Where Do You Live?

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By: Ed Creamer I find there are times when doors open and memories sit beside me. Now that may sound like a strange statement to make. But I believe we all have those times. Times when our mind takes a breather from the rush of today and stops just long enough for an instant in […]

The History of HMM-163’s “Evil Eyes”

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By Norm Urban HMM-163, to my knowledge, is, and has been, the ONLY U.S. Marine helicopter squadron that has distinguished itself for almost 40 years, using a non-standard, nonregulation, unofficial paint scheme. In Viet Nam, at least in 1966, most other Marine Sikorsky H-34 squadrons painted the transmission hump a specific color. But HMM-163’s were […]

Former Marine Navigates Life After Active Duty

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Former Marine, Dianna DiToro, joined the Marines shortly after college and transitioned to life as a Reservist in 2008. Read below to hear her inspirational story about navigating life outside of active duty and finding success in a rewarding new career as a Certified Personal Trainer. Former Marine Navigates Life After Active Duty by Dianna […]

Jeremiah Denton blinked “torture”

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The most famous Morse Code communication in history – and the bravest. Wall Street Journal, Mar. 31, Pg. A12 | Editorial Jeremiah Denton never blinked. He did not blink while leading bombing runs over North Vietnam as commander of a squadron of A-6 Intruders. He did not blink after he was shot down and taken […]

It’s Our Code

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By: Ed Creamer, vegasmarine1@roadrunner.com On 30 August 2006, Marine Col. F. Brooke Nihart, at 87 years of age, executed his orders to report for duty at Marine Detachment, Heavens Pearly Gates. As a Sgt. during WW-II, he served on the aircraft carrier Saratoga during the battle for Wake Island. He later fought on Okinawa. In […]

The Most Honored Photograph

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The most decorated combat flight in U. S. history didn’t take place in a major battle. It was a photo-reconnaissance flight; the flight of ‘old 666′ in June of 1943. Read about the Eager Beaver Crew here. Link to this post!

“Welcome Home” Trailer

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From YouTube: “Welcome Home” is a new series being produced by Sleeping Dog Productions, Inc. It tells the story of Viet Nam Veterans, from all branches of the service. It is scheduled for release in 2015, the 40th anniversary year of the end of the War. It is a thank you — and a welcome […]

One Marine’s Story

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By Richard W. Williams I was a grunt in India Company 3/5 in 1969. But, this is not war story. This is a story about the Espirit de Corps of the 1st Marine Division. I lived in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to joining the Marines in 1968, I learned that there was a Marine who […]

Drive On

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My good friend Jim Hatch (USMC, RVN) is a talented artist and one of my favorite songs he does is called “Drive On”, written by Johnny Cash after he and his wife June returned from a USO tour in Viet Nam. With Jim’s permission, please take a minute and listen to “Drive On! If you […]

Recon Team Lunchbox

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by Rod Carlson It was nearly noon and I was sitting in the cockpit looking up at rotor blades turn slower and slower and finally lurch to a stop. Our helicopter had just touched down at an obscure landing pad on the outskirts of Danang. Bruce Lake reached over his head to the instrument panel […]

Guadalcanal Dog Tags

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Posting this with permission from my friend, Marine Major John Ruffini October 24, 2011 I recently took a trip to Guadalcanal. I was in between duty stations and due to circumstance and a generous gift; I was able to take the trip. While there, I obtained two dog Tags that had been around since the […]

Adrenaline Junkie

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I have been an adrenaline junkie for most of my life. I was first introduced to adrenaline to the extreme where it became an addiction my first month in country in the Nam. I was with the 1/5 and it was Tet and as many of you know our assignment during this cluster fvck of […]

Cpl. Dakota Meyer – The Mission

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The Afghan Rescue Mission Behind Today’s Medal of Honor Inside a village on the Pakistan border, America’s defining values were on display. By BING WEST President Obama will today award the Medal of Honor to Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer. Image: http://www.nydailynews.com In attendance will be a handful of soldiers and Marines who, one day in September […]