|Deadly Typhoons, Losing a Pet, The 150th
Anniversary of Gettysburg Address, and the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination.
I was so glad to see the Marines in the Philippines this past week bringing aid and relief to the Typhoon survivors. When most people think of the Marines, they think of the Warriors that they are trained to be. And make no mistake about it, they are all of that and more. But, they are also a humanitarian force to be reckoned with.
Leaving their families once again to go and help a foreign country that was devastated by a natural disaster. This time they were not carrying weapons. They were bringing medical supplies and food. Typhoons are deadly. And the one that hit the Philippines last week was the largest on record to ever make landfall. I was proud to see my fellow Marines be the first to help.
It brought back memories for me. In October of 1970, I was part of a relief operation that helped the people of the Philippines, after Typhoon Joan killed over 1,000 villagers, and destroyed thousands of homes. I was one of the Marines that left Vietnam and boarded the USS Okinawa. It was a LPH (Landing Platform for Helicopters) . We would fly off the ship on those big CH-46 Choppers up into the mountains and jungles, to help
those people. Not many people know about it. We got a Presidential Unit Citation for that mission.
Of all the terrible things
you see in a war, (and there are many). Typhoon Joan was an absolute nightmare. The sight of those dead women, children, and babies, still haunt me today. The looks on the survivors faces are still clear in my mind. We brought, bread, and medical supplies and helped in the overall clean-up.
In all of that despair, there was hope. And it came via the USA.
In my yesterday section below there is a newspaper clipping from the Stars and Stripes that mention a little bit of what we did. As proud as I am of the Marines today, helping out with the Typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, I am equally as proud of the Marines I served with in 1970 during the Philippine Typhoon relief mission.
The USS OKINAWA is no longer with us. The US NAVY sunk her on June 6th, 2002. The ship that sunk her? USS PORTSMOUTH!
I know you are all aware of the major anniversaries this week.
November 19th, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the incredible speech by Abraham Lincoln. The Gettysburg Address. This is an artist's rendition of that speech.
Can you imagine what it must of been like to be present for such a monumental moment like this? How about the fact that President Lincoln spoke without a PA system.
And he was a soft spoken man with a high pitched voice. Must of been almost impossible to hear him.
This is an actual photo of that speech. Good luck trying to find Lincoln. But he's the man directly in the middle of the photo looking down. See the man with the top hat looking over at Lincoln. I find it amazing that there are actual photos of Lincoln and the Civil war. Incredible pieces of history. If you are not familiar with the Gettysburg Address, I suggest you get on your Google Machine, and Google
that speech. It's worth the time away from Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you Abe. You were a good man, with a big heart.
Hard to believe that this Friday, November 22nd, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was a moment in our history, that will be forever seared into my soul. I remember those four days in November. Those 4 cold days in November in 1963. Such an amazing turn of events, that changed our world in the blink of an eye.
50 years ago this Friday.
Might I suggest you read the book(s) KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly (*Not a big fan of Bill O'Reilly on FOX, but this book is really good). And CASE CLOSED by
Gerald Posner. Why? Because of all the CRAZY conspiracy lunatics out there. The CIA killed Kennedy. Castro Killed Kennedy. The Mafia killed Kennedy! Damn, who hasn't killed Kennedy?
Look one person killed Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald. That's it. A lone gunman. A lunatic if you will. There are no bogeymen. Sorry Oliver Stone. You make movies. But you can't make up history. As far as I'm concerned, you made one good movie. "Platoon." And even that had it's flaws, but your wild ass crazy conspiracy theory? Is just that. Wild ass crazy.
Speaking of losses. My dear friends the Nichols lost their beloved pet "Lulu" this week in a tragic accident. The details of her passing, are not important, but rather the deep loss that the family and friends of all who knew and loved Lulu are.
I am a pet owner. I've had dogs since I was a kid. I know the pain of losing a dear canine friend. I've been reduced to tears many times in my life, saying goodbye to my beloved pets.
So I was deeply touched and saddened by the Nichols loss.
Lenny sent this description into me this week via email:
"Lulu is a Besenji. Egyptian Pharaoh dog first brought to the U.S. in the 1940`s. She is a loyal, regal, and beautiful lady. She would guard us day and night, and always be by one of our sides.We called her our "baby Lu" and "shaka Lu"
(because her ears could make kind of a shaka) and sometimes "shakala," she knew those were her names. We love her dearly. She was also her own dog, not some lappy yappy pup. She knew her job and what she was bred for, and she did it well. She was 7 yrs. old."
Rest In Peace Lulu. Watch over your loved ones. And visit them in their dreams.
Outgoing Commander (yours truly). My last public appearance as Commander of Post 35. I served as Commander for the last 13 years. It's time to step down. Thanks to all who made my time as Commander such an enjoyable experience. I am truly humbled by your love and support. Photo by Deb Cram.
Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances
Obamacare. Obamacare. Obamacare. Obamacare.
What else was there this week? Obamacare.
And now for my weekly humiliation of Khalid Sheik Muhummed (KSM). Can you imagine? Dr Khalid Sheik Mohummed? Yikes! This is some crazy shit right here!
So once again, let's all take a minute, and enjoy the weekly humiliation of the mastermind terrorist who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on September 11th, 2001.
Note to self. Must pick up a case of adult diapers
at Home Depot this week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joe Gangi November 17, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris Grippo November 20th, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tom Woods November 20th, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kally Keefe November 20th, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tom Eggers November 23rd, 2013!
REST IN PEACE Lulu Nichols.
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