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  •  The ordinance wasn't smart but the (17+ / 0-)

    locations of the Chinese and Russian freighters was marked on charts and definitely marked as do not shot at or over them.  

    Some time in the last couple of years I found all the great documentation that is posted on the Department of State website.  I remember seeing one about stray bombs landing in China and our apologies and explanations to the PRC.  I think a lot of stuff gets ignored when the want to.  

    They all want to be tough SOB's when it's safe for them.

    You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.- Jeannette Rankin

    by CA148 NEWS on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 10:12:27 AM PST

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    •  they may have been marked as "no shoot" (2+ / 0-)
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      but any infantryman will tell you ordnance does not always go where you want it to when you are firing the big guns.  It is a miracle that we did not actually sink one of the Soviet or Chinese freighters

    •  Great a career Arty NCO who hails from (8+ / 0-)

      a Navy family ( just had to be differant... )  I have always had a soft spot for Big Navy Guns  ( one of my fond career memories is getting aboard the Missouri while she was still in commision -- got all over the ship thanks to a Gnrs Mate, except, most ironically, the 16 inch turrets. They were locked down for port. Damn! ).  Definatly a bygone part of history  ( my regimental lineage from the far off times is Coast Arty, so I'm used to bygones... ),  but having a role in the last surface action of the cruisers is definatly a pretty cool historical niche  ( to a history geek like me -- if one could see the book clutter I have next to the laptop... )  to occupy. Thanks for telling the story.

       The description of 'holystoning' the decks reminds me of photos I have seen on the old battlewagons of the sailors out with the brushes and barefoot. I'm sure it was a lot of work, but must have looked pretty sharp when it was done.

       The Army has it's version of paint chipping. They are called sandbags.....( and I painted a couple or more rocks at HQ when I was overseas )

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:50:05 PM PST

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