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New Cars

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Visiting a new port is always exciting, and when our destroyer docked in Kiel, Germany, it was no different. In fact, one of my men was awestruck. “Look, Chief,” he whispered excitedly. “They have Volkswagens over here too!” — Ralph […]

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Emil Matula

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army 1st Sergeant Emil Matula Served 1937-1945. Matula fought at Luzon, Philippines for 165 straight days and nights. His story recounts that he killed the last Japanese soldier during that battle and ended up getting […]

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Happy Hour

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Four retired Chiefs are walking down a street in Norfolk, Virginia. They turn a corner and see a sign that says, ‘Old Timers Bar – all drinks 10 cents.’ They look at each other, and then go in, thinking this […]

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America’s First Jet Flight – October 1942

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One of our subscribers submitted today’s feature.  “This is a video of the first US jet way back in Oct 1942.  It is a classic piece of film I certainly never knew existed.  I wasn’t even aware that America HAD […]

House in Georgia, Heart in Viet Nam

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The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon … but Hong Nguyen will never surrender. Nguyen’s story is just one among millions from Vietnam’s tragic war era, but it’s also one that ultimately resolves in triumph. Nguyen was a […]

Lcdr. Jack Fellowes

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Jack Fellowes Lieutenant Commander USN (Ret.) Fellowes was a Navy pilot who was shot down over a village in Vietnam. He uses humor to not only tell his story, but also to detail how […]

A Long Queue

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“Well,” snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman, “I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, you’ll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and pee on my grave.” “Not me, Chief!” […]

A Shave at the Barber Shop

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A Chief and a Capt. were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces. The Capt. shouted, “Hey, don’t put that stuff on […]

From COP Keating to College Football

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Daniel Rodriguez Daniel Rodriguez, former Army sergeant and combat wounded veteran takes us on his journey from the military as he aspires to play college football. Sergeant Rodriquez fought and was wounded at COP […]

Monday Night at Lambeau Field and the Politic-O-Matic Quiz

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Monday night – 11/14/2011 – at Lambeau Field The National Anthem the networks did not let you see. “Thank You Veterans” National Anthem. Green Bay Packers verses the Minnesota Vikings. November 14th, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI […]

Fighter Pilots

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Q: How do you know if there is a fighter pilot at your party? A: He’ll tell you. Q: What’s the difference between God and fighter pilots? A: God doesn’t think he’s a fighter pilot. Q: What’s the difference between […]

Reckless, Korean War Horse

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Military Hero Reckless,  Korean War Horse This small Mongolian mare became a national hero when an article ran in the Saturday Evening Post about her heroics in several battles in the Korean War.   For a moving video… click here. […]

Photos of the Navy’s 1st Aircraft Carrier

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Can you imagine what the pilot was thinking! Remember, these photos are 100 years old!!!!  The aircraft used for these tests still shows Wright Brothers design. Check out the swing away turret guns on the sides of the USS Pennsylvania…. […]

How to Address an Officer

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Officer: “Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?” Soldier: “Sure, buddy.” Officer: “That’s no way to address an officer! Now let’s try it again!” “Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?” Soldier: “No, SIR!”

Jim “Seamus” Garrahy

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Jim “Seamus” Garrahy  “It is with great sadness that I post the obituary of Jim “Seamus” Garrahy [who was our featured hero on 12/19/2008]. He was a Marine’s Marine and never lost the […]

Colonel Mike Lowe’s Speech at Quantico01/16/2012 – Heart

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From a subscriber: “Thought you guys would like this one….If this doesn’t get you fired up, nothing will !  God Bless the United States Marine Corps !! Sent by my former boss at TRANSCOM, Tony Robertson, USAF (ret)”   COLONEL […]

Joseph Graves

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Joseph Graves There aren’t many children who get a BMW 535IS as their first vehicle. Granted it was an older model with over 100,000 miles on it, but it was a good, solid vehicle. […]

PT Boat 658

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Here’s a submission from a subscriber who sends along an e-mail from an old Navy buddy.  He comments that he hopes we can use it.  OK, Al; you bet your sweet bippy we can use it!  Thanks! Cpt. Otis PT […]

Need to Impress?

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Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door. Conscious of his new position, the colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, […]

Night-Firing, Ft. Knox, August 1972

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Harmon Drew is a friend from college days.  We have a group that still corresponds – thank heavens for e-mail!  This article came in right before Christmas.  I have received permission to publish it after Harmon’s wife edited it in […]

What Time Is It?

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In some air bases the Air Force is on one side of the field and civilian aircraft use the other side of the field, with the control tower in the middle. One day the tower received a call from an […]

Adam Anthony Galvez

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps Adam Anthony Galvez CPL Adam Anthony Galvez was born in Loma Linda, CA on April 2, 1985. His mother, Amy, tells us: “As a child, he was outgoing, athletic, loving, cute and charming. […]

Daniel Crabtree

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Daniel Crabtree Dan was born in 1974 in Hartville, OH. Dan was always interested in guns and anything military. During his elementary school years, he would put on a pair of my fatigue uniform […]

The Wrong Hat

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As a 2LT stationed at Ft Benning during the ’70’s, I was walking with our BN Exec Officer when we passed a Medical Services CPT (DR) with in Class A’s wearing a hat with “scrambled eggs” on the visor. Thinking […]

Your Wife Is Warm

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This is the 20th of December 2009 and not looking back but 59 years ago this now 76 year old Marine was 18 and in the company of many Marines illegally recalled up over night by then President Truman. And […]

Letter from Marine 1st Lt. Leonard Isacks

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From a loyal subscriber: “This is a letter in the archives at the WWII Museum… from Mr. Isacks to his sons during the war.  He explains why he is gone, why people fight wars, and remains a stern father to […]

Japanese Taco

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My 1st overseas assignment was to an aircraft carrier currently on duty in Yokosuka, Japan. While travelling to my duty station, I met some other young men who also were just reporting for duty on the same ship. When the […]

Maj. Deborah “Lucy” Lehker

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Military Hero – U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Deborah “Lucy” Lehker Maj. Deborah “Lucy” Lehker’s job isn’t an easy one to leave behind. For the past six months she has been a member of a three-person team of medical professionals […]

Veteran of the Year Award

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Veteran of the Year Award – Surprise! Many people may have forgotten about his time in the U.S.Army. He is the son of an Air Force General, and an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer, and […]

Instant Messaging

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During the second Gulf War, I was an Air Force colonel. I routinely flew on different aircraft to familiarize myself with their capabilities. One day I was aboard an intelligence aircraft, where each crew member was surrounded by complex gear. […]

Holiday Lights

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The home of Derek and Courtney Whitis in SouthWood, Florida, has been drawing spectators to its colorful and musical light display for weeks.  It has won the Good Morning America Big Bright Holiday Lights showdown contest. Click here to see […]

Bob Hope

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Military Heroes Bob Hope Hope has [was] always been strongly patriotic. On December 7, 1941, when Japanese attack planes bombed Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (1939–45; a war in which Germany, Japan, and […]

Identification not Required

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Out of the Navy and ready to buy my own home, I filled out the veterans loan forms and mailed them away. But what I didn’t realize was that I had placed the forms in the envelope containing a lock […]

Afghan Christmas Truce?

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What Christmas truce? Carol service for our troops on the Afghan frontline ends with a blast of reality from the Taliban.  Click here for the story. Courtesy of Mail Online.com. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Truth About Who Fights for Us

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One of our long time subscribers sent in the following article with these comments, “This article appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  I was pleased to see it.  Some of our media folks are ignorant of the facts and too […]

Giving It Away

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As the soldier drove up to the Air Force base gate, my husband, who was on security detail at the time, had an inkling that the driver might have had a few. What gave him away? The guy thought he […]

Emergency Service Unit – NYPD

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Emergency Service Unit – NYPD When the public needs help, they call the police. When the police need help, they call ESU. Get a glimpse into the work of the elite NYPD Emergency Service Unit.

No Smoking

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I was in our local VA hospital when a clerk began scolding a veteran who’d lit up a cigarette in a no-smoking area. “Sir!” she barked. “When did you start smoking?” The conversation came to a halt when he replied, […]

Momentos from Home

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Military Heroes – U. S. Marine Corps What motivates a young marine to spend months on end away from loved ones? The answers isn’t really surprising, but see for yourself. For an informative video… click here.

For Navy its 9/11 first, football second

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Here’s another 9/11 commemorative feature but with football season in full swing, it’s still appropriate. For Navy it’s 9/11 first, football second By BILL WAGNER, Staff Writer <mailto:bwagner@capitalgazette.com> Dale Pehrson was sitting in a defensive meeting room inside Ricketts Hall […]

A Chaplains Testimony

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Capt. Kevin Pies An Army Chaplain shares how God uses prayer to protect the troops.  For a moving video… click here.

American Food

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Upon returning from a stint in Iraq, my sister insisted that the best part about being home was having real food again: “The Lunchables I had for breakfast was great! –Garrett Lee Thorne Provided Courtesy of Reader’s Digest. Click here […]

Suez Crisis – 1956

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Here’s a submission from the same subscriber who sent in the World War II map in our last newsletter.  He declares the friend who sent him the map was on the first US Navy ship that went through the Suez […]

Helping Her Out

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When my very pregnant niece, a sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, accidentally knocked over a glass of water, one of her soldiers volunteered to help clean it up. As he was mopping up the mess, an officer […]

Best Map Ever of World War II

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Today’s feature is from one of our dedicated subscribers who never fails to pass along articles and sites of interest.  His comments: “It’s really interesting for any of you WWII buffs. . . it’s an animated map showing the progress […]

MedEvac in Iraq

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Medical Personnel – U. S. Air Force The US Air Force has been conducting Medical Evacuation operations in Iraq since the outset of the war. It’s a mission they perform with bittersweet determination. The exhilaration of providing such critical support […]

Vietnam Casualty Notification Officer

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This is truly a powerful impact story. It is a rare “baring of the soul” experience. For any of you that have been a Survival Assistance Officer, you will understand this more than the others. This is for those who […]

No Discipline Problem Here!

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Having served his time with the Marine Corps, a man became a school teacher, but before school started he injured his back.  He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body.  Fortunately, the cast […]

Airlift Charleston Style

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Heroes – U. S. Air Force 437th Airlift Wing Once a year the 437th Airlift Wing conducts a large formation exercise. This particular year they launched 13 C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft, performed in-flight refueling, and airdropped cargo all […]

The Light and The Loss

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Heroes – The Law Enforcement Community The Light and The Loss Members of the Law Enforcement community from all over the nation held a candle light vigil in honor of fallen officers. This is the story of one officer as […]

Statistics – The Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.

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The subscriber submitting the feature comments, “Interesting statistics…. Check the age of the youngest KIA.” “Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure […]

A Star Above the Pilot

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A PARTICULARLY DIPLOMATIC MAJOR in my Air Force squadron was often called to fly with senior-ranking pilots on training flights, a task junior officers don’t relish, given the possibility of bruising top-brass egos. One week, he flew a B-52 with […]

Armor of God Military Ministry

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Hero Armor of God Military Ministry The story of how one family dealt with the deployment and return of their son and the issues they dealt with and how the Armor of God Military Ministry was formed to offer hope […]

Rifles…put!

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WHENEVER I BEGIN to feel a bit smug, I recall my first week at Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. I learned quickly, I thought, and was getting adept at giving commands like “To the rear…march” and “Company…halt.” There […]

Mansions of the Lord

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The subscriber who submitted this YouTube clip apologized for getting it to us late.  “With Memorial Day coming up, this is one that we will all share widely.”  This clip is still very appropriate now with Veteran’s Day coming up […]

People Die – Firefighting Stories

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Heroes Firefighters The hardest thing to face working for the fire department is the fact that people do die. For a moving video… click here.

The Call

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AFTER our son Greg was accepted by the U.S. Naval Academy, we went to a meeting where parents of third-year midshipmen spoke about the difficult plebe year. When the new plebes left the room, the veteran parents told us to […]

MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL

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This selection is from one of our subscribers who states, ”Please read to the very end; it is beautiful!!!”  Yes, it is.  Thanks, Betty Jean!  Cpt. Otis ‘MEET  ME IN THE STAIRWELL’ By Stacey Randall You say you will never […]

Homes for Our Troops and Birdies for the Brave

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Military Heroes – Birdies for the Brave Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson has been a huge supporter of Homes For Our Troops through Birdies for the Brave, a non-profit organization established by Mickelson and his wife, Amy to provide support for […]

THANK YOU, PING

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All golfers and all Americans should be aware of this this program sponsored by Ping. On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course.  As usual the starters matched me with three other players.  After a few holes we […]

Boy What?

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SIX WEEKS into basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, Company “C” was beginning to conform to the drill instructor’s exacting style of discipline. Late one bleak morning, having spent hours going through a rigorous series of marching drills, a weary […]

Welcome Home for SGT Eric Edmundson

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army SGT Eric Edmundson Eric and Stephanie and their daughter get the keys to their new handicap accessible home free of charge thanks to KitCorpBuilders and Homes for Our Troops. For a moving video… click […]

Homage to Huey

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“This is a Humorous Tribute to the Huey Helicopter!  Glamour shots and footage from various sources of the huey helicopter at work.  It includes different models of the world’s best helicopter.” Having flown Hueys in Viet Nam, these types of […]

Women or Men?

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AS FEMALE ARMY RECRUITS we watched our femininity being taken away one piece at a time. Our civilian clothing, jewelry and makeup were locked away. Our hair was hidden under caps, and battle-dress uniforms camouflaged our figures. We were issued […]

Ruth Haddick

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Ruth Haddick 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 close to the front […]

Drill Inspector Turned Cop

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UPON COMPLETING Air Force technical school, I had to drive from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Northwest for my next assignment. A friend suggested I hang my blue dress uniform in the left-rear window to generate good will from […]

A Better Speech

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Here’s a speech that has been a favorite of readers: LTC Randolph White’s Infantry School AIT graduation speech. Click here for the speech. Note:  The speech is a little over 12 minutes but it is certainly an inspiring 12 minutes! […]

Angela Kimler and Kay Hasson

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Military Heroes – U. S. Air Force Angela Kimler and Kay Hasson Angela Kimler and Kay Hasson: Outstanding Human Beings and C-17 Pilots “I fight no different than a male.” “I just think it’s a waste of time to talk […]

Seat Belt Snafu

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FRESH OUT OF Army parachute school, I was about to make the first jump with my new outfit, the elite 82nd Airborne Division and I was scared. I had heard the stories about rookie jumpers who had been summarily banished […]

Great Dog Story: Reggie aka Tank

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Great Dog Story … wow! They told me the big black Lab’s name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen.  The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly.  I’d only been in the area […]

Earning versus Pinning

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AFTER 5-1/2 YEARS in college, I graduated and was ready to be commissioned a second lieutenant through Army ROTC. I had asked my father, who had suffered silently through my stormy undergraduate years, to pin on my hard-won gold bars.  […]

Nurse Nicole Benson

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Military Heroes – U. S. Navy Nurse Nicole Benson Nicole Benson always wanted to help people. In pursuing a career in the Navy Nurse Corps, she and her fellow Officers have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives […]

Marines: Doing the Very Best that We Can

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I served proudly in the USMC from Oct ’79 until Jul ’83. I spent my entire tour of duty in San Diego as a true “Hollywood Marine”. Though promised fortune and fame serving in exotic ports by my recruiter, like […]

The Final Inspection

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          THE FINAL INSPECTION by Joshua Helterbran The Soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. Step forward now, Soldier , […]

Multi-Tasking Pilot – Got Cha!

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WE WERE ABOUT THREE HOURS into a long refueling mission, ferrying fighter aircraft across the Atlantic, when one of the fighter pilots maneuvered his plane ahead of our tanker’s nose and executed several rolls. “Bet you can’t do that,” the […]

Women of The North Platte Canteen

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Military Heroes Women of The North Platte, Nebraska Canteen All too often we overlook the contributions of those who don’t fight wars on foreign soil… those left behind.  North Platte, Nebraska was a long way from Normandy, but the women […]

The U. S. Air Force

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Military Heroes The U. S. Air Force The beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom came with an aerial campaign like no other in history. This is the story of the United States Air Force effort in the action that liberated an […]

A Letter to Mom

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THE HARD-BITTEN COMMANDER of my infantry company in Vietnam was frustrated in his efforts to make a soldier out of one particular PFC. The young man lagged behind on patrols, feigned illness and managed to spend most of his time […]

USAF Museum Virtual Tour

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Today’s feature highlights the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The subscriber who submitted this ‘tour’ commented, “Awesome!”  This might be one of the most advanced sights I have ever been in.  If this is a sign of the future, Wow!” […]

Downed German Fighter Rises from Its Grave

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[A] Luftwaffe Focke-Wulfe 190 Würger (“Shrike”) fighter aircraft laid unknown and unmolested in a remote forest near Voibakala, Russia for forty-six years after coming down behind Soviet lines in WWII. You’ll find information on the German pilot Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant) […]

Following Orders

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WHILE I WAS A DRILL SERGEANT at Fort McClellan, ALA., I served on a panel to select outstanding soldiers from basic training.  When a candidate appeared before the board to answer questions, the company commander would begin, “In about two […]

Chaplain Marc Gauthier

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Heroes – U. S. Army Chaplain Marc Gauthier Army Chaplain (56A) Chaplain Gauthier began his Army Career not as a Chaplain but as a Reserve Officer.

Real Heroes

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This feature is a submission from a subscriber.  Thanks, Roland! Cpt. Otis If you have either served in the military or have family members who have done so, your proud of your service and the women and men who now […]

1st Cavalry – Fallujah 2004

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army 1st Cavalry – Fallujah 2004 “War is like the Superbowl for the infantry”. The men in this clip were hand picked by Natonski, Operation Phantom Fury commander, to enter the city before anyone else […]

No Reverse?

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AT THE OCEANA, VA., Naval Air Station, I was training a young ground-crew member on how to direct an F-14 into the fuel pit. I glanced over to check wing clearance and, when I looked back, discovered that he had […]

The Ladder Six Miracle

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THE LADDER SIX MIRACLE tells the personal story of Josephine Harris, who was descending the stairs of the North Tower of the World Trade Center with the help of several firefighters. When she reached the fourth floor, she just couldn’t […]

Buzz Aldrin

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Military Heroes – U. S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin One of America’s most famous heroes gives an account of an amazing journey!

Army versus Navy

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TO GET TO OUR FAMILY REUNION in Arizona, my husband flew from the Navy base in San Diego to the Air Force base in Tucson. I took an earlier commercial flight, and my sister and I met him at the […]

Heidi Hammel

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Heroes – NASA Heidi Hammel During the STS-125 pre-launch press conference Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space ScienceInstitute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and its […]

Bugle Overboard!

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IN JULY 1941, my newly formed First Marine Division trained along the Atlantic Coast. Life aboard the Navy transports was tough, and morale on the “rust buckets” was rock-bottom. One gray evening, as we stood in ranks, the Marine bugler […]

Patriotism in the Grocery Store

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Patriotism should always be the focus for every American.  However, with our hectic schedules, sometimes the best intentions do not get off carried through to full fruition.  With the 9/11 10th anniversary just having taken place, it’s very appropriate to […]

Tracks in the Dust

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This feature is a subscriber submission.  Thanks Tom and Tim! Take a few minutes to see how some of our troops spend their free time in Afghanistan. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is […]

Hydraulic Fluid?

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THE MAINTENANCE CREW of my Navy E-2C squadron had worked feverishly to repair my aircraft in time for an important flight. After they declared the plane “up,” they stood by while I conducted a preflight inspection. As I reached behind […]

US Customs and Border Protection Canine Program

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Military Heroes – U. S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Program Detection dogs have been used by the US Customs and Border Patrol since 1969. While their introduction into service was initially temporary, they’ve maintained a permanent part in the […]

The True Story of Two Pilots

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The True Story of Two Pilots Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England…  His B-17 was called ‘Ye Old Pub’ and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak […]

The Air Force Way

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SOON AFTER I RETIRED from the Air Force, I went to work in a warehouse where several other military retirees were employed. One day we received a large crate too big to fit in our storage area. A retired Army […]

An Amazing Journey

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Hero – U. S. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin One of America’s most famous heroes gives an account of an amazing journey! For a moving video… click here!

A Little History That I Did Not Know

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Here’s a submission from a subscriber: A Little History That I Did Not Know Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes.  We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.  […]

Excess Airplanes

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OUR SQUADRON in Vietnam was experiencing a shortage of air-crew personnel, which meant each of us had to fly extra missions. The general held a briefing and then opened the floor to questions. “Sir,” one flier asked, “when will the […]

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Heroes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Every kid, at some point, dreams of being a fireman. Thank God not every kid outgrows that dream. These men and women overcome physical and emotional barriers in their constant pusuit of excellence in service […]

Preparing for 9/11

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Here’s an e-mail that has been circulating on the Internet.  On this upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, we at America in Uniform feel it appropriate to demonstrate our patriotism and support for our troops by waving our flags. The e-mail: […]

Message from MARS

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STATIONED at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, I used the Military Affiliate Radio System to call my wife back home in the States. Since many people serving overseas use this network, especially on the weekends, I had to wait […]

The World Should Know

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Military Heroes Medal of Honor Recipients The world should know the acts of heroism that the men and women who serve the cause of freedom so generously give. The words “All gave some, some gave all” ring throughout the stories […]

Veteran’s Parade – NYC Style

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As the Subscriber who submitted this video commented, “Sorry so late, but better late than never.”  It is appropriate in this week of the anniversary of 9/11 to feature this NYC event. Veteran’s Parade – NYC Style This Police detective […]

Heidi Hammel

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Military Heroes – NASA Heidi Hammel During the STS-125 pre-launch press conference Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space ScienceInstitute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and […]

Polish Pilots

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DURING WORLD WAR II, Polish pilots in Great Britain were famous for showing off their flying skills. One morning I was returning from a flight test and made the mistake of beginning my landing approach at too low a speed. […]

Dog Mourns at Casket of Fallen Navy SEAL

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The subscriber who submitted this article commented: The subscriber who submitted this article commented: “Cpt. Otis, did you see this – sad it made me cry.  Worth sharing!” Thanks Al; subscribers, you’ll need a tissue for this one. Dog Mourns […]

Military Insurance Coverage

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ONE COLD, WINDY February morning during my Army basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, our company was assembled outside. There, at parade rest, we were forced to listen to an endless procession of individuals extolling the benefits of Army life. […]

NYPD Mounted Unit

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New York Police Department Mounted Unit The Mounted Unit of the New York Police Department is an important factor in providing security in New York City.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

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 “The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ state-of-the-art Virtual Experience! Now Marines and civilians from all over the world can experience this cutting-edge web version of the real […]

Desert Popcorn

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IN THE ARMY during Operation Desert Storm, I found myself in a world that had changed little since Biblical times. With so few creature comforts available, packages from home containing cookies and canned goods were received with great anticipation. When […]

Maritime Guardians

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Military Heroes – US Coast Guard Maritime Guardians Maritime Guardians Organized under the Department of Homeland Security the United States Coast Guard is responsible for defending the nations waters from a broad range of threats. For over two centuries the […]

Spurs Owner Peter Holt’s Past Puts NBA Offseason in Perspective

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Spurs Owner Peter Holt’s Past Puts NBA Offseason in Perspective By Mike Wise An NBA owner I hadn’t spoken to in a few years called the other day. Before we talked about the reason for our conversation, he asked, “What’d […]

Gangs and Mothers

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AT A RECENT Navy retirement ceremony the guest of honor was asked what it was like to spend so many years in an F-14 fighter squadron. “Well,” he replied, “I guess it’s just like being in a motorcycle gang — […]

Sally Ride

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Astronaut Sally Ride, the first woman into space, reflects on the 25th anniversary of her historic trip into the cosmos.

1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw For millions around the world, June 25th, 2009, will be remembered as the day Michael Jackson died, but for Martha Gillis it will always be the day her nephew, 1st […]

Tape It Up!

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DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM I was part of a field-hospital team stationed in northern Saudi Arabia. One day, I noticed a small rip in the canvas vestibule of our hospital laboratory and asked the section sergeant to fix it. He […]

Soldier Surprises his Son

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Imagine being half a world away for a year or more at a time and missing your child’s first steps or ballet recital or high school graduation.  That’s what fathers (and mothers) in our military face every day.  Their heart […]

Paths of Pilots Cross

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The subscriber who submitted this video commented, “A winner!!!” It surely is. Loyal Subscribers!  We need some help.  The purpose of our “Heart” section is to publish stories of the experiences, contributions and sacrifices of our military (Army, Navy, Air […]

Build It Yourself?

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WHEN THE NAVY was developing helicopters in the 1950s to track submarines, our Florida-based test squadron had to be innovative. Because the copters lacked sufficient lifting power with test equipment on board, weight was reduced by removing the metal skin […]

Tuskegee Airmen Honored

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Military Heroes – U. S. Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen They battled the Nazis in Europe and racism at home. Pioneering WWII black pilots honored for heroism by US Congress. Click here for the video!    

Where is America?

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Where is America? Has anyone seen her? I know she is here because I saw her about 9 years ago [9/11/01] when she was knocked down. We all helped pick her up, dusted her off and showed her that we […]

The Sound of Freedom

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SOON AFTER I arrived for duty as chief of public affairs for a Strategic Air Command wing, the unit had a surprise operational-readiness inspection. We had no time to alert the surrounding community that we’d be launching our fleet of […]

Into The Fire – Amazing Rescue From SF Earthquake

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Heros – San Francisco Fire Department Go Into the Fire and learn what it feels like to be surrounded by chaos. At the end of this video there is an amazing high rise building rescue. A firefighter gets lowered down […]

Kalakaua Avenue on VJ Day

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Today’s feature was submitted by a subscriber who commented, “I loved this video.  It made me happy/sad … thinking of all those beautiful young people and families that made so many sacrifices for our freedom…. especially thinking of the situation […]

An Air Force Mailman?

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HURRYING TO MY PLEBE CHEMISTRY CLASS at West Point, I noticed a tactical officer in my regiment coming the other way, white gym bag over his shoulder.  He was an Air Force captain, and his blue uniform stood out amid […]

New York Police Department K9 Unit

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Military Heroes, New York Police Department NYPD K9 Unit The K9 Unit – On patrol and on the trail with New York’s four-legged finest and their partners.  

FiFi Back in the Air . . .

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FiFi back in the air! For all of you ex Boeing employees and lovers of vintage aircraft.  FiFi Back in the Air . . . To our friends who may not understand the passion we feel for planes and particularly […]

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