This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day

Remembering our grandparents, parents, and friends who served their country.


by Melissa Thompson

This Memorial Day, let's focus on its true meaning: remembering the men and women who died serving our nation's armed forces. It's about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Whether it was 100 years ago or last week, we remember them. They are the few who willingly step into harm's way for the majority of us and pay the ultimate sacrifice for doing so.
From the entire team at The Patterson Foundation and on behalf of our community, know that while these courageous men and women are gone, they are never forgotten.
Click here for a list of local Memorial Day remembrance events and here for local parades. Our Legacy of Valor team members will be on hand at several events in the Sarasota and Venice areas to share more information about our campaign to honor veterans and their families.
On May 26Legacy of Valor partners the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band and The First Brass will host a Memorial Day concert and will be collecting cellphones to benefit 
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on May 26 at 1:00 pm, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 or call (941) 922-7200 for more details.
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May 22, 2013

8th and I

Iwo Under the Moon

Check out this 8th & I Reunion site.

I know you will find this interesting.

James Homan Col USMC (ret)

May 20, 2013

F-18 Crash

Incredible photos from accident in Canada ( Lethbridge ). Check out the sequence of the canopy leaving the scene, the pilot in his rocket-powered seat coming out, the parachute opening sequence, and the separated seat falling away. Modern technology at its best. All of this happened in about two seconds from canopy off to the fireball.

Check out all the smoke from the canopy rocket motors.

There he goes ! So that's what the striped handle does !
The left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.

The white thing is the seat-stabilazing drogue chute. Notice the pilot's head pinned to his chest from the severe 'G' forces produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II seat. They burn for about 2/10ths of a second . .

enough time to propel him at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Hellova ride.

One millesecond from eternity for a beautiful FA-18.
Check out the now-unoccupied ejection seat following the aircraft to glory.

The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine . . its 'last gasp'.

There goes the seat above the fireball.
The pilot will be downing his first of several shots within the hour, soon as his hands stop shaking.

And the pilot lived happily ever after . . .

Thanks to
Bob and Diane Fuoss for contributing.

May 19, 2013

Semper Gator

Enormous Green Ampimbious Monster Gator on my sidewalk in Sarasota, Florida. He was at least 9 feet long and 300 lbs. 

I wrestled him. It was a tough and fierce battle, but I closed with and captured him and finally got him back to the swamp where he belonged.

Eat your heart out, Jim Nesci

OK, OK, so maybe he was not quite 9 feet long. But I still bravely confronted him and drove him back to the swamp.

From One Green Amphibious Marine Monster to Another.

Semper Gator

Craig Hullinger Marine

May 5, 2013

Vietnam Thank You

A nice presentation of young people of the College of the Ozarks thanking Vietnam Veterans.