Readers’ Tales

The Trail Vehicle

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I was On The Trail from 94 thru 96 at Ft Benning, GA.  The Home of the Infantry.  We did a lot of road marching.  I always had and by 94 I had six years of service.  Six years of the Infantry lifestyle will make you hard as woodpecker lips.  The Infantry Lifestyle will get the best of you…

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Slaughter Slough and the 1860 Spencer Rifle

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I grew up on the prairie of south-west Minnesota and returned home after my military career and the learning of another.  It’s different livin’ up here, we just got 20 inches of snow pushed into chest deep drifts by 60-80 mph winds.  It’s a brutal, life or death kind of place in the winter time, it seems even more brutal when winter lingers.  My ancestors came to this windswept prairie in 1869.  Next year the land will have been in ...

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E-8 Master Sergeant Takes Re-enlistment Oath with Dinosaur Sock Puppet, promptly Fired

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Master Sergeant Robin Brown was fired from her full-time position with the Tennessee National Guard after taking her reenlistment oath while wearing a dinosaur on her right hand. The officer relaying the oath was demoted and another officer was punished for filming the ceremony.

The Colonel administering the oath was demoted, immediately retired from the Air National Guard, Master Sgt. Robin Brown relieved of duty and facing further administrative action over dinosaur puppet video.

I didn’t hear a “So help me ...

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Sinai ’98: Multi-National Force Observers and Teddy the Time Bomb

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I was the Battalion Mortar Platoon Sergeant in the Red Falcons (1/325 AIR) when we went to Sinai, those were the days.  My platoon was attached to Alpha Company as a fourth platoon.  We executed a real world peacekeeping mission, executed amazing training and partied like the Infantry for six months.  It was nice being a platoon sergeant in a line company, much simpler than HHC.  Alpha Company’s First Sergeant was one of my heroes so that was a huge ...

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Stolen Valor, 1972 edition

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I arrived at my new duty assignment in Japan in February, 1972. They had just concluded a rare general court martial for that command, Attempted Murder. It had ended with an acquittal and the entire JAG staff was outraged.

The fellow who beat this rap was a decorated Sergeant E-5 who, after his tour in Vietnam had been re-assigned to a cush job at the nearby Army Hospital Command.

I won’t mention his name as he later became my client, and may still be alive.  I’ll just ...

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