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2/19/1968—The Day The Weapons Platoon Died

by: johneharrison

There is a certain smell to combat; once smelled, it is never forgotten. Part of it is a harsh copper taste in the back of the mouth. 6,553 more words

Vietnam Legacy

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

The Department of Defense today identified three units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

The scheduled rotation involves elements of one infantry brigade combat team ( 154 more words

Department Of Defense

My Mother’s Machine-gun

by: johneharrison

In October of 1967 my unit, the fabled 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment of World War II Band of Brothers fame, deployed to Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne Division. 1,814 more words

Vietnam Legacy

A Very Sad Story: The Soldier Who Would Not Kill

One of the bravest men I have ever known was also one of the most foolish. While this is not an unusual combination, he did it in a unique, a very strange, and a very senseless way. 1,326 more words

Vietnam Legacy

Flashbacks: Hamburger Hill

This is Han. Those of you who are foolish will think of him as ‘gook,’ ‘slope,’ ‘slant’ or ‘dink.’ He is your enemy. He came over on the Chieu Hoi programme, and after he fattens himself on C-rations he will be hunting your young asses in the Ashau Valley. 417 more words

Films

D-Day and Cousin George

My Dad’s cousin George jumped into Normandy on D-Day, 70 years ago today.

George is the youngest son of my grandfather’s younger brother Everett. His full name is George Duncan Dwyer (Duncan is his mother’s maiden name) but his buddies in the 101st Airborne called him Doc. 582 more words

History

SHAKO: The Night Before D-Day (40 Years Later)

Old D-Day Story – With a Twist.

All the attention and remembrances that the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France is getting recently jogged my memory about another D-Day story I uncovered 30 years ago – for the 40th anniversary of history’s biggest amphibious invasion. 678 more words

National Security And Defense