Great interview with Marine Medal of Honor winner

A wonderful interview with a Marine who went from Private to Colonel, all while serving in Korea and Vietnam.

Oh, and he earned a thing called the Medal of Honor.

A great interview that’s a must-read. Here’s the article link.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.


24/7, MEU’s still making it happen

I was lucky enough to serve on a MEU back in 1997. Glad to see they’re still going strong. The pics below brought back some memories!

Here are some great landing pics from a recent operation.

And check these out, as well.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Afghan forces able to hold their own?

Afghanistan update…

Maybe things aren’t as dire as I’ve been thinking, perhaps? (Well, as long as America funds the Afghan Army, pays their salaries, and helps them resupply.)

But, still, this article points out one thing I hadn’t been weighing very much in my calculations: The desire of the Afghan people for some normalcy.  And the better tips and leads that come in to local forces, versus American forces.

Here’s the article: The security forces in Afghanistan are just strong enough to contain the Taliban. (From The Economist)

I still believe that after we leave the central government will collapse, holding onto Kabul mostly. Elsewhere, civil war will ensue, tribal leaders will grab turf, and the Taliban will go gunning for Karzai and whoever is left in the central government.

That’s my belief. What’s yours?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Legendary warrior exemplifies what it means to be a Marine

This is a story about more than bravery… It’s a story about character and leadership…

Legendary warrior exemplifies what it means to be a Marine

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Hat tip to Cpl. Garrett Carnes, a Marine who earned the Purple Heart in Afghanistan while serving with India Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. I noticed this story on his facebook timeline.

Huge news re: Afghanistan

The United States is considering leaving no American troops behind in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 withdrawal date, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid ongoing tensions between the President Barack Obama’s administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Full story here: U.S. mulls leaving no American troops behind in Afghanistan

Speaking for myself, I’m pretty torn about this.

On the one hand, I think we probably should leave some special forces teams over there to do some necessary hunting.

But on the other hand, what do you do when you have to work with a guy like Karzai?

Either way, good for Obama sending a very public warning across Karzai’s bow. Keep playing, Karzai. Keep playing.

Call Obama’s bluff and we’ll see how fast he does what most of the public wants. And then we’ll see how fast your cowardly hide races out of the country once the Taliban no longer has us to worry about.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.


By Mike P

So it seems that a police officer that was testifying at the Zimmerman trial decided that she needed a little “bling” for her uniform. And the Sanford, Florida P.D. figured they would just stop by the Army-Navy surplus store and pick up some for themselves. Nice. While blogs like this,, spend a lot of time and effort exposing stolen valor types, the idea that a Police Department would start slinging ribbons, with total disregard to their original purpose, to it’s officers is ludicrous. “Hey Officer Smith, good job on that school crossing duty. Here’s a WWII Army of Occupation medal”. Not a good idea.

My name is Mike P, and like Stan, I too was a 1st battalion, 8th Marine Regiment Leatherneck, only in an earlier era. He’s given me the keys for this blog, so I’ll be taking it for a spin from time to time.

Maybe it won’t get too ugly.

300 Afghan police killed last month

300 Afghan police killed last month

From the link: reports that 17 Americans died in Afghanistan last month as the Taliban tries to improve their position at the bargaining table in Qatar. Meanwhile, Stars & Stripes reports that nearly 300 Afghan police have been killed and more than 600 have been wounded in the spike in violence across the country;

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.