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Photo: B-29 Superfortress Propeller


The Flight Engineer

Of all of us, the engineer
Knew most about the aircraft gear.

Dials and switches, props and flaps,
The drill if under carts collapse. Read more

This Is The Mangled Flak Jacket Of A Marine Who Jumped On A Grenade In Fallujah

Here’s a previously-unseen photo of mangled body armor used by Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta when he jumped on a grenade in Fallujah.

Courtesy of the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.


California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) published the photo on Thursday.


On Nov. 15, 2004, Peralta, 25, was shot as he entered a room with two other Marines during house-to-house fighting. A grenade was thrown into the room shortly after, and according to eyewitness accounts, Peralta reached out and cradled it under his body — absorbing the blast that would kill him and save two other Marines’ lives. Read more

Iraq Keeps Drunk Texting CENTCOM: Duffel Blog

AL UDEID AIRBASE, QATAR – Returning from a well-deserved holiday break, members of Central Command’s Forward Headquarters were startled to discover more than 100 text messages left on their phone from what looked like an extremely drunk and depressed Iraq.“Salaams” read the first dozen, repeated every few hours, inter-spaced with an occasional “You up?” Read more

The strength of the pack is the wolf,
the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Today In History: 1908, Theodore Roosevelt Makes Grand Canyon a National Monument

On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

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Christmas Miracle of 1914

 Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

Italian Proverb