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Vietnam War Burning History: Symbols, Symptoms and the Derangement of Thought

Burning History: Symbols, Symptoms and the Derangement of Thought Once again omissions and juxtapositions create and convey a skewed reality. By John M. Del Vecchio Fighting Fires: This one at the POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) point at Camp Eagle. Photo by the author. Early September 1970: I edge down …

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Brig. Gen. James M. Stewart

Lt. Gen. Valin, Chief of Staff, French Air Force, awards the Croix De Guerre with Palm to Col. Jimmy Stewart for exceptional services in the liberation. (U.S. Air Force photo) On March 22, 1941, Jimmy Stewart was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. He was assigned to the Army Air …

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3-4 Cavalry, Blasting Away During the Tet Offensive

Army SPC Dwight Birdwell Via Cherokee Phoenix Bob,Remember the article I wrote a while back in SOF about Dwight Birdwell and his actions as a tank commander during the relief of Tans Nhut AB during TeT of ’68 wherein he was put in for the MOH by his commanding officer, …

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Barry Sadler Talks to Jimmy Dean: SOF and Sadler

Barry Sadler and SOF ABOVE VIDEO Jimmy Dean talks with Sgt Barry Sadler about his tour in Vietnam, and how he feels about the Draft Dodgers. Then Barry sings   SOF: Barry Sadler was an enlisted man and a Green Beret. He was a special forces medic while In Vietnam …

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Retaking the Koidu Diamond Fields From Executive Outcomes, Against All Odds.

Chapter 28 Retaking the Koidu Diamond Fields By Eeben Barlow  Anyone planning to fight a successful armed anti-government or terrorist campaign ought to know that one of the primary objectives (apart from causing mass enemy casualties and loss of materiel) is the denial of funds to the rebel or terrorist …

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Oklahoma City Bombing, 168 Killed

Timothy McVeigh at WacoMcVeigh was responsible for bombing the Oklahoma City building on April 19, 1995. On the morning of April 19, 1995, two men committed an unthinkable act of terror against their own country, detonating a bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. That bomb killed 168 people, including 19 …

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22-MILE KILL SHOT

Marines Set A New Record By Harold Hutchison From the December 2012 issue of SOF SURPRISE FOR THE TALIBAN On 12 February, 2012, some Taliban insurgents had no idea that death was coming for them. But come it did, in the form of a record-setting shot by United States Marines. …

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Lt. Henry Harboard, ‘The Breaker’ Morant: the closing arguments, the request for pardon and the execution

Lieutenant Henry Harboard (Harry) ‘The Breaker’ Morant Australian War Memorial’s Side of the Story: Better known for the manner of his death before a firing squad than what he did in life, Harry Morant is believed to have been born on 9 December 1864 at Somerset in England. Much of …

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Operation Urgent Fury, the 1983 invasion of Grenada

Operation Urgent Fury, the 1983 invasion of Grenada, begins. A flight of #USArmy UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters depart from Point Salines Airfield after offloading troops. Introduction Army.mil All photos are from Department of Defense files. At the end of the Vietnam War and the end of selective service, the United …

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