|Bunker Hill Monument|
|Major Jack Coughlin USAF|
AKA "Studly Fly Right"
In America Invades we wrote,
"Captain Jack Coughlin, a friend of mine (Chris Kelly’s) is a retired USAF C-130 pilot who flew “jingle runs” from Taiwan to Saigon in the 1970s. On a jingle run, his plane would be loaded with three wooden pallets; each pallet contained ten million dollars in stacks of twenty- dollar bills. This was how the USG helped to fund the South Vietnamese government. Similar tactics would be employed much later in Afghanistan and Iraq."
|Battle of Bunker Hill|
We had a fabulous lobster dinner at the historic Union Oyster house in Boston (http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/). This restaurant, founded in 1826, is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest continuously-serving restaurant in our country.
We met my nephew Chance Heath, a young entrepreneur, who is starting up a brand new All-American sock company called Heath Paine (http://heathpaine.com/). Their fashionable antimicrobial socks will start shipping in November of this year. At the risk of sounding redundant, I must declare, "Good luck Chance!"
|Cannon on "Old Ironsides"|
We hoisted a pint afterwards at one of the oldest bars in this country the Bell in Hand tavern which was established in 1795 (http://bellinhand.com/homepage). Noisy but fun.
We stayed at a friend's house in the quiet town of Cohasset just South of Boston.
We have no less than ten references to this splendid ship in our work, America Invades, including this...
"American independence from Britain obviously had its advantages, but one of its disadvantages was that merchant ships from the United States would no longer be under the protection of the powerful Royal Navy. In May 1794, war secretary Henry Knox decided it was time to do something about the Barbary pirates, and he appointed Philadelphian Joshua Humphreys “Constructor of the Navy of the United States.” Humphreys was a gifted naval architect who designed the 44-gun frigates (which could, in fact, carry over fifty guns), such as the USS Constitution, that were faster and more powerful than their European counterparts. By contrast, a typical British frigate had just thirty-two to thirty-six guns. Amazing, considering how old it is, the USS Constitution is still afloat today."
Thanks for your service Massachusetts Patriots!
Special thanks to Chris and Jane Moran.