I got this great new hat from Miller Hats and put my WWII USAAF officer’s hat pin in place of the corps hat pin. My grandfather Simon II was a B24 Liberator flight surgeon and after the war he became an OBGYN in Springfield Massachusetts. His office was walking distance from the Springfield Armory where they made the M1 Carbine and later the M60 and the Saint 16-15 series. Hartford Springfield has been a weapons manufacturing center since the three Union era federalization campaigns by the northern confederacy states: 1) Civil. 2) Indian, and 3) Spanish.

A Hartford Springfield weapon.

My other grandfather Alan Rich was an OS2U pilot. I am Simon Alan Flynn (IV). There’s also a Simon Reed (V) and a Simon Rodríguez (VI). I hope there’s a seventh.

I offer my apologies regarding replacing the hat pin because I don’t mean any disrespect to the Marine Corps.

David McCullough’s book Truman reports that the Pacific theater NAVY Admiralty averted an estimated 500,000 marine corps deaths that the amphibious landing assault planning had estimated would occur during the initial phases of a mainland Japan landing. To save the lives of that half a million men; President Harry Truman chose to deploy Fat Man and Little Boy. President Truman’s decisions were thus causal of the “Baby Boom”. Booj (Simon II) delivered many Springfield and Holyoke babies.

I’m very happy about my new hat’s hue. And, it is perhaps exactly like some of Booj’s uniform gear. Yet, most of the Booj’s stuff was likely given to kids on skateboards in around 1955. This includes his wool lined Liberator parka and leggings for altitude cold.

Etiquette is important to me so I plan to be respectful and only wear my hat outside. Boppy (Simon III) just advised me to hang it flat against the wall the same way that the chin strap actually goes behind the head in all cases other than when riding a motorcycle.

This perhaps will function primarily as one of my landscaping hats here at my home. However, I hope to wear it to parks with friends and speak about a few important things. I have a Ranger story that begins before WWI; in the decades around the 1898 onset of the Spanish American War.

My bachelor of science in energy, natural resources and environment has led me to research topics in everything from wildlife biology to federal lands jurisdictions and jurisdictional disputes relative to land use and land use policy and administration.

Relative to the Sea, the most important example of territorial jurisdictional dispute involves US Territorial Waters and the Magnusen Stevens Marine Fisheries Act of 1970. The Tonkin incident, PT 109, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as the North Atlantic Cod fishery, pertain to global jurisdictions over territorial waters.

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