Posted on April 7, 2006
The local crab-wrapper gets it right:
Navy petty officer third class (Nathanial Leoncio) was on patrol with Marines in southern Ramadi on Oct. 4 when they were struck by a series of roadside bombs. The explosives killed one Marine and seriously injured three other men, including Leoncio.
At least two of the bombs detonated under the 6-ton Humvee that carried Leoncio, flipping it upside down and on top of him, severing his right leg just below the knee.
Although his right thighbone was shattered and he was bleeding internally, Leoncio refused to be evacuated. He ignored his wounds and cared for a severely injured Marine, likely saving the man’s life.
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By lex, Posted on November 8, 2005
May 05, 2005 – This is what it looks like when you leave.
Annette Perkins (on right) along with her three daughters cry as they watch Culinary Specialist 1st Class Terry Perkins who along with over 6,000 other Sailors and Marines on USS Nimitz (CVN 68) depart NAS North Island on a scheduled six-month deployment. The ship and its crew will be conducting operations in the central and western Pacific Ocean supporting the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan. Official US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Konstandinos Goumenidis.
That was then.
This is what it looks like when you come home –
And this is how it feels.
Welcome home, NIMITZ!
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Sun – March 27, 2005
An oldie , but a goodie. I sent this to SNO last year when he was applying to the several service academies, and ROTC programs. Sort of in the way of a joke, but it was interesting that shortly after that, he allowed his USAF applications to languish.
Bob Norris is a former Naval aviator who also did a 3 year exchange Tour flying the F-15 Eagle. He is now an accomplished author of entertaining books about US Naval Aviation including “Check Six” and “Fly-Off”. Check out his web site .
In response to a letter from an aspiring fighter pilot on which military academy to attend, Bob replied with the following:
Posted: Mon – November 22, 2004 at 08:45 PM
Well, it has been a little while, hasn’t it? And a lot of sea miles in the wake in the meantime.
Let’s catch up:
We (my staff and I) flew out to join a carrier already at sea, and on deployment. She was an “emergency surge” carrier, sent forward without the usual preparations and training. Our job was to polish the diamond before crying havoc! and unleashing the dogs of war.
How she came to be an emergency surge carrier is beyond the scope of this post.
Posted: Fri – October 8, 2004 at 04:05 PM
Well. That was interesting.
So. Where to begin? For me it would be easier if we went backwards in time, starting from right now. Like that movie, “Memento,” that was causing such a buzz last year.
Just got the credit card replacements today. Which allowed me to go back and re-vitalize my .Mac account, wherein this blog is hosted. To those of you who noticed my absence, thanks for noticing!
It’s funny where life takes you. Sometimes the smallest step takes you in an unforeseen new direction. I had never heard of Carroll “Lex” LeFon, until that fateful day at chicagoboyz when David Foster told his readers of Lex’s accident. He linked a few of his favorite Lex posts, and from my very first Lex post I was off in a new direction.
How could I have foreseen that from one click on a link over 5 years ago I’d be writing about Lex today? How could Lex have foreseen 14 years ago that for nearly 9 years he’d be telling readers stories of his life and opinions of the day? Or that he would come to consider many of his readers to be “the best friends he never met”?
I found his writing to be addictive. I had, however, been trying to understand for quite a while why his writing was so enjoyable for me.
By lex, on February 28th, 2012
Very much in the eye of the beholder, according to the admittedly partisan Hinderaker, who surveys the legacy media’s response to “Act of Valor“: