December 09, 2005

One down....

several more to go.

Earlier this week Ward Brewer of Beauchamp Tower Corporation and The Mexican Navy signed the official Document of Transfer Agreement for the transfer of the USS John Rodgers(aka E-01 CUITLAHUAC).

As Ward stated "It should be noted that this is the first time in history that the Mexican Government has donated a ship to a United States organization for a museum and the Mexican Navy takes this donation very seriously--as do we."

And so Ward's transcendence to the top of the Gun Blogging world begins. Sure there are folks with "Commie Cannons" and other large guns, but does anybody have a destoyer? I think not.

With USS John Rodgers is secure, it's time to hammer MARAD for trying to scrap the USS Howard Gilmore before it can be utilized to aid in hurricane relief. YOU can stop them with a call to your Senators and Congress people.

USS Orion (AS-18) left. USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) in dazzle paint on Navy Day Celebration, Hudson River, October 27, 1945.

Our first post about Operation Enduring Service was almost a month ago and the calls you've made have helped. Things are progressing. However someone is standing in the way:

...yesterday I received an overnight letter informing me that we had until January 6, 2006 to tow the USS Howard W. Gilmore out of the fleet or they were going to scrap her. That is two months ahead of our donation hold schedule and only gives us two weeks to move her due to the Christmas holidays. MARAD knows that this is impossible and only offers this time because they know it can't be done--you can't get a tow company that fast during the holidays. This way, they can look like they are "trying to work with us" and still make sure we can't perform.

Individuals at the Maritime Administration (MARAD) are intentionally speeding up the process of trying to scrap a ship earmarked to be donated to a disaster recovery mission that has the stated goal of saving American lives.

Call your Senators and Congress people today.

Be sure to tell your elected representatives. that the men responsible for this travesty at MARAD are William H. Kahill, Deputy Director, Office of Ship Operations (202-366-1875 ext. 2122), and Eugene Magee, Division of Reserve Fleet Chief (202-366-5752 ext. 2112).

Posted by phin at December 9, 2005 10:43 AM | TrackBack

The photo of the Gilmore accompanying the article looks like it was taken in NY harbor, facing the GWB - quite possible to celebrate the end of WWII. It's a fascinating shot, especially with the dirigible overhead.

Any idea on when it was take and the circumstances?

Posted by: lawhawk at December 9, 2005 11:44 AM

I added caption for the photo. The OES Website ( has some great photos and information about the ships.

Posted by: phin at December 9, 2005 12:01 PM

I hope you monitor your comments - I don't have any strong connections to accomplish this, but if you want a prayer of getting this done, you need to contact JAN CROUCH of TBN and SMILE OF A CHILD, who works with a man down in Louisiana who has 3 or 4 privately owned yachts and ships that he uses for large Charity operations, such as for the Tsunami, or Haiti, or Jamaica, and they used them for Katrina, also - they have a network already set up of various seamen and others who are necessary to make a ship function ON A 100% UNPAID VULUNTARY BASIS, and SMILE OF A CHILD has helped him get the FUEL to get his ships from port to port so he can freight UNBELIEVABLE amounts of SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT to disaster sites - IF ANYONE can help get that ship towed in time, IT WILL BE JAN CROUGH AND HER SHIP OWNER FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA - sorry, I forgot his name.

So if you know anyone with enough influence to get DIRECTLY THROUGH TO THEM, THAT IS YOUR BEST BET!

A small list of Evangelists who could get through, if you can get through to THEM, would be James Robison, or Franklin Graham with Samaritan's Purse, Rod Parsley, Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyer, John Hagee, Jesse Duplantis, Del Way, or any one of most of the evangelists who have shows on TBN.

If you live in a major city, check to see who is having a crusade in your area this month - see if they have TBN connections, you could probably make contact through the local pastors helping to sponor them. Most any of the Evangelists with a show on TBN can pick up a phone and get straight through to Paul or Jan.

I live out in the sticks, there is nothing I can physically do for you this way, that I know of. But I've heard them talking about operations no LESS complicated than this this last year. In fact, if all you need to do is PHYSICALLY TOW THAT SHIP, I could practically GAURANTEE that they could get this done! Jan and her Louisiana shipping friend SPECIALIZE in DEADLINES!

Posted by: Rose at December 9, 2005 10:04 PM

OOPS, Mispelled Jan's name, Jan Crouch. The lady (yeah, the one with the pink hair and fake eyelashes) which she and her husband are the founders and Presidents of TBN.

Here is the addie of the ships' ministry:

Friend Ships C/O SOAC
At: Port Mercy
1019 North 1st Ave
Lake Charles, LA. 70601
(337) 433-3316 Ph.
(337) 433-3433 Fax

I am sorry, I cannot remember this guy's name.

Posted by: Rose at December 9, 2005 10:20 PM