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General Discussion / Re: OUR MILITARY.
« Last post by 68jk09 on Today at 01:23:03 AM »

Subject: Living in a Military Town
 
Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently  encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces, and 6th Army Rangers.
 
My home is exactly 5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB. Most folks in the USA don't live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in uniform walking the streets and jets over head daily. They go on with their lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about. And that's OK .... but I want to share with you what it's like to live in a Military Town. We see guys in uniform all the time, we have state of the art, high performance aircraft in the air nearby all day long. We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22, or F-35 streaks over the house ..... and we read in the local paper, some times daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in combat in the Middle East. And that is what brings me to the reason for this email.
 
Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area. He was killed on April 8, 2017 while fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. In January of this year, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. He promised his adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School graduation. He didn't make it. But she went to graduation anyway. And in the audience were eighty (80) US 7th Army Special Forces soldiers from her dad's unit in full Parade Dress Uniform. Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well.
 
And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP. And when she was presented her diploma they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED , WHISTLED .... and YES, CRIED. Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered. Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad ..... but she had 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his place.
 
I just wanted to share this moment with you ..... and remind you that THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN. THIS is the real America we all love ..... and I'm proud to be part of it. May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much. (Take a second to pass this along to someone you know. It's the least we can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces, United States Army.)
 
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History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by guitarman314 on Today at 12:51:05 AM »
1960 Ward LaFrance FireBrand 1000 GPM pumpers were assigned to the following companies:

E 240,E 42, E 311, E 163, E 46, E 40, E 288, E 82, E 249, E 159, E 204, E 209, E 272, E 216, E 331, E 217, E 217-2, E 5, E 220, E 226, E 157, E 235, E 164, E 260, E 278, E 297, E 298, E 325, E 94, SQ 2

Note - There were 16 FireBrand pumpers assigned and then reassigned to various companies during their periods of service.   


Some FDNY companies with FireBrand pumpers:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  I believe there was a typo error in the WLF book:  E40, not 240 had #5925 1960 WLF ;) E240 was running with a 1953 WLF #3301 until 1970.
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History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by guitarman314 on Today at 12:42:34 AM »
Further research info from the Mand Library re L137:
L137 was assigned registration # 322 on 12/1/66. This was a 1937 Seagrave 85 foot wooden tiller that was originally assigned to L27 on 5/3/37 and served there until 4/17/56 when replaced by a 1956 ALF 85 foot metal aerial. After that it was used as a spare for many years until going to L137 on 12/1/66. It was pulled, later in its career, by a 1948 Ward La France military style tractor. It still carried the FDNY registration # of 322, even though the tractor carried the number 1843 in a special series of registration numbers. A total of twenty of those 1948 WLF tractors went into service in 1948, with nineteen originally pulling older tillered wooden aerials and one attached to the 1898 Hale water tower of Water Tower 1 They were preceded by twenty similar, but not identical, WLF tractors in 1947. The only visual difference was the 1947s having a large single spotlight mounted on the windshield. The 1948 had two smaller spotlights mounted, one each, on each side of the windshield. Nineteen of the 1947 WLF tractors also were originally attached to older wooden tillers, with one attached to the 1904 Hale water tower of Water Tower 2.
  Thanks HCO, that answered my question. ;)
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Brooklyn / Re: 8/22/2017 All Hands Brooklyn Box 3953
« Last post by UnitWithTheUrgent on August 22, 2017, 10:56:36 PM »
Same box/address was out around 21:15 hrs, L-132 gave a 10-40 code 2.
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Brooklyn / Re: 8/22/2017 All Hands Brooklyn Box 3953
« Last post by 1261Truckie on August 22, 2017, 10:16:14 PM »
3953 - 280 & 132's Home Box
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General Discussion / Re: ANOTHER WAR YEARS VET PASSES.
« Last post by 68jk09 on August 22, 2017, 09:27:03 PM »
RET CPT PATRICK J. CONNOLLY ENG*65....Viewing/Visitation: (as per Rebecca @ Funeral Home)

IN Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church
100-05 159th Avenue Howard Beach, NY 11414
(Under Supv. of Casey-Porrello Funeral Home - (718) 843-7820 )
Wed. 8/23 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 pm
Thurs 8/24 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 pm

Funeral Mass: Same Church Friday 8/25 10:30 am

Interment: St. John Cemetery
80-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village, Qns NY 11379
REST IN PEACE BROTHER....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.

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Apparatus / Re: Companies Awaiting New Arrivals
« Last post by Signal73 on August 22, 2017, 08:26:14 PM »
L-103 still running a spare old L-150
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History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by HCO on August 22, 2017, 08:03:25 PM »
Further research info from the Mand Library re L137:
L137 was assigned registration # 322 on 12/1/66. This was a 1937 Seagrave 85 foot wooden tiller that was originally assigned to L27 on 5/3/37 and served there until 4/17/56 when replaced by a 1956 ALF 85 foot metal aerial. After that it was used as a spare for many years until going to L137 on 12/1/66. It was pulled, later in its career, by a 1948 Ward La France military style tractor. It still carried the FDNY registration # of 322, even though the tractor carried the number 1843 in a special series of registration numbers. A total of twenty of those 1948 WLF tractors went into service in 1948, with nineteen originally pulling older tillered wooden aerials and one attached to the 1898 Hale water tower of Water Tower 1 They were preceded by twenty similar, but not identical, WLF tractors in 1947. The only visual difference was the 1947s having a large single spotlight mounted on the windshield. The 1948 had two smaller spotlights mounted, one each, on each side of the windshield. Nineteen of the 1947 WLF tractors also were originally attached to older wooden tillers, with one attached to the 1904 Hale water tower of Water Tower 2.

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