"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]

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Veteran's Day; Soldiers & Saints

Fr. Tim Vakoc, Military Chaplain, RIPA Hero is as a Hero DoesNice posts at Hot Air and at Deacon Greg's place and elsewhere, but I like this piece by Frank Weathers, because it reminds us that (as with this priest) soldiers and saints are sometimes one and the same:Martin of Tours by Charles L. O'Donnell"As I today was wayfaring"— Holy, Holy, Holy!—low— Said Christ in heaven's evening— The Holies yet more hushed and slow— "I met a knight upon the road; A plumed charger he bestrode."He … [Read more...]

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Obama-McChrystal-Petraeus Reactions

On NPR this afternoon, I heard a report that some military folk on the ground at Kandahar believed McChrystal would get off with a tongue-lashing for the Rolling Stone piece, particularly since it was his underlings who made the most controversial comments.I tend to think more along the lines of Victor Davis Hanson:I think conservatives are making a big mistake citing all sorts of legitimate reasons for McChrystal to have expressed frustration. I agree with almost all of them, but they are … [Read more...]

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A belated Memorial Day Must-Read

Check this out, by Anthony Esolen, on The Soldier's Rough Charity". . .we look to the soldier, who may well make his career in or from the service, yet who endures privations we can hardly imagine, and puts his life on the line for his fellows. It is a kind of rough charity, and immensely appealing. All those faces upon the scoreboard were of people who had volunteered to enter the service, knowing that they might well be sent to dangerous lands far away." … [Read more...]

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Memorial Day: Heroes

Remembering the heroism of Staff Sgt. Martin Richburg , who did this in 2006:Staff Sgt. Martin Richburg byMonte Morin / S&SHere's the thing about real heroes: they never think they've done anything heroic.AL KISIK, Iraq — The camp was still on edge from a suicide bomb attack that morning.The bomber had targeted an Iraqi army recruiting drive at the combined Iraqi and American forces base here in northwest Iraq. Although no U.S. soldiers were injured, soldiers from the 2nd, or “ … [Read more...]

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A Family of Heroes

If you are looking around and feeling like the world is bereft of heroes, allow me to introduce you to a family made up of them. We need to know that grace abides in the world. Here is grace. In buckets.When young SGT Michael "Mike" James Stokely was killed in action near Yusufiyah, Iraq, his father Robert penned a moving memorial which the Mudville Gazette picked up.Robert Stokely then created a scholarship foundation in memory of his son; it also raises money to send school supplies to … [Read more...]

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The North Platte Canteen

Since the Greatest Generation came up here, thought I'd share this, from reader Dennis S. I'd known nothing of this story; what a good movie it might make!Also, (via New Advent), it seems some military personnel are doing a weekend pilgrimage to LourdesThe tradition of the International Military Pilgrimage (IMP) to the French Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes began in 1958, after what was initially a regional pilgrimage and later national pilgrimage was made international to officially … [Read more...]

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Year of the Priest: Military

Excerpts from a great photo essay on military chaplains, coming to us via the Crescat, who loves to celebrate the manly priests:Catholic military chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler on March 5 at a small U.S. combat outpost in Sha-Wali-Kot in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan (See the whole inspiring thing hereAll found via New AdventRelated: The Stuff Priests are Made Of … [Read more...]

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US Flag not flying in Haiti Relief Compound?

Other nations are proudly flying their flags as they assist Haiti in recovering from a devastating earthquake.But the United States is not.Our nation has conducted relief efforts for decades through our military, saving millions of people from death, disease, and starvation. Like France, Britain, and Croatia, we have flown our flag during those operations not to note occupation but to represent the American people’s solidarity with those suffering from disaster. That historical record is a … [Read more...]

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Random Must-Reads

Collected in my tab-bar since I started feeling cruddy - might as well share with you all the things I have either read or "been meaning to get to reading..." All submitted mostly without comment, because I'm still not 100%."We are at war...":The president went on to say that while America will strengthen its defenses, "we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't … [Read more...]

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