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12/26/2006

Former President Gerald Ford Dies

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:10 pm

President Gerald R. Ford
1913-2006

Thus passes the 38th president of the United States and the first president I clearly remember from my childhood.

Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

Details on his death Tuesday were not immediately available.

Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments — including an angioplasty — in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

Rest well, Mr. President.

12/13/2006

Happy 370th B-Day

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:11 pm

… to the National Guard.

Hat tips to John at Argghhh!!! and RTO Trainer at Signaleer, who both have more on this auspicious day.

As has been the case so many times in the past, the National Guard is once again answering the nation’s call. Here is a Texas Guardsman from 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 56th Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division on patrol in Iraq in 2005 [click to enlarge]:

Lone Star Guardsman patrolling Iraq
[image source]

Quote of the Week, 13 DEC 06

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:57 pm

People know what they should do and they have the courage and confidence in each other to do it. … They will do anything even though they feel that life and society have dumped all over them; they can still drive on and fight like demons, march like Jackson, and soldier like the very dickens when they have to … it fills me with inspiration. They are truly the great people of this war … the forgotten civilians who will probably never receive their due for their valor on the fields of battle.

—Major Alexander Hottell, 1969 journal entry during the Vietnam War

12/7/2006

Remember Pearl Harbor!

Filed under: — Gunner @ 12:57 am
Destroyer USS Shaw explodes, 7 DEC 1941

December 7, 1941, a date which will always live in infamy for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Last year on this date, I wrote the following:

As a small child, I constructed a model of the USS Arizona. I was young and knew of its history only from books. Since then, I have learned life’s lessons of death. Come May 2006, I will be paying my tribute at the USS Arizona Memorial.

My new bride and I did indeed visit the memorial on our honeymoon. Below are our pictures of that solemn, stirring place of honor and remembrance.

The memorial sits astride the sunken hull of the famed vessel and is only accessible by boat from the site’s visitor center. Here is a picture taken while approaching the memorial (as with all of the photos, click for a larger version):

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