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June 2005

Godspeed John Walton

John Walton, mostly known as the 11th richest man in the world, died yesterday piloting an experimental aircraft.

Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Crash
By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer

Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton, who threw his considerable financial support behind efforts to educate low-income children, has died in the crash of a homemade, experimental aircraft.

Walton, of Jackson, Wyo., crashed shortly after takeoff Monday from Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park, the company said. The cause of the crash was not known and will be investigated, officials said. Walton was 58.

"I think all you can say is he was just a good man and today, you grieve," Jay Allen, Wal-Mart senior vice president of corporate affairs, told The Morning News of Springdale.

Walton, one of three sons of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and a member of the company's board, was a major advocate of school vouchers, supporting efforts to create taxpayer-funded ways for students to attend private schools.

Walton founded the Children's Scholarship Fund in 1998 to provide low-income families with money to send their children to private schools. The foundation started with $67 million from the Walton Family Foundation and benefited more than 67,000 children.

In March, Forbes magazine listed John Walton as No. 11 on its list of the world's richest people with a net worth of $18.2 billion. He was tied with his brother Jim, one spot behind his brother Rob, and just ahead of his sister, Alice, and his mother, Helen.

"I certainly have nothing negative to say about the man at all. He was a prince," said Walton's former wife, Washington County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn. "He loved to build things. He loved motorcycles. He built his own motorcycle."

The plane he died flying was an experimental ultralight aircraft with a small, gasoline-powered engine and wings wrapped in fabric similar to heavy-duty sail cloth, officials said.

Joan Anzelmo, a spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park, said rangers will investigate the crash, as is done with any major accident in the park. She said officials also notified the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

"Because this is a homemade, non-registered, experimental aircraft, at least today they told us there was not going to an investigation," she said.

She said Walton, "well-known and much-loved in this valley, died doing something that he loved to do."...

But what you may not know (and probably Charlie Rangel does not know) is that John Walton left Wooster College to volunteer for Viet Nam.  But he didn't just volunteer for combat duty, he volunteered several times to be a Paratrooper and Special Forces Medic.  He was assigned to Military Assistance Command - Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group (MAC-V-SOG).

Suffice it to say that many of the veterans of the SOG trained the next generation to fight the next wars in El Salvador, Panama, and Iraq.  The men of MAC-V-SOG were my heroes.  You can learn a bit more about MAC-V-SOG here.

In the extended section is an account of what actions John Walton did under fire to receive the Silver Star.

Continue reading "Godspeed John Walton" »

Sergeant Bozik - Update 15

Reminder:  Sergeant Joey Bozik's documentary will be on MTV on Thursday, June 30th at 10PM EST.

It's been a few weeks since the last update.  You might want to revisit the fourteenth update first.  Below is the latest update from Joey's mother, Gail Bozik:

I know it has been a long time since Joey's last update but I didn't want to give information until it was confirmed.  Joey is still at Walter Reed and will be there for another year or more.  Doctors are planning to operate and remove the left knee stump and also to operate on the right stump to remove bone spurs.  I will let you know the exact date when it is scheduled and please continue to pray us through this major ordeal.
Joey and Jayme visited Denver, Colorado last month and really like the area and wish to live there someday.  Also, Joey was given 4 tickets to attend the US Open at Pinehurst last weekend.  He really enjoyed this as he has a passion for golf.   I am traveling today to DC to be with Joey and Jayme on Wednesday, 29th of June 2005, to visit the White House and meet President Bush in the Oval Office along with Senator Elizabeth Dole.  Joey and Jayme and I will also soon be going to Ft. Bragg for Joey to receive his Bronze Star.  As soon as I get these two pictures of the president and the star, I will be able to assemble the quilt.  I am getting excited about putting it all together..Until then, please keep us near your hearts and pray us through the months ahead.  God Bless.
Gail. Joey and Jayme

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

[Previous Sergeant Bozik Posts: Original, First Update (pictures), Second Update, Third, Fourth, Fifth (pictures), Sixth (pictures), Seventh (wedding pictures), Eighth, Ninth (Love Story), Tenth (Green Ramp Reunion - pictures), Eleventh (Welcom Home! - pictures), Twelvth (Joey and Phil Mikelson team up), Thirteenth (pictures), and Fourteenth]

How to Lose A War - Part 3 - More Media Bias

Greyhawk has the answers with some serious quote busting going on over at Mudville.  I think he's using JDAMs on the Washington Post and Boston Globe...it's a must read.  How much does the spinning of quotes affect the Will to Win the War on Terror?

And, if you want a counter to the negative spin of the MSM, Arthur Chrenkoff has more good news from Iraq - where you'll find out which politician said this:

Today I am traveling to Brussels to join representatives of more than 80 governments and institutions in sending a loud and clear message of support for the political transition in Iraq.

A year ago, in Resolution 1546, the U.N. Security Council set out the timetable that Iraq, with the assistance of the United Nations and the international community, was expected to fulfill. The Brussels conference is a chance to reassure the Iraqi people that the international community stands with them in their brave efforts to rebuild their country, and that we recognize how much progress has been made in the face of daunting challenges...

You might be very surprised.

How to Lose A War - Part 2

Beth sends this link to Neptunus Lex.  He has a great post that goes along with my "How to Lose a War" post:

Several months ago I wrote a rather long, somewhat overwrought response to a question about the War on Terror that had been asked of me by a liberal friend: Can we win?

In essence, I concluded that we could win, and that we would, as soon as the enemy realized that we would not be defeated.

But there was a corollary to that conclusion as well, one I left unspoken. One I did not choose to even think upon, so close were we to the results of a national election which had hinged upon the war itself - an election in which a majority of Americans appeared to validate a war president's choices in taking his country to war.

The question was this: Could we lose?...

Be sure to read the whole piece as Lex explores whether or not we have the Will to Win.

Update:  Wendy sends the link to MilBlogger Howdy - a Marine Cobra pilot - who offers up Are We Winning?

...80% of the captured combatants here are foreign.  Most are Saudi.  Go figure.  Most of the 9-11 bombers are Saudi.  Fear vice Free Societies like Saudi Arabia breed dissenters and criminals....ultimately making bad neighbors.  So, we fight here or on United States soil.  See the connection now to 9-11?  Why would they come to fight here?  Hate brings them, hate brought them on 9-11...

And there's more at Hurl's blog - the other Marine Cobra pilot - where he writes about the games being played by politicians and media.  He has a few posts on this.  I agree with him that we need more Michael Yons out there.

Update 2:  Brian A. reminds me that Austin Bay is in the 'stan right now.  He's gone on patrol with an Alaska National Guard unit.

Guide to Military Insignia and Badges

Dale Franks at QandO created an interactive program to display rank, insignia and badges for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

I liked how he took the time to show what parachutist wings look like with one combat jump, three combat jumps and five combat jumps.  You'll appreciate it, too, as he created all of the graphics for the display.

How To Lose A War

I just heard that Tim Russert on the Meet the Press (I'm paraphrasing) opened with "the American public is against the War on Terror and the halls of Congress are echoing that sentiment".

Is it that way?

Or is it that the  media and the liberals are echoing the talking points of Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel etc.?

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace (I'm paraphrasing) mentioned that ABC and NBC picked up the Karl Rove statement the day he made it, but did not mention the Durbin statement until Durbin apologized a week later.  CBS never reported the Durbin statement.

There is certainly a full court press against the war right now.  Wretchard at Belmont Club has an excellent post about why setting a timetable is the sign that we're going to lose.

What do you think?

Update:  Manchester Terrier has an interesting comparison of a Congressman's demands and the insurgents requirements.

Admin Note

Just a note to many of you who send me posts from certain MilBloggers to post links to here on Blackfive.  There are a few that I won't link to...Why is that?

...because they've asked me not to link to them for awhile.  For some, a link is a good thing.  For others, it brings unwanted scrutiny.

That's too bad, but it's also the reality of the situation.  I don't want to discourage anyone from sending me links to posts they think are interesting.

So, please keep sending me links.  At the very least, I'll read the posts.  At best, we'll get the word out about their work.  And, sometimes, unfortunately, I might not link to them for the right reasons.


MilBlogger Wounded - Captain Z Updates

First, Mrs. Greyhawk was able to visit Chuck of TC Override.  Be sure to read it.  Thanks to Mrs. G for seeing him.  I believe he'll be at Walter Reed today.

And Carren Ziegenfuss, Chuck's wife, writes about the incident too.

Apparently, Chuck's Executive Officer, Captain Jason Spencer, saved his life.  Be sure to read it all.

Update 06-25-05:  Lisa at Two Babes and a Brain is going to visit Chuck on Sunday.  Drop by TB&B and leave a note for Chuck!