Readers’ Tales

By an Angel’s Kiss, MSG (Ret) Mark Allen, 46, Army

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

          MSG Mark Allen, 46, of Loganville, GA,

        died in his home Oct 12, 2019 from injuries from a sniper’s rifle ten years earlier in Afghanistan while searching for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl, at the time an Army Specialist.

Rest in peace,  Master Sergeant

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The Suicide of General Chesty Puller’s Son, Lewis, Jr.

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One of my best is a Marine. Remember, they never die. He was a Marine sniper in the early 60s. Served a short tour in Japan and another (one year) in Vietnam. I’m not sure how many enlistments he made it through, maybe two. He joined the Marines to avoid jail time from juvenile court judge (they still did that in those days) and probably left the Corps on the same terms. I believe he held the Corps record for ...

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The Clown Prince Writes (New York Times, 1918)

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I found this old brown newspaper clipping, from a small stack on New York Times cut outs, going all the way up to 1932, when FDR was only “President-elect.”

Undated, but America didn’t join the fighting in France until May, 1918 and in 5 1/2 months 50,000 had died before the Armistice November 11.

NYT credited “Stars and Stripes” with the original story.

On the run, somewhere in France, Everywhere in France, All the time.

Dear Papa—-I am writing on der run as der ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40, Army, (Afghanistan)

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

          SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40 of Greenbrier, Tennessee

        was killed on Sept 16, 2019, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

He was of  3rd Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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By An Angel’s Kiss, SFC Elis A Barretto Ortiz, 34, (Army) Afghanistan

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

          SFC Elis A Barretto Ortiz, 34, of Morovis, Puerto Rico

        was killed on Sept 5, 2019, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan by a car bomb

He was of  3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Ft Bragg, NC

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks ...

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By and Angel’s Kiss, SFC Dustin B Ard, 31, Army, Afghanistan

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

          SFC Dustin B Ard, 31, of Hyde Park, UT

        was killed on Aug 29, 2019, in Zubal Province, Afghanistan during combat operations

He was of 2nd Bn, 1st Special Forces Gp (Airborne) Joint base Lewis-McCord

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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A Real Miracle in a B-17

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(from Mike Collins, one of our frequent contributors) 

B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew

Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.

Co-pilot- G. Boyd Jr.

Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle

Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge

Engineer- Joe C. James

Radio   Operator    Paul A. Galloway

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My Flings With Female Impersonators

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We used to call them “female impersonators”. I think that’s still politically correct today although you almost never hear it anymore. Everyone wants to sound either indignantly hip, or clinical, as if they were wearing white lab coats when speaking of trans-genders and transsexuals.

I’ve always liked them.

For one, they never carried a chip on their shoulder, as male homosexuals do. I have an entirely different theory about lesbian women after having seen up-close the brutish sorts of men Asian and Middle ...

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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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