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The Rock íní Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero
New York Times ^ | The Rock íní Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero | Clay Tarver

Posted on 07/03/2013 2:19:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

I asked if he ever talked about it. Jason shook his head no. Did they find out anyway? “Always.”

The first time was at Fort Benning in 1994, in the middle of the hell of basic training. The ex-cop recruits in boot camp with him said that prisoners had more freedom than they did. There were guys who faked suicide attempts to get out of basic. But Everman never had any doubts. “I was 100 percent,” he told me. “If I wasn’t, there was no way I’d get through it.”

He had three drill sergeants, two of whom were sadists. Thank God it was the easygoing one who saw it. He was reading a magazine, when he slowly looked up and stared at Everman. Then the sergeant walked over, pointing to a page in the magazine. “Is this you?” It was a photo of the biggest band in the world, Nirvana. Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”

Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”

And that was only half of it. Jason Everman has the unique distinction of being the guy who was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two rock bands that would sell roughly 100 million records combined. At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.

Then again, he wasn’t remotely. What Everman did afterward put him far outside the category of rock’n’roll footnote. He became an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, one of those bearded guys riding around on horseback in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: nirvana

1 posted on 07/03/2013 2:19:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Revolting cat!
At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.


2 posted on 07/03/2013 2:25:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

Really cool story.Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 07/03/2013 2:36:50 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: nickcarraway

Great find. Thanks!


4 posted on 07/03/2013 2:48:36 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: nickcarraway
Wow. Amazing story.

AND well written.

NYT usually makes me puke.

5 posted on 07/03/2013 2:53:43 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: nickcarraway

Great story, I had no clue. Good for him


6 posted on 07/03/2013 3:57:33 PM PDT by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: nickcarraway

Effin cool nick.

Thanks for the post.


7 posted on 07/03/2013 4:03:20 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 07/03/2013 4:05:34 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE; Drew68; ArrogantBustard; coolbreeze; Fightin Whitey; OneWingedShark

You are all welcome.


9 posted on 07/03/2013 4:07:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ArrogantBustard
NYT usually makes me puke.

If you're feeling the need to unburden your stomach contents, just read the comments after the article.

Your typical NYTimes reader is outraged that they called one of Bush's war criminals a hero.

In their world, you are a hero if you announce you're gay or apply for food stamps, not if you kill foreign enemies.

10 posted on 07/08/2013 9:57:52 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nickcarraway

bttt


11 posted on 07/08/2013 9:59:08 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: dead

Ugh ... some good guys there, but a preponderance of braying jackasses.


12 posted on 07/08/2013 10:03:14 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yeah, there were a few good guys commenting, but the bad ones are just jaw-droppingly dumb.


13 posted on 07/08/2013 10:10:17 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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