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The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home – WWII

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(Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.)

The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000
servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard. In 1945, there
were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard. At the
end of the war, over 8 million of these men and women
were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific and Asia.
Shipping them out wasn’t a particular problem ...

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Allen Ness Sounds off about Sexual Misconduct

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Otherwise Titled: Our 21st Century Paratrooper (Allen Ness) Updates this 20th Century Garritrooper (Vassar) about Sexual Misconduct in the Modern Military

My comment: Damn! Anything that interferes with the harmony and cohesion of this organic team, off with their heads.

False accusations of rape/sexual harassment are running amok in the Army these days. Half the lawmakers see the Army as the Defense of our Nation the other half see’s it as a petri dish for their social justice programs, and in the ...

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VETERANS TALES HOTLINE for STORIES

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If you’re not too handy with writing we have some good writers here, so just pick up the phone and call me 804-318-1750 or email me at VassarB@gmail.com and let me start you out.

All I need is your name, service branch, and era of service. It can be your story, or your uncle’s story, your dad’s, your mother’s, or granddad’s, or your best buddy.

It’s even free, although we’d appreciate you dropping a few bucks into the tin cup, then ...

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Veteran Gets to watch First Atomic Cannon Text in Nevada, 1953

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I had the good fortune of meeting a retired Army Sergeant Major (E-9) named Frederic Barnett at a gym, where his son brings him for physical therapy. Mid-80s, uses a rolling walker, SGM Barnett is very affable and I approached the both of them and gave them the VeteransTales site address. I said I wanted to hear some of his stories, and would bring a tablet and let him tell some of them the to me and I’d write them up. Continue Reading →

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Two Soldiers Accused of Rape, Part One

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Since “She said-He said” is all the political rage right now, I have a couple of cases that are almost on point, both of which point out the reason why our judicial system of evidence is so important.

At one time I had planned on turning both of these tales into short stories and maybe even a script, but the thought left me years ago.

The first was a case where a WAC accused an Army sergeant of rape, told here, and ...

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For Immediate Email Release to Veterans Groups

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VeteransTales.org (http://www.veteranstales.org/ )and The Veterans USA 15:13 Foundation (under construction, http://www.theveteransusa15-13foundation.org/ ) are dedicated to preserving the stories and histories of Veterans on the other, and providing a teaching and education platform for Veterans on the other

I’ve just published the first of several lectures that we’d like to offer to Veterans to be able to use in their home towns directed to 16-18 year kids who, for the past 30 years, have seen America’s exceptional place in history ...

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FIRST PRINCIPLES: Teaching Students Who Aren’t Interested

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Every Veteran who has joined the American military since 1973 volunteered.

The 16-18 year-olds you will speaking to, from groups as small as a dozen, to classroom sized, even auditoriums as you get better known, may not be there voluntarily. Their parents probably sent them.

We’ve all been students in a class room. Think back. We had to be there. Certain rules applied as to how we could behave. But just like a horse to water, they couldn’t make us drink.

From middle school through ...

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SOS on Toast

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The other morning one of our local radio personalities was pitching a fancy restaurant in the Richmond area, and he proudly announced that their most popular entre was chipped beef on toast. A ten dollar platter these days, and whudda thunk it? People paying ten dollars for the most plebeian dish in America, the breakfast anchor for five wars at least for every grunt who ever sat in a mess hall, since Pearl Harbor.

All those memories came rushing forward. I tried to remember how ...

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Mission Statement: September 2018 Update

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VeteransTales.org is the current home of The Veterans USA 15:13 Foundation.

 

The Foundation awaits application and approval by IRS as a 501c3 non-profit, while VeteransTales.org is a growing site for veterans to share stories and photos, primarily from the Vietnam era and post-911 era, with memories extending as far back as World War II.

 

The Veterans 15:13 Foundation has primarily an educational purpose; to enlist and train, and develop venues for veterans all over the country, to be able to relate to ...

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