Wednesday, December 31, 2008

So, it's 09 again...

I was looking through some information about President Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919). When I came across a couple of interesting little side notes about the year 1909.

In 1898, at the end of the Spanish-American War, the United States was propelled into the arena of international affairs and gained status as a world power, with the acquisition of the Philippines and Guam in the Pacific, then Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Because of this Roosevelt wanted to show the world the power of the U.S. Navy. The Great White Fleet's voyage around the world's oceans had never been attempted by any navy at that point in history and was seen as a great accomplishment for the new world power.The Great White Fleet would finished its' circumnavigation of the world by returning to Hampton Roads, Virgina in February 1909, a hundred years ago this year.

President Roosevelt speaking to sailors at Hampton Roads, Virgina.

Four squadrons of warships sailed the oceans for a fourteen-month long voyage was a grand pageant of American sea power. The squadrons were manned by 14,000 sailors. They covered some 43,000 nautical miles (80,000 km) and made twenty port calls on six continents. The fleet was impressive, but already the battleships were technically outdated.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

An then, there was only one...

I picked up today's morning paper and just below the fold was an article about students from a local high school who had an opportunity to speak with Frank Buckles, the last remaining American World War I veteran. They were learning about World War I in their class and their teacher had wanted them to gain more then what any history book could tell them. I have heard of a saying that,"education is what you have left after you have forgotten everything else." I hope these students gain a better understanding of what happened during this time in history from Mr. Buckles. He will be a 108 in February 2009. Article

Friday, December 26, 2008

Remembering Pearl Harbor 2008

December 7th 1941 was a day that will be remember as a day of infamy.

On December 6th and 7th 2008 I and several friends with the aid of the National Park Service
helped to remember the members of the U.S. military who served on that fateful day.
The event took place in the Presidio at Battery Chamberlin.
Battery Chamberlin is located northeast of the Baker Beach parking lot and holds the last 6-inch "disappearing gun" of its type on the west coast.

On top of the protective concert "Gun Tub".
Sky Captain watch out.
1942 Ford GPW (Jeep) and the 6 inch gun (circa 1908) on disappearing carriage.

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