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    Turkey Fan, I lay this ignorance at the feet...

    Turkey Fan,

    I lay this ignorance at the feet of the complete lack of civics education in our schools. We are reaping the harvest of our pivot to everything STEM and dropped civics/history/poli...
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    I almost threw up when I read that the other day....

    I almost threw up when I read that the other day. I swear to God I was physically nauseated...
  3. Colonel, and also how many of those of the USN...

    Colonel, and also how many of those of the USN who engaged in the battle were civilians 3 or 4 years earlier. And the vast number of vessels engaged did not exist on 7 DEC 41.

    It was warfare on...
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    Virginia is BLUE!!! And I wonder how Amy...

    Virginia is BLUE!!!

    And I wonder how Amy McGrath is feeling today!
  5. Thanks Pete Good point! And looking at that...

    Thanks Pete

    Good point!

    And looking at that photo makes me wonder....in the tropics did the RAN go to battlestations in short and short sleeve shirts?

    In the USN dungarees were tucked into...
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    It was said tongue in cheek. If it is anything...

    It was said tongue in cheek.

    If it is anything I can judge in what I have seen in the last 48 hours from serving officers is the officer corps of the Army is pissed at the way he was treated.
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    Oh and his twin brother is also an Army LTC who...

    Oh and his twin brother is also an Army LTC who is a JAG....who he sought for legal advice as a serving officer.

    Oh, and he was a former Infantry officer so I like him already.

    A friend who had...
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    Pretty cool I remember going aboard the Big...

    Pretty cool

    I remember going aboard the Big John when it was in Boston for the Constitution Turning and an Operation Sail event. I think it may even have been on her retirment cruise.

    Later,...
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    I wonder how LTC Vindman will do on the O-6...

    I wonder how LTC Vindman will do on the O-6 Promotion Board?
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    She is the daughter of a hard nosed old line...

    She is the daughter of a hard nosed old line party mayor of Baltimore. He taught his daughter well. She is amazingly capable and a fearless opponent.
  11. The Battle of Leyte Gulf Aftermath & resources...

    The Battle of Leyte Gulf

    Aftermath & resources

    The Battle of Leyte Gulf remains the largest battle in the US Navyís history and one of its greatest victories. While much went wrong, so much...
  12. 25-26 October 1944 The Battle of Cape Engano ...

    25-26 October 1944

    The Battle of Cape Engano

    The Japanese Northern Force was commanded by the last of the great IJN carrier admirals Vice-Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa. He commanded the Japanese 3rd...
  13. 25 OCT 1944 Part 2 Battle of Samar While...

    25 OCT 1944 Part 2

    Battle of Samar

    While the Johnston was making its epic fight, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copelandís Samuel B. Roberts got into the fight. The Sammy B was a Butler class...
  14. 25 October 1944 Part 2 The Battle of Samar ...

    25 October 1944 Part 2

    The Battle of Samar

    After reversing course in the late evening of 24 October, Kurita’s Center Force emerged from San Bernadino Strait into the Philippine Sea at 0300 on...
  15. 25 OCT 1944 Part 1 Battle of Surigao Straight...

    25 OCT 1944 Part 1

    Battle of Surigao Straight

    The Surigao Straight lies to the south of Leyte Gulf. It leads from the Sulu Sea to the west straight into Leyete Gulf. The Japanese plan called...
  16. 24 OCT 44 Part 3 All through the day, Japanese...

    24 OCT 44 Part 3
    All through the day, Japanese land based aircraft attacked the invasion fleet. Tacloban Airfield was not yet operational so the defense of the anchorage fell to the fighters of the...
  17. 24 OCT 44 Part 2 The aircraft of the 3rd Fleet...

    24 OCT 44 Part 2

    The aircraft of the 3rd Fleet Fast Carrier Task Force had concentrated on attacking Kurita’s Central Force all day and fending off attacks by land based aircraft attacking from...
  18. 24 October 44 Part 1 Despite the losses to the...

    24 October 44 Part 1

    Despite the losses to the Darter & Dace, Kurita maintained progress into the Sibuyan Sea. As the sun rose he was coming into range of the aircraft of the 3rd Fleet. What would...
  19. The Ball opens... Shortly after midnight...

    The Ball opens...

    Shortly after midnight 22-23 OCT 44 Kurita’s powerful Center Force passed Palawan Island and entered the Palawan Passage. Stationed on either flank were the US Navy submarines...
  20. The US Navy's Greatest Battle...Leyte Gulf

    As we are approaching the 75th Anniversary of this epic event I will post some things I wrote for another group here commemorating the events of those days.

    First, the prelude battle.

    As a...
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