Bringing Home LCpl Barfield

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

LUMINOUS BASE

A couple months ago, I was contacted by Bruce Williams-Burden, a former Navy Corpsman. Bruce was wrapping up his book “LUMINOUS BASE”, which is a magnificent story of the fifty-seven Hospital Corpsmen who died in the course of their duty over a 45-year period (1962-2007). Bruce asked me if I wouldn’t mind giving it a – > Read More

Purple Foxes – February 7, 1969 and 2007

On February 7, 1969, a Marine helicopter crashed in Vietnam, killing six of the seven on board. On February 7, 2007, a Marine helicopter was shot down in Iraq, killing all seven on board. Both helicopters belonged to the Purple Foxes of HMM-364, a Marine Corps helicopter squadron. In 1969, a Corpsman by the name – > Read More

LCPL Jordan Haerter and CPL Jonathan Yale

Excerpt from a CMC speaking engagement: I would share with you a story that took place back in the spring in Iraq. I say that Iraq is better, but Iraq is still a very dangerous place. On the morning of 22 April, outside an entry control point in the city of Ramadi, we had two – > Read More

Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam

PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one day after he received fragment wounds from an explosive device while on patrol in the vicinity of Khe Sanh (Hill 881S). He was my Dad’s 1st cousin. As long as – > Read More