About Townie 76

Townie 76, aka COL Hank, was born in Lexington Virginia and graduated VMI in 1976. He entered the Army in November 1976 as an Armor Officer. He left the Army in 1984 and joined the Virginia Army National Guard where he remained until 1998 when he returned to Active Duty as a Title 10 Active Guard and Reserve Officer. He retired from the Army on 31 July 2006 and was recalled to active duty the next day where he is now beginning his third year as a recalled retiree. COL Hank has served in various Command and Staff assignments in his thirty two years of service, to include assignment in Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Kuwait. COL Hank finally retired from the Army in July 2009. He now works for the Department of the Army in the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Civilian.

John McDermott’s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”

As I was sitting on the porch tonight listening to a variety of music, John McDermott’s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” played.  Whilst not about American sacrifice in war, it is about war and the sacrifice the ANZACs made in World War I and in particular the during the ill fated misadventure hatched by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill–Gallipoli.  Anyway here are the words, copied from: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Cords When I was a young man I carried my pack And I lived the free life of a rover From the Murrays […]

What Wrong with the Army

The Army is screwed when you have to wear a Kevlar to cut grass at Fort Stewart!!!!!!

New Market Thoughts

On Saturday May 9, the Potomac River chapter had a New Market gathering in Washington DC.  I was asked to say something about New Market, I thought I would share my remarks with our OP-FOR readers. This coatee, this NCO belt (which I took to the event) are part of the flotsam of our cadetship. They represent the memories of our cadetship. Memories of parades, dyking out, dykes, inspections, bones the good and bad. It represent something else the connection with the past. The buttons are the same or similar as those worn by the Cadets who answer their native […]

Next CSA

MilleyIt is a sad day for the Army as they are nominating General Mark Milley to be the next CSA.  The fact that General Vincent Brooks was not selected is a crying shame, he would have help propel the Army into the 21st Century.

Dunford for Chairman

Reports are coming out that “Fighting Joe” Dunford will be the next Chairman.  Rock On. http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/05/04/apnewsbreak-marine-general-chosen-joint-chiefs-chairman


Based on a earlier discussion, thought it would be fun to do a poll on the top twenty five war movies as voted by our readers.  I went to Wikipedia and pulled their list and then sort of picked and choose from about 500 movies to come up with the list.  If you think missed one put it in a comment.  You should be able to see the results after you finish.  Townie 76

Best War Movies of All Time

Over at the Telegraph they have selected the best war movies of all time.  I don’t disagree with any, although there are a couple I would add, to include In Harms Way and Lawrence of Arabia.  Of those on the list I am torn between Zulu and the Bridge Over the River Kwai as being the best.  I have not seen American Sniper or any of the other movies about our current wars, unfortunately the events and what I experienced are too close.

Blast from the Past

Here is a link to an article I wrote in August 2007 for the Armed Forces Journal International. Clearly Shrek didn’t bother to read it, if he did he didn’t bother to pay attention.  Not surprising as he knows more than anyone.

British Para Awarded Victoria Cross

A British Para, was awarded the Victoria Cross by the Queen in part for saving the life of American Marine Captain. Three cheers for Lance Cpl. Joshua Leakey.

April 9th 1865

He had not slept well the night before. A third or more of his Army had been captured by Federal Forces when they crossed the “T” as they pursued his beleaguered forces from Petersburg westward. Now he would attempt what he was famous for, maneuvering his forces away from Grant’s force. He envisioned a short battle that would permit him and the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia to escape once again, to secure supplies, and link up with Joe Johnson and to continue the fight. Robert Edward Lee of Virginia rose as was his custom, trimmed his beard […]