After the French left a divided Vietnam in 1955, the United States government agreed to take over the training of South Vietnam's troops. The first military advisers found an ill equipped, poorly trained army with an officer corps that was generally inept. Advisers were embedded at every level of the ARVN and officers were sent to … Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising,” Vietnam, Pt. 2
I have to admit, I choose fiction over non-fiction writing most of the time. Since my life is non-fiction, my inclination is to “escape” some of the “fun” of politics, mass shootings, celebrity scandals, and cleaning up cat vomit. HOWEVER…sometimes the non-fiction is good enough to pull me in. So I’ll share a couple of … Continue reading Nonfiction for November
The Vietnam War is difficult to read about if you are interested in the military history of the conflict because, unlike the Great War, World War II, and Korea, the authors of the survey histories spend more words laying blame among the Washington politicians and military brass than they do talking about the tactical and … Continue reading “Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?” Part 1
The light is turning shades of blue and purple as the sun drops below the horizon. The air is cooling from a warm summer day. Crickets are beginning their night time singing, and through the sky comes the faint whirring of bats. Swooping and gliding through the air, indulging in an early evening snack. Some … Continue reading Flying Mammals, Insect Warrior, Friend
Note: In addition to books available in the collections of Fontana Regional Library and the NC Cardinal consortium I used articles from databases in NC Live. In recent weeks three category four or five hurricanes devastated multiple Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico, the Gulf coast of Texas and the whole state of Florida. Remnants of … Continue reading Katrina, Ike, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Etc.
September can mean a lot of different things to different people: fall is here and the hills will be lit afire with changing leaves, the temperature outside cools to a comfortable level, kiddos go back to school, university is in session, life takes on a slower more regular schedule. September is also suicide awareness month. … Continue reading It Gets Better
On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army streamed across the 38th parallel attacking the poorly equipped Republic of Korea (ROK) soldiers, driving them southward. With the backing of the United Nations Security Council, President Harry S. Truman ordered General Douglas MacArthur to send members of the 8th United States army, then on occupation duty … Continue reading Truman vs. MacArthur
Last night I was sitting at home reading as the sun faded away, and the droning of crickets outside the house gradually drowned out the sound of the words on the page in front of me. This is the sound of a summer night – crickets raising heck outside, intermittent frog croaks from the pond, … Continue reading This is not an eclipse post.
On May 15, 2017, the Asheville Citizen-Times published an article about a Blue Ridge Honor Flight taking 90 veterans of World War II and the Korean War to Washington to see the memorials dedicated to those who had died in those wars. The Korean War veterans were greeted at that memorial by members of the Republic … Continue reading HST AND THE “POLICE ACTION” IN KOREA
I have a difficult time listening to audiobooks. Usually when I’m driving I listen to music, and when I’m doddering about the house pretending to clean I listen to podcasts. For some reason, audiobooks fail to hold my attention long enough for me to finish them. However, since I do spend a lot of time … Continue reading Audiobooks I Have Managed To Love