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Friday, May 27, 2005

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jeno V. Hankerson, rifleman and police sergeant with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment hands an Iraqi man a pro-Iraqi government flyer during a mission at the Maternity and Children’s Hospital, Ar Ramadi, Iraq, May 17, 2005. The U.S. Marines and soldiers delivered four sea containers of medical supplies valued at more than $500,000 to the hospital. The supplies ranged from heart monitors and antibiotics to new bed sheets and bandages. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan

SOUTH CHINA SEA — U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gene A. Carroll fires a MK-38 25mm machine gun off the starboard bow of the USS Fort McHenry, during a live fire demonstration. Fort McHenry is currently underway in support of exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) 2005, a cooperative response to terrorism and transnational crime at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Ham

In Today's News - Friday, May 27, 2005

Quote of the Day
"I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom."
-- Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, November, 1864

News of Note:
U.S. soldier acquitted in Iraqi's death
Troops proud of job they do
Rumsfeld Praises 'All-American Division' — Story
Deadline Approaches for Submitting Writings — Story
9/11 U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Jet Dedicated — Story
Need for Truth in Reporting Stories
2 Dead in Iraq Chopper Crash
Iraqi Hostage Freed in U.S. Offensive
Marine Cleared in Iraq Deaths Associated Press
Bush fetes Abbas as courageous reformer
Air Force enforces 'religious respect'
Democrats force delay of Bolton final vote
40,000 Iraqis to form shield in Baghdad
Inquiry finds some Quran 'mishandling'

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Military says helicopter crashes in Iraq
Iraq PM announces security plan

The US News: Iraq News
Iraq insurgency not just Zarqawi
Zarqawi 'replaced by deputy'
Top Iraqi Official Confirms Al-Zarqawi Injured
US, Iraqi Troops Detain About 300 People
Iraq's Interior Minister: Fugitive Killer Has Been Wounded
Iraqis launch military offensive
Iraqi PM has No Date for Withdrawal of Foreign Troops
3 escape from Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail
Iraq's deadliest insurgent group may be in disarray amid leadership crisis
Iraq welcomes Sunni into fold
Iraqi govt official gunned down in Baghdad
Servicemen from Kansas die in Iraq
Syria Arrests 1,200 Headed for Iraq
Insurgents regrouped and refocused, analysts say
Two Car Bombs Rock Baghdad
Iraq defence minister unveils Baghdad security plan

Various Sources
Al-Zarqawi stories hint at power struggle
Iraqi, U.S. troops plan security sweep, blockade of Baghdad

Fox News
Zarqawi-Led Terrorists May Face Leadership Crisis
Koran 'Mishandling'
Lawyers: Judge Wants Release of Abu Ghraib Pics
Bolton Vote Blocked
Bush Meets With Abbas
Video: Bush, Abbas Presser
Video: Bush, Abbas Q&A

Department of Defense
Operations Disrupt Enemy, Gives Experience — Story

Purple Foxes Speed to Casualties in Al Anbar — Story
Deployed Airmen Take Online Classes — Story
U.S., South Koreans Train Iraqi National Guard — Story

Iraqi Escapes Kidnappers, Runs to U.S. Troops
Project Pumps Fresh Water to Zafaraniya

Afghan Children Locate Weapons Cache

Marine Serves Third Deployment — Story

'Memorial' Needed in Memorial Day
National Moment of Remembrance
Coca Cola 600 Salutes the Military — Story

Detainees Escape From Abu Ghraib
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

U.S. Navy Increases Maritime Guard
Rumsfeld Describes Changing War
Military Planners Discuss Terror War
Support Teams Provide Expertise
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Book Highlights Sailors, Marines
National Guard, Reserve Update

Defense Officials Identify Casualty — 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
1529 - Thirty Hungarian Jews are charged with conducting a blood ritual, and burned at the stake.
1679 - The Habeaus Corpus Act (no false arrest / imprisonment) passes in Great Britain.
1703 - Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg (later renamed Leningrad).
1813 - The U.S. captures Fort George, Canada.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse completes the first telegraph line.
1862 - Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station)
1863 - The CSS Chattahoochie explodes on the Chattahoochie River in GA, killing 18; Siege of Port Hudson, LA.
1883 - Czar Alexander III is crowned in Moscow.
1896 - The first major tornado to strike the urban U.S. hits in St. Louis and East St. Louis, killing 255 and leaving thousands homeless.
1905 - The Japanese fleet destroys the Russian East Sea fleet in the Straits of Tushima.
1907 - Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Fransisco.
1918 - Battle of Aisne.
1919 - A U.S. Navy flying boat complets the first transatlantic flight - it takes 11 days; Charles Strite patents the pop-up toaster.
1921 - After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty.
1927 - Japan intervenes in the Chinese civil war.
1930 - Richard Drew invents masking tape.
1931 - The first full-scale airplane testing windtunnel opens at Langley Field, VA; the first flight into the stratosphere occurs, in the first balloon with a pressurized cabin.
1933 - The Austrian communist party is banned.
1935 - The Supreme Court declares FDR's National Recovery Act unconstitutional.
1936 - The RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage, to New York.
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge is dedicated.
1940 - The British and French begin Operation Dynamo; the evacuation of Dunkirk.
1941 - Allied troops begin evacuating Kreta; FDR proclaimes an "unlimited national emergency" due to Germany's sinking of the Robin Moor ; the German battleship Bismarck is sunk by the British naval force.
1942 - Dorie Miller is awarded the Navy Cross for his acts at Pearl Harbor;Hitler orders the murder of 10,000 Czechoslovakians; the Italian army begins the siege of the French western Fort Bir Hachim; Nazi Reinhard Heydrich is shot and mortally wounded in Prague.
1943 - The U.S. forbids racial discrimination in the war industry.
1944 - The Allies land in Biak, Indonesia, in Operation Horlicks; the Japanese advance in Hangkhou, China.
1948 - Arabs blow up a Jewish synagogue - Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid.
1951 - Chinese Communists force the Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing.
1960 - A military coup overthrows Turkey's democratic government.
1963 - Jomo Kenyatta is elected as the first prime minister of Kenya.
1966 - The 55th German F-16 Starfighter crashes; 6 French fighters crash above Spain.
1968 - The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion is lost, five days before its scheduled return to port in Norfolk. The cause is still unknown.
1969 - Construction begins on Walt Disney World.
1977 - 2 Boeing 747s (Pan Am & KLM) collide in the Canary Islands, killing 582.
1980 - South Korean police end a people's uprising; 2,000 people are killed.
1981 - John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol.
1985 - Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
1986 - President Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines dismantled.
1988 - The Senate ratifies a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles.
1994 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile.
1997 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO.

- Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette; known for her pantaloons
1819 - Julia Ward Howe, American author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
1823 - Union Major General John Gray Foster Major General
1836 - Confederate Brigadier General Edwin Gray Lee
1837 - Confederate Major Genreal Robert Frederick Hoke
1897 - John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar), Nobel prize winner
1911 - Hubert Humphrey, Senator-MN, 38th Vice President, 1969 Presidential candidate
1915 - Herman Wouk, novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War)
1918 - Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese Prime Minister
1923 - Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
1930 - William S. Sessions, director of the FBI
1944 - Christopher J. Dodd (Senator-CT)
1947 - Peter DeFazio (Representative-OR)

1647 - Achsah Young, first woman known executed as a witch (Massachusetts)
1790 - Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, inherited a fortune at 19, went to bed and stayed there for the next 70 years
1863 - Union Brigadier General Edward Payson Chapin
1910 - Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera), Nobel prize winner
1941 - Günther Lütjens, German Admiral (Bismarck)
1951 - Thomas Blamey, soldier

Reported Missing in Action
Lynn, Doyle W., USN (PA); Hit by anti-aircraft fire, KIA/body not recovered

Monahan, Robert W., Civilian; Released by Viet Cong January, 1967
Scales, Thomas R., Civilian; Released by Viet Cong January,1967 - deceased as of 1998

Blackwood, Gordon B., USAF (CA); Aircraft shot down, Remains returned, ID'd November, 1989

Lee, Glen H., USAF (HI); Remains returned, ID'd August, 1994

Knuckey, Thomas W., US Army (NJ); Remains ID'd August, 1993
Taylor, Phillip C., US Army (NY); Remains ID'd August, 1993

Latendresse, Thomas B. (WA); Released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well in 1998