Did you ever wonder…

June 26, 2018

why whiskey and the military just seem to go together. Well,
according to Military Times whiskey has been a favorite of those
who wear the uniform as long as people have been wearing said
uniform.

Not all whiskey is bourbon yet if it’s made in America it is
considered bourbon. When the Revolutionary War started rum was
not an option as it was favored by the English so whiskey filled
the void. In November of 1775 our Congress authorized a whiskey
ration for the Continental Army.

Some even say heroic acts on the battlefield would be rewarded
with an even bigger ration of the whiskey! We can’t forget the
Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 almost threatened another revolution.

But too much of a good thing can be too much. By the early
1800s the ration was increased which caused Meriwether Lewis to
complain of incessant drunkenness in his company during the Lewis
& Clark expedition.

On September 14, 1803 wrote the following in his journal: Set
out at 11 oClock (sic) was prevented from setting out earlier
(sic) in consequence of two of my men getting drunk and
absenting themselves. I finally found them and had them brought
on board, so drunk they were unable to help themselves.

During the 8,000 mile expedition by boat and horseback, from
St. Louis to Oregon and back most of the company was drunk and
Lewis was shot in the leg during a drunken hunt.

During the Civil War medics used whiskey to calm the nerves of
the soldiers, which was also consumed freely during breaks in
the fighting. President Lincoln even developed an appreciation
for the drink. When asked about General Grant’s constant
inebriation Lincoln said: if I could find out what brand of
whiskey Grant drank I would send a barrel of it to all the other
commanders.

Jack Daniel’s started the “By the Barrel” bottling program
in 1997,and in 2016 one of the master distillers told Business
Insider that the U.S. Military is the largest purchaser since
the program began.

I no longer drink but when I did considered it patriotic to
have a shot of whiskey now and then. Enjoy our Tuesday as we’re
that much closer to hump day. Now I need coffee and a Snicker’s
so I don’t get grumpy.
Comments are always welcome.

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Belated birthday wish

June 16, 2018

Happy belated 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Army. Created on 14
June, 1775 by the Second Continental Congress and the first
commander was George Washington. Keep rolling along.

On another note, we’ll have a Sunday snicker later today that
the wife shared. And if you have outside pets keep them in the
shade and their water bowls filled. Thanks.


LST tour

June 12, 2018

Iowa will be seeing the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 325 on the
Mississippi river in two different cities later this year. This
ship was launched on 27 October 1942 from the shipyard at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and commissioned on 1 February 1943
under Lt. Ira Ehrensall, USNR.

The LST 325 is 327 feet 9 inches long, has a beam of 50 feet
and loaded with a 500 ton payload has a draft of 3 feet 11
inches forward and 9 feet 10 inches aft. On 6 June 1944 this
ship was part of the armada that participated in the Normandy
Landings at Omaha Beach where she carried 59 vehicles, 30
officers and 396 enlisted men.

1,051 LSTs were built in the 1940s and the LST 325 is the only
one still in operation in the U.S. Home port is now Evansville,
Indiana. It will dock at the Port of Dubuque August 23 though
August 27. Then the ship will be downstream at the Isle Casino
Hotel in Bettendorf from August 30 to September 3.

Tours of about 45 minute duration will be available each day
from 11 am to 6:30 pm and cost adults $10, kids 6-17 $5, and
kids 5 and under and WWII veterans get a free tour at both
locations.

As the date draws closer we’re sure there will plenty of
information for those of us who are interested. We will post
an update also in August.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. The wife returns to work
tomorrow and things may get back to as close to normal as we
let them. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Remembering

May 28, 2018


Random thoughts

February 23, 2018

On this date in 1945, Marines raised our flag in Iwo Jima atop
Mt. Suribachi. A picture taken by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulitzer
Prize for photography and is one of the most recognizable and
reproduced picture of all time.

Locally, The Heart Ball is scheduled for March 3rd. And 11-
year-old Hannah Wells has been named the Princess of the Quad
Cities Heart ball that is hosted by the American Heart
Association. She was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis
but is doing great and hasn’t had any surgeries since 2014.

The AHA opted to choose a princess to represent childhood heart
conditions since many of us believe heart disease to be a mans
disease or an older persons problem. Hannah’s parents started a
non-profit organization to help children with heart disease and
helped many since the beginning. You can visit the organization
at Helping Hannah’s Heart.

And we don’t know about where you’re from but here on the east
coast of Iowa the potholes are back with a vengeance. I hit one
the other day that could easily swallow a 57′ Buick. Ah the
rites of spring in the mid-west.

And finally, I have put the monster lens back on the camera to
see how it differs from my other lens. So far so good. That may
change depending on how long I leave it on. We’ll see and
perhaps share some pictures at a later time.

So enjoy our Friday as the weekend is here. We don’t have
anything planned, but hey, it’s the weekend!
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Fair weather Navy?

January 10, 2018

A recent opinion piece in the Navy Times leads me to believe we
have been very lucky we haven’t had more collisions and fatal
mistakes than we have.

In the opinion of the author, a 2nd class petty officer, the
problems lie with the higher ups. In a policy based modern Navy
the E-5 believes the problem lies with civilian officials or
high-ranking Navy personnel who haven’t performed the tasks they
make the policy about.

And also the claim that the Chiefs care more about looking good
than being good. Perhaps this modern Navy forgot the Admirals
Law. Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do
it.

To paint the entire Navy with the same brush does an injustice
to all. There are good non-coms just as there are good sailors.
Some commissioned officers are inspiring while others make you
bite your tongue.

And the military does run on rules which means somebody has to
make the rules. We don’t always agree with them. These days
everyone is looking for a solution. Why not go back to the Blue
Book and see what it says. I’ll bet I wouldn’t recognize it
since 40 years have past since my discharge.

We don’t know the answer as we don’t have all the facts. Now
isn’t the time for rash judgements based on scuttlebutt. The
problems are there and we hope they will be adressed.

Now I need more coffee while I’m ponder the 1 pound Snickers
bar and if it is a single serving. Enjoy our Wednesday.
Comments are always welcome.


Somber anniversary

January 9, 2018

Later this month is the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the
Tet Offensive which began on January 30, 1968. It was also the
deadliest year of the Vietnam War with more than 16,000
casualties.

In fact, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall has 140 panels of
names and 72 of those panels are for 1968. And there are still
1,602 unaccounted for.

Started on the Tet holiday, the Vietnamese New Year, by the
Viet Cong and the People’s Army of Vietnam against the forces
of the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam, the
United States Armed Forces, and their allies.

You may be too young to remember, you may have protested the
war, or you may have been drafted; but we cannot forget.
Comments are always welcome.