Late in the day, I know, but no less heart-felt. New Market Day greetings to all our brethren and sisteren as we pause today to remember those who have marched forward resolutely, crossed fields, charged hills and won the day. An example for us all.
A reprise to our post on Mighty Stonewall at Chancellorsville; ETP0802 sent the link to this fascinating article: Scholars have long questioned whether it was an infection or pneumonia that killed Jackson, who gained the nickname “Stonewall” early in the war and went on to be lionized in the South and feared in the North because of his military exploits. On Friday, the 150th anniversary of Jackson’s death, a trauma surgeon with experience on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed his diagnosis of Jackson’s death after reinvestigating the medical record. After reviewing the 1860s files and subsequent reports, University [...]
An alumnus from ’96 passed this along today, with a comment: “Maybe I’m too sensitive, but I just find the article odd. I wouldn’t say a rewriting of history, but an equivocation of the US and the Vietnamese communists. I see more and more things like this coming out of that institute. Why is it they choose places like Vietnam or Cuba, and not say the Philippines. Go tour Corregidor and Bataan instead of getting propaganda.” I find myself nodding my head. What say you?
THIS DAY ONE-HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS AGO– Mighty Stonewall’s flank march at the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the epic quote, “The Institute will be heard from today.” (See also THIS. Scroll down and look for a link from the Huffington Post, and read it carefully. What say you now?)
Two Senators differ. No to intervention in Syria, I say. I cannot see a clear and pressing national interest. Let the Turks and the Israelis decide what to do, and we can lend help. I have no problem with some covert support, (and I don’t mean sending the Marine from the VMI class of ’87, ha ha ha). I do believe we need to keep an eye on the more vicious elements there, be prepared to take steps to deny them larger advantages and wait for any opportunities to strike them and their Iranian allies. But I cannot support any [...]
I have sad news to report: A Major General in the United States Air Force was killed Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed in the Williamsburg area. WAVY, citing Virginia State Police, reported that Major General Joseph D. Brown IV, 54, had died in the crash. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller identified the female passenger as Brown’s wife, Susan, according to the Associated Press. … He had been in the Air Force since 1980, when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute, where he was in the ROTC program. [...]
READ and here (added by Townie 76) Add your own prayers and intentions, please, as soon as you can. PS… Have I mentioned this– do you carry a basic trauma kit? If not, why? If so, do you know how to use it?? Someone’s life might depend on it.
Unless mine eyes deceive me, in the left half of this photo is one Chris Peet, VMI ’86. I’d recognize that scowl anywhere. Heard from TO-DAY. (Or, rather, the other day.)
Look who’s been selected for promotion to Captain, USNR! On there somewhere, is the one known as BULLNAV. Congrats, BR!
We’re back. The war, The War, has come to Boston. (As I write, I hear on the radio that there’s gunfire somewhere in Watertown. Hopefully it’s gunfire directed at Dzokhar Fuckface-aev, or whatever he calls himself in his primitive click-click language.) I also, thanks to multiple correspondents* we know that one of the good guys on the two-way range last night, and wounded in action, is a VMI grad. Godspeed his recovery. And eternal damnation to filth who have polluted our streets with their vicious, blood-soaked creed. The War goes on, folks. It was with us long before 9/11, it [...]