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.

That Smell: A Wounded Marine Reflects on Veterans Day

by James Brobyn If you asked me what I remember most about my time as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, my answer would probably be a surprise. I remember the smells more than anything. To this day, I can still smell the Iraqi towns and local foods, which trigger fond memories of exploring a new – > Read More

War Is Hell

Last week’s video of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses went viral on the Internet. Among the responses was Lt. Col. Allen West’s ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell‘. I agree the actions of those Marines do not represent the values we learn in the Corps, however, unless you’ve been shot at by the Taliban, Shut – > Read More

CASEVAC Corpsman Shannon Dittlinger

Bruce Williams-Burden, former Navy Corpsman (RVN), wrote a book earlier this year year titled “Luminous Base”. The book is a well-researched collection of respectful and caring stories of Corpsmen killed in action. In April, I posted a review of the book here on my blog. With Bruce’s permission, I am posting a chapter from his – > Read More

Killing In War

by Wally Beddoe, 2010 Abstract This report considers the moral issues associated with killing in a war. To add flavor to an otherwise mundane report, we will hear first-hand thoughts from Marines I have interviewed for this paper who have killed in war and how killing affected them then and now. For the purposes of – > Read More

Cleared Hot! – Book Review

Being the webmaster for the USMC Combat Helicopter Association since 1997, I am familiar with many of the members, squadrons, aircraft, stories, terminology, bases, etc. so “Cleared Hot”, like Marion Sturkey’s “Bonnie-Sue“, was an educational read for me. Highly Recommended! Although I was a Marine stationed on a helicopter base in the early 80’s, I – > Read More

Women in Combat?

In my philosophy class, the discussion of women in combat is on the agenda this week. So many people believe that if a woman wants to serve on the front lines, in a combat situation, why not? Women serve proudly and honorably in many disciplines in all branches of the Armed Forces today, but not – > Read More

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Wally Beddoe, December 2009 University of Bridgeport, Psychology Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after someone has experienced a life-threatening situation. People with PTSD often can’t stop thinking about what happened to them. They may try to avoid people and places that remind them of the trauma and may work – > Read More

Lone Survivor

I recently finished reading Marcus Luttrell’s story “Lone Survivor”. Marcus (Navy Cross), a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team 10 in Afghanistan, recounts the horrific engagement with the Taliban and the heroics of his teammates as they fought back to back high in the mountains against an enormous enemy force in Operation Red Wing (2005). Marcus – > Read More

Marine Humor in Combat

Received this via e-mail. Love the video… “I fell out of my chair laughing at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4N2Ryoy73g&playnext=1&list=PL2F57A1C028FB8828 A US Marine at a roadway checkpoint, bored to tears, talking to a Baghdad-bound Iraqi taxi driver. You have to understand Marine humor in combat is a little on the sick side, but very funny. This lad’s – > Read More