Army

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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P-51 Mustang

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(From our friend, Mike Collins, who loves ythese stories as much as we do,)

This 1967 true story is of an experience by a young 12 year old lad in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  It is about the vivid memory of a privately rebuilt P-51 from WWII and its famous owner/pilot. 

In the morning sun, I could not believe my eyes.  There, in our little airport, sat a majestic P-51.  They said it ...

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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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By an Angel’s Kiss, SGT Cameron A Meddock, 26 (Afghanistan)

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

Army SGT Cameron A Meddock, 26, of Texas

died in Jan 13, 2019, at Army Hospital in Landsruhl, Germany from wounds received in a fire fight in Baghdis Province, Afghanistan, a week earlier

Rest in peace, Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

angeleagle

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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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A Chronicle of an Army Personnel Fixer

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They’ve often claimed that Economics is the dreariest science, but for men in uniform you’d have to go some to match the drudgery of pouring over miles and miles of pages and pages of personnel files and the rules and regs that define them.

In the Army of the 60s-and 70s, before reorganization, it was called G-1, then DCSPER (Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel) and that was where they kept the records of every trooper. His 201-file, which he carried when he ...

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A Matter of Rape in Japan

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In October I promised you a second case-story about rape, the first story trying to give you some sort of idea about why neither good cops nor defense lawyers will take a female victim’s word as gospel.

This next case in about a rape charge that highlighted the difference in legal cultures (Japan and the United States) and the bias against foreign criminals there which I’ve never seen in America in my lifetime.

 

In March, I think, 1974, Mrs Minami showed in a ...

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“Send Me”, Isaiah, Chapter 6

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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 ...

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