Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #38
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 11:36:07 -0600

Notice:  I am in the process of getting the menu's for the 2002 reunion finalized and will be including it in forthcoming missive.
For those of U who desire to make your Holiday Inn reservations, send an e-mail to:
Det 27, 4-4 & 66 reservation request

Keep in mind that U can change the wording to your reservation request, but remember to include me as Cc on all reservation requests so that I can keep abreast of things that will allow me to plan ahead and set up committees
to insure that the 2002 Hershey reunion is a success.- - -gH ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fm: Jones, Ed Subj: RE: Det 27 reunion group
Damn, I missed the reunion at Devens, have driven through there a few times in the past year.  I would really like to see the CD from last Sept..  I am on a company laptop and the phone line would go forever getting the information.  I can get it at work if I know in advance when your going to send it.... Or I can pay for it and have you send it to:  Herbert E. Jones, 30 Woodland Hills Dr., Bismarck, Illinois  61814.  Or if you send it and tell me what I owe, I will be glad to send a check...  Also, I have a CD burner if anyone needs help copying the CD's.  hen is the next reunion?    Ill be there..... I appreciate all the correspondence, havn't time to go thru it all but have it saved for furture purusal.... Thanks gH  I appreciate it!!!!  I spent two Christmas's in Turkey hope you and yours have a joyous one...... Take Care,  Ed Jones
Herbert E.(Ed) Jones, Senior Global Technical Support Manager,ESCO Corp,(217) 477-7223
(217) 477-7213 (Fax), (503) 805-2180 (Cell),, ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fm: Howie Ramey Subj: ASA Elder,
Wow!  What you have accomplished is mind boggling.  Just Out Of Sight!  One  Big Atta-Boy!!
I shall open my Turkey Keep Sake Box and start compiling some info for you, names and photos etc.  I have the large jacket patch with the backwards riding Turk, actually two of them.  The first one had the spelling wrong and two words ran together so it had to be redone for the corrections...I'll have too open the box and restart my memory and get photos to you. One thing before I forget.  Would you change my e-mail to ,  what you have is fine but it is my work e-mail and I only check it during work. As for hobbies, the w7oj is my Ham Call. This is one of two hobbies.  The other is Gold Prospecting. My Career, for about 29 years has been involved with Domestic Water, either with city's or Water Districts.  Currently with the East Wenatchee Water District for 18 years, two years in Yakutat, Ak and 9 years with a City. Divorced, was married for 30 years, two sons and one daughter..all so called adults..he he he. Will grow up and retire at age 62, my birth date is 12/28/46 I shall compile what trinkets I have of ASA and Turkey and let you know.  If  their is anything I can share with the others..I WILL! For now..A Merry Christmas To You and Yours Elder.
Turkey Bud, Howie (my long time nick name)Howard Ramey ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ken Binns Subj: Re: Days of our lives #35 Elder - Thanks for including me in your "Days of our Lives" email collections.  It's fun to read, and interesting to note the common thread of central beliefs that most of us seem to have in common.  I had no idea there were so many people involved.  What a blast from the past.  Thanks again, looking foward to receiving more....Have a great Holiday Season! Ken Binns/Colorado Springs, CO -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fm: Subj: memory book Hi Elder,
The Memory book was sent to Ray Crist yesterday best wishes to all for a safe and happy Holiday Season.
Tony Cady/New Hampton, NH/Det 27/NO62-AP64
John Bircher, Subj: RE: Days of our Lives #37
El:  How can I get on the mailing list for the memory book CD?  Warmest regards for the holidays!  John Bircher/Gainesville, VA/LT/Det27/NO65-NO66 [[John - I will put U on the Memory Book CD-R list. U were originally sked to RX the Memory Book fm Ralph Richter.  That fell through & Bill Hartranft was sked to mail U a copy, but apparently everything went haywire. The address that I gave Ralph Richter and Bill Hartranft was: 8146 Landfall Ct., Gainesville, VA 21055.  Is that correct?- - -gH
Fm: Bill Hartranft Hi guys, Have no idea what went awry.  Mailed CD to John Bitcher on 10/18/01, same date for all on the list you sent. The address I used for John Bircher is the same as in your note.Terribly sorry guys....wdh Fm: Ralph Richter, To:;; Subj: Re: Memory Book CD-R I can burn and mail John Bircher a CD today.  What's your mailing address John? Ralph Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 7:38 AM [[Merhaba 'old' Buddy, Thanks for the prompt reply. John Bircher's address is 8146 Landfall Court, Gainesville, VA 21055.
For John Bircher:  After U RX the CD-R, copy it to ur computer or print a copy, then mail the CD-R to Mike Garbriel, 15813 N.E. 18th Ct., Vancouver, WA 98686 For Mike Gabried:  After U RX the CD-R, copy it to ur computer or print a copy, then hold the CD-R until I send U forwarding instructions.
**FOR EVERYONE REGARDING THE MEMORY BOOK:  I am presently re-doing it, page by page.**   I suggest that everyone print themselves a copy and when the changes arrive, the changes w/b done pg by pg and all one will have to do is replace the pages. Also, the changes w/b sent on the internet and I will try to insure that each change is NOT TOO large for each transmission and will not over-burden the 56K medems.  I hope to have the changes completed by the end of Aug 2002, but to accomplish that task I need everyones HELP in sending me your BIO's regarding your TOUR OF DUTY in TURKEY and thereafter.  Those of U who already have entries in the Memory Book:  Please review your write-up.  Then make whatever changes that U think appropriate and then email that info to me along with the following fact finding sheet that I've been sending out to new mbrs: (PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST EDITION OF THE MEMORY BOOK THAT I W/B PUBLISHING)

I've written and published a 85 page (5.6MB) Memory Book CD-R that is pre-sently being mailed amongst the members.  The Memory Book has now grown to over 17,000KB & is increasing every day as I receive new data. Once every-one has gotten the 5.6MB Memory Book - I'll start, page by page, re-doing the Memory Book and have allocated up to THREE (3) pages for each VET and the below questionnaire w/b the beginning.  OLD FOTO'S SURE WILL DRESS UP THE MEMORY BOOK.  SO GET THEM TO ME.  IF U DON'T HAVE A SCANNER, MAIL THEM TO ME & I'LL RETURN THEM TO U AT HERSHEY OR BY RETURN MAQIL, WHICHEVER IS DESIRED. --note: IF ANYONE WANTS TO PREVIEW THEIR PAGES BEFORE I PUBLISH THEM, PLEASE INFORM ME AND I'LL EMAIL THEM TO U AHEAD OF TIME.  ALSO, IF ANYONE WANTS TO PREPARE THEIR OWN PAGES, THAT IS OKAY TOO - JUST DO THEM AND EMAIL OR SNAIL THEM TO ME AND I WILL INSERT THEM IN THE PROPER PAGES OF THE Memory Book.   I PRINTED MY COPY AND IT LAYS ON OUR COFFEE TABLE FOR VISITORS TO REVIEW.  MY DESIRE IS THAT Y'ALL DO THE SAME AS THE CONTENTS IS A REMINDER OF THE SHORT "days of our lives" in TURKEY and to the present.  NO ONE SHUD BE ASHAMED OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WITH THAT SAID, Please fill out the following questionnaire and return to me ASAP along with a write-up regarding your TOUR of DUTY at Manzarali and or Karamursel & what you've done in your life thereafter.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE FORWARD ICON & THEN PROCEED TO SCROWL DOWN & FILL IN THE SPOTS WHERE INDICATED AND CLICK ENTER TO CONTINUE TO THE NEXT LINE FOR ANY PARTICULAR QUESTION. (These instructions are for computer NOVICES like me!) 1. NAME, RANK & SERIAL NUMBER 2. Current address: 3. Current e-mail address:  4. DOB: 5. POB: 6. High School Sr yearbook foto 7. Basic Tng foto 8. AIT foto's 9. PMOS: 10. Promotion foto's 11. Rank while in Turkey: 12. Highest rank attained on active duty: 13. Highest rank attained on reserve duty: 14. Patches worn on left shoulder: 15. Patches worn on right shoulder: 16. Awards listed on DD214 or achieved as civilian: 17. Name of 1st wife: (if applicable) 18. Name of 2nd wife: (if applicable) 19. Wedding foto's (both wives if U desire, but not mandatory) 20. Recent Family foto 21. Hobbies 22. TURKEY tales 23.  List all active or reserve duty assignments: 24. Any adtnl info that is pertinent & U wud like to see in the Memory Book   NOTICE - - - AFTER FILLING OUT THE ABV FORM, TYPE YOUR BIO, THEN type into the TO line, then CLICK THE SEND ICON & it w/b in my mailbox. Please send any scanned foto's separate and as JPEG, and that way I can save them to my files and w/b able to extract them onto the HUGE Memory Book file . Thanks & hope to see U in Hershey 13-15 Sept 2002.  - Elder RC Green, aka- - -Green Hornet- - -gH PS:  When I hear from U with your USPS mailing address I will make arrangements for the Memory Book to be mailed to U. Many thanks to all and hope to see y'all in Hershey in Sept 2002- - -gH
Fm: Gabriel Mike Would appreciate your sending the memory book to this address,, or snail mial, 15813 NE 18th Court, Vancouver, Wa 98686. Thanks, Mike Gabriel -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bill Hartranft Subj: coincidence I do some part time bartendering in an Irish Pub (died and gone to heaven).  One of the days after 9-11, I mentioned to a few guys at the bar that anyone who spoke Farsi or other middle eastern language would be in high demand.  I mentioned I knew a small amount of Turkish.  One of the guys asked me to say a few words, I did.  He asked me to speak slower.  Turns out he was Turkish born but left as a young child.  Also turned out that one of the other guys was a lineman at Ft Devens when I was there.You never know. wdh ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fm: Raymond S Bernstein
raysbern4@juno.comThat's a no on receipt of memory book. ray bernstein [[Per my instructions:  Bill Hartranft was to send U the Memory Book. Something happened and Jim Harber then was to mail the CD-R to Bill Bender, who then was to mail it to U. Apparently Bill Bender dropped the ball on his hand off to U.  I have made arrangements for U to get it fm Harvey Richard.  NOT TOO MANY VET'S COOPERATED IN MY ENDEAVOR TO GET THE CD-R TO EVERYONE AND THEN KEEP ME POSTED ON ITS STATUS. I give special thanks to JC Bergmann, Gary Jorgensen, Dan Schoppe, Bill Hartranft, Jim Harber, Jesse Watson, Tom Harris,Don Salcido, Ralph Richter, Bob Brown, Ralph Tilney, and Mike Fisher for the distribution of the Memory Book. Sure, there were snafu's along the way and those who made them need not be ID'd at this time.  IF U HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE MEMORY BOOK AND DESIRE THAT ONE BE MAILED TO U, PLEASE SAY SO AND I'LL GET ONE TO U ASAP.- - -gH
Fm: Mark Hamilton Subj: Manzarali Station Veterans Group - Address Test - WEDNESDAY Picture Hi Everyone:  I've been "lurking" and ERC Green (gH) has been doing all the work here. I'm getting back to some site maintenance and as a result have updated my address book to include all of your addresses off our web site and those from the gH.  This is a test message to weed out any problem e-mail addresses. If you wish to be taken off the list and not receive further messages, please reply by return mail and you will be removed.  In addition, some of you old timers will remember my random picture submissions.  Here's one taken from the roof of HQ Co Barracks in July of 1966. Mark Hamilton From: Mark Hamilton <> Subject: A Merry Manzarali Christmas To all Manzarali Maulers:
A very merry Christmas to all of you from myself, Marilyn, and Matthew.  After some excellent input from fellow Mauler Tom Harris, I want to apologize for flooding your mailboxes with images that would have filled up a good size hard drive not too many years ago.  He has turned me on to som outstand-ing utilities that will keep JPEG files sizes at a reasonable level without a major loss in quality. Sorry for jamming you mailboxes - it's just the old photographer in me - Maximum resolution Mark! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.... Mark Hamilton
Fm: Clark L Bryan <> Subj: Febrey gH, I sent a letter Thursday  to the Febrey's of Webster and asked them to contact you on e-mail or by snail mail.  They were at 4-4 after I left - 1970's. Clark -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fm: Tom Harris To: Mark Hamilton Cc: Elder RC Green Subj: Re: Manzarali Station Veterans Group - Address Test - WEDNESDAY Picture Mark, another great photo of Det 27/Site 23, thank you. In fact  your great photo coverage of Det 27 is probably the best available on the net for any of the Field Stations. But, (you knew that was  coming, didn't you?) darn it Mark some of us are still on 56K dial- up connections. A 1536 X 1000 px 845KB file is a bit much in email. I have hi-speed connection at work but still 56k at home. In fact according to some reports on the net the downline trend of 56K connections has flattened recently and there are literally millions of us still connected that way. May I suggest you cut the email photo to something like 650 X 400 and about 50,000kb or less. Two excellent and absolutely free and top rated programs you might consider for this are:
1. The JPEG Wizard at
2. IrfanView32 at
They are both excellent and I use them daily at my work (company  doing eBay and other auctions on a business plan basis).
Mark, please take the above in the spirit meant, no harm intended and certainly no anger, and please keep on pulling these excellent photos out of your archive.  
Best wishes for the holidays, Tom Harris, ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fm: Subject: Merry Christmas from the Kellys Hello and Merry Christmas to All
The Kelly's, Phil & Donnie
Roger Glubka Subj: RE: Days of our Lives #37 Information about preventing Outlook Express address book attacks provided by is also a sham.  There is no reliable way to prevent virus or worm attacks except for prompt antivirus updates and carefulness when receiving and opening executable files.  Please refer to the ZDNet website for more information. Roger
#1  I still have copies of  "A Lecture on the Origin and Development of the Asa 1917-1947."  
#2  I now have copies of a 23-pg document, "Arlington Hall Station and Military Intelligence"   To get a copy of #1, please send $4.00; to get a copy of #2, please send $2.80;  to get both, please send $6.50 to cover the cost of reproduction and mailing (Burt Slesinger, 722 Wing Foot Lane, Melbourne, FL 32940). 
#3  A Washington Post Magazine article about the Code War.  I have it on disk and will e-mail the 8-pager to you on request.  ( Pretty interesting reading. 
#4  Another Washington Post Magazine article "Japan's Unwitting D-Day Spy - Berlin Envoy's Intercepted Cables Provided Crucial Intelligence" by Charles Fenyvesi - Special to The Washington Post.  It was provided by John Bryden and I will e-mail the 3-pager to interested parties.
NEW:  I recently received, read and enjoyed an article, "The Cold War in Asia" by Michael Haydock (from VFW Magazine).  It was provided to me by Maddog Doran and Noel Garland.  Noel has graciously offered to e-mail the 8-pg document on request, which makes life a little easier for Maddog and me.  Please contact Noel directly at:
Pacific Stars and Stripes
December 20, 2001
Congress Fails To Approve Korean War, Cold War Medals
By Mark Oliva, Stars and Stripes
Congress failed to approve two medals honoring the duties of service members in the Korean War and Cold War when it passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002 last week.
The medals were among proposals for the defense budget, which included the largest pay raise in nearly 20 years.
One day before Congress passed the bill, committees working to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions announced they would defer the medal issue to the secretary of defense. Officials at the  Defense Department didn't respond to queries.
The late Rep. Floyd Spence, R-S.C., initiated the idea for a Cold War Service Medal. The proposal would have made the medal retroactive for any servicemember who served honorably between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991, the day after the former Soviet Union collapsed. A commercially available Cold War Service Medal is in circulation over the Internet, but it's not an official military decoration.
A proposal for a Korean Defense Service Medal - sponsored in both the House and Senate versions of the defense bill - was intended for those who served in Korea or adjacent waters. The dates of service to qualifyfor the medal were not decided.
The Cold War Service Medal would have superseded the Cold War Recognition Certificate, issued by the Department of Defense since 1998. Numbers of certificates already issued weren't available, but there is a 12-month backlog to fill requests.
Some servicemembers doubted Congress' intentions over the measure. "I don't know what their rationale was for not authorizing the medals," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Moody, a soldier stationed on Camp Foster, Okinawa. "I wonder how many of them ever served in the military."
Moody said the medals should be warranted because the constant readiness of the armed forces prevented wars.
But there are dissenters to the idea of awarding medals without a campaign in which to assign them. One is Marine Gunnery Sgt. Dale McElroy, stationed on Futenma Marine Corps Air Station on Okinawa. "We're supposed to get medals for active participation," McElroy said. "I don't think the Cold War caused us to do anything that we're not supposed to be doing anyway. I think the decision to leave it up to the [defense] secretary was a good one."
Veterans groups say Congress missed an opportunity to properly honor servicemembers for their contributions to U.S. security during years of facing off with the former Soviet Union.
"It's disappointing given the fact the VFW strongly supports awarding both medals and has resolutions on both," said Bill Smith, spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "We thought we had a chance to get them approved in the bill. If Congress authorized these awards, DOD would be  required by law to comply."
Smith said the Cold War Recognition Certificate doesn't go far enough to honor military service during the tense years following World War II, including incidents such as the Berlin Airlift and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"We don't see it as a done deal," Smith said. "We think a medal and not a piece of paper should recognize Cold War veterans. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who served in the uniform of our armed forces during the almost four decades of the Cold War - a pivotal period in the history of the United States."
Smith said the VFW lobbied the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include the medals as part of the defense package this year. Both proposals included language to authorize a Korean Defense Service Medal, but only the House offered the Cold War Service Medal.
Political infighting doomed the measure, Smith said.
"We expected difficulty in getting the awards ... into the final version of the bill. It was not a surprise," Smith said. "In conference, the Senate refused to accept the House proposals and both medals were deleted from the final text."
The last medal Congress directly authorized for a U.S. military campaign was the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for military actions in Bosnia. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Fm: John Green
stkcarfan@msn.comSubject: This could keep you awake nights.
Ever wonder about those people who spend $2 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water.  Try spelling Evian backwards...............NAIVE.
Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool? if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the "Jags" and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the "Bucs", what does that make the Tennessee Titans?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea....does that mean that 1 enjoys it?
There are three religious truths:
1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters.
Why do we say something is out of whack? What's a whack?
Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted,
musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?
What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?
Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do - write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?
If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
Fm: Walters, William Didn't know if you get these kinds of warning, so pass it along for info.....
BillW Original Message----- Subject:        Website Worm - Greet997
Importance:     High FYI
The Army Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT) has received initial reports from non-DOD sources of a new mass-mailing worm spreading in Europe. The Coolsite worm arrives as shown

Subject: Hi!!
Body text:
Hi. I found a cool site
It's really cool!

Note : It will have a website url in the body of the letter.  The website is
The ACERT is blocking access to the site. This worm has not been reported on any Army networks.
With the holiday season upon us the threat to our computer systems remains. The ACERT has received warning messages about a new worm Greet997. This mass-mailing worm that tries to steal the user's password file and send it to an e-mail address in Poland. Although this worm has not been seen on any Army network it does serve as a reminder to all of us to make sure we keep our antivirus up to date with the latest signature file. Antivirus Updates can be found at the below websites.  The current Update is 12-13-01. Nicole Carstarphen, Security Assistant, Anti-Virus Support, 1112th Signal Bn/ITBC -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Walters, William Subj: The Best Fruitcake Ever! O.K. 'Tis the Season.  Everyone should try this recipe.  I think most of you will like it.  Here's my recipe for HOLIDAY FRUIT CAKE 1-cup water
1-cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1-teaspoon baking soda 
1-teaspoon salt
1-cup brown sugar
Lemon juice
1-gallon whiskey Simple Directions 1.      Sample the whiskey to check for quality.  Take a large bowl.
2.      Check the whiskey again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink. Repeat.
3.      Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1-cup butter in a large, fluffy bowl. Add 1-teaspoon sugar and beat again.
4.      Make sure the whiskey is still OK. Cry another tup.  Turn off mixer. Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.  Mix on the turner.  If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
5.      Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticaty. Next, sift 2 cups of salt.  Or something.  Who cares?
6.      Whisk the checkey. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.

7.      Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner.
8.      Throw the bowl out of the window.  Check the whiskey again.
9.      Go to bed. Who likes fruitcake anyway?

Walters, William Subj: GEN Patton's Weather Prayer The Story of General George S. Patton's "Weather Prayer" as taken from General Patton's book, "War As I Knew It": The weather was so bad that I directed all Army chaplains to pray for dry weather.  I also published a prayer with a Christmas greeting on the back and sent it to all mbrs of the Command.  The prayer was for dry weather for battle. Here's the background to the story, as related by Gen Patton's Dep Chief of Staff, Col Paul D. Harkins, also excerpted from War As I Knew It:         
On or about the 14th of Dec 1944, Gen Patton called Chaplain O'Neill, 3rd Army Chaplain, and myself into his office in 3rd Army Hqs at Nancy.  The conversation went something like this:   Gen Patton:  "Chaplain, I want you to publish a prayer for good weather.  I'm tired of these soldiers having to fight mud and floods as well as Germans.  See if we can't get God to work on our side."          
Chaplain O'Neill:  "Sir, it's going to take a pretty thick rug for that kind of praying."         
Gen Patton:  "I don't care if it takes the flying carpet.  I want the praying done."          
Chaplain O'Neill:  "Yes, sir.  May I say, General, that it usually isn't a customary thing among men of my profession to pray for clear weather to kill fellow men."          
Gen Patton:  "Chaplain, are you teaching me theology or are you the Chaplain of the 3rd Army?  I want a prayer."          
Chaplain O'Neill:  "Yes, sir." Outside the chaplain said, "Whew, that's a tough one!  What do you think he wants?" It was perfectly clear to me.  The General wanted a prayer - he wanted one right now - and he wanted it published to the Command. The Army Engineer was called in, and we finally decided that our field topographical company could print the prayer on a small-sized card, making enough copies for distribution to the army. It being near Christmas, we also decided to ask General Patton to include a Christmas greeting to the troops on the same card with the prayer.  The General agreed, wrote a short greeting, and the card was made up, published, and distributed to the troops on the 22nd of December. Actually, the prayer was offered in order to bring clear weather for the planned 3rd Army break-through to the Rhine in the Saarguemines area, the scheduled for Dec 21.  The Bulge put a crimp in these plans.  As it happened, the 3rd Army had moved north to attack the south flank of the
Bulge when the prayer was actually issued. Colonel Harkins continues:          Whether it was the help of the Divine guidance asked for in the prayer or just the normal course of human events, we never knew; at any rate, on the 23rd, the day after the prayer was issued, the weather cleared and remained perfect for about 6 days.  Enough to allow the Allies
to break the backbone of the Von Rundstedt offensive and turn a temporary setback into a crushing defeat for the enemy.           We moved our advanced Hqs to Luxembourg at this time to be closer to the battle area.  The bulk of the Army Staff, including the Chaplain, was still in Nancy.  Gen Patton again called me to his office.  He wore a smile from ear to ear.  He said, "God damn!  Look at the weather. That O'Neill sure did some potent praying.  Get him up here.  I want to pin a medal on him."           The Chaplain came up the next day.  The weather was still clear when we walked into Gen Patton's office.  The General rose, came from behind his desk with hand outstretched and said, "Chaplain, you're the most popular man in this Hqs.  You sure stand in good with the Lord and soldiers."  The General then pinned a Bronze Star Medal on Chaplain O'Neill.           Everyone offered congratulations and thanks and we got back to the business of killing Germans - with clear weather for battle.


The Patton Christmas Message/Weather Prayer card that appears in this message was issued to my uncle, CPT Andrew Harbison, Jr. in on December 22, 1944.  He wrote the short greeting on it to his wife Dorothy and mailed it to her on Christmas Day.  CPT Harbison was commander of Hqs Battery, 176th Field Arty Bn, 3rd Army, from the time it deployed for the ETO on 1 July 1944, coming ashore at Utah Beach on 17 Aug 1944, and finding itself in Moosburg, Germany when the Germans finally surrendered on 7 May 1944. Have a Merry Christmas, and please never forget those who sacrificed and
continue to sacrifice!

(See attached file: Patton's Prayer1.jpg)(See attached file: Patton's

Fm: Dumbo (Bill Binney)

gH,  thought you might find this article of interest.  Bill
Jewish World Review Dec. 17, 2001 / 2 Teves, 5762
Thomas Sowell
MEDIA FRAUD -- MEDIA bias is no longer news. Poll  after poll has shown that the vast majority of journalists vote for Democrats, even though the country as a whole is pretty evenly split between the two major parties.
By itself, there is nothing wrong with this. It becomes a problem when media bias becomes media fraud. Media bias in editorials and columns is one thing. Media fraud in reporting "facts" in news stories is something else.
Three excellent and devastating new books on media fraud have been published this year, naming names and turning over rocks to show what is crawling underneath. These books are "Coloring the News" by William McGowan, "Bias" by Bernard Goldberg, and "It Ain't Necessarily So" by David Murray, Joel Schwartz and S. Robert Lichter.
In even the best known and most prestigious media outlets -- The New York Times and "60 Minutes," for example -- crucial facts have been left out of news stories when those facts would have undermined or destroyed a liberal argument. Conversely, false claims have been widely reported as facts in the media when those claims supported the liberal vision of the world.
A classic media fraud was the 1996 story of a wave of arsons directed against black churches by racists. It made headlines across the country and was featured on network television news. It sparked indignant editorials and angry outbursts from black activists. The President of the United States recalled his own sadness as a child at the burning down of black churches in Arkansas.
In the end, however, the whole thing turned out to be completely false. Those few journalists who bothered to check out the facts found that there were no facts to support this story and that what facts there were completely refuted it. Even a commission appointed by President Clinton reached the same conclusion. Moreover, not a single black church in Arkansas had burned down during Bill Clinton's childhood. When this front page fraud was finally exposed, the new story was buried
as a small item back on page 20 of The New York Times.
William McGowan's "Coloring the News" offers the best explanation for such journalistic malpract-ice. Many news organizations have created special editorial office caucuses consisting exclusive-ly of black, Hispanic, feminist, or homosexual journalists, who decide how the news about their respective constituencies will be reported -- or whether it will be reported at all.
For example, when a homosexual man was attacked and killed by anti-gay hoodlums, that was huge, front-page news across the country. But when two homosexuals lured a boy next door into their home and then raped and killed him, at about the same time, that was widely ignored, as if it had never happened. Similarly biased treatment has appeared when it came to reporting on corrupt black politicians like D.C. Mayor Marion Barry or the dangerous double standards used for women in the military -- standards which have already led to death in training and may cost still more lives in actual combat.
The issue is not what various journalists or news organizations' editorial views are. The issue is the transformation of news reporting into ideological spin, along with self-serving taboos and outright fraud.
While William McGowan's book seems the most perceptive of these three, all are very valuable and each has its own special emphasis. "It Ain't Necessarily So" focuses on media irresponsibility when reporting on medical and scientific issues, while "Bias" focuses more on the actions and the cast of characters at CBS News, where its author worked for many years. But all three of these books provide a real education on media fraud, which is infinitely more important than media bias.
Democratic nations are especially vulnerable to misinformation. The media in a totalitarian country may tell as many lies as it wants to,but that does not affect the decisions made for the country by its dictator or its ruling party, which has access to the truth, even if the masses do not. But, in a country where the masses choose their leaders and influence policies, a fraudulent press can mislead the voters into national disaster.
Fm: Dumbo (Bill Binney) Subj:  Investigation Report Ref Claim US Bombed Red Cross Facility in Kabul on October 25th
Facility misstatement
A U.S. Central Command investigation into the bombing of Red Cross warehouses in October has found that the facilities were not marked and that the humanitarian agency never gave the coordinates of the facility to the U.S. military, as it claimed. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement two days after U.S. warplanes inadvertently bombed two Red Cross warehouses in Kabul on Oct. 25.
The Geneva-based ICRC "deplored" the bombing and claimed in its statement that the warehouses, which had been used by Taliban forces, were marked with large, nine-foot by nine-foot red crosses on white backgrounds that were "clearly displayed" on each roof. It also said that bombing such marked buildings was "a violation of international humanitarian law."
The ICRC also said it had informed the U.S. military of the exact location of its warehouses after an earlier bombing on Oct. 16.
However, the Central Command investigation found that the ICRC was wrong, we are told by a defense official. "Centcom did an investigation and found that the ICRC never gave us the coordinates and that the buildings were located in an industrial complex and that none of the buildings were marked," the official said.
Fm: Dumbo Subj:  HE MASTER GUNNY SPEAKSA crusty old Marine Corps Master Gunny found himself at a gala event downtown, hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage  of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attend-ance, one of whom approached the Master Guns for conversation.
She said, "Excuse me, sir, but you seem to be a very serious man. Are you this way all the time, or is  something bothering you?" "No," the Master Guns said, "just serious by nature."
The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, "It looks like you have seen a lot of action."
The Master Guns short reply was, "Yes, a lot of action."
The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said,
"You know, you should lighten up a little - relax and enjoy yourself."
The Master Guns just stared at her in his serious manner.
Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?"
The Master Guns looked at her and replied, "1955."
She said, "Well there you go; you really need to chill out and quit taking everything so serious-ly - I mean, no sex since 1955, isn't that a  little extreme?"
The Master Guns, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice,
"Oh, I don't know. It's only 2130 now!'

From: Gene Cram

Subject: And You Thought There Was NO Justice Jim and Mary were both patients in a mental hospital.   One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end.  He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.  Mary  promptly jumped in to save him.  She swam to the bottom and
pulled Jim out.
When the medical director became aware of Mary's heroic act he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable.
When he went to tell Mary the news he said, "Mary, I have good news and bad news.  The good news is you're being discharged; since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound minded- ness.
The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom.  I am so sorry, but he's dead."
Mary replied "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry."