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Any veteran or family member can post a story about any event or veteran family member, going back to the French and Indian War, if you want, and that story will be free of charge. And it will always be found in our archives by searching SECTIONS, on the top panel.

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The Return of a Korean POW, a local story, 1954

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The return of the remains of 50 soldiers’ remains from North Korea put me in mind of my first encounter with parades for military heroes. It was a parade in my town for a returning POW from Korea. His name was John Gallagher.

And I was 9.

I knew about the Korean War then, had two uncles who’d served, and came home alive…my mother was always praying them home. So that was the sort of thing a kid would know. But I didn’t really know the ...

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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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By an Angel’s Kiss, Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, Navy-Red Sea

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

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, USN, 23, of Oakford, PA

died July 7, 2018 aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS Jason Dunham, in the Red Sea, during a training exercise.

She was a 2017 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Job well done, Ensign  

Rest in Peace

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Assisted Living for Veterans

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The Time I Took my Wife to Meet the Girls at Manos

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You already know the story of my first visit to Manos, the Russian spy-restaurant in Tokyo. It was 1972. It was run by two brothers from Pittsburgh, former OSS officers during WWII, and within shouting distance of the Soviet embassy, where, at the end of every visit, I’d pause to take a leak on their gate.

A small restaurant, Manos was known Tokyo-wide not for its borscht, which was horrible, but that it was the single place in all Tokyo ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, Cpl Joseph Marciel, Afghanistan, Green on Blue

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By an Angel’s Kiss, Cpl Joseph Maciel

 

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

Cpl Joseph Maciel, 20, of South Gate, CA,

was killed July 7, 2018 in Uruzgom Province, Afghanistan as a result of gunfire from friendly Afghan Forces

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry ...

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Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, 38, Rests in Peace Saving Thai Children

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At this writing 8 of the 12 Thai soccer kids have been rescued from hours underneath the ground in a wet, flooding cave. The bulk of the rescue crew are SEALS from the Thai Navy, many trained by American SEALS.

The Fox News story here.

Among those SEALS there was Saman Kunan, a retired SEAL, who volunteered to help and who, on the second day, died when he ran out of air.

Though, in all likelihood, not a Christian, Saman met the highest meaning ...

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