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Remember the Fallen

241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers killed on October 23, 1983 by Islamists in the Beirut barracks bombing.  There’s a reason it’s called the Long War.  (h/t B5)

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Yesterday, the Maryland National Guard dedicated a new monument at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation. It honors seven fallen members of the Maryland National Guard. WJZ-TV Channel 13 in Baltimore has a very nice article and video.

I was also sent some pictures.

The granite tablet on the left.

It reads:

THE MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD
PARTICIPATED IN THE FOLLOWING
CAMPAIGNS IN SUPPORT OF THE
GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR:
OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

The granite tablet on the right.

It reads:

“WHEN YOU GO HOME,
TELL THEM OF US AND SAY
FOR THEIR TOMORROW,
WE GAVE OUR TODAY.”
– THE KOHIMA EPITAPH

“NO GREATER LOVE HAS ANYONE
THAN THIS, THAT HE LAY DOWN
HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”
-ST. JOHN 15:13

“THEY ARE DEAD, BUT THEY LIVE
IN EACH PATRIOT’S BREAST,
AND THEIR NAMES ARE ENGRAVEN
ON HONOR’S BRIGHT CREST.”
– HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

In front and between the granite tablets is a bronze sculpture with inverted rifle, helmet, and boots. The plaque above the names reads:

“Fallen Warrior”

We honor those who made the ultimate
sacrifice while serving their nation and state.

We will never forget

Maryland’s citizen-soldiers who gave their all:

5:17 pm EST

UPDATE (5/29/08 @ 10:30 am):  The Maryland National Guard site has an article and pictures from Monday’s dedication.

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Life Aboard a Destroyer

In recent years, I’ve often found myself wondering what day-to-day life aboard a destroyer was really like. Dad’s passing, and the global war on terror, have renewed my interest in such things. There are so many more questions about Dad’s life in the Navy, and his duties as a Gunners’ Mate, I would ask him today if I could.

The world has changed since the early 1950s, and so have destroyers. Fletcher Class ships, like Dad’s ship, the USS ISHERWOOD (DD-520), are long gone from service. Only a few have been preserved as museum ships. The Navy now has guided missile destroyers, and Gunners’ Mates’ responsibilities are obviously more technologically demanding. The Arleigh Burke class ships are currently the Navy’s only active destroyers. One of those is the USS RUSSELL (DDG-59).

Earlier this evening (now yesterday evening), via Neptunus Lex, I became aware of a brand new blog, The Destroyermen, about “Life Aboard United States Ship RUSSELL (DDG 59), Through the Eyes of its Crew.” Yes! I am excited. I look forward to following the crew of the RUSSELL and getting a tiny glimpse into the life of today’s Tin Can Sailor. The destroyers may have changed, but I suspect sailors haven’t really changed that much.

I wish the crew of the RUSSELL success in the mission, and a safe return to homeport.

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February 26, 1993

Did you remember? Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the first bombing of The World Trade Center that killed six people. It took Islamists eight years to return and accomplish their original goal.

If you didn’t view “Top of The World” as I previously suggested, here it is.


Via Michelle Malkin who has links to others also remembering.

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American Alienation

I share the concerns in this video. Be forewarned, the video uses language and some graphic images. It is for a mature audience.

You should also  visit Kafir Alalazoo’s YouTube page and view “An Open Mind” and “The Path To The Final Solution”.  Alex and Gershwin might especially want to watch “Top of the World“.  If you have a YouTube account, remember to rate the videos.

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Operation Meltdown was an undercover sting operation conducted jointly by the San Jose and Santa Clara, California police departments beginning in March, 2007. The officers “opened a fake metal-recycling business in the city of Santa Clara called Jose Clara Co-Op.” It didn’t take long before customers showed up with stolen copper, cars, and well, you get the idea. Also on the investigation’s fact sheet of items recovered:

  • 7 IED’s (Improvised Explosive Device) were purchased. Several of the bombs were designed to detonate by means of cell phone transmission.
  • 2 additional IED’s were recovered in October 2007 at suspects house in Fremont.

(via The Jawa Report)

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When you feel like the War on Terror is taking too long, or is too frustrating, or a lost cause, or whatever your complaint of the day may be, remember Fritz and Dr. Halpert. Also, remember the fighter pilot and others like him.

On the desk was a picture of a young US Army second lieutenant. The pilot picked it up. “That’s my son. He just finished armor officers basic.”

I recognized the patch on the young man’s shoulder. Thirty years ago I served in the same division.

“Some day I may be flying strikes to support my son,” the pilot said, his voice soft steel.

I choked up. So did he.

“Thank you for what you do,” I said. “And for producing a son like that.”

(h/t Instapundit)

11:10:55 pm EST

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