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  • Minuteman, May 2019

    Tony ShoemehlFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst introduced guest speaker Tony Shoemehl, who spoke about the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, California. He noted that there have been eight ships named USS Hornet. The first Hornet was a sloop that was christened in 1775, and with her sister ship the USS Wasp were the first two ships of the Continental Navy. The second Hornet was a sloop that fought at Djerna in the Barbary War of 1805. The third Hornet was a sloop-of-war that fought in several battles in the War of 1812, carried out anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean Sea, and was lost at sea in 1829 off of Tampico, Mexico. The fourth Hornet was a 5-gun schooner used for inshore patrol and as a dispatch vessel from 1813-1829. The fifth Hornet was an iron-side wheeled steamship which was captured from the Confederate Navy in 1864, and used by the Union Navy for the remainder of the War Between the States. The sixth Hornet was a yacht purchased for use in the Spanish-American War of 1898, which defeated a superior force at Manzanillo, Cuba.

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  • Minuteman, April 2019

    howardJonesPresident Tim Ernst introduced guest speaker Howard Jones, who is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He retired as an entrepreneur in the battery industry. Howard served as a Commissioner on San Mateo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). He was Commander General (2014-16) of the Military Order of the Stars & Bars (MOS&B); the founder of the California Society, MOS&B; the former President of the Silicon Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; and President of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table. Howard is proud of both his American heritage and his Southern heritage. He is distantly related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    Howard Jones spoke on “Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans,” which took place in 1814-1815 at the conclusion of the War of 1812. Technically, the War of 1812 was already over because a treaty had been signed by Britain and the United States. However, the treaty had yet to be ratified by Britain or by the US senate, and history would have been significantly altered if Britain had won this battle.

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  • Minuteman, March 2019

    daleAmaralFollowing lunch, President Tim Ernst called upon Chief of Police Michael Carroll to introduce Commander Dale Amaral. He said Dale Amaral was an icon in law enforcement, and a personal role model. Chief Carroll met him at Chabot College, when he took a class taught by Amaral. Amaral made law enforcement sound like the best job in the world, and Carroll determined to pursue it as a career. Five years later, when Carroll took the test for the Newark Police Department, Amaral told him that he remembered him from class, and thought he would make a great police officer. Carroll said that Amaral was the most approachable boss he ever had, and he would not have missed being here to honor Amaral for the world. In his 53-year career, Amaral has had a huge impact on law enforcement.

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