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Franklin bifocals Friday, December 18, 2009

New Jersey state flag
[1787 - New Jersey is third state to enter United States of America]

African Slaves aboard slave ship    Slave sale notice
large group of slaves
[1865 - Thirteenth Amendment to Constitution was proclaimed to be ratified by 27 of then 36 states and took effect]

neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Painter Paul Klee    Painter Paul Klee's Zitronin
[1879 - Paul Klee, abstract artist, born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland]

Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb    Ty Cobb Hall of Fame plaque
[1886 - Ty (Tyrus Raymond) Cobb, baseball great, born in Narrows, Georgia]

Producer George Stevens    Director George Stevens with his Oscar
[1904 - George Stevens, Academy Award-winning director, producer, writer, actor,
born in Oakland, California]

Writer Christopher Fry
[1907 - Christopher Fry (Harris), poet, dramatist,
born in Bristol, England]

Director, Abe Burrows
[1910 - Abe (Abram Solman Borowitz) Burrows, Tony Award-winning director,
playwright, born in New York City]

Verdun - trench warfare    Verdun Cemetary
[1916 - WW-I Battle of Verdun ends after ten months and 650,000 lives lost. Allied and German forces in about same place as before it began.

Actor Ossie Davis    Writer Ossie Davis
[1917 - Raiford Chatman 'Ossie' Davis, writer, actor, director, born in Cogdell, Georgia]

River Patrol Boat (PBR) - on step    Gamewardens of Vietnam Memorial Obelisk USS Jennings County (LST-846) in action in Delta
Task Force 116 Presidential Unit Citation
[1965 - The Delta River Patrol Group (USN Task Force - 116) is established in Vietnam Mekong Delta]


In the Mekong Delta, the US Navy put together quite a successful river patrol force out of left-over WW-II ships, fast new boats, rotary wing aircraft, and some trained SEALS. It was quite a circus while it lasted.

William's Whimsical Words:

A first rate fighting force in an unnecessary, third rate war.

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