Well, the holidays are now over. Hopefully, you had a safe and wonderful time with family and friends. For those who were dreaming of a white Christmas, you may well have received your wish. For much of the nation, it was as if someone in Canada left the freezer door open so the cold air could pour down into the US! Even as I write this, here in the “Hotlanta” area, we’re headed to a low temperature tonight of a whopping 16 degrees. This morning we even had a few flakes of snow falling, but it’s all gone as of now.
At any rate, during the holidays, we went down to Orlando to celebrate the holidays with some family at the theme parks. On this past Wednesday, we watched as Elsa (from Frozen fame) turned the great castle into a frozen concoction of dripping icicles as you can see in today’s photo that I took while there. I wonder if it’s thawed out yet?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1966, advance elements of the 1st Regiment of the Marine 1st Division arrive in Vietnam. The entire division followed by the end of March.
The division established its headquarters at Chu Lai and was given responsibility for the two southernmost provinces of I Corps (the military region just south of the DMZ). At the peak of its strength, the 1st Marine Division consisted of four regiments of infantry: the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 27th Marines. It also included the 11th Artillery regiment, which consisted of six battalions of 105-mm, 155-mm, and 8-inch howitzers. Other divisional combat units included the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Antitank Battalion, 1st Amphibious Tractor Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. The division numbered nearly 20,000 marines by the time all elements had arrived in South Vietnam.
During the Tet Offensive of 1968, the 1st Marine Division assisted the South Vietnamese army forces in recapturing the imperial city of Hue. The 1st Marine Division was withdrawn from Vietnam in the spring of 1971 and moved to its current base at Camp Pendleton, California. During the course of the Vietnam War, 20 members of the 1st Marine Division won the Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery on the battlefield. The 1st Marine Division was twice awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for gallantry in action in Vietnam and received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Vietnamese Civil Action Award.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: if all the salt in the ocean was removed and poured onto the continents of Earth, it would cover them to a depth of 500 feet.