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  • New Arms For A New Iraqi Army (Iraq’s Symbolic Switch: AK-47 Out, M-16 In)

    12/02/2007 3:55:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies · 124+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2007 | Doug Smith
    New arms for a new Iraqi army Soldiers are trading in the iconic Soviet assault rifle, the AK-47, for a U.S. military symbol, the M-16. By Doug Smith Los Angeles Times Staff Writer December 2, 2007 BESMAYA RANGE, IRAQ — The company of Iraqi soldiers pressed together for the dance of valor, singing of their bravery, stomping in the desert sand, thrusting their weapons skyward, just as they might have done not so many years ago to honor Saddam Hussein. But what were those sleek silhouettes they jabbed into the air? Not AK-47s. The iconic Soviet bloc assault rifle that...
  • Medal for mettle, years later: Shiny bronze rekindles vet's memories of war

    10/16/2003 12:25:54 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 3 replies · 145+ views ^ | 16 Oct '03 | By Randi Bjornstad
    Exactly how it came about remains a mystery, but Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee recently opened a plain brown padded envelope postmarked Philadelphia and found a Bronze Star inside. "I had to sit down - my knees buckled," the 82-year-old Eugene man said this week. It's been 57 years since he left the Army after serving two years in the South Pacific during World War II. The Bronze Star came with no explanation, no letter. And Tiffee doesn't know exactly why or how he suddenly received the award, bestowed on soldiers for heroism. Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee received a surprise in the mail...