Just a reminder.
This song was written in the 1950s by an Irishman named Behan, who had friends in the IRA. It was a much requested song by IRA members, and recorded by the Clancy Brothers, Joan Baez, and others, as well as the Kingston Trio in the early 60s.
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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.
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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 ... Continue Reading →
The album was entitled #16, (1963) and inspired by none other than John F Kennedy, a Democrat.
It was the last album of theirs I ever bought.
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If you haven’t seen “Fury”, it’s an Alamo-type story of a WWII tank crew sent to hold a crossroads to protect against a German counterattack. The other tanks in their team were destroyed along the way, and theirs, “Fury”, had broken down having lost a track.
When an SS battalion was spied marching up the road, instead of heading to the boondocks, they decide to stay and hold the crossroads.
It’s a battle royale.
This scene is just before the battle begins, as they sit ... Continue Reading →
William Wellman was an Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, especially of some of the most memorable westerns and war classics, A Star is Born, Beau Geste (Gary Cooper) Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda) Battleground (Van Johnson) Across the Wide Missouri (Clark Gable) High and the Mighty and Blood Alley (John Wayne) Darby’s Rangers (James Garner.)
In 1945 he directed “The Story of G I Joe” based on the published story by Ernie Pyle “The Death of Captain Wascow”, 1944, a much-loved-by-his-troops company commander, Henry Wascow, who was ... Continue Reading →
Thanks to our sponsor, Mike Collins, veteran of the Vietnam and the 11th Infantry Brigade, this speech by Ronald Reagan will become the home banner of our home website, VeteransUSA 15:13 Foundation, once we raise the money to finish the legal work. In progress. Continue Reading →
(From a regular contributor, Mike Collins, 1th Infantry Brigade, RVN ’67-’68, Spec4 11-Charlie mortarman. You may have to look in the Beer Tent from time to time, His old unit passes these around.)
1970, just a short 50 years ago, when some students, some professors and some politicians were already spitting on soldiers. Continue Reading →
Zulu War, 1879. Rorke’s Drift was small station with a missionary hospital. 150 soldiers, including hospital patients defended the station against 3000-4000 Zulus. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours. Continue Reading →