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  • Ann Margret Risked Her Life For The Troops

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Special Features Writer

    Ann-Margret is gorgeous, vivacious, and talented in so many ways. Singer, song writer, actress, dancer: she had it all. She was every man's girl next door and every man's wish - a dream girl, every man's beauty to come home to. But, she was SO MUCH MORE. Ann-Margret Olsson was born April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, emigrating to the United States in 1946. Ann-Margret has been a U.S. citizen since 1949. Star of stage, screen and television with many, many awards to her n...

  • All Of The Services Have Nicknames

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Western Outdoor Times Special Features Writer|Nov 1, 2023

    All of the services have nicknames for the other services and their members. It’s all part of the well-intentioned harassment we provide each other free of charge. For example, Navy personnel are referred to as ”squids”, “ducks” or “Marine chauffeurs”. Army as just mostly “grunts boys”. Air Force as “airdales” or “bus drivers”. Space force As “space cadets”. Marines as “soldiers of the sea”, “leathernecks”, “jarheads” and “Devil Dogs”. But, where do these come from? NAVY: Squids & Ducks are ass... Full story

  • Strong Country, Weak Leadership

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Special Features - Opinion Writer|Aug 1, 2023

    The United States of America is without a doubt the strongest and most powerful nation in the world. No nation has the financial power, the military power, or the nuclear power of this nation. BUT, we are weak. The political divisiveness of our politicians has always weakened this country and I don't care which side you're on. Granted the "Left", "Doves", "Progressives" - whatever you want to tag them as - weaken our country and spend their time and our precious tax payer dollars foolishly by... Full story

  • Duties of a Chaplain

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, AZBW WOT Special Features Writer|Jun 1, 2023

    In years past being a Chaplain in any service organization was usually pretty simple. You would do the standard prayers at meetings, blessings at dinners, the 7 o'clock toast, provide counseling to people for mostly mundane events and just generally help out people around you. It involved helping families of veterans to occasionally put to rest their loved ones, which were often rare events. And may I mention that Chaplains are, for the most part, ignored by the hierarchy of most organizations;... Full story

  • VFW 3513

    Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Special Features Writer

    Publishers Note - With all that is going on in our world today I wanted to highlight one of the good things. We are looking forward to the next one. Now that he was tasting the freedom that American's took for granted, .... Independence by Dana Fuller Ross These marines never took that freedom for granted. Welcome home. Thank you for your service. You Are Invited To The Ball That Honors 247 Years The 'Corps – soldiers of the sea, green amphibious monsters who will attack from the foam of the o... Full story

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