Our Squadron is for all Marines who are or were part of Marine Air Command and Control. The name honors a small team of Marines who created an all weather bombing system in 1949 at Point Magu, California that evolved to become the Air Support Radar Team (ASRT). The equipment was sent to the Korean War as part of the 1st MAW, 1st MTACS. The radio call sign was Devastate Charlie. We are part of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. Click on the MCAA logo below for more information or to join. If you want to post stories or photos send them to craighullinger@gmail.com Semper Fi

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Colonel Marion Cranford Dalby, USMC


...a tribute…a dedication…to a friend, a leader, a Marine

In ones life, you meet many men and women…most of them are friendly, modestly intelligent, interesting and a pleasure to have as an acquaintance or a friend. If you are extremely fortunate, you will meet one or two individuals who will truly, positively affect your career…cause you to lift and reset your goals and objectives …and literally change your life. 


As one grows older and has essentially “completed the career game”, one often looks back over the years and wonders what your life would have been like, if you had not met such an influential individual… for awhile you think about “what might have been” …then you suddenly stop…your mind “smiles” and you feel that “rosy glow” as it warms your thoughts…for more than a few moments you savor the memories and then say to yourself…“wasn’t that a wonderful experience”. 

I don’t know what my life would have been like if I had not met Cranford Dalby, but I am so pleased that I did. So now you know why I dedicate this modest story to the most outstanding Marine I met during my twenty some years in the Corps.


I wanted you to know more about Marion Cranford Dalby... the leader and the one most responsible for the development of the  bombing system. He was our leader, then a Captain at Pt. Mugu in 1949... one of the most energetic , intelligent officers I have ever known. After flying dive bombers in WWII, and years after his MASRT experience...he headed as project during the Vietnam developing a "Bluebook" for the Navy... a book that cataloged every type of "Junk" sailing the Vietnam coast.. made it easy to identify the home port., hence "enemy" or "friendly"... Google JUNK BLUE BOOK for more info


He was a man, take him for all is all
I shall not look upon his like again

William Shakespeare



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Back in the Old Corps

I have recently learned of your organization and that your name "Devastate Charlie" was in recognition of the Marines at Pt. Mugu who conceived and built the first air support radar/ control for all weather bombing. The original group of four officers and eight enlisted Marines built the gear. 

Once they were approved to take the gear to Korea, they were augmented by other Marines... joined the 1st Marine Division for the Fall Offensive in 1951.... Their radio call sign was Devastate Charlie. Only two of the original group survive today....Robert G. Harris (LtCol Ret) and John Seissinger (LtCol Ret). 

 How do I know all this?....I am Robert Harris, then a 1st Lt....and John Seissinger was a Tech Sgt.. It so happens that tomorrow, March 16th, John and I are going to speak to the Marines of MASS-3. I am now 93 years of age and John is 3 years younger. I have a book as a Kindle E book .."Many Come, Few Are Chosen" in which I write in detail about our project from start to finish. I would be pleased to provide any other info .... incidentally. We did have an "unofficial" patch...a picture of it is in the book.

Semper Fi....


Bob Harris

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Great to hear from you, Bob.

Anything you want to send me I will put on the blog

Marines, you can order the book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Many-Come-Few-Are-Chosen-ebook/dp/B005CQOXPU


Semper Fi


Craig Hullinger


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

AMONG MY SOUVENIRS

Congressman Sam Johnson and Dr. Kay Tracy

 

I am attaching a copy of my "bracelet speech". I belonged to an organization in DC called Capitol Speakers. Women in the public eye, such as ambassadors' wives, as well as TV personalities, etc., joined to take a speech course and then practice speaking at monthly meetings. I wrote this little talk to give to that group. Sam Johnson, Congressman, from Texas, was supposed to attend for the presentation but that was the day when the Capitol was evacuated because of an anthrax (?) scare, so he didn't make it. Subsequently, I, along with George and some friends, went to his office and had the presentation there.

Sam Johnson read the little talk into the Congressional Record. As you will gather, I had his bracelet. I am attaching a picture as well. Sam has a bad arm, suffered as a result of torture while imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton, where he was John McCain's roommate.


 

I still find the whole thing moving. By the way, a nun had John McCain's bracelet.

Dr. Kay Blythe Tracy
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[Congressional Record: December 20, 2001 (Extensions)
Page E2347] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access  [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr20de01pt2-31]


AMONG MY SOUVENIRS

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HON. SAM JOHNSON
of Texas
in the House of Representatives
Wednesday, December 19, 2001


Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I submit the following article by Kay Blythe Tracy, Ph.D.:

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Americans now are inspired and united by every musical note of "God Bless America.'' But back in the sixties, we were a nation in discord, singing many different tunes. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote songs of Camelot, while Pete Seeger asked, "Where have all the young men gone?''

The story I'm going to tell you today is about what happened to one of those young men. This story began in the sixties, when POW/MIA bracelets were conceived as a way to remember missing or captive American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia. Traditionally, a POW/MIA bracelet is worn until the man named on the bracelet is accounted for, whether it be 30 days or 35 years.

I bought my bracelet in 1970 for $2.50. It has, "Lt. Col. Samuel Johnson, April 16, 1966'' engraved on it. I wore the bracelet faithfully for many years, but eventually took it off and put it away. But every time I opened my jewelry box, I saw it. And every time I saw it, I was saddened, and I thought of Lt. Col. Johnson, and I said a little prayer.

The bracelet led to my first foray into the wonderful world of e-Bay, the on-line auction service, where I listed it for sale. I thought that anyone who would buy it would treasure it and it would be out of my sight, out of my mind. To my surprise, bidding on the bracelet was brisk.

On the seventh, and final, day of the auction, my husband George asked me if I knew what had happened to Col. Johnson.

"No,'' I replied. "I never wanted to know.'' But George went to the Internet, and returned with information. Of the more than twenty-five hundred POWs, and the three to six thousand MIAs, only 591 men returned. My brother, a Marine Lieutenant, did not.

After spending seven years as a prisoner of war, Sam Johnson did.

I was so happy I cried.

When I contacted Congressman Johnson's office, his aide, McCall Cameron, told me that he and Mrs. Johnson were on vacation with their grandchildren.

Grandchildren! More tears.

Congressman Johnson said he would very much like to have his bracelet. So, I cancelled the e-Bay auction, and today I am returning this souvenir. In the words of Randy Sparks, "A million tomorrows will all pass away, ere I forget all the joy that is mine today.''

And in my own words, I say to Sam, finally,

"Welcome home.''

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To Dr. Tracy, I say, "Thank you. We will never forget. God bless you.''

Congressman Sam Johnson




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Marine Corps Birthday 2016

 





U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Joseph Osterman, deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) cuts a cake at the 241st Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Celebration on MacDill Air Force Base.

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921. That particular date was chosen because on that day the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775 to raise two battalions of Continental Marines.

Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps -- the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.

(Photos by Tom Gagnier)
 
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Very nice Marine Corps Birthday celebration at MacDill Air Force Base put on by CentCom and SoCom at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa today.  They had a cake cutting ceremony at 10:00 am on Nov 9 for all the Marines. The Commandant's message is read, then they bring out the cake.  

Centcom (US Central Command) centcom.mil is a principle fighting Command of the US. They are in charge of Central Asia - Iraq and Afghanistan and surrounding areas. So the best and the brightest are here. It is commanded by a 4 Star - usually an Army or Marine General.

SoCom Special Operations Command. This is the Command of all the special forces - the Navy Seals, Delta Force, Marines Raiders, etc  socom.mil/default.aspx 

So the two top war fighting commands in the US are in Tampa. All the Marines from the two commands were there. Looking good. The Marines now wear their blue trousers with red stripe and the khaki shirt for formal occasions - short of the full dress blues.

The cake cutting ceremony cuts the cake with a sword, and involves giving the youngest and oldest Marines there a piece of cake. The oldest Marine was a retired guy working for Centcom - he was born in 1957.  Made me feel a bit old.

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger, Marine





Another Birthday Celebration, this time in Sarasota on Nov 10, 2016.  Above, from right to left: Ron and Linda Wozniak, Craig Hullinger, Byron and Janet Hill.

The crowd was a bit older in Sarasota.  Woz and Craig were among the oldest Marines at CentCom. We were among the younger at Sarasota.

The oldest Marine was on Iwo Jima and was 96 years old. The youngest was 19.

Semper Fi




A father and son team at the Sarastoa Birthday event.












Wednesday, January 20, 2016

B-52 History

1) The B-52's first flight was April 15, 1952 - over 63 years ago.


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2) The B-52 was designed to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, but it has only carried conventional ordnance in combat.


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3) There were huge leaps in aviation happening when the B-52 was being designed, and it went through 6 major redesigns during the 5 year design period. The YB-52 pictured below was the second-to-last major redesign.


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4) A B-52A was used to carry the North American X-15. The X-15 achieved the record for fastest manned powered aircraft, with a speed of Mach 6.72.


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5) There have been 744 B-52s built, but currently there are only 85 in active service, with 9 in reserve.


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6) The B-52 can carry up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance, or the equivalent of 30 fully-loaded Cessna 172s.


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7) Production ended in 1962, which means the youngest B-52 is 53 years old.


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8) The jet has a unique ejection system; the lower deck crew eject downward.



9) The B-52 is expected to serve until the 2040s. That's over 90 years of service.


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10) In 1964, a B-52 configured as a testbed to investigate structural failures flew through severe turbulence, shearing off its vertical stabilizer. The aircraft was able to continue flying, and landed safely.


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11) The navigator and radar navigator sit in the lower deck of the aircraft. These are the two seats that eject downward.


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12) To comply with the SALT II Treaty requirements, cruise missile-capable aircraft had to be identifiable by spy satellites. To comply, the B-52 "G" models were modified with a curved wing root fairing.


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13) Early models had cabin temperature problems; the upper-deck would get hot, because it was heated by the sun, while the navigation crew would sit on the cold fuselage floor.


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14) In 1961, a B-52G broke up in midair over Goldsboro, NC. Two nuclear bombs on board were dropped in the process, but didn't detonate. After the bombs were recovered, the Air Force found that five of the six stages of the arming sequence had been completed.


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15) In 1972, B-52 tail-gunner Albert Moore shot down a MiG-21 over Vietnam. It was the last recorded bomber-gunner to shoot down an enemy aircraft.


Texas Aviation Online
16) After the Soviet Union fell in 1991, 365 B-52s were destroyed under the START treaty. The aircraft were stripped of usable parts, chopped into 5 pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade, and sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound.


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17) During Operation Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40% of the weapons dropped from the air.


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18) Currently, B-52s cost $70,000 per flight hour to operate. And while they might be ugly, they're still a pretty amazing and adaptable aircraft.









Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year



Resolutions:  

Eat Less, 

Travel More, 

Run Spiel Chek, 

Forgive and Forget



Friday, September 11, 2015

WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash



WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash

What a courageous young man. No weapons, no bullet-resistant windshields, no escort and he was flying over Germany to take photos.  Just watch the expression on his face as he watches himself. We owe a BIG thank you to men like him. 18 years old, all alone, behind enemy lines, no guns, no escort... and he gladly did it. 

It was truly the greatest generation...We owe them so much...

Click below for video -----

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ie3SrjLlcUY