Remembering my skipper, a man’s man, Frank Cramblet, USN

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Frank Cramblet Flight Jacket

Commander Frank Cramblet skippered VA-42, my squadron, located on NAS Oceana, Virginia. He was a tough, demanding leader who loved those under his command.

I found pictures of his Navy flight jacket, but none of Frank, himself.

Three Stories

Bombing Out

We frequently detached to MCAS Yuma Arizona for bombing practice. I remember the heat and dryness. Regardless the time of year, Yuma seemed as close to Hell as you could get without falling in with the Devil.

On one trip the duty of overseeing the preparation of practice bombs fell to me, AQB2 White. Ordinance (explosives) was way outside my electronics systems speciality, but someone thought I should be the boss so off I went to the nearby desert sands with a crew of ordinance men to fill those 250-lb practice bombs with sand.

I felt terrible for those guys. One little scoop of sand at a time they would pour sand into the bomb casings through a very small hole. The men were hot and worn out.

I came up with an idea to get them relief ASAP. “This is how we can speed this up, men,” said I. Screwing open the next bomb casing, I took a paper cup, twice scooped up sand, poured into that small hole, screwed the cap back in and said, “This is how we get the job done faster“.

They looked at me with wide open eyes but no one challenged me. In less than a half hour, we were on our way back to the squadron. At that point, my assigned duty finished, it was lunchtime.

After lunch, someone in charge thought to assign me the duty of squadron base radio operator. It wasn’t much of a duty and it was in an air-conditioned hut, so I was doing well. Well, that is, until our pilots started their first bombing run over the target.

In short, pilots were excitedly asking why the bombs were going up instead of down. I thought to myself that perhaps only two cups of sand were not going to work.

Naturally, Skipper wanted to know why I showed his ordinance technicians my ‘shortcut’. He laughed at my answer and the duty to fill bombs with sand never again became my assignment.

The Rocket’s Red Glare

On another detachment, my roommate and fellow Second Class Robby Robinson tested a cart of Zuni rocket pods with a battery-powered continuity tester. One rocket failed to light up his tester so Robby repeatedly reapplied it until that rocket fired off, heading more or less directly toward a Marine Quonset hut next to our own.

The accident investigation cleared Robby of wrongdoing. A photo showed how a stack of practice bombs served to cause that Zuni to swerve away from the Marines and into a Dempster Dumpster.

The night of the incident, Cmdr. Cramblet was onsight. He immediately grabbed Robby, and the two of them hurriedly took off for NAS Oceana ASAP. Mere minutes after the Skipper was out of controlled airspace, the general in charge of the base sent MPs to “arrest that squid“.  AO2 “that squid” Robinson was safe. For now.

I Confess: I Refused to Obey a Direct Order

VA-42 had three TC4C planes, twin turboprop Grumman Gulfstream aircraft, configured with A6A noses on front and A6A cockpits all the way aft. These birds served to teach Bombadier Navigators how to read radar scopes.

Care and feeding of the A6A DIANE systems on these planes became my responsibility. The A6A had two speciality radar systems, one for navigation and terrain following, the other to direct ordinance (bombs, missiles, etc.)

Mechanics unaware that our fragile waveguide should never be hammered on were damaging the tracking radar specialized microwave waveguide that circumnavigated the nosewheel well. Consequently, the TC4C fleet was depleting our radar transmitter black boxes, thereby threatening the mission of the entire squadron for which the mission was to train A6A aircrews for sea duty, most went to Vietnam.

The warrant officer (WO) in maintenance ordered me to use a flexible waveguide to get that one TC4C back in operation. Flexible waveguide was used solely for ground testing of radar systems. I refused immediately. He, without asking why I refused, started the paperwork to bring me up for a Court Martial.

When he placed his paperwork before Cmdr. Cramblet, Skipper asked, “Did you ask him why he refused?” My accuser returned to ask, why I refused. I explained: All the A6A operated under the authority of BUWEPS, but the three TC4C were under the authority of the FAA. Therefore, only the FAA could authorize the modification. “Oh”, he replied.

Case dismissed.

The Tailhook Terror of Virginia Beach

There was a secret collection taken up among enlisted men of VA-42. With the funds

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A6A #500 at the USS Alabama Museum

given, an old Ford was purchased. The airframes crew mounted a mock in-flight refuelling probe on the hood and a mock tailhook to the rear of the car. The paint job – white belly, grey top – gave the car the unmistakable likeness of an Intruder. Number 500 as a side number was a finishing touch.

Cmdr. Cramblet was so moved that he wept. From that day forward he left his expensive sports car home and that little Ford made his daily commute between home and the squadron.

Frank Cramblet – A Man’s Man

Cmdr. Cramblet was perhaps an ideal leader. We thought so. He expected much from his men and we willingly gave him what he wanted. He was no softy, not by any measure. But, he loved the people under his authority.

After my four-year enlistment ended, I lost all contact with my former squadron commander.

It is the personal stories about President Trump’ that bypass fake news media that moved me to honor you, Captain Frank Cramblet, wherever you are. You and our president epitomize a man’s man.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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IF – What’s the function of this conjunction? Hope for America!

IF - The conditional conjunction that binds our obedience to the promises of GodThe Word of God promises that our prayers for all in authority make it possible for us to “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.

Have you taken notice? We are not living peaceful and quiet lives.

Few seem to understand our perilous circumstances with respect to the value of the US dollar, public turmoil, and impending natural disasters.

You probably understand that the US dollar’s value is based on the perceived ability of borrowers to repay lenders.

New media across the fruited plain are awash with stories of public turmoil.

Dire predictions of a devastating California earthquake and volcanic eruptions in that state are not deemed newsworthy.

That chubby-cheek North Korean Rocketman openly and brazenly threatens us with his nuclear arsenal.

Attorney Harvey Silverglate turns the spotlight onto a man whose salary and benefits are robert muellerpaid by our tax dollars. Read an assessment of Robert Mueller written by a man who knows him well professionally. Click on the image to the right to read Harvey Silverglate’s story.

While there are ominous threats by rogue nations, the enemy that is our greatest threat is the enemy within our geographical boundaries. Shrill voices relentlessly attack our president by the hour.

Is America hopelessly lost to the dustbins of human history?

Another promise we can trust from Amos 3:7 “Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.”

Lance Wallnau foretold the election of Donald Trump to the presidency before the 2016 general election. Lance pointed to Isaiah 45, describing President Trump as a type of Cyrus.

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Lance’s latest publication titled “America Shall Be Saved” is available as a free e-book download. Click on the above image to download in PDF format.

Let’s not give up hope. Pray for all in authority. Daily. I suggest placing our President at the top of your prayer list.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Fairness vs. Justice

Fair?? I sometimes experience a gag reflex when I hear this word in a political context.

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One dictionary provides TEN definitions of the word ‘fair’; only one definition worth considering: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

I suggest we narrow the focus a bit from the broad-spectrum definitions of ‘fair’ and think instead on a very precise definition, the definition of ‘justice’.

Now, this focus on ‘justice’ is not to be misconstrued as the brand of justice witnessed in courts of law where justice and courts-of-law tend to be oxymoronic. Is my viewpoint Biblical? Read for yourself Matthew 5:25-26.

So, what is justice? Justice defined: the quality of being just;
righteousness, fairness, or moral rightness

In the 21st century lexicon, fairness is a socialist ideal that demands everyone receive the same rewards and benefits, regardless personal productivity.

Modern English Bibles like the NLT and the TLB use the words fair and fairness, but such translations do not put forth the Biblical concept of ‘just’ and ‘justice’.

Because God is just, he never shows partiality or favoritism and therefore does not practice fairness.

Fairness is an expression of equality or inequality among persons. Justice is an expression of merit or demerit of a person with respect to God himself. This is why courtroom justice which is based on human opinions is not the same as God’s just nature which is immutable and eternal.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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George W. Bush comes out as an anti-Trump spokesperson for the leftists

Dear FORMER President George W. Bush,

Today I read how you lambasted President Donald Trump as he strives to restore economic freedom and fiscal soundness to America. [Daily Mail]

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And, you chose to voice your complaints while in New York City against a sitting president?

Where were you when Barack Obama used his pen and his telephone to run roughshod over our Constitution?

Where were you when Barack Obama’s DOJ was smuggling deadly firearms into Mexico?
Where were you when Barack Obama DOUBLED our national debt?

Now I remember! You were kicking off the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J with your closest presidential friends Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. [Golfweek]

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Were you to make the same speech against our president here in Texas you would have been booed off the stage.

You were quick to ally yourself with your buddies Clinton and Obama in the matter of earthquake relief for Haitians who are NOT U.S. citizens, but you are conspicuously absent from relief efforts for Puerto Ricans who ARE U.S. citizens. [SOS Children’s Village] bush-clinton-obama-haiti-relief

Meanwhile, President Trump has personally attended the urgent needs of hurricane victims in Texas (sorta where you live), Florida (where your brother lives), and Puerto Rico. Where were you? Criticizing the president who waives his salary and rolls up his sleeves.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

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I can attest to the veracity of this chart above from Sen. Ted Cruz. President Reagan held office from 1981 through 1989. We started our business in 1987 in the aftermath of the I-30 condo scandal that wiped out several savings-and-loan companies. It was an improved economy that got us over that disastrous scandal.

We enjoyed a booming business under two presidents, “government is the problem” Reagan and “it’s the economy stupid” Clinton.

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Taxes paid to governments by no means deserve to be labelled “investments”.

Investment defined: the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value

Taxes NEVER appreciate your value. It is the returns on investments that add value.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of economic activity that represents “the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period.” [investopedia.com]

Trump haters virulently oppose tax cuts even when tax cuts work to their benefit. Blind hatred as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “to strongly dislike something without knowing the facts, or by using false information“. The Bible warns:

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? – Luke 6:39

Here’s a little wisdom if you can handle it: A rising tide floats all boats. This means that economic growth is good for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, anarchists, socialists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and communists. (Anyone left out?)

Here’s a little more wisdom: Profitability of businesses forms capital to fund new businesses and to expand existing enterprises. We business owners are the folks who risk our net worth to provide goods and services and employment to add to your net worth.

No nation in all history has ever taxed itself into prosperity.

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Sir Winston Churchill

As it is written in Holy Scripture, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Now John McCain Lambastes Nationalism?

Headline in The Hill: McCain blasts ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism‘ in emotional speech

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Image: screenshot of The Hill 10/16/2017

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.” – The Hill

Correction, Senator John McCain: Our great nation was based on Biblical principles. The 1,196,554 military personnel who died in defense of our nation shed 1,495,692 gallons, paid the price of our freedoms.

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Image: PBS News Hour 5/24/2015

Nationalism defined: devotion and loyalty to one’s own nation; patriotism

It was former Vice President Joe Biden who presented the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal to Senator McCain. How significant is this award? Previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Democratic presidential nominee what-does-it-matter-now Hillary Clinton and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

Yes, John McCain, a new spirit of nationalism arises throughout the land and for this I thank God. It’s not spurious and yes, it is half-baked, but I can smell the finished product that’s coming out of the oven.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Is the EMP threat genuine? Senator Bob Hall knows it is and the Feds agree

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Image: Screenshot of Washington Examiner video story

Is the EMP threat genuine? Your federal government says it is. Here is a link to an official US Government website on the subject of emergency preparedness against nuclear explosions. https://www.ready.gov/nuclear-blast

Texas State Senator Bob Hall (R-SD2) and I have an up-close-and-personal history involving nuclear armaments. His experience was with ICBMs armed with nuclear warheads. My experience was with the delivery of nuclear bombs from military aircraft.

A nuclear blast near the earth’s surface has a devastating effect on persons and properties within a limited radius. A high-altitude nuclear explosion is a very different experience.

What is an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)? A CNN video titled “What’s an electromagnetic pulse attack?” lays out the consequences of an EMP attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vurpNu84seU

I am thankful for Senator Bob Hall’s work in the Texas Senate to ‘harden’ power systems and infrastructure in the Great State of Texas.

News video from the Washington Examiner titled “Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill ‘90% of all Americans‘” via this link: http://washex.am/2xBx2A3

John White
Rockwall, Texas