Op-Ed

Veterans Day for Just One American Hero

I love marching bands and parades but I don’t go all soppy on Veterans Day remembering our fallen heroes.  That is because Veterans Day is the one day I don’t  think about them.  Sounds odd, doesn’t it?  Instead, it is the day I reserve for a private thanksgiving for what those men and women have given us – our country, safe and whole.  That makes it a second Fourth of July for me, one more day each year on which I feel especially good and very proud.  It’s also the one day of the year I don’t think about one…
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VN

Moving Out!

Here’s one of those great photos some of us were too chicken to snap when the RPGs came whizzing over the foxhole, and forget about being up there running around with cans of ammo: "MOVING OUT—Lance Cpl T. J. Gledhill dashes from position to position, passing out ammunition to his men during an enemy attack at Fire Support Base Russell. Gledhill is a squad leader in the 1st Bn., Fourth Marines. (Official USMC Photo by Cpl. J. G. McCullough)." Source:  Force Information Office, III Marine Amphibious Force, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (undated, probably 1968).
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Op-Ed

Too Many Heroes

I don’t understand how we could have so many heroes today. I knew a hero in the Vietnam war.  He died rescuing wounded.  I knew another in the first Gulf War.  She was killed by friendly fire.  But, today, every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine who returns from a combat zone is called a hero.  I don’t quite understand that. Audie Murphy was a hero, no question.  Ernest E. Evans of the destroyer USS Johnston attacking a Japanese battle fleet was a hero.  Chuck Yeager was a hero.  So was John Basilone on Guadalcanal.  It’s great to think but hard…
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WW2

Christmas Gift – Photo of a Man Who Fought for Us All (1943)

  New Georgia.  Pvt. Lloyd Culuck, Co. A, 1st Bn., 172nd Inf, gets chow from a can of Ration B on New Georgia Island, SW Pacific.  He uses the can lid in lieu of fork or spoon.  On the island since the first beachhead was established, he hasn't changed clothes in 12 days.  (Jul 43)  Army Signal Corps Photo: 161-43-2537 Source:  Signal Corps Collection, Record Group #111, Still Picture Branch, National Archives at College Park MD Originally posted 23 December 2013
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