Per Mare, Per Terram! (Some great photos and tributes there, be sure to look at them all.) 350 years old. Here’s to you!
Submitted without comment. This too. Both are worth reading. What say you?
Thirty-one years ago, TODAY. As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Official investigations would later […]
Just a little humor for a Monday. (Yes, it appeared Friday but I didn’t have the chance to post it until now.) The video, titled “Marines peeing on navy pilot” has already gone viral, prompting a sharp rebuke from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… But seriously– welcome back General, and congratulations. What took you so long??
15 September 1950. Amphibious landing, the way it ought to be done– a stunning stroke of operational art. Could we do it today? Not on that scale, we don’t have the amphib lift, nor do I think we have the true capability, even adjusting for improvements in ships and weapons systems. Check me if I’m wrong but be sure to justify your answer.
ETP0802 sent this along and wondered aloud, “Will be interesting to see how touchy/feely this one goes…” Any bets?
What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]
After having been badgered by LinkedIn to purchase Lynn Seldon ’83s book, it was supposed to be a signed copy, I suppose. Didn’t receive one of those from Amazon. You can read Townie76’s review here. Like many before me I read “The Lords of Discipline” before attending VMI. That was not the only Pat Conroy book that I’ve read. He wrote several novels that are attached to the Citadel, he was a great high school basketball player and wrote a book about his experience as a Citadel basketball player titled: “My Losing Season,” and another book titled “South of Broad.” […]
It’s about damn time. (Not just for me to post it, but for it to happen.) He’s a Marine’s Marine, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s another Marine’s Marine– “Retired Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, who served as the 16th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, said Dunford would prioritize Marines and their families and excel in relating to troops in all ranks. ‘He’s the damn epitome of a Marine leader,’ Kent said.”
I think I’ve written too many of these in the past year, or it just feels that way. This afternoon I was informed by a fellow alumnus that is in my unit a fellow Blood and Guts Golf Company alumnus had passed away. I did not know Ericsson Davis well, but I knew him. Golf Company was always very close, we all knew each other. So this one, it hits the bone. Ericsson was a Third Classmen when yours truly was a rat. I can tell you a few things from that perspective. He maintained a quiet outward demeanor, but […]