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The Grey Beard Biker has so many motorcycle roads he loves to ride. He also counts himself as fortunate that he lives in Tennessee – a state with countless such roads. One of his favorites is in the mountains of East Tennessee – Newfound Gap Road.

Also known as US Hwy 441, Newfound Gap Road connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina. Roughly 35 miles long, Newfound Gap Road offers well-banked sweeping curves, switchbacks, beautiful vistas and Grey Beard’s favorite – a steeply banked 360 degree curve going through a tunnel – which offers those of us with loud pipes a chance to scare anyone else in the tunnel! There are ample pull-offs so you will have plenty of opportunities for selfies and panorama shots to chronicle your ride. But a word of caution is in order: do not expect to blast along Newfound Gap Road dragging your floorboards. The speed limit is 45 and there are always plenty of tourists gawking at the beautiful views – especially when the leaves are in their full glory. Just riding roundtrip on the Gap, with normal traffic, will take you well over 2 1/2 hours.

From Newfound Gap Road, you can connect to other great motorcycle roads including Moonshiner 28, the Tail of the Dragon and the Blue Ridge Parkway – the first two of which, offer floorboard dragging at its very best. Here is an overview of the route of Newfound Gap Road, from Gatlinburg:

Gatlinburg to Cherokee via Newfound Gap Road

Check out the following GoPro video, from your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker. You know he provides this to you because he loves you too.

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the areas surrounding it, provides bikers with some of the most beautiful riding anywhere in the United States. From steep, winding passes through rock bluffs, to gorges running along rivers and backroads heading to little known waterfalls, this area has it all.

Bald River Falls

Your lovable Grey Beard Biker heads to East Tennessee every chance he gets. We are very fortunate to have close friends who know the area well and have helped us discover some beautiful places away from the traffic and tourists. One of these places is Bald River Falls. While it’s very close to the Cherohala National Scenic Byway, most of the tourists don’t notice the sign to Bald River Falls and drive right by River Road. Many times when we have visited the falls, we have only had to share its majesty with ten or twelve other admirers.

But Bald River Falls is only the destination. The journey is just as special. You get to Bald River Falls by riding east, approximately 4 miles, on Tennessee Hwy 165 – the Cherohala Skyway – from the junction of Tennessee Hwy 360, in Tellico Plains. You will have started climbing into the mountains by this point and will see a sign for River Road and Bald River Falls. Turn right on River Road and follow it approximate seven miles to Bald River Falls.

Directions from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Bald River Falls

This section of River Road is paved, with beautiful views of the Tellico River, its bluffs and other small waterfalls. While not overly technical, there are plenty of tight curves and narrow bridges to navigate. While River Road continues past Bald River Falls, it does turn to gravel – so rider beware. Your lovable Grey Beard Biker highly suggests that you turn around at this point and ride back to the Cherohala Skyway and ride it into North Carolina. From there you can ride lots of other great roads like Moonshiner 28, the Tail of the Dragon or Wayah Road.

Now, get our there and do some riding!

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Some stuff just can’t be made up. We live in a world of fake news. Facebook is especially guilty of making sure liberal news headlines reach everyone’s news feed. But today, Personal Defense World shared portions of an article which was written by Thom Hartmann, a fellow at the Independent Media Institute, and who is regularly published in Salon magazine.

If the article was not so entirely preposterous, it would probably have never made any news sites whatsoever – besides Facebook.

Here are some of the key findings listed in the article.

  1. With a gun in his hand, a man can look around the room, a building, or a public area and specifically identify who will instantaneously die and whom he will allow to live.
  2. The power of life and death is greater and more intoxicating than any other power; it’s one of the reasons why some men are specifically drawn to these professions (priesthood, doctors, police and soldiers) and have historically tried to regulate them to be male-only.
  3. If you are not a male and have never carried a gun in public, it’s only an imaginary experiment, but science shows that simply handling a gun alters men’s levels of testosterone and measurably increases their aggressive behavior.

What’s most telling for the purpose of the Salon article is Hartmann’s conclusions:

  • If you have to register a car and have a driver’s license, guns should be registered and the owner should have a license, presumably a Federal license;
  • If a driver has to have liability insurance, gun owners should also be required to have liability insurance;
  • If a driver has to prove their skills by taking a written exam and driving test, gun owners should have to do the same.

Let’s have your lovable Grey Beard Biker refute the overall basis of the article:

  1. Men walk around determining who should live and die: There are literally million of concealed carry permit holders – including women – who are the only people legally able to carry a gun outside their homes. Hell, as you might expect, the GBB is licensed to carry. Speaking for myself, I have never walked into a room picking out people to kill and people to live.
  2. The power of life and death is intoxicating: What the fuck? I have never even thought of having the power of life and death over another living person. And as for priests, preachers, police officers and doctors being intoxicated with their power over who dies, most of these individuals would agree that all of them are more interested with the “life” component than the “death component.” Lastly, each profession Hartmann lists, has more than its fair share of women dedicated to the field – including soldiers.
  3. Testosterone in men increases when they are handling a gun: This is the most outlandish of any of Hartmann’s assertions. Seriously, Thom Hartmann, you even state in your article that it was an imaginary experiment. Since when, do imaginary experiments remotely have legitimacy?

Now let use talk about your conclusions, Mr. Hartmann.

  • License gun owners and register their guns: We already have background checks on all purchases of firearms – including those purchased online and those on the internet. What purpose would a Federal gun license or a Federal/State gun registration scheme serve other than providing a list of addresses for some overarching oligarch to send their gestapo to seize law abiding citizens’ firearms? Or, perhaps in your case, the registration would allow a publication such as Salon to get a list of legal gun owners’ addresses so you can publish them? It’s been done before.
  • Require gun owners have liability insurance on their firearms: This is totally leftist code for, “This is how we can make a criminal of law abiding citizens and take their guns!” Having worked in the casualty insurance industry for 30 years, old Grey Beard knows no insurance company is ever going to underwrite such a policy. EVER. If they do, the costs will be prohibitive for all but the extremely wealthy elites Salon caters to: actors, actresses, athletes, politicians, etc. Those with walls around their homes and personal security to escort them around town.
  • Concealed carry holders have to prove their competency: Dumbass, this is already a part of the process of getting a concealed carry permit in almost every state – and these are the only people who can LEGALLY carry a gun outside their homes!

Thom Hartmann, you cannot hide your true colors. You align yourself with gun grabbers like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Watters, AOC, etc. You want to have your form of a Utopian Society where guns are illegal. A society where the only people with guns are criminals – criminals who would not hesitate for one second to shoot you between your eyes and take your wallet – something no legal, concealed carry permit holder would ever do. We would be the ones protecting your ass. Now go back to your mommy’s basement couch and STFU.

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Personal Defense World – Commentary on Salon Article

A West Virginia woman, catching a 53 year old pedophile/sex offender in her 12 year old daughter’s room, uses the Second Amendment to take care of business.

As reported in Concealed Carry Magazine:

Hearing a commotion in her 12 year old daughter’s room at about 2 a.m., a Morgantown mother armed herself with a shotgun and proceeded to investigate. Upon entering the daughter’s room, she found a strange man struggling with her daughter. When the assailant turned to face her, the mother fired one blast from the shotgun, catching him in the face and taking off most of his head. The daughter was physically unharmed, though traumatized by the attack. Authorities described her attacker as a notorious pedophile with a string of known offenses against young victims. West Virginia is a Castle Doctrine state, and charges against the 42 year old mother appear unlikely at this point.

This is your Second Amendment in action and your Grey Beard Biker approves of this mother taking care of business.

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Note: Concealed Carry Magazine is the monthly publication of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, the operating entity of Delta Defense, LLC. USCCA is an approved Grey Beard Biker company and offers USCCA members Self Defense Education, Training and Legal Protection. Grey Beard has been a proud member of USCCA since November 2013 and highly recommends them to his readers.

Going into Father’s Day Weekend, your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker wants to wish all fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers (Papaws) a very happy Father’s Day!

Frank Noirot – The Grey Beard Biker’s Dad

Father’s Day has always been a special day for the GBB. I remember spending Father’s Day with my dad, many years ago. While we grew apart, during my teen years, my dad will always have a very special place in my heart – especially on Father’s Day. But life is short, so at some point, your father, like mine, will only be there in your heart.

I was also quite fortunate to have an amazing surrogate father in my maternal grandfather – Grandpa DeBoth. He was always there for me, going to my baseball games, taking me golfing, fishing and teaching me about all things mechanical. He was a quiet man, but when he said something, it would be important and have a lesson attached to it. He taught me more than I could ever know – like how to treat a lady like a lady.

Karl DeBoth – Grey Beard Biker’s Grandpa

I have been a father for nearly 37 years. I am proud of all my children – and grandchildren. They have showered me with many blessings over all these years. But a large part of me believes I have failed them on several levels. But they still love me – even with my glaring flaws.

Your old curmudgeon Grey Beard has also been a stepdad. 25 years ago, he adopted one of his stepchildren – which may be one of the most unselfish things I have ever done. It’s provided blessings beyond measure for me.

Through three marriages, I have also had stepchildren who presented serious challenges. Challenges with discipline, disrespect and loyalty. But this proved to be a learning experience for me. I only hope I was able to teach these two kids something which positively impacted them as adults. But I will never know.

This morning I saw an amazing video, which I am sharing in this blog post. It salutes stepfathers on this Father’s Day weekend. Produced by Budweiser, your lovable biker’s favorite go-to beer, it will pull at your heartstrings. For many children and adults, a stepfather provided your only father figure. They guided you through childhood, teen years, heartbreak and marriage. They were there when you had children, got that hard worked for promotion and ran your first half marathon. Grey Beard salutes the great stepfathers out there, because being a stepfather requires humility, patience and unconditional love – traits which many times escape me.

In closing, do not forget your father, stepfather, grandfather or surrogate father on this Father’s Day Weekend. Something as simple as a phone call will make their day on Sunday.

If you’re looking for that special gift for me this weekend, just remember I love bike parts!

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

https://youtu.be/ggfVLhLNsUI
Happy Father’s Day From Budweiser

Hold the presses! Wait just a minute! Your lovable Grey Beard Biker just learned something. The leading Democratic candidate for POTUS 2020 yesterday stated, “Know what I was most proud of? For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.” – Joe Biden at campaign stop in Iowa on June 12, 2019. This author is taken aback and apologizes to Biden, and Barack Obama, for ever claiming there was a scandal during their years running the Executive Branch! Really!

You know your Grey Beard Biker buddy is being sarcastic, right? Hell, sometimes I don’t even know when I am being serious. So, obviously, Joe Biden is either mentally deranged, forgetful or just a plain liar. Let’s recap a few scandals which embroiled the Obama/Biden administration, shall we??

  1. The New Black Panther Party indictment on voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the 2008 General Election – the charges were conveniently dropped by Obama AG Eric Holder (NBPP did not even show up to court before the charges were dropped)
  2. Green Energy Federal Loans to energy companies who supported the Obama presidency – including Solyndra – these cost taxpayers $80 billion – with nothing to show for it
  3. Iranian Ransom Payments – the Obama Administration sent plane loads of cash to Iran to release hostages – $400 million dollars in foreign currency was secretly sent by plane to Iran. But even a bigger sub-scandal was the fact that AG Loretta Lynch refused to answer Congress when they wanted to know where the “People’s Money” went! I guess Obama/Biden forgot the US policy on not paying ransom for hostage. How convenient!
  4. Fast & Furious – the gun running scandal which set up straw purchasers to obtain guns and send them to Mexico – it was proven that one of these guns was used to kill Border Patrol Agent, Brian A. Terry. After falsely claiming to have no knowledge of this illegal operation, AG Eric Holder, refused to answer Congressional questions or appear before Congress. Obama conveniently claimed Executive Privilege to all documents related to the operation – effectively sealing everything. Holder would be held in contempt of congress.
  5. The IRS Scandal – Remember how the IRS, with the complicit consent of Lois Lerner, targeted the tax exempt status of conservative groups? The Grey Beard Biker does! And the very worst scandal;
  6. The Benghazi Cover Up – After J. Christopher Stevens, US Ambassador to Libya, and three other people were killed in the terrorist attack at the US Embassy facility in Benghazi, the Obama administration quickly went to work to cover their tracks. Realizing this “non-scandal” could threaten their reelection in 2012, they quickly blamed an unknown producer of an anti-Muslim YouTube video for inciting the uncoordinated attack at the consulate, instead of confirming it was a well planned terrorist attack by Ansar al-Sharia. Additionally they claimed that no military assets were available even when they were. To add insult-to-injury, their administration stonewalled a congressional investigation by claiming they were in the midst of an internal investigation – code speak for coverup.

Obviously Joe Biden was simply mistaken when he made the bold claim of having no scandals during the Obama/Biden administration. But your lovable Grey Beard Biker thinks he was just acting like a normal Democrat – throw up a smoke screen and lie when the truth would hurt your narrative.

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Biden’s Campaign Speech – Iowa – June 12, 2019

Grey Beard Biker’s last blog post on Principles of Self-Defense dealt with Imminence. This post will deal specifically with Proportionality – the third component of a successful self-defense claim if you use deadly force. In review, here are the five components which must all be answered affirmatively for you to prove you acted in self-defense:

  1. Innocence
  2. Imminence
  3. Proportionality
  4. Avoidance
  5. Reasonableness

From a law enforcement and legal perspective, pulling a gun during a fist fight would not be considered a proportional response. Doing so would fail the third component and would certainly put you at risk of being charged and spending time in prison. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a look at weapons that are always considered deadly:

  • Guns and other firearms
  • Bows
  • Crossbows

That is the entire list. So, would it be correct to assume only these projectile weapons are considered deadly? NO! Common items can be used as a contact weapon and be deadly: baseball bats, hammers, clubs, walking canes, bowling balls, bricks, tire irons, etc. Even one’s fists can be used to deadly effect if the attacker is much larger, he’s choking you or you are no longer able to defend yourself. But the use of any of these other weapons would have to clear the AOJ Triad hurdle in order to be considered deadly-force:

  1. Ability – The attacker has the ability to cause death or grave bodily harm
  2. Opportunity – The attacker can get to you with the force to cause death or grave bodily harm
  3. Jeopardy – The attacker intends to do grave harm to you

As an example, if you were having an argument at a softball game with the batter and he poked you in the chest with his bat, he would have ability and opportunity. But unless he intended to attack you violently with it (jeopardy), you could not immediately resort to using deadly force. Your self-defense claim would fail the third leg of the triad.

Now, if you were approached in an alley by a thug carrying the same bat, and he gets in your face, saying he’s going to kill you, the shit-bag has ability, opportunity and there is most certainly jeopardy. In this scenario, your use of deadly force should be considered justified. But only if you are innocent. You cannot be the person who started the altercation, you have to be in a place you are legally allowed to be and the threat to your life has to be imminent.

The last thing which must be considered is escalation of force. If you are arguing with someone and they throw the first punch, you have the right to defend yourself with non-lethal force. Your fists would be the most logical response. But if you are overpowered and the attacker is on top of you, pounding you in the face, this could represent a deadly threat or an attack which could cause grave bodily harm – the amount of force has escalated and you have the should have the right to protect yourself with escalated force. But again, you must be the innocent party.

My son-in-law is a sheriff’s deputy in Florida. He carries roughly 25 pounds of gear on his belt when he is working. His defensive tools include pepper spray, a TASER and his service pistol. Law enforcement officers are trained to use what’s called the “continuum of force.” This would involve going up-and-down the ladder of lethality of their available tools. Their first tool is yelling, “Stop!” This is obviously everyone’s first tool. Next would be pepper spray, then their TASER and lastly their service pistol. Obviously, if they are experiencing an imminent threat from a gun wielding robber, they are not going to start by pulling out their pepper spray or yelling, “Stop!” But if, during a routine traffic stop, the person becomes belligerent, they may well go to the pepper spray and escalate force as necessary. This is a useful illustration because many civilians often carry only their fists and their firearm. And while some of you may carry a knife, as your lovable Grey Beard Biker always does, don’t fall into the potential legal trap of thinking it is considered less lethal than your pistol. If you are in close combat with a thug, pulling your knife is the same a pulling a gun and can certainly be considered an escalation of force. Remember, from a legal perspective, it is just a deadly as your gun.

Darrel Ralph Designs
Keychain Kubotan

So, what other non-lethal weapons should you consider carrying? Pepper spray is the most obvious. It is quite effective and will give you time to separate yourself from the bad guy and call 911. But pulling pepper spray may also be considered an escalation of force if the threat is not imminent. Case law in many states has shown that juries will convict a criminal of aggravated assault if they use pepper spray in the commission of a crime. So, remember, you must always be the innocent party before you do so. Another tool which you might consider is a key chain mounted kubotan. A kubotan is essentially a mini-club and is quite effective at taking the fight out of an attacker if used correctly. But training and speed are essential with such a tool. And again, you will still need to be the innocent party in order to justify your use of a kubotan – and it must be used only when an escalation of force is required.

In summary, you cannot use force that is not proportional to the force an attacker is using against you. During a fight, your attacker may escalate their force against you, and you may escalate proportionally to their force.

Watch for the next Grey Beard Biker blog post on Avoidance!

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Note: The Original Grey Beard Biker™️ ids not an attorney. While he has been involved in self-defense for many years, this article is provided for informational purposes only. Check with an attorney to understand your state’s laws.

This article was originally published in Thunder Roads Tennessee/Kentucky magazine and is used with permission. It was written by Michael Noirot – a/k/a the Grey Beard Biker.

Other articles in this series can be read by clicking on the following links:

From Grey Beard Biker’s Friends at USA Carry! Like their website!

Today, the Grey Beard Biker sends the following open letter to Ms. Megan Rapinoe. Congratulations on being another idiotic celebrity whose narcissistic love for themselves know no bounds. You truly are a despicable human being.

Ms. Megan Rapinoe
U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
1801 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616-1319


June 12, 2019

Dear Ms. Rapinoe,

I am writing you today because of your childish antics before the start of yesterday’s game against Thailand at the World Cup France 2019. Like so many athletes and celebrities, you have chosen to use a sanctioned event as a stage to display your intolerance. You are in a unique position, admired by children, teenagers and young adults, alike. With your unique position you have a responsibility to your country – a responsibility to act like a mature adult and show respect to our national symbol – the American Flag.

Us Americans back home do not care if you have come out as gay. We admire your courage doing so. We also do not care if you dislike our president, Donald J. Trump. But, he is your president – and this is your country. The people of this vast, great country are largely God fearing, love their homeland and honor their military. For you to ignore our National Anthem, while representing the United States on foreign soil, is beyond disgusting.

Quoting from your recent interview, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” – Megan Rapinoe, Yahoo News – May 2019.

This old Grey Beard Biker gives you credit. You did exactly what you said you would do. And while a small minority of social justice warriors applaud your actions, you’re an embarrassment to patriots all over the United States.

But you were not done spouting your nasty rhetoric. In the interview, you went on to say, “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘fuck you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the Trump administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really Scary. Ahh, disturbing.”

Your narcissism knows no limits. But obviously your intelligence does. Interest in soccer – be it youth, high school, collegiate or professional – has grown dramatically in the United States. Stars like yourself have contributed to its rise in popularity. But a stupid act, like yours yesterday, can start to chip away at the sport quickly. U.S. Soccer recognized this immediately, issuing a new rule requiring all players “stand and honor the flag.” – A very proper response.

But your response to their new rule was equally as asinine as your antics on field, “Using this blanketed patriotism as a defense against what the protest actually is was pretty cowardly. I think the NFL does it. I felt like the statement from U.S. Soccer, and then the rule they made without ever talking to me (like your input would have changed anything), that was the same as what the NFL was doing – just to not have the conversation, to try to just stop me from doing what I’m doing instead of at least having a conversation, and trying to figure out a [solution] that makes sense to everyone.” – Megan Rapinoe interview with Yahoo Sports.

Obviously, “…makes sense to everyone.” – is code speak for makes sense to you.

Well, bless your heart. You may be the captain of your team, but you are a disgrace to your country. The National Anthem, and the flag it represents, are about something much larger than you. And I know you are very large and important in your own estimation. Your words prove you believe thus. The Stars and Stripes – our national symbol – and the National Anthem – were not tarnished yesterday by your actions. Only you were. They will continue to represent the greatest country in the world. They will continue to stand for liberty, freedom, the American dream and patriots who have provided their full measure of devotion to protect them. You, on the other hand, will only be seen as a childish narcissist who believes the world revolves around only themselves. Congratulations, you are officially in a league of your own.

Respectfully yours,

The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

If this disgusts you, as much as it does old Grey Beard Biker, contact US Soccer at (312) 808-1300 or by email: communications@ussoccer.org

To watch the National Anthem, with Ms. Rapinoe’s protest, click on the picture below to go to FoxSports on YouTube.

US Women’s Soccer vs. Thailand – June 11, 2019 – National Anthem

Your lovable Grey Beard Biker loves military history. You know this, because you are in the know. To the Grey Beard it doesn’t matter if a soldier was given any specific award, they are still a hero because they signed their name in blood on a contract with the United States government – a contract which is due-and-payable, if necessary, with their life. But those brave souls who have been awarded the Medal of Honor have a very special place in my heart. You see, less than 3,500 soldiers have been given this award since its inception during the Civil War. Until World War II, the vast majority of MoH recipients received their award while still alive. Since WW II, greater than 60% received the medal posthumously.

The basis for receiving our country’s highest military award is stringent, according to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation:

Awarded by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress, to a member of the armed forces who “distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:”

  • while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • while serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Grey Beard Biker’s Medal of Honor Profile:

Gunnery Sergeant, John Basilone, United States Marine Corps

Gunnery Sergeant, John Basilone, USMC

John Basilone
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Date of Birth: November 4, 1916
Died: February 19, 1945, Iwo Jima, Japan
Age at Death: 28
Final Resting Place: Arlington National Cemetery

John Basilone was the sixth of ten children born to Salvator and Colle Basilone (nee Sannita). Although he was born in Buffalo, Basilone moved to Raritan, New Jersey as a toddler. Before joining the armed forces, Basilone worked as a golf caddy at a local country club.

In 1934 Basilone entered the United States Army, completing his enlistment in the Philippines after a three year stint. He may have been best known at that time as a champion caliber boxer. Leaving the military, he returned to the U.S. and a short career as a truck driver in Maryland.

In 1940, Basilone enlisted in the Marine Corps at Baltimore, Maryland. After training at Marine Corps Base Quantico, he would be assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until the United States declared war on Japan, after the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Assigned to Dog “D” Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Sergeant Basilone’s first duty assignment would be to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific. It would be here that young Basilone would display undaunted courage, through his actions, at the Battle of Henderson Field, earning him the Medal of Honor.

Official Medal of Honor Citation:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines’ defensive positions, Sgt. Basilone, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machineguns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. Basilone’s sections, with its guncrews, was put out of action, leaving only two men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and supply lines cut off, Sgt. Basilone, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

1943 would mark a homecoming for Basilone. He would be brought home to tour the United States on a War Bonds Tour – essentially urging civilians to purchase war bonds to fund the ongoing hostilities around the world. Feeling uncomfortable in the limelight, he would request to return to action, twice, before being approved to return to the Pacific Theater.

On 19 February 1945, assigned to “C” Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Basilone would storm the beaches of Iwo Jima, Japan, fighting his way inland to Airfield Number 1. Assisting a Marine tank, which was stuck in an enemy minefield, Basilone was killed by enemy mortar shrapnel. His gallant actions greatly assisted the Marines in expanding their beachhead at Iwo Jimo on that D-Day. His actions at Iwo Jimo would lead him to receive the Navy Cross, the Marine Corps’ second highest decoration for valor, posthumously.

Gunnery Sergeant, John Basilone, thank you for your courage, intrepidity and valor in the Pacific Theater during World War II. You remain, to this day, an inspiration to so many.

Semper Fi, Marine!
The Grey Beard Biker™️
gbb@TheGreyBeardBiker.com
@Biker4Life on Gab

Note: John Basilone was portrayed in the HBO’s miniseries, The Pacific, by Jon Seda. While not as inspiring as Band of Brothers, this program is still highly recommend by The Grey Beard Biker.

Medal of Honor, United States Navy

Sobelmans’ bar area – where the fun begins!

Over the years, your lovable Grey Beard Biker has always stopped for good food. He knows great pubs, steakhouses, oyster shacks, Irish pubs, Cajun/Creole joints and little seafood shacks on the beach all over the United States. When he posts a review of an eating establishment, you know it’s Grey Beard Approved and biker friendly.

A world famous Sobelmans’ Bloody Mary

Having grown up in Illinois, it was always a quick jaunt to the Wisconsin state line, where a young wannabe biker could have an ice cold beer when said greenhorn was too young to grow a mustache. Doing so started the tradition for your lovable author of making a pilgrimage to the Badger State on a fairly regular basis. Some of the reasons Grey Beard would use as excuses to go to Wisconsin included: looking for black bears, fishing, snipe hunting, in need of a road trip, attending the Harley-Davidson Anniversary parties, being hungry, needing to replenish his New Glarus Spotted Cow beer or visiting other delinquents. LOL!

Needless to say, no trip to southeast Wisconsin would be considered complete without a stop at Sobelmans’ Pub N Grill for a burger – or if really hungover – a world famous Sobelmans’ Bloody Mary! And on those late mornings with a hangover, you must have one of their most famous burgers, “The Hangover!” That burger with the aforementioned Bloody Mary will get any biker road-ready in a hurry.

The Parking Lot from HELL
it is much steeper than it looks here!

Periodically, your biker buddy travels to this area for work – as was the case this week. On the way to the airport, the GBB was able to stop by Sobelmans’ for a burger, fries and a beer. As always, the service was fantastic, and the food was even better. Today’s burger of choice was The BOMB,” and it was everything a hangry biker could want: a big burger, cooked just right, bacon, fried onions and bleu cheese dressing. The fries were amazing as were the pickle slices. To wash it down, this old biker suggests pairing The BOMB with a Spotted Cow! While finishing the first Spotted Cow, Diego, GBB’s waiter, brought over a second one – for FREE! He claimed it was because they had poured an extra one, but Grey Beard thinks he was just going out of his way to please him.

If you are planning a trip to Milwaukee, perhaps to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum, make sure to get your biker fill of great beer and burgers at Sobelmans’ Pub N Grill. There are a couple locations around town, but the original is always the best. It is just south of the Marquette University campus on St. Paul St. If you are on your scoot, be wary of their parking lot. It is quite steep, with a single file line of parking spots on each side. Two years ago, on my brand spanking new CVO Limited, I pulled into the lot and kept going up, up, up. I got to the top and there was no parking available – even for a bike. Your lovable Grey Beard Biker had to turtle walk the bike sideways to get turned around. It was a very good thing this biker dude did not lean to the left while being a turtle walker, because the hill is so steep his big foot would have never reached the ground. That would have been quite embarrassing, to say the least. It is best to park in the street and walk over.

The BOMB!

Sobelmans’ Pub N Grill
1900 W. St. Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 931-1919

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