Army

The Death of Ernie Pyle’s Captain Wascow, the Film Version 1945

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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 ...

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By An Angel’s Kiss, CPT Andrew Ross, 29, SFC Eric Emond, 39 and AF SSG Dylan Elchin, 25 (Afghanistan)

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

Army Captain Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, VA, and

Army SFC Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, WA, both of 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Gp, Ft Bragg, and

AF SSG Dylan J Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, PA, of 26th Special Tactics Sqd, ...

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Female Green Berets: “…significant corruption, ethical and leadership failures, and potentially serious future problems….”

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In 2016, the U. S. Army opened its special operations jobs to women.  Army Times reported ten days ago that a female soldier has its Special Forces Assessment and Selection process.

Selected to attend selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, if successful she would earn a Green Beret.  While there are those who would celebrate such an achievement, for eight years we have witnessed the previous administration implement policies placing political correctness and ideology ...

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The Good Son

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I recently relayed a tale  from a veteran who witnessed the first Atomic Cannon test-fire in Nevada in 1953.

The retired vet who told that story is now 86, and I met him at my local YMCA a few months ago.

Bent over, he came in with a rolling walker, hooked up to an oxygen tank, with an Asian fellow I took to be his trainer, or maybe a paid physical therapy specialist from the retirement center where he probably lived.

Because he always had a cell-phone tuned ...

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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

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November 11th is both a celebration of America’s Veterans and a commemoration of the Anniversary of the ending of World War I, once called Armistice Day, when the Germans, (the bad guys) formally surrendered to England and France (the good guys) in a railroad car at Compiegne, near Paris, ending the shooting.

The Versailles Treaty, in 1919, would finalize the surrender, which while called the War to End All Wars, would only create new hatreds so that 20 years later, most of the same cast had built up ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, MAJ Brent Taylor, 39, (Green on Blue)

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

Major Brent Taylor, 39, of North Ogden, Utah and its Mayor, was shot and killed in a Green on Blue murder in Kabul, Afghanistan

He was serving on National Guard duty and serving with their Join Force HQ in Kabul

Rest in peace, Major

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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Allen Ness Sounds off about Sexual Misconduct

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Otherwise Titled: Our 21st Century Paratrooper (Allen Ness) Updates this 20th Century Garritrooper (Vassar) about Sexual Misconduct in the Modern Military

My comment: Damn! Anything that interferes with the harmony and cohesion of this organic team, off with their heads.

False accusations of rape/sexual harassment are running amok in the Army these days. Half the lawmakers see the Army as the Defense of our Nation the other half see’s it as a petri dish for their social justice programs, and in the ...

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VETERANS TALES HOTLINE for STORIES

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If you’re not too handy with writing we have some good writers here, so just pick up the phone and call me 804-318-1750 or email me at VassarB@gmail.com and let me start you out.

All I need is your name, service branch, and era of service. It can be your story, or your uncle’s story, your dad’s, your mother’s, or granddad’s, or your best buddy.

It’s even free, although we’d appreciate you dropping a few bucks into the tin cup, then ...

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Veteran Gets to watch First Atomic Cannon Text in Nevada, 1953

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I had the good fortune of meeting a retired Army Sergeant Major (E-9) named Frederic Barnett at a gym, where his son brings him for physical therapy. Mid-80s, uses a rolling walker, SGM Barnett is very affable and I approached the both of them and gave them the VeteransTales site address. I said I wanted to hear some of his stories, and would bring a tablet and let him tell some of them the to me and I’d write them up. Continue Reading →

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