Rudyard Kipling never served in the Army he understood so well. The man who wrote Gunga Din, The Young British Soldier and Tommy Atkins came to know Soldiers in a way few who didn’t live it could fathom.
“For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!”
Rudyard Kipling, Tommy Atkins
He listened to a lot of “wahr stories” from the lips of those who’d lived it.
We are losing those Veterans’ Tales at a frightening rate.
Veteran’ Tales is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving those tales, your tales, before they are lost forever.
We don’t want to bog you down with rules, be civil, there’s going to be a little shit talking, just do it with a twinkle in your eye. There are only two or three words we’d like to avoid but bear in mind your tales and your comments will be read by fellow veteran’s wife, mother, children and grandchildren.
Welcome to Veterans’ Tales.
As advertised, this is a site “by veterans for veterans”.
This is to be a place veterans can come to share their stories in about as open-air an environment you’ll find on the internet. We hope to make it interactive so that veterans from the same unit, same theater, same period, can join in to keep the conversation going.
Registering and logging in will be easy, commenting will be easy, and unlike many sites, you can say virtually anything you damn well please. There are precious few words you can’t use, and instead of making a list here, we’ll simply note that our editors and moderators have (deleted) it, like so, giving you the freedom to leave it there for everyone’s imagination, or replace it.
You can write under your real name or use an alias, or even both, as the circumstances dictate since our Editor in Chief has set aside a special Beer Tent where you can tell tales you just as soon not carrying your personal byline. That’s only fair since my real name is not Vassar Bushmills, if you haven’t figured that out, and I’ll get around telling you how I got that name from an old Russia Hand in eastern Europe in 1998, having nothing to do with the internet. He crossed over in 2009.(RIP).
Jimmy Dean wrote the No 1 hit “Big John” in 1961. What a lot of people don’t know is that the flip side to that 45 record was “I Won’t go Huntin’ with you, Jake, but I’ll go Chasing Women” and that will likely be the key element of the stories in the Beer Tent, stories a lot of people want to tell, but don’t want the wife to know. My dad served in North Africa and Sicily, the last several months in Naples. He sent home a photo of himself holding two gigantic magnums of wine but on the back a note. “Polly, I never touched a drop, I promise.” I was in my 40’s before he ever told me about that wine, but momma never knew.
Those kinds of stories belong in the BEER TENT, where you can log in with a different name.
NAVIGATION and HISTORICAL ERAS
We cover all eras of American military history, from the French and Indian War to this past week. This allows the historians among you to bring stories from family records of your fathers, grand-fathers; letters, photos, and remembrances.
You’ll be able to place your stories in the proper time and place alongside your mates.
Simply put, this is not the place. The only politics we will tolerate is Loving this Country. And its Flag. Hating those things, or mocking them, or our veterans will be the quickest route to being shown the door. You can agree or disagree with American military policy, past or present, that’s fine. But slide that into politics or personal attacks, it would be better to find another venue…
Our Editor-in-Chief is Allen Ness, a retired Army Master Sergeant, Jumpmaster- Paratrooper, CIB, several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a marvelous artist with ink, paint and music, a military historian par excellence, and as just mentioned, better read than most English Lit professors at Dartmouth or Military History instructors at the War College. Moreover he has that connection with people that none of the above possess. And as for cussing, he can make a muleskinner blush.
Alan does columns at UnifiedPatriots.com , under the general title “From My CP”, where you find about as fine an array of country music with-an-attitude available anywhere. And many of these artists are personal friends.
As for me, I represent the Vietnam and Cold War era. I’m the “garritrooper”, an Army JAG, defense lawyer mostly. I even got to defend a deserter at his court-martial. I dropped out of the corporate world in 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and was one of the very few private US citizens in the old USSR when the Hammer & Sickle was taken down over Red Square in January 1991. I have my own website VassarBushmills.com, which is largely political and cultural, and have been with UnifiedPatriots.com, alongside Allen, since its inception in 2011.
Our goal is to make Veterans Tales the must read and see site for veterans.