Readers’ Tales

Teaching Grade Schoolers About America

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Teaching 11-12 years olds and 16-17 year olds is not the same.

My thinking is that younger kids should to be taught about America through Heroes, since I already know it works, while older kids, after years being immersed in the pop culture, are generally immune to such stories in the classroom. They need to be taught how “being American” is Relevant to the things important in their world, dots 4th graders can’t connect.

Different skill sets for teachers.

At 11 kids are generally blank slates. Sunday ...

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By and Angel’s Kiss, MSGT Michael B Riley, 32 and SGT James G Johnson, 24 (Afghanistan)

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

MSGT Michael B Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, of 2d Bn, 10th Special Forces Gp, Ft Carson and

SGT James G Johnson, 24, of Trumansburg, NY Newark, of the 79th Ordnance Bn, (Explosive Ordnance Disposal ) 71st Explosives Gp, Ft Hood,

were killed ...

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Graves of 30 Marines and Sailors Found on Tarawa

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From Marine Corps Times:

A nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

A team working on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa found the graves in March, said Mark Noah, president of History Flight.

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USS Missouri, 1945 Tokyo Bay, Knowing How to Win

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(No attribution, but if you want to challenge the story, feel free.)

Why did the US choose a US Navy Iowa-class battleship as the location for Japan’s surrender in World War 2 even though they were in Tokyo Bay and could have used a building on land? Pure symbolism. 

Nothing says “you’re utterly defeated” than having to board the enemy’s massive battleship in the waters of your own capital city. A naval vessel ...

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“Blue” by John “Slick” Furneaux, US Air Force F-15 pilot

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(Taken from Steven Lane Snith’s Reaper’s Lament, stories by pilots who mostly should be dead. Well-worth the read.)

The Reaper’s a wily scoundrel who knows that, on a sunny day, the ocean is the same color as the sky. Blue.

Not long after my transition from the F-4 Phantom to the F-15 Eagle at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, I was sent to Langley AFB, Virginia to maintain F-15 proficiency with the 94th Fighter Squadron, Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Hat in the Ring” Squadron. This ...

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American Exceptionalism #44, No Greater Love

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(H/T to Pike Hightower, who provided this.)

Making the rounds today. You have heard some. Thought you might like it.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell ...

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Memorial Day Tribute to the Shoulders We Stand On

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I’ve published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think military brass just doesn’t capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I’ve added a more sober musical montage, which you can use as the situation dictates.

These are not smart marching tunes, but sober reminders of the men, and now women, who have gone before us, many of them giving that last full measure for causes no other military have done in ...

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U. S. Marines in Urban Warfare

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Fix Bayonets! by Mustang

Urban areas (cities and large towns), are important centers of gravity —points of interest that involve a complex range of human activities.  Throughout history military commanders have acknowledged that urban areas are either places that require protection, or they are centers that demand firm control.  These are mankind’s centers of population, transportation and communications hubs, seats of government, the sources of national wealth, and concentrations of industry.  Over the past three-hundred years, humans living in agrarian areas ...

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FOR SALE: Treaty Tapestry, 1885 Mountbatten Family in Bulgaria, Historic, 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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