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War Dogs

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When President Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, . . . for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit […]

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Air Forcese

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Eager to speak military English the way the pros do? Then remember this simple rule — the most basic word comes first. For example: Trousers, Green, Male; Truck, Cargo, 4×4. On a recent trip to the Air Force Academy commissary, […]

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Second Lieutenant Donald S. Lopez

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force Donald S. Lopez Second Lieutenant USAF (Ret.) Lopez will have the audience at the edge of their seats as he tells his gripping story about his first dogfight as a P-40 pilot over […]

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Private Benjamin Carson

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Benjamin Carson USMC, served 1941-1946. Benjamin Carson has been to hell and back. He fought in some of WWII’s bloodiest battles including Midway, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Iwo Jima.  His riveting story is about […]

Rank Must Pay

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At the canteen on base, we sold snacks, coffee and soda for 25 cents. One night, we decided to charge officers 50 cents. It was explained away as a “Sir charge.” Provided Courtesy of Reader’s Digest.  Click here for more […]

World War II: After the War

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From an American in Uniform subscriber: “I’ve seen a lot of WWII era photos – but not this collection.  You’ll want to take the time to view these forty-five extraordinary and historic photos (and read the informative captions underneath) of […]

Aliens from Outer Space

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Nights in England are coal black, making parachute jumps difficult and dangerous. So we attach small lights called chemlites to our jumpsuits to make ourselves visible to the rest of our team. Late one night, lost after a practice jump, […]

Girandoni Air Rifle

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Here’s a video demonstrating a Girandoni Air Rifle that was used by Lewis and Clark.  It’s a fascinating clip although it is over 8 minutes long.  I wonder why the technology never made is to the Civil War?  I suspect […]

Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Richard Zimmerman Lieutenant USN (Ret.) Zimmerman laughs and cries as he describes a shipmate being struck by the wing of a Kamikaze plane he’d shot down from the deck of his ship. The man […]

US Civil War Photos

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Today’s feature was sent in by a subscriber who wrote, “Hi Mr. O’Quin, thought you might want to put these on your site. James LaVerdure” Yes, James, we do.  The pictures are fascinating!  Cpt. Otis If you have any interest […]

All in the Name

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At a tea for officers and their wives, the commanding general of a base delivered a seemingly endless oration. A young lieutenant grumbled to the woman sitting beside him, “What a pompous and unbearable old windbag that slob is!” The […]

Scout Edwin Bearss

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Edwin Bearss Scout USMC, served 1942-1946. Bearss tells a gripping and detailed account of what it was like to get shot multiple times during the Battle of Cape Gloucester in WWII. This segment […]

Bosun’s Mate Wilbur Wright

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Wilbur Wright Wilbur Wright, Bosan’s Mate USN, served 1938-1945. Sixty-five years later and with emotions still raw, Wright fights to maintain control as he recalls his personal experience on board the USS Ogala at […]

Corporal Megan Leavey and Sergeant Rex

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If you haven’t read in the news, there is a Marine team that is looking to be reunited.  Corporal Megan Leavey (Marine Dog handler) has desired to care for her one time partner, “Sergeant Rex”.   Quick story: On deployment […]

Biting Airmen

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The time came for annual immunizations at our overseas Air Force base. To get us all vaccinated as quickly as possible, they pressed the veterinary surgeon into helping out. I got my injection from the vet. “Wow,” I said, “you […]

The Infantry – A Few Good Phrases

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United States Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines watch the explosion after calling in an airstrike during a gunbattle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in […]

Lieutenant James Holloway

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy James Holloway James Holloway Lieutenant USN (Ret.) Admiral Holloway masterfully tells his story as a young gunnery officer on board the USS Bennion in the Battle of Surigao Strait. He recalls a very brief […]

Ready, Aim, Miss

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Being a career soldier was not in the cards for one particular recruit. Every time he took his turn at the rifle range, he’d lift his rifle, aim at the target, fire — and hit some tree way off in […]

Welcome Home

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The following article is a submission from subscriber Michael Tank, a Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War.  It’s a long read but poignantly written covering his recollections of his war experience; you have the opportunity to follow a boy […]

Gunner’s Mate Leo Jarboe

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Leo Jarboe USN, 1944-1946. Jarboe describes a kamikaze attempt while on board the USS San Francisco. The plane was shot down and the pilot saved. Years later that pilot came to the United States […]

Convenient Name

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Some friends were hoping their second child would be a girl, and they even had a name picked out. The ultrasound didn’t reveal the baby’s sex, though, and since the expectant father had orders from the Navy to ship out […]

Sr. Airman Jason Cunningham

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force Jason Cunningham At Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, the US Air Force held a three day memorial to honor the life of Jason Cunningham.  Cunningham, a pararescueman who died in combat March 4, 2002, […]

The Kabuki Dance of The Semi Retarded Inside of A Mature Theater….

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This kind of dukey, along with the riots over some scorched books and our Afghan “partners” shooting at us tells me that it is time for us to go. So I get an e-mail from Captain Jack, and I know […]

Army Brat

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Since I grew up in the civilian world, I knew my daughter’s childhood as a military brat would be drastically different from my own. This became quite apparent one day when a playmate arrived and asked my daughter, “Wanna play […]

Poor Shots

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During Desert Storm, one of our co-workers was called to serve in Iraq. Upon his safe return and arrival back at work, we tied yellow ribbons around numerous trees and hung a huge sign that read “We missed you. Thank […]

John McCain’s Remarks about the Pledge of Allegiance!

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In light of the recent appeals court ruling in California, with respect to the Pledge of Allegiance, the following recollection from Senator John McCain is very appropriate. The Pledge of Allegiance – by Senator John McCain As you may know, […]

Capt. Carroll LeFon

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Capt. Carroll LeFon Lex, as most people knew him, was probably one of the best writers in the milblog community, bar none.  A retired Navy Captain and former carrier squadron commander, he loved flying […]

Army Ranger Ed Black in Italy

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Ed Black On Dec. 18, 1942, Ed Black and his father sat in New York City’s Penn Station, waiting for the young soldier to catch a train to report for duty. As they waited, […]

We Remember

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Today’s feature was submitted by a subscriber; he comments, “Dear God, keep ‘um flying!” The description on the website is as follows: “Country music recording artist Dwayne O’Brien performed his song “We Remember” at the annual convention of the International […]

Government-Paid Golfing Trip

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My husband was a Navy chaplain deployed to the Persian Gulf at the end of Desert Storm. I did everything possible to ensure that our three young children wouldn’t be worried about their father being in danger. It wasn’t always […]

Final Thoughts from the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army

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General Peter Chiarelli retired on January 31st after three and a half years spent as VCSA and nearly forty years of service to our Army.  He has done a remarkable job and ‘had an immeasurable impact . . . on […]

Air Force First Sergeant Test

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1. You are having lunch with your new colonel, talking about the decision paper you wrote. During the conversation, a blonde walks into the dining area and she is so stunning you draw your boss’s attention to her. Having his […]

Legendary Last Surviving Founding Member of SAS ‘Originals’ Dies at 92

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Military Heroes – Scot’s Guard Jimmy Storie “Jimmy Storie was the last surviving member of “The Originals”, the handful of men with David Stirling at the birth of the SAS, and who survived the first disastrous SAS operation. “In late […]

Injury to Recovery

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The following video is a mini-documentary of a soldier’s journey from the moment of injury through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.  It’s only 3 minutes long and gives the viewer an idea of what the medical staff and patients endure in […]

Five Cannibals

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Five cannibals were employed by the Navy as translators during one of the island campaigns during World War II. When the Commanding Admiral of the task force welcomed the cannibals he said, “You’re all part of our team now. We […]

Sgt. Phillip McCulloch Receives the Silver Star

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Sgt. Phillip McCulloch Today’s featured hero was spotlighted previously for his heroic actions in the Sangin Valley in Afghanistan.  Today, subscribers can view the video of his receiving the Silver Star, the third […]

Army Special Forces Vs. Marines

posted by goquin

A marine recon platoon was on patrol when the lt. noticed a lone special forces soldier standing on a hill top in their area. The lt. told two of his men to go take out that man. They promptly ran […]

Delivering One Last Gift

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Today’s feature was submitted by a subscriber who comments, “I hope the man who took that hero’s money and then fled has been found and prosecuted.  How low can you go?”  This is a very touching video.  Be sure to […]

Lieutenant Commander Bobbi Hovis

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Bobbi Hovis USN (Ret.) Hovis was the first Navy nurse to volunteer to go to Vietnam in 1963. Her mission, to build a hospital in Saigon. She describes in detail what it was like […]

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A Man and His Bear
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True Heroes from 9/11
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