April 1, 1993
Gay activists are less interested in military service than in getting mainstream America to accept their lifestyle. The armed forces should not serve their purpose. The debate over reversing the ban on gays in the military - the focal point of Senate Armed Forces Committee hearings that begin March 29 - distresses men and women who have chosen military careers. Many people in uniform, while not denying that some gays have served with distinction, vehemently oppose the entry of avowed homosexuals into the armed forces.
January 24, 2013
ON MONDAY, President Obama hailed the pioneers who in 1848 first fought for women's rights at Seneca Falls, N.Y. On Wednesday, Obama's Pentagon sent America's female troops charging up Hamburger Hill, metaphorically speaking. Leon Panetta, the outgoing defense secretary, has decided that for the first time U.S. women troops will be eligible for front-line combat infantry or artillery jobs that have long been restricted to men - first by tradition and after 1994 by official Pentagon policy, according to multiple news accounts.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by the Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
May 6, 2011 |
SYDNEY, Australia - The last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Stanley Choules, defied the tolls of time - swimming in the sea as a centenarian and publishing his first book at 108. And despite the fame his military service (and longevity) brought him, Mr. Choules later in life became a pacifist, boycotting parades that he felt glorified war. Mr. Choules, a man of humble spirit and wry humor, died in a Western Australia nursing home Thursday at age 110. Although his accomplishments were many - including a 41-year military career that spanned two navies and two World Wars - the man known as "Chuckles" to his comrades in the Australian navy was happiest being known as a family man. "We all loved him," his 84-year-old daughter, Daphne Edinger, said.
September 4, 2012 |
On a recent morning in Cherry Hill, the biggest threat to personal safety seemed to be sun glare. But inside a former warehouse renovated to look more like a gym, about a dozen men and women were training as if their lives depended on it. Literally. They were learning how to spin out of a choke hold, overpower a carjacker, and punch a gun or knife out of an attacker's hands. An unusual fitness trend, for sure - one with Israeli roots and where motivation comes from a sense of insecurity rather than concern over love handles or jiggly thighs.
January 28, 2013 |
The road from Baghdad to Fallujah was a deadly gauntlet when Army First Lt. Viviene McNamara made the run in April 2004 and came upon an abandoned civilian convoy. Its trucks had been raked by insurgent gunfire, one driver was slumped in the cab dead, and the rest had fled. The 12 heavy-equipment transporters in McNamara's platoon became the new targets. A Marine in the group's security detail was soon hit while others ducked. McNamara returned fire from the cover of a truck.
August 16, 2016
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll During summers at our house on the coast of Maine, I occasionally drift into thinking about something thematic in my life, and this summer that turned out to be gratitude. For me, this gratitude has a double life. The first is from my 1925 birth until Dec. 15, 1944. The second is from Dec. 16, 1944, until the current moment of this, my 91st year. That initial span of gratitude is rooted in my ever-loving family of great-hearted parents, an older brother and two younger sisters, and so much of value they contributed to my growth every day of that life.
March 11, 2014 |
WILLIAM GUARNERE didn't have to go to war. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, he was building tanks at the old Baldwin Locomotive Works, a job considered crucial to the war effort and good for an exemption from military service. But Bill didn't take it. He enlisted in the Army paratroops on Aug. 31, 1942, and the rest is legend. "Wild Bill" Guarnere, the nickname he earned as a fearless combat soldier against the Germans, was a member of the legendary "Band of Brothers" - Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - celebrated in books and an HBO miniseries in 2001.
February 26, 2014 |
HAROLD J. COMFORT was accomplished as a city official and an Army combat veteran of Vietnam, but a lot of people might remember him for the Lola Falana incident. Falana, the Philadelphia-raised actress, dancer and singer, was in her hometown in July 1987 for a declaration by then-Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. creating "Lola Falana Day. " Comfort, who was the recreation commissioner, hit on the idea of fulfilling what he called one of the mayor's "wildest fantasies" by getting Lola to plant a kiss on Goode's cheek.
October 21, 2011
THEY SAY there are no atheists in foxholes, even though the nonbelievers have started clamoring for their own "chaplains" anyway (kind of a "Don't Pray, No Hell"). That old proverb sheds light on the way faith and combat are deeply intertwined, on the battlefield as well as in the minds of those who serve both God and country. So, it's not really surprising that one of the most devoted champions of American heroes wore a uniform of another type: that of the Roman Catholic nun. Sister Veronica, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, spent five decades whipping her young archdiocesan recruits (girls in plaid kilts, boys in blazers)