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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February 19, 1945

Iwo Jima Operation, 1945
"H-Hour" on "D-Day": Waves of amphibious tractors (LVTs) approach the Iwo Jima invasion beaches in the first moments of the U.S. Marine amphibious assault on the island, 19 February 1945. Mount Suribachi is in the left center background. This image is cropped from Photo # 80-G-415308. Taken from an airplane flying over the invasion area, it was flown to Guam, transmitted by radio, and printed in an American newspaper within fifteen hours after it was made. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Sixty-three years ago today, the largest armada invasion to date began on a small island in the Pacific.

Sixty-three years ago today, the black beaches of Iwo "ran red with blood."

It would be a battle that would prompt Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz (USN) to later say, "Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Iwo Jima Links:
Iwo Jima Operation, February - March 1945 (
Battle of Iwo Jima - Wikipedia
Veterans honor those lost on Iwo Jima (Sign on San Diego)
U.S. Department of Defense Official Website - Battle for Iwo Jima

Graphic by Doug Kidd

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U.S. Marine Majs. Mike Castellano and Brad Weston bid farewell to Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard as he departs following a Valentines Day luncheon at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., Feb. 16, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

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In Today's News - Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quote of the Day
"What is the recipe for successful achievement?
To my mind there are just four essential ingredients:
Choose a career you love...Give it the best there is in you...
Seize your opportunities... And be a member of the team.
In no country but America, I believe,
is it possible to fulfill all four of these requirements."

-- Benjamin F. Fairless

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
IRAQ JOURNAL: Squalid Warehouse for Human Beings
Trial of Iraqi officials delayed
Al-Qaeda killing former Sunni allies
Modified Tanks Improve Safety, Precision
Army Engineers Bridge the Gap
Rockets strike Victory Base Complex, West Rashid

Operation Enduring Freedom
Car bomb kills one in Afghanistan's Kandahar
Troops Disrupt Taliban Leadership, Detain Suspects

Homeland Security War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Amtrak Tightens Rail Security, Adds Random Checks

Troops on Trial
Panel frustrated in Marine shooting case

Wounded Warriors
Clinic Provides One-Stop Shop for Wounded Warrior Care
Marine Barracks Holds Valentine Lunch for Wounded Warriors

Supporting Our Heroes
Better care for U.S. troops but red tape rankles

Other Military News
High-tech Japan warship collides with fishing boat - Video
Biden, Bond seek probe of vehicle delay

Religion of Peace??
U.S. assures Muslim rebels on Philippine exercises

Worldwide Wackos
Castro Resigns - Dictator steps down after half-century in power
Bush wants democratic Cuba
Fidel Castro, 20th century revolutionary
Factbox: Facts about Fidel Castro
Slideshow: Castro's life in pictures
Castro's move talk of the town in Miami
North Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys meet in Beijing

Politics / Government
Pakistan's Opposition Wins - Musharraf's party concedes election defeat - PHOTOS
Dems Battle for Hawaii, Wisconsin
Clinton Blasts Obama Over Borrowed Speech
Former President Bush Backs McCain
Fox News Embed Blog
Bush Calls on Other Nations to Step Up Efforts to End Genocide in Darfur - PHOTOS
Bush Honors Victims of Genocide in Rwanda - PHOTOS
Serbia Recalls Diplomat to U.S. Over Kosovo - PHOTOS
Bush recognizes Kosovo, says will bring peace
Superpower divide over Kosovo widens
Obama and Clinton square off in Wisconsin
Lost JFK Assassination Documents Believed Found in Dallas Courthouse
Ex-President Bush says attacks on McCain "unfair" - Video
Nancy Reagan recovering after fall
Democrats in Wis., Hawaii head to polls
Aging Air Force wants big bucks fix
NIU victim called 'a wonderful person'
Illinois' new gun law under scrutiny
Obama says borrowed lines not a big deal
Clinton camp seeks to undermine Obama

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Wanted for Murder: Jorge Lopez-Orozco

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Deadly Chicago-Area Store Shooting 911 Call Revealed
Mom of Slain Daughter: Police Told Her to Stop Calling
Police: Grandma Beat Toddler in Public
Colorado Couple Cons Girl Scouts With Fake $100 Bill
Virginia Cop Wrecks Police Car, Charged With DUI
Jury to Deliberate in Trial of Man Accused of Poisoning Wife
Guilty plea ends longtime Wis. mystery

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Google Drops Blogger Exposing U.N. Corruption

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Format Battle Over: Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business
Recalled Beef Likely Already Eaten - VIDEO - LIST (pdf)
Atlantis Heads Home - WATCH LIVE - PHOTOS
Ancient "devil frog" may have eaten baby dinosaurs
Team makes gecko-inspired adhesive bandage
Microsoft to give out development tools to students
Hacker's firm doubleTwist enables copying of iTunes
More advanced cancer seen in uninsured Americans
Cream to prevent HIV safe, but not effective: study

Mother Nature
San Francisco Zoo Completes Renovations to Tiger Exhibit After Fatal Attack
Alabama grateful tornado took no lives

Phillies, in Prank, Tell Pitcher He's Been Traded to Japan
Tokyo marathon runner solves mystery of sore nipples
Church urges hanky panky among members

Other News of Note
Massive Oil Refinery Blast Rocks Texas - PHOTOS

Fox News
Pettitte Apologizes for Taking HGH
Lindsay Lohan Poses as Naked Marilyn Monroe
Gary Coleman Says He and Wife Have Not Yet Made Love

WITNESS: Fossett made friends in out-of-way places - Video
Ears ringing, Kenya negotiators return to table - Video
Armenians vote for president, PM expected to win
Chad loses historic voice in looting of state radio
Beijing says 15,000 relocated for Games venues
Olivia Newton-John to trek China's Great Wall
Mandy Moore aims to inspire life balance online
Spice Girls "would love" to perform for Mandela - Video
Wal-Mart posts better-than-expected profit
Credit Suisse reveals $2.85 billion write-downs
Banks "quietly" borrow $50 billion from Fed: report
Barclays ups writedown to $3.1 billion
Toshiba says to quit HD DVD
Microsoft targets Web with Yahoo or alone: Gates
GE to adjust accounting to end regulator probe: report
Citigroup sells Japan HQ to Morgan Stanley
Wall Street futures rise; financials seen in focus
Bank writedowns hit Europe; metals soar - Video
Credit Suisse hits Europe stocks; Barclays rallies
Dollar retreats, yen rises on bank worries
Medco 4th-quarter profit slips
China's inflation hits 11-year peak
Oil nears $98 on supply worries, OPEC
Nikkei hits 2-week high on trading houses, exporters - Video
Platinum hits record at $2,160 in tight market
Don't bank on oil change

AP World News
Croc hunter's son unfazed by snake bite
Obituaries in the news
NO police struggle with mental patients

CENTCOM: News Releases
JOINT STATEMENT By the U.S. Embassy Baghdad and Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition forces disrupt Special Groups criminal networks, detain two suspects
Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq networks; two terrorists killed, two detained
Soldiers report largest cache finds since beginning of year
Coalition forces disrupt Special Groups criminal networks, detain two

Phase one of Multinational Experiment 5 wraps up
More about Multinational Experiment 5
Joint Knowledge Online extends cultural awareness training for U.S. Forces Korea - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Training Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya - podcast
Joint fires team, Army training center leaps forward with joint integrated training
Learn more about the Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers Find Large Weapons Cache
Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq networks, six suspects detained
Iraqi Special Operations Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain suspected terrorist leader in Mosul
Sons of Iraq members kill two terrorists (Adhamiyah)
Joint IP and CF patrol finds SVBIED near Mosul
Paratroopers capture Hasnawi lieutenant (Baghdad)

Iraq Mission Will Produce Peace, President Says
Bush Voices Support for Kosovo Independence
New Iraq Laws Show Maturity

Defense Agency Makes Big Advances in Prosthetics Research

Coalition Troops Kill Two Insurgents, Capture 24

Army Medics Lauded for Actions in Taliban Attack

Airman Recalls Firefight

Troops Can Battle Pro Athletes On Xbox Games

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
0197 - Lucius Septimius Severus' army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon
0356 - Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
0607 - Boniface III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1512 - French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia
1539 - Jews of Tyrnau Hungary (then Trnava Czechoslovakia), expelled
1574 - Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp Netherlands
1582 - Francis of Valois becomes Duke of Brabant
1634 - Battle at Smolensk -- Polish king Wladyslaw IV beats Russians
1674 - Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
1797 - 1/3 of papal domain ceded to France
1803 - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
1807 - British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelles; Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
1831 - 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Pennsylvania
1846 - Texas state government formally installed in Austin
1856 - Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, OH
1859 - Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity -- 1st time this defense is successfully used
1861 - Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom
1864 - Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington DC (12 members)
1869 - US Assay Office in Boise, ID authorized
1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph)
1881 - Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
1884 - Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana kill 800 people
1900 - British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal
1906 - W.K. Kellogg & Charles D. Bolin incorporate the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, in Battle Creek, MI
1913 - 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box; Mexican General V Huerta takes power with US support
1915 - British fleet fires on Dardanellen coast
1919 - Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)
1920 - Netherlands joins League of Nations
1922 - Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
1927 - General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
1928 - 2nd Winter Olympics games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
1929 - Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady NY
1933 - Prussian minister Göring bans all Catholic newspapers
1934 - US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US Army for 6 months
1936 - Manuel Azaña becomes Spanish premier
1938 - Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated
1941 - Nazis raid Koco Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
1942 - FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans; New York Yankees announce 5,000 uniformed soldiers will be admitted free at each of their upcoming home games; About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin; Japanese troops land on Timor
1943 - German tanks under Brigadier General Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass, Tunesia
1944 - 823 British bombers attack Berlin; U-264 sinks off Ireland
1945 - 900 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days; US 5th Fleet (30,000 US Marines) launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
1949 - Mass arrests of communists in India
1952 - French offensive at Hanoi
1953 - Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board; Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
1955 - South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
1959 - Gabon adopts its constitution; USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), New Mexico; Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1960 - Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
1961 - Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
1963 - USSR informs JFK it's withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
1969 - 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
1970 - USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
1976 - Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
1977 - Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st test flight atop a 747 jetliner
1980 - Eric Heiden skates Olympics record 1000 meter in 1 15.18
1981 - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"
1982 - Hanneke Jelgersma (Jagersma?) installed as Netherlands' 1st Communist mayor
1984 - 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at the Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom); 14th winter Olympics games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1985 - 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain; Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola; Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
1986 - US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention, 37 years later; USSR launches Mir space station into Earth orbit; Jordanian King Hussein severs ties with PLO
1987 - Minnesota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson; Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
1990 - Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal; Soyuz TM-9 lands
1997 - FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
1998 - Soyuz TM-26 lands; US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympics village in Japan

0003 - Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl)
1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus Torún, astronomer (heliocentrism)
1588 - Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish Governor-General of Dutch East-Indies
1611 - Andries de Graeff, mayor of Amsterdam (1657-71)
1683 - King Philip V of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)
1755 - Pieter G. van Overstraten Governor-General of Netherlands-Indies
1817 - Willem III, last male King of Netherlands (1849-90)
1821 - Francis Preston Blair, Jr., (Representative-Missouri)
1827 - Charles Robert Woods, Union Brevet Major General
1859 - Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)
1863 - Augusto Bernardino Leguía y Salcedo, President of Perú (1908, 1919)
1916 - Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns)
1932 - Joseph P. Kerwin, Captain, Med Corps, USN/astronaut (Skylab 2)
1942 - Kenneth R. Kramer (Representative-CO)
1943 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, singer (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday)
1948 - Byron K. Lichtenburg, astronaut (STS 9, STS 45)
1952 - Rudolfo Neri-Vela, PhD/astronaut (STS 23)
1956 - George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43)
1960 - Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
1989 - Baby orangutan at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

0197 - D. Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
1260 - Boniface of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies
1401 - William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
1414 - Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury/chancellor of England, dies
1864 - William Edwin Baldwin, US Confederate Brigadier-General
1965 - Gheorge Gheorghiu Dej, Romanian President , dies at 63
1967 - Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge in New York
1970 - Ralph Edward Flanders (Senator-VT), dies at 89
1986 - James O. Eastland (Senator-MS), dies at 81
1993 - Gerhard Gesell, judge (Pentagon Papers), dies of liver cancer at 82
1994 - Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
1996 - Grant Sawyer, US politician, dies at 76
1997 - Deng Xiaoping head of the Chinese Communist Party, dies at 92

Reported Missing in Action
The following US Army and US Army SF personnel reported MIA when their UH1H was shot down:
Dye, Melvin C. (MI); engineer

Glover, Douglas J., SF (NY); passenger

Griffith, Robert S., (GA); door gunner

Also reported MIA this day in 1968:
Uplinger, Barton John, USMC (CA); CH53A shot down - remains returned February, 1968

Sweeney, Jon M., USMC; released in Hanoi August, 1970

Hull, James Larry, USAF (TX); O2A shot down, KIA, body not recovered

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