Readers’ Tales

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

The Sow and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge

Posted by:

Expert Infantryman’s Badge testing comes once a year for young Infantrymen.  For those of you outside the Infantry its the large silver flintlock against a blue background worn above everything else on the left side of the uniform.  There’s even a subdued version so everyone you meet can tell at a glance that you are not a POG.  As privates in the peacetime Infantry 99% of our NCOs had one, usually perched way up high above an Air Assault Badge ...

Continue Reading →
0

The Death of Captain Waskow by Ernie Pyle

Posted by:

At the Front Lines in Italy, January 10th, 1944 . . .

In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow of Belton, Texas.

Capt. Waskow was a company commander in the 36th Division. He had led his company since long before it left the States. He was very young, only in his middle ...

Continue Reading →
0

Uncle Hank and The Combat Infantryman’s Badge

Posted by:

Before I attended kindergarten my “Uncle Hank” used to stop at the house every afternoon and take me with him to “help” with chores.  He was actually my mother’s uncle, my grandfather’s brother.  He kept feeder cattle in the barn and pasture at the house we lived in.  In the winter time mom would start dressing me ten minutes before he arrived, he’d knock and enter and sip a cup of hot coffee while he waited for a four year ...

Continue Reading →
0

An Ash Wednesday Tale, Benny and his Jeepney

Posted by:

Part of a series of stories I’ve told, Famous Common Person I Have Known

In Spring, 1974 I took a few days leave at Clark AFB in the Philippines, en route to Bangkok. Part of the rate for my hotel room in Angeles City included a Jeepney and a driver. His name was Benny, mid-20s with a fancy Jeepney, and he took me all over the place, such as the first Japanese kamikaze airfield nearby. I told Benny I wanted to go to the town where ...

Continue Reading →
0
Page 19 of 19 «...101516171819
UA-115611538-1