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My Mom’s Last Story

My Mother went to her grave saying, “Hitler was a Good Man.  He was like Nixon.  He had bad advisors.” Before I get into this it might be a good idea to read this post. I’m not a Nazi, But My Mom Was Mom told stories to me all my life.  I became a World [...]

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Tour of The Gettysburg Battlefield

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered the most important engagement of the American Civil War. After a great victory over Union forces at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania in late June 1863. On July 1, the advancing Confederates clashed [...]

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The USS Forest Fire

Every soldier, an infantryman. Every sailor, a firefighter.

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“Holy Joe” Holy Shit!

Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.  Right? B-29-20-BA Superfortress (s/n 42-63489) named “Holy Joe” was assigned to  the 881st Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force based on Saipan. On 18 FEB, 1945, with 1/Lt James M. Pearson in command and co-pilot 2/Lt Edward Porada they took of at 0647 HRs [...]

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Custer’s Last Stand…. Wasn’t

At the ripe old age of five, the first book I read was “The Autobiography of George Armstrong Custer”. I’ve been a student of Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn ever since.

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Desert Storm

I’m going out on a limb and posting my first F-117 story from Desert Storm. This is no shit. I was taking my turn as NCOIC of the EOR.  For civilians and Nonners, this means I was in charge of the End of Runway Crew.  EOR is where we get one last look at the [...]

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Why is the Left Destroying US History?

“We have to tear down those Confederate statues because their racist.”   At first look that sounds fairly reasonable.  There are those in America that may well feel offended by the statues of Southern Generals.  But put that in historic perspective.  The last veteran of the Civil War died in 1959.  My grandfather died in [...]

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F-105 Losses, George AFB 1978

1978 was a bad year for the Thud drivers at George AFB.  It was said you could go down to Thud Ops and watch pilots push each out of the door. Pilot A: “You fly the Bitch!” [shove] Pilot B: “Oh Hell no! I flew this morning. You fly the Bitch!” [shove] The truth was [...]

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North Sea Ejection

The North Sea,22 NOV 1975- Captain Jim Evans (33), pilot and Lt George Kuprian (29), WSO flying an F-4D Phantom II (66-0256) call sign “Trest One” were conducting air combat training over the North sea, 60 to 80 miles east of Great Yarmouth. Nearest…” (Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, east England). Trest Two was flown by Frank Chuba. Trest Three was flown by Ed Daniel. The aircraft was assigned to the 492nd TFS (48th TFW), RAF Lakenheath, UK.

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Calm Down Hawaii

This has happened before. Thanks CNN https://youtu.be/mrSUROagyDc Whoops.  Here’s the World’s biggest blooper: https://youtu.be/CFCABnWlN8E https://youtu.be/Bz9H9QxAxbQ Then there was 1983 and KAL 007 https://youtu.be/bLwVEryiufc https://youtu.be/L9RrTzcDcw0 NORAD PUTS IN THE WRONG TAPE https://youtu.be/kZOYVIF8Nr0 HEY HAWAII, CALL ARKANSAS https://youtu.be/CfemqcnTfPk THEN THERE ARE THESE https://youtu.be/RpFSefIsZkc https://youtu.be/dJwwurU-HqM OCTOBER 1962 https://youtu.be/vmqM7uaGfrk  

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