Archive for the ‘Armed Forces’ Category

Happy Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

For all who served, thank you for doing a difficult job, frequently in hostile conditions, in times of great need. Thank you for serving.

SF Writers Who Served

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This year for Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take the time to recognize some of SF’s writers who served in the Armed Forces. Although mainly looking at U.S. writers, I’ll also be recognizing some of the British Commonwealth writers as well. Robert A. Heinlein, one of SF’s Three Grand Masters, ...

71ST Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the famous raid on the Japanese homelands in the opening months of the U.S. involvement in World War 2. Only four of the Raiders are still with us, and they held their last public gathering, with three of the men gathering ...

D-Day, 68 Years Later

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

68 years ago today, the Normandy Invasion took place. This would put one of the final nails into the coffin of Hitler’s regime, bring about the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe, and cost thousands of Allied lives. One of the bloodiest battles in WWII, those who ...

Memorial Day, 2012

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Today we remember those who died in the service of our country; the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who went to war and gave their all. There are always too many who die in war; that's one reason they say "War is Hell". Today we also honor the Gold Star Families, ...

Doolittle Raid

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the first bombing of the Japanese main islands during World War 2. The raid, planned and lead by Jimmy Doolittle with a force of 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with all volunteer air crews were successful in their mission and achieved ...

Rest Well, Major Winters

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I read about it first on BigPeace last night, and one of my writing partners on LibertySF has also written about this. Major Richard "Dick" Winters has passed away at the age of 92. He was the company commander of Easy Company, 2nd, Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, of the 101st Air ...

Marines 235th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Today is the 235 Anniversary of the United States Marines. From Marines.com: During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps. A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for ...

Pearl Harbor 68 Years After

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It was 68 years ago today that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War 2. The Empire of Japan planned and executed the surprise attack; although their intentions were to have a Declaration of War delivered just prior to the beginning of the attack, that ...

Happy Birthday Pappy Boyington

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was born on this day in 1912. Pappy was a Marine Corps fighter pilot during World War 2, being awarded our nation's highest medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Boyington also served in the American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, during the lead-up to the u.S. entry ...

Benjamin Kopp – A Real American Hero

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I heard about this story while listening to Greg and Melissa on KS95 this morning. It is a heart-wrenching story that stopped me in my tracks. It is the story of a real American hero, who not only gave his life for his country, but went on to save another ...

Auction House Does Soldier Good

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

When someone does a good deed, it is only right that it is acknowledged. In the case of Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, it is only fitting that their act of good will be publicly noted. The story involves a National Guard captain preparing to be deployed (second tour) to Iraq ...

Mt. Suribachi Anniversary

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag was raised by five U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman, immortalized in a photo by Joe Rosenthal. Three of the men in the photo were killed in battle. The Battle of Iwo ...

Happy Birthday to Robert Sweeney – An American Hero

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

February 20th marks the birthday of Robert Augustus Sweeney, born that date in 1853. Sweeney is interesting historically as being one of only 19 (currently) men who have been awarded two Medals of Honor. He is also the only African-American to hold that distinction. Sweeney was a Navy man, and as ...

Veteran’s Day 2008

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day to all those who have donned the uniform of the United States Military. Without your courage and sacrifice, we would not be the nation that we are today. To my father, who served in the Korean War. To my uncles and cousins who served in WW2. To my cousin who ...

Minnesota Soldier Receives Surprise Homecoming

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

KARE 11 news is running a piece on the homecoming of Ken Melrose, a sergeant in the National Guard who has just returned from duty in Iraq. The story mentions that his house in St. Cloud was rented out during his deployment and that the renters had trashed the place. ...

Vets For Freedom at the Fort Snelling Officers Club

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

"Let them win," was how Master Gunner Tom Parks put it last night at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club. These three simple words sum up the overall feeling of the standing-room only crowd that attended the Vets For Freedom Tour event. The reasons to win are numerous and critical; "Let ...

Fast Jets and Sonic Booms

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

A buddy of mine sent me the link to this video and I thought I would share it. [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia2OE2Amvj0&NR=1] Tags:Sonic Boom Jets

Marines In Berkeley – The Saga Continues

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

SF Gate has a follow-up to the "Marines In Berkeley" story. At least one Berkeley Council has seen the light as far as the letter being sent to the Marine Corps Recruitment Center and is helping push the order to rescind that letter. From the SFGate: A week after blasting the Marines ...

Marines Unwelcome In Berkeley

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Berkeley is living up to its hard-earned moniker. Berzerkeley. The City council has voted 6-3 branding the U.S. Marine Corps recruitment center as "uninvited and unwelcome intruders." It also voted 8-1 to grant the hard-left organization Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the USMC office and sound ...