Eighty years ago today, May 3rd, 1942,
The first day of the first modern naval engagement in history, called the Battle of the Coral Sea.
The Battle of the Coral Sea was unique because it was the first naval battle in which both sides fought without seeing the other.
It was also the first naval battle fought entirely by carriers.
The United States, having broken Japan’s secret war code and forewarned of an impending invasion of Tulagi and Port Moresby, attempted to intercept the Japanese armada.
Four days of battles between Japanese and American aircraft carriers resulted in 70 Japanese and 66 Americans warplanes destroyed.
This confrontation, called the Battle of the Coral Sea, marked the first air-naval battle in history, as none of the carriers fired at each other, allowing the planes taking off from their decks to do the battling.
Among the casualties was the American carrier Lexington; “the Blue Ghost” (so-called because it was not camouflaged like other carriers) suffered such extensive aerial damage that it had to be sunk by its own crew.
Two hundred sixteen Lexington crewmen died as a result of the Japanese aerial bombardment.
Although Japan would go on to occupy all of the Solomon Islands, its victory was a Pyrrhic one:
The cost in experienced pilots and aircraft carriers was so great that Japan had to cancel its expedition to Port Moresby, Papua, as well as other South Pacific targets.
Saluting one of the survivors aboard the fateful USS Lexington, Cecil Wiswell who recently passed on March 26th of this year.
Get the book, “The Battle of the Coral Sea: The History and Legacy of World War II’s First Major Battle Between Aircraft Carriers” on Amazon @ https://lnkd.in/eR7k_Vc2
May 2nd 2011 - Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan shortly after 1:00 am PKT (20:00 UTC, May 1) by U.S. Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six).
The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation.
In addition to DEVGRU, participating units included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and CIA operatives.
The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan.
After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.
The United States had direct evidence that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing.
A Big Thank You to my Nurse friend, Maureen Holtz for sharing this with me…
Happy Birthday to our friend and fellow veteran, Kevin Rasch, Regional Director of The Wounded Warrior Project.
Some things you may not know about Kevin…
Boy Scout Leader for over 10 years
Coming up on his 5th anniversary as Board Membet for the Yoga4Change organization
In the Navy, Kevin was OIC (Officer in Charge) Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Atlantic Fleet
Kevin is also an alumnus of Operation New Uniform.
Last but not least, Kevin’s a fellow Pennsylvanian, like me!
Pictured with Kevin is my friend, Darin Lee who served in Afghanistan and Darin’s further claim to fame is he’s Brenda Lee’s husband ; she’s the Executive Director Extraordinaire of Middleburg’s premier senior living community, Canterfield of Clay County!
Happy Birthday Kevin!
We are 8 years old. We are 80 years old.
We have Parkinson's. We Have a Family Member with Parkinson's.
We run. We walk.
We are doctors, physical therapist, and nurses.
We are Children. We are Teenagers. We are Military.
We are a Team with one goal, to fight Parkinson's by bringing awareness, resources, and support to those impacted by Parkinson's.
Sign up now for the 2022 First Coast Parkinson’s Run happening tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th @ https://lnkd.in/deNpcdM8
Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the opening of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. which opened on April 29th 2004
Today, let's return the salute of all who served.
Take a virtual tour of the World War II Memorial at https://lnkd.in/eh92VCF
April 26, 1805, A Red Letter Day for us Marines…
The line "To the shores of Tripoli" refers to the First Barbary War, and specifically the Battle of Derne in 1805.
After Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and his Marines hoisted the American flag over the Old World for the first time, the phrase was added to the battle colors of the Corps.
Join a World War II Marine Corps in my favorite sing along @ https://lnkd.in/g6bDz_QA
The USS Muliphen 2022 Reunion is happening now here in Jax through April 23rd at the Doubletree Jacksonville Riverfront.
I had the distinct honor of meeting up with 81 year old Louis and some of the members of the Reunion committee at the hotel.
The USS Muliphen, known as “Might Mule” was used in he filming of the iconic movie, “The Longest Day” back in 1962.
The USS Muliphen Was named after the star Muliphen in the constellation Canis Major.
Learn more about the USS Muliphen @ https://www.navsource.org/archives/10/02/02061.htm
A Semper Fi moment with John, Korean War Marine, where we both were on fire watch in the ladies shoe department at Belk on Atlantic, waiting for our wives...
The state of Arkansas is creating a “Korea Veteran Yearbook” to be shared with and presented to all of the Korean War Veterans in Arkansas @ https://www.veterans.arkansas.gov/korea-veteran-yearbook-2022
Why can’t this be done in Florida and every other state?
Remembering the 247th anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride from Boston to Lexington, warning of the British advancing on April 18th, 1775 through the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow…
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year."
Read on @ https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/paul-reveres-ride
Not just another pretty face when it comes to serving others…
Happy Birthday to our friend, Penelope Justice and a Big Thank You, Penelope for all you do for our transitioning military personnel and veterans!
April 15th, 1918, the first Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, FL.
Read more @ https://lnkd.in/dKVVPtBc