On 18 July 1965, for Commander Jeremiah Denton, having his A-6 Bomber shot down was just the beginning of a bad day. Denton and his navigator/bombardier, Lt (JG) Bill Tschudy ejected over North Vietnam and were captured.
That was Denton in 1966. Did you notice him blinking his eyes? Neither did his Communist captures. The Office of Naval Intelligence sure caught it. Using morse code, Denton spelled out
This passed on confirmation that American POWs were being tortured by the Vietnamese. With this daring act a defiance, Denton risked being beaten to death.
For this act, he was awarded the Navy Cross.
On February 12, 1973, both Denton and Tschudy were released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese along with numerous other American POWs during Operation Homecoming.
“Hell yeah, let’s build a statue here” –No one in particular.
For thousands of years people have been building and erecting statues and monuments. Here is our list of monuments that can be described as at least … odd.
Many folks have tried and succeeded in reaching the South Pole. Many encampments have been manned and then abandoned. But when the Soviets reached the Point of Inaccessibilty (The point on the Antarctic continent that is the most distant from any coast.) in 1957, they decided to plunk down a statue of Lenin to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The weather and isolation insure that the statue should remain as untouched as the trinkets left on the Moon.
Speaking of the Moon, the Apollo Astronauts left experiments, equipment and garbage on the Moon. And if that’s not a fitting monument to mankind, how about this.
The official reason for leaving the artifact was for intelligent life forms that would potentially come across it.
‘This is the family of Astronaut Charlie Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972,’ the spaceman wrote on the back of the picture. Duke has mentioned that he was making good a bet with his young son Charles Jr. Proof.
France gave us the Statue of Liberty and that was pretty cool. But then in 2006, Russian President Putin commissioned and erected a memorial to the victims of September 11th. In Bayonne, New Jersey. Yes, our New Jersey. Many have described as a gigantic vagina complete with stainless steel “Joy Button”.
In the days before GPS and TACAN, the Air Mail had to go through. It was the 1920’s and the pilots of the fledgling U.S. Air Mail Service followed railroads to get where they were going. Many got lost, crashed and some died. To help them, Congress created a system of arrows the pilot could spot from the air. Pointing out which way to go. They were improved by mounting a lighted tower on the square in the middle. The system was used for a few years and abandoned in the 1930’s when better navigation instruments were invented.
The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. sports a gargoyle of Darth Vader. Sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter and carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, it’s the design of Christopher Rader of Kearney, Nebraska. Rader’s rendition of Vader was the third place winner of a children’s competition sponsored by the National Geographic World Magazine.
Capitalizing on this coincidence, the town has built a Star Trek–themed tourist station (the Tourism and Trek Station), which provides tourist information, displays Star Trek memorabilia, provides unique photo opportunities, and allows visitors to participate in The Vulcan Space Adventurevirtual reality game. Nearby, a replica of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek V has been mounted on a pedestal which includes writing from Trek alien languages like Klingon. The town has also created space-themed murals and signs, and hosts an annual community-wide Star Trek convention known as “Spock Days”. This convention attracts hundreds of Star Trek fans from around the world.
Secret Vietnam Memorial
In a secret location, far from the beaten path stands a solemn memorial to soldiers of the Vietnam War. Coins and cartridges have been left in homage and the park rangers keep the location from being on any map. So we will NOT entertain any guesses here.
When it was erected is a mystery. How it got there is secret, although there are rumors that one person helicoptered into position in the dead of night. How appropriate.
The translation is there on the American/English side of the memorial, “Neu khoc than …. den NGAN THU” : “If by weeping I can…. a THOUSAND AUTUMNS”; it is in the form of a poem in Vietnamese. FYI, in Viet literature, NGAN THU means afterlife, eternity”.
In 1966, a 12 foot winged monster was seen in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Newspapers of the time dubbed the creature “Mothman”. In 2003, Gunn Park was renamed Mothman Park, and a “life size” 12-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of Mothman was unveiled.
Richard Dotson, along with his wife Catherine, gravesite markers are located at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport near the shoulder of a runway. Read why they rest here.
On April 26th, 1986 , Reactor 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Shortly after the accident, firefighters arrived to try to extinguish the fires. First on the scene was a Chernobyl Power Station firefighter brigade under the command of Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik, who died on 9th May 1986 of acute radiation sickness. They were not told how dangerously radioactive the smoke and the debris were, and may not even have known that the accident was anything more than a regular electrical fire: “We didn’t know it was the reactor. No one had told us.”
We’re asking Loyal Readers to come to the Fore and find the location of this odd monument.