“In war, truth is the first casualty.”
Gary Knight, April 7, 2003
This photograph was taken moments after this position in the unfinished Baghdad suburb of Dyala came under artillery barrage. I had watched the shells ‘walk’ in and was lying in a depression in the ground on the other side of the wall on the right as the shells crashed in. It was like an earthquake – so loud and so terrifying waiting for them to hit. I have been shelled in many places over the years and it’s the most terrifying thing. I always imagine I can outwit a man who can see me and is trying to kill me with something as small as a bullet, but with artillery, it’s all a question of luck. I saw the turret of the APC fly into the air. Read more
I thought I’d stick this post up front here for the remainder of the month for anyone interested in submitting a letter for Memorial Day. The inspiration came from a military wife when asked by her husband (after multiple deployments) why she still loved him. You can visit her blog here
To those who love a hero –
Whether you are the spouse, parent, sibling, friend, caregiver, or other loved one of one
of our nation’s veterans, we invite you to join us in a very special project! Read more
There are just certain things that veterans never get rid of.
When you serve in the military, you inevitably collect a lot of memorabilia. By the time you separate or retire, you’ve basically got a closet full of military stuff. Some of it you just don’t need anymore — like sock garters … hopefully. But other things you’ll want to keep forever. Occasionally, veterans will make an “I love me” wall. Others just devote space for a box in the attic.
Whatever you do choose to do with your military stuff, here are eight things that veterans never throw out. Read more
TIJUANA, Mexico – They served the United States on battlefields from Korea to Iraq, but now they live in the shadow of the nation they once served, deported to Mexico for offenses as minor as getting caught with marijuana.
After Smuckers, the dog, dug up a Purple Heart in the yard, her owners found a way to return the medal.
When Smuckers, a Golden Labrador mix, was frantically digging in her owners’ backyard, she inadvertently turned one of the most irritating dog habits into something meaningful, by finding a Purple Heart in the dirt. Not knowing what to do with the award, Smuckers’ owners, Tom Unterwagner and Steve Jankousky, held on to it for a decade until they discovered the Vermont-based nonprofit, Purple Hearts Reunited. Read more
Rob Richards’ story demonstrates that more must be done to support service members returning from war.
The Washington Post article published in February by Greg Jaffe, details the Arlington Memorial Cemetery gathering of Marines mourning their scout sniper brother, Rob Richards, who died from accidental drug overdose. Richards was one of three Marines videotaped by comrades as they urinated on the corpses of dead Taliban. As Jaffe wrote, Richards went from war hero to pariah owing to that 38 seconds of video retrieved after he returned from deployment. It was the 38 seconds that Richards realized would be the larger world’s only memory of him. Read more
Armored Angles crashing from the sky, wings narrowed, speed reached, they close their eyes as they impact the fields so dry. Called to earth with cries, and pleas. They rise, never having been sent in such a number, an army not of god but of man, What gold they are in a field of grey, come to protect, come to save. As they gather, they march with perfect grace, with shields of white and blades of blue, some with long bows, some with staffs split in two. No longer so far away, but ever so close, voices Pierce my heart telling me to listen, telling me to show no fear, that times of dread and destruction are gone, that its time to take a stand, a time to be strong. A call to all who wish to stand and fight alongside of the Armored Angles not of God but of man. Mr. M
This was written by a veteran, he posted it yesterday on Google Plus. You can check out his profile here.
The Foundation of Freedom is the Courage of Ordinary People
Beginning today and every Thursday forward I will be posting events, stories, and images of our (US) involvement in the Korean war. It truly is the forgotten war; my grandfather fought in Chosin for the Marines and brought home the Purple Heart. I should have done this a long time ago. At any rate, I’ll showcase our veternas of the Koren war on Thursdays.
Over 53,000 ROK and UN troops, including over 8,000 Americans, are MIA. One assumes the great majority of them were murdered by North Korean soldiers after surrendering, or being found wounded, or in the (often death) camps for POWs.Read more
The first installation of electric lights in a US Navy warship took place during the summer of 1883. Earlier that spring, seven electric power companies were asked by the Bureau of Navigation to submit bids for installing lights in USSTrenton, then currently berthed at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn. Only one, the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting, submitted a bid of $5,500 to install Read more