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Come Aboard the USS Hancock CVA-19 Again and
Take a Trip back in Time to 1954

Enjoy PH3 Rich Kirsch's Personal 16mm Video which he took
of Action on the Flight Deck when testing the new
Steam Catapult System...

Note: Please wait for the Projectionist to get the Film in the Projector and forgive the "Coke Bottle Bottom" Lens...

This 'Movie in the Hangar Bay' is Courtesy of
Rich Kirsch's Fighting Hannah OP Photo Lab Division Memorial

So Much for Catapults and Arresting Gear!!

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's and STO's in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. That was an intentional part of the sea trials.

The USS Wasp is an amphibious assault ship designed to embark a Marine Expeditionary Unit. It is capable of simultaneously supporting rotary and fixed wing STOVL aircraft and amphibious landing craft operations. For this test deployment the USS Wasp was outfitted with special instrumentation to support and measure the unique operating environment as the F-35B conducted short takeoffs and vertical landings. No catapult ! No Tail hook !

The shape and scope of warfare worldwide just changed. !

Go View the F-35B Lightning at YouTube.com

Richard Sullivan's father filmed a brief Film Clip of the Celebrations in Honolulu, T.H. and he has been gracious enough to provide us access to this Superb Film Clip - the video is so good, you would think it was filmed yesterday.... Visit our Mirror Page for that Film Clip...

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

Visit Richard Sullivan's Story about this Video Here.

The Following is Rare Footage of Carrier Action in WWII in Color

Watch this Clip at YouTube.com for a larger screen view

Remember Olongapo City - What Sailor visiting Subic Bay can Forget?
She's Changed! Check it out! Take a ride in one of her 'Timeless"

Those of you who remember Olongapo City and her strip of bars and Whorehouses
She's no longer like that, she's become a Vibrant City of the Modern Era!

See the Post WWII Hancock
Deployment Record

Vietnam War Deployment History

Shipmates, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team, like our counter-part, the Marines, are no Slouch! First, check out the close Order Drill by the Navy Drill Team...

The US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard at Norway

Video, courtesy of YouTube.com and Drill4Life

The US Marine Corps

An American Hero - His name was Lewis Burwell Puller, and he came from West Point, Virginia... This is his Story:

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller

When he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1917, he was just Serial No.135517. From that modest beginning, the young man rose through the ranks to later become Lieutenant General Puller. But in the annals of military valor, he is known as "Chesty" Puller, not only for his bull chest but also for his absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty. "Chesty" Puller came to the Marine Corps out of Virginia Military Institute, the college where General Stonewall Jackson taught before the Civil War. The school itself had a history of wartime valor. VMI cadets fought as a unit in Jackson's Army, the only time in American history when a student body was committed to a pitched battle. Cadet Puller may have been inspired by their heroism. Or perhaps it was the example of a cadet four years ahead of Puller - Lemuel C. Shepherd. In either case, with World War I raging in Europe, Puller left VMI at the end of his freshman year to enlist in the Marines, saying simply, "I want to go where the guns are!"

He didn't see service in Europe: the war was over before he could ship overseas. But he saw plenty of action before and during World War II and during the Korean War.

Slowly and steadily, he worked his way up the ranks. He received a direct commission. And he began collecting awards for valor. By the time he retired from the Corps in 1951 he had earned more awards than any Marine in history: five Navy Crosses, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit with "V" device, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

"Chesty" Puller became more than a hero: he was an American Legend. His gruff, give 'em hell attitude was admired throughout the Marine Corps. His bravery and his nickname, were known to the millions of Americans on the home front. He was a man's man, a Marine' s Marine. For all his renown, however, there are few permanent monuments to "Chesty" Puller. One is in the Hall of Valor at the VMI Museum. There, thousands of visitors come each year to learn about the VMI men who made our nation great. "Chesty" Puller's medals are on display along with those of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, General Lemuel C. Shepherd, and others.

This Memorial was placed here by Jake who Honors all our American Heroes 30 December 2012
And is Mirrored from "
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller"
by James R. "Rube" Garrett's
A Marine Diary

Lockheed-Martin delivers the First F-35B to MCAS Yuma


Check out the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team...

The Silent USMC Silent Drill Team Platoon

The Marine Corps Warrior Song - Hard Core

And Now for a Little Marine Corps Pride!
Courtesy of YouTube.com and
The Warrior Project

Videos courtesy of YouTube.com and Vimeo


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