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    PEARL HARBOR AND WHY WE STAND We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started. Ringing through the morning, as happens every day here and on U.S. military bases around the world, was the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As the song plays, people strolling through the neighborhood freeze in their steps, cars pull to the side of the road, and even children stop playing and stand tall, exactly as they have been taught, to honor our flag and the freedom and sacrifice that it embodies. “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? Although I’ve been deeply moved by this anthem throughout my life, it is particularly poignant here at Pearl Harbor, especially as we approach Dec. 7, the anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy.” The words and music seem to carry with them the spirits of those who gave their lives for our freedom in this very place 76 years ago. “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there …” I imagine the terror of that awful Sunday in this peaceful neighborhood. Homes like the one I visited were occupied by dads, moms, and children, most still in the safety of their beds. While airmen and seamen slept in, relaxed or attended to early morning tasks just after sunrise on what promised to be a beautiful Hawaiian day, the world suddenly changed forever. Many must have listened intently as they were stirred from their sleep by the roar of bombers overhead, a sound that was alarmingly different from that of normal flight exercises. Others would have stared and pointed at the sky in confusion as it suddenly darkened by hundreds of foreign aircraft. When the whistle of bombs screaming toward the earth began, fear and panic quickly gripped hearts as the ground erupted and the harbor spewed from the deafening, continual explosions. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” In the end, eight of the Pacific Fleet’s battleships were badly damaged and several, including the Arizona, were sunk, sending many of their seamen to a watery death. Sixteen ships in all and 367 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. And, so very devastating to our nation and to all who loved them, 2,335 men and women in service were murdered by evil on these hallowed grounds and waters, and another 1,178 were wounded. By the time the bloody world war ended in 1945, more than 400,000 American military men and women had been killed. They proudly fought and honored our flag with their very lives so that you and I could live in peace and freedom. While they endured a hellish nightmare for us, it is beyond shameful that some cannot muster the decency to simply stand in honor of them.
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    That's alright, my T Shirt with a detector on it doesn't have a nugget on it either, .....and it's not a promo. Gary
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    TGSL Coil : Ta DAAAAAAW! Wire came today. If you hears some cussing and what not, the Coil Sprang on me and I'll be on the floor looking like something a spider wrapped up ! :P
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    In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor and Those That Fought in WWII Most Americans who were not adults during WWII have no understanding of the magnitude of it. This listing of some of the aircraft facts gives a bit of insight to it. Of the total 276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US 43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat. 14,000 lost in the continental U.S. The US civilian population maintained a dedicated effort for four years, many working long hours seven days per week and often also volunteering for other work. WWII was the largest human effort in history. Statistics from Flight Journal magazine. THE COST of DOING BUSINESS ---- The staggering cost of war. THE PRICE OF VICTORY (cost of an aircraft in WWII dollars) B-17 $204,370. P-40 $44,892. B-24 $215,516. P-47 $85,578. B-25 $142,194. P-51 $51,572. B-26 $192,426. C-47 $88,574. B-29 $605,360. PT-17 $15,052. P-38 $97,147. AT-6 $22,952. PLANES A DAY WORLDWIDE From Germany's invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939 and ending with Japan 's surrender Sept. 2, 1945 --- 2,433 days. From 1942 onward, America averaged 170 planes lost a day. How many is a 1,000 planes? B-17 production (12,731) wingtip to wingtip would extend 250 miles. 1,000 B-17s carried 2.5 million gallons of high octane fuel and required 10,000 airmen to fly and fight in them. THE NUMBERS GAME 9.7 billion gallons of gasoline consumed, 1942-1945. 107.8 million hours flown, 1943-1945. 459.7 billion rounds of aircraft ammo fired overseas, 1942-1945. 7.9 million bombs dropped overseas, 1943-1945. 2.3 million combat sorties, 1941-1945 (one sortie = one takeoff). 299,230 aircraft accepted, 1940-1945. 808,471 aircraft engines accepted, 1940-1945. 799,972 propellers accepted, 1940-1945. WWII MOST-PRODUCED COMBAT AIRCRAFT Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik 36,183 Yakolev Yak-1,-3,-7, -9 31,000+ Messerschmitt Bf-109 30,480 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 29,001 Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire 20,351 Convair B-24/PB4Y Liberator/Privateer 18,482 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 15,686 North American P-51 Mustang 15,875 Junkers Ju-88 15,000 Hawker Hurricane 14,533 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk 13,738 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 12,731 Vought F4U Corsair 12,571 Grumman F6F Hellcat 12,275 Petlyakov Pe-2 11,400 Lockheed P-38 Lightning 10,037 Mitsubishi A6M Zero 10,449 North American B-25 Mitchell 9,984 Lavochkin LaGG-5 9,920 Note: The LaGG-5 was produced with both water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Grumman TBM Avenger 9,837 Bell P-39 Airacobra 9,584 Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar 5,919 DeHavilland Mosquito 7,780 Avro Lancaster 7,377 Heinkel He-111 6,508 Handley-Page Halifax 6,176 Messerschmitt Bf-110 6,150 Lavochkin LaGG-7 5,753 Boeing B-29 Superfortress 3,970 Short Stirling 2,383 Sources: Rene Francillon, Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific war; Cajus Bekker, The Luftwaffe Diaries; Ray Wagner, American Combat Planes; Wikipedia. According to the AAF Statistical Digest, in less than four years (December 1941- August 1945), the US Army Air Forces lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and assorted personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental United States . They were the result of 52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months. Think about those numbers. They average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day. (Less than one accident in four resulted in totaled aircraft, however.) It gets worse..... Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign climes. But an eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas. In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England . In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe . Pacific theater losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed. The worst B-29 mission, against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas . On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theaters and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands. Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867. US manpower made up the deficit. The AAF's peak strength was reached in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel, nearly twice the previous year's figure. The losses were huge---but so were production totals. From 1941 through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft. That number was enough not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but for allies as diverse as Britain , Australia , China and Russia . In fact, from 1943 onward, America produced more planes than Britain and Russia combined. And more than Germany and Japan together 1941-45. However, our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe sustained uncontrolled hemorrhaging, reaching 25 percent of aircrews and 40 planes a month. And in late 1944 into 1945, nearly half the pilots in Japanese squadrons had flown fewer than 200 hours. The disparity of two years before had been completely reversed. Experience Level: Uncle Sam sent many of his sons to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft. The 357th Fighter Group (often known as The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s. The group never saw a Mustang until shortly before its first combat mission. A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type. Many had fewer than five hours. Some had one hour. With arrival of new aircraft, many combat units transitioned in combat. The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly `em." When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in February 1944, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The Group commander, Col. Donald Blakeslee, said, "You can learn to fly `51s on the way to the target. A future P-47 ace said, "I was sent to England to die." He was not alone. Some fighter pilots tucked their wheels in the well on their first combat mission with one previous flight in the aircraft. Meanwhile, many bomber crews were still learning their trade: of Jimmy Doolittle's 15 pilots on the April 1942 Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before 1941. All but one of the 16 copilots were less than a year out of flight school. In WWII flying safety took a back seat to combat. The AAF's worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139. All were Allison powered. Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive. The B-17 and B-24 averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, respectively-- a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force's major mishap rate was less than 2. The B-29 was even worse at 40; the world's most sophisticated, most capable and most expensive bomber was too urgently needed to stand down for mere safety reasons. The AAF set a reasonably high standard for B-29 pilots, but the desired figures were seldom attained. The original cadre of the 58th Bomb Wing was to have 400 hours of multi-engine time, but there were not enough experienced pilots to meet the criterion. Only ten percent had overseas experience. Conversely, when a $2.1 billion B-2 crashed in 2008, the Air Force initiated a two-month "safety pause" rather than declare a "stand down", let alone grounding. The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Though the R3350 was known as a complicated, troublesome power-plant, no more than half the mechanics had previous experience with the Duplex Cyclone. But they made it work. Navigators: Perhaps the greatest unsung success story of AAF training was Navigators. The Army graduated some 50,000 during the War. And many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving "Uncle Sugar" for a war zone. Yet the huge majority found their way across oceans and continents without getting lost or running out of fuel --- a stirring tribute to the AAF's educational establishments. Cadet To Colonel: It was possible for a flying cadet at the time of Pearl Harbor to finish the war with eagles on his shoulders. That was the record of John D. Landers, a 21-year-old Texan, who was commissioned a second lieutenant on December 12, 1941. He joined his combat squadron with 209 hours total flight time, including 2? in P-40s. He finished the war as a full colonel, commanding an 8th Air Force Group --- at age 24. As the training pipeline filled up, however those low figures became exceptions. By early 1944, the average AAF fighter pilot entering combat had logged at least 450 hours, usually including 250 hours in training. At the same time, many captains and first lieutenants claimed over 600 hours. FACT: At its height in mid-1944, the Army Air Forces had 2.6 million people and nearly 80,000 aircraft of all types. Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000 civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft. The 2009 figures represent about 12 percent of the manpower and 7 percent of the airplanes of the WWII peak. IN SUMMATION: Whether there will ever be another war like that experienced in 1940-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones over Afghanistan and Iraq . But within living memory, men left the earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles high, leaving a legacy that remains timeless.
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    Well....guess that cancels my search and find trip off! Tom H.
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    Not without turning cost of t-shirt into a tuxedo lol, would not be able to see it except on white either. Just too much for a logo at this is not just for shirts....
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    sorry for the bit of language but this find got us excited. He got the hit with his Deus but testing both machines over it both the CTX and Deus hit it with coil about 5 feet above.
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    'Tis the Season for Great Music https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=hallalujah+chorus#id=13&vid=35b8f38acc0ac24e4d267f6e71f72ce2&action=view
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    Why is this post gold related? 1. I learned about this surgery at one of Bill's Gold Outings, once again proving what valuable information you can gain by attending gold outings. So DON'T miss Bill's outings. 2. I have just given everyone a head's up that I will be out of commission for around 2 months, ergo, you have time to go raid my gold patches. I thought it was fairly obvious how this was related. (I'm hurt you are supposed to cut me some slack.) (Don't forget I'm 68, I could be senile, maybe I am not responsible for my actions?) If I had told you they implanted 3 GOLD rods in my bone to fuse the SI joint together I bet that would have got your attention. In all seriousness because many of us are not spring chickens anymore, and many of us suffer from lower back ailments, it is really important to know this information. 23% of lower back problems are mis-diagnosed as being lumbar vertebra problems. Oh you have a bulging disc. Or sciatica. Or they find nothing on an MRI so they think it is all in your head. Well MRI's do not show SI Joint dysfunction, and many doctors disregard this out of hand because they never heard of it or it was briefly touched on in their training. There is a reason for this. Years ago, in order to fuse your SI joint, it was very involved. I involved cutting muscles and nerves and involved actually placing a bone graft. It was only done on people who had suffered very traumatic injuries as the result of a car crash or the like and they were just trying to put them back together and save their lives. Then about 15 years ago a company started clinical trials on a SI join fusion system that is minimally invasive, and takes only 40 minutes and can be done on an outpatient basis. Then in 2016, The FDA announced the I-Fuse system as the Only SI Joint Fusion Implant with an FDA Cleared Indication citing clinical studies that demonstrated improvement in pain, patient function, and quality of life. I had a very excellent young chiropractor that diagnosed me with SI joint dysfunction. I had never heard of it. All I knew is that if I lifted, climbed a ladder, climbed stairs or went prospecting I was laid up for three days. So how do you know if you have SI joint dysfunction? Press on your spine working down to your tailbone. No pain? If you have SI joint dysfunction you probably will not have pain there, even though you thought that is where the pain was coming from. Now go to the right and left side of your spine, around the L2 vertebrae, about 2 inches over from your spine, right where those "dimples" are in your back. Press on those. Are they really sore? That is the top of your SI joint. If those are sore you may have SI joint dysfunction. If you feel pain radiating out on the outside of your hip, down the front of your leg, or in your groin, could be SI. If you have trouble getting up from a sitting position, like you have no strength to get yourself up. If you physically can not get off the ground when digging a hole and have to use your pick to get yourself up. If after a few hours of detecting your hips just feel so tired that you find your self sort of taking little steps and shuffling along, barely able to get yourself back to your vehicle without stopping to rest. Probably SI joint. Here is another test. Lay on your back on the floor. Take your one leg and do a figure 4 with one leg. In other words, bend one knee and pull your ankle up until it is resting above the knee of your other leg. OK know have a friend and have them put their hand on your pelvis bone in front, on the side of the leg that is straight. Now have them put their other hand on your knee that is bent.. Holding your pelvis bone down so you don't rotate, have them gently push your bent knee down. Does it send a shooting pain up through the back of your hip? SI Joint Dysfunction. I think Bill's Tammy has it. Pushing on those dimples on her back just about made her jump out of her skin. No reason to endure that pain. 83% of the people that have had this surgery say they are still pain free 10 years later. Doc
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    Yeah...don't do that! That would be enough to make a grown man at least snivel a little
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    Hey guy`s ~n gal`s......Just to let you know, the gold pictured is not from the spot pictured with the handstacks. Two separate areas. Thank you for all the coments
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    I have a Polaris Ranger and I love the extra room.....this last outing I was able to take a couple of riders out with me so I did not go alone.
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    With my luck ,I would not be able to find it .
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    TOTAL WAS 26.56, winner is Robert McMullen, hey Johnno you missed it by 1 penny over Robert send me a mailing address please by PM.
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    Yep, final draft is this one, have been working hard on an original one and finally got it. Tried with headphones, pick, etc. but was just too much going on with all that and I am really liking this one. With headphones looked like Princess Laya from Star Wars
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    No one has ever stacked, nor relocated overburden in this wash; and I think that the only others (few if any) that had tried to detect here where the guys who had the early VLF detectors. But I'm sure that the high mineralization and overabundant supply of iron stone hot rocks made them seek easier ground to hunt. Most likely drove them "Nuts". Gary
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    Not the backside of a hunter, use Ballcap, and move away from the letters, grey shirt or camo. AzNuggetBob
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    Well, this SUCKS ! My fingers are COLD !