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OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December 1941 - 2/28/2020 11:40:23 PM   
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Arleigh Birk, a Pearl Harbor survivor who would jokingly refer to himself as an “endangered species,” died Tuesday night at Northern Pines Care Center in Aurora. He would have turned 100 today, Feb. 27.

https://www.virginiamn.com/news/arleigh-birk-who-survived-pearl-harbor-dies/article_2cc202a0-58de-11ea-979a-4bd2b4933248.html

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RE: OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December ... - 2/29/2020 12:25:19 AM   
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At first I thought you might have meant Arleigh Burke - the only other Arleigh whose name I have seen. He may not have been the famous one, but the Arleigh Birk in the article was one of the greatest generation and we are the less for his passing. RIP old warrior!

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RE: OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December ... - 2/29/2020 3:58:12 AM   
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Not many left. I think I read in the last American Legion mag that there were only 2 or 3 USS Arizona survivors left.

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RE: OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December ... - 2/29/2020 2:02:48 PM   
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A member of my church, TJ Smith, died earlier this year at 100. He was on the SS Republic, in the Pensacola convoy, the moment the war broke out. They had left Pearl a week earlier, bound for his assignment in the Phillipines. He was trained as a meteorologist, and was with an Army Meteorological Unit, in the days before weather channel.

The Convoy was diverted to Australia; half his unit was sent to Java, and later perished on the USS Langley when they were evacuated from Java in Feb 1942. He dodged that bullet.

He was sent to Ceylon, and later to Inner Mongolia, where the US Army had a weather station. I'll bet you didn't know the US Army was in Inner Mongolia!!!!

Anyway, he didn't see any shooting in the war, but had a couple early near-misses anyway

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RE: OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December ... - 3/1/2020 4:10:04 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Q-Ball

A member of my church, TJ Smith, died earlier this year at 100. He was on the SS Republic, in the Pensacola convoy, the moment the war broke out. They had left Pearl a week earlier, bound for his assignment in the Phillipines. He was trained as a meteorologist, and was with an Army Meteorological Unit, in the days before weather channel.

The Convoy was diverted to Australia; half his unit was sent to Java, and later perished on the USS Langley when they were evacuated from Java in Feb 1942. He dodged that bullet.

He was sent to Ceylon, and later to Inner Mongolia, where the US Army had a weather station. I'll bet you didn't know the US Army was in Inner Mongolia!!!!

Anyway, he didn't see any shooting in the war, but had a couple early near-misses anyway


I did know about that weather station but WEB Griffith has it as a Navy/Naval Infantry station.

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RE: OT: RIP Arleigh Birk On USS Honolulu 7 December ... - 3/1/2020 4:46:37 PM   
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The US Coast Guard had a "beach patrol" training unit in China during the war training mounted soldiers and k-9s to do patrol work in the vicinity of the rather fluid front lines.

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