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May 2012 Archives

Aleutian Goose: Last Flights of the Grumman Goose

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AKUTAN, Alaska— The Grumman Goose that flies between Unalaska and Akutan doesn’t have a name, but if it did, it might be called the Aleutian Goose, or maybe the Spirit of Akutan. For the article and videos, click here. Courtesy […]

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Scared?

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We were using live ammunition during maneuvers in Germany when a phosphorus flare fell short, coming perilously close to me and some of my buddies. We did what most people do under such circumstances — we ran for our lives. […]

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Sgt. M. Joshua Ryan Laughery

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Sgt. M. Joshua Ryan Laughery . . . SGT Laughery [was] awarded the Silver Star for his valor during a fight in Afghanistan.  With his leadership hit and five of his squad wounded in […]

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Sergeant Ed Eaton

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Ed Eaton While the word “hero” may hold a different meaning to many, I think we all can agree that Sergeant Ed Eaton demonstrated immense courage and heroism the night his helicopter got shot […]

A Yellow Ribbon

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My family wanted to do something to honor my nephew, a Ranger with the Army’s 101st Airborne, who had been sent to Iraq. So, with the help of her four-year-old grandson, Chandler, my sister tied a yellow ribbon on the […]

Remember Them and Wounded Warrior Tribute

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There is no greater sacrifice that one can offer than their life. Memorial Day honors the men and women who have given all for their country and for freedom. The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience […]

Corporal Freddie Stowers

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Freddie Stowers Freddie Stowers was a Corporal in the United States Army who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I. He led the assault on Côte 188, and […]

Re-enlist?

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During his re-enlistment interview, the first sergeant asked my friend if he’d considered re-upping in the Air Force. “I wouldn’t re-enlist if you made me a four-star general, gave me a million dollars and Miss America for a roommate!” he […]

Hunting With SEALs

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The valor of America’s veterans reminds us why we remain free. By Karl Rove Click here for Rove’s article. Courtesy of Karl Rove.     Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is to publish […]

Coming or Going

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A recruit in Navy boot camp got on the wrong side of our company commander and was ordered to do push-ups. As he neared triple digits, an airliner flew overhead. “I bet you wish you were on that plane, don’tcha?” […]

Old Aviators and Old Airplanes

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From a subscriber, “For  pilots and those who admire the P-51 everywhere, enjoy this. “Anyone who has actually been near a P-51 usually can’t forget the rumbling that reaches your core.  This one was owned and flown by a doctor […]

Paul Rieckhoff

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Paul Rieckhoff Paul Rieckhoff  is a veteran of the United States Army and the Iraq War. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Click here for […]

The Last Viet Nam Victim

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This is a tragic story sent in by a subscriber.  Sometimes we tend to forget the true horrors of war. MICK Berrigan went to war in 1967 – a bright spark who loved a drink and the girls. The shell […]

Captain Joshua Mantz

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Captain Joshua Mantz Captain Joshua Mantz was pronounced dead and then revived after being shot in Baghdad.  His miraculous recovery led him to go back to finish his tour and he now helps others […]

No Duplicating

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As a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, I taught a series of popular courses on software engineering. The program was highly competitive and difficult to get into, but one prospective student made our decision whether to accept […]

John Glenn’s True Hero

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A subscriber sent in this article.  Too often the spouse of a ‘hero’ is ignored.  This article by CNN says it all.  As our submitter says, “I thought you might appreciate this article, I was inspired by it.” Click here […]

Marine Corps Chow

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On the wall of the mess hall of one Marine Corps base: “This food must be good. Ten thousand flies can’t be wrong!” — Joe Turman Provided Courtesy of Reader’s Digest.  Click here for more “Military Jokes“.

Captain Wes Moore

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Wes Moore Wes Moore was a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005-2006. He […]

Tammy Duckworth

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army National Guard Tammy Duckorth Tammy Duckworth-is a veteran of the Army Reserve.  In 2004, she lost both legs and an arm in an explosion.  She returned to the states and is now fighting for […]

My Story, I’m a Military Working Dog

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Click here for an interesting video as seen through the eyes of canine soldier Kichi. Courtesy of Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is to publish stories of […]

Taking Off

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Just after my father, who was a career Air Force NCO, passed away, all my brothers and sisters returned home to be with Mom. As we reminisced about my dad, we found ourselves floating from sorrow to laughter as we […]

Government Green

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I was charged by the Coast Guard to buy a house near Station Rockland in Maine to be converted into military housing. But after many delays on our part, the owners’ lawyer got antsy. “I don’t like working with the […]

The A Team in Support of the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant

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The author of this feature writes, “I wrote this piece in the back of a C-130 flying from Okinawa to to the Philippines in 1990 and have updated it a bit here. While it has strong military specific content, I […]

Leave No Veteran Behind

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Eli Williamson Eli Williamson is the Co-Founder and President of Leave No Veteran Behind. Williamson, a native of Chicago, Illinois, received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics from Luther College in Decorah, […]

Unclean

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Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, my Marine husband called home one evening to tell me he would be late. “Dirty magazines were discovered in the platoon quarters,” he said, “and the whole squad is being disciplined.” […]

J. R. Martinez

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army J. R. Martinez While serving in Iraq in the US Army, J. R. Martinez’s humvee was hit and he suffered burns over 40% of his body.  After his recovery, he became a motivational speaker […]

Musicorps

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Today’s feature is aimed at you music lovers.  Musicorps is using an advanced music rehab program for wounded warriors.  As the webmaster instructs, “Settle Bach and enjoy (sorry… couldn’t resist my Morning Pun).” To view Bach at the Keyboard: A […]

WWII Heroes Die on the Same Day

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Military Heroes – First Special Service Force Mark Radcliffe and Joe Glass Mark Radcliffe, 94, and Joe Glass, 92 were the last surviving members of the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, a legendary commando unit consisting of American and […]

Rescue Effort

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The crew of a fast frigate was practicing the man overboard drill by “rescuing” a bright orange fluorescent dummy dubbed Oscar. The captain watched as a young lieutenant nervously stopped the ship, turned it and maneuvered into place. Unfortunately, he […]

The Old Man

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This e-mail has been circulating around the Internet for quite some time.  With Memorial Day approaching, I think it appropriate to rerun it.  As the webmaster stated on the posting site, “It actually gave me chill bumps when I read […]

Benefits of Being a Service Husband

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My friend’s wife returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East. To celebrate, he decided to take her out for a night on the town. Proud of her service record, he suggested she wear her uniform. Not only […]

First Woman to Pilot a Space Shuttle Mission

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force Eileen Collins In 1990, Eileen Collins was only the second woman to graduate as a test pilot and be selected as a NASA astronaut. She became the first woman to pilot a space […]

France Honors War Veteran

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Today’s feature is from The Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper about a young man, Leon Standifer, going to war in 1942.  As Professor Standifer states, “Everybody in the community expected men to go and fight, because we were in a war […]

Koga’s Zero

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Koga’s Zero By Jim Reardon “In April 1942 thirty-six Zeros attacking a British naval base at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), were met by about sixty Royal Air Force aircraft of mixed types, many of them obsolete. Twenty-seven of the […]

Geology Degree

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My parents scoffed, but I knew my college degree in geology would come in handy one day. It was during basic training, at Sheppard Field, Texas, and I was pulling KP duty. When the sergeant asked me what I did […]

Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. to Receive Medal of Honor

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. President Barack Obama has announced that Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor May 16 […]

The Doolittle Raid – 70 Years Later: Naval Officers and Planning

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“…much has been written of the Doolittle raid, from the bookstand to Hollywood and the curriculum of War Colleges the world over.  Coming fast on the heels of the stunning blows barely four months prior a malevolent arc of destruction […]

Colin L. Powell – America’s Premier Soldier-Statesman

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Colin Luther Powell Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem in 1937. His parents were Jamaican immigrants who stressed the importance of education and personal achievement. For General Powell’s story… click here. For a […]

INFANTry Soldiers

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While on leave, my Marine buddy and I met two nursing students from Southern California. After chatting them up awhile, the conversation turned to what we did in the service. When we told them we were in the infantry, the […]

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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 ...

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