D-Day through the eyes of an 11 year old


Project Vigil:Stanley Stockins On June 6th, 2014, my 11 year old son wanted to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and died on Omaha beach on D-Day morning 70 years earlier. This is how he did it. Link to this post!

The History of HMM-163’s “Evil Eyes”


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…

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Former Marine Navigates Life After Active Duty


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…

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Jeremiah Denton blinked “torture”


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…

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It’s Our Code


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…

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U.S. Marine Surprises His Brother at Practice


One of The Few… Semper Fi! Link to this post!

The Most Honored Photograph


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


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…

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MEN IN BLACK: What it’s like to get ambushed


Men in Black is a true story as told by soldier and writer Colby Buzzell ( @colbybuzzell ) about his experience in Iraq MEN IN BLACK (Excerpt from ‘Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience’) from Evan Parsons on Vimeo. Link to this post!

One Marine’s Story


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…

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Marines and Tootsie Rolls


LtCol Andy Traynor, USMC (Ret), and Major Dave Vickers, USMC (Ret), tell a unique story of how Marines used Tootsie Rolls during the Chosin Reservoir campaign. Link to this post!

Drive On


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…

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Recon Team Lunchbox


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…

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To HELL and BACK Again


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Jim Bearden’s Battle on Hill 512


A leadership story. Worth the watch. Link to this post!

Making Marines – by Michael Kane


Neshaminy High School graduate Michael Kane reflects on his 13 weeks of basic training at Parris Island, SC, to become a United States Marine. Semper Fi Kane, nicely done! Link to this post!

Guadalcanal Dog Tags


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…

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Adrenaline Junkie


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…

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Cpl. Dakota Meyer – The Mission


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…

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A Marine’s journey to peace through Kibera


A marine's journey to peace through Kibera, East African That is the only explanation for the unlikely love affair between the sprawling slum and a young American Marine who could have been doing more exciting things with his time. Only a Kibera resident would understand this.  http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/magazine/A+marine+journey+to+peace+through+Kibera/-/434746/1214756/-/hjmoudz/-/ http://www.usmc81.com Link to this post!