RIP, Cadet Hoang

Sad news from VMI. Our prayers and intentions go forth to you and your family, and your Brother Rats.

Christopher Lee, Warrior

Mike_B sent us a link from British Forces.TV on Sir Christopher Lee. Lee starred in many a matinee movie played in Lex before the theater was torn down to make homes. Lee’s passing makes me wonder if there are any actors left who served in combat – and not the CGI kind. Lee’s record is classified (still!). From the article, one gets a sense of Lee, the warrior: When pressed by an eager interviewer on his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement. “So can I.” replied a smiling […]

McGuire ’96 in Roanoke Times: “Honor Their Sacrifice”

Rusty McGuire ’96 has written a fine op-ed in the Roanoke Times, honoring his Brother Rat Captain Jamie Edge ’96, USMC, who was killed leading a company in combat, ten years ago in Ramadi. (We are honored and humbled to have been asked by the Times to use one of our photos for the piece, taken a few years ago by Colonel Hank himself at Captain Edge’s grave in Arlington.) Please go read it. Read, reflect, remember.

VMI and Memorial Day 2015

Thank you gentlemen, from Townie76, Lt. Col. P, Bullnav, Slater, and DaveO The Global War on Terror: Charles W. Mathers, ’62.  On 9/11, World Trade Center David L. Williams, ’91.  On 9/11, Pentagon Lowell T. Miller, II, ’93 Paul R. Syverson, III, ’93 John R. Teal, ’94 Gregory R. Wright, Jr., ’95 James C. Edge, ’96 Ryan E. Doltz, ’00 Joshua C. Hurley, ’01 Charles A. Ransom, ’01 Luke C. Wullenwaber, ’02 Dale R. Griffin, ’03 Michael W. Newton, ’03 Luke J. Mercandante, ’07 William L. McMillan III, ’08 Desert Storm: Thomas C. Zeugner, ’76 Terry L. Plunk, ’88 Vietnam: […]

Information Is Subversive

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]

RIP, Major General Harold Greene, USA

Sad news from Afstan:  

RIP, Albert M. Orgain IV ’65

Sad news to pass on: Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam. RIP. (

Memorial Day 2014

Remember to pause during whatever festivities you’re involved with this weekend. Don’t let the incidental swamp the essential.  

RIP, Gen Mundy, Part II

A fine eulogy in National Review: I should note that I knew General Mundy fairly well. Indeed, we were on a first-name basis: He called me “Mac” and I called him “General.” He served as Marine commandant at a particularly difficult time. First, the Cold War had ended and part of an alleged “peace dividend” involved substantial reductions in the force structure of all the services. General Mundy oversaw a reduction of the Marine Corps from 194,000 troops to 170,000. But more important, his time as commandant was also a period when social pressure was brought to bear on the […]

RIP, Gen Mundy

From Military Times: The Marine Corps’ 30th commandant, retired Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., has died, his family confirmed to Marine Corps Times. He was 78. Mundy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, several months ago, said his son-in-law, Bob Gunter. He died Wednesday night at his home in Alexandria, Va. Mundy served as commandant from 1991 to 1995 and helped to restructure the Marine Corps following the denouement of the Cold War. A true Marine and a real gentleman. May whole squadrons of angels sing you to your rest, General.