Every once in a while, you hear someone question whether or not America is exceptional. After all, not everything was invented here and there are many fine people all over the world who have made significant contributions. But I look at one single example of what this country is capable of and say that it […]Read More 41 For Freedom – Fully Functional in less than 10 Years
By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. − Emerson, “Concord Hymn” (A poem about the events on April 19, 1775 that are credited with being the first shots of the Revolution that changed […]Read More The second shot heard round the world – Polaris A1
One of my favorite pastimes is discovering unique stories about the United States Submarine force and the development through the ages. There is no better witness to the phenomenal growth than that of one of the most profound influences on submarine operation and development: Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. The most fascinating thing about this man […]Read More Submarines: “from a boy to a giant”
This morning, I was honored to join a few members of the Pittsburgh Sea Cadet Battalion in helping to kick off the Bike Ride for Operation Troop Appreciation in Pittsburgh. This even helps to raise funds to build and sustain the morale and wellbeing of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that […]Read More The New “Star” in Star Spangled Banner
I did three shortened tours in the Navy in Hawaii and had some of my greatest and worst life experiences while I was there. One word that comes to mind when I think of Hawaii and the subject of this post is Ohana. From Wikipedia: “Part of Hawaiian culture, ʻ ohana means family (in an […]Read More Aloha to my Facebook Ohana
Everywhere you look these days, people are reacting to the senseless deaths of innocent people and wondering how we can stop the killing. I think its a fair question. But I think we are not examining the root causes of what seems to be an increase in evil actions. Society has become very sophisticated since […]Read More A Prophesy From Nearly a Hundred Years Ago is Just as True Today
Warning: If you are easily triggered, this may not be a good article for you to read. Why do you need an AR 15? In the wake of the latest horrific shooting, the topic for many people seems to focus on why someone would need an AR 15. Depending on the political and philosophical background […]Read More Why do you need an AR 15?
As most avid history buffs know, this coming week will mark the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This major battle was fought from July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The Southern Army had invaded the north in an […]Read More Where is the line? Destroying History Has a Hidden Threat to the Future
Memorial Day has been a special event in my family’s life ever since Great Grandfather Mac donned his Grand Army of the Republic Uniform and marched in his first parade. The men who returned from the War Between the States felt it was their duty and honor to remember the sacrifices of so many men […]Read More Rights come with Responsibilities – Or Do They?
It was never easy On the day I retired from the Navy, my crew presented me with a shadow box. That box sits on my desk and I look at it from time to time when I am not typing stories or checking out the latest on the Internet. It’s a nice box with beveled […]Read More It was never easy