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YOUR Military Story- Was there a unique situation to make you enlist into the military?

Note:  This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service.

As I said in my previous posts, I enlisted into the military mainly for college money, but…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on April 22, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

YOUR Military Story- Where did you enlist and on what date?

Note:  This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service.

This is an easy one for me, and probably anyone else who joined the…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on April 15, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

YOUR military story- Were you drafted into the military? If so, how did you feel about that?

Note:  This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service.

I cannot speak about being drafted form personal experience, but I know many of you…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on April 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

YOUR Military Story- Did you get into your first choice branch of service?

Note:  This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service.

I joined the Army National Guard because two recruiters came to my high school during my…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on April 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Your Military Story- A New Series to help ALL who served

Hello,

Starting this week you will see a new blog post from me every Tuesday morning.  This is a new series I am calling, "YOUR Military Story".  It's purpose is to make you think about your service or a loved one's, and hopefully record it…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

1974 through 1976 I was stationed at NAS Brunswick Maine at the Navy's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School. As an instructor I had to go to all kinds of schools. The worst one was the Can…

1974 through 1976 I was stationed at NAS Brunswick Maine at the Navy's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School. As an instructor I had to go to all kinds of schools. The worst one was the Canadian Forces Arctic Survival School. It was two days of classroom instruction and then ten days in the field. They flew us to Crystal City which is actually about 50 miles or so of Magnetic North Pole. We got off the C130 transport plane and the temp. was -35 deg. Then we got to spend 10 days…

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Added by Tom Kirkpatrick on March 8, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments

R.I.P. Bob

I found out today that the last veteran I took on an Honor Flight, Mr. Bob Diehl of Marysville, Ohio, passed away Saturday.

Bob and I were on a flight this past September.  Bob served in Germany during the Korean War and was a First Sergeant when he…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on March 4, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

When 10 degrees seems warm outside- What are your military memories of being COLD??

Holy cow, it's been cold and snowy here in central Ohio. If you are in Minnesota or another snowy area, bear with me. We are not used to this arctic weather, at least so much for sooo long.

We received another three inches of snow today, and tomorrow morning the temperature without the wind is supposed to be ZERO. This crazy cold number has become actually ho-hum in conversations here.

Now, in my eleven years in the military the coldest I ever was thankfully was like 20 degrees in… Continue

Added by Claudia Bartow on February 9, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Marine Corps advertising-J. Walter Thompson agency

My only daughter went thru Army boot camp at Ft. Jackson,S.C. and subsequently went into advertising.She's now in Columbus,Oh., but this story started yrs. ago in Akron,Oh. She was setting up some Marine Corps advertising and had to work with a public relations guy in the Corps. If I remember correctly,he told her she had to establish her bonafides. She said she was Army reserve; he said that didn't mean anything. She replied that her dad & older brother were Marines. He said he could…

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Added by Jeff Wenum on February 9, 2014 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Christmas at Arlington

On December 13th, I had the pleasure of boarding a tour bus in Columbus, Ohio, and driving with a group to Washington, D.C.. Our mission was to be 54 of the thousands of volunteers who converge on Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreaths on the headstones.  

There was much press the week of the trip as to reduced…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on December 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy Veterans Day!

It is hard to believe it is November already.  Being a school teacher, my fall is a whirlwind of new students, setting expectations and much more.  Pretty soon we will all be giving thanks and eating turkey.

Before Thanksgiving though, it is time to…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on November 11, 2013 at 7:54am — 3 Comments

Incident I'll Never Forget.

 The 1st Cav and other units had been ordered into the Parrot's Beak region of Cambodia in April/May 1970 to search for NVA arms caches and COSVN, the central office for South Vietnam. The units met heavy resistance as the NVA tried to protect the huge arms caches from capture. The incursion into Cambodia caused an uproar at home and American ground units were pulled out before the job was done. ARVN units remained in Cambodia and American aircrews provided support for several months. I flew…

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Added by Charles L. Anderson on October 31, 2013 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

Barriades or not, we are seeing the Memorials

I love the news stories about veterans breaking down the barricades at the memorials in Washington, D.C.. Two days before the barricades went up, I was in DC on an Honor Flight.  That was a Saturday and there was no sign of the trouble that would come that Monday.  

This is not a political website or blog, BUT THE POLITICS IN WASHINGTON D.C. RIGHT NOW ARE A DISGRACE.  It infuriates me, as I know it does you.  We have…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on October 14, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

They weren't even born yet

Like every other 9/11 in the past 11 years, I have talked with my middle school students about that terrible day.  In 2001 I sat in my eighth grade classroom stunned, along with the young people in my midst.

This…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on September 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy (Belated) 4th of July

Yes, I am a day late to commemorate our country's birthday.  My apologies!  An unrelenting case of bronchitis and a husband with a bulging back disc will do that.  I trust you had a great day with your loved ones, relaxing, watching fireworks or thanking those who served.  THANK YOU who served for KEEPING us free!

I received this graphic about July 4th, and love it.  I teach all about the Declaration of Independence to…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on July 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Happy 238th Birthday, United States Army! (and Happy Flag Day, too!)

 Hooah!  Happy Birthday to the United States Army today.  Wow, 238 years of soldiers protecting our country.  Check out the Army's cool website dedicated to its birthday and all of today's events.  Army Birthday…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on June 14, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Lest We Forget

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. with eighty eighth grade students.  I have been to the nation's capitol about 25 times now, but I still get a lump in my throat when I see things like the Marines Corps Memorial, the World War II Memorial,the nineteen statues of the Korean War Memorial and of course the Vietnam Wall.  What is the best for me though is seeing thirteen…

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Added by Claudia Bartow on May 27, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Sixty three years ago, President Harry Truman proclaimed the following:



"Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense."



Today is this day for 2013. THANK YOU, veterans! Thank you for your service, thank you for your… Continue

Added by Claudia Bartow on May 18, 2013 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

Thank you, World War II veterans

Yesterday marked the 68th anniversary of VE Day. Millions in the United States and Europe celebrated the hard-fought end of fighting in Europe.



I have such respect for all veterans, but our oldest and greatest generation of them tugs at my heart strings just a little more.



VE Day brought millions of our men and women home to work on the farm, start businesses and later gave America the booming and idealic time in the 1950s. Sadly, over 400,000 Americans never returned… Continue

Added by Claudia Bartow on May 10, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Ate up like a soup sandwich

Hey all,



Some of know that I teach seventh and eighth graders. It sure is interesting this time of year! Just a wee bit busy and stressful. Once the weather turned here in Ohio in the last two weeks, everyone's mood is different. I personally love, love, love the spring weather and all the additional daylight.

For 12-14 year olds however, it is a struggle to sit in a seat, listen and do anything a teacher tells you. You know what? I can't blame them! While I am trying to do… Continue

Added by Claudia Bartow on May 7, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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