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The War Within Part I -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Thomas Calabrese — During the Vietnam War, “tunnel rat” became an unofficial specialty for volunteer combat engineers and infantrymen who went into enemy tunnel complexes. These underground structures included hospitals, training areas, storage facilities, headquarters and barracks. These diverse facilities allowed Viet Cong guerillas to remain hidden underground for months at a time. Besides enemy combatants, the […]

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Beneath The Wooden Cross – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

One More Objective, Boys The Battle of Kasserine Pass was actually a series of battles of the Tunisia Campaign of World War II. It took place in February, 1943 in a 2-mile gap in the Grand Dorsal chain of the Atlas Mountains. The Axis forces led by General Erwin Rommel, were primarily from the Afrika […]

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All Trails Lead to Hell – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

View from Canyon Diablo Thomas Calabrese –The town of Canyon Diablo (Navajo: Kin Ligaii) was located in Coconino County, Arizona, on the edge of the arroyo Canyon Diablo. It originated in 1880, due to construction delays attributed to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad ordering the wrong span length railroad bridge to cross the canyon. For […]

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Miracle at Summerland -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 3, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

The Dazzling Devons Thomas Calabrese –Steve Curtis and Mike Densmore were best friends and first cousins, born within three months of each other in the year 1999. They grew up on East Toulomne Road in Turlock, California and attended Crowell Elementary School, located on North Avenue. Their mothers, Chris and Dina Del Monaco were twin […]

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Rocklin and Roland – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 27, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

They Messed With Marines Thomas Calabrese –The seven-month baby was lying in his crib and looked up at his parents and began making a series of strange sounds.             “That is not normal,” His mother said, “Our other children never made those noises.  “At times he sounds like a cross between a possessed victim and […]

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Felix the Navy Dad – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 20, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

The Little Admiral Thomas Calabrese –Felix Rivera’s family on his father’s side was from Bueno Aires, Argentina. His grandparents on his mother’s side were born in Bogota, Columbia. His parents met in Miami, Florida and they moved to Vista, California, when Diego Rivera was offered the opportunity to open and manage a restaurant called Asado […]

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Hindsight Is Always 20-20

By   /  December 12, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Voting Irregularities Thomas Calabrese –Mike Camden was a young Marine, away from his home of Raytown, Missouri for the first time, and stationed at Camp Pendleton when he met Angie Davalos. They quickly fell in love and were married in Oceanside. Things went well for a while until Angie became pregnant. The young woman was […]

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Curfew Breaker – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 28, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

We Ain’t Going To Take It Anymore Thomas Calabrese — Sergeant Wesley (Wes) Coulter had been in the Marine Corps for seven years when his unit was deployed to Afghanistan in 2016 from their home base of Camp Pendleton. He was leading a routine patrol when his squad was ambushed by Taliban insurgents. Sergeant Coulter […]

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The Dangerous Guest – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 21, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Avoid Large Gatherings Thomas Calabrese — Steve Nielsen grew up in Alameda, California and joined the Marines after high school. He served six years in the Infantry and Recon Battalion before returning to civilian life. He enrolled at Laney Junior college and got a job as a forklift operator in a medical warehouse in San […]

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One Man’s Perspective (A Commentary)

By   /  November 15, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Take It For What It’s Worth Thomas Calabrese –I’ve been writing for most of my life and I have always enjoyed creating a story or a poem in my mind and then putting those thoughts into words on a sheet of paper. It has been more of a way to release stress than it was […]

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Hoofbeats And Pistol Shots Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 7, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

Wild West Version Thomas Calabrese– Nathan Cameron was an adventurous soul and as soon as he turned 16 years of age, he told his ma and pa, “I need to be moving on, there’s a big country out there and I aim to see it.” Dan Cameron knew it wouldn’t have done any good to […]

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The Presidential Assassin Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 1, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

And His Vigilante White House Staff Part Two When they didn’t receive confirmation that Clint Lattimore was dead, those involved in the conspiracy to kill him didn’t know how to proceed. There was no police report or news story about the incident. It was basically a non-event. When they contacted the secret criminal organization that […]

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The Presidential Assassin Part I -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 25, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

And His Vigilante Cabinet PART I –Clint Lattimore was an orphan who grew up in the San Diego County foster care system. His parents, Robert and Lisa, were killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 5, near the Palomar Airport Road exit when he was only two years old. He had been in three […]

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Mounting Moments of Mayhem

By   /  October 18, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Operation Phantom Fury Thomas Calabrese — The Second Battle of Fallujah was code-named Operation Phantom Fury and occurred in November and December 2004. It was led by U.S. Marines and army units and was considered the highest point of conflict during the Iraq War. Earlier in the year in February 2004, control of Fallujah and […]

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Kid Galahad and Sir Lancelot – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 10, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

  Comes With A Price Thomas Calabrese –Charles Buchinsky was born on November 3rd, 1921, the eleventh of fifteen children, into a Roman Catholic family of Lithuanian descent in the small town of Ehrenfield, Pennsylvania, located in the coal region of the Allegheny Mountains. His father was an immigrant who changed his name from Valteris […]

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Love And Respect My Country

By   /  October 3, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

You’re Not The Only One Thomas Calabrese –Reeves McCall had an unusual childhood, his mother was a threat assessment analyst with the National Security Agency and his father was a cryptographer for the CIA. He had lived in 23 different countries by the time he was 14 years old. His parents, Robert and Melinda decided […]

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The Greatest Bond – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 26, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Scent of Survival Thomas Calabrese — On average 21 U.S. veterans including one active-duty service member commit suicide every day and 3,200 dogs are euthanized in that same time period. This is a statistic that should cause every American deep concern. Sometimes a bad beginning will have a happy ending. This story is about a […]

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East Of Eden, Utah -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 20, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Lemonade Kid!”   Thomas Calabrese — It was going to be a very hot weekend in Oceanside, California. In fact, it was going to be extremely hot all over the west. California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, were all expected to break heat index records that have stood for decades. It was forecasted to be 122 degree in […]

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Prince of Patriotism, One -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 5, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Duke of Hades, Zero Thomas Calabrese — Flame Demons can spit fire out of their mouths and can set most things ablaze. They are irascible, impulsive, violent and highly intelligent creatures and often dispatched by Satan to act as shock troops and to be commanders of his legions in the earthly realm. Botis Vassago was […]

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Your Time Has Come, Longrider – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 30, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Ain’t Never Lost Yet Thomas Calabrese — Striker Mallous was born on June 6th, 1850 in Liberty Missouri. His family owned a small farm and along with his father, mother, two sisters and brother, struggled to make a living off the land.  Bloody Kansas, or the Border War was a series of violent civil confrontations between 1854 and […]

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