Sunday, March 4, 2018

24 February 2018 " A lesson learned" (hopefully).

Here are a few journal entries, hopefully in chronological order. As you may remember Friday's are our evening shifts as well as our ASL shifts. I mentioned earlier 4 weeks ago the shift coordinator sent an email to all the brothers on his shift asking if there was anything we might be interested in doing that we haven't before done? I responded the OED (own endowment director) as mentioned I have been doing this position since on this shift, except on ASL nights. I really enjoy it because you get to see the own endowment being done, or you see a patron going through for the first time. So chronologically, a week ago last Friday was our last ASL Friday evening endowment session before the temple closes. We went to preparation meeting and I was assigned as a patron for the ASL session, good that's what I wanted, but Patty was not. She discussed this with one of the coordinators, who told her she wasn't assigned there. I said I'll talk with someone about it because she, as I, were to work with the ASL group. I think they figured we were upset that she wasn't assigned and reassigned her to the session. As the session ended and we were going to the veil, it got a little hurried because another session was coming off and we needed to make room. The coordinator decided that all hearing patron would go through a hearing veil and not the ASL one, in the interest in time. Well, that upset some of the patrons as well, as they were assigned with the ASL group. I went through the ASL veil already, but Patty did not. So she again did not get a chance to use her ASL skill (so to speak), which she had been practicing for. This is the lesson learned, had we just left Patty's assignment alone she would have been available to help the ASL patrons at the veil, and would have used her skill much more than trying to just go through the veil. Lesson? The Lord knows what He is doing, "Be still and know that I am God". Follow up so that we understand how much the Lord loves us and understands us, On Monday 19 February, President's Day, we were in the temple working and the coordinator came to me and said, "We have a deaf sister coming through the veil and we need you and Sister Slade to assist there". SO as it turns out she did get the chance she had been practicing for. I have had much more opportunity to use ASL than she has, but it was a great experience though.

Part two- Since I started doing the own endowments for the Friday shift, I have been assigned every Friday. Last night I was the OED and we had a total of 6 own endowments, two missionaries, one brother just taking his endowments and two couples being married. What a great experience helping and aiding these good members in such a joyful time, especially in the celestial room.

On the following Saturday a total of over 1800 endowments were performed, thats not including any other ordinances.
Sunday was our last day at the deaf branch, they were so very nice and appreciative. I believe they truly would like us to return, maybe some time we will. Also on Sunday we had the chance to meet up with Angela Van Den Brande, Sara's longtime friend and riding buddy. They both competed in barrel racing together. Anyway we meet up and took a walk around the city (about 5 miles worth of walking)! Here are some pictures: These next 4 pictures are at the Washington Monument, but it is the cherry tree I wanted the picture of. Everybody has been waiting for this, the cherry blossoms.

This is Angela, ↑ she is in the Navy, and is stationed here. I was really nice seeing her again. 

The next 3 are at the Jefferson Monument 

Monday 26 February 2018, today went traveled to Dulles Airport to the National Air and Space Museum.  It was a really nice museum very interesting things.
This is a spy plane, however not very practical because of the cost to 
operate it. Lots and lots of fuel and could only be flown for a couple of hours before needing refueling. ↓Another view, kind of a pre stealth bomber.

This is the Enola Gay, named after the pilot's (Paul Tibbits) mother. 
So what you say, This is the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Leading to the end of the war in the Pacific. It didn't end until another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 
Wright Brothers plane, original? Maybe. The whole flight traveled 112 ft.and 4 seconds in the air.
It happened on 14 December 1903. Now imagine just 58 years later (5 May 1961) we send Alan Shepard into space on Freedom 7 and on 20 July 1969, 66 years from the first flight, man walked on the moon. That's 66 years from flying 112 ft to 384,403 miles to the moon. That's an average distance to the moon, as it varies.
P38, I always liked the P38 
WWII fighter
I liked this plane because it looks like the jet from Johnny Quest

The Space Shuttle Discovery
Front view 

All the black tiles on the front are placed there and numbered
each is exact for the that spot. There are used for the heat shield
Satellite, yep it's real

Exhaust and thrusters, they are bigger than they look here
Another view of the spy plane
And the Shuttle
 This one is interesting, the wing span is longer than the original flight taken by the Wright Brothers
of 112 ft.
How about this dandy? The Concorde
New York to London in 3 hrs and 30 min. 
Cost? 5 times as much as a regular 747 flight. Example $2,000 to Paris on a 747 
and $10,000 on the Concorde. That's why the Concorde not flying any more.

We went up to the observation tower and watched plane land at Dulles

Later on Monday evening we held our "farewell" dinner at the Stake Center. I'm adding a Az by the names of the Arizona folks

That's Sister Olsen, (Az)
Everybody in front of her are watching a slide show
Lance and Vicki Scott
Arnold and Geri  (Slade) Gillespie (Az)
Sue and Wayne Slade (Az)
Sam Clemmons
behind Sam is Debbie Papa, ( Az) Roxann and Rod Barney, George and Lee Jackson 
John and Jane Coons
Lorraine Johnson

Renee and Steve Coombs (Az)
 Art and Pegge Stowers
Sue Victor, Susan Warner and Gini Wiltbank
Vickie and Tom Snelson
Margaret and Earl Sanders
Left to right,
Gary and Jayne Weight, Michelle and Dan Skinner (Az)
Michelle grew up in Tucson and attend the Tucson Stake 1st ward in the Ft Lowell building
same building I attended. We know a lot of the same people.
Actually her mother and Aunt Dorene served a mission together in Scotland.
Dawn and John Dyer (Az)
President and Sister Swift
President and Sister Foulger
President and Sister Colton
Left to right
President and Sister Foulger (1st counselor), President and Sister Colton (temple president and matron), President and Sister Swift (2nd counselor) Brother Parker (temple recorder), Sister Sanders and Earl Sanders (they served as a member of the presidency when needed to fill in).

It's Friday 2 March and I'm just finishing writing about Monday. I can't get ahead, this is the last week of the temple before it closes and it is busy everyday. We are literally breaking records for attendance. So going back to the original statement made about a lesson learned, We had another chance on Wednesday. Before I talk about that I want to mention on Tuesday 27 Feb. I was assigned the as baptistry director. I always like working in the baptistry, it is busy with youth wanting to baptize and be baptized. Later in the day We had a ASL couple come in for an endowment session and myself along with Brother and Sister Scott, from the DC Deaf Branch, were called on to assist at the veil. Patty didn't go because they didn't need an extra sister, darn. Then on Wednesday we received our assignment, I was again assigned in the baptistry, but I saw Sister Munro, also from the Deaf Branch there and thought another ASL veil. Sure enough as I finish in the baptistry the coordinator is looking for me. He tells me there is an ASL patron to receive at the veil. So when I see Patty I asked her if she was doing the veil for Sister Munro? She said no Sister Munro had already gone through in english (she vocalizes very well). I said it must be someone else, anyway we were at the veil and it was a sister we didn't know, she was surprised to see us as she was expecting to use a card in english. She was pleasantly surprised it went very well. 
Follow day on Thursday another ASL couple, actually the same one from Tuesday, they came back and also plan on being there Saturday. 
Here are a couple of pictures of our last Wednesday dinner as a group, some of the missionaries would go out to dinner on Wednesday evenings after our temple shift. This was at Mission BBQ, one of the favorite places, for me anyway.

Ok up to date on today, last night the wind blew all night really hard. It knocked out our power a couple of times, when we went to the temple, for extra shifts, the power was out at the temple. They were using back up power and flashlights for lighting and power to run the endowment sessions. No power or lack of, will stop the sacred work of the Lord. 
Well, the temple is closed, even though I don't think it broke any records it was a great day in the temple. I think the day ended with almost 1400 endowments, short over 400 from last Saturday, but what a wonderful day. I worked as an officiator on the 12:20 session, and concluded the night at the veil, the last veil! Since I was in the temple for about 10 hrs😀 I had a lot of time to study the ASL ordinances, brother Vargas (one of the ASL coordinators) was there and coached me. He has really helped me and pushed me to learn these ordinances so I can be ready for service in the Tucson temple. 
Wrapping it up for the week, Sunday 4 March President Swift and I went to the DC Deaf Branch to say goodbye. It was a nice testimony meeting, also I saw the couple that I had been helping in the temple this last week there in attendance. They had stopped going to the branch for a while because of some hard feelings previously. When I visited with them in the temple I encouraged them to go back to the branch, so I was happy to see them. Later at the Rock Creek Ward we attended testimony meeting. It lasted 2 hrs, however it was the only meeting since all the ward leaders were released and the ward was discontinued (for a time not specified). Great testimonies and a heartfelt experience for all. After the meeting the temple presidency handed out our certificates of release as temple workers in the Washington DC temple. They gave us a notebook with all the weekly spiritual thoughts and a picture of the temple.
I will continue as time passes, until then.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday 13 February 2018 Quantico Marine Corps Museum

Yesterday, Monday 12 February, we as a group traveled to Quantico Marine Corps Museum. I know I say this all the time but I really liked this museum. Good history, good scenes, good guide (he is a volunteer at the museum and a temple worker), good people and feel good feelings. I took several pictures and as I display them I'll try to indicate what was happening. Again this is one place I would like to take the family that is coming out, but alas, I doubt it happens. Anyway here are some pictures:

Entering in, and no that's not Elder Mortensen holding hands with Elder Barney
just the camera angle 😟 

↑Harrier Jet 

There are several scenes around the museum,
this one is a armored track vehicle.   

This one is set up for the Viet Nam war, helo's dropping off soldiers in the rice paddies.  

This is our group 

Recruiting poster for May 1886, a whopping $16 for a PFC per month

In this scene, it was told that this really happened, just a different time than what it shows.
The models we designed after real marines. What is happening is a wounded marine is being tended to in a truck bed, by another marine, not a medic. 

Old field cannon 

Marine dressed in a gas mask for WWI 

 Old personal carrier or freight hauler. 
I liked it because of the diesel engine.
This one is good, it is a corpsman  (again helping a wounded comrade)
Notice the rifle bayonet stuck in the ground with a IV bag hanging from his rifle stock

In WWII the Japanese soldiers used to carry a small flag,
usually signed by family members, or they would write words of encouragement on them.
In this picture⇩ a marine holds a flag, without writing so he decorated it himself, by having his fellow marines sign it, as seen above ⇧notice the picture on the Red Sun, look familiar?
Right, Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima, ok here's the what and why I wanted these next 4 pictures 

This is THE FLAG ( the 2nd flag that is) 

From Wikipedia

Two flag-raisings[edit]

There were two American flags raised on top of Mount Suribachi, on February 23, 1945. The photograph Rosenthal took was actually of the second flag-raising in which a larger replacement flag was raised by Marines who did not raise the first flag.

Raising the first flag[edit]

A U.S. flag was first raised atop Mount Suribachi soon after the mountaintop was captured at around 10:20 on February 23, 1945.

Raising the First Flag on Iwo Jima by SSgt. Louis R. Lowery, USMC, is the most widely circulated photograph of the first flag flown on Mt. Suribachi (after the flag raising).
Left to right: 1st Lt. Harold Schrier[8](kneeling behind radioman's legs), Pfc. Raymond Jacobs (radioman reassigned from F Company), Sgt. Henry "Hank" Hansen wearing cap, holding flagstaff with left hand), Platoon Sgt. Ernest "Boots" Thomas (seated), Pvt. Phil Ward (holding lower flagstaff with both hands), PhM2c. John Bradley, USN (holding flagstaff with right hand above Ward), Pfc. James Michels (holding M1 Carbine), and Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg(standing above Michels).
Lieutenant Colonel Chandler Johnson, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment5th Marine Division, ordered Marine Captain Dave Severance, commander of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, to send a platoon to seize and occupy the crest of Mount Suribachi.[9] First Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, executive officer of Easy Company, who had replaced the wounded Third Platoon commander, John Keith Wells,[10]volunteered to lead a 40-man combat patrol up the mountain. Lieutenant Colonel Johnson (or 1st Lieutenant George G. Wells, the battalion adjutant, whose job it was to carry the flag) had taken the 54-by-28-inch/140-by-71-centimeter flag from the battalion's transport ship, USS Missoula, and handed the flag to Schrier.[11][12] Johnson said to Schrier, "If you get to the top, put it up." Schrier assembled the patrol at 8 AM to begin the climb up the mountain.
Despite the large numbers of Japanese troops in the immediate vicinity, Schrier's patrol made it to the rim of the crater at about 10:15 am, having come under little or no enemy fire, as the Japanese were being bombarded at the time.[13] The flag was attached by Schrier and two Marines to a Japanese iron water pipe found on top, and the flagstaff was raised and planted by Schrier, assisted by Platoon Sergeant Ernest Thomas and Sergeant Oliver Hansen at about 10:30 am[8] (on February 25, during a CBS press interview aboard the flagship USS Eldorado about the flag-raising, Thomas stated that he, Schrier, and Hansen (platoon guide) had actually raised the flag).[14] The raising of the national colors immediately caused a loud cheering reaction from the Marines, sailors, and coast guardsmen on the beach below and from the men on the ships near the beach. The loud noise made by the servicemen and blasts of the ship horns alerted the Japanese, who up to this point had stayed in their cave bunkers. Schrier and his men near the flagstaff then came under fire from Japanese troops, but the Marines quickly eliminated the threat.[citation needed] Schrier was later awarded the Navy Cross for volunteering to take the patrol up Mount Suribachi and raising the American flag, and a Silver Star Medal for a heroic action in March while in command of D Company, 2/28 Marines on Iwo Jima.

Photographs of the first flag flown on Mount Suribachi were taken by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery of Leatherneck magazine, who accompanied the patrol up the mountain, and other photographers.[15][16] Others involved with the first flag-raising include Corporal Charles W. Lindberg, Privates First Class James Michels and Raymond Jacobs, Private Phil Ward, and Navy corpsman John Bradley[17][18] This flag was too small, however, to be easily seen from the northern side of Mount Suribachi, where heavy fighting would go on for several more days.

Raising the second flag[edit]

The photograph taken by Rosenthal was the second flag-raising on top of Mount Suribachi, on February 23, 1945.
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Sgt. Genaust's film shot of the second flag-raising excerpted from the 1945 "Carriers Hit Tokyo" newsreel
On orders from Colonel Chandler Johnson—passed on by Easy Company's commander, Captain Dave Severance—Sergeant Michael Strank, one of Second Platoon's squad leaders, was to take three members of his rifle squad (Corporal Harlon H. Block and Privates First Class Franklin R. Sousley and Ira H. Hayes) and climb up Mount Suribachi to raise a replacement flag on top; the three took supplies or laid telephone wire on the way up to the top. Severance also dispatched Private First Class Rene A. Gagnon, the battalion runner (messenger) for Easy Company, to the command post for fresh SCR-300 walkie-talkie batteries to take to the top.[22]
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Albert Theodore Tuttle[21] under Johnson's orders, had found a large (96-by-56–inch) flag in nearby Tank Landing Ship USS LST-779. He made his way back to the command post and gave it to Johnson. Johnson, in turn, gave it to Rene Gagnon, with orders to take it up to Schrier on Mount Suribachi and raise it.[23] The official Marine Corps history of the event is that Tuttle received the flag from Navy Ensign Alan Wood of USS LST-779, who in turn had received the flag from a supply depot in Pearl Harbor.[24][25][26] Severance had confirmed that the second larger flag was in fact provided by Alan Wood even though Wood could not recognize any of the pictures of the 2nd flag raisers as Gagnon.[27] The flag was sewn by Mabel Sauvageau, a worker at the "flag loft" of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.[28]
First Lieutenant George Greeley Wells, who had been the Second Battalion, 28th Marines adjutant officially in charge of the two American flags flown on Mount Suribachi, stated in the New York Times in 1991, that Lieutenant Colonel Johnson ordered him (Wells) to get the second flag, and that he (Wells) sent Rene Gagnon his battalion runner, to the ships on shore for the flag, and that Gagnon returned with a flag and gave it to him (Wells), and that Gagnon took this flag up Mt. Suribachi with a message for Schrier to raise it and send the other flag down with Gagnon. Wells stated that he received the first flag back from Gagnon and secured it at the Marine headquarters command post. Wells also stated that he had handed the first flag to Lieutenant Schrier to take up Mount Suribachi.[11]
The Coast Guard Historian's Office recognizes the claims made by former U.S. Coast Guardsman Quartermaster Robert Resnick, who served aboard the USS Duval County at Iwo Jima. "Before he died in November 2004, Resnick said Gagnon came aboard LST-758[29] the morning of February 23 looking for a flag.[30] Resnick said he grabbed a flag from a bunting box and asked permission from his ship's commanding officer Lt. Felix Molenda to donate it.[31] Resnick kept quiet about his participation until 2001."[32][33]

Rosenthal's photograph[edit]

A diagram of the photograph indicating the six Marines who raised the second flag. Left to right: Ira HayesHarold SchultzMichael Strank (†), Franklin Sousley (†), Rene Gagnon, and Harlon Block (†).
"†" = killed in Iwo Jima
Strank with his three Marines, and Gagnon, reached the top of the mountain around noon without being fired upon. Rosenthal, along with Marine photographers Sergeant Bill Genaust (who was killed in action after the flag-raising) and Private First Class Bob Campbell[34] were climbing Suribachi at this time. On the way up, the trio met Lowery, who had photographed the first flag-raising, coming down. They considered turning around, but Lowery told them that the summit was an excellent vantage point from which to take photographs.[35] The three photographers reached the summit as the Marines were attaching the flag to an old Japanese water pipe.
Rosenthal put his Speed Graphic camera on the ground (set to 1/400 sec shutter speed, with the f-stop between 8 and 11 and Agfa film[36][37]) so he could pile rocks to stand on for a better vantage point. In doing so, he nearly missed the shot. The Marines began raising the flag. Realizing he was about to miss the action, Rosenthal quickly swung his camera up and snapped the photograph without using the viewfinder.[38] Ten years after the flag-raising, Rosenthal wrote:
Out of the corner of my eye, I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera and shot the scene. That is how the picture was taken, and when you take a picture like that, you don't come away saying you got a great shot. You don't know.[37]  (bold print added by me).
Sergeant Genaust, who was standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder with Rosenthal about three feet away,[37] was shooting motion-picture film during the second flag-raising. His film captures the second event at an almost-identical angle to Rosenthal's shot. Of the six flag-raisers in the picture – Ira HayesHarold Schultz (identified in June 2016), Michael StrankFranklin SousleyRene Gagnon, and Harlon Block – only Hayes, Gagnon, and Schultz (Navy corpsman John Bradley was incorrectly identified in the Rosenthal flag-raising photo) survived the battle.[2] Strank and Block were killed on March 1, six days after the flag-raising, Strank by a shell, possibly fired from an offshore American destroyer and Block a few hours later by a mortar round. Sousley was shot and killed by a Japanese sniper on March 21, a few days before the island was declared secure.[39]
There is so much more to tell, for another time.

 This picture ⇩ is hard to see, what you are looking at is the wall with a pin for all the Marine/Navy deaths at Iwo Jima. Look closely at the wall, and you see Iwo Jima Island. You can hardly see it standing and looking at it, but the camera lens brings it out.

A Marine dressed as warmly as possible in the Korean War. As the story goes this was the best they had for the time, it was sub-zero temps and everything was frozen. Including the C-rations which was  their food. They literally couldn't eat because it was frozen solid. 
Here is what "Bing" says about the story:
In November of 1950, the Allied forces were fighting Chinese troops at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. American marines fought alongside British troops and South Korean police officers against communist forces. Chairman Mao ordered these troops annihilated and sent 120,000 of his troops to do so.
A cold front moved in, leading to the region’s coldest recorded winter. Everything seemed to be freezing: food rations, fuel lines, their weapons… Some of the men were getting frostbite and the morphine syrettes they were using had to be thawed in a corpsman’s mouth before they could be injected.
The Allied forces used mortar fire to break apart the waves of Chinese soldiers attacking them from the mountain ridges. They quickly ran out of shells and had to call for a resupply in order to keep fighting. The only way they could get the ammunition, however, was by air drop. Commanding officers called in for “tootsie rolls,” their code word for 60mm mortar rounds, but the radio operator on the other end didn’t have a code sheet in front of him. Instead of crucial ammo falling from the sky, tootsie roll candies floated down to the soldiers, shipped from a nearby base in Japan. (bold print added by me).
Although shocked at first, the resilient troops quickly found uses for them. They began warming the candies in their mouths and armpits and using them as a sealant. They mended fuel lines and plugged up bullet holes. The chocolatey goo then froze in the cold air, successfully repairing their equipment. As they marched and fought their way through Korea, they survived by eating the candies. One Veteran, Stanley Kot, explained, “I survived for two weeks on Tootsie Rolls.” 
The group, who had taken to calling themselves the Tootsie Roll Marines, suffered 3,000 casualties out of their 15,000 troops. But they eventually made it to the sea, back to safety. Although the candies are small, they truly meant something to those soldiers who fought their way from the Chosin Reservoir. So next time you see a tootsie roll on Halloween, Easter, or at a parade for our military, remember that they’re more than just a candy, they’re a part of our nation’s history.
⇧ A Tootsie Roll wrapper

Another chopper picture.

After we left Quantico, we headed to a church (called Pohick church) which was said to have the oldest baptismal "font" in the US. I used "' because it is not a font as we use, but a "dip your finger in the water and splash on font.

⇧A.D. 1773, I can't argue with that. 

Beautiful organ, someone playing while we were there. 

The Pulpit 

And as usual a church graveyard
We'll see what's next, but until then keep the faith