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Take Without Forgetting – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Give Without Remembering Thomas Calabrese- Nick Holmes looked back on his Marine Corps career with a mixture of emotions. He was glad that he went in the military, but wasn’t sure if he had in him to do it all over again. Nick did was what required of him, but there was nothing spectacular or […]

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Wolfe Was On The Prowl -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 20, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving Thomas Calabrese –Some men are born to serve and others are born to lead and a very few are born to do both. Actor James Stewart became one of the few Americans to ever rise from private to colonel in only four years during World War II. The path for Spencer Wolfe wasn’t […]

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Self-Reliant Warrior – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

No Ordinary Guy Thomas Calabrese — There are voices that we only hear in solitude. They echo through the canyons and over mountains in our minds, but grow faint and inaudible when we are no longer alone. Living according to one’s notions of goodness is easy in our own imaginations, but it takes a truly […]

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Freedom And Liberty – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 7, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Immeasurable Value Thomas Calabrese –Gunnery Sergeant Kirby Boone was born in Virginia City, Nevada. His father Zack, was a big and rough and tumble kind of guy, who was bigger than life. He was the kind of man who meant what he said and said what he meant. He never went looking for a fight, […]

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Good Witch of Wuhan- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Igor the Shark Thomas Calabrese –The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a research institute that is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is located in the Wuchang District, Hubei, China, and reports directly to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Li Chepurnov, was the daughter of Vladimir Chepurnov, Director of […]

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Two Meal Bill – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Compliments to the Chef Thomas Calabrese — Bill Crown was eight years old when his parents Steve and Rochelle were killed on the Oakland Bay Bridge. They were returning from a business luncheon at Perry’s Embarcadero when a 7.3 earthquake struck the structure with such force that it created a six foot split in the […]

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Paisano – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 16, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tomodachi Thomas Calabrese — Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Paisano emigrated from Sicily with his parents Vito and Lucia and four older brothers, Gaetano, Salvatore, Luigi and Pietro in 1923. The family processed through Ellis Island like 12 million other immigrants did searching for a better life, did between the years of 1892 and 1954. Vito was a […]

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Pie in the Sky – Thomas Calabrese

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

Cake in the Clouds Thomas Calabrese– The phrase ‘pie in the sky’ is originally from the song “The Preacher and the Slave” (1911) by songwriter Joe Hill (1879–1915), which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn ‘In the Sweet By-and-By’. It became popular during the Great Depression of the 1930s, to describe a happy future […]

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Patriot’s Perception – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Delicate Balancing Act Thomas Calabrese –Clay Paladin was a Navy Seal and caught a very mild case of COVID-19 virus when he was home on leave for his sister’s wedding in San Marcos, California. Because he was in excellent physical condition and his immune system was strong, his only symptoms was a mild headache. If […]

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Ramblin’ On To Reno – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

The Walking Marine Thomas Calabrese –Kirby Cage had more than his share of emotional problems and mental issues. He had been in the Marine Corps for five years and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His infantry squad was on Operation Khanjar (Dagger) in July 2009 and were on patrol in the Helmand River […]

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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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Flesh And Gold – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 8, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

24 Carat Warriors Thomas Calabrese — Jack Anderson grew up in San Marcos, California and joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and saw combat in both locations. Jack also did a West Pacific deployment to Marine Corps Base, Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, where he developed an […]

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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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