USMC — 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67 The “Lucky Ones”

The Basic Officer Course graduation picture for 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67. (U.S. Marine Corps) . Barents, top row, fourth from left. Chaconas, bottom row, third from left. Callanan, top row, second from right.

Paul and Kathryn Barents (Left), George Chaconas (Center), Jack Callanan, Members of 5-67

The complete Washington Post story can photos can be found here.

As pointed out in the fine Post piece, the young Marine Officers who graduated from Class of 5-67 went off to face some of the fiercest fighting the Vietnam War had to offer. The years 1967 and 1968 saw 28,300 Americans killed — nearly half of the 58,000+ names on The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

This week — May 3rd through May 6th — those who survived the war and those still able to travel, will hold a reunion. Welcome Home, Brothers, and Sisters! Semper Fi!

Thanks to Rich Roan for bringing this to our attention!

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Army Rangers Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, left, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas were killed during a raid in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army)

Rest in peach, Brothers!

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Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens

Click Trident to read Ted Gregory’s Chicago Tribune story.

Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens was Killed In Action in Yemen on Saturday, January 28th. Rest in Peace Chief Owens.

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General James N. Mattis — Making America Safe Again!

The video above is worth the few minutes it takes to watch it.

Thanks to Paul Davis for bringing it to our attention!

Semper Fi!

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LZ Margo . . . The Dead Went Last

LZ-Margo

As we approach the 48th anniversary of the battle of LZ Margo (September 13-17, 1968), it seemed appropriate to remind those who served in Vietnam — and those who didn’t — of the incredible courage and bravery exhibited by the 2nd Battalion of the 26th Marines. Click on the image above to read the story of LZ Margo.

We recently had the good fortune to meet one of the participants of the multi-day battle — we’ll call him Tim, because that’s his name — and wanted to express our gratitude to all the members of the 2nd of the 26th, those who served and all those who serve now in our armed services, in all conflicts, foreign and domestic.

Semper Fi!

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New Iraq War Veteran Hitch Cover

New Iraq War Veteran Hitch Cover

New Iraq War Veteran Hitch Cover

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Combat Infantrymen’s Association Note Pads

Combat Infantrymen's Association Note Pads Now Available.

Combat Infantrymen’s Association Note Pads Now Available.

 

Now available on Amazon here.

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