Thursday, May 22, 2014

Doolittle Raiders Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

The House of Representatives and Senate passed a measure that would bestow The Congressional Gold Medal on the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for their "outstanding heroism, valor, skill and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo."
Approaching the
Gate to Destiny
The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation's highest award for distinguished achievements.

The Doolittle Raiders, led by Army Air Forces Lt. Col. James Doolittle, took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in 16 B-25 bombers on April 18, 1942, to attack military targets in Tokyo and other cities. The raid was prompted by the attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier

"This Congressional Gold Medal was hard earned and long overdue for a group of heroes who literally turned the tide for America in the Pacific Theater of World War II," Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, who sponsored the bill in the House, said in a statement to Air Force Times. "I'm proud to have carried the mantle to see these men receive the honor they so richly deserve."
Into The Rising Storm
The Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill this week as well

Brian Anderson, the sergeant at arms for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, and his wife, Cyndee, started knocking on doors on Capitol Hill two years ago looking for congressional support for the award. They visited all 100 Senate offices and 435 House offices. At the time, five Doolittle Raiders were still alive.

"Time wasn't exactly on my side," Anderson said Tuesday.
Westbound: A Date with the General
The Andersons found a sponsor in Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who represents the home state of Raider Thomas Griffin, a Cincinnati native.

Griffin died Feb. 26, 2013, the same day Brown and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced the bill in the Senate.

"The Doolittle Raiders symbolize the courage and valor of so many who fought for this country," Brown said in an interview with Air Force Times. "This historical incident is important to me, and to this country." With four Doolittle Raiders surviving, "time is of the essence," Anderson said.

Once President Barack Obama signs the bill, a design of the medal will be sent to the U.S. Mint, said Anderson, who would not disclose the design or its artist.
Into The Arms of the Dragon
One medal will be made, as the House bill states, and it will be given to the National Museum of the United States Air Force for display.

For Anderson, who was in the gallery for the House vote Monday night, the two-year effort represents a lifelong interest in the Raiders, sparked by a book report assignment on the Tokyo raid.

"They should be everybody's heroes, and this is their legacy," Anderson said. "When anyone looks up the Congressional Gold Medal, people should see that the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' names will be associated with that medal."

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Patriotic Art of Concealment

Stars and Stripes Fine Art Canvas
The word freedom is a powerful, emotionally charged word, evoking ideas of independence, free will, opportunity and inalienable rights. Freedom enables change, learning, understanding, rescue and salvation. The very nature of the word "freedom," however, implies that there are those who are not free.

In honor of Memorial Day and those who gave us these freedoms, Judy Larson turns her unique artistic signature her meticulous scratch board technique and “art of concealment” to the Stars and Stripes. Scratch board demands exacting skill, producing work with explicit detail and providing a great opportunity to conceal one image within another.

Stars and Stripes incorporates thirteen stripes on the feather in the horse’s tail, 50 stars on the horse’s rump and a hidden eagle on the horse’s face. All are symbols of our great land, the United States of America. (View the key to the hidden imagery)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Moon dust from the Ocean of Storms!

PLSS Strap
Exposed to the lunar surface for over seven and one-half hours during the 1969 Apollo 12 mission, this PLSS strap still contains traces of dust from the lunar surface! This is just one of a number of spectacular Alan Bean items that can be found at Heritage Auctions Spring Space Exploration Auction May 14 in Dallas.

This strap, which helped secure Bean’s life support system to his body, is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $70,000 and could easily exceed that! While there may only be one PLSS strap available at the auction, you can still own a piece of Apollo history with signed Fine Art Edition of one of Alan Bean’s original paintings such as Fast Times on the Ocean of Storms.