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.

RIP, Arik

Time has done what the Arabs could not do. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but quite a soldier and a man to be reckoned with.

Taps: Richard Lee ’11

I was informed by a Brother Rat of mine yesterday evening that one of our Brother Rats had passed away. Richard Lee of Covington, Virginia, was a 2011 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.  He was commissioned as an Military Police Officer, he was serving as a Basic Training Company XO at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His previous assignment was a year tour in Korea. He went by Rick.  He matriculated as a member of Band Company.  Rat year we were members of the VMI Glee Club together, he would go on to be a member for the remainder of […]

Memorial Day Weekend, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield

Local hero: A fighting man; my kind of guy: And there are some Yankees too: More to follow.

Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen

By all means enjoy your long weekend, folks, but remember the fallen. I don’t think I have to preach that to the readers of this blog, but I encourage you to evangelize your friends and neighbors whose understanding of the day in question might have slipped. (This is where I plan to be on Monday morning.)

British soldiers killed in First World War finally buried with full military honours

A very moving piece from the UK: They gave their lives fighting for their country and had remained buried in an anonymous French field for almost a century. But four British soldiers killed in action during the First World War were finally buried with full military honours today during an emotional service in northern France attended by their families. Lieutenant John Pritchard, 31, and 28 year-old Private Christopher Elphick were re-interred along with two unidentified comrades from the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) after being killed during the Battle of Arras. (More pics here.) RIP to them. And thanks to Maj […]