I’m a veteran. I didn’t serve in combat, I wasn’t sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. I spent a total of about 3 months in a “combat zone”. I served from 1985 to 2006. I was in military intelligence.
I did not try and avoid going into combat. Indeed, I tried as hard as I could to get into a combat zone. During Desert Storm, I was at my Battalion Sergeant Major’s door just about every day asking if I could be sent to Southwest Asia. When my enlistment was up in 1991, I volunteered for Arabic language training because I knew there would be continued tensions and probable combat in the Middle East. Continue reading →
These pictures are from an old group portrait I bought at a flea market in Stuttgart, Germany in about 2004. This is the 3rd Company, 121st Infantry Regiment (Reserve) from their reserve time between 1895-1897. The unit was part of the 52nd Infantry Brigade, 26th Infantry Division, XIII Corps. I often wonder what became of these men. If they fought in World War One and if they lived or died during the war. It would be interesting to know their names. At any rate, it is quite the conversation piece in my classroom.
MacArthur, Douglas. Sylvanus Thayer Award Acceptance Address. West Point, NY. 12 May 1962
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