Readers’ Tales

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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Female Marine SGT Kicked Out- Fraternization

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(Reprinted in its entirety, by Marine Corps Times editor, Andrea Scott @_andreascott)

Remedios Cruz joined the Marine Corps in 2013 as a supply clerk. One year later, she completed infantry training, and in 2017, made history when she became one of three females to join 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

 Now, Cruz is awaiting separation from the Marine Corps after pleading guilty to ...

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9/11 Where Were You?

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I was an Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft Polk, LA.  The Command took care of us, when we weren’t in the “box” we worked half days and three or four day weekends.  Ft Polk is the middle of nowhere but is within five hours of Houston, Shreveport, Baton Rouge and N’Orleans.  Talk about some places to party!  Party during the 90 odd days of the year you aren’t in the box.

Every month a Brigade from the US ...

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Did I ever tell you about the openly gay drag queen in today’s Navy?

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Wow! Magazine by Bookworm Room

It’s not your father’s Navy. Thanks to Obama’s order allowing openly gay service in the military, the USS Ronald Reagan now boasts its own drag queen.

Winston Churchill is famously quoted as saying of the British Navy “Nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers and the lash.” Here in America, jokesters in the other branches of the military have spent decades pretending that the Navy is the gayist branch of the services.

The reality, though, ...

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Letters From Fallujah (5) The POG FOB

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Sept 07 03

Uncle Hank,

Still on COP Factory guarding some radioactive shit we haven’t even seen, not that I mind not seeing it but we don’t even know where it is.  We found 23 IEDs buried along Route San Juan the other day.  Artillery rounds wired to be be command detonated.  That means someone is watching, all we have to do it catch his ass watching and we’ll make him a good terrorist.  You know there’s only one kind of good ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, CSM Timothy A Bolyard, 42, (Afghanistan) (Green on Blue)

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

Command Sergeant Major Timothy A Bolyard, 42, of Thornton, WV

was killed Sept 3, 2018, in a Green on Blue murder by Aghan National Police at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar Province

He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Ft Benning, GA

Rest in peace, Sergeant Major

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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By An Angel’s Kiss, SSG Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, (Afghanistan)

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

SSG Reymund Rarogul Transfiguracion, 36, of Wiakoloa, Hawaii

was killed August 12, 2018 in Musa Qa’lidah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, by an IED

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group(Airborne)

Rest in peace, Sergeant

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SFC Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32 (Afghanistan)

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

SFC Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, of Summerville, SC

was killed July 12, 2018 in Zurmat, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, by small arms fire

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Rest in peace, Sergeant

Job well done.  

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Gays in the Military, a Wartime Remembrance

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  “Policies Concerning Homosexuals” have changed since I was an Army defense lawyer in the closing years of the Vietnam War. “Being boarded out” was a large part of my defense work.

I’d be interested to know how attitudes stand up to today versus how it was during that war. In 2010 homosexuality became totally legal in the US military, but I wonder if anything has changed.

For one, it never seemed to matter except in combat units and in barracks situations, such as basic training, ...

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Kuko, a Common Man of the Balkans

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This is one of my favorite “Famous Common People I Have Known” stories (available at Amazon) about a man who personified the turned-up-nose imagry we are seeing once again in this new election cycle. It never seems to change, and until it is defeated, the American world will never be made whole.

Sadly, it is still relevent.

His real name was Xhristo Planev. He and one other man were my best friends in Bulgaria for over 15 years. They died within three weeks of ...

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