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CaptO last won the day on July 20

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    Resident Marine
  • Birthday 06/26/1972

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    Quantico, VA
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    -Shooting and hunting
    -1/35 scale plastic modeling - mainly German WWII. You can't deny they had the coolest gear! Although they weren't as cool when used against you.
    -World War II (since I was in grade school)

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  1. There are a lot of feelings I had when I first read "Farewell Tony Stefanelli". I would love to be able to tell you all of them at one time, but since that isn't possible, I'll try to break them down. I had that heart lowering, sad feeling when I first read the words but I don't want really want to say that this is necessarily sad for a couple of reasons. First off is my belief in God and that this life isn't the point, if you follow me. Secondly, he was 102 and you certainly couldn't say he didn't live a long, fruitful life. What I do feel is that sense of loss that we all get when someone we knew (regardless of how long) that we really liked. I only met him the once, but I really enjoyed my time with him. I only regret I didn't get to hang out more since he was such a great guy with awesome stories to tell. I would have really enjoyed spending more time with him, but it was not to be. I know he would have been surrounded by his children and grandkids at the end and that is the most important. I'll just have to wait until that great everything reunion in the sky. Farewell Tony. You were certainly one of the good ones and you can't do much better than that.
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    That was the only place that both of my grandfathers were in the same place during the war. My paternal grandfather's history is known to many here, but for those who don't know, he was with the 540th, Marion's father's unit. My maternal grandfather was from Oklahoma so he was in the 45th Infantry Division as an Infantry officer (a captain, I believe). He was injured pretty seriously three days from the conclusion of the battle and was sent home for the duration. He came back to Europe following the war in the occupation troops. Here are some pictures I found looking up Operation HUSKY. Thank goodness for the internet! You can always find new WWII pictures! (Well, new to me!)
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    Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer

    I'm always pleased to see how many people there are to help after sad things like this happen.
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    Happy 4th!

    I was in Dallas for the Fourth. I would have liked to have been in DC for the fireworks, but I had to go visit family and look at colleges for the big one (now a senior). Happy (late) Fourth to all!
  5. I heard about this the other day. Very sad, but it is getting to be an older structure and has been hit by ships in the harbor before. Here are pictures of the Arizona memorial and the other things to see in Honolulu that I took on my visits: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipPnVav3sfNyIxLvFIN5vKjt4P7FWQq89EakkIEF https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipNfx5RcBSAVCZ2P_8fHaQkoCGriF5xkD8Y1zvtM https://get.google.com/albumarchive/104745627018165888181/album/AF1QipMNRRgOs9ItPIdkM9ZF85K01-_TdYKUhdrtjqHw It's a lot to go through, but there is a lot to see. I'd post some highlights, but even the Google Photo Archive doesn't allow direct linking now (it used to). Have to find a new photo posting site!
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    Late introduction

    Yes indeed. Even in my experience in the Marine Corps, change is an ever present reminder of the passage of time. I noticed that even from the start. As a lieutenant, I left my first unit and noted how most of the SNCOs had moved on and that Marines that had checked in as PFCs (in the Marine Corps and E-2) were now corporals. I visited that unit a few years later and didn't know anyone! Right now I'm struck by the fact that my Marines are closer in age to my elder son (17) than they are to me - by far! The youngest Marines are 1 year older and the average is probably only 4 years older. By way of contrast, I'm older than them by an average of 21 years! Just looking at the command board is another indicator of this. Our command board has pictures of the CO, SgtMaj, company commanders, and staff heads (for the S-1, S-3, legal team, chaplain, etc.) What I am noticing now is the surprising lack of stars on the National Defense ribbons people are wearing. The National Defense Medal is authorized during times of conflict. The fact that it is awarded as soon as you join gives it the moniker the "Fire Watch Ribbon", The latest time period it was authorized was following 9/11 and is still issued to the current day. The previous time period it was issued for (and for which one would have a star on the ribbon or medal) was Desert Storm and the inclusive dates were August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995. As I went to boot camp in Feb of 1995, I rate it and so have the star. On the rack below, it is second row, second from the right (red on ends yellow in middle). So what this means is that the majority of people who are in senior positions in this and most battalions joined after November of 1995 - even the first sergeants! Just another reminder of time gone by! And pretty soon, my star will be gone from the board as well!
  7. Glad to hear he is still doing well. Pretty darn tough for an old guy!
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    Late introduction

    Just read over this again. Wow - it's like a time capsule! I miss all those WWII vets!!
  9. Awwwwwww. . . shucks!
  10. That link will give you a great amount of information on requesting your family member's records to include awards. My father did this for my grandfather and they not only sent a document with what he had earned, but also brand new medals for all of the ones he had earned. By way of general instruction, here is the gouge on medals and ribbons. The simplest way to put it is that every medal has a corresponding ribbon, but some ribbons (e.g. Presidential Unit Citation, or Navy Combat Action Ribbon) do not have a corresponding medal. Medals are only authorized for very special occasions. In the Marine Corps, for example, medals can only be worn with our dress blues. They cannot be worn even with our equivalent to Army "Class A's". Ribbons, however, are worn with all uniforms that are not designed as fighting uniforms, in other words, with service uniforms. Army Service Uniforms Note in the picture above that medals are only worn on the best dress uniforms. Marine Dress Blues In the photo above, you will notice that Marines are wearing medals and ribbons (as some of the Army folks did in the photo above). In the USMC, when wearing Dress Blue Alphas (dress blues with medals), ribbons for which there is no corresponding medal are worn on the right side of the uniform. If medals were not being worn, all ribbons (those for medals and those that don't have a medal) would be worn on the left. Maybe there is someone smart on Army regs who could say why the Army has some ribbons on the right hand side even wearing a ribbon rack on the left. This Jar Head don't get it. . . This is me in my "Alphas" (as we call them in the Marines). All ribbons (those that are ribbons only and those that have medals) all on the same side. Ribbons with no corresponding medal in this picture are the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, and sea service deployment ribbon.
  11. What is also hard to believe is that I've been hanging around here since 2007! I do miss the old days, sometimes. Remember when we had probably 5 or so regular WWII vets posting almost daily? Dems were da days!
  12. Well, I know I've not been hanging around the site much, but I've been pretty busy. I had assumed that after my job as HQ Company Commander (they still have my picture up as of now) they would ease me into something else that wouldn't take so much time as I wind out my time before retirement, but that was not to be. I have been made the Operations Officer for the HQ&SVC Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico. As such, I have been running on all engines since I took over in March. Also, the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon is coming up (20 May) in Fredericksburg, VA and the Battalion runs that so that means that I run that! Fortunately, I will be running it with a great Ops Chief and 350ish other Marines, but it does keep me busy. Soon, however, I will be replaced with a guy who is sticking around longer (I was just the Band-Aid to get the Battalion through the Marathon). So hopefully, I can start winding down and work on getting a new job, because. . . . I retire on November 29th! That's actually my terminal leave day and my official end of service is 1 Feb. That will make for 24 years in the Marine Corps. Hard to believe it will be coming to an end. Anyway, I just wanted to check in because it had been a while and I wanted to share that news. I'll write more later, but I gotta go!
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    Holocaust Fading from Memory

    I know that over the years, historical facts fade into history (Remember the Maine, anyone?) Wake Island was as much a rallying cry in the early days of WWII as Pearl Harbor was and yet I doubt many people have ever heard of it today (or perhaps even Pearl). Sometimes, however, there is a monumental event that shapes history going forward. I would hope that people would agree that WWII and especially the Holocaust would count as one of those epochs (and therefore teach it), but it doesn't seem it is the case. It seems there is a purposeful willingness to forget it. I would bet that the WWII crowd would have had much more knowledge of the Civil War than the young'uns of today have about WWII. 1941-1865=76 years 2019-1945=74 years I don't want to sound conspiratorial, but I can't help but think that this (seems to mean deliberate) failure to educate the last few generations about history benefits someone. I could suppose a few guesses as to who, but that's not for here! The fact remains that this is pretty sad. Why, why, why. . .
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    Cape Cod Military Museum

    Lots of good stuff, M1!!
  15. I saw this. I grew up on Beetle. .