Oldest Marine who fought on Iwo Jima has passed away at 103… RIP, sir.
It is said the Navy is never wrong but it can be a little short on being right at times.
Occasionally, one wonders, “What in the hell is the matter with people?” I have to say that the American navy has a rich history of honor, sacrifice, and fortitude, but there are a few blemishes, as well —which is true within all our military branches. Our military is representative of our society —its strengths and weaknesses. There is no justification for dwelling on them, but they do present important lessons and we either learn from them or repeat them to our sorrow.
Two disgraces stand out. The first involves Rear Admiral (then Captain) Leslie Edward Gehres, USN (1898-1975) whose primary contribution to the Navy was his toxic leadership while in command of the USS Franklin (CV-13) (1944-1945). Gehres assumed command of USS Franklin at Ulithi, relieving Captain J. M. Shoemaker. Under Shoemaker, USS Franklin had come under attack by Japanese kamikaze aircraft. At the change of command ceremony, Gehres told…
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A most superb reflection on one of our greatest admirals…
A favored saying among historians is that our failure to learn the lessons of history condemns us to repeat it. There are several variations of this, of course, most are a misquotation of the original by George Santayana (1863-1952), who in Volume I of The Life of Reason, wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” While the statement has a negative connotation, there are many positive things to learn from history and the people who made it.
Among the on-going discussions within the Navy and Marine Corps is how to best prepare for the next international conflagration. In his 2007 professional article published in the Marine Corps Gazette, Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Sinclair noted, “The greatest challenges and most far reaching opportunities of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commander will lie in his ability to orchestrate and synchronize the efforts of numerous, diverse entities…
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Just a cool photo. Although staged, it does show buried history.
BTW, I understand the Lib in the background was tough to fly in formation – especially in combat.
PFC Louis Wiesehan, Jr., killed in action at Tarawa while serving with F/2/8th Marines, has been accounted for according to a DPAA press release.
In complement to my series on Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Truly Reluctant Admiral…
Battle of Midway: Second World War II-era Japanese carrier apparently found in Pacific
Bestowed the Medal of Honor for heroic actions, December 21, 1944. Malmedy, Belgium.