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Posted: 6/5/2001 9:14:24 AM EDT
Philippine Gunmen Ambush U.S. Sailors; One Missing Reuters MANILA, Philippines (June 5) - A U.S. Navy sailor was missing Tuesday after gunmen ambushed a group of American Navy men on a mountain trek north of the Philippine capital Manila, officials said. The five sailors ''were ambushed by a group of eight armed people...while descending Mount Pinatubo,'' a volcano 60 miles north of Manila, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. The statement said the gunmen had identified themselves as communist rebels. There were no reports that any of the men were injured. The statement said four of the five returned safely to base but ''one of the American climbers is missing.'' It said the five Americans had gone on a trek to the volcano accompanied by three Philippine navy personnel and local guides. Brig.-Gen. Enrique Galang, police commander in the area, had earlier told Reuters there was no indication the gunmen had taken the American ''because, otherwise, why would they let the others go?'' ''It is possible he got separated from the others...we are launching search operations,'' Galang said. Galang said the gunmen disarmed the Philippine navy personnel before letting the group go. The U.S. sailors, who were not carrying weapons, are in the Philippines to take part in joint military exercises. The mountain trek was not part of the exercise. Communist rebels are known to be active in the area around Mount Pinatubo. REUTERS Reut10:39 06-05-01 Copyright 2001 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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This is a SEAL team mission if there ever was one. Team One should have a "joint exercise" with the Phillippine army around Mt. Pinatubo till this guy is found. And if he isnt found alive- they should just stay there for a while.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 10:57:31 AM EDT
Galang said the gunmen disarmed the Philippine navy personnel before letting the group go. The U.S. sailors, who were not carrying weapons, are in the Philippines to take part in joint military exercises.
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WTF??? Why the heck weren't our boy packing? If they had guns, they could have taken those commies out.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 11:27:35 AM EDT
Sounds like a liberty excursion. You don't go packin on liberty.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 11:30:28 AM EDT
and 10 to 1 even if it was an assignment and they were packin they had no bulletts not even blanks thats just movie stuff....durring the gulf war they didnt want soldiers to have a magazine (unloaded) in the weapon at most ports while on guard dutty
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 11:58:42 AM EDT
We definitely need to explain in great detail to these communist bastards that the price for screwing with US personnel is prohibitively high. They wouldn't have had weapons if they were on a "mountain trek," but what I don't understand is why they came back without their shipmate? Send one back for reinforcements and continue to patrol for your missing man. That's what keeping faith is all about. FMCDH Semper Fidelis Jarhead out.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 12:54:54 PM EDT
I say commence naval bombardment assisted with high altititude carpet bombing.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 1:30:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By uncle buck: Sounds like a liberty excursion. You don't go packin on liberty.
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Then you don't go on liberty!
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 1:32:59 PM EDT
Now why were these guys hiking in a area known to be a active operating area for Marxist guerillias? This is a serious lack of common sense. Then again the Navy has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of common sense lately- like letting a destroyer traveling alone stop and refuel in a port known to contain terrorist operatives and where threats had been made against Americans...
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 1:37:09 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/5/2001 2:18:59 PM EDT
MILF,MILF MILF...(mom I'd like to...)
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 4:18:11 PM EDT
I second sending SEAL Team One.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 4:19:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By burn: and 10 to 1 even if it was an assignment and they were packin they had no bulletts not even blanks thats just movie stuff....durring the gulf war they didnt want soldiers to have a magazine (unloaded) in the weapon at most ports while on guard dutty
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Where the hell was this? We got over there in early august, and were loaded from the time we stepped off the birds, till the war ended. the only time we weren't loaded was when we were doing training stuff.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 5:09:52 PM EDT
Here is what the Communist News Network has to say about the incident- which they buried way back in the Asia section of the World page on their website![:(!][:X*]
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. sailor is missing in the jungles of the Philippines after his hiking group came under rebel fire, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The sailor's name was not immediately released. A 100-member Filipino search party was to get under way at daybreak. Officials said the sailor and four others were being escorted by Philippine soldiers on a site-seeing hike through the jungles of Mount Pinatubo when eight communist guerrillas ambushed them. The missing sailor was ahead of his group when the firefight broke out, officials said. Officials do not believe the missing sailor was taken prisoner, although a separate guerrilla group in recent days has taken Americans hostage on a southern island as part of an ongoing campaign of violence. Pressed on whether the sailor was kidnapped, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said the sailor was in "a different location than where the NPA members were" and that there was no "visual confirmation" he was captured. Sailors had army escort None of the others was injured in the firefight, Quigley said, and the Officials said the sailor and four others were being escorted by Philippine soldiers on a site-seeing hike through the jungles of Mount Pinatubo when eight communist guerrillas ambushed them. The missing sailor was ahead of his group when the firefight broke out, officials said. Officials do not believe the missing sailor was taken prisoner, although a separate guerrilla group in recent days has taken Americans hostage on a southern island as part of an ongoing campaign of violence. Pressed on whether the sailor was kidnapped, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said the sailor was in "a different location than where the NPA members were" and that there was no "visual confirmation" he was captured. None of the others was injured in the firefight, Quigley said, and the guerrillas eventually allowed the group to proceed down the mountain, but only after the Filipino armed escorts turned over their weapons. Quigley said the group was not taken hostage at any point. Hiking trips 'not uncommon' The rebel group was identified as the New People's Army, the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines that has waged an armed struggle pushing its cause since 1969. Mount Pinatubo, a volcanic peak that erupted in 1991 after hundreds of years of being dormant, is in the northern Philippines. Quigley said it is not uncommon for U.S. sailors to hike the mountain when they come into port -- tours that the United States arranges with the Philippines government. "This is a very popular activity for tourists to undertake, (to) climb up Mount Pinatubo and back down," he said. "There has never been an incident of this type before."
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[i]"This is a very popular activity for tourists to undertake, (to) climb up Mount Pinatubo and back down," he said. "There has never been an incident of this type before."[/i] Didn't the Navy say the same thing about having ships sailing alone stop and refuel in Yemen? What the fuck kind of thinking do we have these days in the USN?
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 5:21:08 PM EDT
Philippine troops to search for missing US sailor By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) - The Philippine military will conduct an extensive search at daybreak for an American sailor missing after gunmen opened fire on a U.S. Navy group hiking on Mount Pinatubo volcano, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. "The intentions of the Philippine military are to mount a first-light ... search using, initially, 100 members of the Philippine military," and possibly helicopters to look for the sailor, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said. The sailor had been lagging behind four other U.S. Navy personnel and their four Filipino navy escorts when the group was ambushed by eight armed men who identified themselves as members of the New People's Army (NPA). Gunfire was exchanged between the attackers and the armed Filipino escorts as they descended Mount Pinatubo, which erupted in 1991 in one of the century's biggest volcanic blasts forcing the closure of Clark Air Force Base, till then one of the largest U.S. military bases overseas. None of the four Americans was harmed and all returned safely to the bottom of the mountain after the Filipino escorts negotiated with the NPA members, Quigley said. U.S. authorities do not believe the missing sailor, who was not identified, was taken hostage, Quigley said. Fears of a kidnapping were sparked by the recent abduction by Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf rebels of three American tourists and 17 Filipinos in the southern Philippines. "We have no reason to suspect that he was taken prisoner, but you certainly can't rule that out," Quigley said. The reason U.S. officials do not believe the sailor was kidnapped was because he has not been seen with members of the NPA, a leftist group fighting for a Marxist state in the Philippines for more than three decades, Quigley said. "He was in a different location than where the NPA members were," Quigley said. What motivated the group to fire on the Americans had not been determined, he added. The sailors were on liberty from three U.S. ships in port that were participating in bilateral military exercises. The hiking tour to the summit of the volcano had been arranged by the U.S. embassy. Mount Pinatubo, 100 km (60 miles) north of Manila, became a tourist attraction after its erupted in June 1991 killing more than 700 people and making about 100,000 homeless. 16:44 06-05-01 Copyright 2001 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 5:22:54 PM EDT
EVERYONE in the Phillipines is packing, why not servicemen?
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 5:31:27 PM EDT
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The missing SM is probably shacking up at the local whore house. US$50.00 sure does go a long way.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 7:29:04 PM EDT
My unit just got back from PI a few days ago. They were originally secured to base, but got a chance to leave a few times. They would never, ever allow us to carry firearms off base. That just wouldn't happen. I was in Olongapo during the fiftieth anniversary of the fall of Corregidor (on leave), but my hosts would not let me leave the house. They said that there were many NPA in that area, and I would never be seen again. I believed them then, and I would believe them now.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 7:49:50 PM EDT
All this talk about the P.I. is making me thirsty and horny. I could go for an ice cold San Miguel and an L.B.F.M.. God, I miss Magsaysay drive.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 8:54:13 AM EDT
Missing Sailor Sought in Philippines By SEAN YOONG .c The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine troops searched the slopes of Mount Pinatubo on Wednesday for a U.S. sailor who was missing after suspected communist guerillas attacked American and Filipino military personnel near the popular tourist destination. Navy Lt. Scott Alan Washburn was believed to be lost on the 4,740-foot mountain, which brims with small craters and volcanic debris, said Rigoberto Tiglao, spokesman for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. There was no sign of him as night fell. A helicopter search over an area of about 4 square miles was called off until daybreak. About 100 troops continued a ground search. Mount Pinatubo is about 55 miles north of Manila. The five Americans, dressed in street clothes, were descending the volcano with four armed military escorts and two tour guides Tuesday when the suspected guerrillas fired. There were at least 30 attackers, some wearing ski masks and armed with AK-47s, M-16s and grenade launchers, said Elmer Cato, a spokesman for the U.S.-Filipino military exercises the servicemen had been %mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:MLA107-060601; AUDIO:%mlink) participating in. Five of the attackers approached the group and took two M-16s and two pistols from the Filipino soldiers. They identified themselves as members of the New People's Army, which has been fighting a Marxist insurgency throughout the Philippines for more than three decades but recently reopened peace talks with the government. When the assailants left after about an hour, the group realized Washburn was missing. Failing to find him, they trekked back to Clark Airfield in Pampanga province. Arroyo ordered the military to ``exert all efforts'' to find Washburn, Tiglao said, adding that the American was probably lost in the expanse surrounding the volcano. ``There were no bloodstains in the area, so we believe he was unwounded in the attack,'' Cato said. ``The lieutenant is an experienced trekker, so he should be safe.'' Cato said the attackers did not seem to realize that the Americans were military personnel. None were wounded in the gunfire; one suffered a minor injury when he fell on a piece of wood. Washburn, 33, of Celina, Ohio, is a 15-year Navy veteran who has been in the Philippines five times, Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Davis said in Washington said. ``I don't know if he's alive. I hope he is. They can't rule out that he's been captured,'' the sailor's father, Donald Washburn of St. Mary's, Ohio, said Wednesday. ``He'll be found. I know he will.'' Filipino and U.S. forces are conducting joint exercises in the Philippines' Subic Bay. About 3,000 troops from both sides are participating in the 11-day exercise that began last Friday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said in Washington that the Mount Pinatubo tour was part of a ``very carefully structured liberty program'' worked out by the U.S. Embassy. It was the first time there had been a problem. Cato said it was unlikely the incident was related to a hostage crisis in the southern Philippines, where Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels are holding about 20 captives, including three Americans, on Basilan island, about 550 miles south of Manila.
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So this actually makes 4 Americans missing in the Phillippines. No hue and cry at all, no one gives a damn.[:(!][pissed][puke]
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 8:33:08 PM EDT
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I was in Olongapo during the fiftieth anniversary of the fall of Corregidor (on leave), but my hosts would not let me leave the house. They said that there were many NPA in that area, and I would never be seen again. I believed them then, and I would believe them now.
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I was there then, too but I was out on a Gordon street roll. We weren't confined to base (moored at NAVMAG). Maybe you had too many pitchers of mojo and passed out at the Spanish Gate and just thought you couldn't leave. I too miss Magsaysay, San Miguel, monkey meat, and the LBFMs. Slim's, D'Office, The Both Bar, Rock Lobster, Top Gun, Ahhhh.................
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 4:52:18 AM EDT
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This guy's hardly a sailor, but here's the article anyway: [image]http://communities.msn.com/_Secure/0NwBBB8kTgR9rtM5saaGe3VKAXJ5bd9suaR6Uz7j4FjTp­lAJdmnE*1a7qnGWDews7ZbnwqdQr9y!GfCXu7ts8zQ/umax3.jpg[/image]
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 9:07:14 AM EDT
Well good that only brings it down to three Americans being held captive. [rolleyes] Remember when they were holding our people hostage in Lebanon? The national news outlets had something about them every night, or so it seemed. Why no news coverage about the three that Abu Sayaff are holding in the south?
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 9:41:07 AM EDT
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The last time the Abu Sayyaf took hostages, there where two gusy here from Finland taken when the were on a diving trip, watched them sit there for 6 months, things turned out well and they returned to Finland but since there were other westeners there i would have suspected an op against them, maybe this time they will show them that you can´t fuck off big countries time after time. Put the DEVGRU or "D" boys on it.
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