Remembering Mr. Myrl Billings

Honoring and remembering one of a multitude of USA citizens whose deeds and even their existence at one time is fading in the minds of the masses.

“A grave marker, flanked by both an American and French flag, rests in the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. The name on the marker is Myrl Billings. Billings was a Springfield native African American who fought in World War I with the 369th Regiment of the New York National Guard. He was the only African American soldier from Springfield to receive the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action during World War I.”

Read more at —–>  Myrl Billings & The Harlem Hellfighters

HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Google Books and the writers of the book; Missouri’s Black Heritage, I found the ONE picture of Myrl Billings revealed by a lengthy Web search. What a handsome young man!!!! He is the guy in the middle. I wish we knew the names of the two guys standing next to him.

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Myrl Billings

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I am guessing he was 19 or 20 in the picture. I was in the Navy at that age. I bet that the commonalities of the strangeness of military life resulted in similarities in our experiences despite the differences in army and navy lifestyles along with the many years’ difference between our lifetimes. Though things change some things remain the same… such as humans interacting with their environment, feeling fear, wonder, excitement and happiness.

Here is a video telling us about Mr. Billings:

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I Support Sheriff Joe Arpaio

This blog consists of MY opinions, not those of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Here is a press release from Sheriff Arpaio’s office:

100 West Washington, Suite 1900, Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Phone: (602) 876-1801 Fax: (602) 258-2081

Media Contact: MediaRequest@MCSO.Maricopa.Gov

Date: April 3, 2012

DOJ TO SHERIFF ARPAIO:

“MONITOR ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY”

ARPAIO TO DOJ:

“I WILL NOT SURRENDER MY OFFICE

TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT”

(Phoenix, AZ) A series of meetings between representatives for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the U.S. Department of Justice were slated to begin tomorrow to discuss ways to resolve allegations of racial profiling by Sheriff’s employees.

But hours before the first meeting, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division called Arpaio’s attorneys with an ultimatum. Austin stated that it was absolutely mandatory for the Sheriff’s Office to agree to have an outside monitor otherwise there is no reason for further meetings.

Appointment of an outside monitor essentially usurps the powers and duties of an elected Sheriff and transfers them to a person or group of persons selected by the federal government. Every policy decision, every operation, every new program in the jails and in enforcement, virtually everything would have to be approved by the monitor, nullifying the authority of the elected Sheriff and eviscerating the will of the citizens of Maricopa County.

“I am the constitutionally and legitimately elected Sheriff and I absolutely refuse to surrender my responsibility to the federal government. And so to the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say, ‘This will not happen, not on my watch!’”

100 West Washington, Suite 1900, Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Phone: (602) 876-1801 Fax: (602) 258-2081

Media Contact: MediaRequest@MCSO.Maricopa.Gov

Sheriff’s Deputy Director and Attorney Jack MacIntyre says a federal monitor is the most extreme proposal, particularly in light of the fact that the federal government has refused to provide any details or proof as to how they came to the conclusion that Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office employees engage in patterns and practices of racial profiling as well as other unsupported claims that the DOJ has widely publicized.

MacIntyre stated “We have never agreed to a monitor replacing the duly elected Sheriff. We have always been open to negotiating these issues raised by the DOJ, but never the appointment of a monitor.” END

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NBC TV Show “Mystery Man” Identified

*****UPDATE*****

October 7, 2013

A sad day, folks. Our “Mystery Man” has passed on to that “Great Mystery” that is beyond our senses and this plane of existence.

Read the sad news———>   HERE

May your journey be wonderful, Sir. You will be remembered.

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*****UPDATE*****

Hello people. Thank you for dropping by. This update is to share with all that our Today show “mystery man” is still around. Today it is October 22, 2012 and the Today show outside camera just panned the crowd of onlookers and there he was, pointing at the camera as it passed close-by.

Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!  Our intrepid man of mystery is still among us!!!

From the article appearing on this Web site:

Only one click quick away—–> One Quick Click

The article telling the tale of Linny Boyette can be found by clicking on his name <— back there.

The excellent article is repeated here to assist Web surfers in finding it and to assist in ensuring the article is saved if it should be “lost” due to a hard-drive failure or whatever where the original is stored.

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A Well-remembered Story from Long Ago

The story is remembered but the source?

It was in a paperback book.

It was a short story explaining the presence of a young woman’s grave and how she arrived there.

A tale of heroism, courage and self-sacrifice.

Within the story is told of the 1950s era aircraft crashing upon landing and the stewardess performing the task of assisting as many passengers as possible with escaping the flaming wreck.

Witnesses told of the last view before the flames and smoke hid her final fate while attempting to emerge with a baby in her arms.

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Lori Piestewa; Not Forgotten

After giving her family ample time to grieve then waiting some more for what I hoped would be a tidal wave of condolences to ebb then awhile longer for general principles I wrote a letter of condolence to the Piestewa family to ensure them that  Lori’s passing was not forgotten and would not be for some to many folks.

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A Better Man Than Me. Rest in Peace

The March, 2011 issue of Deckplate (official newsletter of the USS Schofield for those unaware of its existence) informed me of the death of a man, an ex-sailor; a bluewater US Navy sailor who sailed the seas into “harm’s way” aboard warships.

He was many “things” in his life; husband, son, father, friend, co-worker and, adversary.

Sitting here within my shanty I am reading Steve Nelson’s obituary.

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