To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were joined by a group of World War II veterans to sign a presidential proclamation declaring Dec. 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, commemorating the 2,300 service members who lost their lives during the Japanese surprise attack on the Hawaii naval station in 1941. And while Trump has occasionally put his foot in his mouth during military-related ceremonies — I wouldn't necessarily call a surprise bombardment "a pretty wild scene" — nobody was paying attention to the commander-in-chief.
Ganitch, who was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in August 1941, sang "Remember Pearl Harbor," a 1942 tribute to the service members who lost their lives during the attack, written by American big-band songwriters Sammy Kaye and Don Reid. Graduates of Ohio University will absolutely recognize that tune as the same as "Alma Mater":
Don't get distracted by the song: Ganitch has a pretty remarkable story himself. With the Pennsylvania crew due to face off against the USS Arizona for the fleet football championship on that fateful morning, Ganitch and his shipmates were decked out in their football gear when the Pennsylvania sounded a general quarters alarm in response to the first air attack by Japan just before 8 a.m.
"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing," Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June. "As my battle station was in the crow’s nest of the main mast, I reported there in my football uniform, minus cleat, and helmet. The shoulder pads made it difficult to get through the trapdoor."
Of all the things to get frustrated over, don't flip out over Trump calling Pearl Harbor a "pretty wild scene" — based on his account of the attack, it seems like Ganitch might agree.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."