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Memorial

A Memorial Day Perspective

Memorial Day is again upon us, and the current abnormalities of our lives notwithstanding, the deep emotions and memories of our fallen are felt by many of us.  Also present during Memorial Day are the awkward moments and conversations. We see and hear: “Don’t thank me for my service,” “This is about the ones who never made it back,” …

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The Ramp Ceremony never to be forgotten

It’s hard to write articles for Memorial Day, no matter how long you have been doing the job.  How do you put into words the respect and honor you want to convey to readers? Well, years ago, I wrote this poem after witnessing a ramp ceremony. For those that do not know what a ramp …

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Crazy Bety, a Tribute to Military Working Dogs lost

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and reflection of service members lost. This Memorial weekend, we would like to pay a special tribute to lost military working dogs. One dog comes to mind in particular- Bety. As some of you know, Bety was recently on American Grit Live with Project K-9 Hero. Unfortunately soon …

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day traditions: a solemn reflection

Memorial Day is typically a day of reflection and traditions. Many reach out to old comrades in arms to reminisce over those lost. Reunions typically consist of raised glasses to toast the memory of the honored dead. However, this year will be vastly different. This year we must dig deeper to find the resolve to …

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The Legacy of John Basilone

We have said it time and time again, they just don’t make ’em like they used to.  To pay respect to the heroes before us, Grunt Style has decided to highlight one legend a month with it’s “Legacy” series.  This month’s legacy goes to Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone. As it happens, Basilone was …

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Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima: Old Breed vs the New breed

This past week marked the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. I attended the commemoration events held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Woody was awarded the Medal of Honor for slaying enemy soldiers in the face with a …

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Buchanan- The only President who was a Private

We recently posted a collage of all the different Presidents who served in the military.  Underneath their picture and name, most of them had officer ranks above Captain, except one.  The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, who had the rank of private.  Well, we decided to figure out why.   James Buchanan …

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The Fight for the Toxic Exposure Bill

It is estimated that approximately 3.5 Million troops may have encountered some sort of toxic exposure while in service after 9/11. Most of this was due to “burn pits” being used all over Iraq and Afghanistan. A “burn pit” was a designated area where items meant for disposal were set on fire. The items generally …

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