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Friday, December 31, 2010

The Navy's morality?!

Now let me get this straight. When I joined the Navy, females who were on active duty, if they got pregnant, were discharged. Females that got pregnant out of wedlock were give UCMJ punishment and discharged. It was against the UCMJ for men to have sex with men and females to have sex with females. Everyone in the Navy was supposed to be treated equal. After all, we all served in the same ship! If there was any doubt about these rules, we could always refer to GOD'S word in the "Good Book".

Today, we have repealed "Don't ask, Don't tell, Don't pursue". That was the official policy! But long before President Clinton put that policy in effect Lesbians were serving openly in the Navy. I had an Executive Officer at a command I was at as a Civil Servant, who was not married, lived with another female, had a child, out of wedlock, and paraded that child and her "Friend" at every command function including personnel inspections! She should have been court martialed, but she was not.

Speaking of GOD'S word, now we have chaplains from every fringe "Cult" you can imagine, even satan worshipers! I'm not ashamed to say that this nation was founded on Christian values. Yes, our founding fathers came here to escape religious persecution, but they were Christian and escaping persecution of that faith. I do not support or condone the idea that we have to provide for every "Cult" that wants to exist to exhalt some egotistical idiot! George Carlin had a routine that stated that " Timothy Leary's brother, "Really Leary" has started a religion that believes that when you die your soul goes to a garage in Buffalo!" Will they get a Chaplain also?

I was against females at sea, because it would bring exactly what it has, sex on the high seas, low morale, and failed marriages. Now take away any vestage of morale character and I am affraid the military will cease to be an effective fighting force. But, maybe that is what the Progressives want. The late Premier of the Soviet Union was correct, we will defeat ourselves from within. It appears we have already! Happy New Year. NOT!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor!

Today is the 69 the anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy home ported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 2100 Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers were killed during that surprise attack, just as colors was being held, on a Sunday morning. In my reading about that day, there were many acts of heroism, bravery, and professionalism. Many men acted above and beyond the call of duty, and were never awarded any type of medal, citation, or even a "hearty well done". Why, because we were at war from that moment on. You have probably seen "Tora, Tora. Tora", or the newer movies made about the attack on Pearl Harbor. But there are some interesting stories that have fallen by the wayside of history. For instance, the USS California, an older Battleship, was sunk but kept fighting! The crew kept the anti-aircraft guns firing, moving ammunition by hand to the 20 MM and 40 MM guns! One of the Radiomen Chiefs died, overcome by smoke from the below deck fires, while organizing and directing the ammo movement from the below deck magazines to the guns in the superstructure! The ship was awash above the main deck, and kept fighting! Now that is leadership, determination, and professionalism, all wrapped up into one moment in history.
Why do I bring this up now? I remember the bombing of the USS Cole. She was sunk, de-watered, and repaired to live again. I remember the USS Stark, she was attached by an Extocet cruise missile. Her back was broken. Ships force, along with some help from other ships and personnel from Bahrain actually used steel cables and turnbuckles, attached to pad eyes that were welded in place by the repair party to lash the two halves of the ship together and save the ship. We don't save every ship that is hit, but we always try! Why, because that ship is our mistress! We love her and will do anything to save her. Think I am wrong? Think about that Chief Radioman on the USS California. What business did he have moving ammo? But HIS ship was under attack and he was going to do everything in his power to save her, even if it cost him his life! He could have ran ashore to safety, instead he ran below decks, into the fire and smoke, to bring ammunition to the anti-aircraft gins to fight for his ship's life.
When you think about the attack on Pearl Harbor today, and I hope you will. Remember that everyday the sailors of the U.S. Navy are just seconds away from the same surprise attack that happened on that fateful day, December 7, 1941, a day that SHOULD always live in our minds!

P.S. - I did not tell you the Chief's name on purpose. I want each of you to look up the history of the USS California (BB 39) and learn about the heroism and professionalism of those men. It will stir you to greater feats of your own!