'regular' Navy. Viet Vet.Served '69-'73.
9/69-12/71 attached to Com7thFlt staff as a Radioman. Rest of hitch in CA ashore.
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) I like the way you think.
17 hours, 22 minutes ago on A Green Beret’s Solution To Protecting The Southern Border
1000% in agreement with this article, Loren! GREAT JOB!
18 hours, 43 minutes ago on A Green Beret’s Solution To Protecting The Southern Border
@SEAL76 Heard today that we signed a treaty to defend Ukraine from Russia if Ukraine gave up their nukes back in I believe the Clinton Administration...Several European Countries signed on as well I think... Seems we kinda forgot that ...
1 day, 17 hours ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988
@majrod rules to live by. I can understand why his men loved him and followed him.
1 week, 4 days ago on KIA Marine Major also CIA Agent
@engelbrad I like mine dredged through buttermilk, then yellow cornmeal/flour mix with a generous addition of Tony Chacere's Creole Seasoning, then fried, with hot sauce on the side, hushpuppies, cole slaw and sow simered green beans with hawg jowl and beer or iced tea...but then, I are a rednecky hibilly
2 weeks ago on Navy SEAL or Internet Catfish? Operators Beware
@CFG300 more like projectile vomit, CFG.... I hope it's a wild ass rumor...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Episode 99 – Former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent Jonathan Gilliam
@YankeePapa @CarpeNoctem @PeteN @Loren Schofield nailed him, YP...Little Mac ccould organize a herd of cats, but couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on A New Caliphate?
@ColonelProp can stupidity actually be the plan?!?!?
4 weeks ago on Secretary Kerry’s Foreign Policy Uncertainty
@engelbrad @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) and I believe this admin has resolved that Iraq has to be a "failure"
@susanmarie24 "let's try this and see what happens", with the added aside, but only if it hurts America's standing in the World's view...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Secretary Kerry’s Foreign Policy Uncertainty
@ColonelProp and I concur with your concurrence, Colonel.
1 month ago on Meanwhile, Back in Iraq…
@YankeePapa +100, YP... and I agree... and I have been, ...ahem...on very rare occasions... a drunken Sailor
1 month ago on So Bergdahl’s Suffered Enough?
@Blake Miles @LawyerHandle plus the fact that moochie al-Sadr's name is popping up again...
1 month ago on ISIS Strategy In Iraq: The Dark Side of Unconventional Warfare
Good article, Peter.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Dominoes Keep Falling: Bayji, Tikrit, and Now Kirkuk
@11BRecon Sharpshooters (as they were called at the time - Berdan's Sharpshooters comes to mind) probably did get target practice and ammo allocations due to the fact their skill levels had to be higher... but then those selected for those positions tended to already be marksmen. There have been rifles found on battlefields of that War, with rounds loaded to the muzzle - and the piece was never fired between reloads...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Problem With Dick Measuring
@11BRecon and this problem goes all the way back to at least that 1861-65 War here in America... infantry troops on both sides were trained in manual of arms,...and maybe loading their rifles, but target practice was quite often taught in their first actual engagement with the other side.
@Txazz @majrod LOL..I loved that... in muslim culture, you eat with the right hand - and wipe yur arse with the left..that's why it is 'particularly rudee'...gotta love it - it had to be done intentionally.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on SOF Too Valuable to Risk Rescuing Deserter Bergdahl?
Welcome Aboard, Eric.
Looking forward to intriguing stuff!
2 months ago on New International Affairs Writer: Eric Jones
I agree with you,Chief on the being President some day...hopefully sooner rather than later... I think he'd be a good 'un, and run circles around what we got in there now...and in the chute for the next go 'round - and prolly several after that...
2 months, 1 week ago on Admiral McRaven’s Message To Grads: Lead By Example
Saw it, then noticed everybody else commenting did too...lol... nice work
2 months, 1 week ago on The Invisible Kill: Snipers and Counterinsurgency Warfare
Good Stuff, Loren! Well written and on point. Welcome to SOFREP.I look forward to reading more
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Reply to “10 Reasons Not to Vote for a Veteran”
@YankeePapa @Tango9"hog ranch" of the 7th Fleet..good one YP.... and I loved that "hog ranch"....learned a lot of weird life lessons there as a young Swabbie..
2 months, 2 weeks ago on US & Philippines sign military basing agreement
@JHR13 @ArcticWarriordoubt they would hire him either...he's too liberal..and gay looking...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Throat Punch of The Week: Dude, This Was Like Two Years Ago
@Recon6 @JHR13@ArcticWarriorhell, 6, he wouldn't last 10 minutes in gen pop before he'd be somebody's bee-yatch...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Throat Punch of The Week: Dude, This Was Like Two Years Ago
@Hurricane36 is it just me, or does it look like this punk doesn't even shave yet?!?!?!
LOL..it usually takes a lot... so no worries.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Military Friends With Benefits: How The DoD Is Failing Young Servicemembers
@Recon6 @hlconrad4(MAFIA) @oldSquid(Mafia) @YankeePapa I'll 'like' the comment above..for the meet up part..true THAT!
As for the 'gentle giant part', ...got Y'all fooled...big time. LOL...
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Military Friends With Benefits: How The DoD Is Failing Young Servicemembers
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia) good stuff, YP...evidently we covered some of the same ground and similar experiences. I found the Filipino people away from the G.I. hangouts the same...if you behaved yourself.... Thai folks, same same as well as most Japanese... seemed they really enjoyed engaging Gaijin (round eyes-Americans) to practice their English.
As to Filipino haircuts, the 'butterfly knife' seemed to be everywhere...saw one put to good use by a pissed off bar girl against a Marine in 'Po City one afternoon... and I remember hearing about putting a hit on someone for a carton of KOOL cigarettes or bottle of Johnny Walker Red and a photo of the target...eventually, said mark would be found in Shit River - that river that ran between main gate Subic and Olongapo...rumor or myth? Who knows, but we had a less than respected E-8 (asshat) that would not leave the base in Subic... seems his photo from the watch board on the afterbrow disappeared one time in Subic
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia)YP...I graduated High School in '68... so yep... you've got perzackly what I was alluding to with your post. Homeported in Yokosuka Japan - with w-a-aa-y too many trips to Olongapo City in the P.I.
Also, Thai Women and Taiwanese in the mix...only ones that didn't seem to fit (sorta like the Vietnamese - though there were a fair number I believe hooking up with Army and Marine types) were women from Singapore..and Hong Kong.musta been something to with the Brits...
Whole different side to this, is young servicemen (due to time I was in, can't say how much female service members are in this mix), stationed in exotic foreign lands, .arrying foreign females (affectionately called 'Bar hogs' in this old Squid's day), whose main reason for marrying said young serviceman was that ticket to the 'Big PX'... and the 'good life' stateside...but either way, you are on the money, Chief. Good article.
Gotta wonder about the significance of what looks to be a U.S one dollar bill on the table, next to the billfold at center rear of the top photo...
3 months ago on Covert Op Gone Bad: Three Ukrainian Special Forces Officers Captured by Pro-Russian Militia
@JHR13 I don't trust the Saudis.... well only about half as far as I can throw the Ka'aba.... while they shake your hand, they are inserting a knife in your ribs...always...
it prolly was the King's decision and won't be to improve relations with the U.S. .... unless that is incidental to their goals.
3 months ago on Bandar Bin Sultan Relieved
@ArcticWarrior @Recon6 @CJCJ Oceans can be fun, AW.... mostly getting from one port's good time to another port's good time...speaking as an old Squid.... but if you ever want to feel miniscule,stand at the bow of a moving vessel under blackout conditions on a clear night...
3 months ago on Intel Update: America Jet In Iran & Ghana
@JHR13 @oldSquid(Mafia) @Recon6 @TheNorthRemembers guaranteed to have all four legs and sleeps like a Holiday Inn Express!
3 months ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype
@JHR13 @oldSquid(Mafia)@Recon6@TheNorthRemembersI can loan you my authentic reproduction Civil War cot - has a straw tick with inflatable straw...
@clluelo @LauraKinCA@JHR13HR13@Recon6@TheNorthRemembers Dawn is too early..I gotta have my coffee first...
@JHR13 @ArcticWarrior@Recon6@oldSquid(Mafia)@TheNorthRemembersgranted, but it wasn't for fighting...the North simply out supplied, outnumbered and wore us down.... the South was never outfought...may be a little bias there, but read what Yankee General Don Buell said about Southern troops.
@JHR13 @oldSquid(Mafia)@Recon6@TheNorthRemembers J- I'd prefer to have a discussion.... but words - ok... 'specially after what you did to my Squirrel... however, fact of the matter is Northern Cavalry at the beginning of the war couldn't find their asses with both hands and a road map... Just ONE instance was Stuart's ride around McClellan... Yankee cavalry couldn't find him - and he laughed the whole way... Same with Forrest and Morgan in the West, then there was John Mosby....
Congrats on your Revolutionary War Heroes- that was when we were all 'yankees' tho...
and I have to agree with the Pilot.... guess we'll be hanging together...lol
@ColonelProp need to correct my previous about Patton... it was his Grandfather. Also a couple of his Grandfather's brothers served as well, one being killed at Gettysburg and the other was a VMI Cadet at the Battle of New Market. ALL attended Virginia Military Institute...where Thomas J. Jackson(Stonewall) taught Artillery and, I believe tactics and or mathmatics.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Kathleen Belew Veteran Stereotype
@Recon6 @oldSquid(Mafia) @JHR13 gotcha, 6...and agree. Ignorance can be overcome...but you can't fix stoop-id...
@ColonelProp if you want to carry it astep further, Colonel, Patton's Great Grandfather, I believe fought for the South as well...
@Recon6 @JHR13 @TheNorthRemembers @oldSquid(Mafia) Union cavalry didn't do well in the early years of the War - until they started adopting Southern cavalry methods, then carried them a step further with their 'total war'strategy. Little side note about ... he crossed the lines -while Lee and Grant were arranging their meeting, and demanded that Longstreet unconditionally surrender the Army of Northern Virginia to him. Neither had the authority to do that..except maybe in Custer's ...
Also, notice how most U.S. Army bases are named after Southern Generals?
@Recon6 @JHR13 I think willful ignorance, 6.. her 'liberal elitist' philosophy will not allow her to research, adopt or believe anything but what she spews...reality and/or logic be damned.
@JackMurphyRGR @ArcticWarrior@LawyerHandlebeing somewhat familiar with the Socialist Prevaricator's and Liars Club, because of Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and our battles with them, I believe the only citation and statistics they need are based on the quality of the pot they are smoking around the conference table and the amount of agreement they achieve about a statement or accusation making them a buck...
@LawyerHandle heard he got windsurfing rights on the Black Sea out of the deal...
3 months, 1 week ago on Ukraine to UN: “Send Peacekeepers”
@BrandonWebb @CarpeNoctem Ha! Tell me about it... (gray in the beard)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on What We Know About the Ft. Hood Gunman: Brandon Webb Interview
@JHR13 @LawyerHandle I've heard somewhere south of San Antonio is the next likely spot to search...
3 months, 4 weeks ago on “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?
@ArcticWarrior @CarpeNoctem@clluelo back in my days, usually, after 2200, there is only 1 active watch Member on the after brow, but one other 'in reserve' in a compartment near the after brow - or MAA office.
Being enlisted, I'm not sure of the Quarterdeck watch (Quarterdeck or Forward brow -if you will - is reserved for Officers) requirements, but believe it is similar.
4 months ago on Double Shooting On Navy Base Explained
"Parallel parkng is s-o-o-o hard...SQUIRREL! what does THIS button do?" BOOM!
4 months ago on Somali Suicide Bomber Accidentally Kills Self Prematurely While Parking VBIED
@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @oldSquid(Mafia)@LauraKinCA@LawyerHandletrue - he was vague, stating only the western taliban controlled area of Pakistan, he was a bit 'shy' about disclosing too much trying to protect sources from what he alluded to in his conversation.
4 months, 1 week ago on “Alright, Goodnight” – Does Malaysia Want To Know What Happened To Flight MH-370?