May 1 in U.S. military history

1898: U.S. Navy Commodore George Dewey’s Asiatic Squadron steams single file into Manila Bay and destroys the out-armored and out-gunned Spanish fleet in the Philippines. Despite the support of shore batteries, the Spanish lose all seven of their vessels and only six American sailors are wounded. The Spanish-American War will effectively end in August, and Spain will cede control of the islands to the United States.

1943: When his B-17 bomber is hit by German flak and Sgt. Maynard H. “Snuffy” Smith loses power in his ball turret gun, he climbs out to assist the other members of the crew. The explosion started a fire started in the fuselage and three of the airmen had already bailed out. He treats two severely wounded comrades and begins fighting the fire that was melting holes in the aircraft. For the next 90 minutes, Smith alternates between caring for the wounded, extinguishing the fire, and manning the .50 caliber guns against attacking German fighters. The plane makes it safely back to England, but breaks in half upon landing from the fire and 3,500 bullets and pieces of shrapnel.

1960: CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers (former Captain, USAF) takes off from a military airbase in Pakistan on a reconnaissance overflight mission of the Soviet Union. His U-2 spy plane, flying some 70,000 feet above Russia, is hit by a surface-to-air missile and crashes into the Ural Mountains. Powers ejects safely and is held in a Soviet prison until his famous exchange on a Berlin bridge nearly two years later.

2003: George W. Bush becomes the first president to make an arrested landing when the S-3 Viking dubbed “Navy One” touches down on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) following its 10-month combat deployment. Bush delivers a speech on the deck of the aircraft carrier announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

Although the insurgency would drag on for years, the 21-day conventional campaign against Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime is over.

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Mullikin urges Americans to reclaim Congress and American greatness

CAMDEN, S.C. – Tom Mullikin’s unconventional military service, his unparalleled success as a business leader, his unwavering love of country, and his unselfish regard for his fellow man, have been the defining features of his life. These altruistic characteristics have also defined Mullikin’s campaign to replace U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney in the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina.

In his final push to get out the vote TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 2, Mullikin – a decorated veteran of both the U.S. Army and the historic all-volunteer S.C. State Guard (SCSG), who today serves as major general and commander of the SCSG – is asking all South Carolinians who call he 5th Congressional District home to reclaim their legacy of American greatness.

Here in this uplifting video [please see https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg] leaders representing each of the 11 counties within in the district join together in the singing of “God Bless America.”

Mullikin urges all Americans within the district to send a signal to the nation that we will meet the challenges of our generation and provide a brighter, safer, more prosperous ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ for our families and for generations to come.

“South Carolina needs Tom Mullikin working for us in Washington,” says Maj. Gen. James Livingston, recipient of the MEDAL OF HONOR, the nation’s highest award for combat valor. “Mullikin is the right man at the right time to change this backseat attitude toward strengthening and sustaining our national defense capabilities. He is the best candidate in terms of helping and supporting the Palmetto State’s 379,000 military veterans. … Mullikin is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”

Fellow MEDAL OF HONOR recipient Mike Thornton agrees.

“No one among the existing slate of candidates is more qualified than Mullikin when it comes to a grasp of domestic and international terrorism on the one hand, and strengthening our economic base on the other,” says Thornton.

Please see video at https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg, and VOTE MULLIKIN, this Tuesday, May 2.

– Chris Carter is U.S. Air Force veteran.

[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Air Force.]

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Just how powerful is Trump’s ‘armada’?

[Originally published at Canada Free Press]

Pres. Donald J. Trump’s declaration during a television interview on the Fox Business Channel signaled the deployment of Carrier Strike Group One to the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and upcoming missile test. The Navy canceled a series of port calls for the strike group earlier this month and diverted the ships to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the hermit kingdom.

But what’s in the armada?

Carrier Strike Group One centers around USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), one of the United States’ 10 aircraft carriers. Accompanying the flagship are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). Although typically unreported, a submarine presence also sails with the strike group.

The surface vessels carry hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles, each capable of accurately hitting land targets 1,000 miles away, and Lake Champlain carries Harpoon missiles that can destroy enemy ships over 60 miles away. The 5-in. guns on the destroyers and cruiser can fire a 70-lb. projectile up to 13 nautical miles away at a rate of 16-20 rounds per minute. For defense, each surface ship in the strike group carries multiple Phalanx 20mm radar-controlled cannons that fire 75 rounds a second and can intercept incoming anti-ship missiles over two miles away. The Vinson carries multiple surface-to-air missile launchers to protect against enemy aircraft.

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Unconventional and remarkable military service speaks to Mullikin’s character

By John Rollinson, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)

Tom Mullikin’s unassailable record of selfless service – both in uniform (which speaks to his military record) and as a civilian in the service of both his nation and the state of South Carolina – has been recognized by many of this state’s and nation’s leading military veterans.

As Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston, recipient of the Medal of Honor, said in his endorsement of Mullikin, “[He] is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”

Fellow Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton agrees. “As a military leader, Mullikin is unequalled in his experience both in-and-out of uniform,” Thornton said in his endorsement of Mullikin.

What sets Mullikin apart in terms of military experience? It’s a unique blend of military and civilian service – both professional and volunteer – that enables him to have a far wider perspective in terms of what the military needs, what the nation needs from its military, what veterans need, and what the communities which serve and support our veterans and their bases need.

Mullikin’s military career began when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a JAG officer, serving as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He later served in the S.C. Military Dept., first as a legal officer in the Joint Services Det., then in a variety of command and leadership positions in the all-volunteer S.C. State Guard ultimately rising to the rank of major general and command of the near 1,000-member disaster-preparedness, first-responder force. In his capacity as commander, Major General (SC) Mullikin has transformed the historic S.C. State Guard (Title 32 US Code; SC Code Sec 25) into what has been referred to as one of “the most elite professional search-and-rescue forces in the nation.”

Among his awards, decorations, and commendations are the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal for “exceptional meritorious service,” and – in terms of both medals, ribbons, and commendations – Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the state Medal of Merit for “distinguished service while serving as the Commander of the South Carolina
State Guard, during the flood of 2015” and for “his outstanding commitment to the
State of South Carolina.” He has earned many other decorations and commendations.

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Apr. 28 in U.S. military history

1907: A detachment of Marines from the gunboat USS Paducah (PG-18) land in Honduras to protect American nationals during a conflict with Nicaragua.

1944: As allied ships rehearse for the upcoming Normandy Invasion on the English coast, they come under fire by nine torpedo-armed German E-Boats in Lyme Bay. Two tank landing ships are sunk and one is damaged, killing 749 soldiers and sailors. Several ships went ahead with the landing, and unfortunately the British ships bombarding the beach – Gen. Dwight Eisenhower wanted live ammunition to prepare the troops for combat – continued to fire, not knowing the Americans are already hitting the beach, and some 300 additional soldiers are killed from friendly fire.

1965: A battalion of U.S. Marines land at Haina in the Dominican Republic to protect American nationals following the outbreak of civil war. In two days, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson sends thousands of soldiers from the 82d Airborne and Marines from the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade to the island to prevent the nation from falling to communism.

1967: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali refuses to take the oath of enlistment after being drafted for service in the Armed Forces and is immediately stripped of his championship. It is three years before he is able to box again.

1970: Pres. Richard Nixon authorizes U.S. military incursions into Cambodia. While the country was officially neutral, Communist forces used Cambodia as a safe haven and staging area for cross-border operations into South Vietnam. While falling short of its major goals: eliminating a significant number of enemy troops or capturing their headquarters, troops capture a massive amount of weapons, ammunition, equipment, and supplies – so much so that after the incursion ends in July, Nixon declares the Cambodian campaign “the most successful military operation of the entire war.”

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Apr. 26 in U.S. military history

1777: 16-year-old Sybil Ludington – “the female Paul Revere” – begins her 40-mile, all-night ride across an isolated circuit of New York–Connecticut backcountry, warning villagers of a British attack on nearby Danbury, Connecticut.

1865: After three days of negotiations with Union Maj. Gen. William Sherman, Gen. Joseph Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee, along with the remaining Confederates in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida – nearly 90,000 troops – to Union Maj. Gen. William Sherman in the largest surrender of the war. Sherman supplies the Confederate soldiers with rations and orders food to be distributed to Southerners, in stark contrast to his “scorched earth” campaign.

That same day, Union cavalry troopers track down John Wilkes Booth – Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s assassin – at a tobacco barn in Virginia. 12 days after shooting the president, the fugitive is himself shot and killed.

1952: While performing night carrier operations off the coast of Newfoundland, the minesweeper USS Hobson (DD-464) collides with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18). The minesweeper breaks in half and within five minutes, 176 sailors perish in one of the Navy’s largest non-combat losses of life at sea.

[Adapted and abridged – in part – from W. Thomas Smith Jr.’s “This Week in American Military History” series at Human Events]

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Apr. 25 in U.S. military history

2nd Lt. William Robertson (U.S. Army) and Lt. Alexander Silvashko (Red Army) after crossing Elbe River

1846: When Maj. Gen. (and future president) Zachary Taylor receives reports that Mexican forces – seeking to reclaim Texas – have crossed the Rio Grande, he dispatches two companies of dragoons (mounted infantry) to investigate. The American soldiers are ambushed by some 1,600 Mexican soldiers and those not killed are taken prisoner.

The Mexican-American War has begun.

1914: Navy lieutenant (future vice admiral) Patrick N.L. Bellinger flies the first naval combat mission when his AB-3 flying boat conducts reconnaissance of Veracruz and searches the Mexican harbor for mines. Bellinger also becomes the first American aviator to be fired upon by the enemy.

1944: When an Army Air Forces plane carrying wounded British soldiers goes down 100 miles behind Japanese lines in Burma, Lt. Carter Harmon conducts the first known military helicopter rescue. His YR-4B helicopter can carry only one passenger, so Harmon has to fly four trips to everyone back to safety.

1945: A U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol crosses the Elbe River and makes contact with a forward element of the Russian Guards. Germany is effectively split in two. Meanwhile, the Nazi occupation army in Italy surrenders and the last German troops in Finland evacuate.

World War II will be over in days.

1960: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton (SSRN 586) arrives at the St. Peter and Paul rocks in the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first vessel to cross the globe submerged. Triton traveled 26,723 nautical miles in only 60 days.

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A Vote for Tom Mullikin is a vote for S.C. and America

By Roger Smoak

I fully support Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress. Here’s why: When I began my teaching and coaching career at Gaffney High School here in S.C., the people of Gaffney adopted me and treated me royally. After a number of years my wife,
Glady Sarratt Smoak, and I moved to Camden to continue our teaching careers. But we still love and have many ties in the upstate.

I coached Tom in high school tennis, and have remained friends with him through the years.

I have never known a better competitor. Tom won almost all of his matches, and many of them because he simply refused to lose. His entire life has been one of success. He has climbed most of the highest mountains in the world, and he has SCUBA-dived in all of the earth’s oceans.

As a senior environmental attorney, Tom has traveled around the world assisting other countries with climate change concerns, healthcare, disaster relief and other critical issues. He has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He also is a recognized author and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Yet, while he has been involved in these global activities, he has maintained his love and support for his hometown and his home state of South Carolina.

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Apr. 24 in U.S. military history

Delta Force operators boarding a C-141 in preparation for the operation to free American hostages in Iran. Col. Charlie Beckwith – credited with creating Delta – is wearing the white shirt.

[Originally published at OpsLens.com]

1781: A 2,500-man force of British and Hessian troops, led by Gen. William Phillips, lands at City Point, Va., joining with (notorious traitor) Gen. Benedict Arnold’s “American Legion.” The next morning, the combined force marches towards Petersburg, defended by Virginia militiamen under the command of Prussian Maj. Gen. Friederich Wilhelm von Steuben. After putting up several hours of fierce resistance, the outnumbered Americans disengage and Petersburg falls to the British.

1862: Adm. David Farragut’s squadron of 43 Union vessels fight past Confederate batteries at Forts Jackson and St. Philip in the Mississippi River at New Orleans and destroy most of the Confederate fleet upriver. The Union captures the crucial port city the following day – one of the worst setbacks for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

1942: The first B-29 “Superfortress” bomber flies “over the hump” (the Himalayan Mountains), airlifting supplies and ammunition from India to nationalist Chinese forces, following the Japanese capture of the Burma Road. Army Air Force bombers will begin bombing the Japanese mainland from forward air bases in China, but the “India-China Ferry” aircraft must fly seven transport missions over the hump for just one bombing raid. Read the rest of this post »

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Apr. 22 in U.S. military history

1863: Union cavalry troopers, led by Col. Benjamin Grierson, begin a two-week raid through Mississippi. Grierson’s raiders cut the state’s telegraph lines, destroy two train loads of Confederate ammunition, sabotage 50 miles of railroad, kill 100 and capture 500 Confederates – at the cost of three wounded, seven wounded, and 14 missing.

1915: German artillery near Gravenstafel, Belgium fires over 150 tons of chlorine gas on French forces, including French Colonial Moroccan and Algerian troops, in the first large-scale successful use of chemical weapons. Within moments, the toxic gas cloud inflicts about 6,000 casualties – including many of the German artillery troops. Some 2,000 Americans alone would die from chemical weapons during World War I, and the deadly new tactic inflicts half a million casualties by war’s end.

1942: The Coordinator of Information (predecessor to the Office of Strategic Services, and ultimately, the CIA) activates Detachment 101 – a special operations unit in Burma. The group collected intelligence, destroyed bridges, derailed trains, captured or destroyed enemy vehicles, located targets for the 10th Air Force, rescued downed Allied airmen, and most importantly, recruited and trained over 10,000 native troops for a highly effective guerrilla campaign against Japanese Forces. Detachment 101 and its OSS teams became the prototype for modern-day Special Forces (Army Green Berets). Read the rest of this post »

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