Why I don’t BLOG on Sundays:
Monday, November 28, 2016
Slacker Sunday #5
Why I don’t BLOG on Sundays:
Exhausted From Counting Too Many Carbs
Lost Feeling in My Mouse Hand
Busy Clipping My Cats Claws and Then Bandaging My Hands
Need More Me Time Vs More Screen Time
Off My Meds Again
Out to Pasture
Experimenting With Drugs
Got Lost In Code Translation
On Alpha Alert
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time to Jump the Hump with a Navy SEAL Thing.
The Oldest FrogHog on the Web (said only in the nicest way of course) just made it back from the SWAMP.
I was there for another meeting of the Tadpoles aka Wannabee FrogHogs in Training.
And I tell you the "kids" were really cooking. They found a way to raise some badly needed funds to visit their favorite SEAL-owned bar- Badfrogs.
I know that many of the Tadpoles were once in the Frog Scouts. So I know that no challenge is too difficult for them, especially if it involved obtaining alcoholic beverages.
I mentioned that they should have all waited until they finished earning their FrogHog Navy Pride tattoos (not to be confused with a rivals group's Navy Pride Badge. ).
But, NOOOOOooo. They jumped right into it.
They called the op- Raising the Bar (not to be confused with a rivals group's Operation thin mint)
I made them give a complete sitrep to earn their FrogHog Navy Pride tattoo session. And they also did a" dirt dive" to add ways to improve things.
See the op sitrep video below.
It was taken using their official FrogHog Oakley Sunglass-cams.
It is only the daylight part of the op. The night part of the video was mysteriously erased, (so they told me.)
Here's the op report
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
It's That Time of the Week- Jump the Hump Day!
Time to Post a Navy SEAL Thing.
Time to Post a Navy SEAL Thing.
As the Oldest Frog Hog (said only in the nicest way of course) and the Oldest Indy-Fan on the Web, I have racked my skull to write about both Navy SEALs and Indiana Jones, today.
(…….Tick ….Tock….Smell of Wood Burning….Playing Solitaire Game on the screen…. )
Eureka! I’m going to have the Ultimate Challenge! Indiana Jones Vs The Navy SEALs.
BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS THAT - - -
Indy has lots of cool stuff. The Navy SEALs have lots of cool stuff. Indy goes everywhere. The Navy SEALs go Anywhere, Anytime. Indy has cool weapons. The Navy SEALs have ultimate firepower.
And so on, and so on.
I am letting YOU the readers decide.
Which is it? Indy or the Navy SEALs.
Here’s some stuff to measure them by below:
2nd Assault Weapon
Sig Sauer NSW P226-9-NAVY
Areas of Operations
Anywhere in the world that has ancient ruins. Europe, the Middle East, China, India, North and South America.
Wilson’s Leather jacket
Combat Integrated Releasable Armor System (C.I.R.A.S.) armor
Smith and Wesson 1917 “Stembridge”
Navy SEAL protec helmet,
Fighting snakes, bugs, rats, Nazis, Zombies, and thieves of ancient artifacts
Fighting the Bad Guys as designated by US NSW
Indy knows 27 (including sign language)
Foreign language training and use Naval acronyms
The MkVII gas mask bag
Kifaru military backpack
It's Not the Years, honey, it's the mileage.
From BUD/s : The only Easy Day Was Yesterday
Indiana- Named after the dog
Acronym of Sea, Air, and Land
Goes solo and often with pals of : Short Round, His father, Sallah, Marcus the Museum Director, and various female love interests of Marion, Willie and Elsa.
Operate in Teams, Platoons and Squads. Always has a swim buddy. No female love interests allowed along. Ops are for males only.
based on original World War II Navy Officer's “Pinks.”
US Navy SEALs Ghillie Suit
Knows where the Ark of the Covenant is stored.
Must have a SECRET Clearance Status
Has a crystal skull
Has a Golden Trident
Doctor of Archeology
Masters of Unconventional Warfare
Horses, Zeppelin, motor-cycle with side car, elephants. Rides hanging onto the periscope of a submarine,. Bi-planes, 1940’s cars, tramp steamers. Life rafts dropped from airplanes, and high speed wooden boats
SDV- SEAL Delivery Vehicle, High Speed Boats like: the MARK-Vs, Zodiacs and RIB- Ridged Inflatable Boats, Rides INSIDE Submarines, MC-130 and MH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, The DPV -Desert Patrol Vehicles,the DUMVEE-Desert Humvee and Humvees. Zodiacs dropped from helos.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
I've listed 5 links that honor those who have given their lives in service of our country.
1. The Vietnam Virtual Wall.
2. A Memorial Day Slideshow from the U.S. Naval Institute
3. A Tribute to Fallen Soldiers | Memorial Day 2016
4. A Short Documentary on Arlington National Cemetery
5. Taking Chance Home Movie site on HBO
If you get HBO - check your local listing for the time. It will be aired on May 30th. It is one of the most watch HBO films.
And if you miss the movie then read the article by LtCol Strobl USMC- Taking Chance Home .
Friday, May 27, 2016
Saturday, August 1, 2015
and Time to Post some August
U.S. Navy SEAL and UDT history
GENERAL for August - These events are ones that I can verify the month and year that it happened; but cannot verify the exact day of the month that it happened.
-August 1964- The Navy Demolition Parachute Team starts
-August 1971 - Last BUD/S class graduates from Little Creek, VA. BUD/S will continue but only at NAB Coronado, CA.
2008 - NSW Operational Support Group Commands and SEAL Team Reserves re-designated as NSWG11 and SEAL Team 17 and SEAL Team 18.
2015- Class 304 earn their Tridents
1969- UDT13 demolitions at Troung Giang River, Vietnam
2006 - SEAL Marc Lee is the first SEAL KIA in Iraq
August 3, 1944 - UDTs 12, 13, 14, and 15, recon beaches at Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands.
1911- date of birth of Draper Kaufman aka "the Father of Underwater Demolition Teams"
1950- UDTs attempt 1st inland covert mission to bomb the railroad at Yosu, Korea
August 5, 1942- the first training class of OSS Maritime Operations begins
1950 - Task Force 90 command (Korea) assigned two USMC companies and a UDT1 detachment and dubbed the joint package -Special Operations Group or SOG. SOG was composed of 25 UDTs and 16 Marines. The Marines would provide perimeter security and the UDTs to provide small boat and demolition expertise.
2004- SEA Lt Cmdr John Dolittle swims the English Channel to honor the memory of fallen SEAL teammate -Petty Officer Neil Roberts
2011 -17 SEALs and 12 NSW support personnel and 1 military working dog, KIA in helocopter crash, Afghanistan. The worst single loss of life in history of SOCOM and NAVSPECWARCOM. On this day 31 of America's bravest warriors gave their lives in defense of our freedom. To see the list of the fallen, go to this link http://www.31heroes.com/the-heroes/
1969 - UDT 13 demolitions at tip of lang Dong Island, Vietnam
1971- UDTs and SEALs assist in the recovery of Apollo 15 crew and capsule
August 8, 2011 - SEAL Admiral William McRaven assumes command of USSOCOM
August 9- 20, 1944- Five OSS with seven UDT's in the 1st submarine launched series of reconnaissance operations from the USS Burfish. This operation was uinque because it involved the only US submarine-lauhed reconnaissance operation conducted by a UDT during the entire period of WWII. See more at this link
August 10-14th, 1969 - SEALs and Australians in Operation Platypus in the RSSZ, Vietnam
1990- SOCCENT personnel arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In it, is Naval Special Warfare Task Group One. This is in preparation for Operation Desert Shield.
1960 - UDTs recover a "Discover" satellite capsule, the 1st recovery of an U.S. satellite from orbit.
1969- UDT 13 demolitions at Cai Nap Canal, Vietnam
1990 - SEALs of NSWTG1 set up base at Dhahran for Operation Desert Shield.
August 12, 1960 - Underwater Demolition Teams and USMC Recon units suggested as resources for the development for Naval Special Warfare.
1944 - 3 UDTs are taken prisoner onYap Island and shipped to a Japanese POW camp. Their remains are never recovered . See more info at http://www.missingaircrew.com/yap2.asp
1950- UDTs with the USMC begin cave demolitions- Korea
2008- SEALs battled terrorists during the filming of an episode of the TV show "24"
August 14, 1992 - SEALs in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia
August 15 - Sept 15, 1944-Naval Combat Demolition Units from DDay landings at Utah beach participate in the landing mission in the Operation Dragoon. Operation Dragoon is the invasion of Southern France. These landings were the last amphibious operation in the European Theater of Operations.
1950- 1st of night raids on Korean East Coast by UDTs and USMC
1980- SEAL TEAM Six commissioned
1954-UDTs in Passage to Freedom Operation. This operation evacuated from Haiphong an estimated 310,000 anti- Communist Vietnamese civilians, soldiers, and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from Communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam . This operation lasted for about 1 year.
1969- SEAL Teams and Kit Carsons take prisoners at VC indoctrination center near SEA Float, Vietnam
1966- The 1st SEAL KIA - Petty Officer Billy Machen in Vietnam
1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons operation at VC supply route near SEA Float
1990- With Saudi concurrence, SOCCENT's first coalition warfare mission was given to NSWTG1 elements which deployed to the Kuwaiti Saudi Arabian border to provide close air support and to serve as "trip wires" in case of an Iraqi invasion - Operation Desert Shield.
August 21, 1990- SEALs recon beaches - Operation Desert Shield
1969- UDT13 demolitions at SE Land Dong Island, Vietnam
1970- SEALs free 28 So. Vietnamese POW's
1968- SEALs with PRUs destroy grenade factory, Vietnam
1982 -SEALs as part of the Multinational Force sent to Lebanon to over see the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
1942 -Scout and Raider School commissioned
1990- The UN authorizes use of SEALs in limited naval enforcement of sanctions in Operation Desert Shield. SEALs begin VBSS missions in the Persian Gulf.
August 26 1944- UDTs conduct pre-assault beach recon for invasion at Luzon in the Philippines.
1944- UDTs recon beaches and lead landings on Luzon Philippines.
1969 - UDT 13 search and destroy missions at SE Lang Dong Island, Vietnam
1945- UDTs arrive in Tokyo Bay, for month long missions of search and destroy after the surrender of Japan. Missions include checking islands, beaches, and military establishments in the area. UDTs destroy mumerous midget subs, suicide boats, topedoes, large caliber guns, mines, torpedo warheads, depth charges, ammunition, small arms, and large quantities of submarine gear.
1945- UDT 21 were the first Naval personnel to touch the Japanese shores at Futtsu, Tokyo Bay when conducting a reconnaissance. They post "Welcome Marines" sign for Marines landing the next day. The commanding Japanese officer at the fort at the entrance of Tokyo Harbor surrenders to UDT21 commanding officer - Lt. Cmdr Clayton. Lt Cmdr Clayton accepts sword as sign of total defeat and surrender.
1965- UDTs assist in the recovery of Gemini 5 crew and capsule
1945- UDT 21 at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan missions to demilitarize enemy vessels and prepare dock space for USS San Diego, aboard which surrender of the naval base would be completed.
1966- SEAL in first live man pick up in the evaluation of DASH, a drone helicopter
1945- UDT 21 recon beaches around Tokyo Bay.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
the Oldest FrogHog on the Web (said only in the nicest way, of course!) has been doing a little reading about Frogmen on the beach during WWII.
Back then they were not known as Frogman. That moniker came later. During the war, these warriors went by the names of: the Naval Combat Demolition Units or (NCDUs), Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) and Scouts and Raiders.
Below is something that I remember reading regarding the historic day in June 1944- D-Day and Operation Overlord. It is totally appropriate to remember them today, on June 6th, D-Day Remembrance Day.
From the Book "The U.S. Navy SEALs- From Vietnam to Finding Bin Laden" by David Jordan.
"While the UDTs were training for their operations in the Pacific, 6 men from the 11th NCDU were sent to Britain in November 1943 to prepare for the invasion. A few weeks later, the Scouts and Raiders appeared, including Phil Bucklew, ( Bucklew is known as the Father of Naval Special Warfare) and began to conduct reconnaissance missions. Bucklew and his men took depth soundings of the planned invasion beaches. On one occasion Bucklew crawled ashore, filled a bucket with sand, and took it back to England to allow experts to test its load-bearing capacity so they could judge how well the sand on the landing beaches would be able to take the weight of tanks and other heavy vehicles.
The Germans had not been idle in preparing defenses to meet the Allied invaders, and the NCDU men grappled with the question of how they would breach some of the formidable beach obstacles, particularly a huge iron and steel construction know as the "Belgian Gate". The NCDUs needed to be able to blow the obstacle down without sending massive amounts of shrapnel fling through the air to endanger both the demolition parties and any nearby troops. The solution to the problem was discovered by Lt jg Carl P. Hagensen. He filled waterproof canvas bags with C-2 plastic explosive and then fitted the pack with a cord at one end and a hook at the other. This enabled it to be attached precisely to an obstacle. Tests on a mock-up of a Belgian Gate demonstrated that the pack worked perfectly. Sixteen such packs were fitted to the critical points of the Belgian Gate and then detonated. The Gate fell flat, just as required. The next problem was one of manpower. Six men were obviously not going to be enough and in the weeks before D-Day every available man at Ft Pierce was sent to Britain. By the end of May, 16 teams, each 13-men strong, had been trained to enable them to breach the 8 gaps in the obstacles planned for Omaha Beach and the 8 for Utah Beach.
Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord began.
Phil Bucklew was one of the early participants, bobbing around in a small boat as he led the troops in toward the landing zone on Omaha Beach. Once again, Bucklew led the invasion force in (earning a Gold Star in lieu of a 2nd Navy Cross in the process) but their troubles had only just begun. The current had ensured that several of the gap assault teams had drifted off course and landed in the wrong place. Some of them found that they were the 1st men on the beach, instead of the tanks and infantry, and were cut down by defensive fire as they attempted to land. While the other teams set about destroying obstacles, some of the blasts had to be delayed as frightened soldiers attempted to take cover behind the sturdy beach defenses.
The demolition men solved this problem by setting fuses and telling the sheltering GIs that their cover would blow up in 2 minutes. This did the trick and the obstacles were removed. Other difficulties came from the loss of explosives and the NCDU men were forced to salvage German mines and add their explosives power to the C-2 that they had available. By the end of the day, 52% of NCDU men had been killed or wounded. It was the worst day in the history of naval special warfare. Despite the high cost, they had done their job well. "
Here is a link to the top secret Naval Combat Demolition Group Assignments at Omaha Beach on that day- http://www.6juin1944.com/assaut/omaha/en_page.php?page=oo144
Also here's a link to NCDU on D-day post, on the Fallen SEALs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=226266997385716