
Logic is a Warriors friend and very helpful in developing common sense. One simple approach I learned in a college course called Mathematics for Decision Making which I wish I could remember all I learned because although I didn't appreciate it at the time I have forever wished I had retained that knowledge anyway the formula for solving problems was simple "If this happens Then this will happen" or "If = Then". This means for every action there is a reaction. (Cause and Effect). For the warrior things are not always as simple as math so the warrior learns to think logically by asking himself "If" this happens then "This" is most probable to happen.
The mature warrior has learned that logic often reveals the truth and is a terrific way to evaluate circumstances to apply common sense. When evaluating it can look like this for example. If "If" is uncertain or untrue then "Then" is uncertain and must be concluded to be untrue and so on and so on as you apply logic.
Warriors use the logic of "If = Then" from combat planning to strategic planning to calculate how the enemy may respond and to plan contingencies for potential circumstances that can occur. He always tries to anticipate the unexpected.
Think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion.
The warrior who is "rational without illusion" has common sense and can face all the vicissitudes of life without falling apart and without being disturbed, without withdrawing into neurosis or psychosis. He has developed common sense by drawing on his Arsenal of Wisdom and applying it in his daily life, When the Arsenal of Wisdom is properly understood it becomes normal, sane thinking or just plain old Common Sense.
Remember: "Emotion is the enemy that breaks
down the common sense of a warrior."
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Here's a shot of two of us CA types proudly displaying your banner at a remote
COP in Eastern Afghanistan.
Stay safe, Mike
Tough Mudder Contest
Benefiting the "Wounded Warriors" Foundation
The reason for this email is to ask if your company would be interested
in sponsoring my team (8 participants - former and current SEALS, SF, and USG
Special Agents) in our November competition. We are entering the
"Tough Mudder (http://toughmudder.com/
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November in New Jersey.
This race has been labeled the "toughest endurance race on the
planet." My team will be entering the race for our fallen brothers
who died last December in Khowst,
We will be entering this competition to not only honor our fallen
brothers but to honor the "Wounded Warriors" foundation. All
proceeds for this contest go to the "Wounded Warriors" foundation,
which help wounded service men and women over come the injuries they have
sustained on the battlefield. I'm not really sure what I'm asking for as
a sponsor but I thought you might want to be involved with our team since we
use your products and we serve overseas.
Thank you for your time
The "Brothers in Arms Project" is the brain child of Marco Trezza, an
entrepreneur and musician whose unabiding patriotism has manifested
itself in this charitable endeavor to help fund college educations for
the children of fallen Special Operations warriors in partnership with
the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF)
Marco Trezza's band has recorded its own arrangement
of the Dire Straits song "Brothers in Arms" which can be downloaded
from our website for a donation to SOWF - www.marcodesade.com
The minimum donation is only $2.00. 100% of the proceeds are going to SOWF. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and
Universal records have donated all of their royalties for 1 year. The
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interest, but with it only being a week nothing has materialized as of
yet. If you go to our site and click on the SOWF Charity page, you can
read about the project and of course download the music.
All of the musicians, recording
engineers, etc donated their time and efforts to the project, including our
producer who is a 12 time Grammy winner.
Feedback from Newsletter Poll
Having been raised in a Military family, I was very moved by the stories about these 2 remarkable women & their families. My grandfather had been the commanding general of the NY National Guard; I served in the U,S, Marine Corps; my father in the Merchant Marine; and assorted additional family members gad answered the call.
I read an article in one of your newsletters by Charles Briscoe - entitled San Miguel, the attack on El Bosque - with a great deal of interest. I was a UK based journalist in El Salvador, from 1987 to 1994. During the war I spent quite a lot of time with both army units and the guerrillas. At the end of the war I spent a couple of years doing interviews with former combatants from both sides as well as leaders and politicians. I interviewed General Stringham - who is cited extensively in the article. The idea at that point was to write a history of the war - which never really happened as I moved to cover other places and stories.
The article is clearly very accurate. In an interview I did with the ERP leader, Joaquin Villalobos, he cited the failure to wipe out one of the cazadores battalions near Cuidad Barrios because of the intervention of Col Monterrosa, as well as the failed attack on the 4th brigade on the night of the elections as one of the main motivations for the guerrilla's change of tactics in 1984 to a classic small unit guerrilla war.
At the moment I am revamping the book, which I nearly completed back in the 1990s, and am very interested in contacting other former US servicemen who might be willing to talk about their experiences in El Salvador. I will be honest - I was not a great fan of Reagan's central America policies in the 1980s. However I also have a number of friends who are former officers in the ESAF and so I know that the US military training programme of regular and elite Salvadoran troops had nothing to do with the human rights abuses committed in the earlier part of the war.
I am particularly interested in talking to anyone there in the period leading up to and during the 1989 offensive. I have extensive interviews with Salvadorans about the offensive (which I witnessed from start to finish) - but these are often contradictory as people tend to re-write history for their own benefit!
I am living in the UK at the moment - where I earn my living now making films about medical issues - particularly HIV treatment and research in Africa.
- Tom G
Wonderful message, Dave! Makes us Moms awful proud to hear of such heroic Moms - forgot about Colin Kelley = beautiful.
I was just thinking about writing SF as I was going to my laundry with the laundry bag sent me as it was the only way I could carry my dirty laundry as I am on crutches. You know my first injury was when I went out one night and stepped on my manure fork. Then I strolled in to the VA with a broken foot. Well the Doc fixed it up real good and I hope he makes a career as a surgeon as he has the touch of a good doctor. Well any way I thought the story about " Corky," was quite interesting as my nick name is all so " Corky," as my mother named me after " Corky Wallet," an old character in the comics " Gasoline Alley." Well hearing about the WWII heros like Corky's father who flew the B-17, and who's parachute which did not open made me think of how I wish I had one when I broke my ankle as well. Since I grew up in Long Beach, and my mother used to work in the shipyard I remember how we used to go to San Pedro and Fort MacArthur to the back kitchen there and get scraps as she used to waitress as well and knew some cooks and officers.
Message as always is great. Where can I get a Word of Truth patch or decal?
just wanted to let you know that I just received my order from you for a Navy SAR's hooded sweatshirt for my son and it is absolutely wonderful! Thank you for this - he is going to be so thrilled when I give it to him!
I have to inform You I received shipment-order #43201,also, I was suprised I found gift inside of the shipment. Thanks a lot. My girlfriend told me I have to inform You that You must have female model of the military pants,ha,ha. He is,also soldier.
All the best!
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The Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
Hope and Change
Our government is trying to nationalize churches. They wish to "partner" with churches. The government is saying to the church leaders, teach your congregations that "God" wants you to support and or to pass comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty for millions of illegal aliens), global warming and climate change, cap and trade, social justice, economic justice, global government, and redistribution of wealth. These are the policies of the ruler of this world, the great deceiver, Satan. Through these Marxist programs comes absolute control of the population. Say goodbye to freedom! The President's new spiritual and political advisor, Jim Wallis is a socialist and teaches that Jesus Christ was a socialist. How much more will we take until we stand up on our hind legs like men?
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest [nation]. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
This is not the knowledge of university higher learning, this the knowledge of God through His word.
Do not get sucked into the growing worldwide anti-Semitic fervor. Hear what the Bible says your attitude should be toward the Jews.
Gen 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you [Jews], And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you[Jews] all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Government cannot save you. Government cannot legislate morality. When in arrogance, government attempts to legislate morality, the people suffer with loss of freedom and eventually slavery. "We the people" is being replaced with "we the government." The more power the government has, the less freedom you have.
Socialism seeks to help the poor by bringing the middle class down. Equality in the eyes of the government is to make everyone equally poor and dependent on the government. Joshua declared,
Joshua 24:15 "choose for yourselves today whom you will serve; as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord."
Shall we worship the government, its leaders, the creature, or the creation (climate change, radical environmentalism) rather that the creator?
Romans 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
The gospel (faith alone in Christ alone) seeks to provide freedom to all that will accept the free gift of eternal life. On the other hand, the social gospel seeks to enslave and wrest power from the people it claims to care so much about.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
1Peter 2:16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond slaves of God.
Socialism, communism, Marxism all have failed. There is not one example of the slightest success in one of these governments. Unless the 12 million dead at the hands of the Nazi's, or the 30 million dead under Stalin, or maybe the 70 million dead under Mao can in some way, be called a success. Shall we talk about North Korea, North Vietnam, Venezuela, or Cuba? I am sure their people are doing great. That is, if by great you mean living in slavery and starving. Why are we, like lemmings, going down this road? God gave to us the greatest nation in the history of the world. Americans are the freest people that have ever walked the earth.
Jesus Christ taught capitalism, and He was opposed to labor unions. While Jesus Christ taught kindness, compassion and generosity, He never taught government forced generosity (redistribution of wealth).
MT 25:14-30 "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them . "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
"Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and * settled accounts with them. "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.' "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
"But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
"For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
"Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matt 20:1-16 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. "When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to those he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went. "Again he went out about thesixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he *said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?' "They *said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.'
"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.' "When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. "When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. "When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.' "But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?' "So the last shall be first, and the first last."
The apostle Paul explains we are to work and to eat our own food.
2 Thess 3:8-15 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. But, as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
The Biblical gospel and the social gospel (welfare) are diametrically opposed. One offers freedom through dependence on the living God, and the other offers slavery through dependence on government. Politics cannot save you!
Only Jesus Christ can save you. The scripture says;
Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you...
Jesus Christ is eternal God (John 1:1). He is the creator of all things (John 1:3). He came down from heaven and was born a perfect man, uncorrupted by sin (John 1:14). He lived a perfect life and was thereby qualified to be our substitute. He died in our place. God the father gathered every sin of every man, women, and child, past, present, and future and imputed those sins to Jesus Christ on the cross. This act removed the barrier that existed between perfect God and imperfect man. The righteousness of God was propitiated (satisfied) by the spiritual death of Christ on the cross. Eternal life is now offered as a free gift to anyone who will call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name
John 3:15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 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.
There is "hope" only in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, "change" for your benefit will only come about when you make the Word of God a priority in your life.
The choice is yours. The problems we see in this country are merely symptoms of a greater sickness. A spiritual sickness and the only solution is a spiritual solution.
2 Chronicles 7:14 and [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:19 But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. "As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?' "And they will say, 'Because they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.' "
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By Rev G.J. Rako
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The History of SWAT
While not the first to use specially-trained units, the LAPD was the first to form a specific S.W.A.T. unit, and originally created the term, "Special Weapons And Tactics". John Nelson was the LAPD officer who came up with the idea to form a specially trained and equipped unit in the LAPD, intended to respond to and manage critical situations involving shootings while minimizing police casualties. In 1967, Nelson's CO, then-Inspector Daryl F. Gates approved this idea, and he formed a small select group of volunteer officers. This first SWAT unit initially consisted of fifteen teams of four men each, for a total staff of sixty. These officers were given special status and benefits. They were required to attend special monthly training. This unit also served as a security unit for police facilities during times of civil unrest.
In 1971, the SWAT personnel were assigned on a full-time basis to Metropolitan Division to respond to continuing action by subversive groups, the rising crime rate and the continuing difficulty of mustering a team response in a timely manner. Metropolitan Division, which had a long-established reputation as the tactical unit of the Department, was reorganized into 6 units: "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", and "K-9" Platoons. The Special Weapons And Tactics Unit was given the designation of "D" Platoon, and at the same time formally adopted the acronym S.W.A.T.
The first significant deployment of LAPD's SWAT unit was on December 9, 1969, in a four-hour confrontation with members of the Black Panthers. The Panthers eventually surrendered, with three Panthers and three officers being injured. By 1974, there was a general acceptance of SWAT as a resource for the city and county of Los Angeles.Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Incident
On the afternoon of May 17, 1974, elements of a group which called itself the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a group of heavily-armed leftists, barricaded themselves in a residence on East 54th Street at Compton Avenue in Los Angeles. Coverage of the siege was broadcast to millions via television and radio and featured in the world press for days after. Negotiations were opened with the barricaded suspects on numerous occasions, both prior to and after the introduction of tear gas. Police units did not fire until the SLA had fired several volleys of semi-automatic and fully automatic gunfire at them. In spite of the 3,772 rounds fired by the SLA, no uninvolved citizens or police officers sustained injury from gunfire.
During the gun battle, a fire erupted inside the residence. The cause of the fire is officially unknown, although police sources speculated that an errant round ignited one of the suspects' Molotov cocktails. Others suspect that the repeated use of tear gas grenades, which function by burning chemicals at high temperatures, started the structure fire. All six of the suspects suffered multiple gunshot wounds and perished in the ensuing blaze.
By the time of the SLA shoot-out, SWAT teams had reorganized into six 10-man teams, each team consisting of two five-man units, called elements. An element consisted of an element leader, two assaulters, a scout, and a rear-guard. The normal complement of weapons was a sniper rifle (apparently a .243-caliber bolt-action, judging from the ordnance expended by officers at the shootout), two .223-caliber semi-automatic rifles, and two shotguns. SWAT officers also carried their service revolvers in shoulder holsters. The normal gear issued them included a first aid kit, gloves, and a gas mask. In fact it was a change just to have police armed with semi-automatic rifles, at a time when officers were usually issued six-shot revolvers and shotguns. The encounter with the heavily-armed Symbionese Liberation Army, however, sparked a trend towards SWAT teams being issued body armor and fully automatic weapons of various types.1997 North Hollywood Shootout
The North Hollywood shootout was an armed confrontation between two heavily-armed and armored bank robbers, Larry Eugene Phillips, Jr. and Emil Matasareanu, and both SWAT and patrol officers in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 28, 1997. It began when responding North Hollywood Division patrol officers engaged Phillips and Matasareanu leaving a bank which the two men had just robbed. Ten officers and seven civilians sustained injuries before both robbers were killed. Phillips and Matasareanu had robbed several banks prior to their attempt in North Hollywood and were notorious for their heavy armament, which included automatic rifles. LAPD patrol officers, like most at the time, were typically armed with a 9mm Beretta on their person, with a 12-gauge shotgun available in their cars (Only SWAT officers were regularly equipped with automatic weapons). Phillips and Matasareanu carried fully-automatic AK-47 rifles, with ammunition capable of penetrating regular police body armor, and wore full body armor of their own. Since most handgun calibers cannot penetrate body armor, patrol officers had a significant disadvantage until LAPD SWAT arrived with equivalent firepower and body armor; they also appropriated several semi-automatic rifles from a nearby firearms dealer to help even the odds, though by the time this began to happen, SWAT had already arrived. The incident sparked debate on the appropriate firepower for patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
Sgt. French is currently on vacation. For this month, we've prepared a selection from Wikipedia
Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French
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.
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CAPITALIST! Year 1951
Johnny used to be a laborer. Brother Tim still is.
Both cut lawns. Both used to use customers' hand mowers. Each could do one big lawn a day, and got $2 for it.
Tim spent his $2 on movies and candy. Johnny saved some money, borrowed some more, and bought a power mower. Now he can cut 5 lawns a day, and so makes $10.
He puts aside $2 a day to pay back his loan, and $1 toward another mower when this one wears out.
He still has seven dollars where he used to have two, and is helping more people get their lawns cut when they want them. Yet some enemies of business would say that that shows Johnny is too big: he should be limited in the number of people he can serve.
These strange enemies would prevent Johnny from setting aside $1 a day out of his own earnings, to buy a new mower when this one wears out. (Of course, that means Johnny would go back to hand labor at $2 a day, and fewer people would be served-but these strange people don't care about that.)
And some people say Johnny should be forced to share his $7 with Tim so Tim can keep on spending his $2 for movies and candy.
Sounds ridiculous? Yes, but every one of these charges and demands is leveled at American business today.
Clichés of Socialism
Clichés of Socialism
"The right to strike is conceded, but . . ."
RARELY CHALLENGED is the right to strike. While nearly everyone in the population including the strikers themselves will acknowledge the inconvenience and dangers of strikes, few will question the right-to-strike concept. They will, instead, place the blame on the abuses of this assumed right-for instance, on the bungling or ignorance or evil of the men who exercise control of strikes,
The present laws of the United States recognize the right to strike; it is legal to strike. However, as in the case of many; other legal actions, it is impossible to find moral sanction for strikes in any creditable ethical or moral code.
This is not to question the moral right of a worker to quit a job or the right of any number of workers to quit in unison. Quitting is not striking, unless force or the threat of force is used to keep others from filling the jobs vacated. The essence of the strike, then, is the resort to coercion to force unwilling exchange or to inhibit willing exchange. No person, nor any combination of persons, has a moral right to force themselves-at their price-on any employer, or to forcibly preclude his hiring others.
Reference need not be confined to moral and ethical codes to support the conclusion that there is no moral right to strike. Nearly anyone's sense of justice will render the same verdict if an employer-employee relationship, devoid of emotional background, be examined:
An individual with an ailment employs a physician to heal him. The physician has a job on agreeable terms. Our sense of justice suggests that either the patient or the physician is morally warranted in quitting this employer-employee relationship at will, provided that there be no violation of contract. Now, assume that the physician (the employee) goes on strike. His ultimatum: "You pay me twice the fee I am now getting or I quit! Moreover, I shall use force to prevent any other physician from attending to your ailment. Meet my demands or do without medical care from now on."
Who will claim that the physician is within his moral rights when taking an action such as this? The above, be it noted, is not a mere analogy but a homology, an accurate matching in structure of the common or garden variety of legalized popularly approved strike.
To say that one believes in the right to strike is comparable to saying that one endorses monopoly power to exclude business competitors; it is saying, in effect, that government-like control is preferable to voluntary exchange between buyers and sellers, each of whom is free to accept or reject the other's best offer. In other words, to sanction a right to strike is to declare that might makes right-which is to reject the only foundation upon which civilization can stand.
Lying deep at the root of the strike is the persistent notion that an employee has a right to continue an engagement once he has begun it, as if the engagement were his own piece of property. The notion is readily exposed as false when examined in the patient-physician relationship. A job is but an exchange affair, having existence only during the life of the exchange. It ceases to exist the moment either party quits or the contract ends. The right to a job that has been quit is no more valid than the right to a job that has never been held.
The inconvenience to individuals and the dangers to the economy, inherent in strikes, should not be blamed on the bungling or ignorance or evil of the men who manipulate them. Rather, the censure should be directed at the false idea that there is a moral right to strike.
It's a poor bureaucrat who can't stall a good idea until even its sponsor is relieved to see it dead and officially buried.
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"He was a legend. He was an incredible man. How do you explain John? He was a down-home country boy who was the type of person that was an inspiration to anyone who knew him - and the ladies loved him."
- Tom Norris , 66, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a retired Navy SEAL and a
Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during the Vietnam War
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 27, 2010
Statement by the President on the Passing of John William Finn
"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Retired Navy Lt. John William Finn, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this time. Lt. Finn received the Medal for the heroism he displayed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Under a torrent of gunfire, Lt. Finn defended his fellow Sailors, holding his position for two hours until the skies went quiet, despite suffering serious wounds. Like many of those who have served our nation with such distinction, Lt. Finn often said that he never intended to be a hero. Instead, he felt that he was simply doing his duty. But his modesty does not diminish his extraordinary conduct - or the incredible example he has set for our men and women in uniform and for all Americans. I had the privilege of meeting Lt. Finn last year, and I was struck by his warmth and humility. As we mark Memorial Day, and pay tribute all who have fallen in defense of this nation, the passing of Lt. Finn is a reminder of the sacrifices that generations have made to preserve the freedoms we hold dear."
~ B H Obama
"He[Lt. John Finn] was an inspiration to generations of sailors..."
~ Rear Adm. Ted Branch, USN
"He[Lt. John Finn] was irascible. A very gentle man ... and a very good human being. John was the epitome of spreading the word and keeping America alert" through his involvement in the Pearl HarborSurvivors Association."
- Bill Craddock, 86, of El Cajon, a former Navy diver
"He[Lt. John Finn] was an icon of our service in Pearl Harbor and of our fighting because of the determination that he had in maintaining his position."
- John Morrill, 90, of Spring Valley, a fellow Pearl Harbor survivor
"That damned hero stuff is a bunch crap, I guess. Well, it is one thing that I think anyman that is in that, you gotta be in that position," Finn said. "You gotta understand that there's all kinds of heroes, but they never get a chance to be in a hero's position.~ The late, great if ever humble Lt . John Finn, USN(Ret) MOH
Picture taken on 24 May 2008 while Mr. John W. Finn was participating in the USS Midway's Legasy Week. This was their annual black-tie gala in honor of living World War II Medal of Honor recipients. It was co-hosted by The National World War II Museum. Network newsman Sam Donaldson was the emcee. Van T. Barfoot Sits to fins right and Walter Ehlers stands over his left shoulder
A Poem Worth Reading:
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
Tho a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bob s and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country still enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common soldier,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
Please Pass On The Patriotism!
YOU can make a difference
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States Of America" for an amount "up to and including his or her life." That is Honor, and there are too many people in AMERICA who no longer understand it.
"I had no idea how I could be successful. I had a part-time job in my junior year in college with KGB in San Diego which by the way years and years later caused me a moment of embarrassment, but only a moment. Ronald Reagan appointed me Ambassador to Australia and I was appearing before a widely Democratic group of Senators of the Foreign Affairs Committee and one of them said, 'How can you possibly ask to be an ambassador to Australia for the United States when you worked for the KGB'? "
(KGB was an old San Diego Radio Station) ....
"I think its human nature to look for a comfortable niche. It becomes kind of a rut.
There you are, it's good enough, but you don't get any new challenges. I'm a great believer in change. Thank - God because I've lived a life where in my 100 years almost, on this earth, there have been more changes than ever before in the history of the world. Just think of this one thing: when I was born you could expect to live to be 47. Today it's 77. So, you've been given 30 years of life. God--what a gift! So, you've got to plan to live longer, be active longer and stay up with things that are happening. By 2050, one out of every four people is going to be over 65. More people are alive today over 65 than ever lived. So, it's a great time to be alive if you have a little gumption!! "...
"I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag, motherhood and the Bible. That's why people love me."
"Sometimes I'm asked by kids why I condemn marijuana when I haven't tried it. The greatest obstetricians in the world have never been pregnant."
"I've learned it's always better to have a small percentage of a big success, than a hundred percent of nothing."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. "
~ Art Linkletter American radio broadcaster, television personality, author (July 12th 1912-May 26th 2010)
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JUNE TACTICAL TIP
SHOOT THE SUCKER!!!
"When They use a knife YOU use a Gun!"
~Chicago Cop and Elliot Ness "Untouchable" speaking on
behalf of fighting Al Capone's 1920's mob as portrayed by actor
Sean Connery in the 1987 motion picture "The Untouchables"
you carry a gun and are confronted by a man with a knife, shoot him. If
he is within 20 feet of you and your handgun is holstered, it is a
proven fact he can and will kill you before you can draw.
officer pictured below is lucky to be alive, and is alive only because
his attacker was a "slasher" who didn't know the point is not only
faster than the blade, but deadlier. A single thrust and the officer
would have been in the morgue rather than the hospital.
Twenty-one Feet. The generally accepted distance a man armed with a knife can cover before you can draw and fire your hand-gun.
(If you are reasonably fast)
Always carry a gun to a knife fight ...
Pretty graphic, beware!
Wow, talk about making a mistake and learn the hard way. He's just lucky he lived through that.
might find this too much to look at if you are squeamish. But, it
needsto be looked at, especially by those who condemn the cops for
using their guns at times like these.
Next time you're tempted to feel pity for someone killed by a cop...remember this!
These photos are of an officer trained in hand-to-hand combat.
The officer figured that due to his size and fighting skills, he could disarm a knife wielding aggressor.
Here is why this is a tactical tip:
all the idiots out there who always say, "Why did the cops(or soldiers)
have to shoot him? He only had a (insert your choice of weapons here,
i.e. knife, bat, club, whatever). He didn't have to be shot.
To that, we respond, "tough crap... shoot 'em".
If an officer( or soldier) tells you to drop your weapon, just drop it.
you're a retard, stupid, on crack, mental or just "scared"... too bad.
No one deserves what this cop got for just doing his job. If you got a
knife, then you should die... period.
This is vivid proof of how
deadly people who are "only armed with a knife" can be. Some of the
public think that officers should try to disarm someone armed with a
knife but anyone who has had training in knife fighting will tell you -
even if you win you are going to get cut. Keep this in the back of your
mind when confronting someone armed with an edged weapon.
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LT. JOHN WILLIAM FINN, USN (Ret.) FIRST and Last of the Pearl Harbor WW II Medal Of Honor Recipients ; Centenarian Sailor and one of Last of those prepared for WW II Dies at 100 years old May 26th 2010|
'Sua Generis' - "One Of a Kind"
He was the epitaph of all those taken by surprise on a tropical Sunday morning in December, now so long ago.... He was an inspiration to every U.S. Sailor, Marine, Guardsman , Marine and Airman to follow. The good-natured, one of a kind guardian of our prepared heritage is featured here as she shall never be forgotten.
Born in Los Angeles in 1909, John Finn enlisted into the navy in 1926 and by Dec 7th 1941 he was then a Chief Aviation Ordnance-man at a far off place known then as Kanoehe Naval Air Station on the Island of Oahu . Being the kind of sailor John was -- a informed as an individual thinking ahead reading and hearing the news papers and radio reports suggesting the Japs might logically attack Hawaii , Finn was one of the few in Hawaii prepared mentally and physically for the surprise yet to come.
He ordered his men a common sense order any informed Man-O wars' man-- which Finn was -- would: He had his men have Ma-Duece's (.50 Browning M2's), training stands from which to fire them from, and ammo at the ready.
On Dec 7th as he was finishing his morning coffee the distinct drone of non U.S aircraft and gun fire had him race from his housing to the Hangar of PBY' Aircraft s he controlled finding them mostly being shot up sand destroyed made him hopping mad.. Seeing his painter, man a fifty-cal and trying to load it John had him step aside and commenced firing into the two waves of Jap attackers as he had more experience with the weapon than his subordinate. He hit several slow bombers that caught fire and disappeared beyond the tree line. He was wounded 21 times in his shoulder, belly and feet. Prime Pic
Through it all Finn fired for two hours, and remained at his post the rest of the day. He never would admit to have confirmed aircraft shot down, (legend has it he took down four of them) -- All the while having his men to keep supplying him with ammo and then only leaving a day later when being forced to be relieved --he and his wife Alice went to assist the wounded and dying at the infirmary and he stay on station, not sleeping for days.
John would be the first to tell you he was just "doing his job what he was paid to do" was THE FIRST service member of Any branch to receive the MOH in WW II . His honor was bestowed upon him 6 months after the Pearl attack by Admiral Nimitz at a ceremony, in Pearl Harbor .
"Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man his gun and to return the enemy's fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the re-arming of returning planes."
- John Finn's Congressional Medal of Honor Citation
Retiring after 21 years of service , in 1947, Finn and his late wife Alice settled in the back country of East San Diego County with a salvage business next to the Campo Indian reservation where they became in great favor with the Campo tribe helping to educate and house needy children He was a stalwart beacon and diplomat for all troops and civic events in the MOH community and all U.S. warriors, leading by example showing what duty honor and country really meant, in his unique to John way. He remained fit, healthy, and sharp as a tack up until his last few months until nearly101 years old .
Though he could have been buried in Arlington John Finn, was interned next to his wife Alice in a national memorial service at the Campo Indian Reservation Cemetery In East San Diego County-Not far from where his live d for the last 60 years. The service was with full military honors and tribal indian ritual to crowd of 500 people including Vietnam era SEAL MOH recipients Tom Norris and Mike Thornton alongside six other Medal of Honor recipients, scores of Navy brass, hundreds of sailors lining the roads and regional dignitaries Including former U.S. Army Ranger and Congressman Duncan Hunter .
John Finns passing is remarkable because of several key reasons. First, John was living proof that you can catch us in our Pajamas or skivvies and we will rally to kick your ass - just ask any World War II Jap!
Second, like Aaron Bank, he could recount his tales of service and why duty is a honored American trait to the youngest kid or oldest goat with a insight and fascination that would convert a pacifist into a warrior. Next he kept his tale of how freedom is not free to all American's into his last days. Third, he was self admittedly just a dutiful, Class 1, Mark- A, Mod -O swab-jockey -- professional citizen Sailor. He was not trained to be an elite trooper -- not a Ranger, Marine, Frogman or OSS operative seeking gallantry or glory, or hunting the enemy. He was a dutiful professional sailor, who when the bad guys came he gave them lead with a noble calm and gallantry on par with the finest and best natural warriors of any generation America has or will produce.
His laconic, irascible, irrepressible manner was everything America that is opposite from the urban neo-socialist that has invaded a lot of our culture. John was our grand old wise man of all MOH recipients-- living life as an off the beaten path adventurer. From family man to benevolent "good fellow"helping several Indian boys and families or the Campo Indian tribe. He wasa gunsmith and salvage business-man with an eye for the curious. John will always be remembered for a combat action that was "All American" - effective, when called upon during combat -- a legacy for us all to always insure be vigilance against enemies, foreign and domestic, within and out side the United States of America, whom might bring harm amongst or incredible nation ...And for never having a bad word for anyone.
In his straight up way, John Finn would tell you that hero stuff is a "bunch of crap". " that many have a chance to be a hero, when called upon...Maybe . Until then He was the first of those 15 World War Two service men who received a MOH at Pearl Harbor and the last living one of them. He was also the first Non-Native American Navy sailor to be buried on a U.S. Indian reservation in a very long time...
To a host of us who still well up a tear every time we think of John Finn "just doing his job" that fateful December 1941 morning in 1941 or hearing the cry "Remember Pearl Harbor! " , he will always be in our memories and hearts. Without your inspiration, Lt. John Finn those who have followed by your example may have never done so...
...R.I.P. Dear Lt. John W. Finn!
May fairwinds and following seas carry you into and beyond heavens gate !!
For a wonderful video On John Finn by Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News...
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Flag Rules and Regulations:
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America." Section 8
"The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Section 8
"Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag - the Flag of the United States of America. There has been something that has been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today.
And you - I remember you.
Now, I may sound as if I am a little conceited, Well I am!
But what happened? I am still the same old flag. Oh, I have a couple more stars added since you were a boy. A lot more stars added since the beginning of this country, and and lot more blood shed since that patroitic day so long ago.
Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore? Have some people forgotten what I stand for? Have they forgotten all the battlefields where men have fought and died to keep this nation free? When you salute me you are actually saluting them!
Well, it won't be long until I'll be coming down your street again. So, when you see me, stand straight, place your hand over your heart and you'll see me waving back-- that's my salute to you. And then I will know you remember who I am... "
Old Glory; Long May She Wave!
"I remember some time ago, (I think it was Memorial Day, or was it Veterans' Day?) that people were lined up on both sides of the street for a parade. A high school band was behind me and, naturally, I was leading the parade. When your Daddy saw me coming along waving in the breeze, he immediately removed his hat and placed it so that his right hand was directly over his heart.
Standing there as straight as a soldier, you didn't have any hat, but you were giving me the right salute. Remember, they taught you in school to place your right hand over your heart, and little sister, not to be outdone, was saluting the same as you. There were some soldiers home on leave and they were standing at attention giving the military salute. Oh, I was very proud as I came down your street that day.
I have a right to be, because I represent you, the people of the United States of America.
Now I don't feel as proud as I used to. When I come down your street, some people just stand there with their hands in their pockets and give me a small glance and then look away. I see children running around and shouting. They don't seem to know who I am.
Take a look at the memorial rolls some time. Look at the names of those who never came back. Some of them were friends and relatives of yours. That's whom you are saluting, not me!"
Speaking of OLD GLORY
and "Flag Day"...
Always Remember VAN T. BARFOOT who fought the enemies within our nation to keep Old glory flying:
Head east from Carthage on Mississippi 16 toward Philadelphia and after a few miles a sign says you're in Edinburg ... It's a good thing the sign's there, because there's no other way to tell. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg . Probably didn't make much news.Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy , Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a minefield, took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned with 17 prisoners of war.
If that wasn't enough for a day's work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.
That probably didn't make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a Congressional Medal of Honor.
What did make news last December of 2009 was a two fold tale of how this MOH recipient in his later years had to take up fighting for fighting for Old Glory again. First, a neighborhood association's quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be flown on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot's 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.
He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and was facing court action if he didn't take it down. Since the story made national TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position and agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among them.
"In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference," Barfoot told The Associated Press.
As well he should.
And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to read his Medal of Honor citation.
It indicates he's not real good at backing down.
Van T. Barfoot's
Medal of Honor citation:
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This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano , Italy . With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. >From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of point blank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers."
Barfoot gained support of Former Virginia Senator John T. Warner and Current Sen. Jim Webb, both Virginia Democrats who rallied behind Barfoot, with Webb writing a letter urging the association to :
"consider the exceptional nature of Col. Barfoot's service when considering his pride and determination in honoring our flag."
Realizing that ignorance is not bliss, he association backed down and Barfoots Old Glory T Van T Bar Foots house WILL BE FLYING on June 14th!!
D-Day Normandy, June 6th
We humbly remember the Allied military men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 66 years ago. Theirs was a perilous task, and their success was quite uncertain. On their courage hung the future of Europe and the World.
They went with the prayers and enthusiastic support of the people of our Nation and all those who fought for freedom. These young men were willing to sacrifice all so that others could one day live in freedom. Their fellow citizens understood freedom came at a great cost. They believed that freedom was worth any and all risks and any price.
Britain and her former Colonies banded together to fight the forces of Evil. On the Continent of Europe, the battle was against the Fascism of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
England provided the staging ground. The United States provided additional men, arms, ships, planes, and supplies. Tens of thousands from other nations joined in the Allied struggle.
Much has changed over the past 66 years. Those whose mortal remains rest in the cemeteries above the Normandy beaches could not have imagined how many of their fellow citizens now hate the military of the United States and support those who would destroy and enslave us. Most of these ungrateful people grew up in the safety that was provided by the sacrifices of their betters, including the men of D-Day.
Twenty-six years ago at the U. S. Ranger Monument, Point du Hoc, France, President Ronald Reagan delivered one of history's greatest speeches. President Ronald Reagan's leadership is missed, as is his courage, integrity, love, and good humor. We greatly miss these qualities in many of our current leaders.
"The Boys of Point Du Hoc"
"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs;some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here.
Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for,because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home.They thought--or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.
Something else helped the men of D-Day: their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would
unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his
parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask
His blessing in what we're about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the
promise God made to Joshua: 'I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.'''
Today we honor the memory of our warriors who fought for Liberty in the historic battle of D-Day."
~ President of the United States Ronald Reagan June 6th 1984 , Point Du Hoc , Omaha Beach France
FORTBRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 31, 2010) - Wives and children, gray-haired retirees and Soldiers in uniform, all gathered at the Army Special Operations Forces Memorial Plaza for a common purpose on Memorial Day, to remember and pay honor to the men who have earned the "Green Beret" and gave their lives in service to the United States.
This year's Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), honored 18 Special Forces Soldiers killed in combat and more than 90 SF Association members who died this past year.
"Our older generation is dissipating fast, we had almost 100 last year," commented Ronnie McCan, President of the Special Forces Association before the start of the ceremony. "We do this to make sure we honor all those who have served, from the Vietnam War to the Cold War and our Soldiers lost in the current wars."
|Osama bin Laden and top aides are hiding in Sabzevar, Iran|
Osama bin Laden's hiding place was pinned down for the first time Monday, June 7, by the Kuwaiti Al-Siyassa Monday, June 7, as the mountainous town of Savzevar in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan, 220 km west of Mashhad. He is said to have lived there under Tehran's protection for the last five years, along with Ayman Al-Zawahiri and five other high-ranking al Qaeda leaders. [Intelligence] sources disclosed Monday night that Turkishprime minister Recep Erdogan and his intelligence chiefs are well aware that Bin Laden and Zawahiri are hiding in Iran.
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D-Day Pointe du Hoc site gets facelift to save it
PARIS - The Nazis thought the jagged cliffs were unassailable until the elite U.S. Rangers scaled them in a valiant D-Day assault. Now the rocks are undergoing major surgery to save them from an even greater force - Mother Nature.
The cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, the Normandy promontory where the Rangers stared down death, have eroded by 10 meters (33 feet) since June 6, 1944. Today, the job is to strengthen the cliffs, not conquer them, and keep the bunker used by the Nazis as an observation point from falling into the pounding sea.
"If we leave it this way, the cliffs will crumble all by themselves," said Philippe Berthod, director of the Pointe du Hoc operation for GTS, a Lyon-based company that specializes in delicate operations, often on sites with difficult access.
But fixing the cliffs, made of limestone mixed with clay, is just buying time - 50 years is an optimistic estimate, Berthod said. Harsh winters and a raging storm can play havoc, he said. "Our work is to slow the erosion phenomenon."
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Simi Valley commemorates WWII invasion on D-Day
A lot of people don't know about D-Day or its significance," he said.
"With this event, we are trying to educate the public about the fact that a lot of people died on this day for us to have our freedom today," said Boucher, who brought to the event several authentic World War II posters and news clippings.
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Tips leads to weapons cache find
KABUL (Courtesy of ISAF Joint Command, June 7, 2010) - A tip from a resident led Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Special Operations Forces to a large weapons cache find in the Gizab District of Uruzgan province recently.
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Israel, Turkey, Gaza in covert sea war: Hamas frogmen thwarted
Early Monday, June 7, an Israeli Navy Commando force intercepted a large group of armed Palestinian frogmen, members of the Hamas sea commando, on their way from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli shore to the north early Monday, June 7. Palestinian sources confirmed at least four wet-suited terrorists were killed, and another four were missing in the wake of a shootout in the Nahal Aza area of the Gaza Strip near Nuseirat between their boat and Israeli troops. The IDF spokesman reported there were no Israeli casualties.
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An Israeli commando in recent attack on a Gaza-bound convoy may receive a medal of valor
The Times Online reported on Saturday that the nominated Israeli soldier single-handedly killed six campaigners on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara -- one of the six ships of the Freedom Flotilla.
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On a California ranch, signs of a slowdown in illegal immigration
Stretches of California's border are relatively quiet, thanks to new barriers and stepped up efforts by the Border Patrol, but a California rancher is keeping his guard up.
Reporting from Tierra del Sol, Calif. - Back in the late 1990s, when illegal immigrants tramped across his ranch every day, Robert Maupin fortified his rickety fence with additional strands of wire. Then he added chain linkfencing and ringed his 250-acre property with cameras. But every night he would encounter jagged holes in the fence and litter-strewn trails through his clusters of live oak trees...
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Also See: Vigilantes on Patrol on U.S. Border >>
DAY June 14th for any Special Forces Trooper, Coastguard MSSTer, MARSOC
or Force Recon Marine, Special Warfare Operator and other Good guy U.S.
of A. Men-O'-Wars men unmentioned, the world over.
"All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner."
~ Red Skelton
citizens of many countries pledge allegiance to a monarch or dictator,
we citizens and citizen warriors of the United States of America pledge
allegiance to our flag, representing ourselves -- Not just ones
military or police unit. Not just "we" the individual special forces
special operations warriors or LE SWAT teams, but ourselves as in ALL
of ourselves -together.
Now we here, at the War Correspondents
Enclave of SFG News, know and understand how the following my come as a
real novel, head scratching, commentary to some of you black rifle
wielding, troopers of whatever faceless governmental authority has your
ticket punched or authorized your MOS or issued you a badge and
credential without somehow that oath keepers.org would not have to be
an after thought!
So to insure your safety and success in the
field whether your operations are centered via a CONUS or OCONUS
operating sphere; a look into why and what that subdued Old Glory
Velcro-ed to your upper arm or ball cap, should result into you having
more effective operations amongst both, you friends or foes. The
commentary might especially help you during controversial policy
operations against foe who may have been your neighbors a few years
back, before some Godless bureaucratic drone commanded you otherwise!
take a cue from one Patriotic American who many years ago had the best
remedy for this often, in today's "terrorists are amongst us" mindset
amongst many police and military authorities , which is older than most
of you reading this. The patriotic referred to is another late great
funny old wise man and former Private First Class Richard Bernard
Skelton, Army U.S. , E-1 dog faced soldier you may fondly or remotely
remember by his other more familiar name - the comedian "Red Skelton
Skelton was a famous American comedian of the 1950's and 1960's, and
before that an radio and film star and always and extremely patriotic
Like many entertainers working during W.W. II, Skelton
was aged 30, when he was drafted in into the U.S. Army in March of
1944. This led to his popular Radio series being discontinued on June
6, [ Yes that D-Day] which although he was not part of he was shipped
overseas to serve with an Army entertainment unit as a private, Skelton
led an exceptionally hectic military life. In addition to his own
duties and responsibilities keeping the morale of the troops happy, he
was often summoned to entertain officers late at night. The perpetual
motion and lack of rest resulted in a nervous breakdown in Italy. He
spent three months in a hospital and was discharged in September 1945.
He once joked about his military career, "I was the only celebrity who
went in and came out a private."
While Skelton would continue to
entertain the troops in Korea and Vietnam, Skelton frequently employed
the art of clowns pantomime for his characters, using few props. He had
a hat that he would use for his various bits, a floppy fedora that he
would quickly mold into whatever shape was needed for the moment his
long time TV show from 1951-1971 showed this talent, who friend and
fellow comedian Groucho Marx would claim was the heir to "Charlie
invited then prominent Republicans, including Vice President Spiro T.
Agnew and Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen to appear on his
Skelton's weekly signoff-"Good night and may God
bless"-became as familiar to television viewers as Lowel Thomas' "So
Long Until tomorrow" Or Edward R. Murrow's "Good night and good luck"
or Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is."
At the height
of the Vietnam War, Skelton bitterly accused CBS Television of caving
in to the anti- establishment, anti-war the faction , saying his
conservative politics and traditional values caused CBS to turn against
him and finally cancel his TV show.
Perhaps because the
operational environment of Skelton's 1960's U.S.A. -- burning flags,
hippies and such -- [ Like now , except now its on steroids!] had a
problem with two of his best-known routines: the Skelton staple of a
pantomime of the crowd at a small town U.S.A. parade as the American
flag passes by .. and his non clowning telling of the "The Pledge of
Mr. Skelton, straight up, dapper and dignified in
a tuxedo would recall to his viewing audience, how as a schoolboy, one
of his teachers explained the words and meaning of The Pledge of
Allegiance to his class. Mr. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually
recorded, his recollection of this lecture. in which how you will read
he explained the pledge word by word.
It is followed by an observation of his own:
pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to
the republic for which it stands: One nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
'I '- - Me; 'an individual; a committee of one.
'Pledge '- - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
'Allegiance '- - My love and my devotion.
the Flag '- - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever
she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a
dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.
'United' - That means that we have all come together.
- - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great
states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and
purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common
purpose, and that is love for country.
to the Republic'- - Republic -- a state in which sovereign power is
invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And
government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not
from the leaders to the people.
'For which it stands:'- - 'One Nation' - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.
Liberty '- - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own
life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
'And Justice '- - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
'For All'- - For All -- which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to
the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all. "
I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two
words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't
it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be
eliminated from schools, too?
2002, during the controversy over the phrase "under God," which had
been added to U.S.Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, a recording of a
monologue Skelton performed on his 1969 television show resurfaced.
Given that advocates were arguing that the inclusion of "under God" in
a pledge recited daily in U.S public schools. violated the First
Amendment separation of church and state, Skelton suddenly regained
popularity among religious conservatives who wanted the phrase to
In lieu of this point and the current way Los Angeles
City School District Board of Education ( which as we the publishers of
this electronic rag are are ashamed to admit being students under.. )
have voted to teach current Los Angles Students the new Arizona
Immigration law to be taught as discriminatory law..We need Red
Skelton's more than ever!
SO fair warriors and there families
reading this whether working or operating at home or abroad This flag
day and every day remember what and who your allegiance is too!
by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some
silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face
or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been
~ Red Skelton
in Peace oh Patriotic -soldier- comedian! [Always clowning but far from
being any negative connotation of what being a clown denotes]
How so you are truly missed!
|Albert Materazzi, 92; Served in OSS During World War II, a retired graphic arts professional and an Office of Strategic Services commando during World War II|
Mr. Materazzi died March 14 of congestive heart failure at his home in Bethesda.
Born in Hershey, Pa., to immigrant parents from the Tuscany region of Italy, Mr. Materazzi was an ideal candidate for one of the Operational Groups of the OSS -- teams of ethnic Americans fluent in their families' native tongues and trained for guerrilla fighting behind enemy lines. With 15 to 30 men in each group, they were forerunners to the Green Berets. "He was an excellent operations officer, a spymaster, if you will," said writer Patrick K. O'Donnell a OSS writer.
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William Goldstein, 91, sales engineer and OSS officer
Following intense, yearlong training to be an operative for the Office of Strategic Services, Mr. Goldstein, known to everyone as Bill, decided he preferred communication electronics. He had grown up building radio sets in his basement, said his daughter Dena Goldstein Sharpe.
He trained at the Signal Corps school at Fort Monmouth before being sent to Egypt in January 1944 to work for the OSS foreign affairs communications office.
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William B. Ellis dies at 93; helped break racial barriers as one of the Tuskegee Airmen
In the air, Ellis was part of a decorated group of pilots who were among the most respected of World War II.Back on the ground, they encountered rigid segregation on military bases.
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Retired Marine Col.Victor J. Croizat dies at 91; Marine combat commander in World War II
Croizat, a combat commander in some of the toughest battles of World War II inculuding leading Marines in the assaults on Guadalcanal,Kwajalein,
Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, has died. He was 91.He was later a military advisor and diplomat to emerging nations in Africa, the Caribbean and Far East. As a chronicler of the Marine Corps his, "Across the Reef: The Amphibious Tracked Vehicle at War" (1989),is considered one of the definitive texts on the evolution of amphibious warfare.
Maurice Chauvet, who has died aged 91, was one of the last surviving members of the Kieffer Commando [1er Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos - WW II French Marines], the only French unit to take part in the D-Day Normandy landings. The French Marine officer braved a concentration camp to become one of the 177 Frenchmen landing on D-Day. The emblem of the French Marines, designed by Chauvet and still worn on their green berets today
After volunteering as a commando he found himself at Achnacarry, a private Highland estate near Fort William where conditions were deliberately harsh to weed out the weak. Along with US Army Rangers and commandos from the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Poland and Czechoslovakia, he learned to climb mountains, wade across fast-moving rivers, run for miles with a heavy pack and engage in hand-to-hand combat - much of it under live gunfire from instructors, a fact said to have caused many hushed-up deaths. The 25-year-old Chauvet was one of the first French "green berets" to wade ashore, at 7.31am, on June 6 1944 at Colleville-sur-Mer, in the "Queen Red" sector of Sword Beach. The British commander in charge, Brigadier Lord Lovat, had given the 177 Free French Marine volunteers the honour of being the first commandos to set foot on their occupied native shores. Lovat - carrying his beloved non-service issue Winchester rifle - and his commandos of the British 1st Special Service Brigade followed the French ashore to the sound of his personal piper playing ' Hielan' Laddie. ' Chauvet and his comrades of 1er Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos formed the extreme left, or eastern, flank of Operation Overlord . Under heavy German fire, they quickly fought their way to the Benouville (later renamed Pegasus) Bridge to link up with British forces from the[British] 6th Airborne Division, which had landed by glider during the night.
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LT John "Jack" Lynch Jr. USN (RET), Navy SEAL, Class 29, President - UDT-SEAL Association and Naval Special Warfare Foundation Board of Director died in early March of 2010...
...A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Jack joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served honorably for 22 years. He graduated from Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Training BUD/s Class 29 and had a distinguished and diverse career as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Surface Warfare Officer, Saturation Diving and Salvage Officer, and Navy Parachutist.
After his career in the Navy, Jack consulted with numerous organizations and, with his diverse areas of expertise, worked with sensitive government programs involved with national security and anti-terrorism.
He held a Bachelors Degree in Business and was a commercial airline pilot, Master Firearms Instructor, and former Virginia Special Deputy Sheriff. Jack took great pride in serving as President of the UDT-SEAL Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Captain Jeanette F. Lynch, Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired); His son Brett two daughters Tisha Shelley and Cady Pinell grandson Austin Shelley; three brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and comrades world-wide...Fair winds and following Seas to you, Jack!
Jack Harrison, who survived the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a German prison in World War II, has died at age 97,
Harrison died Friday at Erskine veterans' home in Bishopton, Scotland. As a Stalag POW camp gardener, Harrison helped dispose of the dirt excavated from three escape tunnels. He was 98th on the list of some 200 inmates designated to make the escape on March 24, 1944, but only 76 got away before guards detected the breakout and raised the alarm.
The breakout was celebrated in the 1963 film "The Great Escape."
Major Keith Rae, who has died aged 90, was awarded an MC [British Military Cross] after his escape from occupied France; in the course of a journey of several thousand miles, he was twice reported missing and was a legendary figure and example of what combat SERE is all about.
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Wing Commander Bill Stoker, who has died aged 74, provided crucial air support to an SAS team involved in a desperate action at Mirbat during the Dhofar campaign in Oman.
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Carlos Franqui, who died on April 16 aged 88, was a Cuban writer and revolutionary who later broke with the island's communist regime and became one of Fidel Castro's most outspoken critics.
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Roy Close, who died on April 18 aged 90, was director-general of the British Institute of Management after a career which encompassed wartime service in the SAS, journalism, academia and the running of colonial sugar estates.
Called to arms as soon as war broke out, he went to France in March 1940 as a member of a light machine-gun crew equipped with a chronically unreliable 1914 Lewis gun.Close was commissioned in the RASC and posted to Algiers. But a visit to a Parachute Regiment camp in theAtlas Mountains gave him an opportunity to change direction, and a chance encounter with a copy of Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls ' ignited an interest in the techniques of guerrilla warfare - the upshot of which was that he volunteered for 1st Special Air Service Regiment.
Arthur Gordon Linkletter, Art
Linkletter to generations as "Americas Uncle", "Link" to his friends,
died peacefully in his sleep at 97 years old in his home in Bel-Air
California on May 26th.
Much is known about him
as the born Canadian orphan, naturalized U.S. Citizen, self made
pioneer of reality radio and TV programing with the many decade running
"Kids Say The Darndest Things" Shows, his philanthropy, benevolence, and
self made success. But as usual the liberal media was reluctant to
speak of his unabashed patriotism, lifetime athleticism, optimism , God
fearing leadership and general unflappable good nature which made him a
Giant amongst every generation from his own to today's teens who can
find him on You tube or by a chance lecture He gave up until just a year
During the 1960's was I a very young boy who remembers Art
Linkletter through a introduction by my Grandfather, who was a good
friend and business associate of " Link" .I feel blessed, sad and
privileged to have known Mr. Linkletter though I was very young I recall
that fine aura that in person had, on and off screen.
Because Linkletter's attitude - an optimistic outlook on life - was
part of what molded my core values so long ago... Sad
Because as wise men like Linkletter and John Finn leave earth for
heaven, It is tough to know, though they left such a influential mark
many of us remember , will we carry their torch to future generations
and will they remember, and continue to put forth by their fine
examples as our nation grows?Privileged
? Because Of
the many great men I've been influenced by -- very few had the
conservative, patriotic, faith in the almighty ; wise and funny
influence on the U.S.of A as Arthur Gordon Linkletter did -- For nearly
70 years. -- Like what John Finn did for scores of Sailors, Linkletter
inspired faith and can do in scores of common American citizens, never
faltering in the insights and goodness in us all. He comprised
those truly great special forces of nature -- optimism and common
sense -- which he called on to counter the low points in his personal
life. He challenged us ,too, to do the same.That when all the chips
are down, to counter the bad elements that can loom heavy on us at
times with common sense and optimism. HE would comment on how
attributes such as those exemplify our true selves and our true chosen
callings which are always unique and individual.
"Link" Do keep them all laughing while you too,Rest in Peace !
those of you who'd like to know this man Linkletter in his own words
Find his Interview with Gary James at the following link:http://www.famousinterview.ca/interviews/art_linkletter.htm
perhaps, an article about Linkletter's private memorial HERE:http://www.sigonsandiego.com/news/2010/jun/03/tv-personality-linkletter-remembered-at-memorial/~VOS Editor
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