A Silver Star for HM2 Joshua Simson:
Commanders say Simson’s patrol was ambushed in July 2007, but he continued caring for wounded servicemen. Officers say he exposed himself to enemy fire repeatedly over a seven-hour period.
Simson says he’s humbled by the award.
“There were other guys, other Marines, other soldiers who were there [...]
The Oscar II-class Kursk was a Russian submarine at sea on maneuvers off Severomorsk on the 12th of August, 2000. Rumors are that the boat was testing a developmental torpedo when hell came to a very small place. The pictures below show what was brought up from the ocean floor by a Dutch consortium [...]
When you’re looking for something else.
As I was searching through our family’s Samsonite suitcase full of photographs, I came across a small black and white print, no larger than a baseball card, with two red lipstick prints smeared across the back. Besides these marks made by some once-supple lips, there were no names, [...]
“Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew – And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
– from “High Flight,” [...]
There’s a phrase often used in the service for acts of selfless sacrifice – it’s called, “Jumping on the grenade,” and usually it’s a metaphor for someone who “takes one for the team.”
Sometimes – very rarely – we are exposed to the kind of grace that renders all metaphors moot. The kind of [...]
The flight deck is a dangerous place, even for those accustomed to working there. Beware of prop arcs, intakes and exhausts.
You too, chief.
(H/T to Tailspin for the pic)
YELLOW SEA (March 10, 2008) Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) pull sailors from the Republic of Korea (ROK) commercial fishing boat M/V Je 2 Bong Ho into a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat. The ROK sailors abandoned their vessel after it caught fire. U.S. Navy photo [...]
And, by the looks of their haircuts, Marines too.
Story here. Or anyway, one just like it.
(H/T to Tailspin Tom for the pic)