This Kind of War: The Classic Military History of the Korean War (Kindle Edition) is a very interesting read. Written just 10 years after the armistice that brought an end to the fighting of the Korean War, it is a look at the war unfiltered through the lens of the remainder of the Cold War. It isn’t just a military history of the war either, Fehrenbach also looks at the politics of the Korean War – both US domestic politics and between the US, its allies, and Communist countries. I like how he tells the story of the Korean War; he looks at the war from the perspective of command staff, line officers, and enlisted men, including one who became a prisoner of war. He tells the story of the Korean War as part of the beginning of the Cold War and how the war turned the fortunes of the players involved. Although he never mentions it Fehrenbach served in Korea, but you can tell he came away from his experience in the war with a bad taste in his mouth. He clearly points out what he believes were the failures of both the military and the civilian leadership.
This Kindle edition, however, suffers from two flaws. The first and most glaring is the editing of the digital edition. In a word, the editing is horrendous. The are frequent misspellings and wrong words that stop you in your tracks and make you think about what the author intended to be on the page, not what is actually appearing on the page. It goes beyond a minor annoyance to the point of being a distraction. The second flaw is a lack of maps; understanding movements, whether on an Army or Corps scale or on a Company or Platoon scale, maps are important in helping to understand movements on the battlefield and the flow of a battle. I don’t know whether these flaws are part of the print edition, but they are definitely found in the Kindle edition.
I’ve settled on a rating of four stars because, despite the distraction of the poor editing and lack of maps, This Kind of War is still an excellent read. I give the editing two stars because of how distracting it is, but qive the content five stars because of how excellent of a read it is. Bottom line: this is an excellent read for anyone interested in the Korean War or the Cold War, whether you’re well read on the subjects or not.
Brunswick – I haven’t been to an amateur radio field day in years. While searching for something else on the web last week, I found out that the Glynn County amateur radio club, the Glynn Amateur Radio Association (GARA), had been reformed (GARA doesn’t have a website at this time, but there is a Facebook page for Glynn County ARES where information is shared) and that they were going to hold a field day operation in combination with the Camden County Amateur Radio Society (CCARS) at Blythe Island Regional Park.
After I got off from work on Sunday morning, I went over to the park and met some of the hams who were up and about early. They were operating 7A as K4J; when I got there, a 20 Meter phone station and 40 Meter digital station were active. They were using a nice variety of antennas – verticals and dipoles and power sources – generators, battery, and solar. After watching for a bit, 20 Meters started to open up, so I helped Darrell, KJ4PEO log a good run of QSOs to the northeast and midwest, with Texas and Oklahoma also starting to come in.
Over the course of the week and Sunday morning, I also picked up some information on the GARA net and meetings. They hold a club net on Thursdays at 1900 local on the 145.330- (PL 131.8) repeater with an ARES net that follows. They meet on the second Monday of the month at 1800 local at the Ole Times Buffet in Brunswick. Since I’m in Brunswick more often than Savannah, I look forward to taking the opportunity to check into the nets and try to make some meetings.
It was definitely a lot of fun to get back to a Field Day operation even if it was just for a couple of hours. I’d like to thank the guys from GARA and CCARS for making me feel comfortable and welcome. Even if all I did was logging stations instead of operating (I’d been on the radio for eight hours at work and really didn’t feel like getting on again!) it was still fun to hang out and talk radio, which is one of the aspects of Field Day I’ve always enjoyed the most.
MCAS Beaufort TRS Deactivated, MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island Now Covered by the US Marine Corps TRS
Beaufort, SC – The MCAS Beaufort TRS that provided communications for both MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island is no more. While I was in Beaufort today, I discovered that the radio system is no longer active and that the frequencies it used have been moved over to two sites that are part of the US Marine Corps TRS, a P25 Type II system (SysID 00A). As a result, all of the old site and talkgroup data for the old system are no longer any good. The system is not within the range of my home station and I don’t get up to Beaufort very often, so I have no idea when the transition took place. Based on today’s listening, most of the communications on the system are encrypted, although there are some communications in the clear, mostly from MCRD Parris Island.
385.3500 (Control Channel)
386.1375 (Control Channel)
I’m not sure where the sites are physically located, but Site 032(32) seemed to be stronger around the eastern part of Beaufort County and is strong in the area of both MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island. Site 031(31) is stronger in the southern/western part of Beaufort County, I had a particularly good signal on it in the area of Lemon Island. Site 032(32) also seems to be the more active of the two, heard far more activity on it than I did on site 031(31).
As I mentioned, most of the communications seemed to be encrypted. Compared with the old system, it would appear that public safety and MCAS Beaufort flightline activity is now encrypted as I never heard any Base Police or Crash/Fire activity. As usual, MCRD Parris Island Fire/EMS was on the Palmetto P25 TRS that is also used by Beaufort County public safety. Range and training activity from MCRD Parris Island was heard in the clear.
TG 1517 – MCRD Parris Island Recruit Training
TG 2401 – encrypted
TG 3401 – encrypted
TG 4401 – encrypted
TG 7501 – MCRD Parris Island Range Control
TG 7511 – MCRD Parris Island Range
TG 7513 – MCRD Parris Island Range
TG 7517 – MCRD Parris Island Range
TG 9401 – encrypted
TG 9406 – encrypted
TG 9410 – encrypted
TG 9429 – encrypted
TG 9434 – encrypted
TG 10402 -encrypted
D Day Through German Eyes is a short book that was begun in the years after World War II and completed more recently by the author’s grandson. It is composed of interviews, a total of five – one for each of the landing beaches, that the author, a German journalist did with members of units he had visited prior to the Normandy Invasion. The key is that all five of the interviews are with platoon level officers or enlisted men, not staff level officers, so you get a frontline view of the invasion, not the view from a behind the lines command post. All of the interviewees seemed to be frank and open, expressing what their motivations and impressions were.
I strongly recommend this book as an additional point of view of the D-Day invasion of Normandy for those who are already familiar with the battle. Much of the literature on the topic is from the Allied point of view and from a higher ranking point of view; getting the perspective of German soldiers who were at the tip of the spear is enlightening. Of particular interest to me was the final chapter in which conclusions were drawn from the soldiers’ testimony. It definitely expanded my knowledge of June 6, 1944.
Review: Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865
For anyone who has read Trudeau’s The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865 covers familiar ground. Lincoln’s Greatest Journey differs from The Last Citadel in its focus; instead of focusing on the entirety of the Petersburg campaign, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey focuses on just the 16 days during which Lincoln stayed with Grant and the Army at City Point and his visits to Petersburg and Richmond. Trudeau tells the story not just of the visit itself, but how the visit affected what happened as Petersburg and Richmond fell and the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and how the visit affected Lincoln. He holds that the visit gave Lincoln a time to rest and that what he saw and experienced while with the Army modified his views and would have impacted his post-war policies toward reconstruction.
While Lincoln’s Greatest Journey gets into some of the battles around Petersburg and the pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia, it mostly looks at the interactions between Lincoln and Grant as well as other individuals and groups. Trudeau’s writing is vivid and engaging, once you get going you truly don’t want to put the book down. As in other books I’ve read by Trudeau, he really gets into the heads of who he’s writing about, giving you good insight into their personalities.
I found The Last Citadel to be a compelling and worthy read, thoroughly enjoying it from beginning to end. You may disagree with his conclusions but I think you’ll enjoy the journey he takes you on the make them.
David McCullough’s Truman is a long book but well worth the read. It covers Truman’s life from his ancestors on the frontier to his death and everything in between. McCullough ties the history of Truman’s ancestors, childhood, family life, farm experience, business attempts, World War I military service, political life to explain what Truman did and why as President. It also delves into Truman’s political campaigns on all levels, which I found truly fascinating. This really is an informative book that transformed by understanding of Harry Truman and the Truman presidency. McCullough’s writing style is vivid and engaging, it really is hard to put down once you get started.
I couldn’t help drawing parallels between the present and the past while reading this book – particularly with the 2016 Presidential campaign and how Clinton and Trump campaigned compared to how Truman campaign and our current problems in Korea. I couldn’t help contrasting the personalities of Truman and Trump, either.
I highly recommend Truman; it’s a fascinating, informative, well written biography of a President who was in office during a highly important, trans-formative period of United States History.
Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft as well as various other aircraft that catch my attention from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah and RadarBox Micro in Brunswick, GA.
7CF9CD – P-8A, A47-003, Royal Australian Air Force (ASY181)
A229F4 – Bell 206L-1, N239AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup (N239AE)
A2579E – C-146A, 16-3025/N250BG, 27th SOW/Sierra Nevada Corp (DINGO81)
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A2C114 – G650, N227GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF54)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A38C1E – Hawker Hunter F.58, N328AX, ATAC (ATAC 11 on ATC)
A40CB6 – C-146A, 12-3060, 27th SOW (HOUND75)
A4C4B5 – Bell 407, N406UH, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A4C4B5 – Bell 407, N406UH, Air Methods (N406UH on box, LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF20)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF76)
A72784 – G550, N560GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (Gulftest 92 on ATC)
A7CB8D – G650, N601GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A85F6B – C182, N639CP, GA Civil Air Patrol (CAP 938 on ATC)
A87FD3 – G650, N647GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF49)
A9CBA5 – G600, N730GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69)
ADFD74 – RC-26B, 91-0504, US Army (PAT 694 on ATC)
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG 55 on box, DAWG 05 on ATC)
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG21)
ADFDEB – C-130H-3, 94-6706, 165th AW (REACH 955 on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW (DAWG12 on box, DAWG 08 on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW (DAWG81)
ADFE83 – C-130H, 92-0548, 165th AW (DAWG48)
ADFEBD – UC-35A, 96-0107, C/2-228 AVN
ADFEC1 – UC-35, 96-00111, US Army
AE0141 – KC-135T, 59-1510, 22nd ARW (RCH561)
AE0237 – KC-135R, 61-0315, 6th AMW (PIRAT02)
AE025C – KC-135R, 58-0034, 6th AMW (PIRAT04)
AE02D1 – C-130H, 92-3021, 914th AW (BISON84)
AE0389 – KC-135R, 62-3514, 108th AW (TOPCAT5)
AE03EB – C-130T, 165314, VR-62 (CONVOY 3002 on ATC)
AE03EB – C-130T, 165314, VR-62 (CONVOY 3744 on ATC)
AE03F3 – C-12T, 84-00159, OSACOM NE ARNG (PAT0159)
AE040E – E-6B, 162783, VQ-3 (DOING02)
AE042E – KC-135R, 64-14837, 6th AMW (NATN69)
AE0453 – C-2A, 162160, VRC-40
AE0457 – C-2A, 162174, VRC-40
AE0463 – C-2A, 162148, VAW-120
AE05D7 – C-130H, 85-0037, 908th AW (HANK01 on box, HANK 37 on ATC)
AE06D9 – UC-12F, 163561, MCAS New River (KBAR 561 on ATC)
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort
AE06E7 – UC-12M, 163838, ?????
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort
AE07F8 – C-17A, 97-0046, 437th/315th AW (RCH763)
AE0940 – UC-35D, 166374, VMR Det – KADW
AE1179 – C-17A, 02-1107, 62nd AW (COHO89)
AE1179 – C-17A, 02-1107, 62nd AW (RCH745)
AE1192 – UC-35D, 166474, VMR-1 (LOBO474)
AE123E – C-17A, 04-4133, 305th AMW (RCH761)
AE1242 – C-17A, 04-4137, 305th AMW
AE138B – C-130J, 04-3143, 19th AW (E43143)
AE146D – C-17A, 07-7175, 436th AW (RCH429)
AE1488 – TE-8A, 86-0416, 116th/461st ACW (PHENOM8)
AE20B6 – C-31A, 85-1608, Golden Knights
AE20C1 – MH-60T, 6027, CGAS Clearwater (C6027)
AE20C6 – C-17A, 07-7185, 437th/315th AW (MOOSE11)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2688 – MH-65D, 6550, CGAS Savannah (C6550)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, CGAS Savannah (C6555)
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE2EEB – T-6B, 166110, VT-6 (6E 110 on ATC)
AE2F9C – KC-130J, 168070, VMGR-252 (OTIS28)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 66 on ATC)
AE4E10 – C-130J, 11-5736, 19th AW (RCHA612)
AE4EB3 – P-8A, 168429, VP-10 (LANCR17)
AE4EB7 – P-8A, 168433, VP-10 (LANCR03)
AE4EB7 – P-8A, 168433, VP-10 (LANCR10)
AE4EB7 – P-8A, 168433, VP-10 (LANCR15)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-45 (PELCN57)
AE4EBB – P-8A, 168437, VP-5 (00000000 on box, MADFOX 10 on ATC)
AE4EBC – P-8A, 168438, VP-5 (00000000)
AE4EC6 – P-8A, 168761, VP-45 (PELCN13)
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-10 (LANCR2)
AE56A4 – UH-60M, 13-20572, 4-3 AVN (R20572)
AE56AD – UH-60M, 13-20581, 4-3 AVN
AE56B4 – UH-60M, 13-20588, 4-3 AVN (20588)
AE5718 – C-40A, 168980, VR-58
AE5718 – C-40A, 168980, VR-58 (CNV4990)
AE5735 – KC-130J, 169018, VMGR-234 (RANGR32)
AE57B6 – P-8A, 168850, VP-10 (LANCR75)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL821)
AE57C0 – P-8A, 168860, VP-45 (PELCN23)
AE57C3 – P-8A, 168998, VP-5 (MADFX49)
AE57C5 – P-8A, 169000, VP-30 (VVLL838)
AE57C5 – P-8A, 169000, VP-30 (VVLL858)
AE57C6 – P-8A, 169001, VP-30 (VVLL801)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL819)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL842)
AE57C8 – P-8A, 169003, VP-5 (00000000 on box, MADFOX 11 on ATC)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL844)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (TIGER4)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL805)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL888)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 06 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 12 on ATC)
AE5969 – AC-130J, 13-5787, 1st SOW? (GEIST97)*
AE596E – HC-130J, 13-5785, 71st RQS (REACH85 on box, KING 85 with Ops)