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Monday, May 09, 2005

A Soldier from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, patrols Mosul, Iraq, in his Stryker. Photo by Mike Buytas.

Marine's K-9 honored: 'One of their own'

Since World War II, dogs have played a significant part in American military operations. There are over 2,000 dogs currently working with the military. Hundreds are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks to Seamus for the tip on an article about a fallen furry Marine, and how his human brothers honored him.

To read it, go here.

To find out more about our furry heroes, check out the United States War Dog Association. They have some fantastic photos, as well as a petition you can sign to push for a War Dog stamp.

You can also go to:
Military working dogs essential tool in Iraq mission
The Quartermaster K-9 Corps
War Dogs
Military Working Dog Foundation
Space Coast War Dog Association
War Dog Memorial
Hahn Air Base, K-9 Section

We mourn our fallen furry Marine hero, and send our condolences to his handler.

Welcome Home Florida's Heroes - Job Well Done!

A big Welcome Home and Thank You to Jeff P., Dan R., and all of the heroes of the Florida Army National Guard's 265th Air Defense Artillery, who have just returned from their deployment to Afghanistan.

The heroes greeted their families for the first time yesterday - a wonderful Mother's Day present!

You can read about their homecoming here:
Soldiers Return from Air Defense mission
Mother's Day sees Indian River County soldiers go home

Hero Jeff P. and his wife, Jill

ON THE LOOKOUT — U.S. Navy Seaman Matthew Ramer looks through binoculars for small boats while crossing the Strait of Hormuz aboard USNS Walter S. Diehl, May 5, 2005. Ramer is a master at arms assigned to Mobile Security Detachment 24, aboard the Diehl, which is currently in the Arabian Gulf conducting refueling operations with the fleet in support of anti-terrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Ansarov

In Today's News - Monday, May 9, 2005

Quote of the Day
"If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness."
-- Theodore Roosevelt.

News of Note:

V-E Day:
From Fox News:
Leaders Meet at Red Square WWII Parade
WWII March Called Off in Berlin
Hitler's Final Days
Bush Tours Europe, Baltic States
Red Square V-E Day Parade

From The US News: Iraq News:

Europeans look again at life in WWII

From Juneau Empire:
Bush, Putin put sniping aside for VE Day

Fallen Heroes
From The US News: Iraq News:
Firefighter, Colorado Native, Killed In Iraq
Harley-Riding Ark. Fireman Dies in Iraq
Memorial Held For U.S. Ranger Killed In Iraq

From the Department of Defense:
Soldiers Pay Tribute to Fallen MP — Story Associated Press
U.S. offensive in western Iraq kills 75
Putin praises Soviet sacrifice in WWII
14 killed in fighting in East Afghanistan
Air Force elite troops find ways to adapt
Military confronts reckless air crashes

The US News: Iraq News
New Iraqi defence minister was ex-Saddam officer
Iraqis receive advanced medic training
Iraqi lawmakers approve 6 Cabinet nominees; Sunni candidate ...
Australian Muslim leader joins efforts to free Iraq hostage
Iraqi Oil Minister to Run Critical Sector
Iraq hails new blow to Zarqawi network
Kuwaiti court sentences 18 men for fighting US-led forces in Iraq
Next for young Lebanese: politics
Hamas gains Palestinian political clout
Dressing for Afghan success
Senior Official Gunned Down in Baghdad
Seven U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Iraq
Iraqi PM Says All Cabinet Vacancies Filled
Iraqi claims he was a whistleblower

Fox News
U.S. Kills 75 Terrorists in Iraq Offensive Near Syrian Border
Key Zarqawi Aide Captured
U.N. Nuke Watchdog: North Korea Could Make Six Nukes
Afghan Clash Kills Two
Report: Israel Jails Jewish Extremist Without Trial
Ex-White House Counsel Dies
Pastor: Ouster of Nine Dems Was a 'Misunderstanding'
Reckless Pilots Probed
Bush Meets With Putin in Moscow

Department of Defense
Troops Catch Abu Ghraib Attack Suspect — Story
Forces Net 109 Terrorists, Weapons Caches — Story
20 Insurgents, 9 Afghan Soldiers Killed — Story

'Immersion:' Next Best Thing to Being There — Story
U.S. Pilots Train Iraqis to Fly C-130 Hercules — Story
Combat Medics Keeps Soldiers Healthy — Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

This Day in History
- Columbus sets sail from Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World.
1689 - King William III of England declares war on France.
1753 - King Louis XV disbands the French parliament.
1788 - English parliament accepts abolishment of the slave trade.
1862 - The U.S. Naval Academy is relocated from Annapolis, MD to Newport, RI.
1864 - Battle of Dalton, GA
1901 - Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
1936 - Italy takes Addis Ababa, annexing Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1941 - The British Army breaks German spy codes.
1943 - The 5th German Panser army surrenders in Tunisia.
1944 - Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch is arrested.
1944 - The Russians recapture Crimea, taking Sevastopol.
1945 - Czechoslovakia is liberated from Nazi occupation.
1945 - Jersey is liberated from the Nazis.
1945 - Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl is arrested.
1945 - A victory celebration takes place at Red Square.
1949 - Prince Rainier III becomes the leader of Monaco.
1950 - French Foreign minister Robert Schuman announces the Schuman Plan for European integration.
1955 - The German Federal Republic joins NATO.
1960 - Nigeria becomes a member of the British Commonwealth.
1960 - The U.S. send a U-2 over the USSR.
1962 - A laser beam is successfully bounced off the Moon for the first time.
1964 - Khrushchev visits Egypt.
1967 - The first flight of a Fokker F-28 Fellowship occurs.
1977 - Patty Hearst is released from prison.
1978 - The corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro is found.
1979 - The U.S. & USSR sign the Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons.
1989 - Vice President Dan Quayle says in a United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste."
1993 - Paraguay holds its first presidential & parliamentary elections in 50 years.
1995 - Kinshasa, Zaire is placed under quarantine after an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
1997 - The first US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam.

1800 - John Brown, abolitionist; leader of Harpers Ferry attack
1824 - William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Confederate Brigadier General
1873 - Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist, discoverer of King Tut's tomb
1907 - Baldur von Schirach German writer/Nazi politician
1913 - John Hayes, Admiral
1915 - Richard Janvrin, British Vice Admiral
1918 - Mike Wallace, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes)
1918 - Orville Freeman, (Senator-MN)/Secretary of Agriculture
1927 - Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist, 1967 Nobel Prize winner
1931 - Vance DeVoe Brand Longmont, astronaut (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35)
1932 - J. Alex McMillan (Representative-NC)
1942 - John D. Ashcroft (Governor, MO /Attorney General)
1949 - Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)

Happy Mother's Day

To all our Mothers,
Wherever you are,
Right here at home,
Or in lands afar,

We owe you thanks,
For every way,
You touch our lives--

Happy Mother's Day