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National Airborne Day

Don’t forget to hug a paratrooper today.  It’s National Airborne Day!

I was terrified of heights as a kid and I hated that feeling.  In Boy Scouts, I forced myself to learn to repel and rock climb to get rid of the fear; but it was still there.  So, when I joined the Army, I decided that to truly get rid of the fear I needed to volunteer for airborne duty.  I reported for training at Fort Benning and  3-weeks, a couple thousand push ups, and 5 jumps later I proudly graduated with my Airborne Wings. 

Funny thing is, I was still afraid of heights.  What I learned though was that the fear never goes away.  You just need to have faith to become strong enough to conquer what will aways be there.

This link will bring you to a collection of paratrooper and soldier prayers – many said or written on the eve of battle.  I hope that they can give you comfort and strength as they have so many of America’s brave defenders.  The one below is one of my favorites.

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Lost and Found – June 28th Edition

What to remember about June 28th…

  • 1776  Thomas Hickey convicted and executed for mutiny, sedition, and conspiring with the enemy; Washington signs the death warrant
  • 1778  Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays replaces her wounded husband on the battlefield as cannon crew helping win the Battle of Monmouth
  • 1836  James Madison dies; 4th President of the United States, “father” of the Constitution; husband of Dolley Madison
  • 1914  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot to death beginning a chain of events leading to World War I
  • 1919  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace; afterward they lived in her mother’s house
  • 1919  Treaty of Versailles is signed; ends World War I
  • 1953  Assembly begins in Flint, MI on the 1st Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1965  3000 troops from the 173rd Airborne assault Viet Cong positions north of Saigon; 1st major offensive of the Vietnam War
  • 1978  SCOTUS rules in University of California v. Bakke that he be admitted to the medical school; ruled against reverse discrimination
  • 1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites off ear of Evander Holyfield’s ear
  • 2000  6-year old Elián González sent back to Cuba
  • 2004  Sovereign power is transferred from the Coalition Provisional Authority to Iraq’s interim government
  • 2005  Navy Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is killed in Afghanistan calling in support for his surrounded unit; he will receive the Medal of Honor
  • 2012  SCOTUS rules that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax and not under Commerce Clause; largest tax increase in history of the world goes forward

INS Border Patrol agents take 6-year old into “protective custody”

Lost and Found – September 25th Edition

What to remember about September 25th…

  • 1775  Colonial Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured after failed attack on British-controlled Montreal; sent to England for execution
  • 1789  1st Congress of the United States passes 12 amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights; 10 of the 12 will be ratified by the states by 1791
  • 1897  American author and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner is born near Oxford; Mississippi
  • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke while campaigning for passage of the Treaty of Versailles and U.S. entry into the League of Nations; measure never passes, Wilson is left altered and debilitated
  • 1929  American aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor winner Jimmy Doolittle takes a blind flight; proves that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible
  • 1942  Swiss police are instructed to deny entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1944  Surviving elements of British 1st Airborne withdraw from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden
  • 1957  300 federal troops force the desegregation Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas after mobs threaten children
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice and the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1992  12-year-old Gregory Kingsley is granted a divorce from his biological parents by a judge in Orlando, FL

Lost and Found – September 17th Edition

What to remember about September 17th…

  • 1730  Prussian general Baron Friedrich von Steuben is born; Inspector General and a founder of the Continental Army
  • 1787  The Constitution of the United States is adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Union and Rebel troops clash in bloodiest one-day battle in American history at Antietam Creek, Virginia; General Lee’s invasion of the north is halted
  • 1908  Thomas Etholen Selfridge is 1st person killed in a powered aircraft flight; dies in crash of Wright Flyer piloted by Orville Wright
  • 1916  German pilot Manfred “Red Baron” von Richthofen shoots down his first enemy plane over the Western Front
  • 1944  Allied airborne landings of Operation Market Garden begin in the Netherlands
  • 1976  NASA publicly unveils the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • 1983  Vanessa Williams becomes 1st African-American woman to be crowned Miss America; title is taken away a year later when nude pictures are revealed
  • 1997  American radio and television comedian Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton dies at home in Anza, California (b. 1913)
  • 2001  Trading resumes on the New York Stock Exchange after the September 11th attacks; longest closure since the Great Depression

Lost and Found – June 28th Edition

What to remember about June 28th…

  • 1776  Thomas Hickey convicted and executed for mutiny, sedition, and conspiring with the enemy; Washington signs the death warrant
  • 1778  Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays replaces her wounded husband on the battlefield as cannon crew helping win the Battle of Monmouth
  • 1836  James Madison dies; 4th President of the United States, “father” of the Constitution; husband of Dolley Madison
  • 1914  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot to death beginning a chain of events leading to World War I
  • 1919  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace; afterward they lived in her mother’s house
  • 1919  Treaty of Versailles is signed; ends World War I
  • 1953  Assembly begins in Flint, MI on the 1st Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1965  3000 troops from the 173rd Airborne assault Viet Cong positions north of Saigon; 1st major offensive of the Vietnam War
  • 1978  SCOTUS rules in University of California v. Bakke that he be admitted to the medical school; ruled against reverse discrimination
  • 1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites off ear of Evander Holyfield’s ear
  • 2000  6-year old Elián González sent back to Cuba
  • 2004  Sovereign power is transferred from the Coalition Provisional Authority to Iraq’s interim government
  • 2005  Navy Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is killed in Afghanistan calling in support for his surrounded unit; he will receive the Medal of Honor
  • 2012  SCOTUS rules that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax and not under Commerce Clause; largest tax increase in history of the world goes forward

INS Border Patrol agents take 6-year old into “protective custody”

Lost and Found – December 12th Edition

What to remember about December 12th…

  • 1787  Pennsylvania become 2nd state to ratify the Constitution
  • 1870  Joseph H. Rainey is seated as 1st African-American directly elected United States Congressman
  • 1917  Father Edward J. Flannagan founds Boys Town in Nebraska; village for education of wayward boys still in operation today
  • 1941  Adolf Hitler announces in his offices that “destruction of the Jews must be (the war’s) necessary consequence”.
  • 1985  Charter flight returning from Cairo crashes in Newfoundland killing 248 members of U.S. 101st Airborne Division
  • 2000  Supreme Court issues ruling effectively deciding result of presidential election; Equal Protection Clause was violated when counties applied differing standards to recounts; Bush wins

Lost and Found – September 25th Edition

What to remember about September 25th…

  • 1775  Colonial Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured after failed attack on British-controlled Montreal; sent to England for execution
  • 1789  1st Congress of the United States passes 12 amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights; 10 of the 12 will be ratified by the states by 1791
  • 1897  American author and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner is born near Oxford; Mississippi
  • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke while campaigning for passage of the Treaty of Versailles and U.S. entry into the League of Nations; measure never passes, Wilson is left altered and debilitated
  • 1929  American aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor winner Jimmy Doolittle takes a blind flight; proves that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible
  • 1942  Swiss police are instructed to deny entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1944  Surviving elements of British 1st Airborne withdraw from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden
  • 1957  300 federal troops force the desegregation Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas after mobs threaten children
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice and the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1992  12-year-old Gregory Kingsley is granted a divorce from his biological parents by a judge in Orlando, FL

Lost and Found – September 17th Edition

What to remember about September 17th…

  • 1730  Prussian general Baron Friedrich von Steuben is born; Inspector General and a founder of the Continental Army
  • 1787  The Constitution of the United States is adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Union and Rebel troops clash in bloodiest one-day battle in American history at Antietam Creek, Virginia; General Lee’s invasion of the north is halted
  • 1908  Thomas Etholen Selfridge is 1st person killed in a powered aircraft flight; dies in crash of Wright Flyer piloted by Orville Wright
  • 1916  German pilot Manfred “Red Baron” von Richthofen shoots down his first enemy plane over the Western Front
  • 1944  Allied airborne landings of Operation Market Garden begin in the Netherlands
  • 1976  NASA publicly unveils the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • 1983  Vanessa Williams becomes 1st African-American woman to be crowned Miss America; title is taken away a year later when nude pictures are revealed
  • 1997  American radio and television comedian Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton dies at home in Anza, California (b. 1913)
  • 2001  Trading resumes on the New York Stock Exchange after the September 11th attacks; longest closure since the Great Depression

D-Day – 67 years ago today

STAND… in the door!

The Clockwork Conservative

U.S. paratroopers fix static lines for thier before dawn jump over Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

AP File Photo

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Lost and Found – December 12th Edition

What to remember about December 12th…

  • 1787  Pennsylvania become 2nd state to ratify the Constitution
  • 1870  Joseph H. Rainey is seated as 1st African-American directly elected United States Congressman
  • 1917  Father Edward J. Flannagan founds Boys Town in Nebraska; village for education of wayward boys still in operation today
  • 1941  Adolf Hitler announces in his offices that “destruction of the Jews must be (the war’s) necessary consequence”.
  • 1985  Charter flight returning from Cairo crashes in Newfoundland killing 248 members of U.S. 101st Airborne Division
  • 2000  Supreme Court issues ruling effectively deciding result of presidential election; Equal Protection Clause was violated when counties applied differing standards to recounts; Bush wins