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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

IWT Nominated in VA Mortgage Center Contest!

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$5,000 Contest for Military Bloggers
January 8th, 2007 (8:27 pm)
Bloggers can win up to $2,500 in our“Best Military Blog” Contest.

We are awarding prize money for the top 10 military blogs according to our visitors. Total prize money for the contest is over $5,000.

The Contest:
VA Mortgage is proud to announce our new blog. In our continued efforts of educating veterans and those currently on active duty, we have decided to keep our visitors better informed with updates to their benefits and changes in the industry via a blog.

Since the mortgage industry is only so exciting and changes in your benefits only happen periodically we would like to feature guest bloggers from some of the most popular military blogs on the internet. This will allow us to provide a variety of other interesting posts related veterans. In order to find out what type of content our users like and to find the best bloggers, we are running a contest to find the best military blogs online. As a bonus to the bloggers, we are offering prizes as well as the opportunity to be a guest blogger on our site.

The Prizes:
We are awarding $250 to the top 10 military related blogs, according to votes from our users. And the top military blog will receive a total of $3,000.

All of the top 10 bloggers will be given the option to be a guest blogger (but this will not be required). If you want to Nominate a Blogger, leave a comment with the URL of the blog or check out the
nomination and blogger information page.

Void where prohibited.

Let the Voting Begin


Now, when the likes of BlackFive, Sgt. Hook, OPFOR, Smash, Froggy, and others are my competition, I'm not suffering delusions of grandeur. But making the top ten would be nice.

Heck, even being on that list is pretty darned cool!

Matt at BlackFive says that if he wins, the winnings will be donated to Project Valour-IT.

If IWT manages to score in the Top 10, my winnings are also going to Soldiers' Angels.

Please head on over, and if you feel so moved, vote for me. There are a lot of other great blogs there, too, so vote for your favorite, or nominate another.

Head there now.


UPDATE 1/23, NOON CST: The contest is over - I'll let you know the results once they're officially posted.

Group Plans 'Terror Free' Gas Station in Omaha

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

OMAHA, Neb. — The Terror-Free Oil Initiative is planning to open the nation's first "terror free" gas station in Omaha.

The Florida-based group claims U.S. dollars used to purchase gas made from Middle East oil funds terrorism. It urges Americans to only buy oil products that originate from countries that do not support terrorism.

Read the Rest, at

Cradle of Civilization
Photo by Staff Sgt. Lorin T. Smith
January 23, 2007 A Soldier from the 449th Aviation Support Battalion, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade takes a photo of the Ziggurat, a pyramid temple said to be more than 6,000 years old.

Cradle of Civilization

Cpl. Celio A. Almeida, assistant team leader, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, left, and Cpl. Shawn M. Currie, radio operator, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, right, helped rescue two Iraqi men kidnapped for three days. 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion is deployed in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) at Camp Korean Village, Iraq. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Timothy Parish, 15th MEU, 01/11/2007

Read the story associated with this photo

Operation Valentine Update #3

From Kathy:

Woohoo! So far, we are up to 1,157 Valentine's cards for the troops!!! Got ONE week left!!! I was originally gonna mail all this on Saturday, but hubby has very graciously agreed to take everything to the post office on Monday for me... which means I can get the Valentine's cookies baked Saturday (which will be an ALL-DAY event) retrieve whatever mail is at the post office on Saturday, and box it all up Sunday afternoon. So...very nearly at the goal of 2,000 -- just need a measly 843 more!

If you would like to send a Valentine card to the troops, please contact Kathy.

My Hero...

Vickie sends this picture of her Hero - her son, Jacob:

Once I cuddled you,watched you at rest
Now you're one of our nation`s best
You're a United States Soldier

I dried your tears and bandaged your knee
When you wanted comfort, you came to me
Now you're defending the Land of the Free
You're A United States Soldier

Once I told you never to fight
Unless you were standing for what is right
Now you help make up America`s might
You're A United States Soldier

The day you left, I thought I would die
I hated for you to see me cry
How could my boy, My sweet little guy
Become A United States Soldier?

Graduation day was emotional and fun
Two hundred new soldiers, each an Army of one
You said "I made it Mom!" ...I said "Hooah, son!
You're A United States Soldier!"

You're still my baby; it will always be so
Whatever you do and wherever you go
But you're also a man, one I`m proud to know
You're A United States Soldier

Vickie, thanks for letting me post this , and for the wonderful poem.

Jacob, we're proud of you too - thank you. Keep Your Helmet On - Take Care, and Stay Safe.

Andersen units rescue injured hiker

1/22/2007 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNEWS) -- An Airman assigned to the 36th Expeditionary Operations Group was injured while hiking near the base beach Jan. 21 here.

The Airman was injured after falling approximately 10 to 15 feet while hiking on a downhill slope close to Tarague Beach, and three other hikers were able to call for emergency assistance via cell phone.

Through a quick and coordinated response, an Andersen fire and rescue team was able to stabilize the victim and determined he needed to be evacuated by air. Rescue officials contacted Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Five based at Andersen AFB, which successfully airlifted the Airman to Naval Hospital Guam.

"Our fire rescue team and HSC-25 did a phenomenal job. This was an excellent example of the seamless joint operations at Andersen," said Col. Joel Westa, the 36th Wing vice commander. "The Airmen and Sailors' responsiveness and cooperation were exemplary in this situation, and I'm happy it turned out the way it did."

All four hikers had the proper hiking safety gear and hiking permits.

"By being properly prepared with the necessary safety equipment and permits, the Airmen did their part in the successful evacuation, and that's all we can ask for," said John Thompson, the Andersen AFB fire chief. "Hiking is a dangerous activity, and their preparation demonstrates the importance of having a plan."

The injured Airman is currently being treated at Naval Hospital Guam for an injury to his back and was listed in stable condition.

B-52 undergoes synthetic-fuel cold weather testing
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNEWS) -- A B-52 Stratofortess powered by a mix of synthetic fuel arrived here Jan. 17 for cold-weather testing, the last step in the testing and certification process to help reduce Air Force dependence on imported fuel.

The aircraft, permanently assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing here, will undergo ground testing Jan. 22 through the beginning of February to determine how well the synthetic fuel, made from a 50-50 blend of traditional crude oil-based fuel and a Fischer-Tropsch fuel derived from natural gas, performs in extreme weather conditions.


School Supplies Bring Smiles to Children

Sgt. 1st Class Bill Bowen, Company C, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Brigade, hands out candy and gum to children sitting outside the Al Hamdaniyah School in western Baghdad. Bowen, a native of Stanton, Ky., and members of Company C dropped off school supplies and backpacks for the 310 students attending the school. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary Rose

Infantry unit takes a break from patrolling to deliver much needed supplies to local school.

By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mary Rose
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

CAMP SLAYER, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2007 — An infantry unit from the Kentucky Army National Guard spent the morning of Jan. 14 not patrolling the streets of Baghdad like they usually do, but delivering supplies to local school children.

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, loaded up an up-armored Light Medium Tactical Vehicle with wooden crates full of backpacks, pencils, pens, rulers and notepads. Then they headed out to the Al Hamdaniyah school with an entourage of Humvees for security.

The troops arrived a little early for school, but it didn't take long for the children to start comi ng in from all directions to greet the soldiers.

The children seemed excited to see the soldiers and asked for pens by pretending they were writing on paper with their hands. While the soldiers interacted with the horde of children they tried to teach them English words, to help with communication.

For the children, they were open to taking whatever the soldiers had to give them whether it was an English word, a smile or better yet, a pen.

"It doesn't matter what you give them they'll take anything," said Spc. Jason Davenport, a medic for Company C and a native of Barbourville, Ky.

The children, with their pants tucked into their socks to keep from getting muddy are willing to take what the soldiers give because they have so little themselves. Their nine-room school house has 310 students, water damage, no electricity, no running w ater, no heat and many of its windows broken out, said Maj. Chris Cline, a civil affairs officer with the unit.

Along with all the damage, there is no money being given to the school to fix the problems.

"The teachers haven't been paid in three months," said Cline a native of Hodgenville, Ky. Despite that, he said the teachers still come in to teach the children who attend the school.
The supplies from U.S. soldiers are the only thing the school has received in months, according to a teacher at the school.

While at the school, troops unloaded the vehicle and played with the children, until it was time for classes to begin. The children filed into the cold classrooms, after collecting their new supplies and waited for the teachers to join them for their studies.

One of the teachers, who spoke through an interpreter , said there is no school being held in many of the more populated areas around Baghdad, due to security issues.

"We need security," the teacher said. "With security, we can make better education."

Security and lack of financial assistance wasn't the only problem the school had; they had children with medical needs.

Davenport assisted two girls who had ailments, but because of the limited resources on hand, he referred them to the Civil Military Operations Center's free medical clinic for local Iraqis.

"It is important for them to know that we are here to help them," said Davenport.

Even though the school is barely operational, 1st Lt. Robert Andersen, a civil affairs officer with the regiment and native of Elizabethtown, Ky, said he was impressed with the number of students still attending.

"For a war going on and so many children to still be in school, it shows that parents do care about the future of their children, which is a good thing," said Andersen.

"We could be here a hundred years and not make a dent if they don't want to help themselves," Davenport noted. He said the teachers' dedication to the children at the Al Hamdaniyah School is an example of what Iraq needs to get back on its feet.

ON WATCH — U.S. Army Pfc. Pedro Rangel provides security with an M240B machine gun from a rooftop while fellow soldiers begin work on building the new combat out post in Ghazaliya, Iraq, Jan. 14, 2007. Rangel is with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Martin K. Newton

In Today's News - Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Panic sweeps my men
when they are facing the American Marines."

-- Captured North Korean Major

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
137 killed or found dead across Iraq

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Al Qaeda Getting Bolder
Al-Zawahiri taunts Bush, U.S. in new video;Terror group claims 'Black Hawk Down' in Baghdad
Video mocks Bush: STORY
'We shot down chopper': STORY
GOPers Offer Alternative Ideas on Iraq Policy - VIDEO
Official: Al Qaeda Tried to Hatch Student Terror Plot in U.S
Attacks Leave at Least 137 Dead Across Iraq - PHOTOS
Top Somali Islamist surrenders - Video
Something has to give, Serb election analysts say
Arabiya TV office in Gaza damaged by bomb
Top Somali Islamist surrenders - Video
New passport rules start Tuesday

Supporting Our Heroes (Or Not)
GIs Wanted Mats, Got Insults Instead - VIDEO (this is the story I posted yesterday) Advisors: Programs for the Wounded

Other Military News
U.S. plans missile bases in Europe
Desert Search Locates AWOL Ranger

Worldwide Wackos
Iran's Saber-Rattling Escalates
Top Cleric Slams Ahmadinejad's Diplomacy - Iran Conducts Missile Tests
Iran bars 38 IAEA nuclear inspectors

Homegrown Moonbats
TV Forecaster Weathers Storm on Comments

Politics / Government
Australian Kicked Off Flight for Anti-Bush Tee
Bush to Push Energy Fixes, Iraq in Address
U.S. image around world sharply worsens: BBC poll
Clinton campaign shows Web power in White House race - Video
Clinton declines public funds, others may follow

Immigration / Border Control
Feds, Local Law Stop 'Legal' Escape Of Illegal Charged in Sex Attack on Girl - VIDEO

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment
Farmer Ran Human Slaughterhouse
Canadian prosecutors say Pickton wanted to kill 50
Roe v. Wade, 34 Years Later
Paris Hilton Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge
Search for Indiana Mom and 4 Kids Continues
Men sue Mormon Church, Boy Scouts in abuse case
High court rejects Calif. sentencing law

Science / Nature
CEOs plead for mandatory emissions caps
Feds fear a dam break in Ky. and Tenn.
Experts: Alps glaciers will melt by 2050

Drought drives snakes to the cities
Phone thief repents after 21 text messages

Fox News
Brits Clamp Down on Grounded Ship - PICS
Dallas Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells Retires
Mike Tyson Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges
Gasoline Prices Plummet 14 Cents
Sin City: Vatican Crime at Biblical Proportions
Heather Mills' Lawyers Deny Report That Paul McCartney Has Proposed Divorce Settlement
Sienna Miller: 'It' Girl Makes Good in New Film
'Blue Monday' Means It's All Smooth Sailing for 2007

Reuters: Top News
U.S. doctor group joins call for healthcare overhaul
More than 20 killed in Guinea strike violence
Super Bowl slowdown costs U.S. employers $800 million
Microwave zaps germs on sponges, study finds
Officials say concerned about Chinese space debris
Google to run video ads from BMG, Warner
Music industry divided over digital future
Users fuel news at Germany's Bild
Microwave zaps germs on sponges, study finds
Depression drugs weaken bones in elderly: study
Asian stocks down
Gap rises after CEO steps down
Texas Instruments up on earnings
Indices fall on tech view
Oil resumes slide, cool weather limits losses
Super slowdown
Wanted: CEO
TI profit up on tax credit
Gap CEO steps down
Citigroup CFO Krawcheck returns to old job at bank
S.Korea's SK Corp. profit falls 16 percent
Pfizer cuts 7,800 more jobs
Sun Micro to use Intel server chips as well as AMD

AP World News
'Grey' star meets with gay activists
Gap dumps CEO after poor shopping season
Mandy Moore: I struggled with depression
U.S. docs tough on blood pressure
Pfizer to cut 10,000 jobs, close plants
Dow ends down 88 on tech concerns
Early labor so husband can watch Bears
`Instinct,' `Little Man' lead Razzies
German, French groups want open iTunes
Steelers hire Mike Tomlin as head coach
V-22 Testing Turns up Trouble
DT: Left and Right Hand Issues in China
Op-ed: Sputnik'd Again?
Blog: With the Snake Eaters
Military Tax Tips
Wanna Be a Blue Angel?
Gear in the News: UH-60L Blackhawk

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Cutter Shares Law Enforcement Techniques with Djibouti Navy - Story
Stability & Security in Iraq Report (pdf)
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

School Supplies Bring Smiles to Children - Story
82nd Airborne Steps Up Security in Baghdad - Story
Transition Team Braves Attacks to Train Police - Story
Defense Secretary Praises Coalition Partners - Story
'Providers' Give Iraqi Soldiers Tools for Missions - Story

Cav Soldiers Help Iraqis Open New Schools
Training Teams Teach Iraqis to Run Operations
Married Couple Dedicated to Serving in Iraq
Flight Surgeon in Iraq Treats Injured Local Child

Volunteers Spark Warmth at Burn Center
U.S. Air Assets Support Strike in Afghanistan
U.S. Air Force Engineer Helps Afghans Rebuild

Marine Trains U.S. Embassy Troops in Djibouti

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

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

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

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

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

* If you're deployed, and want to see your location's weather listed here, please email me! *

Today in History
0638 - Start of Islamic calendar
1265 - 1st English Parliament formally convened (some authorities)
1490 - 1st printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul
1492 - "Pentateuch" (Jewish holy book) 1st printed
1552 - 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England
1556 - Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shansi Province, China
1570 - Earl of Moray, regent of Scotland, assassinated; civil war breaks out
1579 - Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
1631 - France & Sweden sign anti-German Treaty of Bärwald
1637 - Dutch Governor Johan Mauritius lands in Pernambuco Brazil
1643 - Sir Thomas Fairfax takes Leeds for the Parliamentarians
1647 - Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament
1663 - King Louis XIV affirms covenant with Rÿnstaten
1668 - England, Netherlands & Sweden signs Triple Alliance against French
1719 - Principality of Liechtenstein created within Holy Roman Empire
1793 - 2nd partition of Poland, between Prussia & Russia; Humane Society of Philadelphia (first aid society) organized
1796 - Armand-Gaston Camus becomes chairman of Council of 500
1812 - 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
1845 - Uniform US election day for President & Vice President authorized
1849 - Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US; Patent granted for an envelope-making machine
1856 - Steamer Pacific lost
1861 - Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, imports 100,000 cuttings of 350 varieties from Europe
1865 - Battle of City Point, VA (James River, Trent's Reach); General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
1870 - 173 Blackfoot Indians (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army
1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator
1908 - US & Great-Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
1909 - 1st radio rescue at sea
1920 - Dutch government refuses to turn over ex-Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany to the allies 1930 - George Washington Birthplace National Monument, VA, established; Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto
1932 - El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
1933 - 20th amendment changes date of Presidential Inaugurations to 1/20
1936 - Catholic People's Party (KVP) of Curaçao forms
1937 - Karl Radek & 16 others go on trial in Stalin's great purge
1941 - Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
1942 - Japanese troops occupy Rabaul, New Britain; Tank battle at Adzjedabia, African corps vs British army
1943 - British 8th army marches into Tripoli; Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured
1945 - Dutch Premier Gerbrandy, exiled in London, offers his resignation
1946 - Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers, USNR, becomes 1st director of CIA
1950 - NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense); NFL's National & American conferences become Eastern & Western conferences
1954 - Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
1958 - Dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazábal takes power
1961 - Court rules cities & states have right to censor films; Venezuela adopts constitution
1962 - Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb; British spy Kim Philby defects to USSR
1964 - 24th Amendment ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections
1968 - Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea
1970 - Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California); US launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1
1972 - Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
1973 - Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 years; Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Moslem pilgrims
1973 - President Nixon announces an accord has been reach to end the Vietnam War
1975 - "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
1977 - Miniseries "Roots" premieres on ABC
1978 - Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
1979 - Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1982 - World Airways DC-10 skids at Boston Logan Airport, killing 2
1983 - "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC; Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean
1985 - Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
1986 - Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB; 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis & Elvis Presley)
1987 - Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)
1988 - Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
1989 - Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
1991 - World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
1993 - New York Newsday reports Oregon's Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women
1994 - Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina
1998 - Pope John Paul II condemns US embargo against Cuba

1730 - Joseph Hewes, US merchant (Declaration of Independence signer)
1828 - Calvin Edward Pratt, Union Brigadier General
1830 - Gaston A.A. Marquis de Gallifet, French General /minister of War (1899-1900)
1832 - Édouard Manet, French Impressionist painter (Déjeuner sur L'Herbe)
1833 - John Randolph Chambliss, Jr., Confederate Brigadier General
1891 - Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher/marxist theorist
1893 - Frank Carlson (Governor/Republican/Senator-KS)
1896 - Charlottef, Grand Dutchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
1897 - Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician
1907 - Hediki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949)
1914 - Napoleon L. Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne
1915 - Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)
1924 - Frank R. Lautenberg (Senator-NJ)
1929 - John Polanyi, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986)
1930 - William Reid Pogue, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4)
1932 - Bud Shuster (Representative-PA)
1938 - Anatoly Marchenko, Soviet dissident
1942 - Willy Bogner, Jr., director (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
1944 - Marty Russo (Representative-IL); Rutger Hauer Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend)
1947 - Thomas R. Carper (Representative-DE)
1949 - Robert D. Cabana, Major USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, 88)

1002 - Otto III, German king/emperor 983/996-1002, dies at 21
1356 - Margaretha of Bavaria, Empress of Germany
1516 - Ferdinand II, King of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 63
1639 - Francisco Maldonado da Silva Solis, Peruvian poet, burned at stake
1800 - Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 50
1806 - William Pitt the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783-1806), dies at 46
1813 - George Clymer, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 73
1838 - Arnold A. Buyskes, Dutch Vice-Admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
1891 - Boudouin, prince of Belgium/count of Flanders, dies at 21
1913 - Nazim Pasha, Turkey's PM, assassinated
1945 - Helmuth J. Moltke, German politician ("July 20th Plot"), executed at 37
1990 - Mariano Rumor, Italy's PM (1968-70, 73-1974)
1992 - Simon Brand, South African banker/adviser to President De Klerk
1997 - Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies during bungee jump at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
1997 - Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47; Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
1998 - Hilla Limann, President of Ghana (1979-81)

Reported Missing in Action
Bridger, Barry B., USAF (NC); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Gray), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive as of 1998

Gray, David F., USAF (FL); F4C shot down (co-pilot/systems operator, w/Bridger), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Lt. Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Ramsden, Gerald Lee, USN (CA); A6A shot down over water - remains recovered January, 1969

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Henderson, William R. (OH); remains returned January, 1969 - ID'd February, 1976

Luster, Robert L. (OH); remains recovered January, 1969; ID'd February, 1976 (disputed)

Moorman, Frank D. (NJ); remains recovered January, 1969; ID'd February, 1976

Anzaldua, Jose J., Jr., USMC (TX); released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Major