And What a Time it Was…


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Privilege, Duty and Pride: Sailor Shares his Wreaths Across America Story

Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you.

Writer(s): Paul Simon
Copyright: Paul Simon Music

Here’s What It Takes To Fire The Biggest Gun On The USS Barry


The USS Barry’s 5-inch gun during a live fire exercise off the US Atlantic Coast

Business Insider 

When I hauled myself aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry, one of the first things I was shown was the ship’s 5-inch, 127mm gun.

“This is how the Barry pays its bills,” the ensign showing me around said.

What she meant was that even though the Barry carries an array of missiles including Tomahawks, SM-2s, and SM-3s, among others, the 5-inch is the weapon of choice when engaging any surface, air, or shore targets. Read more

US Offered Iran A Prisoner Swap


I posted this Marines story last month. You can read it here.

Business Insider

DUBAI (Reuters) – A lawyer for an Iranian-American former US Marine jailed in Tehran was reported on Tuesday as saying the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap, but officials in Washington denied any proposed exchange.

Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, attorney for former Marine Amir Hekmati, told Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency that the United States had made the request and it had been put to Iran’s judiciary, which has not yet responded. Read more

Image of the Day: 2 January 2015


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This wounded World War II veteran with his son after returning home from the war.

Image found at The National Archives