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March 24, 2006
Open PostBy Greyhawk
Posted by Greyhawk / March 24, 2006 9:32 PM | Permalink
Today marks the anniversary of The Great Escape, a massive escape effort that led to the liberation of about 76 allied prisoners of war from a prison camp for airmen in Sagan, Germany.(Image from www.b24.net) Our 15 year-old friend George Read More
Percent of KIA due to small Arms Fire prior to Targeting Data being published 5.7%. Percent of KIA due to small Arms Fire After after published 12%. Read More
Pour It On , from Daniel Henninger at the Opinion Journal: For those of us who've complained for more than two years that this White House was ill-serving the troops in Iraq by not making the public case for Iraq, that changed this week in Wheeling, W... Read More
Wow, for this fervent pro-abortion woman to be hiding behind Jesus’ robe for political gain, shows the absolute debased gall she has. Well then again, Satan quoted God’s scripture to Jesus… ... Read More
The results of a long-term study of nursery school children in Berkeley, California have recently been released and the findings may surprise you. Researchers Jack and Jeanne Block spent over twenty years studying the personality traits of Berkeley pre... Read More
I watched the White House news conference Tuesday. The President looked and sounded like a leader for a change. It was refreshing to see the guy, that no matter how hard the media mafia tries to wear down, bouncing back. It did not take long bef ..... Read More
The plight of Sgt. Jason R. Lyon, who suffered a sprained ankle after jumping off a Humvee, has revealed the little known dangers of a branch of service to which not many Americans give adequate thought– the US Postal Service.... Read More
...Sure, someday soon God willing you'll return home. You'll see all your old friends from high school. Some stayed there. Some went to college. You'll go to the places that you used go together. And you'll talk about shit. You'll have stories about ... Read More
If you haven't read this post please read it first. Ed Morrissey:Hillary: Immigration Enforcement Would Criminalize Jesus Senator Hillary Clinton finally weighed in on the immigration debate yesterday by scolding the Republicans for focusing on border ... Read More
Awwww are we supposed to feel bad for the poor widdle illegals? I know I don’t, and I think they should all be sent back and told them there is a right way to come here legally without sucking the taxpayers money. Some of them should stay and be... Read More
. . . Carter, driven by his overweening moral vanity, actively undermines American foreign policy and works to the benefit of our enemies. All necesary evidence to censure Carter would be found in his support for the terrorists of Hamas, who have made ... Read More
It appears that Madison Ave has influenced the Army as they transition from IRR to "Individual Warrior". A little name change, a little more "in your face" about the mission etc. but the core of the IRR does not appear to change. Read More
'When pigs fly' ..... plus, tongues are most certainly a wag, about wonder boy's indiscretions. Of course he toss' in his own coinage: "I want to apologize to National Review Online, my friends and colleagues here at RedState ..." Read More
The ACLU is at it again with a lawsuit to remove a picture of Jesus from the wall of a high school in West Virginia:This story from UPI: An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer has asked a West Virginia high... Read More
Those bloggers gave the Post a puppy, which promptly dumped on the online rug. Clean it up. And apologize, apologize, apologize. Read More
Since I know the retired paycheck of a Navy Capt is not good enough to allow Neptunus Lex to have an F/A-18 in his garage for weekend jaunts, maybe he'd be satisfied with doing what the guy in this video did.... Read More
There is a lot of discussion about ways to improve reapportionment with one of the end goals being a more competitive environment. But the proposed rules tend to be impartial design of congressional districts, geographic sanity, and cultural homogeneit... Read More
We have all heard the arguments of public displays of religious expression on government property. We’ve heard both sides of the argument, and you know where we stand. But, regardless of which side of the argument you are on, doesn’t thi... Read More
The Washington Post is reporting today that a former DSCC employee plead guilty to charges that she illegally acquired the credit report of a Republican Senatorial candidate. From the Post: Under a plea agreement reached w... Read More
I remember so vividly the many reports surfacing shortly after 911, citing how Russian President Putin and others had warned the CIA and US officials of imminent terrorist attacks against key targets on American soil. Read More
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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