As I said in my previous posts, I enlisted into the military mainly for college money, but for patriotic reasons as well.…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on April 22, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
This is an easy one for me, and probably anyone else who joined the military.
I first enlisted into the…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on April 15, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
I cannot speak about being drafted form personal experience, but I know many of you can, or know others, possibly loved ones, who were drafted into…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on April 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
I joined the Army National Guard because two recruiters came to my high school during my senior year, waved a brochure in front of my face that said…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on April 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
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 or share what you come up with....…Continue
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 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…Continue
Added by Tom Kirkpatrick on March 8, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments
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 left the military.
Added by Claudia Bartow on March 4, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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 donations for the program, Wreaths Across America.…Continue
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 give thanks to YOU. Those of you who wore the uniform. thank…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on October 14, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments
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 year, for the first time, I had students sitting in my…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on July 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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 website
And for all of you soldiers…Continue
Added by Claudia Bartow on June 14, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue