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Casey Klahn
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Here is everything you need to know about my father's WW II generation: "Many who worked alongside Ehlers never knew he was a Medal of Honor recipient." God speed, Mr. Ehlers.
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Yesterday, Rush (who does not parlay in rumors or conspiracy theories) reported @ how then Senator Obama went to The Ukraine and flippin disarmed the Ukrainian army. Seems that when they went to secure former Soviet nukes, that they found it profitable to scuttle a hundred thousand small arms and small arms rounds, and various other conventional must-have stuff if you're planning on defending your slice of Europe. Plan B? Maybe this was the Manchurian's plan A, B, C and D. Just a thought. BTW, the unrest in eastern Ukraine the past couple of days smells like an Intell Op, doesn't it? Makes me feel like Putin is preparing for a possible invasion there, too. Stay tuned.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2014 on The Army of the Future at BLACKFIVE
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I like it. It is sufficiently evil, and has a sort of "Nuke the Moon" attitude to it. Seriously, in Ukraine I'd love to see some of them resist, too. Otherwise, meh. Did their navy just switch flags?
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2014 on On Ukraine at BLACKFIVE
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I'd tell Pakistan to expect some air, sea and land traffic. Then, I'd bill them for the damages. That's right, I said bill them. If you're going to war game WW III, freaking war game it. The Ukes, and NATO, and we have more options in this than most realize. The main problem, as always, is national will. That would be the president's cue. Never mind.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2014 on On Ukraine at BLACKFIVE
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For Vietnam Vets: you will see this Budweiser returning veteran commercial on Sunday, but you have to see the extended version I'm linking. The VFW Post who promoted this are Vietnam vets, and it includes some interviews with them. You might want to consider whose watching with you before you watch this. Enough said. http://youtu.be/wuSjsLA9Jdo
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In my dad's era, WW II, nobody would say, "I served under Bradley," or "I served under Clark." But, if it was Patton, they were quick with that. "I served under Patton" was noteworthy, and a source of quiet pride. I served under Reagan.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2014 on Leadership lessons from Ronald Reagan at BLACKFIVE
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It's a no. While Kerry was talking about Syria, my old man's brain was painting him in a fatigue uniform decked-out hippy-style with his ribbon rack, and saying the same shiite about Vietnam. Seriously. Mentally. Unstable.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2013 on Syria, A Simple Question at BLACKFIVE
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Yes, she is stupid. There is no question of that. I was a mech. INF officer in the NG, and got a weight deferral to join in 1975. Everything I did in the Infantry was challenging, but the strength to lift was especially challenging. I went on to a career as a mountain guide (f-ing way harder than falling from heights is climbing them at altitude, sometimes with ice tools, and other times with tricky hand moves). The rucks are heavy, too. I say this to throw a bone to the females out there. I knew many very hard women in the climbing world. I learned the extremely hard skills of direct aid climbing (look it up) from a gal. Very few women had the interest, intensity or make-up to lead climb (the pointy part of the spear), but there were a handful that I knew. My hats off to those who did, and many carried heavy backpacks in way worse situations than I ever experienced in the peacetime army. But, not combat. That is the great divider. My father served in the 10th MTN in Italy. That was a crucible no female I have ever met could approach, and I might add many men couldn't, either. It is far, far worse than COL whatsherface could imagine, and I put her square in the idiot category for not having the imagination to understand that. Imagination is a critical part of intellect, and she lacks that, in spades.
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Ed Snowjob's story, his cred, and his whole act leak like a Lister bag on a shotgun range. Meanwhile, where are we on the 4th Amendment outrage of mass data collection with blanket warrants, or no warrants? It ain't right, and I am mad as hell about it. We have the head of the NSA admitting his lies to Congressmen, who are supposed to be "all in" on this, anyway. How about those holes?
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on First verified lie from Ed Snowden at BLACKFIVE
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My dad's own WW II battles peaked at the same time, Feb 19th., and in Italy. I share your view: I wish I could ask more questions. It dawned on me this past year that he actually did go on top of Riva Ridge, even though he said otherwise. As a Pfc., I think he just went where told, and didn't realize that big ass climb was the top of Riva. I pieced together his stories, and the after-action report written by Ltc. Hampton about the battle, where the artillery OP was, and that there was a dead American Lieutenant brought in there. Those are the details he told: the dangerous OP, the captured German Lt. he threatened for resisting, the dead American Lt. Weird, weird feeling to realize this was what dad did, but he was always humble to a fine point. He also went behind German lines with Bill Darby. No big deal, though. Handled the battleship like a destroyer. Things like that are amazing and these guys took it all in stride. No big deal to them. Incredible to me. Your dad was a great man.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2013 on On This Day In 1945 at BLACKFIVE
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Ha ha. I kept to the surface when I went to the Aleutians. Ever go into the Elbow Room?
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2013 on Olympic View at BLACKFIVE
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I can't pass up saying that I once climbed the traverse between the two Brothers, seen in the Olympic Mountains here. Back to your regular sailing enjoyment, Seamen. Outstanding shot, Lt. Early!
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2013 on Olympic View at BLACKFIVE
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You are no doubt aware that the 1st Amendment suffers you the right to argue with deer in the public square. You have no compelling need to say your prejudiced, intolerant, and paranoid thoughts of a political nature on electronic media. Move along. Everything is under control.
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Add this to the list of the way we're GTHIAHBasket. Veteran mistreatment. It is like a sacrament for this generation. This time, we stick together. If I ever experience or witness this, I am going to ask to leave the flight.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on What is Wrong with you people? at BLACKFIVE
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The status of Ike's alleged affair is "maybe." Mac did have one with a Filipina Movie starlette. As far as Patton, his legacy is notable for his fidelity. I am disturbed by the remarks made above about him, as he was perhaps outwardly verbally profane, but in actuality a great model of honor and integrity among American officers. I regard MacArthur to be a great American general, and yet flawed in personality (Dugout Doug). His legacy is fairly shiny, and perhaps there was a day and age when we would regard the privacy of others as something to guard, regardless. Petraeus will shine in history, but I feel his legacy may still be in play with this scandal. I said above (or tried to say) that we are in a big hurt now as regards our national defense posture. It sucks, and there is one reason for that: Obama. Benghazi is not a mystery. Regardless of the chaff of details and scandal, the facts are that we failed to protect our four officials. If the administration failed to act, or were unable to respond effectively, these are both damnable. There is (supposed to be) a paper trail at the Situation Room. End of story. I know we won't get the truth, but I sure as hell support McCain and other Senators in their fight to see this through.
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I fear the legacy will be a carrier, or a battalion of Rangers. Some enormous capitol expense of blood. The loss of four honored dead, two of whom were super heroes, is crushing. But, the strategic profile we now occupy is an existential threat. God help us. I stand.
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I hope this helps a little. I went to Italy in 2006 to walk the Apennines where my late father fought with the incredible Tenth Mountain Division. I had just had my manhood rearranged in an operation, and I was in some pain. Excruciating pain, like when I wore the sternum strap on my chest, even that smarted. I said, "f### it," because I knew my father was damn uncomfortable when he went to Italy in 1945. That was a bad time. This is also bad, and existentially so. Time to man up.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2012 on Lessons.... at BLACKFIVE
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Heads up. Rush just read your post re: laser designating the mortars in Benghazi. Keep the national attention on this, folks!
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Forgive the third-hand story but I can't resist. A cadet we knew in OCS had a run-in with a tiger in Vietnam. It was a funny story because they were on the radio and the code word for tank was "tiger." Higher up kept freaking out because they thought a tank was attacking. They couldn't shoot for fear of alerting close enemy troops. As it turns out, he threw a smoke grenade to scare the tiger, but then the tiger ate the grenade! The outcome for the tiger was not good, because it was described as "watching his head implode."
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2012 on Soldier ambushes tiger in Vietnam at BLACKFIVE
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I was baffled at first that this pile of junk didn't look anything like shrapnel. Must be F.O,s embedded from the blast. Tough old bird!
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2012 on Much more than a bullet was found... at BLACKFIVE
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State of the art. Non-vets know not their heads from a hole in the ground. I read this book about Gen Truscott in WW II. Cover? Fricking T-34 tanks on the march, superimposed over which is our general. http://www.amazon.com/Command-Honor-General-Truscotts-Victory/dp/0451224027/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347420930&sr=1-4&keywords=lucien+truscott
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I'm not more prescient, I don't think. But I shook my head at the start of the AS. What strategic benefit could there possibly be for us to have radical Muslims taking over the mid east? Why does Washington support, and foment wars (Libya and Syria) in support of the Muslim Brotherhood-which is the more than de facto outcome of this? When I cut my teeth on WW II history, and I mean the causes, outcomes and bile of it all, I used to marvel at the strategic thinking that historic world leaders had, in spades. Strategic thinking now? Not so much. F-ing Bambi has no earthly clue of even what strategic thinking means. Or, does he?
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I haven't heard anyone turd on the military for this, as did happen reprehensibly in the Giffords shooting. The first thing out is often, "he was a (tripwire) vet." An early item did, however, reveal that this Aurora loser was not a vet. Now this: a service member covered his girlfriend with his body at the Aurora massacre, and took a round, saving her life. MSNBC. Enough said. Looks like Michelle Malkin is identifying a number of SM who were killed. There will probably be a number on the wounded rolls, I bet.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2012 on Something to demonize at BLACKFIVE
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Harry Dean Stanton was a navy cook on an LST at Okinawa. Intense!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2012 on Hollywood goes to war at BLACKFIVE
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My dad's favorite was Red Skelton, who served as an entertainer in the army in WW II. Visited my dad and his section in the barracks at Newport News, VA as they were shipping out.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2012 on Hollywood goes to war at BLACKFIVE
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