Donald R. McClarey

August 10, 1918: First United States Army Formed

  The announcement of the formation of the First United States Army in France:   “The first American field army has been organized. It is under the direct command of General John J. Pershlng, Commander in Chief of the American

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Donald R. McClarey

April 24, 1945: Death of Father Cyclone

  Larry Lynch was born, the first of 12 kids in his family, in the City Line neighborhood of Brooklyn on October 17, 1906.  He grew up on some pretty tough streets while also serving as an altar boy at

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Donald R. McClarey

April 5, 1951: Father Craig Goes to Heaven

October 27, 1913.  The Great War was soon to begin in Europe and Leo Peter Craig was born into this world in Everett, Massachusetts.  He was five years old when his mother died, leaving his father with five young children

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Donald R. McClarey

Mort Walker: Requiescat in Pace

    Mort Walker has passed away at 94.  The creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, for 68 years he poked gentle fun at the absurdities of the US Army.  Walker served as an Army officer during World War

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Donald R. McClarey

The Long Ride of Colonel Young

“Get a good life insurance policy, with your family as beneficiary. Bring your Bible and yourself.” Advice of Charles Davis Young to a friend joining the Tenth Cavalry   The first black colonel in the United States Army, Charles Davis

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Army Vietnam Studies

  “The internet has changed everything” is a trite saying, but in regard to historical research it is also true.  Travel and expense were often the lot of historians as they chased documents.  Now, so much is available free with

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Flag Day and the Army

On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed this resolution:  “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a

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Gee, I Wonder Why Army Morale Stinks?

  Faithful readers of this blog will recall a recent post about low morale in the Army.  Go here to read about it.  Now we have this story which succinctly demonstrates why the morale is plummeting.   On Monday, Army

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Army “Optimism” Program Flops

  Well this is unsurprising: More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic

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Army Folly

An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please; An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!           Rudyard Kipling, Tommy The Obama administration demonstrates yet again that the defense of this country is not among

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Bugles Across America

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap; Rudyard Kipling, Tommy It never surprises me that when it comes time for a government agency to economize, somehow the

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You Catholic Extremist!

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Your tax dollars at work: A slideshow presentation shown to US Army Reserve recruits classifies Christians, including both evangelicals and Roman Catholics, as religious extremists, placing them in the same category as skinheads,

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Yeah, I Feel So Much Safer Now

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  The United States Army has a long and proud history of defending this country, often engaged in combat in the most deadly situations imaginable against very tough adversaries.   I was proud in

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This is Still America, Isn’t It?

  In my mispent youth I wore Army green for a few years.  My main contribution to the nation’s defense was when I was discharged, but I have always retained a fondness for the Army.  Therefore I have very strong feelings

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Audie Murphy: American Hero

“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did– guys who were killed.” Audie Murphy In the Fifties actor Audie Murphy achieved stardom, mainly in Westerns.  Murphy

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