The Legend of Chief Shannon Kent

By Marty Skovlund, Jr., Coffee or Die – May 13, 2019
h/t Sharkman on A♠

…Kent’s kind eyes and friendly demeanor aren’t exactly what the average person thinks of when asked to describe a seasoned special operator hunting down ISIS though. And maybe that’s an advantage when assigned to the most secret, oft-rumored unit in the shadowy Joint Special Operations Command. She was used to working alone or in small teams, almost always clandestinely, but sometimes covertly and under cover. And she was damn good at her job.…

Read all about her at Coffee or Die

Sgt. Joseph Beyrle

Daily Timewaster:
Your Hostile Scowl of the Morning

Here is Sgt. Joseph Beyrle’s Prisoner of War picture after he was captured again by the Germans.

US paratrooper Joseph Beyrle served with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Prior to the start of the Normandy invasions, Beyrle jumped twice into occupied France to coordinate, provide arms, and money to several French resistance units. He then jumped into France on D-Day, destroyed a enemy gun emplacement, was captured, escaped, and captured again. He was beaten nearly to death, his uniform and dog tags were taken from him. A German soldier attempted to infiltrate US lines dressed in Beyrle’s uniform and was killed. The US War Department believed Beyrle had been killed in combat and notified his parents. His mother refused to believe her son was dead and continued to ignore the calls from the family to accept his death.…
Read More at Daily Timewaster, but this would not really be a waste of your time.

h/t Skip on A♠

Pearl Harbor

Skip on A♠On days of mark I post pictures of historical events, used a Pearl harbor picture today

At 7:58 AM, the Ford Island command center finally sent a radio alert: “AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NOT DRILL.” Upon reaching Pearl Harbor, the Japanese torpedo bombers skillfully maneuvered themselves into the harbor in groups of twos and threes in a sudden and forceful attack lasting only minutes. In another hour, a second fleet of 167 additional Japanese aircraft bombarded the site.

American residents who watched the attack from afar observed in horror as the screams of men on the sunken battleships ripped through the air, smoke rose from the sea, and the injured and dead swam in bloody waters slick with burning oil. When the effects of the attack subsided, the grim casualties became known: 2,403 American civilians and military personnel had been killed, and 1,178 wounded. Two battleships and 188 aircraft were destroyed.

American Heritage Foundation

Nature Can Be Whimsical

I thought it indignity enough that with age come weird things like hair in the ears.

Man’s blocked nose was caused by tooth growing in his nostril

Lucy Middleton – Metro (UK)
h/t Misanthropic Humanitarian on A♠ Saturday Morning Coffee Break

You know what, there’s video and details at the link.
If you really want them.

I’ll just copy this and quit:
Man discovers he's growing a tooth in his nose Picture: Pear Video

Survived Hindenburg, Lived to 90

Werner Doehner, last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, dies at 90

h/t andycanuck on A♠


As the Hindenburg arrived, flames began to flicker on top of the airship. Hydrogen, exposed to air, fueled an inferno.

“Suddenly, the air was on fire,” Werner Doehner recalled.

He said his mother threw him and his brother out of the ship before she left too.

They suffered burns. He would remain in the hospital for three months before going to a hospital in New York City in August for skin grafts.

-Doehner at 8
A Blog by Mr. Ed: The Hindenburg in Pictures
Amazing collection

Werner Gustav Doehner, the last remaining survivor of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster -  passed away in Laconia, New Hampshire last Friday at the age of 90
Andrew Court, Daily Mail / AP

Faces of the Hindenburg:
The Doehner Family

92-year-old woman reunites with siblings she saved during Holocaust

Blogger’s note: I’ve been neglecting this blog again. Life’s like that. Sometimes there’s more other people’s stuff to steal feature than the blog can handle, sometimes, um, I forget.

A 92-year-old Greek woman was in tears when she reunited with a group of siblings she saved during the Holocaust -- and met their 40 descendants.

A 92-year-old Greek woman was in tears when she reunited with a group of siblings she saved during the Holocaust — and met their 40 descendants.

Melpomeni Dina said she could now “die quietly” after Sunday’s emotional gathering in Jerusalem, where she was introduced to the younger generations of the Mordechai family, she and her sisters helped protect more than 75 years ago.

“We are now a very large and happy family and it is all thanks to them saving us,” said Sarah Yanai, now 86, who was the oldest of the five siblings.

— Tamar Lapin, NY Post

h/t J.J. Sefton’s Morning Report on A♠


Curiosity takes selfie

h/t J.J. Sefton’s Morning Report on A♠

Curiosity takes selfie next to two of its most important drill holes

October 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm – Robert Zimmerman, Behind the Black

The Curiosity science team today released a beautiful mosaic of the rover, stitched from 57 different images. …shows the rover’s two most recent drill holes… The two drill holes are significant because of the chemical experiment that Curiosity is subjecting the material from those holes.…

Oldest Oklahoma Woman


(This is a couple of months old, and I’m tired of looking at the open tab. 🙂 )

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Ethel Bowens is the oldest living woman on record in Oklahoma and is considered a supercentenarian.

Later this month, Bowens turns 110-years-old and can tell you a lot about life.

“Yeah, I’m happy to be alive,” she told News 4. …

So far, her family consists of six children, 29 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 46 great-great-grandchildren with more on the way. Many of those loved ones are coming to her big birthday celebration this year.

Her secret to this long life is romantic.

“One man,” Ethel said.

She’s referring to Volna, who was a school bus driver, farmer and the love of Ethel’s life. They were married for more than 60 years.

“He was a good man and a good provider. He had to be to stay with me,” Ethel said.

Other keys to longevity included no smoking, no drinking and a faith in God. …

Read the whole article, with video report at KFOR