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Human Variant -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Patriotic Pandemic Thomas Calabrese –Anthony Santino was enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of California, San Diego when he met Janet Novak in the pre-med program. After graduation, Tony attended medical school while Janet obtained a biomedical science degree and went to work as a research scientist. After finishing […]

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Leave No Dog Behind -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

American Patriot and Deep Stater Thomas Calabrese — John J. Keough was born in Valley Center, California. His parents Carl and Natalie owned sixty acres of land where they grew avocados, tangerines, eureka lemons, passion fruits and kumquats. The Keoughs were one of the first in the region to specialize in all organic produce. Chris […]

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Community Violence Interrupter -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

   Mr. Sensitive      Thomas Calabrese — Dave London joined the Marines after receiving his Associate’s Degree at Mira Costa Junior College in Oceanside, California. He spent eleven years as a military police officer, with three overseas deployments. He also spent time at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton. His last duty station was Okinawa, Japan. While […]

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Dukes of Dim Sum – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 28, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Baron of Buffet Thomas Calabrese —Dim Sum is a large range of small Chinese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed in restaurants for breakfast and lunch. First Sergeant Talon Morrison had been in the Marine Corps for 21 years and was currently assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Pendleton. During his military career, […]

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Warrior Glow – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Sparkle OF Survival Thomas Calabrese –Trace Sadler loved reading about military exploits going back through time. His favorite period was the Civil War. He knew every General on both sides of the epic conflict and the battles that occurred during this tumultuous time in our country’s history. Although over 10,500 military engagements occurred during the […]

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As I Recall-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 14, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

He Was The Best of Us All Thomas Calabrese — The former Marine and Vietnam War Veteran read in the San Diego Union Tribune that the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall would be at the Oceanside Veterans’ Center over the weekend. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to see it. Luke Harper was used to hot […]

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Bumper Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 31, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Leatherneck’s Best Friend Thomas Calabrese–Pete DeAngelo grew up in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1950’s and mid-1960’s. His neighborhood was primarily comprised of Italian and Jewish immigrants and their first and second generation descendants. His father, Tony came over from Palermo, Sicily when he was just a teenager. He worked a series of low-paying manual […]

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South Shore Beach – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tennis Club Steve Nielsen and Greg Whittington were assigned to Strike Team Bravo. It was comprised of a small and elite group of combat warriors from all branches of the Armed Forces. The existence of this unit was so secret that most people in the military and government did not even know about its existence. […]

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Downrange Donny -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Death Was His Only Extraction Point Thomas Calabrese — In military slang, downrange is a term for being deployed overseas, usually in a war zone.  It can also refer to the direction of fire or the direction of the target. Donald Serrano was a freshman at Palomar Junior College and living on Camp Pendleton when terrorists flew into the World Trade […]

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McQuade’s War – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Kinetic Operation Thomas Calabrese — Definition: Kinetic operation is a euphemism for military action involving active warfare, including lethal force. The phrase is used to contrast between conventional military force and “soft” force, including diplomacy, sanctions and cyber warfare. The five largest ranches in Texas are; King Ranch, 825,000 acres, Briscoe Ranches, 650,000, acres, Waggoner Ranch, […]

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Forrest Greene – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 3, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Big Oak and Amber Waves Thomas Calabrese –Captain Ron Greene and his wife Cassie, who was 8 ½ months at the time, had driven from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Oceanside early Saturday morning to San Luis Obispo for a five day mini-vacation. Their tentative plans were to visit Hearst Castle and do some […]

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Marauders at Myitkina – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 26, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tiger of Malaysia Thomas Calebrese – Merrill’s Marauders (named after General Frank Merrill) codename Unit Galahad, officially named the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), was a United States Army long range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit, which fought in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) during World War II. The unit became famous for its deep-penetration missions behind enemy lines, often engaging Japanese forces far […]

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Cinematic Influences -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Heroes and Villains Thomas Calabrese — Over the past 100 years, Hollywood has created thousands of cinematic portraits of men and manhood for the silver screen. Celluloid images appeared before us as good and bad guys, weak and strong, heroes and villains. These larger than life images showed young impressionable boys a wide range of […]

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Chaos In The Inland Empire – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Rivco 90 Thomas Calabrese – Herman Browning joined the Marine Corps after graduating from San Marcos High School. He served in the Infantry, Recon, 1stAnglico and the Raider Regiment. Herman had eleven deployments, was awarded two silver stars, one bronze star and was wounded six times while in combat or operating behind enemy lines. He […]

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Always The Right Time – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

For Swift Justice Thomas Calabrese – Inspired and Dedicated to Marsha the Magnificent — Marsha Swift was born in Bend, Central Oregon’s largest city, located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. This area is where the Ponderosa pine forest transitions to the high desert, characterized by junipers, sagebrush and […]

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Heartache At Honda Rock – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 29, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Hellfire and High Water Thomas Calabrese — The Honda Point disaster was the largest peacetime loss of U.S. Navy ships in American history. It occurred on a foggy evening with limited visibility on September 8, 1923. A convoy of 14 Clemson-class destroyers were traveling at 20 knots on their way from San Francisco to San […]

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Just Give Me The Facts – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

I’ll Make My Own Decisions Thomas Calabrese – Mike Balen was a Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Marine Division. He served eight years in the military from 1984 to 1992,was wounded twice and awarded the Navy Cross for conspicuous bravery during Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991). After leaving the […]

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Rich And Unknown Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 9, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Never About The Money Thomas Calabrese — The odds against winning the Powerball lottery are about one in 292 million, and Mega Millions is even worse, one in about 303 million. The federal government will take 24% right off the bat of winning 5,000 dollars or more. The state taxing authority will likely have its […]

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The Ultimate Dog Whisperer – Thomas Calabrese Greg Nielse

By   /  May 1, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Worst of the Best Thomas Calabrese Editor and Contributing Writer Greg Nielsen –United States Marine Forces Special Operations is a component of Special Operations Command. (SOCOM) MARSOC’s core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign defense, counter terrorism and information operations. Sergeant Joseph Smithfield became a Special Operations Capabilities Specialist with MARSOC, three years after […]

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The Cliché Kid – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Unassuming Overachievers By Thomas Calabrese Editor and Contributing Writer Greg Nielsen — Fred Rutherford was a journeyman plumber with a keen analytical mind, the kind of man that worked hard, followed orders and felt extremely uncomfortable when he had to be creative or take any initiative. If you wanted something fixed correctly, he was the […]

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