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Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll

Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll

Sergeant Smith and the Cigarette Roll My first assignment after getting my appointment to Warrant Officer was to an a/c maintenance company in the 101st Abn at Ft. Campbell, KY.  My first job was as PBO, (property book officer) which made me the supply officer of the

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Six Men on the Vietnam Wall

Six Men on the Vietnam Wall

I want to tell you about six men so that you will know them not as names on a reflective, gabbro wall, but as people. As memorial day approaches, I find myself thinking about my friends whose names are on Vietnam Wall I would like to share

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All right, God

All right, God

I was eighteen years old, a soldier at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and a somewhat regular attendee of the First Baptist Church of Ozark. There was a Sunday evening service for young people called BTU, or Baptist Training Union, and I enjoyed the meetings because I was the

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Fremad

Fremad

My publisher, Wolfpack, has just released my newest novel; LONG ROAD TO ABILENE.  Although it is, ultimately a Western novel, early in the book Cade McCall, the protagonist of the story, is hijacked aboard a sailing ship the FREMAD.  Because of that, about one quarter of the story

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Serenade To The Big Bird: On Writing About WWII

Serenade To The Big Bird: On Writing About WWII

Many of you may think of me as a writer of Westerns. But I’ve also written some books about World War II, in particular, my War Torn Series, now re-released as Kindle books by Wolfpack. I’m making plans to start another WWII series, and to that end,

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Misadventure In Saigon

Misadventure In Saigon

My last assignment in Vietnam was as Chief of the 110th Open Storage Depot at Tan San Nhut. Thin . . . though as Warrants couldn’t “command” my official title was Chief. It was also somewhat remote from the rest of the group, and it gave me

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Fremont St, The Jersey Boys and other Las Vegas adventures

Fremont St, The Jersey Boys and other Las Vegas adventures

Ruth and I just returned from a whirlwind visit to Las Vegas. As I posted last week, it was a business trip… BUT… thanks to my publisher, Wolfpack Publishing, it was also an enjoyable trip. I was amazed at how much Las Vegas has changed in the

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A Kind Of Immortality

A Kind Of Immortality

Memorial Day has come and gone, and our thoughts turn to those men and women who, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, gave “their last full measure of devotion” for their country. Of the just under one million men and women who have been killed in theater during all

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Ground Resonance In Helicopters

Ground Resonance In Helicopters

Back in the mid-fifties, when I was an EM instructor in the aircraft maintenance course at Ft. Rucker Alabama, I was charged with writing a lesson plan about “ground resonance in helicopters.” This was a condition where a helicopter, while on the ground, could set up a

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Men, good news.

Men, good news.

I have posted earlier about going to Korea back in the fifties, as a very-low ranking enlisted man in the “steerage” compartment of the Gaffey, with bunks stacked 12 high in the compartments. Officers, and those who were accompanied by their families en route to Japan had

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