Thoughts on the Passing of Colonel Tyson Wilson, USMCR

He was a member of the greatest generation. On his gravestone it will say “Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve”. That should say it all, but it doesn’t. He was a teacher, but that is not sufficient. He was more than a teacher. He was a mentor, a guide, a friend, a counselor. Cadets for over thirty came through his office, came under his spell, learned from his experience as a student and a participant. In short he was the quintessential VMI man. But he was not a graduate of VMI, but in those thirty years of teaching he became […]

Colonel Ty Ty Wilson

Just read that long time Professor of Military History at VMI, Colonel Tyson “Ty Ty” Wilson died on December 21, 2011.  Here is the link to his Obit .  I have a plefora of Ty Ty stories.  He was a real character, a great professor, and a Marine through and through.  Ask all VMI graduates who knew to share a story.  He was one of the greats.  May he Rest in Peace.  So long faithful warrior and teacher.

Santa Don’t Carry No Plastic Pistol

With a Yuletide tashakor to Tony-Sahib, we have proof positive that St Nick carries a 1911. (I expect he has a blow-out kit in the sleigh too.)

Interesting Perspective

Colonel (Retired) Pat Lang who publishes Sic Semper Tyrannis and who is a retired Army Special Forces and Intelligences office, he is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.  This article, which was published on Foreign Affairs about four years ago resonates even today.  I will comment more later on this tendency.

Christmas 2011

A very Merry Christmas (and belated Happy Hanukkah to Op-Forians of the ancient faith) to all, especially the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines overseas. May next Christmas see them all home safe and sound, wreathed with the laurels of victory.

Ordinary People My Ass!!

Prince Harry, the third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, who many believe to be a dullard, uttered perhaps the best line about those who serve Queen and Country.  I have serious doubt, that other than McCain and Webb who both have sons who have served, any American public official could be quite so eloquent. Harry  said: “I am a young Army officer, a serving soldier. Like my brother, I share many of the same hopes, the same aspirations to go on operations, and the same fears as all those who serve our Queen and country. “By an […]

North Korea

For those who have not been following the developments in North Korea, here is a link to an article in the Telegraph regarding the death of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il. The next several weeks shall be tense on the peninsula.  “Dear Leader’s” chosen successor is his twenty something year old son.  Can he survive, does he have the physical, mental, and political skills to cement his control over North Korea.  The Senior members of the North Korean junta may have other ideas and may be willing to challenge the young leader.  The chances of war are certainly raised.  The other […]

We Didn’t Know He Was “IL”

So long, scumbag. I do hope that somewhere, somehow he embraced Our Lord and Savior before he expired, but I expect that might be a forlorn hope. Otherwise, I hope I don’t speak “IL” of the dead when I say that he won’t be missed much. The question in his wake is the extent to which his progeny will be more or less murderous, despotic, unstable and weird.

Firearms Friday

Random gun stuff… – The esteemed John Murphy of FPF Training has posted his 2012 calendar. Right now there is a discrepancy in the listing for the first Minuteman Rifle Course. I contacted him and he said the proper dates are “31 March – 1 April,” and that he’ll correct it shortly. – Lots of good commentary posted lately at Farnam’s Quips, including two cautionary tales (this and the bottom third of this). The top third of the latter is good info, especially for the novice. – You know what I haven’t seen much of lately, on Golden Tiger […]

Afwan, Iraq

And so it ends. Here’s one retrospective. I leave it to you to add yours. Feel free.