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The most difficult thing about planning against the Americans, is that they do not read their own doctrine, and they would feel no particular obligtion to follow it if they did.-- Admiral Sergei I. Gorshkov
RONC is an acronym for "Republic of NantucketCutter." The commanding officers or officers-in-charge of Coast Guard cuttersthat are assigned to or visit Nantucket play the "Ring Game" with the NantucketAngler's Club for "ownership" of the cutter. If the skipper loses, thenthe Nantucket Angler's Club becomes the cutter's owner. The skipper is entitled todecide the newly acquired cutter's "RON" name. [It's all done infun.]
1862: Union general Ulysses Grantís cavalry received a setback in an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, Mississippi.
1864: Confederate General Hood sent Nathan Bedford Forrestís cavalry and a division of infantry towards Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1864: The naval landing force under Commander Preble participated in heavy fighting around Tulifinny Crossroads, Georgia, while Federal troops attempted to cut the Savannah-Charleston Railway and join with the advancing forces of General Sherman.
1904: Japanese destroyed Russian fleet at Port Arthur in Korea.
1941: The LEXINGTON, one of the two largest aircraft carriers employed by the United States during World War II, makes its way across the Pacific in order to carry a squadron of dive bombers to defend Midway Island from an anticipated Japanese attack.
1942: Japanese forces repel a strong US attack on their defensive positions at Buna, New Guinea.
1950: U.N. forces withdraw from Pyongyang as Chinese forces move in.
1978: In an effort to prop up an unpopular pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union signs a "friendship treaty" with the Afghan government agreeing to provide economic and military assistance.
1997: Pres. Clinton said US troops in Haiti will continue their presence. Some 300-500 troops were posted on a rotating basis for civil affairs work with an additional 150 US military police for security.
1997: Turkish troops began an offensive against Turkish Kurds in northern Iraq. The 20,000 man force was to be assisted by 8,000 men of the Kurdistan Democratic party, an Iraqi group.