Sleep well America.
The only thing we ever learn from experience is that we never learn anything from experience. George Bernard Shaw
It’s a tiny piece in a much larger jigsaw puzzle. No famous poets or presidents are buried there. No admirals or generals. Instead Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., is the final resting place of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in America’s most recent wars, especially Iraq and Afghanistan. The emotions it inspires, intensified every November 11 on Veterans Day, are raw. Its stories, heartbreaking.
Robert M. Poole, a former executive editor of National Geographic, spent several years listening to those stories for his new book, Section 60: Where War Comes Home. Speaking from his home in Vermont, he explains why he wanted to commemorate this patch of hallowed ground, why it takes years of practice to fold a ceremonial flag, and why Section 60 is one of the few places in America where it’s considered normal to talk to the dead.
The U.S. Air Force for the first time refurbished and returned to duty a B-52 bomber that was held in long-term storage at a facility in Arizona.
The B-52 Stratofortress, called “Ghost Rider,” is a strategic long-range bomber that had been held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona since its decommission in 2008. Read more
Samarra, 2005. Iraq‘s Fallujah
By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 26, 2005
SAMARRA, Iraq — On one of his last days in Iraq, Sgt. Dale Evans looked out over the turbulent city from a rooftop tower piled high with sandbags, manning a machine gun. Below him, rows of Bradley Fighting Vehicles stood at the ready. Dusty streets were lined with coiled barbed wire and abandoned houses pockmarked from gunfire — a protective no-man’s land around a base that U.S. commanders describe as their “battleship” in downtown Samarra. Read more
US Navy submarines (‘Bubbleheads’) take advantage of a swim call and we’ll needed vitamin D!
Image found on We are the Mighty. There are more images of Life on a submarine here as well. Enjoy!
The Unknown Soldier Comes Home–1921
The United States lost approximately 77,000 killed during the First World War. To commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by these individuals, it was decided to select one of the many unidentified bodies buried in the American military cemeteries in France for reburial in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC.
Rest Easy, patriot. Thank you…
A letter written by George Washington to one of his closest confidants more than 200 years ago served as the launching point for a spy network that played a critical role in the American Revolution.
On the banks of the Danube River in Budapest, about 300 meters from the Hungarian Parliament building, lie sixty pairs of rusted old-fashioned shoes cast out of iron and attached to the stone embankment. Read more
VIETNAM 1969 Old Army saying. Never stand when you can sleep. Road between Saigon and Chu Chi. Off duty NCO sleeps next to bridge his unit guards at night. August 1969.
Image found on flickr.com
A dog tag found in the wreckage of a helicopter shot down during Operation Red Wings, [Lone Survivor ] where 11 SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers died on June 28, 2005.
NOTE WORTHY: Fallujah fell late last year to the terror group, ISIS. How does that sit with you? I can imagine it sits well with the men and women who fought there over 10 years ago.
This isn’t a first in our nations history of war. eg., the fall of Saigon.
The 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah will be talked about among Marines for years to come, but for some who fought in those deadly streets and from room-to-room, the battle continues to play out long after they come home.
“The most difficult part of transitioning into the civilian world is the fact that I was still alive,” says Matt Ranbarger, a Marine rifleman who fought in Fallujah, in a new documentary released on YouTube called “The November War.” Read more