The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, December 20th, Day 239 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Ever wonder why the Red-face Ratt and Sister Ratt seem to have so little respect for the residents, particularly the VETERANS, of White Springs? Maybe, it’s because neither the Ratt nor Sister Ratt ever served a single minute in military service to this nation. And apparently, they’ve forgotten their previous generation includes veterans. Neither of them has any idea what our veterans have done for this nation. So here’s a little information about our Nation’s VETERANS.
The first militia (pre-United States) to enter combat and sacrifice their lives for the start of this nation were from the Jamestown settlement. On May 22, 1622, in a conflict referred to as the Jamestown Massacre, 347 militia and civilians were killed. Many thousands more died defending their various settlements throughout what is now the United States between 1622 and 1775. According to the Veterans Administration 217,000 patriots fought, 4,435 died and 6,188 were wounded during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) which resulted in our independence from England and the formation of the United States of America.
During the War of 1812 (1812 – 1815) 286,730 citizens answered the call, 2,260 gave their lives and 4,405 were wounded.
In the Mexican War (1846 – 1848 ) 78,718 service members were engaged, including 1,733 battle deaths plus 11,550 in theater non-battle deaths and 4,152 were wounded.
During the Civil War, the Union fielded 2,263,313 service-members, of which 140,414 died in battle, another 224,097 died in theater of non-battle causes and 281,881 were wounded. The Confederates fielded about 1,050,000 service-members of which 74,524 died in battle and another 59,279 died in theater of non-battle causes (no wounded figures were available).
During the Spanish American War (1898-1902) 306,760 service members were called to duty of which 385 died in battle and an additional 2,061 non-combat deaths occurred and 1,662 were wounded.
In World War I (1917 – 1918 ) 4,734,991 service-members were enlisted, 53,402 died in battle, an additional 63,114 non-theater deaths occurred and 204,002 were wounded. In addition 8,835 Department of Transportation Coast Guard Members served of whom 111 died. The last WWI veteran, Frank Buckles passed away on February 27, 2011 at age 110.
In World War II (1941 – 1945 ) 16,112,566 service members were deployed of which 291,557 died in battle and 113,842 died of non-theater causes, and 670,846 were wounded. Further, 241,093 Coast Guard members served of whom 574 died and 1,343 were wounded. An estimated 1,711,000 WWII Veterans, several of whom remain alive today in the Greater White Springs region.
For the Korean War, the US deployed 5,720,000 service-members, 1,789,000 in theater of which 33,739 died in battle and 2,835 died on non-battle causes plus an additional 17,672 deaths not in theater and 103,284 were wounded. Also 8,500 Coast Guard members served. There are approximately 2,275,000 Korean War Veterans, several of whom reside in White Springs, alive today.
During the Vietnam War, the US called to duty 8,744,000 service-members, of which 3,403,000 served in Southeast Asia, including 47,434 battle deaths, 10,786 in theater non-battle deaths and 32,000 non theater deaths and 153,303 were wounded. In addition 8,000 Coast Guard members served of whom 7 died in action and 60 were wounded. Today, there are about 7,391,000 Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are living in the White Springs region today.
During the Iranian Hostage rescue attempts 8 service members died (CRS); during Lebanon Peacekeeping (1982 – 1984 ) 265 service members died (CRS); during Urgent Fury, Granada (1983) 19 service members lost their lives (CRS); and during Just Cause, Panama (1989) 23 service members died (CRS).
In Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1991 – 1992) 2,322,000 service-members were engaged, 694,550 deployed to the Gulf, 148 died in battle, 235 died in theater of other causes, 1,565 died in non theater causes and 467 were wounded. Further 400 Coast Guard members served. Today there are 2,244,583 Desert Shield/Storm Veterans, several of whom are alive and reside in the White Springs region today.
The Veterans Administration has not released stats for conflicts more recent than desert Shield/Storm. However, the Congressional Research Service provides the following. During Restore Hope, Somalia (1992 – 1994 ) 43 service members died; Hold Democracy, Haiti (1994 – 1996) 4 service members lost their lives.
For Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2001-2014) 1,844 died due to hostile action and 503 to non-hostile causes and 20,094 were wounded. Also 27 Coast Guard served, 1 of whom was wounded.
For Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010 ) 3,481 service members died due to hostile actions, 929 died of non hostile causes and 31, 958 were wounded. Also 1,250 Coast Guard members saw action including 1 death and 1 wounded.
In Operation New Dawn Iraq (2010 – 2011 ) 38 service members died due to hostile actions and 35 died of other causes and 295 were wounded in action.
Ratt, in these VETERANS, you owe your freedom and all of the rights and privileges associated with this nation that enable you to strut your pompous butt on the streets of White Springs, while you and that band of merry thieves, you’ve amassed, go about robbing the Town, its Residents and its VETERANS blind. Instead of robbing the Town for yourself and the “Cousins” pull your head out of your butt and start thanking all of our VETERANS for freedoms you enjoy.