Tour of Duty

  For a friend who recently passed away and who served his own tour of duty in Vietnam.  He loved the television show Tour of Duty (1987-1990) that followed a platoon  of  American soldiers in Vietnam.  CBS failed to purchase the rights to the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black

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The Known Unknown

“At a moment of great crises in the history of the world, he gave of himself,” Archbishop Justin Rigali at funeral mass for Michael Blassie Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Blassie’s life came to an end at age twenty-four on May 11,

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Hey, Who Did Win the Vietnam War Anyway?

    History is full of ironies and none more so than the development of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Independent journalist Michael Totten, who specializes in covering wars and desperately poor, ill governed countries, gives us refreshing news about

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Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

 FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios Versace   For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission.  His first mission was

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Bobbie The Weather Girl

Any American stationed in Vietnam in 1967-1969 will recall Bobbie the Weather Girl, going away the most popular feature of American Forces Vietnam Network broadcasts.  Bobbie Keith was an army brat, the daughter of an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam.  Twenty years old

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Grunt Padre Honored in Vietnam

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I have many times had posts about heroic Catholic Chaplains serving in our military.  A man whose courage beggared description is Servant of God and Medal of Honor recipient Vincent J.

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Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience – almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at

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The Priest and the Marine

Born on January 3, 1936, one of five kids, Robert R. Brett knew from an early age what the wanted to be.    As his sister Rosemary Rouse noted, “He always wanted to be a priest. He was always there for everyone.”

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