Readers’ Tales

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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By an Angel’s Kiss, SPC Michael Nance, 24 and PFC Brandon, Kreischer, 20, Army (Afghanistan)

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

SPC Michael Isaiah Nance, 24  of Chicago, Ill, and

PFC Brandon, Kreischer, 20, Stryker, OH

Both of the 1st Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Ft Bragg, NC 

were killed on June 29, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

Rest in peace,  ...

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The Only Time America Was Bombed in WWII

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(H/t to Ray Kasey)

During the dead of winter, March 21st 1944; Miles City, Montana; local residents woke to their quaint little town being overrun and submerged by the rising frozen waters of the Yellowstone river. Ice jams were building quickly, raising the subzero river water levels over 16 feet. As the blocks of ice, slush and freezing waters flooded into the city, residents were forced to flee their homes for safer grounds..

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SGM Ryan Sartor, 40, Army (Afghanistan)

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

          SGM James G “Ryan” Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas,

                   of 10th Special Forces Gp, Ft Carson

was killed on July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

Rest in peace,  Sergeant Major

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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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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By and Angel’s Kiss, MSGT Michael B Riley, 32 and SGT James G Johnson, 24 (Afghanistan)

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

MSGT Michael B Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, of 2d Bn, 10th Special Forces Gp, Ft Carson and

SGT James G Johnson, 24, of Trumansburg, NY Newark, of the 79th Ordnance Bn, (Explosive Ordnance Disposal ) 71st Explosives Gp, Ft Hood,

were killed ...

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Graves of 30 Marines and Sailors Found on Tarawa

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From Marine Corps Times:

A nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

A team working on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa found the graves in March, said Mark Noah, president of History Flight.

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