Pearl Harbor ceremony with picture
It took sixty years for Earl Finn to get an answer to the events surrounding his brother Joe's death on the battlefield. He even wrote a poem, "Why Did My Brother Joe Die?" The answer was at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
My experience with the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and how a group of dedicated DESA volunteers saved the USS Slater DE766
Our all-volunteer force has served the nation well for more than 40 years, but without renewed interest, the future readiness, quality and effectiveness of the all-volunteer force is at risk. How can you help? Share your story with the youth in your community. Encourage them to be part of something greater than themselves, to protect and defend the freedoms and values upon which we built our great nation.
Veteran's Day is always a solemn reunion for this eclectic bunch of Veteran's. One of their sons, a Veteran himself, was invited to come along and have lunch with this older generation of heroes.
The value of a college education through the eyes of an American Vet.
A young Marine returns home from the front lines determined to restart his life.
Its about the Bayonet Attack
How I became a member of the greatest veterans' organization in the world and their support for me as I competed in the Ms. Veteran America 2014 competition.
After reading an article about a Chinese farmer and His wife, both in their seventies, being thankful for a Bible and a home to live in, I started reflecting on how Thankful I actually had become myself. He made about $10 a month and tithed his income. They lived in a modest hut and carried an attitude of contentment and gratitude.
Below is a declaration that was part of a Memorial Day talk I gave at an American Legion Post. I would be honored to have it published if at any time it seemed appropriate. I AM AN AMERICAN PATRIOT
Ryan Paradis is a 11 year old boy who is a true patriot. The past two years he has donated a portion of his 4-H earnings to the local veteran groups.
A call for us all to welcome our soldiers home with open arms and grateful hearts and to provide each with the compassionate support they need to begin their lives anew.
At the end of a two year commitment on his last combat flight a crew chief's Dustoff helicopter is shot down by a mortar while attempting to pick up wounded in Vietnam.
A Vietnam Dustoff Crew-chief recalls his last combat mission when his helicopter is struck by a mortar while attempting to land in the dead of the night to pick up a wounded solider.
In Long Overdue Recognition
Dalton Veterans Russell Freeburg, Ted Panas and Ray Ernest were honored for 60 continuous years of service to the American Legion, Mintken-Davison Post 301 during the 2014 Memorial Day service at Dalton Cemetery.
"The Very Soul of a Nation is its Heroes"
"The very soul of a nation is its heroes"
I wrote this last week for my mother for Mother's day, yes she was a WWII veteran~and yes she did it her way!
Ever wonder why the Veterans Administration has to many chiefs and not enough "True Veterans Who Care"? Our Veterans Services should be ashamed on how Veterans in Arizona are being treated in Phoenix and Tucson. Did you know that the American Legion Runs Phoenix Regional Ratings Office? Yet, American Legion Reps say their no part of them. I now have a 2 year journal of recorded conversations that will make you sick to your stomach.
A Dustoff crew risked their helicopter and their lives to evacuate a dead man and solider who doesn't appear to be wounded from the thick jungles of Vietnam.
On April 27th 1964 Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron, assisted by gunships of the U.S. Army's Dragon Flight, 52nd Aviation Battalion, both out of Da Nang Vietnam attacked a VC Stronghold 15 miles west northwest of Quang Ngai, near the village of Do Xa. For the 'Purple Foxes' of HMM-364, Dragon Flight and ARVN Troops the mission proved anything but typical.
The Viet Nam war was never officially declared. It was the war…that wasn’t. For those of us who were there, the war that wasn’t still lives within us. Little do we realize how the war that wasn’t, is firmly etched in our souls. In a sense, the future is not ours. It belongs to the war that wasn’t. The war that wasn’t, has a mysterious effect on every decision we make. For those of us who participated, the war...that wasn’t...now is. We are Viet Nam veterans.
Let's not wait nearly 75 years to honor our veterans.
No eyes are wandering as I look upon the faces of mourners, all eyes fixed on the soldier saluting the folded flag held over his partner’s heart. An older, higher ranked man squares his shoulders as the two soldiers step again in synch toward him. The folded flag is placed in his hands; the two salute the flag in one matched motion. The older man’s steps are more comforting, unperfected, and quiet. Around me more sniffle, someone discreetly sobs.
A door gunner recalls a mission in the Plain of Reed flying an experimental mission called Firefly in 1968.
The Ravens were a secret group of elite U. S. Air Force pilots who flew in civilian clothes and unmarked aircraft to help save the neutral country of Laos from being taken over by the North Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict. They were highly trained fighter pilots who flew as Forward Air Controllers (FAC) in the single engine, prop driven, slow moving Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog to direct fighter-bombers onto heavy defended targets and provide bomb damage.
In celebrating our blessings, we should include the service and sacrifice bestowed to us by our veterans. All too often, acknowledgment for their commitment and valor is long-delayed or even denied. Such is the case for the WWII Tokyo Raiders.
The importance of Veterans Day in the lives of children today as seen through the eyes of one educator.
I was unable to attend the stone setting for my friend Walter Wolf this past Sunday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "Walt, please accept these words in place of my absence."
“We stand on the backs of their sacrifice. Their history is our tradition, as long as there are Americans to remember...”
“We stand on the backs of their sacrifice. Their history is our tradition, as long as there are Americans to remember...”
Is Congress doing it to Vets again?
Iwo Jima Survivor Finally Sees Memorials Honoring His Service Courtesy of Honor Flight Cleveland
This is something every young athlete should read as they prepare for there experience @ the American Legion World Series....
Five brothers who have served in the US Army. And our sister's husband was an Air Force retiree.
ATTN RVN VETS, THIS IS A LETTER I SENT TO THE VIET NAM HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSN. PLEASE LET THEM KNOW IF YOU AGREE
Have you ever sat and listened to your grandfather or and older War veteran as they told their story of wars from the Past. If you havent you may want to do so as it might save your life one day.
Was your father or mother a Veteran? We want to honor them all. Read on and find out what we have planned for Memorial day!
This about the seven years I spent aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation CVA-64. It covers some fo the events dating from just after the big fire until 1959. It is about the daily routines telling of tragedy and some of the fun stuff that went on.
His epic story of participating in five invasions in the Pacific during history's greatest conflict
Hi, my name is Sal Gentile a Tinnitus suffer from Tampa, Florida and I am a Military Veteran and the American Tinnitus Association Lead Event Coordinator for “Salute to Silence Tinnitus”. I would like to tell my story.
After 40 years of being out of Vietnam, a medic is reunited with his medica bag and his past........
The Preface is written by daughter, Rosa Maria Lopez: This story is about my Dad's personal experience of the tragic events of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center eleven years ago now. He wrote about the role of Jerome Dominguez, a NYC police officer of the Emergency Service Unit, truck #3, of the Bronx. And this is his story...
Honoring the Marine Corps Birthday is more to a Marine than just a celebration. It is an achievement. Thirteen weeks of back breaking training is something most of us will never get to experience. Marines are prepared to fight and die for this country and so this celebration is like there second birthday. Each Ball counts as another year of survival for the Marines and their loved ones. 237 years of tradition and commitment to this country, we are the land of the free because of the brave!
World War II Memorial - Honor Flight - Hero's - Train Ride - Greatest Generation - Nursing Careers All of the above phrases have prompted me to share an experience which has shaped and touched the lives of many.
Everett Smith served with the 187th regiment, 11th Airborne Division during the Second World War. With time and age his scrapbook (kept by his mother) began to become damaged. Here in this blog are photographs, his letters and thoughts are included with a background of the entire unit's experience. I would be honored to have this included in your records, for I am the last of his bloodline.
How fine might the world have been but for ungodly war? The privileged of Freedom exacts a price; from the ardent brave, the supreme sacrifice, and yet, all is not loss, although most high-tagged are the priceless gifts our soldiers give, the ultimate sacrifices they have made, and are likely, by the Grace of God, to courageously offer in the future, as Freedom and the love of Freedom are not the ways of this sometimes, in some places, somewhat dismal world in all its dissension and discord...
On a cold November morning the MGM Grand on the Las Vagas strip was on fire. The 302nd Special Operations Squadron out of Phoenix, Arizona was on a TDY at Nellis AFB, just north of Las Vagas. The 302nd responded with three HH-3E heavy lift helicopters to assist local first responders with rescue and transport efforts. I was the Flight Engineer on Pony 01 the first helicopter to arrive.
There is a bill in the Senate called, “Canine Members of the Armed Services Act (S.2134), which is intended to reclassify MWDs as canine members of the armed forces, instead of being classified as ‘equipment’. It seems to be stalled in Congress (the House of Representatives has a companion bill processing). I urge every member of the American Legion to contact their representatives in Washington and ask them to support these bills.
The story of the Kiwi loosing it's ability to fly, in comparison to the Army and the other three branches.
My personal experiences in Wonju, Korea 1951/52
We are now after an unacceptable period of time bringing the recognition of the Vietnam Veteran to the American people for the recognition that was shamefully denied them. I watched with pride the recent awarding of the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam War hero that somehow "fell through the crack". I commend the individual who discovered this oversight and pursued with vigor to right a wrong for a Screaming Eagle Army hero. The stigma of this regrettable War may be finally over.
USS HOEL DDG13 69/70 WESTPAC On a hot, eternal Summer’s day at the equator during the USS Hoel’s 5th Westpac cruise, the forward fire room lost power. Emergency measures had to be used to avoid an explosion in the fire room.
"They honored Wayne with a Fallen Soldier ceremony. Soldiers lined both sides of the C-130 with the casket bearers solemnly marching Wayne to the aircraft. The soldiers all saluted Wayne as he passed and a prayer was said for him."
How I joined the service.
Standing on the shore-line we watched a cruise ship heading home. The American flag waiving briskly in the wind with the ships band playing our National Anthem. We cried as we also wished to go home, The place was Venice, Italy and we were on leave of absence from The U.S. Army in Germany sight seeing Europe but no other sight could remove the thoughts of going home,for that we had to wait.
Wonderful things around the Community.
Homemade cheeseburgers help warm the hearts of those who serve this country!
With Pearl Harbor Remembrance day fast approaching, I'd like to remind everyone to ready your busy schedule and prepare to lower your flag(s) to honor the soldiers that gave their life to protect the freedom we hold so dear in this country
An abandoned Douglas A-3D Skywarrior restored from airport eyesore to airport beauty
“Epic Words” of a warrior.