1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.
1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.
1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]
1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.
1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.
1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]
1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.
1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.
1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.
1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.
1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone
outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.
2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in
Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his
band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a
subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”
2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.
2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.
2013 – [unreadable]
2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.
2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”
With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.
A group of Allied soldiers of the 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade and the 2nd New Zealand Division watch the antics of a Greek canine mascot in the forward of the front during a lull in the Battle of Rimini. 21 September 1944.
Lt. Gen. Harold Gregory “Hal” Moore, Jr. passed away on February 10, 2017, a few days short of his 95th birthday.
He was the first of West Point class 1945 to be promoted to brigadier, major, and lieutenant general. He served in the military from 1945 to 1977. He served in Japan after WWII, until 1948. He made over 300 parachute jumps in the 82nd Airborne Division, 150 of which were in the Airborne Test Section with experimental parachutes.
He commanded a mortar company during the Korean War, because he was due for promotion to major – but the 7th Division’s commanding general had put a hold on any promotions without command of a company in combat. In 1954, he returned to West Point and was an instructor in infantry tactics, teaching then-cadet Norman Schwarzkopf, who called him one of his heroes, and cites Moore as the reason he chose the infantry branch. (Schwarzkopf led the UN coalition during OPERATION: DESERT STORM.)
In 1964, now a lieutenant colonel, Moore completed the course of study at the Naval War College, earning a master’s degree in International Relations from my alma mater, George Washington University. He was transferred to Fort Benning and took command of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 11th Air Assault Division. In July they were redesignated the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and deployed to Vietnam in September.
On November 14, 1965, he led the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, into the Battle of la Drang. encircled by the enemy with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Moore persevered despited being significantly outnumbered by the NVA and VC – who would go on to defeat the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry only a few miles away a day later. He was nicknamed ‘Yellow Hair’ due to his blond hair by his troops, as a homage to General Custer – who, as a lieutenant colnel, commanded the same 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Bighorn just a century before. Though casualties were higher for the other parts of the battle of la Drang, Moore’s troops suffered 79 killed and 121 wounded. 634 NVA and VC bodies were found in the vicinity, with an estimated 1,215 killed by artillery and airstrikes in the area. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his part of the battle, promoted to colonel, and took over command of the 3rd Brigade.
In 1968, he was assigned by the Army to Harvard University to complete his M.A in international relations. On August 31, he was promoted to brigadier general, and then to major general in 1970. His assignment at the time was as assistant chief of staff of the Eighth Army in South Korea. He was charged by General Michaelis of the 7th ID to clean up a major drug abuse and racial strife problem. Moore established leadership schools for both officers and NCOs, and institted an ‘equal opportunity policy.’ He backed it up with punishments to those who discriminated based on race, ethnicity, or creed.
In 1974 he was appointed deputy chief of staff for personnel, his last assignment. He dealt with army recruiting issues after the draft was terminated, as well as the drawdown of forces after the end of the Vietnam War. His next assignment was to become Commanding General, US Army Japan, but he retired instead. He left the Army on August 1, 1977, after 32 years of active service.
In 1992 Moore wrote We Were Soldiers Once… And Young with co-author Joseph L. Galloway. The book was adapted into the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, by Mel Gibson. It remains my absolute favorite Vietnam War movie.
Moore and Joseph L. Galloway have written another book together, a follow-up to their first collaboration. We Are Soldiers Still; A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam was published in 2008.
Here he is putting out the flag that his son, Col. David Moore, sent home from Afghanistan. Rest in peace, sir.
U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, part of the U.S. 5th Army (United States Army North) capture and disarm German Wehrmacht soldiers during the Battle of Cisterna. January 31, 1944.
Frederick Gotthold Enslin: The first man to be discharged from the army for sodomy.
Frederick Gotthold Enslin was involved in one of three possible cases of sodomy documented in the Continental Army.
Little to nothing is known about the early life of Frederick Gotthold Enslin, born in 1740, it is believed he was from a family of high standard living in Europe and he was in possibly southern Germany, due to reports that his command of the English language was outstanding and his penmanship was well formed. Enslin arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Union commanded by Andrew Bryson traveling from Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 30th, 1774. The ship held one hundred and thirty two people on board and according to ship records, Frederick Gotthold Enslin arrived alone, in good health and he was in his late twenties to early thirties. On the ship’s roster, his name appears as “Gotthold Fried. Enslin,”. As soon as he arrived he ad to pledge the “Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance.” When the revolution broke out, Enslin was living in New Jersey where he enlisted in the Continental Army in March 1777.
Enslin enlisted, was given the rank of Lieutenant and awaited assignment until he became a part of Colonel William Malcolm’s Regiment in June 1777 under the command of Malcoln and Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Burr, in Ramapo, New Jersey. The regiment made its way to temporary quarters in Valley Forge. Malcolm’s regiment was placed into the 3rd Pennsylvania Brigade after a long encampment at Valley Forge.
By February 1778, rumors began to circulate of suspicious behavior between Enslin and a private in the ranks. Sometime during this month, in Enslin’s cabin that Ensign Anthony Maxwell who shared a cabin with him discovered the lieutenant in bed with Private John Monhart. An official report was given by Ensign Anthony Maxwell to Malcolm on February 27, stating that Enslin was caught in his quarters with a private, and Enslin was guilty of “attempted sodomy with a private.” Enslin tried to dispell the rumors, calling the charges “slander against his character”. Charges were set against Maxwell, and brought before the commanding officer in charge of the issue, which was Aaron Burr, because Malcolm was in New York.
The case began with a charge against him for slander against another soldier. At Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in February 1778, Ensign Anthony Maxwell was brought before a court-martial charged with “propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character of Lieut. Enslin.” Maxwell was ultimately acquitted of the charge. Maxwell’s court-martial stated he was “propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character of Lt. Enslin.” In his orderly book, Burr later wrote,
“The court after mature deliberation upon the evidence produced could not find that Ensign Maxwell had published any report prejudicial to the character of Lt. Enslin further than the strict line of his duty required and do therefore acquit him of the charge”.
From Founders Archives, General Orders, March 3rd, 1778:
“At a Brigade Court Martial whereof Coll Burr was President (Feby 27th 1778,) Ensign Maxwell of Coll Malcom’s Regiment tried for propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character of Lieutt Enslin—The Court after maturely deliberating upon the Evidence produced could not find that Ensign Maxwell had published any report prejudicial to the Character of Lieutt Enslin further than the strict line of his duty required and do therefore acquit him of the Charge.
His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the aforegoing sentences and orders Ensign Maxwell to be discharged from his Arrest & Captain Courtney to be immediately dismissed the service.”
Even thought Washington approved a sentence of discharge, Burr acquitted Maxwell on March 10, 1778 of all charges and began to swarm on Enslin as a formal hearing began. An investigation to the report of sodomy was started. Officially documented, the private who was involved with Enslin in the “attempted sodomy” charge was Private John Monhort.
John Monhart from New York, was born in 1760 and enlisted as a private in Captain John Sandford’s company of Colonel William Malcom’s Additional Continental Regiment in the spring of 1777, and he remained with that company. Enslin was found guilty for the charge of “attempting to commit sodomy.” A second charge was also placed against him, for perjury. Enslin was found guilty in the perjury charge and “in swearing to false accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War”. The case was then brought before General George Washington. March 14, 1778, Washington quickly looked over the charges, and sentenced Enslin to be dismissed from his post and the military service with “Infamy” and “never to return.”
“…Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcolm’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy … "His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence & Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieut. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning….”
From General George Washington’s Orders, 14 March 1778:
“…At a General Court Martial whereof Coll Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt Enslin of Coll Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th Article 18th Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy—His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence & Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose.“
The next morning, March 15th, 1778, sixteen days after the arrival of Baron von Steuben, under watch from the field commanders, and in front of the entire regiment, Enslin was officially drummed out of camp to fife and drum and became known as the first American soldier to be drummed out of the army for sodomy. A diary entry, by Lieutenant James McMichael detailed the event:
"March 15–I this morning proceeded to the grand parade, where I was a spectator to the drumming out of Lieut. Enslin of Col. Malcom’s regiment. He was first drum’d from right to left of the parade, thence to the left wing of the army; from that to the centre, and lastly transported over the Schuylkill with orders never to be seen in Camp in the future. This shocking scene was performed by all the drums and fifes in the army–the coat of the delinquent was turned wrong side out.”
Private Monhort received a court-martial after Enslin was drummed out. Nothing describes the severity of the court-martial, or whether Monhort was also dismissed from the military, jailed or fined but punishment “disorders and neglects … to the prejudice of good order and military discipline” . He was later a part of Colonel Oliver Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment, until the spring of 1780 and rose to corporal in May 1779. No other records have been found to be exact the rest of Monhort’s life but he died in 1835. Nothing at all his known about Frederick Gotthold Enslin’s life after dismissable, thought it was bound to be one sadly of public humiliation.
Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. “Hal” Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, has died. He was 94. “There’s something missing on this earth now. We’ve lost a great warrior, a great soldier, a great human being and my best friend. They don’t make them like him anymore,” Galloway said. Galloway, a former war correspondent for United Press International, said Moore was “without question, one of the finest commanders I ever saw in action.” Beginning on November 14, 1965, Lt. Col. Moore led the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in the week-long Battle of Ia Drang. Encircled by enemy soldiers with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Moore managed to persevere despite being significantly outnumbered by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces that would go on to defeat the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry only two-and-a-half miles away the next day. Moore’s dictum that “there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success” and the courage of his entire command are credited with this outcome. Moore was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism at Ia Drang. Moore died on February 10, 2017, three days before his 95th birthday. RIP Sir… RIP!
Group portrait of the Australian 11th (Western Australia) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force posing on the Great Pyramid of Giza on 10 January 1915, prior to the landing at Gallipoli.
U.S. Soldiers, assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, inspect a Ukrainian T-64BM during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge (SETC) opening ceremony, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 07, 2017.
AFGHANISTAN. Kandahar Province. December 17, 2011. U.S. Army Sgt. Lidya Admounabdfany writes down information from a local woman at the Woman’s Centre near the Zhari District Centre outside of Forward Operating Base Pasab. Admounabdfany was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1990, living through the 2003 U.S. invasion, hiding in a basement with her family. Her mother, a widow who spoke some English, met and married an American security adviser and the whole family soon moved to Oklahoma City. When she was 17, she graduated High School and enrolled in the U.S. Army, hoping to go to Iraq. As the wars changed priorities, Admounabdfany ended up learning Dari and Pashto, and was deployed to Afghanistan as a member of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division’s Female Engagement Team.
The project of modernization of the body of T-60 and is not approved for production The same fate was prepared and the project of modernization of the tower. After a complaint from the factories “Red October” and plant No. 180 of this idea had to be abandoned But rollers with internal depreciation from April 1942 went into production Lined tank equipped with road wheels with internal shock absorption. The summer of 1942 T-60 from a part of the 3rd guards tank brigade. A typical machine of late releases has an octagonal turret hatch and driver’s hatch with angular air flow units. Its hull and turret are not created at the factory “Red October” or factory No. 180 Stalingrad T-60 in the fighting in the North Caucasus. Three tanks of the same plant, and they have three different types of rollers
U.S. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division maneuver towards a defensive position while participating in a live fire operation during Exercise Combined Resolve VIII at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Grafhenwoehr, Germany April 24, 2017.
A U.S. Army Captain, and commander of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scanning ridgelines with his M4 rifle near the village of Kote Khel.
Died in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
while deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
. The incident is under investigation. Houck was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell, KY.