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TOO BUSY TO STAY ALIVE!
"Life is for Living."
Of Borneo a Part II: On Point with Z Special Unit and Brain Walpole... and the Headhunters of Semut-1
"TOO BUSY TO STAY ALIVE! ...Nothing else to think about, just self preservation,
just to do what can I do and all the time you're continually trying to keep a point
ahead of what someone else might be doing."
~Brian Walpole, Z Special Unit
...And so fair reader...
In observing original Special Forces art, you will notice a fair amount
of Death Head art and designed items. Ironically a symbol for effective
and often literally to the point elite combat forces since the dawn of
man its' taken us quite a while to find tales which we at Special Forces
Gear have strived in our articles to uphold traditions where 'Death
Heads Art' has a chosen place in the history of the free world's special
The atrocities of the
world war two Japanese soldiers truly confirm them as some of the worst
characters the world had ever known. The unspeakable they did is
legendary and mostly rewritten as myth, but due to political correctness
they were somehow swept away from high school history books
before the Vietnam War was over just as were stories of the noble
fighters who engaged them behind the lines.
A well respected Hollywood motion picture director, John Dahl, who's 2005's The Great Raid was about the 6th
Rangers and Alamo Scouts successfully pulling off Americas largest and
only successful modern POW rescue against a background of Japanese
brutality (an accurate historical depiction and valiant attempt at
offering glory to our soldiers) once told this writer, that because
modern post WWII world will not accept the WWII Japanese soldier as a brutal vicious character equal to any as any white Germanic Nazis or communist (i.e. Liberal) ever was, the Japanese fall into some sort of post modern
historical 'Victim class', which we cannot perceive them as being evil "
Which is Mr. Dahl's way of apologizing for a lack-luster box office to
his otherwise terrific film - few non warriors can remember - as the
Hollywood marketing arm critically marketed it to the back of the movie
going audience bus.
Thus we Americans constantly must apologize which
due to race and heritage, and give them a pass even though we and our
allies rallied to show up their evil ways and kick their literal Jap ass!
Highly politically correct revisionist -- and thus erroneous -- history says there were never 'Wild Men of Borneo' that there were no Head Hunters practicing their warrior art after the very early 20th century. This is the follow up bit - o' WWII Pacific Theater - your history professors and camp fire warrior stories most likely
skipped over. A yarn which comes to you, mostly in one elite World War
II warriors own words. How one very noble hard charging allied commando
warrior and his team employed head hunting skills set to ensure the
terror the Japanese dished out across the pacific was served up right
back at them and never forgotten!
It is one such instance,
of the Japanese ass kicking where and when they least expected it and
in the manner it came to them has to do with a very elite allied force
using fire to fight fire so to speak in the highlands of WWII Borneo ...
first introduced to you two months ago. This month we will show you
from the words of one man up close and behind the lines how giving an
enemy a taste of their own medicine often has them running scared and
screaming mad into to Jungle wishing the term "imperial" was not part of
their national military identity.
Meet the purveyor of the tale, the man who had the Japanese running scared for their lives, Brian Walpole.
Australian born and bred and still matter of fact at almost 90 years old. He was once ago the tip of the spear; a hard charging, take no prisoners, feel no remorse - kick ass and screw their names
Aussie commando special warrior who was D-Boy and DevGru man of his
day. One who was eventually knee deep behind the lines in Japanese
heads. In 1944-45 Walpole was a Corporal in the Allied Intelligence
Bureaus, Australian Special Reconnaissance Detachment ( SRD) Z-Special
Unit or Z-Force. While he did not see the mythical American King Learoyd,
he in many ways surpassed any fiction on the matter of behind the lines
WW II Borneo. Like many of the other Aussie operators on the ground in
Borneo under SRD (or Z-Special Unit or Z-Force) operations, his
swashbuckling bold and devastating wartime epic-exploits, began in like
many of his era in 1941.
The following content in italics is in Walpole's own, 'aboriginal Aussie' slang which many, including this author found tough to read.
1941 Walpole was a very bright, young and athletic teen, born and
raised in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated high-school early, too
young to join the University to study medicine, so he took a job as a
bank teller. Shortly after war was declared with Japan he joined up. In
his own words:
"... People who I
know going to war to fight for God, King and country's a whole lot of
crap. The main reason you that you go to war, or I did ultimately anyhow
was the sense of adventure and everyone else was going to the war, you
had to go to the war and it was something that you'd never done before
and I think the biggest patriotic feeling that came into mind was that
you'd [rather] fight the war outside your own country to keep it away in
those days, for instance my parents were my main family, you'd rather
go and fight a war somewhere else[then have it come home to your
Walpole like many other
Aussie and American allies was eager to get deep into the fight but not
as cannon fodder but to be someone special:
"Churchill had these
British commandos formed, called independent companies. They were a
small strike force of say, two hundred and fifty to two hundred and
seventy individuals, all highly trained, they were all soldiers,
fighting soldiers, no cooks or batmen or clerks or anything...So
Australia started to form their own independent companies to do the
same, sort of quick moving strike forces that could be mobile and as
every soldier was a fighting soldier, extensively trained, they could be
put in anywhere and do anything.."
For Brian the attraction
to the commandos was to beat the tip of the spear. Like A U.S. Ranger
unit of it's day, they using the best skills, tools, weapons and mindset
available for the era. For an Aussie kid like Walpole, this environment
was almost other worldly:
"....as I was to discover, we had automatic weapons which was practically unheard
of in those days in Australia such as the American Tommy gun which is
better known as, Al Capone the American gangster used to have a Tommy
gun and we'd never [-- our Australian Army--] had never heard of Tommy
guns or anything like that...so...I joined the commandos and I did the
six months course and once you hit the commandos the whole atmosphere is
completely different...it was just how to kill people the best and most
efficient way...and rigorous exercise there. The terrain and the jungle
at Wilson's Promontory is probably as bad as any jungle that I ever
struck in New Guinea or elsewhere, it's an amazing thing, it's away down
south, southernmost tip in Australia but it was all national park and
it was just dense jungle. [The Jungle there...] went uphill [and]
downhill, random walks at night time, learnt how to use explosives,
blow things up, how to use Tommy guns, learn methods of silent killing,
all this unknown to Australians and [back then] it was completely
secret. We had to sign the Official Secrets Act and we were told not to
talk to anyone...we were with the commandos...It was the most rigorous
course I was ever to find, even during my latter years of the army in
Special Forces...I passed it anyhow and normally when you pass the
commando school and came out as a commando you were posted to an already
formed independent company which had gone away somewhere where no one
knew because you weren't told...Anyhow I was waiting to be sent to an
independent company. Where I don't know and I was called in and told
that I'd very well completed the commando course." Walpole was to learn he was one of the top six that completed the Commando course :
"... I was dished out
a little bit of flattery and I thought this is very nice. They said
we're starting a jungle warfare school up at Canungra in Queensland and
you'll be sent up there as one of the first six instructors in jungle
warfare up there... I didn't want to go and they said well you've got no
choice, that's where you're going to...So with five others we went up
and we started the Canungra Jungle Warfare School, and not a commando
school, it was a jungle warfare school, we were highly trained and well
we were just sort of kids...the first lot of intake of people came in.
They were all two, three, or four years older and in those days that's
huge age difference from a nineteen year old anything up to
twenty-three, twenty-four year old, and particularly someone say who'd
been out of work for two or three years [i.e. depression era draftees ]...
they all finally went through the jungle warfare and completed the
course and they found that we were quite capable... but it was a bit
boring teaching someone that didn't want to be there. I mean the
attitude; they didn't want to be there."
Walpole, by then a 19
year old corporal and quite unhappy not being respected by his students
who many were apathetic draftees was taking on another class of jungle
fighters when Walpole explained:
"...we got a visit at
the Jungle Warfare School from a man by the name of George Warfe who
had just taken charge of an independent company, the 3rd Independent
Company which was training nearby and was getting ready to embark for
To a Yank Legendary Aussie officer George Warfe means little. But to a WWII era Aussie "Digger"
(a military slang of the Aussie of the time referring to their heritage
steeped in mining..),Warfe was a combination of Patton and Wingate. At
5'9 " inches tall and broad-shouldered, with strong features, black
hair and a steady gaze, was known for his trenchant use of the
Australian vernacular...whether fighting Rommel in North Africa or
returning to fight Japs in New Guinea, the 'Mad Major', as Warfe
was nick-named by a superior, was building a Jungle force to conduct
operations in the offensive leading to the capture of Salamaua.
Walpole walked right up to the man who was at that time every Digger's idol:
"...I sort of met
Warfe. Warfe had been to the Middle East, he was quite a man, he's
referred to even these days as the legendary George Warfe for his
escapades and anyhow I praised him, I said, "Excuse me, I'm sort of most
unhappy here." I said, "What would be the chance of me joining your
independent company?" and Warfe he looked straight through you and he
said, "I'll check you out." just like that. Anyhow a few days later he
came back and said, "Yes, I could have you in my independent company."
he said, "But the complement is full." the independent company being
about two hundred and seventy-five people, he said, "I can't take anyone
of any rank." and I said, "Well, what if I revert to private?" He said,
"Why would you do that?" I said, "Well, to join the independent
company." [So he says, "Not many people...do that sort of thing." So I
reverted to private and I joined his independent company and a week
later we were sent away, we were at war..."]
New Guinea into the thick of it: Craved Buttocks
Arriving with Warfe's
crack jungle guerilla fighting unit on New Guinea, things changed as
fast as they got there. Walpole continues:
"...We got to New
Guinea and we were there a short time, and as I said an independent
company was completely self contained so it's there to do anything and
we were originally intended to be the spear front for an American
division that was going to attack somewhere. We were never told where,
they don't tell you these things, and so we had to be a straight out
commando strike force, and then things changed at one of the inland
townships called Wau..."
Wau was being threatened
and there was an air strip at Wau and the Japanese took Wau..."The
air-strip could only land one C-47 on it at a time before the plane had
to turn around drop off its troopers turn around a haul ass back in to
the sky all the time taking Japanese fire. Walpole continues:
"...The air strip was
four thousand feet above sea level surrounded by mountains, six
thousand feet above sea level which meant that the planes had to go over
mountains six thousand feet high which were densely fog covered and
then descend another couple of thousand feet to come into this dicey air
strip, and anyhow so I went in. [The plane that I was on,] went
in... and sort of running uphill and you could hear Japs firing bullets
and mortar fires and gunners and God knows what and the Yanks opened the
door and said, "Go on man, get out, get out, God damn God damn!"
...There was no-one else to get out so we got out and raced away and we
were being fired at all the time...I finished up racing over near some
tennis courts[which were part of a unfortunate battle zone Country club
next to the Air strip] and we hid ourselves in tennis courts and started straight away having a fire at [the] Japs."
was to be Walpole's baptismal of Fire. Soon after, Walpole and company.
Found out, just how brutal the Jap enemy was. History can be dandified"
for global agendas by teaching a super power's children how soldiers of
the free world are oppressors, but that style of teaching only
oppresses the truth: The Japanese were as a brutal as the Nazis or more so than any enemy at any time:
"...One guy in a
commando unit with me who was probably two or three years older than I
was, he befriended me, just a young kid. Bear in mind none of us had
seen action before or anything like that, and on the second day I found
him lying face down in a creek, all his clothes taken off and both his
buttocks carved off. That gave me an instant dislike for the Japanese. I
hated them after that. It was quite a practice, they did that quite a
bit. They'd run out of food and they'd carve people up and do a bit of
cannibalism and that was that."
Regardless, Walpole soon
proved his metal to Warfe who befriended his under study, Walpole in
their bold and devastating exploits against the Jap on that island,
showed how an undertrained and sparsely equipped, yet well lead free Australian
Army was able to turn back what seemed to be the irresistible tide of
Japanese invasion. As Walpole's C.O. Warfe was a front line fighting man
C.O. and he thought highly of Walpole's abilities putting him in the
companies ISX or Intel section.
"...the ISX, an
intelligence section which consisted of three of us, and it meant
anything at all. Going out and getting information, bringing information
back or going out on patrol or anything at all. To give you one
instance, he realized that while his patrols were out that there were no
reserves to send out, to leave a section of the people who'd been
continually fighting for a week or so would need a rest but we had
no-one to send out to relieve them, so at one stage he got a patrol
together himself, of which I was one. He got twelve of us to take the
patrol out himself [on those types of patrols...] and it was
common to go without food for two or three days at a time, we had very
little food. Anyway George got this patrol, there were the twelve of us
and we went straight down this Jap Track...and we killed a lot of
Japanese and we went on. We lost contact with [everyone] and we
went out for nearly a week and we hadn't had any food for about three
days and we came to this higher spur and we looked down and this whole
team of Japs cooking a meal and George sent the word around, "Let's just
wait, we'll wait till the bastards finish cooking their meal then we'll
kill 'em and we'll eat it." and we waited an hour while they cooked it
and we killed them and we ate it. It was the best meal that we'd had for
a long time except it was crap, you wouldn't eat it normally but better
Hopefully it was not the buttocks of a brother Aussie Jungle Fighter!
Walpole Track and Good View Junction.
Warfe with Walpole's (no
pun intended ) "crack" team and nasty ambushes inflicted heavy
casualties, no doubt persuading the demoralized Japanese that they were
up against a much larger force than actually existed. Walpole's Jungle
exploits as a lone scout trekking for several days and undetected
through Japanese Indian country and penetrating U.S. lines to link up
with them to inform them of Warfe's progress -deep behind the lines--
predated him becoming the originator and namesake for two of the most
important Aussie battle zones in New Guinea...Walpole Continues:
says "Wally I want you to go and find a way we can get to this Kaiapit
Track to cut it so that we can cut off their supplies completely."
Anyhow he told me to go and find this good spot and, "I don't you to get
into any trouble, I don't want anybody to see you and I don't want you
to be firing any bullets or anything at all, all you've got to do is
find the track. You can take two commandos with you." There's not much
you can say he just told me that and you knew that he'd do it himself
,there's no risk about that so you just had to do it and the only way I
could do it was to go through virgin territory. He said, so I got two to
come with me and we have jungle knives and so forth we can cut our way
through, but you can't use because they make too much noise and the
noise in the jungle travels so far...So we set out and all we could do
was bush bash as we call it, just straight out bush bash, you physically
pushed your way through the bush which you've got to be very careful
you don't get lost because you stick into spurs and if the spurs go
round and round it's not hard to get lost and go round in circles. Took
us a day and a half and finally heard voices and crept up and found this
place overlooking this Kaiapit Track, a staging camp, a Jap staging
camp and there's about thirty-five of them there merrily cooking away,
eating a meal and talking their heads off, having the time of their life
and just having a bit of a rest before they went on to fight the war
somewhere else, wherever they're going, so we watched them for a while
and I thought straightaway thought back to George's thing at Wau where
he'd wait till the Japs cook their meal and we'll kill them and this was
an ideal spot. All I had to do was roll a couple of grenades down the
hill could have got the whole lot of them but I'd be in all sorts of
shit with George if I'd have done that so I didn't do it, we didn't do
anything. We watched them and waited, waited till they left and we went
back and I'd sketched out the whole of this map to George and bear in
mind I don't call him George to his face, I mean he was always referred
to as George...there was no saluting, I hadn't saluted for ages. No, no
saluting or anything likes that but he did most of the talking anyhow
and we came back and I told him. I said, "I've found this place right?"
I'd sketched it out for him and I said, "You'd
have to call it Good View Junction because it's such a good place, it's
a Good View Junction, such a good view of these Japs." He said
oh well done which is good coming from him, that's a big deal, and he
said, "Right thanks Wally, good work and have two days off." and I said
yeah sure and ultimately it
was on the maps, it was called Walpole's Track to Good View Junction
which was to get quite a lot of publicity actually, there was an awful
lot of fighting went on at Good View Junction not at this stage but
later on so, oh that's good, two days rest in the jungle was still two days rest.
Chick Magnet: Ring Worm, Melbourne
and Malaria and the Air Force
after several attacks of coming down with ringworm corporal Walpole was
sent from the battle lines back to Melbourne to recover where he made
serious raids onto the city's neglected female population and then
staying with family was diagnosed with malaria and spent the next ten
months in hospital. While Warfe was an inspiration to Walpole, it has
been said everything about Brian Walpole was epic including his Malaria
recovery. Near the end of his stay a large parade in Melbourne
was honoring Aussie heroes and he was rolled into it in his Hospital
bed via an ambulance. On his bed the nurse put a sign: "Brian A commando
from the 2/3rd Independent Company..."
we were just having a drink there and the next thing I hear's, "What
the f**k are you doing here Wally?" I looked up, it's George Warfe, and
he said he'd been leading the march. He said, "I heard them muttering
about there being a commando here." He said, "What are you doing here?"
and we chatted for a while and...when the march had finished they [onlookers to Warfe and Walpole]
perked up they were given their value listening to the conversation. We
reminisced about a few things and he had a huge flask that we had a
couple of drinks and few more drinks and he said he'd recommended me to
go to officer training course...very heavily he said, "I recommended you
go to officer training what's happened?" I said, "Well I'm here." and
he said, "Oh well, you will soon be going because I put in the highest
recommendation for you to go to officer training course." So he hung
around a while and said, "Wally I've got to go," he said, "There's all
sorts of aftermath meetings and this sort of crap I've got to go to."
For his determined leadership and inspiring personal example', in the fighting at Goodview Junction, Walpole Track and Ambush Knoll
in July 1942 with the 2/3rd Independent Company, George Warfe was
awarded the Military Cross. It has been said by Aussie Military
chroniclers, that Warfe was the ideal commander for this relatively
inexperienced Militia battalion - its history recorded how:
dynamic personality and ruthless drive had quickly welded the unit into
an aggressive and confident band of jungle fighters'.
would use this legacy hailed from Warfe later but for the immediate
Walpole was sent for further convalescence in the cool climate of
Ballarat where he was again a chick magnet and eligible bachelor for all
the girlfriends, wives, fiances of a town off to war.
Z Special Unit
amongst all the R&R, the Army downgraded his medical classification
to B1 deeming him unfit for action. This patriotic jungle fighter was
not a happy camper when he had to reenlist into the Air force yet while
waiting for a transfer into flight school to become a pilot so off to be
a 'fly boy' it was! They waltzed him right in and he was
accepted for pilot training. While waiting for transfer into the Royal
Australian Air Force, he gets called upon from a friend of Warfe.
... One day at Victoria Barracks this guy Tony Ruth came to see me. He
called round, nice guy six foot six, big guy, parachute wings. "Brian
how are you?" he said, "What are you doing here?" and I said, "What's it
look like?" you know and he said, "George Warfe told me I should see
you." and I said, "Oh how is he?" and exchanged notes and he said, "Look
have you heard anything about special operations?" and I said, "No not
much." and he said, "Well special operations we do special things and
what I hear from George you'd be ideal for our type of work." and I
said, "Well tell me more about it." He said, "I can't until you join
us." he said, "I can't tell you anything about it it's as simple as
that." I said, "Anyhow, you talking about the jungle?" and he said yeah
and I said, "No," I said, "I've had my bit of the jungle." I said, "I've
just been accepted into the air force, I'll fly planes, go home every
night, drink grog [alcohol], girls," I said, "Marvelous, thanks very
much." So he said, "Oh well." he said, "I'll tell you what. If you ever
change your mind here's a phone number, it's a secret phone number you
can ring it twenty-four hours," he said, "If you change your mind let me
know." I said, "all right." So he took me out and had a couple of
drinks and that was that."
the Air Force Walpole went, discharged from the Army classified unfit
-- B2, joining the Air Force the following day, classified A1, kitted
out in the Air Force uniform for flight school. However four weeks into
Air Force pilot training it was canceled . Walpole was classified as a
pilot, but never flew. His C.O. gave him an option to go to ground crew
or ...dial a certain phone number. Walpole continues:
rang. Got straight through no problem and I got onto Tony Luth and he
said, "Are you sure you want to?" sort of and I said yes. Two days later
I'm back in the army A1 and I'm in that special unit..."
Fully recovered and recharged Walpole returned to Melbourne to meet with Warfe's pal Tony who meeting him asked Walpole:
do I know about it?" and I said...I didn't know anything. He said,
"Well we operate generally behind Jap lines and try to create similar to
the special operations executive that the Poms [British] had in Europe,
operating behind the enemy lines to try to create mayhem by whatever
means we can, whether it's guerrilla warfare, sabotage, inciting the
locals do any dirty tricks as we possibly can." and oh that's alright.
He said, "You have to sign the Official Secrets Act." and I said "Yeah
well I've been there and done that." and he said, "Yeah well we're fair
dinkum about the Official Secrets." which they were too and so I said
that's no problem so I signed the Official Secrets Act[ for a second
time..] And he said, "We have several cover names." and one was Services
Reconnaissance Department SRD or Z Special Unit and called different
names in different places, depends where you happen to be at the
Frazier Island and Jump School
At Frazier Island Walpole became a Z Force man working with all the toys:
I went up there to Fraser Island and I did find some of these people
that they hadn't had any military training and they'd been given some
sort of rank which was more than I had, no rank at all but in Z Special
Unit you're rank didn't matter that much because if you're going on
operation you had the prerogative of refusing to go on an operation
without any causing any sort of strife or anything or damages..."
Z force training included learning advanced trade craft on island
languages, SERE and the vast Z Unit toy shop. From the Folboat to Sleeping Beauty canoes; C-4 plasticine explosives, to the uniquely Brit and Aussie Welrod, Austin and Owen submachine guns.
high explosive, which was like plasticine, it was very good, we'd sort
of only known about TNT and dynamite and these sorts of things. Plastic
high explosives...you could carry it anywhere you wanted, blows
something up, you could mould it around it but it was very safe. If you
fired a bullet into it wouldn't explode or anything...and it wouldn't
catch fire...the only way it'd explode was to put a detonator in it and
sort of blow it up so it was very safe but very, very powerful! We had
other toys... the old ...American Tommy gun which used .45
ammunition...is a very heavy bullet, I mean all the ammunition you're
carrying is a lot heavier and it had a lot of working parts a Tommy gun.
We had no choice at the time, a lot of working parts and in the jungle
you had to keep it meticulously clean, very be very careful no dirt got
into it and so forth. Well they had two,
one that had a Sten gun on an Austin sub machine gun and they had the
Owen gun, which became my baby. [The] Owen gun was invented by an
Australian called Owen, a sub machine gun and it had practically no
working parts whatsoever and we still keep it clean but it wouldn't jam
as much as you'd expect the old Tommy gun which had so many working
parts, so the Owen gun and it fired a 9mm bullet which is a far more
lighter bullet to carry and that's another toy and the Sten gun sub
machine gun had a silencer on it. You could use that if you wanted to
but it took some of its effectiveness away from it, but it had a
silencer on it, fire a burst just go 'ftt' that's all that you would
hear. A [Well]rod pistol which was a silenced pistol, you could fire
that, that's for silent killing just fire it go 'ftt' that's all you'd
hear, nothing more than that ...[I also] learnt Malay a bit of sea Dayak
and a bit of Mandarin, smattering of Mandarin but later I was to speak
Malay and sea Dayak fluently later,..>.
when I was on operations I was speaking it all the time and at school I
had quite a good ear for languages anyhow...but there were more secret
weapons to come..."
Walpole was next quickly sequestered to Jump school
message came up that I was to go across to Leyburn Air Base which is
out at Brisbane and become a trainee parachutist, so I went out to
Leyburn and did my jumping there and got some parachute wounds... I did
five jumps and I was issued with my parachute wings and so I walked
proudly with my parachute wings on that and cause people would say what
unit are you, you wouldn't say that you were in no unit and they'd just
wonder cause I still had as a told you I was still wearing my commando
The Sleeping Beauty
was sent back to Melbourne and where his handler showed him one of the
wars most secret of weapons: the Sleeping Beauty. Named after its
designers nickname that was often found during its prototype
construction asleep on the job, it had been developed and already in
deeply classified use by the Aussies; British SOE Sea Reconnaissance,
Swimmer teams and U.S. OSS Maritime Units, Operational Swimmer Groups.
[Editor Note: Operation Rimau was an attack on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbor, carried out by Z Force commandos as a follow-up to the successful Operation Jaywick, of 1943. The aim of Rimau
a shortened version of the word Harimau which is (Malay for tiger) was
For Z men to sink Japanese shipping by placing limpet on ships via the
piloted, motorized semi-submersible Sleeping Beauty canoes, which
would be used to gain access to the harbor. Also the recent passing of
the father of U.S. Combat Swimming Christian J. Lambertsen, is an era
connection as Lambertsen and his OSS OSG's in Burma sequestered the Sleeping Beauty
as the first SCUBA used S.D.V. craft for. OSS and thus U.S. special
operations use, partially due to the Z Force plans for vast use of the
Walpole entered the Sleeping Beauty's fascinating world. He was
transported to Garden Island North of Freemantle and Careening Bay where
at the Aussies secret school to pilot the craft let him become he
became one of the few Aussies qualified as a sleeping Beauty pilot.
There he was trained on Rebreathers and the submersible craft: the
forerunner of today's wet submersible SDV crafts:
we've got a new, very, very secret weapon." [Tony ] said, "This
is very, very secret, no-one knows about It." and I said yeah. He said,
"It's special, it's a one man submarine and...called... Sleeping
Beauties: The Sleeping Beauty, it's about twelve feet long, was made of
aluminum and light steel and the pilot sat in it, one man pilot sat in
it like a canoe type of, not covered in, no periscope, they were not
covered in and the motor was a starter motor out of the Morris car and
it was powered by two ordinary car batteries. It had two forward gears
and a reverse gear and it could do about, top speed do about three and a
half knots, had hydroplanes and ballast tanks so that you could sink it
and took it in the water... the pilot wore a type of rubberized diving
suit which covered him except for his hands and on his head he had a
special pair of goggles which he could see through and a nose clip and
the breathing apparatus
was from, it was called a Davis Escape Apparatus[ a British Submarines
Escape Rebreather] ...this breathes pure oxygen ,it'd be pure oxygen
that you're re-breathing it through a re-breather which had a [canister
protus] or a chalk like substance, your expelled air would go through it
and theoretically be purified then it would come back in and you would
re-breath it and give yourself a shot of fresh oxygen from the tank...
there were two no-no's for instance-- one if you suffered from
claustrophobia which a lot of people did, if you stuck your head
underwater obviously you're no good for a one man submarine and the
other one was that if you had false teeth you were no good because you
had to hold a breathing apparatus in your mouth and you couldn't do it
with false teeth, ...these [on man Submarines ] were called Sleeping
Beauties because they were undetectable, no-one could detect them. No
underwater radar could detect them or anything at all...No-one ever told
us the dangers of breathing pure oxygen, we weren't told this, there's a
lot of dangers of breathing pure oxygen and also particularly if you
dive to a certain depth that unbeknown ...you shouldn't breath oxygen
somewhere below fifty feet but no-one ever told us that and they didn't
want to tell us I don't think, so they didn't tell us and so you're not
leaving any air bubbles behind because you're re-breathing your same air
and they gave us a test where the idea was you get into the Sleeping
Beauty and adjust the hydroplanes, put it in reverse, you'd come
straight down backwards, turn the motor off then trim the ballast tanks
until you're equal buoyancy under the water and then you put it in
forward gear and away you go, up and down with the hydroplanes and to
move it had a illuminated compass, an illuminated depth gauge and an
illuminated seven day clock. ...I don't know why a seven-day
clock...because you wouldn't be in the water for seven days. Maybe they
were cheap to buy at the time or something like that and to find your
way well you had your compass... come up and surface ...and look where
you're going or the most popular way was what we called porpoising, and
whether it was day or night you put the bow of the Sleeping Beauty
towards the surface and even at day and night it's reflected on the
bottom, underneath of the water, and just as the two were about to meet
and image and the thing, you'd put it into dive and you'd adjust it so
that just your eyes would come out of the water and you could see which
direction you're going and that was called porpoising...I was probably
there for nearly a month so I wanted [to become ] a pilot in the air force but[I became]
a one man submarine pilot so I said to myself at least I'm a pilot
anyhow so I became a qualified one man submarine pilot and I didn't do
any jobs on the one man sub but I became qualified on the [ Sleeping
Beauty one -man] submarine."
Operation Cult and Tiger Snake...
the Sleeping Beauties and Jump school, Walpole went back to Melbourne
again and began his first his first Op as a Z force man Via Tiger Snake,
one of several boats the special unit had. Named after venomous snakes Tiger Snake, Black Snake, River Snake,
the boats were especially made in Melbourne to resemble Japanese type
luggers. Q boat camouflaged to look like traders Junk's or trawlers...
so they could safely stay in waters up there and not get any attention. Tiger Snake had the proper sails and rigging yet also had concealed armament to ply Japanese infested waters. Walpole
and six operatives motored on to north toward Borneo not knowing there
destination...to Labuan which was the huge invasion of Borneo The
invasion of Borneo code name "Operation Oboe Six".
allies -- predominately Australian were landings to recapture North
Borneo (Brunei) from the Japanese with American Army Air-Force; Army
Marne and Naval gunfire landing and air support. Walpole and his Z force
team were on scene waiting to insert and stood off Labuan and watched
while they shelled the LZ and amphibious troops went in and landed and
occupied Labuan. When it was all safe which was strange for us, we were
told to go ashore. They were to be a special Z Special Unit SRD
detachment for the 9th Australian Division invading fleet, to do any
peculiar jobs that they couldn't do themselves... intel and recon duties
but mostly waiting for orders:
meantime we fished with grenades in the water and ate fish and what
have you. We didn't know what we were doing and then we were told all of
a sudden one day that we were going over to the mainland, to a place
called Sippertang[?] in British North Borneo. The whole of Borneo was
occupied; it was all Jap, they'd been there for years so they were
feeling pretty safe for themselves. We were going over to Sippertang to
kidnap a senior Jap Kempetai officer that is Kempetai is the secret
police, Japs' Gestapo type of thing, I found they were worse than the
To pull off the Kempetai officer snatch and grab, code named Operation Cult, Walpole and company first traveled by launch to RZ to confer their ops intel with the invasion commander aboard the Flag ship USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3), the US Navy Appalachian-class command ship for the invasion of Borneo, under the command of Rear Admiral Forrest Royal, USN:
party leader went onboard the USS Rocky Mount ... and with the
operations officer in charge thrashed about that we'd be going that
night, where we were going, he got recognition signals, passwords,
everything. Every ship in the area would know that we were going the
following night so we got onboard the work boat and set off again going
very slowly and we expect to hit the shore about four or five in the
morning, do our raid and come back the same morning. Just an in and out
job that's what it was supposed to be..."
it was not. Upon reaching the shoreline, Walpole and team were hit by
friendly searchlight which exposed them... A newbie team member almost
exposed them by discharging his weapon while stalking toward the
kempetai's house. On the moment of the assault to ambush the kempetai
officer in his house which they approached via a drainage ditch, Walpole
and company were moving along when a nervous crazy china-man came
running up asking him if he would like a cup of tea! Walpole shoed him
away but the wiry old guy came back anyway with a cup of tea on a
saucer! Walpole almost crowned the man for it but this time crazy china
man ran off in fear getting the message! The team then went to the house
and had the kempetai's beautiful Malay-Chinese concubine comfort girl [Forced sex slave]
lead them to the Japanese officer where Walpole and co. grabbed
kempetai. Yet, ironically the official after-action report known as says
Walpole and his team never delivered the Kempatai. Something Walpole, 66 years later says is pure Bravo-Sierra:
official report...which I have a copy of which I got after the
war...repeats word for word those that they ' f**ked off' which is funny
to see in an official report, it's there anyway but had we got him and I
don't know whether this is just sort of to put a nudge against the
Americans or not, but it says had we been able to get the Japs back as
we had intended to his information would have been a lot more valuable,
so we didn't know what we were doing then, so we just did some more
fishing and drank....air force crowd['s] issued beer[the air Force
somehow didn't want]..."
But this time the R&R was to be lived only for a short time.
Getting there via 'Cat Boat's'
a couple days, Walpole and company were "inserted" by Catalina flying
boat [amphibious seaplane aircraft] into Borneo's highlands as part of Z
Special Unit to join the Sarawak tribes with the aim of dislodging the
Japanese from the Upper Rejang River and its tributaries and driving them downriver and into the arms of the advancing Australian 9th Division.
were] going to into Sarawak to wage guerrilla warfare to be part of a
guerrilla operation and we were to be inserted by a [PBY] Catalina
flying boat[Seaplane more affectionately], a 'Cat Boat' which we had
three attached to us. They did nothing but fly for Z Special Unit it's
to take us in and drop us onto Sarawak, one of the rivers is the Rajang
River, it's a mighty river ...the Cat boat took us in and landed on the
water up there and inserted us at a place right up near the headwaters
of the Rajang River..."
Code Named: Semut
(Walpole and team joined Operation Semut- that was mentioned in deep thin the previous Part I of this story)
joined part of a guerrilla force which was code named Semut. Semut is
the Malay word for ant...so we joined this Semut party which was a
guerrilla operation......The Japs were in all these places from where we
were right down to the coast. We were right in the middle of Sarawak
and it was occupied by Japs and we gradually moved our way downstream
ambushing them and causing them trouble and fighting guerrilla warfare
until we got them away downstream and I had my first meeting with "The Sea Dayaks"
Walpole's detachment had some initial spectacular successes at Song and Kanowit. Aided by Iban scouts whom he befriended in the Song area, and armed with his highly effective Bren gun, Walpole drove the Japanese downriver to Sibu.
The Wild Men of Borneo
description of these warriors is like out of classic adventure novel
like something Hemingway or Kipling would write we often hope the world
"The Sea Dayaks,"of course are
the wild men of Borneo, the original wild men of Borneo which I can
remember learning at school about the wild men of Borneo, everyone
learned about them and you could see Borneo on the atlas but you never
dreamed you'd meet these, they were of course the sea Dayaks who were
infamous or famous or infamous whichever way you want to look at, it ....[Sea]
pirates in the old days and they were very individualistic themselves,
they were lovely people and they were fighting their own war against the
Japs. They were very adept with poison darts, sumputs as [they were]
called and they used to go put a poison dart in the Japanese neck,
they'd just follow a patrol along and knock a few of them off and they
used to half fell a tree through and as the Jap boat's go up they'd drop
the tree on the boat, all sorts of primitive things, and anyhow we sort
of armed them and I know I did because I finished up nearly all the
time I was practically on my own anyway, either on my own or with one
other person and refined their tactics a little bit, which they liked, and
they were of course head-hunters and they all had heads, and it was
only just before the war that head hunting had become outlawed so we
started to practice head hunting ...I had my own guns slung
around my neck, had a knuckle buster knife in my belt, a pistol on my
belt and a couple of grenades and they used to come over and they'd
stroke the weapons, just all stroke, they were fascinated like they were
toys, they'd sort of look at them... [We gave them rifles too, just
rifles not sub machine guns, rifles as well... ]"
Bujan and Unting: Walpole's loyal fighting scouts
Walpole quickly met and befriended two "wild men" Dayak's
had to take some Dayaks downstream with us and we were looking for
someone and one of these young guys, he looked at me and said, "I come
with you." he said, "I kill for you, I die for you." just like
that....I'd heard it before that they say that you know and I thought,
'Oh yeah, I'd die for you, I'd kill for you, they'd all say it.' but he
hit me this young guy, the other Dayaks seemed to defer to him a bit and
he hit me, straightaway I remembered back to when I said to George
Warfe [Walpole's former C.O...]...when I first met him and I was at
Canungra and I asked him to take me with him in his independent company
and I didn't quite tell him that I'd die for him, or kill for him, I
didn't say anything like that but I did revert to private for him.
Anyhow he sounded
like that and I thought, 'Oh I had to take someone anyway.' so I said,
"It's alright I'll take you with me." ...[ the Dayak's name was Bujan...]
Bujan was fantastic and oh he jumped around like a flea you know, he
shook himself, he said, "My friend come too." and I said, "Who's your
friend?" Dragged this other bloke forward, Unting. [Bujan ]and
Unting came with me and from then on they were with me for the rest of
my time in Sarawak and with the other sea Dayaks and they used to defer
to, absolutely uncanny in their anticipation and because being in the
jungle you're never afraid of being caught with a Jap. There's no way in
the world Japs would surprise them or anything like that...and cause
the Japs were terrified of them as well, all they went for was heads
see, heads [were] the name of the game..."
Head Hunting Parties with the Wild Men of Borneo:
became a mutually beneficial relationship for the freedom loving sea
dayaks and the Z force. The tribesmen could fight in their swift head
hunting traditions knowing any reprisals by the Japanese would be
protected by the Z men. The Z men knew that having headhunters strike
out of the jungle would put a well deserved terror into the Jap. The
result was a very effective behind the lines hunter/killer operation.
The First Headhunting operation took place at the Village of Sung. Walpole his Boss Dave Kearny three other Z force men; and scouts Bujan and Unting did a bit 'o'-a rec-ce'(pronunced 'rec-key'; a 'recon' for you Yanks) the Sarawak jungle village of Sung:
tell you a couple of operations you might be interested in. This first
one with the sea Dayak really took place at a township called Sung which
was occupied by Japs...we went down stream with Bujan and Unting and a
team of Dayak down the raging river in these perahu(jungle canoes) which
they'd go down in perahu got no
practically no freeboard and race around fending off rocks and all this
sort of thing and away they'd go... our first trip...we went down
there[to Sung] and when we get to these places all the locals appear
from nowhere, they sort of must have mental telepathy somewhere and they
all hated the Japanese you know, they'd just come round, they'd give us
some information or something and we were able to call over a plane to
strafe Sung, just to strafe it and so we watched and waited. This plane
came over and strafed Sung and we watched the Japs, they had an air raid
siren type of thing, it made a peculiar noise and they'd sort of walk
out and they'd get some shelter under the bushes till the air raid was
over and then away they'd go, and the Dayaks, this Bujan got the bright
idea, they'd been talking amongst themselves and he came up he said,
look if we could do that again we can go down and hide behind where the
Japs are, hide when the air raid come in, then when they get up to go
back home we'd attack them you see and grab their heads[So] we did just
that and six of the Dayaks went down, hid from the Japs, when the
Japanese got up to walk back and the Dayak just attacked them from the
back, just with their parangs, their big knives and they got six heads,
they were very keen, six straight settlement dollars[war time currency
$1 per each head], that was fine, they were all happy, they wear their
heads around their waist like trophies you know, like a trophy, very
proud, that's a symbol of manhood and so forth...."
Walpole described the Head hunter's weapons to be crude, but highly effective:
"..[On the Blow gun...] I've
seen [and] watching them do it. Simplest was, oh hide [out] of bamboo,
I've got photos of how they make them about twelve foot long sort of
thing and just a small poisoned dart and deadly poisonous dart and phtt!
[S]ort of just like you've got an itch in the neck or something and
after a while the person collapses. They use it for hunting too, hunting
birds and pigs sort of thing [... but the hacking the head off wasn't?] hack hack hack and the head comes off but that was their heritage. Head hunting...]
AND WHERE DID THE Japanese HEADS go?
TROPHYS in THE LONG HOUSE:
carry them, they take them with them [them being the Jap
Heads...]...Bujan asked me to go back to his long house with him. He
said we'll [Walpole's Z Unit team...] have you help us get these heads,
he said help me get them. I didn't physically help them take the heads, I never did that [headhunting
chopping them off...], but I did help them get them [Ambush the Japs],
One of my favourite sayings with Bujan would be, "Oh it's exciting!" I'd
say, "More heads soon Bujan!" and at that he used to shiver, shiver
like he's got the shakes, like cold shiver, just shiver like that,
excited. More heads soon Bujan. I was speaking in sea Dayak and he said
oh, and so he wanted me to go back, they take them back to their
original long house where they live, this big, long house and have a
ceremony and smoke...The Sea Dayaks lived in a long house. A long house
was generally right on the river but they're very clean people, they
used to bathe regularly in the river and the long house depending on the
number of families could be ten, twelve...and the long house is built
about twelve feet above the ground and the floor is of slats, crossed
slats and they eat, food remnants go down between the slats and all the
animals live down below, you hear pigs snorting and dogs barking, they
had heaps of dogs, all the animals lived below and feed off this and the
entrance to the long house was by way of a tree trunk which you'd have
to go up. Just a tree trunk with knots, just dig in it, you'd have to
walk up the knots to get into the long house, so they lived in these
things and in the long house they had the heads decorated like a mirror
or something, got the heads all around the wall and they would talk
about them [In one long house, a chief asked me to give him an opinion
of a head. He said, "I'd like to your opinion." I thought, 'I can't give
a bloody opinion of a head! I wouldn't have a clue!' you know I said,
"All, very fine." You know, what more can you say and they were there
talking about it like you might get probably a big game hunter talking
about the lion in the entrance hall saying, "I got that one in South
Africa old boy." the Dayak'd probably say, "I got that one down river
such and such down at Sung you know." they talk the same way, that's
where I got that one and that one and so forth... [There were Jap
heads in the long house[,]they'd been there a long time before, but yeah
the Japanese head [Were there.]...When I first met Bujan and the sea
Dayaks I told them, in those days I tried to explain that I was
Australian you see, there's a big difference between Australia?... I
said that we're only here to fight the Japs, that I had already fought
them in another place and I'd killed a lot of Japanese and I've got a
lot of Jap heads[...killed a lot I said...], I said that and I had I'd
never taken a head anyhow but I said that and this Bujan never forgot
that. He'd always used to point me out and he'd be telling people he's,
[... Brian's ...] got heads elsewhere before you know and this sort of
HEADHUNTING AS A DEMORALIZING TACTIC
On one instance Walpole and Bujan and company went on an ambush:
went round the other side of Sung and I had a Bren gun with me, I was
pretty adapt with a Bren gun, (I'd used it in New Guinea...) and[on this
particular occasion] we sank a Jap launcher was coming up with
reinforcements...we circumnavigated the town, set up this ambush
position...these Japs only travelled by water, they didn't travel by
land, and on one side of the river there's always a rip of water that's
very hard, and the other side's very docile so if you're going down you
come with the rip. If you're going up you're against the slow current
and this the rip was on the side of the river where we were, so that's
the way they'd be coming down, and we set it up, we had this Bren gun
set up, this ambush, and I said to Dave, "We'll wait until they come
down." and we waited till, this ambush I'm talking about was just after
four in the morning and at ten , that following night, We hadn't had any
sleep, they start to come down river and we could hear them, they were
as drunk as skunks, screaming their heads off, singing songs and what
have you, was lit up and we hit them with the ambush with the Bren gun
and I'd learnt before that you shoot the wheelhouse out and disable the
boat and the current puts the boat into the shore which it did in this
particular instance, so we called more, we're just shooting and they're
screaming their fool heads off and Dave's throwing a few grenades on
board and finally his grenades blasted the boat back into the water and
so we watched and gradually, a moonlight night, the boat just gradually
sank until a few bubbles came up and it'd gone and everyone was just
looking at it like it was just sort of such an amazing sight to see and
this huge launch just sort of gone, so I said, "Well it's dark, when
it's brief time ashore." and the explosion, there would have been some
of the Japs on the shore...so the Dayaks went down to have a look and
they got thirty-two heads on the shore, thirty-two heads that they
collected that [had]been blasted ashore, the short time it was
asked his Z team leader to pay the tribesmen for the Japanese heads. He
paid them a dollar per head and they took the heads and went back into
town. As the indigenous people of Borneo were pleased to see we Walpole
and team were a bit wary as it was known they'd been collaborating with
the Japanese as well. Except of course in Walpole's own words: "the
Japanese didn't have the habit of paying them for anything and so they
[the other Borneo people] were sort of fighting over us, [ to get some
Searching remnants of that Ambush
found out later on with captured Jap documents there was seventy-six on
board [the boat which exploded] and we sank the whole bloody boat. No
casualties... just heaved grenades into it and blew it to pieces in the
middle of the water and then we get a few more,[who had swam to shore] we'd
ambush them and the Dayaks' take the heads and all they would see would
be the headless body and if it was upstream which the Dayaks had been
doing beforehand, float the headless body so that it would go back home
if possible and [the Japanese would ] be terrified sort of , they didn't know what's happening. They [the Japanese ] didn't necessarily know we [Z Force] were there. They thought there were an awful lot of natives but they didn't know so much about us there..."
But often, the Z Force men had to temper Bujan and his Sea Dayak Head hunters:
the first ambush we're with Bujan, it was a straight out ambush and we
killed six Japs and the Dayaks welted in straight away, just hack- hack
at the heads and two things I thought at that time, it'd be a very brave
person to try to stop the Dayaks taking the heads, just like a hungry
Doberman you know, you know they'd do that if you try to stop him, not
that I wanted to but you wouldn't want to, and with all their whooping
[cheering for a scare tactic] I gave Bujan a big lecture about that and I
said, "This whooping is no good, it'll have to stop because there might
be other Japs around." I said, "We don't want them to know we just want
to frighten them." and they never made another whooping noise after
that, they just quietly did it and I congratulated them, more heads [!!!]"
You know you're in trouble when there really is : 'NO TIME TO TAKE HIS HEAD!'
was [this one] time we came to this town, we get a message and ask the
locals, any locals been in the township just down the river and this was
a place called Kanout down the river...? So you get a few of the
Dayaks' come in and we'd ask them what was happening and they say well
there's a Jap got this outpost and... there were twelve Jap sentries at
this place who laughed and talked all the time ' that's that',
was how they put it you see, laughed and talked all the time. I said
pity that we couldn't get them, so yes, they thought we could get them
so we, this Dave Kearney and I and two perahu (canoe) loads of Dayaks we
set off downstream one morning, We left at two o'clock in the morning
and very dicey in the river at night time
but the Dayaks see they they're born there, no trouble the Dayaks. We
beached these [canoes] and we walked through the jungle until just
stumbling through the jungle and Bujan said soon and we sort of stopped.
We came out of the jungle and he pointed out a guard box type of thing
as they described it, A guard box type of thing, and there was this
guard box which was sort of a sentry box perched right on a main track
that led into and out of town and I had night time binoculars with me
and I could see this Japanese in there, and light on, had a little
electric light sort of weak power on and I could see a phone on the
table, I could see two lots of cable going away... I thought, 'Shit,
that's not the best.' and then right next door was this house where the
rest of the Japs would have been sleeping and it was about quarter to
four in the morning, course they'd all be asleep see, so good time to
get them, so I thought, 'Shit what'll we do?' so I said to Bujan, "We'll
go down see if we get this sentry bloke first." So we sort of got down a
bit closer to him and I'm thinking I had a well rod[?] which is a
silenced pistol I could get him with that but I didn't have one with me.
Then I thought I move pretty well myself, I might get him with my
knuckle buster knife, slam him with that. Then I thought no, Bujan, what
about [his skills], so I said to Bujan, "Do you think you can get this
sentry?" He was practically insulted that I hadn't asked him before so I
said, "You sort of move into this guard box type of thing I'll be right
behind you with my own gun cocked." and I said to Dave Kearney, "Wait
till we come back but if you hear a noise go off you'd better go and
crash the house because they'll all wake up."So we moved down to this
sentry box type of thing and ...here's the sentry bloke, he's scratching
himself all over his upper body and I'm thinking, 'The dirty bastard.'
that's the thought that came into my mind and he was reading a magazine
and so as he was looking and I nodded to Bujan and Bujan moved in and
any rate he just closed him down that's all he did, and the bloke
wouldn't have felt a thing, he could have gone to sleep except he wasn't
asleep he was just stone cold dead. Bujan just whacked him and he
slumped down and I had a look, he'd been reading this girlie magazine
which wasn't a very exciting one anyhow and not my idea of a Jap girlie
magazine, and Bujan's closed him down... Slammed him with his panga -
Panga knife, big knife -right behind the neck... just wielded the thing,
just hit him here, just closed him down. I mean the bloke didn't know
what hit him, he's still got his head on the neck, takes a few more
hacks, but just dead as a doornail, I mean silent killing, just slam.
Apparently the blade, and they use it for everything, use it for
chopping wood, chopping anything, that's all I mean. They're very, very
accurate with it. Just like oh someone that smokes a pipe, they use a
cigarette lighter or something you know, you do it all the time sort of
thing. Amazing the blokes' dead, dead as a doornail, but the bloke he
didn't know what hit him, the Japs didn't know what hit him. Silent, no
noise at all.... , so we'll leave him there, no time to take his head, we can come back head later--."
Paying for heads: Or just how cheap it was to oust the domineering Jap bastards
Mr. Walpole elaborates on how much your head would be worth in WWII based on today's inflation:
"... and we [Z- Special Unit Z- Force] offered to pay them,we did pay them one straight settlement dollar which was at
that time two and sixpence which translates to twenty-five cents
nowadays..." [Ed Note that's .25 cents Aussie Currency which is barely a
couple U.S. dimes in 2011] ,"... per Japanese head and that's good
money because the Japanese were circulating their valueless invasion
money which wasn't worth a crumpet,
but the straight settlement dollar was the proper currency we used, so
it was good money and that was per Jap head which they took quite a lot
and we paid for them, it always used to be an incentive..."
In his detachment's progress, a large number of heads were taken and paid for at Straits (the Z Force forward H.Q. Village).
(A number of non-Japanese heads which were also taken by rampant Iban
were not paid for.) In all this, Walpole's ability to speak some of the
language, his diplomacy and his warrior status greatly endeared him to
the Iban. He became partial to the local arak (moonshine),
flavored with wild limes, but nobly declined numerous offers of
longhouse sleeping partners. None of these would equal his sentimental
charms and delighted respect he had for the woman known as:
"The Little Rose of the Batang Lupar"
all of Walpole's operations in Borneo were within an eight week period
before the Japanese surrender. This period was high tempo but he knew something was afoot:
had purloined [what was] called an MCR radio. Which is a little thing
about the size of a book...and it was very special in those days. It was
a [receiving radio set only.] You couldn't send radio those days. You
want to send something you use Morse code. It'd be sent in Morse code.
but America had an overseas station and there was the infamous Tokyo
Rose [Japanese propaganda broadcaster] broadcasting too, "Oh you poor,
oh you poor darlings, you're up there trying to fight the war while
these horrible Americans are back sleeping with your wives and
girlfriends even while I'm talking to you now." she'd say. Propaganda
you see, anyhow this thing was battery operated and just used to listen
to this sort of thing for entertainment just with a set of loudspeakers
and I sort of have it because I found out the war was over... I heard on
the news about the atomic bombs being dropped and so forth and then
about the fact that the war had finished and so forth or that they were
capitulating what have you, but then a lot of the Japs are still
fighting and so forth and I'm getting a lot of passing traffic where I
was. I was sort of at a very strategic position at Sarawak,
geographically... bear in mind Japanese in Sarawak are not fighting a
war. The only people that are fighting are we who are choosing our time [ when to] fight and there's no actual battle you see,
and the people further down south in Sarawak, the Japanese there are
indiscriminately killing people. They don't want anyone left who can
tell about all the nasty things they'd done and ...so I thought shit,
somehow we have to go down south, so I'm thinking about what's going to
happen and Dave Kearney [ Walpole's C.O.] reappeared...he said, "Brian
the war's over." and I said to him, "Well the war's not over." and he
said, "What do you mean?" and I said, "Well they're still knocking
people off you know, the Japanese are still fighting." Half of them
didn't know the war was over, the Japs didn't know the war was over
anyhow so he said, "What are we supposed to do?" I said, "Look there's a
boat that keeps coming up here and down here and I know of another
outpost I'd like to go and ambush." and he said, "No, well we can't, our
orders are we've got to go down south and we've got to stop any
fighting amongst the locals, capture any Japanese that we can and do a
few sort of other things."
With the Atom Bombs having been dropped Walpole's final exploit was the liberation of Simanggang whose Japanese commander refused to acknowledge the Imperial surrender. However time would not allow his wartime "cut-throat ops"
to survive: Walpole got a reluctant approval to go down south with
twenty Sea Dayak tribesmen where the Japanese were concentrated to
conduct a sneak and peak 'look-see'.
I told Bujan..., "This is our last chance." He gave a shiver and [we're
allowed] to go down to Semungan which is a couple of days walk away and
we walked...into a place called...Scarang and the last of the Japanese
had just left there to go to Semungan . So I, gave] Bujan him a Browning
pistol again, [and told him] put your loin cloth in, race into Semungan
cause they [Bujan and his tribesmen] moved like lightning. I said,
"Have a look around, see what's happening there while we move around
did just that and came back and told Walpole how there about thirty
Japanese there that he could see and a whole lot of prisoners. Bujan
said some of them had been killed and a lot of them crying and the
Japanese did horrible things to them, that are all he'd say and sort of
shocking. The Prisoners were found to be a mixture of White and
Eurasians who were each being indiscriminately and brutally
tortured.Walpole's responsewas 'oh????' as in"oh really!"- [ in other words, as in 'if that's how you like to play now that you have surrendered?' ]
found this switchboard, a phone sort of thing see, and I looked at the
bloody thing and I could see connections, it had no power, couldn't see
any power lines and I could see Semungan on it so I thought I feel a bit
cheeky see, I follow the instructions as I could read, made the
connections and turned this bloody wheel thing in and the phone at the
other end answered you see, and I said in Malay, "I want to speak with
the Jap Commanding Officer." and they get me the Jap Commanding Officer
and low and behold this voice comes on and, "Hello hello." I said, "Are
you the Jap Commanding Officer?" in Malay. He said yes. I said oh. I
said right. He said, "Who are you?" in English. I said, "What, you've
got some English too?" He said yeah. I said, "Well I'm part of an
Australian battalion just out of town." I said. 'Who? ' He said, 'who,
what ?! Who what!?' I said, "yeah, you better surrender. 'Who what what
what' and he hung up on me and I thought, 'Dirty bastard.' and I laughed
to myself, I was furious to start with, hung up on me so I didn't
bother ringing back so I thought what'll I do?"
knowing there were English speaking Japanese, wrote a surrender note to
the Japanese Officer stating that the Imperial Japanese forces had
surrendered and that this officer would have to comply to surrender, at
nine o'clock the following morning. The Officer had to come up to the
village of Scarang and surrender where Walpole was. Walpole would
guarantee the officer and his men safe travel and these were the only
terms. Otherwise he's surrounded.
Walpole then got Unting to put his loin cloth in and take the surrender note in to the Japanese guards. He told Unting and Bujan
to go and have another look around as well and not to talk to each
other or interact in town. So away they went and they came back. Walpole
came back first and he said they took the note and they read it and
they gave me this to whoever wrote the note, a bloody packet of boiled
lollies[an insult ] you see, which I threw it in the river and that was
apparently Japanese practice, they sort of send things like this. Then
Bujan came back and said things were pretty bloody crook [Aussie slang
for chaos-crazy], that people were crying there, they'd moved people
around and [Bujan] said..."I speak to two of them, I tell them we are
with someone." that's what his words were. I said, "Oh shit!" he
shouldn't have spoken to anyone and then I thought, "Shit, I've already
spoken to the Jap commanding officer myself, there's no point going
crook on him for speaking to someone.' you know and so I said, "Alright
we'll wait till nine o'clock tomorrow morning if he's not there we'll go
into town." So I thought the Japanese would come after us you know,
just no-one came after us so nine o'clock next morning....we start to
go into town and they knew a secret way in, not on the main track, and
we're getting close to Semunga and I said to, Bujan always stopped with
his 'soon soon soon' and stop and so I said to him, "Have a look around
see if there are any sentries out." you see so sure enough he went out,
had a look, yeah there's sentries out alright see, he was terribly
smart, he was smarter than Unting was and he could tell Unting quicker
than I could, I said, "Send Unting and a couple of Dayaks down below
where the sentries are waiting then we'll go round behind them and when
we get behind them we'll send someone down to tell Unting to fire a
couple of shots down there and the Japanese will open up, fire on them
you know, think they're being attacked and so Unting just ducked his
head don't have to do anything." So we did just that and sure enough
they opened fire. They'd been waiting for us. As I say they must have
believed all the information I'd [relayed], they opened up powerfully
where there wasn't anyone anyhow, and we came in behind them and they
were loading two boats to go away, the Japanese to leave town must have
been shit scared or something anyhow they were loading the boats. We
came in behind them and I still had this [sense of honor] I didn't know
what to do, I mean there's no-one to tell you what to do. I'm still only
a kid anyhow and thought I'd better call on them and surrender or
something. So I screamed out a couple of times in Malay a form of
surrender and they turned around and started to open fire on us. So we
just opened fire back on them and we killed quite a few of them, we were
having quite a fire fight there and we were right in the middle of
quite a torrid fire fight and we had the advantage because we was
concealed with the jungle. Right on the top of the hill the fort, out of
the corner of my eye I could see this figure and down the hill came
this lady, was a lady she came racing down the hill grabbed hold of me
and gave me the biggest hug, the biggest kiss of all time, and I pushed,
I said, "Down down we're still having a fire fight!"
it was here that he met the beautiful half-Iban, half-British woman
Lena Ricketts whose attitude leaves no doubt as to why he still calls
her "the Little Rose of the Batang Lupar."
pushed her down on the literally bloody ground and finished the fire
fight and the Japanese dispersed . Bujan and the Dayaks went to clear
out the ones that weren't killed. Walpole found out "this bird," as he
referred to Lena Ricketts as, she was a British Nurse and she was in a,
squalor condition -- filthy, and beat up. She'd been beaten up and
Walpole did not want to embarrass her in asking, but somehow knew she
had been raped...
a matter of fact she would have made the worst scarecrow look
reasonable by comparison, she was British or [partially Eurasian] she
was. Anyhow ....I said to the Dayak, "We'll round up the rest of the
Japanese." the ones that we hadn't killed, killed quite a few and of
course they just race around the bloody jungle, they sort of belonged to
the jungle. I mean they leave anyone for dead, the Japanese or anyone,
they rounded them up.... I spoke to the lady I just sort of said, "Are
you alright now, that's all, let's not worry." and I found out later
that her grandfather had been the British Consul in Sarawak and her
father had been the local resident officer and when the war broke out
her two sisters, her brother and herself they tried to escape and their
car broke down and they all got taken prisoner of the Japanese and she'd
been a prisoner ever since. Her father died in captivity and another
sister died in captivity and they were they were still prisoners..."
in their attempt to escape Sarawak in December 1941, the Ricketts
family had to fend as best they could. Ricketts (a retired Sarawak
officer) died in the hospital in the early years of the occupation and
Lena and her sister who had both trained as nurses were employed by the
Japanese. According to Lena's story, they were saved from the Japanese
officers' brothel on Kuching's Tabuan Road through the intervention of the Batu Lintang prison camp commandant, Major Suga. In July or August 1945, however, they were taken to Simanggang
for an undisclosed purpose and it is now clear that together with other
Eurasians and members of Sarawak's English-speaking elite they were to
be summarily executed.
Thumping those who needed to be thumped and liberating booty
brother had been taken prisoner by the Japanese in Timor ( ...the
former Portuguese Island colony)and his fate was unknown. This, together
with his reaction to the way Lena and others had suffered, did not
dispose him to handle his Japanese prisoners ...very gently, shall we
say. By his own words:
had them line up and couldn't help giving them a bit of a thump
(beating). Any red-blooded Australian would have done the same after
seeing the way they had treated the poor local people."
three years earlier a distraught Japanese soldier who had just learned
by letter of his brother's death in China had lined up all the Simanggang towkays on 'the five foot way' and
given them similar treatment.) On Lena's suggestion, the prisoners were
then made to bow to the setting sun on the Residency lawn and given the
same meager rations they had given to their own prisoners. Walpole
confiscated the Japanese officer's Leica camera, his white silk scarf
and his samurai sword. Worse still, he took some of the Residency
furniture and a wind-up gramophone on the launch back to Sibu after he handed over control to Ditmas.
These crimes, together with his treatment of the Japanese prisoners,
were duly reported in highly embroidered form by the resentful Ditmas to 9th Division HQ in Labuan and he had to be removed quickly to Melbourne by Z Special command to avoid further trouble.
then Walpole was threatened with court martial and it was only native
wit that allowed him to escape. Ingeniously, he argued that he was bound
to secrecy on the entire Borneo operation by the Official Secrets Act
and that he would have to be formally released from it before he could
co-operate. At the same time, he pointed out that this would also allow
him to tell the whole story to the Melbourne newspapers! Not
surprisingly, the court martial evaporated and he was honorably
discharged. When Aussie General Sir Thomas Blarney came to hear of the affair, he ordered that the file be destroyed and personally congratulated Walpole!
* * *
How Walpole's adventures relate to our current world
Walpole tale is unsung outside of Australian Military historians but
should never be forgotten for his yarn is allegory to the many amongst
us Citizen Warriors who are often chastised for doing their job treated.
The similar situation happened to Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe for popping a
senior al Qaeda rag heads terrorist in the lip after capturing him
-only to be later put on public trial and later vindicated in a public
trial in 2010. (Or the Black Water Security Guard shooting where
right prior to Easter,2011 a federal panel of three judges seeked to
reopen their case on criminal grounds.)
How sad it is that only a small portion of today's school children ever
read or hear about stories like the Navy SEAL McCabe, let alone obscure
honorable legends of men like the Brian Walpole and his 'wild men of
While there are good people in almost every bad guy regime of every war: Rommel and Admiral
Wilhelm Canaris tried to kill Hitler; German troopers in the field
mutinied and killed Gestapo SS men who were vicious to civilians. But
show a tale any where of a Japanese trooper during 1930 -1945 of defying a order or staging a mutiny for realizing and seeing how screwy the emperors officers were for ordering just a few of the over the top war time atrocities -- from the Jap cannibalizing of Aussies; dismembering of American G.I.'s by dragging them into caves on Iwo Jima or for the Bataan Death March; the Burning of POWs in the Philippines, Beheading of Aussie Z men from Operation Jay wick??
answer is you will not find such a tale with the WWII Imperial Japanese
forces, no where! Which is why the Japanese culture of the past does not ever deserve a pass. Let Mr. Walpole sum it up for you in his own words:
I hated the Japs, I still hate them, you haven't heard part of [it], I
had the story of this bloke with his buttocks carved off, now I mean
that's enough to turn anyone, and I'd seen so many things that they have
done that they weren't sort of human, some of the things they done and
what they'd done to these local people is, everywhere they went the
stupidest thing with the Japs was that everywhere they went they made
enemies with people. Instead of trying to make friends with the people
they didn't even try to be friendly. They had this superior feeling. I
mean to me they were shit, excuse the expression, that's all they were
to me, and of course there was no doubt about it, the Japs had this
burning desire though, they reckoned they were a superior race, they had
this burning desire to possess a white woman. That was the acme, didn't
matter how, and possess a white woman was the acme of power that sort
During WWII it took Walpole's Head Hunting Wild Men of Borneo
fighting along side those like him -- to hunt and bag the Japanese --
perhaps a little too late, to cause the Japanese in those closing days
of the war to think twice or maybe three or four times about the fact
there is always consequences to both individual and collective action.
Or as I like to say what goes around comes around.
"Those in Power need you to be uninformed, unprepared and afraid."
~ Glen Beck, March 28th 2011
warriors of WWII like Brian Walpole, the objective to win the war by
killing the enemy by whatever means possible was not confusing as it is
today. Being well trained and prepared with the proper skills were
essential to beating the enemy. In Walpole's own words:
mean I was lucky, I didn't I tell you, I didn't get skittles, I admit
I'm lucky but you make your own luck up to a point and I was good at
what I did. I'm not skiting, not
the fact that I'm here's that and I know that I was good too, because
people used to, but I was only good because if you work good you had to be better than the other one or you mightn't be here, put it that way, and I wanted to be here, I didn't want to get myself knocked off , so it was good..."
"...you had to be better than the other one or you mightn't be here..."
the rape of Nanking to their undoing in the end the Japanese never
learned what the Z men did: When you have to fight, fight and win, with
all you got. Honor your indigenous help and they will help you. Fight
with all you can like one very Special operative of the Australian Z
Unit Special Reconnaissance Detachment man, did. He was the real King of Borneo,
elite, classified behind the lines Aussie trooper named Walpole...which
time has nearly forgot. And by his own admission he was far, far from being any King.
his liberating looting of a little Japanese war booty, his kick ass
mannerism, moderate yet good nature and benevolence to his fellow
warriors, he was more than a role model for all modern Aussies SAS
troopers which are his legacy.
extraordinary yet only lightly publicized Z-Men exploits in both New
Guinea and Borneo jungle against the Japanese in the no-holds-barred
style of service he executed in two theaters of war. His adventures
neither garnished him awards, decorations nor accolades. He never went
back to Borneo yet his book "My War" opens eyes to all these
thought s which face the modern warrior. From his extraordinary
friendship with the two head hunting wild men of Borneo, Bujang and Unting
(whose fine photographs were taken with the last shots on the
surrendering Japanese officer's Leica Camera). Their collective exploits
must have been the talk and will continue to be the talk of the Upper Rejang
longhouses for many years to come... and has been a good antiterrorist
event to keep foreign invaders out of most of the several nations which
now make up the island of Borneo.
With all the seemingly endless Islamo western war and natural disasters popping up faster than we can blink, perhaps we should all also try to smile more and live by Walpole's motto: "Life is for Living." A simple phrase, with such a brilliant ring to it; it is also a fine testament for all good willed , professional warriors.
"Life is for Living"
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This I recall to mind, therefore I have confidence.
is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed because his
compassions never fail, they are renewed every morning great is thy
The Lord is my portion says my soul, therefore will I have confidence in Him.
The Lord is good to those who trust in Him to those who wait for Him.
we know that all things work together for good to those who love God
and to those who are called according to a predetermined plan.
who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up as a substitute for
all of us, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things
I am persuaded that neither death, not life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
height, nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us
from the Love of God which is Christ Jesus our Lord..
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things to whom be glory forever and ever.
has been awhile since I wrote. Last time I had the theme of "No Bended
Knee" and referred to several illustrations. I wrote about not
surrendering and to persevere against the odds.
I used the illustrations from four books that I had read, one of which was
"No Bended Knee". The other three were "A Dawn Like Thunder, The True
Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight, "Unbroken: A World War II Story Of
Survival, Resilience and Redemption" and "Operation
now want to take the same 11 letters and only make one small change.
Instead of "No Bended Knee" lets change it to "On Bended Knee". This
title or theme refers to us approaching the Throne of Grace or our
heavenly Father in prayer.
have attached a photo of a group of men praying. It is obvious that
they are in the military and they have taken a moment to approach the
Throne of Grace in prayer. I wanted you to see this photo and to think
about the message. I will give you a little more detail about the
history of this photo in a minute.
approach the Throne of Grace on bended knee using protocol in prayer.
Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have as a believer. Whether it is
for us or for others that we pray, it is the ultimate weapon. The enemy
does not have this in their arsenal.
a recipient of prayer support for the past 2.5 years in our battle with
cancer, I cannot express in either verbal or written words what an
impact it has been for us. Imagine sitting in a hole getting blasted
from all sides by whatever is being thrown at you. The "you know what"
is getting kicked out of you . Then you have a lull in the attacks and
you crawl out to survey the damage and realize that you are still alive
It is because of the incredible artillery support that the prayer warriors
have fired against the enemy. You are still here because the Plan of God still has a purpose for you here on earth.
is awesome. It is part of your relationship with God the Father. You
actually can talk with Him. It does not matter where you are and what
you are doing.
There is a great book on prayer that can be ordered at no cost from the
publisher. The book goes into detail on the various categories of prayer,
the mandate to pray, why prayers are sometimes not answered, etc..
The book is called "Prayer" and can be ordered for free from R.B.Thieme Jr Bible Ministries. Their website is www.rbthieme.org and you can call them directly at 713-621-3740 to place an order.
to the picture and the story behind it. The men in the photo are from a
heavy weapons platoon with the 101rst Airborne Division. They are in
Afghanistan. The man in the center is Lt Blaine Hooper.
Blaine Hooper comes from a family that has a military tradition. His
father is a Colonel in the army and his grandfather was a WWII US Army
veteran. Lt Hooper is also a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He held
regular Bible class with those men in his unit that wanted to
participate. He also exemplified leadership in that he took care of his
men and ensured that they were prepared for combat.
attached photo shows him having a prayer meeting with his men prior to
going into combat. The principle of "On Bended Knee" before the Lord
in prayer is illustrated. It is a moving photo in that it illustrates
priorities. They are about to leave the safety of their base and go into
harm's way. So what do they do? They take a moment and pray.
Hooper's platoon was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2010. They were in
constant combat for five months. On Nov 12, 2010, while on a combat
mission, they were ambushed. Their mission had been compromised by a
traitor from within, a local Afghan soldier assigned to them.
Afghan happened to be a Taliban. The new management running the war in
Afghanistan is responsible for bringing these traitors in and also for
changing the rules of engagement which has increased our casualties.
noted, Lt Hooper's platoon's mission was compromised and he was hit by a
RPG (rocket propelled grenade). He fell to the ground. His men took up
defensive positions and returned fire. One of his squad leaders took up a
firing position near Lt Hooper and was able to keep the enemy from
overrunning their position.
Hooper lay on the ground for two hours before a medivac chopper could
come in and get him out. During that time, his platoon fought back and
repelled attacks from almost 300 Taliban.
Lt Hooper was pulled out, he was flown to a field hospital where he was
patched up and then onto the military hospital in Germany for further
care. He ended up at Walter Reed and is now recovering. He had been
paralyzed but has regained the use of his legs.
platoon has the highest amount of decorations for a unit with the 101st
airborne and also the highest KIA ratio of the enemy.
met Lt Hooper several weeks ago. I am encouraged by his testimony and
focus. I had asked him for a photo which I could show my children so
that we could see who we were praying for and why. We appreciate him and
his men and for their willingness to protect our freedoms.
Martin, Traci, Gunnar, Winston and Tessa
I thought this might be nice for Vietnam Veterans
There are a lot of good resources and a lot of details for Vietnam Vets in this site.
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We get lots of
Emails from you guys and lots of feedback so we thought we would let
Jeffery P. voice his opinion in this months newsletter.
I always read your monthly messages with great interest,
as they come from a man with whom I share many experiences, even though
we have never met. I was especially moved by this month's message,
because its truth is obvious, as well as being applicable to more than
the life of the soldier.
Even though what you wrote is obvious
to anyone with half a brain and the willingness to think, I am still
amazed at the number of people (especially the number of soldiers, who
should know better) who seem not to be aware of the absolute truth of
what you've written! Plus, even fewer people are aware that this month's
message is applicable in all endeavors, not in combat only.
have been a pilot since I was a teenager (I will turn 61 in two days). I
flew choppers while I was in the military, and have flown both choppers
and fixed-wing aircraft as a civilian. Piloting aircraft, whether in
combat or just for fun (many pilots say that flying is the most fun
anyone can possibly have while still wearing one's clothes), is an
activity requiring constant intense concentration, the ability to think
clearly and quickly in all possible circumstances, the ability to remain
completely calm no matter what is happening, and the ability to be
ruled by thoughts, not emotions, regardless of what those emotions are.
Student pilots are taught to plan every second of an upcoming flight,
even if the flight is nothing more than pleasure flying such that
aircraft lands on the same runway from which it departed. Even if such a
pleasure flight takes the aircraft no farther than 30 miles from the
airfield, the pilot should be completely aware of every detail of the
terrain over which the flight takes place - every public use airport,
every private landing strip, every road and highway, every field, every
patch of woods or forest, every city, town and community, every lake and
pond, all population densities, etc., including conditions that seem
irrelevant, such as when it rained last, how much rain fell, and how
that precipitation affects the condition of the ground. The pilot should
also never fly without telling a friend (or, at the very least, someone
involved in local air traffic control), and the information should
include the nature of the flight, the departure and arrival airfields,
if any passengers will be on the flight, and the estimated landing time.
All this is necessary (even though not all of it is mandated by the
FAA) because the pilot cannot simply pull over at the next cloud and
wait for help to arrive! The fact that more time is spent teaching a
student pilot how to survive an emergency than is spent teaching a
student pilot how to handle the controls should be an indication that
flying, no matter how much fun it is, can turn deadly in less time than
it takes for a person to pronounce his or her name.
has to do with a soldier's responsibility to keep his emotions from
controlling him, regardless of the circumstances, is that this same
ability must be learned by all pilots, and must be practiced over and
over, no matter how many flight hours the pilot has logged. While flying
choppers for the military, I was shot down twice; if I had not been
able to keep my fear from controlling me, everyone in the chopper,
including me, would have been killed. As a civilian pilot, I have had
just one in-flight emergency (in my and my wife's private plane), and if
I had let my fear control me then, my wife and I would have been killed
(we were both licensed pilots, and we swapped pilot-in-command back and
forth; the emergency happened during one of my turns as PIC).
The phrase used by pilots and flight instructors is, "stay ahead of the
airplane"; another common phrase is, "never fly anywhere in an airplane
unless you've already flown there at least five minutes ago in your
mind". Taking these sayings seriously has saved the lives of thousands
of pilots; ignoring them has killed even more! Student pilots are told,
over and over, that keeping ahead of the plane leaves no time for
emotions to take hold of any situation. It is the same for soldiers. The
first step is the most important - during basic training, he is taught
how to follow orders, to think about how best to fulfill his orders, and
to acknowledge his fear without succumbing to it. The only legitimate
role for fear is NOT to prevent the soldier from doing something
dangerous; fear's role is to prevent the soldier from doing something
stupid (note carefully that the willingness to die in combat, even
in horrendous pain, is not necessarily stupid. Only when a soldier is
capable of acknowledging his fear without giving in to his fear, will he
become a true soldier. A true soldier is one who has decided that,
regardless of his level of fear, he is willing to give his life if that
becomes the most reasonable method of completing his mission, and
furthermore, he has decided that, if he is killed in combat, his death
will not have been in vain.
Fear is an emotion, one that can
and will ruin every life it controls. Courage is not an emotion - it is a
choice made by one's intellect. It is the choice not to let fear,
anger, envy, and every other unreasoning emotion control one's life.
Courage is a choice.
Green Beret Special Forces (a long time ago)
|Word of Truth|
Loss of Freedom
By Rev G.J. Rako
We are losing freedoms
everyday. Freedom of speech is being replaced by political
correctness. More insidious than the loss of freedom of speech is
the loss of freedom of thought through the advent of federal hate crime
legislation. This legislation is an attempt to control your very
thoughts. Hence, if you commit a crime your motivation (thought)
is examined to determine if hate motivated the crime. If hate
motivated the crime, the sentence is increased. This is ludicrous;
a crime is a crime regardless of the motivation. Motive should
only be used to aid in the establishing of guilt or innocence.
Those who hate Christianity will use the hate crime paradigm as a
rationale to persecute Christians. They already are!
Biblical Christianity excludes all other gods and religions. The
Bible tells us there is only one way to a relationship with the living
Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no
other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must
John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.
For God loved the world so much that He gave His only
begotten (uniquely born) Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have eternal life.
"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 no other way.
God has only one plan of salvation. God's plan eliminates every other
religion or preconceived idea on how to get to heaven. Therefore, it is
exclusionary and because of this, those who seek to destroy it are
construing Christianity itself as a hate crime. The federal government
has played right into their hands by enacting this freedom limiting
At the moment of salvation we became ambassadors for Christ, and as such we are to represent Christ to a lost and dying world.
Acts 1:8 "but
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you
shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and even to the remotest part of the earth."
However, if you fulfill this command to be a witness you shall offend some and leave yourself open for the persecution to come. They will hate you as they hated the Lord. Listen to the words of our Lord.
John 15:18 "if the world hates you, you know that it has hatedMe before ithated you."
15:19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its
own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the
world because of this the world hates you."
15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, "A slave is not
greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also
persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also."
15:21 "But all these things they will do to you for My
name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me."
John 15:24 "...but now they have both seen and hatedMe and My Father as well."
"But they have done this to fulfill the word that is
written in their Law, [Psalm 35:19, 69:4] They hated Me without a
There are many other
governmental and social ills existing today which are eroding our
freedoms, it would take volumes to list them all.I could talk about
taxation (confiscation of private property) the redistribution of wealth
(now that it has been confiscated, give it to those least deserving),
internationalism, failure to protect our borders, disregard for the
constitution, giving weapons technology to our enemies, leaving millions
of our countrymen rotting in prisons, the growing power and control of
government, etc, etc, etc.
Identifying the problem
is relatively easy; the solution however, is not as transparent to those
who have rejected the absolute standard of the Word of God. The
only solution is a spiritual solution. All men are inherently
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
it should come as no surprise that our politicians have perverted the
constitution and their oath of office. Corruption is commonplace in our
government. They will say and do anything to be elected and then
do what is in their best interest not what is best for the nation.
The solution is found in the infallible Word of God. Briefly
described, the solution is Divine Establishment, which includes Divine
institutions for all people (believers and unbelievers alike), the
Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for believers only, the
execution of the unique spiritual life of the church age.
The four Divine Institutions:
1. Volition or free will
the guarantee of freedom for all mankind; Freedom of will and, freedom
to choose for or against God. From this we derive that God views
all men with this inherent freedom. Even in the status of slavery,
freedom exists to accept or reject God. We should be free in
every area of life to function without government interference in our
lives. Free will must have freedom for maximum function. Freedom
includes private property, privacy, free enterprise, freedom to give the
Gospel, teach the Word of God, and send missionaries abroad. In
other words total freedom to do as you will as long as you do not
infringe upon someone else's freedom.
is the basis of freedom in a nation. It is the core unit of
responsibility, authority, and self-determination. It is designed
by God to be a permanent relationship between one man and one
woman. It is the most basic organization in the human race.
Marriage, as a divine institution provides the stability necessary to
form a strong freedom loving and authority oriented society.
is the provision of God to provide authority, training, discipline,
care, and nurturing to children. Christian parents have the
responsibility to instill in their children respect for the Word of God,
authority and grace orientation. Above all, parents have the
responsibility to clearly present of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior,
Proverbs 22:6 Trainupachild in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
6:7-9 "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and
shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the
way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind
them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your
forehead. "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and
on your gates."
is God's protection, preservation, and blessing of a national
entity. God preserves, perpetuates, and protects the human race by
the institution of nationalism. Internationalism is evil.
The United Nations and all other international systems of authority are
an abomination to this principle of freedom. While exceptions to
freedom exist in countries ruled by evil despots, freedom flourishes and
functions to the maximum under God's design.
10:5 From these the coastlands of the nations were
separated into their lands, every one according to his language,
according to their families, into their nations.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He
separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples...
17:26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to
live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed
times and the boundaries of their habitation,
loss of freedom in this country is a manifestation of our ever-growing
hostility toward God. Individually, we can make a difference by
adherence to the four Divine institutions, which provide maximum
individual freedom, for both believers and unbelievers. For
Christians the solution is attaining the freedom that Jesus Christ
provides for those who fulfill His Biblical commands to grow to
8:31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If
you live in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will
know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
John 8:36 "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
11:28-30 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from
Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
1 Corinthians 7:22
For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's
freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man,
there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:1 Walk by the Spirit It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
freedom becomes part of your soul, and it is with you in any
circumstance of life. This supernatural freedom is freedom from
worry, fear, anxiety, and guilt; freedom of thought. Even as a
prisoner or a slave the freedom Jesus Christ provides to the mature
believer ensures a calmness and stability of soul that no government can
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|Blue WarriorFundamentally American
Today our nation
celebrates the triumph of Americas most wanted terrorist being taken at
the hands of an American Warrior. This victory is bittersweet for
thiscountry. One on hand we have eliminated one of the most feared
enemies and on the other hand we have to face the fact that his demise
didn't eliminate the threat of terrorism.
The past couple of days I
have gathered as much information as possible on the attack and capture
of Osama Bin Laden and the tactics used by SEAL Team Six. The
information is obviously very guarded and limited but it's very apparent
that the tactics used to capture Bin Laden were fundamental close
quarter battle (CQB) tactics.
Those of us that have
been in law enforcement and tactical training for the past two decades
can remember when the military came to us to learn CQB tactics. A
relative new change in battle tactics for the military when terrorism
and the urban battle field came to light.
As cops and soldiers
trained together, we learned from each other. The military took our CQB
tactics to war and developed some enhancements of their own. Today's
breaching tactics and technology was furthered by our military
counterparts. I spent my time in the Army with demolition in hand. Back
then we spent the majority of our time blowing objectives like bridges,
air strips and small structures. The Army Sappers taught breaching
tactics but on a small scale in comparison to today's military.
When I first started in
swat I stumbled across an explosive breaching school taught by a former
SAS commando. I was fortunate that my swat team commanders were
progressive in their thinking and I was allowed to attend this course.
In short order we were conducting explosive breaching operations on swat
This military tactic
proved valuable time and time again. I suspect the same holds true for
SEAL Team Six and the countless other military units that took the law
enforcement CQB concept and made it their own.
We, in law enforcement,
can always learn from our military brothers. Back in the day they sought
our help since we were conducting CQB operations on a daily basis but
after two wars these men have learned plenty and are always willing to
share their knowledge.
What strikes me about
the operation to take out Bin Laden is SEAL Team SIX focused on
fundamental CQB operations. The intelligence gathered from various
sources was used to formulate an assault plan, the plan was rehearsed,
and the plan was executed as designed.
The compound was cleared
room by room just the way we have been doing SWAT operations for
decades. When Bin Laden refused to surrender and placed a woman in front
of him as a shield (coward) a double tap to his head ended the short
standoff. These were fundamental CQB tactics.
Reportedly, twenty three
soldiers started the operation and twenty three boarded the Blackhawks
to return home. The terrorist didn't fare so well, obviously they didn't
have a plan, rehearse and execute as well as the American Warriors. If
they did, the outcome from the perspective of American casualties would
have been greater.
This Al-Qaeda security
force had five years to prepare for and train in this compound for such
an attack. Seal Team Six reportedly had only five days with their
intelligence on the operation however, SEAL Team Six trains every day on
basic fundamentals of all their collective battle tactics.
Training breeds success!
It's this concept that
keeps cops and soldiers safe every day as they conduct tactical
operations. Preparation and the focus on fundamentals are key to
conducting safe CQB operations.
Today, as we boast about
SEAL Team Six they are already preparing for their next mission. They
are somewhere training on the fundamentals of battle tactics so they can
live to see another day. Their drive to be the best fighting force in
the world should motivate us to be the best tactical operators we can.
Let their success motivate you to train in the fundamentals of CQB on
your next training cycle.
I would like to thank
the American Military Warriors whom have spent the past decade fighting
two wars to keep our shores free of terrorism. I am proud to be an
American citizen, an Army veteran, and American Police Officer but today
I am most proud of and grateful for the American Soldier. Your
sacrifices over the past decade have been great and today you are
victorious. You American Warriors promised the NYPD and this country
that you would avenge their loss of life during the 9/11 attacks. You
have lost many in your pursuit but you never gave up.
Today I thank you for
serving justice, something that we cops usually do for ourselves. As you
continue to fight this war on terrorism have no fear for your loved
ones back at home, as your brothers in blue, we stand ready to sacrifice
our lives for the freedom and safety of your wives, children and family
as you did for ours this past decade.
Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
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.
"ALL wars should be
governed by certain principles, for every war should have a definite
object, and be conducted according to the rules of art. War should only
be undertaken with forces proportioned to the obstacles to be overcome.
In forming the plan of a
campaign, it is requisite to foresee everything the enemy may do, and
to be prepared with the necessary means to counteract it. However plans
of a campaign may be modified ad infinitum according to circumstances,
the genius of the general, the character of the troops, and the features
of the country." - Napoleon
|Special Forces History|
Special Forces History
with Charles Woodson
Special Forces Video History
would like to break from the personal video interviews I have been
showing to address a couple of questions I have received over the past
couple of day regarding the announcement of Osama bin Laden's being
finally found and killed.
people have asked me questions regarding the announcement by the
President and how Special Forces might have been a part in his being
found and his death. While it is reported that a Navy SEAL team
performed the raid, there were many Special Operations members involved
in the operation that the public will probably never hear about.
speaking, Special Forces missions generally require teams to spend
extended periods of time with the indigenous natives of a particular
area, where the teams have an opportunity to get to know the local
people and develop and very close relationship with them. The
teams provide support in several areas of need the natives have, beyond
weapons and munitions, so the tribes people develop a trust and even
dependency around the teams. Subsequently, the natives open up and
provide information and insight to what is going on in their particular
part of the world, which gives the U.S. human intelligence. This
information can assist with where someone might be hiding out, or
moving, or getting supplies and support.
Special Forces is unique in this way from most other military services. We
integrate ourselves with the locals in areas all around the world and
live with them, work with them, and of course, train, equip and fight
with them. That is where the "force multiplier" term comes from. A lot of information is found out when you are living with and helping a culture live a better life.
How this relates to Osama bin Laden, well directly, it may not. But,
Special Forces teams are on the ground in the area, and are working
directly with the locals, providing training weaponry, munitions and
other community support resources, which gives the U.S. a great source
of ground truth intelligence to activities in the area. Satellite imagery is great, but without human intelligence, it's really hard to know just what is going on, on the ground. Especially, why.
long term relationships created and cultivated by Special Forces teams
with the indigenous is what gives the U.S. powerful allies in the long
term for the future. There are not many services in our military that have this type of training and ability. The United States Army Special Forces are a rare breed of Warriors.
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Woodson is the President and CEO of Sunwood Entertainment Corp, an
independent production company, dedicated to creating a
platform that brings great stories, targeting the youth, to the
marketplace utilizing the internet.
of Chucks projects, The Green Berets, currently in production,
is being slated for a documentary series, graphic novel series, and
dramatic I.P.T.V. series. Chuck has started interviewing Active Duty
members, and is looking for more great real life stories from current
day U.S. Army Special Forces operations to include in his series.
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Survival's Base 5
my last article I talked about the S.P.P (Spiritual, Physical, and
Practical) Survival Triangle and how a balanced approach to their
implementation will greatly increase your chances of being an overcomer
in a crisis or emergency situation. Now I'd like to touch on what I call
"Survival's Base 5" - the five training areas that will actually aid
you in survival process itself.
Shelter many believe ranks lower on the survival list, but anyone with
basic knowledge of survival understands that the body can go weeks
without food, days without water but only hours without shelter
depending on the elements. Look up the stories of cold weather, rainy
day, and harsh heat survival on the net and you'll find that some type
of shelter was priority one. If it's cold- we need to be warm, too wet-
we need to be dry, or too hot- we have to cool down; otherwise our
bodies enter a state of hypo (too cold) or hyper (too hot) thermia. We
simply never know when or where we may get stuck and be forced to
survive- so be prepared to make a shelter using man-made or natural
surroundings and have the skills necessary to use or make the tools
needed to get the job done. Also, be flexible in your shelter designs-
have a few well practiced methods of building a shelter in all climate
Water is a duh factor- we got to have it; but once we find it do you
know how to clean it? The days of drinking from the clean country stream
are almost gone; there are so many toxins and pesticides in our ground
water today that cleaning just about any type of natural water is a
necessity. Water cleansing theories range from those that think you can
strain water through fabric to remove particulates to those that need
all sorts of chemical tablets to do the job. Again; it will all depend
on what's available to you at the time. If you're stuck in the middle of
a massive wilderness and you come upon a creek, filter it through your
shirt of handkerchief first into whatever container you may have or can
make- then bring it to a boil, let it sit in the sun to distil for a day
or make a more advanced natural filter using sand, gravel and other
materials. Never just assume something is clean unless you know for
certain what's in the water and where it comes from. It's great to know
of a few ways to clean water and even a better idea to carry around some
sort of cleaning tablets or filter with you at all times (in a purse,
car, bag, etc.)
Fire is a great morale booster. Nothing so simple has ever brought a
smile to more faces than the warm glow of a fire. But, can you make one
when it's raining? Can you do it without a lighter? Fire building
techniques are pretty straight forward- to make fire you need heat,
oxygen and a fuel, without any one of these fire cannot be produced. You
can generate heat by friction often with a fuel and the surrounding air
will breathe life into the flames, thus the process of rubbing two
sticks together. Several fire making methods are a must for anyone
interested in survival or preparedness, rubbing two sticks together is
not the most economical way to make a fire. Fire steels, Fire Pistons,
Fire Drills, and Fire Bows are just a few of the ways to make a fire.
Seek out ways to make it with and without tools, you'll be glad you did
when the need arises.
We all get hungry at some point and crisis situations often cause the
body to burn through calories at a more rapid rate, so, we'll get hungry
more often. Knowing what to eat and how to eat it however is another
skill that requires time, patience and practice. If we're thrust into
the middle of a snow storm, stuck in our car, miles from civilization
and days away from any rescue as many were this past winter- we may have
our shelter, we may be able to make a fire and we can melt snow for
water, but what will we eat? That rancid snickers bar you had in your
glove box for two years will be looking pretty good, but will only get
you by for a day or so. What now? What wild edibles are available to eat
locally in the winter? What animals are nearby, can you trap them? Can
you prepare them if you trap them? All base level questions we must ask
ourselves. Knowing our own locale is a great starting point- what plants
and animals are available in each season for us to harvest- now, how do
we use them...? It takes time, patience, and practice so start now
before you actually need the skills.
5. Security: Security
is the most overlooked aspect of survival. If you don't feel safe where
you are, why on earth would you stay there? If you make a shelter and
you're afraid that some wild animal will get you in the night, you won't
sleep and will be up frantically staring in the darkness at every
little noise all night. If you're in hostile territory and the "natives"
are hunting you, what will you do when one finds you? Not only must we
know how to defend ourselves and families, but also our base camp.
Perimeters, choke points, booby traps and the like can be valuable tools
for defensive security. Additionally, subjects such as shelter
construction, location and durability add into the equation. If we take
shelter in small cave on the bank of a dried river bed on a low lying
flood plain and we're being chased by crazy people that are looking down
the bank at us in the middle of a rain storm- we're probably in a heap
of trouble. The small cave has one point of entry and escape, it's
raining and a flash flood could fill the river bed at any moment
drowning or sweeping us downriver and if we tried to escape we've given
the enemy advantage over us by allowing them a superior position. Play
out some scenarios in your head and remember to train in self-defense,
escape and evasion while also understanding how to bolster your base
five topics of course lead one to many other areas of training and
study and the learning process is really limitless. Practically speaking
however, if you just stick to these areas and PRACTICE and get
comfortable with skills in each respective area you will have a much
better chance of 'surviving' an event over the armchair survivalist
filled with book knowledge on the subject but no practical experience.
Hopefully, you'll never have to use these skills, but they should be
instilled in your family for generations to come- because we all know
that someone's going to need them down the line.
About the Author:
Jason Hunt is the Chief Instructor of Hunt Survival, Inc. a company
that trains people in spiritual, physical and practical survival
concepts. Visit them online at www.huntsurvival.com
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self defense, preparedness/survival and shooting sports. Subscriptions
and past issues are available online at www.huntsurvival.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DOG AND THE SHADOW
A DOG, crossing a bridge
over a stream with a piece of flesh in his mouth, saw his own shadow in
the water and took it for that of another Dog, with a piece of meat
double his own in size. He immediately let go of his own, and fiercely
attacked the other Dog to get his larger piece from him. He thus lost
both: that which he grasped at in the water because it was a shadow; and
his own, because the stream swept it away.
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DULCE BELLUM INEXPERTIS
- You have never lived until you have almost died.
For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know.
"We have rid the world of the most infamous terrorist of our time,"
~CIA director Leon Panetta declared to employees of the agency in a memo Monday morning, May 2nd, 2011
"...Do you think President Bush has Bin Laden on ice to bring him out to win the election?"
~Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (a.k.a - "Half bright"), 2003
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Clichs of Socialism
Clichs of Socialism
"Competition is fine, but not at
the expense of human beings."
MUST BE A REASON why protection or the welfare state is so popular and
has made such headway in our country and throughout the world.
Undoubtedly it is because many people believe it is the best way to relieve poverty and promote more general prosperity.
that is true, then why do they so believe? Could it not be because the
material results of protection, in whatever form it takes, are both
concentrated and obvious while the costs, the consequences, are
diffused, concealed, spread out in small amounts? Force is usually
quicker and more noticeable than persuading-getting a person to think
the state gives a man material assistance or protection from
competition;, it relieves him immediately and temporarily of part of his
problem. It is so concentrated and concrete, it is easy to see, while
the taxes for this particular protection are diffused and indirect in
most cases. Or when labor unions protect a worker from competition of
other workers and he gets an increased money wage, it is easy to see. It
is also immediate. In short, the benefits are concentrated and present
and thus easy to see, while the costs, the disadvantages, are diffused
and paid for in small amounts by many other persons and thus harder to
see. Superficially, the costs may seem to be postponed, a though the
redistribution were yielding a social advantage for a time; but this is
strictly an illusion stemming from inadequate cost accounting methods.
The actual costs, if they could be seen, are as real and immediate as
are the presumed benefits.
union member sees he gets more dollars in his envelope and thus
believes he is benefited. What he does not see is that if he can get
temporary material benefits by striking, many other workers will do the
same thing. Nor does he see that the employer has to get all the money
he pays in wages from his customers-other workers. If he is not able to
collect all costs, including wage payments, and if there are no profits
or no hopes for profits, there are no jobs. This unemployment reduces
production and increases prices. On the other hand, the more profits,
the more competition between employers to hire help, the higher real
wages will be. Also, the more competition in selling the product, the
lower prices the employees have to pay. This is continuous and diffused
and thus harder to see.
all these extra labor costs are passed back to other workers, past or
present, along with any extra costs that stem from lower production,
unemployment, featherbedding, seniority, strikes, nonproductive business
agents lack of individual responsibility, and so on. But these costs
are diffused-a penny here and there on the hundreds of different items
everyone uses-and they are thus harder to see. Besides, they are lumped
with all other costs so that it is difficult, if not impossible, to know
how much they total.
same diffusion that takes place in labor unions' added costs takes
place in every protection or subsidy by the government-federal, state,
county, city, or board of education. The added costs in the form of
taxes are diffused and scattered over thousands of articles. Most people
look at immediate wages or prices they get for what they sell under
protection as all benefit, and fail to see the little additional prices
added to hundreds of items they buy. Nor do they see that these added
costs continue as long as the cause continues.
benefit of personal charity also is concentrated and easy to see
because it is a lump sum. Many people believe the donor is benefiting
mankind more than the person who puts the same wealth into tools that
increase production, thus raising real wages and lowering prices in a
continuous process. The benefits from more tools are so diffused that
many people think continuous charity is more beneficial to mankind than
furnishing tools that benefit everyone.
with practical experience in producing the comforts of life are
convinced that the best way is for each and every person and the
government to have respect and reverence for the creative energy of all
private enterprise is not as spectacular nor as easy to see as the
socialist way of temporarily diffusing poverty by eating up the seed
corn-the tools-which will increase poverty in the long run. Free
enterprise is the surer and so far the only known way of constantly
improving the well-being of mankind.
we need is not to be blinded by the transitory benefits of protection
but to see the blessings that continuously follow the free, private
enterprise system, even if it is harder to see-that the gain of one in
creating wealth is the gain of all.
R. C. H.
|What Has Really Changed?|
What Has Really Changed?
|In Memory of...|
"Shifty" By Chuck Yeager
volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of
the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne
Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History
Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10
Episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.
met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I
didn't Know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly
gentleman having Trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured
him that he was At the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle,"
the symbol of The 101st Airborne, on his hat.
conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne Or if his
son was serving. He said that he had been in the 101st. I
thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, And how many
jumps he made.
Quietly he said:
"Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, And was in until sometime in 1945 ..."
that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training Jumps at
Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . Do you know
Where Normandy is?"
I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was."
At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland , into Arnhem."
was standing with a genuine war hero ... And then I realized that
it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.
asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said
"Yes... And it's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys
are Left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip."
helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach
while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to
Get him and said that I wanted to switch seats.
Shifty came Forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him
to have It, that I'd take his in coach.He said "No, son, you enjoy that
seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we
did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy."
His eyes were filling up as he said it.
died on Jan. 17 after fighting cancer. There was no parade. No big
event in Staples Center. No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24x7 news
coverage. No weeping fans on television. And that's not right!
give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.
Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the
veterans. Rest in peace, Shifty.
Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]
P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...Michael Jackson & the like!
"SHIFTY" - an incredible American hero
SHIFTY DIED JAN 17, 2011..........May God rest his soul.
Please do me a favor and pass this on so that untold thousands can
read it. We owe no less to our REAL heroes....
would like to ask all to forward this message to anyone whom may have
known or served with Col Meloy giving particular attention to the
former members of Company C.
The following from Alex Meloy:
Jim This is Alex, Jim's
son. It was great to talk to you on the phone even with our great
loss. Just to let you know about dad's service, it will be
on Weds. April 20th at his and mom's church, St. Anne of Grace, at
4pm. Basically his heart stopped on Sat morning and they gave
him CPR and revived him but he never woke up. He was never in
any pain and passed away peacefully at 4:32pm on Thurs April
14th. Mom and family are hanging in there through friends and
family, and our strong faith in God. Mom is asking instead
of flowers people donate to the James Meloy Memorial Garden Fund at
St. Anne's. Thank you for your care and concern and we have loved
hearing from all dad's army buddies.
6650 113th Street
Seminole, FL 33772-6214
If you wish to send a card or note to the family, his address follows:
Seminole, FL 34642-5711
On May 2nd , 2011....
...Medals of Honor were
Posthumously Awarded to Two Korean War Soldiers with their Families in a
White House Ceremony where they received the honors
of the 2 fallen Soldiers receive Medal of Honor
Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano
displayed extraordinary heroism near Chopra-Ri, Korea, Sept. 1, 1951,
while assigned to Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry
Division. Because of the enemy's overwhelming numbers, friendly troops
were forced to execute a limited withdrawal. As the men fell back,
Kaho'ohanohano ordered his squad to take up more defensible positions
and provided covering fire for them.
Although painfully wounded in the shoulder during the initial enemy
assault, Kaho'ohanohano gathered a supply of grenades and ammunition and
returned to his original position to face the enemy alone.
Kaho'ohanohano delivered deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the
onrushing enemy. When his ammunition was depleted, he engaged the enemy
in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed.
Army history file:Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano [KA ho OH hano hano]
- Killed in Action Sept. 1, 1951 in Chupa-ri, Korea
- Age: 21 years, 2 months
- Unit: Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
- Years of Service: 3 years, 3 months, prior service with Hawaii National Guard. Enlisted with the U.S. Army Feb. 5, 1951
Awards: Purple Heart (posthumously), Army Good Conduct Medal
(posthumously), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal
with one Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of
Korean-Korean War Service Medal, The Republic of Korea's Wharang
Distinguished Military Service Medal with Silver Star (posthumously),
Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Korea-Presidential Unit CitationPfc. Henry Svehla
distinguished himself June 12, 1952, near Pyongony, Korea, while
serving as a rifleman with Company F, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th
Infantry Division. During intense enemy automatic weapons and small
fire, Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing
his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced. He inflicted heavy
Fragments from a mortar round exploding nearby
wounded Svehla seriously in the face. Despite his wounds, he refused
medical treatment and continued to lead the attack. He was mortally
wounded when an enemy grenade landed near him.
Army history:Pfc. Henry Svehla [SUH vay luh]
- Killed In Action June 12, 1952 in Pyongony, Korea
- Age: 20 years, 7 months
- Unit: Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
- Years of Service: Enlisted with the U.S. Army in Nov. of 1951
Awards: Purple Heart (posthumously), Army Good Conduct Medal
(posthumously), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal
with one Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of
Korea-Korean War Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of
Korea-Presidential Unit Citation.
( Hooah- Hooyahs to the families and memories Pfc.Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano and Pfc. Henry Svehla!
)Special Forces Soldier earns Soldier's Medal
many Special Operations Forces Soldiers, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Z.
Clayton shuns the limelight, preferring to toil relentlessly at his job
and pursue excellence, not recognition; he tries to live the SOF motto,
"The Quiet Professional," and stay under the radar Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan *UPDATED*
BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 25, 2011) - A U.S. Special
Forces Soldier died April 23 while on patrol in the Kandahar Province,
"They fought like Tigers, but their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach."
~CIA officer , Grayston Lynch,
who helped train these Cuban freedom-fighters --knew something about
fighting -- and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The
Battle of the Bulge and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But in those battles,
Lynch and his band of brothers could count on the support of their own
chief executive. At the Bay of Pigs, Lynch and his band of Cuban
brothers learned -- first in speechless shock and finally in burning
rage -- that their most powerful enemies were not Castro's Soviet-armed
and led soldiers massing in Santa Clara, Cuba, but the Ivy League's Best
and Brightest dithering in Washington"
LEFT PHOTO : BAY OF PIGS FROGMEN AT THERE TRAINING BASE IN LOUISIANA
, Winter 1961
Front (left to right)Andres Pruna, Jorge Silva, Amado Cantillo, Eduardo
Zayas-Bazan, Osvaldo Soto and Carlos Font. Most were college students
at American universities. Felipe Silva and Eduardo Zayas-Bazn were
wounded and captured. Also captured were Jos Enrique Alonso, Jess
Llama and Jorge Silva. Pruna, Font, Cantillo, and Soto assisted
Robertson and the author in post-battle rescue mission.
pic credit: Amado Cantillo.The 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs: Veterans Still Harbor Pain and BitternessRead More >>
remember the man who gave the US a maritime capability that makes Navy
DevGru men different any other Service member -- His ability to be
at home under water with SCUBA...a word coined by:Christian Lambertsen,M.D , former Major AUS.
May 15th 1917 and who died on February 11 aged 93, was the real-life
American "Q-Branch "for all America's inner and outer-space
breathing needs. Before he was 20, he pioneered and developed an early
model of the frogman's closed-circuit rebreather, the Lambertsen
Amphibious Respirator Unit (LARU), a device used by the Office of
Strategic Services(OSS) in the Second World War, and paved the way
for diversified Naval commando Units like the U.S.Navy SEAL
From his OSS operational swimmers being equipped with
his LARU breathing SCUBA it was built to specs decades in advance
of its time. His adaptation of the British submersible
canoe, "Sleeping Beauty, " for OSS maritime ops during the
war afforded him and his LARU to be adopted as the first Swimmer
Delivery Vecihle instructo and the LARU the premier
diving system for all US clandestine Military frogmen for 1945 until the
early 1980's. His 1952 co-written paper describing
his "Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus", which he shortened
to "scuba" coined a phrase in use worldwide buy civilians ,
science and military alike" scuba "equipment used by WW II OSS
Unit Operational Swimmers, allowed them to become the forerunners
of their true legacy the CIA maritime /U.S. Navy
hybred DEVGRU SEALS whose operations took out Bin
Laden. He is remembered by the U.S. Navy as the "Father of
Frogmen" and the "Father of Combat swimming"to all clandestined service
... as well las the diving and space communities 'Boy wonder' of his
era. To all frogman whether clandestine, civillian,
scientific , commercial , professional or military who knew him
..he was a one a genteel of a kind leader who will be truly
MORE ABOUT DR. LAMBERTSENS Unparrelled leadership to U.S.and
NATO Clandestine amphibious commandos and diving frogmen , HERE
....A final Taps to a generation -- Frank Buckles
READ MORE ABOUT FRANK BUCKLES HERE
"Long ago, a poet of the First World War wrote of the sacrifice of young Soldiers in war: They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morningWe will remember them,"
Obama reciting on the presentation of Post humous medal of honor
recipients PFC Shvela and Kaho'ohanohano, May 2nd 2011
....AND NEVER FORGET MEMORIAL DAY
Fabled SEAL Team 6 (Read that DEVGRU) ends hunt for bin Laden
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SEALs are standing taller after secret raid
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CIA Chief Breaks Silence: U.S. Ruled Out Involving Pakistan in bin Laden Raid Early On
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"Amen. We're standing 6 inches taller. Interesting that 'scuba divers' took out Osama Bin Laden"
Admiral George R. Worthington( USN Ret.) who, as the top SEAL,
headed the Naval Specail Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif., in
the early 1990s
Who shot bin Laden? Former SEALs Including the " Rogue Warrior" SEAL commander who founded Team Sfill in the
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So What Exactly is the Navy's Secret 'SEAL Team 6?'
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The Navy SEAL Team 6 Weapons and Gadgets That Brought Down Osam
a bin Laden
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The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden
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Osama Bin Laden Dead: Inside Navy SEALs Team Six Watch Video
TEAM AMERICA: SEAL Team Six (The Daily)
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CODE NAME GERONIMO Inside the raid that killed bin Laden
SEALs, working with CIA, stormed fortified compound deep inside Pakistan
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U.S. commandos knew bin Laden likely would die
U.S. special forces set out to kill
bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al
Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials say:
"This was a kill operation," one of the officials said
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Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
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William H. McRaven, Leader Of Operatian Geronimo to Kill Bin laden
nominated for fourth star, top post of U.S. Special Operations Command
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'Ye Ole' Leap Frog' -- Capt.Norm Olson (SEAL) marks his 80th birthday with his 4,000th parachute jump
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Navy SEALs: The Coolest Guys in the World
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FIRST FA-22 DELIVERED TO LANGLEY
best conditioned fighter pilots are capable of maintaining
consciousness Up to in the vicinity of 15+ G. The Raptor is capable of
making 22+ G Turns.. If someday an adversary builds a missile that is
capable of catching Up to one of these airplanes and a Raptor pilot sees
that a strike is imminent, he hits the 'b.o.b.' and the Airplane makes a
virtual U-turn, leaving the missile to pass right on by. They know that
in the process he will temporarily lose consciousness, so the Raptor
then automatically comes back to straight and level flight until he
wakes back up.
DON'T MESS WITH THE USA !
of you who might not know, the man on the left is the Commandant of the
Marine Corps, and he is proud to know the man on the right.
Maybe you'd like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the uniform he wears.
Meet Brian Chontosh Churchville-Chili Central School Class of 1991.
Proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
and about-to-be father. First lieutenant (now Captain) in the
United States Marine Corps. And a genuine hero, the secretary of
the Navy said so yesterday.
At 29 Palms in California Brian
Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for
combat bravery the United States can bestow.
That's a big deal.
But you won't see it on the network news tonight And all you'll read in
Brian's hometown newspaper is two paragraphs of nothing. The odd
fact about the American media in this war is that it's not covering the
American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving
virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing.
sure, there's a body count. We know how many Americans have
fallen. And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out.
we're almost on a first-name basis with the jerks who abused the Iraqi
prisoners. And we know all about improvised explosive devices and how we
lost Fallujah and what Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how
the world hates us.
We get a non-stop feed of gloom
and doom but we don't hear about the heroes. The incredibly brave GIs
who honorably do their duty. The ones our grandparents would have
carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue.
The ones we
completely ignore, like Brian Chontosh. It was a year ago on the march
into Baghdad . Brian Chontosh was a platoon leader rolling up Highway 1
in a humvee.
When all hell broke loose, ambush city. The
young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket
And the kid out of Churchville was in
charge. It was do or die and it was up to him. So he moved to the
side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to safety.As he
tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his humvee came under direct
enemy machine gun fire. It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were
the fish. And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack...
told his driver to floor the humvee directly at the machine gun
emplacement that was firing at them. And he had the guy on top with the
50 cal unload on them.
Over into the battlement the humvee went
and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed, carrying an M16 and a Beretta
and 228 years of Marine Corps pride.
And he ran along the trench,
with its mortars and riflemen, machine guns and grenadiers. And he
killed them all. He fought with the M16 until it was out of
ammo. Then he fought with the Beretta until it was out of ammo.
Then he picked up a dead man's AK4 and fought with that until it was out
Then he picked up another dead man's AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo.
At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster, sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion.
he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis
from his platoon's flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at
least as many more
But that's probably not how he would tell
it. He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and
he got them out of trouble. Ooh-rah, and drive on.
outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the
face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh
reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of
the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
That's what the citation says. And that's what nobody will hear. That's what doesn't seem to be making the evening news.
of American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet
accounts of American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes
you wonder if the role of the media is to inform or to depress - to
report or to deride. To tell the truth, or to feed us lies.
But I guess it doesn't matter. We're going to turn out all right as long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.
Verified at Snopes.com
first picture and the last picture are taken at the beach in Santa
Barbara right next to the pier. There is a veterans group that started
putting a cross and candle for every death in Iraq and
The amazing thing is that they only do it on the weekends. They put up this graveyard and take it down every weekend.
Guys sleep in the sand next to it and keep watch over it at night so nobody messes with it.
Every cross has the name, rank and D.O.B. and D.O.D. on it.
Very moving, very powerful???
So many young volunteers.
So many 30 to 40 year olds as well.
Did you know that the ACLU has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed?
And another suit to end prayer from the military completely.
They're making great progress.
The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer thanks to the ACLU and our new administration.
I'm not breaking this one.
If I get it a 1000 times, I'll forward it a 1000 times!
Please, let us pray...
Please send this on after a short prayer. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!
'Heavenly Father, hold our troops in Your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in this our time of need.
GOD BLESS YOU FOR PASSING IT ON!
White House struggles to get story right on raid
By ERICA WERNER Associated Press
Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the
raid went down is another story _ and another, and another. Over two
days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events,
including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed and
wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort
through what the president's press secretary called the "fog of combat"
and produce an accurate account.
Press Secretary Jay Carney
said Tuesday that officials were trying to get information out as
quickly as possible about the complex event witnessed by just a handful
of people, and the story line was being corrected.
"We provided a
great deal of information with great haste in order to inform you. ...
And obviously some of the information was, came in piece by piece and is
being reviewed and updated and elaborated on," Carney said.
contradictions and misstatements reflect the fact that even in the case
of a highly successful and popular mission, the confusion inherent in a
fast-paced, unpredictable military raid conducted under intense pressure
in a foreign country does not lend itself immediately to a tidy story
line, some experts said.
"People are demanding the equivalent of a
movie, they want to know scene by scene the most trivial details.
You're in the middle of a combat operation," said Anthony Cordesman, a
national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International
"One of the things we all have to be careful about is
the idea that you can suddenly rush to transparency and understanding in
a matter of minutes or hours on the first day of an event like this."
circumstances for the Navy SEALs involved hardly lent themselves to
careful note-taking. One of their helicopters stalled even before they
rushed bin Laden's compound, entering different rooms from different
angles, not knowing who they'd find and then, according to the White
House, engaging in a firefight. Some of what happened during those 40
minutes in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may never be known.
the contradictory statements seem certain to raise suspicions about the
White House's version of events, given that no independent account from
another source is likely to emerge. The only non-U.S. witnesses to
survive the raid are in Pakistani custody.
Some of the White House contradictions and corrections that have emerged so far:
House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told reporters Monday that
bin Laden's son Khalid was killed in the raid. When the White House
released a transcript of Brennan's briefing, the name had been corrected
to that of another son, Hamza.
Brennan said bin Laden's wife
died while shielding the terrorist leader from U.S. gunfire. Carney said
Tuesday that the wife hadn't died and was merely shot in the leg,
although another woman did die. But it wasn't clear that either of them
was trying to shield bin Laden.
Brennan and other officials
suggested that bin Laden was holding a gun and even firing at U.S.
forces. Carney said Tuesday that bin Laden was unarmed.
have offered varying accounts of how President Barack Obama and his
team in the White House Situation Room were able to monitor the raid.
Without providing details on the technology involved, Brennan said that
"we were able to monitor in a real-time basis the progress of the
operation from its commencement to its time on target to the extraction
of the remains and to then the egress off of the target."
Director Leon Panetta told PBS on Tuesday that "Once those teams went
into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost
20 or 25 minutes that we really didn't know just exactly what was going
The night of the raid, administration officials held a
telephone briefing for reporters. "During the raid, we lost one
helicopter due to mechanical failure," one of the administration
officials said. Later in the same call, another official contradicted
that: "We didn't say it was mechanical."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, clarified
Tuesday that the explanation was more technical: The air temperature in
the compound was hotter than expected and the helicopter was too heavy
to stay aloft under that condition.
Taskforce Assesses Impact of bin Laden's Death
OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan -- News of Osama bin Laden's death
raced through the tents and plywood buildings that make up the
headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team
here, this morning.
minutes of the president's televised announcement brigade leaders met
this morning in their daily battle update briefing, and Soldiers checked
in by cell phone with buddies on other parts of the post: "OK, just
wanted to be sure you heard."
Force Currahee is on its second deployment to Afghanistan, responsible
for counterinsurgency operations in Paktika province. Soldiers here
smiled as they discussed the death of the terrorist responsible for
murdering nearly 3,000 Americans and other nations' citizens in the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
Maj. Rob Born, brigade
operations officer, said bin Laden's death won't require the task force
to change its operations significantly.
assessment was in many ways (that) he was more of a symbolic, moral and
figurative leader than he was involved in the command and control of
day-to-day operations," Born said. "I think we will find out whether or
not that hypothesis was true, and what the impact is."
said the task force will analyze the effects of the al-Qaida leader's
death within its area of operation over the coming days and weeks.
definitely expect and anticipate retaliatory attacks," he said. "[But]
if they're hasty and not well planned, it's not going to work out well
for the insurgents."
Born said bin Laden's death is a validation of the nation's efforts to combat terrorism.
think it's a tremendous achievement," he said. "It shows that
persistence and attention to detail, agility, flexibility, working
together with special operations forces and the intelligence community -
it pays off."
positive demonstrations outside the White House and in New York City
during Obama's announcement were encouraging, Born said.
just shows that the American public is really engaged in what's going
on, and they take pride in the achievements of their armed forces," he
said. "That really was the best thing that I saw."
David McKim, the brigade's assistant intelligence officer, termed bin
Laden's death an example of how his profession operates.
truly how it does work for us," he said. "Things don't happen
instantly, sometimes. A lot of our successes take time to build."
said for his shop, the mission in Regional Command East remains finding
the enemy in Paktika and protecting the Soldiers and population.
forces the task force faces in Paktika are not necessarily closely
linked to al-Qaida, McKim said, though many in Regional Command South
in Paktika are likely to respond to bin Laden's death in one of two
ways, McKim said: their morale could suffer, or their activities could
increase in retaliation.
al-Qaida leader's death comes at a time when I think everybody had
given up," he said. "They thought, 'He's either dead, or we're not going
to find him.' But that's how things work in our business - you don't
fact that the military did find bin Laden "gives you that justification
that yes, we are doing the right things," McKim said.
the overall counterinsurgency campaign, McKim said, bin Laden's death
is a powerful counter to enemy propaganda, which claimed America would
never capture him.
There is no likely successor to bin Laden who will have the same stature, McKim said.
was tall, he spoke very eloquently, [he had] power, influence, money,"
the iMcKim said. "Granted, there are lots of other bad guys out there
that will try to take his place."
Other insurgents may now think twice about attacking U.S. and coalition forces, he said.
"I think this is definitely a good thing," McKim said.
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Phone Call by Courier Led to Bin Laden
- When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone
last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss,
the world's most wanted terrorist.
monitored phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a
years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a
worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a
walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot
bin Laden to death.
violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence
work. Inside the CIA team hunting bin Laden, it always was clear that
bin Laden's vulnerability was his couriers. He was too smart to let
al-Qaida foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout.
But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them,
someone bin Laden trusted with his life.
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, detainees in the CIA's
secret prison network told interrogators about an important courier with
the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti who was close to bin Laden.
After the CIA captured al-Qaida's No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
he confirmed knowing al-Kuwaiti but denied he had anything to do with
Then in 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan
Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a
courier, someone crucial to the terrorist organization. In particular,
Ghul said, the courier was close to Faraj al-Libi, who replaced Mohammed
as al-Qaida's operational commander. It was a key break in the hunt for
in bin Laden's personal courier.
"Hassan Ghul was the linchpin," a U.S. official said.
in May 2005, al-Libi was captured. Under CIA interrogation, al-Libi
admitted that when he was promoted to succeed Mohammed, he received the
word through a courier. But he made up a name for the courier and denied
knowing al-Kuwaiti, a denial that was so adamant and unbelievable that
the CIA took it as confirmation that he and Mohammed were protecting the
courier. It only reinforced the idea that al-Kuwaiti was very important
If they could find the man known as al-Kuwaiti, they'd find bin Laden.
revelation that intelligence gleaned from the CIA's so-called black
sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many
intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and
criticized for their involvement in a program that involved the harshest
interrogation methods in U.S. history.
"We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day," said Marty
Martin, a retired CIA officer who for years led the hunt for bin Laden.
did not discuss al-Kuwaiti while being subjected to the simulated
drowning technique known as waterboarding, former officials said. He
acknowledged knowing him many months later under standard interrogation,
they said, leaving it once again up for debate as to whether the harsh
technique was a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.
took years of work before the CIA identified the courier's real name:
Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. When they did identify
him, he was nowhere to be found. The CIA's sources didn't know where he
was hiding. Bin Laden was famously insistent that no phones or
computers be used near him, so the eavesdroppers at the National
Security Agency kept coming up cold.
was identified by detainees as a mid-level operative who helped
al-Qaida members and their families find safe havens. But his
whereabouts were such a mystery to U.S. intelligence that, according to
Guantanamo Bay documents, one detainee said Ahmed was wounded while
fleeing U.S. forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and later died in
the arms of the detainee.
in the middle of last year, Ahmed had a telephone conversation with
someone being monitored by U.S. intelligence, according to an American
official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke only on
condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. Ahmed was
located somewhere away from bin Laden's hideout when he had the
discussion, but it was enough to help intelligence officials locate and
August 2010, Ahmed unknowingly led authorities to a compound in the
northeast Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where al-Libi had once lived.
The walls surrounding the property were as high as 18 feet and topped
with barbed wire. Intelligence officials had known about the house for
years, but they always suspected that bin Laden would be surrounded by
heavily armed security guards. Nobody patrolled the compound in
fact, nobody came or went. And no telephone or Internet lines ran from
the compound. The CIA soon believed that bin Laden was hiding in plain
sight, in a hideout especially built to go unnoticed. But since bin
Laden never traveled and nobody could get onto the compound without
passing through two security gates, there was no way to be sure.
that uncertainty, intelligence officials realized this could represent
the best chance ever to get to bin Laden. They decided not to share the
information with anyone, including staunch counterterrorism allies such
as Britain, Canada and Australia.
mid-February, the officials were convinced a "high-value target" was
hiding in the compound. President Barack Obama wanted to take action.
were confident and their confidence was growing: 'This is different.
This intelligence case is different. What we see in this compound is
different than anything we've ever seen before,'" John Brennan, the
president's top counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. "I was confident
that we had the basis to take action."
were limited. The compound was in a residential neighborhood in a
sovereign country. If Obama ordered an airstrike and bin Laden was not
in the compound, it would be a huge diplomatic problem. Even if Obama
was right, obliterating the compound might make it nearly impossible to
confirm bin Laden's death.
Brennan, "The president had to evaluate the strength of that
information, and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest
calls of any president in recent memory."
Obama tapped two dozen members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six to carry out a raid with surgical accuracy.
dawn Monday morning, a pair of helicopters left Jalalabad in eastern
Afghanistan. The choppers entered Pakistani airspace using sophisticated
technology intended to evade that country's radar systems, a U.S.
it was a kill-or-capture mission, since the U.S. doesn't kill unarmed
people trying to surrender. But it was clear from the beginning that
whoever was behind those walls had no intention of surrendering, two
U.S. officials said.
helicopters lowered into the compound, dropping the SEALs behind the
walls. No shots were fired, but shortly after the team hit the ground,
one of the helicopters came crashing down and rolled onto its side for
reasons the government has yet to explain. None of the SEALs was
injured, however, and the mission continued uninterrupted.
the CIA and White House monitoring the situation in real time -
presumably by live satellite feed or video carried by the SEALs - the
team stormed the compound.
to sophisticated satellite monitoring, U.S. forces knew they'd likely
find bin Laden's family on the second and third floors of one of the
buildings on the property, officials said. The SEALs secured the rest of
the property first, then proceeded to the room where bin Laden was
hiding. A firefight ensued, Brennan said.
and his brother were killed, officials said. Then, the SEALs killed bin
Laden with a bullet just above his left eye, blowing off part his
skull, another official said. Using the call sign for his visual
identification, one of the soldiers communicated that "Geronimo" had
been killed in action, according to a U.S. official.
Laden's body was immediately identifiable, but the U.S. also conducted
DNA testing that identified him with near 100 percent certainty, senior
administration officials said. Photo analysis by the CIA, confirmation
on site by a woman believed to be bin Laden's wife, who was wounded, and
matching physical features such as bin Laden's height all helped
confirm the identification. At the White House, there was no doubt.
think the accomplishment that very brave personnel from the United
States government were able to realize yesterday is a defining moment in
the war against al-Qaida, the war on terrorism, by decapitating the
head of the snake known as al-Qaida," Brennan said.
forces searched the compound and flew away with documents, hard drives
and DVDs that could provide valuable intelligence about al-Qaida, a U.S.
official said. The entire operation took about 40 minutes, officials
Laden's body was flown to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian sea,
a senior defense official said. There, aboard a U.S. warship, officials
conducted a traditional Islamic burial ritual. Bin Laden's body was
washed and placed in a white sheet. He was placed in a weighted bag
that, after religious remarks by a military officer, was slipped into
the sea about 2 a.m. EDT Monday.
Said the president, "I think we can all agree this is a good day for America."
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moments there were Iraqis slumped across their machine guns and
Chontosh was still advancing, ordering his driver now to take the Humvee
directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his
White House: Bin Laden Unarmed During Assault
- Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was confronted by U.S. commandos
at his Pakistani hideout but tried to resist the assault, the White
House said Tuesday as new details emerged about the audacious raid that
killed the world's most wanted terrorist.
White House said it was considering whether to release photos that were
taken of bin Laden after he was killed but was concerned that the
photos were "gruesome" and could be inflammatory.
details that emerged on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials: One of
bin Laden's wives tried to rush the commandos and was shot in the leg.
High temperatures caused a lumbering helicopter carrying the raiders to
make a hard landing. And as Navy SEALs swept through the compound, they
handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on
in pursuit of their target, code-named Geronimo.
bin Laden had been shot, they doubled back to move the prisoners away
from the compound before blowing up the downed helicopter.
fuller picture of the high-stakes assault emerged as U.S. officials
weighed whether to release video and photos of bin Laden, who was killed
with a shot above his left eye.
Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and
revealed some of the new details about the raid, said she'd known about
the suspected bin Laden compound since last December - offering rare
evidence that Washington can indeed keep a blockbuster secret.
Barack Obama made plans to go to ground zero in New York on Thursday to
mark the milestone of bin Laden's demise and to remember the dead of
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the U.S. was scouring
items seized in the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan
- said to include hard drives, DVDs, a pile of documents and more -
that might tip U.S. intelligence to al-Qaida's operational details and
perhaps lead to the presumed next-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri.
for publicly releasing photos and video, Brennan said in a series of
appearances on morning television. "This needs to be done thoughtfully,"
with careful consideration given to what kind of reaction the images
issue were photos of bin Laden's corpse and video of his swift burial
at sea. Officials were reluctant to inflame Islamic sentiment by showing
graphic images of the body. But they were also anxious to address the
stories already building in Pakistan and beyond that bin Laden was
somehow still alive.
a move that could increase pressure for the release of photos, Afghan
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah said talk of bin Laden's death was
"premature," adding that the U.S. had not presented "convincing
evidence," the SITE Intelligence Group reported.
who approved the extraordinarily risky operation and witnessed its
progression from the White House Situation Room, his face heavy with
tension, reaped accolades from world leaders he'd kept in the dark as
well as from political opponents at home. Pakistan, however, called the
raid "unauthorized" Tuesday and it shouldn't serve as a precedent for
Director Leon Panetta, in interviews with Time and PBS' "Newshour,"
sketched the scene in the Situation Room as the tense final minutes of
the raid played out.
those teams went into the compound," he told PBS, "I can tell you there
was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn't know
just exactly what was going on."
Panetta told Time, when Adm. William McRaven, head of the Joint Special
Forces Command, reported that the commandos had identified "Geronimo" -
the code name for bin Laden - "all the air we were holding came out."
And when the helicopters left the compound 15 minutes later, Panetta said, the room broke into applause.
filled in details about the assault, saying that bin Laden did resist
the commandos, although he was not armed. One of bin Laden's wives,
Carney said, was in the room and tried to charge at the U.S.
night, Republican and Democratic leaders gave Obama a standing ovation
at an evening White House meeting that was planned before the assault
but became a celebration of it, and an occasion to step away from the
fractious political climate.
episode was an embarrassment, at best, for Pakistani authorities as bin
Laden's presence was revealed in their midst. The stealth U.S.
operation played out in a city with a strong Pakistani military presence
and without notice from Washington. Questions persisted in the
administration and grew in Congress about whether some elements of
Pakistan's security apparatus might have been in collusion with al-Qaida
in letting bin Laden hide in Abbottabad.
asked the question that was reverberating around the world: "How did
Osama bin Laden stay at that compound for six years or so and be
have many, many questions about this," he said. "And I know Pakistani
officials do as well." Brennan said Pakistani officials were trying to
determine "whether there were individuals within the Pakistani
government or military intelligence services who were knowledgeable." He
questioned in particular why bin Laden's compound hadn't come to the
attention of local authorities.
for her part, said Congress may consider docking the almost $1.3
billion dollars in annual aid to Pakistan if it turns out the Islamabad
government knew bin Laden's whereabouts.
an article published Tuesday by The Washington Post, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari denied suggestions his country's security
forces may have sheltered bin Laden, and said their cooperation with the
United States helped pinpoint his whereabouts.
Americans rejoiced, they worried, too, that terrorists would be newly
motivated to lash out. In their wounded rage, al-Qaida ideologues fed
that concern. "By God, we will avenge the killing of the Sheik of
Islam," one prominent al-Qaida commentator vowed. "Those who wish that
jihad has ended or weakened, I tell them: Let us wait a little bit."
that vein, U.S. officials warned that bin Laden's death was likely to
encourage attacks from "homegrown violent extremists" even if al-Qaida
is not prepared to respond in a coordinated fashion now.
U.S. officials say the photographic evidence shows bin Laden was shot above his left eye, blowing away part of his skull.
was also shot in the chest, they said. This, near the end of a frenzied
firefight in a high-walled Pakistani compound where helicopter-borne
U.S. forces found 23 children, nine women, a bin Laden courier who had
unwittingly led the U.S. to its target, a son of bin Laden who was also
slain, and more.
Laden could have lived at the fortified compound for up to six years,
putting him far from the lawless and harsh Pakistani frontier where he
had been assumed to be hiding out.
They said SEALs dropped down ropes from helicopters, killed bin Laden aides and made their way to the main building.
officials said the information that ultimately led to bin Laden's death
originally came from detainees held in secret CIA prison sites in
Eastern Europe. There, agency interrogators were told of an alias used
by a courier whom bin Laden particularly trusted.
took four long years to learn the man's real name, then years more
before investigators got a big break in the case, these officials said.
in mid-2010, the courier was overheard using a phone by intelligence
officials, who then were able to locate his residence - the specially
constructed $1 million compound with walls as high as 18 feet topped
with barbed wire.
counterterrorism officials considered bombing the place, an option that
was discarded by the White House as too risky, particularly if it
turned out bin Laden was not there.
told Time that a "direct shot" with cruise missiles was still under
consideration as late as Thursday but was ruled out because of the
possibility of "too much collateral" damage. Waiting for more
information also was a possibility.
Ultimately, Obama signed an order on Friday for the team of SEALs to chopper onto the compound under the cover of darkness.
addition to bin Laden, one of his sons was killed in the raid, Brennan
said. Bin Laden's wife was shot in the calf but survived, a U.S.
official said. Also killed were the courier, and the courier's wife and
brother, U.S. intelligence officials believe.
asked if the information gleaned from high-value detainees in the CIA's
former secret prisons had proved the worth of such tactics, said
"nothing justifies the kind of procedures used."
people found at the compound were left behind when the SEALs withdrew
and were turned over to Pakistani authorities who quickly took over
control of the site, officials said. They identified the trusted courier
as Kuwaiti-born Sheikh Abu Ahmed, who had been known under the name Abu
40 minutes, the operation was over, and the SEALs flew out - minus the
helicopter that had to be destroyed. Bin Laden's remains were flown to
the USS Carl Vinson, then lowered into the North Arabian Sea.
Laden's death came 15 years after he declared war on the United States.
Al-Qaida was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in
Africa that killed 224 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that
killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots,
some successful and some foiled.
The Navy SEALs' Booty Was Yesterday's Biggest Victory
The most important achievement of yesterday's operation wasn't killing Osama. It was the US Navy SEALs' booty: dozens of computers, memory sticks and disks loaded with information that might just crush all of al Qaeda's network.
shouting "Geronimo!" to their commander over radio-the signal that
indicated the death of bin Laden from a shot above his eye-the SEALs
grabbed all the electronic material they could find in the compound and
ran with it and Osama's body to their custom MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
their weapons still hot, the commando handed the electronic material to
a special team of CIA and military intelligence operatives. According
to a US official speaking to Politico, hundreds are going through the data in a secret location in Afghanistan:
cleaned it out. Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?
It's going to be great even if only 10 per cent of it is actionable.
Decrypting "the mother lode of intelligence"
given the amount of material recovered, his enthusiam seems more than
justified. We can only speculate about the state of the data, but even
if some of the equipment was damaged during the attack, it appears that
most of it is intact.
don't know if "the mother lode of intelligence"-as that official called
it-in the hard drives and memory sticks is encrypted or not. Given
Osama's level of confidence-the circumstances appear to indicate that he
was very comfortable and felt very secure in his lair-the idea of some
of the data not being encrypted is not that crazy.
even if it is, the US intelligence agencies have the necessary
computing power and the expertise to crack the information open, even if
the terrorists are using the AES-256 standard. You can be sure that, if
there are any encrypted files, they are now being processed by
supercomputers at CIA's headquarters. The only question is how fast they
can access the information. That's the critical part: the faster they
get it, the more actionable that information would be, leading to the
fast capture or killing of other leaders and operatives in the al Qaeda
Here's hoping they get lucky and hunt them all down. [Politico]
Osama Bin Laden:What Happened to His Body?
officials say Osama Bin Laden's body was treated with respect and
buried at sea, but some Muslims argue there was no good reason for not
burying it on land.
Islamic tradition requires the dead to be buried as soon as possible, unless an autopsy is required.
The US military took this requirement very seriously, burying the body within hours.
"Traditional procedures for Islamic burial were followed," an official said.
rites were carried out on the deck of a US aircraft carrier, the USS
Carl Vinson. The body, shrouded in a white sheet and placed in a
weighted bag, was then positioned on a flat board, tipped up, and eased
into the Arabian Sea.
This occurred at 0600GMT, approximately 12 hours after the firefight during which Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head.
After this first shot, reports ABC News' The Blotter, he was shot again, to make sure that he was dead.
body was then flown to Afghanistan and Bin Laden's identity was
confirmed. Officials say a DNA sample was taken that matched that of
several other family members. Some sources say facial recognition
technology was also used.
From Afghanistan, the body was, it appears, flown to the USS Carl Vinson.
military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated
into Arabic by a native speaker," a US defence official said.
Why at sea?
to UK-based Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid, Chairman of the Muslim Council
for Religious & Racial Harmony, four key steps need to be followed:
- Shrouding in white cloth
- Ritual prayer
is no necessity for an imam to be present, he says, but the procedures
should be carried out by Muslims at least one of whom "knows the minimum
basic Muslim law of burial".
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any such person was present is impossible to know, he says, based on
the limited information provided. But he also questions whether sea
burial was appropriate in this case.
is correct to carry out a burial at sea when someone dies on a sea
journey, he says, but in this case there was no sound reason for it.
US authorities could surely have found someone - a member of the
extensive Bin Laden family, or even one of the many supporters of his
"evil" ideology - who would have been prepared to give the body a proper
burial, he argues.
words were echoed by Mohammed Qudah, a professor of Islamic law at the
University of Jordan, who told the Associated Press news agency that
burying Bin Laden at sea was not forbidden if there was nobody to
receive the body and provide a Muslim burial.
he went on: "It's neither true nor correct to claim that there was
nobody in the Muslim world ready to receive Bin Laden's body."
agency also quoted Dubai's grand mufti Mohammed al-Qubaisi, saying that
sea burials were permissible only in extraordinary circumstances,
adding: "This is not one of them."
the family does not want him, it's really simple in Islam: You dig up a
grave anywhere, even on a remote island, you say the prayers and that's
it," he said.
officials have given two reasons why a sea burial was chosen. First,
that they did not want his grave to become a shrine. Second, that there
was no time to negotiate with other countries to arrange a possible
burial on land.
to CBS News, Saudi Arabia refused to take the body. If correct, this
suggests that an offer was made - and that had Saudi Arabia accepted the
body, there would have been a grave, which could in theory have become a
However, ABC's Jonathan Karl, writing before the burial was confirmed, painted a different picture:
"US officials tell me the last thing they want is for his burial place to become a terrorist shrine.
avoid that, an informed source tells me, the intention is to bury his
body at sea - leaving no definitive location for the final resting place
of his body."
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are Great In-flight Photos Of the FA-22 as the first aircraft
delivery was being made to Langley AFB in Va. Langley is to be
first operational AFB for the FA-22. It is a very beautiful AFB,
located in a Picturesque location, as you can see In these photos,
near Norfolk and Hampton , Va.
Aircraft flying along with the FA-22 in the last of these photos is The
F-15, which will be replaced by The FA-22 which is several times more
expensive. In Actual In-flight (simulated) Combat Operations against the
F-15, two FA-22s were able to operate Without detection while they went
Head to head against (8) F-15s. The FA-22s scored Missile Hits (Kills)
Against all the F-15 Aircraft and the FA-22s were never detected by
Either the F-15s or Ground Based Radar.. Maj. Gen. Rick Lewis
Raptor Operated Against All Adversaries with Virtual Impunity; Ground
Based Systems Couldn't Engage and NO Adversary Aircraft Survived' FA-22
-- America 's Most Advanced Fighter Aircraft for the 21st
a titanium and carbon fiber Dagger. They're so advanced that if Their
on-board locator is switched off Even our own satellites can lose track
of them. They're the first military Aircraft ever built that is equipped
with a 'black-out button'.
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When toil and danger come,to thee we will cheer (quietly) in victory"
---Hearty Hooyahs , The editors former frogmen and combat swimmers of SFGNL
all of us at SFGNL to all the DEVGU men -- Your brothers in arms and
nations citizens thank you ....you are "Heroes" Under Obama, while
on Bush's watch you were simply 'Cheney's Assassination
squad'. Whatever political monkier they give you, you are good and
quiet and we -- the nation and the world's
other free men -owe them all a gratitude of Hearty
you -- Bravo Zulu -- and fair winds and Following Seas...
Sleep-Eat And Live- it up Gents , Hooyahs and a job well done!
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we should all be proud," That handful of courageous men, of strong will
and character, have changed the course of history. Stand tall - more
importantly, be humble, be the quiet professional. This is what makes
our organization special. Be extremely careful about operational
security. The fight is not over."
~ Rear Adm. Edward G. Winters III SEAL),
Commander Naval Special Warfare Coronado, the Navy's top SEAL, in a
message to all sailors regarding the sudden an gallant
action which extinguished the heart beat of one, Osama Bin Laden.
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