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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Remembering Ronald Reagan and James Palmer

Bill Smith, Editor: I planned to write my own post on Ronald Reagan as I proudly served under President Reagan and had a small part in the efforts necessary to bring the Soviets to the table for the fist START Treaty.  Having seen the results of attacks of terrorist first hand, I remember well how President Reagan responded swiftly and decisively to the Islamist terrorist threats to military units in Europe.  However, for the following reason, I am sharing below today the excellent post by "Findalis" on the blog "Monkey in the Middle."  Hard to improve on excellent.

In the last three days, I have been occupied driving over 1000 miles to and from Northern Illinois to attend the funeral of a great man in my life. Mr. James Palmer was my uncle. He was also an Army WWII vet and part of the greatest generation.

James Adell Palmer, 87, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas died on Tuesday. He was born Sept. 6, 1923 in Orfordville, Wisconsin. He lived in Illinois and Wisconsin most of his life before moving to Arkansas in 1992. During the closing days of the WWII, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth, at Camp Grant, near Rockford, Illinois. She was delivering military supplies. At his death they were married 66 years. Jim and his wife became Christians within a few years of being married and they committed their life to being a Christian example to their children, family and friends. It was through them that I learned about Christ's love.

He was great not for the same reasons that people identify for President Ronald Reagan. Palmer was not an actor or President of the United States. But James Palmer was an honorable man who loved his God, his wife, children and grandchildren and others. He was a good father and provider for his family and a living Christian example to others. He was a conservative and a Republican and we often talked about politics and the events going on in the world. He prayed often for others, for country and for the troubled world.  James was a defender of life long before his fellow Illinoisan Ronald Reagan came to this same position.

I will think often of James Palmer in my remaining days. But, I have hope in Christ that I will meet both James Palmer and Ronald Reagan in the future.
# 40 Ronald Wilson Reagan
by Findalis at Monkey in the Middle

Regardless of what field of endeavor Ronald Wilson Reagan perused, he left his mark upon the profession he was associated with.  Born in Tampico, Illinois on Feb. 6, 1911 he was not a son of privileged. At a time when only the affluent were able to send their sons and daughters to University, Ronald Reagan worked his way through Eureka College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology. He played football and received his first acting experience while in College. His first job after graduation was as a radio broadcaster first in Iowa then moving to California in 1937. In 1937 he was offered a acting contract with Warner Brothers studio.

Reagan volunteered in 1937 for the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private assigned to Troop B, 322nd Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937.

Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas. His first assignment was at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason, California, as a liaison officer of the Port and Transportation Office. Upon the approval of the Army Air Force (AAF), he applied for a transfer from the Cavalry to the AAF on May 15, 1942, and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and subsequently to the 1st Motion Picture Unit (officially, the "18th AAF Base Unit") in Culver City, California. On January 14, 1943 he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California. He returned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943.

In January 1944, Captain Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the sixth War Loan Drive. He was re-assigned to the 18th AAF Base Unit on November 14, 1944, where he remained until the end of World War II. He was recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year. He returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF.

While never a great actor, he did have a good career as a 'B' actor.  His acting career took off in the 1950s when he became a star on Television.  From 1947 to 1952 and again in 1959 he  became president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).  Reagan led SAG through eventful years that were marked by labor-management disputes, the Taft-Hartley Act, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings and the Hollywood blacklist era.

Originally a Democrat, Reagan became disillusioned with the Democratic Party and in 1962 formally became a Republican.  He ran for Governor of California in 1966 serving as Governor from 1967 to 1975.  In 1975 he challenged President Ford for the Republican nomination. While he lost, he did gain valuable experience from the race.  Enough experience to return in 1979 and not only win the nomination, but defeat President Carter in landslide, returning again in 1983 to trounce Walter Mondale with the greatest landslide since George Washington.

President Ronald Reagan retired to California after his second term. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994 at a time which there were very limited treatments for the disease. Ronald Wilson Reagan died his home in Bel Air, California on the afternoon of June 5, 2004. He was 94.

Instead of posting all his quotes and achievements, I'll let the man speak for himself.

Today pundits and left-leaning commentators are saying that President Barack Hussein Obama is the new Ronald Reagan. Listen to the first video and see if President Obama's policies are more like Reagan's or like Khrushchev's?

History will place President Obama with the appeasers, but will praise Ronald Wilson Reagan as a true peace maker.

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Anonymous George G Lombardi said...

I cannot believe the absurd statements made recently by so-called political commentators who try to find parallels between Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. The two men could not be more opposite. Let's face it, President Reagan stood tall and strong against this nation and the West worst enemy: International Communism, at that time embodied in the former Soviet Union. Since President Reagan early days in politics, even as representative of the actors workers union, he always recognized communist ideology for what it is, an evil, distorted view of man and the world, and a political system that enslaves people and nations on the false promise of a Utopian man-made, materialistic, atheistic world. Mr. Obama does the opposite, it tries to please our enemies, Islamic fundamentalists, bent on destroying Judeo-Christian values and culture. Mr. Obama has been and continues to be, in word and in fact (apponting extreme liberals, even radicals to important posts in the US Governments and its agencies), a lover of radical men, women and causes, let's call them by their old name : communists.

Ronald Reagan was a deeply religious man, proud of his evangelical tradition and his Judeo-Christian heritage, certainly not a pro-Islamic activist like Mr. Obama and his family.

President Reagan displayed courage but also love, courage and strength in dealing with evil, love when confronting those who admitted to their mistakes and wanted genuine reconciliation.

Anonymous Warner Todd Huston said...

As Superbowl XLV began a video celebrating the life of Ronald Reagan was played on the jumbo tron screen in the stadium for the sports fans there to enjoy. It was only fitting seeing as how the game was being played on Reagan's 100th birthday. But the national audiences were never made aware that this video was played. For the millions of folks at home, Reagan's birthday was ignored.

More at Superbowl Fail: Superbowl's Ronald Reagan Video All But Ignored


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