Dunford Takes Charge (via Duffel Blog)

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??

INCHON DAY!

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.

Corporal [sic] Hassoun Gets His (First) Day in Court

ETP0802 sent this along and wondered aloud, “Will be interesting to see how touchy/feely this one goes…” Any bets?  

VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

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 […]

Book Review: “Virginia’s Ring” Round 2

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.” […]

Yes, We Love Us Some General Dunford

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.”

TAPS: Ericsson Davis ’10

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 […]

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.

Hell Yeah, Less Pay!

Someone needs a fucking piss-test. The end is near. I’m more and more convinced of it every day. He needs to get out of the E-Ring.