American Patriot Rush Limbaugh died today at 70 years

by HB Auld, Jr.

A great American, Rush Limbaugh, passed away today of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

Rush Limbaugh was born January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born into a family of attorneys and judges and was the third generation to be named “Rush.” His grandfather, Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr., was named for a maiden aunt, Edna Rush.

Rush began his radio career at Cape Girardeau radio station KGMO at the age of 16 while still in high school under the radio name Rusty Sharpe. Throughout his early radio career, he worked under several other names . During the following decades, Rush worked at a number of radio stations throughout the US, usually being fired for one infraction or another (a common “affliction” of many young radio broadcasters). He eventually left broadcasting temporarily to work as an Events Salesman for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team. He returned to radio in Kansas City in November, 1983, working under his own name. He began broadcasting his conservative radio talk show format while in Sacramento, California, in 1987, following the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine by Ronald Reagan, which decreed that radio broadcasts must be provided for opposing viewpoints. He broadcast his daily conservative talk show, eventually going national with it, from then until his death in February, 2021.

“Stop thinking we are a minority.” — Rush Limbaugh, February, 2009, national TV address.

A friend of mine posted the following elsewhere and I thought it was too good not to repost here:

“A Talent on loan from God, has been returned!” Truer words have never been spoken.

May Rush Limbaugh rest in peace!

God bless his family, God bless Rush Limbaugh, and God bless America.

John Lennon Assassinated 40 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

John Lennon, singer, songwriter, and activist, was shot and killed 40 years ago today on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old.

Lennon was assassinated in the archway of the Dakota apartments, his residence in New York City, by Mark David Chapman. Chapman had flown to NYC from his home in Hawaii where he planned the killing for months before carrying it out. He waited for Lennon outside the Dakota the morning of December 8, but did not meet him until the evening there. He had JohnLennon autograph his copy of Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” album before Lennon left with his wife, Yoko Ono, for a recording session. When John Lennon and Yoko returned to the Dakota several hours later, Chapman was still waiting and followed John into the archway where he fired five .38 caliber hollow-point bullets into Lennon’s back. Lennon was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car, but was pronounced dead on arrival there.

John Lennon would be 80 years old if he had lived.

World War II Hero, Flying Ace, and Test Pilot Dead at 97

by HB Auld, Jr.

American US Air Force hero, flying ace, and test pilot Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager died today. He was 97 years old.

In 1947, General Yeager became the first confirmed test pilot to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.

General Yeager began his service to the Nation in 1941 as a Private in the US Army Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic. In 1942, he entered enlisted flight training and was promoted to Flight Officer upon graduation. Later on the Western Front, he had 11 confirmed kills, shooting down enemy aircraft.

Following World War II, he became an aircraft test pilot, flying the Bell X-1 at a speed of Mach I and breaking the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. During the Viet Nam War, he commanded squadrons in Southeast Asia and was promoted to US Air Force Brigadier General in 1969. He served more than 30 years in three military wars. General Yeager retired from military service March 1, 1975.

General Chuck Yeager passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Pearl Harbor Ambushed 79 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

Seventy-nine years ago today on December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan attacked the neutral United States with a surprise Sunday morning ambush on naval bases at Pearl Harbor, HI.

During the unprovacated assault on the United States, aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service killed 2,403 US citizens and injured 1,178 others. It also sank four battleships and damaged four others, damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Additionally, 188 aircraft were destroyed and another 159 planes were damaged.

The following day, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before Congress and declaring the previous day “…a day which will live forever in infamy….” requested that Congress declare war against Japan. Congress quickly complied and the United States entered World War II hostilities against Japan.

My own father, HB Auld, Sr., was already serving in the US Army when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and spent the remainder of his military service fighting the Japanese on the island of New Guinea.

My father-in-law, JB Kattes, enlisted in the Army four days after the surprise attack, on December 11, 1941, and served in the Army in Washington, Alaska, and Georgia until the end of the War.

God bless all of the men and women who served and all of those who gave their lives in Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in the War.

God bless America!

Rock and Roller Little Richard Born This Day 88 Years Ago

by HB Auld, Jr.

Happy birthday in heaven today to Richard Wayne Penniman, aka “Little Richard.”

Little Richard was born December 5, 1932, and died May 9, 2020, at the age of 87 years.

Rest In Peace, Little Richard and thanks for the great musical memories. You were an incredibly unique and interesting musician.

US Marine Awarded Medal Of Honor for Korean Actions

by HB Auld, Jr.

From Navy and Marine Corps files: This Day in Navy and Marine Corps History:

1950 – During the Korean War at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, LtCol Raymond G. Davis led his battalion into Hagaru-Ri, Korea, after four days of intense fighting in the mountain passes against a numerically superior hostile Chinese force. His battalion, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, helped clear the way for the 5th and 7th Marines. Lt. Col. Davis led in front of his men all the way… marching his battalion at night over mountains in a driving snowstorm. This action allowed two Marine regiments to escape and link up with the 1st Division.

LtCol Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism by President Harry S. Truman in a White House ceremony on November 24, 1954.

Marine LtCol Davis was eventually promoted to four-star general and served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. During his 33 years in the US Marine Corps, General Davis served in World War II (where he distinguished himself at the Battle of Guadalcanal), the Korean War (earning the Medal of Honor), and the Viet Nam War. He retired from the US Marine Corps March 31, 1972, after 33 years of military service.

General Davis died September 3, 2003 at the age of 88 years. (January 13, 1915 – September 3, 2003). He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens College Park, Georgia.

Rest In Peace, General Davis, and thank you for your brave service to our Nation.

Navy to Decommission Assault Ship Damaged in Fire

by HB Auld, Jr.

The US Navy announced November 30, 2020, that it will soon decommission the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, due to the extensive damage sustained during the July fire.

The Navy announced it would cost approximately $3 Billion to restore the ship to viability.

According to the US Navy, “We did not come to this decision lightly,” said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite. “Following an extensive material assessment in which various courses of action were considered and evaluated, we came to the conclusion that it is not fiscally responsible to restore her.

“Although it saddens me that it is not cost effective to bring her back, I know this ship’s legacy will continue to live on through the brave men and women who fought so hard to save her, as well as the Sailors and Marines who served aboard her during her 22-year history,” Braithwaite said.

All investigations associated with the fire onboard LHD 6 remain ongoing. USS Bonhomme Richard is assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The full Navy story is at:

Medal of Honor Monday: USAF 1st Lt. James P. Fleming

by Guest Author Tara Ross

During this week in 1968, an Air Force helicopter pilot makes a daring rescue. When James P. Fleming rescued an Army Special Forces unit that day, he left enemy territory with one Army commando dangling from his helicopter by a rope!

Sounds like a scene from a movie, doesn’t it? One military historian has labeled Fleming’s heroics “one of the most dramatic rescues of the entire Vietnam War.”

On November 26, Fleming was dispatched on a mission to insert a Special Forces recon team (RT Chisel) deep into enemy territory. “Before you took off, you would brief, you would go over, and you would shake hands and hug,” Fleming later remembered, “the team members and the crew members. . . . What you’re doing is you’re saying, ‘I’m going to take you, and I’m going to put you out in the middle of hell. If you have to come home, I’ll bring you home.’ I’m telling him that. That’s my duty; it’s my honor. That’s what I do.”

Little did Fleming know that he’d end up putting his own life on the line in order to keep his unspoken promise that day.

Things were going smoothly at first. The recon team members were inserted safely, but they unfortunately ran into an ambush a few hours later. The team radioed back for an emergency extraction. A group of five Hueys immediately left to retrieve RT Chisel: two gunships and three “slicks.” Fleming was piloting one of the Huey slicks.

Unfortunately, one of the gunships was hit early in the rescue attempt. It went down, but its crew was quickly retrieved by one of the slicks. The slick left the area, carrying the rescued crew to safety. Another slick followed, as it was running low on fuel.

Thus, only two helicopters remained to extract RT Chisel: one gunship and Fleming’s slick. Fleming was worried about his fuel levels, too, but he knew that he couldn’t leave his men on the ground. He was their only hope.

The first attempt to rescue RT Chisel failed. The Vietnamese in the area opened a barrage of fire just as the Huey came in the area. The Special Forces team was forced away from the helicopter and back toward a river. The fire was so intense that the commander of RT Chisel radioed Fleming: “They’ve got us. Get out!”

The gunship was injured by then, but its pilot told Fleming that he would try one more pass before heading back. The gunship flew ahead, unloading fire in all directions. Fleming’s slick came in behind him, finally hovering just above the river near the Special Forces team. “Hostile fire crashed through his windscreen as the patrol boarded his helicopter,” Fleming’s citation notes. But Fleming held his helicopter steady, waiting as each member of RT Chisel was pulled aboard.

Finally, everyone was aboard except for one soldier. He’d stayed behind, spraying machine gun fire to keep the Vietnamese at bay as his team boarded the helicopter. Now that last man sprinted for the Huey as Fleming waited.

Finally, the last soldier lunged at the helicopter, grabbing a rope ladder. Fleming knew he had his man, and he took off. The final member of RT Chisel was still hanging beneath the chopper, and the Vietnamese were still firing as the Americans pulled away from the river!

When Fleming finally landed his Huey in safe territory, his fuel gauge read “empty.” Everyone had made it out. But barely.

Fleming received the Medal of Honor not too long afterwards. “How many helicopter pilots did what I did,” he later said, “and got shot down and died and no one saw it. Hundreds? I know that. I was recognized. And I owe a lot to those that weren’t.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Then 1st Lt. James P. Fleming went on to an illustrious 30-year career in the US Air Force prior to retiring in 1996 as a Colonel. In addition to his MoH, Colonel Fleming also earned the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Meritorious Service Medals and EIGHT Air Medals and other military awards. He is still alive and is 77 years old.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Guest author, Tara Ross, is a mother, wife, writer, and retired lawyer. She is the author of The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule,Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College, co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State (with Joseph C. Smith, Jr.), & We Elect A President: The Story of our Electoral College. She is a constitutionalist, but with a definite libertarian streak! Stay tuned here for updates on pretty much anything to do with the Electoral College, George Washington, & our wonderfully rich American heritage.

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President John F. Kennedy Assassinated 57 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

Fiffty-seven years ago today at approximately 1:00 p.m., CST, on November 22, 1963, we lost our 35th President of the United States, President John F. Kennedy, to an assassin’s bullet.

The end of the Camelot era brought with it a beginning of some darker times: the Vietnam War, Watergate, a presidential resignation, 9/11, and more. But it also brought forth some times in the sunlight: the Paris Peace Accord, the Ronald Reagan Presidency, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more.

Rest In Peace, John F. Kennedy.

Veterans Day, November 11, 2020

by HB Auld, Jr.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

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