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  • 1968 Tet Offensive

    01/29/2018 6:26:36 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | January 29, 2018 | Donald J. Taylor
    As we approach its 50th Anniversary, please allow me to share with you my memories of the Vietnam War’s 1968 Tet Offensive, and the “Butterfly Effect” spawned by this Tet Offensive. The Chinese New Year celebration was called Tet in Vietnam and it was the only holiday they celebrated during the year. Tet celebrations lasted for two weeks, and it wasn’t just a time for drinking, feasting, and partying, it was a time for family reunions where Vietnamese traveled great distances to be with their families during those two weeks. Prior to Tet 1967, a truce had been negotiated with...
  • REGIMENT – Lincoln’s Highlanders

    01/17/2018 12:36:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    In the wake of the failed Union attack on the Tower Battery at Secessionville on James Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, on 16 June 1862, the Charleston Mercury reported, ‘It was left to the brave 79th Highlanders,n 1861 and 1865, mostly based on pre-war militia units.
  • Decades after dying in battle, a World War II soldier is buried in home soil

    01/11/2018 6:31:44 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | Jan. 10, 2018 | Emily Foxhall
    The casket sat at the front of the chapel, wrapped with an American flag, containing the remains of a soldier who had died seven decades earlier. It had taken a long time to find Army Pfc. Lonnie B.C. Eichelberger - who enlisted at age 16 and died in World War II at age 20 - but the military had found him. And now, under a gray Texas sky, he was going to be buried in home soil. Descendants could feel a sense of closure. The mantra of "no soldier left behind" was going to feel true.Soft music played through...
  • 8 Christmas Gifts You Can Buy From Veteran-Owned Businesses

    12/11/2017 9:32:25 PM PST · by wildwoodla · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 11, 2017 | Lisa De Pasquale
    Several veterans are finding personal and financial fulfillment as small business owners offering quality products. Christmas is the perfect time to shop with them.
  • SAS considers watering down...tests to give women a better chance

    12/03/2017 7:47:04 AM PST · by Chode · 53 replies ^ | 3 December 2017 | Iain Burns
    SAS considers watering down its gruelling selection tests to give women a better chance of joining the elite unit Test toughness could be lowered as women are given chance to join SAS in 2019 It could mean women will carry a lighter load during marches in Brecon Beacons But a source said it is about 'levelling the playing field', not 'lowering standards'
  • Army probes criticism of Green Beret training.

    12/01/2017 3:04:09 PM PST · by Chode · 24 replies ^ | 30 November 2017 | Associated Press
    'Our Regiment has a cancer': Army launches investigation after anonymous email claims elite Special Forces school's drive to hit unrealistic quotas means 'dangerously less capable' Green Berets
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 11:27:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 97 replies ^ |
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year.
  • Air Force to test for contamination on three AZ bases

    10/25/2017 5:31:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adrienne St. Clair Cronkite News
    WASHINGTON – The Air Force will begin testing the groundwater at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for contamination from dangerous chemicals in firefighting foam that was used at the base, according to the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center. The Davis-Monthan inspection follows similar testing at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and the former Williams Air Force Base in Chandler. They are part of a systematic nationwide testing program the Pentagon announced in March to look for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), which the Environmental Protection Agency has said may be hazardous to human health. Testing for the chemicals...
  • The Vast Majority Of Americans In Their 20s Are Unfit For Military Service

    10/17/2017 11:11:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | Oct. 13, 2017 | JAMES CLARK
    Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the Army's chief of staff, administers the oath of enlistment to 26 recruits in New York City, April 1, 2009.The military is facing a growing recruiting crisis: 71% of Americans between 17 and 24 can’t meet the minimum criteria for service, which places the burden of service on an ever-small and shrinking pool of troops with a family history of joining the military. At an Oct. 12 Heritage Foundation panel in Washington, D.C., Rep. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican and former Air Force one-star general told attendees “the single most important ingredient to readiness...
  • John is My Heart

    08/28/2017 10:46:43 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post | 8/28/2017 | see source
    <p>This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad. See below. A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society.</p>
  • Taking a Stand

    08/16/2017 7:57:50 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    Veteran friend by email | 8/16/2017 | unknown
    My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WWI .. My Father watched as his friends died in WWII and Korea ... I watched (1st hand) as my friends fought and died in Vietnam ... I watched as our friends and children fought and died in Desert Storm... I watched and waited while our friends and children fought and died in Iraq... None of them fought for or died for the Mexican Flag or any other foreign flag... Everyone fought for and died for the U.S. Flag! In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole;...
  • Decompress

    08/03/2017 10:05:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/17 | Jim Ross Lightfoot
    What is the life of one soldier worth?: Why not give our troops 30 days before they return home an opportunity to decompress in a setting that is equipped with mental health professionals, programs designed to return soldiers to civilian life An article by Gregg Zoroya, “USA TODAY” highlights an issue our country is facing that needs attention and, as possible, correction. Too many people in our military are victims of suicide. A small portion of what Mr. Zoroya wrote: “The number of suicides among troops was 145 in 2001 and began a steady increase until more than doubling to...
  • Veterans Choice Excludes Dental Care

    07/31/2017 9:20:29 AM PDT · by satan · 10 replies
    Self phone call to VA | 07/31/2017 | Walt Chrobak
    The VA Veterans Choice Program is supposedly a benefit that allows eligible Veterans to receive health care from a community provider rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. I am rated at 100 percent totally and permanently disabled due to combat service-connected disability. The nearest VA dental facility is over 40 miles from my residence. I must wait more than 30 days for an appointment. I am therefore eligible for the program but VA tells me that dental care is specifically excluded from this program. Can anybody tell me why it is excluded and...
  • DPAA {Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency} conducts solemn movement — at Joint Base Pearl Harbor..

    07/25/2017 10:42:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 1 replies
    U.S. Service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) carry cases containing remains believed to be of unidentified Service members from the Battle of Tarawa out of the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, during a solemn movement at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 24, 2017. The contents of the transfer cases will be examined by forensic anthropologists at DPAA's skeletal identification laboratory. DPAA's mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (DPAA photo by Sgt. Kelly L. Street) — at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.Photos...
  • USS Forrestal July 29, 1967

    07/09/2017 5:25:33 AM PDT · by Revski · 27 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 7/9/17 | Revski
    This memorial of the USS Forrestal,CVA 59; it will be 50 years ago this July 29-Th; has actual pictures and the voice of Captain John K. Beling at the time of the fires. The Hymn played is, Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior, with mandolin and verse sung was covered by me, o7jimmy – (Revski).
  • Father's Word, Love and Taste

    06/20/2017 10:36:36 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 6/20/2017 | Revski
    Psalms 24: 1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fullnes thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2017 4:39:52 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 14 replies
    Indiana University Press ^ | 06-17-1944 | Ernie Pyle
    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,...
  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2017 4:37:31 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 13 replies
    Indiania Unviersity Press ^ | 06-16-1944 | Ernie Pyle
    The Horrible Waste of War 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...
  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2017 4:34:48 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 4 replies
    Indiania University Press ^ | 06-12-1944 | Ernie Pyle
    A Pure Miracle 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...
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/28/2017 2:25:43 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 31 replies
    Personal experience ^ | May 28, 2017 | 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...