My Airedale and me at the Indiana Park
June 6th 2019
Because of this new world we are now living in, this should be remembered?
I am so proud of the brave men and women of those two wars
(WW-1 &WW-2) and every war for freedom ever.
Please remember, many of my ancestors served in both wars, plus in Korea.
I do wish to add if you will?
Let’s remind the Russian Government to not forget that if not for D Day, the Russian people would be speaking German!
If not for the defeat of the Japanese, the Chinese people would be speaking
(名古屋弁, Nagoya-ben and (尾張弁 Owari-ben) the Japan language!
As a sailor I remember all of my brothers in all of those ships of D Day and landing crafts, many that did not even make it to the beaches.
Last but by no means least,
The sacrifice of the United Kingdom and the French Residence through-out the late 1930’s and early 1940’s!
World War One and World War Two were both World Wars for Peace and Freedom from (Tyranny)!
May 3rd 2019
How you honored our fallen heroes
“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”
April 22nd 2019
This is our hemisphere bring it on!
I have three words for you!
Russia Iran and China can
‘Eat their own words.‘
I have never and will never agree with anything
does or said,
because it is always for his pockets and only for his pockets!
Russia Iran and China can ‘Eat their own words.’
Iran is always meddling in their neighbors business, China is trying to assimilate
Taiwan and the sea of Japan,
and Russia is always going to be
Russia Warns U.S. ‘Getting Ready’ for War on Venezuela,
China Says Leave Cuba Alone Too
By Tom O’Connor On 4/18/19 at 5:26 PM EDT
April 19th 2019
Navy wants to scrap a ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
April 18, 2019 / Shechaim speaks
Our navy wants to scrap a 25-year-old ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
This congress does not want to.
Trump wants to build even more ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
I say, do not scrap,
Decommission and/or sell all 11 we now have!
And this is why.
March 28th 2019
Veterans harmed at VA nursing homes in 25 states, inspections find
This is on trumps watch, both of them!
Donovan Slack, USA TODAY,
and Andrea Estes,
The Boston Globe – USA TODAY – Thursday, March 28, 2019
Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public
Donovan Slack, USA TODAY,
and Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe Published 6:00 p.m. ET
June 17, 2018 | Updated 8:08 p.m. ET June 17, 2018
March 28th 2019
Alachua County Vietnam veterans to be honored with first tribute event
The free event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday 03/30/2019
Lina Ruiz, Alligator Staff Writer
Vietnam War veterans stand up to be recognized at Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park on Nov. 11, 2015.
The speaker who asked them to stand said they worked just as hard as veterans in any other war.
When Vietnam War veterans came back home from the war in the 1960s they weren’t met with cheers. Instead, they got picket signs.
Alachua County will be holding its first Vietnam War veterans memorial event Saturday to give veterans the welcoming and honor they didn’t receive.
The tribute will take place at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, at 7400 SW 41st Place. The free event is hosted by the Alachua County Veteran Services and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Yours truly was hit in the head with an egg and splashed with, what turned out to be juice, at the train station on the way to visit my mom in the hospital!
March 28th 2019
Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues
It’s important to understand the health care needs of Vietnam War veterans because of the long-term effects of military service during the Vietnam War era.
If you served during the Vietnam War, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care.
Learn about these conditions and what to do next to take care of your health.
Tuesday March 5th 2019
I have had many visits to my navy site
built for my time is service to this country
by Donna, my web Designed,
please check the gator at the bottom of the site?
not one of them have commented or asked questions so I wonder,
do any of them have question?
Also at the bottom are places and links for your interest.
The USS Betelgeuse AK-260
The USS Waterford ARD-5
US Naval Base
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
This is just a few
states and countries
that came to visit.
Pompano Beach, Florida
San Clemente, California
Port Wentworth, Georgia
Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Sunday December 2nd 2018
Welcome to my visitor from Busan, Pusan-jikhalsi, Republic of Korea
To one of the sites designed for me by Donne
(My Web Design by: Gator-Woman)
Welcome Aboard Mates
This web site is a tribute to the USS Betelgeuse or “Goose”, my years in the US Navy and the many great mates who served with me.
From a USA Navy site at
NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
I hope that you found what you were looking for?
If not please write, I will always answer.
Monday September 10th 2018
Royal Navy, needing a feel good posting.
Royal Navy Sailors Arrested In Florida During HMS Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit To US
My time in our navy there was a time when the citizens of ‘Holy-Loch’ were holding sit in and lie down protests on the pier.
After a few kind words and the need of a cab to where they go to visit in Scotland, I was able to pass.
It helped to show my ancestors from the area as well as Ireland.
I did not drink or smoke and always made it my mission to visit the locals and see the real country our ship visits
At time in a military we all need a little time to blow off steam, not this cheap sailor, but most of us.
USS Betelgeuse AK-260 visit to Holy Loch Scotland
Thursday MAY 31st 201
Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Let’s see your governor do this
as many time
as your senator does?
Over 1.3 million Americans have died in combat since the founding of our country, each one with their own unique story, and each with their own list of accolades and achievements.
The brave men and women who voluntarily put their lives on the line to protect us all are true American heroes – in every sense of the word. And today is the day that we honor them.
Memorial Day is a day that we pause to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. So I hope you’ll join me by taking a moment today to remember these selfless warriors – and thank them for their service.
I hope you’ll also take a moment to honor those who are currently serving around the world, and their families that support them.
The men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces make tremendous sacrifices every day so the rest of us can continue to enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted. We owe all them – and their families – a tremendous debt of gratitude.
To all my fellow veterans who are no longer with us, we salute you. You are missed, but never forgotten.
Don’t tell us what Rick Scott did wrong as governor of Florida, Floridians even his followers know this.
Tell us what you want to do right as our governor and explain to us how and why you plan on doing it?
Wednesday 30th 2018
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Sunday May 6th 2018
Welcome Aboard Mates Germantown, Wisconsin
Nav Source Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
To my Military site
Some of my people also traveled west to your area
Sunday April 22 2018
Military Order of the Purple Heart Announces Suspension of its National Service Program
Closure of the MOPH National Service Program has been made necessary by failure of the Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Organization, to be able to raise sufficient funds to sustain operation of the Service Program and a number of other programs of the Order. Faced with a dramatic reduction of 50% of the prior year’s operating budget, already well below earlier years, the MOPH has been left with no choice other than to dramatically reduce expenditures for its outreach programs.
The “Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.,” (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration.
Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat or by an act of international terrorism.
Sunday April 22 2018
EB, Navy gearing up for boost in submarine production
on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton on Jan. 27, 2017.
Electric Boat and submarine part suppliers are
preparing for a ramp-up in submarine production.
(Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
After the navy I worked for a short time, very short time at EB.
It was like raising rabbits for years and then raising Tortoises!
TUESDAY 27th 2018
You can help homeless veterans
Orlando VAMC Retweeted
Veterans AffairsVerified acco
t @DeptVetAffairs Mar 25
If you know of a Veteran
who is homeless
at risk of
call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)
to help the Veteran access assistance from VA
U.S. Navy Destroyer Collision Punishments
Four More Sailors Punished Over U.S. Navy Destroyer Collisions
So why do I care?
Just like in the movie
I believe the every shipmate under the rank of chief petty offices,
every father, mother, grandparent, brother and sister
in the United States of America,
If we cannot trust our family members
to those chiefs and officers they serve.
Our whole Navel System will crumble in corruption.
To me it looks like it has already started!
Notice to my sisters & brothers in the V.A. Program
Important Message from My #HealtheVet Team!
When attempting to send a Secure Message, some users may not be able to see previously listed Secure Messaging Triage Teams.
We recognize this is a problem and are currently working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.
9:41 AM – 23 Jan 2018
Orlando VAMC @OrlandoVAMC 21h21 hours ago
Important Message from My #HealtheVet Team! When attempting to send a Secure Message, some users may not be able to see previously listed Secure Messaging Triage Teams. We recognize this is a problem and are currently working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.
Secure Messaging – Wilkes-Barre PACT Teams
If you are in the V. A.
You should think about joining the My #HealtheVet Program.
If I can do it you can do it!
U.S. navy in beyond embarrassed
Going nowhere fast:
US Navy’s new high-speed warship
USS Little Rock
on the shores of Montreal and unable to set sail until the spring
The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, on December 16
It was supposed to depart the next day for its home port in Jacksonville, Florida
However, the ship got trapped in ice in the St Lawrence Seaway in Montreal
A sustained blast of Arctic air caused ice to form faster than normal in the area
The ship will have to wait until the spring thaw and is expected to leave in March
U.S. Navy World War II veteran Albert Sturzenegger gets help from volunteer.
A grant from the Home Depot Foundation helped volunteers build a 40-foot wheelchair ramp and install smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors on the home.
About a dozen volunteers scurried about, working to build a ramp and take care of some landscaping that will make it easier for the U.S. Navy and World War II veteran to get around.
“Holy moly,” he said, drawing laughter from the workers milling about, screwing together the planks that would become a ramp.U.S. navy in beyond embarrassed
Sometimes, the most important thing you can do
Here are resources to help:
Welcome to the Veterans Crisis Line Website
This is sad however always the same!
A captain of any ship has the responsibility to train all below her/him.
However, some trips out of port can take days if not weeks and even months.
for rest, eat and sleep one must assume?
If or when this happens, the executive officer becomes the Captain of the ship until relieved by his Commanding officer (the Captain).
Why did both get the relieved of their duties?
Which one was the Captain of the Ship at the time of the crash?
“Proud to Serve”
Named for Navy Cook First Class William Pinckney
After 41 years this Beaufort veteran’s headstone finally reflects his bravery
By Delayna Earley email@example.com
January 07, 2018
41 years after being interred at the Beaufort National Cemetery, CK1 William Pinckney’s headstone finally reflects all of the honors that he earned while serving in the Navy during World War II.
He died in 1976 from spinal cancer, but for some reason his headstone never
Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart for bravery shown while saving the life of a crew member on board the U.S.S. Enterprise on Oct. 26, 1942, during the Battle of Santa Cruz.
Thanks to Red T Raccoon @RedTRaccoon
Army veteran freezes to death after being released from VA hospital?
Vance Perry was found dead on New Year’s Eve in a freezing-cold parking garage in Madison, Wis.?
He was found in a parking garage in below freezing temperatures, wearing only a light jacket?
The medical examiner says he likely died of hypothermia.
He was 57.
Sorry my friends.
I cannot see to read to write any more!
Energy & Environment
Military turns to oyster reefs to protect against storms
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. —
Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some of America’s most sophisticated weapons onto warships, suffered $50 million worth of damage in Superstorm Sandy. Now the naval pier is fortifying itself with some decidedly low-tech protection: oysters.
The facility has allowed an environmental group to plant nearly a mile of oyster reefs about a quarter-mile off its shoreline to serve as a natural buffer to storm-driven wave damage.
UConn Engineers Develop Ceramic and Metal 3D Printing Solution for US Navy to Manufacture Replacement Parts At Sea, allowing sailors and officers to make and repair their own tools, parts and components on board while out at sea, rather than having to go back in to port.
UConn engineers have found a way for a Navy ship’s crew to determine the exact point of mechanical trouble on board the ship, which would negate them having to take the ship offline for maintenance.
Instead, they could use 3D printing technology to fix, or replace, the bad part while out at sea, saving on both time and money.
Uconn engineers created a device which uses ceramics, on 3D printed metals, to find signals about potential problems and degradation on board, like overheating.
The America I believe by Kinley Wilson of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Can learn a lot from
Mr. Kinley Wilson!
Santa delivers gifts to Wichita veterans
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH)
Thu 6:12 AM, Dec 21, 2017
Kansas veterans are honored this holiday season for their service to our country.
Santa and his helpers visited veterans on Tuesday in the Medical Foster Program through the Dole VA.
The program is for veterans who require regular care and supervision.
Santa spent the day visiting several homes in Wichita to deliver gifts to them, their families,
the people that help with their care.
“I think it’s great that they do things like this for the veterans, and you guys come to the veterans hospital out here, I just think it’s all great for being a part of it,”
says David Goodman.
There are currently 10 caregivers who work with the program full time to provide care for veterans in need.
Navantia/ Bath Iron Works/ US Navy frigate
So close and yet, ‘No Cigar’ as they say.
Navantia and Bath Iron Works partner to develop new US Navy frigate
just when will these companies
start to come back to
Navantia is Spanish
Navantia is Spanish run by an Australian company.
General Dynamics ships most if not all of their job work as outsourcing.
Navantia is a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company,
which offers its services to both military and civil sector.
It is the fifth largest shipbuilder in Europe, and the ninth largest in the world with shipyards all over Spain.
General Dynamics Marine Systems, Bath Iron Works
Saturday November 18th 2017
Thomas Hudner Jr., Medal of Honor recipient,
dies at his Concord home at 93
By David Margolick, New York Times News Service
On the afternoon of Dec. 4, 1950, shortly after China had entered the Korean War, Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a lieutenant junior grade, was piloting one of six Navy Corsairs on a three-hour “roadrunner” mission near the Chosin Reservoir, in Korea’s northeast. After 45 minutes aloft, at roughly 6,000 feet and 5 miles behind enemy lines, Hudner watched in horror as a plane operated by a squadron mate, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, was hit by small-arms fire. Losing pressure quickly and too low to bail out, Brown needed to land. Hudner, among others, directed him by radio to a clearing on a snow-covered mountainside, where his colleague crash-landed belly in.
Saturday November 18th 2017
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they won’t help you,
the side effects could still hurt you.
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Wednesday 15th 2017Homeless Veterans
VA Is Working to End Homelessness Among Veterans
In late 2009, VA announced an ambitious goal to end Veteran homelessness.
The plan to address this urgent national priority was outlined in 2010’s Opening Doors,
the first-ever federal strategic plan to end Veteran homelessness.
These moves galvanized federal, state and local actions to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless
and help those who are homeless become stably housed as quickly as possible.
Since then, as a result of VA’s close collaboration with local and national stakeholder organizations,
success in ending homelessness among Veterans is happening community by community.
State and local governments across the nation—Virginia, Houston, New Orleans and many others
have recently announced that they have ended Veteran homelessness.
Many more communities are poised make similar announcements in the near future.
Saturday November 11th 2017
VA Scam Alert
Attention #Veterans! Scam alert:
An imposter 800 phone line
attempts to access credit card info from VA Choice Program users.
Choice Program phone number is 866 area code – 1-866-606-8198.
Sunday September 24th 2017
Did I spent 6 years of my life defending our flag?
I love the flag of the United States of America,
I believe our flag is the best looking flag in the world.
I am sure that other countries feel the same about their flag.
Did I spent 6 years of my life defending our flag?
Did I spend 6 years of my life defending the freedom of the citizens
the constitution of the United States of America?
‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now’
Because he is kneeling while our ‘National Anthem’ is playing?
Friday September 22nd 2017
Thank you for your service Luther Walker
World War II veteran Luther Walker is loved by his Mitchell Elementary School Students.
How can you tell?
Just read on.
Students give unexpected surprise to 94-year-old crossing guard
There are many important people at Mitchell Elementary in Plano, but perhaps none more treasured than the man across the street.
Sunday June 18th 2017
USS Fitzgerald collision:
Who was the officer of the Bridge at the time of the collision?
Who was at the helm and on watch-duty and who was in charge of the cargo ship
Carina Star at the time of the collision?
The captain is always responsible for his/her ship.
The officer in-charge of the bridge is also always responsible while on duty.
Who was in-charge of the sonar and the starboard watch at the time of the collision?
Who was the ‘Starboard Watch on duty at the time of the collision’?
All now should be charged in some way with the loss of life, injured and the damages of both ships.
Having the right-away could kill people!
Think wrong way drivers on our highways!
Tuesday June 6th 2017
UCF students uncover veterans’ stories
at Florida National Cemetery
There was no one to write the obituary
when U.S. Army veteran Leroy Quick died.
His wife was already deceased;
they never had children.
a New York native
who served in both world wars,
was buried at the Florida National Cemetery in 1988.
He was likely 90 when he died,
although some records gave conflicting information.
“His legacy was probably forgotten,”
said Evan Murray, 20, an aspiring historian.
“At least until now.”
Scenes from Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell, Fla.,
photographed Friday, May 19, 2017.
Nearly 130,000 veterans and military civilians
are interred at the cemetery, which opened in 1988.
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)
Friday May 19th 2017
US Navy Testing Spy Drone Fueled by Solar Energy, Thermal Updrafts
Northrop Grumman – MQ-4C Triton High Altitude Long Endurance UAS First Flight [1080p]
The US Naval Research Laboratory is testing a surveillance glider-drone that uses photovoltaic arrays to exploit the Sun.
Northrop Grumman Wins Multimillion Contract to Deliver US Maritime Spy Drones
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) said in a press release on Wednesday it is testing a surveillance glider-drone that uses photovoltaic arrays to exploit the Sun and thermal updrafts allowing the aircraft to fly on or off battery power.
“This research is investigating the value of combining autonomous soaring algorithms and solar photovoltaics for capturing energy from the environment to extend flight endurance and mission operations of an aircraft,” NRL aerospace engineer Dan Edwards stated
Edwards explained that a power management and distribution system converts the power from the solar arrays into direct current (DC) voltage, which the electric motor can use for propulsion, or recharging a smart battery.
The glider-drone has a 14-foot wingspan and is based on a commercial glider known as the SBXC built by RnR products of Silicon Valley, California.
The Navy has been at the forefront of developing novel uses of drones, and is testing a quad-copter drone for anti-submarine warfare that takes off and lands on water and can submerge to mask its position, according to published reports.
Wednesday May 17th 2017
Today I learned why so many (Old Poops from the old Wars) voter for #45
Would you believe that so many veterans from the Vietnam era back in time from older wars actually tell me that they voted for him “Because he is a billionaire and does not need the money?”
I tell you the TRUTH
Would I lie to you?
Another day another V.A. doctor visit
I am alive, my heart is working, and yes, I have one.
Weight great, lost 2″ on my body however; no one seems to be concerned.
Sorry all of you Republican #45 followers, it looks like you will be putting up with me for at the very least ‘Six more month until the next visit’
I started pointing to a few facts and get a cold shoulder because, and I quote, “I believe all of that phony crap going around!”
Today we talked for almost an hour because of an emergency that doctors had to handle.
We talked about wars, ships, radio and computer repair, alternative energy and more until one of them asked what is Obama going to do with all of that money.
I pointed at the photo of #45 on the wall and the room instantly went colder than the South Pole!
Young man on a mission to honor WW-2 Veterans
Rishi Sharma, To Remember
As seen on WKQM News 6 this morning
Young man on a mission to honor WW-2 Veterans…
Help Me Interview a WWII Vet Daily
My name is Rishi Sharma, I am 19 years old and I run a non profit called Heroes of the Second World War.
Florida VA left deceased veteran in Shower,
Thank-you for your service!
When well this country, learn how to treat our heroes better, from Enlistment to Death?
Every year we learn about how careless our veterans are treated in every town, city, and state in this country.
All of our citizens are often treated badly, especially if that citizen is poor.
However, shouldn’t we be trying a little harder to protect our heroes from inconsiderate staff members?
Navy recommends 2 for Medal of Honor;
Navy Cross review complete
By TARA COPP | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: December 6, 2016
Two Navy Cross recipients honored for acts of valor in Afghanistan or Iraq instead deserved the Medal of Honor for their actions and are being nominated for an upgrade, the Navy said Tuesday.
first reported by USA Today, is part of a review of all Silver Stars and service crosses awarded since Sept. 11, 2001.
As part of the review, the Navy has also determined that an unspecified number of Silver Stars will be upgraded to Navy Crosses.
The names of the two service members awarded the Navy Crosses, the service’s second-highest medal, have not been made public.
Navajo Veterans leave for Standing Rock
I dare this corrupt government to harm our Sacred Hero Veterans!
Every veteran in the country and on Mother Earth will be watching you for sure!
Navajo Veterans leave for Standing Rock on December 3rd 2016
Can you believe that they were refused air travel and must take a bus?
Brings you back to the 60’s and 70’s if you thing about it?
Only in the United States of America.
A buck over our hero’s
My newspaper, my state, my town, Your Military
Veterans honored for giving back
Three locals will be inducted into the Connecticut Veterans’ Hall of Fame, which recognizes honorably discharged military veterans for their contributions to their communities, in a ceremony on Dec. 7 at the Legislative Office Building.
joined the Navy in 1960, having only completed the eighth grade, and went on to serve for 26 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander.
William “Paul” Orstad,
75, of Norwich also will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 7.
Orstad spent 20 years in the Navy and served on five different submarines, retiring in October 1979 as a chief petty officer.
72, of Pawcatuck, an Air Force veteran, has served as assistant secretary for policy and planning for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since October 2014.
The Day Paper
The war of shame no more.
Thank you for your service Shipmates
Better late then never to thank a “Veteran!”
WWII ‘ghost’ submarine with crew on board discovered off Italian coast (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Published time: 26 May, 2016 10:24
Edited time: 27 May, 2016 10:16
Divers off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia have located the sunken wreck of a British World War II submarine more than 70 years after it disappeared without a trace with 71 crew on board.
The Royal Navy T-class submarine – the legendary, HMS P 311 – was discovered by Genoa-based wreck hunter Massimo Domenico Bordone and his team in 100 meters of water off the northeast coast of Sardinia.
New Haven, Connecticut
To my Military site at
Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse AK-260
If you need any help,
although you have more information on me than I have,
just drop me a line?
Trump This is how we treat Gold Star families in Connecticut
Dr. Beth Dively, left, widow of U.S. Air Force Maj. Duane Dively, is presented with a Gold Star lapel pin from Captain Paul Whitescarver, right, commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, at the Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members: A Gold Star Family Remembrance event held on the Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) in Groton, Conn., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Tim Martin/The Day)
For Gold Star families, ceremony helps keep memories alive
By Julia Bergman Day staff writer
Groton — None of them wanted this distinction.
Those who’ve lost a service member attended an inaugural event on Thursday recognizing their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their loved ones. The Naval Submarine Base hosted the event on the pier adjacent to the Historic Ship Nautilus, and officials hope to make it an annual event.
The event coincided with commemorations at Navy installations across the country in honor of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is on the last Sunday of the month.
The Gold Star mothers and families, as they are called, submitted the names of their loved ones to be read aloud, followed by the tolling of a bell.
“Their actions attest not only to the depth of their devotion, but also to a belief in their country so profound that they were willing to give their very lives for it,” said Capt. Paul Whitescarver, commanding officer of the submarine base, after reading the submitted names.
Some said afterward that they felt the event helped to keep the memory of their loved one alive.
Kathryn Cross, whose son Tyler Connely, a Navy seaman who died in January 2002, said it was the first time in several years that she’d heard her son’s name spoken aloud.
The symbolism of the gold star dates back to World War I, when white service flags were displayed in front of homes, businesses, schools and churches with a blue star to signify an active service member. A gold star stitched over the blue star indicated that a service member had died.
More than 10 years after her husband’s death, Beth Dively, the widow of Air Force Maj. Duane Dively, on Thursday was presented with a Gold Star lapel pin given to families of service members who died during action against an enemy, during conflict or as the result of an international terrorist attack.
The Air Force recently reviewed the circumstances of Dively’s death, determining his family should be recognized with the Gold Star pin, and requested that it be presented to Beth Dively on Thursday.
On June 22, 2005, Maj. Dively flew a nine-hour reconnaissance mission in his U-2 plane over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On his way back to his base, his aircraft crashed in Southwest Asia after suffering catastrophic mechanical failure.
At the time of his death, the Divelys had been married 20 years. When he died, a huge part of her died with him, Beth Dively said. There was no one to come home to or go on a bike ride with or say “hi” in the morning and “good night” at the end of the day.
Dively, who lives in Old Saybrook, described her husband as humble and always willing to lend a hand. He was entrepreneurial; he built his own bike and guitar.
After his death, Dively wanted support, but she didn’t know how to ask for it.
Gold Star programs are relatively new across all of the services, with the Navy’s being just two years old.
The idea is to offer continued support to the families “after the business of death,” as Beth Hundley, the Navy Gold Star Coordinator at the base, calls it. That is, after help is provided for funeral or memorial arrangements and obtaining benefits.
Hundley’s area of responsibility includes all of New England, and she keeps in touch with the families she serves through email, phone and written letters.
Gold Star programs also serve as a way to bring the families together and to recognize them.
“This right here is fantastic. There wasn’t enough of that,” Debby Schurman said of the event, comparing it to the support available in 2009 when her son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Douglas Beichner, died.
“You hear about other people who’ve lost children, but where do you meet them?” Schurman said.
Monday will mark seven years since her son’s death. She did not want to discuss the details of his death, saying only that he died shortly after returning home to Hamden from a deployment.
Beichner was a gas turbine systems technician and a search and rescue swimmer aboard the USS Kauffman, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, where he served four tours of duty, according to his obituary.
Schurman described her son as somebody who could make anybody laugh. At his funeral, he was described as being the guy who could walk into a room of 50 grumpy sailors and have them laughing within 10 seconds, she said.
He left behind a sister, Alison Beichner, and brother, Daniel Beichner, who served in the Marines.
Daniel Beichner took the loss particularly hard, Schurman said, because his brother was his first best friend.
She is still in contact with Beichner’s shipmates, who, she said, were like brothers to him.
Two of Chief Petty Officer Christopher Rice’s daughters were in attendance Thursday. Rice died of a heart attack in 2009 while stationed in Kings Bay, Ga.
MariAnne Rice, 22, and Megan Howe, 26, both vividly remember service members showing up to their houses to inform them of their father’s death. The next couple of months were a blur for each of them, they said.
Rice also left behind another daughter, Christine, and a son, Christopher.
The two daughters present Thursday described their dad as the glue of the family. He was goofy and laid back but also did what he needed to do. He was a pushover when it came to the kids, often responding to their requests for permission with “I suppose,” they recalled.
Rice’s family was presented with Gold Star pins in a ceremony at the base in June.
Danielle Goodwin, who lost her first husband 10 years ago, was there to honor him and to be there on behalf of his parents, whom she planned to tell later about the event.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Hafterson, who was stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., died in 2006 after suffering from a medical condition, according to Goodwin. Goodwin, now 29, was 19 at the time and said the couple had been married a little less than a year at the time of his death.
Goodwin has since remarried, and her current husband is an instructor at the Naval Submarine School. She said he’s greatly helped her to cope with Hafterson’s loss.
“I’m still healing, even after 10 years,” she said.
“I like people that weren’t captured,”
“There but for the grace of God, Go I!”
I take this personally, you see, I was at risk every second of every day during my time in this war,
“The Vietnam War!”
So should, “All military personal and their family, from every war throughout the whole world!”
Take personally, all of Donald Trumps “Wing-It,” Statements!
The USNS Harvey Milk
Remember his words.
29 July 2016
The US Navy is set to name a ship after gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, according to a report by the US Naval Institute News.
The tanker, which is yet to be built, will be called the USNS Harvey Milk,
USNI News said.
It cited a notification signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
Milk was one of the first openly gay politicians in the US and was killed a year after winning election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
He served in the US Navy in his youth as a diving officer during the Korean War before being honorably discharged.
Milk was wearing his Navy belt buckle when he was shot dead.
It’s about dedication to Country
To a page (posting), on our main page about one of our ships, the USS Betelgeuse Ak-260,
her shipmates and my time caring for her while she cares for her cargo.
This page lists Veterans Organizations that are dedicated to making
the lives of our service men and women better.
The care offered by these Organizations, may include physical or emotional care, or both.
If you or your organization would like to be included here, please send me an email.
(The only requirement for inclusion here),
is that you or your group do not charge any veterans a fee for your service.
They have already earned our gratitude for life.
If you are a Veteran who would like to talk, please feel free to write to me.
I am a Viet Nam Vet,
a good listener
have been there too.
If you do not know already,
Florida has a real good V.A. Hospital
in your city of Gainesville.
WORLD WAR II REMEMBERED
French give Port Orange D-Day veteran hero’s welcome.
Former machinist’s mate cheered in return to Omaha Beach.
World War II veterans Joseph Van Eyzeren, left, and Donald Cobb walk through the Normandy American Cemeter
and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 6.
Seventy-two years before, the two served on the same destroyer warship, the USS Murphy DD603, off the coast of Omaha Beach on D-Day.
The Greatest Generations Foundation, a non-profit created to preserve the stories of WWII veterans,
provided nine veterans, including Cobb and Van Eyzeren, the opportunity to return to the battlefields of France.
The Greatest Generations Foundation
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USS Betelgeuse AK-260
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I believe rather than the bing.com uss beatleguese
You came to the USS Betelgeuse AK-260 site.
Welcome to the visitor from the City El Paso Texas
Welcome Dunedin Florida
Welcome Pennsville New Jersey
To my military site, USS Betelgeuse (Welcome Aboard).
We also have the main site
Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse
Preserving a tradition
I just heard about this last night on Television.
On WFTV and again this morning, could not find it on their sites?
Katie Prior, a 15-year-old, is showing the
“Veterans Administration and our government officials,”
How to respect our deceased veterans
And she has been doing so for a couple of years!
Oklahoma teen seeks to aid vets funerals
For years, my group of
Native Americans watched veteran funerals
While waiting our turn to show respect.
“Taps” was played,
If you can call it “Taps”
On a cheap battery operated cassette player!
“As a Spiritual leader,
Asked to care for the loved one,
It is preferred to allow any other religion
To help avoid any possibility of
Adding to the family’s grief.”
Native American Veterans have been complaining
to our media for over 25 years,
on deaf ears!
Katie Prior, the 15-year-old founder of the
nonprofit Youth Trumpets & Taps Corps sounds
in honor of great-grandfather,
Wilford Foresee, while visiting his grave
at Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City.
When her great-grandfather died five years ago,
Katie Prior wasn’t yet ready to use her musical gifts to pay tribute to
his World War II service with the Army’s 63rd Infantry Division.
15-Year-Old Plays Taps At Military Funerals And Recruits Other Teens To Do The Same
December 18, 2015 by WYSK
Oklahoma teen’s Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps sends volunteers to perform at veterans’ funerals
by Brandy McDonnell Published: Mar 11, 2016
World War II vet dies on his ‘final mission’ in London
“They just wanted something simple, and when I found out a little background about Melvin,
there is just no way that we were just going to give him a simple service,”
funeral director Neil Sherry told British ITV Network,
which aired a news piece about Rector’s funeral service.
“We wanted it to be as special as possible.”
Though no one knew him,
the Royal Air Force, U.S. Air Force and historians in London attended
and participated in the funeral with military honors.
“He certainly got a beautiful send-off,” Jowers said.
“People everywhere, from Cambridge to London heard his story.”
U.S. Army Maj. Leif Purcell told ITV
he thought he and a few other U.S. military personnel would be the only ones to attend the funeral, but was surprised.
“The representation from the Royal Air Force and the British Army that I saw here was phenomenal,” he said.
05/13/2016 – (Friday the 13th)
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The U.S. military received about
6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2015,
similar to the number in 2014,
the Pentagon said in an annual report
but such crimes are still underreported.
The Defense Department’s report said
there were 6,083 reports of sexual assault against a service member in 2015,
compared with 6,131 the year before.
The report said that 68 percent of those who reported sexual assault experienced negative behavior from colleagues or leadership.
Royal Navy fires warning shot at Spanish patrol boat
If Gibraltar is in fact, in Spain, was stolen by the then brutal Anglo-Dutch,
and they then traded it to another country (the UK), shouldn’t it just be given back to Spain.
Royal Navy fires warning shot at Spanish patrol boat ‘hassling’
US nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar
Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena twice tried to disrupt sub’s visit
USS Florida was trying to dock in Gibraltar when the incursion took place
Royal Navy ‘fired flares’ and dispatching squadron patrol boat HMS Sabre
Sunday MAY 1st 2016
President Obama had taken $2.6 billion from veterans’ programs
President Obama did not cut $2.6 billion from programs for veterans
and instead give a like amount to support Syrian refugees in the U.S.
The $2.6 billion figure cited here did not represent money
from veterans’ programs by President Obama
(or anyone else);
it was the amount of an unexpected budget
House panel supports closing VA’s $2.6 billion funding gap
reported by the
Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2015,
a potential crisis that Congress worked to stave off:
April 20th 2016
Pentagon says report justifies a round of base closures
I Believe that in 2016 “Boots on the Ground!” are a thing of the past wars.
Just like the “Civil War”
when solder’s walked in a line to kill each other
revolutionary war solders
modern “Air-War” will kill those solder’s with-in minutes.
We need water and air bases a lot more than the older type Army bases?
In this June 2005 Day file photo,
Bob Walker of Groton, a member of Sub Vets
and also employed on base at the Navy College,
waves his sign and flag as the motorcade
with the members of BRAC passes by on Route 12.
People lined Route 12 in Groton to show support for
saving the submarine base Wednesday, June 1, 2005.
The BRAC members passed through the area
after touring the submarine base and then moving on to the Groton-New London Airport
for a press conference. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
April 19. 2016
By Julia Bergman Day staff writer
April 13th 2016
Navy requiring vendors to lower carbon footprint
The U.S. Military, world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels
Navy to Require Climate Change Reporting From Vendors
By ellen knickmeyer, associated press
Apr 12, 2016, 10:10 PM ET
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military,
the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels
to say it will start requiring big vendors to report their output of climate-changing greenhouse gases and work to lower it.
“We’ve got skin in this game,”
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a Silicon Valley conference on tech, government and climate change,
noting that the Navy is facing rising ocean levels and a surge of interest as ice melts in the Arctic.
The U.S. military has characterized climate change as a threat to national security since at least 2014,
saying drought and other natural disasters can foster instability, conflict and extremism.
The move seeks to leverage the Navy’s $170 billion budget to encourage contractors to cut their overall output of climate-changing carbon.
The policy announced by Mabus
did not immediately commit the Navy to cutting off companies with high emissions Companies and governments typically use such emissions reports as a factor in choosing suppliers.
The Navy is following the lead of the General Services Administration,
which last year became the first federal agency to require its vendors to report carbon emission and set lower targets.
The U.S. military is also broadening its use of solar and other renewable energy,
seeking to lessen its dependence on supply chains and on oil, a commodity vulnerable to global tensions.
The Navy is responsible for about one-third of the Pentagon’s use of fossil fuel, Mabus said,
speaking to the emissions-focused meeting of leaders of Google, Apple and other tech and financial firms.
April 8th 2016
A Bully will back down to a ‘Bigger Bull’!
(Power to Power)!
How America and the rest of the world, Should Respond to China’s Moves in the South China Sea?
In my humble opinion, the only thing a ‘Bully’ will ever understands and will fear, is matching
(Power to Power)!
Every war from the beginning of time has been started by a country with a military, wanting your country and if or when you blink, the bully country will try to take it.
Russia, remember the 2nd world war?
The Sasanian (Iran) Empire
The Egypt Empire
The Assyrian Empire
The Roman Empire
The 1948 Arab–Israeli War
Just to name a few, there are thousands more in recorded history, will humans ever learn?
Every country in the world with a military must show this and any Bully Country just what will happen if it does not crawl back onto its own borders!
The USS Betelgeuse AK-260
March, 30th 2016
Welcome Aboard Mate from Charleston South Carolina
To our main website, build by my better half, in order to help the old shipmates
of this old girl alive and well in our hearts and minds forever.
If you did not find everything that you were looking for remember
Elmer Brown also had a very good site and for the same reason as this one,
keep the old girl alive in our hearts and minds.
House backs military burial honor for women pilots
WASHINGTON Tue Mar 22, 2016
The House of Representatives voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow women pilots from
World War Two to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the vast military cemetery just outside Washington.
The vote was 385-0.
If passed by the Senate and signed into the law, the measure would allow the cremated remains of about 1,000 women
who served as Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, during World War Two, to be buried there.
They performed training and transport missions in the United States so male pilots could be sent overseas.
However, unlike male veterans,
they cannot be interred at Arlington,
the best-known U.S. military cemetery, because authorities insist their service was not the same as active duty.
The bill was sponsored by Republican Representative Martha McSally, who was the first woman U.S. Air Force pilot to fly combat missions.
Senate leaders have not scheduled a vote on the bill, but some have said it could be included in another, broader measure, such as a spending bill, this year.
The measure also has strong bipartisan support in the Senate.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)
March 16th 2016 3:20PM
Veterans fight for Arlington rights
“May the WASP’s be with you?”
This is not funny, this is disgusting!
March 16, 2016
They were known as WASPs, Women Airforce Service Pilots. During World War II, between 1942 and 1944,
about 1,100 women volunteered to fly military planes here in the United States. Today, a new battle is being waged for these veterans of war.
Despite the important role they played, the women pilots have never been awarded full Army status
and therefore cannot be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
They were granted retroactive veteran status in 1977
but never received the full military benefits needed for the right to be interred at Arlington.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to change that for good. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.,
are holding a press conference today to draw attention to legislation that would allow for WASPs to be interred at Arlington.
The bill now has the support of almost 40 percent of Congress, with 28 co-sponsors in the Senate and 181 in the House,
according to McSally’s office. Ernst and McSally will be joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif.,
as well as the family of Elaine Harmon, a WASP who died last April.
Harmon told her family that her dying wish was for her ashes to be laid to rest at Arlington.
“Elaine’s family has been amazing,” McSally tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “
And they are not going to rest until this is changed. The Army has tried to pressure them …
and they have said no, even though Elaine’s ashes are sitting on a shelf in their granddaughter’s closet,
waiting to be given that full military burial at Arlington that she deserved and she asked for.”
Arlington, the Army and the Department of Defense all tell Yahoo News that they will comply if Congress passes a law to let WASPs be buried at the cemetery.
But Arlington also wrote in a statement that space is limited — in 20 years, by the mid-2030s, Arlington is expected to be at capacity.
Ernst and McSally, both veterans, tell Couric they would gladly give up their own spots at Arlington for the women who came before them.
“There are a number of us that would gladly give up our spaces at Arlington to make sure that we’re honoring these women,”
who served in the National Guard. McSally is a former Air Force pilot.
Turning to the election, Couric asked both women whether they would support Donald Trump
if he becomes the GOP nominee for president.
“I will support whoever the nominee is,”
said Ernst, who backed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,
during the Iowa caucuses in January, adding,
“I truly hope that whoever our next president is will honor these women as well.”
March 13th 2016 11:50AM
The V.A. has a new Clinic
The Leesburg, Mount Dora area veterans in central Florida, have a
new V.A. clinic, to go along with the new V.A. Hospital in Orlando Florida.
1390 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, Florida 32778
This new clinic is across the street from a large, great hospital,
a stone’s throw, property to property from each other.
The new V.A. Hospital is right in the center of, “Medical City Orlando, Florida!”
13899 Veterans Way Orlando, Florida.
Problem is Traffic, Tolls, and Greedy Politicians!
The quickest way to our new hospital is to Route # 4 to Route 417,
to Veterans Way some 50 to 60 miles from the new Clinic.
One can if you travel the tolls often, get a ‘Sun-Pass.’
You will pay excessively and if your battery should die, you pay a fine for going through the Sun-Pass Booth.
Florida’s Greedy Government Officials have added many tollbooths to, Route # 417,
to ‘Milk’ the Visitors, Patience, Family members, and Doctors to and from Medical City.
Now this friendly group of greedy politicians are building tollbooths on Route # 4 and adding an extra booth on Route 417.
To make matters worse and to full their pockets, they are removing human contact and replacing them with exact change tolls, with deep fines if you do not have the change.
You do have the option of going through a ton of lights through Orlando and hope not the die in a crash?
Problem, Florida Government Officials are planning on ‘Tollbooths on Route 436 also!
Now, back to the next-door neighbors, at the Waterman Christian Hospital in Tavares.
The V.A. is overcrowded at best, veterans dying for lack of time served at worse,
why not run some of the veterans across the street for simple procedures.
Scans, Echoes, pacer checks, eye exams and so on.
WW-2 and Vietnam Veterans and their spouses,
are getting up in age and cost of driving is hard on the pocketbook
and the stress of driving on their health.
The V.A. is talking outsourcing some of their veterans,
the only good thing to outsource?
March 4, 2016 11:07 AM
Navy SEAL awarded Medal of Honor,
Female World War II pilot proud to be a WASP
Lucile Doll Wise, a Women’s Air force Service Pilot, or WASP, during World War II, joined the service in May 1943, and served until they were disbanded in December 1944.
“I was thrilled at the prospect of flying the larger and faster military aircraft and at the opportunity to help in the war effort,” she said.
March 4th 2016
92-year-old Veteran runs across country
92-year-old WWII Veteran runs across the country
Earnest Andrus runs across the country four days a week to raise awareness of the sacrifices the men and women
of the military made during World War II and the many conflicts since that time.
March 1st 2016
VA Honors Veterans through Burial and Memorial Benefits
Did you know VA provides burial and memorial services for Veterans, their spouse and other eligible family members?
These services are provided at VA national cemeteries to ease families through the loss of their loved one at no cost.
Some benefits are available for Veterans who choose burial in a private cemetery.
Click below to Explore VA and learn about benefits including burial in a VA national, state Veterans, or tribal cemetery;
headstone, markers and medallions; burial flags, Presidential Memorial Certificates and more.
Watch this video to learn about the services Veterans’ family members may be eligible for as well.
Learn how VA burial and memorial benefits can save families thousands of dollars and offer comfort in knowing their loved one’s gravesite will be cared for forever.
Phase using animals in military medical training
Our Military is finally coming out of the
and into the
“Light of this World!”
Killing our animals to learn what we have already known for over 100 years
and/or to learn how to operate, when we have had much better ways is just plain
USA warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
Mon, February 08, 2016 By Patricia Jimenez
This is what all of the hullabaloo is about, a little island in the south China Sea, that the Communist Country of China has recently jumped onto and is making artificially larger, just to bully other countries shipping lanes.
No matter what else happens today, my day was complete
Today way our shopping day, because we like to eat.
We both go along with our boss, Breanna and take turns staying in the car with Breanna.
I baby sat the boss first and then shopped.
Nothing strange yet, is there?
Well while shopping I spotted an old fellow in one of the isles
I was traveling with a hat with the words Purple Heart on it.
What do you do?
I said as I patted him on the shoulder, “Thank- you for your service brother!”
We talked for quite a while and I enjoyed it immensely!
Got into the car, in a hurry to brag about my visit with a WW-2 Veteran Sailor.
Not to be undone by this, Donna, the real boss
spent quite a while with a WW-1 Veteran while she was in the store!
Now I’M jealous. 😦
It was a great morning for us both.
If you want to feel the feeling that we both feel each time,
we thank a veteran,
try it and do not rush on by because that veteran will also bless your day.
The Medical Records from the Goose
Welcome Troy New York
USS Betelgeuse AK 260 medical records
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Elmer Brown or Arthur Miller should be able to help you.
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USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website
Welcome Wise Virginia (USS Betelgeuse)
Welcome Wise Virginia
To my USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website
Not real sure how you made it to the site but I am grateful that you did.
are quickly going the way of our main ship mate,
“The USS Betelgeuse AK-260!”
She is our ancestor and many, many sailors are now guiding her around our oceans from under the waters.
USS Betelgeuse AK-260 was formally decommissioned on 15 January 1971.
‘Great Green Fleet’
Using biofuels deployed by U.S. Navy
Wed Jan 20, 2016
The U.S. Navy formally deployed its “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday;
sending warships powered by alternative energy to conduct operations in the Pacific
three years after controversy over the price of developing new fuels provoked a fight in Congress.
Don’t upset congress and their Super Pac’s!
However, our navy knows.
“It gives us an edge tactically, it gives us an edge strategically,”
“It keeps … fuel from being used as a weapon against us.”
Yes, for now as with all new things
it cost more than the same old fossil fuel
however, as always
the pricing is coming down
and coming down fast.
China accuses USA of
“serious military provocation”
over South China Sea over flight
By Paul Elliott Dec 26, 2015
I have a terrific idea, let’s help Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei,
or artificial island lands all around their island
and extend into China waters?
Its called Taiwan Strait!
After all isn’t this what China is doing and then crying foul every time someone fly’s next to or over this
Maybe if or when this happens China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and the USA, can,
“Make-believe that it never happened?”
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Japan ready to patrol South China Sea, navy official says
It is way past time for the free world to allow this free country (Japan)
to help control the free world from communist countries and terrorist?
Japan has become more vocal about China’s activities since the passage of a security bill that would allow its troops to fight overseas.
Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift during a U.S. Seventh Fleet
change of command ceremony at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Kanagawa, Japan, on Sept. 7.
The United States and Japan said that neither side has plans to launch joint patrols in the South China Sea,
even as the two navies conducted a joint training exercise at sea.
Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI License Photo
Sunday November 15th, 2015
USS Betelgeuse 1952
Welcome Rock Hill South Carolina
To my Military site Welcome Aboard
If you were looking for your ship mates we were on the Goose at least 9 months apart so I’m not sure?
I was wondering, have you tried our ships website?
Elmer is doing an excellent job on the up keep and you may be able to find what you are looking for?
Welcome aboard the web site of the
AK (FBM) 260
November 12th, 2015
Veterans Affairs pays $142 million in bonuses amid scandals
I just wrote about this yesterday!
The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014
even as scandals over veterans’ health care and other issues racked the agency.
Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year.
They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw
the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died.
The VA also rewarded executives who managed construction of a facility in Denver, a disastrous project years overdue and more than $1 billion over budget.
They took home $4,000 to $8,000 each. And in St. Cloud, Minn.,
where an internal investigation report last year outlined mismanagement that led to mass resignations of health care providers,
the chief of staff cited by investigators received a performance bonus of almost $4,000.
Guess that they can brag that they are getting better?
VA Reviewing Bonuses After Awarding $400M in 2011
I just wrote about this yesterday!
A V A Thought for this day
November 11th 2015
Today is Our Day
Welcome to Veterans Day
Many veterans and their families will be going to restaurants that support
your troops and then on our way to one of thousands of special events, please join us?
Some will not because a kind word from you for doing the job that we were asked to do is our reward!
We now know
that you agree,
Vietnam was in fact,
November 2nd 2015
The U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115
Navy Christens Ship Honoring Mexican-American Marine
Nov 01, 2015
Hundreds gathered to watch the christening Saturday of the U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115, constructed at Bath Iron Works.
Rosa Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, and to keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of Champagne on the ship’s bow.
Peralta, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico City as a child, enlisted in the Marines on the same day he earned his green card, according to U.S. Navy officials. He is believed to be the first serviceman born in Mexico to have a naval warship named in his honor.
October 26th 2015
Kuentai-USA Group search for USA WW-2 MIAs
Its about time?
Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs
The leaders of Kuentai-USA told The Associated Press that a team of about a dozen Japanese and American volunteers plans to search
an area of Saipan where the U.S. Army’s 27th Infantry Division was hit by the largest suicide attack of the Pacific ground war.
The New York National Guard unit suffered hundreds of casualties, many of them New Yorkers.
The division’s 105th Regiment suffered nearly 1,000 killed and wounded during what became known as the “banzai attack” on July 7, 1944.
The 2015 Blog
October 31st 2015
“VA honors a Veteran each day.”
Get your no-cost Flu Shot at Walgreens or VA! Show your VAID and the code in this article.
*VA honors a Veteran each day. To learn how you can submit a Veteran visit our Facebook about page and look under general information.
October 24th 2015
LCDR Philip McCutcheon Armstrong
Welcome Woodbridge Virginia
I am not sure of the visit to one of my Ship Captains tribute posting
about LCDR Philip McCutcheon Armstrong
however, you are always welcome.
Believe me, I know that at the time of a person’s ‘end of life’ for lack of words,
we always hear words such as those on my site,
LCDR Armstrong was one of my Commanding Officers, while I was on board the ‘Goose’
and “I can honestly say that I never worked with a finer officer during my Naval career.”
However, in this case the words, as weak as they are, are all true!
LCDR Armstrong way one of those rear officers that truly was a “Mans, man!”
Unfortunately he was ‘Killed’ proving this.
And I for one, still have many unanswered question about that day?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The best way to honor wounded vets
Is to stop cresting so many new ones!
October 23th 2015
You just got to love the V.A.
I just came back from a class on P.C. Advance Directive Living Well
P.C. Advance Directive Living Well
Personal Care Surrogate
I had no clue of what I was getting into while on the way to the class and am now so glad that I did go!
If “God Forbid” this happens to you or yours are you prepared?
Every person in this and other countries should learn more and get it done!
Statue # 765 came after the Terri Schiavo, Governor Jeb Bush, Congress and President George W. Bush Case!
If you remember back to the 1990s?
Governor Jeb Bush, Congress and President George W. Bush put Terri’s husband and family through a living hell and the expense to boot for 14 horrible years, just to do the right thing for Terri Schiavo and the tens of thousands of Terri Schiavo before this case!
If seeing is believing please read the link below?
Terri Schiavo 1990 helped to change the laws in Florida for husband and family with this living well (Statue # 765) the final word!
The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents, which ultimately involved state and federal politicians up to the level of President George W. Bush, caused a seven-year delay before Schiavo’s feeding tube was ultimately removed.
In all, the Schiavo case involved 14 appeals and numerous motions, petitions, and hearings in the Florida courts; five suits in federal district court; extensive political intervention at the levels of the Florida state legislature, then-governor Jeb Bush, the U.S. Congress, and President George W. Bush; and four denials of certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States.[5
You just got to love the V.A.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Unclaimed veterans to receive military honors funeral
The Missing In America Project (MIAP) in cooperation with the Valhalla Funeral Chapel Crematory and Cemetery, St. Louis and Bopp Chapel, Kirkwood, MO will inter 18 veterans, and three eligible family members, whose unclaimed remains were located through the efforts of dedicated MIAP volunteers. These veterans served during World War One, World War Two and Vietnam.
The interment will be held at the Jefferson Barracks National Veterans Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, ceremonies at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, the 7th of October 2015.
Call their Bluff!
September 30, 2015
Russia launches airstrikes in northern Syria, senior military official says
Russia (Moscow) is calling our bluff!
If we stop flying over Syria what else will Moscow be calling our bluff on?
A U.S. official said Russian airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a “couple” of Russian bombers.
The strikes hit targets in Homs and Hama, but there is no presence of ISIS in those areas, a senior U.S. defense official said.
These planes are hitting areas where Free Syrian Army and other anti-Assad groups are located, the official said.
“If you have forces in the area we request they leave,” said the general, who used the word “please” in the contentious encounter.
A senior Pentagon official said the U.S., which also has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS, but does not support Assad, said the request was not honored.
“We still conducted our normal strike operations in Syria today,” the official said. “We did not and have not changed our operations.”
The development came after Pentagon officials, in a development first reported by Fox News, brushed aside an official request, or “demarche,” from Russia to clear air space over northern Syria, where Moscow said it intended to conduct airstrikes against ISIS on behalf of Assad, according to sources who spoke to Fox News. The request was made in a heated discussion between a Russian three-star general and U.S. officials at the American Embassy in Baghdad, sources said.
Saturday, September 27, 2015
Navy Hospital Ship returns to a visit to Florida
The USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to Mayport in Jacksonville Florida
The navy not only takes care of its own it is also out trying to take care of the world and has been for many years.
The USNS Comfort (T-AH-200) replaced the hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16) as shown on Welcome Aboard the Goose.
As seen on WESH 2 News (News at Sunrise.
100 Military personal from the navy hospital ship returns home from central and south America and the Caribbean.
More than 100 U.S. military and civilian personnel who served aboard the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort returned to Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, FL on Friday Sept. 25, 2015 after a six-month deployment to 11 nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The ship saw over 120, 000 patients and performed over 1,200 surgeries while in support of Continuing Promise 2015.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Veteran and service dog have trouble boarding flight
Service dogs aren’t allowed on American Airlines flights?
Haag, his wife, and Axel were asked to get out of line after waiting to board for 2 hours,
Captain Jason Haag is a Marine veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and Axel, his service dog, has been named the 2015 Service Dog of the Year.
I know that this is hard to believe however, please remember, like with the Handicap mirror mount card, people by the hundreds
There is no excuse for the airline going about this in so many wrong ways and I do not even know if my Military Brother was in uniform?
If there was a doubt, the airline should ask to see Captain Jason Haag V.A. Card because, again with the handicap sticker, anyone can get a uniform.
Not anyone can get a V.A. Card with his photo on it.
I have a V.A. Card and I also have the Handicap Plate, the Handicap stickers need to be replaced with one with a photo on it?
Captain Jason Haag also had the responsibility to show Axels’ Award!
His dog (Alex) is an American Humane Association HERO DOG AWARDS from California and must have proof of this?
My last eye appointment at our newest VA Hospital I followed a person with a scrawny little, very young, puppy in the hospital that had a makeshift vest and leach and no one question this person all the way through and out of the hospital?
This person was not blind!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
HOA stands for Homeowners Association.
If you fly more than one flag in a one flag only HMO or say, have three cars in a two car HMO, you are outside of their rules
although I hate their rules, you get what you are asking for?
Sell your house?
I will never buy a building on an HMO property!
Before buying anything HMO you should definitely find out if there are fees and rules and if so how much, and what the rules are.
As a Vietnam Veteran I do not like this anymore than the rest of you however the truth is,
You know the rules before you buy in an HOA and if you do not like their terms don’t buy or get on their board and help change their rules?
Some of your HMO neighborhoods often have all sorts of rules and regulations you need to know before you buy.
Some people like being in these types of neighborhoods, they often offer things like pools, gyms, tennis courts, maintenance of the common grounds or exterior of the buildings etc.
US Navy to Restart Heritage Flights
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
US Navy to Restart Heritage Flights in 2016 in Air-show News
The US Navy is set to reintroduce their Naval Aviation Tailhook Legacy Flight program in 2016 which will see the pairing of active US Navy aircraft in formation with civilian-owned and operated vintage naval aircraft.
The Government Sequester of 2011 saw the cancellation of this exceptionally popular air show phenomenon, as well as the individual military air show demonstration performances due to the lack of available funds for all but essential military activities.
The US Navy announced on Saturday (September 19th) that they will publish a draft schedule of air show attendances at the ICAS Convention being held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada between December 6th and 9th.
Warbirds News will of course let our readers know more once the details become available.
So Long Sonar!
This awesome picture of a Pacific Blue whale is courtesy of NOAA fisheries!
The United States Navy has made me a fan once again, with this latest move to save
the lives of so many of our threatened and endangered Ocean wildlife.
Over the past few years in this very Blog, I have written ad nauseam about this disturbing issue and for so very long, it looked bleak and as if it would never happen, but it has!
Our planet’s Whales and Dolphins simply cannot and will not survive, if they cannot hear each other, and in the past, Navy activity in their Global Habitats has done just that, it has repeatedly interfered and done so, quite loudly.
Marine mammals need to have the waters that surrounds them quite silent,
so that they can talk, or communicate with each other.
The constant noises made by our very active US Navy, has caused the whales and dolphins, to try to live within the confines of a world in great turmoil, which in turn, has often resulted in countless, unnecessary deaths for these threatened animals.
But, now after so many years of bitter court battles from both sides, and with many thanks to Earthjustice, NRDC and other concerned Environmental groups, an agreement has finally been reached and the US Navy will set aside areas of the Pacific Ocean, that will allow marine life once again, to safely do what
they do best, survive and thrive!
And they will be doing this in nearly complete silence, well as silent as it can be because,
who knows what else is going on down there?
So for now at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and say thank you to our Navy,
for allowing these beautiful creatures to live safely and hear each other again.
Good by, good riddance and so long Sonar!
Friday February 26th 2010
To my Anonymous Shipmate
(Fool me once, shame on you)!
For years I have ignored questions as to why we stopped going to my ship reunion.
Soon after we met, she talked me into giving my ship reunion another try.
That year, everything seemed to fall into place with the honeymoon trip that we were on.
The base was flying ever thing it had (she was in heaven); shipmates were, for the most part, friendly.
The Motel room was good, the pool, outdoor to indoor was great, food was also great and we were able to spent most of the time with me getting use to the changes from the 1960’s to the 2000’s and her getting to see the area for the first time.
At the dinner/dance we ran into our first problem.
Elvis came out singing, took one look at the prettiest lady at the dance (my and Elvis opinion), embarrass her and turn the room filled with Elvis loving women hostile!
The next morning two of the ‘racist shipmates’ interrupted our breakfast so we left!
(Fool me twice, shame on me)!
The following year we decided to give it another try, our mistake!
Motel was extremely over priced, the motel room was a disgrace, the food was garbage and a few more racists showed their true colors (Old and White).
The pool that was the prize of the first trip was empty and ugly!
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