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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Soldiers Search Flour Factory

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam Johnson provides security over workers from a flour factory during a raid, Feb. 27, 2007, in Mosul, Iraq. Johnson is with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Rice looks through personal belongings of workers from a flour factory, Feb. 27, 2007, during a raid in Mosul, Iraq. Rice is with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine

A U.S. Army soldier provides security over workers from a flour factory, Feb. 27, 2007, during a raid in Mosul, Iraq. The soldier is with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam Johnson clears a staircase during a raid on a flour factory in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2007. Johnson is with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine

U.S. Army Staff Sgts. Adam Johnson and William Johnson discuss the location of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device that exploded nearby during a raid on a flour factory in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2007. The soldiers are with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine

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Ghost Soldiers discover secret room, find hidden cache

Iraqi Army soldiers assist Coalition Forces, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in the removal of hundreds of items found stashed underground during a search of an abandoned compound in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 9. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ryan Kennedy, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment)

SR# 030107-34
March 1, 2007

By Sgt. Paula Taylor
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

MOSUL, Iraq— Two Garryowen troops assigned to Ghost Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, each received a brigade coin March 1 for a raid conducted Feb. 9 that netted one of the largest weapons caches in the Ninewa Province.

The cache, which was located in a walled-off compound, was discovered by Pfc. Ryan Kennedy and Spc. Isaiah Johnson, both infantrymen assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.

“Our battalion got [information] that there was a weapons cache in one of the lots [in the city],” said Kennedy, a Pequannock Township, N.J. native. “They called us up. We actually didn’t think we were rolling out until later that day.”

Kennedy’s platoon arrived in the suspected area and began taking small arms fire from a mosque across the street, he said. After they secured the area, they, with the help of Iraqi Army troops, were able to find and detain 10 suspects before moving into the actual compound where the cache was believed to be located.

“We pushed forward to continue searching another lot after another platoon moved up to secure the detainees,” he said. “There were four garages and a small building with two rooms in it; one was like a tool room and the other was like a living area. We cleared the building and the garages.”

After a brief search by 1st Squad, 1st Platoon Soldiers of the immediate area, their supervisor, Sgt. Shen O, split his team up for a more comprehensive search.
“Me and Specialist Johnson went back to the room that was like a living area and started busting all the floor tiles,” Kennedy said.

“We saw a sink and tried turning it on,” Johnson, a Chicago native, explained. “It didn’t turn on. There was a stove next to it. At the time, we didn’t think anything of it.”

The two continued busting floor tiles to see if the ground would give way.
“Once we busted all the tiles, we started getting frustrated that we weren’t finding anything,” Kennedy said. “We went and got Lieutenant Miller, our executive officer, and asked him if he had any ideas. I busted the sink that was in there and Lieutenant Miller kicked over the sink base.”

After the sink was knocked out of the way, the three began taking a closer look at the possibilities.

“Once we broke the sink, we saw there weren’t any pipes under it,” Johnson explained. “The XO noticed there was no grout between the tiles.”

“We could tell something was wrong with it because the tiles under it were real loose,” Kennedy added. “I hit it with a sledgehammer and it fell through. You could clearly see some [rocket-propelled grenades], some bags and different types of munitions. The opening was only about one foot by one foot. You had to squeeze in, and then there was a narrow crawl space that you could barely kneel in. That led to an open room that was about seven foot, by seven foot, by seven foot. We were overjoyed (to find the cache). All these months we weren’t finding anything. We were going on raids, searching vehicles. We were all so excited. When we saw it, we just started yelling out, ‘Hey, we found it, we found the cache!’”

After discovering the secret room beneath the sink, a member of the explosive ordnance disposal team, who was waiting nearby, was called into the compound to check the hole and cache room for dangers. Once he deemed it was safe to enter, other troops began arriving to assist in the removal of the items.

“There was everything you could name in there,” Johnson excitedly recalled. “Missiles you shoot helicopters with, grenades, mines, wiring, cell phones, tons of AK-47s and ammo. It took us several hours to get it all out. It made us feel happy finding that stuff, knowing they can’t use the weapons against us. It was sneaky how they had it set up, with the sink and the stove. They tried to make it look like it was a kitchen. We put the clues together and we figured it out. It made us really happy. We were proud to have found all this stuff and help get it all out,” Johnson bragged.

Some of the items included in the day’s find were 30 blasting caps, about 250,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, 25 grenade fuses, 37 high-explosive anti-tank weapons, 100 unfused grenades, one Iranian PG-7 grenade rocket, six Chinese 75mm APERS rocket fuses, 13 French 68mm SPAMV rockets, 72 rocket motors, 10 Iraqi 40mm rockets, 221 mortars, 300 various fuses, 40 pounds of propellant, 50 pounds of detonation cord, 13 PG-7 launchers, 17 AK-47 assault rifles, one Russian machine gun, two sniper rifles, one PKC machine gun, 40 million Iraqi Dinar, more than 400 fake identification cards, and various Motorola radios, including one Iraqi police radio believed to have belonged to an IP who had been previously kidnapped and subsequently killed.

“People can say I found it, but everyone was searching that day,” Kennedy modestly admitted. “We were all working really hard. Everyone was covered in sweat even though it wasn’t that hot. It was back-breaking labor. There were other finds, too. They found Iraqi Dinar and fake IDs in another area. Everyone worked hard that day, it wasn’t just me and Johnson.”

In recognition for their part in the discovery, Johnson and Kennedy were given a 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Coin of Excellence, which was presented to them by their first sergeant.

“It was a large cache,” Said 1st Sgt. Eric Volk. “They knew it had to be right under their feet. These guys are very determined to have a positive impact in this area. You could see it in their faces afterward. They knew they finally made a difference. These troops had just recently lost their platoon sergeant (Sgt. 1st Class Russell Borea). This is one big thing they have done since then. They’ve got a lot of pride, they’re very strong guys and I think they feel like they’ve finally achieved that big step against the insurgency. I couldn’t ask for any better troops than what I’ve got.”

Garryowen troopers Pfc. Ryan Kennedy and Pfc. Raul Alderete, infantrymen, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, kneel above the hole leading to one of the largest weapons caches discovered in Mosul, Iraq, since the arrival of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in November 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shen O, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment)

Executive officer 1st Lt. Michael Miller, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, crawls down into the small hole that leads to a weapons cache he and two of his troops, Pfc. Ryan Kennedy and Spc. Isaiah Johnson, discovered during a raid on an abandoned compound in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 9. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ryan Kennedy, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment)

Garryowen troops Spc. Isaiah Johnson and Pfc. Ryan Kennedy, infantrymen, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, are presented with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Coins of Excellence March 1 by 1st Sgt. Eric Volk for their part in the discovery of a large weapons cache in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 9. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Christian, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment)

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FORWARD OBSERVER – U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Dore looks for any possible enemy contact in western Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 22, 2007. Dore is assigned as a forward observer with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kitt Amaritnant

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In Today's News - Saturday, March 3, 2007

Quote of the Day
If you want to be free, there is but one way;
it is to guarantee an equally full measure
of liberty to all your neighbors.
There is no other.

-- Carl Schurz

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bodies of 14 Iraqi Security Officers Found
U.S. strikes insurgents targeting helicopters
6 Sunnis killed for meeting with Shiites

Operation Enduring Freedom
Pakistan braces for Taliban backlash after arrest

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Kuwaiti court acquits 2 ex-Gitmo inmates

Other Military News
Heads Roll - Army boss resigns over Walter Reed scandal Op-ed: Another One Bites the Dust
Geren Named Army Secretary
Pakistan test fires short-range missile
Algeria says won't host a U.S. base on its territory

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. Ready to Ease Up on N. Korea Financially
Iran sanctions talks expected at U.N. next week
Ahmadinejad visits Saudis amid tensions

Homegrown Moonbats
Congress' Iraq struggle evokes Vietnam years

Politics / Government
Prostitution Scandal Looms Over D.C.
Dem Outrage Over Coulter Slur
McCain Pulls Even With Giuliani in S.C. Straw Poll
Bush keeps pressure on Democrats on Iraq money
Giuliani stresses record, woos conservatives
Rice names critic of U.S. Iraq policies as adviser
Obama: Iraq strategy strengthened Iran

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
South Carolina Middle School Teacher Accused of Having Sex With at Least 5 Underage Boys
Prosecutor Says John Couey Raped, Buried Jessica Lunsford Alive
Police Arrest 4 Suspects in 'Barbie Bandits' Bank Robbery Case
Bank Teller Was In On 'Barbie Bandits' Robbery, Cops Say
Man Admits Dismembering 19 Women, Kids
Astronaut Charged With Attempted Kidnapping
Teen who shot 5 in Utah buried in Bosnia

Science / Medicine / Technology
NASA Releases Dazzling New Photographs of Saturn
FDA Probes Children's Cold Medicines
Spiky oddball prowled ocean half billion years ago
Ruins in Athens may be an ancient market
Calif. agency pulls whale attack report
Blackbeard's ship to be fully excavated (YARR!)

Mother Nature
20 Dead After Tornadoes Rip Through Missouri, Alabama, Georgia
Bush to Visit High School Ravaged by Tornadoes
Ala. School Warned Before Twister - PHOTOS
15 deaths reported in Midwest snowstorm

Alabama School District Bars Substitute Teacher for Taping Students to Seats
Dominatrix Arrested for Prostitution at Estate Leased From Rabbinical School
Tennessee High School Students Make Porn Film Between Classes
Crew Finds Baby's Remains in Pickle Jar
Topless wife photo ends man's pole protest - Video
Prisoner caught with grenade where? - Video
FDA examines safety of cough, cold drugs for kids
Girl stops car after mom faints at wheel

Other News of Note
At Least 6 Dead After Charter Bus Carrying Baseball Team Falls From Bridge in Georgia
Ohio college mourns bus crash victims
Swiss Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein

Fox News
International Tourism to Pass Pre-9/11 Levels
Original Wendy's Closes Its Doors
Stocks Post Worst Week in Over 4 Years
Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $275M - Facts
Last Respects Paid to Anna Nicole Smith at Bahamas Funeral, Burial Services
Howard K. Stern Plays Hardball With Larry Birkhead
If James Cameron Were Honest About His "Discovery"
'American Idol' Scandals and Surprises

Reuters: Top News
Danish police battles protesting youths, 100 held
Gaddafi says fear drives world economic system
No Castro signature on Cuban cigar humidors
Growing scandal claims Australian cabinet minister
U.S. report sees steady rate of emissions
Judge rules for Microsoft in Alcatel-Lucent suit
Sanyo to share battery recall cost with Lenovo
Varsity rivals face off in age-old contest
Curry shows mettle against "Godfather" O'Neal
FDA drops plan for prescription drug watch list
Elizabeth Hurley marries in secret ceremony: reports
Jobs data, Asian marts to call stocks' tune - Video
Gold, silver sink on fund sales
Palm speculation builds as its share price rises
Noven shares fall 14 percent
AIG shares rise as quarterly net exceeds year ago earnings
"Piggyback" loans may hit housing
Subprime mortgage rap tars economy
Bernanke says globalization may boost U.S. inflation
Market moves don't reflect strong economy: Paulson
UPS cancels A380 in new blow for Airbus
U.S. welcomes agreement with EU to open air market
Jobs data, Asian marts to call stocks' tune
Business Books: The driven culture of UPS

AP World News
Hundreds bid farewell to 1st Wendy's
Mancuso boosts bid for World Cup title
American Mancuso wins World Cup downhill
Antawn Jamison leads Wizards to victory
Spielberg unknowingly bought stolen art
Nash, Amare lead Suns to rout of Pacers
Motorola CEO got $13.2M as profits fell
Nuclear lab develops powerful dust rag
TXU's $32B buyout draws muted criticism
Whitaker, Hudson win NAACP awards
Selig unsure if Bonds will cooperate
Warnings sought on kids' cold medicine
Dice-K pitches scoreless Red Sox debut
Gone 25 years, Belushi still counts
Poll: Is Astro-nut a Murderer?
Def Tech: Dissing DoD
Sgt. Shaft: Vet Social Security Boost
The Web's Best Military Equipment Guide
Ace the ASVAB With Killer Prep

CENTCOM: Press Releases

NATO military committee visits USJFCOM
More about USJFCOM and Allied Command Transformation
JIOC-X continues to improve intelligence support for joint warfighter - podcast
New data technology makes aerial reconnaissance video available to users in the field - podcast
Congressman calls command modeling and simulation hub - podcast

Army Secretary Resigns in Wake of Walter Reed - Story
Bush Forms Commission to Review Troops' Care - Story
Craddock: Progress Must Continue in Afghanistan - Story
General Discusses Africa, European Commands - Story
Iraqi Forces Take Control of Baghdad Security - Story
Transcript: Anderson Briefs from Iraq

More Headline News
Budget Requests Support Current, Future Needs
Commission Reports on Strengthening Defenses
Medical Review Group Holds First Meeting
Walter Reed Chief Relieved of Command

Military News
Leaders Call on Congress to Fund IED Research
Pentagon Channel Showcases Military Women
Pace Discusses Force Levels, Military Challenges

America Supports You
New Yorkers Get Taste of Home - Story
Texas Teen Supports Troops
Bush Inspires Support Groups
Group Sends Care to Troops

War on Terror
Afghan Forces Build Capacity - Story
Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Rebuilding Shifts to Self-Sustaining
Rebuilding Could End in 18 Months

Marines Test New Antenna - Story
National Trauma Institute Forms
Squadron Tests Sniper Pod
Denmark Joins Joint Strike Team

Face of Defense
Woman Gunner Protects Unit
Soldier Tackles Numerous Duties
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan

Solid Training Aids Afghanistan Forces as Decisive Battle Looms - Story - Bio
Bloggers' Roundtable Transcript
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Golden Dragons Discover Six Weapons Caches - Story
Bosnian EOD Unit Takes Action in Iraq - Story
Troopers Come to Aid of Iraqi Toddler - Story
Reconstruction Projects Provide Improvements - Story

Reconstruction, Security Go Hand-In-Hand
Construction Continues on Children’s Hospital
Communicators Keep 1st Cavalry Connected
Army Engineers Help Deliver School Supplies
Training Mission Hones Skills of Pararescuemen
Iraqi Police Unit Bounces Back After Attack
Signal Company Keeps Brigade Talking
Maintenance Troops Supporting The Fight
Iraqi Business Restoration Progressing
Troops, Locals Celebrate Reopening of Market

Air Defense ‘Family’ Returns to Afghanistan
Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally
Spartans Turn Over Afghan Provinces
Afghan Doctors Learn New Medical Techniques
Father, Son Paratroopers Serve in Afghanistan


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
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
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

Today in History
0419 - [Etalius] ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1043 - Edward the Confessor crowned king of England
1376 - Battle of Navarrete (Najera), English beat France
1559 - Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
1582 - French van Valois honored as duke of Gelre/earl of Zutphen
1645 - English parliaments accept Self-Denying Ordinance
1657 - English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown
1764 - Austrian arch duke Jozef crowns himself Roman Catholic king
1776 - Washington receives honorary degree from Harvard College
1783 - Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce
1790 - Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard), created
1848 - Thomas Douglas becomes 1st San Francisco public teacher
1856 - Gunpowder in church explodes, killing 4,000 in Rhodos
1860 - Pony Express begins between St Joseph, MO & Sacramento, CA
1864 - Skirmish at Okolona, AR
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, VA & Petersburg, VA; Battle at Namozine Church, VA (Appomattox Campaign)
1882 - Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks
1910 - Highest mountain in North America, Alaska's Mount McKinley, climbed
1918 - House of Representatives accepts "American Creed" written by William Tyler
1919 - Austria expels all Habsburgers
1922 - Stalin appointed General Secretary of Communist Party
1925 - Great Britain goes back to gold standard; Netherlands & Belgium sign accord of Westerschelde
1926 - 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard; Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
1927 - Interstate Commerce Commission transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone
1929 - Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
1930 - Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1933 - 1st airplane flight over Mount Everest
1941 - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion; Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
1944 - Supreme Court (Smith vs. Allwright) rules "white primaries" unconstitutional; British dive bombers attack battle cruiser Tirpitz
1945 - Hengelo freed from nazi control by Canadian army; Nazis begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald; US 1st army conquers Hofgeismar
1946 - Netherlands-German postal relations resume
1948 - Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
1949 - North Atlantic Treaty, pact signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
1952 - Dutch Queen Juliana speaks to US Congress
1955 - Fire in cinema to Sclessin Belgium, kills 39; Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
1956 - Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated; German war criminals Hinrichsen/Rühl/Siebens/Viebahn are freed
1958 - Fidel Castro's rebels attack Havana
1960 - Earthquake at Havré, Belgium
1962 - Lieutenant General Marshall S. Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1964 - US & Panamá agree to resume diplomatic relations
1965 - 1st atomic powered spacecraft (SNAP) launched
1966 - Luna 10 orbits Moon
1968 - North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks
1974 - 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states in the east, south & midwest killed approximately 315
1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with President Jimmy Carter; Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
1978 - European market & China signs trade agreement
1979 - Belgium's Martens government forms; Jane M. Byrne (D) elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, IL
1981 - Race riots in London's Brixton area
1982 - UN Security Council demands Argentina's withdrawal from Falkland Islands
1984 - Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7; Guinea suspends constitution after coup
1985 - French government adopts equal electoral system
1986 - US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
1988 - Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
1991 - UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution

1367 - Henry IV Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)
1438 - John III van Egmont [Manke John], viceroy of Holland
1715 - John Hanson, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation
1783 - Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle)
1798 - Charles D. Wilkes, Commander (Union Navy)
1812 - Louisa Maria, Queen of the Belgians (1832-50/wife of Leopold I)
1842 - Ulric Dahlgren, Union Colonel
1858 - Matthew Ricketts, 1st Black man elected to Nebraska State Legislature
1866 - James B. Hertzog, South African General/premier (1914-39)
1881 - Alcide de Gasperi Italian premier (1945..53)
1885 - Harry St. John Philby [sheik Abdullah], British explorer
1900 - Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon
1924 - Marlon Brando, actor (Superman, Godfather)
1926 - Virgil Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel USAF/astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)
1930 - Lawton Chiles (Senator/Governor-FL)
1932 - Nourse, British lord justice
1933 - Robert K. Dornan (Representative-CA,)
1939 - Malcolm Thornton, MP
1945 - Wim J. Deetman, Dutch minister of education/MP (CDA)
1946 - Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President (México, 1988-94)
1948 - Jaap G. de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch MP (CDA)
1955 - Aleksandr Nikolayevich Yablontsev, Russian Lieutenant-Colonel/cosmonaut

- Christ crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
0628 - Chosroes II, emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son
1287 - Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87)
1862 - James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer
1882 - Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34 in St. Joseph, MO by Robert Ford
1936 - Bruno Hauptmann, convicted Lindbergh baby killer, executed
1941 - André Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88; Pal Teleki-von Szek PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61
1946 - Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
1950 - Carter G. Woodson, "father of black history", dies in Washington DC at 74
1951 - Johannes C. Kielstra, Dutch economist/Governor (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
1956 - T. Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
1960 - Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
1993 - Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
1994 - Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
1996 - Carl Stokes, 1st Black mayor of a major US city (Cleveland OH); Christopher John Seward, aid worker, dies at 45; Ronald Harmon Brown, US Secretary of Commerce, dies in an accident at 54

Reported Missing in Action
The following USAF personnel reported MIA in a single incident:
Morgan, Herschel S., (NC); RF101 shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Smith, George C., (MO); F100D shot down

Vohden, Raymond A. (NJ); F4C shot down released by DRV February, 1973 (injured) - alive as of 1998

Laws, Richard Lee, USN (CA); F8E shot down, KIA/BNR

Hardy, John Charles, USAF (MO); remains recovered April, 1968

Rexroad, Ronald Reuel, USAF (IL); RF4C shot down

Thomas, James C., USMC (AZ); disappeared while on patrol

Ecklund, Arthur G., US Army (AZ); O1G disappeared while on mission (pilot, w/Jefferson)

Jefferson, Perry H., US Army (CO); O1G disappeared while on mission (observer, w/Ecklund)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Christensen, Allen D. (SD); crew chief

O'Neil, Douglas L. (NJ); pilot (some records show O'Neill)

Williams, Edward W. (FL); gunner

Zich, Larry A. (NE); co-pilot

Also reported MIA this day in 1972:
Henderson, William Joseph, USAF (TX); OV10A shot down while searching for crash survivors (see post from yesterday)

Muren, Thomas Richard, USN (CA); drowned

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