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"Life is for Living."

Walpole Main pic

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 forces warriors.


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.




ConguraIn 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 doorstep]..." 


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: 


Tommy"....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 places unknown..."




warfeTo 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."


A bren 1It 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 than nothing..." 


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:


jungle trek"...George 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


However 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..."


"...Yeah 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:


'Warfe's dynamic personality and ruthless drive had quickly welded the unit into an aggressive and confident band of jungle fighters'.


Walpole 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


Z logoYet 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. Walpole states:


" ... 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."


Z forcemenInto 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:


"I 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:


"What 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 time..."


Frazier Island and Jump School


At Frazier Island Walpole became a Z Force man working with all the toys:


"...So 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..."


Walpole 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.


"...Plastic 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 twowen Kito, 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,..Welrod>. 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


"..Leyburn.The 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 colour patch..."  


The Sleeping Beauty


Walpole 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 unique craft.]


When 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:


S B 1947"Brian 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 apparSOE SBatus 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 cocockpitme 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."SB Sliver Springs


Operation Cult and Tiger Snake...


"After 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. Tiger SnakeWalpole 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".


The 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:


"...So 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 Gestapo..."


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:rocky


"...the[Our] 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..."


But 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:


"...the 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'


Within 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.


CAT Boat"[...We 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)


"We 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


head huntersWalpole description of these warriors is like out of classic adventure novel like something Hemingway or Kipling would write we often hope the world continues:


"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


"..I 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 Bujansounded 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:


This 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:


"...I'll 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 no311 Headhunting torphies 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...]






"...They 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 thing..."




On one instance Walpole and Bujan and company went on an ambush:


"...We 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 ashore..."


Walpole 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 graft too]..."


Searching remnants of that Ambush


"...We 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:


"...On 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!'


"...There 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 Z man aand Blow gunnerstime 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 Dayak with headsworth 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"


As 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:


"...I 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'.


"...So 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 Scarang."


Bujan 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?' ]  


"...I 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?"


Walpole 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 continues"


"...Unting 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!"


And 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."


"Walpole 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...


Bren again"...As 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..."


Foiled 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


Walpole's 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:


"I 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."


(Ironically, 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.


Z insignEven 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


The 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 Borneo'.


While there are good people in almost every bad guy regime of every war: Rommel and JAp BattanAdmiral 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??


The 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:


"...Look 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 of thing..."


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.


Be Prepared


"Those in Power need you to be uninformed, unprepared and afraid."


~ Glen Beck, March 28th 2011


To 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:


"...I 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





boasting, 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..."


From 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.


Despite 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.


Walpole's 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.


Hooah Hooyah


"Life is for Living"


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This I recall to mind, therefore I have confidence.


It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions never fail, they are renewed every morning great is thy faithfulness.


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.


For 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.


He 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


For 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.  




It 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

entitled "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 Mincemeat".  


I 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.


I 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.


We 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.


As 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 and standing. 


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.


Prayer 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.


Now 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.


Lt 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.



The 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.


 Lt 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.


This 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.


As 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.


Lt. 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.


Once 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.


His platoon has the highest amount of decorations for a unit with the 101st airborne and also the highest KIA ratio of the enemy.


I 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.


Semper Fi,

Martin, Traci, Gunnar, Winston and Tessa

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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.

I 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.

What this 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.

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Word of Truth
Loss of Freedom
The Word Of Truth - Alive and Powerful

By Rev G.J. Rako

LTC (Ret)



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 God.   


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

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

John 14:6   I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. 

John 3:16   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.

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


There is 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 legislation.


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."

John 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."

 John 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."

 John 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."

John 15:25   "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 cause."


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 flawed.


Jeremiah 17:9   The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?


Therefore, 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

2.    Marriage

3.    Family

4.    Nationalism

Volition is 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.


Marriage 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.


Family 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, Jesus Christ.


Proverbs 22:6  Trainupachild in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Deut 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."



Nationalism 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.  


Gen 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.

Deut 32:8  When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples...

Acts 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,


The 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 spiritual maturity.  


John 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.

Matt 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.



Galatians 3:28  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.


This 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 take from you.   

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Fundamentally 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 calls.


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".

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

Warrior's Wisdom

Warriors Wisdom


"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
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Special Forces Video History


I 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.


Several 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.


Historically 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.


These 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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Survival's Base 5


In 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.


1.      Shelter: 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 types.


2.      Water: 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.)


3.      Fire: 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.


4.      Food: 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 camp security.


These 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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For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know.

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"...Do you think President Bush has Bin Laden on ice to bring him out to win the election?"
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"Competition is fine, but not at
the expense of human beings."


THERE 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.


If 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 and reason.


When 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.


The 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.


So 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.


The 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.


The 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.


Those 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 mankind.


Free, 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.


What 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?

But what if father charged for the lemons?


Government ownership sometimes seems so efficient when compared to ownership for-profit by corporations. Cheap electricity... beautiful buildings... "free" roads... low-cost medical care.


But before you start reaching and preaching for government ownership, ask yourself this:


Who couldn't sell electricity cheap, when land, dam and engineering were paid for out of tax funds, and never even appear on the profit-and-loss statement? Free roads are free only until you read your tax bill. And everything else that seems so painless is buried in the price of everything you buy-buried in the price of everything you buy-buried in the price of everything you buy-buried at its true cost plus the fumbling waste of bureaucratic management.


The world has never invented a guarantee of lowest price, highest quality, best service equal to the desire-for-profit.

In Memory of...

"Shifty" By Chuck Yeager  


Shifty 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.


I 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.   


Making 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 ..."


At 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."


I was standing with a genuine war hero ...  And then I realized that it was June,  just after the anniversary of D-Day.   


I 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."  


I 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.   


When 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.   


Shifty 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!


Let's 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....

I 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.


Alex Meloy


St. Anne  of Grace


6650 113th Street
Seminole, FL 33772-6214

(727) 392-4483


If you wish to send a card or note to the family, his address follows:


Marta Meloy

11673 Camphor Way

Seminole, FL 34642-5711




 On May 2nd , 2011....

MOH K and S


...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 Citation

Pfc. 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 casualties.

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
Like 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*
FORT 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, Afghanistan. More...

"They fought like Tigers, but their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach."
2506 Crest
~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"

Bay Of Pigs Frogmen
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.

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The 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs: Veterans Still Harbor Pain and Bitterness

Always 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.

Born 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 TEAM -SIX.

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 lambertsen Olson 2010Maritme 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 missed.

READ 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


Last Dough Boy 



"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 morning

We will remember them,"
~POTUS Obama reciting on the presentation of  Post humous medal of honor recipients  PFC Shvela and Kaho'ohanohano, May 2nd 2011




 MEmDay Arlington




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The 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.  




Brian ChontoshThose 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. 
Husband 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. 

Oh, 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.
And 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 propelled grenades. 
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... 

He 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 of ammo. 

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.

When 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.

"By his 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.

Accounts 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.

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The 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 Afghanistan. 


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.    

Amazing !


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.   






White House struggles to get story right on raid

By ERICA WERNER Associated Press

Killing 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.

The 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 Studies.

"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."

The 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.

Nevertheless, 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:

White 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.

Officials 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."

CIA 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 on."

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


FORWARD 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.


Within 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."


Task 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.


"The 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."


He 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.


"We 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.


"I 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."


The positive demonstrations outside the White House and in New York City during Obama's announcement were encouraging, Born said.


"It 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."


Capt. David McKim, the brigade's assistant intelligence officer, termed bin Laden's death an example of how his profession operates.


"That's truly how it does work for us," he said. "Things don't happen instantly, sometimes. A lot of our successes take time to build."


He said for his shop, the mission in Regional Command East remains finding the enemy in Paktika and protecting the Soldiers and population.


Enemy forces the task force faces in Paktika are not necessarily closely linked to al-Qaida, McKim said, though many in Regional Command South are.


Insurgents 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.


The 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 know when."

The fact that the military did find bin Laden "gives you that justification that yes, we are doing the right things," McKim said.


In 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.


"He 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.

Copyright 2011 Armed Forces Press Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Phone Call by Courier Led to Bin Laden


WASHINGTON - 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.

That 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.


The 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.


Shortly 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 al-Qaida.

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.


Finally, 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 to al-Qaida.


If they could find the man known as al-Kuwaiti, they'd find bin Laden.

The 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.

Mohammed 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.

It 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.


Ahmed 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.


But 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 watch Ahmed.


In 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 Abbottabad.


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.


Despite 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.


By mid-February, the officials were convinced a "high-value target" was hiding in the compound. President Barack Obama wanted to take action.


"They 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."


Options 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.

Said 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.


Before 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. official said.


Officially, 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.


The 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.


With 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.


Thanks 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.


Ahmed 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.


Bin 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.


"I 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.


U.S. 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 said.

Bin 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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Within 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 Marines.  

White House: Bin Laden Unarmed During Assault


WASHINGTON - 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.


The 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.


Other 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.


Once bin Laden had been shot, they doubled back to move the prisoners away from the compound before blowing up the downed helicopter.

The 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.


Sen. 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.


President 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.


White 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.


As 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 might provoke.


At 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.

In 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.


Obama, 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 future actions.


CIA 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.


"Once 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."


Then, 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.


Carney 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. assaulters."


Monday 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.


The 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.


Brennan 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 undetected?"


"We 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.

Feinstein, 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.


In 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.


As 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."


In 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.


He 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.


Bin 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.


U.S. 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.


It 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.


Sometime 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.


U.S. 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.


Panetta 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.


In 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.


Feinstein, 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."

Some 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 Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.


Within 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.


Bin 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.


After 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.


With 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:

They 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"

Indeed, 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.


We 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.


But 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 network.


Here's hoping they get lucky and hunt them all down. [Politico]


Osama Bin Laden:What Happened to His Body? 


US 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.


Religious 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.


The 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.


"A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker," a US defence official said.


Why at sea?


According to UK-based Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid, Chairman of the Muslim Council for Religious & Racial Harmony, four key steps need to be followed:

  • Washing
  • Shrouding in white cloth
  • Ritual prayer
  • Burial

There 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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Whether 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.


It 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.


The 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.


His 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.


But 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."


The 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."


"If 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.


No location


US 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.


According 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 shrine.


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.


"To 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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These 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.   


The 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 said: 


'The 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 Century!  


They're 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'. 

"Come Brothers let us raise a toast! To the Teams - we love the most!"
When toil and danger come,to thee we will cheer (quietly) in victory"
---Hearty Hooyahs , The editors former frogmen and combat swimmers of  SFGNL

From 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
Thank you  -- Bravo Zulu  -- and fair winds and Following Seas... Sleep-Eat And Live- it up Gents , Hooyahs and a job well done!

( SFGNL editors)


"Today, 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. On the 1st of May in the year of our lord , 2011
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