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.
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.
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. Read more
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 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.
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 LITTLE KNOWN LINK BETWEEN MEMORIAL DAY AND THE CIVIL WAR
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.
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