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Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken

While still in his twenties, Dan inherited the schooner Rebel Yell. Soon after, he left the United States to embark on a series of voyages, mostly in pursuit of beautiful women and good times…

756th Bomber Squadron

Behind Enemy Lines

1LT. Cole was six feet and four inches and weight 240 pounds when he exited that crashing bomber and when he finally got back to Italy he weighed 160 pounds…

View from the Higgins Boat on D-Day

The Boat That Won World War II

General Eisenhower once proclaimed that Andrew Higgins was the man who won WW II, because of his boat. There are less that 130 Higgins Boats in service in the Navy, but they still get used…

American Nightingale by Bob Welch

American Nightingale

Jewish boys became doctors, but Jewish girls did not become nurses, especially immigrant ones from the old country with their old country ways…

Join the Armed Forces

Spice Up Your Obituary

One of the bad habits of a cop I developed was reading the obituaries on a daily basis. Cops are looking to see if any of their old customers are no longer in the game…

Battleship North Carolina Annual Memorial Day Observance

May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

WILMINGTON, NC – -( The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for May, 2014. Showboat—Systems & Design May 17, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm $40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military. As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those […]

Pure Grit

Stella Bain And Pure Grit

These women were healers, but in so many cases all they could do was hold the hand of a sailor as he waited to die. Then these brave women were expected to just go home & be normal wives, sisters, mothers…

The modern version of the handcart is the rescue helicopter

8 January 2014 A Sad Day For America

On 8 January 2014 the Air Force lost a rescue helicopter & four crew members. That same day the US Navy lost an MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter with 2 rescued, 2 confirmed dead crew members & 1 still missing…

Volcanic Christmas In Alaska

Volcanic Christmas In Alaska

When you are military and far from home during the holidays, having your “military family” for Christmas dinner is a wonderful experience…

Military Christmas

Military Christmas

Please enjoy your Christmas holiday this year but never forget the men and women who are “out there” defending and protecting our way of life. Merry Christmas and may God bless our American fighting troops…

1941 USS Oklahoma Crew Members

December 1941 Pearl Harbor

Not all combat killed Americans are buried where family can go to visit and remember. No one can visit Donald McCloud, but he is not forgotten…

USS Oklahoma

The USS Oklahoma Veteran

On 6 Dec 2013 I will be attending a Pearl Harbor 72nd Anniversary ceremony in Des Plaines, Ill. I will be driving Chief Petty Officer Joe Triolo USN Ret to the ceremony…


Deer Camp A Learning Experience

Sunday the 24th of November the second day of deer season in Wisconsin I awoke to a 1 degree temperature and wind. It was as if I was back in the Eifels and experiencing that killer winter of 1944…