Monday, July 04, 2011

Fourth of July--2011

Mrs Blog and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth. Hope you're having a nice weekend.

One football story: there has been some talk on various message boards about Temple leaving the MAC for the Big East. The College Football Examiner takes a look at that.


On a holiday-related note, the Wall Street Journal has a story about one of the families of a deployed soldier.

If you should see a World War II vet, make a point of shaking his hand, their numbers are dwindling. When I moved to Jaffrey in 2004 my next door neighbor was a WW II Navy vet. He was on the USS Chicago during the second of "Halsey's Typhoons". The storm ripped 120 feet of the bow off his ship. I was on a destroyer and spent some time in the North Atlantic, but I can't imagine a sea state that would rip a bow off a heavy cruiser. This WW II newsreel has film of the incident. My neighbor passed away a couple of years ago.


Anonymous said...

If the BE wants Temple back just because they play in a pro stadium, the big east is under horrible leadership. Temple averages 15k per home game. Yet, they wanted no part of UMass playing in Gillete. Makes no sense. UMass in the big east makes a hell of a lot more sense than Temple. I don't think Temple is going anywhere soon.

I can't believe that shipped survived the bow tearing off. Amazing stuff.
Aren't many WW2 vets around anymore. The last WW1 vet died a few months ago at age 109 or something like that. Maybe a few WW2 vets will be left worldwide in about 15-20 years.

Anonymous said...

Amazing is right. A testament to excellent engineering and seamanship.

UMass74 said...

I'm sure they were at General Quarters with Material Condition Zebra and that surely provided the watertight integrity that saved the ship.


For damage control purposes, naval ships have
three material conditions of readiness. Each condition
represents a different degree of tightness and protetion.
These titles have no connection with the phonetic
alphabet. Furthermore, the titles are used in all spoken
and written communications that concern material

Material Condition XRAY

Condition XRAY provides the least amount of
protection. It is set when the ship is in no danger of
attack. Examples are when the ship is at anchor in a
well-protected harbor or when secured at a home base
during regular working hours.

Material Condition YOKE

Condition YOKE provides more protection than
condition XRAY. It is set and maintained at sea during
peacetime and in port during wartime. It is also
maintained in port during peacetime outside of regular
working hours.

Material Condition ZEBRA

Condition ZEBRA is set before leaving or entering
port during wartime. It is also set immediately, without
further orders, when manning general quarters (GQ)
stations. Also, condition ZEBRA is set to isolate and
control fires and flooding when the ship is not at GQ