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Bumper Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 31, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  13 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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Retribution And A Reckoning -Thomas Calabrese

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

You’ve Got Some Burying To Do Thomas Calabrese –Shane Denbow grew up in Henderson, Tennessee, the third son of simple immigrant farmers. When a group of marauding blood-thirsty Yankee soldiers killed his family and torched the house and land, the fourteen year-old boy who was badly wounded in the raid joined James Ewell Brown ‘Jeb’ […]

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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 Leisurely Cruise -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

One Hell of a Ride Known as the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta SFOD-D, also commonly referred to as Delta Force, Combat Applications Group, the unit, Army Compartmented Element, or Delta is an elite Army special operations force under the control of Joint Special Operations Command. There is no pathway to go from civilian to Delta Force operator. In order to apply […]

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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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