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Please take a few moments to watch this extraordinary video of one man, > > placing one flag every mile across the US for every one of our > > military who gave their lives serving this


0930 here so it's 0530 CST and I haven't found any mention on the Internet of Pearl Harbor Day. Being PC doesn't erase it from my memory. Thanks to all who gave all and those that survived that terr

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Roscoe Brown Jr., Tuskegee Airman and educator, dead at 94


Roscoe Brown Jr., who served with the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and was a longtime New York City educator, has died.

Brown died Saturday at a hospital in the Bronx after breaking his hip in a recent fall, his granddaughter Lisa Bodine said. He was 94.

In 2007, Brown and five other airmen accepted the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen. President George W. Bush and Congress awarded the airmen with one of the nation's highest honors for fighting to defend their country even as they faced bigotry at home.

At the time, Brown told The Associated Press that receiving the medal was one of the greatest days in the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.


Brown was a commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, and is credited with being the first U.S. pilot to shoot down an advanced German military jet, the family noted. He earned numerous awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Nearly 1,000 fighter pilots trained as a segregated Army Air Corps unit at the Tuskegee, Alabama, air base. Not allowed to practice or fight with their white counterparts, the Tuskegee Airmen distinguished themselves by painting the tails of their airplanes red, which led to them becoming known as the "Red Tails." Their story was told in a 2012 movie of the same name, on which Brown was an adviser.


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A U.S. Air Force lieutenant serving in the United Arab Emirates was found dead in her room Monday and authorities were investigating the cause of her death.

An Air Force spokesperson identified the woman as 1st Lt. Anias A. Tobar, 25, according to the Miami Herald. The Department of Defense told the paper that Tobias was in the UAE supporting a U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State.

Tobar was assigned to the Fourth Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. According to the Air Force Times, the maintenance squadron is responsible for maintaining the equipment for the largest F-15E Strike Eagle fighter wing in the Air Force. The squadron contains 600 personnel.

She was in Abu Dhabi when she was found dead.

Mercy McGee, a longtime family friend, told the Miami Herald that six airmen told Tobar’s family on Monday of her passing.

“There are not enough words to tell you what a loving and wonderful girl she was,” McGee said. “She was God-fearing, deeply devoted to serving others and her country.”

Fourth Fighter Winger commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Col. Christopher Sage released a statement, offering his condolences to the Tobar family.

“The entire base joins me in sending our deepest sympathies to the Tobar family during this period of bereavement,” he said. “The bonds that tie the Air Force family together are strong, both down-range and at home station.

“This tragedy affects us all; put your arm around those who are grieving, both personally and professionally.”

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:th: the loss of any soldier diminishes us greatly BUT now the truth must be found as to who, what and why and they MUST pay dearly :evil1:???? John

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Ben Steele, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 98

Ben Steele, a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II, has died in Montana. He was 98.

Shirley Steele told KTVQ her husband died Sunday morning.

His book “Tears in the Darkness --The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath” chronicled his experiences during the war, the station reports.

On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.

They were marched for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died. Those who survived faced the hardships of a prisoner of war camp. Others were wounded or killed when unmarked enemy ships transporting prisoners of war to Japan were sunk by U.S. air and naval forces.

Steele was a POW for 1,244 days, the station reported.

After the war he became a distinguished artist.


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Thanks for posting this, garimpo

My Uncle, (my fathers' brother) was one of those captured in Bataan. He endured the Death March,and

spent the remainder of WW2 in a Japanese POW camp where he and others were forced to mine coal.

All the while suffering from Malaria and Beriberi. He never requested any medical treatment because

those who did were never seen or heard from again. At the end of the war, he and some others in the

camp, saw the Nagasaki FLASH (From a safe distance). After returning home from the war he reenlisted.

As a side note, and somewhat ironically, my Dad was US Navy stationed on Enewetak  Atoll for two years,

where the US Military later conducted extensive nuclear testing. He was also most likely saved from having

to hit a Japanese beach with a rifle in hand by the decision to use nukes to end the war.

Thanks again,



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 HERO LOST: Astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn dies at 95

John Glenn, the all-American astronaut and senator who rocketed into history on flights 36 years apart as the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest person in space, died Thursday at age 95. 

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Here's a sea burial you may/may not have read about:
Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger. On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in the plane.  It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.
Lest we forget!  Rest in peace, brave warrior...
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There's nothing more to say or add
that this photo
does not say already
thousand times better !
Tell all the overpaid protesters in the NFL 
to put on this uniform.
Then they might understand why we stand .
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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                                 A GOOD READ ON MILITARY HISTORY


Remembering the Meuse - Argonne Offensive
Largest battle involving US troops, more than 26,000 of whom were killed one hundred years ago...
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Lauren Bruner, one of the last four survivors of the attack on the USS Arizona, died Tuesday in California. He was 98.

“We are deeply saddened to share the news that Pearl Harbor Survivor Lauren Bruner has passed away,” the Pearl Harbor National Memorial said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Lauren has come back to Hawaii many times over the years and was well known to many of us here at the visitor center. He will be greatly missedImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor


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