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By an Angel’s Kiss, MSGT Jose Gonzalez, 35, and MSGT Luis Deleon, 31, Army (Afghanistan)

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

MGST Jose J Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, CA  and

MSGT Luis F Deleon, 31, of Chicopee, MA

Both of the 1st Bn, 7th Special Forces Gp, (Airborne), Eglin AFB, Florida

were killed 21 August, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

Rest in peace,  Gentlemen

Job ...

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By An Angel’s Kiss, Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, USMC (Iraq)

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

          Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos CO,

        was killed on Aug 10, 2019, in Iraq by small arms fire as part of Operation Enduring Freedom

He was of 2nd Marine Raider Bn, MARSOC, Camp Lejeune,

Rest in peace,  Gunney

Job well done.  

A mourning nation ...

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The Story of Kate Smith’s First Singing of “God Bless America”

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(h/t to Jerome Llaneza and Steve Regone)

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

 Here are the facts… The link at the ...

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Teaching Grade Schoolers About America

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Teaching 11-12 years olds and 16-17 year olds is not the same.

My thinking is that younger kids should to be taught about America through Heroes, since I already know it works, while older kids, after years being immersed in the pop culture, are generally immune to such stories in the classroom. They need to be taught how “being American” is Relevant to the things important in their world, dots 4th graders can’t connect.

Different skill sets for teachers.

At 11 kids are generally blank slates. Sunday ...

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“Blue” by John “Slick” Furneaux, US Air Force F-15 pilot

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(Taken from Steven Lane Snith’s Reaper’s Lament, stories by pilots who mostly should be dead. Well-worth the read.)

The Reaper’s a wily scoundrel who knows that, on a sunny day, the ocean is the same color as the sky. Blue.

Not long after my transition from the F-4 Phantom to the F-15 Eagle at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, I was sent to Langley AFB, Virginia to maintain F-15 proficiency with the 94th Fighter Squadron, Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Hat in the Ring” Squadron. This ...

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American Exceptionalism #44, No Greater Love

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(H/T to Pike Hightower, who provided this.)

Making the rounds today. You have heard some. Thought you might like it.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell ...

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Memorial Day Tribute to the Shoulders We Stand On

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I’ve published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think military brass just doesn’t capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I’ve added a more sober musical montage, which you can use as the situation dictates.

These are not smart marching tunes, but sober reminders of the men, and now women, who have gone before us, many of them giving that last full measure for causes no other military have done in ...

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U. S. Marines in Urban Warfare

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

Urban areas (cities and large towns), are important centers of gravity —points of interest that involve a complex range of human activities.  Throughout history military commanders have acknowledged that urban areas are either places that require protection, or they are centers that demand firm control.  These are mankind’s centers of population, transportation and communications hubs, seats of government, the sources of national wealth, and concentrations of industry.  Over the past three-hundred years, humans living in agrarian areas ...

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Marines in Panama, 1903-04 (Part II)

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

But what most people do not know …

On 18 December 1903, Secretary of the Navy William Moody directed the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Brigadier General George F. Elliott [1], to personally report to the President of the United States.  His orders from President Roosevelt were to proceed in person, taking passage aboard USS Dixie, from League Island to Colón, Panama.  Take command of the entire force of United States Marines and seamen that is ...

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Imprinting America on Kids

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This short piece is for Teaching Vets (who would appreciate your support) and who someday will plant these seed as he/she looks into a room full of un-woke teenagers. This also applies to home-schooling parents (and many blessings on your House for your undertaking) and of course, regular citizens today who should be asking themselves why our public schools no longer teach children good things about America, and whose butts do we have to kick in order to change that back to ...

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