70 Years Ago: “All of This Fire Coming up Towards Us”

Read about a real warrior. Jim was a private in the 101st Airborne, one of the paratroopers dropped behind German lines in the hours before the D-Day landings. “We wanted to get out of the plane quickly, because it was hitting the plane,” he says. “Planes were blowing up, and we wanted to get the hell out of there.” They were inviting targets as they drifted toward the ground and the enemy. Asked what was going through his mind as he slowly descended through the clouds into hostile territory, Jim says, “Fascination, because of all of this fire coming up […]

Tanks for Sale… LOTS of Tanks

HOLY S**T! And not just tanks, either. Make sure you follow the link to the individual photos and descriptions, like this one: The vehicle being offered, Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H, chassis number 89457, was most likely built by Nibelungenwerke in February 1944. This vehicle was bought by Syria in the 1950s, probably from Czechoslovakia. It was captured by the Israelis during the Six Day War in 1967. After its capture, it was used as a training vehicle by the Israeli Army. It was then shipped to the Israeli Armor museum at Latrun in 1994. This tank was obtained from Israel […]

Forty Confederate Soldiers and One New Market Cadet

DVH61, ETP0802 and several more of you sent me this link, which is fascinating: Their remains sat, unmarked, in shallow graves at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va., for decades. Now, some 150 years after the Civil War, the bodies of 40 Confederate soldiers discovered over the past two months will receive a proper memorial. This is right and just, in itself. But read on. In 2007, Ricks received an unusual request, which led him to a discovery that was “like finding a needle in a haystack.” Ricks was approached by a descendent of Nathan Tiernon Walton, a cadet […]

New Market, From the Air

AirLand battle? My Brother Rat Rader, Major, USAF retired and fellow member of Mad-Dog Delta Company, flew over the reenactment and took some photos. That’s pretty neat. Speaking of the USAF and VMI, this was seen at the Pentagon visitor lot on 14 May… anyone know him?

New Market: 150 Years Ago, Today

Remember them! I hope you get to attend a graveside remembrance for one of the cadets who fought there. TANGO-76 and I will, so more to follow!  

VMI / Marine Corps Greatness

VMI has taken it on the chin in the news lately, so it’s about damn time for a remembrance of the greatness of the Old Corps. Math Lady and I spent the past weekend in Norfolk at my sister’s wedding. We spent a good part of one afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and of course we got to see Sir Moses Ezekiel’s Vista Statuary: And on the drive back to NoVA we stopped to pay respects to these two Virginia gentlemen at their final earthly abode:  

RIP, Walter R. Walsh: Marine, FBI Agent, Gunfighter

Oh, and an Olympian too– Dead at age 106. Quite the man. May squadrons of angels sing him to his rest.

Operation Eagle Claw: 24/25 April 1980

I remember it, but was only 12 years old. Although, when I was a lieutenant at Lejeune our battalion CO organized a PME at the O Club with the senior Marine -53 pilot on the mission, and that was fascinating. He’s long since retired, of course, but as of 2006 he was working as a civilian at Quantico, if I remember correctly. The Iran hostage raid was the significant catalyst in the formation of a national coordinated special ops capability, resulting eventually in what we know today as SOCOM and all things thereunto belonging. If I may be so bold, […]

Power for Power’s Sake

Thank you to Mike Burke for his comment that brought up the concept of power. America’s Legal, Expert and Coercive Powers are out of balance – beyond that which can be explained by which Personality is in vogue. Lawmakers out in the west are meeting to address a symptom of these phenomena.   Symptomatic of the growth of Coercive Power is the number of government agencies that have their own police forces, and the ever-growing up-gunning of LEO. Serving a warrant is now an operation not unlike arresting an AQI operative in Fallujah.   In response to this destabilizing trend, […]

How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]