Monday, September 08, 2014 ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...
RIPPER IDENTITY CLAIM BIGFOOT AND BEARS (see picture above) MYSTERY BEARS OF KAMCHATKA ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD MEGAN FOX AND THE PARANORMAL CHEIQUEHUECU ATTENBOROUGH AND THE YETI MUSHROOM-SHAPED ORGANISMS UFO OVER MISSOURI ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD ALLEGED LAKE MONSTER PHOTOGRAPH BIGFOOT IN MISSISSIPPI? STRANGE CREATURE AT MOUNT BANDAI GIMLIN THE CRYPTO-HUNTER ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD
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1965 – On this date, Navy Cmdr. James B. Stockdale, commander of Air Wing 16 from the USS Oriskany, was shot down during a mission over North Vietnam. When he ejected from his aircraft, he suffered breaks to his left leg and left shoulder and parachuted into the middle of a village. The locals surrounded and pummeled him until the NVA showed up.
The highest-ranking Navy officer at Hoa Lo Prison (aka Hanoi Hilton), Stockdale was routinely tortured. He spent a total of three years in solitary confinement, one of them in complete isolation. For two years, his legs were strapped in irons. In 1969, when Stockdale suspected he was to be used in a propaganda film, he foiled his captors by cutting his scalp with a razor. When they put a hat on his head to cover the wounds, he bloodied his face by smashing it with a stool. Afterward, he kept his eyes swollen and bruises “freshened” with his fists.
Relief for the POWs came when the Paris Peace Accords ended U.S. direct involvement in the war in January 1973. The prisoners were released beginning February 12, 1973, as part of Operation Homecoming.
1967 – Sergeant Duane D. Hackney is presented with the Air Force Cross for bravery in rescuing an Air Force pilot in Vietnam. He was the first living Air Force enlisted man to receive the award, the nation's second highest award for bravery in action.
1969 – Ho Chi Minh service in Hanoi. Among those in attendance were Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin, Chinese Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien and Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia. Today, he can be seen on display in Hanoi in a public mausoleum.
1972 – DeBellevue becomes leading American Ace. U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles B. DeBellevue (Weapons Systems Officer) flying with his pilot, Capt. John A. Madden, in a McDonnell Douglas F-4D, shoots down two MiG-19s near Hanoi. These were Captain DeBellevue's fifth and sixth victories, which made him the leading American ace (an unofficial designation awarded for having downed at least five enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat) of the war. All of his victories came in a four-month period.
Captain Madden would record a third MiG kill two months later.
Leon Davidson Flying Saucer Collection by Eric Wakin, Lehman Curator for American History on February 4, 2013
The flying saucer has been a meme in the U.S. at least since Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting near Mt. Rainier, but discs in the sky have "appeared" in global manuscripts from Japan through Europe for hundreds of years. The post-war 20th-century explosion of interest is inextricably bound up with the Cold War, nuclear weaponry, and a general sense of dread. The US Air Force legitimized the quest for UFOs with its Project Blue Book and Columbia contributed to the study of the phenomenon through engineer Leon Davidson (BS'43/PhD'51), who worked on the Manhattan Project and at Los Alamos. From 1949 into the 1960s Davidson studied and collected material on UFOs, which he donated to Columbia. The collection includes pamphlets, 'zines, scrapbooks, and more. In a 1962 letter to Columbia, Davidson concluded, "It is my believe that Flying Saucers are not interplanetary, but that there is substance to the subject." Here is a tiny sampling of the thousands of items in the Flying Saucer Collection:
This partial monthly summary from November 1964 has several shipborne (MERINT) sightings. Also, a radar report with scope photos aboard the USS Gyatt. Scope photos are relatively rare in the PBB files. Again, a radar report from the USCGC Bibb in 1948 at this link, http://www.fold3.com/image/9670391/ .
I am certain there are quite a few more reports as the phrase "picket ship" was rarely used. The U.S. Coast Guard provided picket ship coverage too. While in Las Vegas recently I spoke with Capt. (O-6) Bruce Bacon (Ret.) who commanded a U.S. Coast Guard cutter at Ocean Station Echo. He made a series of teletype reports up the chain of command in 1971. This sighting like so many others never made it to the PBB files.
Subj: Re: Picket Ship? Sun Sep 7, 2014 9:11 am (PDT) . Posted by: "Ted Wilming" ted.wilming
The picket ships, 1-16 of the AGR/YAGR were converted WW-2 Liberty hulls. They were powered by a British design triple expansion steam engine of the 1920 design. Cheap but 10-11 knots. Would not be able to keep up with Fleet today, or back in the 1960's either..
Early in the vid it says that at the US Military Archive (Alabama) they preserve 17,000 weapons in perfect working order (many in factory wrappings). Must admit I'm a rifleman by preference, and even though the vid shows that folk like a submachine gun for firepower and a pistol for personal reassurance, for sheer "carry" and accurate hitting power I still prefer a rifle (my own favourite is the FN 7.62 SLR, which although a little heavier than some is also a good "carry" and "aiming" weapon. Ray
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1954 – SEATO established. Having been directed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to put together an alliance to contain any communist aggression in the free territories of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, or Southeast Asia in general, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles forges an agreement establishing a military alliance that becomes the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
Signatories, including France, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United States, pledged themselves to "act to meet the common danger" in the event of aggression against any signatory state. A separate protocol to SEATO designated Laos, Cambodia, and "the free territory under the jurisdiction of the State of Vietnam [South Vietnam]" as also being areas subject to the provisions of the treaty. The language of the treaty did not go as far as the absolute mutual defense commitments and force structure of the NATO alliance, instead providing only for consultations in case of aggression against a signatory or protocol state before any combined actions were initiated.
SEATO was used as legal basis for U.S. involvement in South Vietnam. SEATO expired on June 30, 1977.
1968 – ARVN general killed. Troung Quang An becomes the first South Vietnamese general killed in action when his aircraft is shot down. The commander of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division (more popularly known as the 'Big Red One"), Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware, suffered a similar fate when his helicopter was shot down on September 13. Maj. Gen. Ware was one of two U.S. division commanders killed during the war; the other was Maj. Gen. George W. Casey of the 1st Cavalry Division who was killed in a helicopter crash on July 7, 1970.