Quotes September 04, 2020

There was reason to believe the battle for Iwo Jima would be even more ferocious than the others, reason to expect the Japanese defender would fight even more tenaciously.

In Japanese eyes the Sulfur Island was infinitely more precious than Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, and the others. To the Japanese, Iwo Jima represented something more elemental: It was Japanese homeland. Sacred ground. In Shinto tradition, the island was part of the creation that burst forth from Mount Fuji at the dawn of history…. the island was part of a seamless sacred realm that had not been desecrated by an invader’s foot for four thousand years.

Easy Company and the other Marines would be attempting nothing less than the invasion of Japan.
James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima
The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.
Emperor Hirohito, April 29, 1942
The Americans only know how to make razor blades.
Hermann Göring

We could do with some of those razor blades, Herr Reichsmarshall.
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

Quotes June 05, 2020

The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.
Emperor Hirohito of Japan, April 29, 1942
Your name is unknown. Your deed is immortal.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Moscow)
Loose lips [might] sink ships.
Wartime propaganda slogan
If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking.
General George Patton
And when he gets to Heaven
To St. Peter he will tell:
‘One more Marine reporting, Sir — I’ve served my time in Hell.’
Sgt. James A. Donahue
First Marine Division
When I said that British fighter-bombers had shot up my tanks with 40mm shells, the Reichsmarschall who felt himself touched by this, said: ‘That’s completely impossible. The Americans only know how to make razor blades.’ I replied: ‘We could do with some of those razor blades, Herr Reichsmarshall.’
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon learning of the success of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Military October 13, 2019

Military.com: Francis Currey, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 94; Pearl Harbor Sailor’s Remains Welcomed Home; 15 Years After the Iraq War’s Deadliest Battle, Marines Fight to Save Their Comrades; New Chairman to the Joint Chiefs: Stay Out of Politics; Judge Orders Release of Ailing Muslim Cleric Convicted of Supporting Taliban and more ->
Task & Purpose: During WWII, the US Army did a massive survey to get soldiers’ uncensored opinions — here’s what they said; Right makes might: How the US will lose its strategic advantage if it loses its ethics and more ->
Navy Birthday in the United States



Military February 08, 2018

By Blake Essig: Operation Afghanistan: Interpreters risk their own lives for a better oneIt took Ansari about two and a half years to learn to read, write and speak English. He says with no native speakers to teach the proper pronunciation of words, he learned by watching movies and translating books from English to Dari.

Most of the interpreters working for the U.S. military are on two-year contracts, earning between $300 and $900 a month. Upon completion of their contract, linguists are able to apply for a Special Immigrant Visa, a program which allows up to 50 people annually, who have worked for the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan or Iraq, to be issued a visa to enter the United States.
By Blake Essig Operation Afghanistan: Soldier puts musical dreams on hold to answer call to dutyBy Scott Gross: Can Alaska properly respond to a catastrophic emergency?
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: U.S.-Thai Leaders Reaffirm Military-to-Military Relationship
By Army Spc. Noelle E. Wiehe, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade: Face of Defense: Combat Medic Looks Forward to First Deployment
By Shireen Bedi, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General: Robotic Surgery Training Program Aims at Improving Patient Outcomes
Timeline: Sophie Scholl was beheaded at 21 for standing up to the Nazis
Sophia Magdalena Scholl (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany.[1][2]

She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich (LMU) with her brother, Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine. Since the 1970s, Scholl has been extensively commemorated for her anti-Nazi resistance work.
By David Tracy: Francis ‘Jeep’ Sanza, General Patton’s Driver During World War II, Has Died At Age 99
The article states that, according to Sanza’s son, Nick, Francis didn’t talk about the war until he was in his ’70s. By then, he had married a woman who had helped build battleships and submarines during the war, and then settled in Napa, had children, and spent time working in an ammunition depot. In 1959, he became a beer distribution driver for Olympia Beer, and later a supervisor in 1975.

Military February 03, 2018

By Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin, 18th Wing Public Affairs: Big Gas Mission; Small Team
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: #OTD: 4 Chaplains Bring Saving Grace to Sinking WWII Ship
Some of the most vital members of the military aren’t those you see on the frontlines, but the ones who stand quietly in the background.

These silent warriors include the members of the Chaplain Corps – the men and women tasked with making sure all service members have spiritual, moral and ethical guidance when they need it. Chaplains serve at all levels and represent many faith groups. They deploy and train with everyone else. And while the chaplains – commissioned ordained clergy – are noncombatants, their enlisted assistants can fight in battle to protect them.

These men and women are bonded to their fellow soldiers. One of the most famous examples of that commitment occurred on Feb. 3, 1943 – a day now known as “Four Chaplains Day.” Here’s why:
By Mikaela Cade, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center: Second Lady Karen Pence Advocates Art Therapy for Wounded Warriors
By Senior Airman Kaylee Dubois 633rd Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Army Service Reunites Military Cousins
Guardsmen Assist Police With Super Bowl Security

Alaska Soldiers Brave Cold Weather During Arctic Thrust Exercise
Week in Photos: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Military February 01, 2018

Today in the Department of Defense, February 1, 2018
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis, Tillerson Co-Host First U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue
By Marine Corps Sgt. Mandaline Hatch, 6th Marine Corps District: Face of Defense: Marine Recruiter Volunteers for Father-Daughter Dance
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Budget Impasse, Continuing Resolutions Pose Problems for DoD
By Alex: WW2 political cartoons are a look into one of history’s most trying times (19 photos)
By Anika Burgess: How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII
By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: A Day With Cha’lee: What Drove This Navy Comedian to Standup

Imminent Threat Solutions: Military Acronyms,Terminology and Slang Reference
Glossary of Military Acronyms
US Army Acronyms (slang)

A Redleg’s Rides: Sun City Sundial, an old WWII Airfield near Surprise, AZ and Sunset Self Portraits

Friday, while my FIL was doing a very light workout at the Sundial Rec Center in Sun City, I wandered about outside to take pictures of the center’s name sake.

Saturday mid-morning through 1:30PM, explored the area near the regional landfill which had looked promising in terms of trails and off road opportunities. I encountered more fenced off areas than I hoped for so exploration was limited.

Still I did manage to explore what used to be the Wittman Army Air Corps Auxiliary Field back in WWII and is now the Luke AFB Auxiliary Airfield. Per the following link, it’s only used now for practicing approaches by light aircraft without actually landing as the surface conditions are pretty rough. LINK

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Military January 27, 2018

By Shawn Snow: Top Marine warns a ‘big ass fight’ with North Korea will not go according to plan
By Shawn Snow: California mountain to be named after Marine killed in Afghanistan
By John Fannin: Secretary of Defense Mattis Reads This Book, So Should You

‘Meditations’ of Marcus Aurelius
By David B. Larter: US Navy’s top officer to new surface boss: Unite the clans
By Nicole Bauke: Army captain honored with Soldier’s Medal two years after death
By Kyle Rempfer Military Times: ‘Unlike anything I had ever seen’: Airman to receive Silver Star for actions in fierce Mosul fight
By John Fannin: Grunt Style Funny Shorts: YouTube Argument



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Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs and WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs and WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service

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