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Lagrange

A county in Indiana.

(APA-124: dp. 6,873 (It.); 1. 4.~5', b. 62', dr. 24', s. 17.7 k.; cpl. ~2; trp. 1,561; a. 1 3", 12 40mm., 10 20mm.;cl. Haskell; T. V(:~S-AP5)

Lagrange (APA-124) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract 26 June 1914 by the California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calli.; launched 1 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Albert Krutcher, acquired by the Navy 10 November 1944; and commissioned 11 November 1944, Capt. Frank n. Walker in command.

After shakedown and amphibious training operations Lagrangc departed San Diego 1 January 1945 for the western Pacific. Arriving Manus 18 January the attack transport carried cargo and passengers to Hollandia and the Philipinines before joining Transport Squadron 17. Following a month of intensive preparations, Lagrange departed Dulag Harbor, Philippine Islands, as part of the western islands attack group in the greatest amphibious assault of the Pacific war, the invasion of Okinawa. Arriving in the transport area off Kerama Retto, 26 March, Lagrange successfully landed advance forces who took that small elllster of islands wllieh rerved as an advance naval base for fueling, repairs, and replenishment during the conquest of Okinawa itself. She remained oft Okinawa for the next 30 days supporting operations on sllore.

Returning to Saipan 6 May, Lagrange sailed 2 weeks Inter with Nnvy passengers bound for San Franciseo. She resulted war operations upon her arrival Eniwetok 11 July, and sailed for Okinawa 29 July. Arriving Buckner flay 1 week later, Lagrange unloaded cargo needed for the flnal days of the war. While anchored in Buckner Bay 13 August, she eame under enemy air attack; despite aecurate antiaircrnft flre, a kamikaze carrying a 50~pound bomb crashed into Lagrange's superstructure. A second suicide plane struck the top oi a kingpost and splashed 20 yards from the ship. Considerable damage to the transport resulted, and 21 men were killed and 89 wounded.

After hostilities stopped 1.5 August, Lagranfe repaired the damage and prepared for the homeward cruise. Departing Guam 6 September witll victorious veterans, she arrived San Francisco 21 September. Lagrange decommissioned there 27 October 15 and was returned to WSA.

Lagrange received one battle star for World War II service.


Given a set of k + 1 data points

of Lagrange basis polynomials

The function L(x) being sought is a polynomial in x of the least degree that interpolates the given data set that is, it assumes the value yj at the corresponding xj for all data points j :

Thus the function L(x) is a polynomial with degree at most k and where L(xi) = yi .

Additionally, the interpolating polynomial is unique, as shown by the unisolvence theorem at the polynomial interpolation article.

since it must be a polynomial of degree, at most, k and passes through all these k + 1 data points:

resulting in a horizontal line, since a straight line is the only polynomial of degree less than k + 1 that passes through k + 1 aligned points.

This construction is analogous to the Chinese Remainder Theorem. Instead of checking for remainders of integers modulo prime numbers, we are checking for remainders of polynomials when divided by linears.

Furthermore, when the order is large, Fast Fourier Transformation can be used to solve for the coefficients of the interpolated polynomial.

Example 1 Edit

We wish to interpolate ƒ(x) = x 2 over the range 1 ≤ x ≤ 3, given these three points:

The interpolating polynomial is:

Example 2 Edit

We wish to interpolate ƒ(x) = x 3 over the range 1 ≤ x ≤ 4, given these four points:

The interpolating polynomial is:

Notes Edit

The Lagrange form of the interpolation polynomial shows the linear character of polynomial interpolation and the uniqueness of the interpolation polynomial. Therefore, it is preferred in proofs and theoretical arguments. Uniqueness can also be seen from the invertibility of the Vandermonde matrix, due to the non-vanishing of the Vandermonde determinant.

But, as can be seen from the construction, each time a node xk changes, all Lagrange basis polynomials have to be recalculated. A better form of the interpolation polynomial for practical (or computational) purposes is the barycentric form of the Lagrange interpolation (see below) or Newton polynomials.

Lagrange and other interpolation at equally spaced points, as in the example above, yield a polynomial oscillating above and below the true function. This behaviour tends to grow with the number of points, leading to a divergence known as Runge's phenomenon the problem may be eliminated by choosing interpolation points at Chebyshev nodes. [3]

The Lagrange basis polynomials can be used in numerical integration to derive the Newton–Cotes formulas.

we can rewrite the Lagrange basis polynomials as

or, by defining the barycentric weights [4]

which is commonly referred to as the first form of the barycentric interpolation formula.

The advantage of this representation is that the interpolation polynomial may now be evaluated as

We can further simplify the first form by first considering the barycentric interpolation of the constant function g ( x ) ≡ 1 :

which is referred to as the second form or true form of the barycentric interpolation formula. This second form has the advantage that ℓ ( x ) need not be evaluated for each evaluation of L ( x ) .

where f [ x 0 , … , x k , x ] ,ldots ,x_,x]> is the notation for divided differences. Alternatively, the remainder can be expressed as a contour integral in complex domain as

The remainder can be bound as

Derivation [6] Edit

The equation can be rearranged as

For the first derivative, the coefficients are given by

and for the second derivative

Through recursion, one can compute formulas for higher derivatives.

The Lagrange polynomial can also be computed in finite fields. This has applications in cryptography, such as in Shamir's Secret Sharing scheme.


Tag Archives: USS Lagrange (APA 124)

According to author Robert C Stern in his fascinating book “Fire from the Sky”, the very last hit by a kamikaze was in Buckner Bay on August 13th 1945 on the attack transport USS Lagrange (APA 124). Work on building the Lagrange began on September 1st 1944 and the ship was ready by November 11th. The quick workers were the California Shipbuilding Corporation of Wilmington, California and the captain was Frank R. Walker. Here’s Captain Walker:

It was a Haskell class ship, and all of them looked very similar one to another. Here’s a clearer photograph of another ship of the same type.

The USS Lagrange (APA 124) was the victim of kamikaze attacks on two separate occasions. On April 2nd, the convoy was attacked by eight Japanese aircraft. Private First Class Max Drucker, Company M, 306th Infantry was on deck near a 20mm anti-aircraft gun when one of the kamikaze planes approached the La Grange in a steep glide. Drucker leaped to the gun, got into action and directed an accurate stream of fire at the enemy aircraft. His was the only gun engaging the enemy. About 200 yards from the ship the Jap veered suddenly and fell into the sea.

On August 13th 1945, the Lagrange was attacked for a second time, in Buckner Bay, now called Nakagusuku Bay, on the southern coast of Okinawa. There were two kamikaze pilots. One, carrying a 500-pound bomb, hit the Lagrange’s superstructure :

The second kamikaze aircraft clipped the top of the kingpost and splashed in the sea twenty yards from the ship. The kingpost is the tall shaft that supports a cargo boom. Each one of the aircraft caused considerable damage but more important, 21 men were killed and 88 were wounded. This was the sad reality of kamikaze aircraft. And it wasn’t just one man who died:

So near to the end of the war, with the armistice about to be signed on August 14th 1945, this attack was completely and absolutely pointless. And the Japanese senior ranks would have known that.

The very last ever kamikaze was on August 15th 1945. Vice Admiral Matomé Ugaki had ordered five “Judy”s to be prepared but when he walked out to his plane, there were eleven aircraft on the runway with 22 men inside them.

Here is a “Judy”, or rather a model of one, in this case, the prototype:

Here is Matomé Ugaki, captured on that last day of the war, as he led 22 other men to pointless deaths:

Ugaki got on board one of the aeroplanes, carrying a samurai sword given to him as a present by Admiral Yamamoto. Behind him sat Tatsuo Nakatsuru, whose father would still be praying for him on the anniversary of the August 15th attack as late as 2019.

The planes all took off, formated and flew away. And that was more or less the last that anybody saw of them.

Ugaki’s last radio message said that they had found a ship and were diving onto it:

The next day an American landing craft found a wrecked plane on a beach. It contained three bodies, all very badly mutilated but one carried a samurai sword. On August 15th 1945, not a single American ship was hit by a kamikaze. Indeed, not a single American ship was even attacked.

Overall, the kamikazes carried out approximately 3,000 attacks and 3,913 Japanese pilots were killed. 2,000 of these 3,000 attacks never got as far as diving on an enemy ship, largely because of mechanical failures and the efficiency of the American fighters. Indeed, when it left its base, there was only a 9.4 % chance of the Kamikaze hitting an Allied ship. Once the kamikaze started its dive, there was a 36% chance it would hit its target,

If it did hit, 40 casualties was a reasonable average expectation of casualties:

Overall, the kamikazes sank 66 Allied ships and damaged a further 250. In terms of personnel, there were around 15,000 Allied casualties. Figures suggested have been 6,190 killed and 8,760 wounded. I originally wrote “men” in that previous sentence, but there must have been casualties among nurses on board hospital ships:

Author Robert Stern’s final opinion is that the kamikazes would never have changed the outcome of the war. That was down to the implied threat of a Soviet invasion and the possibility of the Americans using further atomic bombs. And even if the Japanese mainland had been attacked, despite incredible casualties for the Allies, the result would have been ultimately the same:

And why did they do it? Well, Stern’s conclusion is that:

“The Kamikaze was led on his path of self-destruction primarily by a sense of obligation to parents, and nation as embodied by the Emperor.”

Overall, Robert C Stern’s “Fire from the Sky” is a fascinating book with a good number of splendid photographs and some excellent accounts of individual events. It has 384 pages and I’m certainly pleased that I bought mine.

The author’s final chapter is about the modern kamikazes, the Islamist suicide bombers who have created such appalling carnage in various places in the world. My very last two posts about kamikazes will show you some of Stern’s fascinating ideas.


War’s End – A Memorial – Part 1

Published 5:08 pm Friday, August 28, 2020

It has been a high privilege and honor to have known so many of those WW II veterans that Tom Brokaw proclaimed as The Greatest Generation. They are leaving us all too quickly. Their memories and exploits should be forever recorded and honored by our nation. When these heroes speak, almost without fail, they say that “we’re not the heroes. The heroes are those that didn’t come home.” In today’s article, we would like to salute some of those brave men lost right at the end of the war.

There is a monument in India which honors the British soldiers who fell in the Battle of Kohima in 1944. It speaks for those men lost in that battle but it loudly speaks for all those young men and women lost in all the battles fought against the Axis powers in WW II.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow, we gave our today”

Some of the last casualties in the Pacific war with Japan seem particularly sad. The tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis [CA-35] on July 30, 1945, resulted in the largest loss of life in the history of the United States Navy. The Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58 torpedoed the heavy cruiser causing her to sink in 12 minutes. Three hundrerd of her crew went down with the ship. The remaining 890 of her crew were adrift in the Pacific for four days, fighting exposure, dehydration and shark attacks. Only 316 men were finally rescued. There is great irony in the tragic loss of the Indianapolis . The cruiser had just completed a top-secret mission in which she delivered parts of the U.S. nuclear bomb, Little Boy to the island of Tinian. She was sunk as she left Tinian enroute to the Philippines. What if I-58 had sunk the Indianapolis before she delivered the bomb parts to Tinian?

Emperor Hirohito broadcast his surrender announcement to his nation at noon [local time] on August 15. Earlier that morning, US Navy Adm. William F. Halsey had dispatched four Navy F6F Hellcat fighters to attack the Tokyo area, in an effort to keep the pressure on during the surrender negotiations. Sometime during their flight, Halsey received word that Japan had officially accepted the terms of surrender. He immediately sent out a re-call order. The fighters turned around but they were jumped on their way back to the carriers and shot down. Those four Naval aviators were recorded as the last battle casualties of WW II. Adm. Halsey felt great guilt since he had issued the orders for their mission. He recorded the names of these four men in his memoirs and asked that they never be forgotten. We list them here:

Ensign Wright C [Billy] Hobbs, USNR

Ensign Eugene [Mandy] Mandeberg, USNR

Ltjg. Joseph G Sahloff , USNR

The last Navy Destroyer Escort was lost on July 24, 1945. USS Underhill [DE-682] was attacked by a Kaiten , a “ suicide torpedo ,” from the Japanese submarine I-53 . Underhill quickly went down with 113 of her crew, including the commanding officer, Lcdr. Robert M. Newcomb.

The last Navy Destroyer was lost on July 29, 1945. USS Callaghan [DD-792] was attacked by a Japanese “Willow” biplane and hit with a 220- pound bomb. The bomb hit a critical area and set off a magazine locker holding 5- inch shells. The resulting explosion caused the Callaghan to sink quickly, taking 47 of her crew with her.

The last Navy Submarine was lost on August 6, 1945. USS Bullhead [SS-332] was sunk by Japanese aircraft off the island of Bali, with the loss of her 84- man crew. Bullhead was the last of 52 US submarines lost during WW II. The US Submarine Memorial at Pearl Harbor honors the 3,505 submariners who never returned. They are listed as “still on patrol.”

The last Kamikaze attack took place on August 13, 1945. The Navy troop carrier, USS Lagrange [ APA-124], was attacked by two Kamikazes in an anchorage off Okinawa. The Lagrange survived, but 21 of her men died and another 89 were wounded.

The last US combat casualty was Sgt. Anthony Marchione, who died on August 18, 1945. Sgt. Marchione was a crewman aboard a B-32 reconnaissance aircraft when it was attacked by Japanese fighter planes. This happened three days after the cease fire had taken effect.

Finally, the last Navy ship sunk was the USS Minivet [AM-371], a minesweeper that struck a mine while clearing mines in the Tsushima Strait on December 29, 1945. Thirty-one of her crew were lost.

[Sources: US Naval History and Heritage Command Wikipedia Traces of War US Submarine Memorial, Pearl Harbor Adm. Arleigh Burke National Destroyer Memorial]


History

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Students interested in history and education can gain field experience in the classroom through our National History Day Mentoring Program. You’ll also be able to join LaGrange College’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the discipline’s professional honor society. We conduct regular field trips and sponsor a variety of special events on campus and present papers at regional and national conferences. LaGrange’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter is simply one of the most active academic organizations on campus.

LaGrange’s January Interim Term offers the opportunity to travel abroad and come face-to-face with world history. Japan. Paris. Southern Spain. Greece. Latin America. England. The explorations and once-in-a-lifetime discoveries are endless for LaGrange History majors, in and out of class.


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What would you do ? (11) The Puzzle

I’m sure that you all remember the feature called “What would you do ?”. It used to appear on the cover of a boys’ comic called “Boys’ World”. This was a publication, obviously, aimed at boys and it ran from January 26th 1963 to October 3rd 1964 when “Eagle”, itself not in the best of financial health, merged with it. The last issue of “Boys’ World” was No 89, and any of its fans left by then would have struggled to find any trace of their favourite comic in Eagle:

I used to buy “Boys’ World”, and this was mainly for the front cover which always featured a kind of puzzle. It was called “What would you do ?” and was based on somebody being in what Ned Flanders would call “A dilly of a pickle”. Let’s take a look:

And here’s the situation, according to the blue box:

“I’m sinking and I can’t get out!”

That is the first terrifying thought in this flier’s mind. He ha escaped from his blazing plane, only to find that the ‘lake’ he has plunged into, is really a swamp. Slowly, he is being sucked deeper and deeper…within minutes, he will be completely covered. What can he do?

Here’s the Blue Box, just to prove that I’m not making all this up:

The blue box sets the scene, and the task is for you to solve the situation. Perhaps you might like to write your idea in the “Comments” section.

So…..it’s one “Dilly of a pickle”. Sinking into the swamp. Sucked down deeper and deeper.. Only minutes left.

And don’t cheat by asking an expert!


LaGrange woman with history of arson charged again

LaGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL) – A LaGrange woman was arrested for trying to set fire to Daniel Street Food Mart on March 15, 2021 according to LaGrange Police Department.

Police say Victoria Kendrick was thrown out from Daniel Street Food Mart by the store owner after trying to steal merchandise around 5:30 p.m. on March 15. The owner removed her from the store, then she attempted to set fire to the store by placing several items of clothing under the power meter base and setting them on fire.

The owner was able to extinguish the fire before any damage was caused to the building.

The police found her walking nearby, then took her into custody and charged her with first degree arson.

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History

The Allerton Grange area was mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1089 under the name ‘Alretun’, literally “Alder Farm”.

Farming was known in this area from the 12 th century, when the monks of Kirkstall Abbey opened their medieval Cistercian farm at Allerton Grange (on the site of what is now Larkhill Green). The word ‘Grange’ as in Abbey Grange, Moor Grange and Allerton Grange, refers to ancient farms once owned by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey. The Leeds Guide including sketch of the Environs and Kristall Abbey (1806) describes Allerton Grange as follows:-

Allerton Grange - Saxon for ‘a farmstead where Alder trees grow’. This place formerly belonged to the Abbot and Convent of Kirkstall and is supposed to have been given to them in the time of their first Abbot, Alexander. The family of the Killing- becks were tenants to it before the dissolution of the house, and afterwards became proprietors of it. (Source: The Leeds Guide including sketch of the Environs and Kirkstall Abbey, 1806, Edward Baines)

Source The Civil, Ecclesiastical, Literary, Commercial, and Miscellaneous History of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Otley, and the District Within Ten Miles of Leeds

Published by F. Hobson, 183

It is possible to trace an historic track from Kirkstall Abbey to Chapel Allerton and Allerton Grange, part of which survives in the roads and lanes of Chapel Allerton village today. The east west route would have been the most important road in the township, used to take wool and other agricultural produce to the abbey grange as well as by monks and lay people travelling between Allerton Grange, Chapel Allerton and Kirkstall Abbey.

Following the Dissolution of Kirkstall Abbey in 1539, the situation changed abruptly. The Abbey ceased to function, forcing a complete change of focus on the surrounding area which led to development increasing along the roads to Leeds.(Source: Chapel Allerton Conservation Area Assessment, 2008).

Allerton Grange Fields has historically been an area classed as Grassland, Plantation and Park according to the Tithe Map of the Chapel Allerton Township dated 1846 (below right) and OS Map 1956 (below left). Note the two tree lined becks which run through the middle of the fields towards Gledhow Beck (The becks were culverted in the 1960s to make way for Allerton Grange High School Playing Fields).

In 1899, Allerton Grange Farm was run by Charles Pollard and Moor Allerton Hall (The White House) was the home of Lt. Col. Lambert and later of R.B. Hopkins. The Pollard family had many farming interests in this area with Charles Pollard at Allerton Grange and William Pollard at Gledhow Grange at the end of the 19 th century. (Source: Highways and Byways of Leeds, Gilleghan, John, 1994)

The Allerton Grange Fields and the Allerton Grange School campus was historically part of the late 18th century Moor Allerton Hall Estate (also known as “The White House” and Grange House). See above OS Map from 1801. This grande country house was once used for a Primary School (Old Moor Allerton Hall County Primary School) and was converted to luxury residential apartments in the 1990s. The Grade 2 Listed Moor Allerton Hall and The Lodge and ‘The Drive’ from Lidgett Lane to Moor Allerton Hall is of local heritage and cultural value. It should be noted that in the mid 1800s there were several Mansions in the area, including Moor Allerton Hall (Grange House).See Ordnance Survey Map of 1909 below.

The Grande grade 2 listed Moor Allerton Hall (also historically known as Allerton House. Grange House and The White House) was built in the late 18 th century as a country house. The central section of the house has a porch with Tuscan columns and is topped by balustrade parapet. The entrance is flanked by two large bow fronted bays.

Moor Allerton Hall was the home of Lt. Col Lambert, George Smith (cloth merchant), Henry Price Bowring (ship owner/merchant) and R.B Hopkins and Family. (Source: Leodis - Photographic Archive of Leeds)

Moor Allerton Hall was later converted to a Primary School (Moor Allerton Hall County Primary School) by Leeds Education Authority. In the 1990s, following the relocation of the primary school to purpose built premises and grounds, Moor Allerton Hall was sympathetically extended and converted into luxury apartments by Country & Metropolitan Homes.

Moor Allerton Hall (The White House) Above and Below.

The Allerton Grange Field was partly occupied by Allerton Grange School (Main Block) and the Sixth Form block. There were originally two main blocks (two and three story glass, steel and concrete construction) fronting onto Talbot Avenue built in 1955 and 1960 and a third block housing the sixth form built in 1972. Allerton Grange School was one of the first schools to be built in Leeds in the immediate post war years. The School Playing Fields adjacent to the Allerton Grange School - main block were laid out in the late 1950s/early 1960s (now known as Allerton Grange Fields). The red brick modern high tech North East Leeds City Learning Centre (CLC) was built in 2002.

Below – 1967 - Allerton Grange School (main block)

Below -Aerial Photograph of Allerton Grange from 1969, Allerton Grange School (Main Block) and Allerton Grange Fields - far left

In September 2009, a new multi million pound building to house Allerton Grange School opened as part of the governments Buildings Schools for the Future programme. The old school buildings were demolished and some of the land returned to green field with grassland and newly planted trees. Allerton Grange Fields became publicly accessible in 2009 following the creation of a new footpath and cycleway linking Lidgett Lane to Talbot Avenue.

Area surrounding Allerton Grange Fields

The housing to the north, east, south and west of the Allerton Grange Fields is predominantly made up of post World War Two Detached, Semi Detached and Bungalow properties with gabled and hipped roofs with concrete tiles, with a mixture of orange brick, red brick and render walling set in well stocked gardens with driveways and separate garages. Many of the homes have been built around the 1950s which was the age of the consumer. The post-war boom brought massive change in the home, it was out with the old and in with the new. Many of the homes in the area have open plan internal layouts with fitted kichens for all of those new appliances which were coming in the market during the 1950s and 1960s!


Grumman F8F Bearcat Foreign & Civilian Service

In 1951, around 200 F8F Bearcats were provided to the French for use during the First Indochina War. Following the French withdrawal three years later, the surviving aircraft were passed to the South Vietnamese Air Force. The SVAF employed the Bearcat until 1959 when it retired them in favor of more advanced aircraft. Additional F8Fs were sold to Thailand which used the type until 1960. Since the 1960s, demilitarized Bearcats have proven highly popular for air races. Initially flown in stock configuration, many have been highly modified and have set numerous records for piston-engine aircraft.


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