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Gunny’s Military Museum Quartzsite Arizona and the USS Chicago CG-11
Today 12-21-15 I stopped at Gunny’s Military Museum Quartzsite Arizona to visit with USMC (retired) Gunny Bob StGermain. I wanted to get caught up and share with my audience on all the good things Gunny is doing in La Paz County to help his fellow Veterans, but first I must digress a bit.
USS Chicago CG-11 was my first ship I had served on way back in ancient days.
Jim Popper from the USS Chicago Facebook page has made available some USS Chicago Stickers, which I had ordered and placed on my S3productions wall of fame. About the same time frame Gunny had posted on Facebook some USS Chicago patches that had been donated to his museum, so I ordered some stickers from Jim and then passed them along to Gunny for his museum.
Another example of how somehow unrelated events connect to form a story
I also wanted to stop by Gunny’s Museum to get updated on what is and was is going on in La Paz county Arizona has far as Gunny’s efforts to help his fellow vets.
Finally I highly recommend to any Veteran that while in Quartzite Arizona to stop in and see the Museum it is well worth it and perhaps maybe donate a buck or two to help Gunny in his efforts
Thanks Again Gunny and Semper FI
In the doom and gloom that prevaded throughout the United States' Navy in the immediate aftermath of the dastardly sneak attack on U.S. naval and air installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7 1941, the U.S. Navy had precious few ships left to stand against the relentless enemy onslaught. Piercing through this dark cloud was the indomitable Aircraft Carrier, USS YORKTOWN. She was a fighting lady. Big, beautiful, proud and strong, the USS YORKTOWN stood fast against the Japanese juggernaut. The nerve and skill of her aircrews and anti-aircraft gunners inflicted grievious losses upon the Empire of Japan culminating in their cataclysmic defeat at the Battle of Midway. Her exploits made her a legend. And her legacy is forever secure in the annals of maritime history. This, and following broadcasts will detail her life and amazing career.
In the doom and gloom that prevaded in the U.S. Navy in the immediate aftermath of the dastardly sneak attack by the Japanese on United States' Naval and Air installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7 1941, our great nation had precious few ships left in the Pacific to stem the relentless enemy onslaught. The aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN [CV-5] was one of those ships. Big, beautiful and strong, this heroic fighting lady served the U.S. Navy with great honor and sitinction as she fought back stubbornly against the rising tide of Japanese agression. This great fighting spirit culminatied with the cataclysmic Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway in which air groups from the USS YORKTOWN [CV-5] played an integral role in driving a dagger right through the pride of the Japanese Imperial Fleet, forever truning the tide of the War in the Pacific. This and many upcoming broadcasts will detail the amazing life and legacy of the USS YORKTOWN [CV-5].
In the doom and gloom that prevailed in the darks days following the dastardly sneak attack by the Japanese on the American Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Fleet had precious few capital warships left to face down the relentless Japanese onslaught. One of those ships was the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown [CV-5]. She was a magnificent naval vessel. Strong, and proud, she stood up defiantly against the wonton acts of agression by a fanatical enemy, playing an integral role in the cataclysmic slaughter of the Japanese at the Battle of Midway. This broadcast will be part 1 in a brilliant series that will detail her life and legacy to the United States' Navy and all the great things its has always, and will always stand for.
In the doom and gloom that prevaded throughout the U.S. Navy in the immediate aftermath of the dastardly sneak attack upon U.S. naval and air installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan, the U.S. Navy had precious few fighting ships left to satnd against the relentless enemy onslaught. The Aircraft Carrier USS YORKTOWN was one of those ships. Big, beautiful, and strong, she fought the Japanese tooth and nail and contested every inch of the Pacific while inflicting grievous losses upon their empire; culminating in their cataclysmic defeat at the Battle of Midway. Her fighting heroics made her a legend, and forever secured her legacy in the annals of maritime history. This and future broadcasts will detail her amazing life and incredible fighting career.
In the perpetual doom and gloom that prevaded throughout the U.S. Navy in the immediate aftermath of the dastardly sneak attack upon our naval and air installations in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Japanese on December 7th 1941, the U.S. Navy had precious few ships left to stand against the relentless enemy onslaught. The Aircraft Carrier USS YORKTOWN was one of those ships. Big, beautiful, and strong, she contested every inch of the Pacific from the Japanese throughout the first harrowing months of 1942, inflicting huge losses upon their Empire, eventually culminating with their cataclysmic defeat at the Battle of Midway in early June of that year.
Romulan Scout Vessel R.I.S. PI, Defiant Class, USS VALIANT, Andorian Battle Cruiser, KUMARI and Xindi WEAPON ZERO. Uncle Jom and Davis will be talking about Star Trek Attack Wing wave 22 ships and the Zindi "Death Star" weapon. What are we looking forward to the most and where would we like to see the game go. David will give us an update on wht to expect from The Shipyard as well as Warp Core Breach. Uncle Jim will be doing a new segment called "Resistance is Futile", what's on TV and worth watching and, where to find it and this weeks episode. Don't miss out on all the fun....
Dan and David's new segment "The Collection" will feature the USS DEFIANT and SCIMITAR. They will talk about ach and every card and possible uses for them...RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
My guests today are George Sokol (U.S. Navy) and Don Marsh (U.S. Army NG) and we will be discussing the story of the USS Liberty and some upcoming events for the 34 Dead on the USS Liberty and its survivors. Find out more at
On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.
After surveilling USS Liberty for more than nine hours with almost hourly aircraft overflights and radar tracking, the air and naval forces of Israel attacked our ship in international waters without warning. USS Liberty was identified as a US naval ship by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft nine hours before the attack and continuously tracked by Israeli radar and aircraft thereafter. Sailing in international waters at less than five knots, with no offensive armament, our ship was not a military threat to anyone.
The Israeli forces attacked without warning and without attempting to contact us. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40-million dollar state-of-the-art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap. Then began one of the largest coverups in American history.
Wars are full of accidental battles, unexpected horror, and the valor of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Often lost in the sweeping stories of the Pacific in WWII, there is a story that - if not for one man's inability to properly recognize one ship from another - should have never have happened. Because of that one man's mistake, and a leader's stubborn enthusiasm to double down on that mistake, the lived of hundreds of men were lost - and possibly the course of a pivotal early battle changed.
Our guest for the full hour will be author Don Keith to discuss the tale of the USS Neosho (AO-23) and USS Sims (DD-409) at the Battle of the Coral Sea in his latest book, The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Saga of the USS Neosho- A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea.
Don is an award-winning and best-selling author of books on a wide range of topics. In addition to being a prolific writer, he also has a background in broadcast journalism from on-the-air personality to ownership.
Don’s web site is www.donkeith.com
Keith Hedley , Manager Membership and Donations for the USS Hornet gave me a tour of the ship and personally had my flag flown on board the ship , we will discuss the Hornet, mutual sea stories, flag flying stories. Two old salts sharing stories
All old sailors are welcome to join in
flag flown 8-2-13 on board USS Hornet
A reminder that this war predates 11 September 2001, we just didn't want to admit it.
Our guest this Sunday for the full hour will be Kirk Lippold, CDR USN (Ret), Commanding Officer of the USS COLE (DDG-67) at the time of her attack 12 OCT 2000 in the port of Aden, Yemen - and author of the new book, a first hand account of the attack from the Commander's perspective, Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole.
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