Archive | November 11, 2019


From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel




The bombs and bullets had barely stopped flying in 1946 when O’ahu businessman and former Navy officer H. Tucker Gratz began lobbying for the creation of a memorial in Hawaii for the Pacific theater of World War II. Three years later the then Territory of Hawaii established The Pacific War Memorial Commission in which Gratz held various titles, but served as its primary fundraiser. The commission was ultimately responsible for constructing the USS Arizona Memorial, completed in 1961 and dedicated in 1962.

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It was a long, grueling process that was made more difficult because the war was so fresh in people’s minds. 1941 through 1945 were years of doubt, deprivation, and death. Many wanted to put the war, and memories of the war, behind them and start anew with marriage, family, jobs, and perhaps a GI Bill-funded education. Long before they became The Greatest Generation, these men and women were The Silent Generation. Again and again, we hear stories of veterans never sharing their wartime experiences with their families. This reticence to talk much about the war was a real difficulty in raising both awareness and funds for some type of memorial. The time span back to the actual event was just too close.

While Tucker Gratz spearheaded civilian efforts toward the creation of a shrine or shrines, there were still questions about just what to honor – the Pacific War in its entirety, the December 7 attack as a whole, or the sunken battleship Arizona. And the Arizona’s fate itself was not entirely clear. During the war, there were suggestions floated to use her as a test site for shaped-charge torpedo heads, and after the war, there were proposals to raise and scrap the hull. In both cases, it was too close to the war in which millions had been killed that there was little thought of the ship being a sacred tomb for the nearly one thousand souls still within her.

The tortured hull lying in the muck of Pearl Harbor, and its grisly contents, eventually came to be representative of both the attack and by extension, the war. The Pacific War Memorial Commission agreed with Navy brass like CINCPAC Admiral Arthur Radford that the Arizona was a good place to start for a monument. Radford’s erection of a flagpole on Arizona and the symbolic daily raising and striking colors became a tradition during the 1950s embraced by both the Navy and the community. USS Arizona was on her way to immortality. The far-sighted Radford even requested funding for the creation of a shrine in the early 1950s, but the nation was again at war and monies were not made available. Finally, on March 15, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law authorizing the creation of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Now that the wreckage of the USS Arizona and her entombed crew had finally been selected as the monument’s ultimate site, the committee had to find a way to raise the privately financed half-million dollars required by the law authorizing the Memorial. Ultimately, somewhat more than half of the funding was from private sources, including sales of plastic models of the ship, a television program featuring an Arizona Medal of Honor recipient, and a sold out concert at Pearl Harbor by the recently returned from Army duty rock star Elvis Presley.

Officer Tucker Gratz and recently returned
from Army duty rock star Elvis Presley


After the process of selecting a design and then building it, the USS Arizona Memorial was finally dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1962 by Texas Congressman and Chairman of Veteran Affairs Olin E. Teague and Hawaii Governor John A. Burns.

After the catastrophic loss of life aboard her on December 7, 1941, the name USS Arizona will never grace another Navy ship.

Source: USS Arizona, Warship – Tomb – Monument,  MacKinnon Simpson



“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”

-Walter Williams-



Thank you to all our great veterans!!

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“These are words that are enemies of the Constitution … socialism, communism, totalitarianism, progressivism, and liberalism.”

Gordon Ellis (Epson, New Hampshire, Veterans Day speech to students 2010)

MIDWAY…Positive Comments from Real People

I received many comments yesterday from friends who have seen the new movie MIDWAY.

All agree that:

“Great movie. The special effects were outstanding.”

 “Such a good movie. It tells the stories about the real men there and also the Japs. Never a dull moment.”


On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces launch a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base in Hawaii. Six months later, the Battle of Midway commences on June 4, 1942, as the Japanese navy once again plans a strike against American ships in the Pacific. For the next three days, the U.S. Navy and a squad of brave fighter pilots engage the enemy in one of the most important and decisive battles of World War II.





The Editor:   Could you explain Veterans Day to our new readers, LL ?

PFC Cat:  It’s to honor members of the armed forces that have served their country.

Here are our own Tolley’s Topics veterans.

Darrell Christopher Tomlin
 Chief Petty Officer, US Navy
Son of Sheila Tolley


Richard Ammon
 Ranger-Vietnam, US Army
Tolley’s Topics Contributor

Here is a special honor.

The Link Between The Stars

“The link below opens an incredibly great video. I hope you will pass it on to your contacts. It is one of my favorite Tributes to America. We celebrate many holidays in our wonderful country…but for me: 

Everyday that I Live Free In America, Is Veterans Day.”

-Sheila Tolley-

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“People will forget what you said;  People will forget what you did.  But people will never forget how you made them feel.”




He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.


If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.


Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

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Favorite Movie Quotes

“Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” The Jazz Singer, 1927

“No wire hangers, ever!” Mommie Dearest, 1981

“Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?” Little Caesar, 1930

“Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Chinatown, 1974

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951


Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lunar Craters Langrenus and Petavius
Image Credit & Copyright: Eduardo Schaberger Poupeau

Explanation: The history of the Moon is partly written in its craters. Pictured here is a lunar panorama taken from Earth featuring the large craters Langrenus, toward the left, and Petavius, toward the right. The craters formed in separate impacts. Langrenus spans about 130 km, has a terraced rim, and sports a central peak rising about 3 km. Petavius is slightly larger with a 180 km diameter and has a distinctive fracture that runs out from its center. Although it is known that Petravius crater is about 3.9 billion years old, the origin of its large fracture is unknown. The craters are best visible a few days after a new Moon, when shadows most greatly accentuate vertical walls and hills. The featured image is a composite of the best of thousands of high-resolution, infrared, video images taken through a small telescope. Although mountains on Earth will likely erode into soil over a billion years, lunar craters Langrenus and Petavius will likely survive many billions more years, possibly until the Sun expands and engulfs both the Earth and Moon.

Tomorrow’s picture: spiraling sideways