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Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Korean War veteran unidentified for decades laid to rest in Cedar Rapids

    06/19/2018 7:39:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies ^ | June 19, 2018 | Dave Franzman
    A Cedar Rapids family finally has closure for a loved one lost in a war decades ago. Sgt. Donald L. Baker was laid to rest on Tuesday with full military honors. Baker joined the Army right out of high school in Thornton, Arkansas. He was listed originally as missing in action following a battle in Haman, South Korea in 1950. U.S. military officials made a positive identification of his remains only last winter.
  • Twins killed together during World War II finally reunited after 74 years

    06/19/2018 7:28:40 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | June 19, 2018 | MARK PHILLIPS
    Omaha Beach is empty and peaceful now. But 74 years ago, 13 days after D-Day, allied forces were frantically landing soldiers and supplies, beginning their push through France. Making a run to the beach on their tank landing craft were 19-year-old Navy operators who were identical twins: Julius "Henry" Pieper and Ludwig "Louie" Pieper from Creston, Nebraska. Their ship hit a German mine and exploded. Louie's body was found and was buried with the other American casualties in the cemetery just above Omaha Beach. But Henry's body was never identified until now.
  • Wisconsin sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be laid to rest

    06/19/2018 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    WISC ^ | June 19, 2018 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A Wisconsin sailor who died at Pearl Harbor will be laid to rest more than 75 years after his death. Navy Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John Schoonover of Port Edwards, Wisconsin, was among 429 crewmen who died aboard the USS Oklahoma after Japanese torpedoes capsized the ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Schoonover was 39.
  • Senators praise return of soldiers' remains from Korea

    06/19/2018 6:11:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WNDU-TV ^ | June 19, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Indiana's two senators are praising President Donald Trump efforts to recover the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War. Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican Sen. Todd Young issued a joint letter Tuesday that welcomes the effort. The two note that more than 170 soldiers from Indiana never returned from the war. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have pledged to work to return remains of as many of the nearly 7,700 U.S. troops that are still unaccounted for following the war, which spanned 1950-53.....
  • Tip: Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship

    06/19/2018 3:34:19 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 122 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | 17 June 2018 | Roibert Stacy McCain
    An anonymous email came in over the transom this morning: Hi, Stacy. During the early weeks after the USS Fitzgerald was speared by a lumbering Philippine container ship, it was noteworthy that the captain and a couple of admirals were publically named, but not the actual officer in charge, the officer of the deck. (OOD) The other person who should have kept the Fitz out of trouble is the person in charge of the combat information center, the Tactical Action Officer. That individual is supposed to be monitoring the combat radar, which can detect a swimmer at a distance of...
  • Dems May Try to Acquire Nukes [semi-satire]

    06/19/2018 11:24:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 June 2018 | John Semmens
    Saying she was impressed with “Kim’s ability to wrap Trump around his finger,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attributed it to “having a nuclear bomb in his pocket,” and vowed that the Democratic Party will “seek ways of acquiring one or more similar devices to give us more punch in our negotiations with the President.” Characterizing the recent Singapore summit between Kim and Trump as “as horrible a ‘deal’ as one could imagine,” Pelosi ticked-off the highlights of what she insisted was “a net loss for America and the world. First, Trump shook Kim’s hand. This show of manners to...
  • Syria Update: Pro-Government Sources Proclaiming Imminent Offensive....USA Warned Against

    06/19/2018 2:37:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/18/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "We are hours away from the beginning of the #OpBasalt in Daraa and al-Quenitra, a military choice that God knows we were forced to pick, we gave them Ramadan and Eid to accept a peaceful solution, and they didn't, what happen from now on is their responsibility" "WithinSyriaBlog" Twitter 6/18/2018 "The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the cease-fire underpinning it. We also caution the Syria regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardizing the cease-fire" US State Department Statement May 25th, 2018 Its being called "Operation Basalt",...
  • Trump Enters History Books, Orders Pentagon to Establish a Space Force

    06/18/2018 4:22:33 PM PDT · by davikkm · 31 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    President Trump announced on Monday during a press conference that he is aiming at creating a Space Force as soon as possible, and he already ordered the Pentagon to “make it so”. Obviously, service guarantees citizenship, to quote from a famous sci-fi movie from the 90s. The US Space Force would make for an independent service branch and I bet dollars for donuts that today, June the 19th, 2018 will become famous in the future as the day when the US Intergalactic Space Force was created, and all that jazz. Joke aside, President Trump has said on Monday that, just...
  • Mapping the Battle of Bunker Hill

    06/18/2018 1:52:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Boston 1775 ^ | Sunday, June 17, 2018
    With the sestercentennial of June 1768 passing by, I have few days to devote to the Battle of Bunker Hill. But here’s Charles E. Frye’s map of that battle, completed in 2011 and available through Wikipedia. It’s unusual in positioning American army units on the Charlestown peninsula. Frye is an army-trained cartographer. In this interview, Frye talked about how he came to make that map: My wife suggested I help my oldest son with his 5th grade history project and that we could research to find out where [our ancestor] Isaac [Frye] was on the battlefield. Reading about the battle...
  • Militarize the Southern border

    06/18/2018 8:05:54 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 23 replies
    EEE | 18 JUNE 2018 | EEE
    Trump has the power and Constitutional authority to order troops on the border. This will immediately kill the narrative that he is separating families and stop the problem at the source. And it puts pressure on the Democrats.
  • Trump to Kim: All this I will give you

    06/17/2018 1:42:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Press-Herald ^ | June 17, 2018 | Cynthi Dill
    The four-minute movie trailer was created to show Chairman Kim the power and glory that could be his if he lays down his nukes. President Trump pitched paradise to Kim Jong Un in a four-minute movie trailer made especially for the summit in Singapore last week, complete with cautionary tale, dramatic musical score and a lot left for the imagination. It features the two men and images of glory and strength: the perfect tease for the chubby millennial ruling North Korea known for killing off family members and playing video games. Kim is like Trump. They love screens and they...
  • Way too fast

    06/17/2018 11:02:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Korea JoongAng Daily ^ | June 18, 2018 | JoongAng Ilbo
    After the Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, denuclearization and a peace process is accelerating at a dizzying pace on the Korean Peninsula. But the public has mixed feelings. While welcoming a North Korea without nuclear weapons and the possibility of peace in a divided land, they cannot calm their anxieties over the stunning developments. First of all, our concerns involve Trump’s remarks about stopping joint military exercises between the two allies. After Trump defined them as “provocative,” the Moon Jae-in administration nearly accepted the suspension of the annual drills. But discontinuing those...
  • One Marine’s Afghanistan Story

    06/16/2018 8:41:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/16/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: Jerry Todd How many of us have or could endure ONE WEEK of this guys experience??? An interesting read from a Recon Marine in Afghanistan ; an insider's view of what is really going on. This Marine is articulate, has a flare for colorful language and descriptive prose regarding scorpions, chiggers and sand fleas: "It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar'yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake-out, my friend, and...
  • North Korea has begun to return remains of US troops missing in Korean war, says Trump

    06/15/2018 4:08:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | June 15, 2018
    US President Donald Trump said on Friday (June 15) North Korea is already fulfilling its promise to return the remains of missing US troops from the Korean War, only days after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reported the Associated Press. Mr Trump added that he "signed a deal where (the US) gets everything". He told reporters in a news conference on the White House lawn he plans to call Mr Kim on Sunday (June 17). “I’m going to be actually calling North Korea,” Trump told Fox News in an interview when asked what he planned...
  • Trump says North Korea has already started to return remains of missing US troops from Korean War

    06/15/2018 6:15:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New Jersey Herald ^ | June 15, 2018 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says North Korea has already started to return remains of missing US troops from Korean War....
  • ANALYSIS: Does Skunk Works hiring binge indicate secret new programme?

    06/15/2018 5:43:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 15, 2018 | Stephen Trimble
    As it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Skunk Works is in the middle of a huge and unexplained growth spurt. The Palmdale, California-based unit of Lockheed Martin focused on the most advanced and secretive projects employed about 3,000 workers last year. It has about 3,500 employees now. And that’s about halfway to a near-term goal of about 4,000. On-boarding sessions for new employees used to be held every other week, but are now scheduled twice a week — and they’re full. “The number is moving so quickly we hesitate to give a number,” says Craig Johnson, the Skunk Works’ director...
  • Syria Update: United States Resumes Funding "White Helmets", "Firm And Appropriate Measures"....

    06/15/2018 2:31:16 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/14/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "The President has authorized the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State to release approximately $6.6 million for continuation of the vital, life saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets..... The United States Government strongly supports the White Helmets who have saved more than 100,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad's chemical weapons attacks...." US Department of State news release 6/14/2018 "The Syrian organization was also accused by Russia and the Damascus government of covering up militants crimes and of staging fake chemical attacks to...
  • LinkedIn - Big Brother is Watching

    06/15/2018 1:07:29 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 20 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | June 15, 2018 | Vanity
    LinkedIn: The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Several years ago I joined LinkedIn more to try to connect with former Army buddies, not trying to get a job. Got an email from them today that "You appeared in 3 searches this week" The searchers were: Alabama Department of Mental Health and Veterans Evaluation Services Stuff like this causes conspiracy theories and paranoia. Why are the VA and Alabama Mental Health searching LinkedIn? Possible gun control comes to mind. As far as I know I have not initiated any recent...
  • June 14 in military history

    06/14/2018 9:39:47 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | June 14, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1775: Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Second Continental Congress establishes the Continental Army. Ten rifle companies are formed: six from Pennsylvania, two from Maryland, and two from Virginia. The force is disbanded after the American Revolution, but in 1792, President George Washington forms the Legion of the United States – the nation’s first “professional” fighting force – renamed the United States Army in 1796. 1777: Congress formally declares the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the thirteen United States. The declaration resolves that it consists of “thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union...
  • Flashback: Clinton Administration Suspended Joint Military Training with South Korea

    06/13/2018 12:14:18 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter
    True Pundit ^ | True Pundit Staff
    President Donald Trump isn’t the first president to call off joint military exercises with South Korea in order to appease North Korea. The Clinton administration deferred a U.S.-South Korea military exercise to persuade North Korea to allow inspection of its nuclear facilities in April 1994.