Posts Tagged ‘Korean War’

Obama Purging Navy: 8,000 Navy Chiefs On Chopping Block Video | Alternative

August 18, 2014 1 comment

Before It’s News

bildevia End Times Headlines Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire. The board — the first since early 2013 — will convene Oct. 27, according to a Navy document released Aug. 14.

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A Cash-Strapped Corps Once Tried Training Marines With ‘Doom’

August 4, 2014 1 comment

A Cash-Strapped Corps Once Tried Training Marines With ‘Doom’War is Boring

^ | August 3, 2014 | Matthew GaultPosted on 8/4/2014, 3:16:29 PM by C19fan



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In the mid ‘90s the Marine Corps decided Doom II might make for an excellent training supplement. It did so for two reasons—a forward-thinking commandant and a budgetary shortfall.The Marines have always had to make due with little financial support compared to the other military branches.


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Which Is the Party of Extremists?…(GyG Response…)

June 13, 2014 1 comment

Which Is the Party of Extremists? ????????????

answer: very gd simple as me old di used to say (1952)…answer: all gubmints, all potties, etc.



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GUNNY G: NO, MARINES WERE IN KOREA LONG B.4 1950…Re Marines In Korea 1871…

June 10, 2014 1 comment

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GUNNY G: NO, MARINES WERE IN KOREA LONG B4 1950…Re Marines In Korea 1871…




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Korea and McCarthy

June 10, 2014 1 comment

Korea and McCarthy ^ | 6/10/2014 | Bill StarrPosted on 6/10/2014, 9:33:56 AM by rktmanHistorical revisionism can be useful, but frequently it is distorted to concoct new folklore by people with axes to grind. Millions of television viewers believed they learned something about the Korean War from MASH.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Español: Este persona...

Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Español: Este personaje público norteamericano, fue uno delos más criticos contra el comunismo coartando las libertades en E.E.U.U. y haciendo de la persecución politca y de los recorte de libetades una de sus máximas. Encarceló a no pocas personas por tener un pensamiento contrario al suyo, acusandolos de poco patriotas o de traidores, uno de los máximos “democratas”. Français : Joseph Raymond McCarthy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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May 29, 2014 1 comment



Gunny G: It Happened One Sunday By Jim “RATs” Ratliff H-3-5 Marines ~ Korea!

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Here’s an old one I just happened to find on an old webpage of mine…



June 1, 2005


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Here’s one I received a few years ago from Marine Jim Ratliff, now deceased.

About four or five years ago when I was new to the net, I was soliciting stories for my Marine Vignettes/Tales Of The Corps webpages. I got an e-mail from Jim about that time, and he advised that he was then putting out a newsletter for H-3-5 News which was his old company from the Korean War days. His hands were full already w/the newsletter, but his newsletter contained many stories from H-3-5 Marines; and he invited me to post the stories to my webpages, if I would like to do so.



A column of troops and armor of the 1st Marine...

A column of troops and armor of the 1st Marine Division move through communist Chinese lines during their successful breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in . The Marines were besieged when the Chinese entered the Korean War November 27, 1950, by sending 200,000 shock troops against Allied forces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I e-mailed Jim back, “you bet, I want them!

I did post many of the H-3-5 stories, and they are still on Gunny G’s…for anyone who would like to see them. Jim had been successful in rounding up many of the Marines and Navy Corpsmen from his old H-3-5 days.

Jim died a year or so ago, and here is one story of his own that I have had rat-holed on my hard drive and just ran across again today.

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via Gunny G: It Happened One Sunday By Jim “RATs” Ratliff H-3-5 Marines ~ Korea! | CLINGERS… BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN

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May 22, 2014 1 comment

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About this Marine in the TJ Jailll…what everybody misses is two years ago there was a near identical case where they had this Marine chained to a rack in a cell…a visitor got a pic out to someone…
And Now, BACK IN THE OLD CORPS, 1950……

Dick G


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Dangerous Old Men… “Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino.”

February 18, 2014 1 comment

Dangerous Old Men

American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ebben Raves

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:22:54 PM by Neil E. Wright

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Clint Eastwood (“Letters from Iwo Jima” Screening, Berlinale 2007) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him.


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He is an anachronism, a dinosaur — part of the old America where you worked hard, took pride in your work and where you lived, and fought for your country and what it stood for when called upon

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Gunny G: WTF: Re ABLE, BAKER, CHARLIE…The Military Phonetic Alphabet | (Excerpt) ~ Leatherneck – Magazine of the Marines

February 5, 2014 1 comment



Korean War Vietnam Era to Present


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GUNNY G: Korean War Project Newsletter Dec 25, 2013 Volume 15, 3…From: Hal and Ted Barker: …..

December 26, 2013 1 comment

Korean War Project Newsletter Dec 25, 2013 Volume 15, 3
KWP Visitor Copy

From:               Hal and Ted Barker:

For:                  Richard W. (Dick) Gaines
NewsID:            1207

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. Shank’s Bootees
3. Thank You to our Sponsors | Donors/Members
4. This Mailing List


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1. Editorial

Hal and I wish a ‘Seasons Greetings’ to each of our readers. We especially want to extend that message to all of our servicemen and women who are on duty around the world.

A tradition for our Holiday / Christmas newsletter has been to feature a wonderful story written by Dave Hughes of Colorado Springs.


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Dave was a 1st Lt with K Co of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the first year of the war. He retired from the US Army as a Colonel. He taught at the US Military Academy. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for action during the attack on Hill 347 in October 1951.


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North Korea parades its American prisoner in chilling ‘confession’ video …

November 30, 2013 1 comment

North Korea parades its American prisoner in chilling \’confession\’ video …

The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 30, 2013 | MARIE-LOUISE OLSON

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 8:31:18 AM by Uncle Chip



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Bad Sam – Conspiracy Theories with a ring of truth to them… Re General George Patton… “At the end of the war Patton was in fact the highest ranking officer in the US Military. In peacetime the Armed Forces would fall under the authority of Patton. Eisenhower didn’t relish having Patton giving him orders.”

July 24, 2013 8 comments


George S. Patton signed photo by U.S. Army

George S. Patton signed photo by U.S. Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…..Rank: Eisenhower had outranked Patton during war, having been appointed Supreme Commander.

At the end of the war Patton was in fact the highest ranking officer in the US Military. In peacetime the Armed Forces would fall under the authority of Patton. Eisenhower didn’t relish having Patton giving him orders.

There was widespread talk at home of Patton for President. This was bad news for the Democrats, because they had no comparable opponent. It was not good news for the Republicans though, because Patton was considered too stubborn and iron-willed to take orders from Wall Street and professional politicians. Thus, many factions viewed Patton as a threat.

Who Are The Suspects In The Death of General Patton?

The Russians were in great dread of Patton, wondering whether he would continue to wage war and cross through their lines. They remained on “alert status” until his death. Patton wrote to his wife and others that when he returned to the US he was planning to retire from the Army and try his hand a politics as a Republican. No doubt he would have reported the Russian kidnapping of 25,000 American troops, and would have taken action. The full story of these lost men only started to emerge in the 1970s, and has been documented since the fall of the USSR.


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A Jeffersonian Military Man By David Johns… “Don’t Thank Me for My ‘Service’”

July 22, 2013 18 comments

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A Jeffersonian Military Man


July 22, 2013


I want to talk  about something that’s been bothering me lately. The reader may think that I am trouncing on hallowed ground …. but first hear me out, and then beat me up.

I think the U.S. Government is behind a recent  subterfuge that really irritates me. It has been eagerly picked up by an unthinking public and widely spread. It is the “Thank you for your service to our country” platitude.  As a 25 year veteran, thrice combat tested, now retired, former USMC killing machine, I take exception to this patriotically veiled insincerity and urge thinking people not to use it. I shall try to explain why.


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First, the statement implies ‘servitude’ and ‘sacrifice’ as does the name ‘service man’ itself. It reeks of self-abnegation, altruism, and renunciation of ones own interests in favor of those of society, nationalism and the greater good …. (mmmmmm, now it’s starting to make sense).

It connotes selfLESS sacrifice of one’s own life and values for the sake of others. I have found none of this to be true in my case, or in any of my military accomplices. . I’ll try to illustrate.

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North Korean newspaper thinks Helen Thomas is a man

May 22, 2013 Leave a comment

North Korean newspaper thinks Helen Thomas is a man


The Blaze ^ | 17 May 2013 | Eddie Scarry


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Posted on 05/21/2013 2:35:01 PM PDT by seanmerc


To prove that the U.S news media “distort the truth and mislead the public opinion to curry favor with power,” a North Korean newspaper used Helen Thomas’s 2010 retirement as an example.



Only problem is that Thomas (pictured right) was once a female columnist for Hearst Newspapers, not a man.


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Obama is not Incompetent. He’s Malicious… “I have heard Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) compared to…”

May 14, 2013 2 comments

Obama is not Incompetent. He’s Malicious


American Clarion ^ | May 14, 2013 | Gina Miller


Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:13:05 AM by WXRGina


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You may have read, or seen a film version of, Richard Condon’s deeply disturbing 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate.


The story, set during the Korean War, is about a platoon kidnapped by the Chinese and Soviets, taken to Manchuria, exquisitely brainwashed, and then released. Sgt. Raymond Shaw, one of those kidnapped, becomes an unwitting assassin tool of the communists in their efforts to install their agents (Shaw’s evil mother and his senator stepfather) in the United States presidency. Fortunately the coup attempt fails when Shaw’s platoon commander,




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Reality Check Korea… “Righties might own the word Patriotism now, but if you haven’t noticed, the left has been trying to use it to condition you into thinking that giving them more tax revenue is the ultimate way to show your love of country. So what’s the difference? The means? Sure. The ends? Nope “

April 13, 2013 1 comment

Reality Check Korea


ColonelRay Website ^ | 04/09/2013 | Colonel Ray


Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:26:36 AM by RetiredColonel


Reality Check Korea. April 9, 2013 By Ray Coughenour, Colonel U.S. Army (Retired)



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In my 30+ years of military experience and status as a self-recognized international political-socio and military expert, I am flat out scared there is a new war coming in Korea.


It is with great misgiving that I write this article about the aspect of what another war in Korea may look like and why people in the United States need to be prepared for it. This article will not be like what you are hearing on the nightly news or on the right wing blogs.




In my military career I had the experience of being in South Korea 19 years ago during a very heated period of time between North and South Korea. During that time in South Korea we were running the annual war game exercises. This time we actually ran 10 war scenarios most of which involved a surprise massive attack from North Korea (NK) on South Korea.



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According to the computer models, the combined U.S. / Republic of South Korea (ROK) forces lost nine out of ten of these game scenarios. The only time we won was when we used tactical nuclear weapons to stop the communist hordes coming from the north. This was also a period when lots of rhetoric was coming from NK about attacking the South and the tension and fear I saw in the faces of U.S. and Republic of South Korean Generals was the most intense in my lifetime.




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North Korea states ‘nuclear war is unavoidable’ as it declares first target will be Japan

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North Korea states ‘nuclear war is unavoidable’ as it declares first target will be Japan ^ | 04-12-13 | By: Charlotte Meredith



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Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 10:36:17 AM by Red Badger


NORTH KOREA has warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, as it increased threats of an attack.




In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo’s standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation.



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Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

April 7, 2013 4 comments

Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.Red State


^ | 4/7/13 | Moe LanePosted on Sunday, April 07, 2013 1:47:54 PM by Nachum


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Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea:So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far?










That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames with South Korea, but that they had not planned the recent deployment of Navy destroyers.






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Why Are We Still on the DMZ? … “President Eisenhower ended the Korean War 60 years ago. The Chinese armies in Korea went home. Twenty years ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia abandoned communism and ceased to arm the North, and Mao’s China gave up world revolution for state capitalism.”

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Why Are We Still on the DMZ? ^ | February 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan


Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 9:18:01 AM by Kaslin



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North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat — the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range.


Pyongyang’s ruler, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, said the tests are aimed at the United States. So it would seem. One does not build an ICBM to hit Seoul, 30 miles away.




Experts believe North Korea is still far from having the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to a missile that could hit the West Coast. But this seems to be Kim’s goal.


Why is he obsessed with a nation half a world away?


America has never recognized his, his father’s or his grandfather’s regime. We have led the U.N. Security Council in imposing sanctions. We have 28,000 troops in the South and a defense treaty that will bring us into any war with the North from day one, and a U.S. general would assume overall command of U.S. and Republic of Korea troops.


We are South Korea‘s defense shield and deterrent against the North.


And while America cannot abdicate her responsibility and role in this crisis, we should be asking ourselves: Why is this our crisis in 2013?



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President Eisenhower ended the Korean War 60 years ago. The Chinese armies in Korea went home. Twenty years ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia abandoned communism and ceased to arm the North, and Mao’s China gave up world revolution for state capitalism.






Epochal events. Yet U.S. troops still sit on the DMZ, just as their grandfathers did when this writer was still in high school.


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(Gunny G: What “The Folks” Are Saying Bout “Going Galt”! …) ~ Evan Thomas: ‘White Men Dropping Out of Workforce’ -‘Going Hunting, Fishing’

December 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas made a bizarre statement on PBS’s Inside Washington Friday.


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“Unexplored story of the year: white men dropping out – dropping out of the workforce, dropping out of elections, just plain dropping out, getting social security, not doing anything, going hunting, fishing, just not in the game” (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

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Joe Friday: Man Out of Time

December 21, 2012 2 comments

Joe Friday: Man Out of Time

am spectator ^ | 12/21/12 | d flynn

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Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 10:03:09 AM by bestintxas

Dragnet’s Jack Webb died thirty years ago, and a lot of America has been dead ever since.

Jack Webb, who died thirty years ago this weekend, arrived at the right time. “After the war, people were much more realistic,” notes Peggy Webber, star of more than 100 Dragnet episodes. “They wanted things to be as honest as possible. And he filled the bill.”

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Gunny G: It Happened One Sunday By Jim “RATs” Ratliff H-3-5 Marines ~ Korea!

December 7, 2012 55 comments

Here’s an old one I just happened to find on an old webpage of mine…


June 1, 2005


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Here’s one I received a few years ago from Marine Jim Ratliff, now deceased.

About four or five years ago when I was new to the net, I was soliciting stories for my Marine Vignettes/Tales Of The Corps webpages. I got an e-mail from Jim about that time, and he advised that he was then putting out a newsletter for H-3-5 News which was his old company from the Korean War days. His hands were full already w/the newsletter, but his newsletter contained many stories from H-3-5 Marines; and he invited me to post the stories to my webpages, if I would like to do so.

I e-mailed Jim back, “you bet, I want them!
I did post many of the H-3-5 stories, and they are still on Gunny G’s…for anyone who would like to see them. Jim had been successful in rounding up many of the Marines and Navy Corpsmen from his old H-3-5 days.

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As It Was In The Days Of Noah… ~ (“If I were a country instead of an old man, and if I were an enemy of America, I’d be making my plans to move on the limp-wristed bunch of wimps that compose the “has-been” nation of the United States today”)

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If I were a country instead of an old man, and if I were an enemy of America, I’d be making my plans to move on the limp-wristed bunch of wimps that compose the “has-been” nation of the United States today.

If the recent election proved anything, it proved that Americans are exactly what our enemies have been claiming we are for sometime now. Weak, lazy, dependent, with no gumption, no ambition, and yes, impotent.In short, modern Americans are a pitiful lot, ripe for the picking.

And believe you me, as the low hanging fruit that we are today, we WILL BE harvested — and soon.We just saw in the international press recently that Russia, our age-old enemy is gearing up for war with America. China our other arch enemy, at least since the Korean War, is also equipping itself to take America’s place as the leading military on the globe

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Clover Korean War vet gets 30 days in jail for junk on property

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment



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Johnny Ramsey, the 79-year-old Korean Warveteran who collected and sold junk to pay for medications for his ailing wife, said just minutes before court Thursday evening: “If I have to go to jail, I guess I am ready.”





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Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot?

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment


It’s time that someone started doing a little checking. Major General Jerry Curry, US Army(Ret) asks questions about some curious purchases. Who does the government intend to shoot?



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General Edwin Walker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia… (Interesting Chap)

August 17, 2012 2 comments


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchEdwin Anderson WalkerColEAWalker.jpgColonel Edwin A. WalkerBorn November 10, 1909Center Point, Kerr County,

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Texas, USADied October 31, 1993 aged 83Dallas, TexasAllegiance United States of AmericaService/branch United States Army seal United States ArmyYears of service 1931 – 1961Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major GeneralCommands held 24 Infantry Division SSI.svg‎ 24th Infantry DivisionBattles/wars World War IIKorean War

Major General Edwin Anderson Walker, sometimes known as Ted Walker November 10, 1909 – October 31, 1993, was a United States Army officer who fought in World War II and the Korean War, reaching the rank of Major General.

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Gunny G: Marines History and Traditions: Col Frank Schwable USMC, POW, Germ Warfare, Korean War, Etc,,,,

July 6, 2012 4 comments

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……The book continues, “The Chinese knew they had captured a prize because Schwable, a veteran of sixty-five night missions in World War II and winner of four distinguished Flying Crosses, was in uniform and carried his armed services identification card, a Virginia driver’s license, a flight instrument ticket, pictures of his family, and a copy of his flight plan.

For months he was kept in solitary confinement in a filthy lean-to under the eaves of a Korean house. The forty-four-year-old Schwable was harried, accused of being a war criminal, fed little, denied proper latrine privileges, refused medical attention, and subjected to extremes of heat and cold. Except for a “two-week thinking period,” he was intensely interrogated, although he was never beaten. Finally, at the end of December, after intimidation and dire threats, the senior UN prisoner after General Dean finally submitted a confession that suited the Communists.”

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The Perfect Manchurian Candidate – John S. Torell

July 5, 2012 3 comments

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During World War II, some American soldiers were captured in the Pacific and taken to the province of Manchuria (part of China) by the Japanese military command. There they were exposed to tremendous torture and brainwashing, also known as “mind control.” The Japanese were not the only ones engaged in this terrible crime against human beings. The Soviets and the Germans had their programs, so did the British at Tavistock and the Americans at Fort Dietrich, outside Washington D.C.

In 1945, when the war was over, certain groups within the American intelligence operation decided to bring as many German scientists, engineers and intelligence personnel as possible to the United States in a secret project known as “Operation Paper Clip.”[1] This program was run by a secret unit of the CIA and one of the goals was to perfect a program, where a person could be taken as a young child and then by splitting the young child’s personality into multiple personalities, a secret coded message could be planted deep within the brain that would be activated using certain memory triggers by the handlers. Captured enemy soldiers are also used in this kind of human abuse.


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Vietnam Promise – It Was to be Our Last | Veterans Today

June 13, 2012 5 comments

Let The Killing Begin With The Guilty This Time

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

I served as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam. Raised on war propaganda, political claptrap and only mildly suspicious that America had been overthrown in the Coup de Etat on November 22, 1963, I was going to do my part. The idea of someone else fighting and dying in my place sickened me.

Little did I know the vast majority of Americans, hawks, “chickenhawks,” so many I find myself amazed, looked on my way of thinking as insane.

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Memorial Day with my KIA Marines | Veterans Today

May 27, 2012 1 comment
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Buried stories of decorated Marines resurface for Memorial Day…with a little help from their friends. …by Jim W. Dean, VT editor

[Dear Readers, I am on a one month shooting trip to Berkshire County, Mass., and my home town of Gt. Barrington which recently named the best small town in America. I have been shooting historical and arts venues like the Hancock Shaker Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum, to colonial graveyards and, as always, some old WWII vets that are still with us. This footage will be used in future feature articles as VT continues to build our own Net TV presence with in-house produced series material for our international audience. This Memorial Day piece is a rerun from last year, but it is a timeless piece...Jim]

Cpl. Lee H. Phillips – Medal of Honor – Marietta, Georgia KIA – Nov 27th, 1950 – Korea

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Should Black People Tolerate This? by Walter E. Williams

May 22, 2012 3 comments

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims.

Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It’s a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.

A much larger issue is how might we interpret the deafening silence about the day-to-day murder in black communities compared with the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Such a response by politicians, civil rights organizations and the mainstream news media could easily be interpreted as “blacks killing other blacks is of little concern, but it’s unacceptable for a white to kill a black person.”

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U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

April 4, 2012 1 comment
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The Civil War — already considered the deadliest conflict in American history — in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That’s what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals.

Hacker says the war’s dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that’s 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History.

“The traditional estimate has become iconic,” Hacker says. “It’s been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a minute — 620,000 — the number of men dying in the Civil War is more than in all other American wars from the American Revolution through the Korean War combined. And consider that the American population in 1860 was about 31 million people, about one-tenth the size it is today. If the war were fought today, the number of deaths would total 6.2 million.”

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No Laughing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

It didn’t take more than one warning from the Old Guard for things to get real quiet. But what would happen if people kept talking and laughing? Lets not find out.

via No Laughing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Sgt. Reckless:� Korean War Horse Hero

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Sgt. Reckless:� Korean War Horse Hero

Sgt. Reckless:� Korean War Horse Hero:

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Story of Sgt Reckless, a horse so heroic during the Korean war she was promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, and is listed alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and John Wayne as one of our all-time heroes.


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Gunny G’s Marines Vignettes – Tales Of The Corps!

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

As a Marine WebSite author, I have had the opportunity of viewing many other Marine WebSites, and interacting with other Marines on the web, most of them Marines much younger than myself. Having done so (whereas I would otherwise have had no occasion to even speak with another Marine) I can say that I am impressed with the realization that no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same. During my period of active service (1952-72) great changes took place both within and without the Marine Corps. As Marines, we have all experienced such changes. But, there are also many less dramatic changes that, together with the greater changes, affect how we feel about both ourselves as Marines, and our Corps. As a result of my experience on the net, one ever constant, never-changing, glaring fact stands out, sounding off loud and clear to me in regard to our present day Marines: Today’s Marines are still the same Gung-Ho Marines they always were!….”Semper Fidelis!”

The following are a few reflections regarding some of the changes I experienced and remember.

In August of 1952, after boot camp, I picked up my first set of orders, bought a train ticket, went home for ten days leave, and then proceeded to report to Marine Barracks, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside, California.The Marine Corps that I found at that time was, in many ways, quite different than the one I retired from at the same Camp Pendleton in 1972.

I remember that our Military Service Number (MSN)– mine was 1345xxx–before we used Social Security Numbers (SSN)– was shown on dogtags and documents with an SS for selective service (for draftees), or USMC or USMCR for the rest of us. Oh yeah, there was a K (for Korea service) indicated with the MSN for Korean war vets.

In the area of uniforms, we were still issued and/or wearing “battle jackets” (both khaki and green). We wore MC insignia on our summer service shirt collars. There were no authorized summer service “tropical” uniforms yet, only cotton khaki. Not all Marines were issued boots yet, some of us still had the old “boondockers.” We referred to our utility uniforms as “dungarees.” — the old herringbone type. Just about that time, we got the word to tuck our jackets in at the waist, and blouse our trousers over our boots–if you had boots; otherwise, you wore leggings with the low-cut shoes. Flannel shirts were still issued (again, both green and khaki). No tie clasps yet, field scarves just blew in the breeze. And belt buckles were not polished , because they were black. Civilian attire on liberty was OK–but, no Levi’s and no shirts w/o collars.

The rank structure was paygrade E-1 thru E-7. No E-8/E-9 paygrades. No lance corporals, no gunnery sergeants, although Technical Sergeants (TSgt) were commonly referred to as Gunny, in honor of that title formerly in use in the Corps. My boot camp issue of Guidebook for Marines still indicated the title of Platoon Sergeant, which had been replaced by Staff Sergeant. First Sergeants and Sergeants Major were all MSgts, usually the most senior MSgts.

Marines were issued the M-1 “Garand” rifle as their T/O weapon. SNCOs had the………………….



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Never Fight a Land War in Asia

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking at West Point, said last week that “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.” In saying this, Gates was repeating a dictum laid down by Douglas MacArthur after the Korean War, who urged the United States to avoid land wars in Asia. Given that the United States has fought four major land wars in Asia since World War II — Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq — none of which had ideal outcomes, it is useful to ask three questions: First, why is fighting a land war in Asia a bad idea? Second, why does the United States seem compelled to fight these wars? And third, what is the alternative that protects U.S. interests in Asia without large-scale military land wars?

The Hindrances of Overseas Wars

Let’s begin with the first question, the answer to which is rooted in demographics and space. The population of Iraq is currently about 32 million. Afghanistan has a population of less than 30 million. The U.S. military, all told, consists of about 1.5 million active-duty personnel (plus 980,000 in the reserves), of whom more than 550,000 belong to the Army and about 200,000 are part of the Marine Corps. Given this, it is important to note that the United States strains to deploy about 200,000 troops at any one time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that many of these troops are in support rather than combat roles. The same was true in Vietnam, where the United States was challenged to field a maximum of about 550,000 troops (in a country much more populous than Iraq or Afghanistan) despite conscription and a larger standing army.

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: GunnyG’s: Battle Cry’s “Big Red” Ebert USMC

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: GunnyG’s: Battle Cry’s “Big Red” Ebert USMC

Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions:

GunnyG’s: Battle Cry’s “Big Red” Ebert USMC:

Hi Dick;

Just returned from 8 wonderful warm weeks on Clearwater Beach,


For the record , group seen of the movie “Battle Cry” were

filmed on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in 1954. The individual “troops” in the group seens were members of 1st Bn, 10th Marines out of the 2nd MarDiv and Camp LeJeune. I joined the unit latter that year, just after my 18th


The bearded Marine in the film was our Battalion Sgt.

Major on Richard R. (BIG RED) Ebert.

Big Red as he was known to all was truly one of the most impressive Marines I have ever met. A coal cracker from the Wilks Bare / Scranton area of PA.

Red was both a WWII and Korean War (combat) veteran. A giant of a man, he stood about 6 foot 3 or 4 and ran about 270!

Single, full of piss and vinegar, willing to fight at the drop of a hat, he would blush and turn red when he spoke to a woman.

Saturday night he would ……………


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Political Cesspool Blog – James Edwards

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Political Cesspool Blog – James Edwards

Political Cesspool Blog – James Edwards:

Memphis hospital takes Confederate flag away from 92 year old Korean War Veteran”

Posted by Gunny G at Saturday, May 28, 2011

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The Phony Arguments for Presidential War Powers by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

A U.S. president has attacked another country, so it’s time for the scam artists to pull out their fake constitutional arguments in support of our dear leader. Not all of them are doing so, to be sure – in fact, it’s been rather a hoot to hear supporters of the Iraq war suddenly caterwauling about the Constitution’s restraints on the power of the president to initiate hostilities abroad. But I’m told that radio host Mark Levin criticized Ron Paul on his program the other day on the precise grounds that the congressman didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to war powers and the Constitution.

That means it’s time to lay out all the common claims, both constitutional and historical, advanced on behalf of presidential war powers, and refute them one by one.

“The president has the power to initiate hostilities without consulting Congress.”

Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution – which refers to the president as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” – has been interpreted this way.

But what the framers actually meant…………………..

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Pemanent/Temporary Rank, Designations, AUS, RA, USMC SS, Etc.

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Pemanent/Temporary Rank, Designations, AUS, RA, USMC SS, Etc.

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Most Marines are quite familiar with abbreviations used such as, USMC, USMCR, etc. Fewer are aware of earlier designations such as USMC SS used for selective service (draftee) Marines during the Korean War Era. In fact I recall that during the Korean era that Marines’ MSN (military service numbers) were prefixed with a K, not the MSN itself actually, but on official orders, administrative records, etc., to designate those who had served a tour in Korea.

Even lesser known to Marines–and, apparently, even some newer members of other services–are certain older abbreviations and designations for both officer and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army, e.g., AUS for Army of the United States, etc. This information is becoming less and less known these days, and should be of some general interest to all hands.

Myself, I have often seen retired Army officers with “AUS Ret.” after their names–several things of this nature and satisfactory explanations for them have previously eluded me. Hopefully, the following links provided below will shine some light on this area of interest that have also aroused the curiosity of others who may find some answers here.


(Example:The Late Col Gordon “Jack” Mohr, AUS Ret)

Regular Army, RA, US, etc.

Rank: Patton, Eisenhower, etc.

In addition, the following links are a bit of somewhat allied information on the topic of brevet ranl, the brevet medal and related information.

R.W. “D1ck” Gaines

Gny Sgt USMC (Ret.)




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Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House…

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 01:18 PM PST

Lang Lang, a Chinese pianist, plays the piano at the White House on Jan. 19, 2011. The music he is playing is the theme song from an anti-American propaganda movie about the Korean War.

US humiliated in eyes of Chinese by song used to inspire anti-Americanism.

From the beginning of his Presidency, Barack Obama has been criticized for bowing to foreign heads of state.

But those missteps are nothing compared to the insult hurled at America by a Chinese pianist in the White House.

According to an article at The Blaze, America was humiliated when Lang Lang played the theme from a 1956 Chinese war movie entitled Battle on Shangganling Mountain, a propaganda film from the Korean War.

Matthew Robertson writes at The Epoch Times that:

Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.”

The film depicts a group of “People’s Volunteer Army” soldiers who are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then, when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack the U.S. military “jackals.”

The movie and the song has been used as anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communists for decades.

The New York Times sought to minimize the impact of the song, calling it “regrettable”:

If, in retrospect, “My Motherland” might seem to be a regrettable choice for a state dinner, it clearly was unintentional. Mr. Lang, an American-trained pianist who divides his time between the United States and China, is an artist who melds American and Chinese cultures.

But Robertson writes that Lang chose the piece, and the Chinese Communist Party likely knew of the choice. In an interview broadcast on Phoenix TV, Lang said:

“I thought to play ‘My Motherland’ because I think playing the tune at the White House banquet can help us, as Chinese people, feel extremely proud of ourselves and express our feelings through the song. I think it’s especially good. Also, I like the tune in and of itself, every time I hear it I feel extremely moved.”

According to Robertson, the Phoenix TV interview was taped before the White House event. Lang was more frank on a Chinese-language blog, writing:

“Playing this song praising China to heads of state from around the world seems to tell them that our China is formidable, that our Chinese people are united; I feel deeply honored and proud.”

Did the White House staff understand the nature of the song when it was played? Worse yet, do they realize that people in China see this as a propaganda victory against an old enemy?

Yang Jingduan is a Chinese psychiatrist now living in Philadelphia who once served as a doctor in the Chinese military. “It’s like insulting you in your face and you don’t know it, it’s humiliating,” he said, according to the Epoch Times.

In China, young people are taught that the United States lost the Korean War, even though the War officially never ended.

Robertson writes that while most in China appear to support Lang’s choice and revel in the insult handed to America, some expressed more moderate views:

Another Chinese commenting on a forum responded to the Lang Lang performance by writing, “Defeat America, defeat Obama” (writing Obama’s name with the wrong first character, one meaning “sunken” or “dented.”)

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The USMC’s Forgotten Amphibious Assault on Baghdad

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment
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The USMC’s Forgotten Amphibious Assault on Baghdad
Aviation Week ^ | January 24, 2011 | Paul McLeary

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 6:01:42 PM by Neil E. Wright

With the proposed cancellation of the Marine Corps planned amphibious vehicle of the future—the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle—about to be put up for debate in Congress, there has been a lot of talk lately about how the Marines haven’t made a wartime amphibious landing since the Korean war.

But that isn’t necessarily true. In April 2003 the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was approaching Baghdad from the east, but found that the Iraqis had blown holes in the two main bridges on Route 6 leading into East Baghdad. The Marines knocking on Baghdad’s door were stuck—or at least they might have been if they weren’t riding in Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV). So they hit the water.

As a Marine history describes it, the Marines didn’t know if their vehicles would even float, since they only received the AAVs three days before the invasion.

Colonel Toolan made the decision to swim the AAVs across the river with the top hatches open (to allow a quick escape if they foundered before reaching the other side of the river.) At 1100Z, the first vehicle from Alpha Company was ‘feet wet’. The Marines cheered as each vehicle swam across the river. As 1/4 continued inland to expand the beachhead line, it encountered sporadic small arms fire. The enemy began to pull back in the face of the assault, and now the Division had two fronts from which to pressure the capitol. Third Battalion, 1st Marines, crossed the river and passed through 1/4’s lines, heading south to secure the far side of the northern Diyala Bridge.

But the best part of the story might be the recon mission that two Marines undertook in order to make sure that the AAV’s would cross at a spot advantageous for the unit.

As fires were exchanged across the river 500 meters north of their position, Lieutenant Roeder and Corporal Brian Goff stripped down to their ‘green on green’ shorts and tee shirts. Armed with only their pistols, the two combat engineers swam 150 meters across the river.

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‘Chosin’: GI Film Festival Winner Hits Theaters

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

“Chosin,” winner of Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 GI Film Festival opens in theaters this week. Produced by combat decorated Marines and NY City friends Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler, this Academy qualifying theatrical exhibition is sponsored by PepsiCo.

After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean War take viewers on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history.

In the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. troops were surrounded and trapped by 120,000 Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Despite overwhelming odds, the men never lose faith in each other. Refusing to surrender, the men fight their way to freedom through 78 miles of unforgiving, mountainous terrain and ultimately save the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees.


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The Perfect Manchurian Candidate ~ John S. Torell

August 21, 2009 3 comments

The Perfect Manchurian Candidate ~ John S. Torell

During World War II, some American soldiers were captured in the Pacific and taken to the province of Manchuria (part of China) by the Japanese military command.  There they were exposed to tremendous torture and brainwashing, also known as “mind control.” The Japanese were not the only ones engaged in this terrible crime against human beings. 


beerdrinkundawg (Photo credit: GunnyG1345)

The Soviets and the Germans had their programs, so did the British at Tavistock and the Americans at Fort Dietrich, outside Washington D.C.

In 1945, when the war was over, certain groups within the American intelligence operation decided to bring as many German scientists, engineers and intelligence personnel as possible to the United States in a secret project known as “Operation Paper Clip.”[1] This program was run by a secret unit of the CIA and one of the goals was to perfect a program, where a person could be taken as a young child and then by splitting the young child’s personality into multiple personalities, a secret coded message could be planted deep within the brain that would be activated using certain memory triggers by the handlers. Captured enemy soldiers are also used in this kind of human abuse.

During my years as a pastor I have run across several people who had been exposed to this type of mind control and it was very hard to help them to be set free from the controls that were placed in them.

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John McCain: The Manchurian Candidate

January 7, 2008 4 comments

John McCain: The Manchurian Candidate

John McCain By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch
December 1992 Issue
Those following the proceedings during the past year of the Senate Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs have been mystified by the rabid actions of the one man on the committee who should be grateful that for the nearly three decades there have been activists in America who have refused to let die the issue of the fate of Americans lost and missing in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.

I am speaking of course of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). None of the Senators on the Select Committee have been as vicious in their attacks on POW/MIA family members and activists than the man behind the mask of war hero, former POW, and patriotic United States Senator . . .

Not even Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who went into his job as chairman of the Select Committee with a predisposition that no one was left alive in Southeast Asia, that it was therefore “time to put the war behind us” and normalize relations with Hanoi, has shown such a bias against those who have fought and kept alive the POW/MIA cause.

Not even Sen. Kerry, with his own record as an anti-war protester during the early 1970s after serving in Vietnam–has turned a totally deaf ear to the numerous individuals and groups who are, correctly or not, convinced that Americans were and are alive in captivity in Southeast Asia.

What, therefore, motivates a John McCain to attack as a pit bull everyone and anyone who has the opinion that men are still alive in the very same captivity that he himself once experienced? Mr. McCain disguises his attacks on the POW/MIA by claiming he is on the committee to ask “the tough questions” to grill and berate in order to get to the truth. What motivates the man, who at the same time has shown a sensitive, almost patronizing approach to U.S. government officials who have lied to the committee? . . .

Borrowing from the title of a popular movie of some years ago, many activists who have felt the fangs of this pit bull call him the “Manchurian Candidate.” Is that a fair accusation to level at Senator McCain, the war hero and the former POW?

In the movie, “The Manchurian Candidate,” actor Lawrence Harvey portrayed the character of a former POW and war hero of the Korean War, whose brainwashing by his communist captors resulted in his enemies being able to manipulate his actions. To trigger him to do their bidding all they had to do was have him play solitaire with the Queen of Diamonds being the trigger that made him theirs, body and soul . . .


While there are some who have over the years taken extreme measures to keep alive the POW/MIA issue, to paint everyone–even some of the most extreme–with a broad brush as being frauds and predators is not just.

As Senator Kerry, once an activist himself, knows, and I am sure understands in his heart, the activist must be at times an extremist. He must do extreme things because he is the David taking on the Goliath, or, to put it another way–you can’t fight a tiger with a dish rag.

In the case of Kerry, the anti-war activist, he could not fight the powerful, often vengeful government officials with the proverbial dish rag. So, he and his followers disrupted Senate committee meetings, threw red paint, representing blood, on the Capitol steps, etc.

In the case of the POW/MIA activists they have chained themselves to the White House fence, at times verbally abused government officials–whatever it took to peacefully draw attention to their cause, just as Kerry before them.

Presently, Kerry the senator does not approve of POW/MIA activists and POW/MIA activists, particularly Vietnam veterans, do not approve of the pro-Hanoi Kerry. And yet there is a common ground with Kerry.

There is none with McCain. He has, simply put, declared his own personal war on POW/MIA activists, and one must ask why?

Even during the Select Committee hearings, H. Ross Perot, perhaps at one time, one of the most devout POW/MIA activists of all, was a target of Senator McCain. And yet, it is doubtful if another POW in America would have anything but the deepest respect for Mr. Perot.

When someone suggested during the committee hearings that Mr. Perot’s efforts in drawing attention to the plight of the POWs in Vietnam during the war years which ultimately caused the POWs to receive more humane treatment from their captors, McCain snidely remarked that he thought it was the bombing of Hanoi that was responsible for their better care.

But after his release by Hanoi in 1973, McCain had nothing but praise for Perot and his followers who ignited and fanned the flames of POW/MIA activism.

Nor has McCain stopped there. He has also viciously attacked fellow war hero, fellow POW and fellow retired Navy captain, Eugene “Red” McDaniel, as a fraud and a dishonorable man who preys upon the families of those still unaccounted for from the war.

Again, it is a case of McCain attacking the activist. McDaniel has been in the forefront of activism in keeping the POW/MIA issue alive during the years, before the Select Committee, when few, particularly much of the press, could have cared less.

Today, there is extreme pressure on members of Congress to lift the trade embargo with Vietnam and to establish diplomatic relations with Hanoi, both actions are opposed by the POW/MIA activists.

McCain, like his fellow Senator, Mr. Kerry, favors lifting the embargo and both were on record as such long before they became associated with the Select Committee. In fact, the efforts of both have reflected at times more interest in bettering relations with Vietnam, in consort with greedy U.S. big business interests, than resolving the POW/MIA issue by accounting for the missing men; in McCain’s case his FELLOW POWs.

However, before becoming a powerful figure in Congress, McCain the candidate, said: “The regime in Hanoi, politically degenerate even by totalitarian standards, refused to provide or even assist in providing a satisfactory accounting of American MIAs . . .


While the Senate Select Committee in its final days of existence is spending its time and resources on alleged instances of what it considers to be “fraud,” and “predator fund-raising activities,” it has and is ignoring an issue which is vital to resolving the POW/MIA riddle, that being the issue of intelligence exploitation of U.S. prisoners of war by Soviet, Chinese, Cuban and Vietnamese psychological warfare experts.

POW McCain with Spanish psychiatristThere has been some debate in the committee as to the extent of Soviet KGB and GRU (Soviet military intelligence) involvement in attempts to “turn” American POWs, with attempts by the Pentagon, supported always by McCain, to deny that the Soviets were involved in any such activity. Nevertheless, there was extensive testimony that POWs were interrogated and possibly recruited before the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973 ending U.S. military involvement in the war–and afterwards, possibly as late as 1978.

“While we all assume the very best about our servicemen who were held it captivity,” one POW/MIA activist wrote to Sen. Kerry, “there is a historical precedence of Soviet, Chinese and North Korean exploitation of American prisoners of war. The success of the communist program in Korea may well have been duplicated to a degree in Vietnam.”

The communist definitely had a sophisticated system of “turning” U.S. prisoners of war in Korea and, ironically, the movie, “The Manchurian Candidate,” fiction that it may be, was not a misrepresentation of the creative experiments and attempts by the communists to “turn” American prisoners of war into agents.

According to some, the FBI has/had a program to monitor the activities of returned prisoners of war from Indochina. That FBI investigation is based on historical knowledge which concluded that some American POWs had been “turned” into agents of the communist.

“Turning” a prisoner of war is not necessarily the prisoner being convinced or “re-educated” by his captors to change his beliefs or politics. The process can involve the use of a variety of means, both subtle and brutal, elaborately contrived to manipulate an otherwise patriotic U.S. prisoner’s situation or environment to a point where he is convinced that he must cooperate with his captors in order to remain alive.

One method which had been used successfully by the KGB for their clandestine purposes was the use of threats of exposing embarrassing behavior, particularly any illicit sexual behavior. As a classic example, several years ago, the KGB used sex and seduction to get the U.S. Marine guards to allow them to infiltrate the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Another example, if a subject, in this case a POW, became involved in a homosexual situation and his captors found out about it, his captors would most certainly make a record of the homosexual behavior. Later an interrogator would use that record as blackmail to extort intelligence information from anyone involved.

Thus, an otherwise defiant prisoner could be blackmailed into becoming an unwilling collaborator and agent of his captors. After the first collaboration it is a process of threatening to expose the prisoner to his peers or family back home unless the prisoner further “cooperates” by giving even more information.

Another example, if U.S. prisoner “X,” under duress or torture, reveals sensitive information about prisoner “Y,” which causes prisoner “Y” to be tortured or punished, prisoner “X” certainly doesn’t want prisoner “Y” to know he was the source of that information.

Thus, even more information or collaboration can be extracted from prisoner “X.” What in the beginning would seem a necessary collaboration to save one’s reputation or life, could be used over the long term by experienced interrogators to create an extensive dossier of collaborations by the prisoner. Anyone trained in the interrogation of enemy prisoners knows this.

Nearly all of the POWs have reported that they were threatened with the denial of medical treatment unless they provided their captors with specific information.


According to sources, some of the same KGB agents and their associates, often the latter posing as foreign journalists, were involved in attempting to exploit American POWs for intelligence and propaganda purposes in both Korea and Vietnam. To cite as just one example, Australian communist journalist Wilfred Burchett, well known to American POWs for this activity in Korea, later appeared in the same role in Vietnam.

Pentagon files regarding exploitation of U.S. prisoners of war in Indochina are kept secret, except from the hierarchy of the U.S. intelligence community and some high U.S. government officials. It of course also remains in the files of the communist exploiters of the POWs.

As it stands, the American people will never know the truth about this exploitation in Vietnam, unless some official body, such as the Senate Select Committee, subpoenas the files from the Pentagon. As an example, the Senate Select Committee has never followed up on the explosive testimony of former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin, who testified, under oath, that the KGB interrogated U.S. POWs in Vietnam.

Kalugin stated that one of the POWs worked on by the KGB was a “high-ranking naval officer,” who, according to Kalugin, agreed to work with the Soviets upon his repatriation to the United States and has frequently appeared on U.S. television.

Whether this is true or not it certainly begs to be investigated and, like it or not, Sen. John McCain fits the description, and his behavior, also like it or not, raises serious questions. The fact that he is a United States Senator should not be a factor, alas, “The Manchurian Candidate” possibility.

When it comes to matters of national security and the welfare of every man, woman and child in the United States, there should be no sacred cows, and it must not be forgotten that Sen. McCain was being considered for higher office, prior to his numerous appearances on national television defending his involvement in the Savings and Loan scandal.

In November of 1991, when Tracy Usry, the former chief investigator of the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified before the Select Committee, he revealed that the Soviets interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. Sen. McCain became outraged interrupting Usry several times, arguing that “none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets.” However, this was simply not true and Sen. McCain knows that from firsthand experience.

Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified on the same day, but after Usry, that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war, he had the authority to “read all documents and secret telegrams from the politburo” pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said that not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but that they treated the Americans very badly.

Bui Tin, who indicated he favored a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, also offered the committee his records concerning his personal interrogations of American POWs.


Sen. McCain stunned onlookers at the hearing when he moved forward to the witness table and warmly embraced Bui Tin as if he was a long, lost brother.

McCain embracing Col. Bui Tin“Was that hug for Bui Tin, a Vietnamese official responsible for the torture of some American prisoners of war, a message ‘please don’t give them my records?'” one activist questioned at the time.

In any case, many of McCain’s fellow Vietnam War POWs were aghast, not to mention former POWs of World War II and Korea, who could, only in some instances after decades, forgive but never forget the inhumanity of their captors–certainly not to the point of embracing them.

Shortly thereafter, as a direct result of Sen. McCain’s lobbying of other Republican Senators, Usry, a distinguished Vietnam veteran, and all other members of the Minority Staff, who had participated in the POW/MIA investigations, were abruptly fired.

If the Senate Select Committee finds it pertinent to investigate alleged instances of “fraud” by POW/MIA activists, then certainly, by even the most liberal standards, the charge of collaboration with the enemy by a “high-ranking naval” officer should be investigated just as seriously as were the charges against Marine Private Robert Garwood, the only American POW charged and convicted of this crime.


John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936. His father was Admiral John McCain II, who became commander-in-chief of the Pacific forces in 1968. Admiral McCain later ordered the bombing of Hanoi while his son was in prison. His grandfather was Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., the famous commander of aircraft carriers in the Pacific under Admiral William F. Halsey in World War II . . .

On his 23rd mission in Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, he was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

To relate the event, McCain later recalled that he was “flying right over the heart of Hanoi in a dive at about 4,500 feet, when a Russian missile the size of a telephone pole came up–the sky was full of them–and blew the right wing off my Skyhawk dive bomber. It went into an inverted, almost straight-down spin.

“I pulled the ejection handle, and was knocked unconscious by the force of of the ejection–the air speed was about 500 knots. I didn’t realize it at the moment, but I had broken my right leg around the knee, my right arm in three places and my left arm. I regained consciousness just before I landed by parachute in a lake right in the center of Hanoi, one they called the Western Lake. My helmet and my oxygen mask had been blown off. “I hit the water and sank to the bottom . . . I did not feel any pain at the time, and I was able to rise to the surface. I took a breath of air and started sinking again.”After bobbing up and down, he was eventually pulled from the water by Vietnamese who had swam out to get him.

A mob gathered on shore and McCain was bayoneted in the foot and his shoulder was smashed with a rifle butt. He was put on a truck and taken to Hanoi’s main prison.

After being periodically slapped around for “three or four days” by his captors who wanted military information from him, which McCain claims he refused to give, providing only his name, rank and serial number, he realized he was in critical shape and called for an officer. He told the officer, “O.K., I’ll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.”

Regardless of the reasons, the offer to give “military information” in exchange for better treatment was a violation of the military Code of Conduct and Collaboration No. l.

The doctor, according to McCain, said about taking him to the hospital, “It’s too late.”

At that point, McCain knew he was in big trouble. According to information obtained by the U.S. VETERAN, the flier in desperation invoked the name of his famous father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific.

And that was a violation of the Code of Conduct and Collaboration No. 2.

McCain admits that because of the Vietnamese having the knowledge of who his father was, he thus survived because they rushed him to the hospital. The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain’s father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured “the crown prince.”

Later, the Vietnamese would erect a monument in Hanoi near the site of his landing in the lake, stone figure of a pilot raising his arms skyward in surrender and referring to their catch McCain, by name, as an “air pirate.”

At the hospital his wounds were treated. He readily admits that other U.S. prisoners with similar wounds were left to die, pointing out “There were hardly any amputees among the prisoners who came back because the North Vietnamese just would not give medical treatment to someone who was badly injured. They weren’t going to waste their time.

“McCain has failed to mention in public what he has confided to another U.S. prisoner privately, that since the Vietnamese felt they had in their hands such a “special prisoner”, a propaganda bonanza, a Soviet surgeon was called in to treat him.


McCain has admitted that the Vietnamese repeatedly threatened to withhold much needed operations unless he would give them more information. Did he provide it?

After six weeks of this type of threats and medical treatment, he was delivered to Room No. 11 of “The Plantation” and into the hands of two other POWs, who helped further nurse him along until he was eventually able to walk by himself.

For the next 22 months, McCain was kept isolated from the other American prisoners. Because the Vietnamese considered him a “special prisoner” he was the target of intense indoctrination programs. His communist interrogators believed that because McCain came from a “royal family,” he would, when finally released, return to the United States to some important military or government job.

The communist were very much aware that POW McCain would be under great psychological pressure not to do or say anything that would tarnish his famous military family and they considered that to be the key to eventually breaking and then “turning” him.

During that period of time McCain was visited by several foreign delegations (including Cubans) and interviewed by many high ranking North Vietnamese leaders including Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnam’s Minster of Defense and national hero . . .

On Dec. 7, 1969, McCain was moved out of “The Plantation” and into the “Hanoi Hilton” with other prisoners of war.

McCain was released as a prisoner of war on March 15, 1973.

Following various medical and surgical procedures, he attended the National War College in Washington, D.C. and was later posted as commanding officer of Replacement Training Squadron 174 in Jacksonville, Fla.

In 1977, McCain was ordered to the Office of Legislative Affairs and was assigned as the Director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office, where he remained until disability retirement in April 1981.

A year earlier, in 1980, his marriage and personal life soured. His marriage to Carol, who had been seriously injured and crippled in a motor vehicle accident during his confinement in Vietnam, ended in divorce.


Later that year, McCain married Cindy Hensley, whose father, Jim, was an Arizona “beer baron,” owning Hensley and Co., the Anheauser-Busch distributor for Phoenix and Tempe, where McCain settled with his new wife after his retirement from the Navy in the spring of 1981.

His new father-in-law made him vice president in charge of public relations for Hensley and Co., and soon McCain was writing guest editorials for Arizona newspapers and thus paving the way for a career in politics. Most of the articles were of a patriotic nature–“For POWs in Hanoi, Christmas Eve 1971 marked a spiritual turning point,” “America–Bastion of liberty, beacon ofhope,” “Remember MIAs fought for valid cause,” etc.

It was not long until McCain caught the attention of Sens. Barry Goldwater and Paul Fannin, both Arizona institutions and devout conservative Republicans, men who could easily be identified with “America–Bastion of liberty, beacon of hope.”

Soon, McCain was their choice to succeed veteran Congressman John J. Rhodes, a Republican representing Arizona’s 1st Congressional DIstrict, which conveniently included the city of Tempe.

When McCain was still with the Navy’s congressional liaison office it was no secret that Rhodes, the House minority leader, was getting ready for retirement. The seat to be vacated in the House was a ripe plum waiting to be picked. The would-be Congressman had long envisioned a career in government service.

And thus began John McCain’s first run for elective office. From the beginning the cards were in his favor, even though he was accused of being a carpetbagger since he had only recently moved to Arizona . . .


McCain’s rising political power in Arizona Republican politics was due in large measure to his friendship with Duke Tully, the publisher of the conservative and powerful ARIZONA REPUBLIC and the PHOENIZ GAZETTE, with a combined daily circulation of about 400,000.

Described as “equal parts cowboy, commando, swashbuckler and elegant tycoon” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Jan. 9, 1986), Tully was, according to the Chicago paper, “a George Patton who drove a Corvette, a Randolph Hearst who flew an F-16, a John Wayne in aviator glasses and Air Force dress blues.”

“I tell Arizona what to think,” he stated in public more than once, and it was particularly true regarding backing for the efforts of his friend, Congressman McCain.

Tully appeared to have a lot in common with his close friend, former Navy combat pilot and war hero John McCain. He boasted of his 100 missions over Vietnam, retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant-colonel. His service, according to Tully, also included air combat in Korea, where he once was forced to crash land his P-51 Mustang fighter and spent time in a hospital as a result–so he said. His smashed front teeth were replaced with stainless steel, he also said.

He had, just like his friend John McCain, received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

However, the day after Christmas 1985, it was revealed, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, that John McCain’s close friend had “an imagination as big as his ego.”

In fact, the man who even was the godfather to one of McCain’s daughters, was a total fake.

Duke Tully, the man who had arranged to have his newspapers endorse and further the chances of McCain’s first run for the House and was already touting him as Goldwater’s successor, had “never even went to boot camp.”

Nevertheless, the genuine American patriot, Barry Goldwater, almost a national icon, decided not to run for re-election in 1986 and McCain quickly moved in to fill his shoes.

According to the NEW YORK TIMES (June 1, 1988), “When John McCain arrived in here [in Washington] as a freshman Republican Congressman in 1983, one of the issues very much on his mind was how the United States should deal with Vietnam . . . He was, he said, dismayed by the Reagan Administration’s flat refusal to afford any kind of diplomatic recognition to Hanoi, something he thought could help clear up a number of issues, including the fate of those servicemen still missing in action . . . Mr. McCain, now the junior Senator from Arizona, is leading a legislative effort to force the Administration to open a lower-level American post in Vietnam, which could be preliminary to more formal relations.”


Otherwise, McCain after his switch to the Senate differed little on any Reagan Administration policy.

He made few waves until suddenly he found himself on television trying to explain himself as one of the “Keating 5,” five U.S. Senators who became enmeshed in the scandal involving the collapsed Lincoln Savings and Loan and the financial machinations of now convicted cheat Charles Keating. The U.S. taxpayers will feel for years the aftershocks of what has become known as the “S & L scandal” and will be paying off the billions that S & L clients found themselves swindled out of by Keating and others involved in the massive fraud.

As one of the “Keating 5″ Senators, John McCain saw his chances to higher office go down the drain.

Reports from a variety of U.S. publications tell of the involvement of McCain in the ever-widening scandal.

ECONOMIST, Mar. 9, 1991–“Mr. McCain, despite his claims of innocense, was the only one of the five who benefited personally–family holidays in the Bahamas on Mr. Keating’s tab.”

NEW REPUBLIC, Dec. 31, 1990–“The only Republican of the bunch [the five Senators], John McCain of Arizona wins credit for finally drawing the line. After the second of the two April meetings [with Federal regulators] he told Mr. [Sen. Dennis] DeConcini [D-Ariz.] and Mr. Keating that he wouldn’t lean on the regulators any more. Mr. Keating called him a wimp. But before the rupture, Mr. McCain and his family were regular guests of Mr. Keating’s on trips to the Bahamas. Mr. McCain reimbursed the owner of Lincoln Savings and Loan for only a small fraction of the cost of these holidays. Yet, he never reported the vacations on Senate disclosure forms, or his income taxes. He said he thought his wife had paid Mr. Keating back. This is hard to believe.”

NEW REPUBLIC, Sept. 9, 1991–Calling McCain part of the “Senatorial Lincoln Brigade,” the NEW REPUBLIC reported that Keating, while bankrupting his Savings and Loan, had channeled $1.4 million to the campaigns or causes of the five Senators, who in turn pressured the Savings and Loan regulators to “back off our friend.”Ultimately, the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan will cost the U.S. taxpayers $2 billion. It lost $1 million dollars a day from the time Keating bought it in 1984 until its collapse in 1989, and yet he continued to pay off McCain as “one of his assets,” REGARDIE’S magazine reported in its April-May 1992 issue.


Referring to POW/MIA activists who have raised public funds for their work in trying to resolve the issue of Americans left behind in Vietnam, McCain said while seated on the Senate Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs:

“The people who have done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They are criminals and some of the most craven, most cynical and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam.”

Yet, it’s difficult to find anything bad Sen. McCain has said about his friend, Charles F. Keating. And words like “craven” and “despicable” are impossible to find at all to describe his friend, who cheated, among others, little old ladies out of their life savings . . .

McCain and KietThe U.S. VETERAN has also learned that during a meeting with Vietnamese officials last July, Frances Zwenig, the $118,000-a-year staff director of the Senate Select Committee, was told by the Vietnamese that something had to be done about the POW/MIA activists.

Not long after the meeting in Hanoi, the Senate Select Committee started after POW/MIA activists, painting them as cheats and con artists, prompting one observer to ask, “Are the Vietnamese now directing the affairs of the Senate Select Committee?”

The Senate Select Committee will make its final report to the Senate and the American people on Jan. 5, 1993, as its plans now stand. If Sens. John McCain and John Kerry have their way, as all factors seem to indicate that they will, the report will trash POW/MIA activists, whose activities the Vietnamese have asked the senators to curtail.

The report will conclude that U.S. Prisoners of war were left behind but all have since died and that the Vietnamese are doing all they can to help search for the remains of the dead.

Nevertheless, a report by Senators, each following his own personal agenda, will not be written in stone and it will not end the dispute.

And the U.S. government will soon lift the trade embargo with Vietnam and normalize relations.

However, if there are no POWs/MIAs left alive in Southeast Asia then it must be assumed that in one way or another the Vietnamese caused their deaths. Certainly, Sen. John McCain, a former POW, knows the current leaders of Vietnam were responsible for murdering many while he was in a Hanoi prison.

Why, Sen. McCain, is there such a rush by you and others to do business with the same regime, which you, yourself, once called “degenerate” and whose leaders’ hands are dripping with the blood of captive, helpless Americans–your fellow POWs? Have the Vietnamese flipped you a Queen of Diamonds?

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So, “There’s No Such Thing As An ex-Marine” Huh?

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So, “There Are No ex-Marines” Huh?
July 2007

There has been a rash of news articles lately where ex-Marines or Soldiers present at the scene during shootings, robberies, etc. have taken out the perpetrator. Usually the article, in the case of Marines, refers to the Marine as an “ex-Marine,”

Where does this term “ex-Marine come from? Well, I personally and clearly recall that it was in vogue just after WW II and long after. When someone was referred to as an ex-Marine, it was with pride and admiration of his having been a U.S. Marine! The old saying, “Once A Marine, Always A Marine” went hand-in-hand, and there was no contradiction in terms. Although the term has apparently gone out of use within the active duty establishment, it continues to be used today in the media, etc.

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