Shipmates


These are the men that sailed with me
In the Colonies clipper
Mary Ambree
.

These are the men that kept her going
Through the fog and the ice and the big gales blowing:
Skipper and bosun, mates and sails,
Tough as leather and hard as nails,
Wise in the ways of seas and ships,
Soaked in brine to the finger-tips.

These are the chaps that toiled together
In Trade and Doldrum and black Horn weather:
Stood their trick on a beggarly whack
Of junk and limejuice and mouldy tack,
Scoured and holystoned, reefed and furled,
Watch and watch round the whole wet world,
Hauled and sweated at sheets and braces
With the sun in their eyes or the sleet in their faces,
Fought and fisted the frozen courses
On footropes jumping like bucking horses.

These are the men that sailed and manned,
Worked her and drove her from land to land,
Most of ’em gone, as the ships are gone,
For times must change, as the old words run,
And men change with ’em, we know full well;
For worse or for better? Time will tell.
This only is certain – ships and men,
We never shall build their likes again.

‘We Would Have Won The War If I Was In Charge,’ Low-Ranking Afghanistan Veteran Says


DUFFEL BLOG

August 14, 2014
Language NSFW

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A low-ranking enlisted Marine who deployed to Afghanistan for seven months in 2009 claims he could have solved the myriad issues of tribalism, corruption, and lack of government reach that has plagued the country for thousands of years if only he were in charge of the U.S. war effort, sources confirmed this morning. Read more

The Six Most Epic One Man Armies in the History of War: #2 Fazal Din


Here’s a handful of men (6) who absolutely refused to go gently, instead opting to erupt violence like a volcano onto everything around them. I’ll post their stories individually. Read more

The Hunt for ‘Fifi’: WWII’s B-29 Superfortress


 

20 years after the end of World War Two, a search was underway for the mighty B-29 Superfortress to add to a collection of WWII Aircraft but they found it should be a bigger task then thought; there were no record of any surviving bombers. With hard work and a lot of phone calls to the Navy, they were able to salvage and christen the refurbished Superfort, “Fifi.” 
When the Confederate Air Force (now the Commemorative Air Force) began searching for a B-29 for our collection of WWII aircraft, the war had been over for 21 years. The Superforts that helped end it had long since yielded to new generations of jet-powered strategic bombers, and vanished. According to the Air Force, no B-29s remained in inventory ~ even at storage or disposal depots. But the CAF Colonels had faith and put the word out, and it paid off. Read more

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene Laid to Rest at Arlington


This image provided by the U.S. Army shows Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene. A U.S. official has identified the senior officer killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2014, as Greene, the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970. Greene was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. An engineer by training, Greene was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) ORG XMIT: WX121
Former Capital Region resident was the highest-ranking Army officer to die in Afghanistan
Updated 2:07 pm, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The nation will say goodbye Thursday to a U.S. Army general from Guilderland who died while trying to build Afghanistan’s army. Read more

Stamp Act remembered: 1776


English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765.
English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day in History

The city of Boston observes the 11th anniversary of the popular resistance that prevented the execution of the Stamp Act there on this day in 1776. The celebration included the erection of a pole at the site of the original “Liberty Tree.” Read more

Barrel Roll


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Lt. Col. Brent Reinhardt completes a 360-degree roll in F-35A AF-1 with a full weapon load during a test flight from Edwards AFB, California, on 10 January 2014. The photo is a composite of seventeen images taken during the 360-degree roll.