9 YEARS AGO TODAY

Every now and again I think about the things that I once did, and become rather depressed at how the powers that be pissed all our sacrifices away. If you ever wondered what a day in Iraq for an Attack Helicopter pilot was like take a gander at this…

COP Cavalier, 23 August, 2007 […]

From The Trailer Park - Dunkirk (Teaser Trailer)

A WWII film about Operation Dynamo, which was a massive evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk which took place from May to June 1940. Stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Fun fact: according to IMDB, Nolan used real […]

Friday Open Thread

L. Prang & Co. print of the painting “Hancock at Gettysburg” by Thure de Thulstrup, showing Pickett’s Charge.

On this date in 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg began.

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From The Trailer Park - Anthropoid

A WWII thriller about Operation Anthropoid, wherein British and Czech resistance forces plotted to assassinate SS General Heydrich, one of Nazi Germany’s top leaders and the chief architect of the Holocaust.

Stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Gray), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk), and Toby Jones (Captain America).

Pluses: […]

62 Years and Two Hard Words

From Scott Ott:

She places the stems in the green plastic vase, and lightly pushes the blooms around until six colors work together. She approaches the stone, careful to avoid treading on the area directly before it. She pushes the spiked end of the vase into the rain-softened soil next to the stone. Her […]

From The Trailer Park - Range 15 (Redband Trailer)

Action/comedy about a group of veterans who must fight their way across the country to find the cure for the Zombie Apocalypse. Billed as the first movie made with a cast and crew almost entirely made up of U.S. military personnel. Looks like a helluva lot of goofy fun to me.

Co-stars include Sean […]

Soaring Valor

Last summer, Gary Sinise and his Foundation brought dozens of World War 2 veterans on a trip to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The experience was recorded and made into this very moving short documentary. If you’ve got 7 minutes to spare, it’s well worth watching.

(And if you’re looking for […]

RIP — Chief Joe Medicine Crow

RIP chief and warrior Joe Medicine Crow..

According to Crow tradition, a man must fulfill certain requirements to become chief of the tribe: command a war party successfully, enter an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, wrestle a weapon away from his enemy and touch the first enemy fallen, without killing […]

9 Years Ago, Today.

Two of my fellow cavalrymen gave their all. Keith and Jason were shot down and killed while on patrol just outside of Camp Taji, Iraq. They gave up their lives protecting their wingman after coming under heavy fire from a pre-planned enemy ambush. Rest in peace gentlemen. You are not forgotten. ATTACK!

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Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God

As you watch the footage of people panicking and generally reacting foolishly on the Eastern seaboard this weekend, remember that in Arlington National Cemetery the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns continue their duty in driving snow, in freezing temperatures, in darkness, even when no public is present to witness. 24 hours […]