I found this very interesting, taken from the VMI archives: Va Military Institute Lexington Oct 16th 1870 Dear Mother I expect you have been looking for a letter from me for some time and in fact I would have written but about the time I thought of writing the rains & the flood came on, destroying bridges canals, & cutting off communication generally. I suppose of course that you have all read full accounts of Gen Lee’s death in the papers. He died on the morning of the 12th at about half past nine. All business was suspended at once [...]
I heard today on local radio this morning that a fine organization was having some trouble raising the requisite funds this year to fulfill its promises. What stuck with me was, “$15 will guarantee a wreath.” There are several VMI men at Arlington. Need we say more? Give what you can.
Now step forward, you may serve your country by informing on your friends, oh wait, when you get caught you’ll get kicked out. Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports. For one former academy [...]
Who has heard of such a thing?? I have, because this one’s mine!! So where the hell are YOURS??
I went with my lady friend to The Nation’s Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center today, the first visit in several months. It never fails to disappoint! With a limited budget and a short list of items to look for, we began in one corner and worked our way up and down the aisles. Passing quickly by the WWII memorabilia– although I must confess I’m *still* looking for Goering’s chamber pot, and am willing to pay top dollar for it– we got right into the ammo and guns, and all manner of things thereunto belonging. At the top of [...]
See previous post, “’89 Alumnus’ Fundraiser for Service Dog” for background. BR Tom Hamner gave us an update today: Elizabeth [daughter] will be selling raffle tickets at Green Top on Nov 23. She is selling $10.00 tickets for a first prize, $400.00 Green Top gift card. Second prize a $100.00 Green Top gift card. 300 tickets are being sold. Green Top Hunting & Fishing is the powerhouse outdoor store in the greater Richmond, VA metroplex. It’s located at 10150 Lakeridge Parkway in Ashland, VA, just off I-95 I believe. All of you Richmond area folks should get yourselves there. It’s [...]
Slater asked: “Does Dave Diles [VMI Athletic Director] fire Sparky [Sparky Woods, head coach of VMI football]?” Townie76 says: “Firing Sparky is not the answer. This is really about supply and demand. There is a finite supply of good college eligible football players and there is increased demand. When Div 1 and 1a were created in the 70s there were 75 schools 1A and 100 schools 1AA. Today if you look at there are 125 in what was div 1a and 143 what was div1aa. While it would be nice to say we can compete with USMA, USNA, or AFA [...]
Jim Simons ’78 posted a comment a few days ago skewering the Navy’s “aquaflage” uniforms, and wishing he could post a photo of real Navy working uniforms, as in his father aboard a destroyer in WWII. I told him to email it to me, and I’d post it. It turns out that the story he attached fits Veterans Day and Founders Day both. Photo of crewmen aboard the USS Izard (DD-589) circa-1945 attached.* BTW…. VMI boasts not one, but two sons of men who served aboard the USS Izard. In what some might call an odd coincidence, but which I prefer [...]
From today’s Richmond Times Dispatch; I did not know the young man, but to be Class President speaks highly of him.
COL Lapthe Flora– a Roanoker, no less– from the remarkable VMI class of ’87.