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‘Marines do not bleed’: Military operations change Afghan perception in southern Helmand

“Marines do not bleed. They do not eat, they do not sleep. They are not human.”

Afghan citizens voiced these words in December after watching Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) conduct a route repair operation for three consecutive days near Durzay, a rural community in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Until recently, certain communities throughout southwestern Afghanistan have not witnessed coalition operations.

Arlington burial planned for last ‘doughboy’ Frank Buckles

America will pay its respects to its last World War I veteran March 15, as former Army Cpl. Frank Buckles is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Buckles, the last of the more than 5 million Americans who served during World War I and were known as "doughboys," died Feb. 22, at his home in West Virginia. He was 110.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

International Security Assistance Force killed several insurgents during an operation in Darah-ye Pech District, Kunar province, today.

Coalition forces observed several insurgents moving tactically and carrying heavy automatic weapons. After establishing positive identification, coalition forces engaged the enemy position, killing several insurgents. There were no damages or civilian casualties reported as result of this operation.

In other ISAF news throughout Afghanistan:

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SPECIAL FORCES AND NUNGS KICK NVA BUTT!

A March in Hell
In the period May 1966 to March 1967 the men of Special Forces Detachment A-302 were awarded one Medal of Honor, three Distinguished Service Crosses, twelve Silver Stars, eleven Bronze Stars for Valor, and seventeen Purple Hearts, making it quite possibly the most decorated small unit in U.S. Army history. This for a unit that seldom had more than nine men operational at any given time.

CALL, FAX OR WRITE IMMEDIATELY - PLEASE - FOR GEN VP'S BURIAL AT ARLINGTON

The only 3 individuals in the US (other than a joint Congressional request)
that have the authority to approve the burial of General Vang Pao in
Arlington National Cemetery are (1) President Obama, (2) Sec of Defense
Gates, and (3) Sec of the Army McHugh.

Please call, fax, write them immediately and ask that they authorize General
Vang Pao to be buried in Arlington. The only place a Hero like him should
be buried in America!

Tell all your friends and family and associates to do the same ŠNOW!

Thanks in Advance for your immediate action.

THE WHITE HOUSE:

B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., Dec. 27, 2010 – If the landmarks here could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber sitting near the academy’s north gate would have quite a Vietnam War story to tell.

The crew of the “Diamond Lil,” a B-52D, tail number 55-083, took off from Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield on Christmas Eve in 1972. The crew’s mission was to bomb the North Vietnamese railroad yards at Thai Nguyen as part of Operation Linebacker II, which took place Dec. 18 to 29, 1972.

Special Forces Soldier receives posthumous Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 6, 2010) - The president will bestow the Medal of Honor this afternoon upon the family of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, whose actions allowed seven of his Special Forces teammates and 15 Afghan soldiers to escape an ambush kill zone.

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

What is it?

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Since the medal's creation in 1862, there have been more than 3,400 recipients; more than 2,000 of those were Soldiers.

What has the Army done?