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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Dishonorable Government and a Hero My father

Section A:

Part 1: The following blog is factual, totally first person account of the events and I have documented proof of the charges leveled against certain individuals and others named in this blog. If after reading this blog you have nothing helpful or constructive to rectify this outrage then don't reply by posting some inane useless comments. Mere, oh to bad, just doesn't cut it!
Since the news media is too chicken to tangle with the government or the Navy after ten years of pursuing this issue I have this as the only means left to expose this dishonorable government and Navy department.

It is strange to find out while growing up in what is construed as the greatest nation on earth, to find out it is the most ungrateful and dishonorable nation on earth as well. In relationship to those who have risked their lives in this nations defense, veterans especially those fast disappearing heroes of World War II and of other eras are constantly disrespect by the very government that owes its very existence to these brave souls.

The journey has been a very long time coming from the past as a young boy to the understanding of an adult that such unethical people are in the government and the various military branches.

One day back in 1958 an eight year boy found some funny looking ribbons with some medals attached to them in a desk drawer. He brought them to his mother in the kitchen. Seeing what her young son had she told him to seek out his father for an explanation. Out to the small vegetable garden he went to ask his father a important question. His father looked up from his weeding noting what his son had in his little hands.

My father explained very simply that they were medals he had been given from him being in the war. I asked the big question, was he ever hurt in the war? My father rolled up his sleeves and pointed to the scars on bother his forearms, stating he was hit by machine gun bullets. That was it. It satisfied me to know my father was brave and fought in a battle.
Over the years from time to time I would ask other questions about what he did in the war but he would never speak of any combat. He would only speak of the funny things or noncombatant problems of the Navy. It wouldn't be until 1995 I would find out the whole story of the combat wounds he had shown me from 1958.

From that revelation my fight with the Navy Department, Courts and the Government and its various agency's started and I found them all deceitful, unethical, and dishonorable to not only my father but veterans in general.

Part 2
In 1995 my father had casually mentioned to my mother that he would like to have a complete set of the medals he had from World War II while in the Navy. She passed on this request to me knowing I would do my utmost to obtain them or at least find out what I had to do to obtain them for my father. Thus began a ten year ordeal that is still on going today.

I found out I had to contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. From his copy of his discharge papers I could see many errors. I had requested a copy of his service records as well. For some reason I had a request into my congressional representative looking into this matter for another reason and between the NPRC and the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the very same building they had lost his original Service records Jacket. It is on the the legal books as a Federal Offense to lose a government document. They had still have not yet found his records. Without those records I can not confirm the facts I have from my father when I finally pinned him down to tell me how he was wounded in action. It was a mind numbing, jaw dropping account of a combat action far above and beyond the call of duty at the very risk of losing his life. The very words you would find on a citation for the Medal of Honor.

Yes, I read the book "Stolen Valor" and barely got by the first third of the book. It became very tiresome reading the self stroking, self backslapping, look at me cheerleadering that was from the first page to the last in his self vain efforts to expose false heroes of the Medal of Honor. In not one page did it mention of this writer ever lifting a finger to help a veteran who rightly deserved the Medal of Honor, who was wrongfully being denied the Medal of Honor.

Section B:

Part 1:

The following is distilled from two years of reaserch:

By Steven E. Grace

December 1945, PSC Bremerton, Washington Navy separation center. It was here where returning front line enlisted navy servicemen whom fought for and defended the Constitution had their very constitutional rights violated by the United States Navy Department. In acts of threats and coercion Officers of the United States Navy told enlisted reserve servicemen if they did not join the regular navy they would be frozen at the present state they were in until the navy was ready to release them. This was in direct violation of the Bill of Rights Article XIII prohibiting involuntary servitude, which is exactly what the Navy was trying to do. If you didn’t have the points to get out of the service and you didn’t want to ship over into the regular navy you were being held against your will by the Navy and the government you just got through risking your life protecting. Additionally the Navy Medical Officer took out clinical medical information of combat wounds from the reserve serviceman’s service records and expunged any reference to any combat related injuries. The Navy Medical Officer would then omit all indications of new scars from combat in the examining separation record of those reserve enlisted men that refused to join the regular navy. A real slap in the face to Joe citizen back in 1945. This wasn’t the only problem the Navy had back then; it had worse fish to fry. The CNO and Commander of the United States Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King lacked any concern for the safety of those under his command who were in the navy reserve. That is a well-documented fact in both biographies and autobiographies of Admiral King. It stands out even clearer that Admiral King was guilty of Article 134 Reckless Endangerment of Naval Personnel. That Admiral King did engage in conduct wrongfully, recklessly and with wanton negligence by placing men under his command at risk of death and grievous bodily harm in an aircraft that was not designed for combat and was highly vulnerable to antiaircraft gunfire into Antisubmarine warfare combat action. That on July 14, 1943 Admiral King did issue an order that even placed the two man crews of this plane at even greater risk of loss of life in ordering direct and immediate combat with enemy ships without the aid of any supporting elements in the Caribbean theatre. Admiral King created the only suicide aircraft crews of the United States Navy and it was not made up of volunteers.

The two man crews of the Kingfisher were trained in ASW tactics. It was a routine assignment of the Navy. It was not a volunteer unit like the crews of PT Boats, Submarines, Marines, Glider Pilots, or special army units like the Paratroops or airborne units. This two-man crew faced antiaircraft gunfire that records show knocking down over 20 B-24 Liberators. The fact that the Navy Department had a report in hand stating the Kingfisher was highly vulnerable to antiaircraft gunfire and in its own Blue jackets manual stated the plane was not designed to engage in combat didn’t dissuade Admiral King from sending this planes crews on suicide missions against German U-boats.

"By the end of March 1942, Admiral King (who was preoccupied with the desperate state of affairs in the Pacific war) was convinced that something drastic had to happen. Should enemy submarines operate off this coast Admiral Andrews wrote from the Eastern Seaboard this command has no force available to take adequate action against them either offensively or defensively. President Roosevelt was persuaded to take back seventy OS2U-3 Naval aircraft suitable for patrol, despite the obvious short comings of the aircraft, from a shipment bound for England and give them to Admiral Andrews. Now the navy supposedly had its first dubious reasonable antisubmarine equipment."1

"The Caribbean conflict resolved itself into a contest between aircraft and submarines, particularly as the American squadrons began to be deployed in significant numbers. The US Navy was not ready with suitable aircraft in time to meet the initial U-boat thrust into the area but were able to base scouting squadrons in several areas. These units flew the OS2N or Kingfisher, as it was more popularly known. This was a twin seat, single engine floatplane originally designed as an artillery spotter for battleships. The machine suffered from limited range and bomb load, with the result that few of the type were able to cause the U-boat any significant damage." 2

"The Catalina or PBY as the US Navy preferred to call it, was an aircraft that happened to be in the right place at the right time. It was by no means the best flying boat used by the allies but it was available and amassed a considerable reputation for reliability particularly its very long range and ability to take punishment."3 The best type of plane used in antisubmarine patrols was the VLR (very long-range) B-24 Liberator. It was a very well armored, armed, and large bomb load four engine bomber. The B-24 Liberator even with armor piercing 50 caliber machine guns lost over twenty of this class of aircraft shot down by the U-boats antiaircraft guns.

"On July 14, 1943 the United States Navy issued a warning to all pilots operating in the Caribbean Theatre about the fact that the U-boats were now staying on the surface to fight it out with aircraft. Unfortunately, the warning did not say anything about not attacking until the pilot had the tactical advantage. This meant that the pilots were just told that they would have to fight the U-boats. This was a pity because if there was on area where the pilots could easily call for support it was the Caribbean." 4
"A vast network of Radio Stations and Teletype facilities spread outwards from admirals Headquarters in Puerto Rico even to the most insignificant island. For Some, the boredom was interspersed with periods of sheer terror as they faced the formidable U-boat antiaircraft armament. The Quadruple 20mm mounting was a fearsome weapon greatly feared by the pilots."5 "For a very long time antisubmarine crew had looked on themselves as hunters of wild game but now they were hunting ferocious animals who could hurt them. Now they were truly combat pilots but in reality, the U-boat gunners had the advantage." 6

The legacy of Admiral King’s unwarranted endangerment of Naval Personnel was continued in total disregard of human life in the Navy Departments push of the F-14A Tomcat. From the reports on hand, the aircraft was a death trap. Over the life of this plane over half of the entire complement was on the ground due to constant repair problems. This doesn’t even count the over forty aircraft that crashed killing both the pilot and the crewmember with them. It was bad enough placing men in a plane that should never been in service that cost their lives but it caused the death of civilians too. The Admirals in charge back then from 1970s through the late 1980s had the same arrogant disregard for the safety of the men under their command that Admiral King did back in World War II.

The historical record of the combat of planes against German U-Boats is a well-known fact to anybody who has studied those events of World War II. The first hand account of both events of a combat action above and beyond the call of duty, the denial of a heroes Medal of Honor and the Navy departments dishonorable behavior back in December of 1945, is as close as a breath away from the chronicler of those events.

Donald Forrest Grace faced death for this nation at 21. He was lucky the flack shrapnel didn’t puncture his life vest. His bullet riddled, broken, bleeding body bobbed on the Caribbean seas waves carrying his blood scent out to sharks. The pilot, of the OS2U Kingfisher, was dead at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea still strapped in his seat. Moments after the plane he was in crashed into the sea in flames a destroyer happened onto the scene and sent out a whaleboat to pick up his unconscious body. How this occurred is a story of an unrecognized hero of World War II.

Born in Los Angeles in 1922 just missing being a forth of July baby he was born on the fifth. He lived his entire life in Northern California, with some time spent in Washington and Oregon. At the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe even at the age of 17, he wanted to fight the Germans in 1939. He couldn’t get his parents permission however to leave the ranch/farm he was raised on. It wasn’t until two years later and the event of the attack on Pearl Harbor that he could leave his parents, two younger brothers and three older sisters to join the United States Navy. He signed up at the recruiting station in San Francisco December 23, 1941. He trained at the San Diego Naval training station. Went on to Illinois, Chicago Naval Pier to qualify as an Aviation Metalsmith (AM) obtaining the rate of a Petty Officer third class. Additionally the entire group that qualified as an AM was awarded the American Defense Service Medal en masse. He went on to be trained as a bombardier, basic flight, radio, and other aspects of flight duties. Later he qualified as an Aviation Machinist Mate (AMM)/Aerial Gunner. Where by he is photographed showing the markings of the Winged Propeller of the AMM and the other sleeve having the Winged Machinegun of an Aerial Gunner, with the rate still of a Petty Officer Third Class.

By the beginning of April 1943 Donald Grace was fully qualified to be an air combat crewmember. He filled in as a floater out of Fleet Air Wing Eleven to be in many various Squadrons throughout the Caribbean Sea Frontier. He flew over 20 plus Antisubmarine missions in PBMs, PBYs, PB2Y-2s, and PV-1s. Not all the missions were uneventful. They got shot at by U-boats and called in nosed cannoned B-25s to punch holes in the U-boats. He saved the entire crew of a flying boat from a runaway magnetic torpedo that had locked onto the hull of the plane he was on that had landed to rescue some ship wreaked sailors. One of the PV-1s he was on was shot up so bad when they landed the hydraulics for the brakes didn’t work. He and the rest of the crew jumped onto the landing strip getting a few bruises, and cuts while the planes pilot road the plane off the end of the cliff at the island end of the runway. The pilot walked away from it without a scratch.

He was wounded in the invasion of Sicily while on board the USS Woolsey. He was hospitalized and after recovering found himself assigned to detached duty on board the USS Albemarle AV-5 to be a Gunner on that ships ASW OS2U Kingfisher. The USS Albemarle AV-5, according to one of James C. Fahey’s books on The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, had two OS2U Kingfishers on board and two J2F Grumman Ducks. The Captain of the ship used one of the OS2Us and the other was the ASW plane for this ship.

One day in an area between St. Thomas and Trinidad the USS Albemarle and two or three other ships were in an area known as U-boat alley. One of the ships had made a radar contact. The OS2U was already on station in the air when they were alerted and commanded to seek and destroy the already disappearing boogie. The ships headed in the opposite direction at flank speed of the where the plane was heading.

Donald was first to sight the submerged U-boat as it stood out like a sore thumb against the white Caribbean sand. He informed the pilot of his sighting to which the pilot made some disparaging remarks about the parentage of those below them. Then the pilot said they were going to attack to which Donald affirmed the order and prepared his weapon for combat. In they went dropping the first of only two depth bombs they had. They made a perfect run and dropped it right on target. The plane climbed and gained some distance before they headed back for the second run. By the time they were heading into the enemy again, the U-boat had surfaced and was starting to send up a murderous assault of Antiaircraft (AA) gunfire. The two-man crew of the Kingfisher waded through this onslaught and dropped the last depth bomb. Donald noted that as they made the bomb run approach the U-boat wasn’t making much headway.

Apparently, the first blast had cause some damage. On the way in Donald had been at the ready to fire his .30 caliber machine-gun. Between the second bombs explosion rocking the U-boat and Donald strafing the U-boats deck the AAs gun crews were silenced for a brief moment as they again gained some distance and altitude from the U-boat.

The pilot was just completing his turn to head back into the enemy vessel for his own strafing run the when they caught hell from the German AAs finding the planes range. AA gunfire pounded the wings and pilot section of the plane while very heavy machine-gun fire was concentrating on the gunner’s section of the aircraft. A bullet passed through Donald’s bottom right forearm clean out the top of the forearm. Another bullet bounced off the interior of the plane and hit him on the top left forearm. Flack shrapnel caught him in the face. The plane was heading down to the awaiting embrace of the sea in flames. Donald had barely enough time and strength to release his straps and inflate his life vest. On impact, Donald was knocked out cold.
The next thing Donald Grace knew when he awoke was being in the sick bay of a destroyer that had come upon the battle area not to long after the crash. Besides the combat wounds, Donald had broken ribs, both legs were broken and he had a nasty concussion. He was told the pilot had gone down with the plane. He was lucky his life vest wasn’t punctured and he had been able to release his straps. He doesn’t know what became of the U-boat they tangled with but just after the destroyer had picked him up a second U-boat came around looking to aid the first one. For a moment, the destroyer’s crew had its hands full. They managed to chase it off. Donald went to a hospital and upon recovery, gave him thirty days survivors leave. After full recovery he went back to duty on Board the USS Albemarle AV-5. When it came time to transfer, he had requested duty in he Pacific. The Captain upon looking at Donald’s service records and how close to death he had already been had something else in mind. The captain told him, "Son you’ve had your war, I am sending you stateside for some easier duty. For the rest of 1945 from January to December he spent his time with the VR-1 NATS unit out of Patuxent River, Maryland.

It is interesting that the men who were at first denied their rightful Medals of Valor by the various branches of the services and by the Boards of Correction of Records, the number one lame excuse for their denials was "lack of documentation." This is especially unjust given the Navy Departments practice of expunging and losing records on purpose as an act of coercion back at the end of World War II. This unjustifiable excuse by creating an artificial lack of documents causes the initial denial of the medals that rightly should have been awarded in the first place. The record is clear on this point given the many reported newspaper stories citing the exact reason the men were first denied their medal being "lack of documentation" by which ever branch they served under. These were Medals of Honor, Navy Cross and Silver Stars.

These are Honorably Discharged combat veterans who even today are being treated Dishonorably and with Disrespect by the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force and by the very Government they risked their lives defending.

President Bush Sr., for just getting shot down, got the Navy Cross. Compared to my father’s combat action, Bush Sr. had a picnic. My father nearly died and his reward was an Honorable Discharge he had to force the navy to give him because he had more then enough points to tell them to shove their coercive threats of freezing him or forcing him into the regular navy.
The shame is on their watch for such callous betrayal of the veterans who have yet to be recognized for their heroism.

I know the hero of the OS2U combat action personally. He is my father, Donald Forrest Grace.

1. Hoyt, Edwin P., The U-boat Wars, New York: Arbor House, 1984
2. Kelshall, Gaylord, The U-boat War in the Caribbean, Annapolis: Naval Institute Press 1994
3. Kelshall, Ibid.
4. Farago, Ladislas, The Tenth Fleet: Ivan Obolensky, Inc. 1962
5. Farago, Ibid.
6. Kelshall, Ibid.

Section 3

Part 1

This next section shows the betrayl of veterans and my father by the Navy, the judicial system, various governement agencies and yes even of congress.

It is not my imaginaton nor is it just my opinions, and knowledge of the facts surrounding these events. They have all been chronicled in newspaper accounts and documented by news media television stories. These are the facts.

The various branches of the military services, VA, National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO, National Archives and Records Administration the parent organization of NPRC, Judges, Assistant US Attorneys, DOJ OPR and the various Boards for the Correction of Military Records and Congress don't give a darn about the veterans or doing what's right and just for them.

The following charges are not allegations, these are facts of which the named individuals and agencies are guilty of the charges leveled against them.

The Charges are: Obstruction of Justice, Subornation of Perjury, Perjury, Libel, Slander, judicial misconduct, violation of Judicial Canons, Violation of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Violation of Rules of Evidence, Aid and abetting the commission of a Felony, Breach of Duty, Judicial Incompentence, Violation of professional ethics by acts of moral turpretude, violation of federal law in the loss of a government document.

These are the individuals who have yet to be held accountable for the above charges:

US Attorney Robert Mueller Head of US Attorneys 9th Dist.
AUSA Suzanne G. Ramos, now Judge Ramos
Timothy Nenninger, Chief, Modern Military Records, NARA
Jeffrey Landou, Assistant General Counsel, NARA
Jocelyn Burton Chief Civil Division USDC ND N. CA
Gail Killefer, Chief of CV div
CDR Daniel E. O’Toole, JAGC, USN, OJAG Dept. NAVY
H. Marshall Jarrett, Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility, DOJ
Thomas Harper, IG, NARA
W. Dean Pfeiffer, Executive director, Board for the Correction of Naval Records
US Marshals office
National Personnel Records Office, St. Louis, MO
US Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel, Same Building as NPRC
US Department of Navy
Magistrate Judge James Larson 9th District Court San Francisco, CA
United States District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, Oakland, CA
Appeals Judges 9th Circuit Browning, Kozinski, and Berzon,
Judges Schroeder, Rymer, T.G. Nelson and Silverman Circuit judges
Judges Singleton, Hogan, Keep and Ezra District Judges
Chief Judge Hug, all from 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, CA

How could this happen is still a mystery to me and how they are still not held accountable for those illegal acts is beyond me.

The next section lays out the details of the above illgal acts.

I'll let you try and digest the above and hold on to your seat as the downward spiral ride of this group of dishonorable thugs is revealed.

Section 4: