Semper Fi

Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, 1945

The photograph at the right of Marines raising the American flag at the summit of Mt. Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima has become an enduring image of bravery and heroism. However, this was actually the second flag raised on the mountain’s summit that day. The first flag-raising occurred a couple of hours earlier – shortly after Marines had gained the top of the mountain after hard fighting. This flag was deemed too small to be easily seen from the base of the mountain so a second, larger flag was raised.

The First Flag-Raising

Scott Tank sent us this eyewitness account of Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg, a friend and the last surviving member of the team that raised the first flag on the crest of Mt. Suribachi. Scott asked that we share Mr. Lindberg’s story with you – we are honored to do so. Thank you Scott for sending us this account, and thank you Mr. Lindberg for the sacrifices you made during that bloody nightmare called Iwo Jima:

It was the job of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21, and by nightfall the next day the Marines had almost completely surrounded it.

As part of that Marine group, 24-year-old Corporal Charles Lindberg, a combat veteran of the Guadalcanal and the Bougainville campaign, watched the intense bombardment of Iwo Jima and realized that the landing at Red Beach One would be anything but easy. “The Japs had the whole beach zeroed in. Most of the fire was coming from Suribachi,” he recalled. Surrounding Mount Suribachi were cliffs, tunnels, mines, booby traps, and ravines. The hostile terrain proved to be as tough an enemy as the Japanese who were firmly entrenched on the mountain.

At 8 a.m. on February 23, a patrol of 40 men from 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, led by 1LT Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, assembled at the base of Mount Suribachi. The platoon’s mission was to take the crater of Suribachi’s peak and raise the U.S. flag. As a member of the first combat patrol to scale Mount Suribachi, Cpl Lindberg took his 72-pound flamethrower and started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top….(more here)

The Marines’ Hymn

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag’s unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

(source)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE US Marine Corps

Semper Fi!

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Semper Fi

Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, 1945

The photograph at the right of Marines raising the American flag at the summit of Mt. Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima has become an enduring image of bravery and heroism. However, this was actually the second flag raised on the mountain’s summit that day. The first flag-raising occurred a couple of hours earlier – shortly after Marines had gained the top of the mountain after hard fighting. This flag was deemed too small to be easily seen from the base of the mountain so a second, larger flag was raised.

The First Flag-Raising

Scott Tank sent us this eyewitness account of Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg, a friend and the last surviving member of the team that raised the first flag on the crest of Mt. Suribachi. Scott asked that we share Mr. Lindberg’s story with you – we are honored to do so. Thank you Scott for sending us this account, and thank you Mr. Lindberg for the sacrifices you made during that bloody nightmare called Iwo Jima:

It was the job of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21, and by nightfall the next day the Marines had almost completely surrounded it.

As part of that Marine group, 24-year-old Corporal Charles Lindberg, a combat veteran of the Guadalcanal and the Bougainville campaign, watched the intense bombardment of Iwo Jima and realized that the landing at Red Beach One would be anything but easy. “The Japs had the whole beach zeroed in. Most of the fire was coming from Suribachi,” he recalled. Surrounding Mount Suribachi were cliffs, tunnels, mines, booby traps, and ravines. The hostile terrain proved to be as tough an enemy as the Japanese who were firmly entrenched on the mountain.

At 8 a.m. on February 23, a patrol of 40 men from 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, led by 1LT Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, assembled at the base of Mount Suribachi. The platoon’s mission was to take the crater of Suribachi’s peak and raise the U.S. flag. As a member of the first combat patrol to scale Mount Suribachi, Cpl Lindberg took his 72-pound flamethrower and started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top….(more here)

The Marines’ Hymn

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag’s unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

(source)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE US Marine Corps

Semper Fi!

One of our own needs us

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These are just two of the pictures that were part of the Welcome Home celebration for Marine Corps Iraq War Vet Ryan Wilno. You can find more pictures of this happy event here.

This GREAT day was to be overshadowed by a family tragedy within days. From War on Terror News comes this:

November 10, 2008

Triumphant Homecoming Turns Tragic For The Wilno Family

On Saturday, November 1, the Warriors’ Watch Riders escorted Marine Corps Iraq War Vet Ryan Wilno on his Welcome Home celebration. He rode with us to his home in Marlton, New Jersey. The entire town turned out, it seemed. We had 60 riders, the Yellow Ribbon Club, the Mayor of Marlton along with other dignitaries. It was a glorious homecoming celebration for a local hero. Ryan’s mom and dad, Betsy and Ron, in particular, were as proud as proud can be. Ron and Besty had suffered some tragedy with their younger son, Ryan’s brother, a couple of years ago and it was only by the grace of God that the younger son is now still living. As a result their fear for Ryan’s safety in Iraq was magnified, and they were so very grateful for his safe homecoming now. There was much celebration that day, Warriors’ Watch Riders motorcycle escorts, Yellow Ribbon Club cheers and honors, and an official proclamation honoring Ryan. We shook Ryan’s hand, hugged Ryan’s mom, and slapped the back of Ryan’s dad.

Six hours later Ryan’s dad was dead.

At the end of this happiest of all days, as Ron was preparing to retire, he suffered a massive heart attack and was gone – at age 43. In the blink of an eye, a day of unbridled joy was turned into a day of stunning, tragic loss and shock and sorrow. USMC Ryan Wilno’s happiness was snatched away from him, leaving emptiness. Betsy’s relief at the safe return of her son was turned to the mourning of sudden loss.

To me, a true friend is one who is there not only in times of celebration, but also, just as reliably, in times of mourning. The Warriors’ Watch Riders who had helped to celebrate Ryan’s homecoming could not be kept away from the observance of his darkest time. FIVE short days after escorting Ryan home, we found ourselves escorting his father’s funeral procession. The memorial service was held at the Bradley funeral home in Marlton, and the family and we both were given unprecedented support from the Evesham Township police department and local government. The Mayor of Marlton, Randy Brown, was there for the homecoming, and to his everlasting credit he was there for the funeral as well. A good guy, that Mayor, a good friend of the Wilno Family and of the Warriors’ Watch Riders. (This proved to me that he is a man who will be there for more than mere photo-ops. That is worth something to me.)

The Wilno family became a part of the Warriors’ Watch family that day. The experience of sharing greatest joy and deepest sorrow in so short a time was one that made us family. We will never forget that.

The Wilno family is left without a breadwinner, very suddenly. They do not own their home, and Ron did not have life insurance. Ryan was willing to give his own life for his country, but it’s his father’s life that was tragically lost. Please help the Warriors’ Watch Riders to help them.

There is a call out for help for this family, and you can find all the details on HOW and where by checking out the War on Terror News site here.

Let’s do what we can to show this hero veteran – one of our own – who has already given much, that we stand with his family.

Thank you.

One of our own needs us

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These are just two of the pictures that were part of the Welcome Home celebration for Marine Corps Iraq War Vet Ryan Wilno. You can find more pictures of this happy event here.

This GREAT day was to be overshadowed by a family tragedy within days. From War on Terror News comes this:

November 10, 2008

Triumphant Homecoming Turns Tragic For The Wilno Family

On Saturday, November 1, the Warriors’ Watch Riders escorted Marine Corps Iraq War Vet Ryan Wilno on his Welcome Home celebration. He rode with us to his home in Marlton, New Jersey. The entire town turned out, it seemed. We had 60 riders, the Yellow Ribbon Club, the Mayor of Marlton along with other dignitaries. It was a glorious homecoming celebration for a local hero. Ryan’s mom and dad, Betsy and Ron, in particular, were as proud as proud can be. Ron and Besty had suffered some tragedy with their younger son, Ryan’s brother, a couple of years ago and it was only by the grace of God that the younger son is now still living. As a result their fear for Ryan’s safety in Iraq was magnified, and they were so very grateful for his safe homecoming now. There was much celebration that day, Warriors’ Watch Riders motorcycle escorts, Yellow Ribbon Club cheers and honors, and an official proclamation honoring Ryan. We shook Ryan’s hand, hugged Ryan’s mom, and slapped the back of Ryan’s dad.

Six hours later Ryan’s dad was dead.

At the end of this happiest of all days, as Ron was preparing to retire, he suffered a massive heart attack and was gone – at age 43. In the blink of an eye, a day of unbridled joy was turned into a day of stunning, tragic loss and shock and sorrow. USMC Ryan Wilno’s happiness was snatched away from him, leaving emptiness. Betsy’s relief at the safe return of her son was turned to the mourning of sudden loss.

To me, a true friend is one who is there not only in times of celebration, but also, just as reliably, in times of mourning. The Warriors’ Watch Riders who had helped to celebrate Ryan’s homecoming could not be kept away from the observance of his darkest time. FIVE short days after escorting Ryan home, we found ourselves escorting his father’s funeral procession. The memorial service was held at the Bradley funeral home in Marlton, and the family and we both were given unprecedented support from the Evesham Township police department and local government. The Mayor of Marlton, Randy Brown, was there for the homecoming, and to his everlasting credit he was there for the funeral as well. A good guy, that Mayor, a good friend of the Wilno Family and of the Warriors’ Watch Riders. (This proved to me that he is a man who will be there for more than mere photo-ops. That is worth something to me.)

The Wilno family became a part of the Warriors’ Watch family that day. The experience of sharing greatest joy and deepest sorrow in so short a time was one that made us family. We will never forget that.

The Wilno family is left without a breadwinner, very suddenly. They do not own their home, and Ron did not have life insurance. Ryan was willing to give his own life for his country, but it’s his father’s life that was tragically lost. Please help the Warriors’ Watch Riders to help them.

There is a call out for help for this family, and you can find all the details on HOW and where by checking out the War on Terror News site here.

Let’s do what we can to show this hero veteran – one of our own – who has already given much, that we stand with his family.

Thank you.

Night of the Broken Glass

Cross posted from Monkey in the Middle

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom in Nazi Germany on November 9–10, 1938. On a single night, 92 Jews were murdered, and 25,000–30,000 were arrested and deported to concentration camps. This was the full start of what the world has come to know as The Holocaust and the horrors that ensued.

Today is the 70th Anniversary of that pogrom and maybe it is fitting that on this anniversary the following was discovered.

Plans for Auschwitz found in Berlin apartment

Original plans for the construction of the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz, including a gas chamber and crematorium, have been found in a Berlin apartment, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The daily Bild published copies of some of the 28 plans, which the head of Germany’s federal archives, Hans-Dieter Krekamp, called “authentic proof of the systematically planned genocide of the Jews of Europe.”

Bild gave no indication of where, when or by whom the plans were found.

It said they were dated between 1941 and 1943 and stamped, “Waffen-SS and Police Construction Directorate.” Some were signed by senior SS officials and one initialed by the head of the Nazi ideological corps, Heinrich Himmler.

Kreikamp told the newspaper the documents were “extraordinarily important.”

One plan, drawn by a detainee as early as November 1941, when experiments in eliminating prisoners were already under way, had a gas chamber clearly labeled, Bild said.

Another showed a crematorium with places for ovens marked, and storage space for bodies.

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With this discovery there can be no denying the fact that the Holocaust happened and that millions of innocent men, women and children were murdered at Auschwitz as many of Holocaust deniers have claimed.

The historical import of this discovery is tremendous and in the future scholars will be able to compare these documents to the actual site.

Another First For Illegal Aliens

The top dog illegal alien just had his first national security briefing. Yep. That’s right. The Marxist clown that won an election that couldn’t pass the rigors of a Top Secret Security CLearance because of his enemy of the state associations has been briefed on things none of us will ever be. Only in America is that possible. His first Press Conference, the latest of sources for Gaffe Material has also been accomplished (view it here) and his “cocaine brain” symptoms are plainly evident.

In other news, Newt Gingrich is “considering” a run at the RNC top dufus position. The link is from STACLU but one of the TOCB contributors reported it already on their BTR shows. I have mixed emotions about that but at this time any change at the top of the RINO Consortium of Idiots would be welcomed.

The Battle is Over, the War Begins

Today I unpacked my winter clothes in preparation for a long winter, and a long winter is coming if not of the thermometer, then of the soul. A man that represents not simply an opposing view but the view of those who oppose America and all it stands for, will sit in the Oval Office.

Worse still he did not get there through a democratic election but through fraud, voter intimidation and every dirty trick culminating in a campaign that had little in common with conventional American politics and a great deal in common with the cults of personality cultivated by totalitarian dictators. […] read the rest…

Will Republicans Have the Courage to Hit the Reset Button

So, the voters of the United States have spoken. They have chosen – or we have chosen because it is important to treat the presidency with respect, something the Progressive-Left wouldn’t have understood until now – a 47-year old multiracial man, who had a decidedly “Progressive” upbringing, who taught community activist organizations to pressure financial institutions into embracing bad business practices, whose records when in the Illinois Senate were destroyed and who started campaigning for the presidency almost from the beginning of his US Senate career. Congratulations, President-Elect Obama. You pulled it off.

We, as a people, chose Obama, questionable theology and all, to be president over an increasingly inclusive, reach-across-the-aisle, established war hero who proved his love of country through bone-breaking torture at the Hanoi Hilton. We chose Obama, questionable political ideological belief system and all, over a seasoned Senator with a proven track record of getting things done and a man the mainstream media used to adore before he dared to run against the “First Black President,” even though Obama really isn’t all that “Black” (a genealogical examination of Obama’s family line indicates he is 50% Caucasian, 43.75% Arab, and 6.25% African corresponding to the demographic of his Great-Great-Grandparents: 8 Caucasians, 7 Arabs and one African). […] read the rest

The Communist Cancer in America

The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world. – Marx to Lincoln (Address of the International Working Men’s Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America) […] read the rest

The Rise of a Socialist America

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas, American socialist, 1948

Americans did not worry about Norman Thomas’ statement when he first uttered these words. The likelihood that the United States of America, the nation of liberty, would fall victim to the wiles of Socialism, seemed impossible. And when Ronald Reagan captured the presidency as the 1980’s opened, the liberal attempt at gaining full power seemed to be defeated for good. The platform of Conservatism had produced landslide elections, created a prosperous economy after the economic darkness of the 70’s, and reminded the world that America is the strength of the world and that peace comes through that strength.

When Bill Clinton threatened to damage the growth of this country economically, Conservative Republicans gained control of Congress, balanced the budget, and a new economic prosperity emerged. After using the veto pen twice against it, Clinton was even convinced to sign legislation that reformed welfare. […] read the rest.

Socialism, And The Fate of the Republican Party

[…] Conservatives have been growing angry with the Republican Party with each passing year. George W. Bush, as much as he claimed to be, was not a Conservative in the strictest sense of what a Conservative is. The Republicans in Congress have not stood up for Conservative Values and Principles since the early 90’s, for the most part. And the candidate the Republican Leadership offered for president in this election, John McCain, is a moderate famous for bucking the party and sitting with his Democrat buddies across the aisle. The Conservatives like myself that did vote for McCain did so reluctantly, primarily because an Obama presidency was just too frightening to imagine. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with McCain on many things, but in turn, there are many positions of his I disagree with as well.

This is why Sarah Palin energized the Conservative Base so much. She was drawing crowds larger than what McCain was drawing because the Conservatives of this country saw her as a breath of fresh air. I could almost hear a collective “Finally” being shouted out by the Conservative Base when it was announced she was McCain’s running mate. […]

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