Sept. 1, 2001
First, I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have gone to war, fighting an enemy that has sought to bring the
down, into the ground. The attack on the hiding place of Osama bin Laden yesterday, May 1, in United States Abbotabad, Pakistan was a fitting in our war to defend our nation. high point
As President Obama said in his speech late Sunday night, “Justice has been done.”
I’m proud of the men who made this dramatic attack, and of all the men and women who have given their labor, their blood, and their lives to defend our country’s honor.
USS McCaffery (DD860)
My first time in combat
By the time I got out of my schools, the destroyer had already sailed from her homeport,
Mayport, FL, and was transiting the Panama Canal enroute . Pearl Harbor, HI
I flew to
Hawaii and embarked, and then we did the command turnover en route . When we got to Midway we had the change of command ceremony, and my predecessor flew home. We sailed from Midway directly to Midway Island . Yokosuka, Japan
Yokosuka we had a lot of work done to the ship that could have been done in the , but with high stateside labor costs might have cost three times as much. Also, the Japanese workers are very competent, energetic and scrupulously honest. Still, it might have been useful to make those repairs before the ship sailed 10,000 miles! U.S.
In spite of all the repairs, the ship was 27 years old. As we got near
our evaporators started to fail, and steam-powered ships need lots of good, pure (feed) water. We had to go alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise anyway to take on fuel, so we asked for several thousand gallons of feed water. Viet Nam also sent over several gallons of ice cream, too, which our destroyermen were able to handle. Enterprise
At any rate, soon we were headed for war. This was my first taste of combat. In the 15 years I had been commissioned, I had served in submarines, destroyers and a converted aircraft carrier, as well as ashore in
Washington and . But I had never been shot at. Many of our officers and men, however, had been at sea off Iran Viet Nam, or in the swift boats patrolling the rivers of . Viet Nam
Our assignment was to attack coastal gun installations along the North Vietnamese shoreline. Each night we would put all four boilers on the line, and go steaming toward the coast of
at flank speed. There’d be at least four destroyers, steaming in formation, with darken ship and radar silence. We would proceed to a particular point, and then turn and blast away at selected targets along the shore. Then, at a second point, we would turn and get the hell out of there. North Viet Nam
Most nights, it was dark as pitch. It was all you could do to keep track of the other three destroyers, as well as look out for Vietnamese fishing boats.
As soon as we started firing, the North Vietnamese coastal defense batteries would open up, firing missiles and artillery at us. You could see the splashes of some of the rounds that came close, and you could hear them on sonar. When the engineers in Main Control heard the splashes through the hull, they’d call up and ask if we needed a little more speed! The whole crew was highly motivated to get out of range of enemy fire.
After one of these attack runs the shell casings would be piled up all over our weather decks, and we’d have to clear them away because later each night we would go alongside an ammunition ship to take on more ammunition, and then we’d go alongside a fleet oiler and refuel. All of that made for a very fatiguing night.
This was December 1972.
President Nixon ordered B-52s to commence massive bombing of
Hanoi and other targets, and we’d see the bombers fly overhead and then see them dropping their bombs. North Vietnam
A month later, the
U.S. and agreed to a cease fire and prisoner exchange, and American POWs, including Commander John McCain, came home. North Viet Nam
We spent the next several months in Southeast Asia, and finally returned to
in July, 1973. Mayport, Florida
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World's Poultry Congress
Poultry: Official Programme World's Poultry Congress,
Ottawa, Canada July 27th to August 4th, 1927 1927 : The Mortimer Co. Ltd. Official program for World Poultry Congress. First day, July 28 featured talks on breeding, by Thomas Rigg, President, American Poultry Association; Prof. Allessandro Ghigi, Professor of Zoology at the Toronto, Ontario University of Bologna; Shinji Susaki, Tokyo Imperial University, Japan; Rev. Bro. M. Wilfrid, Prof. of Poultry Husbandry, Oka Agricultural Institute, La Trappe, ; more. July 29, A new method of recording eggs in egg laying contests. July 28: Poultry diseases; fowl paralysis, entero-hepatitis in Quebec Turkeys, Chicken Pox, Roup; Avian typhus and cholera in . Band concerts each afternoon and evening. Aug. 3rd. official visit of HRH the Prince of Wales. Aug. 4th, auction sale of birds. 20 pp. 15 x 23 cm. Paper booklet, very good. (8084) $20.00. Farming/Poultry Italy
Farmer Goodall and His Friend by the author of "The Last Day of the Week" ca. 1842
: Carlton & Porter, Sunday-School Union. Author of this book was a Calvinist woman and preface for this edition mentions that, but in coy 19th century fashion, does not provide her name. Writer of Preface (S.B.W.) notes that several portions of original text have been omitted because they were sentiments contrary to what "we" believe to have been "the mind of the spirit." 204 pp. 10 x 15 cm. Black cloth with gilt title on spine and blindstamped design on cover. Minor wear and rubbing. Bookplate from " New York, NY Facty Vill." Good. (8090) $40.00. Children's/Religious Chesterfield
Gellert: Trust in God; or, Three Days in the Life of Gellert 1866
: Robert Carter and Brothers. Book prepared for children. Tells about life of Christian Fürchtegott Gellert (1715-1769), hymn writer and poet. This book tells about three days in the life of this Godly man, during the Seven Years' War, when he lived in New York, NY . 93 pp. + 15 pp. adv. 10 x 15.7 cm. Dark cloth on board, blindstamped "Fireside Library" in design with gilt title on spine. Mottling on cover mostly on front leading edge. On front pastedown is pencilled "Mrs. Sherman and Mrs. Davis Green Hill 1867". Fair.(8082) $48.00. Children's/Religious/Biography Leipzig
Here and There in New England and
Canada by the Boston and R.R. Lakes and Streams; Profusely Illustrated by Sweetser, M.F. 1889 Maine : Boston & Maine Railroad. This is a marvelous little book for Boston, MA Boston and Maine passengers as they explore inland New England in 1889. Three beautiful fold-out maps in very good condition show the B&M Route, Lake Winnipesaukee and region. Includes facsimile of "Gems of the Northland" by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1889. Lakeward Routes. Lake Sunapee Station. To Wolfeborough. West Medford, MA . Lake Winnisquam . Lake Spofford . Webster Lake . Cover shows waterfall and typical lakeside scenes. Maps are a special nicely preserved treasure. 96 pp. 12.3 x 20.2 cm. Paper booklet, slight soiling of cover, very good. Fold-out maps, very good. (8104) $85.00. Travel Mascoma Lake
Greenfield (Mass.) Gazette & Franklin Herald, Greenfield, Mass., Tuesday, June 2, 1835 Phelps, A., Editor 1835 Greenfield, MA: Phelps & Ingersoll. From the
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