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That’s the Sound of Marines Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 7, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

That’s The Sound of Marines Fighting In Combat Huh ah, huh ah, huh ahI hear them clearly in my memoriesHuh ah, huh ah, Uh ah, uh ahWell don’t you knowThat’s the sound of MarinesGoing into harm’s wayThat’s the sound of grunts on patrolAll day long they’re saying, huh ahHuh ah, uh ah, uh ahWell don’t you […]

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The Cul De Sac

By   /  March 30, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Concerned Neighbor Thomas Calabrese –  Colonel John Derenger was a Marine Corps Infantry Officer with six combat deployments to the Middle East and three West Pacific assignments to Okinawa, Taiwan and Singapore to his record. He was highly skilled in all aspects of warfare and was assigned to 1st Recon Battalion on at Camp Pendleton. After […]

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Duty, Honor, Country -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 23, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Our Favorite West Point Dropout Thomas Calabrese -Audie McCain was seventh generation Army and was named after the greatest war hero in American history. One of his ancestors was in the 1909 West Point graduating class with George Patton and served with him in World War I. His great-grandfather was Audie Murphy’s platoon commander when […]

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Take One….Action! Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 17, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

My Next Movie Thomas Calabrese – Clint Malloy was a retired Marine who served 23 years in the Marine Corps with nine combat deployments to Afghanistan. Being a member of Force Recon, he was often required go behind enemy lines on special missions. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during Operation Python. […]

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Robust Defense -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 10, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

God’s Law Always Supersedes Human Law Thomas Calabrese – Reece Johnston was abandoned at an Oceanside fire station when he was only three days old by a mother who was a career felon and a drug dealing father who moonlighted as an enforcer for the Tinaloa drug cartel. Both of his parents were completely devoid […]

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Live Lightly – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 3, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Heavy Handed Approach Thomas Calabrese – Luke Tate was only seventeen years of age and eager for adventure when he met wilderness guide Kit Carson in 1843 in St. Louis, Missouri. Carson asked the young man if he wanted to join Lt. John C. Fremont’s expedition to map the Oregon Trail from South Pass, Wyoming […]

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Intersection of Isolation and Desolation -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 24, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Thomas Calabrese – Charlie Marshall’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS 1341) was Engineer Equipment Mechanic and he was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. After leaving the Corps, he accepted a civil service position doing the same type of work on base. Charlie had been in his […]

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The Mesmerizer – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 18, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Crosshairs of True Justice Thomas Calabrese -John Luciano grew up in Piedmont, California, an upscale neighborhood of Oakland, California. Most of his family and this included his two older brothers, Carl and Pete, cousins, aunts and uncles were members of the International Longshoreman’s Union. Some were officers of the union and others worked at either […]

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Just A Lowly Blacksmith – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 11, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

A Quiet Little Town Thomas Calabrese -Hardy Gault moved from Stillwater, Oklahoma after his wife Belle died from a virus that she caught during a particularly harsh winter. His son, Lucas was only 11 years old at the time when they headed west in the spring of 1881 to start a new life. They stopped […]

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Contentment Is A Good Choice- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 4, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

The Pawn King Thomas Calabrese -Gunnery Sergeant Alex King had served twenty-one years in the Marine Corps and his last deployment was a great motivating factor in helping him decide that it was time to finally call it a career. He lost several of his men when an enemy drone hit his unit’s isolated outpost […]

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Show No Mercy -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 28, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

For The Evil and Incorrigible Thomas Calabrese – Katie Wyatt grew up on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. Her mother, Calena had Antiphospholipid Syndrome, a medical term used for genetically inherited thrombosis. The affected gene caused her body to make certain clot-forming proteins that don’t work the way they should in high altitude or flying […]

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Don’t Look So Sad -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 20, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

You’re Still Breathing, Aren’t You? Thomas Calabrese- Edward Morrison worked as a senior systems engineer for McDermott Aerospace Industries in Poway, California. He had been with the company for eleven years and was very proficient in his duties. Over a period of four days, Edward began to see unusual activities on the traffic pattern network. […]

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Eight Billion People – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 14, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

One of the Many Thomas Calabrese -The U.S. Census Bureau projects the world population will be 8,019,876,189 on January 1, 2024—an almost 1% increase from 75,162,541 at the beginning of 2023. Colonel Charles Leone had been in the Marine Corps for 26 years and had served with distinction and dedication all the over the world in […]

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A Tangled Web – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 7, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

I’ll Drink to That Thomas Calabrese -The country of Pakistan is not a trusted ally of the United States.  During the war in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters often hid out in Pakistan after attacking American positions. A retired senior Pakistani military officer claimed in an interview with Human Rights Watch that up to 30 percent of […]

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Ripper and Dragon

By   /  December 31, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Tip of the Flying Spear Thomas Calabrese -John Harmon was a third generation naval aviator. His grandfather, Rex Harmon was killed in action while flying off the USS Enterprise during the Second World War and his father, Mike flew F-4 Phantoms while deployed with his squadron on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. […]

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Christmas Warrior Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 23, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

My Best Christmas Gift Thomas Calabrese – Nicholas Kane was born on Christmas Day and like most children born on the 25th of December will attest, it may be the worst day of the year to have a birthday. Most people are too focused on the holidays to worry about birthdays. Growing up in the […]

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Patience Was His Ally – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 16, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Time Was No Longer In Short Supply Thomas Calabrese – Zack McQuade had been an Air Force Pararescueman for almost 17 years. Commonly called PJ’s, short for Para Jumper, the process of becoming a ‘PJ’ is known informally as Superman School. Almost two years long, it is among the longest special operations training courses in the […]

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Gilhooley – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 9, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Happiness Is A Distinct Possibility Thomas Calabrese – Every incident that we experience in our lives mold us into the person we are. Some of the occurrences are so insignificant that we don’t even pay attention to them even as they are happening and others are so monumental in their importance that they are indelibly […]

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Grizz -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 2, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Phantom Vigilante Thomas Calabrese -Victor Orsini began working for the Atlantic Coast Railroad after leaving the Army. He had been with the company for ten years and was currently assigned to the Trenton Railyard in New Jersey as a locomotive mechanic. Victor had been married for eight years to his wife Eileen and they had […]

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 Mendacious Sycophants – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 26, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

A Beautiful Friendship Thomas Calabrese – Definition of Mendacious; lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, double-dealing, two faced, insincere, hypocritical. A sycophant is a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage and is willing to behave as if he has no code of honor or self-respect. He is sometimes called a lackey, toady, […]

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