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  • Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100

    11/26/2015 10:02:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 8 replies ^ | November 22, 2015 | Ben_Falconer
    Wartime female pilot's glider flight - aged 100 By Ben_Falconer | Posted: November 22, 2015 Jill Farquarson was an ATA flyer VIEW GALLERY Comments (0) Glider pilots have honoured a 100-year-old wartime hero by taking her back up in to the skies. When former Air Transport Auxiliary flyer Jill Farquarson visited Cotswold Gliding Club's Aston Down airfield near Stroud in August, members discovered her heroic past and took her for a flight. She was one of just 168 women who ferried all kinds of planes all over the country, often with precious little prior knowledge, during the Second World War....
  • George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/26/2015 9:02:16 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 4 replies
    October 1789 | George Washington
    George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now...
  • Putin: Russia will not tolerate such crimes as attack against its Sukhoi-24 plane

    11/24/2015 1:08:06 PM PST · by fingers_crossed · 32 replies
    TASS Russian News Agency ^ | 11/24/2015 | Russian Politics & Diplomacy
    According to the president, the attack against Su-24 plane in Syria goes beyond normal struggle against terrorism, and it is "a stab in Russia’s back" delivered by "terrorism accomplices"
  • Anyone Watching Hussein and Hollande Spew This "Syrians Are Coming Anyway",Crap??

    11/24/2015 9:17:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Every Stinking Network | sff
    Makes me sick listening to him try and lecture us on tolerance when he is the most INTOLERANT regarding dissent.
  • The Swedish K Gun Was Commandos’ Friend in Vietnam

    11/23/2015 9:41:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 22, 2015 | Mike Perry
    The nine-millimeter Carl Gustav M/45 submachine gun occupies a unique place in United States Special Forces history for, during the Vietnam War, it was often chosen over the then troublesome M-16 series by members looking for a reliable, controllable and reasonably accurate weapon at short ranges.
  • Sea Wars Trailer (U.S. Navy spoofs Star Wars Trailer)

    11/22/2015 7:51:42 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/18/15
    The IKE Awakens.
  • Missing Planes - WW2 Aircraft Wrecks part 1

    11/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Wartime Wrecks
    This video contains images of military aircraft shot down, missing during the World War II and found nowadays. Some aircraft have been restored and can fly again!
  • American Revolutionary War Ballad: Free America

    11/22/2015 1:20:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Feb 20, 2011
    American Revolutionary Song by Dr. Joseph Warren
  • MatthewDrakeStory

    11/21/2015 6:50:41 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Lisa Schuster
    Matthew was wounded during a suicide car bombing in Iraq, near the Syrian border, on Oct. 15, 2004. He was the sole survivor of the attack. Two members of his Army Psychological Operations team, a U.S. Marine accompanying them, and an Iraqi translator were killed. He suffered massive injuries, including a depressed skull fracture, several strokes and brain trauma from the explosion and impacts. He also had a fractured vertebrae in his neck, his jaw was broken in two places with severe tissue damage to the right side of his face, a fractured sternum, clavicles, and right arm, inhalation damage...
  • Why the War in Kurdistan Matters

    11/21/2015 7:35:43 AM PST · by GeorgieCavendish · 6 replies
    Pastebin ^ | November 3 | John Gallagher
    Why the War in Kurdistan Matters - John Gallagher We live in a society that’s grown around a very basic philosophical principle: That the world around us can be understood using our senses and our minds. From this simple insight comes the moral revelation that all human beings are equal in this capacity, and therefore equal in dignity. This radical idea was the turning point in human history, before which all civilizations had been dominated by the idea that class hierarchies and racism were perfectly justified according to the revealed wisdom of ancient texts, and sanctified by holy men with...
  • Just bought a Tokarev TT

    11/20/2015 3:59:33 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 38 replies
    11/20/15 | Celtic Conservative
    Just bought a Tokarev TT. Interesting pistol. It's been called the "Soviet 1911" and after disassembly and cleaning I can see why. Mine is a romanian model with a production date of 1956. To meet import regulations a frame mounted trigger safety has been added. It's fairly crisp and positive functioning, but just the same I don't think I'll be using it a lot. Most literature I've read on the TT doesn't recommend carry with a round chambered anyway. The Soviets carried them chamber empty. I'm looking forward to getting some range time with it when possible. I heard they're...
  • U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

    11/20/2015 7:03:27 AM PST · by ThunderSleeps · 9 replies
    U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike...
  • The Backfire Bomber Is Russia’s ‘Carrier Killer’

    11/20/2015 6:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 19, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian air force conducted another massive strategic bomber raid on Daesh targets in Syria yesterday. As before, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS bombers played a prominent role, however, the supersonic Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers conducted the majority of the attacks. “A squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made airstrikes against six ISIS facilities in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor. They engaged depots with weapons and ammunition, mass concentrations of military hardware, training camps and workshops producing explosives,” reads a statement from the Russian defense ministry.
  • Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in Mali capital

    11/20/2015 3:14:16 AM PST · by RC one · 24 replies
    MSN News ^ | 11/20/15 | Serge DANIEL
    Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking, the hotel chain said. Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-centre, where security forces have set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said.Malian soldiers, police and special forces were on the scene as a security perimeter was set up, along with members of the UN's MINUSMA peacekeeping force in Mali and the French troops fighting jihadists in west Africa under Operation Barkhane.The Rezidor Hotel Group,...
  • China to Retire Its Armored Tank Destroyers

    11/19/2015 1:34:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 19, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will retire its armada of Type 89 (aka PTZ89) tank destroyers, Asia One reports based on information published in the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the PLA. The PLA Daily published a picture of 18 self-propelled guns that look like Type 89 tank destroyers departing a military base of the PLA Shenyang Military Command’s 39th Group Army.
  • GPS monitor ties rape suspect to stolen weapons cache, FBI says

    11/19/2015 1:00:23 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 3 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 19 Nov 2015 | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    A GPS monitoring bracelet and DNA led to the arrest of a suspect in connection with the theft of 16 guns from a Massachusetts Army Reserve armory, the FBI announced Thursday. The theft was reported Sunday morning after someone gained access to the facility through a kitchen window, and then broke into the gun vault by climbing on top of it and cutting through several layers of metal and wood, according to the affidavit.
  • A fitting send off for a lonely hero:

    11/19/2015 9:33:15 AM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/19/15 | Julian Robinson
    Billy C. Aldridge died at 80 at a nursing home in Indianapolis last month There were no records of the marine having any family to help with funeral Word soon spread as the community rallied to arrange a dignified send-off More than a thousand packed into a church for a moving memorial service
  • Obesity is a National Security Issue: Lieutenant General Mark Hertling at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012

    11/19/2015 12:11:01 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | TEDx Talks
    Obesity is a National Security Issue: Lieutenant General Mark Hertling at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012 Lieutenant General Mark Phillip Hertling, is the Commanding General, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. In that role, he is the commander of the approximately 42,000 U.S. Army forces assigned to Europe, and he is the Army Component Commander of U.S. European Command. While Hertling's primary role is training U.S. Army soldiers and units for Contingency and Full Spectrum Operations, he is also responsible for Theater Security Cooperation and Building Partner Capacity with the 51 allied nations that are part of the European area of operation.
  • Keefe Report: Ruger on the Frontline Against Terror

    11/18/2015 6:30:02 PM PST · by Jed Eckert · 36 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Mark Keefe
    As Americans are shocked and horrified by the carnage of another extremist Islamic attack in Paris-this one far worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher market massacres-one of America's most popular rifles is once again on the frontline in the war against terror. And it's not a gun familiar from the nightly news. That gun is a nearly 30-year-old variant of the Ruger Mini-14 called the Mousqueton A.M.D., the latter is an abbreviation for Armement Moyen de Defense. The veteran rifles from Ruger have appeared on broadcasts around the world in hands of helmeted French police. And the guns are...
  • 'Hope to see you again': China warship to U.S. destroyer after South China Sea patrol

    11/18/2015 11:08:37 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 6, 2015 | Yeganah Torbati
    As soon as the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached 12-nautical-mile territorial limits around one of China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea last week, a Chinese warship shadowing its movements began demanding answers. "'Hey, you are in Chinese waters. What is your intention?'," it asked, as recounted to reporters on Thursday by Commander Robert Francis, commanding officer of the Lassen. His crew replied that they were operating in accordance with international law, and intended to transit past the island, carrying out what U.S. officials have called a freedom-of-navigation exercise designed to challenge China's claims to the strategic waterway....
  • Face of Defense: Airman Achieves Dream of U.S. Citizenship

    11/18/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by Freeport · 7 replies
    US DoD ^ | N/A | Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., November 18, 2015 — Growing up in rural Tarlac province in the Philippines, Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Anne Venice Jalos, a finance manager with the 446th Airlift Wing here, never envisioned that at age 19 she would be serving the U.S. military as a naturalized citizen. "Being raised in the Philippines was very traditional; we depended on our parents a lot. Women weren't encouraged to succeed; it sometimes felt like I was being drug down," Jalos said. After her mother moved the family to the United States, Jalos felt emboldened with a new sense of...
  • Hero police dog Diesel killed by woman suicide bomber in Paris siege

    11/18/2015 5:44:45 AM PST · by McGruff · 65 replies
    The Express ^ | November 18, 2015 | REBECCA PERRING
    The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, or Malinois, was "killed by terrorists" when French special forces raided an apartment building in Saint-Denis early on Wednesday morning. Police National tweeted:"Diesel, a seven-year-old Malinois, police dog for RAID [France's anti-terrorist police unit], was killed by terrorists in the ongoing operation." The police spokesman said that dogs such as Diesel who are trained to assist on operations where there is a risk of explosives were "indispensable" to the elite unit. The brave dog was reportedly the first to be sent into an apartment, which was used by at least six jihadis in the run...
  • Curious. How do we find out how often Obama visits Walter Reed

    11/17/2015 7:27:55 PM PST · by irish guard · 16 replies
    Pure vanity question. Today, Obama said he visits Walker Reed a few times a year and mentioned he has been responsible for sending young men off to fight and they end up at Walter Reed. Given how Obama likes to puff his chest and I'm not sure he's lying,mouth there has to be a log of some sort they keep,mthat would prove how often he's been there. Like him or not, G W Bush has really spent time with wounded vets. thanks for any response
  • Peregrine Falcon vs. B2 Bomber

    11/17/2015 11:10:02 AM PST · by Talisker · 47 replies
  • Obama on ISIS: "We Have Contained Them"

    11/17/2015 9:27:29 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 13, 2015 | ABC News
    "I don't think they're gaining strength," Obama said of ISIS. "What is true, from the start our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria they'll come in, they'll leave. But you don't see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain." "What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures. We've made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters and part of our goal has to be to recruit more effective Sunni partners...
  • Terrorism, not Climate Change, Kills People

    11/17/2015 6:58:00 AM PST · by rktman ^ | 11/17/2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    On November 13, the same day as the terrorist attacks in Paris, USA Today ran a full-page ad from billionaire Tom Steyer’s group NextGen Climate highlighting the alleged global threat from climate change. As hundreds of people were being injured or killed in Paris, the ad featured these quotes about the “climate crisis:” Hillary Clinton: “An existential threat” Bernie Sanders: “The greatest threat facing the planet” Martin O’Malley: “Critical threat to our economy” In a new development, we have just learned from Judicial Watch that Hillary Clinton was characterized by her Muslim-connected aide, Huma Abedin, as being “very confused” about...
  • The Blood & Nearer ~ At Jesus Feet

    11/17/2015 6:02:42 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11/17/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is another redone but I want those that have viewed my videos that my reason is to get faith in the Lord if there is no faith in your heart. With faith a person can move mountains of despair, fear and every day problems. Without Jesus and His Love, Peace, I believe this world is not worth living in it. If you watch I hope you enjoy it and have a peaceful and wonderful day.
  • Question: Isn't France HELPING the Assad regime in Syria by bombing ISIS?

    11/16/2015 7:17:39 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    11/16/15 | sff
    Just thought about this: Russia and now FRANCE are bombing ISIS...but ISIS is trying to overthrow Assad. And Obama INSISTED that Assad had to go.... So why isn't Obama mad at Hollande and Putin for "popping off" and bombing ISIS? Weird.
  • Camera Captures Man Stealing Guns From Worcester Armory

    11/16/2015 12:48:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    cbslocal ^ | 16 Nov 2015
    Police are looking for a light-skinned man between 5’7”-5’10” tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and a dark colored vest. Also caught on surveillance was the man’s car, which appears to be a newer model dark colored BMW hatchback with dark rims.
  • A Veteran’s Playlist: The Top 10 Songs of Vietnam

    11/16/2015 12:29:25 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    next avenue ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Doug Bradley
    When we played this song at LZ Lambeau, a welcome home event for Vietnam vets and their families held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., in 2010, we were overwhelmed by the response it received, especially by spouses of Vietnam vets. They sang along with tears in their eyes, because they were the ones saying goodbye to the men who were boarding the planes for Vietnam. And it got to soldiers/vets, too. As Jason Sherman, an AFVN DJ during part of his tour in Vietnam, recalled: “Leaving on a Jet Plane brought tears to my eyes.”

    11/16/2015 12:27:23 PM PST · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    Time to dig out a little Dirge from history: EL DEGUELLO - HEROS -LEGION ETRANGERE
  • VIDEO: Pat Sajak STUNNED By Woman’s Letter Choices… But Why She Did It Will Drop Your Jaw

    11/15/2015 10:27:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies ^ | november 14, 2015
    Military veteran Nura stumped host Pat Sajak and the rest of the America on Tuesday's run of "Wheel of Fortune" when she made some unheard of letter guesses during the lightning round of the popular game show. Playing alongside fellow veterans Steve and Troy, Nura shocked the audience when she first guessed "Z," "X," and then let a couple turns pass her by when it appeared she could not formulate a guess. -snip After her second guess of "X," the puzzle title of "What Are You Doing?" seemed fitting as she continued to confound those watching. The round ended before...
  • Political Question:Will The Paris Attacks Lower Hillary's Polling In Swing States?

    11/14/2015 7:07:30 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 17 replies
    And what if the long and short term outcome of what happened in Paris eats away at Hillary's 40 to 44 per-cent in all of the purple/swing states? Being what happened in Paris is a preview of what the Democrats are campaigning on {well, more like what would happen with open borders}, the events of Paris must have America in a state of panic and they must know that what we all saw Friday night was something we all expected to happen in a nation run by liberals. We just have to wait and see what the polls say in...
  • Army Football Team Brings French Flag Onto Field At West Point

    11/14/2015 5:52:56 PM PST · by Kozy · 21 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/4/2015 | Ron Dicker
    The Army football team on Saturday made a winning play for solidarity with France following the attacks in Paris the night before. One player carried the French flag onto the field before the team's game against Tulane, according to USA Today's For The Win blog. Defensive back Caleb McNeill did the honors at West Point's Michie Stadium. The United States Military Academy tweeted that it "stands with the French people following the #ParisAttacks - liberté, égalité, fraternity. #DutyHonorCountry."
  • How Long is an M2HB .50 Good For?

    11/14/2015 10:19:14 AM PST · by Chode · 8 replies
    WeaponsMan ^ | WeaponsMan
    <p>How Long is an M2HB .50 Good For?</p> <p>Nobody really knows, but this one came in to the Anniston Army Depot for conversion. They’d already stamped it M2A1 (as can be seen in this close-close-blow-up, along with the original maker marks of “Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Mfg Co, Hartford”) when they realized it wasn’t just any M2 heavy machine gun. It was older than the oldest one they had kept as a museum display! Serial Number 324 was probably made in 1921 or 1922, and had never been overhauled before.</p>
  • Making your vehicle combat ready (Vanity/Questions/Conversation)

    11/14/2015 9:46:56 AM PST · by RandallFlagg · 63 replies
    11-14-15 | RandallFlagg
    I just wanted to start up this conversation. We know that this will happen here, and we cannot rely on police to defend us. We all have personal vehicles. I'd like to get FReepers talking about ideas regarding vehicular storage of defensive firearms. Trunk racks, dashboard mounted holsters, etc. I have to run and do a bunch of errands today, and will check back when done.
  • On November 14, 1914 Islamic Jihad was declared

    11/14/2015 4:15:00 AM PST · by hondact200 · 13 replies
    November | hondact200
    After the attacks on November 13, 2015 in Paris France, what significant event occurred in Islamic Radicalism History

    11/13/2015 10:42:01 PM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    The Baldwin Project ^ | Unattributed
    "Delenda est Carthago!" A noble old Roman, eighty-four years of age, had just finished a stirring speech in the Forum, or great market place of Rome, and these were his closing words: "Delenda est Carthago!" (Carthage must be destroyed!) His words were repeated by his hearers; they were carried into the street; they were discussed by excited men in every part of the city. "Who says that Carthage must be destroyed?" asked one citizen of another. "Cato the Censor says so," was the answer. "He says that two such cities as Rome and Carthage cannot long exist under the same...
  • Single ISIS terrorist found 5,000 miles away, but Feds cannot find millions of illegals in USA

    11/13/2015 5:48:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    11/13/15 | sff
    So watching the news today, the American media is DROOLING with fake delight over the killing of the terrorist Jihadi John.....with a subtext that military prowess was able to target the bad guy. Two thoughts came to mind: 1. This administration can somehow make it a priority to target some British sleaze in the middle east, but REFUSES to find murderous illegal aliens in our own borders. 2. This administration ALSO tries to lecture Israel whenever that nation targets those who kill her citizens.
  • ROPE By Capt Raghu Raman

    11/11/2015 7:56:56 PM PST · by cold start · 2 replies
    Facebook ^ | 5 June 2014 | Capt Raghu Raman
    To say that what follows is pure fiction, is insulting those who lost their lives, finding out otherwise. But to be more accurate, is to endanger those who are still battling for theirs.ROPEBy Capt Raghu RamanChandigarh. The last link between madness and sanity. I arrived in the late hours of the night. It was bitterly cold. Usually is, this time of the year. Clear sky though. They told me there was a confirmed flight next morning with my name on the manifest. There was nothing to do but to kill the night. The bar at 204 transit mess is a...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 5:46:30 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    Self | November 11, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • Maureen O’Hara Laid to Rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    11/11/2015 3:26:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10 November 2015 | Stephen Gutowski
    Hollywood Star was married Air Force Brigadier General __ Famed Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. O’Hara, who starred in films like The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street, and How Green Was My Valley, passed away at the age of 95 on Oct. 24. Due to her many starring roles, often next to Hollywood icon John Wayne, and her Irish heritage O’Hara has been called “Ireland’s leading lady.” Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 14,000 veterans and dates back to the Civil War. O’Hara was buried...
  • Oldest World War II veteran turning 110

    11/11/2015 3:06:10 PM PST · by FM - AM · 2 replies
    WAFB 9 Television ^ | Updated: Nov 10, 2015 7:26 AM CST | By Erika Ferrando
    LAKE CHARLES, LA - Possibly the oldest living World War II veteran lives in Lake Charles and he's celebrating an impressive milestone this week. Frank Levingston turns 110 Friday, November 13.
  • History: Before it was Veterans Day it was Armistice Day, for the fallen of the First World War

    11/11/2015 10:49:24 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 6 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 11/11/2015 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, when at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the First World War came to an end after more than four years of carnage. (Armistice Day became Veterans' Day in 1954.) Described by British historian Corelli Barnett as a war that had "causes but no objectives, "the "Great War" left a legacy of disillusionment in its wake and made a shambles of the rest of the 20th century. All told, there were ten million military dead and seven million civilians killed. The resulting economic collapse, the...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 10:31:41 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 11 replies
    Self | November 1, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    11/11/2015 9:43:41 AM PST · by batmast · 21 replies
    pattonhq ^ | October 6, 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    The True Story of The Patton Prayer by Msgr. James H. O'Neill (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971) Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident...
  • Veterans Day roundup: Explosives expert lost arms, spirit remains intact

    11/11/2015 7:54:47 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    cj online ^ | 4 Nov 15 | Rick Dean
    The IED explosion in Iraq took her arms. The cancer took another toll. Neither laid a glove on her indomitable spirit. But Dague did not let her horrific injuries – or the cancer she would fight soon after – control her life. She gave herself the nickname “Supernubs” and set out on a mission to “do whatever I can to raise awareness for the military suicide epidemic, and help people work through rough situations.”
  • The Eagle's Watch (Veteran's Day 2015)

    11/11/2015 7:33:27 AM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    11/11/15 | Kartographer
    My tribute and thanks to those who have heeded the call and especially to those who paid for our freedom by the giving of their the last full measure of devotion. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
  • Redhouse Dancers to perform on post

    11/11/2015 6:56:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 12 at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre here. The public is welcome to attend. The Redhouse Production Dancers will perform. Roman Orona is the guest speaker and the event concludes with free cultural food samplings. Throughout our Army's history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation. American Indians have a distinguished legacy in our Army. The Army's last Indian...