October 2008 Blog Posts (31)

Lance Cpl. Stacy Ann Dryden: Remembered for Her Life and Service

Service members with 1st Maintenance Battalion (Reinforced), 1st Marine Logistics Group, joined together to honor one of their fallen Marines during a memorial service on Oct. 27, 2008. Lance Cpl. Stacy Ann Dryden, 22, from North Canton, Ohio, was serving in Iraq as a preservation, packaging and packing specialist when she died, Oct. 19, from a… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 31, 2008 at 1:57am — 2 Comments

Combat Logistics Marines Create New View of Fallujah

Staff Sgt. Bryan Spencer, Combat Logistics Battalion 5 Engineer Company operations platoon sergeant, briefs heavy equipment operators and combat engineers on the day's mission to level approximately 1,000 meters of berm along Wolverine Way, a road stretching from Camp Baharia to the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2008. The Marines demolished five miles… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 30, 2008 at 9:48pm — 4 Comments

From Combat to Congress

By Cpl. Sean P. McGinty

I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – During a speech on the five-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, President George W. Bush said with Americans like ‘Spanky’ Gibson serving on our side, the enemy in Iraq doesn’t have a chance.

Now, after nine-months in Iraq, Master Sgt. William “Spanky” Gibson is headed to Washington D.C. to represent the Marine Corps in the halls of Congress.

Gibson was one of… Continue

Added by DVIDS on October 30, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Vet Jobs: Experience Onboard

VetJobs makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component…


Added by Ross Myers on October 30, 2008 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

What makes the Marine Corps The Marine Corps, Is The Corpsman

Having been one of the Chosen Few: A US Marine and having been severely wounded in Nam, like so many before me in all conflicts, combat, war or how ever you care to phrase it many of us know only too well that,

What makes the Marine Corps The Marine Corps, Is The Corpsman

"What if No One Would Hear ‘Corpsman up!’" or "Medic Up"

Each and Every Marine is familiar with the phrase “Corpsman up,” The only two words that any Marine never want to hear and the only two… Continue

Added by Robert Cody "The Grunt" on October 29, 2008 at 9:05pm — No Comments

The Romance of Nellie and Kelley

(From the Midpacifican, Issue of Dec 16, 1944)

With the 96th Division on Leyte - If, on some dark, murky night up front, you hear something moving in the bushes, please make sure it's a Jap before you shoot. It might be Nellie. and when you hear an eerie night piercing cry tht sounds like the heart-broken call of a man for his mate, don't be frightened. It's only Pfc. Ova Art Kelley calling for his lost love, a Leyte lady Caribao.

The romance between Nellie and Kelley blossomed forth… Continue

Added by Iris Joe Kelley on October 29, 2008 at 3:39pm — 9 Comments

Kings of the Mountain

Capt. Graham Ward, recon platoon leader, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, flies his battalion colors after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley shortly before deploying to Iraq.

Date Taken: October 28th, 2008

Location: Mount McKinley, US

Photographer: 14th Public… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 29, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Canine Warrior Considered for Combat Action Badge

Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Moreno of the 554th Military Police Company puts Brando, a 7-year old German shepherd, through the paces at an obstacle course for military working dogs at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany.

Date Taken: October 28th, 2008


Photo & Story by: Susan Huseman…


Added by Ross Myers on October 29, 2008 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

School Reopens in West Adhamiyah

A new backpack from a Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier brought a smile to this student’s face at the opening ceremony of Al Tajadud elementary school in the Adhamiyah District of Baghdad, Oct. 26, 2008. MND-B facilitated a renovation project of the school with more than $200,000 from the government of Iraq. Renovations included new classrooms, new roof and floor, a completely new electrical network, and additional bathrooms with a… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 28, 2008 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Department of NC Group

OK, all you "Great North State" VFW members, Come and join the NC Group. Add your name to the list.

Added by Richard C. "Dick" Easingwood on October 28, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Visiting groups

When you visit any group, whether you are a member of that group or not, you will find a feed from their respective WebCom Network WebLog. It is low and on the left so one has to scroll down to locate. Just another way to keep up with what other Posts/ Depts/Dists/Groups are doing across the Network.
Iris Joe Kelley

Added by Iris Joe Kelley on October 28, 2008 at 9:42am — No Comments

Department of Missouri Group

I was just going through the list of members and found that there are 56 members here from Missouri and only 11 of them have joined the Missouri group. I urge all members from Missouri to join the Missouri group. I also urge other members to join the their respective Department groups. If there is not one yet, then start one. Great way to keep up with what is going on inside your Department as all who are a part of the group get to add photos and start/answer discussions that are relevant to… Continue

Added by Iris Joe Kelley on October 28, 2008 at 9:10am — No Comments

Readjusting to Family Life Requires Communication

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - All Eva Creel wanted for 12 months was for her husband to come home from Afghanistan to be by her side.

When he returned, she found she wanted nothing more than her own personal space.

Creel, like many spouses of Soldiers returning from deployments, discovered firsthand that the rush of emotions after redeployment can both draw a couple together and pull them apart.

"When they're gone, you miss them terribly, but you become very… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 27, 2008 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

School Supplies Delivered

Students wave goodbye to Iraqi soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 27th Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, as they leave the classroom after handing out school supplies at Al Wardie Elementary School in Tuscon, Iraq, Oct. 13, 2008. The school supplies were sent from U.S. citizens to the Iraqi army to be handed out to students at local schools.

Date Taken: October 13th, 2008

Location: TUSCON,… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 27, 2008 at 6:48pm — No Comments

My VFW WebCOM: The First Week

What a week it's been!

First of all, we'd like to express our appreciation to everyone who has taken the time to join and contribute to the My VFW WebCOM Community. In just over one week, we've had over 300 members join our social network and upload nearly 400 photos and almost two dozen videos. We thank you.…


Added by Ross Myers on October 27, 2008 at 12:26pm — No Comments

VFW Post 6002

I am concerned over the number of young veterans that have failed to inquire of or join the Veterans of Foreign Wars over the last five years.

Then I started thinking about what I saw at the Post on any given meeting night.

Most of our Posts have a large share of Vietnam, Korean and some World War II Veterans.

We have the standard or formal meeting and move on through it rather quickly.

Some of us have a short socializing event at the end with refreshments being served… Continue

Added by John Joseph "J.J. Wilson on October 27, 2008 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

A VFW for the Young Veterans

When my son returned from Iraq for the second time he couldn't wait to join the VFW. Both of his late Grandfathers were active members in the local post and he admired them greatly. I setup a meeting with two members and they welcomed him with open arms. He was very excited and couldn't wait tell his war buddies that he was a Lifetime Member. But soon the excitement wained and then he quit coming to the meeting.

I let things lay for awhile then after about six months I asked him what the… Continue

Added by Jim Walden on October 27, 2008 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Help Us Spread Their Message

Click on image to visit DVIDS Thanksgiving Greeting Hub. If you have some free time, you can assist us in getting these out by taking a few minutes and uploading a video (or two, or three) from your home State to My VFW WebCOM. Try to use the title, description and tag format used in the following example: …


Added by Ross Myers on October 26, 2008 at 2:54am — 2 Comments

Soldier’s Heartfelt Response to Iraqi Child’s Condition

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Little Rawan bounced on the couch, clapping her tiny hands, gaining laughter from those… Continue

Added by Ross Myers on October 26, 2008 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

USS New Hampshire: 5th Virginia-Class Submarine

Watch the LIVE FEED of the Commissioning Ceremony from

the US Navy 25 OCT 08 @ 10 am


In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand…


Added by Ross Myers on October 25, 2008 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

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