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The CMP Starts Release of 100,000 M1 Garands!

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H/T The Shooters Log.

I have officially caught Garand fever so I will have to give the one I have now some company.

Recently, The Shooter’s Log ran a story, detailing President Trump’s order to go a step further than his predecessor and actually release the 100,000 or so 1911s currently being stored by the U.S. Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Several of you left your email and asked to be informed as soon as the CMP began taking orders. While I wish we were reporting that the 1911s were ready for distribution, that’s not the case. However, we have something as good, if not better.

M1 Garand

M1 Garand

During and after World War II, the U.S. loaned tens of thousands of M1 Garands to our allies. Among those allies were the Philippines and Turkey. Approximately 100,000 M1s have been returned and are, or were until very recently, being stored by the U.S. Army. Although technically authorized for sale through the CMP under President Obama, most reading this right now likely believe it was unlikely to ever happen under his administration. However, President Trump’s administration looks at firearms through a different lens.

For the Obama administration, many readers have expressed a belief that signing a piece of paper as a showpiece was one thing, but actually releasing the guns was quite another, and the Obama administration knew it. Fair enough… However, behind the scenes, the U.S. Army (authorized by President Obama’s order) laid the groundwork with the CMP for the eventual release of the rifles, and that has now come to fruition. Today, the Garands are in the hands of the CMP.

Crossing M1 Garands

Just think about it, 100,000 more M1 Garands…

The CMP received the Garands over the last month or so. Currently, the CMP is busy prepping the guns for sale. Each of the M1s will have to be cleaned, inspected, potentially repaired or rebuilt, and then test fired. Afterward, the M1 Garands will be sorted and graded, which ultimately determines each rifle’s sale price.

“We’ve already begun on the Turkish rifles,” CMP Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson said in an interview with the NRA. “They’re already filtering into the system and there are some on the racks for sale now.” Apparently neither country added any marks on the rifles, so the repatriated guns are not distinguishable from any other M1 Garand, Johnson said.

As previously mentioned, the government also has about 100,000 1911s, which will be sold at a rate of 8,000 to 10,000 a year. Due to the limited supply and anticipated high demand, at least the first lot is scheduled to be sold on a lottery basis.

The CMP is authorized to sell designated surplus military rifles, parts, and ammunition to qualified U.S. citizens “for marksmanship purposes.” There are regulations and hoops you’ll have to jump through to qualify to buy one—like a background check both when applying through the CMP and another from the FFL when you pick it up. Some will squawk about this, but it is Uncle Sam’s guns and his rules. Besides,

The revenue from CMP sales is used to fund operations and programs and to supplement a permanent endowment. For eligibility requirements, check out the CMP website. There you’ll find the CMP has two retail stores, one in Alabama and one Ohio. The CMP also has an online retail site and sells item through an auction site.

The M1 Garand has always been a favorite of shooters and readers of The Shooter’s Log.

 

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MIDWAY: PUNCHBACK IN THE PACIFIC

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This is from Warrior Scout.

The Battle Of Midway started on June 3,1942 and ended on June 6, 1942 the battle was they turning point of the Pacific War.

The Japanese  Imperial Navy was crippled beyond the point of recovery but there were many bloody land battles left to fight.

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A blow-by-blow breakdown of the Battle of Midway.

 

Four aircraft carriers of the Japanese Imperial Navy steamed eastward on the Pacific Ocean toward Midway Island. The squadron’s mission was to send the Americans to the bottom of the sea.

It was May 1942. America’s involvement in World War II had begun six months earlier, on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. The day was a triumph for Japan, a disaster for the United States—except for one large fact: America’s Pacific aircraft carriers were not hit. They were at sea that morning. The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet was still alive.

But Japan had momentum. Tokyo strategists believed that if they could grab Midway and sink the American carriers, their defensive perimeter would be virtually impregnable. The United States might then quit the war and give formal recognition to Emperor Hirohito’s dominion over East Asia. Japan would have all the oil, rubber, and food it needed. It would be a superpower, free to pick apart China at its leisure.

To advance its ambitions, Japan devised a plan centering on two slivers of land situated roughly at the midpoint between North America and Asia, about 1,300 miles west-northwest of Honolulu. Midway Island was a priceless military asset—a sentry for Pearl Harbor and a base for scout planes that roamed the ocean in search of threats.

The battle plan of Adm. Yamamoto Isoroku, the senior Japanese naval commander, called upon the power of the “Kido Butai” (translated as “strike force”). This consisted of his four finest aircraft carriers—the Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga, and Soryu—and warplanes, support ships, and superbly trained, dedicated men. The Kido Butai had excellent machinery, including the world’s best carrier-based fighter, the Zero; the world’s best torpedo plane, the B5N2 Type 97 “Kate”; and the world’s best torpedo, the new Type 91. Yamamoto and his associate, Adm. Nagumo Chuichi, intended to attack the Aleutian Islands, then descend on Midway, soften it with air attacks, and conquer it with an amphibious assault. This would draw U.S. carriers, planes, and Marines out of Pearl Harbor to take back the island. Lying in wait, the Japanese would then unleash submarines, battleships, and dive-bombers to destroy the Yankee flattops.

While Yamamoto formulated his plan in March 1942, a remarkable event occurred in a windowless basement room at Pearl Harbor. Lt. Cmdr. Joseph J. Rochefort and his intelligence-gathering team cracked the most important radio code of the Japanese Navy. They were now able to track the activities of far-flung enemy ships. In late May, they surmised that a large Japanese carrier force was headed to Midway for a June attack. Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, “took the risk of placing full trust in his code breakers,” writes historian William L. O’Neill, and conceived a bold plan. He ordered three carriers—the USS Enterprise, USS Hornet, and USS Yorktown—out of safe haven at Pearl Harbor and positioned them north-northeast of Midway to surprise the Japanese. The Americans would confront four enemy carriers with three flattops, and would also bring to the encounter the planes stationed at Midway—the island was, in effect, an unsinkable fourth carrier. And Nimitz had the element of surprise in his favor. He liked the odds very much.

The plan rolled out like clockwork:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1942

9:05 AM: “Sighted main body” is the electrifying radio message transmitted from a scouting U.S. seaplane 700 miles west of Midway by Ensign Jewell Reid and crew. They have spotted 11 Japanese warships headed eastward. At Pearl Harbor, Nimitz and his team conclude these vessels are not, in fact, the main Japanese body, but they recognize in these ships a confirmation of their central premise, that an enemy armada is heading for Midway.

2:15 PM: Nine Army B-17 bombers take off from Midway to strike at the warships spotted by Reid. They require four hours to find Japanese vessels. The ships they find are not Reid’s sightings, but rather another element of the Japanese force. The bombers attack from 10,000 feet with 600-pound explosives, but miss their targets.

NIGHT OF JUNE 3-4: Eve of the main day of battle. The Yorktown moves to its final waiting position about 200 miles north of Midway, near the Enterprise, Hornet, and support ships. The Japanese invaders believe the carriers are at Pearl Harbor. (The Japanese lack radar; the Americans have this equipment.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1942

4:30 AM: In the gray light before dawn, Japanese pilots fire up their aircraft engines and take off for Midway. The force includes torpedo planes and dive-bombers protected by Zero fighters equipped with 7.7mm machine guns and 20mm cannons.

5:34 AM: As the sun rises, a U.S. scout plane pinpoints the location of the Japanese carriers: 180 miles northwest of Midway. American planes based at the island are soon winging for the big enemy ships, including Army bombers (B-26 Marauders), Navy torpedo planes (Avengers), and Marine dive-bombers (primarily SBD Dauntlesses).

5:40 AM: A Japanese search plane soars past the American carriers north-northeast of Midway but doesn’t see them.

6:30 AM: Japanese planes that were launched at 4:30 arrive at Midway and hammer it. Marine gunnery downs a number of the attackers.

7:00 AM: U.S. planes launched from Midway at around 5:45 begin their attack on the enemy carriers, but they inflict virtually no damage and suffer heavy losses from Zeros and anti-aircraft fire.

7:00-8:00 AM: The Hornet and the Enterprise launch dozens of warplanes against the Japanese carriers. Many of these aircraft will not be able to find their targets. Others will arrive at their destination between 9:30 and 10:30; a handful of these will achieve stunning results.

8:00-8:35 AM: Fresh waves of American planes from Midway attack the enemy carriers. No U.S. bombs hit their targets, and once again, the Zeros have a field day.

8:20 AM: A Japanese search plane flying north of Midway spots one of the U.S. carriers.

8:30 AM: Japan’s Adm. Nagumo decides to hit the American flattop detected a few minutes earlier. He first needs to land the planes that attacked Midway (i.e., “recover” them).

8:55 AM: The Yorktown launches a strike against the enemy carriers. The planes will arrive at about 10:25.

9:17 AM: The Japanese carriers recover the last of the planes that attacked Midway.

9:30 AM: Fifteen U.S. torpedo bombers—Devastators—attack the enemy carriers. These aircraft were launched from the Hornet between 7 and 8 a.m. as part of the strike, but had become separated from the fighters that were to protect them. Zeros wipe them out. More Devastators follow a half-hour later; they also are shot down.


The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Phelps. Source: Official U.S. Navy photograph released.
9:50 AM: The Japanese destroyer Arashi concludes a tense two-hour duel with the American submarine Nautilus. The Arashi’s commander, pretty certain his depth charges have sunk the sub, races his craft north at 35 knots to catch up with the rest of the Kito Butai.

9:50-9:55 AM: Lt. Cmdr. C. Wade McClusky, naval aviator and squadron leader, searches for the Japanese carriers. He is leading 32 dive-bombers launched from the Enterprise between 7 and 8 a.m. He spots a lone ship steaming north at a high rate of speed. It’s generating a thick foamy wake—churning white water in a V shape. McClusky, guessing the wake is being created by a Japanese ship bound for the main body of the strike force, follows the big arrow with his fellow warriors. The ship is indeed Japanese—the Arashi, which was tangling a few minutes earlier with the Nautilus, and which is now headed exactly where McClusky thinks it’s headed. (The Nautilus, by the way, isn’t sunk.)

10:00 AM: Torpedo planes from the Enterprise reach the carriers. (This is not yet McClusky’s group.) They don’t score any hits and are summarily shot down. A few minutes later, torpedo bombers from the Yorktown arrive at the target. They, too, fail to successfully deliver any ordnance and are wiped out.

10:20 AM: The Empire of Japan has blunted the martial fury of the United States of America and is winning the Battle of Midway. The U.S. assault has numbered 94 aircraft but no American bomb or torpedo has touched a major enemy ship. Nagumo surely feels pleased with his prospects and makes final preparations to attack the carrier spotted two hours earlier, ordering the men on the carrier Kaga to dispatch planes from the hangar deck up to the flight deck. These craft are laden with fuel and torpedoes. Meanwhile, many Zeros in the vicinity are flying at a low altitude because of their preoccupation with the American torpedo planes. Similarly, anti-aircraft guns are oriented toward low-flying craft. Thus, the two primary defenses of the carriers are helpless against what’s coming from the sky.

10:22 AM: The McClusky squadron dives for the Kaga at a roaring 250 knots, its wings glinting in the sun, the hearts of its aviators pumping madly as the big carrier gets bigger and bigger. An American pilot watches the dive-bombers from some distance away and thinks, “A beautiful silver waterfall.”

10:22-10:27 AM: A 500-pound American bomb from McClusky’s group smashes into the Kaga. More bombs follow, including one that explodes on the crowded hangar deck, which becomes an inferno. At about the same time, several miles away, a plane from another Enterprise squadron hits the carrier Akagi with a single perfectly placed thousand-pound bomb. One bomb, in this case, is enough to kill the ship. Also during these minutes, 20 miles away, dive-bombers from the Yorktown lay three big explosives into the carrier Soryu.

10:30 AM: The Battle of Midway isn’t quite yet over, but three of the four carriers of the Kido Butai are on fire.

LATE MORNING OF JUNE 4: Nagumo resolves to continue the battle. This misguided decision has been much studied by historians. One theory holds that his stubbornness stems from a deep cultural value that grants nearly as much glory to valiant effort as to success. Before the day is over Japan will inflict heavy damage on the Yorktown (which will sink on June 7) (pictured below), but in turn, Nagumo suffers the loss of his fourth and last carrier, the Hiryu. In the evening of June 4, he orders the strike force to withdraw from the battle zone. The next day, the senior commander, Yamamoto, orders a general retreat westward.


The USS Yorktown is hit during the Battle of Midway. Source: U.S. National Archives.
EPILOGUE:

More than 3,000 Japanese died at the Battle of Midway, and about 350 Americans were killed. Japan lost four carriers and a heavy cruiser; a single U.S. carrier—the USS Yorktown—was sunk, along with one destroyer—the USS Hammann.

The Yorktown was discovered in 1998 resting upright on the sea floor more than three miles below the surface. It’s as fiercely beautiful today as it was 70 years ago. It will reside in the gloom for centuries to come, a brooding ghost from a great and terrible clash.

The Battle of Midway, and the Battle of Guadalcanal a few months later, decisively halted Japanese momentum in the struggle for ocean mastery. What if America had lost? What if Japan had sunk three carriers at Midway? Would President Roosevelt and Congress have thrown in the towel, perhaps retreating to a defensive posture around Hawaii? A few writers have speculated over the years about this possibility, but many scholars today, including Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully writing in 2005, believe the United States would not have quit under such circumstances. For one thing, the nation’s outrage against Japan over the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor ran very deep. There was a thirst for retribution.

Another aspect of the battle that’s debated is the steepness of the odds faced by the United States on those June days. In his 1967 book Incredible Victory, Walter Lord writes that the American triumph came in the face of “the greatest of odds,” that the U.S. had “no right” to win—implying, really, that American commanders gambled rashly by pulling their carriers out of safe haven. Lord’s words are inscribed in stone at the National World War II Memorial. In a similar vein to Lord, a major book on the battle published in 1982 is titled Miracle at Midway. However, one of the best contemporary scholars of the battle, historian Craig L. Symonds, wrote in 2011 that the outcome “was less incredible and less miraculous than it has often been portrayed.” Adm. Chester W. Nimitz did not believe in miracles. He believed in planning, guts, and adequate hardware.

 

Boko Haram murders 50 as it pledges allegiance to the Islamic State

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This is from Jihad Watch.

I can say for certain the Islamic State sure as Hell is no longer the junior varsity like Obama claimed they were.

 

For the caliphate, now as throughout history, might makes right. The longer the Islamic State lasts, the more loyalty it will win among Muslims. The Islamic State now has the allegiance of jihad groups in the Philippines, Libya, and Nigeria, as well as control of a large area of Iraq and Syria.

“Boko Haram declares allegiance to Isis,” The Guardian, March 7, 2015 (thanks to Kenneth):

Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, according to a video posted online on Saturday.

“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity,” read an English-language translation of the video broadcast in Arabic that purported to be from the Nigerian militant group. The pledge of allegiance was attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

The video script identified the Caliph as Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Awad al-Qurashi, who is better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State and self-proclaimed caliph of the Muslim world. Baghdadi has already accepted pledges of allegiance from other jihadist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and north Africa.

Boko Haram has been waging a six-year military campaign to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

Earlier on Saturday, four bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri in the worst attacks there since Boko Haram militants tried to seize the town in two major assaults earlier this year. Female suicide bombers believed to be acting for the group launched a series of attacks in markets, while another detonation was reported at a bus station.

In a fifth incident, a car bomb exploded at a military checkpoint 75km outside the city, wounding a soldier and two members of a civilian defence unit. The attacker in this incident had wanted to reach Maiduguri, a police officer at the scene said. In total, it is believed 58 people have been killed in the incidents and 143 wounded, but both figures were expected to rise….

Ohio measles outbreak largest in USA since 1996

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This is from USA Today.

Just when you think you do not need one another thing to be worried about.

 

YL Measles virus

(Photo: CDC handout)

 

A measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 68 cases, giving the state the dubious distinction of having the most cases reported in any state since 1996, health officials say.

The Ohio outbreak is part of a larger worrisome picture: As of Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had logged 187 cases nationwide in 2014, closing in on last year’s total of 189. CDC warned several weeks ago that the country could end up having the worst year for measles since home-grown outbreaks were eradicated in 2000.

The last time a state had more measles cases than Ohio has now was 1996, when Utah had 119, according to CDC.

The Ohio outbreak, like ongoing outbreaks in California and elsewhere, has been linked to unvaccinated travelers bringing the measles virus back from countries where the disease remains common. In Ohio, all of the cases have been among the Amish, health officials say. The outbreak began after Amish missionaries returned from the Philippines. The Philippines is experiencing a large, ongoing measles outbreak with more than 26,000 cases reported, according to CDC.

The California outbreak, also linked to the Philippines, had reached 59 cases as of Friday, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The center of the Ohio outbreak is Knox County, where 40 cases have been reported. Thousands of Amish in Knox and surrounding areas have lined up to be vaccinated, says Pam Palm, spokeswoman for the county health department. Though the Amish traditionally have low vaccination rates, “they have been very receptive to coming in and getting immunized,” to stem the outbreak, Palm says.

Some of the unvaccinated missionaries told local health officials they would have been vaccinated for measles before going to the Philippines if they had been told there was an outbreak there, Palm says: “One guy we spoke to feels just terrible that he brought the measles back and exposed his family.”

Ohio also is in the midst of a mumps outbreak of more than 300 cases. Given the outbreaks, state health officials are urging families to check vaccination records and get up to date before summer camps and gatherings begin. “Activities that bring large groups of people together can accelerate the spread of these diseases,” state epidemiologist Mary DiOrio said in a news release.

Before the measles vaccine became available in 1963, the virus infected about 500,000 Americans a year, causing 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations. Case counts since 2000 have ranged from 37 in 2004 to a high of 220 in 2011, CDC says.

While most people recover from the fever, rash and other symptoms associated with measles after a few days, complications can occur, especially in children. Those complications can include ear infections and pneumonia or, more rarely, brain infection. One or two out of 1,000 children with measles will die, says CDC.

 

Al Gore: Extreme Weather Events 100 Times More Common than 30 Years Ago Due to Global Warming

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This is from Freedom OutPost.

The ManBearPig Gore has crawled out of his cave.

He is trying to scare little children with his globull warming boogie man

ManBearPig only has credibility among his fellow environmental loons. 

 

Former Vice President Al Gore made some amazing claims about global warming. The failed presidential candidate told Politico Magazine that extreme weather events are 100 times more common today than they were 30 years ago due to global warming.

But Gore’s claims actually run counter to mounting scientific evidence that global warming is not making the weather more “extreme.”

“The game changer for the first question is the extreme weather events related to climate that are now 100 times more common than they were just 30 years ago,” Gore told Politico. “This is having a huge impact. And they’re getting more frequent. More common. Bigger. More destructive. And people are looking at their hole cards.”

“The extreme weather events and the knock-on effects with the stronger ocean-based storms, the bigger downpours, more floods, mudslides, the saturation of that hillside in Snohomish County, for example – these things are way more common now, because the extremes are more extreme and they are more frequent,” Gore added.

Gore’s claims, however, are not even in line with evidence presented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — a group often cited by Gore as evidence that global warming could be catastrophic.

The IPCC found that there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century” and current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century. … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.”

The IPCC also said “there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale” adding “that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century due to lack of direct observations, geographical inconsistencies in the trends.”

Extreme weather has been a major talking point for environmentalists and Democrats who want to show evidence that the planet is warming. Last year, politicians jumped on the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines, saying it was more evidence that human activity was making the weather worse.

“This is all over the world,” Gore said. “In the Philippines, there were four million homeless refugees and still are. That’s twice as many as the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Philippines has always been hit hard by typhoons, but this is something different and the warmer ocean is connected to it. And all over the world, people are saying, ‘Whoa, this is getting pretty crazy.’”

But the IPCC isn’t the only body to counter Gore’s claims. University of Colorado scientist Roger Pielke, Jr. has also presented evidence that weather has not gotten more extreme.

“It is misleading, and just plain incorrect, to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Dr. Pielke told the Senate last summer. “It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”

“Hurricanes have not increased in the U.S. in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since at least 1900,” Pielke added. “The same holds for tropical cyclones globally since at least 1970.”

So far this year, the United States has experienced a record-low number of tornadoes, according to Pielke, and the number of deaths and the amount of property damage from tornadoes has decreased dramatically in the past six decades.

“The average annual U.S. property losses caused by tornadoes, from 1950 to 2013, is $5.9 billion in today’s dollars,” Pielke wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “However, for the first half of the data set (1950-81), the annual average loss was $7.6 billion, and in the second half (1982-2013), it was $4.1 billion—a drop of almost 50%.”

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Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/04/al-gore-extreme-weather-events-100-times-common-30-years-ago-due-global-warming/#HsMQVgWeUQBXxh8M.99

When Hollywood stars were real men

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Hat To Murphy’s Law.

This list makes me weep for America.

Sadly we will not see these types of men today.

 

 

There was a time when Hollywood reflected American values of hard work, integrity and perseverance, and that’s how the heroes won the day, got the girl, and often lived in real life. And this was especially true in the 1940s and 1950s, when many of Hollywood’s leading men put their film careers on hold and enlisted in one of the armed forces to fight for America. Examples include but are not limited to:

Stewart Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.
James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.
Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.
Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)
Telly Savalas, US Army.
Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.
Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.
Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa.
Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill
Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged.
Robert Mitchum, US Army.
Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.
Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.
John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash.
Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.
Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life.
Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. Downed seven Japanese fighters.
Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.
Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan.
Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.
Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.
Robert Montgomery, US Navy.
George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years.
Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.
Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Medically discharged.
Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps.
DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps.
Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer.
Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.
Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians.
Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years.
James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy.
Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest.
Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.
Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila.
Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over “The Hump” in the China-Burma-India Theater.
Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps.
Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.
Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa.
Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines.
William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.
Jack Klugman, US Army.
Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.
Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.
Tom Bosley, US Navy.
Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines.
Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.
Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.
Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.
Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall
Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman.
Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.
Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when they Navy found out.
Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines.
Harvey Korman, US Navy.
Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa.
Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater.
Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.
Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa.
Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Instructor.
Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.
Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.
Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers.
Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division.
Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor.
James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.
Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.
Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.
Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre.
Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged.
Hugh O’Brian, US Marines.
Robert Ryan, US Marines.
Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa.
Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe.
Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.
Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps.
Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner.
Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.
Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber.
Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer
Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.
Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.
Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.
Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines.
Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.
Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot.
Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.
Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.
John Wayne. Declared “4F medically unfit” due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times(Army, Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention.
And of course we have Audie Murphy, America’s most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.

Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan?

The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September, 11, 2001 and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers and the Left.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened.

 

China’s Hu urges navy to prepare for combat

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The story below is from Yahoo News.com.
The Chicoms are preparing for war.
While Obama guts our military.
Obama has alienated our Allies.
If you want Peace  You must Prepare for war.


 Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urged the navy to prepare for military combat, amid growing regional tensions over maritime disputes and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power.

The navy should “accelerate its transformation and modernisation in a sturdy way, and make extended preparations for military combat in order to make greater contributions to safeguard national security,” he said.
Addressing the powerful Central Military Commission, Hu said: “Our work must closely encircle the main theme of national defence and military building.”
His comments, which were posted in a statement on a government website, come as the United States and Beijing‘s neighbours have expressed concerns over its naval ambitions, particularly in theSouth China Sea.
Several Asian nations have competing claims over parts of the South China Sea, believed to encompass huge oil and gas reserves, while China claims it all. One-third of global seaborne trade passes through the region.
Vietnam and the Philippines have accused Chinese forces of increasing aggression there.
In a translation of Hu’s comments, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the president as saying China’s navy should “make extended preparations for warfare.”
The Pentagon however downplayed Hu’s speech, saying that Beijing had the right to develop its military, although it should do so transparently.
“They have a right to develop military capabilities and to plan, just as we do,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little, but he added, “We have repeatedly called for transparency from the Chinese and that’s part of the relationship we’re continuing to build with the Chinese military.”
“Nobody’s looking for a scrap here,” insisted another spokesman, Admiral John Kirby. “Certainly we wouldn’t begrudge any other nation the opportunity, the right to develop naval forces to be ready.
“Our naval forces are ready and they’ll stay ready.”
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: “We want to see stronger military-to-military ties with China and we want to see greater transparency. That helps answer questions we might have about Chinese intentions.”
Hu’s announcement comes in the wake of trips to Asia by several senior US officials, includingPresident Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
US undersecretary of defence Michelle Flournoy is due to meet in Beijing with her Chinese counterparts on Wednesday for military-to-military talks.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last month warned against interference by “external forces” in regional territorial disputes including those in the South China Sea.
And China said late last month it would conduct naval exercises in the Pacific Ocean, after Obama, who has dubbed himself America’s first Pacific president, said the US would deploy up to 2,500 Marines to Australia.
China’s People’s Liberation Army, the largest military in the world, is primarily a land force, but its navy is playing an increasingly important role as Beijing grows more assertive about its territorial claims.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon warned that Beijing was increasingly focused on its naval power and had invested in high-tech weaponry that would extend its reach in the Pacific and beyond.
China’s first aircraft carrier began its second sea trial last week after undergoing refurbishments and testing, the government said.
The 300-metre (990-foot) ship, a refitted former Soviet carrier, underwent five days of trials in August that sparked international concern about China’s widening naval reach.
Beijing only confirmed this year that it was revamping the old Soviet ship and has repeatedly insisted that the carrier poses no threat to its neighbours and will be used mainly for training and research purposes.
But the August sea trials were met with concern from regional powers including Japan and the United States, which called on Beijing to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier.
China, which publicly announced around 50 separate naval exercises in the seas off its coast over the past two years — usually after the event — says its military is only focused on defending the country’s territory.

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