Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Navy and Marine Corps Disaster Relief

Our sailors and Marines continue providing extensive support to victims of the tsunami, saving untold numbers of lives. You can find details of the story quoted below (also see photo at left) and many others at the U.S. Navy website:

Sailors came from all over USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and lined up in the ship’s hangar bay in January to donate some of their most prized possessions - stuffed animals and toys - to victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.

While it may seem odd for Sailors to covet such items, it should be known the stuffed animals and toys were primarily mementos from loved ones, or special gifts for their children or young relatives back home. Despite the special meaning attached to these items, the Sailors who donated them felt it was more important to try to bring a little joy to young tsunami victims who now have little else.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is an amphibious assault ship whose normal mission is to penetrate hostile territory to put Marines on the beach and support them in combat. It's one of many U.S. Navy assets now providing disaster relief. As an indicator that these can be dangerous operations for everyone involved, a USS Bonhomme Richard SH-60 helicopter crashed on a relief mission near Banda Aceh on January 10. No one was reported killed, but 10 crew members and passengers were injured.

Take a look at the U.S. Navy website. There are many stories here that will make Americans proud of their Navy and Marine Corps.


Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I believe they had some clips of the marines on msnbc.com and reuters. Truly remarkable

12:29 AM, January 12, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Wanderer, thanks. They truly are remarkable young men and women.

In my experience, the more Americans see of their military forces up-close and without distortions, the more they appreciate how dedicated and professional they are. This was particularly evident among reporters embedded with our troops during the successful war against Saddam Hussein's regime. They shared the experiences of the soldiers and Marines they lived with, and their real-time reporting seemed to be much less influenced by editors and senior pooh-bahs sitting in offices in other parts of the world. In the complex situation in Iraq since then, sadly, we're back to myopic, agenda driven reporting that often misses bigger truths.

4:14 AM, January 12, 2005  
Blogger howard said...

Having several friends, acquaintances and family members who've served in the various armed forces, I second the notion that these really are some of our finest men and women. As much as I detest some of the attitudes that seem to deny that we could ever do anything wrong, I hate even more the efforts made by some to demonize the people who have put their life on the line for other Americans.

4:41 AM, January 12, 2005  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Bless them all!

7:59 AM, January 12, 2005  
Blogger Junebugg said...

It's the worst of times that seem to bring out the best in people. Our service personel are some of the best in the world, and I would expect nothing less from them. Makes you proud that these are our guys and gals!!

11:39 AM, January 12, 2005  
Blogger pri said...

Things like this are the ones that make important having an army. Doing things like going to war under false statements make several people forget the good things armies provide us.

11:53 AM, January 14, 2005  

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