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December 2011 Archives

DISCOVERY’s Last Journey Home

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From a subscriber: “Americans are amazing….What talented people we are….” End of an Era – DISCOVERY Sad, this created so many jobs and gave us so many things that we enjoy in our homes today.  And why are we discontinuing […]

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Appropriate Names

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The base’s public-address system is the simplest way to call the troops — just shout out the soldiers’ last names, tell them where they’re needed, and they’ll hustle right over. But there was some head-turning the day I summoned these […]

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Marines Turn the Tide in the ‘Fallujah of Afghanistan’

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment It would be hard to forget that face, even if they hadn’t seen it just the day before. A young Afghan man stood on the side of a […]

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Last Known Position

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Following a few frantic minutes, air-traffic controllers finally made radio contact with the lost young pilot. “What was your last known position?” they asked. “When I was No. 1 for takeoff,” came the reply. — Phyllis Nielson   Provided Courtesy […]

No Laughing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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From a subscriber: “I find it hard to believe that people can joke in front of this honored tomb.  Listen to the laughter in the stands, and how this young soldier got their attention; respect was returned to our fallen […]

Stephen Ellis

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Stephen Ellis “A soldier who served in Iraq is part of a legendary rugby family…when he is severely burned in a freak accident…even if you don’t like rugby, this is one helluva story about […]

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Clouse

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Military Heroes – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Clouse The terrain was ideal for an ambush. “To our west and to our east was high cliff faces,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Clouse. “To the south was the […]

Mother-In-Law

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I was visiting my parents with my new husband, a Navy frogman, when he drew me aside. “I don’t think your mother likes me,” he said. “I was explaining that I can’t wear my wedding ring when I dive, because […]

Remember Martha Raye

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The following article on Martha Raye is from a subscriber who comments: “The most unforgivable oversight of  TV is that her shows were not taped. This is a great story about a great woman. I was unaware of her credentials […]

Angel Flight

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This YouTube video was sent in by 2 different subscribers.  The comment on the site states, “I’m a three tour Vietnam Vet, also Honduras, Panama, and Desert Shield/Storm (USMC – Field Medical Former Corpsman). This Video is Fabulous, being a […]

Parachute Problems

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The topic of the day at Army Airborne School was what you should do if your parachute malfunctions. We had just gotten to the part about reserve parachutes when another student raised his hand. “If the main parachute malfunctions,” he […]

Augusta Chiwy

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Military Heroes – Belgian  Nurse Augusta Chiwy BASTOGNE, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2011 – It was a bitterly cold winter morning when Augusta Chiwy’s tram pulled into Brussels Central train station, Dec. 16, 1944. The aid station where Augusta Chiwy volunteered […]

SFC Leroy Petry

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Military Heroes – U.S.  Army SFC Leroy Petry On May 26, 2008, Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry, as a member of a Ranger helicopter assault force conducting a daylight rotary wing raid in the vicinity of Paktya, Afghanistan, distinguished himself […]

Tough Dentist

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A Navy dentist’s license plate: “TOP GUM.” Provided Courtesy of Reader’s Digest. Click here for more   “Military Jokes“.

F-35B Ship Suitability Testing

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One of our subscribers sent this clip with the comments, “Really neat footage—enjoy!!  It looks like the tie-down chains haven’t changed.” Click here for the video. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is to […]

Hondo’s Parting Gift

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My friend, General Charles C. “Hondo” Campbell, retired last year from the Army.  He was charged as his last duty before his retirement to investigate the battle of Wanat and report his findings with respect to the conduct of various […]

Dangerous Weapons Permitted

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On a business trip, my father approached a security checkpoint at the airport. The National Guard shift was rotating, and a guard, in full uniform, was in line in front of him. As with everybody else, the soldier was ordered […]

The Calling

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army The Special Forces of ODA 574 “The Special Forces of ODA 574″ is a three part web documentary about a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 who infiltrated the […]

Soldier Saves Passengers on Tour Bus

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Jacob Perkins …At about 1:20 a.m., the bus pulled back onto the highway. It had just crossed the rough surface of the road’s shoulder when a Matrix Expedited Services truck carrying 14,000 pounds of […]

Submarine Sinks Destroyer

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The submitting subscriber comments, ”This is unbelievable!!” You have never seen footage where a single torpedo does damage like this.  It’s a US made (non-nuclear) torpedo that is in use today by our submarines.  Very precise, very accurate and very […]

Air Force Talk

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Pointing to a pan of chicken wings and legs disguised in the classic mess-hall manner, a young airman asked the mess sergeant, “What’s for chow?” “Air Force chicken,” replied the sergeant. “You want wings or landing gear?” — Paul Jaggerke […]

Vietnam Sniper Chuck Mawhinney

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Chuck Mawhinney THE most successful USMC sniper, former Marine Chuck Mawhinney talks about being a sniper and a Vietnam Vet…it’s a MUST WATCH. Click here for the video. Provided courtesy of Blackfive.net.

Falling Objects

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When I was an infantry platoon commander, my Marines trained regularly for nighttime reconnaissance patrol. As we moved along, each of us would whisper the name of any obstacle to the person behind so that no one would be surprised […]

Challenger, the Eagle

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THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING AND WORTH YOUR FEW MINUTES TO VIEW….  The kids will enjoy it, too! CHECK OUT THE Bald Eagle video below…. ‘Challenger’ is his name (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew); he is cared for […]

Film of B-29 Crew Being Rescued by Submarine

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The following video is from subscriber who comments, “Good story!” FILM FOUND OF B-29 CREW RESCUED BY SUBMARINE To find the film after 65 years is amazing enough, but for the plane to crash right near the sub…. worth watching… […]

Good Behavior

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Notice seen on the bulletin board of a Florida air base: “The following enlisted men will pick up their Good Conduct medals in the supply room this afternoon. Failure to comply with this order will result in disciplinary action.” — […]

Navy Seal Adam Brown

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Adam Brown Here are two ‘must-watch’ videos on the life of Adam Brown.  One comment on the videos: “Adam Brown was a Big, Big Man among Big Men.  Amazing Life!  God bless him and […]

Crash Landing

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As he reviewed pilot crash reports, my Air Force military science professor stumbled upon this understated entry: “After catastrophic engine failure, I landed long.  As I had no power, the landing gear failed to deploy and no braking was available.  […]

Alwyn C. Cashe

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Alwyn C. Cashe The actions of Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe in Iraq on Oct. 17, 2005 are astonishing. Especially considering he was only awarded the Silver Star. Cashe occupied the gunner’s turret […]

Heroes of the Vietnam Generation

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Today’s feature is a belated Veteran’s Day tribute from a subscriber.  He comments: “In Webb’s piece here, he mentions Hamburger Hill. That’s the hill that the 101st Airborne was told to take. It was just a part of Operation Apache […]

Weight Issues

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Sixteen years is a long time. That’s how far the photo of my husband — looking slim and fit in his Marine Reserve uniform — goes back. Today, he’s about 100 pounds heavier, so it was understandable when my friend’s […]

Pearl Harbor Day

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Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  The Naval History and Heritage Command has put together a website featuring an Overview and Special Image Selection of the Pearl Harbor Raid. Click here for your history lesson on Pearl Harbor. We previously featured […]

William E. Barber

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps William E. Barber William E. Barber served in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He enlisted in 1940, becoming a Marine parachutist instructor, then attended Officer Candidate School. After graduation, Barber […]

SSg Matt Keil

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army SSg Matt Keil Wounded war vet thankful for newborns.  This video will be the best four minutes you’ll spend today… For the moving video… click here. Provided courtesy of Blackfive.net.

Signature Only

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Having helped prepare the annual budget for my unit of the Seventh Army Special Troops in Heidelberg, Germany, I took the report to the office of the adjutant, who signs all official papers. The adjutant was not in, but his […]

Report from a Doctor in Afghanistan

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From a loyal subscriber: “All – This arrived via a major retired Marine blog this morning. It is a Marine Corps Birthday message from a Navy Doctor in Afghanistan (for the civilians among you, he is stationed at a major, […]

Navy’s Ferguson Nearly Died from Childhood Illness

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Navy’s Ferguson Nearly Died from Childhood Illness By BILL WAGNER, Staff Writer   That Chris Ferguson has earned a starting spot in the Navy secondary midway through his freshman season is impressive. That Ferguson is even playing football at the […]

Navy versus Army

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After being at sea in the Persian Gulf for 90 straight days, I went to the squadron command master chief to complain. “Chief, I joined the Navy to see the world,” I said, “but for the past three months all […]

A Memorial Journey

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army SGT Mike Stokely It is now 0215 hours 11 Nov 11. I can’t sleep. Not unusual this time of the month. The moon waxes full and draws me into being awake. There is enough […]

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