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Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
John, I could not disagree more about MacArthur. David Halberstam's brilliant book on Korea lays it all out. Didn't care about his men.

I've met virtually no man who served under him who didn't want to kill him.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:20am PT
Muri the Montanan--fock yeah!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
For an excellent take on MacArthur I recc a reading of just published, "The Generals," by Thomas Ricks. Then again, "The American Cesar," by William Manchester is an excellent bio on the man.
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 10:49am PT
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The Chief

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Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The 41 Boat still holds the record to this day of most Launches & Traps in a single hour (With only Three Cats and Wires to boot!)...

73!

We missed it by one on our (65 Boat) attempt in May of 91'.


The 41 Boat to this day holds the distinct honor of fighting in four major conflicts. WWII through Desert Storm.

She was one BAD MOFO and any AB that worked and served on her Deck wears that with pride and true honor.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Today is the 71rst anniversary of the Doolittle raid.




Regarding General MacArthur;
he built his reputation fighting in the Pacific.
He is most notable for his actions in the Philippines.
He was sacked by the President for insubordination, and his return home started a national controversy.

And that was ARTHUR MacArthur!!!
He had a son named Douglas who ended up doing the same things!

(they were probably both jackholes to their men)
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 18, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 3, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Started today.



http://steeljawscribe.com/2007/06/03/countdown-to-midway-3-june-%E2%80%93-first-contact
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 3, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
thanks for the source tgt.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 8, 2013 - 03:48am PT
Days that shook the world : THE BATTLE of MIDWAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js31XwYmeQg
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jun 8, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
I just read recently that Midway was the first naval battle the Japanese had lost in over 300 years.

No wonder they thought themselves unbeatable.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
I dunno about 300 years, but they got understandably cocky after soundly defeating the richest and biggest country in the world (Russia).


Midway was THE pivot point in the Pacific War. Defense and offense permanently changed sides.
But I was thinking of Woody again today and The Last Stand Of The Tin Can Sailors.

Now that was an amazing battle! Destroyers and destroyer escorts taking on the biggest battleships in history and getting in so close that they couldn't depress their huge guns enough to fire on us.
(OK, too bad the other ships could)
The first planned kamikaze attack (it sank a "jeep" aircraft carrier)
The US Navy's finest day.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 8, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Last of Tin Can Soldiers; what a book (as with Neptune's Inferno)! I'm not sure who went through more hell, the guys in on the island or the tin cans.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 8, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
at the time we were the 5th or sixth strongest army force. No where near number 1! Or so they thought...
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jun 8, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
I recommend the book "Shattered Sword" by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully.

It tells the tale from the Japanese point of view, and it is full of details.

The bottom line is this: we won cause our carriers were better built to survive battles and we displayed flexibility with our battle plan while the Japanese stuck to the "BOOK".

The battle didn't win the war with Japan but it evened the count of Carriers with them. This allowed the USA to take the war to them, at Guadalcanal, sooner rather then later.

The Japanese never built a single new Carrier in the war, we started pumping one out almost every other month... that's equipped, planes, pilots, trained seamen.

No Japanese naval planner could have ever imagined that.

Midway was won by guts and bravery and the US industry.



Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jun 8, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
Admiral Nagumo hesitated and lost his flagship and ultimately the war in five silly minutes.
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