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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 17, 2016) – A member of the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) provides forward cover during a training exercise.  (USN photo by MC3 Ryan U. Kledzik)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 17, 2016) Sailors fire a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire weapons exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56).  (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan U. Kledzik)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 17, 2016) Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) prepare for a training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Ryan U. Kledzik)

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160315-N-UY653-161  ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 15, 2016) Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), front, steams in formation with USS Stout (DDG 56), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). While at sea, the ships supported a live-fire event conducted as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final certification event prior to deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 15, 2016) Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), front, steams in formation with USS Stout (DDG56), USS Mason (DDG87), USS Monterey (CG61) and USS Roosevelt (DDG80) (USN photo by MC Spec 3rd Class Ryan U. Kledzik)

 

160316-N-TH560-345EAST SEA (March 16, 2016) – Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducts fueling operations with guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).  Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. SY16 is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax/Released)
EAST SEA (March 16, 2016) – Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducts fueling operations with guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. SY16 is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax/Released)

According to Wikipedia: “USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is the third US Navy ship of that name. It was named in honor of John Paul Jones’ famous frigate, which he had named the French equivalent of “Good Man Richard,” in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time. The name “Bonhomme Richard” is derived from the pen name of Benjamin Franklin, the author of Poor Richard’s Almanac.”

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160310-N-MD297-161  PACIFIC OCEAN (March 10, 2016) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean. Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Not Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 10, 2016)  guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean. Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr.)

 

160309-N-GW139-213 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 9, 2016) U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships are underway in formation during cannon firing exercises near Guam during Multi Sail 2016. Multi Sail is a bilateral training exercise aimed at interoperability between the U.S. and Japanese forces. This exercise builds interoperability and benefits from realistic, shared training, enhancing our ability to work together to confront any contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 9, 2016) U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships underway in formation during cannon firing exercises near Guam (USNavy photo by MC Spec 3rd Class Eric Coffer)

 

160308-N-YR245-418  EAST SEA (March 8, 2016) The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits the east sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in exercise Ssang Yong 16. Ssang Yong 16 is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z. Rodarte/Released)

EAST SEA (March 8, 2016)  amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits the east sea to participate in exercise Ssang Yong 16, a biennial exercise conducted by forward-deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability. (USN photo my MC Spec Seaman Craig Z. Rodarte)

 

160306-N-MJ645-056 SOUTH CHINA SEA – (Mar. 06, 2016) - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) sails alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). Antietam and Chung-Hoon are underway in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released)
 SOUTH CHINA SEA – (Mar. 06, 2016) – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) sails alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). Antietam and Chung-Hoon are underway in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released)

Awesome Photos & Vids of Raising Bell of HMS Hood

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and this effort commemorates the hundreds of brave sailors who were lost at sea,” said Allen. “It is a true honour to undertake the expedition to recover the bell from ‘The Mighty Hood’.”

Paul G. Allen

The bell of HMS Hood has finally been recovered from the depths of the North Atlantic and will be put on public display

The bell of HMS Hood has finally been recovered from the depths of the North Atlantic and will be put on public display.

 

HMS Hood Bell Recovery Video by Paul Allen Productions

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Thank you, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for discovering the wreck of HMS Hood and later recovering the bell of HMS Hood on behalf of the Royal Navy. Allen has used part of his fortune to preserve lots of World War Two history.

From Daily Mail of London: “…computer genius Allen retains his geeky side. Octopus is also a deep-sea exploration ship, with a research laboratory, ten-man submarine and remotely operated underwater vehicle (or ROV) that can drop to 3,000m.
He has long been fascinated by the ocean deeps and also by World War II — particularly the technology of its planes and ships. That fixation, say his aides, goes back to his childhood when his father Kenneth would tell him stories about his time stationed as a soldier in war-time Britain.”
Read more from the Daily Mail here:

Paul Allen’s Interest in Deep Sea Exploration

 

SEATTLE, WA and PORTSMOUTH, UK, August 8, 2015 – A research team led by US philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has successfully recovered the bell of the battlecruiser HMS Hood, sunk in 1941 during World War II. Once restored, the bell will respectfully serve as a tangible and fitting memorial for the 1,415 lives lost when the Bismarck sunk the ship in the North Atlantic.

SEATTLE, WA and PORTSMOUTH, UK, August 8, 2015 – A research team led by US philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has successfully recovered the bell of the battlecruiser HMS Hood, sunk in 1941 during World War II. Once restored, the bell will respectfully serve as a tangible and fitting memorial for the 1,415 lives lost when the Bismarck sunk the ship in the North Atlantic.

 

The mighty HMS Hood on Manuevers before World War Two

 mighty HMS Hood on maneuvers before the outbreak of the Second World War

Paul Allen's boat Octopus one of largest yachts in the world

Paul Allen’s boat, Octopus, one of the largest private yachts in the world.

Brief vid of Allen’s yacht moored in London

Bell of the mighty HMS Hood recovered

Mighty HMS Hood’s bell recovered from sea bed after 74 years 

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recovered ship’s bell of HMS Hood 

on 10 August 2015, the bell of HMS Hood was located and salvaged with funds provided by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, who paid all the costs to both locate the wreck of the HMS Hood and to retrieve the bell of HMS Hood.

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The bell is lifted from the sea-bed by the robot submarine.
(Courtesy of Paul G Allen)

The symbol of the battle-cruiser, which lies more than a mile and a half down on the bottom of the Denmark Straight, was recovered by team led by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Paul G Allen.

Three years ago the American was thwarted in his efforts to pick up the bell by the weather in the waters between Iceland and Greenland.

This summer he returned with his yacht Octopus and its state-of-the-art robot submarine from the same firm, Blue Water Recoveries, which found the Hood’s wreck back in 2001.

Now the 18in-high bell, which was cast for the previous battleship of the same name, will be restored and placed on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.”

This was clearly a special bell for a special ship and it will forever serve as a fitting memorial to the mighty Hood – and a reminder of the service and sacrifice of her men

David Mearns, director of the maritime salvage firm, Blue Water, who did the work to the find the bell.

from the website of the British Royal Navy Continue reading Bell of the mighty HMS Hood recovered

Sketches From a Nazi P.O.W. & Internment Camp That Held African-Americans and Others

A fascinating article from the New York Times of 10 March 2016 about Tittmoning Castle in Bavaria used by the Nazis as an internment camp for American civilians still in Germany when that country declared war on the US, including African-American jazz musicians, various other performers, Jewish men and women with American passports or passports from neutral countries.

by Eve M. Kahn

 

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Prisoners either sort or open up bedding and bundles in the courtyard of Tittmoning castle. Caption and photograph courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can learn more about the castle in World War Two here:

Additional information from US Holocaust Museum

 

Sketches From a P.O.W. Camp That Held African-Americans and Others

(NY Times 10 March 2016)

“During World War II, the Nazis imprisoned African-American athletes and jazz musicians and European Jews with passports from the United States and Latin America at Tittmoning Castle in Bavaria. The black detainees had been working overseas, partly to escape racism at home, and some had European wives and children who were also taken to interment centers.

The little-known wartime deprivations of foreign nationals imprisoned by the Nazis come to life in a collection of caricatures that were drawn at Tittmoning and are on view through March 31 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

The remainder of the article from the Times is here:

Sketches of African-Americans, Jewish-Americans and others interned by Nazis

Resettlement Administration

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Resettlement Administration–Small loans give farmers a new start

(poster in the public domain from collection of the US Library of Congress)

Created by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Resettlement Administration had as its initial goal the resettlement of impoverish tenant farmers from worn out farmland to more fertile lands which they would be able to purchase with a small loan from the Federal Government.

Large landowners were afraid they would lose their tenant farmers and they succeeded in persuading conservative Congressmen that the entire scheme was nothing but socialism in disguise and the agency was closed.

Another part of the program was to move urban poor to “greenbelt towns” where they could start over. Greenbelt, MD, outside of Washington, DC is one of these planned communities of which only a few were constructed.

Post to Facebook from Blog Only Way to Maintain Copyright

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famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow

The Bottom Line Up Front:  Attorneys informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook, then I was screwed.

You can repost anything I have written and posted on Facebook since I first write all my personal work on my blog which is copyrighted. Even when you repost I still retain my copyright.

I attended a seminar sponsored by the Authors Guild at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA.

Center for Protection of Intellectual Property

I was able to meet with several of the law students and their professor for an hour and then hear a talk by the general counsel of the Authors Guild.

A week prior to my meeting I had sent them Facebook’s draconian terms of service which are similar to all other social media sites in that they lay claim whatever you post.

I specifically asked how to protect my copyright in this situation since I had become so concerned I had stopped posting to Facebook. They researched this and informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook then I was screwed.

Fortunately, if I post something to Facebook from my blog and Facebook friends repost, then I still retain my copyright.

Fortunately, I mainly post to Facebook via my blog and never directly. So I will begin to post certain things again but I won’t post any of my personal writing about the South or other parts of m life which I plan to later sell to other publications because Facebook can change their terms of service without informing users.