Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Grandmother, Elizabeth Geary

My family and I went to Arlington National Cemetery today to bury my Grandmother, affectionately known as Betty, alongside my Grandfather, James Geary in the Gardens of Stone. She was a sweet, beautiful lady and quite the talker to anyone that would listen. She passed away peacefully at her home 11 years after her husband and rejoins him today in Arlington. My sister, Alia Geary Roberts sang "I'll Be Seeing You" by Jo Stafford and my eyes welled up with tears of love and pride for both my grandparents. Someone at the service today remarked, "Behind every good man is a great woman." That is an understatement. My Grandmother saw my Grandfather through WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam too. Her likeness adorned his B-17 bomber, her namesake "The Betty Boop, Pistol Packin' Mama" and undoubtedly inspired him and countless others to win the war and return home to their loved ones. Her name will be carved onto the reverse of my Grandfather's headstone, and once again they will be together, side by side, forever.

Elizabeth "Betty" Geary

Col. James R. Geary, Jr.USAF

"It's a sweet ship, but the crew and I have decided to to stick it out with 'Betty'. "- My Grandfather after being presented with a brand new B-17 bomber in England.

The Betty Boop, Pistol Packin' Mama. A painting by William Phillips titled  "When Prayers are Answered" showing the crew returning from another dangerous daylight bombing run and being greeted by the beautiful sight of the white cliffs of Dover.

The opening credits to a great documentary about my Grandfather and his crew aboard the Betty Boop, Pistol Packin' mama.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Comet Caught on Camera Flying into the Sun

The comet (@ 4 o'clock) caught on camera in July of 2011 by the SOHO, launched into space in 1995, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, is a project of international collaboration between NASA and ESA to study the sun from its deep core to its outer corona and the solar wind. The photograph is made possible by blocking out the intense light of the sun (outlined in white) by a device called a coronascope. The comet was recorded by NASA over a 20 minute time span and was completely vaporized. The comet was approximately the size of an aircraft carrier and was part of the Kruetz family of comets believed to be remnants of a giant parent comet that broke apart some 2,500 years ago. (UPI)

1899 Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart 1899-1957
American Actor, United States Navy Veteran of WWI

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Marine Video

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, commenting on the Marines' video:

"I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

"All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

"The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country , and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

"As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell."