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The Flying Rowboat

Some of my friends and relatives (my wife being one) have commented at one time or another, that everything happens to me. While I disagree with that in whole, I will admit that I have had my share of mishaps and misadventures over time. As recently as just last week I had another small adventure […]

The Big Screen comes to Phu Cat

One of the nicer amenities provided by the U.S. military for American GI’s in Vietnam was the opportunity to view feature films. (The word feature being highly subjective) Most medium and large U.S. military facilities had a movie theatre of one type or another. The real large bases in Danang and Saigon actually had indoor […]

Apollo 13

I served in Vietnam from January of 1970 to January of 1971. My service was during the latter stages of the U.S. involvement in the war and it would be inaccurate to say that things were going well. For various reasons the U.S. public had soured on the war and President Richard Nixon’s program of […]

“Da Bruiser”

My son Billy and his pals recently hooked up for one of the WrestleMania events. They’ve been doing that since they were kids, and they still enjoy watching the slapstick hilarity whenever they get the chance. And Billy’s now passing the tradition down to my grandson John. John will be the fifth generation of my […]

Lt. General Hal Moore, R.I.P.

“There’s never been a noble war except in the history books and propaganda movies. It’s a bloody, dirty, cruel, costly mistake in almost every case, as it was in this war that would end so badly. But the young soldiers can be and often are noble, selfless, and honorable. They don’t fight for a flag […]

“Big” Mac

  Based on feedback from my readers, the earlier story of Mac on this blog site has been very popular. I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of not one, but two Macs during my time in the service. And although they were two distinctly different personalities, they were both memorable characters. This is […]

Guest Writer – John Podlaski

A few years ago I attended a Veteran’s event in Michigan where several of us authors of military writings were holding a book signing. I had the privilege of meeting fellow writer and Vietnam War Veteran John Podlaski and his wife. John is the author of the superb book Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel and […]