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Letters From Fallujah (3) American Traitors

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Aug 23, 2003

Uncle Hank,

The rest of the Battalion and the Brigade have moved in.  We can’t shoot the mortars anymore, Brigade Artillery has taken over and they’re so slow at clearing fires we can’t shoot.  Its total bullshit according to Sarnt Spear, he hates artillery with a white hot passion.  We just got word that half of the platoon is moving south of the Euphrates to a COP, Company Out Post.  It’ll be us and half of Delta Company.  We ...

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Letters From Fallujah (2) Volturno

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August 18, 2003

Uncle Hank,

Before Sarnt Spear left for the leader’s recon he gave a warning order, get everything ready to roll tonight at O’dark thirty.  Of course he added, “I wanna be able to look at the trucks before dark, me and the LT’s shit is packed, put it on the trucks.”  He’s got a serious pet-peeve with load plans.  Every truck has to be exactly like the others, f*ck its a pain in the ass but Sarnt Spear is ...

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Letters from Fallujah (1) Arrival

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I’ve been avoiding telling stories from my time in combat areas.  You never know when something is gonna set off a shitstorm.  I’d just as soon avoid that.  Remember the Marine Sergeant who was giving blood wings to his Marines who’d made their first jump with a Marine unit?  Poor bastard got kicked out, all he was doin was living up to a tradition.  You shoulda seen my airborne school graduation, there were half a dozen Paratroopers in my Company, ...

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Putting a Tuk-Tuk Into the Wall

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It must have been 1990 or 91, my battalion was in Thailand for a training deployment.  They worked the hell out of us and made us hurt.  I learned first hand about the nasty things that live in jungles.  After 23 days in the jungle the entire crotch fell out of my trousers, it was cooler that way but still somewhat embarrassing.  I wasn’t the only one, that helped a little.  The Wolfhounds finally got me a shower and decided ...

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Exorcising the Salutin’ Demon

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Vassar wrote about a Salutin’ Demon a few days ago.  They weren’t uncommon in my day either.  Usually they are young Second Lieutenants who haven’t figured out their actual place in the chain of command.  Do you know the difference between a PFC and a First Lieutenant?  A PFC has been promoted twice. It kinda puts things in their rightful place. Theoretically a Lieutenant out ranks his Platoon Sergeant but in fact that Platoon Sergeant is, by Army regulation, ...

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Jump Master School and Meeting My New Lieutenant

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I spent the first half of 1998 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-National Force Observers (MFO).  It was an awesome deployment, great training that we made up ourselves and absolutely amazing time off.  23 days of one squad all alone on a remote site, patrols, training, guard duty, all opportunities to build on the basics.  Then two weeks of challenging training, live fires, maneuver live fires, marksmanship, physically brutal stuff that left you full of piss and vinegar ...

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Why Join The Army When You Don’t Have To

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I must begin by apologizing for my long absence, unlike the rest of the world the northern prairie only has two seasons.  Winter’s Here and Winter’s Coming.  During Winter’s Coming you must expend all your energy preparing for Winter’s Here.  It’s a genetic, instinctual action, by September there will be a killing frost and then or shortly after then will come snow asshole deep to a tall giraffe.  If your not ready you die and that is Winter’s goal, to ...

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Melancholia, The Goddess of Memorial Day

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Like most Americans for me Memorial Day was the official beginning of summer.  Parades and street dances dominated the celebrations here in fly-over country.  I knew the history, General Logan, healing the wounds of the civil war.  It was the start of summer, and included a paid day off of work.  You can’t beat that with a stick.

Every Saint has his feast day, St Crispin and St Crispian celebrate theirs on the day King Henry V bespoke the greatest ode ...

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The Breaking Point

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I’d been a Wolfhound (4/27INF) for a couple years when the buddy I spoke of in A Night Off From The Trail  got to the squad.  All the Soldiers in the squad had only been to Hawaii, we’d never seen any other corner of the Army.  The NCOs had but you usually tried to keep conversation with the NCOs professional and minimal.  It was safer that way.  They were also tainted, they were NCOs and as such they had a ...

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