I didn’t officially post this yesterday (13 October), I seem to be late for everyone’s birthday this year; my apologies to Navy & Air Force. (I’ve already marked my calendars for 10 November).
So, here’s to the Patriarch of the US Military, Happy Birthday Sailors! Thank you for 239 years of service. Enjoy these images of the US Navy throughout history.
Dedicated historian Sian Price spent three years travelling the world and reading through 30,000 heart-rending letters to compile the touching collection.
Heartfelt farewell: Second Lieutenant Eric Heaton, from East Sussex, wrote to his parent from the Battle of the Somme:
If I fall in battle then I have no regrets save for my loved ones I leave behind
Second Lieutenant Eric Heaton, age 20. Died: The Somme, 1916.
From his dugout, he wrote to his parents: ‘My darling Mother and Father, I am writing this on the eve of my first action. Read more
It’s been awhile…
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.
CAB: Combat Action Badge (ARMY). Developed in response to number of soldiers performing in a infantry or infantry-like position under the same conditions as the infantry, but do not hold an infantry MOS Read more