USO Swing Night At San Clemente

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Dancing With Friends At The USO Swing Night 5/30/2015

It's tradition!  Off to San Clemente to swing the night away with the Mike Henebry Orchestra.    The MIKE HENEBRY ORCHESTRA is a SWING ERA BIG BAND from the Southern California area. They play the swing music of the big bands and dance bands of basically, the years 1935-1948. They play big band jazz as well as the ballads and the sweeter side. In their incredible library of about 2100 charts, they have authentic arrangements from all of the major bands of the period: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Jimmie Lunceford, Woody Herman, etc.

Annual San Clemente USO Swing Dance May 30 2015

In Summary

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Irene and Gladys joined us in the line before the doors opened

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Old friends are great friends

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Did You Know? - The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.

Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although congressionally chartered, it is not a government agency. The USO operates 160 centers worldwide.

The Doors Open And We Scamper Inside

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We brought "RESERVED" signs with us

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Marines to the rescue... Hello Fred!
Thank you Fred for 20+ years of service to our country!

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We had plenty of space for the others

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The band sets up... They begin playing at 7:00

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73 years ago from today... Remember Victory Belles?"

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Fred and his bride, Miss Mary!

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Mary must always be careful!

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The party can begin... Donna is here

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The room filled up pretty well!

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Lots of WWII original uniforms here this evening

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Donna when through the pamphlet... Looking for teeth no doubt

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We got the best table in the house...
Near the door, near the bar, and far from the noise of the band

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Notice all the water... We are being good!

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This was a lot of high powered math for many

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Bob and Denise in serious discussions

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Mike arrived and is dressed to kill!

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"You mean I did not need a tux?"

Did You Know?

  • The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937)
  • The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940).
  • 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn't survive World War 2
  • The highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.
  • Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs, An average of about 27,700 tons of bombs each month.
  • 12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in World War 2

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Camera person Donna catches the event

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Old friends renewing their friendship

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Lee, Marcia, Devi, and David hold down the fort

Someone Said "Food Is Served"

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In line and ready to go!

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We needed our little post cards as tickets to dinner

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The food disppears... It was really good

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"What is Mike doing???  Silly Boy... Turn the paper around"

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Donna looks for her smile

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All smiles!   What a happy group!

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The food disappears

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Chomping down

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We see friends all night long...

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Comparing notes

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They obviously approve

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Always a smile.... Jerry was in rare form this evening

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Sue got Paul the latest Reyn Spooner patriotic shirt just for the dance

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"Can I borrow someone smile?"

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"Yes... Much improved!

Trivia:

  • The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded in combat and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. (His benefits were later restored by act of Congress).
  • At the time of Pearl Harbor, the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced "sink us"), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry division was the swastika, and Hitler's private train was named "Amerika". All three were soon changed for PR purposes.
  • Germany lost 110 Division Commanders in combat
  • 40,000 men served on U-Boats during World War 2; 30,000 never returned
  • More US servicemen died in the Air Corps that the Marine Corps. While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%. Not that bombers were helpless. A B-17 carried 4 tons of bombs and 1.5 tons of machine gun ammo. The US 8th Air Force shot down 6,098 fighter planes, 1 for every 12,700 shots fired.
  • Germany's power grid was much more vulnerable than realized. One estimate is that if just 1% of the bombs dropped on German industry had instead been dropped on power plants, German industry would have collapsed.
  • Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot. You were either an ace or a target. For instance, Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes. He died while a passenger on a cargo plane.

The Music Begins

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Introduction to the dance

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All quiet... The Big Band cometh

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Music gets underway

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Paul and Sue out dancing

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The floor was in exceptional shape this evening!

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Ginger Pauley, our singer was super this evening

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Gladys and Mike hit the floor

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Bob and Denise head for the floor

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"Yes it is me... I am going dancing with the master"

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Meanwhile back at the table serious conversations are underway

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Leon stays with the ladies.... Smart move!

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Everyone could turn and face the band

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Linda flashes us a smile as she glides by

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Gladys grabs the General!

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General MacArthur

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Gladys had a goal of dancing with ten different guys this evening....
She is currently at #6

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Rockin' and a rollin'

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"Hang on... Don't let go!"

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The expressions translate to "Having fun!!"

Trivia:

  • It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th found with a tracer round to aid in aiming. That was a mistake. The tracers had different ballistics so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet, the tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. That was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy. Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.
  • When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had himself photographed in the act).
  • German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City but it wasn't worth the effort.
  • A number of air crewmen died of farts. (ascending to 20,000 ft. in an un-pressurized aircraft causes intestinal gas to expand 300%!)
  • Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents
  • The Russians destroyed over 500 German aircraft by ramming them in midair (they also sometimes cleared minefields by marching over them). "It takes a brave man not to be a hero in the Red Army". - Joseph Stalin
  • The average German officer slot had to be refilled 9.2 times
  • The US Army had more ships that the US Navy.
  • The German Air Force had 22 infantry divisions, 2 armor divisions, and 11 paratroop divisions. None of them were capable of airborne operations. The German Army had paratroops who WERE capable of airborne operations.
  • When the US Army landed in North Africa, among the equipment brought ashore were 3 complete Coca Cola bottling plants.
  • 84 German Generals were executed by Hitler
  • Among the first "Germans" captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.
  • The Graf Spee never sank, The scuttling attempt failed and the ship was bought by the British. On board was Germany's newest radar system.
  • One of Japan's methods of destroying tanks was to bury a very large artillery shell with on ly the nose exposed. When a tank came near the enough a soldier would whack the shell with a hammer. "Lack of weapons is no excuse for defeat." - Lt. Gen. Mataguchi

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Bob gets decorated

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Donna finds a cloth and decides to decorate Paul

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She tried... Nothing makes Paul look better

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Bob consults on the next decorating attempt

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Looks good!

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"Hey Mike... Like the wrist motion!"

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This is called a "two-fer" - Two for one!

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Gladys gets a private samba lesson

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"Bob... I remember how to do it!"

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Sharing the decorations

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Donna was away and Bob grabbed her wine.... What will happen?

Trivia - Q: When did the German Army begin using the Nazi Salute?

A: Despite what you might see in the movies, the regular German Army (Wehrmacht) did not usually use the Nazi salute. Only after the July 1944 attempt on Hitler's life were they forced to use the Nazi salute as standard.

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Donna's radar was on.... The drink was returned to the rightful owner

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"...and no sneaking my wine away again!!"

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Bob, Mike and Gladys know how to party

Did You Know? - Virtually everybody knows the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima - the Enola Gay - but how about the one that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki 3 days later? This B-29 was known as "Bock's Car", and Nagasaki was not its original target - the intended target city was Kokura, which escaped as the bomber was under orders to attack only a clear target and the city was shrouded in smog at the time. Nagasaki was the first alternative target city.

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Oh no.... Shoe changing means it is about time to go home!

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Leon checks for any remaining chocolate cake

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Bob is thinking about the last dance

Did You Know? - You've heard of suicide or kamikaze bombers - but how about suicide battleships!? On 7th April 1945 off the island of Okinawa the Japanese battleship Yamato, which had not been given fuel for its return journey home, arrived with several other ships to attack the American fleet. The Yamato, which was one of the two largest battleships ever built, and her accompanying ships, were sunk by American aircraft before they reached their target.

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The music went on until 10:00

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Jeff Gilbert keeps the audience in stitches

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The floor was full until going home time

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Our table gets bigger as we add chairs from other tables

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Great singing! Great music! Great evening! Great friend!

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The last song is played

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Mary and Fred would not miss it!

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We walk Irene to her car (The tower clock is not telling the truth... It's 10:20)

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Sound: "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dovert

"(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" is a popular Second World War song made famous by Vera Lynn with her 1942 version – one of her best-known recordings. Written in 1941 by Walter Kent with words by Nat Burton, the song was also among the most popular Second World War tunes.

It was written before America had joined, to lift the spirits of the Allies at a time when the Germans had conquered much of Europe and were bombing Britain.

The song was written about a year after British and German aircraft had been fighting over the cliffs of Dover in the Battle of Britain: the song's lyrics looked towards a time when the war would be over and peace would rule over the iconic white cliffs of Dover, Britain's de facto border with the European mainland.

The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs which form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs are part of the North Downs formation. The cliff face, which reaches up to 350 feet (110 m), owes its striking façade to its composition of chalk accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover in the county of Kent, an ancient and still important English port.

The cliffs have great symbolic value in Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before the advent of air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first or last sight of England for travellers.