Weekends


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                     Sleep well America.

Shall be my Brother Forever


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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother forever.

Section 60: The Hallowed Acre


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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.

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Air Force Resurrects B-52 Bomber From Boneyard for First Time


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B-52 Bomber

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

Image of the Day


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GOING DONW?

Found on Twitter

Not that of my Brother


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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s brother.”

The Battle of Samarra, Iraq 2005


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2005, members of the US Army, Samarra Iraq

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

Image of the Day: 27 February 2015


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US NAVY

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


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Unknown Soldier

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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…

This letter from George Washington marks the birth of American espionage


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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. 
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Shoes on The Danube Promenade


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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

Image of the Day: 26 February 2015


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1969 Vietnam

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

Warrior Ethos


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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.

This Powerful Film Tells How Marines Fought ‘One Day Of Hell’ In Fallujah


Photo: US Marine Corps

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.

We Are The Mighty

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

Warrior Wednesday: This Hero Saved Six Soldiers From A Burning Vehicle While He Was Drenched In Fuel


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Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe pulled six other soldiers from a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle while drenched in fuel and covered in flames. Photo: US Army Read more: http://www.wearethemighty.com/warrior-wednesday-alwyn-cashe-2015-02#ixzz3SmxJg6kq

We Are The Mighty

This is Warrior Wednesday — a new, ongoing series where we’ll highlight military members who performed heroically in combat but are relatively unknown in the broader community. Put simply, these are stories of bravery that need to be told. Read more