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One Sailor's Story

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 4:59 PM

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The morning had been a rough one for the USS Sculpin. The submarine had run all night to get critical intellegence. Aboard the Sculpin, Commander John Cromwell, Commander of Submarine Attack Group, with Flag, off of Truk Island.

Cromwell was privy to secrets regarding American submarine tactics for the War in the Pacific. The Sculpin took position to spy on a large Japanese naval convoy. At dawn, the enemy suddenly changed course. Without warning, the entire convoy, along with several destroyers and attack cruisers, headed directly towards the Sculpin.

Quickly they submerged and for two hours quietly waited as the enemy convoy passed overhead. After waiting what they thought was a safe amount of time, the Sculpin surfaced a mere 600 yards from the Yamagumo. The Japanese convoy Commander had heard that American submarines were in the area, and the huge destroyer had been left behind for just such an occasion. The fight was on.

Sculpin made an emergency dive, and struggled through two massive depth charge attacks. This left the submarine battered, with many of it's depth and pressure gauges damaged.

The crew fought on, and managed to evade the destroyer as it dealt with a surface squall. At noon, Commander Cromwell decided to creep to the surface to look around. The submarine's depth gauge was broken, and the the sub unexpectedly broached the surface, and again was detected. The sub took more depth charges in a relentless attack from the Yamagumo.

This crippled the sub even more. Commander Cromwell was forced to run the sub at full ahead underwater to keep from sinking. The destroyers' sonar was able to track the sub this way, and the attack continued.

Fearing that the submarine would be lost with all aboard, Commander Cromwell surfaced the ship, and engaged in a vicious surface battle, while allowing his men to escape the wounded sub in life rafts.

As the Submarine was about to go under for the last time, Commander Cromwell gave the order to abandon ship. Cromwell, fearing that through his capture, and probable torture, that he may give up critical secret information, stayed aboard and went down with his ship.

The Navy had no idea what had happened to the USS Sculpin until many months later. After VJ Day, surviving crew members were released from Japanese POW camps and told the story of Commander Cromwell's bravery.

For his actions, Commander John Phillip Cromwell, of Henry Illinois, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Who knows exactly where men gather the courage to bravely go to their deaths. Some say it is God, or duty, or perhaps it is faith.

Perhaps it is love.

Cromwell was fearful that he'd give up information that would cost many lives, and maybe a war.

This is the type of history that we should be teaching in schools, not the 'America sucks' stuff that is being taught now. Our youngsters should learn the stories of real heroes, and why they did what they did.

I doubt any of you have ever heard of Commander Cromwell. Why?

After 911, I heard some dummies marvel at the bravery of the Islamic terrorists. "Willing to die" for their cause. They believed that murdering thousands of innocents would vault them into a sexual Utopia complete with dozens of virgins.

Why do you think John Cromwell gave his life? For sex with virgins?

Brave and true people have given their lives for this country for hundreds of years. In the days ahead, I think we ought to remember our heroes, and honor their sacrifices.

The progressives have heroes. They are guys like Mao, and Che, and Marx. They treat the USA as the root of all evil, and I grow tired of that.

We are going to need some heroes as our Constitution, and our very Republic, are under attack. We need folks who will stand against the progressives.

It was George Washington who told us that the preservation of liberty was in the hands of the PEOPLE, not the government.

It is time to take that direction of President Washington seriously.

Ronald Reagan told us that "people are not free, unless government is limited."

You can read about Commander Cromwell @

www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspe...


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Gearjammer,

When you turn your writing ability loose, you are about as eloquent and talented as anyone around.

Bur then you turn that talent to political preaching, the effect is considerably diminished.

WWII saw an incredible number of heroes in the highest sense of the word.

Korea proved the next generation of young men capable of meeting the test. Several of them reamain with me during every Veterans and Memorial event.

Regional TV carried services for a young GI this week. He dived atop a live explosive to protect his buddies somewhere in Afghanistan.

Where you lose me is when you start preaching that you have the simple solution to what the U.S. must have politically.

If there was a simple answer, the framers of our Constitution would simply have established an hereditary monarchy, instead of the three portions of our federal government.

We have a strong executive, stronger legislative and even stronger judiciary.

When all within each are doing their jobs fully and with positive direction, there is no better governance system on earth.

But the operative requirement is POSITIVE.

Totally negative opposition and obstructionism is neither positive nor patriotic.

The problems this country faces require the best effort from everyone in a leadership position. This past year, we didn't get it.

I don't recall any Democrats being enthusiastic supporters or fans of George W. Bush, yet Democrats provided needed votes to pass many of his major proposals -- when he could not muster enough votes within his own party.

I doubt any regular readers of this blog/response have any questions concerning my total lack of respect for DubYah and his Draft Dodgers, as patriots or public officials.

But, he occupied the White House and had the responsibility for decisions only The President is empowered to make.

Another man has that responsibility now. Doctrinaire political robots should not be obstructing every executive effort -- but they are.

This president cannot achieve the needed actions with a solid block of lock-step opposition.

Commander Crowell did not ask his officers and men to join him in going down with his ship.

When Audie Murphy climbed atop a burning half-track to man Quad-50s and singlehandedly fight off a Nazi battalion, he didn't ask any of his squad members to come load ammo.

When Joe Kennedy Jr. flew a pure suicide mission, he did not ask for company.

Tragically, many in American politics today lack the courage to stand alone against their party and supporters.

An entire block marches in precise formations as directed by their authority figures.

Where are the Goldwaters, Vandenbergs,Carl Alberts, Tafts, Page Belchers and Carl Haydens when we need them?

The President has proposed a massive three-year freeze for the federal budget, excepting only DEFENSE and congressionally mandated entitlements.

The limited liberal faction is already screaming, moderates are in full support. Supposedly fiscally conservative Republicans are voicing opposition.

What will satisfy these people -- Do they want the electorate to exhume Everett Dirksen and annoint those remains as Emperor?

How about Robert Taft?

Will Strom Thurmond do for them?

Why not George Wallace, so they can prop him up in the school house door?

How about the mayor of Arkansas' Dogpatch tourist park, Orval Faubus?

Of course, we could annoint TV's new darling, Sen. Elect Brown.

But where would that leave First Dude, Bristol, Willow, Trig and the new darling of PLAYGIRL'S center fold -- the distinguished intellectual, Levi?

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 6:17 PM

Hank,

We, the long suffering readers of the McCook Gazette's blogs, have put up with you mindless rant for what seems like an eternity. But now you bring in children with your venom. Yes, they may be the family that all liberal America can hate without guilt, but they are children none the less.

You sir, have entered a new catagory, EVIL.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 9:18 AM

I think it's arguable that Sarah Palin is evil for using her children for political means. I would never want to put my children in front of a sharply divided country in the political arena and then use them to get votes. That is evil.

You have never left your old category, BS.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:30 AM

Now you see how quickly this spun from a "celebrate our heroes" theme into a liberal smackdown of conservatives? Pathetic.

Jaded - Certainly you are mistaking "sharing" for "exploiting". If I were running for VP of the US...I would share that with my children; which is exactly how I saw this situation with Sarah Palin. I didn't see any evidence of her foisting her children into the limelight in any way to try to draw attention to herself.

She was asked about her experience of having a child with down's; she relayed an answer. What gain would she or her children get from the flaying she received from not aborting her infant son, and for a pregnant teen in the household.

The fact that Hank keeps bringing this up, and you taking it one step further brings both of your motivations into question.

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:43 AM

Sorry. I guess when the E word starts getting thrown around I wanted to make an alternate point.

And I saw plenty of unashamed "hoisting." I don't understand why you would defend such a terrible politician as Palin anyways. She ditched her obligations to her state and took a job with Fox. Wow.

My "motivation" is to read an interesting blog and respond every so often.

And Sam, I enjoyed your blog, until you childishly started comparing progressives with communists.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:50 AM

"The progressives have heroes. They are guys like Mao, and Che, and Marx. They treat the USA as the root of all evil, and I grow tired of that."

Unless you mean progressive communists? Of which I have seen no one on here that fits that bill.

That's like saying:

"The conservative Christians have heroes. They are guys like Timothy McVeigh, Adolf Hitler, and Lucifer. They treat the USA as the root of all evil, and I grow tired of that."

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 12:57 PM

I think Mickle meant how quickly this has become a celebrate our heros blog, to a smackdown of liberals.

-- Posted by president obama on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:08 PM

I think Mickle meant how quickly this has become a celebrate our heros blog, to a smackdown of liberals.

-- Posted by president obama on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:12 PM

Yes, exactly. Just like Sam's original script:

A celebration of our heros, to a smackdown of liberals.

We have a right to resent being called communists. I hate communists.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:22 PM

To be fair, if Sam wrote a book and it was full of good storytelling with no Rush vomit I would read it. I think Sam is a good writer.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:25 PM

Jaded - That is a lousy example you just gave, and here is why:

I understand the political spectrum they indoctrinate kids with nowadays, but Hitler was a progressive, and far left winger, not a right winger. I understand why you libs and progressives foster that lie, to confuse, and have us look the other way while you work to undermine the Republic.

Tim McVeigh was a murderer, ah....what quotes from conservatives can you show us, that supports Tim McVeigh, or Lucifer for that matter?

Yet my diluted friend, we have countless examples of Obama administration officials and the cultural left, speaking out for Mao, Che and Marx.

Also, I know why you leftists hate Sarah Palin.

So transparent are you. I love the way you leftist spin the attacks on Palin and her family to make it look like she exploited them.

That is the side of you leftists that really just makes me wanna puke. You guys, with all your proclamations of caring and sharing, are truly mean spirited intellectual snobs, at best.

You hate Palin, because she represents the woman you are afraid of. A woman, who is successful, without having to abandon her God, her family or her values.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:33 PM

Oh, and Sarah Palin has a real man for a husband, and you libs cannot stand that. You guys like the metrosexual types huh?

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:36 PM

Huh? Do tell, Sam...

-- Posted by Jaded American on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:39 PM

Reformed - you know, I am going to grant you your point on progressives admiration for Teddy Roosevelt, and FDR.

That why I am alarmed at today's (quoting Hillary) "modern progressive". They have gone beyond Roosevelt and Teddy. We are still stuck with, and going broke trying to pay, for FDR's fantasies, now you wanna chase Marx?

No thanks!

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 1:45 PM

to the Jaded American, your example was not only silly, but ignorant. It is your hero, President Obama, who follows the teachings of Sal Alinsky, and he was a big fan of Satan. Lucifer was the "rebel" Alinsky admired so much, he dedicated his book to him.

Like Sam, I will await your proof that any conservatives have spoken out for Tim McVeigh, or Hitler or the devil.

Sam, thanks for pointing out these heroes. The point you make so clearly, escapes those lost in liberal thinking.

-- Posted by Leo.Pold on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 4:37 PM

"I think Mickle meant how quickly this has become a celebrate our heros blog, to a smackdown of liberals."

Uh...actually I was referring to the American hero that Sam used in his post. An honest, average person put into extraordianary circumstances; and putting his country and his fellow man above himself. My lament is that we cannot see eye to eye on the bravery, courage and sacrifice of one fellow American. I don't recall engaging in a "smackdown" of liberals.

Oh, and by the way bigdawg & GI - is your gutless mudslinging any less loathsome? Seriously?

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 8:52 PM

Sam engaged in a smackdown of liberals and when someone called him on it you piped up that it was too bad that us nasty liberals had to take a blog about a hero and turn it into a smackdown aginst conservatives. I would recommend scrolling up.

Its not about seeing eye to eye on an american hero but more about being told who I idolize.

-- Posted by president obama on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 9:18 PM

bigdawg - As a fellow man standing in the puddle, covered with mud and a hand full of the stuff ready to fling: I see your point, however, In my piping up, I referred to no one as "nasty".

Maybe both sides would be better served to reign in the vitriol just a bit over a tad.

Pray tell, bigdawg....whom WOULD you name as your heros?

-- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 10:12 PM

Chunky and company,

The question was respecting heroes and Sam's eloquence regarding the one particular WWII hero. Certainly one of the superb unknowns.

My point was taking that story and trying tospin it into an ideological conclusion which had nothing to do with that submarine skipper.

Truth is all you super-conservatives, most of the folks who fought Nazis and Fascists in WWII were strongly of the populist streak. They had just survived the depression and weren't much into conservative politicians and theology.

FDR rated pretty high with most working people and farmers of that era.

So there's a real good chance any of those heroes would have resented being used to promote a political position totally foreign to their minds.

Your concern for those "poor children."

Miz Sary has already banked several million because John McCain had to make a hurried selection for V.P.

The nominee could have appeared at the convention with "First Dude" and left the kids home. She chose to go after the slot and made every point possible with the kids, "hockey mom" status, her "First Dude"and their Alaska lifestyle.

Give her a big cigar, she has taken an almost offhand selection by a generally weak candidate and is making a great run with it:

> A highly profitable book deal, despite the obvious reality, much of her campaign memory is sadly lacking in credibiity;

> A clearly profitable career currently as a much sought after dinner speaker at conservative events;

> Another step in her original TV career before the camera doing whatever Fox can figure out for her;

> That's the American way-- but at the same time the Palin family saga has turned into the biggest political soap opera in a long time.

Sam extols Todd as a real man.

"First Dude" has tried several ways to make a living, settling on none for more than a short time. Sesonally, with the open whaleboat, he has been a "commercial fisherman," with a stint working around North Slope oil operations, which ended sometime this past year;

He races snowmobiles and they apparently had some sort of machine shop and retail operation.

Colorful, but what has he built with this work history?

Clearly the politician spouse has run circles around him for income and achievement.

But as usual, the conservative voices find any disagreement with conservative spinning of any subject to be sick.

While more parents are finding themselves supporting a teenage mother and grandchild, it is a difficult situation when potential White House occupancy is involved.

When you are or were governor, with a single mother in the house, and the child's father is picking up big bucks for nude male cheesecake multi-page centerfolds for a profit hungry magazine publisher --That's little beyond national leader lifestyle.

Is the baby guilty of anything? NO!!

Guess how he is going to be referred to for his entire life?

Sorry conservative thinkers, but if Miz Sary had been named to run on the other ticket, you guys would have crucified her!!

Look at the garbage hurled at the Obamas about every detail of their lives.

Give them a Downs Syndrome child, a teenage unwed mother for a daughter and a young man who fathered that child popsing for a nude centerfold.

The diatribes would not stop for the next ten years.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:07 AM

There's obviously no women posting on this particular blog, as they would likely have spoken up and told one certain immature bigot on here to not call women broads.

I like that. One Democratic ex-official said something about Mao. And now all progressives are communists. Haha.

All conservatives cheat on their wives with younger men. Always in airport bathrooms.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 7:38 AM

This is what is so fascinating about this blog. As a liberal it's kind of like walking into a room full of angry chimps. Well, at least Joe is like an angry chimp.

I'm not calling names by the way.

Joe acts like an angry chimp.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 9:49 AM

No real argument, he says. I didn't realize that's what's going on. Especially with Joe. I don't remember fredd but I like him if he's on the bad side of a young country bigot.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 10:03 AM

Haha. Ok. Exactly.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:24 PM

I have an idea. Instead of being little babies and calling "liar!" lets examine the lies individually. I am not sticking up for President Obama per say, I think my user name shows that I think they are all liars.

But wouldn't it be fun to pick him apart here? I mean, besides complaining that he uses teleprompters? Let's renew the healthy debate, and not the crybaby Joe approach.

What are President Obama's lies?

How is President Obama destroying the planet?

Is President Obama the devil? Like fooozball?

Does it feel good to be an anonymous bigot?

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 2:20 PM

Exactly. You cannot answer the first question, but time and time again you justify the following lines. They are very appropriate to your style george.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 2:40 PM

I'm drawn to racists. They fascinate me.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 2:41 PM

Wow, good point, Joe. That's more like it. It is a travesty that there are so many policymakers that used to be lobbyists. I'm not surprised. Thank you for a real argument. It's the William Lynn connection that's the most dangerous. It's arguable that there may be at least trace incentives for him in this position to favor continuous warfare, and no one needs that. On the other hand, if William Corr in in his respective position maintained his old professional biases it would probably be a good thing for society.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 1:08 PM

Sorry, Guillermo, but I do think it's a bit shady for there to be so many (recently ex) lobbyists in these positions. It smells bad. Like you wouldn't want to hire an ex-skinhead for customer service, even if he says he's not like that any more.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 1:12 PM

Dear Sam Eldridge,

I really enjoyed this blog. It was excellent, really. It's too bad the comments that followed get so far off the beaten path....I thought comments were meant to voice opinion of your subject matter? At any rate, the animated, sometimes childish arguments are good stress relief. Best laugh I've had all day. Keep up the excellent writing!

Sincerely,

"Not a 'broad'" :)

-- Posted by TrailMix on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 2:43 PM

Guillermo,

I agree with you on most points, but I hate the idea of lobbyists. Sorry, I guess it's a prejudice of mine. I don't wanna agree with Joe anymore, so give me a nice rant against lobbyists. Like only Guillermo can. Don't let us communists down!

And don't listen to Joe. While he may have good points, he is a racist and probably assumes some level of brownness on you.

-- Posted by Jaded American on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 10:51 PM

JOSE,

The new president made an unpleasant discovery, trying to find competent experience for top-level government experience is a nightmare experience.

The rules require a lot of good people to say no to serving in any non-elective D.C. job.

Even worse, when you get to those relatively few who will leave high-paying jobs in their own businesses, corporations and companies, or state governments -- where they can generate outside income legally ------ IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND ANYONE WITH PROVEN ABILITY, MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND WILLINGNESS TO SERVE -- who has not been a lobbyist in some way or another.

Trying to hold to a "simon pure" test has left some jobs (TSA director) vacant for more than a year -- There is no indication anyone capable will accept appointment to the remaining posts.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 5:58 PM


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