when she learns she wasn't hired for two good jobs?
Head out to see RESTREPO for the third time, of course! A little bit of realistic combat will put me in the mood to fight for other jobs. ;)
What's everybody else up to these days?
Added by Becca Bryan on October 29, 2010 at 11:09am —
I can't sit still and not say something about the M-16 rifle since Mr. Junger has brought it up (I didn't think anyone cared!).
In the "Old Army" the enlisted man had control over nothing. He was reliant upon the wisdom of the Pentagon for his wellbeing. One would assume that officers who had risen to a rank and position that would put them in the Pentagon would have some real knowledge about weaponry and combat. So when troopers of the 173d Airborne in Vietnam were found dead beside… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 29, 2010 at 3:52am —
Robert Service has always been my favorite poet. In fact he's vertually the only poet I read.
I like his stuff because it's about hardships and overcoming harsh places. It's about being loyal to your pardner.
You might remember The Cremation Of Sam McGee and The Shooting Of Dan McGrew.
He was an ambulance driver in the First World War and his brother was killed in that war so he knew about the sufferings of soldiers.
His poem, Flourette, is one of the most… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 27, 2010 at 10:56pm —
Last weekend, on October 23rd, an extraordinary photographer named Joao Silva was badly wounded while accompanying a foot patrol of US infantry in Arghandab
district, outside Kandahar. He stepped on a land mine that had apparently been
constructed out of materials that made it undetectable to mine-sweepers and
sniffer dogs. Three soldiers around him suffered concussions but were otherwise
Added by Sebastian Junger on October 25, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Added by Michael Anthony Adams on October 20, 2010 at 5:55pm —
THE OLD GUARD
We are veterans of the Vietnam War.
Time is counting the cadence now as the years march us into
history. The battlefields where we screamed and cried and bled
and died settle like falling leaves onto its pages.
We make our daily pilgrimage to the seductive siren on the rocks-… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 20, 2010 at 12:00am —
Baby boomers, especially the early ones, are steeped in the lore of war. We were born into its aftermath. The exploits of our fathers guided our childish play forcing us to recognize what we might one day have to become--citizen soldiers. Vietnam, like a lonely dog waiting patiently to play its rough games,.shadowed me and my friends as we grew into adulthood. Some of us became entangled in the vagaries of war and came to understand something about… Continue
Added by David Cram on October 19, 2010 at 1:25pm —
This guy's walking down the street when he falls into a hole.
The walls are steep he can't get out.
A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up: "Hey, you! Can you help me out?"
The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up: "Father, I'm down in this hole. Can you help me out?"
The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by: 'Hey… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 18, 2010 at 10:30pm —
In the heat of battle it ceases to be an idea for which we fight ...or a flag.
Rather, we fight for the man on our left and we fight for the man on our right.
And when armies have scattered and when empires fall away ...all that
remains is the memory of those precious moments we spent side by side.
-This can be found at the end of the movie The Four Feathers.
Added by Jim Bethea on October 18, 2010 at 3:14pm —
I know, it sounds like a lyric to a song from the 1940's. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. So here I am singing:
This summer, as part of my role as military outreach coordinator for… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on October 16, 2010 at 2:30am —
This is an excerpt from the September 2010 issue of the 2/503d News Letter
Those Darn Kids
I thought this might be interesting for our newsletter. I
walked into my daughter's room the other day and
hanging on her wall was a narrative poem that relates to
all of us as brothers in arms. That night at dinner I asked
her where she got it and I found out that she had written
it herself. I was blown away that at 16 years old my
daughter could come up with… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 14, 2010 at 11:46pm —
My enemy; you and I, in our mind's eye, viewed each other as wicked caricatures doing monstrous things to that and those that we loved.
Those whom we trusted created those caricatures practicing and
perfecting the art of de-humanizing and vilifying us to each other.
Who were those skulking fiends? Where can they be found?
Why ...they were the pillars of our political and military institutions, and
they did it all just for…
Added by Jim Bethea on October 14, 2010 at 10:00pm —
War has its horrors, but has this of good:
That its sure processes sort out and bind
Brave hearts in one intrepid brotherhood.
Added by Jim Bethea on October 13, 2010 at 9:11pm —
Even though I am sure this movie about Afghanistan will never come to our small local theater, I am pre-ordering the dvd from Amazon.com to be delivered December 9, 2010. Anyone wanting to see this and are unable to, I highly suggest doing the same and ordering the DVD online. I cannot wait to see the movie after reading all the compelling stories from soldiers about this area and what they go through to keep us safe in our beds at night. I thank every soldier of the USA that is fighting for us… Continue
Added by Nancy M Hansen on October 12, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I don’t really know how to go about this so I guess what I’ll do is just put myself out there and maybe you can just take from it what you can use.
We are eons apart in age but for both of us the bullets flew and the people died just yesterday… or last night.
The main thing is don’t let the memories get the best of you…don’t off yourself, your brothers need you to help them get through it. One of the best things you can do is sit together in the twilight of an evening and talk about… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 9, 2010 at 1:41am —
A Quiet Cup of Tea
Wayne Hoitt remembers this so much better than I.
This was in ’65 or ’66. Wayne and I had been detailed to take a vehicle into Bien Hoa and get it washed. We wound up in one of those bar/cathouses on the main drag in Bien Hoa intending to get a beer +.
We weren’t in there for very long before some little girl at the front door starts yelling “MPs! MPs!” Wayne and I booked out the side door and down an ally, running for all we were worth. We turned left into… Continue
Added by Jim Bethea on October 9, 2010 at 12:12am —
There's a tendency for people to mention "Afghanistan is a backwater country and it always has been, and always will be."
I hear this a lot. From people on both sides of rails. Soldiers will say it when in disgust they have been working and fighting so hard, and are tired of the corruption. Anti-war activists, Libertarians, Democrats and even Republicans have said it to infer we should be out or to call for for a draw down of troops and funds. The image… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on October 8, 2010 at 1:30pm —
I've never been one to brag. But there are times when I want to shout out something done for someone who deserves it.
After watching RESTREPO screen around
the county where Juan "Doc" Restrepo grew up, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. It's been bugging me that the film hasn't screened here yet. Rather disrespectful, I thought.
I placed a call to the Regal Entertainment Group HQ this week and asked them to bring… Continue
Added by Becca Bryan on October 7, 2010 at 1:41pm —
Validation is an awesome feeling. It's the world's reminder that you are good, have done good, are a terrific person, a hard worker, a great mom, dad, brother, sister, husband, wife, friend, soldier, writer or documentarian. To get it for doing something you believe in passionately is even better. When someone or some group validates you for something, it just feels damned good.
Sebastian's book WAR
validates the life of the soldier in combat… Continue
Added by Becca Bryan on October 6, 2010 at 1:59pm —
For a painting that is apropos to the comradeship described in War, see the 1899 depiction of calvary in Charles Schreyvogel's, My Bunkie, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This link should take you there: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/americanstories/objectImages/TT.4.29.EL.jpg.
If not, google "my bunkie metropolitan museum" and that should do it.
Added by Robert Schier on October 3, 2010 at 7:50pm —