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       I have just spent 6 hours fixing the our photo albums. I made some changes recently that allows anyone to leave comments on the photos without my approval. Right after I did that the site was hacked buy robot spam ads. Each one of the postings had to be deleted one at a time. To keep this from reoccurring I have installed one of the little things where you have to type numbers and caricatures in a box to post your comments. I hate these and assume you will too, but I see no other alternative. I hope this will not discourage anyone from commenting as the thoughts of others make the site more interesting.

       Another problem that I hate to mention but must. The site cost me $10 a month and your donations would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want large amounts from people just a few dollars from those who want to see the site stay active. You can donate on PayPal and it's safe and easy, and you don't need an account to use it. You can also send me a check made out to Ron Buckholz, and then I can deposit it in my account.  It would be better for all if you send small amounts and more of you do it. I hope more of you will start visiting the site and as always your feedback is important. Let me know what you want to see here and any ways I can improve your experience. I will look into posting visit numbers on the Home Page at the end of each month. I get a large number of statistics about the number of visits to each page as well as times and dates. Thank you for your support!

 







Little Known Fact Of WWII

September 11, 2001

       We all remember the events of September 11, 2001. Stories are still appearing about acts of heroism even after all these years. I received this one a couple of weeks ago from Tex Burrows who was an officer in the 619th in the late '60's. I asked him if I could share it with you and he consented. I found it fascinating story and it gave me goose bumps while reading it. Below is the story and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing with us Tex!

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, put an F-16 pilot into the sky with orders to bring down United Flight 93 

By Steve Hendrix, Friday, September 08, 2011,1:20 AM

    
Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly.  She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93.  The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington.  Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it. 
“I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off,” says Maj. Heather “Lucky” Penney, remembering the Sept. 11 attacks and the initial U.S. reaction. The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile
aircraft.  Except her own plane. So that was the plan.  Because the surprise attacks were unfolding, in that innocent age, faster than they could arm war planes, Penney and her commanding officer went up to fly their jets straight into a Boeing 757.       

 
     “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Penney recalls of her charge that day. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”  For years, Penney, one of the first generation of female combat pilots in the country, gave no interviews about her experiences on Sept. 11 <http://www.washingtonpost.com/9-11>  (which included, eventually, escorting Air Force One back into Washington’s suddenly highly restricted airspace).  But 10 years later, she is reflecting on one of the lesser-told tales of that endlessly examined morning: how the first counterpunch the U.S. military prepared to throw at the attackers was effectively a suicide mission.
 
     “We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” she said last week in her office at Lockheed Martin, where she is a director in the F-35 program.  Penney, now a major but still a petite blonde with a Colgate grin, is no longer a combat flier. She flew two tours in Iraq and she serves as a part-time National Guard pilot, mostly hauling VIPs around in a military Gulfstream.  She takes the stick of her own vintage 1941 Taylorcraft tail-dragger whenever she can. But none of her thousands of hours in the air quite compare with the urgent rush of launching on what was supposed to be a one-way flight to a mid-air collision.  First of her kind.
 
     She was a rookie in the autumn of 2001, the first female F-16 pilot they’d ever had at the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard.  She had grown up smelling jet fuel.  Her father flew jets in Vietnam and still races them.  Penney got her pilot’s license when she was a literature major at Purdue.  She planned to be a teacher.  But during a graduate program in American studies, Congress opened up combat aviation to women and Penney was nearly first in line. “I signed up immediately,” she says. “I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.”
 
     On that Tuesday, they had just finished two weeks of air combat training in Nevada.  They were sitting around a briefing table when someone looked in to say a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York.  When it happened once, they assumed it was some yahoo in a Cessna.  When it happened again, they knew it was war.  But the surprise was complete.  In the monumental confusion of those first hours, it was impossible to get clear orders.  Nothing was ready.  The jets were still equipped with dummy bullets from the training mission. As remarkable as it seems now, there were no armed aircraft standing by and no system in place to scramble them over Washington. Before that morning, all eyes were looking outward, still scanning the old Cold War threat paths for planes and missiles coming over the polar ice cap.  “There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” says Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews.  “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air.  It was amazing to see people react.”
 
     Things are different today, ­Degnon says.  At least two “hot-cocked” planes are ready at all times, their pilots never more than yards from the cockpit.  A third plane hit the Pentagon, and almost at once came word that a fourth plane could be on the way, maybe more. The jets would be armed within an hour, but somebody had to fly now, weapons or no weapons.  “Lucky, you’re coming with me,” barked Col. Marc Sasseville. They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye.   “I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.  She replied without hesitating, “I’ll take the tail.”  It was a plan. And a pact.  ‘Let’s go!’ 

     Penney had never scrambled a jet before.  Normally the pre-flight is a half-hour or so of methodical checks.  She automatically started going down the list.  “Lucky, what are you doing?  Get your butt up there and let’s go!” Sasseville shouted. She climbed in, rushed to power up the engine, screamed for her ground crew to pull the chocks.  The crew chief still had his headphones plugged into the fuselage as she nudged the throttle forward. He ran along pulling safety pins from the jet as it moved forward. She muttered a fighter pilot’s prayer — “God, don’t let me [expletive] up” — and followed Sasse­ville into the sky.
 
     They screamed over the smoldering Pentagon, heading northwest at more than 400 mph, flying low and scanning the clear horizon.  Her commander had time to think about the best place to hit the enemy. “We don’t train to bring down airliners,” said Sasseville, now stationed at the Pentagon.  “If you just hit the engine, it could still glide and you could guide it to a target.  My thought was the cockpit or the wing.” He also thought about his ejection seat.  Would there be an instant just before impact? “I was hoping to do both at the same time,” he says.  “It probably wasn’t going to work, but that’s what I was hoping.” Penney worried about missing the target if she tried to bail out. “If you eject and your jet soars through without impact..."she trails off, the thought of failing more dreadful than the thought of dying.
 
     But she didn’t have to die.  She didn’t have to knock down an airliner full of kids and salesmen and girlfriends.  They did that themselves. It would be hours before Penney and Sasseville learned that United 93 had already gone down in Pennsylvania, an insurrection by hostages willing to do just what the two Guard pilots had been willing to do: Anything.  And everything. “The real heroes are the passengers on Flight 93 who were willing to sacrifice themselves,” Penney says.  “I was just an accidental witness to history.”  She and Sasseville flew the rest of the day, clearing the airspace, escorting the president, looking down onto a city that would soon be sending them to war.  She’s a single mom of two girls now.  She still loves to fly.  And she still thinks often of that extraordinary ride down the runway a decade ago. “I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off,” she says.  “If we did it right, this would be it.”

 




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     I have to take a minute to apologize for the rough beginning of the store. I'm at the mercy of Cafe Press and I have to abide by there rules so things have not gone real well so far. I keep running into road blocks with copy right infringements, and as of yet I have not figured out how to get around them. The problem I'm having is in using the Army Logo. They will not allow it at all as is. I have tried to redesign it so as to be both recognizable but different. So far they have nixed everything I have put out there, though it took them two days last time I submitted one. But I shall continue to try and get something through.

     There is one design for the 619th Ord Co with the Kriegsfeld Crest that I think is nice. I have a mug, travel mug, and a polo shirt of this design and I love them all. The shirt is really nice and I wear it when attending military and patriotic events. The travel mugs are really neat and are made of ceramic outside with an insulated metal interior. I have only one design for the 558th MP people that has a NP tower on it. I think it's a nice design and worth investing in. All the same items are available in either unit. I will keep all of you updated when I get something new available.    




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PFC  Curtis Keith Cook, Jrr

G CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
February 01, 1949 to April 18, 1969

Augusta, Michigan

   This site is dedicated to the memory of Curtis (Skeeter) Cook who was killed shortly after he arrived in South Viet Nam. Skeeter was killed by multiple fragmentation wounds from combat in Quang Nam Province. We miss you Skeeter!

               
      
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