20th Century Battlefields 1968 Vietnam


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US Navy 239th Birthday (belated)


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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). 

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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. 

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If You’re Reading This: Letters Home


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

Military Mumbo Jumbo: MILspeak-10 October 2014


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.

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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

Image of the Day: 14, October 2014


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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Thomas J. Brennan