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RUMinations of the USS Ironsides in 1798

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KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY.

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The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed ...

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The Error of Our Ways

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BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! by Mustang

At the end of World War II, Harry S. Truman was looking for ways to switch the United States from its war-time economy to one better suited to a society that wanted —and needed peace.  Unhappily, the President’s cost-cutting measures involved a one-third reduction of the military services: Army, Navy, and Marines.  Washington, D. C. was a busy place between 1945-1950:

  • World War II veterans were expeditiously discharged
  • The Department of War was transformed into ...
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Doris Miller, the ‘negro messboy’ who became an American hero

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I ran across this story of a “Negro” mess attendant by the name of Doris Miller.  Besides being noticeably Black, “Dorie” as known to his shipmates and friends more importantly is an American hero.

In 1939, Miller who enlisted in the U.S Navy as Mess Attendant, Third Class was later commended by Secretary of the Navy, advanced to Mess Attendant, Second Class and First Class, and was eventually promoted to Cook, Third Class.

Navy History and Heritage Command (excerpt)

Following training at ...

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At Tripoli —Part II

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Fix Bahyonets! by Mustang

It is hard to imagine how the Barbary States (Morocco, Tunisia, Tripoli, and Algiers) might have competed with European nations at the end of the 18th Century, and at the beginning of the next. What did they have to trade that anyone wanted? Well, the Berbers did have the sea and what might be caught in it, and they also had sleek corsairs capable to running across the waves at a fast clip, overtaking merchantmen whose holds ...

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At Tripoli —Part I

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

The opening line of the Marine Corps Hymn is, “From the Halls of Montezuma, To the Shores of Tripoli…” Whoever wrote the hymn has these events out of sequence, but I’ve tried it the other way around and it simply doesn’t work —so we will have to acknowledge some poetic license and I vote we keep the hymn the way it is now.

The brevity of the refrain leads people to think that at some point, Marines ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, CW2 Jonathan Farmer, 34 (Army), Chief Technician Shannon M Kent, 35, and Mr Scott Wirtz, civilian, (SYRIA)

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

Army CW2 Jonathan R Farmer, 37, of Florida, and

Navy Chief Cryptographic Technician, 35, of New York and

DoD Civilian,  Scott Wirtz, age, home-of-record unknown,

were killed 16 January in Manbij, Syria by a suicide bomber.,

Rest in peace, Gentlemen

Job well done.  

A mourning nation ...

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Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, 38, Rests in Peace Saving Thai Children

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At this writing 8 of the 12 Thai soccer kids have been rescued from hours underneath the ground in a wet, flooding cave. The bulk of the rescue crew are SEALS from the Thai Navy, many trained by American SEALS.

The Fox News story here.

Among those SEALS there was Saman Kunan, a retired SEAL, who volunteered to help and who, on the second day, died when he ran out of air.

Though, in all likelihood, not a Christian, Saman met the highest meaning ...

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