Readers’ Tales

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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E-8 Master Sergeant Takes Re-enlistment Oath with Dinosaur Sock Puppet, promptly Fired

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Master Sergeant Robin Brown was fired from her full-time position with the Tennessee National Guard after taking her reenlistment oath while wearing a dinosaur on her right hand. The officer relaying the oath was demoted and another officer was punished for filming the ceremony.

The Colonel administering the oath was demoted, immediately retired from the Air National Guard, Master Sgt. Robin Brown relieved of duty and facing further administrative action over dinosaur puppet video.

I didn’t hear a “So help me ...

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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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By An Angel’s Kiss, Crew, Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter, US-Mexico border

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

The Crew of a US Marine CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter:

CPT Samuel A Shultz, 28, of Huntington Valley, PA, and

1st Lt Samuel D Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, NC, and

Gunnery Sgt Daniel R Holley, 33. of Dayton, OH, and

Lance Cpl Taylor J Conrad, Baton Rouge, LA

They were of Marine Heavy Helicopter Sqd 465, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Miramar AS, San Diego

Rest in peace, Marines

Job well done.  

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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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