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Memorial Day 2016 – Greater love hath no man

While it’s always appropriate to show honor and appreciation to members of the military, I want to provide this reminder to my readers: today is not Veteran’s Day. It is the one day each year that we come together in…

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240 Years of Teufel Hunden

240 years today ago in a Philadelphia tavern, a paragon of excellence was born: The United States Marine Corps. They gave good service in the Revolution, of course, but first became famous when they came off a Navy flotilla led by USS Enterprise by command of President Jefferson, himself,and stormed all the way to Tripoli. Next they […]

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The Shining Sea by George C. Daughan

Daughan tells the story of American Navy Captain David Porter in a way that takes the reader from admiration to, if not disdain, disappointment in the foibles of a man obsessed with reputation. Porter’s story is sad in some ways. He had many virtues and talents, but these were ultimately cast in the shadow of overwhelming ego, ambition, and a convoluted sense of entitlement. But for all that, Porter was an American hero who left a legacy that included his adopted son David Farragut, Civil War admiral David Dixon Porter and commodore William D. Porter. . . . → Read More: The Shining Sea by George C. Daughan . . . → Read More: The Shining Sea by George C. Daughan

238 Years of Teufel Hunden

238 years today ago in a Philadelphia tavern a paragon of excellence was born: The United States Marine Corps. They gave good service in the Revolution, of course, but first became famous when they came off a Navy flotilla led by USS Enterprise by command of President Jefferson, himself,and stormed all the way to Tripoli. Next they […] . . . → Read More: 238 Years of Teufel Hunden . . . → Read More: 238 Years of Teufel Hunden

Rattlesnakes and Kings

And so we have a kerfuffle. It seems that the President , or at least someone in the executive branch has ordered the US Navy Sea. Air, Land (SEAL) Teams to quit wearing a patch depicting what is commonly referred to as the “First Navy Jack”. The patch is a subdued replica of the jack […] . . . → Read More: Rattlesnakes and Kings . . . → Read More: Rattlesnakes and Kings

Solving the Military Base Shooting Problem

The United States has seen two horrific shootings on military bases in recent years that have left civilians and soldiers dead, shot and killed inside of U.S. military installations at the hands of psychopaths possessing firearms. The question has been … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Solving the Military Base Shooting Problem . . . → Read More: Solving the Military Base Shooting Problem

I’m One Of The Lucky Ones – My Dad Is My Hero

While I am not one who usually writes about personal feelings and experiences, the current events of my family require me to shout from the highest mountain tops about a man I call my dad. Every man has a story about a hero in their lives who has made a great difference in how they […] . . . → Read More: I’m One Of The Lucky Ones – My Dad Is My Hero . . . → Read More: I’m One Of The Lucky Ones – My Dad Is My Hero