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.
I’m a terrible person who doesn’t have time to respond to inbox messages until, like, probably Sunday, if I want to get this finished before the end of the week (given tomorrow is LawLu day)
In other news, I changed Law and Sabo’s introduction to one another.
“And where are my
manners? I am Sabo, Ri’s best friend and the Revolutionary Army’s Chief of
Law can’t quite stop his jaw
from falling open, no matter how hard he tries to prevent it, how hard he tries
to stop his face from expressing his displeasure.
His eyes snap over to look at
Ris, who delicately shrugs her shoulders, turning her attention elsewhere to happily
accept the fruit juice the waitress offers her.
A glass of red wine is placed
before the fucking Revolutionary Army’s Chief of Staff, while the town’s
signature beer is presented to both Law and Ermine.
Ermine who is staring at
the blond male with something like awe and something that is unquestionably
attraction in his eyes.
“I told you I wasn’t
with the marines,” Ris murmurs quietly, and no fucking wonder.
A bloody Revolutionary.
They have to have some way of
ensuring the silence of those around them, or of ensuring they’re not
overheard. Law highly doubts they’d speak so openly on this if not.
Regaining his composure comes
naturally, despite the internal turmoil of ‘what the fuck is going on with his
life’. Every time he interacts with anyone who boasts ties to the Grand Line,
or has been to the Grand Line, or has the intention of going to the Grand Line…
It all ends up just like this.
It all ends up with Law’s life
no longer making any fucking sense.
“Not being with the
marines, and then being an active part of the Revolutionary Army fighting
against the Tenryūbito are two very different things, Ris-ya.”
General der Panzertruppe Maximilian von Edelsheim and other officers leave in their command VW Schwimmwagen for the far side of the River Elbe to convey the terms of surrender to their subordinate commanders. They have just left the city hall of Stendal, Germany, where Major Frank Keating, 102nd Infantry Div. and Major General James Moore, Chief of Staff US 9th Army gave them the terms for the German XXXXVIII Panzerkorps of which Edelsheim commanded at the time. May 4 1945.
The bulk of the retreating German forces, along with several thousand civilians fleeing the final Soviet advance, reached and crossed the Elbe using the partially destroyed bridge at Tangermünde between 4 May and 7 May 1945, surrendering to elements of the US 102nd Infantry Division, US 9th Army.
(Nb. the vehicle isn’t a standard Type 166 VW Schwimmwagen, but the very rare limited production Type 128.
Notice the high the body sides and the exhaust venting under the rear mudguard.
The small badge on the side of the vehicle is the 48th Pz Korps badge)
(Photo source - US Army Signal Corps)
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Afghanistan’s army chief and defence minister have resigned following a Taliban attack on an army base over the weekend that killed more than a 100 people.
The attack, the biggest ever by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan, involved multiple attackers and suicide bombers in army uniforms who penetrated the compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army in northern Balkh province on Friday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which according to some estimates killed over 130 people.
President Ashraf Ghani accepted the resignations of Qadam Shah Shahim, the army chief of staff and Abdullah Habibi, the country’s defence minister, on Monday, according to a statement from the president’s office.
Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from Kabul, said they were forced to resign and their positions were “untenable.”
“Given the scale of the attack, which has been described as nothing short of a massacre, their have been growing calls on social media, the local media, the streets and even in parliament for both of these men to go,” he said.
“Both of these men were under pressure for a similar attack just over a month ago when infiltrators managed to get inside a hospital and claimed more than 50 lives.”
“The defence minister managed to escape a vote of no-confidence in parliament and narrowly held on to his job. So both men have now taken a logical step.”
IN PICTURES: The Afghans on the frontlines fighting the Taliban
On Sunday, Afghanistan marked a day of national mourning, with memorial services held at mosques and the Afghan flag flying at half-staff on government buildings and offices across the country.
The attack in Balkh raises serious questions about the Afghan military’s capability to stand on its own in the battle against the insurgency following the withdrawal of foreign combat forces at the end of 2014.
“We’re also approaching a sensitive time when the Taliban launches its spring offensive. The military has to be on its guard,” our correspondent said.
“This attack further undermines the military. Their has already been talk about corruption and allegations of poor leadership. This does nothing to strengthen the army at this time.”
The American and other foreign troops remaining in Afghanistan are now mostly acting in an advisory and training role, with some combat assistance.
He can see the freckled face stretched to a grin in every man he passes, and hear the distinctive shishishi-laugh in every snicker that leaves his companions’ lips.
He doesn’t feel he has the right to forget, nor does he want to. He has done his fair share of forgetting, and now he clings onto the newfound memories like a lifeline, no matter how much they wound him. He embraces the nightmares of his family dying over and over again, of his younger brother screaming insults and accusations in his face while his other brother’s prone body gets colder and colder, the fire quenched but a macabre, yet so serene smile still on his lips nonetheless.
It terrifies him to know that his brothers went through hell without him. It pains him to know his brother died before they had the chance to meet again and he could apologize, set things right. It makes him want to cry to know that his little brother, the one he asked Ace to protect, was alone with his grief after the other had fulfilled his promise and paid for it with his life.
And it disgusts him to know that he should have been there but wasn’t, makes him feel so ashamed and so fucking sorry that it kills him.
He doesn’t know if he could have changed things, but he knows that he should have been there, as well as he knows that the sky is blue and the ocean is wet.
It haunts him to know that maybe, perhaps, possibly he could have served a purpose to save and protect those closest to him, but he didn’t remember - didn’t have the memories that would have made all the difference before it was too late.
What good does training like a madman for a decade do, if you don’t use those skills to protect the ones you love? What merit do his own aspirations for liberty hold when he was unable to break the chains of the one person who deserved all the freedom the world has to offer?
Those thoughts have kept Sabo company from the moment he laid eyes on that newspaper article about the war, his only solace remaining with the knowledge that at least Luffy is safe, he is okay, he is happy.
So when Luffy asks the question he has wanted to ask for two years now, reveals that, despite his energetic exterior he, too, is haunted by the same demons of fear and regret, it breaks Sabo’s heart.
“Sabo… Do you hate me?”
He freezes, his heart pounding and blood rushing in his ears. The question is whispered into a pillow, muffled but not muted, and his brother’s voice is so broken and small that it takes the revolutionary a long time to process the words.
‘No, of course not Lu, I’m sorry, I’m the one to blame, I wasn’t there…’
“I didn’t save him… Do you hate me?” Luffy sniffles in a voice that doesn’t belong to someone close to their twenties.
No, this is the same seven year old boy that used to wake him up after a nightmare with a quivering lip and red rimmed eyes. This is the little brother of Ace and Sabo, not the notorious Straw Hat Luffy, and neither Sabo is the chief of staff of the revolutionary army at that moment, but a big brother in all his heart and soul.
Why would Luffy ever think like that? He is the one that failed, that left his brothers on their own for all those years, who didn’t remember, who…
Years of self-doubt and anger course through Sabo’s veins like poison, clouding his mind. He stifles a groan. Why would his -sweet, innocent, compassionate, undeserving of all this shit- little brother ever blame himself when he all but lost his life to save Ace?
When he was there and Sabo was… not.
His whispered name rips Sabo back into reality. There is no time for speculation, not when Luffy is still sobbing softly into the pillow he is clutching onto with a white-knuckled grip, hard enough to break the fabric. A stray feather lands on Sabo’s hand, and he stares at it for a split-second before his vocal chords remember how to transform his thoughts into actual, audible sounds.
“No, oh Luffy, why would you even think that, no, of course not…” He hurries to answer, and brown eyes swimming with tears meet his own, holding the eye contact for no more than two seconds before Sabo’s arms are occupied with shivering rubber limbs. He holds his brother tight, so close that anyone but his elastic brother would have broken a bone or dozen, and Sabo doesn’t want to let go. Not ever.
“Are… you… sure?” Luffy mumbles through his tears. Sabo wipes them away with his gloved hand and smiles somberly. The younger brother goes limp his arms, his entire form racked with relieved sobs.
“Of course I’m sure, idiot.” He says fondly, and Luffy smiles at him, reassuring his brother without a spoken word that he doesn’t blame Sabo either.
Sabo can hear himself babbling, muttering close to incomprehensible words of reassurance and comfort to his only remaining brother. Tears burn in his eyes, and he lets them fall.
They stay like that for hours, until the Straw Hat’s resident swordsman comes searching for the captain who has apparently missed dinner. And when even the prospect of meat doesn’t make Luffy break the borderline chokehold Sabo has on him, the green haired man merely smiles and nods in understanding.
Luffy’s tears have long since dried, and so have Sabo’s. They have nothing more to say and they can hear their stomachs growling in unison, but they don’t want to let go. Not then, not ever.
South Korean army chief reportedly orders crackdown on homosexual soldiers
South Korea’s army chief has reportedly ordered a crackdown on homosexual soldiers after a video showing one male soldier having sex with another surfaced on social media.
The Center for Military Human Rights Korea, a civic group, claimed the army has begun to track soldiers based on their sexual preferences. It added that the Army Chief of Staff Gen Jang Jun-gyu has directed the military to punish homosexual soldiers for violating military regulations.
Up to 50 soldiers are on a list of homosexual individuals, the group said. Under the country’s military law, soldiers found guilty of “sodomy” or “other disgraceful conduct” can be punished for up to a maximum of two years in prison, according to the Yonhap news agency.
“Launching an investigation solely based on one’s sexual orientation is discrimination and an act against humanity. The army made the list without material evidence of them having sexual intercourse,” said the South Korean group. The army denied the accusations, but admitted it launched a probe over the video.
Some of the rounded-up army members were reportedly even asked whether they used condoms during their sexual encounters in what was branded a serious invasion of privacy. “This case shows the army’s vulgar perception on one’s sexual orientation and that the clause, whose constitutionality has continued to be questioned, can be abused to hunt out homosexuals,” the Center said.
The South Korean military said in a statement: “The investigation team launched the probe after recognising that an incumbent soldier uploaded a video of him having sexual intercourse with another male soldier on social media.” The army said it did not divulge any specifics involved in the incident to protect the identities of the people involved.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower considered the Army’s World War II military uniform to be restricting and poorly suited for combat. Instead he had a standard issue wool field jacket tailored to be “very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking.” The resulting “Eisenhower jacket” or “Ike jacket,” as it came to be known, was standard issue to American troops after November 1944.
This “Ike jacket” was worn by Eisenhower, seen here in this photograph.
Ike urged theater-wide adoption of the shorter jacket in a May 5, 1943, letter to General George C. Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff.
September 1, 1916 - Bulgaria Declares War on Romania
Pictured - A Bulgarian propaganda poster. Bulgaria smoldered with resentment for its neighbors after its humiliating loss in the Second Balkan War in 1913, and the war provided it with an opportunity for vengeance.
Bulgaria declared war on its Balkan neighbor on September 1, eager to settle scores from the Second Balkan War three years earlier, which had pitted it against the rest of the peninsula. Romania’s advance into Transylvania proved short-lived, whereas its troops could have been a massive aid to the Russian soldiers in the Carpathians. Former German Chief of the Army Staff Erich von Falkenhayn arrived on the Eastern Front to take command of the German Ninth Army, which would attack Romania from the north with help from the Austrians, while the Bulgarians would attack from the south. Romania was geographically vulnerable to a two-pronged attack.
Russia, Iran vow continued military support for Assad
The army chiefs of Russia and Iran have vowed to continue the fight against “terrorists” and their supporters in Syria days after the US Navy launched a barrage of cruise missiles against a Syrian goverment airbase.
Speaking by phone on Saturday, Major General Mohammad Bagheri of Iran and General Valery Gerasimov of Russia “condemned the American operation against a Syrian airbase which is an aggression against an independent country”, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.
The US strikes “aim at slowing the victories of the Syrian army and its allies, and reinforcing terrorist groups”, the two chiefs of staff said in a statement.
They vowed to continue their military cooperation in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “until the total defeat of the terrorists and those that support them”, according to the Mehr news agency.
Iran and Russia are Assad’s closest allies and label all opponents of his government as “terrorists”.
Both governments have defended Assad against Western allegations that his regime carried out a suspected chemical weapons attack on Tuesday on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing at least 86 civilians.
The Syrian opposition and its backers have dismissed claims by the Syrian government and Moscow that civilians were exposed to the deadly chemicals after a rebel weapons depot was hit in an air raid.
Earlier in the day, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump for the missile attack the US launched launched in retaliation.
“This man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism but today all terrorists in Syria are celebrating the US attack,” he said.
Also on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke over the phone with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson, just days ahead of the latter’s scheduled visit to Moscow.
Lavrov said the US “attack on a country whose government fights terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists, [and] creates additional threats to regional and global security,” according to a statement put out by the Russian foreign ministry.
Meanwhile, an air strike killed 18 civilians including four children in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group.
It said the attack on the village of Urum al-Joz was believed to have been carried out by Russian planes.
A separate strike on Khan Shaikhoun, where the alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier week, killed a woman and wounded her son, according to SOHR.
Elsewhere in Syria, activists opposed to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group said a US-led coalition air strike hit a boat carrying civilians fleeing across the Euphrates River near Raqqa, ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital.
The groups Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Sound and Picture said the attack killed a woman and her six children.
According to the activists, the attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area, close to where US-backed Syrian fighters have been on the offensive against ISIL.
Activists and state media said a separate coalition air strike on the northern ISIL-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.
SOHR said 15 people, including four children, were killed in Hneida attack. The Sound and Picture group said the air strike hit an internet cafe, killing 14 people.
Additionally, a bomb exploded aboard a bus carrying workers near the city Homs, killing a woman and wounding more than 20, according to state TV and the SOHR.
8 Dec 1940 entry in the diary of the chief of the General staff of the army of permantemente Halder:
“The results of today’s shooting of the system "M-60” Hillersleben. Firing range — 4200 m. the self-Propelled unit. Projectile weight — 2100 kg. the weight of the charge is 280 kg. the Initial velocity of the projectile — 220 km/h. Sound and flash when fired is small. Penetration of the projectile — 150 cm concrete. Can be loaded on the railway platform. Transportation on the highway — on separate platforms. The embattled — with the help of a crane. Workshops will be ready to 10.1, so that transportation by rail will be possible. The speed of movement on the March — 4 km/hour. Dispersion when firing: 15x15 m. the Best results when shooting at distances 2700-4100 M. Ammunition — 30 shells with impact fuses.“
Apparently, talking about self-propelled mortar "Karl” (Gerät 040). In November 1940, the first such mortar, which had its own name, “Adam”, was handed over to the army. The other five settings: “Eva”, “Thor”, “Odin”, “Loki” and “UIC” was delivered to the troops in 1941.
Here is the Commanding General of US Army Forces Command. He is the man who decided today to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. He did this knowing his career will probably be over because of his decision. I imagine that President Obama is tonight plotting to ruin his reputation for upsetting his attempt to whitewash what Bergdahl did so he had an excuse to free the 6 al qaeda prisoners from Gitmo. Please share his picture with all the Patriots you know. Show General Abrams how much you support his courage. He reminds me of General Creighton Abrams former Army Chief of Staff and another American Hero.
My Name is Dabney Herndon Maury, I was an officer in the United States Army, an instructor at West Point, and author of military training books, and a major general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War
I entered the Confederate Army as a Colonel, serving as an Adjutant General, then was Chief of Staff under General Earl Van Dorn. Following the Battle of Pea Ridge, I was promoted to the rank of Brigadier general and assigned to field command. I led a division at the Second Battle of Corinth, and was appointed major general in November 1862. Participated in army operations around Vicksburg Mississippi, and in the defense of Mobile Alabama. In the latter military campaign, I commanded the Department of the Gulf.
With the conclusion of the Civil War, I came home to Virginia and established an academy in Fredericksburg to teach classical literature and mathematics. In 1868 I organized the Southern Historical Society, and spent 20 years working to produce 52 volumes of Southern history and genealogies.
Two years after my wife died, I began a movement in 1878 to reorganize the National Militia. I was Later appointed by U.S. President Grover Cleveland as United States Ambassador to Columbia. I authored a treatise entitled Skirmish Drill for Mounted Troops in 1886. I died at the home of my son in Peoria Illinois, and was interred in the Confederate portion of the city cemetery in Fredericksburg VA.
September 2, 1945, in a formal ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in
Tokyo Bay, Japan, representatives of the Japanese government signed this
Instrument of Surrender, officially ending World War II.
original first page of this document will be on display from August 27
through September 3 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
This is not the first time the document was displayed here. After the
Japanese Instrument of Surrender was presented to President Truman at
the White House on September 7, 1945, it was put on exhibit at the
National Archives (and later formally accessioned into its holdings).
Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff, signed for Japan.
General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in the Southwest Pacific, signed
for the United States and accepted the surrender in his capacity as the
Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
also signed for the United States.
Then representatives from
eight other Allied nations signed, including the Republic of China, the
United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. The ceremony took less than 30
Heinz Wilhelm Guderian (June 17, 1888 - May 14, 1954) was a German military, the Wehrmacht Generaloberst and Chief of the General Staff of the Army, considered one of the greatest military geniuses of the twentieth century and known as one of the main developers of the concept of Blitzkrieg modern, architect of mechanization Gun German armored cavalry of the Second World War.
His work was instrumental in developing armored vehicles in the two world wars, widely highlighting the Panzer II, III, IV and V Panther especially, some of the most effective of the second world war and among the most innovative in history. Guderian was one of the architects of the optimization of radio intercom gun blindada.1 His ideas were heavily influenced by theorists John Fuller and Liddell Hart2 and Soviet military Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky. During the invasion of Russia was known as one of the most effective and proactive general Eastern Front and was dubbed Schneller Hein
It was very dangerous drawing Sabo. Tears and electronics don’t mix, you know? xD I am so happy that Sabo is finally introduced in the One Piece anime, and I TOTALLY DIDN’T CRY HEARING HIS VOICE FOR THE FIRST TIME. NOPE. When I heard that Tooru Furuya was coming down for KK15, I couldn’t NOT paint him.
As I was painting it and looking at the reference pictures and watching the episodes again, I suddenly thought “oh no. He’s really handsome. This is bad.” xD Sabo is very quickly becoming a part of my heart its terrible, haha! I had a hard time with the background though…but hey, orange is a complementary color of blue, right? right? 8D Its too bright, but one day I’ll figure out backgrounds.