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The WatchCat spent a year in Russia and the Middle East in preparation for a government career. Unfortunately she got in a little too deep, and health problems sabotaged her career before it began. The future? Now there's an open question. She gets her paws in the action whenever possible, with or without a paycheck. WatchCat keeps busy supporting the troops, recruiting pararescue candidates, yelling at traitors and helping people navigate the grey areas on international everything.
A close family member is active duty US military, but due to OPSEC (and the general need for family peace), WatchCat is unable to write about that person's activities. She makes the most of the opportunities that God gives her, knowing that she should be dead by now.
And yes, she is married & is going to stay married. Smacks upside the head are delivered as needed to those who don't understand this.
For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as
Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the USS LST-375 during the
amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. Realizing
that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the
enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of
the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to
extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges
of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire
and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a
burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish
the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the
side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled,
Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship
and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He
gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
For extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6 April 1945, near
Viareggio, Italy. Then Second Lieutenant Baker demonstrated
outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations,
personnel, and equipment during his company's attack against a
strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain. When his company was
stopped by the concentration of fire from several machine gun
emplacements, he crawled to one position and destroyed it, killing
three Germans. Continuing forward, he attacked an enemy observation
post and killed two occupants. With the aid of one of his men,
Lieutenant Baker attacked two more machine gun nests, killing or
wounding the four enemy soldiers occupying these positions. He then
covered the evacuation of the wounded personnel of his company by
occupying an exposed position and drawing the enemy's fire. On the
following night Lieutenant Baker voluntarily led a battalion advance
through enemy mine fields and heavy fire toward the division
objective. Second Lieutenant Baker's fighting spirit and daring
leadership were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest
traditions of the Armed Forces.
A different post this week. I don't know anything about Mr. Berry's
service, all I do know is that he, and his family, need our help.
Mike Berry has served in the Army and National Guard for 23 years and
in 2012 was experiencing strange smells, shakiness and feeling faint.
Then one day, while making dinner, he passed out. He was taken to the
ER where they found a brain tumor.
You can find more information about Mr. Berry, and how you can help,
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look
This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more
information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on
your site, you can go here.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was a paramilitary aviation
organization. In 1943 they were created when the Women's Flying
Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
(WAFS) were merged together. The female pilots of the WASP ended up
numbering 1,074, each freeing a male pilot for combat service and
duties. They flew over 60 million miles in every type of military
aircraft. The WASP was granted veteran status in 1977, and given the
Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. Some 25,000 women applied to join
the WASP, but only 1,830 were accepted and took the oath. Only 1,074
of them passed the training and joined. Thirty-eight died flying in
Samuel Gerald Dean, Edward Joseph Wolbers, Radamés E. Cáceres, Douglas
Laurent Dauphin, Bert Garland Sauls Jr., Kenneth N. Markle, Louis
Karp, James Henry Henderson, Douglas Vincent Schmoker, Howard George
Sewell, George M. Durrett, Robert H. Watson, Harold Edwin Richards &
James Dixon Fore
December 22nd, 1943
Three days before Christmas in 1943, two hours past midnight, 14 men
climbed into an airplane and lifted into the dark sky over the
slumbering hamlet of West Palm Beach. Their journey lasted but a few
moments, and killed every one of them.
Capt. Linda Bray made national headlines when she became the first
woman in U.S. history to lead troops into combat during the 1989
invasion of Panama. As a result she was met with a lot of resistance
and anger to what she had accomplished because she was a woman.
Bray and 45 soldiers under her command, nearly all of them men,
encountered a unit of Panamanian special operations soldiers holed up
inside a military barracks and dog kennel. They killed three of the
enemy and took one prisoner before the rest were forced to
Albuquerque veteran Stan E. White, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was
injured during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, was awarded the Legion
of Honor, France's highest decoration, according to Perry Bendicksen,
Honorary French Consul for New Mexico.
Although he was raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, White was a
19-year-old athlete and cowboy living in New Mexico when he enlisted
in the Army. He said he saw it as an opportunity for travel, adventure
and education. He ended up with a life he never could have
When the towers of the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001,
Clarence Wolf Guts asked his son to call the U.S. Department of
Defense to see if the country needed his code talking abilities to
find Osama Bin Laden. Wolf Guts was in his late 70s at the time, so
his son did not make the call, but said the request personified his
father's love of country. "He still wanted to help. He was trying to
still be patriotic".
Pfc. Wolf Guts was the last surviving Oglala Lakota code talker from
We've sadly lost yet another Code Talker. Edmond A. Harjo was the
last surviving Code Talker for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Back
in November of 2013, 33 tribes were honored in a ceremony in
Washington, D.C. with the Congressional Gold Medal for their
contribution in the war, Harjo was the only living Code Talker to
"Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you." -Sirach 4:28
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -Isaiah 6:8
As many of you are aware, the PJCountry blog disappeared in November 2008.
I'm doing my best to help the pararescue community by sharing PJ-related news and events on my blog. The following information may be helpful:
You will find answers to many questions at pararescue.com and specialtactics.com
If you're ready to become a PJ, you'll need to decide between Active Duty and Reserve. This will determine who will handle your official recruitment. Visit Contacts and POCs to find the appropriate person or email me.
304th Pararescue Team (Reserve) (Oregon)
If you're on the west coast near Oregon and are considering being a PJ/CRO on the Portland Pararescue Team (commitment of 4 years beyond training), contact TSgt Stanley Iakopo at stanley.iakopo AT us.af.mil or email me.
I have no official role with pararescue or other SpecOps but I know enough to get you connected to the right people. Email to CAT at THEWATCHCAT dot NET
Jubilate Agno, Fragment B
[For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]
by Christopher Smart
For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in
For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.