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GB – VMFA XX

Posted by Lex, on August 27, 2006

 

“Sgt. Harrelson, Sgt. Rockham’s looking for you.”

“Browder, how’s it going? Where is Rocky?”

“He’s over in Avionics. He said if I saw you I should tell you, he got his ID card back.”

“All right, I’ll see him at formation, anyway. All hands, I’ll see people I haven’t seen in a month. How are you, Browder? What have you been up to?”

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Wide-eyed innocence

Posted by lex, on June 24, 2007

 

Below a grotesque picture of shroud-wrapped corpses – one of which someone has gratuitously unwrapped to better display a gory rictus – the New York Times reveals a “talking points” memo formulated by four Marine officers in answer to questions posed by the Time magazine reporter who “blew open” the Haditha case.

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Dying Clean

By lex, on August 31st, 2009

Marine Captain Matthew Freeman’s death didn’t make headlines, like some others have recently. He was just another number.

But he went down swinging:

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Livin’ the Dream

By lex, on July 20th, 2009

The Marines in the Af are doing it Devil Dog-style, according to Michael Yon:

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In Case You Missed It

By lex, on June 29th, 2009

What with all the celebrity passings last week, the news that the most decorated Marine aviator in history passed away last week might have escaped your notice. Colonel Ken Reusser, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, a man with 363 combat missions, and 59 medals – including two Navy Crosses, four Purple Hearts, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 19 Air Medals – passed into the clearing ** at the end of the path on 20 June 2009, age 89.

In one of his more celebrated missions, Reusser stripped down his F-4U Corsair in order to attack a high altitude Japanese reconnaissance plane that was taking photographs for follow-on kamikaze attacks. When his guns froze at altitude, Reusser and his wingman attacked the recon bird with their propellers, sending it down.

In his final flight over Vietnam, Reusser was directing a search and rescue effort when he was shot down and severely wounded. He was medically retired in 1968.

No elected official attended his funeral ceremony.

** 09-07-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

                       

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VMFA Epilogue

Posted by asm826 on November 16, 2006

I can’t find a better way to end this tale than to leave them in the ‘ville, sitting together sharing a beer. I wrote myself a note that last night in the Philippines, to the me in the future that might come back to read the words. I had stopped in Mariposa, ordered one last meal, and wrote the following:

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Navy Cross

By lex, on December 29th, 2008

It means not running:

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