Four newly commission 2nd Lt infantry platoon leaders on board the USS Mann en route South Vietnam September 1965. Left to right,
Bob Dunn March 11, 1942 – May 18, 2010
George McCoy June 24, 1941 – February 26, 1966
Larry Peterson December 6, 1940 – May 22, 2017
Larry Peterson died last week.
We had been best friends since that day 53 years ago when he threw me a life line.
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas fall 2016 transatlantic cruise went from Barcelona, Spain to Tampa Bay, Florida 15 to 30 October. On sea-days, story teller Jim "Mule" Parker delivered 7 presentations, 8 hours total, on a wide variety of topics; danger, hope, humor and Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care, plus other topics of pressing interest. The Mule also looked at a dozen or so unique, interesting international characters he's known and the fixes they've gotten into. .
If we look back over our lives, we can remember significant life changing moments… try it.
Think back over your teens and twenties… maybe thirties.
Remember once, when something happened, your life was changed forever?
May have been an encounter, good or bad, with another person.
Maybe an accident.
Birth of your child. Death of a parent.
A conversation that led to a job.
For me, it was something else.
Let me explain:
How the U.S. Tracked and Killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Leader of the Taliban
Following newspaper article of 23 May 2016 details the demise of an ol’ adversary of US intelligence, in an area I know well.
See my comments at the end.
My mother was a smart, shy Christian woman. Never cussed, OK once or twice when my mischief drove her up a wall. But near a Saint as I’ve ever known.
Not funny necessarily. Life was a more serious endeavor for her, more of tenderness, and nourishing and purposeful living than say a life time spent spinning yarns.
CIA spook recalls Thailand’s role in secret war
A 4,000-strong force of US-trained soldiers known as Tahan Sua Pran played a big part in one of the least known victories by allied forces in the Vietnam War