UNSUNG HEROES: A Tribute To One Of The Toughest Marines I’ve Ever Served With; Wounded, But Not Fallen

Each week, Task & Purpose publishes its Unsung Heroes series, highlighting the stories of bravery and heroism that make up the history of the U.S. military post-9/11. This week we feature Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson, who was severely injured on Aug. 9 after stepping on an IED during a foot patrol in Afghanistan. Read more

A Glimpse At Humanity In The War Of 1812

Canada. The officers and crew of the Shannon, commanded by Captain Philip Broke, are shown boarding and capturing the Chesapeake. Colored lithograph by M. Dubourg (circa 1813)

What can we learn from John Hollyday’s letter to his wife in Ohio more than 200 years ago?

John Hollyday served in the War of 1812, where the British invaded the fledgling United States and almost reconquered the territory they had lost only three decades before. Read more

Watch The Navy’s New High-Tech ‘Killer Drone’ Land On An Aircraft Carrier For The First Time

via Business Insider

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B drone demonstrated its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft in a series of tests conducted aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.On Aug. 17, the U.S. Navy successfully tested its X-47B UCAS Unmanned Combat Air System alongside an F/A-18F Hornet in a flight deck working environment. Read more

Islam. In their words


This is a repost from March 2014

This letter was posted on Google Plus,  28 March 2014. The following was written by two people other than myself.  

 Take this as you will. I wanted to post it the way It was originally; without taking or adding to it. I think it’s important enough to share, [both views] it certainly opened my eyes a little wider to the reality of our world today.

  The first section of this article was written by an American [female]. She’s the original publisher of the post.

The second is an Islamic man, this is his letter.

It has been translated from Islam. Read more

Midweek MIL-speak: 19 August 2014

Language NSFW

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage. Read more

Navy divers confirm sunken wreck is World War II vessel USS Houston

U.S. Navy divers concluded Monday that a wrecked vessel in the Java Sea is the USS Houston, shown above in a 1930 photo provided by the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy)


US Navy divers concluded Monday that a wrecked vessel in southeast Asia is World War II cruiser USS Houston, a ship sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines. Read more

Old Ironsides earns its name: 1812

During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerrière in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution’s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. By the war’s end, “Old Ironsides” destroyed or captured seven more British ships. The success of the USS Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous boost in morale for the young American republic. Read more