Death of a Navy Seal – Chris Kyle

From a friend in Texas

The following came from a childhood friend who had her son, Derek (Derek mentioned below). Derek is still a Seal serving proudly. He following communicates the good and the support given by some companies for our heroes and their families.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Kyle

Patriotism, Texas and Chris Kyle

Out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people.  Chris was Derek’s teammate through 10 years of training and battle.  They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.  In Ramaki in 2006, it was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human other than on a Texas football field.  They lost many friends.

Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time.  Not something he was happy about other than the fact that in doing so he saved a lot of American lives.  Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda.  He did and wrote the book The American Sniper.  100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their son in Iraq .  That was the guy Chris was.

He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations.  He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD.  Chris was a giver not a taker.   He along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served 6 months in Iraq and claiming to have PTSD.

Now it needs to be told about all of the blessings resulting from this tragedy.  Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport free of charge.  The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for 4 days without much of a break to see that it happened.

Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.  The Marriott reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.  The Midlothian , TX. police department paid the $45 a night for each room.  I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel.  100 of them SEALs.  Two large buses were chartered to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rent cars.  The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.

At the house the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters.  It remained there the entire 5 days for the SEALs to congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house.

Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home.  Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different events and security.  Derek was assigned to be a pall bearer, to escort Chris’ body when it was transferred from Midlothian Funeral Home to Arlington Funeral Home and to be with Taya.  Tough job.  Taya seldom came out of her bedroom.  The home was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help

Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers.  They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long. The 200 SEALs and their family.  The next day a BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again.  Food was plentiful and all were taken care of.  The church kept those inside the house well fed.

Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star.  He donated use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was determined that so many wanted to attend.  The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30.  Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police.  I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk…it was no known. All willing obliged.  No purses into stadium!  We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available.  That was about 300 people.  We were growing.  A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband.  The service started at 1:00 and when we were escorted onto the field all were shocked.  We heard about 10,000 people had come to attend also.  They were seated in the stadium seats. It was a beautiful and emotional service.  The Bagpipe and drum corps was wonderful and the A&M men’s choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end.  All were all in tears.

The next day was the 200 miles procession from Midlothian, TX. to Austin for burial.  It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out.  There were dozens of police motorcycle riders, freedom riders, 5 chartered buses and lots of cars.  You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge.  Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection.   It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas.

People were everywhere.  The entire route was shut down ahead of us the  and people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.  Firemen down on one knee, police officers holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by.. Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders….people all along the entire 200 miles standing in the cold weather.  It was so heartwarming.  Taya rode in the hearse with Chris’ body so Derek rode the route with us.

The services were at Texas National Cemetery .  Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in.  It is for people like from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas .  It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church from Kansas that protests at military funerals away from us.  Each SEAL put his Trident ( metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris’ casket one at a time.  A lot hit it in with one blow, Derek was the only one to take 4 taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it.  Another tearful moment.

After the service the governor’s wife, Anita Perry, invited us to the governor’s mansion.  She stood at the door and greeted each of us individually and gave the SEALs a coin of Texas.  We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beer and BBQ.  So many of the team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas.  That they had never felt so much love and hospitality.  The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights…Quite an emotional, but blessed week.

Let Us Never Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us

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CATCH A LIFT

Dear Shipmates:
You may or may not be aware of the gym exercise program Catch A Lift.
   The program – established by former Intrepid crew member Dave Coffland ’55-’58 (a Gold Star Father) – was created in memory of  his son, Christopher (K.I.A. 11/13/09). Dave has recently reported to me that, in regard to the fund, in these past two years his program has have been very busy.
   Dave’s organization now receives 10 to 15 applications per week from wounded vets of the Iraq/Afghan wars. Sorry to say many many of them are with post Traumatic Syndrome.
   Catch A Lift  works with the Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD and they notify Dave of vets as they are released to civilian life. When they seek further medical help the VA doctors prescribe gym exercise as the best avenue for mental and physical health, but, sorry to say, if a vet left a part of  his/her body…an arm or leg in a foreign country or have suffered mental issues resulting from their service, the U.S. Govt. does not pay for a gym!
   Most of these troops are on low financial assistance so Catch A Lift gives them a Free Gym Membership any where in the U.S.
   Dave is seeking all the help he can muster, by asking all of us, to help spread the word about the Catch A Lift Fund and to ask our representatives why this our government shuns this responsibility! Of course, the caveat is we accept all donations!
   Please go to www.catchaliftfund.com to see and learn about some of these courageous warriors! And…spread the word to your State, County and Washington representatives, and your local news media.
   As Dave ended his message to me, he stated…”God Bless and hope all are in fine health and spirits
Lets Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us

All about “The White House”

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A Wireless Communications Pioneer

It all started with a skin flick.
In 1933, a beautiful, young Austrian woman took off her clothes for a movie director. She ran through the woods, naked. She swam in a lake, naked. Pushing well beyond the social norms of the period, the movie also featured a simulated orgasm. To make the scene “vivid,” the director reportedly stabbed the actress with a sharp pin just off-screen.The most popular movie in 1933 was King Kong. But everyone in Hollywood was talking about that scandalous movie with the gorgeous, young Austrian woman.

Louis B. Mayer, of the giant studio MGM, said she was the most beautiful woman in the world. The film was banned practically everywhere, which of course made it even more popular and valuable. Mussolini reportedly refused to sell his copy at any price.
The star of the film, called Ecstasy, was Hedwig Kiesler. She said the secret of her beauty was “to stand there and look stupid.” In reality, Kiesler was anything but stupid. She was a genius. She’d grown up as the only child of a prominent Jewish banker. She was a math prodigy. She excelled at science. As she grew older, she became ruthless, using all the power her body and mind gave her.

Between the sexual roles she played, her tremendous beauty, and the power of her intellect, Kiesler would confound the men in her life, including her six husbands, two of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century, and one of the greatest movie producers in history.

Her beauty made her rich for a time. She is said to have made – and spent – $30 million in her life. But her greatest accomplishment resulted from her intellect, and her invention continues to shape the world we live in today.
You see, this young Austrian starlet would take one of the most valuable technologies ever developed right from under Hitler’s nose. After fleeing to America, she not only became a major Hollywood star, her name sits on one of the most important patents ever granted by the U.S. Patent Office.

Today, when you use your cell phone or, over the next few years, as you experience super-fast wireless Internet access (via something called “long-term evolution” or “LTE” technology), you’ll be using an extension of the technology a 20-year-old actress first conceived while sitting at dinner with Hitler.

At the time she made Ecstasy, Kiesler was married to one of the richest men in Austria. Friedrich Mandl was Austria’s leading arms maker. His firm would become a key supplier to the Nazis.

Mandl used his beautiful young wife as a showpiece at important business dinners with representatives of the Austrian, Italian, and German fascist forces. One of Mandl’s favorite topics at these gatherings – which included meals with Hitler and Mussolini – was the technology surrounding radio-controlled missiles and torpedoes. Wireless weapons offered far greater ranges than the wire-controlled alternatives that prevailed at the time.

Kiesler sat through these dinners “looking stupid,” while absorbing everything she heard. As a Jew, Kiesler hated the Nazis. She abhorred her husband’s business ambitions. Mandl responded to his willful wife by imprisoning her in his castle, Schloss Schwarzenau. In 1937, she managed to escape. She drugged her maid, snuck out of the castle wearing the maid’s clothes, and sold her jewelry to finance a trip to London.   She got out just in time. In 1938, Germany annexed Austria. The Nazis seized Mandl’s factory. He was half Jewish. Mandl fled to Brazil. Later, he became an adviser to Argentina’s iconic populist president, Juan Peron.

In London, Kiesler arranged a meeting with Louis B. Mayer. She signed a long-term contract with him, becoming one of MGM’s biggest stars. She appeared in more than 20 films. She was a co-star to Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and even Bob Hope. Each of her first seven MGM movies was a blockbuster.

But Kiesler cared far more about fighting the Nazis than about making movies. At the height of her fame, in 1942, she developed a new kind of communications system, optimized for sending coded messages that couldn’t be “jammed.” She was building a system that would allow torpedoes and guided bombs to always reach their targets. She was building a system to kill Nazis.

By the 1940s, both the Nazis and the Allied forces were using the kind of single-frequency radio-controlled technology Kiesler’s ex-husband had been peddling. The drawback of this technology was that the enemy could find the appropriate frequency and “jam” or intercept the signal, thereby interfering with the missile’s intended path.

Kiesler’s key innovation was to “change the channel.” It was a way of encoding a message across a broad area of the wireless spectrum. If one part of the spectrum was jammed, the message would still get through on one of the other frequencies being used. The problem was, she could not figure out how to synchronize the frequency changes on both the receiver and the transmitter. To solve the problem, she turned to perhaps the world’s first techno-musician, George Anthiel.

Anthiel was an acquaintance of Kiesler who achieved some notoriety for creating intricate musical compositions. He synchronized his melodies across twelve player pianos, producing stereophonic sounds no one had ever heard before. Kiesler incorporated Anthiel’s technology for synchronizing his player pianos. Then, she was able to synchronize the frequency changes between a weapon’s receiver and its transmitter.

On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent No. 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and “Hedy Kiesler Markey,” which was Kiesler’s married name at the time.

Most of you won’t recognize the name Kiesler. And no one would remember the name Hedy Markey.

   But it’s a fair bet than anyone reading this newsletter of a certain age will remember one of the great beauties of Hollywood’s golden age ~ Hedy Lamarr. That’s the name Louis B. Mayer gave to his prize actress. That’s the name his movie company made famous.

   Meanwhile, almost no one knows Hedwig Kiesler – aka Hedy Lamarr – was one of the great pioneers of wireless communications. Her technology was developed by the U.S. Navy, which has used it ever since.

You’re probably using Lamarr’s technology, too. Her patent sits at the foundation of “spread spectrum technology,” which you use every day when you log on to a wi-fi network or make calls with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. It lies at the heart of the massive investments being made right now in so-called fourth-generation “LTE” wireless technology. This next generation of cell phones and cell towers will provide tremendous increases to wireless network speed and quality, by spreading wireless signals across the entire available spectrum. This kind of encoding is only possible using the kind of frequency switching that Hedwig Kiesler invented.