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September 2011 Archives

The Final Inspection

posted by goquin

          THE FINAL INSPECTION by Joshua Helterbran The Soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. Step forward now, Soldier , […]

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Multi-Tasking Pilot – Got Cha!

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WE WERE ABOUT THREE HOURS into a long refueling mission, ferrying fighter aircraft across the Atlantic, when one of the fighter pilots maneuvered his plane ahead of our tanker’s nose and executed several rolls. “Bet you can’t do that,” the […]

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Women of The North Platte Canteen

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Military Heroes Women of The North Platte, Nebraska Canteen All too often we overlook the contributions of those who don’t fight wars on foreign soil… those left behind.  North Platte, Nebraska was a long way from Normandy, but the women […]

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The U. S. Air Force

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Military Heroes The U. S. Air Force The beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom came with an aerial campaign like no other in history. This is the story of the United States Air Force effort in the action that liberated an […]

A Letter to Mom

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THE HARD-BITTEN COMMANDER of my infantry company in Vietnam was frustrated in his efforts to make a soldier out of one particular PFC. The young man lagged behind on patrols, feigned illness and managed to spend most of his time […]

USAF Museum Virtual Tour

posted by goquin

Today’s feature highlights the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The subscriber who submitted this ‘tour’ commented, “Awesome!”  This might be one of the most advanced sights I have ever been in.  If this is a sign of the future, Wow!” […]

Downed German Fighter Rises from Its Grave

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[A] Luftwaffe Focke-Wulfe 190 Würger (“Shrike”) fighter aircraft laid unknown and unmolested in a remote forest near Voibakala, Russia for forty-six years after coming down behind Soviet lines in WWII. You’ll find information on the German pilot Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant) […]

Following Orders

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WHILE I WAS A DRILL SERGEANT at Fort McClellan, ALA., I served on a panel to select outstanding soldiers from basic training.  When a candidate appeared before the board to answer questions, the company commander would begin, “In about two […]

Chaplain Marc Gauthier

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Heroes – U. S. Army Chaplain Marc Gauthier Army Chaplain (56A) Chaplain Gauthier began his Army Career not as a Chaplain but as a Reserve Officer.

Real Heroes

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This feature is a submission from a subscriber.  Thanks, Roland! Cpt. Otis If you have either served in the military or have family members who have done so, your proud of your service and the women and men who now […]

1st Cavalry – Fallujah 2004

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army 1st Cavalry – Fallujah 2004 “War is like the Superbowl for the infantry”. The men in this clip were hand picked by Natonski, Operation Phantom Fury commander, to enter the city before anyone else […]

No Reverse?

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AT THE OCEANA, VA., Naval Air Station, I was training a young ground-crew member on how to direct an F-14 into the fuel pit. I glanced over to check wing clearance and, when I looked back, discovered that he had […]

The Ladder Six Miracle

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THE LADDER SIX MIRACLE tells the personal story of Josephine Harris, who was descending the stairs of the North Tower of the World Trade Center with the help of several firefighters. When she reached the fourth floor, she just couldn’t […]

Buzz Aldrin

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Military Heroes – U. S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin One of America’s most famous heroes gives an account of an amazing journey!

Army versus Navy

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TO GET TO OUR FAMILY REUNION in Arizona, my husband flew from the Navy base in San Diego to the Air Force base in Tucson. I took an earlier commercial flight, and my sister and I met him at the […]

Heidi Hammel

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Heroes – NASA Heidi Hammel During the STS-125 pre-launch press conference Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space ScienceInstitute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and its […]

Bugle Overboard!

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IN JULY 1941, my newly formed First Marine Division trained along the Atlantic Coast. Life aboard the Navy transports was tough, and morale on the “rust buckets” was rock-bottom. One gray evening, as we stood in ranks, the Marine bugler […]

Patriotism in the Grocery Store

posted by goquin

Patriotism should always be the focus for every American.  However, with our hectic schedules, sometimes the best intentions do not get off carried through to full fruition.  With the 9/11 10th anniversary just having taken place, it’s very appropriate to […]

Tracks in the Dust

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This feature is a subscriber submission.  Thanks Tom and Tim! Take a few minutes to see how some of our troops spend their free time in Afghanistan. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is […]

Hydraulic Fluid?

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THE MAINTENANCE CREW of my Navy E-2C squadron had worked feverishly to repair my aircraft in time for an important flight. After they declared the plane “up,” they stood by while I conducted a preflight inspection. As I reached behind […]

US Customs and Border Protection Canine Program

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Military Heroes – U. S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Program Detection dogs have been used by the US Customs and Border Patrol since 1969. While their introduction into service was initially temporary, they’ve maintained a permanent part in the […]

The True Story of Two Pilots

posted by goquin

The True Story of Two Pilots Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England…  His B-17 was called ‘Ye Old Pub’ and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak […]

The Air Force Way

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SOON AFTER I RETIRED from the Air Force, I went to work in a warehouse where several other military retirees were employed. One day we received a large crate too big to fit in our storage area. A retired Army […]

An Amazing Journey

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Hero – U. S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin One of America’s most famous heroes gives an account of an amazing journey! For a moving video… click here!

A Little History That I Did Not Know

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Here’s a submission from a subscriber: A Little History That I Did Not Know Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes.  We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.  […]

Excess Airplanes

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OUR SQUADRON in Vietnam was experiencing a shortage of air-crew personnel, which meant each of us had to fly extra missions. The general held a briefing and then opened the floor to questions. “Sir,” one flier asked, “when will the […]

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Heroes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Every kid, at some point, dreams of being a fireman. Thank God not every kid outgrows that dream. These men and women overcome physical and emotional barriers in their constant pusuit of excellence in service […]

Preparing for 9/11

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Here’s an e-mail that has been circulating on the Internet.  On this upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, we at America in Uniform feel it appropriate to demonstrate our patriotism and support for our troops by waving our flags. The e-mail: […]

Message from MARS

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STATIONED at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, I used the Military Affiliate Radio System to call my wife back home in the States. Since many people serving overseas use this network, especially on the weekends, I had to wait […]

The World Should Know

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Military Heroes Medal of Honor Recipients The world should know the acts of heroism that the men and women who serve the cause of freedom so generously give. The words “All gave some, some gave all” ring throughout the stories […]

Veteran’s Parade – NYC Style

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As the Subscriber who submitted this video commented, “Sorry so late, but better late than never.”  It is appropriate in this week of the anniversary of 9/11 to feature this NYC event. Veteran’s Parade – NYC Style This Police detective […]

Heidi Hammel

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Military Heroes – NASA Heidi Hammel During the STS-125 pre-launch press conference Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space ScienceInstitute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and […]

Polish Pilots

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DURING WORLD WAR II, Polish pilots in Great Britain were famous for showing off their flying skills. One morning I was returning from a flight test and made the mistake of beginning my landing approach at too low a speed. […]

Dog Mourns at Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

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The subscriber who submitted this article commented: The subscriber who submitted this article commented: “Cpt. Otis, did you see this – sad it made me cry.  Worth sharing!” Thanks Al; subscribers, you’ll need a tissue for this one. Dog Mourns […]

Military Insurance Coverage

posted by goquin

ONE COLD, WINDY February morning during my Army basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, our company was assembled outside. There, at parade rest, we were forced to listen to an endless procession of individuals extolling the benefits of Army life. […]

NYPD Mounted Unit

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New York Police Department Mounted Unit The Mounted Unit of the New York Police Department is an important factor in providing security in New York City.

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Ed Freeman, One of God's Own Lunatics
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A Man and His Bear
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True Heroes from 9/11
THESE OLD WONDERFUL FACES SAY IT ALL......... These are the surviving dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive (as of September, 2011) but retired, they are heroes too.  Their eyes say everything you need to know about them.   Just amazing creatures! Click here for the story a

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