'regular' Navy. Viet Vet.Served '69-'73.
9/69-12/71 attached to Com7thFlt staff as a Radioman. Rest of hitch in CA ashore.
Great review, Frumentarius! This series is really good - and one of the funniest moments, to me anyway, was when Drago's beer blew up, and he nonchalantly (well..not so much) works the overflow into the carpet with his boot...
5 days, 21 hours ago on “Inside the Team Room: Navy SEALs” Reviewed
Will, your comment, "The enemy is not traveling to Syria/Iraq for a job. The ideological
draw is what is creating the largest concentration of radical Islamists
in modern history."
Brings to mind, "GOOD...git 'em all in one place and it is easier to mass-a- cree 'em....Lots of A-10's come to mind for this particular task, as well as those B-52s they're taking out of mothballs...
5 days, 21 hours ago on State Dept spokesman promotes jobs to defeat ISIS
@YankeePapa I hope you're wrong as well, YP.... but... looking at the ROE's that our guys were - and are working under in Iraq and Afghanistan, what they may be forced to work under in this situation is, I fear nothing short of an escalation of the Charlie Foxtrot that they deal with now... and if they get in the 'path of Russian forces' - who do think the russkies will aim at first?!?! and as to being flown out on commercial aircraft..prolly in a box..sad but I'm afraid true - and that pisses the HELL out of me...
5 days, 21 hours ago on US troops to train Ukraine Army
@DaylonRoyal and I agree on your agree Daylon. And well said as usual,YP.
1 week, 5 days ago on Time To Set Lady Liberty Free
@YankeePapa @Minou_Demimonde Hey, YP! I graduated High School in '68 as well..and empathize with your child/infant analogy....find myself working with 'post college' 'kids'...and if birth date info is provided, I relate those birth dates to my 'life activities' in my mind....eg... birth date in Feb '73, hmmm...month and year I left the Navy etc... can be interesting..LOL
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Former SEAL TEAM 6 Operator Calls Brian Williams To The Carpet
Well said, Chief!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on A Navy SEAL’s Opinion of American Sniper “The Movie” and The Moral Cowardice of Moore, Rogen, and Maher
@rickvafd now THAT's good, right there....and "I don't care WHO ya are"....even made a beer run!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Brian Williams Pile-on
@LauraKinCA @oldSquid(Mafia) @JHR130 @Recon6 @CJCJ LOL..so much for not posting....next thing ya know, it'll be in the freaking National Enquirer..and that asshat moore will make a movie..Bowling for Gas in the Arizona Desert....
2 weeks, 5 days ago on SOFREP Does Not Recall Michael Moore Out on Patrol with Us in Iraq…
@JHR130 @clluelo that just shows he was trained by the Navy.... he was just showing his affection for Marines...
I wouldn't worry about it...unless the Jarhead was in Dress Blues - and shiny shoes...
@JHR130 @clluelo no prob.... we were probably at opposite ends of the place if you were walking the K( where you had before... never say goodbye...just Catch ya Later!
@CJCJ he would have probably been ok with the story if only he had begun it with the traditional "This ain't no shit"... which signifies to Military Personnel "Bullshit ahead - Beware of destruction of truth".
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Brian Williams Pile-on
@JHR130 @Recon6 @CJCJ @oldSquid(Mafia) oh...you mean the pic 6 said he wasn't gonna post? I think it was a photoshop deal.... 6 WAS Army remember.... and you know how grunts are...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on SOFREP Does Not Recall Michael Moore Out on Patrol with Us in Iraq…
Great article, Holly! Hope to see more. Your mention of our society being one of a disengaged social order, not at ease with faceto face communication, brings to mind the current Japanese culture... wonder what the suicide rate of Japanese youth is...just as a comparison? I know when I was in Japan, a long time ago, at the very beginning of the current 'tech age' Japanes youth were even then, 'eat up' with the latest gadgets...
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Silent Epidemic: Veterans and Suicide
@Recon6 @CJCJ @oldSquid(Mafia) see, here I was trying to be a good guy and prevent that sorry Grunt from having to overpay for that fill up, and what do I get?!?!?!? nuthin' but grief....
and as to walking everywhere??? seems everytime the Navy turns around Army is asking for a ride somewhere on our cruise line...for FREE!!!!... and what about all those deuce and a halfs..and Huey helicopters?!?!?
3 weeks ago on SOFREP Does Not Recall Michael Moore Out on Patrol with Us in Iraq…
@CJCJ @Recon6 hell, CJ..we still had a bottle of apple pie - and a quart of sillywater...so we could have run on further, BUT..and I should have warned Chief Webb about this when I gave him a quart and he mentioned using it as fuel for HIS plane.... you CAN use it for fuel..but the vehicle you use it in, then becomes 'unreliable'..for instance, with a plane, it will want to do loops and barrel rolls - with no warning... and will refuse to fly straight... with an SUV, it would want to go all 4 wheel drive and attack sheer cliffs and such!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on SOFREP Does Not Recall Michael Moore Out on Patrol with Us in Iraq…
@Recon6 @CJCJ Hey CJ! agree with 6 on the meet..definitely not enough time. As to changing call signs, not agood idea...if we did that, then we'd have some fat dumbass sheriff chasing all over hell and back.
Now..as to running out of gas.... I admit, I WAS the driver.. and to being a bit fuzzyheaded that morning, BUT 6 was the Navigator, and in preflight checks, HE should realized the gas was low('sides, it was his turn to buy the fill-up).... we were driving a GM product, and having one myself, I measured the distance my truck ran from the gas light dingy thing until I ran out of gas.... it was exactly 50 miles..figgered GM product equals GM product, so when the gas light' dingeyed', I figgered we had 50 miles, and surely could find a gas station within that distance(not calculating the lack of civilization centers in the western U.S. versus the eastern/Southern U.S.)....difference in GM products, my 2004 truck and a 2014 SUV... the damn SUV had exactly HALF the distance of my truck..and I should have realized we were screwed, when about the time of the dingy thing going off, we passed a station charging $2.95/gallon after we'd been paying half that all the way out... also, there were a couple vultures sittin' on a sign post right there as well.... Situational Awarenes, I was aware...just miscalculated.... oh and ask 6 how many times he lost his room key...LOL
@YankeePapa well said, as usual, YP... From what I've read and gathered about this, he planned this desertion or "defection" if you will.His asking about the consequences of 'lost gear' etc... indicate forethought and planning. I think his plan, in his head (walking awayand being accepted with welcoming arms) and the reality of what happened were two vastly different realities... which may indicate a certain tenuous grip on the real world? At any rate, actions have consequences, and I refer to my earlier comment about housing at Leavenworth as my solution... unless a quicker and more final solution is determined.
1 month ago on The Deal with Bowe Bergdahl
@traumamama only benefit he should receive is lifelong free housing at Leavenworth with steady employment making little ones out of big ones...understand the Army has a gravel shortage...
Good article, Jack. Haven't read the book yet, but will..and soon. Your comment about being too young, angry, and arrogant to realize at the time, that your former Platoon Sergeant was watching out for you, shows that you got 'older and wiser'...can't do THAT without being young -and learning from it. So don't beat yourself up over it. I'm sure if your Sergeant was still around, he'd be proud of you and the man you've become.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Modern American Snipers: 3/75 Sniper Section
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Y'all at SOFREP!!!
2 months ago on Happy New Year from SOFREP!
@YankeePapa good analogy, YP..only in this case, the king IS the clown...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on More Bin Laden Fallout
good stuff, Will! once again right on target.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Yemen SOF Raid Details Makes US Troops Vulnerable
@TexGrl @oldSquid(Mafia) more than welcome, TexGrl...we should have room, and Girls are allowed..even if we stop in Oklahoma and kidnap another Mafia type that sez he can't make it...trip is getting funner and funner!
3 months ago on Happy Thanksgiving From SOFREP
@YankeePapa @TexGrl Love Feherenbach's stuff..."Lone Star" was the very first book I bought when I moved to Texas... figgered if I was gonna be one, better learn how... he also consulted , I believe on the miniseries "Lonesome Dove" years ago.. Hate that he passed... he's one that should be Immortal.
@YankeePapa @oldSquid(Mafia) @Recon6 @TexGrl I lived 'around' Houston for about 10 years while employed in the offshore oilfield bidness... my annual trip is to a "spot" - small, 72000 acre Ranch outside El Campo...Texas gets in your blood and makes you a 'whole 'nother person'...LOL
@TexGrl @oldSquid(Mafia) well, at least I'll be passing through the Panhandle near Amarillo.... will have to breathe DEEP
@Recon6 @oldSquid(Mafia) @TexGrl @YankeePapa better planning for next year, I'll HAVE do both...my sausage supply is running low..lol
@toril and that Rojava comes into being as a reality in the end
3 months ago on A Dream Called Rojava
in the pic of the pistols, third from bottom is an 1860 Colt!!!! Dayum!!!! how cool is that?
3 months ago on Behind the Scenes Gallery: Filming The Polish GROM
@BrandonWebb @MichalHeinrich yep. Player worked fine for me...both times.
3 months ago on The Polish GROM
@Recon6 @TexGrl @YankeePapa same here 6.... and since Tennessee purty much populated Texas, I felt at home when I go there..still have to go back every year to get my Texas 'fix'...usually a beer, bucks, bullets and burritos tour around this time every year...however, skipped it this year to make the Vegas Team Room party...oh the sacrifices...
@TexGrl @YankeePapa as usual, I'm a 'day late and dollar short'...but Yep, Texgirl..great song.. love the Lounge Lizards..could of used another fiddle tho- gotta have twin fiddles to make it 'raht'....
Good stuff, Travis. Thanks for posting this, Loren.
3 months ago on I Was a Warfighter
@clluelo agreed, CL...looks like SOFREP kicking it up another notch for us! That's GREAT!
3 months ago on Welcome To The Next Stage of SOFREP
so..history repeating, once again? we always prepare to fight the 'last war'.... eg., Napoleonic tactics during the War of Southern Independence...I have heard the Army is developing a new command - which having read about, sounds like the Green Berets getting 'back to their roots' of 'hearts and minds', instead of what they have been doing recently ( the last 10 years or so in A'stan and Iraq).
@LadyHW Mandalay & Excalibur seem to be the most popular so far...
3 months, 1 week ago on UPDATED: We Need Your RSVP for the SOFREP Team Room Party in Las Vegas
@REAPER 6 oh...you mean like the Department of Redundancy Department?
As one of " the “old guys;” those guys in their Vietnam War Vet baseball caps," I salute you of the Atlas Generation..and the figure I've heard is less than 1% step up...it's about .45% and the lowest ever...So you whippersnappers are special. I Thank you and GOD Bless Y'all for your Service..old guy, OUT. Charlie Mike.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Atlas Generation
@Waterborne Reagan proved that 'bold colors' win -not 'pale pastels'... if the voters have to choose between 'democrat' and 'democrat lite'..they'll go full bore most every time...even if their asshat is worse the the other asshat....
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Will Boots on the Ground Be Enough to Defeat Daash “ISIS” In The Middle East?
@YankeePapa @Recon6 @Waterborne Agreed, Waterborne, 6 and YP. The leftist, socialist democrat party is hellbent on destroying THIS Country...Traitors all, I say...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Will Boots on the Ground Be Enough to Defeat Daash “ISIS” In The Middle East?
@LawyerHandle and wonder how long before they go from advising to shooting?
@psavidge and doing it again...a la 1500 more 'advisors' to Iraq being sent as we speak...
@YankeePapa donkeys....too polite by half, YP....just sayin' ;-)
@LawyerHandle hmmmmm.... prima donna comes to mind after catching that...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on What Happened to The Team In SEAL
@YankeePapa I was in the are in '69 as well.... I didn't do it..
@Waterborne BOOM! Waterborne..key words there "NO violation of OPSEC for ANY reason"
@susanmarie24 yep..gotta be true.it's about SEALs and it's on the interwebz...
@The Ed damn good thing I don't drink those 'chai latte' things then...
real coffee for me..with bourbon...I knew this Country was going to hell when John Wayne showed up on an Ivy League campus in a tank - and was heckled and boo'ed by the precursors of the pussies Jack is talking about above...
yeah...I'm a Neanderthal...
4 months ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part 4)
@JackMurphyRGR @Minou_Demimonde agreed, Jack... and how long before conventional go as well?
My gut tells me that's coming... I'm hoping it's indigestion, but fear otherwise.
4 months ago on U.S. and Allies Prepare for War Against ISIS
@Minou_Demimonde @oldSquid(Mafia) Hey...I'm a Squid...I'm always thinking....even when I'm not thinking, I'm thinking... just gotten to the point where I'm wise enough not too... been 'rode hard and put up wet' enough times to know better... guess it's that older but wiser thing...
4 months, 1 week ago on A Ranger Goes to College (Part 1)