Readers’ Tales

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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Fighting Big Education, Part II, the Framework

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So that backward glance to the 1960s reveals that what we thought was just a blip in our history— Yankee imperialism, force-feeding Christianity on non-Christian cultures (trust me, I heard it all), and the best gag of all, our warmongering being forced on a culture of youth who only wanted to groove and get in touch with whatever visions peyote buds could produce. Yeah, man!

Fifty years later, we’ve seen those innocent children of the sun morph into the most vicious cultural ...

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Letters From Fallujah (4) COP Factory

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20 AUG 03

Uncle Hank,

We’ve been busy since I wrote last.  We ran a couple missions into Fallujah, what a shithole.  We were security for the Battalion Commander, which means we were way too far from what was really going on but we got to hear about it on the radio.  What utter bullshit.  We also had to watch our Battalion CSM sleep in his vehicle like the huge turd he is.  The men of 1Panther call him “Deebo” like ...

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Large eBay Auction lot Donated to VeteransTales. BUY NOW

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An old friend of mine has retired due to health reasons and has donated his entire antique and book inventory to VeterandsTales.org and our No Greater Love 15:134 Foundation.

It’s worth several thousand dollars, and all we have to do is bring buyers to eBay.

We could sure use even a part of that money, as we’re in the hole a little bit now.

As of today, ALL the items have been reduced in price by half or more, to facilitate quick sale.

I ...

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The CIB, the Light That Commands the Room

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As you already know, I’m the garritrooper in this outfit, “too far forward to wear a tie, and too far to the rear to get shot at.”

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know some things about wading in muck up to my elbows, sleeping on hard ground, marching ten miles in full kit, or peering down the sights of an M-14 at a target 200 yards downrange. Or having a big, tall black sergeant, with the same last name ...

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A Memo on the Vietnam Draft, a Prelude for 21st Century Vets

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(This is a set-up piece, a prelude, as to why we need a corps of veterans out there teaching young kids about America. Like any military exercise, we have to 1) know the objective and 2) and know the size and power of the obstacles out there laying out there to keep us from reaching it.)

Recently we published a piece calling for national service, suggesting that every high school graduate be required to attend a boot camp of sorts, where, among other things, they ...

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Letters From Fallujah (3) American Traitors

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Aug 23, 2003

Uncle Hank,

The rest of the Battalion and the Brigade have moved in.  We can’t shoot the mortars anymore, Brigade Artillery has taken over and they’re so slow at clearing fires we can’t shoot.  Its total bullshit according to Sarnt Spear, he hates artillery with a white hot passion.  We just got word that half of the platoon is moving south of the Euphrates to a COP, Company Out Post.  It’ll be us and half of Delta Company.  We ...

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To Those Who Also Served by Staying Home and Waiting

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I just saw a memorial by a lady whose 98- year old mother had just passed, a young 24 year old, with a baby, when her husband shipped out.

My own mother passed away two years ago, age 94, and when my dad shipped, she was pregnant with my sister. She was nearly three before he could get back to see her. (They didn’t have home leaves during that war.)

Jo Stafford, who you probably never heard of, had the finest voice ...

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