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Who the hell is Dusty Rodes?

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Does he get any special skills or in-game voice, or anything special? Other than a first name not in the generator?

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Dusty Rodes is a commentary on the state of West Virginia's infrastructure more specifically the roads. They were really scrapping the bottom of the barrel with that name. Anyone else think that WV should earn Coal instead of credit?

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2 minutes ago, Florendo19 said:

Dusty Rodes is a commentary on the state of West Virginia's infrastructure more specifically the roads. They were really scrapping the bottom of the barrel with that name. Anyone else think that WV should earn Coal instead of credit?

John Denver never been to West Virginia, surprise anyone just assumes John Denver knows the road

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Someone that will NEVER be implicated in any #MeToo or other scandal, ever.

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16 minutes ago, Primace said:

Does he get any special skills or in-game voice, or anything special? Other than a first name not in the generator?

I'm with the others regarding the play on "roads".

 

However, there was a notable Dusty Rhodes from the Vietnam War: Battle of Rach Ba Rai Creek (15-16 SEP 1967)

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2 hours ago, Primace said:

John Denver never been to West Virginia, surprise anyone just assumes John Denver knows the road

Denver talks about how he and the other two song writers got out an atlas and just started looking for place names that fit the song.  West Virginia fit they rhythm of the song, that's all.  Sorry, West Virginians.

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I worked with a Rocky Harbour many years ago in West Texas ... never got to meet his sister, Sandy.  True story. 

That took a lot of imagination on their parents' part.   :cap_hmm:

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Closest naval history reference (a stretch):

On 15 September 1967, River assault boats of the Mobile Riverine Force (TF-117) fought one of their bloodiest engagements of the year against entrenched Viet Cong (VC) forces along the Rach Ba Rai Creek in the Dinh Tuong Province, Vietnam. On this day, a naval convoy transporting elements of the 9th U.S. Army Division was ambushed from both sides of the stream by Viet Cong in fortified bunkers. As recoilless rifle rounds and rockets slammed into minesweepers, monitors, and Armored Troop Carriers (ATC’s), Lieutenant Commander Francis E. “Dusty” Rhodes, the commander of the convoy’s 23 assault craft, issued a terse order by radio: “Fire all weapons.” Dozens of Navy guns responded, some at point blank range.

https://www.navalhistory.org/2010/09/15/battle-of-rach-ba-rai-creek-15-16-september-1967

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/4076

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1 minute ago, galspanic said:

Is this ship named after West Virginia the state or West Virginia the Western part of Virginia?

The state. 

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1 minute ago, galspanic said:

Is this ship named after West Virginia the state or West Virginia the Western part of Virginia?

It's actually named for the northwestern portion of South Dakota and southeastern Montana.

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33 minutes ago, galspanic said:

Is this ship named after West Virginia the state or West Virginia the Western part of Virginia?

Battleships are always named after states.  The only exception was USS Kearsarge (BB-5), the lead ship of her class of pre-dreadnought battleships.

United States ship naming conventions for the U.S. Navy were established by Congressional action at least as early as 1862. Title Thirteen, Chapter Six, of the United States Code

"The vessels of the Navy shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy under direction of the President according to the following rule:

Sailing-vessels of the first class shall be named after the States of the Union, those of the second class after the rivers, those of the third class after the principal cities and towns and those of the fourth class as the President may direct."

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42 minutes ago, DrHolmes52 said:

The state. 

But all the things in the John Denver song are in Western Virginia.

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Just now, galspanic said:

But all the things in the John Denver song are in Western Virginia.

I think they started naming BB's before that song came out.

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3 minutes ago, ClayMoore_TPF said:

So, anyone know of special skills? That's sort of relevant to my purchasing decision.

None, just 10 pts.

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Raleigh "Dusty" Rhodes - was a Naval Aviator during WWII and a member of the Blue Angels fighter group.  I'm sure they didn't want to use his actual name, but wanted to pay homage to a real WWII hero.  The USS West Virginia (BB-48) was a Colorado Class Battleship that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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59 minutes ago, DocWalker said:

Battleships are always named after states.  The only exception was USS Kearsarge (BB-5), the lead ship of her class of pre-dreadnought battleships.

United States ship naming conventions for the U.S. Navy were established by Congressional action at least as early as 1862. Title Thirteen, Chapter Six, of the United States Code

"The vessels of the Navy shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy under direction of the President according to the following rule:

Sailing-vessels of the first class shall be named after the States of the Union, those of the second class after the rivers, those of the third class after the principal cities and towns and those of the fourth class as the President may direct."

That was true up through WWII.  In the last 30 years or so, it has changed a bit.

The boomers (SSBNs) started out with dead President names, but the Ohio class in the 80s was mostly state names.  The Los Angeles class SSNs were named for cities, and the latest SSNs use state names (Virginia class).  Current cruisers (just the Aegis cruisers left, that are classified as CGs) are battle names, mostly.   

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45 minutes ago, NaClK9 said:

Raleigh "Dusty" Rhodes - was a Naval Aviator during WWII and a member of the Blue Angels fighter group.  I'm sure they didn't want to use his actual name, but wanted to pay homage to a real WWII hero.  The USS West Virginia (BB-48) was a Colorado Class Battleship that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He flew off Enterprise for a time.  That's why the name rang a bell with me.  I remembered him from "The Big E" (book)

 

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