January 28, 1998
George Wendelken, 81, who played Freckles in the classic "Our Gang" comedy shorts of the 1920s. After his years as a child star ended, Wendelken became well-known during World War II. He was a Seabee, a member of the Navy Construction Corps, and was wounded during fighting on Guadalcanal. His experience won him appointment as the first Enlisted Man's Representative in Washington, D.C., for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
May 20, 1986 |
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
November 11, 1988 |
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
August 3, 1986 |
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
June 5, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Big Brown, who has had success starting from the outside, will test the inside in Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes. Big Brown, attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 30 years, got post position No. 1 in Wednesday's draw at Belmont Park and was installed as the 2-5 favorite. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby from the 20th and outside post and the Florida Derby from the 11th and outside post. So the rail wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. wanted.
August 7, 1987 |
The Navy has delayed further escorting of Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf until at least next week, when American minesweeping helicopters begin work in the war-torn waterway, defense officials said today. "The convoy is being delayed and probably will not be run until late next week at the earliest," one of the officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. Officials said the U.S.
October 16, 1985
A helicopter carrying 19 Marines plunged into the Atlantic Ocean while taking off from a ship for maneuvers before dawn, and officials said 15 were killed. The CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter crashed in 50 feet of water about four miles offshore from Jacksonville, N.C., authorities said. The Marines were based at Camp Lejeune and its New River Air Station. The four survivors were rescued by military divers and were listed in good condition aboard the ship Guadalcanal, Marine officials said.
July 29, 1987 |
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger has ordered the Navy to send eight minesweeping helicopters to the Persian Gulf, where they will operate from a helicopter carrier, Pentagon officials disclosed today. The order was issued Tuesday night and the departure of the copters from Norfolk, Va., aboard Air Force C-5 transport planes is "imminent," the sources said. The development is not expected to delay the departure, anticipated Friday, of a Navy-escorted convoy of tankers from Kuwait.
April 28, 2007 |
The explosives-laden wreck of a World War II torpedo boat has risen from the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands, pushed above the water by a powerful earthquake, an official said Friday. The boat was exposed when reefs rose 10 feet above sea level during a magnitude 8.1 quake that caused a tsunami early this month, killing 52 people, said Jay Waura of the Solomons' National Disaster Management Office.
May 3, 2010 |
(Sunday's episode of "The Pacific" — the eighth of the 10-part HBO miniseries — depicted the death of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone during the first day of fighting on Iwo Jima. William Lansford, a Marine and Angeleno, also fought that day in Iwo Jima and recalls his friendship with the famous Marine gunnery sergeant and his last day.) In late 1944, after two years in the Pacific as a Marine with Carlson's Raiders, I rotated stateside and received a 30-day furlough.