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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Must-See Soldiers'Angels TV

Soldiers' Angels has been invited to be in the audience on the CBS Early Show tomorrow, Friday May 27th.

The show is on at 8am Eastern time, and if you watch, you might also get a glimpse of yours truly; I'll be there!

2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano Update

Charges Dropped!!!

See the story here:
Murder charges dropped against Marine (CNN)
or here:
Marine cleared in deaths of 2 Iraqis (MSNBC)
or here:
Iraq Murder Charges Dropped Against Marine (Fox News)
And don't forget Defend the Defenders, the website and organization his mother founded, to defend our accused heroes.

ANTI-TERROR MARINE — U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Howard Hoehmann, assigned to 2nd Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company, 3rd Platoon, takes aim at a target while conducting live fire machine gun drills aboard the USS Blue Ridge in the South Pacific Ocean, May 21, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Terry Spain Hi-Res Photo

In Today's News - Thursday, May 26, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have."
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick Associated Press
U.S. closes embassy, offices in Indonesia
CIA overseeing 3-day war game on Internet
FBI records cite Quran abuse allegations
Priscilla Owen confirmed as federal judge

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Five killed, 17 wounded in Baghdad bombing
Syrian envoy says many arrested near Iraq
Officials: Abbas seeks to delay election
Egyptians vote on reforms amid violence

The US News: Iraq News
U.S., Iraqi forces battle insurgents
Australian Muslim leader offers Iraq hostage swap
Iraq seeks UN force extension
US troops sweep western Iraqi town for militants
Soldier Testifies Iraqi Was Cooperating
Cat-Griz rivalry plays out in deserts of Iraq
Fate of U.S. hostage in Iraq unknown
U.S. forces encircle Iraqi city

Various Sources
Two post-Nine-Eleven port security problems found lacking
Homeland Security formally announces return of general aviation to Reagan
Proposal to divide Iraq into semi-autonomous states debated
House OKs defense bill; women as they were
Complaints aside, U.S. troops express pride in the job they do
U.S., Iraq may release members of Saddam's former government
Pastor apologizes for church sign that offended Muslims
400 more UK troops for Iraq
Sunni Iraqis form front for drafting constitution
U.S. Introduces New Intel Technology In Iraq
Four Iowa Guard Soldiers Injured In Iraq
Web posting claims al-Zarqawi fled Iraq
Rumors mount over the fate of al-Zarqawi

Fox News
Conflicting Messages
Report: Zarqawi Shot in Lung
Iraq Attacks Kill Nine, Hurt 17
Syria Makes Border Arrests
Cleric Offers Hostage Switch
Bush to Meet With Abbas
CIA Conducts Web War Game
Feds Blast Koran-Flush Story
Prosecution Rests in SEAL Abu Ghraib Murder Case
Senate Confirms Owen
Iran Ready for Nuke Deal
Bolton Showdown

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Describes Changing War — Story
Cessna Story Illustrates On-going Problem — Story
Military Planners Discuss War on Terror — Story
Book Highlights Work of Sailors, Marines — Story Photos

Afghan Children Locate Weapons Cache — Story
Coalition Medics Treat Injured Afghan Girl — Story
Task Force Thunder Prepares to Redeploy —Story
Iraqi Escapes Kidnappers, Runs to U.S. Troops — Story

Project Pumps Fresh Water to Zafaraniya
Campaign Aims to Teach IED Awareness
Tenn. Reservists Bring Pride, Tradition to Fallujah
Border Fort Opens on Iran-Iraq Border
Mud School Replacement Projects Finished in Province

A-10 Pilots Ready for Combat in Minimal Time
Pallet, Net Recovery Effort Proves Successful
Afghan Boy Finds Help in America’s Battalion

USS Kearsarge Offloads Marines in Kuwait

Inshore Boat Unit 21 Sailors Rescue Child

Kearsarge Sailors, Marines Make a Difference

Twins Serve Together in Iraq — Story

Girl Collects Batteries for Troops — Story
Home Depot Offers Discount — Story
'Superman' Visits Troops in Iraq
USO-BWI Supports Troops
Foundation Helps 9-11 Families

5 U.S. Troops Killed in Incidents
Iraqi Navy Chief Visits 5th Fleet HQ
Iraqi Army Missions Foster Goodwill
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Army Launches Vaccine Program
Afghanistan Daily Update

Support Teams Provide Expertise
USS Chafee Joins Nimitz Group
D.C. Warning System Operational
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Injured Troops Relearn Living Skills
Wounded Return Home to Recover
Official Addresses EO Conference
National Guard, Reserve Update

Defense Officials Identify Casualties — Story

from The Weather Channel

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

Today in History
961 - German King Otto II crowned
1798 - British troops kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.
1805 - Lewis & Clark first see the ocky Mountains; Napoleon is crowned king of Italy.
1824 - Brazil is recognized by the U.S.
1861 - The Union blockades New Orleans & Mobile.
1864 - The territory of Montana is formed.
1865 - Battle of Galveston, TX.
1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote.
1896 - The last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
1922 - Lenin suffers a stroke.
1924 - President Coolidge signs the Immigration Law (restricting immigration).
1937 - San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge opens.
1941 - An Ark Royal airplane sights the German battleship Bismarck.
1942 - The Nazis require Belgian Jews to wear a Jewish star; The African corps faces the British Army in a tank battle at Bir Hakeim.
1943 - Jews riot against Germany in Amsterdam.
1944 - 82nd Airborne division landsat La Haye du Puits to Ste Mère Eglise (D-Day).
1945 - The U. S. fire bombs Tokyo.
1946 - A patent is filed in the U.S. for the H-Bomb
1948 - The entire Hagana armed forces are sworn-in as Israeli soldiers; South Africa elects a nationalist government with an apartheid policy.
1961 - A USAF bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours.
1981 - A Marine jet crashes on the flight deck of the USS Nimitz, killing 14; Soyuz T-4 returns to Earth.
1987 - Supreme Court rules that dangerous defendants can be held without bail.

- Mohammed III, Sultan of Turkey
1835 - Confederate Artillery Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander
1867 - Mary queen, of Great Britain/North Ireland
1877 - Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War
1899 - Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
1903 - Estes Kefauver (Senator-TN)
1910 - Adolfo Lopez Mateos, President of México
1924 - Cooper Evans (Representative-IA)
1951 - Muhammed Ahmad Faris Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3); Sally Kristen Ride, first U.S. woman astronaut (STS-7, STS 41G)
1968 - Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark

1421 - Mohammed I, sultan of Turkey
1512 - Bajezid II, Governor of Amasja/8th Sultan of Turkey, dies
1818 - Michael A. Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal/War Minister
1883 - Abd el-Kader, Algerian sultan/religious ruler
1939 - Cornelis J. Cutters, supreme commander of Navy
1996 - Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician

Reported Missing in Action
Glandon, Gary A., USAF (TN)
Griffey, Terrance H., USAF (IA)

Mecleary, Read Blaine USN (CT) - Released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998