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  • WW2 veteran on overhearing "You can't bomb an Ideology"

    07/24/2016 5:21:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 90 replies
    July 24, 2016
    Quote from a WWII veteran overhearing someone say that `You can't bomb an ideology." "The hell you can't. Because we did it. These Muslims are no different than the Imperial Japanese. The Japs had their suicide bombers too. And we stopped them. What it takes is the resolve and will to use a level of brutality and violence that your generations can't stomach. And until you can, this shit won't stop. It took us on the beaches with bullets, clearing out caves with flame throwers, and men like LeMay burning down their cities killing people by the tens of thousands....
  • National Vietnam veterans foundation donation - scam?

    07/10/2016 2:25:12 PM PDT · by freebird5850 · 29 replies
    A telemarketer called and asked me to donate. They want me to send my payment to PO Box 44260 West Allis WI. I looked up the website and they are located in Washington D.C. Another google search brought up a story by the Washington Times showing the CEO driving away in a Rolls Royce. Other searches state this is the worst place to give donations. Please provide any info you have. I have donated to them is years past but something here just doesn't feel right. Thanks in advance.
  • Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Tombstone

    06/30/2016 12:44:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    TOMBSTONE — Nelson Mitchell drew cheers and salutes from spectators lining Tombstone’s Allen Street, as he waved to the crowd from the back of an antique convertible. Mitchell served as grand marshal for the eighth annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers parade on Saturday, a celebration that commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers and honored Mitchell, the last African American survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “He’s a celebrity,” said Charles Hancock, president of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers, an organization based out of Sierra Vista. “He was clearly the star attraction for today’s ceremony and...
  • Military Update: Vet groups uniting to oppose privatized care, defend VA

    06/25/2016 2:53:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    The nation’s leading veteran services organizations are rallying behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and its beleaguered health care system, touting the experience of staff, the breadth of services and its holistic approach to care delivery that they argue the private sector cannot match. The VSOs are warning of politicians and groups with agendas that constantly criticize VA health care, refuse to acknowledge reforms and thus advance a camouflaged campaign to dismantle VA health care. They also say it is time to better educate their own members on actions being taken to improve to the healthcare system that millions of...
  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 4:40:45 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies
    Indiana University Press ^ | 06-12-1944 | Ernie Pyle
    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air. That plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shoreline. Submerged tanks and overturned...
  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 4:39:03 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies
    Indiana Univerity Press ^ | 06-16-1944 | Erine Pyle
    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France. It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead. The water was full of squishy little jellyfish about the size of your hand. Millions of them. In the center each of them had a green design exactly like a four-leaf clover. The good-luck emblem. Sure. Hell yes. I...
  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 4:37:33 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 7 replies
    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches. But there is another and more human litter. It extends in a thin little line, just like a high-water mark, for miles along the beach. This is the strewn personal gear, gear that will never be needed again, of those who fought and died to give us our entrance into Europe. Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers’ packs. Here are socks and shoe polish,...
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 9:58:45 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 16 replies
    Vanity | May 30, 2016 | Donald J. Taylor
    In Memory of a Fallen Comrade I write this in memory of one we left behind, MSG William B. Hunt, U.S. Army Special Forces, MIA, November 5, 1966. It is an account of the sacrifice he made to his country, to his comrades, and to the Vietnamese people. In November 1966, SSG Hunt and I served together at Special Forces ODA Camps under Detachment B-32, 5th Special Forces Group, Tay Ninh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam. Hunt was with ODA-322 at Camp Suoi DA, and I was assigned to ODA-323 at Camp Trai Bi. Our camps were about 30...
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    04/26/2016 11:06:46 PM PDT · by Talisker · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Merchant marine decides to bring beer to his buddies in Viet Nam. True story. Great video.
  • happy birthday little bill

    03/10/2016 8:31:55 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 9 replies
    father time ^ | 3/10/16 | RaceBannon
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE BILL!
  • What will beneficiaries gain from higher TRICARE fees?

    02/27/2016 4:42:36 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    As they review the Defense Department’s latest plan to raise TRICARE fees and co-pays, particularly for working-age retirees and their families, key congressional panels are asking what beneficiaries can expect in return. Faster appointments, more evening clinic hours, more physicians spending more time seeing patients and more base hospitals operating at full capacity were some answers given this week by military healthcare leaders. Perhaps the most important commitment came from Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, who said he, along with the new director of the Defense Health Agency, Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, and the...
  • Hotes Foundation donates advanced wheelchairs to wounded US Vets.

    02/17/2016 9:29:00 AM PST · by rorybagleys · 6 replies
    After seeing FOX News commentator Bill O'Reilly's efforts to help severely wounded United States military veterans regain their mobility with all-terrain track wheelchairs, Richard Hotes was so moved by the gesture that he decided to help. Hotes Foundation volunteers created an obstacle course and, with the help of injured veterans, tested more than 10 types of track chairs. When none of the vehicles met the veterans' expectations, volunteers chose the best available option and worked on a complete redesign with the chairs' manufacturer. After a year of development and testing, a suitable track chair was created and Hotes Foundation volunteers...
  • The VA is a corrupt medical care system that must be abolished

    02/16/2016 4:39:31 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 72 replies
    self | 2/16/16 | racebannon
    on hold with the VA for almost a full hour post op complications, maybe neighbor said my wounds are warm, they are all asking me to go to ER VA finally answers. I was so angry, I told her I was waiting 55 minutes for someone to answer the phone, what is going on?? she said, "Do you need any help from me?" I said, "I am not sure, I think I might need to go to the ER." She said, "Well, then, just go." Didn't want to discuss symptoms with me at all, anything about my condition, nothing to...
  • Vanity: Trump's charity list

    01/28/2016 7:33:44 PM PST · by BlueNgold · 6 replies
    Cspan1 ^ | 28 January 2016 | BnG
    Mr. Trump mentioned at the end of the program that he had posted in the lobby a list of charities to which the money would go. I am very glad he said he was being careful about which organizations were chosen to ensure the funds go to benefit veterans. So the question, can anyone find a copy of the list to post? . . . I think it would be great information to get out publicly.
  • Trump’s New Year’s resolution: ‘Help the veterans’

    12/29/2015 5:03:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    theamericanmirror.com ^ | December 27, 2015 | Olaf Ekberg
    During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Sunday morning, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was asked what his New Year's resolution is for 2016. "The big picture is to make America great again," Trump said, "but we have to help the veterans. Veterans are being treated horribly." Watch Video here...
  • Operation Desert Storm, Out of Death, Life

    12/26/2015 8:08:44 AM PST · by Revski · 3 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 12/26/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    At a local cemetery and at the grave site of a American pilot, Captain Michael Scott Speicher, a veteran of the (Golf war of Iraq); who was the first pilot shot down in the, Operation Desert Storm, and his remains were found in the Iraq about 18 years later. I sing A-Capella the hymn, Revive Us Again, written by; John J. Husband. This video is only 1 min. 33 seconds and I believe to be informative. A flock of geese from Canada, stopped to rest and eat.
  • Denial of benefits

    Read http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3376638/posts before you cuss
  • HOW TO TELL YOU'RE AN OLD SOLDIER... (Are you an Old Soldier Like ME?)

    12/23/2015 5:14:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 68 replies
    Have a Look and Feal Old. http://www.nbc-links.com/oldsoldiers2.html
  • Till We Meet Again

    12/21/2015 9:01:08 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 12/21/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    It has been said, Christian never say goodbye. This song, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, written by Jeremiah E. Rankin. I sing choirs only.
  • 71 YEARS AGO .. THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

    12/17/2015 11:43:35 PM PST · by knarf · 7 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2015 | KNARF
    45 MINUTES
  • Honoring Our American Veteran

    12/11/2015 5:37:27 PM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 12/11/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    (This is the first visit at Scott's resting place) I stopped at a local cemetery and at the grave site of a American pilot, Captain Michael Scott Speicher, a veteran of the (Gulf war; Operation Desert Storm Iraq); he was the first pilot shot down and his remains were found in the desert of Iraq about 18 years later. I sing A-Capella the hymn, Down At The Cross. At the beginning and end of this video a flock of Canadian Geese stopped to rest and eat.
  • American Veteran Capt. M. Scott Speicher

    12/09/2015 5:56:10 AM PST · by Revski · 12 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 12/09/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Again at the local cemetery and at the grave site of a American pilot, Captain Michael Scott Speicher, a veteran of the (Golf war of Iraq); first pilot shot down and his remains were found in the desert of Iraq about 18 years later. Beginning and end of this video a flock of Canadian Geese stopped to rest and eat. The shot hymn in this video is; ( Hallelujah Thine The Glory ).
  • the night they gunned down Santa Claus...

    12/05/2015 7:06:29 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 24 replies
    Marine Corps Lore ^ | 1967 | Chet lynn
    The Night They Gunned Down Santa Claus by Chet Lynn There's strange things done 'neath the Vietnamese sun but the thing that locked my jaws was the night 'neath the moon, the third platoon gunned down Santa Claus. It started off right just another night, you had to spend in the dirt, security was out, .360 about with fifty percent alert. We had 81s and naval guns our tanks were track to track, an ontos or so an arty FO with barrages back to back. I froze where I stood 'cause out of the wood eight horses came charging along,...
  • Death & Life

    11/27/2015 6:59:30 PM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11/27/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    I stopped at a local cemetery and at the grave site of a American pilot, Captain Michael Scott Speicher, a veteran of the (Golf war of Iraq); he was the first pilot shot down and his remains were found in the Iraq about 18 years later. I sing A-Capella the hymn, Down At The Cross. At the beginning and end of this video a flock of Canadian Geese stopped to rest and eat.
  • Last original Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez passes away

    11/21/2015 8:36:51 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies
    koat.com ^ | 21 Nov, 2015 | By Royale Da
    Editor's note: All flags on the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-staff until June 8 in honor of Nez. Nez's public viewing will take place June 9 from 5-8 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. A mass will be held June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. A graveside service will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery from 1:30-2:15 p.m. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Chester Nez, the last original Navajo Code Talker, has passed away in his Albuquerque home. Nez was recruited with 28 other Native Americans...
  • Over 1,000 turn out for unclaimed veteran's funeral

    11/17/2015 3:04:19 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    wthr.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 | Mary Milz
    INDIANAPOLIS - Over 1,000 well-wishers have turned out for the funeral of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who died with no family to plan his final arrangements. There was an overflow crowd at the Lawrence United Methodist Church Tuesday morning for the funeral of Billy Aldridge. He died last month at the age of 80 at a local nursing home. When WTHR shared Mr. Aldridge's story on our Facebook page, the response was overwhelming, with thousands of Facebook fans sharing the post and commenting. Legacy Funeral Home asked the public to help give him a dignified funeral. Turnout is...
  • A Veteran's Day Tribute from a VA Nurse

    11/10/2015 3:00:20 AM PST · by Portcall24 · 4 replies
    allnurses ^ | 11 Nov 14 | dantheman0904, ADN, RN
    I have worked for the VA for quite a number of years, and I have taken care of countless veterans into their finals hours and then some. I was always touched by the post mortem procedures that the VA had in place. Upon the pronouncement of death and after the family has had ample time to say goodbye, the nursing staff is to prepare the body for transport to the morgue. After preparation, the body is transferred to the morgue's gurney, the lid is placed on top. A black canvas backed shroud cover is arranged over the lid, and an...
  • Col Paul D Bunker, USA, DSM

    11/03/2015 4:24:56 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Paul Delmont Bunker (May 7, 1881 – March 16, 1943) was an American football player and soldier. Bunker attended the U.S. Military Academy and became the first football player at West Point to be selected as a first-team All-American by Walter Camp. Bunker was chosen as an All-American at the tackle position in 1901 and repeated as an All-American in 1902, but as a halfback. He served in the U.S. Army for 40 years and was in command of the coastal artillery forces in the Battle of Corregidor. On the fall of Corregidor, Bunker became a prisoner of war. He...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2

    11/03/2015 4:16:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2 By Lee A. Gladwin Brazil Maru The Brazil Maru passes through the Panama Canal on March 26, 1940. Nearly five years later, it carried Allied POWs. (185-CZ-Vol. 51-Brazil Maru) The Brazil Maru and the Enoura Maru: Finishing the Journey into Hell On December 27, the prisoners at San Fernando boarded the Brazil Maru and Enoura Maru and sailed for Takao, Formosa, part of the TAMA #36 convoy, bound for the POW camps near Moji, Japan. Landing craft ferried them from the pier...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell

    11/03/2015 4:14:21 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell By Lee A. Gladwin Oryoku Maru The Oryoku Maru under attack at Olongapo, Luzon, December 14–15, 1944. (Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, RG 38) John M. Jacobs had been in Manila when the Japanese captured the Philippines in the early stages of World War II, and now, in 1944, he was a prisoner of war, or POW, in the Bilibid Prison in Manila. There, he and other American and Allied POWs were often forced to do heavy labor. With...
  • Col Maurice Francis Daly USMA Class of 1927 and the All Time-All America team of manhood

    11/03/2015 4:10:49 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    1927 Class Cullum No. 8056 • Jan 21, 1945 • Died in POW ship This obituary is written with the consoling feeling that hundreds of contemporary West Pointers, who, knew Moe Daly, will sympathize with the difficulty of placing his lovable and striking characteristics in cold print. Maurice Francis Daly was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 20, 1901. That his Irish immigrant parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Daly of West Hartford, Connecticut, knew how to rear children, is borne out by the facts that our “Moe" graduated from Connecticut Agricultural College before entering West Point; his sister, Katherine (Mrs....
  • MIA update

    10/23/2015 1:39:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced burial dates for four Korean War soldiers whose remains had previously been identified and returned to their families. To be buried with full military honors are: • Army Cpl. Grant H. Ewing, 28, was buried Oct. 19 in his hometown of Fort Lupton, Colorado. Ewing was assigned to Battery C, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was deployed north and east of the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea. It would be later learned he was captured by Chinese forces, but died in a POW camp in February 1951. • Army Cpl....
  • Henry Henley Chapman, USMA Class of 1917, Military Family dating back to the Revolution.

    10/22/2015 12:26:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Henry Henley Chapman No. 5733, Class of April 20, 1917. Killed in action September 29, 1918, at Cambria, France, aged 24 years. Captain Henry Henley Chapman, of the class of 1917, U. S. M. A., was killed in action, in France, September 29th,. 1918. He fell on the field of honor while leading his men over the top in the first wave of the great attack of the Thirtieth Division that broke the Hindenberg line at Bellicourt, about four miles north of St. Quentin, and where the St. Quentin Canal enters the tunnel. The 30th was operating with the 4th...
  • Emory Jenison Pike, USMA Class of 1901, MOH

    10/22/2015 10:07:51 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Emory Jenison Pike No. 4066. Class of 1901 Died of wounds near Vandieres, France, September 16, 1918, aged 41 years. Emory Jenison Pike was born in Iowa, December 17, 1876, and appointed from that state to the Military Academy in 1897, graduating with his class in February, 1901. His first service was in the 2d Cavalry, which he joined at Matanzas, Cuba, returning with it to the United States in December, 1901. After two years at Fort Myer, he sailed with his regiment via Suez for a tour of Philippine service. His next station was Fort Assinniboine, Montana. Promotion to...
  • American War Heroes Return Home 7 Decades Later

    09/27/2015 2:37:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    abcnews.co.com ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 | Alexander Mallin
    Clay Bonnyman Evans knew all there was to know about his grandfather though the two had never met until that moment under several feet of crushed coral rock on a remote island in the Pacific. Evans was polite when requesting the anthropology brush he would use to sweep some of the dust from his grandfather’s remains when they were found in May on the Tawara Atoll. “My whole life I grew up with that medal on the wall and the citation,” Evans said, holding back tears. “He’s always been my hero.”
  • Army picks new vehicle to replace the Humvee

    08/27/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | Tal Kopan
    (CNN)—The Army this week selected the company to build its much-anticipated new vehicle to replace the Humvee -- a multibillion dollar contract. Oshkosh Corporation, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the $6.7 billion contract to produce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which will also be used by the Marine Corps. The initial order will be for 17,000 vehicles, with production set to begin next year. The Army expects to have its first JLTV unit ready to go in fiscal year 2018, according to a release from the Army. Oshkosh beat out two competitors for the final contract: defense giant Lockheed...
  • Why has 'First Team' website been suspended?

    08/13/2015 5:40:54 PM PDT · by robowombat · 28 replies
    First team ^ | August 12, 2015
    Does anybody know why this website has been suspended?: www.first-team.us/legacies/cmdunits/1cd_arty The First team website was the largest source of detailed information about the 1st Cav Division. Larger by far than the division association site. The question is why was it suspended? Too politicaly incorrect?
  • Camp Liberty seeks to create safe haven for veterans with mental and physical disabilities

    07/29/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Olivia Dimmer
    NORVELL TWP, MI -- Rick Briggs has always been involved in charity work to help veterans, but when his son came back from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, he knew more needed to be done for veterans. "A lot of guys put a gun in their mouth because they don't have hope, they don't have a purpose," Briggs said. "They need both hope and purpose to move forward." So, Briggs partnered with other volunteers to bring a shared dream to life. The 137-acre campsite of Camp Liberty, once finished, will feature a welcome center able to house a large family...
  • 34,000 Vets Lost Healthcare Eligibility

    07/27/2015 5:17:02 PM PDT · by Harmless Teddy Bear · 14 replies
    Military.Com ^ | July 27,2015
    Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired.
  • Filibuster of Veterans Bills

    06/14/2015 9:12:35 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 12 replies
    Vanity | June 14, 2015 | Self
    I am having an argument with a Lib, his stance is that the Repubs have filibustered all veterans bills in the senate, when I look at the congressional record, it seems the bill never got out of committee. However, there are a mountain of websites claiming the repubs are filibustering vets, for example: Some of the bills that they filibustered - bills that would have helped American people in this difficult economy: H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act H.R. 448 -- Elder Abuse Victims Act H.R. 466 - Wounded Veteran Job Security Act H.R. 515 - Radioactive Import Deterrence Act...
  • DFAS Backlog for new retirees?

    06/04/2015 10:08:03 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 10 replies
    Vanity | June 5, 2015 | Self
    One of my buds a retired USAR officer turned 60 in April 2015, he had completed all the paperwork to start his pay last year. However on 1 May he got a notice from DFAS there was a 30-60 backlog. He finally got his first check (deposit) today. Anyone know about this? I could not find an article on it.
  • What do you think about the movie "The Last Castle"

    05/27/2015 2:35:02 AM PDT · by Krosan · 29 replies
    Barring the obvious disbelief about a three star general being sent to jail for a bad command decision during an operation.
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • JERRY YELLIN--He flew the last combat mission in WWII {video}

    05/22/2015 11:59:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    DavidsHub ^ | unknown | Jerry Yellin
    They simply don't make 'em like this any more. Take five minutes to watch this video interview -- and listen carefully to what he says and how he says it. I promise you, you won't regret a second of it. Ask yourself, how many of the few surviving WWII veterans kept themselves and their uniform in such good condition for over 70 years and can still proudly wear it? Notice his superb delivery, no teleprompter, no script -- just a 91-year-old fighter pilot representing the greatest generation at home and abroad who won WWII. He has some surprises and a...
  • Captain Sir Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse and the Day Queen Victoria Wept

    05/12/2015 5:29:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    GENI ^ | March 7, 2015 | Ralph Celt Christie
    Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse, Sir ‹ Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse, Sir Birthdate: April 23, 1864 Birthplace: London, United Kingdom Death: Died June 21, 1948 in West Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Immediate Family: Husband of Gertrude Towse Brother of Beatrice J B Towse Gertrude Towse wife Beatrice J B Towse sister About Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse, Sir http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/printable/36544 Towse, Sir (Ernest) Beachcroft Beckwith (1864–1948), army officer and campaigner for the welfare of blind people, was born at Regent's Park, London, on 23 April 1864, the elder of the two sons of Robert Beckwith Towse, solicitor, and his Irish wife, Julia Ann...
  • A Brief Sketch of the Life and Death of Lt. Simeon W. Cummings

    05/12/2015 3:31:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    A Brief Sketch of the Life and Death of Lt. Simeon W. Cummings By Peter Holman The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Copyright © 2008, All Rights Reserved The Confederate raider CSS Alabama put in at Saldanha Bay in the Cape Colony (Western Cape in present day South Africa), 160 sea miles northwest of Cape Town on July 29th 1863. Captain Rafael Semmes’ vessel was desperately in need of repairs and he seized the opportunity to recaulk and paint the Alabama. Small parties of men and officers also made good use of the time to go ashore to hunt birds and...
  • Need info on my Dad's DFC citation

    05/07/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by clintonh8r · 18 replies
    My Dad was awarded the DFC in World War 2. He was an Army Air Corps pilot, flying C-47s in CBI, North Africa and Italy. I need assistance in getting a copy of the award citation. I am having his medals framed to present to my nephew and I'd like to be able to tell him what his Pop-pop did to earn the award. Can someone tell me whom to contact, presumably in the DoD? Many thanks.
  • Silver Star Service Banner Day-May 1st

    04/30/2015 4:09:50 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 3 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | 2015 | Steve Newton
    May 1st is Silver Star Service Banner Day: A day to remember our wounded, ill and injured Armed Force members from all wars. The United States House has made the day permanent while the Senate passes a continuing resolution every year. Take a moment on May 1st to remember the sacrifices made for our Nation.
  • hostage rescue attept ceremony Saturday at noon, Arlington

    04/23/2015 5:49:30 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies
    Hostage Rescue Attempt ^ | 04/23/15 | RaceBannon
    For those in the DC area, there is the annual ceremony for the rescue attempt fallen this Saturday at noon time in Arlington National Cemetery head to the tomb of the unknown soldier, it is right in front of the rotunda
  • Ceremony sees 40th receive new senior enlisted leader Sword of responsibility handed over

    04/15/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — When it comes to Army noncommissioned officers, they like their ceremonies short and simple with the right touch of traditions. So it was on Tuesday, when two command sergeants majors — John Reinburg and Christopher Schultingkemper — stood on Brown Parade Field, with soldiers of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion before them, watching as the unit’s senior NCO position changed. Reinburg has deployed 10 times during his career, which will now continue with his reassignment to the Army Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.