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Airdrop to Micronesia

Airdrop to Micronesia

The U.S. Air Force, Japan’s Air Defense & Royal Australian Air Force spread the joy of Christmas…

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The U.S. Air Force is once again playing the role of Santa to people living in some of the most remote locations in the world.

Airmen from the Yokota Air Base’s 374th Airlift Wing have spent the last week in the back of their C-130s, dropping much-needed supplies to island villages and atolls scattered throughout Micronesia. In its 64th year, the holiday humanitarian mission has become known as Operation Christmas Drop.

The supplies, which benefit more than 20,000 people in the Northern Marianas Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau, are collected through donations.

“When we heard that these people needed our help, we did everything we could get some toys and food collected at our school,” said Lolaine Arriola, a ninth-grader from Okkodo High School on Guam. Even though the students only had a few days to collect items, “we still filled a few boxes of goods and got a few classmates to come to the base to help pack the bundles,” Arriola said.

This year, the Yokota crew has had help from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, making this Christmas Drop a multinational effort.

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The New Orleans National World War II Museum took airmen for another flight…

The museum takes special care of aircraft used in the war; this year, the show has featured a B-29 Superfortress, which was used in the Pacific for long-range bombing and a B-25, a plane which saw much service in Europe.  War veterans who were able to attend the show were given the opportunity to ride in the planes again.

Victor J. Hancock, 92, flew a B-25 during the war and said he thought back to Corsica as he rode in the aircraft again during this year’s show.  He flew 22 missions in Italy and Austria, generally targeting the Brenner Pass, used by the Germans to move their troops and supplies into Italy.  During the airshow, though, Hancock was a passenger who got to look out the windows and enjoy the view for a change.

Martin Biener, 93, flew 51 war missions over Europe in a B-25 nicknamed the Yellow Rose.  On his ride during the show he sat in the middle by the gunner position, which he noticed was made differently than the original.  He and the other five veterans in the plane took photos with their phones while enjoying the ride.

Bernie Peters, 92, was another veteran who took a ride during the show.  He recalled, during the safety talk advising him of the location of emergency exits, that he knew all too well where they were.

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Navy sends new stealth destroyer out for trials…

USS Zumwalt leaves Maine

USS Zumwalt leaves Maine

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s new stealth destroyer began a week of sea trials Monday to try and prove that after years of setbacks, the next-generation warship was worth the wait.

The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is the first in a class of futuristic destroyers that will have an angular but low external profile to maximize stealth on the outside, and next-generation power systems to enable the ship to run energy-demanding future weapons and sensor systems on the inside.

The ship sailed Monday from its port in Bath, Maine for a weeklong test of its onboard systems, according to the Navy.  The Zumwalt was designed to replace the Navy’s current fleet of Arleigh-Burke destroyers but cost overruns and program delays led the Navy to cap the ship’s production to three.

Stories were found In Stars and Stripes and WWI online.

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Navy Humor – 

The Navy's version of Sad Sack

The Navy’s version of Sad Sack

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Farewell Salutes – 

Harriet Behrans – Washington DC; US Navy WAVE, WWII

Matthew Dinning – Richmond Hill, CAN; RC Army, Afghanistan, 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade

Marion Faure Jr. – Pocatello, ID; US Army, WWII, PTO, Purple Heartplaying-taps

Harold Heffer – NZ; RNZ Navy # 1447, WWII, Petty Officer

Norman Johnson – Leominister, MA; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT

Oliver Lewis – Ogden, UT; US Army Air Corps, 11th Airborne

Arnold McKerley – Warrior, AL; US Navy, WWII

Hifumi Okazaki – Honolulu, HI; US Army, WWII, MIS Nisei

Arthur Scarborough – Savannah, GA; Civil Air Patrol, WWII/ US Navy, Korea, photographer

William Walsh – Salem, NH; US Navy, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 12, 2015, in Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Yokota AB… goes back a long way. I think it may have been renamed to that when your dad was there? Anyways, there’s a Yokota AFB shuttle in this pic my dad took in 1947 in front of the Tokyo Station across from the Imperial Palace. https://picasaweb.google.com/114837245606560198802/Dad#5472450915926859458

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    • Thanks for the link, Koji – I went through a bunch of your Dad’s photos! I’ll bet the Tokyo museum or the base historian would love to have those pictures! That train station sure came out looking great – the Army engineers did a terrific job!! You are correct about the name, it was Tama AB before the US took it over.

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  2. thanks for the info, especially the Christmas drop and the sub out of Bath, Thanks and Merry Christmas

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  3. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of amazing stories to share.

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  4. The Stealth destroyer sure looks futuristic, doesn’t it?
    Daddy was the CO on a couple destroyers. I’ll have to make sure he sees this (although I’m sure he has!)

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    • I’m sure he watched the Army/Navy game too; the Navy’s helmets were hand-painted – different ships, including a stealth submarine! They were beautiful! Tell you dad – thanks for everything!!

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      • I watched it, too! and shared an article on FB about the helmets and the uniforms. The biggest game of the year, and the best college football tradition – seeing who gets to sing second.
        I do love being a “Navy Brat” and in fact, ordered T-shirts for my sisters for Christmas that say “Proud Navy Daughter”.
        I will share your thanks with my father when I see him in 2 weeks. Cannot wait!

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  5. Reblogged this on The mind is an unexplored country. and commented:
    Yesterday’s foes, today’s allies.

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  6. Not current news at all but I thought you would enjoy this link and when the right time comes, you might like to share it.

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  7. How nice! >Operation Christmas Drop

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  8. That stealth destroyer looks really unusual! It looks like an old ironclad!

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  9. Wonderful, memorable, flight

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  10. Thanks for the great year GP.

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  11. Fabulous, feel good post – right in time for Christmas cheer and always on time to put a smile on the faces of the most deserving such as these brave “old” chaps.

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  12. Zumwalt is one weird looking ship—I like that Merrimack analogy; spot on. And that ‘old fashioned’ looking bow is meant to make her a more stable platform. Hope all goes well …

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  13. Kudos to the guys out of Guam. It is always heartwarming to read such stories.

    “cost overruns and program delays” An all too common story for weapons that already cost billions. –Curt

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  14. What a wonderfully uplifting post in this world of turmoil!

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  15. This is splendid Brad, those two guys look like they are experiencing a dream come true! Love the humor as always.

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  16. What a lovely uplifting post, GP! I wish the news was filled with this kind of thing. The good things get left out… Thank you, and mega hugs!

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  17. Thank you lieber Freund wünsche einen schönen 3 Advent Grüße und Küsse Gislinde

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  18. Love the current report and what a great idea. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  19. Love the “current report”!

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  20. I’ve never heard of a stealth destroyer . Looks a little like the Merrimack from the Civil War. Thanks for the post .

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  21. What a really strange ship! With a really strange name!

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    • To me, that stealth design always looks a bit like science fiction – I’m old school I guess, 🙄 The name is after Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. He was an admiral and youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations – highly decorated, esp. for Vietnam, in his 32 year career. Thank you for your interest, John!

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  22. Nice to now there are many good things going on in the world today. A cheery post!

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  23. I read about this years ago. So glad it continues. Thanks for posting this, GP.

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  24. I’d imagine Bernie Peters would know “all too well” where the emergency exits were. How nice these veterans were allowed to ride in the planes again.

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  25. Good Holiday news for a change. The New Orleans National WWII is on my list for a visit.

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  26. Have a blessed Christmas Season and thank you for all your wonderful posts in your blog, GP!

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  27. The sight of those B-25 makes me want to tell a story.

    My uncle was a B-25 pilot and near the end of this war, most of his missions were in Southern France. These were low-risk missions and the increasingly bored crew decided to liven things up by wiring the plane to allow only one landing light to be activated. During a return to base at twilight, they dropped down to treetop level over a railroad line and turned on the single landing light. They claimed they could see sparks fly from the wheels of a locomotive miles away. They didn’t say what further action they took against the train.

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    • Too bad your uncle left you hanging at the end like that! You’ll find quite a few of the troops maintained a good sense of humor to get themselves and their buddies through the hard times! That’s why I have a separate section for the military humor. Thanks for sharing, Greg!

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  28. Thanks for the report on current events, GP. Nice to see the air force veterans getting to ride again, in the old planes, and to see the drops to the remote islands continuing.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  29. Cheers to the 374, and Happy Holidays to you !!!!!

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  30. Thank you for including me, Angel.

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