Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $15,318
17%  
Woo hoo!!! And the first 17% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Forum: VetsCoR

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The battle of Saragarhi: when 21 Sikh soldiers stood against 10,000 Pathans

    10/06/2019 2:47:50 AM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    History Extra ^ | September 2017 | Captain Jay Singh-Sohal
    <p>The frontier between colonial India and Afghanistan in the 19th century was a place of danger and unrest. In 1897, at a small outpost called Saragarhi, 40 miles away from the British garrison town of Kohat (in what is now Pakistan), 21 Sikh soldiers stood their ground against an onslaught of 10,000 enemy tribesmen. Their gallantry in fighting to the bitter end cemented their reputation as brave and devoted to their duty, and the soldiers were recognised by the British with memorials, a battle honour and a regimental holiday. So why was Saragarhi viewed with such significance, and how is it still relevant today?</p>
  • Everything a foreigner needs to know to become a soldier in the Russian Armed Forces

    09/30/2019 4:19:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    Russia Beyond ^ | SEPT 26 2019 | Maxim Blinov NIKOLAI LITOVKIN
    Everything a foreigner needs to know to become a soldier in the Russian Armed Forces SCIENCE & TECH SEPT 26 2019 NIKOLAI LITOVKIN To put it simple: you'll need to be a good and strong person with no legal issues back home. In 2015, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing any foreign citizens to join the country’s Armed Forces. So, If you’re itching to start running with a brand new AK-12 in notorious Ratnik-2 battle gear, here’s what you need to know and what you need to do. Passport Since 2015, you DON’T need a Russian passport to...
  • Admiral Tryon's Blunder

    09/30/2019 3:54:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    When Admiral Tryon gave the order that positioned both mighty war vessels Victoria and Camperdown on a collision course, he made a huge mistake. So huge that it cost the lives of more than 350 crew members. The Victoria now is the only shipwreck worldwide that is positioned vertically on the seabed. On 22nd June 1893, standing on the bridge of his flagship, HMS Victoria, Admiral Tryon was the commander of the biggest battleships of the biggest Marine/Navy worldwide. Having the coastline of Tripoli, Lebanon, already in view, the Admiral commanded his fleet to turn around. At a distance of...
  • The remarkable Colonel James Helms Kasler. Triple Award of the AFC

    09/22/2019 4:13:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Colonel James Helms Kasler One of the great heroes of Rolling Thunder was an Air Force F-105D pilot who led the big strike on 29 June 1966… later he was shot down (8 August) and finished the war as a POW…even planned an escape…Colonel James Helms Kasler Colonel James H Kasler Enlisting in the United States Army Air Forces toward the end of World War II, Kasler flew seven missions as a B-29 Superfortress tail gunner. With the end of the war Kasler used his veteran’s benefits to complete his college degree before returning to the newly formed United States...
  • Eleven Letters Honor POW’s Hidden Wound

    09/22/2019 3:55:07 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Rolling Thunder Remembered ^ | 20 September 2019
    20 September 2019 Eleven Letters Honor POW’s Hidden Wound Capt. E. Alan Brudno, USAF, a 1958 graduate of NQHS, joined the U.S. Air Force with the hope that he would one day explore Mars as a member of the Astronaut Program. On October 18, 1965, on his 33rd mission over Vinh, North Vietnam, his F-4 Phantom jet was shot down and he became one of the longest held POWs in America’s history. He returned home in February 1973 deeply scarred by his captivity. He was posthumously awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying...
  • USS George Washington More Than Halfway Through RCOH, Will Leave Dry Dock Next Month

    08/28/2019 1:04:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 27, 2019 12:42 PM | Megan Eckstein
    USS George Washington More Than Halfway Through RCOH, Will Leave Dry Dock Next Month By: Megan Eckstein August 27, 2019 12:42 PM The final piece of the new main mast of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is installed at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, March 15, 2019. The 34-foot upper mast section raises the ship’s distinctive profile 123 feet above the flight deck. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo. Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is more than halfway through its refueling and complex overhaul and is set to leave the dry dock at Newport News Shipbuilding next...
  • US Troops Deprived of Hot Meals, In-Door Toilets Training for Possible Conflict With Russia, China

    08/28/2019 12:56:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 83 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 22:02 28.08.2019 | Tim Korso
    US Troops Deprived of Hot Meals, In-Door Toilets as They Train for Possible Conflict With Russia, China 22:02 28.08.2019 Tim Korso In its latest defence strategy guidelines, Washington outlined Russia and China as two possible adversaries in a real-life conflict and has since been conducting numerous military drills in a bid to prepare for a possible war. US Air Force crewmen were forced to live and train under unusually harsh conditions during their stay at Poland's Powidz Air Base, being cut off from running water, hot meals, and indoor toilets, the media outlet Defence News reported, citing US Colonel Donn...
  • CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE

    08/27/2019 11:24:36 AM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    American Heritage Volume 32 Issue 1 ^ | December 1980 | Edward L. Beach
    E / MAGAZINE / 1980 / VOLUME 32, ISSUE 1 / CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE Culpable Negligence A SUBMARINE COMMANDER TELLS WHY WE ALMOST LOST THE PACIFIC WAR Edward L. Beach December 1980 Volume 32 Issue 1 My surreptitiously retained file of war-patrol reports of Trigger , Tirante , and Piper (submarine numbers 237, 420, and 409) still makes fascinating reading, to me at least. Trigger (SS 237), completed at Mare Island, California, early in 1942, started her career slowly, but as we learned our dreadful business her improvement was steady. Before she died, a tired old submarine at age three years,...
  • The Grunion mystery, solved at last

    08/27/2019 10:49:11 AM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    The American Legion ^ | MAR 19, 2010 | Matt Grills
    The Grunion mystery, solved at last Matt Grills | The American Legion MAR 19, 2010 Nearly three years after USS Grunion (SS 216) was found off the Aleutian Islands, Bruce Abele continues to puzzle over what sank his fatherÂ’s submarine in the early days of World War II. In 2006, Abele and his two younger brothers, John and Brad, made headlines when an ocean-surveying firm they hired to scan the floor of the Bering Sea sent them an image of an oblong object with features resembling a conning tower and periscope mast. The next summer, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV)...
  • Loss of the USS Grunion. Wreck located in Aleutian waters.

    08/27/2019 10:45:42 AM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Live Science ^ | Aug 2019 | Laura Gegge
    US Submarine That Vanished on 1st Mission in WWII Is Found Off Alaskan Islands By Laura Geggel 22 days ago History Nearly 80 years ago, the USS Grunion submarine sank on its inaugural mission during World War II, taking the lives of 70 sailors with it as it plunged to the bottom of the Pacific. Now, after years of searching, a team looking for WWII-era submarines has found the Grunion's bow about 2,700 feet (820 meters) under the water's surface, off the coast of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Upon finding the long-lost bow, the team used autonomous underwater vehicles...
  • The Man From Thud Ridge

    08/27/2019 10:04:01 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | MARCH 2012 | JOHN T. CORRELL
    The Man From Thud Ridge MARCH 2012 BY JOHN T. CORRELL Jack Broughton sacrificed his Air Force career to protect two of his pilots. When Air Force Col. Jacksel M. Broughton arrived for duty at Takhli Air Base in Thailand in September 1966, Rolling Thunder—the air war against North Vietnam—was entering its hottest phase. Broughton, 41, looked like a sure bet to go far: a West Point graduate, 114 combat missions in Korea, commander of the USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, commander of an air defense interceptor squadron, combat ready in every fighter from the P-47 to the F-106, and...
  • The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

    08/26/2019 7:32:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    History Net ^ | 16 March 2011 | Dr Miles Russel
    The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss 16 March 2011 The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border, asks archaeologist Dr Miles Russell, of Bournemouth University. One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. The theory that 5,000 of Rome's finest soldiers were lost in the swirling mists of Caledonia, as they marched north to put down a rebellion, forms the basis of a new film, The Eagle, but how much of it is true? It is...
  • CPT Frank Beckwith Tucker

    08/18/2019 3:33:41 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    CPT Frank Beckwith Tucker BIRTH 16 Aug 1924 Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 29 Sep 1951 (aged 27) North Korea BURIAL Zion Episcopal Churchyard Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA MEMORIAL ID 27668589 · View Source SHARE SAVE TOSUGGEST EDITS MEMORIAL PHOTOS 3 CPT Frank Beckwith Tucker BIRTH 16 Aug 1924 Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 29 Sep 1951 (aged 27) North Korea BURIAL Zion Episcopal Churchyard Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA USMA Class of 1946, Captain Tucker commanded Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was Killed in...
  • Where is the grave of Revolutionary War hero Captain Margaret Corbin?

    08/14/2019 10:09:26 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    STRANGEREMAINS ^ | JULY 4, 2018
    Where is the grave of Revolutionary War hero Captain Margaret Corbin? BY STRANGEREMAINS on JULY 4, 2018 A contractor tasked with constructing a new retaining wall for the Molly Corbin Enhancement Project at the West Point Cemetery disturbed Corbin’s burial in October of 2016. Captain Margaret “Molly” Corbin is the Revolutionary War hero who took over her husband’s canon when he was killed during the Battle of Fort Washington. She is considered one of the inspirations for folk hero Molly Pitcher. The bones recovered from Corbin’s grave were analyzed by a forensic anthropologist and the results surprised a lot of...
  • Poland honors wartime group that collaborated with Nazis

    08/12/2019 8:02:14 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 11, 2019
    <p>WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who were imposing control on the nation.</p>
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige

    08/11/2019 6:00:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | Col. James D. Coy
    “My parents and teachers instilled in me a devout love of God, family, and country. When I left home after high school to enlist in the Marines, my God-fearing mother admonished me to ‘Just trust in God always.’ Six years later, right after the fierce battle on Guadalcanal, I emptied the contents of my combat pack, and be-cause of my burned hands, I gingerly picked up my pocket New Testament which included the Psalms and Proverbs. The page prov-identially opened to Proverbs 3:5-6: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all...
  • POTUS Honors Purple Heart Recipients

    08/07/2019 11:40:09 AM PDT · by redcatcherb412 · 2 replies
    ijr.com ^ | 8/7/19 | madison summers
    POTUS Honors Purple Heart Recipients: ‘Its Legacy of Heroism Remains Steadfast’ The president is making sure to honor military personnel who’ve “endured immense suffering to earn the Purple Heart” and paid the “ultimate sacrifice in service to our Nation.” National Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 to remember those in the U.S. armed forces who were wounded or killed while serving the country.
  • Whence comes the spark of excellence that drove Lloyd Burke, Medal of Honor winner?

    08/02/2019 8:10:17 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Internet Based Leadership ^ | November 9, 2012 | David Marquet
    Whence comes the spark of excellence that drove Lloyd Burke, Medal of Honor winner? November 9, 2012 by David Marquet Lloyd Burke was having a bad year. Lloyd Burke from Tichnor Arkansas exemplifies the spark of Excellence that is in all of us. It was October 28th, 1951 and First Lieutenant Lloyd Leslie Burke, his friends called him Scooter, was in Korea. Scooter Burke had been the commander of Company G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division for 13 months. He had arrived with his men just in time to defend the perimeter at Pusan, when the American and South...
  • Why did Robert McTureous leave a safe spot and risk his life?

    08/02/2019 8:02:36 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Internet Based Leadership ^ | December 11, 2012 | David Marquet
    Why did Robert McTureous leave a safe spot and risk his life? December 11, 2012 by David Marquet In 1942 Robert Miller McTureous Jr. quit. He quit collage were he was active in sports, and he was active in church and he was an avid airplane modeler to go back to his hometown Altoona, FL with the intention of enlisting. When McTureous tried to enlist he received some incredibly dispiriting news. He was classified as 4F — unfit for duty — because he had a hernia. So his brother Basil got on a job with the Florida Highway Department, where...
  • New Calif. church plant reaching Marines (29 Palms)

    07/31/2019 11:49:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | July 31, 2019 | Tobin Perry
    New Calif. church plant reaching Marines by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (11 hours ago) TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (BP) -- Jacob and Joi Rogers had already tried for four months to find a church home during their first stint in Twentynine Palms (or 29 Palms), Calif., a year earlier. As a newly married couple, the marine and his new bride had to travel an hour away from home to find a good church fit. The congregation sings during a worship service at Pillar Church of 29 Palms, Calif., on May 19. Photo courtesy of Pillar Church So when...