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By an Angel’s Kiss, Spc Gabriel D Conde, 22, Army Afghanistan

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

Spc Gabriel D Conde, 22, of Loveland, CO

was killed 3o April, 2018  in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, by hostile small arms fire

He was of 3rd bn, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

Rest in peace, Soldier

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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The Night of the TA-312

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I was a private in the Wolfhounds, 4/27 Infantry.  I was also an RTO.  Thank the lord those were my glory days, I couldn’t do it now.  The Radio Telephone Operator had to carry the Prick 77 (PRC-77), 23lbs.  The Vincent was 13 more pounds, extra batteries were too much weight to add up, actually knowing would hurt too much.  Adding up the weight of your ruck should be reserved as a mental exercise after 12 miles of a 20 ...

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Slaughter Slough and the 1860 Spencer Rifle

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I grew up on the prairie of south-west Minnesota and returned home after my military career and the learning of another.  It’s different livin’ up here, we just got 20 inches of snow pushed into chest deep drifts by 60-80 mph winds.  It’s a brutal, life or death kind of place in the winter time, it seems even more brutal when winter lingers.  My ancestors came to this windswept prairie in 1869.  Next year the land will have been in ...

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Sinai ’98: Multi-National Force Observers and Teddy the Time Bomb

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I was the Battalion Mortar Platoon Sergeant in the Red Falcons (1/325 AIR) when we went to Sinai, those were the days.  My platoon was attached to Alpha Company as a fourth platoon.  We executed a real world peacekeeping mission, executed amazing training and partied like the Infantry for six months.  It was nice being a platoon sergeant in a line company, much simpler than HHC.  Alpha Company’s First Sergeant was one of my heroes so that was a huge ...

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Stolen Valor, 1972 edition

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I arrived at my new duty assignment in Japan in February, 1972. They had just concluded a rare general court martial for that command, Attempted Murder. It had ended with an acquittal and the entire JAG staff was outraged.

The fellow who beat this rap was a decorated Sergeant E-5 who, after his tour in Vietnam had been re-assigned to a cush job at the nearby Army Hospital Command.

I won’t mention his name as he later became my client, and may still be alive.  I’ll just ...

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The Masters, the Military, and the Racial Curve in America in the 60s

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In Richmond, the old capital of the Confederacy, there’s a famous street called Monument Avenue, where stands Virginia’s great generals from that war. They’ve been much in the news the past several months for many people would like to see them removed.

But among those statues is one dedicated to Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native, who was the son of the resident handyman of a segregated park for black children, which contained, among other things, four tennis courts. Showing aptitude for a ...

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Remember When “We Own The Night” Ended With a ?

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I got to my first unit in July of ’88, 4th Battalion 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds.”  I spent four years humping sleestack-ridden gulches in the dark of night with nothing but a set of cat-eyes from the man in front of me to guide on.  By the time I left in ’92 the phrase “We own the night” was normally uttered while being helped back to your feet after a particularly heinous slip, trip or fall.  Often involving multiple Soldiers.

Team Leaders ...

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Golfers and Aviators

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I hope y’all enjoyed Easter.  I apologize for the dearth of tales over the holiday.  Of course y’all could have jumped in and helped me out…

I saw in the news that the Masters golf thing is coming up.  They played a PGA Tournament in Southern Pines NC in the late ’90s.  I was with the 325th AIR then, we were doing a major training exercise.  I’d been working with the powers that be for months to get this planned and ...

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