01 February 2016

47TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 75TH RANGERS



Today, February 1, 2016, is the 47th anniversary of the reactivation of what would eventually become today’s 75th Ranger Regiment. 

I wrote this a while back ...but figured it bears repeating.

The first provisional long-range patrol (LRP) units were formed in 1965 and 1966 at the divisional level, but it was in 1967 that the LRRP organizations flourished and became formally established. The acronyms LRP (long range patrol) and LRRP (long-range reconnaissance patrols) soon were interchangeable, though most orders of battle refer to the units as LRPs. Every integral Army group in-country, whether brigade or division level, had its own LRRP unit in Viet Nam.

On January 1, 1969, General Westmoreland brought the 13 different LRRP units under the umbrella of the 75th Infantry Rangers (Airborne), linking them to the 75th Infantry of 1954 and the 475th Infantry of 1944 and that unit’s 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) – Merrill’s Marauders — whose regimental patch the Rangers would wear. The LRP/LRRP companies would be designated from then on as companies C through I and K through P, 75th Infantry Rangers. The reactivation became official on February 1, 1969.

The units operated in a silent netherworld of dark green shadows where error could mean death and where the extraordinary was commonplace. Traveling in small groups — some companies used two, three or four man, some eight and more — far from friendly forces, we strove to look, smell, move and act as much as possible like the enemy we sought in the depths of the jungle. We were hunters and trackers, and our elusive prey was the NVA and VC. 

We were adept at the art of ambush, the quiet kill, unseen movement and survival, wafting through the jungle like a solitary breeze, briefly felt, quickly gone. We were the eyes and ears of our parent units. 

We were a small, unheralded, elite force of specialists in guerrilla warfare, an all-volunteer group of soldiers with a minimum of formal training in the skills of covert counterinsurgency operations. Nevertheless, we had an effect on the overall military operations in Vietnam that was completely out of proportion to our number. 

Major General William R. Peers, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, noted in 1967: “Every major battle the 4th Infantry Division got itself into was initiated by the action of a Long Range Patrol; every single one of them. That included the Battle of Dak To, for the Long Range Patrols completely uncovered the enemy movement. We knew exactly where he was coming from through our Long Range Patrol action.” 

Lieutenant General John H. Hays, Jr., who commanded the 1st Infantry Division from February 1967 to March 1968 and went on to become the deputy commanding general of II Field Force, serving until August 1968, said that the LRRPs were “generally considered to have the most uncomfortable and dangerous job in Vietnam,” but also noted that “the way in which the long range patrols were used was one of the most significant innovations of the war.” 

I remain proud to have been a member of E Company, 58th Infantry LRRP and Company K, 75th Infantry Rangers (Airborne) in Viet Nam (attached to the 4th Infantry Division). 

So here’s to all the LRPs, LRRPs and Rangers out there from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

28 January 2016

IF YOU DROVE OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD (thank you PL) THIS MORNING ...

... because your in-car GPS gave you directions to Rome, Georgia, instead of Rome, New York ... or that missile you launched at the moon, hit your neighbor's house, this may be the reason ....



Air Force Official Press Release - GPS Ground System Anomaly

  On 26 January at 12:49 a.m. MST, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at the
50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., verified users were
experiencing GPS timing issues.  Further investigation revealed an issue in
the Global Positioning System ground software which only affected the time
on legacy L-band signals. This change occurred when the oldest vehicle, SVN
23, was removed from the constellation. While the core navigation systems
were working normally, the coordinated universal time timing signal was off
by 13 microseconds which exceeded the design specifications. The issue was
resolved at 6:10 a.m. MST, however global users may have experienced GPS
timing issues for several hours.  U.S. Strategic Command's Commercial
Integration Cell, operating out of the Joint Space Operations Center,
effectively served as the portal to determine the scope of commercial user
impacts.  Additionally, the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB
has not received any reports of issues with GPS-aided munitions, and has
determined that the timing error is not attributable to any type of outside
interference such as jamming or spoofing.  Operator procedures were modified
to preclude a repeat of this issue until the ground system software is
corrected, and the 50th Space Wing will conduct an Operational Review Board
to review procedures and impacts on users. Commercial and Civil users who
experienced impacts can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center at
(703) 313-5900.


Very Respectfully,
USCG Navigation Center
Navigation Information Service
NAVCEN MS 7310
7323 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 20598-7310
703-313-5900
www.navcen.uscg.gov
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=listserverunsubscribe&srvr=GPSStat

14 January 2016

THURSDAY NIGHT FUNNIES

Gotta' say, I ain't heard any of these before .... enjoy.


The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe...before You start looking like a mental patient.

My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations.  I'm pretty sure she was hitting on me.

My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and  I'm worried about the 175 lbs I've gained since then.

I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters.  Do they just give you a bra and say, "Here, fill this out?"

The speed with which a woman says "nothing" when asked "What's wrong?"...is inversely proportional to the severity of the crap storm that's coming.

Denny's has a slogan, 'If it's your birthday, the meal is on us.'  If you're in Denny's and it's your birthday, your life sucks!

 If I make you breakfast in bed, a simple "Thank you" is all I need...not all this, "How did you get into my house" business!

The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today.  Pretty sure she's going to get me something.

On average, an American man will have sex two to three times a week. Whereas,  a Japanese man will have sex only one or two times a year.  This is very upsetting news to me. I had no idea I was Japanese. 

 I can't understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women's clothing line named, "Sag Harbor".

I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

What is it about a car that makes people think we can't see them pick their noses?

Money can't buy happiness but it keeps the kids in touch!


The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married...Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara ... and, of course, Opie--all single.  The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk all the time.

13 January 2016

WELL, HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY ...

A subtropical system — Alex — has formed in the Atlantic on January 13, 2016 !!

Why do I feel that this bodes not well for our weather this year?

11 January 2016

Joint Message from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

Joint message from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency investigates losses of our personnel missing in action.  They would like to contact the following personnel who might have information regarding our missing brothers-in-arms.  If you think you can help, and would like to communicate with DPAA, please contact Matt Kristoff, preferably by email initially, at Matthew.Kristoff2.civ@mail.mil, (Phone: 703-699-1240).  Note: DPAA’s phone voicemail system is currently going through changes and maintenance issues and is unreliable, which is why email is best for initial contact).

1.  Anyone on the recon or Bright Light team that buried the remains of Capt Joseph Rosato, 558th Tactical Fighter Squadron near Dak Ha Township, Dak To District, Kontum Province.

2.  SFC Larry S. McMillian and SSG James R. Moore regarding SSG Danny Taylor on RT Montana September 66.

3.  Any team member on a CCN Team that was on the Feb 67 mission with SFC Domingo Borja in Laos.

4.  Anyone on the team with SGT Howard Carpenter (B-50/Project Omega, FOB 2) that was KIA in Laos on Mar 67.

5.  Anyone who was at the NKP launch site on 28 March 1968 when Spike Team Asp was lost (Ron Brown, Al Boyer, and Greg Huston).  We would also like to track down the ST Asp surviving indig team members.

6.  MSG Minor Plyant, SSG Michael Stanfield and SSG Jay Graves that may have involved in an attempt to find 4 members of a UH-1C lost in Quang Nam Province on 8 May 68 from the 281st Attack Helo Company, Project Delta/B-52

7.  Anyone with knowledge of enemy order of battle in Salavan Province, Laos, circa 23 May 68 when SFC Glen Lane and SSG Robert Owen from RT Idaho were lost.

8.  Cordinne McMurray concerning 1LT James Birchim RT New Hampshire.

9.  Frank Belletire reference SP4 William Copley from RT Vermont, 13 November < x-apple-data-detectors://4 > 1968.

10.  Thomas M. Turner (USAF) regarding the loss of six 606th Special Ops Squadron personnel on a C123 over Laos on 13 Dec 68.

11.  Any Bright Light team members and 195th AHC members that were involved in an attempt to find 1LT Harold Kroske, RT Hammer, 11 Feb 69 in Kratie Province, Cambodia.

12.  James C. Lamotte regarding the loss of SFC Ricardo Davis, RT Copperhead on
20 Mar 69 in Laos.

13.  Any of the four members that were extracted on 27 Sep 69 from Phouvongxai District, Attapu Province, Laos, by a UH1H from the 57th Aviation Company that lost PFC John Huntley.

14.  Anyone with information on the crash and loss of Maj Gerald Helmich, A1H pilot, 602nd Special Ops Sqdn, on 12 Nov 69 in Boualapha District, Khammouan Province, Laos.

15.  Anyone involved with the 30 Jun 70 and 27 Aug 70 for CDR Donald Aldern, A7A pilot in Attapu Province, Laos, lost on 29 Jun 70.

16.  "Oliveras (no further info)" and Fred Wunderlich regarding the 4 Jul 70 loss of SFC Charles Bookout, RT Colorado, in Salavan Province, Laos.

17.  CPT Steve Wallace and SSG Jeff Mauceri regarding the 4 Dec 70 loss of SGT George Green, RT Washington, in Attapu Province, Laos.

18.  1LT McCarty or anyone with knowledge of the loss of SGT James Harwood, and 1LT Gerald Kinsman, on 15 Jan 71 in An Giang Province, South Vietnam.

19.  Pat Mitchell and John St. Laurent regarding the loss of SGT David Mixer, RT Colorado in Attapu Province, Laos, on 29 Jan 71.


20.  John "Rowdy" Yeats, Richard Hendrick, Kenneth Holmes, Coy Reese, Robert Cook, and Lemuel McGlothern regarding the loss of two WOs from the 158th Avn Bn who were trying to extract RT Alaska on 17 May 71 from Quang Tri Province.

05 January 2016

GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE — DEMOCRATS DO

Since the current administration feels that more laws un-enforced ( backed by a lot of YOUR $$$$) are better than enforcing laws that already exist, and since the libs, left and rest of the anti-gun movement is so fond of lumping ALL gun owners into one pot, let’s lump all the ruling parties of the cities with the highest murder rates per thousand in the US into one pot.

The object of this is to show how dishonest, deceitful and plain ol’ full of bullshit the anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment crowd — politicians, media and the sorry excuse we have for a President — really are.

Because if everything they postulate about gun ownership is true, then this list can be directly laid at the feet of those in charge and — by the same bizarre logic — must also be true.

Of course — as we all know — suspending the rights granted under the Second Amendment will certainly stop bad guys from obtaining guns. 

Faulty logic is one thing … evidencing no sense of discernment or discrimination of what is true is called stupidity.

And remember this — no one is rooting for more restrictive gun laws than today’s criminals, crazies and islamic terrorists.

It’ll make everything soooooo much SAFER for them. As for the rest of you? Lotsa' luck.



Rankings by murder rate/thousand (1000) people (2014)
Rank               City                 Mayor’s Party

30       Baton Rouge, LA        Dem
29       Youngstown, OH        Dem
28       San Bernardino, CA   Rep
27       Oakland, CA               Dem
26       Barberton, OH            Dem
25       Poughkeepsie, NY      Rep
24       Cincinnati, OH            Dem   
23       Petersburg, VA            Dem
22       Wilmington, DE          Dem
21       York, PA                      Dem
20       East Palo Alto, CA      Dem
19       Jackson, MS                Dem
18       Wilkes-Barre, PA        Dem
17       Birmingham, AL         Dem
16       East Point, GA             Dem
15       East Chicago, IN         Dem
14       Compton, CA              Dem
13       Baltimore, MD            Dem
12       St. Louis, MO              Dem
11       Harvey, IL                   Dem
10       Newark, NJ                 Dem
9          New Orleans, LA       Dem
8          Trenton, NJ                Dem
7          Detroit, MI                 Dem
6          Flint, MI                     Dem
5          Saginaw, MI               Dem
4          Chester, PA                 Dem
3          Gary, IN                      Dem
2          Camden, NJ                Dem
1          East St. Louis, IL        Dem


Ergo: 93.33% of the time …
Guns Don’t Kill People — Democrats Do!

15 December 2015

EVINRUDE DEALS FOR BOAT SHOW SEASON

Just passing this on ...!!


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Repower Offer:
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·       6-year B.E.S.T warranty on 3 HP to 15 HP Evinrude portable engines.
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