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The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters

lately I seem to be content with doing nothing. I have no guilt or shame or sense of longing. Those goals that I have set for myself seem to be off at a safe distance. They are there if I wish to return to them. Right now I am content with doing nothing. As life moves around me I seem indifferent to it all. Duties, responsibilities hell even my enemy Chores has fallen to the wayside. Like Odysseus’s men  I have fallen in with the lotus eaters. I have eaten the sweet fruit of indifference and seem to care for nothing more than more indifference.

Now those of you who actually read these posts are thinking ” Limbo you’re in Limbo man.”  No this is not limbo. I know limbo. Limbo feels different. It smells different. You see when I am in Limbo I know I am there. In the land of the lotus eaters I had no awareness. Time stopped. A day became a week became a month.

Maybe it’s the big D…you know Depression?

Well in a word…NO.

Being a student of thinking and Philosophy I am familiar with the tenants of Psychology. As such I also know there are hundreds of schools of thought on the human mind and human behavior. These are all Philosophy not actual science. Their measurements are based on percentages of observed groups. Their treatments are the same. Based on whatever school of thought or Philosophy the clinician subscribes to is how they will perceive your need for treatment. More importantly I know how I feel when I’m depressed. This was not one of those times.

So what is the root cause?

Well until recently I have been extremely busy. Which is OK. Busy for me is good. I like busy. My intensity was great and I was passionate about my projects. I am of course referring to this site and the new site www.waylowsworkshop.com.

Somewhere somehow the lotus seemed to take the reins propelling me into an almost euphoric state of indifference. I would like to tell you the time and date It first took hold but the truth is I am not really sure.

In fact it’s a lot like driving.

There you are on the highway with miles ahead of you. The road is hypnotic and you withdraw into your own thoughts. Then you are at your exit with no real memory of the drive or the road or for that matter of your own thoughts. Time  folds in on its self.

Somehow you are just there.

Artists, that is individuals with artist sensibilities tend to be self-absorbed introspective introverts who view the world from a different point of perception. Usually at a distance. A comfortable distance. A safe distance.

Its is easy to sit down and begin writing and lose myself for the day. Duties, responsibilities and yes even people fall by the way side. In the same way I can pick up a paint brush and begin a project and loose preservative completely.

Please observe that I never said that I was a good artist, that is a writer or for that matter a painter. I am just explaining an artistic sensibility. Knowing this I built into my life parameters so that I don’t lose myself completely. I am never so consumed with sensibilities that I can not find my way back. There are always bread crumbs to follow.

Yet I fell. Not as a result of self-absorbed endeavors. I fell to the hypnotic road that stretched out  before me. I fell to the mundane world around me. I became  a lotus eater.

Cooking which is something I have a passion for learning fell by the wayside. I was busy. Fast food was easier. At first it was cheap fast food. Then trying to justify this poor diet  I modified it.  I consumed pub crawlers dripping with cheese and bacon-e goodness.

Funny how we do that. Rather than admitting we are eating bad we try to make things right by eating the best of the bad. Some how the more expensive pub crawler seems better than something a clown might offer. But it just wasn’t burgers or fast food. It was frozen pizzas and chili dogs and baked mostaccioli..

Not to mention the bags of cookies. Do you ever sit in the car in the grocery store parking lot and eat the cookies? Not a cookie I’m talking the entire bag. I do that with Nutter Butter cookies. Can’t help myself. Kryptonite for real.

I then began setting aside things that needed my attention. See the urgency of my professional life over shadowed the things that needed doing. Both the mental and physical strain of long hours left me drained. A pizza, television and bed became my norm.

Now the work schedule returned to normal. Yet I lingered in the land of the lotus-eaters. I continued eating greasy fast food, powering myself on energy drinks and candy bars. My fast burning was ending with the worst crashes. When I  got home I could do nothing more than watch television. More of the hypnotic road.

You see I was no longer striving to do my best in all areas of my life instead I was doing the minimum simply to get by. The worst part was I did not care. Like Odysseus’s men I lost all desire to do anything more than continue to eat Lotus.

The world makes it easy for us to forget ourselves. Our desires and goals can easily be left on the side of the road. To often the easy simple and mundane takes over. We lose all sense of ourselves.

We employ quick fixes rather than actual solutions. We buy new clothing rather than going to the gym to lose the weight. We avoid the work it takes to prepare a decent meal because of the effort involved. It is so much easier to speak directly into the clowns head.

In fact this life style is so intoxicating that it self perpetuates. Once you eat of the lotus you only desire the lotus. Nothing more.

The crew members had Odysseus to pull them back to the ship. I believe the voice that called me back is God’s. In fact to return to where I was it will take applying all the lessons in experiential experimentation that I have shared with you on this site and then some.

The worst part of this experience is like the man who reaches his exit I to have no memory of the road I traveled to get here.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

Hail the Victorious Dead !

imagesCAA2V33E “Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country. Hail the victorious dead.” -King Theoden.

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom. This tradition predates recorded history. Here in the United States this practice became a national day of remembrance.  Originating after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War it was called Decoration Day. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. It was observed for the first time that year on May 30.  According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.

The name gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It  became more common  after World War II, but was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

In 1968  the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This resulted in Memorial Day moving from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Please do not confuse the two.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act you have a three day weekend. So while your enjoying your day off ..please take the time to remember why you have the day off.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

THE GOLDEN RULE

an article from Entmoot

DSC00660Entmoot is about how we should we interact with one another, as friends, as family, as neighbors, as coworkers and as countrymen. What responsibilities does engaging the world bring and how do we handle them as believers? ______________________________________________________________________

codeThe Golden Rule ( Part 1)

 

I was beginning to believe that the idea of “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” had been forgotten.

I grew up learning this as The Golden Rule. I thought that this rule was the same for all people. That their value systems were the same. That their beliefs were the same. I never realized that this concept can be explained from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion. That it  can, for some, mean something as simple as reciprocity or give and take.

If we look back as far as ancient Babylon we find this idea of reciprocity or balanced fairness is ingrained into the daily lives of these people. The Code of the Hammurabi was the governing law(s) of ancient Babylon. These laws were cut into stone and covered everything from theft to paternity. The punishments are scaled versions of an eye for and eye.

Societies that are built on such a frame work promote reciprocity. You find people even now saying things like They had that coming or he’ll get his. Another saying that is popular is wait until they need my help. These are all examples of things people say who feel wronged by someone. That the give and take was not there. Or that they were taken advantage of. This unfortunately is a version of the Golden rule. The idea that the scales must balance on both sides is in many cultures the example of the Golden Rule.

Zi gong (a disciple of Confucius) asked: “Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?” The Master replied: “How about ‘shu’ [reciprocity]

People believe that the Golden Rule only works if it is to the benefit of both parties. I remember when I was growing up kids made friends based on the toys that the other kids had. The kid who had the swimming pool was everyone’s friend. As adults this is the power dynamics of relationships. You might be networking for your mutual benefit or marrying to build wealth. People build relationships to gain some advantage.

All of these are the worlds examples of the Golden Rule. When Jesus says  43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ In Matt 5:43 he is repeating the worlds view of the Golden Rule. This is what was expected in society.

The film Lone Survivor (2013) is of an American Navy seal who survives as a result of a code of beliefs held by the Pashtun people. The code known as Pashtuwali is an ethical code that exists within the Pashtun tribal society that governs their beliefs as a village of people and how they deal with others both friend or foe. The non-Pashtun Afghans and Pakistanis that live in the Pashtun regions  who have gradually become Pashtunized over time. These beliefs are so strongly held that these villagers stood against the Taliban to protect their visitor.  Again we see whats expected within a society.

To often I find myself relating to others according to how the world expects me to. Like the non-Pashtun and Pakistanis who became Pashtunized I find that I have become worldized in my beliefs and my views. I find that my compass is not pointing north with regards to how I should interact with others. This is why I have elected this course of study was to understand the differences between the worlds view and Gods view in relation to how we should interact with one another.

In our next Entmoot article we will discuss God’s view of The Golden Rule and how we should deal with others as revealed through the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ that we are given an example and a teaching in which we see God’s desire for us clearly defined. He gives us the true Golden Rule which is the will of God.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 

 

Apostasy

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If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be … a Christian– Mark Twain

I have used this quote many times in my life. When I do people will say that I am being harsh. They will tell me that I am anti-church. They will attack the religious beliefs of Mark Twain. Why I use this quote will makes sense.

Just let me explain.

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when Huck return’s to his raft and remembers the lessons he learned in Sunday school about what happens to people who help runaway slaves we are given a great lesson of what Apostasy truly is.

See old Huck learned that people who acted the way he was acting toward old Jim go to the lake of fire. After all, the good Book is quit clear on the subject – Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;  Ephesians 6:5

Huck’s greatest struggle is that his love of his friend and his desire to help him went against the bible and God. After a great internal struggle Huck could not turn his back on his friend… Jim the slave. Huck decides to help Jim and accepts his fate…

“All right, then, I’ll go to hell.”

The idea of that freeing a slave went against the Bible and God was part of life for Mark Twain growing up.  Missouri was a slave state and Twain’s stories reflect the true nature of the institution of slavery in the south. Twain witnessed this apostasy first hand.The church using quotes of scripture out of context in order to advance a social or political agenda is nothing new.

Twain’s quote doesn’t deny Christ or his existence. Rather it defines the actions of his followers as being far from Christs intent.

This is the heart of Apostasy.

Apostasy is the use of the Word of God to advance the beliefs of man… not the beliefs of God -Geekus Extremus

 

Is there a right wrong answer or are all wrong answers wrong?

Four children are asked by their teacher to name the planet closest to the sun. The first student doesn’t know the answer so he guesses.

“is it Pluto?”, he asks. “No,” says the teacher.

Mary is next. She doesn’t know so she guesses. ” Is it Jupiter? she asks.

“Sorry Mary,” the teacher says. “But it was a good guess.”

“Mark do you want to guess?” asked the teacher.

“Saturn?” said Mark.

” Sorry Mark,” said the teacher. “How about you John?”

” I don’t know,” said John.

“Well guess,” said the teacher.

” But that’s luck not knowledge,” said John.” I don’t really know the answer. So even if I guess it correctly I can not claim that I knew the planets correct name.”

“Oh come on now just guess,” encouraged the teacher.

“Fine. My answer is Kangaroo.” said John.

All the kids laughed.

“John do you want to go to the principles office?” the teacher asked with an angry glare.

“For what?” john asked.

“For that answer.”

“well what is the right answer?” asked John.

“Mercury is the correct answer, ” the teacher answered. She looked out over the class to see if they acknowledged the correct answer.

“Is there any other answer that is correct?’asked John.

“No…no other answer is correct John,” the teacher replied.

“So then my wrong answer is no different than any of the other wrong answers,” John explained.

” Yes there is a difference.” she answered.

“Really I don’t see how. If there is only one correct answer then all wrong is wrong correct?” asked John.

“Yes but you are more wrong,” the teacher explained.”You didn’t even guess a planet.”

“So I never knew the correct answer and now you are angry with me because my wrong answer is more wrong than everyone else’s wrong answer?”

‘Yes,” she answered.”You didn’t even guess a planet.”

“So as long as I have the same wrongness as everyone else that’s acceptable?

“Yes,” she answered.

“You are simply ignoring everyone else’s wrong answer and singling me out because I chose to oppose you and point out your Hypocrisy ,” John answered.

“Go to the Principle’s office right now.” she replied.

Our little drama here demonstrates one of the greatest acts of apostasy that is occurring in Christian society today. The idea that there is a degree of wrongness. That this wrongness is the enemy of the people of God. That this wrongness must be eliminated.

Christians are called to be ministers of the Word and share the Gospel of peace. Just as the teacher lost her purpose (teaching the solar system) so has a lot of Christian society.The focus of the true message of Christ and salvation is being lost in a battle to oppose the wrongness in non-believing society.

As Christians we are not justified by our works we are justified by Christ.Yet we judge and condemn the actions of others based on their failed works or inability to keep God’s law. Rather than sharing Christ with them. Each of us are the same. In God’s eye’s we are wrong. There is no degree of wrongness. Like our little drama demonstrated there are no right wrongs. There is simply prejudice against individuals we don’t like or who do not conform.

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt. 5:27-28

The purpose of the law is to reveal to each man the sin within him. This realization leads to his desire to be obedient. This leads to mans understanding that he can not obey. The nature of sin within him will not allow it. This leads to the full acceptance of Christ and his work at the cross.

Only God can follow and live by God’s law. Only a perfect sacrifice is worthy of God. Only God’s will can change man…not man himself. This perfect obedience was fulfilled in Christ.

Those who don’t accept Christ and his work at the cross move back into darkness. They lie to themselves, they accept false doctrines or they refuse to admit that the work of salvation is complete in Christ. Like our teacher they attack those who they believe are more wrong. They even see themselves as champions of the faith.

The Salvation Apostasy is the idea that your salvation requires more than Christ. That somehow Christ is not enough. That I must do something in order to be saved.

Entire churches have been built on false doctrines and principles that are appealing to the ear.  Just like churches back in Mark Twain’s childhood who taught slavery was right.

How can apostasy even exist you wonder, well Christ explained what would happen to Nicodemus…

” For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:16-21

Why does Apostasy exist…because man refuses to accept the truth of who he is in relation to God. He refuses the act of salvation offered by Christ. He refuses to accept his own sinful nature. Instead he judges himself and his actions the way the world judges in degrees of wrongness. While he may be a sinner he is not as bad as his neighbor. And he is certainly not as bad as someone who doesn’t believe at all or who hates God right?

So how do we battle apostasy? Though our knowledge and practice of the truth.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. “And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:1-6

                                                                                                       

Christ is the light of the world and the truth is revealed through him. Those things that are wrought in darkness and breed evil are revealed for what they truly are when he is present. If Christ is first in your life and foremost in your heart you will see the truth in all things.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

Relativity

Captain’s Log Star Date  1311.28

Captain Kirk

Global wealth is at 241 trillion dollars. Forty six percent of this is controlled by one percent of the world’s population. By 2018 they will control half.

Of course there is collateral damage. 780 million people will go without fresh water today. Almost a billion are homeless today. If one in four Americans are without medical coverage, in countries where there isn’t even clean water, what access to medical care do you think these people have?

Before you go hating the top 1% we need to put this in perspective.

If you get paid on Friday and the only money you have left  is some change…

You know… change… coins… like the ones in the cup holder… or under the cushions of the couch… or in the bowl on your dresser…

If all the money you have is this change… no savings or retirement… just change…

…then you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people on this planet.

When you sit down to say grace and eat today… I hope we helped you with your list of things to be thankful for.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us on the Blog-Ship !

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

World Friendship Day

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“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Maybe you have heard the phrase a Hallmark Holiday.  This is because Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards made various attempts at creating holidays or days of sentiment to promote greeting card sales during slow business periods between holidays. One such holiday was Friendship day. Conceived in the 1920’s and promoted in the 1930’s it died in the 1940’s. Her tactics were obviously a commercial gimmick to promote greetings cards. The public was not buying.

In 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. The event was co-sponsored by Disney Enterprises and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford. Another attempt at the commercialization of the Friendship Day celebrations. Again the public was not buying it. Again it was being dismissed  as a “marketing gimmick”.

In July 2011 the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 July as the “International Day of Friendship”. Again it did not work. Apparently the day the world will celebrate friendship will not be dictated by anyone.

While the world did not like the commercial idea of friendship Day, the idea of having a day to celebrate your friendships caught on apart from Disney, governments and the greeting card industry. Every year, on the first Sunday in August, friends all over the world acknowledge each other. This has become even more popular thanks to social networking sites. Friends gather with friends and spend their day enjoying each others company, exchanging small gifts, eating and laughing.  The popular item for exchange is not greeting cards but friendship bands. These are very popular in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

I love the fact that WE THE PEOPLE decided which day World Friendship Day would be held on. Not the Helots.  Yes, I mean this as the Colonel meant the word. (played by the ever-lovable Walter Brennan)  If you are not familiar with this term see Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe.

Friends are the most precious people in our lives. They love us by choice. So if we are going to celebrate a day of friendship there is one person who the world needs to recognize. He is the personification of true friendship and love. He should be our example, not Winnie the Pooh. He is a friend to everyone who accepts him. He is a friend whose love compassion mercy understanding devotion and loyalty are beyond measure.

He is the definition and embodiment of love.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Read this passage again and ask yourself if you have ever been able to love anyone as this passage describes. Jesus does. He is my God, my Savior, my Lord, my King and my friend. Yes I am talking about Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:16-21

So many people because of sporting events have seen John 3:16. However it is important to understand the entire passage. This light is the messiah Jesus Christ. Here is another passage that I love.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14

Why do I call him my friend ?

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. “You are My friends if you do what I command you. “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. “This I command you, that you love one another.John 15:12-15

If you are a friend of Christ then I encourage you to spend August 4th this year introducing your friend Jesus to others. If you are not a friend of Jesus  then I encourage you to get to know him. Pick up a Bible and read the four Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. See him for who he is. Who but God would ask us to love our enemies ?

Let today be the day you make the best friend you could ever have.

I love my friend Jesus with all my heart, my mind, my soul and my strength.

I know he loves me.

He bears the marks that prove it.

Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak but He is strong.

Jesus loves me!
Loves me still,
Tho I’m very weak and ill,
That I might from sin be free,
Bled and died upon the tree.

Jesus loves me!
He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me!
He will stay
Close beside me all the way.
Thou hast bled and died for me;
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Anna B. Warner, 1820 -1915

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

Meet Michael John Burke

POW-MIA flagMost American’s know this flag and it’s meaning. It honors those who have been taken prisoner of war and those who have gone missing in action. You have seen it on T-shirts, bumper stickers, magnetic ribbons and patches. This flag is the only one ever to be displayed in the Rotunda of the US Capital and the only other flag to be flown over the White house other than the flag of the United States of America.

The problem is that while everyone knows the flag it seems we have forgotten the men. So I would like you to meet Michael John Burke…

b066pName: Michael John Burke
Rank/Branch: E3/US Marine Corps
Unit: Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
Date of Birth: 26 April 1946
Home City of Record: Chicago IL
Date of Loss: 19 October 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165400N 1071100E (YD344698)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 3
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0497
Other Personnel In Incident: Richard Mishuk, L.J. Lewandowski (both missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 1998.

 

SYNOPSIS:  On the morning of 19 October 1966, Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division was on a brief rest and relaxation break near the Cua Viet River, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. The members of Company D were using part of Company A’s facilities while there. Weather conditions that morning included warm temperature with rain showers and fair visibility. The local terrain included a sandy beach with a sparse growth of pine trees 50 meters from the water line and visibility of 200 to 300 meters. Further, small hamlets and fishing villages dotted the region.

The Marines arose at 0730 hours, had breakfast and began to enjoy a little more “down-time” before packing their gear and boarding US Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 63 for the trip back upriver to begin another patrol. At approximately 0930 hours, PFC Richard E. Mishuk and then LCpl. Michael J. Burke asked LCpl. Ronald A. Rihaly for permission to go swimming in the Cue Viet River. LCpl. Rihaly gave it and told them not to go outside of the regular swimming area.

Half an hour later Richard Mishuk and Michael Burke returned to the company area. They said that the water was warm and wanted to see if other Marines wanted to join them including LCpl. Rihaly. Ronald Rihaly declined the invitation, but PFC Leonard J. Lewandowski accepted and at 1015 hours the three Marines returned to the swimming area along the river. LCpl. Rihaly made a point of reminding LCpl. Burke that he was in charge of the swimming party and for them to be back soon because they needed to prepare to go back into the field later that afternoon. He noted that Michael Burke was dressed in red swim trunks while Richard Mishuk and Leonard Lewandowski were wearing green underwear for swim trunks.

At 1145 hours, PFC Burrell asked LCpl. Rihaly where the swimming party was since he needed them to return to the compound to prepare their gear for departure as well as for chow. Ronald Rihaly told him to check the regular swimming area. Ten minutes later, PFC Burrell returned to the company area and reported that he was unable to locate them.

Ronald Rihaly called another member of the company, LCpl. Bolar, who suggested the swimming party might have gone farther down the river then originally planned. To check out that possibility, Ronald Rihaly walked about halfway down to the dock to a point where he could see LCU 63 at its mooring across the river. Three men were playing with a dog near the unmanned LCU. One of the Americans was tall, wearing red swim trunks and resembled Michael Burke. The other two men were clad in green shorts. The cursory look and distance across the river made it impossible to positively identify the three as being the members of the swimming party.

Because LCpl. Rihaly believed it was Michael Burke, Richard Mishuk and Leonard Lewandowski, he returned to the company area and reported to LCpl. Bolar accordingly. Ronald Rihaly also recounted the fact that the gang line used by troops to board the LCU was broken and the three Marines probably believed that they would not be able to board LCU 63 for the return trip up river in a few hours as originally planned.

After lunch Ronald Rihaly again returned to the area where he could see where the LCU was moored. While he saw no sign of the three Marines either in the water or on the shore, he believed they were still in the immediate area and they might have even climbed aboard the LCU. No undue concern was raised at that time. However, attempts were made to contact LCU 63 through both the Shore Party Air Control Center and Company A’s Command Post in order to recall the swimming party, but no radio contact could be established.

By 1315 hours, and three hours after the members of the swimming party departed for the Cue Viet River, members of Company D believed that Richard Mishuk, Michael Burke and Leonard Lewandowski were no longer on or near the LCU. They began a thorough search of the company area in the hope they had returned to the compound unnoticed
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By 1410 hours, the search was expanded to the bank of the Cua Viet River. When no sign of the three Marines was found by 1530 hours, LCpl. Rihaly reported to Capt. R. F. Corcoran, the Company A Commander, that PFC Mishuk, PFC Lewandowski and LCpl. Burke were missing. The company commander immediately sent a search squad along the south side of the river and launched an O1 Bird Dog observation aircraft to conduct an initial aerial search before dark.

The next morning Capt. Corcoran initiated a formal search and rescue (SAR) operation. Another squad of Marines was dispatched on three amphibious tractors across the river. He ordered a more extensive aerial search of the entire sector using several O1 Bird Dogs. In addition to both sides of the river being thoroughly searched by air and ground, other patrols investigated the nearby villages and hamlets. The local residents were interviewed with the help of interpreters, but no one had seen or heard of the three Americans. Deteriorating weather conditions hampered the SAR operations. Finally when no trace of the members of the swimming party was found, the formal search was terminated on 22 October. At that time Michael Burke, Richard Mishuk and Leonard Lewandowski were declared Missing in Action.

The last known location of the swimming party was near the mouth of the Cua Viet River where it opened into the Gulf of Tonkin, approximately ½ mile northeast of Xam Tuam, 7 miles south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and 9 miles northeast of Dong Ha, Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

According to the Marine Corps, there is a good possibility Michael Burke, Richard Mishuk and Leonard Lewandowski drowned in the Cua Viet River and their remains were carried out to sea. If that is the case, there is virtually no chance each man’s remains can ever be recovered and returned to his family, friends and country. However, the area in which the three Americans vanished was not totally secure and there is an equally good possibility that they were captured by local Viet Cong forces and moved immediately to another location. If that is the case, their fate, like that of other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, could be quite different. Above all else, Michael Burke, Richard Mishuk and Leonard Lewandowski have the right not to be forgotten by the nation for which they gave their lives.

Disturbing testimony was given to congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese had stock piled bodies to return at politically advantageous times. Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia.

American servicemen in Vietnam were called upon to operate in many dangerous circumstances both on and off duty, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.

I grew up during the Vietnam War. I saw the way the soldiers were treated when they returned home and I watched as our government decided to forget the ones who didn’t.  This flag means nothing if we forget even one of these men. This movement began on a very simple principle. Pick one man and adopt him as your own. How would you feel if this was your father or brother or son or friend ? Would you just forget ?

If you say no then I encourage you to adopt Michael John Burke. He reminds us how easy our own loved ones can be forgotten. How do you adopt him ? By keeping his memory alive and sharing his story just as I have done here. Post his story on every social media site you are on. Encourage others to adopt him as well.

When you see people who display this flag ask them the name of their guy. If they don’t have one they ask them to adopt Michael John Burke.

Let’s put a face to this movement again. Help everyone Meet Michael John Burke !

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

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Hail the Victorious Dead !

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“Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country. Hail the victorious dead.” -King Theoden.

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom. This tradition predates recorded history. Here in the United States this practice became a national day of remembrance.  Originating after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War it was called Decoration Day. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. It was observed for the first time that year on May 30.  According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.

The name gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It  became more common  after World War II, but was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

In 1968  the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This resulted in Memorial Day moving from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Please do not confuse the two.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act you have a three day weekend. So while your enjoying your day off ..please take the time to remember why you have the day off.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

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about EntMoot

DSC00660Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) and Peregrin Took (Pippin) tried to convince Treebeard and the other Ent’s that their help was needed. They explained the dangers that they were all in. They even explained to the Ents that they were part of this world. It was not until the dangers of the outside world crossed their doorstep that they finally acted.

There are endless allegories that can be drawn from these character archetypes and their situation. We will begin by taking a macro view. The situation that is created by Merry and Pippin is one that all of us at some point in our lives are faced with…to withdraw from the world around us or to engage it and it’s problems. How should we interact with one another, as friends, as family, as neigbors, as coworkers,as countrymen ? What responsibilities does engaging the world bring and how do we handle them?

Entmoot is about who we are in and to the world.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

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