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For US Navy veterans, or anyone else who's been there, the sadness at the Arizona Memorial is palpable. Like walking the fields of Ypres or crossing Burnside's Bridge at Antietam, the dead call out to us. We do not forget. The only glory in war belongs to the warriors. Rest well, shipmates. We have the watch.
Avenge_December_7 posted a topic in Off-Topichttps://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1990/01/05/chers-dirty-dance-embarrasses-navy/c7676fce-b1d3-44a8-8e5f-bfce3ebd952a/?utm_term=.a73ea4c1fde2 http://articles.latimes.com/1989-11-17/local/me-1483_1_retired-navy https://www.wearethemighty.com/cher-navy-music-video The US military, the navy included, sometimes allows Hollywood to borrow various things for its projects, everything from personnel to full-blown warships. For instance, the Essex-class carrier USS Lexington (CV-16), now a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas, was used as Akagi in the films Tora, Tora, Tora! (1978) and Pearl Harbor (2001), as well as the three Yorktown sisters in Midway (1976). However, a curious exception is that, since 1989, the US Navy has not allowed a single music video to be filmed aboard its warships. The reason to this can be traced back to a certain American singer's album. While Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as the American singer and actress Cher, initially had a very poor impression of the song "If I Could Turn Back Time", the song (which was part of an album named "Heart of Stone") eventually came to be seen as a major part of her comeback in the late 1980s, charting #1 in Australia and Norway, #3 in the US and #6 in the UK. It has also been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was Cher's second consecutive solo #1 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. However, for the US Navy, the song was basically the Miley Cyrus straddling a wrecking ball of the time. Cher's outfit proved much more...exposed than the Navy expected, and indeed caused quite a stir at the time. MTV initially banned it, and several veterans groups criticized it (even though it would appear that the sailors on board the Missouri who were participating in the video's filming had very few objections). The fact that USS Missouri was the sight of the Japanese surrender in 1945 and its resulting historical importance only added fuel to the fire. A second cleaned-up video was eventually released, but the damage was done, and no music video has been filmed on a USN warship ever since. As for the song, its most recent usage has been in the closing credits and post-credits scene of Deadpool 2. To quote the Washington Post, "If battleships could blush, the USS Missouri would be bright red." The Music Video in question (not sure if it's the sanitized one or the original):
Valin_2017 posted a topic in Historical Discussions and StudiesHappy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy! The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies.” The foe at the time was Great Britain, whose navy ruled the seas. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy had grown to about fifty ships. In 1789, the U.S. Constitution guaranteed the navy’s future by granting Congress the power “To provide and maintain a navy.” George Washington once said that “as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive—and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” Those words are even more appropriate in the twenty-first century when U.S. interests span the globe. To serve and protect those interests the U.S. Navy today has 286 deployable ships, more than 3,700 operational aircraft, 328,267 active duty personnel, 98,748 reserve personnel, and more than 210,000 civilian employees. (Snip) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________