Monday, March 03, 2014

RIP Jim Caesar

James M. Caesar
December 11, 1945 - February 13, 2014
Bothell, Washington

 Good morning--my update this time is a difficult one for me to write.  My darling Jim died in his sleep early the morning of February 14th while we were on Kauai to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our engagement on that day.  He was in excellent health, vigorous and full of good humor until the very end.  His final words to me before we went to sleep were "I love you."  He just did not awaken. It gives me great solace to know that he will be forever young.  Jim's funeral and internment will be at Arlington Cemetery, with full military honors.  However, it will be some months down the road--there is a waiting list for grave sites abt 4 months long.  Until then, his rests in a facility known as a  the Solders' Shelter which is near Arlington.  I will of course be back there for the final ceremonies--perhaps I can see you at that time.  And you are of course welcomed and encouraged by me and my family to attend.  I will send more information when it is available to me.  Jim and I so much cherished the opportunity life gave us to be your neighbors--what luck!  Love,  Betsy

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain James M. Caesar, United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty. Captain Caesar distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander in the wing ship of a light fire team of helicopter gunships in support of Allied ground elements near Fire Support Base Five. Captain Caesar voluntarily flew his aircraft against heavily fortified enemy small arms and anti-aircraft positions. Despite the intense barrage of fire, Captain Caesar continually made close runs, in extremely poor visibility and hazardous terrain, to place highly effective and accurate rocket fire on the hostile positions. Captain Caesar displayed outstanding leadership abilities, directing his co-pilot's fire to suppress the enemy positions and at the same time covering the vulnerable lead aircraft. His previous combat experience enabled him to comprehend the friendly elements plight and assist them in finding cover from the attacking enemy. His outstanding skill as an aviator allowed him to successfully complete the mission. Captain Caesar's courage, professionalism, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Citation Courtesy of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society -

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Mo Sup checked her e-mail late last night and found this from an old neighbor, and still good friend, Betsy Caesar.  I still haven't quite wrapped my head around it.

Meeting Jim and Betsy was something of a serendipitous accident. With Jim's tour in Germany ending, he announced his intention to retire when his current enlistment was up.  He had to choose a stateside home of record from whence he would be processed, and where their household belongings would be sent. Since they were from the Seattle area, Jim wrote "Washington."  Jim was given orders to report to his new home: Fort Meade MD (just outside of Washington D.C.)

Jim found a job test piloting, and they purchased a home next to ours.  Our good fortune.  Later Jim was offered a job with Boeing, in Seattle, and off they went, but would visit us several times.

I can't let Jim go without offering this small paean to his memory.  RIP Jim. 

Big Cheese, Stilton Jarlsberg, is at it again

Once again, America's chicken has come home to roost. Barack Obama's utterly spineless response to Russian military action in Ukraine has pretty much signaled to the world that the United States is officially no longer a meaningful player in foreign affairs and no advocate for freedom or democracy.

The president's appalling lack of seriousness was on full display when, less than a half hour after tersely declaring that Russian intervention in Ukraine could force the United States to "stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs, including shipping, handling, and sales tax," he rushed to a Democratic fundraiser, declared it to be "Happy Hour," and then swapped jokes with a high-roller about the possibility of nuclear war with Russia.

Then on Saturday, as a freshly-emboldened Russia rolled additional troops into Ukraine, the president's national security team met to discuss the rapidly evolving crisis and, upon finishing their deliberations, noticed that there was one Krispy Kreme doughnut left over because Barry hadn't bothered to attend the meeting. Although, according to a White House spokesperson, the president was later filled in by Susan Rice, who suggested that the president launch a drone attack on YouTube as soon as possible.

Vladimir Putin has correctly assessed that there is no threat whatsoever from the president whose "red line" became a punchline. Barack Obama has turned our once-respected national strength into an international joke.

And it's only the enemies of freedom who are laughing.