Watch This Iraq War Veteran’s Tragic Story Told Through The Lens Of A Cartoon

In 2005, Lance Corporal Travis Williams and his squad went on a rescue mission that would change his life forever. Of his 12-man crew, he was the only to come back alive.

*I know this story (and others) is a sad one, but war is sad. We all know It’s not about medals and happy ending stories of heroism, it’s messy and ugly and there’s nothing nice about it. But…
This veterans story is  a story of heroism–in its rawest form. All of the men we’re heroes that day. 12 of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, while one carried on and now, shares their story.
If our warriors are willing to tell us ANYTHING, we really should  listen, sad or otherwise, just listen.
Read a brief account then Watch the (cartoon) video of the accounts that changed a soldier’s life.

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This WWII vet says killing his enemy was the saddest memory of his life

Understanding the mental cost of taking someone’s life can be nearly impossible for those people who have never experienced it. In this StoryCorps video, Joseph Robertson, an infantryman who served during the Battle of the Bulge, tries to explain to his son-in-law the guilt he has carried since he killed a German soldier approaching his position.

StoryCorps, which works nationwide to collect oral history, has a veteran specific program, Military Voices Initiative, where veterans and service members can tell their stories.

(h/t Upworthy)

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Image of the Day: 27 May 2015

USMC band preformed America the Beautiful aboard the USS MIDWAY museum on Monday, in observance of Memorial Day.

The US Marines participate in a ceremony that honor our fallen heroes. This is one of many that took place across the country over the weekend

The largest Aircraft in the US military The C-5 Galaxy, documentary

Check out this video featuring our (U.S)  largest Aircraft. It’s amazing this gets off the ground.

Shedding a light on the psyche of war: Zippo lighters from U.S. troops fighting in Vietnam give a unique insight into life under fire

Constant companion: The Zippo was adopted by the U.S. military in World War II, but became a must-have item in Vietnam

Vintage Vietnam Zippo Lighter Collection – sold at auction for more than 32K

While Zippos had been a valuable companion to U.S. servicemen since World War II, it became popular in the notorious and long-running Vietnam conflict to have the lighters engraved with personal messages – sometimes for loved ones they left behind, and sometimes for the individual who might find their body.
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Image of the Day: 26 May 2015

US Army, National Guard

These soldiers look like they’re marching; they’re acknowledging someone, that’s for sure.

Image of the Day: 25 May 2015

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery was established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington.

A Memorial Day Poem

Memorial Day 2015

My Memorial Day weekend will end tomorrow with a sunset vigil and service at the cemetery; I thought this was a fitting poem.  Be safe, be happy.

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A simple 24 note melody that can express our gratitude when words fail.
Taps honors the men & women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom.
This rendition is by the US Navy at Arlington National Cemetery.


Where Poppies Blow…

Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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Image of the Day: 24 May 2015

The Blitz

A woman drinking tea during the Blitz.

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Marine Staff Sgt Tim Chambers holds salute, with a broken wrist

I was mistaken when I said Sgt Chambers has been doing this every year since 2010. He’s been going FAITHFULLY since 2002…this video is the first time he spoke to the press. His grandmother goes and has her own quite tribute to our fallen.
Semper Fi.

The Civil War and Memorial Day



Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

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Rolling Thunder: A Marines vigil

You may be familiar with this Marine. He’s made the trip to Washington every Memorial Day since 2010 to hold a full salute until every biker has past in honor of his fallen brothers and sisters. More veterans have joined him in recent years. In arms.
This was the first video I saw of the Lone Marine,  and it is by far my favorite. It’s one of the best 2:30 minute tributes I’ve seen. Have a safe and happy weekend.

CORRECTION; Sgt Chambers has been doing this every year since 2002 ⚓t

Image of the Day: 23 May 2015

US Special Forces