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.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this image says so much about the meaning of memorial Day. Please share.
Oh Lord, where do we get such men? ~Gen Kelley referring to an injured Beirut Marine, 1983
Time is 03:30 on January 23, 2012. The ‘Dignified Transfer’ return home of six heroes from Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Capt. Daniel B. Bartle Capt. Nathan R. McHone Master Sgt. Travis W. Riddick Cpl. Joseph D. Logan Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard Cpl. Jesse W. Stites Semper Fidelis!
SFC Benjamin Wise gave his life in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Senator Boozman honored his service and sacrifice on the Senate floor.
During the USMC Vietnam Helicopter Association’s event at “The Wall South” in Pensacola (1998), we had several flyovers by helicopters. I was in the H-34 as it flew over (2:04 into the video, piloted by Larry Turner and Ben Cascio) and it sure got a warm reception from the crowd, most of who hadn’t seen – > Read More
Lance Corporal Jason Nicholas Barfield, 22, of Ashford, Alabama, was killed in action October 24, 2011 in Helmand Province Afghanistan while serving in the war against terrorism. Rest in Peace Brother. http://www.usmc81.com
The date Sept. 11 will forever evoke in the hearts and minds of all Americans’ recollections of unimaginable tragedy, of lives callously and brutally cut short, of unspeakable horror and sorrow. And that is as it should be — we must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorist fanatics are willing to sink – > Read More
by Tom Shainline When I arrived in country, you were in the bush. I was assigned to your team, call sign “LITTLE GULL”. You were on patrol; I was in your tent. I did not know you. I saw your pictures, your Mother and Father, your wife, your children, your sweetheart, your friends, Miss January. – > Read More
The Memorial (wall) was designed by an undergraduate at Yale University, Maya Ying Lin, born in Athens, Ohio in 1959. Her parents fled from China in 1949 when Mao-Tse-tung took control of China, and she is a native-born American citizen. She acted as a consultant with the architectural firm of Cooper- Lecky Partnership on the – > Read More
From the Facebook page of my friend JoAnn Lyles, Mother of LCpl Jordan Haerter, KIA 2008, Ramadi, Iraq. “Valor never dies as long as brave souls, willingly give their lives for our freedom. Some may take this sacrifice for granted, while parents of these warriors pray for the safety of their children. These young men – > Read More
Received via e-mail.. Worth viewing again if you’ve seen it before. Very moving video. NOBODY does it better than the USMC… The event was a dinner given at the Marine Corps Museum (Quantico, Virginia) for families who lost loved ones in combat. Click on the image. http://www.jensensutta.com/slideshows/RTB/ Semper Fidelis http://www.usmc81.com
Three days after that (the flag raising), the war was over for Easy Company. Easy’s original total force on Iwo Jima was 310 young men, including replacements. On March 26, Captain Severance led his 50 survivors on a tour of the newly dedicated 5th Division cemetery. And then they traveled by a small boat to – > Read More
I follow Ashleigh’s Blog “When Three Becomes Two”. Ashleigh’s husband, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan. Ashleigh can’t go through this alone. She needs support. Read her thoughts and you’ll get a glimpse into the unimaginable pain endured when ‘Three Becomes Two’. ‘Tis the season Some think I’m better, but I’m not. I’m completely broken. – > Read More
By Second Lieutenant Eric Montgomery, U.S. Marine Corps For one former enlisted Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq, being a commissioned officer carries a great deal of personal weight. During the summer of 2005, my brother Brian and I were serving together in Iraq with Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines. Words could – > Read More