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Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.-- Sun Tzu
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.]
1775: The Continental Congress authorizes construction of two warships, thus instituting an American naval force.
1776: Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.
1812: At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the American who have tried to invade Canada.
1917: The British drive the Turks from Seraijik.
1918: The British re-occupy Neuve Eglise and repel further attack.
1942: In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943: The government of Italy declares war on its former Axis partner Germany and joins the battle on the side of the Allies.
1951: Hill 851, the last peak comprising Heartbreak Ridge, was secured by the 23rd Regimental Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division after a fierce assault of bayonets, grenades and flame-throwers. Total allied casualties were over 3,700, more than 1,800 suffered by the 23rd Infantry RCT alone. Total enemy casualties were estimated 25,000. A total of 6,060 prisoners were taken.
1966: Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara declares at a news conference in Saigon that he found that military operations have "progressed very satisfactorily since 1965."
1970: In a report prepared at the request of President Nixon, counterinsurgency expert Sir Robert Thompson explains that smashing the Viet Cong is a prerequisite for solving the political troubles of South Vietnam.