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November 2011 Archives

Cookies from Mom

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To mail a big package of cookies to my two Air Force sons, both of whom were serving in Saudi Arabia, I was required to attach a label describing the contents. I carefully marked the box “Cookies” and sent it […]

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Adrenaline Junkie

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I have been an adrenaline junkie for most of my life. I was first introduced to adrenaline to the extreme where it became an addiction my first month in country in the Nam. I was with the 1/5 and it […]

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Military War Dogs

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Military Heroes Military War Dogs Military war dogs took center stage . . . on Capitol Hill, where they were honored for their service.  During the course of their lifetimes, these dogs save an average of 150 lives, and their […]

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Veterans Day Tribute to the American Soldier 2011

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U. S. Military Veterans Many of the Men in this video have given their lives in heroic action for their country and for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. Several of these Men were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. […]

Being Truthful Pays Off

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Serving as a Marine recruiter in western North Carolina, I found a young man who met all the requirements and was ready to enlist. I explained the importance of being truthful on the application, and he began filling out his […]

Comments from Lt. Gen. Steve Hummer, U.S. Marine Corps

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I had the distinct honor and privilege of attending a Veterans’ Day Luncheon where Lt. Gen. Steve Hummer, U. S. Marine Corps, spoke on the state of the military, in particular the Marine Corps.  He graciously gave me a copy […]

In My Seat

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On this Thanksgiving weekend, let us not forget how much we all have for which to be thankful. In My Seat Today’s feature is about the pilot who was supposed to be flying the airplane that hit the twin towers […]

Classified Information

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While standing watch in the Coast Guard station in Juneau, Alaska, I got a call from the Navy in the nearby city of Adak. They had lost contact with one of their planes, and they needed the Coast Guard to […]

A Very Special Breed of Healer

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army SSG Robert B. “Brian” Cowdrey There is a special place in this world and the next for the healers.  This is especially true for a very special breed of healer. Those that truly know […]

Amputee GI Won’t Let Wounds Stop Him

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Joe Beimfohr Even though he’d been in the Army for ten years, Joe Beimfohr never knew war until he was sent to Iraq. A sergeant in a Calvary platoon, he led reconnaissance and security […]

Tough Luck

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“I feel sorry for this soldier,” joked my husband as he handed me a flier he’d found in our mailbox. It read: Lost Cat Black and white Answers to Nate Belongs to a soldier Recently neutered –Sondra Gilbertson Provided Courtesy […]

I Remember the Day…

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I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and […]

Air Force Cross Recipient and SYSK

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force SSgt Robert Gutierrez The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez, […]

Trying

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Marines are known for storming the beaches, not for romance. I witnessed this firsthand at the base in Twentynine Palms, California. One of the enlisted men complimented the receptionist’s flowered jacket. “It’s very pretty,” he said shyly. “Thank you,” she […]

World War II: After the War

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Today’s feature is from a dedicated subscriber and historian.  Thanks, Bill.  Cpt.Otis World War II: After the War At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins, borders were being redrawn, […]

A Tribute to Military Working Dogs

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Today’s feature was submitted by a subscriber who states, “I received the following from a friend in Australia; it is a beautiful tribute to Military Working Dogs no matter what country they work for.  Got to tell you, got a […]

Tool Time

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The chief and I were on our submarine trying in vain to hook up some fire hoses. The wrenches we had didn’t fit the connections, so he resorted to banging away at the hoses to make things fit. Just then […]

Bridges to Healing

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Military Ministry Countless veterans continue to return from combat even as this is being written. Most return without substantial physical injury, but not all injuries are visible. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects innumerable members of our military and doesn’t get […]

Best Shot Ever With a 1911 Colt .45

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True or not, it’s a great story! Best Shot with a 1911 Cal. 45 Pistol ………. by Phil Bourjaily While compiling the timeline for Pistol of the Century, our tribute to the 1911 in the June issue of Field & […]

Fear Factor

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I served in a parachute regiment. During a nighttime exercise, I was seated next to a young officer. He was looking a bit pale, so I asked, “Scared, lieutenant?” “No,” he replied. “Apprehensive.” “What’s the difference?” “That means I’m scared, […]

Honoring Fallen Firefighters

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Firefighters The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation exists for two primary reasons. It supports the surviving family members of those brave men and women who lost their lives in service to their community and honors those people through a national memorial […]

The Colors of Commitment

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Hero Joseph Collins Joseph Collins has experience in the Marines, the Army and as a police officer. He’s served tours of duty in Bosnia and Iraq, and is now an instructor at the International School of Tactical Medicine. He is […]

The Definition of a Veteran

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Veterans Day was last Friday, November 15.  We received this submission too late to publish in time for the actual day but  it’s too good not to share the article with our subscribers albeit a little after the celebration.  Cpt. […]

International Pride

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A brother of a student of mine showed me a photo their father had sent from Iraq. In it, his dad is sitting atop a tank. On the back of the tank is this bumper sticker: “My son is an […]

Sen. McCain’s Speech at Tailhook 2011

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What  better speech to feature on this Veteran’s Day than this one by John McCain, an outstanding veteran himself as are other members of his family.  He speaks about military leadership qualities and veterans that exemplify these talents that have […]

Little Caesars Helps Veterans

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Little Caesars Little Caesars and Center for Veterans Enterprise help veterans own a franchise.

War Stories

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My father was telling his young nephew about fighting in Vietnam. “Are you a hero?” Jose asked. “Nah,” said Dad. “Did you ever shoot anyone?” “No. All I did was aim at ‘em.” –Margarita Bemis Provided Courtesy of Reader’s Digest. […]

What’s a Motto?

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As a new paratrooper, I was struck by all the T-shirts on base emblazoned with the motto “Death from above!” Later I noticed a submariner with a T-shirt that declared “Death from below!” Then, standing in line for chow one […]

Law Enforcement Explorers

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New York City Police Department Explorer Program An expedition into police work and fellowship with the Finest. Kids from New York City get a chance to work and train with police officers.

Peace on earth has come again to this war torn world

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Members of Dr. Leon Harold Bombet’s family cherish the letter written to his parents on the day World War II ended. Sixty-six years ago, World War II ended when the Japanese accepted the Allies’ terms of surrender on Aug. 15, […]

The Events of Sept. 11, 2001 and an F-16 Pilot

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Here’s a feature from a subscriber who remarks, “Wow!  This is one of the best “courage” stories I have ever read.  When I read this I get upset at athletes being called heroic or doing a brave thing… They are […]

Geography

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The day after the Haitian earthquake, I got a frantic call from my daughter in Florida. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “Nate’s been called up by the National Guard. He’s going to Haiti,” she said. Then came the tears: “I didn’t […]

Cowboy Up

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NASA The scene opens with a hint of Old West flare, but this showdown takes off from the East Coast. From NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, this ride packs more action and adventure than any ride given to an outlaw or […]

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Ed Freeman, One of God's Own Lunatics
As many of you know, I was a helicopter pilot in VietNam and flew Hueys.  I did fly MediVac missions.  I could not resist featuring Ed Freeman.  What an individual!  Cpt. Otis Here’s the feature: You're a 19 year old kid.  You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia D

posted 10:00:23am Jun. 29, 2012 | read full post »

A Man and His Bear
During Operation Desert Storm, I was a legislative affairs officer for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Often I was required to transport gifts, sent to him from patriotic Americans, from Washington, D.C., to his home base in Florida. On one trip I "escorted" a four-foot teddy bear dressed in fatigues with

posted 10:00:00am Jun. 29, 2012 | read full post »

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

posted 10:00:58am Jun. 27, 2012 | read full post »

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