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Friday, June 02, 2006

Heroes Cleared of Misconduct

From Fox News:

No Misconduct
Military investigation clears U.S. soldiers of allegedly killing Iraqi civilians in March raid

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Whoring Haditha

Predictably, the allegations surrounding the deaths of civilians in Haditha has become a media circus.

What disturbed me the most about this was one "expert" on the news, who basically said that he expected that the "guilty parties" would be tried and if convicted, punished harshly.
Guilty parties???

Here we are, no charges filed, no one convicted, and they're already "guilty parties." Silly me, I thought they were innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until summarily convicted, at which point they're what - more guilty?

I don't know whether those Marines commited a crime or not. And until they're convicted, neither does anyone else. What I do know is that it reminded me of another incident, in another unpopular war. And not because of the outcome of a trial, but because of the sensationalism.

My Lai has always profoundly disturbed me - but not, maybe, for the same reasons it disturbed other people. What disturbs me the most about My Lai was the guilty-until-proven-more-guilty attitude displayed by this country in that incident.

From the get-go, the troops involved in My Lai were a convenient target - an easy way to say - see, the war isn't bad - THESE GUYS are what's bad. They may have committed a crime. But I always felt that in the public eye, My Lai was less about some troops who may have crossed the line, and more about a convenient direction to vent anger about the war. And that's not right.

Apparently, we haven't learned a lot.

My worry is that with Haditha, people on both sides of the war debate are using these Marines as convenient deflection and justification. The anti-war crowd says "See, this is what we've been talking about." And some of those who support the war say, "See, it isn't everyone - these guys are the problem, and we'll show you how we're going to deal with it and prove we're not what you say we are."

Even Abu Ghraib, with lots of t.v. scandal-candy, didn't get quite this much of a visceral reaction.

Media talking heads, "experts," and even military personnel are lining up to take their shot.

And it's still not right.

Those Marines have a story, too. Admittedly, what's coming out in the news looks bad. But doesn't it always??? No charges have been filed yet - they may indeed be, but they haven't been yet. No court martial has been conducted. No one has been convicted. But man, it plays good on TV, doesn't it? Let's face it - the news is all about bullets and body counts. "Massacre" gets higher ratings than "inquiry."

There's one more element that's being obscured in this - the context.

As my husband said (paraphrased): "You know, these aren't guys who woke up one day in a normal setting, and just decided, 'hey, let's go out and kill people.'"

These are Marines at war - in an area known for iffy civilian loyalties, enemies who killed a friend that day, and insurgents that don't wear signs saying 'hi, I'm an insurgent.' Grey area - lots of it.

My biggest concern here is that the incident be fairly investigated. If charges are filed, these Marines deserve to be tried by those who know, who have seen combat, and know what is and is not reasonable given a set of circumstances many of us (and, in fact, some in the military) have never seen.

The anti-war crowd loves Vietnam comparisons. So here's one:
In My Lai, you were talking about a war where children carried bombs, where women shot troops. Where Viet Cong moved through "noncombatant" villages.

In Iraq, you are talking about terrorists who regularly murder people to claim it was our troops. "Noncombatants" who intentionally drive civilian vehicles at checkpoints to get our troops to fire at them, thereby inflaming anti-American sentiment. Terrorists who push women and children in front of them on a bridge, so that the Americans have to shoot through them to get at the terrorists. You have female suicide bombers. You have children used as pawns. You have "noncombatants" that aren't.

I'm not claiming that Haditha was a set-up. But I am saying that we don't know the whole story, and until then, maybe we should hold off on condeming our troops. Maybe our loyalty should lie with them first.
Pacific Ocean (May 31, 2006) - Aviation intermediate maintenance department's (AIMD) jet shop tests an F/A-18F Super Hornet jet engine on the fantail aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Currently under way in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Thomas J. Holt

Big Day for "The War Tapes"

Dear War Tapes Community:

Today is the big day for The War Tapes! We open at the Sunshine Theatre and need to show movie theatres across country that people want to see what Owen Gleiberman, of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, calls "the first indispensable Iraq documentary". Please come see the film this weekend at the Sunshine Theater and bring your posse.

As an added bonus, there are two special War Tapes meetups after today's 5:20pm and 7:35pm shows. Come meet cameraman Sgt Zack Bazzi and director Deborah Scranton at the bar d.b.a, around the corner from the Sunshine Theatre. We'll be at d.b.a. from 7pm until at least 10pm.

So come see the movie and see us right after! For directions on how to get from Sunshine to d.b.a., which is about 2 minute walk, click here.

The War Tapes has been getting amazing reviews from many, many outlets, and Deborah, Zack, Mike, and Steve have been running from interview to interview all week. We're trying to get our hands on some of the great TV pieces from MSNBC, CNN, and FOX, but for now check out this great interview from NPR's Fresh Air and this Movie Minute piece at the New York Times.

Also, take a look at these three reviews from New York based papers:

New York Times' A.O. Scott had this to say: The film that the men shot, supplemented by home-front interviews and images captured by other soldiers, has been edited into a moving, complicated movie that illuminates, with heartbreaking clarity, some of the human actuality of this long, confusing war.

Like Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's "Gunner Palace," released last year, and James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," shown at Sundance in January, "The War Tapes" declines to argue a position, preferring to concentrate on the fine grain of daily life in combat. Whatever your opinion of the war -- and however it has changed over the years -- this movie is sure to challenge your thinking and disturb your composure. It provides no reassurance, no euphemism, no closure. Given the subject and the circumstances, how could it?

By the end of "The War Tapes," which was directed by Deborah Scranton, you feel remarkably close to the three guardsmen, who represent themselves with a candor occasionally checked by flinty New England reticence. Specialist Mike Moriarty, at 34 the oldest of them, describes himself as a super-patriot and says he was eager to go to Iraq to exact some payback for the 9/11 attacks. By the time he returns home to his wife, two young children and a blue-collar job, his views have changed a little. While his support for the war has not wavered, he notes that he hated every minute he spent in Iraq and would not go back "if they paid me half a million dollars."


"The War Tapes," like most movies of its kind, acknowledges the enormous gap separating those who fight from those who stay home. In some ways the most painful scenes take place after the guardsmen come back and try to negotiate the transition from the grim, violent deserts of Iraq to the comforts and irritations of ordinary American life.

No one else can comprehend what they've been through, certainly not the audience members, who will at least try. Specialist Moriarty complains that nobody really wants to hear his stories, even though someone will occasionally express some polite curiosity. And Sergeant Pink, drinking beer with his girlfriend, muses that people don't really know what to say to him, and that there's nothing they can say that he really wants to hear. But then on second thought, and with some prompting, he admits that there is one sentence he doesn't mind hearing: "I'm glad you're home."


New York Press:

The footage is galvanizing. There are close-ups of the guardsmen philosophizing into the camera, and what they say is surprisingly and always--yes, always--engaging.

Many of the images aren't pretty: blood stains in the sand, bits of charred flesh, explosions, gunfire exchanges, bombed out buildings. You don't see any American injured or dead, but at one point there are shouts that Sergeant Smith is down, and it's quite disturbing that you never do find out what happened to him.

Meeting Steve's girlfriend, Mike's wife and Zack's mom--in interviews conducted outside the embedded video framework--adds emotional depth. Steve James and Leslie Simmer's artful editing adds impact. For example: There's a camera pan of silhouettes of dead bodies slumped against a barbed wire fence, then a cut to a hand playfully creating a shadow animal against the sand.

Ultimately, the film presents a balanced point of view. The guardsmen and their loved ones are suffering from having been a part of the war, but they don't disapprove of it--although they come to think that it's really all about oil and making money rather than putting an end to terrorism. Their observations are honest, challenging and in your face: plenty of ammunition so that you can take a shot at making up your own mind about Operation Iraqi Freedom.


New York Newsday (gave it 4 out of 4 stars!):

Deborah Scranton's upsetting Iraqi diary "The War Tapes" is the apex of two converging movements in documentary filmmaking: the chronicles of a war that shows no signs of going away and movies that saddle participants with the responsibility of recording the event at hand themselves.

The thinking behind this latter concept, presumably, is that everyone has a Michael Moore inside them just waiting to get out, and that no one is better qualified to document a barrel ride off Niagara Falls than the person screaming his way through it. This experiment in artistic buck-passing has resulted in the negligible (the blinding rock show footage shot by concertgoers in "The Beastie Boys: I Shot That!") and the substantial (the eloquent photographs taken by the children of Calcutta prostitutes in "Born into Brothels").

The concept delivers tenfold for sheer authenticity and immediacy in "The War Tapes," which telescopes a year of Operation Iraqi Freedom through the lenses of three National Guardsmen who agreed to film their experiences from Fort Dix to battle and back home again.

How does one shoot a war and shoot a rifle at the same time? Hard to say, but Scranton's uniformed cameramen give us an insider's perspective that transcends the mediated realism of "Saving Private Ryan" or the evening news. A soldier's camera bounces and ducks from the agitated insides of a Hummer as it plows through a hail of bullets or races toward the surprise clouds of car bombs detonating a few yards away. An incinerated body slumps from a shredded vehicle. A voice shouts "Sgt. Smith is down! Sgt. Smith is down!"

After you see the movie, don't forget to stop by the blog and let us know what you think.


Deborah and the entire War Tapes team

SenArt Films, Fifth Floor, 133 West Broadway, New York NY 10013

My Hero...

Kristen sends this photo of herself and her hero, Billy:

The picture I'm sending you is of the day he was leaving for Mississippi for his MP training over in Iraq. It was a hard and emotional day and I hope that him and all of the soldiers in Iraq are safe and stay safe! Thank you very much and god bless you! Kristen

Kristen, we hope the same thing. Thanks for sending this photo.

Billy, thank you for everything you and your fellow Soldiers are doing for all of us. Keep your helmet on - take care, and stay safe.

Hero Needs Help

I'm an animal person - 5 cats, 2 dogs, one this one really gets me.

Recently my wife had sent me an email saying that my dog had gotten hit by a car. She is a little Rat Terrier, so hyper. Anyway my wife immediately took Missy to the vet and had her examined. She suffered a amputated front leg, the other front leg broken along with her rear left leg. I had the option of putting her down, but if she had any means to be able to walk I would support and do anything to make sure she has every chance to. This is a dog that I had gotten my son before I had left to Iraq in hopes that it would keep him busy. She is due to have surgery Monday to help her get better. The operation cost anywhere from 2200 – 3000 dollars. I am needing help if anyone is willing to. I am already getting the operation done but it will be causing some major setbacks for my R&R leave. Any type of donations will be very much appreciated. Any donations can be made at Pay Pal

Please if you can help post this I will very much appreciate it.

Thank you,
SGT W---

If you would like to help, please email me for contact information.

HOSPITALITY — After having tea and water, soldiers from Bravo Company, 117th Infantry Division, 172nd Stryker Brigade, thank a local Iraqi family for their hospitality in Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2006. The soldiers are patrolling the streets and conducting cordon searches of random houses. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock

A Marine Tells it Like it Is

Marine Corps Veteran John Granville attended a Memorial Day service. Lance Corporal Granville lost both legs in Vietnam, so when he was mentioned by name (albeit without his permission), one would have thought it would be in the context of honoring those who sacrifice so much for all of us.

Not so.

The Memorial Day commemoration turned inexplicably into an anti-war speech. And LCpl Granville wasn't pleased. But don't take my word for it - he wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, so you can get it straight from him (posted by permission):

This is a letter to the uninformed
On May 29th I attended the Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Ceremony.

First of all I felt betrayed as I sat there in my wheelchair being called by name without my permission which put me in a bad light but not just myself but all who served their country. The best way we all could during the Vietnam War. I lost both my legs there.

I'm sick and tired of hearing about it was a worthless war etc. One has to examine the reasons for going to war, which I did at the time. We as troops just didn't decide "We are going there to kill people"

We did some good there also, Hey Bob, the refugees were coming from the North to the South, not the other way around. We honor the fallen, not the John Kerry's or the politicians. By the way we that were in Combat know who were not in combat. I also remember a man named Pol Pot who executed over a million people after we left Vietnam. Yes it cost something to do the right thing just like in Iraq.

Proud to have served
Would do it again.

Semper Fi
Always Faithful

LCPL John Granville

Can I get an UU-RAH?!?

A few decades ago, it was considered "OK" to do this sort of thing - to deride and insult veterans. Well it wasn't OK then, and it isn't OK now. LCPL Granville, and all those who serve in harm's way and sacrifice so much for all of us, deserve our gratitude, and our respect. I am deeply indebted to all of them, as we all are. They are the ones who keep us free.

And now it's your turn - please leave your messages for LCPL Granville in the comments section of this post, and I'll be sure to pass them along.

graphic by Doug Kidd

How I Spent Memorial Day

(click on pictures below for larger versions)

We decided to spend Memorial Day seeing a little of the country our heroes fight for. That consisted of piling the dogs and ourselves into the van, and heading off. We headed for upstate New York, and then came home via Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

One of the highlights of the trip - we ate at Brooks' Bar-B-Q. If you are in the Oneonta, NY area - or even if it takes you four hours to get there - it's well worth the trip. Best barbeque I've ever had. No joke.

Heading towards Vermont, we made a stop in Saratoga, to pause at something we could see from the road.

From far away, it looks like a mini-Washington monument.

It's the Saratoga Monument.

When you get closer, it looks like this:

This is the sign that greets you - click to read the battle description (for a more detailed description, go here):

Closer views of the monument:

Saratoga, which ended in the surrender of British General Burgoyne's troops, was one of the most decisive victories American troops have ever seen, and indeed may have been one of the most decisive military victories ever. In the few weeks (September 19 - October 17, 1777) of action in the area, the British suffered approximately 1,000 casualties. The American losses numbered less than 500.

All the Americans who fought at Saratoga were heroes. But at the monument site also has a marker for one who stood out:

The inscription reads:

OCTOBER 11, 1777

The cemetery adjacent to the monument is the resting place of some more modern heroes, too - I paused to pay my respects before we headed out.

If you're ever in the area, make sure you stop by the Saratoga National Historical Park - even 200+ years later, it's important that we never forget.

by Staff Sgt. Jacob N Bailey

June 1, 2006

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division patrols an area near Tal Afar, Iraq, in his M-1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

In Today's News - Friday, June 2, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
that says... I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Explosions Kill 5, Wound 57 in Iraqi Pet Market
Iraqi PM to fill key posts; blast kills 5

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Cops Find Ricin, Pipe Bombs in Tenn. Home Search
Chertoff Defends Allocation of Anti-Terrorism Funds
Survey seeks to solve Sept 11 health mysteries
Syrian forces kill four militants in Damascus
89 Gitmo detainees on hunger strike

Troops on Trial
Haditha Officer: I'm Scapegoat
Iraq to ask US to hand over Haditha file - Video
Iraqis announce own probe of killings
Military to Charge Eight GIs With Murder of Iraqi Civilian
Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Convicted of Prisoner Abuse
US sailor gets life for Japan murder

Immigration / Border Control
Texas to Install Security Cameras Along Border
Bush seeking compromise in immigration debate
Schwarzenegger to order troops to border

Worldwide Wackos
Final Offer for Iran
Deal ties U.N. Security Council sanctions to nuke concessions

Politics / Government
Rumsfeld to tell Asian nations: don't leave US out

U.N. News
Video: U.N. Probe Criticized

Hurricane Season
Corps takes blame for New Orleans flooding

Nobody likes a chatty hangman...
Would-be robber asks bank how to do it

Other News of Note
Diplomats checking reports of abductions in Nigeria

Fox News
7 Found Slain From Execution-Style Shooting in Indianapolis
NYSE to Merge With Euronext
Cops to Release Photos of Bikini Strangulation Suspect
Stocks to Watch: NYSE Group
'U-R-S-P-R-A-C-H-E' Spells Winner
Winner of 2006 National Spelling Bee
No Time for Space Golf
Space Center
Video Gaming Center

Reuters: Top News
China to rival US as world power by 2020: survey
Get off rears and rebuild, says Nagin
Spacewalkers complete station repairs in six hours
Chinese scientist calls for crackdown on fraud
Microsoft expects Adobe to file antitrust suit: WSJ
Virginity pledgers often dishonest about past
Ludacris, Kanye West win copyright case
Couric hopes to end "pretentious era" in news
Glaxo to raise bid for Pfizer unit: sources
Microsoft expects Adobe to file antitrust suit: WSJ
Goldman board set to meet on succession: source
NYSE to buy Euronext for $10 bln
Microsoft expects Adobe to file antitrust suit-WSJ
Spain's Sogecable shares score on World Cup rights
Quiet trade ahead of US jobs data
Euronext shares rise on NYSE merger agreement
Rambus says rivals' emails bolster its claims
K. Wah climbs after saying Harrah's eyeing Galaxy
Kellwood shares up as lower profit beats forecasts
Buyout shops race for public offers
Focus on Rule 144A amid rush to market
No sticker shock here

AP World News
NYSE Euronext would offer 12 trading hours
Kanye West, Ludacris win copyright trial
Nowitzki huge as Mavs topple Suns in 4th
'Canes rally past Sabres, advance to final
Course rakes frustrate Memorial players
Hilton, Richie reunite for 'Simple Life'
Pirates top Brewers in bizarre 9th inning
New technology probes ancient manuscript
New Orleans mayor sworn in for 2nd term
U.S. Troops to Get Ethics Training
VA Hit for Oversight
Pentagon Plans Massive Training Overhaul

CENTCOM: News Releases







Department of Defense
Iran Must Suspend Nuclear Program - Story
Unity Government Fosters Encouragement - Story - Video
Commander Orders Core Values Training - Story

Iraqi Soldiers Deliver Donated School Supplies - Story
‘Lava Dogs’ Hand Off Ops to ‘Chosin Few’ - Story
Marine Mechanics Keep Vehicles in the Fight - Story

Sailors Save Iraqi's Life in Oil Platform Fire
Platoon Takes on EOD Escort, Guard Duties
Joint Operation Targets Insurgents in Ramadi

Afghan Army, Coalition Celebrate New Bridge
Engineers Improve Bagram Pedestrian Route

Marine Becomes One-Millionth 'Moto' Mail Customer - Story

Texans to Swim for Wounded Vets - Story

Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches
Ramadi Solution Up to Iraq
Terrorist Leaders Nabbed in Ops
2 Troops Killed; Bodies Recovered
Report Cites Successes, Challenges
Haditha Investigation Continues
Renewal In Iraq
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (PDF)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Insurgents Bomb Yaqubi Bazaar
Symposium Topic: IEDs
Convoy Accident Incites Unrest
Unit in Afghanistan Honors Troops
Afghanistan Update

NORTHCOM 'Truly Impressive'
Grads Ready to Defend Freedom
Cooperation Vital to Security
Reagan Concludes Arabian Gulf Ops
U.S., U.K. to Increase Intel
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Defense Officials Identify Casualties - 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
0455 - Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome
0575 - Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0657 - St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1797 - 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack NY (C Broadhead)
1834 - 5th National Black Convention meets (NYC)
1835 - P.T. Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
1851 - 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
1857 - James Gibbs, Va., patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
1858 - Donati Comet 1st seen named after it's discoverer
1862 - General Robert E. Lee takes command of the Confederate armies of E VA & NC
1864 - Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
1865 - At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Dept
1866 - Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
1883 - Chicago's "El" opens to traffic
1886 - Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)
1899 - Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings
1910 - Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1913 - 1st strike settlement mediated by US Dep't of Labor-RR clerks
1914 - Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome
1924 - US citizenship granted to all American Indians
1930 - 1st baby born on a vessel passing through Panama Canal
1936 - General Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
1943 - 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission (over Italy)
1946 - Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
1949 - Transjordan renamed Jordan
1953 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
1965 - 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)
1966 - US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
1967 - Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
1969 - Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices US destroyer Frank E. Evans in half, killing 74. (South Vietnam)
1977 - NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
1979 - NASA launches space vehicle S-198
1983 - Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinatti
1984 - B.A. Skiff discovers asteroid #3617
1986 - Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
1989 - 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1491 - Henry VIII King of England (1509-47)
1740 - Marquis de Sade 1st known sadist, writer (Justine)
1821 - Ion Bratianu (Lib), Premier of Romania (1876-88)
1835 - St Pius X, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14)
1930 - Charles Pete Conrad, Jr., USN/astronaut (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2)
1940 - Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (-1967)

1882 - Guiseppi Garibaldi, Italian rebel leader, dies at 74
1941 - Lou Gehrig, Yankee great, dies at 37 of ALS
1943 - Leslie Howard, actor, killed when Nazis shot down his plane
1990 - Robert Noyce, co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founded Intel

Reported Missing in Action
The following USN personnel lost when their EA1F was shot down:
Amspacher, William H., USNR (CA); remains returned July, 1988

McMican, M.D., USNR (WA); remains returned April, 1988

Plants, Thomas L. (OH); remains ID'd April, 1991

Romano, Gerald M., USNR (NY); remains returned July, 1988 - ID'd November, 1988

Also reported MIA this day in 1965:
Christian, David M., USN (KS); A4E shot down (subject of the EA1F search) - remains returned April, 1986 (ID questionsed)

McKamey, John B., USN (IN); A4E shot down (in the same area as the others above), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Rosato, Joseph Frank, USAF (OH); F4C shot down, KIA / BNR

Carrier, Daniel L., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Rockett), remains returned, ID'd November, 1989

Rockett, Alton C., Jr., USAF (AL); F4C shot down (w/Carrier)

Smith, Dewey Lee, USAF (KY); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Wood, Rex S., USN (IA); F8C crashed, Killed / BNR