090226-N-1251W-096 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2009) Chief Fire Controlman Scott Vlaming fires the MK-38 25mm machine gun during a live fire shoot aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan and operates as part of the only forward-deployed U.S. expeditionary strike group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. White/Released)
wrap it up.
You've made a considerably
Well, my kid's gonna go berserk.
Once again, please?
My son Jeb--
it's a gift for him.
- How old is Jeb?
- He's four.
No, no, no, no, no.
You need to go. Now.
From 11/26/1976 ( my first landing Jupiter moon Callisto ) to 1/7/1995 ( USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49 commissioned into U.S. Navy active duty ) is: 6616 days
From 3/4/1959 ( my birth date UK ) to 4/14/1977 ( I returned to Earth after successfully diverting the comet in the outer solar system ) is: 6616 days
USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49)
DOCK LANDING SHIP
Class: LSD 49
Commission Date: 01/07/1995
From 11/19/1969 ( I was Apollo 12 Intrepid astronaut walking on Earth's moon ) to 1/16/1993 ( USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49 launch date ) is: 8459 days
From 3/4/1959 ( my birth date UK ) to 5/1/1982 ( my graduation and commissioning U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1982 as Fleet Admiral Thomas Reagan U.S. Navy ) is: 8459 days
From 6/12/1968 ( ) to 1/16/1993 ( USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49 launch date ) is: 8984 days
8984 = 4492 + 4492
From 7/16/1963 ( my wife ) to 11/2/1975 ( I launched from Earth by myself to intercept the comet in the outer solar system ) is: 4492 days
USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49)
DOCK LANDING SHIP
Class: LSD 49
Launch Date: 01/16/1993
Admiral of the Fleet
An Admiral of the Fleet or Fleet Admiral, is a military naval officer of the highest rank. In the United States, the rank of Fleet Admiral is reserved for war time use, with the last promotions to position coming during World War II. It is usually a rank above Admiral, and is often held by the most senior Admiral of an entire naval service. It is also a generic term for a senior Admiral in command of a large group of ships, comprising a fleet or, in some cases, a group of fleets. If actually a rank (equivalent to an army Field Marshal or General of the Army, which ranks above General), its name varies depending on the country, including Fleet Admiral, Admiral of the Fleet, Admiral of the Navy, and Grand Admiral.
Fleet Admiral (United States)
Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy, is a five-star flag officer considered to be the equivalent of a General of the Army and General of the Air Force.
All five star officers are, technically, unable to retire from active duty.
Memorable quotes for
Training Day (2001)
Alonzo Harris: Naw, he ain't no fed. He's just a choirboy that got the drop on all you fools.
USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)
About the Ship’s Name, about the City of Harpers Ferry:
Harpers Ferry is a small, residential town (population 423) and tourist center in the northeastern corner of West Virginia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, Harpers Ferry is known for its scenic beauty and historic significance. Harpers Ferry has forever entrenched itself in the "American Story" as a place where brave men and women lived, fought, and died for their ideals.
Settled in 1732, Harpers Ferry is named for Robert Harper, who in 1747 began to operate a ferry across the Potomac River there. In 1796 President George Washington selected Harpers Ferry as the site for a new United States Arsenal and Armory. Many of the rifles used in the War of 1812 and American Civil War were manufactured at this armory. The armory also made the town of Harpers Ferry a logistically strategic location during the Civil War; coveted by the North and South.
During the Civil War, Harpers Ferry changed hands between the Union and Confederacy several times, spilling much American blood on its rocky soil. In September 1862, Harpers Ferry's capture by the South provided General Robert E. Lee with a launching point for the Confederate invasion of Maryland, which ended in the bloody battle of Antietam.
What the town is probably most famous for though, is John Brown's failed raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory. John Brown, called Old Brown of Osawatomie (1800-1859), was one of America's most famed abolitionists. Brown's attempts to end slavery by force greatly increased tension between North and South in the period before the American Civil War.
Brown was born on May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. His family moved to Ohio when he was five-years-old. John Brown acquired a hatred of slavery that marked his subsequent career, with his father having been actively hostile to the institution. John Brown initiated a project among sympathetic abolitionists to educate young blacks in Pennsylvania, where he was then living. The next 20 years of his life were largely dedicated to this and similar abolitionist ventures.
Aided by increased financial support from abolitionists in the northeastern states, Brown began in 1857 to formulate a plan, which he had long entertained, to free the slaves by armed force. He secretly recruited a small band of supporters for this project, which included the establishment of a refuge for fugitive slaves in the mountains of Virginia. After several setbacks, he finally launched the venture on October 16, 1859, with a force of 18 men (including several of his sons), seizing the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, and winning control of the town.
After his initial success he made no attempt at offensive action, but instead occupied defensive positions within the arsenal. His force was soon surrounded by the local militia, which was reinforced on October 17 by a company of U.S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee. Ten of Brown's men, including two of his sons, were killed in the ensuing battle, and he was wounded and forced to capitulate. He was arrested and charged with various crimes, including treason and murder. Convicted, he was hanged on December 2, 1859 at Charlestown, West Virginia.
Today Harpers Ferry is hardly the torrid site of bloodshed and struggle it was in the 19th century. Harpers Ferry is now a National Historical Park, visited by thousands of tourists every year. The town includes many old structures restored as museums and shops. Harpers Ferry is also home to several buildings of Storer College, a Freedman's Bureau School opened in 1867 to educate former slaves.
Virginia vs. John Brown
Virginia vs. John Brown was a criminal trial held in Virginia in October 1859 to prosecute radical anti-slavery abolitionist John Brown for his involvement in a raid on the United States federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now part of West Virginia) on October 16-17, 1859. This event resulted in the death of 14 people and the wounding of 9 others.
John Brown led eighteen armed men, both black and white, on a raid of the railroad town of Harpers Ferry, Virginia. His goal was to seize the Federal arsenal there and then lead a slave insurrection across the South. Brown and his men engaged in a two-day standoff with local militia and Federal troops, in which ten of his men were shot or killed, seven were captured, and five escaped. Brown was captured and put on trial. In a Virginia state court, he was found guilty, and hanged.