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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Heroes Finally Coming Home

The following Heroes are finally on their way home from Vietnam:

Sgt. Glenn E. Miller, Oakland, CA, U.S. Army SF
PFC Corporal Robert Lopez, Albuquerque, NM, USMC
Lance Cpl. Thomas Fritsch, Cromwell, CT (a hero from my state), USMC
Lance Cpl. Donald W. Mitchell, Princeton, KY, USMC
Cpl. Gerald E. King of Knoxville, TN.; USMC
Lance Cpl. Joseph F. Cook, Foxboro, MA, USMC
Lance Cpl. Raymond T. Heyne of Mason, WI.; USMC
PFC Thomas J. Blackman of Racine, WI, USMC
PFC Paul S. Czerwonka of Stoughton, MA, USMC
PFC Barry L. Hempel of Garden Grove, CA, USMC
PFC William D. McGonigle, of Wichita, KS, USMC
Lance Cpl. James R. Sargent, of Anawalt, WV, USMC

All were Killed in Action May 9, 1968, near the Laotian border.

Read the story here, at Fox News:
MIAs Identified
12 Vietnam War remains ID'd

The General Who Wasn't


Man admits posing as general
08/10/05 08:31 AM, EDT
William Lawson looked every bit the retired Marine general this summer as he stood before a crowd of 200 people, demanding that a cemetery properly dispose of the American flags placed at the graves of veterans.
PACIFIC SUNSET – A plane captain enjoys a sunset from atop an F/A-18 Hornet prior to the start of another launch cycle aboard the conventionally-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the western Pacific, Aug. 8, 2005. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer are participating in the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bo Flannigan
Blogging will be a little light over the next few days - I'm travelling on business, and working on a seriously outdated laptop...
LIVE FIRE — U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, participate in an evening live fire weapons training exercise at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iskandariyah, Iraq, July 30, 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Edward G. Martens

In Today's News - Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."
-- John Adams

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Rumsfeld: Iranian Weapons Found in Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Rep.: Officials Monitored Hijackers Before 9/11 Attacks
Texas Man Accused of Fake Plane Bomb Threat
U.K. Mulls Secretive Anti-Terror Courts
No Bail for CaliforniaTerror Suspects

Fox News
Jury Doesn't Buy Video Game Murder Defense
Discovery Lands Safely
Video: Back to Earth
20 Dead in Baghdad Violence
Conservative Group Opposes High Court Nominee Roberts
Officials: Probe on Sexual Misconduct
Four-star general relieved of duty after investigation

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Deadly car bomb hits U.S. convoy in Iraq
IAEA tries to resolve Iran nuclear crisis
Bush suspicious of Iran's nuclear plans
Saudis release five held at Guantanamo
Palestinian leader urges calm in pullout
Iraqi experts call for national oil policy
Civilians injured in Kuwait training area
Sudan's Salva Kiir has scant experience
Iranian leader appoints nuclear negotiator
Summary Box: IAEA tries to ease tensions
Iraq troop reductions likely next year
Israel, Palestinians to remove Gaza rubble
History of Israeli settlements
Egyptian chemist freed after questioning
Ex-Saddam associate says he won't testify
10 Baghdad police die in string of attacks
Dissident: Tehran has 4,000 centrifuges
Iraq panel member seeks federalism delay
Abbas: Palestinian vote to be held in Jan.

Reuters: Top News
Iran says has new nuclear proposal as IAEA meets
Shuttle Discovery lands safely, eases NASA's woes
Palestinians must allow orderly Gaza pullout-Abbas
Annan said to have stayed out of Iraq contract bid
Abortion-rights groups demand documents on Roberts
Calif. court deals Schwarzenegger another setback

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Rumsfeld: Iraq Unrest Likely Before Vote

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld: Iraqi Constitution 'Critical Step' — Story
Poll Shows Iraqis Do Not Support Terrorists — Story

Coalition, Iraqi Ministry Sign Health Charter — Story
Soldiers Help Iraqi Troops Get New Barracks — Story
Task Force Not Deterred by Car Bomb Attack — Story
Medical Outreach Visit Treats Afghan Villagers — Story
Bagram Runway Reopens After C-17 Incident — Story

Security Forces Airmen Keep Contraband Off Kirkuk

Humvees Now Rolling From New Refurb Site

Life Support Technicians Maintain Survival Gear

Sailor Lives Through Faith — Story

Walk to Honor 9/11 Victims, Troops — Story

Police Detain Terror Suspects
Suicide Car Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier
Najaf Projects Supply Potable Water
43 More Schools to be Renovated
Army Assumes Authority in Diyala
Joint Ops Disrupt Terrorists
Project Focus: Electricity System
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)
'Eye on Iraq' (pdf)

U.S. Troop Killed in Firefight
Army Opens Healthcare Facility
Forces Stymie Attacks
Afghanistan Daily Update

Program Recruits Native Speakers
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Chem Weapons Disposal Continues
Center Supports Recovering Troops
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualty — 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


Today in History
1519 - Magellan's 5 ships set sail to circumnavigate the Earth.
1792 -Parisian mobs in Paris attack the palace of Louis XVI.
1809 - Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day).
1821 - Missouri is admitted as 24th U.S. state.
1846 - Congress charters the "nation's attic," the Smithsonian Institution
1885 - In Baltimore, Leo Daft opens America's first commerically operated electric streetcar.
1893 - Chinese are deported from San Francisco under the Exclusion Act.
1911 - The Parliament Act reduces the power of the House of Lords.
1913 - The Second Balkan War ends with the Treaty of Bucharest - Bulgaria loses.
1919 - The Ukranian National Army massacres 25 Jews in Podolia, Ukraine.
1921 - FDR is stricken with polio.
1945 - Japan announces its willingness to surrender to the Allies, provided Emperor Hirohito's status remains unchanged.
1948 - ABC enters the world of network TV at 7 pm; Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" debuts on that same network.
1949 - The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense.
1960 - Discoverer-13 is launched into orbit; it returns the first object from space.
1961 - England applies for membership in the European Common Market.
1965 - Joe Engle takes the X-15 to 82 km.
1966 - The first lunar orbiter is launched by the U.S.; a daylight meteor, seen from Utah to Canada, is the first known case of a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere, and leaving again.
1977 - Postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested in Yonkers, NY for the "Son of Sam" murders.
1981 - In San Clemente, the Richard Nixon Museum closes.
1988 - The U.N. estimates that Asia's population has hit one billion.
1990 - The U.S's Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus.

1874 - Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st President (1929-1933)

1945 - Robert Goddard, father of American rocketry
1963 - Estes Kefauver (Sen-TN)
1988 - Arias Arnulfo, three-time president of Panama

Reported Missing in Action
Mailhes, Lawrence Scott, USN (AR); A1H crashed, Killed, body not recovered

Mickelsen, William E., Jr., USN (MN); A4E crashed during carrier landing attempt, Killed, body not recovered

Crowley, John E., US Army (NY); passenger on UH1H that crashed, remains ID'd April, 2000

Bates, Paul J., Jr., US Army (AZ); O1G crashed, Killed, body not recovered
Dolan, Thomas A., US Army (MD); O1G crashed, Killed, body not recovered

Sansone, James J., USN (MA); fell overboard, Killed, body not recovered