RED Friday

If anyone would have told me I’d be doing a RED Friday post last week, I would have told them they were crazy, I have the spirit in me to want to do it but feel utterly useless when it comes to Military knowledge and tributes other then my comments to “our guys” and to all military and veterans.  I mean, really, how does one follow an American Duckie and Lawngren in this category?  😊 Duckie with her passion and love and LG with his attention to detail, research and words of honor for them, it’s not an easy path to follow.

I’m not going to take over the posts exclusively on this dedicated day for RED, but I hope to be able to help out where I never thought I could before.  Snake gave me an idea that made me think I could learn along with everyone else by just learning a little bit every day because remembering our military history matters.  Here are his words describing what these post mean to him, MG, Bam and others: “The feature has been close to our hearts. Mean, Bam and I have read and shared many of the stories and comments with others. Wars that have been forgotten, troops that are placed on back burners and a nation that is consigned to oblivion, those Red Friday’s reignited a call for remembrance.”  

We’ve got a little bit of everything  here, most of it American military history but what’s not actual military history would be of interest to them I think,  so I included it. And some of it is really old history.   The only thing I can actually remember that is include here, is Richard Nixon’s resignation, I was very young and more interested in why my mother was watching the news and crying.  I asked her why she was crying and she said “I don’t know, its just sad”.

There are so many interesting things that happened each day “on this day is history” that if anyone would like to add to this weeks picks, I’m sure it would be very interesting and some funny, like Pattons habit of slapping soldiers.  I didn’t know that about him, but I hold no grudge against the “slapped” as it seems the intimidation of being questioned by such a big wig,  struck some with enough awe that they found it hard to speak as in the following story:

August 3rd:Patton slaps Pvt Charles H. Kuhl 1st Infantry Division, at the 15th Evac Hospital, near Nicosia, Sicily.

Patton slapped Kuhl across the chin with his gloves, then grabbed him by the collar and dragged him to the tent entrance, shoving him out of the tent with a final kick to Kuhl’s backside. Yelling “Don’t admit this son-of-a-bitch,” Patton demanded that Kuhl be sent back to the front at once, adding “You hear me, you gutless bastard? You’re going back to the front.”

August 4th:“…the Jews let out a shout of dismay that matched the tragedy.”

Our only first-hand account of the Roman assault on the Temple comes from the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius. Josephus was a former leader of the Jewish Revolt who had surrendered to the Romans and had won favor from Vespasian. In gratitude, Josephus took on Vespasian’s family name – Flavius – as his own. We join his account as the Romans fight their way into the inner sanctum of the Temple:

August 5th:’Damn the Torpedoes’

Probably the most famous quote in U.S. naval history is that attributed to Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay. There has certainly never been a greater U.S. naval hero. This is evident given the tributes bestowed on him during his lifetime and after his death. Over the years, many different Farragut-themed products appeared, including trading cards, clothing items, stamps, and even U.S. currency. The chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy reverently has a stained-glass window depicting him during the iconic Civil War battle.

August 6th: American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima 

On this day in 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

August 7th: Battle of Moorefield Civil War Calvary Battle

Other Names: Battle of Oldfields, Location: Hardy County, West Virginia, Campaign: Early’s Raid and Operations against the B&O Railroad (June-August 1864), Date(s): August 7, 1864, Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William W. Averell [US]; Brig. Gen. John McCausland [CS], Forces Engaged: Divisions, Estimated Casualties: 531 total, Result(s): Union victory

August 8th: Japanese Counter-Attack US Marines on Guadalcanal

On the 7th August 1942, just eight months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States started its island campaign in the Pacific – the U.S marines landed on the South Solomon islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida. The landings themselves were unopposed and the Japanese who had been holding the airfield on Guadalcanal, later to be known as Henderson Field, retreated into the jungle.

August 9th:  Richard Nixon Resigns the presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes the 38th president

In accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States at noon. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White Houselawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to resign from office.

The links are all included with more of the story and the year if you click the dates.

I know this post is getting long (go figure, now she won’t shut up 😏 ) but I wanted to share this video and a little info about the air base the Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band were at in the video.

Kadena Air BasE

Kadena Air Base is a United States Air Force base in the towns of Kadena and Chatan and the city of Okinawa, in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It is often referred to as the “Keystone of the Pacific”. Kadena Air Base is home to the USAF’s 18th Wing, the 353d Special Operations Group, reconnaissance units, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, and a variety of associated units. Over 20,000 American servicemembers, family members, and Japanese employees live or work aboard Kadena Air Base. It is the largest and most active US Air Force base in the Far East.

There are better quality video’s of the band, but seeing them doing what they do best, where they are appreciated so much, is better then having great sound quality.

History is life and some of it is somber, some funny and some awe striking or regretful just like things are today.  We are always sad when we report a death or reveal a name of a military member who has given his life for our country like last weeks RED Friday.  But for our guys and all military who are with us today and deployed,  know that we are grateful, you are prayed for and loved.  Have a blessed RED Friday and for those of you here, get your RED on!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *