Readers’ Tales

By an Angel’s Kiss, SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40, Army, (Afghanistan)

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

          SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40 of Greenbrier, Tennessee

        was killed on Sept 16, 2019, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

He was of  3rd Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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By An Angel’s Kiss, SFC Elis A Barretto Ortiz, 34, (Army) Afghanistan

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

          SFC Elis A Barretto Ortiz, 34, of Morovis, Puerto Rico

        was killed on Sept 5, 2019, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan by a car bomb

He was of  3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Ft Bragg, NC

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks ...

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By and Angel’s Kiss, SFC Dustin B Ard, 31, Army, Afghanistan

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

          SFC Dustin B Ard, 31, of Hyde Park, UT

        was killed on Aug 29, 2019, in Zubal Province, Afghanistan during combat operations

He was of 2nd Bn, 1st Special Forces Gp (Airborne) Joint base Lewis-McCord

Rest in peace,  Sergeant

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

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A Real Miracle in a B-17

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(from Mike Collins, one of our frequent contributors) 

B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew

Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.

Co-pilot- G. Boyd Jr.

Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle

Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge

Engineer- Joe C. James

Radio   Operator    Paul A. Galloway

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My Flings With Female Impersonators

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We used to call them “female impersonators”. I think that’s still politically correct today although you almost never hear it anymore. Everyone wants to sound either indignantly hip, or clinical, as if they were wearing white lab coats when speaking of trans-genders and transsexuals.

I’ve always liked them.

For one, they never carried a chip on their shoulder, as male homosexuals do. I have an entirely different theory about lesbian women after having seen up-close the brutish sorts of men Asian and Middle ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, MSGT Jose Gonzalez, 35, and MSGT Luis Deleon, 31, Army (Afghanistan)

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

MGST Jose J Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, CA  and

MSGT Luis F Deleon, 31, of Chicopee, MA

Both of the 1st Bn, 7th Special Forces Gp, (Airborne), Eglin AFB, Florida

were killed 21 August, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire

Rest in peace,  Gentlemen

Job ...

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By An Angel’s Kiss, Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, USMC (Iraq)

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

          Gunnery SGT Scott Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos CO,

        was killed on Aug 10, 2019, in Iraq by small arms fire as part of Operation Enduring Freedom

He was of 2nd Marine Raider Bn, MARSOC, Camp Lejeune,

Rest in peace,  Gunney

Job well done.  

A mourning nation ...

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The Story of Kate Smith’s First Singing of “God Bless America”

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(h/t to Jerome Llaneza and Steve Regone)

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

 Here are the facts… The link at the ...

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