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The Virginia Military Institute

The First Rat Mass is a time-honored, solemn ceremony that the Virginia Military Institute has held for 179 years. General Marshall participated. General Patton participated. It has not changed for 179 years.

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The Death of Rich Russell

Since his tragic death, Rich Russell has become a legend in the world of aviation.

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ANDY’S FOOT

Andy is a diabetic. Andy didn’t care about being a diabetic. He cares about it now.

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F-16 Arrives at Oshkosh Airshow

Maybe he just came in hot, forgot to lower the flaps, forgot to deploy the speed brakes and fucked up.

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

“The Lake, it is said, never gives up her dead.
When the skies of November turn gloomy.”
-Gordon Lightfoot

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True Humor in World War Two

At one point in the Italian Campaign, the U.S. Army Air Force built a dummy airfield to confuse the Germans and get them to attack it instead of the nearby real airfield. The Germans saw it and dropped dummy bombs on the dummy airfield.   Two British columns were passing by each. Field Marshall Montgomery [...]

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Things You Notice When Your Old

Children should not dress up as policemen. That goes for the military as well. You have a pill box. Periods show up randomly until they’re a wistful memory. Depends start looking like a good idea. Men sit when they pee. You stop driving because your car gives you sass-mouth. That $1000 mortgage you paid off [...]

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The Crash of “Keep 19”

Goldsboro, NC, January 24, 1961- A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, 58-0187, (the last Block 95 airframe),call sign “Keep 19”, of the 4241st Strategic Wing, 822d Air Division, Eighth Air Force, based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was on Coverall airborne alert. The bomber was commanded by Major Walter S. Tulloch, U.S. Air [...]

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Some Germans I Met

After six years in Germany I came back and had two goals. To learn to speak English [well] again and to drive 55 mph.

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WWII Survivor Warns of SOCIALISM

Everything Kitty Werthmann said about the Nazis was what my Mom wanted to happen in America. My Mom was a Nazi, but I’m not.

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