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A Western Dragoon

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Old West Tales by Mustang

Owing to his participation in the civilization of the American West, I have mentioned James Henry Carleton on several occasions —usually as a backdrop to conflicts with American Indians— as a senior in the chain of command.  I thought for this week it would be interesting to take a closer look at this distinguished military officer.

Carleton was born in Lubec, Maine on 27 December 1814, the son of John and Abigail (Phelps) Carleton.  John was a sea captain, ...

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Save One For Hachioji

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When my family and I first came to Japan, in Spring,1972, we flew on an American contract airline, via Honolulu and Wake Island, from Travis AFB, California.

We arrived at Yokota AFB in the northeast outskirts of greater Tokyo at night. An Army staff car and driver picked us up and took us the two and a half hour trip to Camp Zama, the old Japanese Army military academy grounds, and dropped us off at a BOQ, where we would stay ...

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At Tripoli —Part II

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Fix Bahyonets! by Mustang

It is hard to imagine how the Barbary States (Morocco, Tunisia, Tripoli, and Algiers) might have competed with European nations at the end of the 18th Century, and at the beginning of the next. What did they have to trade that anyone wanted? Well, the Berbers did have the sea and what might be caught in it, and they also had sleek corsairs capable to running across the waves at a fast clip, overtaking merchantmen whose holds ...

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The First Lecture: First Principles of Being American (Updated)

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“Can you tell me how many nations…in the History of the World…have sent armies, and sacrificed their men’s lives, to rescue the people of other countries?”

16-17 year-old kids are a tough room in any generation. That’s because every generation is different, so you never know what you’re going to get when you meet them as a group. They are often very smart but also skeptical about older people who try to tell things they don’t know, unless presented to them under special circumstances.

A classroom is one of ...

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At Tripoli —Part I

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

The opening line of the Marine Corps Hymn is, “From the Halls of Montezuma, To the Shores of Tripoli…” Whoever wrote the hymn has these events out of sequence, but I’ve tried it the other way around and it simply doesn’t work —so we will have to acknowledge some poetic license and I vote we keep the hymn the way it is now.

The brevity of the refrain leads people to think that at some point, Marines ...

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Fish and Chips

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

(The First Battle of Fallujah)

Marines abhor urban warfare more than any other form of combat.  Urban settings negate the advantages of overwhelming firepower, limit the maneuvering ability of troops, and reduce fields of observation and fires. The presence of innocent civilians, the ability of enemy forces to dress themselves as civilians and infiltrate civilian populations makes urban ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Joshua Z Beale, 32 (Afghanistan)

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

Army SSG Joshua Z Beale, 32, of Carrollton, VA,

died in Jan 22, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, from small arms fire. He was of 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Ft Bragg

Rest in peace,  Staff Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

angeleagle

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After Hitler, Is Europe Returning to Type?

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“After Hitler” is a 2-part video documentary series about Europe in the five years immediately following World War II, 1945-1949. Each episode is roughly 43 minutes and was produced in 2016 but has the unmistakable feel of a 1940s news reel, although theatres rarely showed newsreels in color.

This is a MUST-SEE, for every generation since it will show you things no book you could read could convey

And especially, for everyone of any age who is watching Europe unravel today, for this offers some context as to ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, CW2 Jonathan Farmer, 34 (Army), Chief Technician Shannon M Kent, 35, and Mr Scott Wirtz, civilian, (SYRIA)

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

Army CW2 Jonathan R Farmer, 37, of Florida, and

Navy Chief Cryptographic Technician, 35, of New York and

DoD Civilian,  Scott Wirtz, age, home-of-record unknown,

were killed 16 January in Manbij, Syria by a suicide bomber.,

Rest in peace, Gentlemen

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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