Readers’ Tales

By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Chrisopher Slutman, 43, SGT Benjamin Hines, 31, CPL Robert Hendrik, 25, US Marine Reserves (Afghanistan)

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

USMC Reserve SSG Christopher A Slutman, 43, of Newark, NJ, and

USMC Reserve SGT Benjamin S Hines, 31, of York, PA

USMC Reserve CPL Robert A Hendrik, 25, of Locust Valley, NY

were killed near Bagram AFB, Aghanistan when the vehicle they were riding in was blown up ...

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The Error of Our Ways

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BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! by Mustang

At the end of World War II, Harry S. Truman was looking for ways to switch the United States from its war-time economy to one better suited to a society that wanted —and needed peace.  Unhappily, the President’s cost-cutting measures involved a one-third reduction of the military services: Army, Navy, and Marines.  Washington, D. C. was a busy place between 1945-1950:

  • World War II veterans were expeditiously discharged
  • The Department of War was transformed into ...
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Prince Archie: 1885 Historic Treaty Tapestry, Mountbatten Family in Bulgaria, 1 of only 7

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Not for everyone, but if you want to claim favor with the British Royal Family and their Mountbatten kinsmen, and newly acquired American relations, this may be the ticket.

Alexander Battenberg of Hesse, (Germany) was the first Tsar of Bulgaria, after the state was created in 1879 from  the Treaty of San Stefano was signed ending the Russo-Turkish War, 1878-79. But half the Bulgarian state created by this Treaty was stripped away by the major European Powers, so Alexander reclaimed it ...

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Doris Miller, the ‘negro messboy’ who became an American hero

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I ran across this story of a “Negro” mess attendant by the name of Doris Miller.  Besides being noticeably Black, “Dorie” as known to his shipmates and friends more importantly is an American hero.

In 1939, Miller who enlisted in the U.S Navy as Mess Attendant, Third Class was later commended by Secretary of the Navy, advanced to Mess Attendant, Second Class and First Class, and was eventually promoted to Cook, Third Class.

Navy History and Heritage Command (excerpt)

Following training at ...

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When Incompetents Cluster

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A writer-friend of mine sent me a review of  a Cornell study from 1999, from a military website, about South Africa. You may find it interesting on a several planes, but essentially it confirms what we’ve always suspected, that incompetents often don’t know they’re incompetent. And when they are put in charge of a project, rather than shrink away from the task, they embrace it with vigor, then fail with pride…and denial.

And when there are several of them, as ...

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Early History of US Army Advisers and MAAG Mission in Vietnam, 1959-1963

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Seems you can’t turn your head without finding our friend SGM Fred Barnes in the middle of history. Last year we introduced Fred as an E-3 trooper whose unit was brought into to witness (as guinea pigs) the first and only firing of the Army’s famous atomic cannon in the Nevada desert in 1953.

(Fast forward six years, and Spec 5 Barnes found himself at the front of the history known in America as the “Vietnam War”, only four years before ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SFC Will D Lindsay, 33 and Spec Joseph P Collette, 29, Army (Afghanistan)

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

Army SFC Will D Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado, of 2d Bn, 10th Special Forces Group, (Airborne) Ft Carson and

Army Specialist Joseph C Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, of 242nd Bn Ordnance Bn, 71st Ordnance Explosive Disposal Group, (Hurt Locker)

Rest in peace,  Gentlemen

Job well done.  

A mourning nation thanks you.

angeleagle

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The Meaning and History of Molon Labe

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(Reprinted from “Bearing Arms.com”, Mar 23, 2019, Author: Tom Knighton)

 

Photo via Pixabay

If there’s one phrase that’s ubiquitous throughout the firearm community, it may well be the words “Molon Labe.”

The phrase adorns stickers, rifles, and more than a few tattoos among the pro-gun crowd. However, it also seems that a number of people aren’t really familiar with the history of the phrase nor what it represents.

To get to the origins, we have to go a little ways back in history. In particular, back ...

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Colorado Hotel Mistreats Returning War Zone Servicemen

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Not since the Vietnam War can I recall active duty military being openly mistreated this way in a public facility. And for an event designated to celebrate returning servicemen from deployment.

 

Read the story. It’s short, and typical for The Hill, lacking in any curiosity as to what might have prompted this outburst of professional bad manners. At $50/ a head for 600 ($30,000) and $12 drinks(!), I’d think Double Tree -Hilton would be trying to make some financial restitution ...

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