The INTERCOM Cape Canaveral Chapter, Inc.
VOL 33 NO. 8 Military Officers Association of America AUGUST 2010
Issue Editor: LT Bill Keeney, USN
August Luncheon 4th Of July
Jerry Yellin Cruise
What happens when a hard-charging
The Cape Canaveral Chapter
Five-Star Chapter fighter pilot who flew missions over
Five Star Award: celebrated the 4th of July paddling
Japan learns that his son is marrying a
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, around the Indian River Lagoon on
2007 & 2008 Japanese woman? He changes. Hear
the River Boat The Delta Queen. It was
how his experiences during the war, his
raining when the cruise started, but it
hatred for the Japanese, the wedding of
cleared before the fireworks. They were
his son to a Japanese lady whose father
spectacular and the Chicken Marsala
was in the Japanese Air Force, changed
dinner was good. It was an enjoyable
his life. The mellowed fighter pilot recently
evening with good company and
returned to Iwo Jima with his 18-year old
exciting fireworks. Fireworks On The River
Japanese grandson to participate in 65th
Joe Oblack, Ruth
Oblack, Mary &
Frank Dunagan &
Hank & Mildred
Jerry Yellin is a WW II fighter pilot Enjoying Cruise
from Hillside, New Jersey. He was in John & Cara Cleland,
combat in the Pacific Theater and Iwo
Jima with the 78th Fighter Squadron Jerry Waldrop,
(P-51s). He participated in the first land- Janice Teal,
based fighter mission over Japan on April Barbara Waldrop
7, 1945 and the last mission of the war
& Jim Teal.
on August 14, 1945. He was awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross with an
Oak Leaf cluster and the Air Medal with
four Oak leaf clusters.
Married to Helene for 60 years, they
have four sons and six grandchildren,
three in America and three born and Lee & Vista Boyland,
raised in Japan. Jerry is the author of foreground Jack &
the award-winning historical fiction book Pat Kerns. Peering
The Blackened Canteen and his memoir over Jack’s head is
Of War and Weddings about his life as a Dolores Harwell.
warrior and his transformation when his
son married the daughter of his enemy.
He and Helene live in Florida.
August Calendar 9 Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki 17 Board Meeting/Luncheon - Tides
5 Breakfast Club - Golf Course 10O On the Go - Tuscany Grill 19 Breakfast Club - Current Affairs - IRCC
6 Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima 12 Breakfast Club - Golf Course 26 Breakfast Club - Golf Course
8 USSR Declares War on Japan 16 Surrender Negotiations with Japan 28 Occupation of Japan Begins
Cape Canaveral Chapter Officers
Maj Joseph Oblack, USAF 453-2947 (Term Expires 2011)
Col William W. Brandon II, USAF 255-0174
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT (OPERATIONS)
Col Susan Neugebauer, USAF 253-9658 CAPT William Riedel, USCG 255-6682
Col Howard Peckham, USAF 784-4481
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT (SUPPORT)
MAJ George H. Rosenfield, USA 259-2329
CPT Lee Anspacher, USA 253-2655
(Term Expires 2012)
SECRETARY CAPT Ernest H. Joy, USN 757-0193
LTC Frank Dunagan, USA 784-8934 CAPT Alfred W. Schumann, USN 752-7275
ASST SECRETARY COL Erwin C. Hamm, USAR 254-3084
Mrs Roslyn Bates, AUX 773-4459
EDITORIAL COMMITTEE PARLIAMENTARIAN
LTC Les Merritt, USA 452-7200 TREASURER CAPT Alfred W. Schumann, USN 752-7275
LT Bill Keeney, USN 779-2341 LTC Steve Turner, USA 266-6290
ASST TREASURER CO-CHAPLAINS
CIRCULATION MANAGER 1LT Lee Boyland, USA 255-3995 Lt Col Norman Desrosiers, USAF 777-0024
Lt Col Robert Clark, USAF 723-4267 MAJ Susan Caswell, USA 494-4254
MASTER-AT-ARMS Lt Col Thomas Unrath, USAF 757-3637
WEBSITE MAILING LIST CPT Jack Kerns, USA 622-4828
Col Larry G. Sills, USAF 757-8353
Cape Canaveral Chapter Committees
ADVERTISING MANAGER AWARDS
1LT Phil Reynolds, USA 633-5522 PAFB TIDES CLUB LIAISON
BG Jim Teal, USA Chmn 259-7796 BG Gordon “Bat” Masterson, USAF 752-4805
CAPT Bob Cote, USN 622-4463
Col John D. Beeson, USAF 783-2950 COL John Caulfield, USA 779-3023 PAFB CMDR’S RETIREE COUNCIL
1st Lt Gloria Makowski, USAF 773-0151 CDR Court Yelle, USN 783-3992
Cozette Merritt 452-7200
Mrs. Roslyn Bates, AUX 773-4459 PROGRAMS
EDITORIAL CONSULTANT Col Susan Neugebauer, USAF 253-9658
CAPT Alfred W. Schumann, USN 752-7275 BREVARD VETERANS COUNCIL
To Be Filled PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
LTC Frank Dunagan, USA 784-8934
Chapter Club Activities BUDGET AND FINANCE
LTC Steve Turner, USA Chmn 266-6290 SHIRT FACTORY
THURSDAY MORNING BREAKFAST CLUB 1LT Lee Boyland, USA 255-3995 Capt Jody Jessen, USAF 636-5678
Meets each Thursday at 0800 at PAFB Golf Club, Col William Brandon, USAF 255-0174
except the 3rd Thursday of each month at SPEAKERS BUREAU
Colony Hall, Indian River Colony CLub. OinC COMMISSARY/BX REPRESENTATIVE 1st Lt Gloria Makowski, USAF 773-0151
Maj Joe Oblack, USAF 453-2947 Cozette Merritt, AUX 452-7200
STUDENT AFFAIRS (ROTC)
ENTERTAINMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS CW4 Robert John, USAR 631-8843
MONTHLY LUNCHEON - 12 Noon LTC Frank & Mary Dunagan, USA Chmn 784-8934
Meets 3rd Tuesday for lunch at The Tides. SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE
CAPT Bob & Nancy Cote, USN 622-4463
Reservation form, program and menu always CAPT Ernest H. Joy, USN 757-0193
shown on page 16. HEALTH OF CHAPTER
LTC Les Merritt, USA 452-7200
Maj Joe & Ruth Oblack, USAF 453-2947 Karyl Saulnier, AUX 253-2360
Mrs. Roslyn Bates, AUX 773-4459
CURRENT AFFAIRS FORUM HISTORIAN Lt Col Norman Desrosiers, USAF 777-0024
Meets 3rd Thursday after TMBC at IRCC. Capt Larry Jackson, USAF 757-3936 TOPS OFFICER
1LT Lee Boyland, USA 255-3995 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS Col William Brandon, USAF 255-0174
Col John Beeson, USAF 783-2950 MAJ George Rosenfield, USA 259-2329
MOAACC members are invited to meet with MG John Cleland, USA 757-9327 VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR
IRCC’s Computer Club. COL Duwayne Lundgren, USA 777-7494 CW4 Robert John, USAR 631-8843
Call MG Huck Long, USA 752-1127 MEDICAL AND VA CLINIC LIAISON WEBMASTER
Col Duane Graveline, USAF, MD, MPH, 453-7297 Ruth Oblack 453-2947
Meets 2nd Tuesday for lunch at local restaurants. MEMBERSHIP WELCOME
Call LT Bob Ball 253-1324 or CPT Lee Anspacher, USA 253-2655 CPT Jack Kerns, USA 622-4828
Col Bill Brandon 255-0174 MAJ Andrew Folley, AUS 757-8667 Lee Reis-El Bara, 254-3945
Mrs. Roslyn Bates, AUX 773-4459 Rosemary John 631-8843
MOAACC INVESTMENT CLUB SATELLITE Pat Kerns, 622-4828
Meets 3rd Tuesday after MOAACC luncheon NAME TAGS
Ruth Oblack 453-2947
at The Tides. President: Tom Blake (433-1944) CAPT Alfred W. Schumann, USN 752-7275
Scholarship Corporation Board of Directors Scholarship Finance Committee
BGen Wm Hall, USA, Chmn 777-1782 LTC Steve Turner, USA Treas 266-6290
Mrs. Roslyn Bates, AUX Asst. Treas 773-4459 Mrs. Roslyn Bates, AUX, Asst. Treas 773-4459
MG Maury Kendall, USA Adv 752-0877 LTC Les Merritt, USA 452-7200
MOAACC paid up membership LTC Les Merritt, USA 452-7200
as of 30 June 2010 was 1394 of LTC Steve Turner, Treas. USA 266-6290
whom 414 are Life members. Col Bob Kronebusch, USAF Secy 777-2492 Scholarship Selection Committee
Col Bob Kronebusch, USAF Chmn 777-2492
CAPT Alfred Schuman, USN 752-7275
The Intercom is published 12 times annually by the Cape MOAACC Scholarship Fund
Canaveral Chapter , Inc. an affiliate of the Military Officers CPT Lee Anspacher, USA 253-2655
P.O. Box 254708
Association of America of Alexandria, VA. Its mailing COL Ken Dickinson, USA 452-1836
address is P.O. Box 254186, Patrick AFB, FL 32925.
PAFB, FL 32925-4708
LTC Les Merritt, USA Secy 452-7200
nounced it accepted the Japanese sur-
render and the emperor could remain
in a ceremonial capacity. On August 13
the U.S. resumed conventional air raids
and dropped leaflets on Tokyo contain-
By Major Joe Oblack, USAF (Ret) ing translated copies of America’s accep-
tance of the surrender, the first news of
Japan Surrenders the ending of the war made public to the
August is a very significant month in The Japanese military questioned
world military history. whether they would allow the Emperor
On August 6, 1945, under the com- to surrender. However, loyalty to the
mand of Colonel Tibbits, the B29, Enola Emperor was an absolute but so was
Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on the refusal to surrender. The Emperor
the city of Hiroshima. The long and ex- recorded a message to be broadcast
pensive Manhattan Project was deemed over the radio in which he personally ac-
a success. The Atomic Age came into cepted the Allied surrender terms. There
being. was a failed attempt by a military faction
What followed in Japan can be viewed Japan’s Foreign Minister Mamoru to steal and destroy the recording. The
as the tenacious military leadership un- Skigemitsu Signs The Surrender Document Minister of War, General Anami Kore-
willing to accept surrender. Following chika personally supported continuing
the bombing of Hiroshima the Japanese was a 3-3 tie. The emperor broke the tie, the war but he could not bring himself
government met to consider what to do ordering Japan to surrender. Japan then to openly rebel against the Emperor. He
next. Military leaders hoped that if they offered to surrender on the condition committed suicide.
could hold out until the ground inva- the emperor be allowed to remain as On August 15 the Emperor’s re-
sion of Japan began, they could inflict so head of state. Meanwhile on August 10, corded broadcast was heard all over
many casualties on the Allies that Japan LTG Leslie Groves, officer overseeing the Japan. For most subjects it was the first
still might win some sort of negotiated Manhattan Project, reported to the War time they heard his voice. Over the next
settlement. Next came news that the So- Department that the next bomb, a plu- few weeks Japan and the United States
viet Union had declared war on Japan tonium weapon, would be ready for de- worked out the details of surrender. On
and then the second atomic bomb on livery after 18 August. Truman ordered September 2, 1945 the formal surren-
Nagasaki. a halt to atomic attacks during surrender der ceremony took place on the deck of
The Imperial Council met again on negotiations. the U.S.S. Missouri. The occupation had
August 9-10. The vote to end the war On August 12 the United States an- already started on August 28.
ing campaign that lasted from March to years has served as a Circuit Judge in
June Scholarship Donations June had an objective of raising $20,000 the 18th Judicial Circuit in Brevard and
and actually raised $20,064. The contri- Seminole counties.
Anne Turco butions made during the rest of the year For the last two years he was the
IMO Frank Turco amounted to $8,859. There was a bal- Chief Judge of the Circuit. Judge Sim-
Cynthia McDonald ance carried forward from last year of mons said that he is honored to be a
Les Merritt over $1,000 which gave a grand total member of the second largest MOAA
IHO CW4 Kenneth Marschall of slightly over $31,000, enough for the Chapter in the country and commends
Courtney Yelle scholarships without touching the invest- his fellow members for their service to
James R. Slay ments. our country and our community.
Thomas Jay Hornada The Scholarship Corporation wishes Judge Simmons has said that his
Gail Lane to express its thanks to the members for military service taught him courage and
Jack & Beverly Dibble their generous contributions to this most discipline. These traits have served him
John H. Geist important chapter cause at a time when well as a Circuit Judge because it takes
charitable contributions have declined. courage and discipline to make tough
judicial decisions. When Judge Simmons
James L. Boyland
James M. Snyder Judge Clayton Simmons entered the Air Force he swore to sup-
port and defend the Constitution of the
Gloria Makowski Joins MOAACC United States. When Governor Bush ap-
IMO John K. Barker pointed him to the Bench, he took the
Robert and Sally Lomenzo Circuit Judge Clayton D. Simmons same oath to become a Circuit Judge.
recently joined MOAACC and he is Judge Simmons, in a recent speech said:
Scholarship Fund Raising Campaign proud to be a member. Judge Simmons “I took those oaths seriously and pledge
is a retired USAFR Lt Colonel with 28 to you that I will continue to honor my
The recent fund raising campaign years of combined regular and reserve oath as your Circuit Judge.”
was a huge success. $30,000 was service. He also is a Vietnam Vet. He was He is running in the August 24th Pri-
needed to fund the 10 scholarships that appointed to the bench by Governor mary and would appreciate your sup-
were awarded last month. The fund rais- Jeb Bush in 2003 and for the last seven port.
Retired Officers Wives Day Away Bus Trip
The next meeting of the Retired Of- Carriage Museum & The Villages
ficers Wives will be held at the Tides on
August 27. Representing “VITAS”, Susan The Carriage Museum & Resort en- best in the USA and modeled after the
Blakely will discuss the Hospice pro- compasses over 400 acres of Florida’s Royal Ascot Racetrack in Britain used in
gram. horse country. This is a tour of one of the movie “My Fair Lady.” Don’t forget
Lunch will be served at noon, pre- the largest collections of to bring your camera to
ceded by social time at 11:30. Choice carriages in the world with capture some beautiful
more than 160 carriag- views.
of entree, Seafood Quiche, or chef salad
es, including the 1840’s This event will take
or fresh fruit plate. Indicate your selection place on Tuesday, 26
when you make reservations by August Dress Chariot owned by
Emperor Franz Joseph of October 2010. The cost
25 before noon. Call Dean Pittman (777- is $70/person which in-
3044) or Renee Thomas (724-4962). Austria. And there are ten
cludes transportation, ad-
Note: Please do not leave messages horse barns where guests missions, lunch and Lee
on answering services. bring their horses to train - one of the greatest tour
--Jean Dougherty for the winter months, a weekend or just guides in Florida.
for a day. The bus leaves the south parking lot
Navy Wives The tour will include the nearby Vil-
lages which is now the second largest city
of the Tides at 7:30 AM and the IRCC At
Ease Club at 8 AM. The bus will return at
On summer vacation. in Florida after Jacksonville. It has three approximately 7 PM. Call Mary/Frank at
town centers and the grounds are me- 321-784-8934 for advanced reserva-
Army Wives ticulously cared for and landscaped. The tions. Send check payable to MOAACC
On summer vacation. tour of the facilities will include the Polo to MOAACC, PO Box 186, Patrick AFB,
Grounds which are considered to be the FL 32925.
Help Wanted Special Thanks. . .
By Major Joe Oblack, USAF (Ret)
to MAJ Andy Folley, USA., for his outstanding
Ruth and I have been monthly luncheon coordinators for
over a year now and we intend to continue as long as our bodies memebership recruiting efforts. Check out all the
permit. However, in the event we crash and burn the luncheon New MOAACC Members on Page 10-11.
must go on.
We are looking for a couple who would duplicate our efforts
in the event we desire an extended vacation or for some reason
we are not able to coordinate a particular month’s luncheon.
There is definitely a requirement for one of the coordinators to
be computer savvy.
Work requires coordinating with the Tides beginning with the
Friday before the luncheon, coordination with seating (presently
done by Rose Mary John), preparation of a financial document
for payment to the Tides and coordination with our Treasurer.
Ruth and I found it to be a lot of work but also very satisfying.
If interested please call 321-453-2947. Oblack11032@aol.
And one more. Phil Reynolds has advised that he will be de-
parting the local area and will give up the position of Advertising
Manager for the Intercom. Interested personnel please call me.
A Wells Fargo Company
Relationship Specialist, Community Banking
100 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy • Merritt Island, FL 32952
Tel: 321-639-5300 • Fax 321-639-5289 • Mailcode: FL2614
Date: 10 August
The Cape Canaveral Chapter has
prepared the plans and made the pre-
sentation to the Florida Council of Chap- Day
The cruise itinerary is:
Ports of Call Arrive Depart
ters Board of Directors and has been ap- 1 Port Canaveral, FL 4:30 PM
Event: Lunch proved to host the 2011 Florida Council
Time: Noon of Chapters State Convention on May 8, 2 Cococay, Bahamas 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Cost: Choice next year (10 months to go). There is a 3 Cruising
Location: lot to do to prepare for a convention as 4 Charlotte Amalie,
Tuscany Grill we well remember from the convention St. Thomas 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
7640 N Wickham Rd. we hosted two years ago. All the action 5 Philpsburg, St Marten 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Melbourne, FL is in the last year and the Convention
Chairman, Capt Larry Jackson, has things
(321) 757-7220 7 Cruising
Park Place at Suntree started.
The convention will be a convention 8 Port Canaveral, FL 7:00 AM
For Reservations or additional
at sea, a seven day Eastern Caribbean Registration can be done by filling out
information: Please phone
Bill Brandon (321) 255-0174
Cruise that leaves from and returns to the cabin registration form which is avail-
or Bob Ball (321) 253-1324. Port Canaveral. The cruise ship will be able at chapter functions, and will be
Cut off for reservations, Freedom of the Seas, the largest cruise published in the January 2011 edition
cancellations 5 August ship afloat. of the Intercom. Registration can be done
Accommodations are: Balcony state- on-line.
room at $1,200 per person, ocean view To register on-line, go to the Florida
stateroom at $970 per person, prom- Council of Chapters Web site, http://
enade stateroom $920 per person and moaafl.org, and click on the Conventions
Freedom of the Seas interior stateroom at $860 per person. link. The Convention Central Web page
These rates represent special group rates is displayed, click on the Convention
for the Florida Council of Chapters 2011 drop-down menu and click on 2011.
State Convention at Sea. They are very The Convention Home Page will be dis-
attractive rates for a seven day, six night played. Click on the link titled “Click Here
cruise of the Caribbean on the largest to Book Your Reservation.” The registra-
and most modern luxury liner in the tion page is displayed and you can reg-
world. ister and pay the deposit on-line.
Oktoberfest Celebration Fifth Annual MOAACC
Come to our Oktoberfest picnic on
Saturday, 30 October 2010, at Patrick The fifth annual scholarship cruise has special fea-
AFB “tables” (North beach pavilion), 12 tures that earlier cruises didn’t have. It leaves from
noon until 4 PM. The cost is only $12 New York rather than a Florida port on September
per person and includes food (wurst, 19. Transportation to New York is by plane or a MS Veendam
chicken, sauerkraut, potato salad and roomette sleeper on a train. Meals on the train are
German chocolate cake), drinks (soda, included and bus transportation to the plane, the ship, the train and back is all included.
The cruise is a Holland America Line cruise to Bermuda for two days in Saint George and
wine, beer and water) and music. There two and a half days in Hamilton. The cruise ship is the MS Veendam.
will be an expert chief and preparer of The special group cruise rates closed on June 30, but Capt Larry Jackson, the cruise
German food who was born in Ireland. director, said he may be able to work in a few more passengers at the group rate or near
Also, there will be a the group rate. The rates were attractive: Inside cabin was $1,765 by air and $1,865 by
buxom Fraulein bar train, Ocean view was $1,915 by air and $2,015 by train, Verandah was $2,790 by air and
maid serving Ger- $2,890 by train. It will be a fun cruise. It will be an adventure getting there, cruising and getting
man beer. back. Give Larry a call at 321-757-3936 and see if he can work you in.
Enjoy great fel-
Skinny Dipping & Old Men
Submitted By: LTC Ernest Wood, USAR (Ret)
shoes), the beach An elderly man owned several acres bunch of young women skinny-dipping in
and the ocean. Call near a river. It was properly shaped for his river.
Frank/Mary Duna- swimming, so he fixed it up nice--picnic He made the women aware of his
tables, horseshoe courts and some fruit presence and they all went to the deep
gan at 784-8934
trees. end. One of the women shouted to him,
for reservations. One evening the old farmer decided “We’re not coming out until you leave!”
Make checks pay- to go down to the river and look it over. The old man frowned, “I didn’t come
able to MOAACC He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring down here to watch you ladies swim naked
and mail to PO Box back some fruit. As he neared the pond, or make you get out of the river naked.”
186, Patrick AFB, FL 32925. It is a good he heard voices shouting and laughing with Holding the bucket up he said, “I’m here to
idea to bring a lawn chair. glee. As he came closer he saw it was a feed the alligator.”
were struggling last year to keep the cost
of the healthcare reform from exploding,
they got most of the industry to ante.
Pharma agreed to give $80 billion in
By Col John D. Beeson, USAF (Ret) revenue over the next decade, hospitals
kicked in $155 billion in foregone Medi-
Paying The Doctors
care and Medicaid payments, and medi-
During the last week of June the and has done so for the last nine years. cal-device makers grudgingly agreed to
House of Representatives passed leg- Each year they have dealt with the prob- a $20 billion tax. But one big player re-
islation restoring the 21 percent cut in lem of doctor payments for Medicare fused to put any money on the table:
Medicare payments to doctors that took patients through emergency legislation. doctors.
effect 1 June. Unfortunately the current Because of the way the SGR formula The American Medical Association
legislation is still just an incremental fix is constructed, the cut gets bigger every pledged to support healthcare reform
as it only lasts through November 2010 time it is delayed. Doctors were hoping only if its members’ incomes did not take
(just after the election). Authorizing the fix that the SGR would be repealed as part a hit. That doctors demanded protection
in the last week of the month means that of the recently passed Healthcare Re- for their wallets strikes Howard Brody,
the doctors will get paid late. form Bill, but it was not. This year the a family physician at the University of
In last month’s column, I explained cut was to have been 21 percent and is Texas Medical Branch, as ethically ques-
how the Medicare doctor payment estimated to be 40 percent by 2016. tionable. He thinks doctors have a moral
problem came about. Here is more de- According to the Texas Medical As- obligation to help get the nation’s health-
tailed information. A law authorizing a sociation, physicians cannot continue to care bill under control.
program as large, complex and expen- absorb cuts in Medicare fees while the
sive as Medicare must have cost esti- The bigger problem is that doctors
cost of running a practice has gone up
mates that are as complete and accurate rip off the system with inappropriate
28 percent. To do so would be subsidiz-
as possible. To accomplish this Congress ing Medicare. They say a family practice care. He estimates one fifth to one third
came up with the Sustainable Growth physician only makes $7.22 on an es- of U.S. health-care costs, at least $500
Rate (SGR). The formula was constructed tablished patient visit. They recommend billion a year, goes toward tests and
to track both healthcare costs and the that the flawed SGR formula be eliminat- treatments that do not benefit patients.”
overall economy. ed and replaced with a rational Medicare In my opinion, a good percentage of this
The growth of healthcare costs start- physician payment system that is fair and cost is doctors protecting themselves
ed to outstrip inflation in 2001 and as a keeps up with the cost of running a prac- from the legal profession and malprac-
result, the formula began to call for a cut tice. tice lawsuits.
in Medicare payments to doctors. Con- On the “other side of the coin” a Obviously the Administration and
gress just postponed dealing with the in- 15 March, 2010 Newsweek article said Congress have a lot of work to do in the
evitable increased payments to doctors “When the White House and Congress healthcare area.
7640 N. Wickham Road
Suite 109A, Melbourne, FL
WW II Memorial
AYAD B. SAAD
Frequently the agenda includes inter
Come join us at the Patrick AFB Golf Course Pro Shop Meet
The third Thursday of each month the
Smithsoanian Searching around, Bud found his old
oxygen hose from his oxygen mask.
sound Islamic theological ground to be
infuriated by the non-Islamic US troops
Magazine Publishes Bud Evans came to MOAACC’s in Saudi Arabia before his attack on
Thursday Morning Breakfast Club meet- September 11, 2001. The Qur’an has
Intercom Story ing on May 13 and gave a talk to the many passages about avoiding friendly
members. He reviewed the events lead- and protective relationships with Jews or
A story that appeared in the De- ing up to his ejection from the aircraft, Christians and instructs those who are pi-
cember 2008 issue of the Intercom was the difficulty he had opening the para- ous to fight and slay them.
published in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of chute, the rough landing, and his visit 50
the Air and Space Smithsonian Magazine. years later to the site where it occurred. Marine Mammal Observer
Lt Col Norvin (Bud) Evans, USAF (Ret), The members enjoyed it and gave him a
a test pilot and member of the chapter, rousing round of applause when he fin- Taylor Sullivan, who lives in Indian
wrote an article about a flight he made in ished. Harbor Beach, gave an interesting talk
an early version of the F-104 when it still and slide show at the June 24 TMBC
had the ejection seat firing downward in-
stead of upward. Bud was forced to eject
Islamʼs Battle With Peace about her job as a Marine Mammal
Observer. Taylor is an independent
when a hose ruptured and his plane lost contractor whose job it is to travel on
COL William Prince has extensive ex-
oil pressure. oil prospecting ships and assure that
perience as an Army intelligence officer
there are no undersea mammals in the
and as a post retirement consultant on
vicinity of a prospecting ship when the
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is
ship is using very high powered sound
a member of the chapter and lives at
bursts which are used to locate potential
sources of oil or gas.
He was operating out of Edwards
AFB, and he narrowly survived. The de-
sign of the F-104’s ejection system was L-R: MG Cleland, COL Prince & Maj
changed after that and Bud was the last Oblack Taylor Sullivan & Joe Oblack
pilot to eject downward. He wrote a story
about his experience and the Smithson- COL Prince addressed the TMBC These undersea mammals, such as
ian editors read it and paid him to allow meeting on June 17, and his subject was whales, dolphins, seals and others, use
them to publish the story in their maga- Islam’s Battle with Peace. He stated that their sonar senses to navigate, commu-
zine. the United States is involved in a clash of nicate, and search for food. If they are
The archeologist/curator at the muse- cultures; the Islamic East and the Judo- subjected to high powered sound bursts
um at Edwards AFB found a wing section Christian West. He shared his extensive their sonar senses can be damaged seri-
of Bud’s plane while excavating the crash knowledge of the Islamic holy book, the ously.
site. A few days later he read Bud’s story Qur’an, with the members. He has done Congress has passed laws prevent-
in the Air and Space magazine and he considerable study and research of the ing the use of the high powered sound
invited Bud to visit Edwards and have a Qur’an which came from the archangel bursts if undersea mammals are near-by.
look at the old crash site. Bud went there, Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad in Taylor’s job is to lookout for these under-
visited the crash site. That wing section is the eighth century. He presented a well sea mammals and shut down the high
displayed in the Edwards Museum along organized and interesting slide show of powered sound blasts if there are any
with some pictures taken when Bud vis- the Qur’an; its place in the Islamic religion mammals in the sea near-by.
ited. and the various ways it is organized and Her talk and slide show was inter-
They also went to see the location translated. esting and informative. The members
where Bud ended up after ejecting and During his presentation, he made showed their appreciation with an enthu-
very narrowly getting his chute open. the point that Osama bin-Laden was on siastic round of applause.
ng Breakfast Club
resting speakers. Here are some of them.
ting Room on Thursdays at 0800. The meeting is over at 0900.
e meeting is held at IRCCʼs Colony Hall.
The Battle Of Cowpens CDR Ed Carpenter, USN (Ret) Founding Fathers
By CDR Ed Stafford, USN (Ret) By 1LT Lee Boyland, USA (Fmr Off)
COL Pat Keane often entertains the
TMBC with presentations about histori- On the 29th of April members of the
TMBC got a vivid idea of what it was There is usually a Current Affairs
cal battles in American history. Usually like to be a prisoner of the communist meeting following the Thursday Morn-
it’s Civil War battles, but on July 31 he North Vietnamese for an incredible six ing Breakfast Club meeting when it is
discussed the Revolutionary War battle, years and three months. The speaker held at the Indian River Colony Cllub on
The Battle of Cowpens. Using charts and former POW was Commander Al the third Thursday each month. Knowl-
of the battle that he had prepared he Carpenter, USN (Ret) a guest, old friend edgeable and entertaining speakers are
described the events leading up to the and former squadron mate of CDR Ed
Stafford. invited to speak on a topic of interest to
battle, the commanders facing one an-
The talk was illustrated by charts and the members. The talks usually last 20
other, their force strengths, their tactics
photographs and delivered with under- minutes to half an hour and are followed
and how the battle was fought.
standably controlled emotion. If there by a spirited question and answer dic-
was a focal message it was that endur- sussion time.
ing, courageous unity of purpose within
an unbreakable chain of command can
enable American fighting men to survive
such an ordeal and bring them home
Joe Oblack with Pat Keane Mark Vance & Lee Boyland
COL Keane explained that the battle The May 20th Current Affairs forum
was fought on January 17, 1781 in a Al Carpenter & Joe Oblack featured Mark Vance, a well known local
field by a river near the border of North personality and expert on the Founding
Carolina and South Carolina. Colonel CDR Carpenter is by any standard a Fathers. Vance regaled the attendees
Tarleton commanded the British forces war hero who enlisted in the Navy and with historical facts, antidotes, and stories
which were comprised of several regi- by sheer merit and ability worked his
way up to first class petty officer, then of bravery and sacrifices made by our
ments of Royal Army battle hardened Founding fathers leading up to the sign-
to OCS for a commission, to Pensacola
veterans. General Morgan commanded for flight training, with gold wings in hand ing of the Declaration of independence.
the Continental forces and devised a to a light attack squadron, to a carrier at The key element of his presentation
strategy that took advantage of the ter- Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf (where was the pledge all of the signers of the
rain. he had to eject from his damaged A4E Declaration of Independence made: We
Morgan’s sharpshooters, located on a jet). pledge our lives, our fortune, and our sa-
hill, killed 15 British in the front line and Then after an interval back home, he cred honor.
when the British were drawn into mak- went to sea on a second tour, and it was
toward the end of that one when he was Vance’s presentation showed us how
ing a full frontal attack, they were met shot down in a dive bombing run over many pages are missing from our history
by the Continental Infantry and the militia Haiphong harbor. This ejection took place books. He discussed the sacrifices made
and sharpshooters were on both flanks. at about 550 knots. The wind stream by our founders, and the unpleasant
The British were defeated. Cornwallis lost violently dislocated both his shoulders consequences some of them suffered.
one-fourth of his army and the Ameri- and partially shredded his ‘chute. In the And though relentlessly pursued and
cans started to think that they could win water the chute dragged him under and persecuted, they all kept their pledge.
the war. he came up to look into the barrel of a All in all, it was an outstanding pre-
It was another entertaining presenta- machine gun. Thus began the six plus
years of harsh imprisonment. sentation, followed by almost an hour
tion of a historical battle by the chapter’s One of Al’s two Silver Stars was of questions and spirited discussion. Ev-
Irish born history expert. The members awarded for his heroic conduct in the vi- eryone left with pride and renewed de-
showed their appreciation by giving COL tal and dangerous role of a communica- termination to support and defend the
Keane a big round of applause. tor while in prison. Constitution.
By Col Klyne D. Nowlin, USAF (Ret) Mrs. Helen Ball, AUX (Harry)
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“To make it (health care) work will de- hopefully to enable more of the client 440 Eagle Dr.
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parts of it and understand how we can than overhead. Sponsor - Andy Folley
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The last item, he talked about was
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can truly give because we don’t want to
take away from ourselves. We don’t find
ourselves anticipating or getting excited
on Sunday morning that what we do that
day will be pleasing to God. Sunday can
By Chaplain Lt Col Norman Desrosiers, USAF (Ret) be a chore for many people.
Yet, God gives His love freely and
The month of August is an interesting it to be the best gift yet. It isn’t easy to go openly. He never holds back. All that He
time for me. You see, my wife celebrates from store to store to get ideas and yet has is ours for the asking. God always
her birthday in this month and I stretch that is exactly what I tend to do. I cross seems to have the right gift that we need
my imagination to come up with just the check each item with others in the same at any moment of our life. Maybe if we
right gift to let her know how special she category just to be sure before I make treated our worship time as a celebra-
is. So many times it seems easier to get the big plunge and buy her present. tion and not a chore, our whole attitude
a simple gift. We might try to get some The day comes and excitement, would change.
flowers or take our spouse out to a nice along with anticipation, accompanies the How about you? Are you excited
dinner but sharing something that is last- event. I find that I almost want to jump about spending time with God in your
ing seems so much more meaningful. out of my skin because I know this is the life? Do you meet regularly in commu-
I don’t know about you but my wife exact item she wants and needs. What nity so you can experience the gift of His
has most of the “toys” that are on the joy it is to share the final moment when love that He has for each of you? Au-
market these days. I shudder to buy the gift is open and the love pours forth. gust is a special month that allows me to
clothes or jewelry for her for fear I would It does represent a magical time, even if share a moment with my wife that only
get the wrong thing. Suddenly I realize it did take many hours of planning and comes once a year.
that buying something that expresses research that will never be seen or dis- Each day is a special time when I can
love and appreciation is very stressful. cussed. The smile and surprise seem to learn more and more of that love that
I find that I put a lot of energy into be enough. comes unconditionally from God who
getting just the right thing that says what I often wonder why it is that the same loves me and wants me to feel special.
I would like to say. With modern technol- experience isn’t expressed when we I hope you are enjoying that experience
ogy, I spend hours searching the internet think of our relationship with God. We go yourself. If not, why not find a commu-
and reading all the reviews on a given to church, if it is convenient. We give our nity or church where God can touch you
product before buying it. You see, I want offering but often we hold back what we and let you know His love.
Sy Berman Has Left Us periences to civic organizations and both
adult education classes and high schools.
He was an enthusiastic and interesting
Lt Col Seymour Berman, USAF (Ret), citations for combat. speaker. His talks were exciting.
a main stay in the Cape Canaveral Chap- After he retired from the Air Force, In an attempt to show its appreciation
ter of the Military Officers Association of Sy worked at the Cape for several aero- for all of his good works, the chapter, at
America since he joined 33 years ago, space companies and he owned and different times, awarded Sy two Certifi-
passed away at his home on June 25, operated American BB Reality, a real cates of Merit, the next to highest award
2010. His death was peace- estate brokerage firm in Co- the chapter can bestow on a member.
ful and due to natural causes. coa Beach. He participated This year he was awarded the MOAACC
He was 93 years old. in several community ser- Citizenship Award for the work he has
Sy had a distinguished vice organizations; such as done representing the chapter in the
military career stretching Circles of Care, Air Force community.
from 1941 to 1961. In WW Association and the Opti- The chapter bids a sad farewell to a
II he was a senior navigator mists Club of Cocoa Beach beloved comrade.
in the 483rd Bomb Group at among others.
Foggia, Italy flying in B-17s. As a long time mem-
He flew two combat tours in ber of the Cape Canaveral
Europe which amounted to chapter of the Military Of-
57 combat missions when ficers Association of Amer-
the life expectancy of a B-17 Sy Berman with gift at his ica, Sy served six terms as Essie Mae Adams, AUX
navigator was 15 missions. 93rd Birthday Celebration. a member of the chapter’s Wife of Lt Col Mayo Adams, USAF (Ret)
He flew missions against targets at Board of Directors. He also served as the 26 February 2010
Ploesti, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, liaison officer between the Military Offi- LTC George T. Norton, USA (Ret)
Weiner Newstadt, Augsburg, Schwein- cers Association of America chapter and 6 March 2010
furt, Regensburg and others. He also flew the Brevard Veterans Council. Sy was the LT John Barker, USNR (Ret)
in the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. 6 June 2008
chapter’s representative on the Brevard Marcella Sheahan AUX
His awards, in addition to campaign Veterans Council Board of Directors. His 6 June 2010
medals, included the Distinguished Flying reports on the activities, problems and Maj Max R. Exline, USA (Ret)
Cross, two Purple hearts, The Air Medal progress of the Veterans Council were a 24 June 2010
with nine oak leaf clusters, the French highlight of the weekly Thursday Morn- LtCol Seymour Berman, USAF (Ret)
Freedom medal, The Russian Victory ing Breakfast Club meetings. 25 June 2010
Medal and the Greek Victory Medal for Sy was also an active member of the Doris S. Byers
distinguished service, among others. His chapter’s Speakers Bureau. He was asked Wife of LTC Andy J. Byers, USA (Ret)
bomb group received two presidential frequently to deliver talks about his ex- 20 June 2010
MG John Cleland’s Talk At IRCC Gate Ceremony
July 4, 2010
In your program you will find two fa- dark ages and the Sharia that radical Is-
miliar quotes from the Declaration Of In- lam would force upon us has changed not
dependence. When I reviewed that great one whit since then. Hard to believe but
document in preparation for this short under Sharia, every woman must belong
talk, I found additional words, not so famil- to some man as his absolute property,
iar, but clearly applicable to our country’s women cannot leave their home without a
situation today -- quote: “When a long male family member escort, women must
train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing be fully covered outside the home, cannot
invariably the same object evinces a de- drive a car, are not fit subjects for formal
sign to reduce them (the people) under education and must obey their male mas-
absolute despotism, it is their right, it is ter without question.
their duty to throw off such--and to pro- Under Sharia, infidels, that is all per-
vide new guards for their future security.” sons who are not a Muslim, are classified
Just how do those words apply to- as “protected subjects” or Dhimmis in Ar-
MG John Cleland, USA (Ret)
day? Well, as we speak, America is under abic. Note the classification is as subjects,
attack by radical Islam which is pursuing a not citizens. Dhimms have no legal rights to conquer and subjugate the world. Con-
design to place these united states under and must subject themselves to the will trast that with America’s situation today.
absolute despotism. That absolute despo- and the whims of their Muslim overlords. Nearly nine years after 9/11, we have
tism is Islamic law or Sharia. Punishment for breaking Sharia is swift been unable to defeat the terrorists of
I should note that we are not under and brutal. Sharia is an abomination, truly radical Islam whose ultimate goal is to
attack from the Muslim world. This war is a return to the dark ages. subjugate the world and impose Sharia
not about religion per se. It is about Islam- Let us now look at this war that radical upon the conquered lands.
ic law which is part and parcel of radical Islam has forced upon us in the context In WW II the American people un-
Islam. Islamic law or Sharia brings with it of two recent wars, WW II which we won derstood the threat and knew exactly
the lifestyle of the dark ages and absolute and Vietnam which we lost. There is much who the enemy was and why we were
despotism. Sharia is the antithesis of the we can learn. fighting. This is not the case today. Our
laws of our land which are based on our First WW II. Less than four years after government has not identified the enemy
constitution and the premise that all men the Day of Infamy that brought us into nor explained the threat to our indepen-
are created equal. WW II, we had soundly defeated the axis dence.
Sharia was promulgated during the powers who, between them, had sought In WW II our strategic objective was
clear and known to the American people bat units and declaring victory in Iraq, yet
-- the unconditional surrender of the axis radical Islam is still a force to be reckoned
Army Ball Celebrates
powers --our strategic objective in the war with there. Have we really established a 235 Years Of
on radical Islam has not been enunciated,
is not clear.
government in Iraq that is strong enough “Boots On The Ground”
to protect its people and secure its bor- By Joyce Wilden
In WW II, we put America on a to- ders, a government capable of sowing the
tal war footing; we harnessed the might seeds of freedom in the Middle East? Army veterans of World War II, Ko-
and power of America and applied that In Afghanistan, our president says rea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan and
overwhelming force to winning the war. we will begin to withdraw our troops in their spouses were honored on June 13
The entire country was engaged in and July 2011. What kind of message does at the annual Army Ball at Indian River
made sacrifices for the war effort. In this
this advertised pullout send to our allies Colony Club in Viera. The 223 attend-
war against radical Islam, it is only our mili-
and to our troops? What message does ees from various branches of the military
tary and their families who are engaged in
the war effort; they alone are making sac- it send to radical Islam and the Taliban? enjoyed a patriotic program, themed
rifices for America. The rest of us amble Well, the Taliban leader in Afghanistan has “Boots on the Ground.” The official call
along life’s path as usual and are, to coin a answered for the Taliban. Last week, in to dinner was the familiar Army mess
phrase, fat, dumb and happy. response to a question about negotiating, “Soupy” bugle call, but the formal affair
In WW II, we took total war to the en- he said. “We are certain that we are win- also included elegant floral decorations
emy wherever we found him. Today we ning. Why should we talk if we have the and a birthday cake for the Army cut
have taken the war to Afghanistan and upper hand, and the foreign troops are with a ceremonial saber.
Iraq only--and the war is not total in either considering withdrawal and there are dif- The Melbourne Swingtime Jazz Band
country. ferences in the ranks of our enemies.” played as dozens of former commis-
In WW II, we built the mightiest armed If we pull out of Iraq or Afghanistan sioned officers in dress uniforms and
force the world has ever seen. This war before we have soundly defeated the ter- decorations took to the dance floor with
against radical Islam is, to the best of my rorists of radical Islam and before those their partners..
knowledge, the only major war we have countries borders are secured, the end
ever fought without increasing the size result will be far different than what hap-
and combat power of our armed forces. pened when we pulled out of Vietnam.
Shifting to the Vietnam war, the follow- The Terrorists of radical Islam will surely
ing lessons stand out. wreak a terrible vengeance on those poor
You cannot win a war when the en- souls who sided with the USA and both
emy has a sanctuary and can support countries will become a secure base for
Guerillas or Terrorists by sending trained
radical Islam. We will have lost two cru-
troops, leaders, arms, equipment and
cial battles in the war on radical Islam
funds across the border.
It is impossible to win the hearts and and the Terrorists of radical Islam will be
minds of a people until their security is as- free to concentrate their forces on bring-
sured. How secure would you feel if you ing the battle to our homeland. I believe Rensselaer Military Ball
and your family were citizens of Afghani- the American people will, as they always “Those Were The Days”
stan today? have, rise to the occasion--but they must
You cannot leave a country to fend know what the stakes are. It is up to our
president and the Congress to turn this
for itself until its government is able to
protect its people from the enemy within war around. Our elected leaders must Walgreen’s Military
and secure its borders from the enemy buckle down to the task of leading our
country and our allies to a solid victory.
Now, if all of the aforementioned are Our job, as veterans who have been there By CDR Court Yelle, USN (Ret)
correct, and I believe they are, what needs and done that, is to continue to support
to be done? First and foremost America our great troops and to speak out on It has been announced that every
must recognize and acknowledge that we the conduct of this war based on our Walgreen’s in the “Walgreen’s Mel-
are engaged in a world war against radi- considerable military experience. We must bourne District” within Brevard County
cal Islam. We do not need an exit strategy take every opportunity to express our in the area between Sebastian and Port
for Iraq or Afghanistan, we need a victory views to our legislators, our civilian friends St. John will recognize all military, active
strategy to provide for the decisive defeat and neighbors, our youth and the media- and retired, with a special discount every
of radical Islam world wide. -the enemy in this war is radical Islam and month on only the first Tuesday. Dates
We must face the fact, the cold hard the absolute despotism of Sharia; Iraq are Tuesday, August 3, September 7
fact, that the defeat of radical Islam world- and Afghanistan are important battles in and so forth. Titusville and north of Titus-
wide is directly dependent on the reality this world war which we must win; our
ville in Brevard County is not included.
and the application of American power. As elected leaders must put this country on a
total war footing and announce a victory This is a revision of the previous special
was the case in WW II, victory or defeat in
this global war will depend on America’s strategy to provide for the decisive defeat pilot program only in the limited Brevard
willingness to dedicate the resources re- of radical Islam world wide. County area. Military need to show their
quired to win and win decisively. So, on this anniversary of the day our ID card in advance of the purchase and
Is America really at war, are we doing nation declared its independence, let us will receive a 20 percent discount on all
all that is possible to win this war? Not in rededicate ourselves to serving America, Walgreen’s products, not including Phar-
my book. And the longer this war drags the greatest and finest country in the macy. Military will also receive a 15 per-
on the better the chance radical Islam has world, bar none. Let us get out and let cent discount on all other store products
of winning it. our views be heard. excluding tobacco, alcoholic beverages,
We are close to withdrawing our com- Thank you and may God continue to
bless America. dairy, gift cards and prescriptions.
Dr. Sciortino, a family physician in Viera, is proud to be an
American. He emigrated from Italy as a child and became
a citizen at 17. A strong work ethic helped him achieve his
boyhood dream of becoming a physician.
Dr. Vinny, as his patients affectionately
call him, is a former Major in the Air Force.
He cared for family members of active duty
personnel, and simply states, “I’m honored
to serve those who served our country”.
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Reservations must be made by completing the form below OC members $9.50 per person Non O’Club members
The Tides - PAFB and mailing it to MOAACC, P.O. Box 254186, Patrick AFB, $11.50.
FL 32925. To receive reduced rate OC members must submit their 16
Program: Jerry Yellin, Speaker digit Club Card number with check or charge.
I am a new member
Menu: Regular: Pulled Pork, garden salad, How many? Check Enclosed $ or Card No. Exp. Date:
black beach & rice, fried Pantains
Regular Light Singles Table O’Club Member Yes No
Light: Fresh fruit plate w/low-fat
cottage cheese & honey yogurt
drizzle Name (Print Please)
For reservations, complete the coupon. Reservations must be received no later than Thursday prior to date of Luncheon.
To cancel reservation call Maj Joe Oblack Cancellations will be accepted through Thursday prior to luncheon date by calling 17 AUG 10
(453-2947) NLT five days prior. Maj Joe Oblack (453-2947).