November 12, 2013 |
James M. Davie is president and CEO of a fledgling construction-management and general-contracting company. But the titles don't matter to him on Veterans Day. Being a Marine does. "I'd do it again if they'd let me," the 33-year-old Havertown resident and former corporal with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit said of enlisting. Honorably discharged after sustaining serious injuries in an October 2004 insurgent attack in Fallujah, Davie will join other wounded warriors in a parade down Fifth Avenue in New York.
October 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA In his gun turret, Marine Cpl. Jason Simms was chatting over a radio with the driver of their light armored vehicle in Fallujah in 2004 when their lives changed forever. "He was from Tennessee and talked about the country life," Simms said of Lance Cpl. Tim Creager. "He told me, 'I'm going take you bull riding' when we get back home. " Wham! A shattering explosion and bright flash from an improvised explosive device stunned Simms, who came to about 30 seconds later to find himself slumped over the vehicle with his hands in flames.
July 30, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Two bombings and a drive-by shooting Sunday killed seven Iraqi police in a former al-Qaeda stronghold in the western part of the country, authorities said, another sign of the militants' resurgence. The attacks before dawn around the city of Fallujah also wounded nine police. They come a week after the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq announced a campaign to reclaim parts of the country the Sunni insurgency was forced to leave before the U.S. military pulled out in December. After the attacks Sunday, security forces sealed off all roads leading into Fallujah and imposed a curfew on the city, 40 miles west of Baghdad.
April 29, 2012 |
As I watched my mom suffer from Stage IV lung cancer, it was hard to imagine how she could be so strong. But then I thought about what my younger brother did in Iraq on April 29, 2007, the last day of his life. "He protected his men as he now protects me," Janet Manion, mother of Marine First Lt. Travis Manion, said on April 16 from her hospital bed in Doylestown. With the five-year anniversary of my brother's death approaching, I asked my mom to talk about Travis, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
October 12, 2010 |
A few weeks ago, Electronic Arts found out the hard way that video games' latest four-letter word is actually seven letters long. News that the publisher's forthcoming modern military first-person shooter was going to be set in the ongoing war in Afghanistan, based on real engagements that pitted U.S. soldiers against Taliban fighters, hit without raising much ire. But when word came out less than two months before the game's October release that...
August 8, 2010 |
As we walked up the tarmac at the Baghdad airport, I began to think about the significance of my trip to Iraq and the country's future. It was 3 a.m. May 25, and we had just finished a two-week whirlwind visit to the country where my son Travis gave his life defending freedom. We had met with Iraqi army soldiers who had served side by side with Travis and went to places like Fallujah where he had fought. I'm not sure I got all the answers I was looking for, but it was a healing process that allowed me to better understand his sacrifice.
February 1, 2008 |
From a State of the Union that won't be much quoted, a line for the military that can't be repeated enough: "In the past year, you have done everything we've asked of you, and more. Our nation is grateful for your courage. We are proud of your accomplishments. " Take the case of one Marine, Sean A. Stokes of California. On Wednesday, his 25th birthday, he will be awarded the Silver Star for courage demonstrated during the hand-to-hand, street-fighting nightmare that was the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004.
June 26, 2007 |
He ducks in and out of dusty cinderblock houses in Fallujah, following heavily armed Marines as the staccato pop, pop, pop of gunfire erupts nearby. He carries 40 pounds of equipment in temperatures that climb past 120 degrees. And he sometimes stays up 30 hours at a time while the Marines work through the night to set up precincts as part of the troop-surge strategy aimed at securing the restive country. Jim Spiri, a Trenton native, has never served in the military. And at 52, he doesn't have to be in Iraq.
June 25, 2007 |
He ducks in and out of dusty cinderblock houses in Fallujah, following heavily armed Marines as the staccato pop, pop, pop of gunfire erupts nearby. He carries 40 pounds of equipment in temperatures that climb past 120 degrees. And he sometimes stays up 30 hours at a time, while the Marines work through night to set up precincts as part of the troop-surge strategy aimed at securing the restive country. Jim Spiri, a Trenton native, has never served in the military. And at 52, he doesn't have to be in Iraq.
May 5, 2007 |
The American flag over Doylestown's Veterans Park was already at half-staff yesterday for a Marine killed in Iraq, so there was no need to lower it when the news of a second slain serviceman, Army First Lt. Colby Umbrell, filtered through the stunned community. Umbrell, 26, an airborne Ranger, a former high school and college football standout, and a Johns Hopkins University graduate, died Thursday when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Musayyib, a town about 40 miles south of Baghdad.