Joe Stydahar

Joseph Lee Stydahar, sometimes listed as Joseph Leo Stydahar, sometimes known by the nickname "Jumbo Joe", was an American football player and coach. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972. A native of Kaylor, Stydahar grew up in West Virginia and played college football and basketball for the West Virginia Mountaineers, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1936 NFL Draft and played nine seasons as a tackle for the Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro five consecutive years from 1936 to 1940 and helped the Bears win NFL championships in 1940, 1942, 1946 NFL Championship Games. After his playing career ended, Stydahar was the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1950 and 1951 seasons and the Chicago Cardinals during the 1953 and 1954 seasons, his 1950 and 1951 Rams teams both advanced to the NFL Championship Game, the 1951 team won the championship. He served as an assistant coach for the Rams and Bears.

Stydahar was born in 1912 in Kaylor, the son of Peter P. Stydahar and Lucille M. Stydahar. At age eight, he moved with his family to Shinnston, West Virginia, where his father was a coal miner, Stydahar worked in the mines in his youth. At Shinnston High School, he was regarded as "the greatest schoolboy football and basketball player turned out in." Stydahar was recruited by both the University of West Virginia University. He went to Pittsburgh in the fall of 1931 and participated in the football team's preliminary practices, but showed up at West Virginia seeking to enroll. According to one account, he returned home after tryouts at Pittsburgh and was taken in a car to Morgantown where he was hidden in a fraternity house by West Virginia football coach Greasy Neale "until Pitt gave up looking for him."At West Virginia, Stydahar was six feet, four inches, weighed 220 pounds, possessed "one of the largest pairs of hands in the business", played both basketball and football. He played at the tackle position for the football team from 1933 to 1935 and developed a reputation as a "vicious tackler" and "bruising blocker".

As a junior in 1934, he returned one of the blocks 17 yards for a touchdown. As a senior in 1935, he was responsible for stopping Pittsburgh's running game, holding the Panthers to one first down in the second half. During Stydahar's three years with the West Virginia football team, the Mountaineers compiled records of and 3-5-3, 6-4, 3-4-2, lost three years in a row against Pittsburgh by a combined score of 72 to 12. Sports writer Harry Grayson opined that the team's poor record and the small crowds to which it played impaired Stydahar's chances of being selected to All-America teams. In 1934, Stydahar was ignored by the major All-America selectors, though he received recognition on an All-American team selected by the players on the NFL's New York Giants. In 1935, the best Stydahar could muster was a selection on the Newspaper Enterprise Association's third team; those who saw Stydahar play in college rated him among the best and was selected to play in both the East–West Shrine Game and the Chicago College All-Star Game in 1936.

Pittsburgh coach Jock Sutherland, despite having been spurned by Stydahar in 1931, rated Stydahar as the best tackle he saw during the 1935 season and added: "I doubt that there is a more formidable tackle in the country." Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger said: "I played in two all-star games with him and thought he was the best tackle by far of that collegiate group. He proved to me in those two games that he was a tremendous player."In basketball, Stydahar was a three-year letterman at the center position. He set a single-game scoring record with 24 points against West Virginia Wesleyan in 1933. While overlooked by All-America selectors, Stydahar was not overlooked in the 1936 NFL Draft, he was selected by George Halas' Chicago Bears in the first round with the sixth overall pick, becoming the first player drafted by the Bears in the first NFL draft and the first lineman to be selected in the first round. As a rookie, Stydahar started all 12 games at left tackle for a 1936 Chicago Bears team that compiled a 9-3 record.

He was selected as a first-team All-Pro by Collyer's Eye magazine and a second-team All-Pro by the NFL and UPI. By 1937, Stydahar helped lead the Bears to the NFL Western Division title with a 9-1-1 record, he was recognized as one of the best players in the NFL, receiving the highest point total of any player at any position in voting for the Associated Press All-Pro team. The AP reported: The standout player of the 1937 national pro football league season wasn't Slingin' Sammy Baugh... but Joe Stydahar, veteran tackle of the Chicago Bears. That was the way the coaches of the 10 league clubs figured, at least, when it came to casting their ballots for the all-league team.... Stydahar received 43 points out of a possible 50. Stydahar played nine years as a tackle for the Bears from 1936 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1946, appearing in 84 NFL games, he continued to be acknowledged as one of the best players in the league through the 1930s. In 1939, the United Press rated him as "the league's best tackle" and "one of the toughest linemen in the league to take out."

He was ranked third among all NFL players in points received in the AP's 1939 All-Pro voting, trailing only Don Hutson and Dan Fortmann. In all, he was selected as a first-team All-Pro five consecutive years from 1936 to 1940. During his time with the club, the Bears won five NFL Western Division titles and won the 1940, 1942, 1946 NFL Championship

Force Headquarters Group

Force Headquarters Group is a major subordinate command of the United States Marine Corps based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was established as a part of the command element for Marine Forces Reserve, it was activated on July 18, 2012, assuming command of six MARFORRES Force-level units: 3rd and 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies, 3rd and 4th Civil Affairs Groups, 6th Communications Battalion and Intelligence Support Battalion. These units reported to Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, the commander of Marine Forces Reserve; as a result of the Commandant-directed Force Structure Review Group, the units were realigned under the new MSC to streamline the command and control process, making it more effective. General Hummer explained that as the Mobilization Command was relocated to New Orleans from Kansas City, a requirement for a Force-level headquarters group became evident; the Group is planned to expand as future FSRG-directed unit activations and realignments are planned, including Marine Corps Individual Reserve Support Activity, responsible for the 57,000 Individual Ready Reserve Marines, as well as other units.

1st Civil Affairs Group 2nd Civil Affairs Group 3rd Civil Affairs Group 4th Civil Affairs Group 6th Communication Battalion Intelligence Support Battalion 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Marine Corps Individual Reserve Support Activity Deployment Processing Command / Reserve Support Unit - East Deployment Processing Command / Reserve Support Unit - West 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company

Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea

"Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea" or "Bobby Shafto" is an English language folk song and nursery rhyme. It has a Roud index number of 1359; the most common modern version is: Bobby Shafto's gone to sea, Silver buckles at his knee. Bobby Shafto's fair, Combing down his yellow hair; this is close to the earliest printed version in 1805. A version published in John Bell's, Rhymes of Northern Bards gives these additional verses: Bobby Shafto's tall and slim, He always dressed so neat and trim. Bobby Shafto's gettin' a bairn. Other publications have made changes to some of the words, including the spelling of the last name: Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea, With silver buckles on his knee. Bobby Shaftoe's fair, Combing down his yellow hair; the Opies have argued for an identification of the original Bobby Shafto with a resident of Hollybrook, County Wicklow, who died in 1737. However, the tune derives from the earlier "Brave Willie Forster", found in the Henry Atkinson manuscript from the 1690s, the William Dixon manuscript, from the 1730s, both from north-east England.

The song is associated with the region, having been used by the supporters of Robert Shafto, an eighteenth-century British Member of Parliament for County Durham, the borough of Downton in Wiltshire. Supporters used another verse in the 1761 election: Bobby Shafto's looking out, All his ribbons flew about, All the ladies gave a shout, Hey for Bobby Shafto! The song is said to relate the story of how he broke the heart of Bridget Belasyse of Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, where his brother Thomas was rector, when he married Anne Duncombe of Duncombe Park in Yorkshire. Bridget Belasyse is said to have died two weeks after hearing the news. Thomas & George Allan, in their illustrated edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings, argued that the "Bobby Shafto" of the song was in fact his son, although his father fits the description of the lyrics better. In reality, it is that his grandson, Robert Duncombe Shafto used the song for electioneering in 1861, with several of the verses being added around this time.

Portrait of his son, Robert by Sir Joshua Reynolds