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By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Chrisopher Slutman, 43, SGT Benjamin Hines, 31, CPL Robert Hendrik, 25, US Marine Reserves (Afghanistan)

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

USMC Reserve SSG Christopher A Slutman, 43, of Newark, NJ, and

USMC Reserve SGT Benjamin S Hines, 31, of York, PA

USMC Reserve CPL Robert A Hendrik, 25, of Locust Valley, NY

were killed near Bagram AFB, Aghanistan when the vehicle they were riding in was blown up ...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Prince Archie: 1885 Historic Treaty Tapestry, Mountbatten Family in Bulgaria, 1 of only 7

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Not for everyone, but if you want to claim favor with the British Royal Family and their Mountbatten kinsmen, and newly acquired American relations, this may be the ticket.

Alexander Battenberg of Hesse, (Germany) was the first Tsar of Bulgaria, after the state was created in 1879 from  the Treaty of San Stefano was signed ending the Russo-Turkish War, 1878-79. But half the Bulgarian state created by this Treaty was stripped away by the major European Powers, so Alexander reclaimed it ...

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When Incompetents Cluster

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A writer-friend of mine sent me a review of  a Cornell study from 1999, from a military website, about South Africa. You may find it interesting on a several planes, but essentially it confirms what we’ve always suspected, that incompetents often don’t know they’re incompetent. And when they are put in charge of a project, rather than shrink away from the task, they embrace it with vigor, then fail with pride…and denial.

And when there are several of them, as ...

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Early History of US Army Advisers and MAAG Mission in Vietnam, 1959-1963

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Seems you can’t turn your head without finding our friend SGM Fred Barnes in the middle of history. Last year we introduced Fred as an E-3 trooper whose unit was brought into to witness (as guinea pigs) the first and only firing of the Army’s famous atomic cannon in the Nevada desert in 1953.

(Fast forward six years, and Spec 5 Barnes found himself at the front of the history known in America as the “Vietnam War”, only four years before ...

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