L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Aug 2019 - #8
Interesting facts about Military Vehicles

The first tank was used by the British in 1915. Since 1945, the British tank have the capibility of boiling water for tea.2. Tanks are referred to as male if they had cannons and femail if they had machine guns.3. Buick designed the fastest tank ever, the American Hellcat (M-18), which could reach 60 mph.4. While Ford built the M1918, he was a vehement pacifist, who strongly opposed making money off of war.5. The first military airplane was sold to the Army Signal Corps in 1909 by the Weight Brothers. 

At the present time, more than 82,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts. Out of the 82,000 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Indo-Pacific, and over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea (i.e. ship losses, known aircraft water losses, etc.).

WWII 72,692Korean War 7,649Vietnam 1,588Cold War 126Gulf Wars 5El Dorado Canyon 1

The current number of personnel missing from operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf being actively pursued by DoD is five - two service members from Desert Storm, and three DoD contractors from Iraqi Freedom. DoD continues to pursue the fullest possible accounting of one serviceman lost in 1986 during Operation El Dorado Canyon in Libya.

On April 14, 1986, President Ronald Reagan gave the order to launch Operation El Dorado Canyon, in retaliation for a terrorist attack in Germany that killed American servicemen. One of the F111's participating in the raid, on Libya was manned by Capt Fernando I. Ribas-Dominicci and Weapons System Officer Capt. Paul Lorence. It is believe they were shot down somewhere over the Mediterranean

On Wednesday May 7 1986, the Associated Press reported that Libyan television showed a body wearing a military uniform. The Libyans stated the body was of an American pilot shot down during the bombing raid. Also displayed were a wedding ring, bullets, $59.00 in American funds and 10 British pounds. Libyan television reported the remains of the pilot has washed up on shore 25 miles west of Tripoli. The report did not say when the body was found.

On Saturday May 3rd 1986, Libyan televison displayed a flight helmet bearing the name Lorence, saying it too had washed up on shore. After that.... nothing as far as we can tell.

Vietnam Wall

If you were in the Marines during the Vietnam War, this might interest you. I thankfully did not find any of my former friends I had been looking for so they still might be around.

Here are some interesting facts about the Vietnam Wall.

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