First World War military pigeons


Cher Ami

Cher Ami


Red Cock

Red Cock’s bravery and heroism will never be forgotten. Together with crew members in a trawler which was torpedoed and rapidly sinking during World War I, Red Cock, a messenger pigeon fitted with a message carrying the grid reference of the sinking ship and released, saving the crew as a result.

Red Cock’s heroic effort earned him the Dickin Medal for bravery, while the captain who was mortally wounded and who released the homing bird, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Cher Ami

Cher Ami is French for “dear friend”. He was a registered black, cock carrier pigeon.

However, the most famous bird recipient of an award for bravery in the First World War was a pigeon named Cher Ami. It was donated by British pigeon fanciers to US Army Signal Corps

The Lost Battalion, 77th division

The Lost Battalion, 77th division


In Argonne, France, on October 3, 1918, 500 soldiers from a battalion of the 77th Infantry became trapped and cut off with zero food and ammunition. Ironically, the lost troops were being bombarded by friendly fire. Over 300 men perished in a span of 24-hour time, with no other option available to Commander, Major Charles Whittlesey, but to append notes to carrier pigeons, but unluckily the poor birds were shot in mid-air by German snipers before they could deliver their messages.

Major Charles Whittlesey

Major Charles Whittlesey

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Cher Ami, the last bird was called for. Major Whittlesey wrote a final message saying: “We are along road parallel to 276:4. Own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For Heaven’s sake, stop it!” and attached the message to Cher Ami.

Like the two previous messengers, Cher Ami was greeted with a hell of fire from the enemy. The bird was immediately shot through the breast and fell to the ground, but managed to get back into the air. Cher Ami then flew the 25 miles back to his loft at Division Headquarters through a constant barrage of enemy fire and made the journey in 25 minutes. As a result, 194 men from the 77th Infantry Division were saved. Cher Ami had delivered the message despite having been shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, covered in blood, and with a leg hanging by only a tendon. He became a hero of the 77th Division and medics managed to save his life and replace his leg with a wooden one.

When the bird was well enough to travel he was sent back to the USA and became the mascot of the Department of Service. The pigeon was awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroic service in delivering 12 important messages in Verdun.

He died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, on June 13, 1919 from the wounds he received in battle and was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931. He also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of his extraordinary service during World War I.

Of the 55 medals awarded to date, pigeons have been recognised 32 times.

Source: Pigeon Control Resource Centre

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2 Americans injured during manhunt to receive $4.2M


ex-LAPD Cop Chris Dorner

ex-LAPD Cop Chris Dorner


2 women will receive $4.2 million for injuries sustained when police fired at their truck during the L.A. manhunt for Christopher Dorner, 34, who went on a killing rampage before he died.

Margie Carranza, 47, was hit twice in the back and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, was cut by broken glasses.

Seven LAPD officers mistakenly fired about 100 rounds into their Toyota pickup while delivering newspapers on February 7. (2013)

Dorner died February 12 after a shootout and a standoff around Big Bear Lake in a South California mountain cabin, police said. Authorities said he killed himself after a tear gas canister set afire the cabin he was holed in.

Dorner was wanted for killing an Irvine couple and two law enforcement officers and wounding others in a nine-day rampage across 5 Southern California counties, for the sake of revenge. Dorner said in a manifesto police believe he posted online in Facebook that he wanted to clear his name and hunt down those responsible for his firing from the LAPD.

African-American Christopher Jordan Dorner (June 4, 1979 – February 12, 2013) was an ex-LAPD police officer and former United States Navy reservist. He is married to April Carter, 45, a deputy sheriff of Long Beach on April 2007.

Earlier, authorities were in hot pursuit of Dorner and his gray Nissan truck because of 2 officers he ambushed in their police car while stopped at a traffic light in the city of Riverside. Officer Michael Crain, 34, a former US marine and an 11-year veteran of the Riverside department died shortly after the shooting, while the other officer was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition for surgery.

Dorner was likewise a suspect in the city of Irvine in the February 3 evening hours killing of Monica Quan, 28, daughter of Randal Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence, 27. Monica and Keith were found shot to death in Lawrence’s parked car. Monica was assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton while Lawrence was a campus security officer for University of Southern California

Randal Quan was a former LA Police Department captain and lawyer who formerly represented Dorner during Dorner’s dismissal hearing from the LAPD.

The settlement is in addition to the $40,000 the city has paid for the loss of the truck, said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

bullet-riddled Toyota delivery pickup where Margie Carranza, 47, and her mom Emma Hernandez, 71, got injured when LAPD cops fired upon on Feb. 7

bullet-riddled Toyota delivery pickup where Margie Carranza, 47, and her mom Emma Hernandez, 71, got injured when LAPD cops fired upon on Feb. 7

Sources:

2 women hurt during L.A. manhunt to receive $4.2M
Christopher Dorner: Why Did the Ex-LAPD Officer Go On a Killing Spree?

De Lima ordered manhunt anew for Big 5 fugitives


Justice Sec. Leila de Lima

Justice Sec. Leila de Lima


The hunt for the Big 5 fugitives is a big problem for Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

She expressed dismayed over the zero arrest accomplishment of the agency tasked to do the manhunt.

Expressing dissatisfaction, she ordered anew the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to double its effort to arrest if possible all of them.

Up to this very day said the justice secretary, they remain fugitive which causes so much frustration on our part, she told media Tuesday during an ambush interview. Our citizens knew the importance why they should be arrested and made to answer before the bar of justice, she added.

Incentives through a raised reward of P2 million by way of a directive issued by President Aquino in August last year was offered to anyone who could give information that would lead to the arrest of any of the 5.

The Big 5 refers to former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and his brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes; former general Jovito Palparan; Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee; Dinagat Rep. Ruben Ecleo; and New People’s Army leaders Benito Tiamzon and Jorge Madlos. (The Reyes Bros. and the NPA are counted as one case each, hence the Big 5 list).

The Reyes brothers were implicated in the 2011 killing of Palawan-based broadcaster Gerry Ortega, while Lee and several Globe Asiatique officers are facing charges of syndicated estafa.

Palparan is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges for the disappearance of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, while Ecleo has been in hiding since his conviction for parricide for the death of his wife.

Sources:
De Lima dismayed over zero arrest of ‘Big 5 fugitives’
Not a single tip on ‘Big 5’ fugitives, De Lima laments

WANTED: Gen. Jovito Palparan

WANTED: Gen. Jovito Palparan

WANTED Dinagat Rep. Ruben Ecleo

WANTED Dinagat Rep. Ruben Ecleo

WANTED Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes

WANTED Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes

WANTED Coron Mayor Mario (Marjo) Reyes

WANTED Coron Mayor Mario (Marjo) Reyes

WANTED Asiatique Developer Delfin Lee for syndicated estafa

WANTED Asiatique Developer Delfin Lee for syndicated estafa

WANTED NPA Cmdr. Jorge Madlos

WANTED NPA Cmdr. Jorge Madlos

WANTED NPA Cmdr. Benito Tiamzon

WANTED NPA Cmdr. Benito Tiamzon

(Video) 6-time Olympic cycling champion retires


Scot Chris Hoy is first British cyclist to win 3 golds in a single Olympics

Scot Chris Hoy is first British cyclist to win 3 golds in a single Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy with wife Sarra.

Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy with wife Sarra.

 British Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy holds 6th medal.

British Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy holds 6th medal.

6-time Olympic cycling champion has announced his retirement and explained his decision.

Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, 37, told David Bond, BBC Sports Editor why he’s quitting from cycling competition and that he didn’t have any more to give was his reason. He was expected to see action at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but reasoned out “to go on for another year would be one too far”.

He feels that he retires from cycling in great health. Britain future in cycling is bright he said Hoy bequeaths his titular mantle to Jason Francis Kenny, 25, a fast rising British Olympic cycling star

He is happily married to Sarra Kemp, a lawyer on April 17, 2010 but childless. They reside in Salford, Greater Manhatan.

To view honours and medal history bestowed on Sir Chris Hoy, click here.

Source: Sir Chris Hoy explains decision to retire

Usain Bolt and 28 medalists to grace London Anniversary Games


Usain Bolt and 28 other medalists will compete in the London 2012 Anniversary Games held July 26 to 28. The event will double as the 2013 London Grand Prix, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, followed by a day of Paralympic events on Sunday, July 28.

The London Anniversary Games take place one year after the opening ceremony of London 2012, two weeks before the start of the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Aug. 10.

Jamaican Bolt won three gold medals at London 2012, in the 100-meter, 200-meter and as part of the 4×100-meter relay team. He’ll make use of the events he’ll compete in as a warm-up for Moscow.

Britain’s Jessica Ennis and fellow gold medal winners Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will likewise take part in the event at the Olympic Stadium.

Also to attend are world-class attractions, namely:

• Sally Pearson, Australia (women’s 100-meter hurdles) — London 2012 gold, 2011 world champion, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold, Beijing 2008 silver
• Aries Merritt, United States (men’s 110-meter hurdles) — London 2012 gold
• Kirani James, Grenada (men’s 400-meter) — London 2012 gold, 2011 world champion
• Sanya Richards-Ross, United States (women’s 400-meter) — London 2012 gold, Beijing 2008 bronze, 2009 world champion

Schedule:
• Bolt will run the 100-meter on Friday, in a field that includes 2003 world champion Kim Collins, 37, and in the 4×100-meter relay on Saturday.
• London 2012 champion Pearson will face heptathlon gold medalist Ennis in the 100-meter hurdles event.
• In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, world record holder Merritt will face Olympic silver and bronze medalists Jason Richardson and Hansle Parchment.
• The men’s 400-meter will have Grenada’s Olympic gold medalist Kirani James taking part, while London 2012 bronze medalist Javier Culson will take on Britain’s reigning world champion Dai Greene in the 400-meter hurdles.
• Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu, who won silver in the women’s 400-meter at London 2012, will face Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross.
• Olympic long jump champion Rutherford will take on his Australian rival and London silver medalist Mitchell Watt once again in London.
• In the women’s long jump, Britons Ennis, Shara Proctor and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will all compete.
• Farah, who won 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter gold in London, will compete in the 3,000-meter while Olympic bronze medalist Robbie Grabarz features in the high jump.
The BBC will cover the event.

Source: BBC Sports Athletics

Comment: It has been said that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. So before it’s too late, authorities concerned should do their level best to prevent untoward incidents that would mar the good intentions of sports planners and enthusiasts. Let’s take heed from the lessons of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. The memories of the bomb-mangled fatalities and injured are still fresh and hard to forget. In God we trust that all ends well

Jennifer Suhr of the United States edged a tight women's pole vault final at London 2012 to improve on her silver medal from the Beijing Olympics.

Jennifer Suhr of the United States edged a tight women’s pole vault final at London 2012 to improve on her silver medal from the Beijing Olympics.

Jessica Ennis Track and field athlete Jessica Ennis, CBE is a British track and field athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current Olympic heptathlon champion. (Wikipedia)

Jessica Ennis
Track and field athlete
Jessica Ennis, CBE is a British track and field athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the current Olympic heptathlon champion. (Wikipedia)

Family of Boston Bombing Suspect No 1’s wife is mad by the horror he has sown


Boston marathon bombing suspect no. 1 Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed early Friday in an encounter with police in Watertown, Massachusetts, is survived by his wife and daughter.

He was married to an American woman, Katherine Russel, 24, and had a daughter, Zahara, 3-year old.

Learning that Tamerlan was a suspect and responsible for the terrorist attacks and died after an encounter with police, Katherine’s family was outraged and issued an emotional statement:

“Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted. Please respect our family’s privacy during this time.”

Before the tragedy, Tamerlan lived a seemingly normal and harmonious life with Katherine and his daughter Zahara.

A neighbor told Mail Online that Katherine embraced Islam for her husband. He said he saw her dressed in Islamic style with hair covered and baggy, flowy clothing and stayed back home with the baby. But he never saw him again. He thought he’s busy with school, the neighbor said of Tamerlan.

Tamerlan's dead body

Tamerlan’s dead body

Katherine, Tamerlan's wife

Katherine, Tamerlan’s wife

Tamerlan is seen with a girl; he's a Muslim and boxer.

Tamerlan is seen with a girl; he’s a Muslim and boxer.

Source: Boston bombing suspect: wife’s family sickened …

Thermal imaging proves useful in locating Boston bombing suspect No. 2


Reliable sources told CBS News that police has used thermal imaging technology to assist in locating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat in a residential area of Watertown. Massachusetts, Bob Orr reported.

After a massive manhunt that locked down most of Boston metropolitan area, police apprehended suspect No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Boston Police Department made the announcement in a twitter message late Friday night.

Dzhokhar was hiding in a boat in the back of a house in Watertown, Massachusetts. The house owner saw blood on his boat. He picked up the canvas cover and saw the suspect lying there

About 7:30 p.m., police surrounded the house. Using thermal sensors, helicopters picked up his movement. After more than an hour of the hostage rescue team trying to communicate with him unsuccessfully, they moved in and captured him.

WBUR’s Fred Thys reports the “19-year-old suspect was bloodied when taken into custody.” NPR’s Richard Knox reports that he was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar’s older brother, whom the FBI identified as suspect 1 in the bombings, was killed in a gun exchange early Friday with police in Watertown, Mass.

For a more detailed discussion on how Thermal Imaging works, visit Secret weapon? How thermal imaging helped catch bomb suspect.

Tamerlan (L) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who are tagged alleged April 15 Boston Marathon bombers.

Tamerlan (L) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who are tagged alleged April 15 Boston Marathon bombers.

Sources:
Police used thermal imaging to find Boston suspect in boat
‘The Hunt Is Over:’ Police Apprehend …