Readers’ Tales

Turning Blue

Posted by:

I was “On The Trail” from ’94 through ’96.  It was rewarding and challenging, two years was as much as I could bear.  It wears on you, the rewards don’t balance against the challenges.  But they do say that every so often the sun shines, even on a black dog’s ass.

We were training Infantrymen in Charlie, 1/38 Infantry, that was our job, our job included a bit of “weeding out the non-hackers” as R Lee Ermey so aptly put it.  ...

Continue Reading →
0

My 60-Year Affair With The World’s Oldest Profession; Betty, Part I

Posted by:

Allen’s Airborne enlistment poster (Skit Nite) is an art form I never get tired of admiring, especially leggy women. It also put me in mind of a story that’s been dancing around in my head for a long time. It actually started on a military note, World War II, well sort of, then swerved way back to Mexico, then back to the Army and Korea, then ending up in Russia and the Balkans, with short stops in a host of other countries.

And it was ...

Continue Reading →
0

Doo Doo’s Demise

Posted by:

I mentioned “Doo Doo” Brown yesterday.  I got his measure the day after I reported.  One of the squads was going to the Bn Aid Station for training, I tagged along and got the tour on the way.  By the time we’d walked the whole half a block to the aid station, Private “Doo Doo” Brown was on my last nerve.  With both feet.  Part of the Ness Impersonator’s skit was when I told Doo Doo, “Shut your pie hole ...

Continue Reading →
4

Skit Nite

Posted by:

I came off the trail and PCS’d to The Division at Ft Bragg.  Did the usual inprocessing thing and found myself in 1/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.  The platoon was out on taskings, I met the platoon leader who informed me that the platoon sergeant was on leave so I’d fill in for him a few days til he got back and he’d figure out which line company I’d go to.  While looking around the CP I saw some platoon photographs.  While ...

Continue Reading →
1

A Story about Meeting the Commander of PT-109, as told to me

Posted by:

(This story was provided to me by the son of a man who skippered an 85-foot Rescue Boat, an extended modification of the famous PT Boat. He was one of the early sponsors of this site, and goes only by the name “Proud American”.

(There were various sizes of Rescue Boats, the majority 63-footers. And only 2260 servicemen served, so a rare treat indeed to be able to remember this service. They are collectively remembered at Continue Reading →

8

The Flying Prostitute, The Martin B-26 Bomber

Posted by:

An introduction to a line of stories about the world’s oldest profession and its relationship with military men every where.

The Martin B-26 was a 2-engine medium bomber, serving from 1942 to 1945. It llargely supported ground operations in the Pacific and Mediterranean theaters of combat.

Because of its huge fuselage and, by comparison, smaller wings, it was affectionately referred to by ground troops in North Africa, Sicily and Italy as “the flying prostitute”.

Why? Wait for it.

No Visible Means of Support.

 

Continue Reading →
0

The Scuffin’ Test

Posted by:

I was “on the trail” in the mid-nineties.  Rewarding as hell, I learned alot about how to be an NCO and how to be an asshole, but I repeat myself.  Long hours, often boring as all hell,too often the Drill Sergeant sits around while cadre teaches Joe.  Y’all know nothin’ good comes from a bored Drill Sergeant.

Charlie 1/38th Infantry was on a Post Support day tomorrow.  No training, all our soldiers were tasked out to assist with the menial grunt ...

Continue Reading →
0

Gunga Din

Posted by:

When my platoon moved into our hootch on what would become FOB Volturno another unit had been there previously.  I’m not sure who it was but we knew that the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment had operated in and around Fallujah a couple months earlier.  They’d left some graffiti on the walls.  Most graffiti on the walls of the 55 gallon drum latrines was pissing and moaning about how long the author had been in country and how much he wanted ...

Continue Reading →
0

By An Angel’s Kiss, 7 Members of HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter, Aghanistan

Posted by:

Since 2011 we have honored military deaths by hostile fire in the Middle East at UnifiedPatriots.com. Every single one. Their memorial is best known by this art of an Angel kissing a dying knight.

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

CPT Andreas B O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, NY, and

CPT ...

Continue Reading →
1
Page 18 of 19 «...101516171819
UA-115611538-1