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D-day Photo Montage

Just a few quick photos of the preparations for, execution of, and aftermath of the D-Day invasion (Operation Overlord) June 6, 1944.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

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A Soldier’s Christmas Wish

Let’s never forget those whose sacrifices make us free and able to celebrate and worship as we please in this holiday season as well as the rest of the year. Published in the Magic City Morning Star December 24, 2009, this work really captures the feeling.  Transcript is posted below the video.

This poem was written by an Australian Peacekeeping stationed overseas. His request, send this to as many people as you can.  Credit is due to all of the service men and women for our being able to celebrate Christmas.  Let’s try to pay a bit of what we owe to these heroes.

Soldier’s Christmas Wish

By Unknown Original Author
 
T’was the night before Christmas, He lived all alone
In a one bedroom house, made of plaster and stone.
 
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give,
And to see just who, in this home, did live.
 
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, Not even a tree.
 
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures, of far distant lands.
 
With medals and badges, Awards of all kinds,
A sober thought, came through my mind.
 
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
 
The soldier lay sleeping, Silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor, in this one bedroom home.
 
The face was so gentle, the room in disorder,
Not how I pictured, (A United States) Soldier.
 
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
 
I realised the families, that I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers, who were willing to fight.
 
Soon round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate, a bright Christmas day.
 
They all enjoyed freedom, Each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
 
I couldn’t help wonder, How many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
 
The very thought brought, a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees, and started to cry.
 
The soldier awakened, and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don’t cry, This life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
My life is my God, My country, my corps.”
 
The soldier rolled over, and drifted to sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
 
I kept watch for hours, So silent and still,
And we both shivered, from the cold night’s chill.
 
I did not want to leave, on that cold, dark, night,
This guardian of honour, So willing to fight.
 
Then the soldier rolled over, With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, “carry on Santa, It’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”
 
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.
“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all, a good night.”
 

(Thank you Herta for sending this to me.  God bless!)

Thanksgiving For The Troops – Part 2 (Repost)

Earlier I did a brief post on thanking our veterans this season.  I thought I’d continue the theme today with our serving soldiers.

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps

Ooo-Rah, devil dogs!

Budweiser Salute To Remember September 11, 2001

“This is a commercial Budweiser did for 9/11. They only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it. They just wanted to acknowledge that horrible day and pay tribute to America and it’s heroes.”  If I remember correctly, this is from 2006.

I don’t need a beer after this commercial but I could sure use a tissue.

There is another version that aired at the 2011 Superbowl to mark the 10th anniversary.  This shows both “takes”

Never forget.

Operation Watchtower – Guadalcanal 1942

Throughout the first half of 1942, Japanese forces had captured islands, established bases, and cut off most of the supply lines to U.S. allies Australia and New Zealand.  Guadalcanal, its airfield, and several nearby smaller islands nearby were key pieces in the Japanese effort to project their power across the South Pacific.  U.S. Admiral Earnest King came up with a plan to not just halt the advance but to seize the initiative from Imperial forces in the pacific.  That plan was called Operation Watchtower.

Eight months to the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 11,000 United States Marines supported by the Navy struck the first offensive blow against the Imperial Japanese.  Approaching in bad weather, the initial landings of the Battle of Guadalcanal went nearly unopposed.  Moving on from the beach, Marines found themselves swallowed by the “green hell” of the inland jungle.  Their early goal of capturing the airfield was accomplished with light casualties.  The six-week planned duration for the operation was seeming overly pessimistic.

However, on the seas and in the air, a fierce battle was raging.  Dozens of aircraft were lost on both sides as naval forces hunted each other in the tropical waters.  Concerned over fuel levels and equipment losses, it was decided that the American aircraft carriers be pulled back.  Without air cover, the invasion’s support ships were soon savaged by Imperial naval forces based out of Rabaul.  U.S. naval forces were forced to abandon the island to seek the protection of the carrier group.  With only 14-days of supplies and almost no heavy equipment, the Marines on Guadalcanal were on their own.

Dysentery, malaria, and the tropical heat would savage the allies as much as Japanese forces would.  Approximately one-in-five soldiers was struck down by one ailment or another.  Despite this, work continued on the airfield.  By August 20th, the first Marine aircraft arrived to support their brothers on the ground.  Perimeters expanded and patrols sought out and skirmished with scattered Japanese resistance.  It was thought that Imperial forces might soon be willing to surrender in the face of the successful invasion.  Ground commanders didn’t know that Guadalcanal’s defenders would soon be receiving ground, sea, and air reinforcements.

The struggle for Guadalcanal would stretch on for six moths.  During the campaign, approximately 31,000 Japanese and 7,100 Allied troops would lose their lives.  With the final victory, Japanese forces had been halted at the furthest point of their advance.  For the remainder of the war, Japanese forces would steadily be driven back and back.

For a great period movie about the battle, check out Guadalcanal Diary starring Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte, and Anthony Quinn.

Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776

Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776

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In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

View the full text here…

Happy 241st Birthday To The United States Army

In recognition of all those who have served, supported, or are still a part of the United States Army, the Clockwork Conservative offers a hearty “thank you”, our best wishes, and heartfelt prayers.  Happy birthday!

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For more on the history of the United States Army, you can visit their official history pages here.

D-day Photo Montage

Just a few quick photos of the preparations for, execution of, and aftermath of the D-Day invasion (Operation Overlord) June 6, 1944.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

Lost and Found – January 30th Edition

What to remember about January 30th…

  • 1703  In Japan the Forty-seven Ronin avenge the death of their master in an attack that took 2-years to plan and execute
  • 1781  Maryland is 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, does so only after Virginia gives up claims to western lands
  • 1835  Deranged Richard Lawrence is 1st to attempt to assassinate an American president; Andrew Jackson escapes injury when attackers pistols misfires
  • 1862  America’s 1st “ironclad” warship USS Monitor is commissioned
  • 1882  Future 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1933  German president Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler to be chancellor
  • 1945  While evacuating civilians during operation Hannibal, German transport ship MV Wilhelm Gustav is sunk by Soviet submarine, over 9000 civilians die
  • 1945  126 American Army Rangers and Filipino scouts rescue almost 500 POW’s from Japanese prison camp in Raid at Cabanatuan
  • 1948  Political and spiritual leader of Indian independence movement Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi assassinated by Hindu fanatic (b. 1869)
  • 1956  Home of Martin Luther King Jr. is bombed in response to Bus Boycott
  • 1968  Massive surprise attacks across the country mark beginning of the Tet Offensive; ultimately a failure for North Vietnam, public loses confidence in President Lyndon Johnson’s promises of rapid resolution of Vietnam conflict
  • 1972  British soldiers shoot 30 unarmed protesters in Londonderry, Northern Ireland killing 13; “Bloody Sunday” leads to IRA bombing campaign
  • 2006  Civil rights activist and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King dies (b. 1927)

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