A trip to the archives

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

So, the next step was the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  I called and talked at length with one of the military archivists, then went to visit. The bad news — no unit records survived, apparently.  Tracking them down may be even worse than normal, because the unit was separated from their parent, Read More

A call from Texas

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

So, I needed to know: was Fred Miles actually assigned to 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery?  And if so, what camp did he end up with in Japan?  It looks like most of the battalion ended up going to Burma, where they were essentially enslaved, building what became known as the “Death Railway” across, Read More

The Lost Battalion

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

Having never met my grandfather, I never really knew any details of his World War II experience.  He died the year I was born (I think) or shortly afterward. My Dad emailed me a couple of weeks ago when all the news was on about the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. , Read More

Iraq as a nation sits on a razor’s edge. On one side is a reasonably stable society, with power sharing among its people and a better future for all Iraqis. On the other side is a major sectarian war, ethnic cleansing in the many mixed communities in Iraq, with possible dissolution as a state or a return to totalitarian regime. And, as much as we opposed the war, now the one thing preventing Iraq from falling on the wrong side of that line is U.S. and coalition troops, and newly deploying Iraqi police and military units.

The Trials of Julian Goodrum

Posted on October 26, 2004 by

Lieutenant Julian Goodrum is the picture of an American soldier: a young man with quintessentially good looks and a friendly smile, despite the hell he has been through for the last two years. Goodrum served honorably in the first Gulf War, and on his return joined the U.S. Army Reserve. A 13-year Army veteran,, Read More

Charles Sheehan-Miles and Robert K. Musil The little-told toll of combat is in the minds of the soldiers who fight. Every war, we forget the ordeal inflicted on soldiers, even those uninjured. After the war in Iraq, we must relearn how to help our warriors return home, adjust and cope with their experience. There, Read More

Interview with Wolf Blitzer on Iraq

Posted on January 21, 2003 by

CNN WOLF BLITZER REPORTS Civilians Working for U.S. Military Gunned Down in Kuwait; Skiers Killed in Avalanche in British Columbia Aired January 21, 2003 – 17:00   ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. Link to full transcript: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0301/21/wbr.00.html And as the, Read More

This article ran on Antiwar.com on January 24, 2003. In a development that probably shouldn’t shock me, but does, Israel has publicly announced plans to murder people on U.S. soil. The story initially surfaced in a January 15 report by United Press International correspondent Richard Sale. Sale reports not only the aggressive plan of, Read More

Twelve years ago, at roughly two a.m. local time on January 17, I was ready to go off guard duty when the call came down from the command post: wake up the platoon leaders ASAP. Not long after, we got the official word: U.S. forces were in contact. Lieutenant Dorr, my platoon leader came, Read More

This article ran on Alternet on December 30, 2002. Soon George Bush will deliver his second State of the Union address. As we all know, it’s been a tough couple of years, so as we approach the President’s second address, I think it’s time to take a careful look at our current condition. The, Read More

Or so says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, who says that if the inspectors give Iraq a clean bill-of-health, “What it would prove would be that the inspection process had been successfully defeated by the Iraqis. There’s no question but that the Iraqi regime is clever, they’ve spent a lot of time hiding things,, Read More

Another Gulf War Vet Opens Fire

Posted on October 30, 2002 by

“Are you okay?” My wife asked the question after we learned that Robert Stewart Flores, who killed three professors at the University of Arizona before shooting himself, was a Gulf War veteran. She asked me the same thing last week, when we learned John Allen Muhammed, better known as the Washington D.C. sniper, is, Read More