Navy Petty Officer James E. Williams

Sailor Leads Patrol to Victory After Uncovering Enemy Operation

Navy Petty Officer James E. Williams

Of those 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients, only 32 have been Native American, and only five earned the distinction during the 20th century. Three I’ve already named in previous posts. The fourth is Navy Petty Officer James E. Williams, a South Carolinian of Cherokee descent.

Boatswain’s Mate First Class James Williams stands aboard River Patrol Boat 105 in Vietnam. Courtesy photo

Williams was too young to join the military during World War II, but as soon as he turned 16 in 1947, he enlisted in the Navy. He would spend the next 20 years there, retiring as the most decorated enlisted sailor in Navy history.

Williams served in the Korean War, but Vietnam is where he earned his Medal of Honor.


907 Updates November 20, 2017

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By John Rogers Associated Press: Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies
Class act returning the $5,000 reward for Mr. Aumavae’s funeral expenses.
By Daniella Rivera: Troopers talk use of Silver Alerts following Aumavae case
There is a clear indication that the individual has a deterioration of intellectual faculties, a physical impairment or medical condition that makes them unable to meet their own needs or to seek help without assistance.

Barlow says because Keith lived alone, had a driver’s license and control of his own finances, the department doesn’t categorize him as an individual who meets Silver Alert criteria.

The Aumavae family says they disagree and believes his diagnosis of multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia should count.
By Sean Maguire: Local lynx family filmed returning to Anchorage photographer’s house
By Victoria Taylor / Samantha Angaiak: National Apprenticeship Week showcases ironworkers and industry
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Juneau, AK
By Associated Press: Alaska ski area expects to serve alcohol next winter
By Victoria Taylor / Patrick Enslow / Sean Maguire: Special Olympians gather from across the state for bowling tournament
Special Olympics Alaska President and CEO, Jim Balamaci said one of the next big events for the organization is December 16.

The annual Polar Plunge encourages Alaskans to raise money to jump into the ice cold waters of Goose Lake.

Music November 20, 2017




Images November 20, 2017

Yosemite Tunnel, Tuolumne Meadows, United States
Photo by James Donovan


Stinson Beach, United States
Photo by James Donovan


James Donovan
San Francisco
James Donovan

Quotes November 20, 2017

Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.
Marshall Goldsmith,
leadership coach
Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove,
engineer and entrepreneur
We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
Eric Hoffer,
Progress is not merely improving the past; it is moving forward toward the future.
Kahlil Gibran,
poet and artist
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt,
26th US president
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Elbert Hubbard,
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
John Wooden,
basketball player and coach

FYI November 19, 2017

1944 – World War II: Thirty members of the Luxembourgish resistance defend the town of Vianden against a larger Waffen-SS attack in the Battle of Vianden.
The Battle of Vianden (occasionally called the Battle for Vianden Castle) took place November 19, 1944 in the small town of Vianden in northern Luxembourg, and was one of the most important battles of the Luxembourg Resistance against Nazi Germany during World War II.

While the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg had been liberated by United States Forces in September 1944, the German troops pulled back to Germany and took up new defensive positions along the border rivers Moselle, Sauer and Our. As soon as the country was liberated, Luxembourgish resistance members formed a militia across the country who were equipped with arms and ammunitions by the United States Army. Most of the Luxembourgish militia took up positions at the German border and occupied the important observation posts along the Rivers Our and Sauer. One of the most important posts was Vianden Castle from which the Luxembourgers could look deep into German territory and report German troop movements to the Allied Forces.

First action
On November 15, Luxembourgish militia members spotted a German patrol between Wiesen and Bettel and decided to strike. Five of the 11 German soldiers were killed by the Luxembourgers who themselves suffered no casualties. After this incident the German command decided to recapture once and for all the castle of Vianden, an important observation post from which the Luxembourgish resistance reported German troop movements to the Allied forces. The leader of the resistance, Victor Abens, evacuated the civilians of Vianden but nevertheless decided that his 30 militia men should remain in the town and in the castle to defend it. In the following days, the U.S. Army supported the Luxembourgers in Vianden with weapons and ammunition and left the town afterwards.

On Sunday morning, November 19, the Germans attacked the town with 250 soldiers of the Waffen-SS. After bombing the town and the castle with grenade launchers the German soldiers began to attack the castle itself which was defended and fortified by 4 members of the Luxembourgish militia. (Philippe Gleis, Misch Schneiders, Will Weyrich and Friedrich Heintzen). After heavy fighting around the castle, 6 German soldiers managed to open the gate of the castle and enter it, only to be involved in house-to-house fighting inside the castle. After conceding several casualties, the Germans withdrew from the castle and concentrated their force on the town, but the strong resistance from the militia made them abandon their plans and withdraw to the other side of the river to Germany.

18 German soldiers were killed during the main battle. The 30 men of the Luxembourgish militia suffered only one dead (Leon Roger), with three being heavily wounded (Philippe Gleis, Jean Roger Corring and Michael Schneiders) and three more lightly wounded.[1] A single civilian was killed when a grenade exploded in her home.[2]

When the Germans launched the Battle of the Bulge one month later, the 30 men of the Luxembourgish militia, being hopelessly outnumbered, abandoned Vianden and withdrew to the unoccupied south of the country. Most of them continued their engagement by helping the U.S. Forces during the Battle of the Bulge.


1845 – Agnes Giberne, Indian-English astronomer and author (d. 1939)
Agnes Giberne (19 November 1845 in Belgaum, India – 20 August 1939 in Eastbourne, England) was a prolific British author who wrote fiction with moral or religious themes for children and also books on astronomy for young people.[1]

Educated by governesses in Europe and England after her father Major Charles Giberne retired from service in India, Agnes Giberne started publishing didactic novels and short stories with improving themes under her initials A.G., some of it for the Religious Tract Society. Later she used her full name for her fiction, for her well-received works on astronomy and the natural world, and for her biography of the children’s writer Charlotte Maria Tucker. Most of her writing was done before 1910.

Giberne was an amateur astronomer who worked on the committee setting up the British Astronomical Association and became a founder-member in 1890. Her popular illustrated book Sun, Moon and Stars: Astronomy for Beginners (1879), with a foreword by Oxford Professor of Astronomy, Charles Pritchard, was printed in several editions on both sides of the Atlantic, and sold 24,000 copies in its first 20 years. Later she wrote a book called “Among the Stars” which, as Giberne explains in the Introduction, is a version of “Sun, Moon and Stars” for younger children. It is about a boy called Ikon who is very interested in the stars. He meets a Professor who explains more about the stars and solar system to Ikon.

Writing online

Young Folks’ Library, Volume XI (of 20) by Various at Project Gutenberg

The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911 by Various at Project Gutenberg
The World’s Foundations or Geology for Beginners


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Calm down, U.S. Strategic Command chief and Air Force General John Hyten told attendees at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada on Saturday. Strategic Command, which controls nuclear weapons in the event of a war, won’t let the president just lob nukes willy-nilly at anyone who angers him. It’ll only let the president legally lob nukes at enemies willy-nilly.

In response to a question about an “illegal” nuclear launch, Reuters reported, Hyten responded “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”
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Sitka Nature: Purple Finch

I took a short walk around the neighborhood around noon after dropping my dad off at the airport. I saw no sign of the Purple Finch, though other birds (juncos, primarily) seemed to be acting a lit…

Purple Finch

Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017)

Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017)
was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.

Tillis’s biggest hits include “I Ain’t Never”, “Good Woman Blues”, and “Coca-Cola Cowboy”. On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music.[1] He also won the CMA Awards’ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. Additionally, he was known for his speech impediment, which didn’t affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.

He died on November 19, 2017, at the age of 85.[2]

More on wiki:




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