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February 2012 Archives

The Navy

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One of the great “perks” I have enjoyed as Writer/Editor of The Jerseyman, is getting to hear from many sailors and Marines that served in the Navy and Marines at the same time that I did (1953-1975), and from those […]

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2nd Lieutenant Ruth Haddick-Dorsman

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Ruth Haddick-Dorsman U.S. Army, served 1942-1946. Ruth arrived just 6 days after D-Day on Omaha Beach. She relates in detail what it was like working as a post-op nurse in an Army field hospital […]

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Alligator Shoes

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An Army Ranger was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming […]

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Corporal Frank Buckles

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Frank Buckles Mr. Buckles, 106 years old at the time of his interview, and one of three known surviving Americans left who served his country during WWI, tells his piece of history. He recalls […]

Car Radio, An Interesting Story

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CAR TUNES Radios are so much a part of the driving experience, it seems like cars have always had them. But they didn’t. Here’s the story. SUNDOWN One evening in 1929 two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering […]

Air Force Dictionary

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BLAMESTORMING – Sitting around the squadron discussing why a suspense was missed or a mission failed and who was responsible. SEAGULL COLONEL – A colonel who swoops in, makes a lot of noise, and dumps stuff all over everything. SALMON […]

Aircraft Carrier USS John C Stennis

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Today’s feature is from a subscriber who advises, “Be sure to watch the whole thing.  QUITE IMPRESSIVE!  This is a totally awesome video.” One US Aircraft Carrier Has A More Powerful Air Force Than 70% Of All Countries Click here […]

Lieutenant George H.W. Bush

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Military Heroes – U. S. Naval Reserve George H.W. Bush Lieutenant USNR, served 1942-1955. Former President George Herbert Walker Bush tells the harrowing details of how he narrowly survived getting shot down near Chichi Jima in the Pacific during WWII. […]

Almost Perfect

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It seems that a young man volunteered for Navy service during World War II. He had such a high aptitude for aviation that he was sent right to Pensacola skipping boot camp. The very first day at Pensacola he solos […]

Commander Paul Yost

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Military Heroes – U. S. Coast Guard Paul Yost  Commander USCG (Ret.) Paul Yost recounts his experiences in getting the Vietnamese Marines to safety and out from under enemy fire. He says, “When a warrior before he gets into combat […]

Drone Pilots

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This video comes to us from a subscriber.  Fascinating! The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, graduated its first controllers this past spring.  Incredible  stuff. Three of the weapons and guidance system on the drones are products of Raytheon ….. […]

A Marine in Hell

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A Marine dies in combat and wakes up to find he is in hell. He’s really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counselor. He thinks to himself I know I lead a […]

Farewell Marine

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From a loyal subscriber, “To all Marines – To All services – it will bring a tear to your eye. Semper Fi!” “Fathom the Hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured…. but not everyone […]

Army Ranger School Diet

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U. S. Army Ranger school diet -58 days to a leaner, meaner you! Learn from the people who know weight loss and physical fitness best. Learn how to push your body beyond the limits of hunger. Learn how to dream […]

Captain John Ripley

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps John Ripley Captain USMC (Ret.) Ripley relates his heroic feat of singlehandedly stopping the enemy during a major offensive on Easter Sunday in 1972. His “tiny force” of South Vietnamese Marines was poised […]

1st Lieutenant Charles McGee

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force Charles McGee USAF (Ret.) “They called it the double ‘V’, victory against Hitler in Europe and victory against racism at home.” McGee’s role was as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, an elite […]

It Came Down to One Marine

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Here’s a great tale of valor and sacrifice submitted by one of our subscribers. How much do we owe to the WW2 heroes – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps?  Be sure to read to the end of the […]

Air Force Bike Test

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1. Wear a bike helmet to the test. Optional: Include knee and elbow pads. 2. Demand the tester wear a reflective road guard vest “for safety.” 3. Bring a bike horn and attach it. Each time the tester adjusts the […]

Captain John Ripley

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps John Ripley Captain USMC (Ret.) Ripley relates his heroic feat of singlehandedly stopping the enemy during a major offensive on Easter Sunday in 1972. His “tiny force” of South Vietnamese Marines was poised […]

A Mother’s Arms Can Have a Long Reach

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A mother’s arms can have a long reach! Here’s a beautiful, true story.  We originally posted this story, Against the Odds, in November of 2005.  It is from the Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul.  This YouTube video adds a […]

51 Days

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A bartender is sitting behind the bar on a typical day, when the door bursts open and in come four exuberant Marines. They come to the bar and order five bottles of beer and ten glasses. They take their order […]

Staff Sergeant Norman Hatch

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Norman Hatch   Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret.)  As a combat cameraman, Hatch has a very different perspective of the war though the lens of his camera, as he begins, “I was living in […]

Army Medical Care

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An army Major visiting the sick soldiers, went to one private and asked, “What’s your problem, Soldier?” “Chronic syphilis, Sir.” “What treatment are you getting?” “Five minutes with the wire brush each day.” “What’s your ambition?” “To get back to […]

Military Wives Choir

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From a subscriber: “You will absolutely enjoy this video.  It is taken from a British series where a guy called Gareth Malone takes a group of people and turns them into a choir.  This time he’s taken a group of […]

Administrative Nightmare

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An actual memo from the Alaska Air Command, February 1973 “Due to an administrative error, the original of the attached letter was forwarded to you. A new original has been accomplished and forwarded to AAC/JA (Alaskan Air Command, Judge Advocate […]

One for the Bucket List

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Look at stills, then watch the video.  (Tighten your seat belts!) The language you hear is the one spoken in the German speaking part of Switzerland. These glider pilots are unbelievable! No power and flying like the Blue Angels! Click […]

Lieutenant Bob Kerrey

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Lieutenant Bob Kerrey Lieutenant Bob Kerrey, USNR (Ret.), served 1966-1969. As a Navy SEAL squad leader, Senator Kerrey leads his men and the audience to a tiny island on a daring and dangerous mission […]

2nd Lieutenant Jim Webb

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant Jim Webb Jim Webb, 2nd Lieutenant USMC, served 1968-1972. Senator Webb poignantly recalls the morning when he and his Marines were marching into the dawn after a night patrol. It was […]

Admiral Rickover’s Retirement

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At one point in time during his career, Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the Nuclear Navy, was commander of a carrier task force, and had his flag on the carrier. For exercise, Adm. Rickover walked a lap around the […]

F-106 Corn Field Bomber, Convair Delta Dart

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This is an unusual story. The jet you’re looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It […]

Lieutenant Bob Dole

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Lieutenant Bob Dole Lieutenant Dole served in the Army from 1942-1948. Senator Dole poignantly talks about how he suffered his life-changing wounds in the hills of Italy during WWII. Dole’s story focuses on his […]

Department of the Navy

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The story of how the Marines became a branch under the Department of the Navy: It seems that after WW I, the war to end all wars, the US Govt. had a lot of surplus material that they had no […]

Soon To Be Gone

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From a subscriber: “This should be required reading in every school and college in our country. This Captain, an Army doctor, deserves a medal himself for putting this together. If you choose not to pass it on, fine, but I […]

Where this Brotherhood Began

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army, Special Forces Rod Mendoza and Patrick Fensom FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 11, 2012) – In 1997, eight Special Forces Soldiers traveled to Bolivia to train and advise a battalion of Boliv­ian […]

You might be an Airborne Soldier if…

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The first thing you do in the morning is put in a dip Your favorite beer is someone else’s Your cologne smells suspiciously like bug juice You think a spit shine means to spit on your boots and wipe them […]

F-105 Survival Story in Laos

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One of our subscribers sent in this e-mail that he received.  He comments, “Here’s an interesting story that I just received from an old friend.  This is a real great survival story and sounded like he used everything he learned […]

A Hard Night

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Air Force Approach: Eagle 13, turn right to 330. Eagle 13: Roger 330. App: Eagle 13, I’ve been working since last night, Will you do me a favor? Eagle 13: Affirmative. Go ahead. App: Down below on your right, you’ll […]

A Ripcord Legend Crosses over to the High Ground

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I have a close friend who was in the Ripcord battle.  He sent me the following e-mail about one of his Ripcord Associates who recently died.  It’s a beautiful eulogy; please take the time to read it to the end. […]

1st Lt. Brian Brennan

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Brennan 1st Lt. Brian Brennan has led a life of destiny. There is no denying it when you hear his story. From the day he was born on September 30, 1984, […]

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