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April 08, 2006

Murphy's Law for Cops

Bullet Proof vests aren't.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. They punch, kick and choke harder too.

The speed at which you respond to a fight call is inversely proportional to how long you've been a cop.

Tear gas works on cops too, and regardless of wind direction, will always blow back in your face.

High speed chases will always proceed from an area of light traffic to an area of extremely heavy traffic.

If you know someone who tortures animals and wets the bed, he is either a serial killer or he works for Internal Affairs.

Placing a gun back in a shoulder holster with your finger on the trigger will cause you to walk with a limp.

Flash suppressors don't really.

If you have `cleared' all the rooms and met no resistance, you and your entry team have probably kicked in the door of the wrong house.

If a cop swings a baton in a fight, he will hit other cops more often than he will hit the bad guys he swings at.

Domestic arguments will always migrate from an area of few available weapons (living room), to an area with many available weapons (kitchen).

If you have just punched out a handcuffed prisoner for spitting at you, you are about to become a star on `Eyewitness News'.

Bullets work on veteran cops too. They also work on weight lifters, martial arts experts, department marksmen, Narco Investigators, S.W.A.T. jocks, and others who consider themselves immortal.

When a civilian sees a red light approaching at a high rate of speed, he will always pull into the lane the cop needs to use.

If you drive your patrol car to the geometric center of the Gobi Desert, within five minutes some dumb civilian will pull along side you and ask for directions.

You can never drive slow enough to please the citizens who don't need a cop, and you can never drive fast enough to please the ones who do.

Any suspect with a rifle is a better shot than any cop with a pistol.

From behind you, the bad guys can see your night sights as well as you can.

On any call, there will always be more `bad guys' than there are good guys, and the farther away your back-up, the more there will be.

The longer you've been a cop, the shorter your flashlight and your temper gets.

Whatever you are about to do, if there is a good chance it will get you killed, you probably shouldn't do it.

You should never do a shotgun search of a dark warehouse with a cop whose nickname is "Boomer."

The better you do your job, the more likely you are to be shot, injured, complained on, sued, investigated, or subpoenaed on your day off.

If a large group of drunk bikers is "holed-up" in a house, the Department will send one officer in a beat car. If there is one biker "holed-up" in a house, they will send the entire S. W. A. T. Team.

The likelihood that you are speaking to an undercover law enforcement officer, is directly proportional to the number of personal questions being asked of you.

April 07, 2006

There we were, in Charlie's Den...

CW4 Mike Novosel

Politicians wax eloquent of the dead. Clergy offer condolence and hope. The talking head reads what is put in front him. Friends and family reminisce in fond remembrance and the pain of loss.

In the end, for the warrior, it's what his brothers-in-arms say that echoes across the chasm crossed by the Rainbow Bridge, down the road to the rollicking laughter that spills out from Fiddler's Green...

Today I hear the laughter.

Comes now a comrade of Mike Novosel, Warrior Angel.

I remember Mike Novosel so well. I was at the 3rd Surg when he was flying in wounded to us with the 82nd Dustoff. He was old enough to be a father to most of us there... in fact his son, Mike Jr., was also flying with the 82nd at the same time.

Come an evening if we weren't working we would sit around the table at Charlie's Den, the O-club at the 3rd Surg and tell "there I was" tales. Some evenings Mike Sr. and the CO of the 82nd would also be over there and they would stand against the wall at the end of the club and watch the younguns. We used to tease Mike Jr. mercilessly and tell him his Dad made us feel like we were at the senior prom and he was the chaperone.

But Mike Sr. never treated us like kids. He treated us like comrades in arms, with a ready smile, a soft word, and a kind manner.

I guess I'll see him at Fiddler's Green again one of these days.

-Carol T. Kirk, MAJ Ret-
RVN 5/1969-12/1970

Yes, it's the laughter *I* hear.

Fare thee well, Mike. Keep 'em cold and keep 'em coming! And give Whiskey a pet and tell him I miss him, eh?

Chivvy up to the Bar of Argghhh! Carol. The 'ritamatic is humming, the beer is always cold, and the well is deep.

What with our own coterie of Viet Vet Helivators, this is as good a place for a wake as any. This *is* an Irish Castle, after all, and whatever his heritage, Mike is Irish today.

*Irish Tenor*

"It's whisky in the mornin', whisky in the night
Another Irish Soldier-lad has fought his final fight
We'll toast him till we're drunk Boys, and dowse the candle light
Tell them Mike Sr. is coming home tonight."

*/Irish Tenor*

H&I Fires* 7 April 06

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This rule change would certainly up viewership of the Winter Olympics...

Last night we set a record for the Castle Echo. One comment - 80 times (there were already 10 comments on the post). I deleted 79 of them. Since there were multiple instances of three comments posting with the same timestamp, I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poor guy leaving the comment! I'm having trouble with the email-the-comment feature - this morning I'm glad I am, or my mailbox would have been full of junk. -The Armorer


Wouldn't this be wonderful? A vaccine for cervical cancer.

We watch Animal Planet a LOT. Jeff Corwin's shows are my personal favorites. Next Saturday, April 15, he has a show scheduled to air about the legend of the Yeti... or the Abominable Snowman. This is the first time I've ever known Jeff to take on such a legend- should be interesting! ~AFSis


A missive from inside the Asylum (a.k.a the U.S. State Department)

The recent dump of formerly-classified documents seems to show that Saddam Hussein recruited terrorists from his own military for attacks on America. - Fuzzybear Lioness


WOOT! AFSista is doin' the Happy Dance- the auditors are gone! Fire up the 'Ritamatic, will ya?


South Park Takes on the Mohammed Cartoons [h/t Blackfive] - FbL


Look what I missed when I was in Korea! It doesn't get better'n this. Someone should *publish* this chick! 8^)

Oh - and have you been keeping up with your SGT Remington? (currently featuring BCR and... me) - The Armorer


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by Denizens on Apr 07, 2006 | General Commentary
» My Side of the Puddle links with: YO YO YO!!!

Cassandra asked, I answer.

Post 2500. Anudder milestone.

Over at Villainous Company, the dyspeptic wench posits a poser:

I felt that this question, more than any other, gave me a real sense of who the candidates were: what there values were and how they thought. The question was, "What book or author, more than any other, most shaped your intellectual life?"

So I'm going to throw that question out to you all, because I think it's an interesting one. And don't limit it to non-fiction, because I think that would be a mistake. I was surprised to realize that fictional works often had a profound effect on my values and the way I ended up viewing the world.

If you had to list 5-10 authors or works, who or what would you list as the most influential? I would probably focus on authors, but if there's a particular work you can add that in parentheses afterwards.

A very small portion of the Bookshelves of Argghhh!!!

Heh. Shoulda posted that pic of Jock there yesterday...

I sat and pondered. And decided I would go with my gut. If I couldn't recall it easily, then it probably didn't meet the criteria.

So, this is my response as I left at her place (others have responded there too, don't forget to check 'em out):

Russell Davis. (Marine at War.) I ceased having an interest in being a fireman, warrior was the life for me. I was in third grade. I *still* like the book.

Robert Heinlein. (Rocket Ship Galileo.) Discovered science fiction while Dad was in Vietnam.

Leon Uris. (Battle Cry!) The whole brotherhood of war thing.

J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) Completed the Science Fiction/Fantasy link.

Heinz Höhne (Order of the Death's Head) Evil is real. And terribly mundane.

John Pullen (The 20th Maine) Introduction to Joshua Chamberlain, my warrior/scholar beau ideal.

Guy Sajer (The Forgotten Soldier) Little is as simple as it seems.

Over at Cassie's I left out three books I probably shouldn't have.

Ed Ezell's Small Arms of the World.

John Batchelor's and the estimable Ian Hogg's Artillery: the Gun, Rail Guns, Coastal Guns, Anti-aircraft Guns, Anti-tank Guns, Self-propelled Guns, Recoilless Guns, Fuzes

Martin Brice's Forts and Fortresses: From the Hill Forts of Prehistory to Modern Times: The Definitive Visual Account of the Science of Fortification. Those three books formed the kernel of the interest that bloomed into the reality that is The Arsenal of Argghhh!.

Heh. I'm pretty one-dimensional. No wonder I'm humorless and boring at parties. No great works of philosophy. No great books of/about religion. Not that I haven't read them, appreciated them, and drawn mental sustenance therefrom. I just am what I am. A soldier.

I love a good snark.

Well, unless it's aimed at me, of course. Try these on for size:

1. Obviously you're unable to assimilate my stimulating concepts into your blighted and simplistic world-view.

2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

4. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of it.

5. I like you. You remind me of me when I was young and stupid.

6. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?!?

7. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

8. I'll give you a nice, shiny quarter if you'll go away.

9. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

10. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

11. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

12. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

13. How about never? Is never good for you?

14. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.

15. You sound reasonable. It must be time to up my medication.

16. You're just jealous because the little voices talk to ME.

17. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

18. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...

19. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

20. Who me? I just wander from room to room.

I'm pretty sure that #12 came from BCR, in her Evil Overlord aspect.

#20 is JTG. Speaking of JTG... where is he?

Number 14? Two words. Princess.Crabby.

Number 1? Me, talking down to Ry.


There, I got you started - whattayouthink?

by John on Apr 07, 2006 | I think it's funny!
» BostonMaggie links with: The Castle

Someone you should know - in Canada

Jed Stone, 43, furniture consultant at The Brick store on Cyrville Rd., and while you're applauding Jed Stone, applaud The Brick for promising Jed Stone that while he'll lose his salary for the times he's away, his full-time job will be waiting for him when he gets back from the ultimate fulfilment of his mission in life: Combat duty in Afghanistan with his fellow Canadian soldiers.

But don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud the misguided feckless fools in Canadian society who say we need to debate our military role in Afghanistan, who say we have no right to be there, who say bring the poor soldiers home before more of them get killed. Don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud the self-righteous whose understanding of freedom's worth, freedom's sacrifices, soldiering's necessity, soldier pride, is shamefully abysmal, a discredit to our nation.

And don't, in front of Jed Stone, applaud those Canadian employers who've told their workers that if they leave to train in the reserve forces of Canada they can forget having a job anymore.

Instead, applaud those who, upon being threatened with this, said take your job and shove it.

"That's exactly what happened to some of the young people in my unit," says Stone who, every other weekend since last July has been in rigorous army basic training; away from home and his fiance Lila and weekend shifts at The Brick. "Jack Layton and the NDP, all these politicians and non-politicians, they just don't get it.

If Canada is serious about beefing up her military, a little emulation of the employment protections offered our Guard and Reserve might be in order. Not that it would have mattered to Private Stone.

Of course, you'll have to have more than the law - there will have to be some enforcement, too. As we have discovered down here, not all employers are, shall we say, supportive, either.

Read the whole bit by clicking here. H/t, CAPT H.

April 06, 2006

Honor and Privilege.

This post trumps the H&I Fires for 5&6 April and will be the top post 5&6 April.

My Rotary club celebrated it's 90th anniversary last night with a special dinner meeting to rededicate our 1916 Charter as the 210th Rotary Club. Our Charter was water damaged in a flood last year and we literally got it back from the document restorers the day of the party.

We were graced with the presence of one of our Honorary Members - Colonel (R) Roger Donlon. Roger is one of two Medal of Honor holders living in Leavenworth, the other being Lieutenant Colonel (R) Chuck Hagemeister.

What a treat to meet Roger and his wife. Like every other Medal holder I've ever met - just an ordinary joe... except for that little blue Rosette on his lapel...

He's a tall man that the miles have been easy on to external appearances. Chatting with him and listening to the casual name-dropping of Medal holders was... odd. Except it wasn't name-dropping, as Roger and his wife just simply move in those circles, just having come back from where Roger and 13 other Medal holders did the closing bell ceremony for the NYSE.

The funniest stories revolved around parking places. At the Fort we have the usual reserved parking places for Generals and Command Sergeants Major, Disabled, and Fill-in-the-blank Honoree of the month - and Medal of Honor Winner.

My buddy Mike acts as a mentor for a young government intern (in a good way, unlike some others that come to mind) and Mike and Robert went to the golf course clubhouse for lunch. While going in, Robert asked about the Medal of Honor space and Mike explained about Roger and Chuck. Coming out after eating, Mike saw Roger going in and pointed him out to Robert. As they passed by the Medal of Honor parking spot, which was empty, Robert turned to Mike and said "But he didn't park in the spot...?" To which Mike replied - "That tells you more about the man than the Medal." Mike told that story to Roger and his wife, which caused Roger's wife to chime in with her own story.

She doesn't use the parking spots unless Roger is in the car with her (good for her) but she does like to drag Roger along when she goes to the Commissary if she can. One day she was successful at doing so - and Roger was waiting in the car when his wife came out with with one of the baggers with the groceries. She said the young man had a very grumpy look on his face, and after he'd loaded the groceries in the car - he went around to where Roger was sitting behind the wheel and said "You shouldn't be parking here! This is Mr. Hagemeister's spot!"

Obviously, Roger doesn't go to the Commissary much...

Name dropping...

While discussing the recent passing of two Medal of Honor holders discussed in this space, Roger told us yet another Holder has passed to Fiddler's Green. Michael J. Novosel, another Warrior Angel (Dustoff pilot).

Sigh. There are only 113 living holders now. Roger passed on this interesting tidbit about Mr. Novosel - he was shot down himself one day... and was rescued by another chopper - piloted by his son. One month later, Novosel rescued a shot down chopper pilot - his son.

Another Medal holder passes. The rule of threes holds.

Mr. Novosel passed away on April 2, 2006.

Rank and organization: Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, 82d Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 68th Medical Group. Place and date: Kien Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 October 1969. Entered service at: Kenner, La. Born: 3 September 1922, Etna, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. CWO Novosel, 82d Medical Detachment, distinguished himself while serving as commander of a medical evacuation helicopter. He unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, CWO Novosel was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since all communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy fire, to attract the attention of the scattered friendly troops. This display of courage visibly raised their morale, as they recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On 6 occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, CWO Novosel nevertheless attempted the extraction by hovering the helicopter backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded CWO Novosel. He momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but quickly recovered and departed under the withering enemy fire. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved. The extraordinary heroism displayed by CWO Novosel was an inspiration to his comrades in arms and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance. In Memoriam.

Sergeant Whiskey - Lead Mr. Novosel over to where Rick Rescorla leads the singing. Then do your duty and clean those feet.

H&I Fires 6 April 06

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HEY, JOHN---I'm just throwing these links up here because I'm headed to bed and have a very busy morning. Please add your stuff above (not below), as I don't want to butt in. (Have a great day!)

NASCAR responds to Dateline NBC's "sting operation."

Food and the South - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Please add your stuff above (not below)...

Far be it from me to pre-empt the Lovely Lioness. Snarkish e-mail to follow.

Today is Tartan Day, aka "Wear A Kilt To Work Day" -- which gives Sarge B. an excuse to bring the pipes to work and terrorize his pod-buds. Me, I'm playing the role of the bluidy lang-leggit Sassenach trouser tyrant -- I'm working around brambles today... - cw4(ret)billt


This is getting soooooooo confusing...

A Bad Day (but funny) at Ellsworth AFB.

Jonah Goldberg takes on the French. Well, only in the opening paragraph. Any smart guys out there able to take down Murray's proposal as outlined by Goldberg?

CDR Salamander does *not* like the Littoral Combat Ship Little Crappy Ship. Any defenders of the breed out there? I admit I like anything that seems to get the Navy to focus on Other-Than-Huge-Floating-Golf-Courses (I like the Maritime Prepositioning Ships Massive Parking System of mobile parking garages for Marine gear, for example) - anyone wanna take on the Salamander about the LCS?

Jim Dunnigan has an interesting piece up about Fallujah - and what that fight may portray about the future. I tend to agree with his assessment... except that unless we can *also* take that sort of battlefield success and apply it to dealing with insurgency-style conflict, it isn't going to matter much. In other words, this is just one part of the equation - and I fear we concentrate too much on what is essentially the easy part for us soldiers - this kind of thing - over the much harder, messy, and inter-agency issues of the new This Kind of War.

SWWBO reports in from her latest travel destination: "New Orleans is a mess." Hopefully, post to follow.

[Note to self: It's easier to control post location in the queue when *someone* doesn't change the date of the 04/06 post to 06/05...]
hmmmm.... well, this is interesting. Were US troops lead to believe that the car carrying freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and Italy's spy chief Nicola Calipari was rigged as car bomb? ~AFSis


Here's a movie I'm guessing most soldiers will like. Which might come as a surprise to Mr. Rosinger. I'll probably have to wait for it to hit DVD. Update: It's available on Amazon and will arrive at the Castle in due time.

Here's an interesting discussion of casualties and coverage of same. I'm neutral in the discussion, but I found the post and comments interesting. -The Armorer


In searching the Castle Archives, I discovered an error in a recent post. Entitled Word's Shortest Fairy Tale, it contained significant flaws. However, I have since unearthed the real story:

The World's Shortest Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a girl asked a guy "Will you marry me?"

The guy said, “No" and the girl lived happily ever after and went shopping, dancing, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, stayed skinny and farted whenever she wanted.

And one more thing: If the President authorizes the release of classified information, it is no longer classified/restricted, yes? And if the information is released with the blessings of the head honcho, it's no longer a leak, right? So, "leak" and "authorize release" mean the same thing when speaking of President Bush? Okay, I see. This is so confusing...

[And Bill... Ah, it ain't worth the troubble... :P] - FbL

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by Denizens on Apr 06, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Meet Brian Chontosh

My Year in Iraq, a book review.

"BAGHDAD WAS BURNING." Nice attention getter and scene setter for former Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer's memoir of his fourteen months as America's top target leader in Iraq.

This book is my first read from a senior insider's perspective on the period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. I've read Frank's book - but this is the first one that focuses on the time in question. In a very readable fashion, Bremer and McConnell detail the infighting in the administration, within the Coalition Provisional Authority, the Iraqis, and heck, seemingly just about anybody who had a stake in the outcome.

Bremer provides an interesting window into the passive resistance from the people that arrived in Iraq with Jay Garner and who stayed behind after Bremer arrived. The very different views from different constituencies within the Administration, between State, CIA, the Pentagon - organizational and personality-driven.

The flames Bremer mentions that open the book are from the fires started by looters just prior to his arrival - a metaphor for the problems he faced getting started. He lays out his efforts to get additional forces to help restore order, and how for most of the next year as the insurgency spread, Bremer resisted efforts by "senior Defense Department civilians" to reduce American troop strength by replacing our forces with poorly-led and inadequately trained Iraqi police and military personnel. His description of what happened to the Iraqi Army (it simply melted away) contradicts the conventional wisdom that it was formally disbanded - and he offers an explanation of why holding on to it probably wouldn't have been a good idea anyway, given both the quality of the force and the internal Shia (conscripts) and Sunni (officers) divide. Bremer also describes his frustration with the obsession to find the WMD vice tracking the insurgency.

Bremer throws some light onto the plans of those who pushed for what Bremer would come to call a "cut-and-run policy" that would quickly deliver governance of Iraq to a handful of unrepresentative anti-Saddam exiles lead by Chalabi. Bremer strongly resisted this approach and opens a window to the long, frustrating negotiations as he and his team pushed Iraq's new leaders to write an interim constitution and get a governmental structure outlined. And he has some harsh words for those players who kept running around the margins, trying to play one side off against the other (something which he was doing himself inside the US government).

You have to read it with an eye to the fact that it's Bremer's attempt to shape the perception of his time in Iraq, which frankly produced mixed results. It is obviously written from a point of view generally favorable to himself - but that's true of any autobiography, and isn't a condemnation of Bremer's view. This is just the opening salvo in what will be a spirited Battle of the Books, I'm sure.

If you'd like to start getting an insider view of the post-"Major Combat Operations" era of OIF, this book is a good read - quick and understandable, with enough detail to be useful and enough narrative to pull you along. There are several other books out there on my reading list which will provide more windows into this period of time - and it's critical that we analyze these events, to see what went right and what went wrong. If this is truly going to be the likely template for conflict in the next 30 years or so, we've got to understand how to do this.

We already know how to destroy armies foolish enough to present themselves for destruction. We now need to figure out how to handle the aftermath, especially since we aren't going to be allowed to smash our enemies as thoroughly as we did in WWII. Which isn't a complaint about restraint - it would be good to find a way to handle the aftermath and achieve your objectives without inflicting Nanking, Rotterdam, Warsaw, Stalingrad, Dresden, Hamburg, Nagasaki and Hiroshima on the civil populations and infrastructure. The Rumsfeld Defense Department specifically rejected the recommendations of the Garner task force (formed prior to OIF to study the issue and develop the plans) to follow a "Constabulary" style (and numbers of troops) post-conflict occupation in favor of Rumsfeld's penchant for go in lean and get out quick.

Rumsfeld's paradigm *may* be good for combat ops on a shoestring - but apparently don't work well for dealing with the aftermath. And we have to learn from that, regardless of what you think about Rumsfeld and his theories. Bremer's book is a contributor to that analysis.

Next up - what I expect will be the flip side to Bremer (though I could be wrong): Squandered Victory : The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq by Larry Diamond

Whatsis? Is This...

Some valiant efforts at trying to figure out which helicopter had a water pressure gauge on the instrument panel. Sorry, but no cigar, not even to John--although he gets an Attaboy for not snooping around Fototime...

You're gonna screech like a scalded owl when I tell ya, but before you form the lynch mob, just remember that you gave John a pass when he posted a pic of a WWI Rooskie rifle grenade used only by corporals nicknamed "Sasha" in odd-numbered trenches on alternate Thursdays between March and June of 1917.

Now, there's a reason that the water pressure gauge

RW Water Gauge

looks like the oil pressure gauge which looks like the fuel pressure gauge which looks like the torquemeter.

That reason is this --

Multipurpose Gauge-Rear

It's a multipurpose gauge. Press the magic button twice and you're looking at any one of four labels. You'll find this particular model in most of the UH-1C/-D/-H/-Ms that got busted up in Vietnam and went to the depot at Corpus Christi for rebuild (evidently, the depot got a good deal on a manufacturer's overrun). The newer gauges have a setscrew in place of the button, so it's impossible for the puckish Instructor Pilot to mess with a nervous pilot's mind.

Preflight: *double-click behind the instrument panel while you're checking the electrical compartment in the nose*

During Flight:

Option One: "Okay, what are your normal torque limitations?"
*victim scans frantically for anything saying "torque" and blows right past the "water gauge"*

Option Two: "Water pressure's a tad high--did you check the overflow reservoir for crud?"
*victim knows damwell there's nothing in the Huey that uses water except the crew, but sees the "water pressure" gauge and panics*

Option Three: "Hey--this gauge is marked bassackwards. Water pressure redline is 45psi, not 35..."
*victim tries to assess information, starts blinking in confusion, gives himself a case of flicker vertigo*

Okay--next snipe hunt won't be quite this esoteric. And the pics will at least be in focus *crossing eight fingers and both thumbs*

Heh! Can't wait to see what Neffi comes up with when he tries to figger out what an intervalometer is...

by CW4BillT on Apr 06, 2006 | Plane P0rn

April 05, 2006

H&I Fires* 5 April 06

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I'm taking SWWBO to the airport for her trip to New Orleans. Cya later! -The Armorer


Attention bloggers! Tonight from 6-8 p.m. EDT Global Voices Online and Reuters are hosting an audio/video online discussion about the quality of worldwide media coverage of Iraq. They encourage participants to submit questions as well as blog and link to signficiant articles on the topic. Panelists will include CBS’s Lara Logan, independent Iraqi photo journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Reuters’ Iraq Bureau Chief Alastair MacDonald, and Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, Chief of Strategic Communication, Combined Arms Center, U.S. Army.

Burial services for Medal of Honor winner and WWII conscientious objector Desmond Doss were held in Tennessee on Monday.- FbL


I caught this from the WSJ Opinion Journal. It gives a brief history of the rise and decline of the Islamic Empire and discusses modern Islamists Imperial Dreams. Interesting that the writer of this piece notes that September 11 is also the date that the Muslims were driven back from the gates of Vienna in 1683. Something I mentioned last year and noted that other dates of major modern attacks have had some significance in Islam's history. - Kat

Just in, video claims to show Islamists dragging the body of a dead Apache pilot. Are we surprised? Angry? Will we hear demands to leave Iraq immediately? The last, probably, but not so much. This isn't Somolia or even Fallujah. We've seen it before though it is certainly a cheap trick. If nothing else works, I suppose they figure they should fall back on the tried and true methods for "making Americans run". But, we know this enemy now. We've seen him before. We know that he has done much worse to the living. Fortunately, the dead feel nothing, it is only the living, the poor soldier's family that must feel the most pain for the desecration of a loved one.

For me, I don't feel the mad rush of anger. Just that little bit more steal in the backbone. We stay until it's over. Period. - Kat

Update: KC Guy in comments says that one of the pilots above was from the KC area according to KMBC.

ORRICK, Mo. -- A Ray County man died serving his country in Iraq.

Mike Hartwick, from Orrick, was an Apache helicopter pilot. Relatives said Hartwick and his co-pilot were shot down Saturday near Baghdad.

KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that in a community of about 800, Hartwick was one of 14 Orrick natives who was serving in the military in Iraq.

Locals started Project Star to send care packages to their men and women over there. And now they are trying to support Hartwick's family:

The group is now putting donation jars in area businesses to help Hartwick's wife, Kerri -- who is also from Orrick -- and the couple's two children, Haley and Tanner.

So, if you're in the area of Raytown and you have a buck to spare, look for the jar to support a fallen hero's family. Details on the funeral to follow I hope. -Kat

Looking for computer advice... - FbL

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by Denizens on Apr 05, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Remember the Alamo


Okay, a disclaimer: technically, this isn't Plane Pr0n, it's Helicopter Pr0n, but it *is* an exposé of some of the fiddly bits.

Y'see, my collection differs from John's in that my items are either obsolete, non-functional (and uneconomically repairable), and/or of "no further military value"--and (except for the weaponry) they all are souvenirs of odd things that occurred in the course of one of my flights.

In a couple of instances, they were the *cause* of the odd things that occurred, hence, the non-functional aspect.

This thing is still functional.

RW Water Gauge

Yeah--a water gauge. It's from the instrument panel of one of the (several--heh) types and models of rotary-winged beasties I used to hurl myself through the heavens in and it ain't PhotoShopped. If you're suspicious, check out the hi-rez here. Sorry about the quality--my camera-holding paw is still a bit shaky.

The gauge is a tad over two inches (51.2mm) in diameter across the face and exactly two inches (50.8mm) across the body. Note the slippage mark at 3 o'clock--that tells you the operating ranges are externally applied. The shiny stuff on the face of the gauge is Scotch (don't forget--tomorrow's "Wear A Kilt To Work" Day) tape.

Here's the two-part question:

1. What helicopter used a water gauge on its instrument panel and

2. Why?

Heh. Guess away. I won't be around until later tonight, so you'll have plenty of time to research in between ironing the pleats of your kilts...
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Judging from the comments, it's time for a hint.

As we all know, oil and water don't mix.

by CW4BillT on Apr 05, 2006 | Plane P0rn

C5 Crash at Dover AFB.

I know I was traveling on the 3rd, but local news sure was more interested in the pending vote on a billion-dollar roof for our local sports stadiums (which lost, I believe) than this - the crash of the C5 at Dover AFB...

U.S. Air Force photo/Doug Curran

Everybody aboard survived. Tough bird - with all due credit to the flight crew and her maintainers.

Three hi-res pics here. 1. 2. 3.

Anybody (who's old enough) remember *this* crash - 31 years and a day ago?

by John on Apr 05, 2006 | Aircraft

Warlords 2006.

Nope. Not a new game Ry, siddown. It's the name of the Service Academy's wargaming competition. I subscribe to a listserv run by Jim Dunnigan that is chock full of serious military game developers (yes, Ry, we discuss all the commercial stuff, too). Vince Taijeron, whom I know from a previous life where I ran a combat simulation training center and was a sim developer myself, runs the West Point sim center - and he's justifiably proud of his cadets.

For those of you who don’t know there is an annual inter-service academy gaming competition called Warlords where three-service academies (Army, Navy, and Air Force) compete in a two-day multi-game event. Sponsored by the Defense Modeling and Simulations Office, Warlords has been an annual event since 2001. Although the games they play aren’t exactly up to milgames standards, it is a great event for the cadets and midshipman.

This years Warlords competition took place this past weekend at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Technically Army’s turn to host, we decided to push the competition in a direction that would allow us the most exposure. We approached the President of AEgis Technologies Bill Waite and asked him to help sponsor the event. Bill ended up enlisting the help of UAH and put together a first class event.

Three teams with 10 competitors each competed in America’s Army, Battlefield 2, and Command and Conquer Generals. The event was supported by the Army’s Command and General Staff College with the help James Sterrett who administered all of the games to include the development of the tournament rules. Personnel from the UAH computer sciences department also supported the event as system administrators. In addition to the great competition the U.S. Space and Rocket Center was gracious enough to offer us a free tour of the center.

Ok so who won this thing? Well if you guessed the Navy or Air Force, you would be wrong. On 3 April 2006, the Mayor of Huntsville presented the trophy to the United States Military Academy Warlords team. The Army won a decisive victory by winning all of their events. The final score was Army 18, Navy 6, and AF 3. Many of the spectators among them a Navy Captain (CPT Gritton) were very impressed with the Army team’s ability to communicate, plan, and execute.

In the past, the Warlords competition was about getting together to play games. One of the things CPT Haveron and I wanted to do was to add a training element to the competition at least for the Army team. For each game, we assigned a team captain who was responsible for developing a training plan for that game. They developed courses of action to include wargaming enemy COAs, they did terrain analysis, developed named areas of interest (although they didn’t know that’s what they were doing), task organized according to mission requirements, made adjustments after each round, and conducted detailed AARs after each match during the competition. During the competition, they went as far as conducting AARs with the opposing teams to help them improve. You may think that there’s no way they could have done all that given the games they were playing, but I can assure they did. In fact, all of our team captains have been tasked to submit a formal written AAR for each of their matches. Make no mistake everything we do in our Warfighting Simulations Center or WARCEN has some training value attached to it; it’s never just about playing games. Although winning the competition was satisfying, the most satisfying thing was to watch the cadets perform.

Feel good anecdote. On our flight from Charlotte to LaGuardia, the flight attendant was able to seat four of our guys in first class (the cadets were traveling in uniform), there were 11 of us in all. A few minutes before takeoff one of the cadets had to give up his first class seat due to some error in seating. Upon seeing the cadet give up his seat and move to the rear of the airplane two passengers from across the aisle volunteered to give up their first class seats to the cadet who was bumped as well as another cadet who was sitting in coach. Both gestures, from flight attendant and the passengers who gave up their seats, were very generous.

Vincent "TJ" Taijeron
Chief DMI Warfighting Simulations Center
United States Military Academy

Reproduced here with permission, and I think it's going to end up on Strategy Page, too, judging from the email. If you for some reason wish to use this in toto, vice excerpt or link, drop me a line and I'll forward it to Vince. If you have AKO access, you can get his email address on your own, should you need it.

April 04, 2006

H&I Fires* 4 April 06

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A fond farewell to Pakistan -- American and Australian military personnel who assisted Pakistan after last year's earthquake have finished their work [h/t SGT Hook]. - Fuzzybear Lioness
I haven't done a Roundup post in a while, so I figure I was due for one. ~AFSis


Consider yourselves warned: Tomorrow Thursday is "Wear A Skirt Kilt To Work Day" -- sponsored by the folks of the Glenlivet Society (who'd a-thunk it) and the whole idea is to raise funds for charity and allow the gender-confused would-be caber-tossers out there a chance to prove that, despite all the water-cooler rumors, you *don't* shave your legs.

Ummmmm -- or *do*...

Heh. Those loud background squeaks you're hearing is the sound of a dozen Denizennes polishing their specs. Wonder whatcher supposed to wear if you don't drink Scotch? - cw4(ret)billt

Anybody seen Wednesday around anywhere? I seem to have gained a day...

This is vaguely annoying - not the site - so much as the perceived need. We two really do behave like siblings who get on each other's nerves... -The Armorer

Jack is continuing his 'War of Definition' series. Same caveats as before. Heart and blood pressure meds before going over. No flame war tactics in his comments section if you please. Take a gander and lets see what people have to say.


Basic is over, and the Desultory Butterfly has flown from Ft. Lost-in-the-Woods to her next training post, check out the pics from sister Bonnie! And congrats to Desult on her perfect 300 score on the APFT!!
-The Adjutant

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by Denizens on Apr 04, 2006
» My Side of the Puddle links with: Heard Around Town

Heh. Numerological Trivia. Or izzit horological?

I've gotten two different emails on the subject of an upcoming numerical quirk that occurs early tomorrow morning:

01:02:03 04/05/06.

That won't ever happen again.

You may now return to your (normal ?) life.

The other note I received says it won't happen again for 1000 years. Smarting from recent snarkage around here, I observed:

I got this from a different source that said it won't happen again for 1000 years... Not to be too picky - but as long as we use the "two digit" shorthand for years, won't it happen every 100 years?

In fact, distilled to it's barest bones, wasn't that what the Y2K computer date frenzy we spent all that time, money, and worry on, was about?

A New York science teacher on my friend's email list chimed in with this:

My personal favorite is going to be 12:34 on May 6, 2007.

Not as neat in terms of notation...

That is all. Yeah, I'm bored and inflicting it on you. Too tired to do useful work, but trying to stay awake to get back in synch.

Update - I was just reminded, unless you are using a 24 hour clock notation... it happens twice on the same day, too...

Bait for Dusty

Let's see if this will bring him up for air. Shamelessly stolen from Strategy Page who stole it from the Air Force, anyway - which means it really isn't stealing...

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

Cpt. Nick DiCapua pilots his OA/A-10 Thunderbolt II observation / attack aircraft to a precontact position behind a KC-135R/T air refueling aircraft, on 26 March, 2006. Afterwards he will make a snap roll and dive thousands of feet, to his low level close air support mission below. Capt. DiCapua a native of Dallas, Tx. is deployed to the 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson, Air Force Base Alaska. The KC-135R/T is deployed to the 22 Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic, from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. U.S. Air Force photos by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung.

To see the whole series - click this link: A10 Refueling and break-away.

Heh. I remember when A10s were brand-new. They've lasted a lot longer than I did... of course, it would help if I could be rebuilt now and then, too...

April 03, 2006

H&I Fires* 3 April 06

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The Huntress shares news of a work in progress. Check out War Like You Have Never Imagined, and help to spread the word.
- The Adjutant


The Red Ensign Standard flies at Dust My Broom.

Even though Princess Crabby didn't twig to the fact that the link was in the comment... Fuzzybear Lioness does have an entertainment
for the Denizens that she'd appreciate being put at
the bottom of H&I Fires, if anybody bothers to put it up tomorrow... ;)
There! I bothered.

Jay at Stop The ACLU points out that She Who Must Not Be Named Or She'll Sic The FBI On You (SWMNBNOSSTFBIOY) is up to her usual high standards of going along to get along, exciting much interest with Don Surber, Decision08, Ron Beas and Blogoland. Apropos not at all of SWMNBNOSSTFBIOY's thoughts and subsequent brou-ha-ha over Jill Carroll, I said my piece on the issue here. Regardless of what she said before she was caught, and what she says in the future - what she did to get released is exactly what the Joint Staff tells military personnel to do. Ya got a beef with Carroll, stick to the before and afters - not the during. As far as I'm concerned, she gets a pass for the hostage bit.

Thanks to the Adj for setting up the H&I. -The Armorer


Rick Rescorla is finally memorialized - at Fort Benning. One would hope there will be something at Ground Zero, too (if there already is, lemme know). H/t, Myron.

Time to board the bird. -The Armorer


I'm baaaaaaaaaaack! RINO-Sightings, for those who don't drink the Kool-aid. -The Armorer: Two 'Rita's down at LAX and counting!


Lex invites discussion on the new 9-11 movie.

Captain's Quarters ties together some interesting French threads and comes to a disturbing conclusion about France's future. I don't know enough to decide if he's right, but he makes some strong points. - Fuzzybear Lioness


IT'S OPENING DAY! President Bush was in Cincinnati today to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and meet some local military types. WOOT! ~AFSister


Uncle Jimbo over at Blackfive has something worth reading, and probably commenting on. I'm not sure what i think about it, but I'm sure a lot of you have something worthwhile to say about it...

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by Denizens on Apr 03, 2006 | General Commentary
» Chapomatic links with: Fred’s Got A Statue To Visit
» All Things Beautiful links with: Suspicion (FURTHER UPDATED)
» My Side of the Puddle links with: It's OPENING DAY!
» Cadillac Tight links with: Only Some Of Us Know


Surrounded by Sparks of Life that are Happy I'm Home.

Me too.

And even though it's 9PM CDT on Monday, to my internal clock it's 12 noon on Tuesday... and I've been up since 6AM on Monday...


Good News, Bad News

The Good News is, when the ladder spit out from under me, I got launched horizontally, so the impact forces would be spread out along my body and not concentrated on a single location.

The Bad News is, when the ladder spit out from under me, I got launched horizontally, so I couldn’t do any of that fancy hit-tuck-roll Parachute Landing Fall to arise unscathed after terrain contact.

The Good News is, when you’re only falling from eight feet, you don’t have a long time to agonize about how bad it’s going hurt.

The Bad News is, I’d already seen the rock wall I was going to land on.

I hit--in order--left knee, right knee and (simultaneously) forehead and previously-shattered left wrist.

I did a mental anatomical inventory after all the pretty twinkling lights faded:

1. Head--felt like a moonbat’s right after he discovered he was in love with Anne Coulter. Tinnitus has switched from low whistling tone to cicada chorus. Verdict--possible mild concussion.

2. Neck--stiff but functioning. Verdict--no major damage.

3. Torso--aching ribs, but no stabbing pains indicative of pointy-object intrusion. Verdict --no major damage.

4. Upper limbs plus extremities: left wrist owwwwwwww. Verdict--probable sprain.

5. Lower limbs plus extremities: both knees owwwwwwww. Verdict--bloody frikken mess, but operational; initiate clotting and skin regeneration toot-sweet.

I rolled (well, kinda slid, actually) off the rocks to view the collateral damage:

1. Ladder: left rear support leg twisted like an Amish funnel cake, both attaching hinge struts folded in half laterally. Verdict-- totaled.

2. Acuba bush the ladder landed in: minor damage.

3. Rock wall I landed on: completely undamaged (when I build something, I build it to last, by Neddie Jingoes).

4. Butterfly house I was attempting to hang from overhanging hemlock limb: (peering at remains under left arm) salvageable.

Okay, it didn’t hurt all that much to roll over, so let’s see how sitting up feels. Aching head (expected) but otherwise--

Geez, I didn’t exert myself all that much--why is the sweat dripping in my eyes?

Ooooops. *Not* sweat.

Stand up, hobble-weave to garden spigot and run the hose over my (still-aching) head until the water isn’t pink anymore. Wash hands and perform Braille exploratory. Verdict--two or three minor gashes.

I decide to forego further ladder work for the remainder of the afternoon.

Soooo, seventeen hours later, I’m still hearing the cicadas going full blast, but the headache has faded to an annoying background throb, the abrasions are starting to heal and I can use my left hand as long as I keep the Ace bandage on the wrist.

KtLW’s reaction?

“You fell off the ladder an hour ago and you’re just telling me *now*? Great--we’ve got company coming, you’re a filthy mess and--aaaacckkkk!--you didn’t break the *ladder*, did you?”


by CW4BillT on Apr 03, 2006 | General Commentary

The Armorer@Incheon

Took a bus for $13 from hotel to the airport. A "limousine" bus, which means reclining with footrest. Niiice. Three people on it - no crowd!

Dropped at the terminal, no turning in of the rental car.

Breezed - yes, breezed through check-in, security, and outbound customs/immigration. Toughest part was understanding the girl trying to get me to understand her questions was, "Did I have a lighter?" All my adaptive skills for handling my hearing loss among english speakers didn't work well over here. No accent filter for Korean.

Once again, the Hairy Barbarian was the only one to get through security without being wanded. They did a security check on the way in, too, and I escaped it there. Of course, if what they are searching for - especially on in-bounds, is North Korean infiltrators, then wanding the Great Hairy Barbarian probably is a waste of time. Dunno.

Had to get my laptop bag searched, however. They didn't make me take it out, but since I was looking over the inspector's shoulder as she examined the x-ray I could see why - the gizmo they're using here at Incheon clearly showed all the guts of the machine. What caught her eye, however was something else - a relatively opaque disk. I knew immediately what that was. At the War Memorial yesterday I bought a Korean War Memorial table medal, big bronze sucker about the size of a coaster. I got it for my father, a Korean War vet. The security minion asked if they could search my bag, I said yes, and then pointed to exactly where it was. They took it opened it, looked at it - and gave it back with a deep bow.

Lordy, the TSA could take some lessons in politeness from these people. Of course, observing passenger behavior in the US, the passengers could use some politeness lessons themselves. It certainly does lubricate social situations, though I'm sure there is some dark hidden downside.

The doe use their politeness to mask things, however. Takes some paying some real close attention.

I did stop and pick up a trinket for SWWBO here at the airport, then headed up to the KAL lounge upstairs, where I watched my aircraft pull in, did some email, processed some notes from the trip, and composed this post.

I suppose I'll take the pressure off of Fuzzy and set up tomorrow's H&I, since I have another hour to kill. But prolly after a beer. I haven't had much alcohol this trip - it's too expensive around here, and we weren't staying at US facilities where it's cheaper.

April 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 April 06

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[Hmm... the kimchi seems to have rotted John's brain. Either that or all the big toys have him a little distracted...]

Unintended consequences... Buried in an article about Condoleeza Rice's visit to the UK is this interesting tidbit:

Last Thursday...the US Senate voted to tighten the laws governing foreign investments in American companies, on the ground that they might allow terrorists or hostile governments to acquire information prejudicial to national security. The proposed reforms...will hit Britain harder than any other country because there is no bigger international financial centre than London, and there is no bigger international financial transaction than the flow of foreign money into the US.

Pope Glass for soldiers - the ingenuity of the American Soldier at work again. Here's more on the CROWS system also mentioned in the article [though I'm sure many of you already know about it]. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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by Denizens on Apr 02, 2006 | General Commentary

Lesson I learned at the Korean War Memorial.

Don't lose your war.

South Korean artillery park.

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Saddam's artillery park.

South Korean tank park.

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Saddam's tank park.

And lest the snarkers try to score cheap points - yes, I know that's a US (old version, too, based on the tube) US M1 105mm howitzer in the pic. Saddam had a varied artillery park, including what US M109A1s and French GCTs he didn't lose in Round 1.

Okay - I've hit my DEROS* and the clock is ticking on my return to CONUS. Wheels up at the APOE at 1500 Local on Monday, to touch down at the APOD at 1800 Local on Monday, weather permitting. Gonna get back that day I lost coming over here. We're going with the jet stream on this leg, so we'll make better time than coming over. There was one part of the trip where our ground speed was only 289mph, due to a 150mph headwind.

I might surf n blog from Incheon International, and I will, if only for novelty's sake, blog from the aircraft if their promised airborne internet access works well enough.

If not - see ya later. Fuzzy seems to have the H&I thing down and likes the chance to snark me, so the space won't go empty.

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So *that's* what makes it go...

On the grounds of the Korean War Memorial they have an old B-52 (the version with a manned tail gunner position).

You know, one of these.

B-52 at the Korean War Memorial, Seoul.

Now here I thought it was those eight, water-injected ozone destroyers on the wing that made this thing fly.

But I was set straight by a young Korean girl who was very proud of her English and her erudition. She told me how the B-52 *really* gets into the air.

I was solemnly informed - it was the Nimbus 2000 that made the B-52 fly.


Who am I to argue with incontrovertible proof like that?

Korean War Memorial

I spent yesterday and today going through the Memorial and Museum - 500 pictures worth of going through the museum and associated outdoor displays.

But this post, I'm going to highlight the Memorial. The site sits in central Seoul, on the former site of ROK Army Headquarters. The flags on the left are of the major units of the ROK Armed Forces and Police. On the right, the flags of the nations which fought under the aegis of the United Nations. The Koreans go out of their way to acknowledge those who helped them.

Korean War Memorial

Each of those arms of the building to the left and right are full of bronze tablets containing the names of the known Korean dead from the war. The areas to the left and right of the main entrance, marked by the columns, contain more names. On the right, the known dead from the resistance to the Japanese. On the left, all the known UN dead from the Korean War.

This view shows all the names of non-US dead of the UN nations. You can make out the British flag there on the closest panel.

UN Allied Nations Dead.

This view shows the panels containing the US names, organized by State. I would have preferred by Major Unit and Year (which is how the Koreans organized their panels) but hey - how many nations we've helped stay/get free have memorialized our dead in a monument in the middle of their capital city - with equal billing to their own dead? So I'm not making any official complaints.

Panels with names of US dead

This view shows the Korean panels. Those are stairs in the center, leading to another chamber the same size as this one. There is a mirror image on the other side of the Memorial, plus the section to the right of the entrance to the museum.

Korean Name Panels, Korean War Memorial, Seoul.

There are 34,000 or so names on the US slabs, so that should give you some idea of the scope of Korean losses. And the Korean panels hold more names - each Korean name is essentially three Hangul characters. You can cram a lot of names on those panels when you are doing the an English equivalent of JHD, vice John H. Donovan.

Speaking of whom - I found this panel, listing casualties from the state of Virginia, to be somewhat... bemusing.

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