Bust Their Chops

Honoring Battles, Honoring the Fallen, Something Mayor Emanuel Does Not Understand


As a Chicagoan, it's not my preferable airport, but it bears a name that many don't know... Butch O'Hare.

In 1942, LtCdr Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare became the first naval ace of WWII when he destroyed 8 bombers headed for his carrier, USS Lexington, in the Pacific.  He was the first sailor to receive the Medal of Honor during WWII.  The MoH citation reads in part:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat, at grave risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, as section leader and pilot of Fighting Squadron 3 on 20 February 1942. Having lost the assistance of his teammates, Lt. O'Hare interposed his plane between his ship and an advancing enemy formation of 9 attacking twin-engine heavy bombers. Without hesitation, alone and unaided, he repeatedly attacked this enemy formation, at close range in the face of intense combined machinegun and cannon fire. Despite this concentrated opposition, Lt. O'Hare, by his gallant and courageous action, his extremely skillful marksmanship in making the most of every shot of his limited amount of ammunition, shot down 5 enemy bombers and severely damaged a sixth before they reached the bomb release point. As a result of his gallant action--one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation--he undoubtedly saved his carrier from serious damage." 

On the night of November 26, 1943, O'Hare's fighter group fought with a group of Japanese torpedo bombers.  Reports after the fight indicated that O'Hare's F6F Hellcat was shot down.  That was the last anyone ever saw of Butch O'Hare or his fighter (never recovered).

On September 19, 1949, Chicago's Orchard depot airfield was renamed in honor of LtCdr O'Hare.

And this politician *spit* wants to rename it Obama International Airport.

Could Mayor Rahm Emanuel be thinking about renaming Chicago’s airports, perhaps after President Barack Obama? 

Emanuel brought up the airports' names during a candidate forum Wednesday night atChicago State University

Mayor Emanuel quickly backtracked on talking about renaming O'Hare or Midway (named in honor of the WWII naval battle).

“Look, I made a mistake, and I was quick to change it. I’m not perfect. When I make a mistake, I hear it and change it,” Emanuel said. “And I don’t have a problem saying that. But I won’t make an apology for the fact I think President Obama is a great president. I wanted to honor him. I wanted to be the city to have the first high school named after him. In my rush to do it, I clearly offended people, so I backed off of it. I will never back off of my love and affection for a great president. But I made a mistake.”

You know what the real mistake is, Mr Mayor?  That you and your friends in the administration don't understand why the names O'Hare or Midway should never be changed.  You worry more about the sacrifices made to get votes than the sacrifices made to keep to the world safe.

Mayor Daley should kick your ass.

Combat Soldier Responds to "Colonel Ellen", an Expert on Combat and Valor

Retired Colonel Ellen decides that defending valor isn't for you guys at This Ain't Hell...

Valor cannot be claimed and doesn’t need to be defended because it can’t be stolen, so stop beating people up over it.

So, Muzzleblast, a retired Soldier who was severely wounded in the GWoT had this to say:

This is why we can't have nice things.

People like this green persimmon squatting retard keep getting promoted, and can't understand that the Valor being referred to is the bravery of others for doing something they did not do.

Until I see these SV asswipes pretending to have spent their careers shoveling shit in Louisiana, I won't hesitate to portray them as stealing valor.  They are all special navy force seal recon paras, all operators, all just one hill over from the one, all secret black bag, records destroyed in a fire, received a medal they can't wear because disavowed, etc.

But this doorknob humping O6 doesn't get how they are "stealing valor."  If they received nothing for their claims, would they still do it?  What if one of them got the job at the Women in International Security and Sewing Circle instead of her, and they based the hiring decision on the relative merits of a retired colonel, or a different retired vagina owner who was also former military, but also claimed she had a DSC for her role leading seal team five (like team 6, but missing one thing.)  Would she then feel like doing something about it?

Individually, the fakers do things from the harmless, using stories to score coeds, to the criminal, using lies and fraud to claim VA benefits.  As a group, they all do something--they prey on the good will of others who wish to repay those who have served for their sacrifices.  Fakers all, in some way, are wrongly benefitting from the sacrifices all veterans made.  They, when found out, harm all veteran's credibility. They all deserve our ridicule and scorn, as does anyone who doesn't understand that.

The Valor lies in the sacrifice, not in the award.  Valor is not reserved for the battlefield; I have witnessed valor in a hospital physical therapy room, or recovery  room, and even in hospital waiting rooms.  I think some of the least conspicuous, yet most praiseworthy gallantry belongs to those who have taken the long walk, from their car to the behavioral health office, to seek help.

When shit sacks claim PTSD from their time on a secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden, but instead found Obama money and Joe Biden's missing dignity, and were then forced out of the specwarops force to hush them up... yeah, that steals valor.  When they claim to be physically injured from the war... but really, the war was with their conscience at the golden corral, and their kidneys and pancreas were regional powers.  Yeah, they steal from the Valor of those men and women who fight daily to take their lives back.

They cheapen all our sacrifices. 

But you could never explain that to her, because her drawer full of medals have no V's.  No one has ever officially told her they thought her actions, her sacrifices were valorous.  She doesn't feel like she is worthy for anyone else to consider her service valorous.

Which is a sentiment shared by most people I know with a MoH or other valor award.

Colonel Ellen also sued the military to include females in combat.  More at TAH: Female colonel sues military to include women in combat, Advocates; Pentagon not killing women fast enough, and Expert in combat tells us what is important about combat

For The Record

I was coated in hydraulic fluid and profoundly grateful as I stumbled bowlegged away from the helicopter.  

It doesn't matter if it's a 46 or 47 (and I suspect true of any similar make anywhere in the world), you and everything in it gets a fine coating of the fluid.  Just the nature of the beast.  On the up side, the camera still hasn't needed lubrication since (extra cleanings, yes).  As for stumbling, that came from being wedged into place among the other cargo, legs spread far wider than comfortable.  I'm not saying that the few of us that made the bird had our legs forcibly spread so wide that porn stars were shocked and awed, but...  Yes, it was painful but I was secondary cargo and glad to be able to get out on that particular bird no matter the contortions.  In short, not an atypical flight.

There were some interesting maneuvers on the Marne Express (and similar flights), but those were to prevent people from being able to easily shoot at us.  Being a sick puppy, I found them pretty fun, and they reminded me of some even more interesting rides down at Ft. Rucker back in the day (between those two trees, no, between THESE two trees!).  I will not say the Blackhawks are more comfortable than the old Hueys but will note that you can cram a lot more people and gear into them.  

If anyone shot at myself or any of the units I was with via small arms fire, they either did so using suppressors or from such a distance we could not hear the shot, and were lousy shots.  At the time I was there, the largest form of attacks were IEDs, rockets, and mortars. The only time there was the sound of gunfire (other than practice ranges) was in the run up to Operation Browning, and I still wish I could have stayed for that.

As for one particular 5 o'clock Charlie, the safest place to be was his known point of aim.  Sadly, like most sports pools I enter, my picks as to distance missed/what is actually hit have a dismal success rate.  Whoever it was that kept betting on the greater than distance made out like a bandit.  Say, wait a minute... 

For whatever mainstream media still checks us out, Brian Williams is a hint as to why troops neither like nor trust reporters.  If you check out the writings by or about dedicated military reporters (Dan Lamothe, Tom Kludt as but two of several articles), you will find that they are livid too.  Far more surprised I think than milbloggers, but...  I also want to point to this story about Stars and Stripes, the first major publication to investigate and run the story.  Note, however, that they were the first old-school media to run it; it was social media/new media that first began to expose it.  

As for me, my decision to have my "media" badge say "Blogger" instead of press or media was reinforced by hearing more than once about previous mainstream media embeds and pithy discussions of "misremembered" reporting.  Giving the number of personal videos and other recordings made, I would not be surprised to see more than Brian Williams be deservedly bitten in the ass for "misremembering" and "misreporting" events.  My own opinion is that such extends far beyond military coverage, and the rapid circling of wagons indicates that others see this more than mildly damaging for the media.  Kudos to Tom Brokaw for his reported thoughts on the matter, and if Dan Rather has to try to defend you... 

Crossposted at Laughing Wolf

Boots on the Ground to Train "Moderates"

We are sending 400 troops to train "moderate" Syrian rebels... finding a moderate Syrian rebel is like finding a moderate Red Sox fan...they may exist, but only in the off season.  Via the Army Times:

The U.S. will send about 400 troops to train the moderate Syrian opposition, defense officials confirmed Thursday night.

This is years too late.  The moderates are, most likely, all dead or assimilated into the radical groups.  Also, it won't just be 400 trainers.  This kind of statement is par for the course for the Obama Administration - it helps keep the perceived number of troops lower than what will actually be "boots on the ground".

In addition to the 400 trainers, enablers will be needed to support them, Smith said.
More than 2,100 U.S. troops are in Iraq; President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 3,000 U.S. troops to that country.


President Obama, You Have Got to Be ****ing Kidding Me?!

After being a no show during the anti-terror marches/protests/kumbaya...our American administration brings James Taylor to France to play "You've Got a Friend".  No, that's not from the Duffel Blog or the Onion.

First thought after, Is this the most embarassing foreign policy moment in our history?, would be...

This is the response we bring?! (via Allahpundit)

Twitchy has the acerbic reactions to this complete buffoonery.  

This is just unbelievable.

CMH Recipient Dakota Meyer to ISIS: "Hopefully, one of those assholes actually shows up."

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had this message for ISIS, via Scout.com:

Let me say what a lot of us are thinking...If ISIS is using social media to track me, that's a dream come true in my book. These guys are a bunch of bullies that just prey on the weak," says Meyer. "I can't travel over there anymore now that I'm out of the Marine Corps, so having them come to me would help out a lot. ISIS targeting the U.S. military is like a sheep targeting a lion. Hopefully one of these assholes actually shows up. They'll definitely get more than they want at my place!

Visit Scout.com to read the whole piece and see a hilarious photo of how worried he is...

My main problem with the ISIS threats is the federal government asking veterans to take down any online reference to their service.  This is an absolutely ridiculous request and one from the nanny state.  Let me get this straight...we are supposed to not be proud of our service, particularly against the evil that is Islamic Fanaticism?!  What?  Should I take down the flag in front of my residence, too?  What the @#$%?!

We should be aware of the threat.  We should not fear the threat.
We should know what ISIS is capable of.  We should end that capability.

Last, Dakota Meyer and RangerUp have teamed up to create a new shirt that says it all.