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October 10, 2010

Congressional Medal of Honor Societyís Website

Hereís a nifty site for all you haters and warmongers: It's the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Lotsa' good reading there if you have some spare time on your hands. The site includes an entry for each recipient of the medal along with an account of their actions leading to the awarding of the medal. Some pretty hairy stuff given that they don't hand these things out like candy.

According to the site's stats, there have been 3,448 total recipients but only 87 are currently still living. Also (and I found this really interesting) there have been 19 double recipients of the medal. You've gotta have an extra pair to accomplish that feat I'd think. The site also has updates on those recipients who have recently passed and randomly features one of the recipients on the front page. With 3,448 of them though you'll have plenty of reading to do.

(This has probably been posted here before. If not as an independent post then folded into another one. Apologies if thatís the case, but I donít recall seeing it which means others probably havenít either, so itís new to them. Or Iím just that singularly clueless. Which is always a good bet)

Also, I noticed a link in the Top Headlines (aka: "rdbrewer's playground") by dri about the U.S.S. Independence, so I thought I'd move it over here where it'll get the love it deserves. But like he says, it's the most awesome ship in the US Navy. From the Wiki entry:

"USS Independence (LCS-2), the class prototype for the Independence-class littoral combat ship, will be the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the concept of independence. It is the design produced by the General Dynamics consortium for the Navy's littoral combat ship program, and competes with the Lockheed Martin-designed USS Freedom."

"It is intended as a small assault transport that can take on various capabilities with the installation of mission modules. The ship is a trimaran design that can make more than 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph), and was delivered to the Navy at the end of 2009."

I did a post about this piece of badassery a couple of years ago when it was still under construction (They built the freakin' thing in a hangar, not a drydock. Well, a hanger drydock I suppose), so it's good to see that it's now in active service. Here's the link dri provided with pics of it actually floating and stuff. Below the fold is a pic of it while under construction and in its hangar. At the time I thought it looked like something out of science fiction which should be roaming around in outer space, wiping out Romulans and other unsavory characters. Still looks that way, even when wet.


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