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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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Bears Ears – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Wings of the Eagle Thomas Calabrese – Editor and Contributing Writer – -Greg Nielsen The Bears Ears National Monument is located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah. The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. Four local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Utes […]

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His Stroll – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 3, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The Best Television Memories of His Life Thomas Calabrese –he last five years had been rough for Dave Corbett, rough might be an understatement. If he wasn’t so strong, emotionally, physically and mentally, he might have just packed it in. After graduating from Vista High School in 2008, he received an appointment to the United […]

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The Wizard of Awe – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

In Search of Greater Things Thomas Calabrese –Amazing, inspiring, spectacular, astounding, stupendous, wondrous, fabulous, marvelous, miraculous or phenomenal. These are all adjectives that would be appropriate to use when describing Awe. For the human mind to truly comprehend the unique experience of awe, two things must occur. Vastness happens when we see something that exceeds […]

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The Wokester – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Social Media Vigilante Colonel Michael Luchesi was in the Marine Corps for 25 years before retiring and taking a position with Homeland Security. He met his wife during the early part of his military career while he was serving with his Special Operations unit and assigned to a multi-national drug interdiction team in Bueno Aires, […]

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I Belong To Yesterday-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Brite Lites Thomas Calabrese –Editor and Contributing Writer Greg ‘Nails’ Nielsen — The Schilling family lived on the cutting edge of technology. Lawrence Schilling graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in computer science. He worked at Apple Technologies and Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley before relocating to Carlsbad, California. He accepted […]

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Under the Dog Park Moon – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

You Just Never Can Be Sure Thomas Calabrese –The Crest Recreational Park in Oceanside, California was never intended to be an off-leash dog park, but it evolved into one. I actually believe the City only put up the sign that read; All dogs must be kept on leash, as their protection from liability if some […]

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Just Passing Through – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Two Fast Guns Thomas Calabrese — Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores was a 133,440 acre Spanish land grant. In 1841, Governor Juan Alvardo granted 89,742 acres to Pio and Andres Pico. In 1863, Juan Forster, an Englishman who was also a Mexican citizen, married Pio Pico’s sister, Ysidora. He paid off Pio’s and Andres’ […]

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Impeaches and Cream -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

They Put The Hype In Hypocrisy Thomas Calabrese — It was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining and the dew was glistening on the leaves like a million diamonds dangling from the trees. There were mixed scents of jasmine, carnation and summer flowers drifting on the breeze. Chief Petty Officer John Thorne almost wished […]

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Sergeant Wonderful and Ernest T. Best – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

They Had Skills Thomas Calabrese — Hank Lee grew up on a cattle ranch outside Dumas, Texas in the Northern High Plains region, often called the Panhandle. This area is ranked as the number one county in Texas for cattle population. His father, Virgil, was a rough and tumble cowboy who served as a gunner […]

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My Three Daughters – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Daddy’s Home  Major General Charles Douglas served 34 years in the Marine Corps before retiring. His wife, Elizabeth, had passed away fifteen years ago while he was a lieutenant colonel stationed at Camp Pendleton. She was coming back from the Santa Barbara Triathlon after competing in the open division. Their three daughters, Erin, Eve and […]

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The War Within – Part II Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 31, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

The War Beneath Thomas Calabrese –Mason Flynn spent six days on the Repose before being released. Operation Oklahoma Hills ended during his absence and the III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) relieved the 9th Expeditionary Force who were headquartered in an old French Army compound on the Tiensha Peninsula on the east side of the […]

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The War Within Part I -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 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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