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 Hunter of Gunmen – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 21, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Long Live The Hog Thomas Calabrese -John James, (J.J.) Cannon was a career Marine. He had been in the Corps for 18 years and served six tours in Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper. Over a period of 54 months in the combat zone he had accumulated 163 confirmed kills and 230 probable kills. He won […]

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Chaney -Thomas Calabrese

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

The Handsome DogFace Boy Thomas Calabrese – ‘It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’ Winston Churchill used this phrase to describe a situation that was difficult to comprehend. On the other side of the spectrum is Occam’s Razor the scientific principle that states that the most likely and simplest explanation is usually the […]

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Goode and Lucky – Thomas Calabrese

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

Angel of Death Thomas Calabrese -Historically America has been referred to as a ‘melting pot’ because of the cultural integration and assimilation of legal immigrants into the country. The melting pot theory is often illustrated by the metaphor of a foundry’s smelting pots in which the elements of iron and carbon are melted together to […]

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These Things We Do, That Others May Live -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 29, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Protect the Terrain At All Costs Thomas Calabrese -Our bodies are our terrain. Keeping our terrain healthy includes feeding it nutritious food free of toxins, exercising our muscles, rest and repair through adequate sleep and keeping our minds and souls energized through positive influence. This is basically the ‘Terrain Theory’ and the father of this […]

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Righteousness Is the Wingman – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 22, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Of Honor Thomas Calabrese – Major Drake Longley was a Marine Corps aviator and his fighter squadron was deployed with the Seventh Fleet to the West Pacific as tensions escalated with China. Major Longley, call-sign ‘Dragon’ was patrolling the Taiwan Straits with his wingman Captain Marty call-sign ‘Slugger’ McNielsen. The two American pilots detected six […]

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The Sanctuary of the Faithful Heart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 16, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

 There Are No Old People in Heaven Thomas Calabrese – Danny Allison grew up in the small farm town of Carlsbad, California in the 1930’s. The entire country had been going through some difficult times starting with the stock market crash of 1929 and his family was luckier than most. His parents had steady employment […]

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Evil Has Its Own Agenda

By   /  June 8, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

I Still Play By My Rules Thomas Calabrese -Naval Air Station, Sigonella in Sicily, Italy is often called ‘The Hub of the Med’ because 23 countries keep squadrons, Special Forces and various support units on this base. Alexandra Papadopoulous was a fighter pilot with the 335th Squadron of the Greek Air Force. She exuded sensuality, […]

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The Candy Apple Woman and the Dandelion Man – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 1, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

A Golden Opportunity Thomas Calabrese – It was 1955 in the small town of Vista, California located in northern San Diego County and bordered by Oceanside to the west and San Marcos to the east. Richie Myers was five years-old and one of the great joys of his summer was riding his bicycle with his […]

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Bittersweet at Best -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 25, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

A Lot More to be Grateful For Thomas Calabrese – Santino Costello was only twelve years-old when he emigrated from Italy to America after World War II. He was orphaned when his family was killed on May 16, 1944 during the Battle of Monte Cassino. Santino barely spoke any English when he was processed through […]

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Overturned -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 12, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

The Malicious Prosecutor Thomas Calabrese – Calvin Tillis was the Los Angeles District Attorney. He did not represent his constituents, he represented his own selfish self-interests because basically he was narcissistic sociopath. Calvin wore custom made $2,000 Italian suits and his collection of Rolex watches was worth several hundred thousand dollars, He lived in a […]

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Stone Cold American Patriot -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 5, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Target of Opportunity Thomas Calabrese – Nicholas Novato joined the Navy after graduating Vista High School and after six months in the service, he decided to apply to be a Navy Seal. Nick’s motivation at first, was to get away from mundane job duties of being an apprentice seaman. The recruiter gave him the impression […]

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Sunshower – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 28, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Warm California Rain Thomas Calabrese – A sunshower is a meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining. It is usually a result of winds associated with a rain storm sometimes miles away blowing the airborne raindrops into an area where there are no clouds. Sometimes a sunshower can be created when a single cloud passes overhead, releases its […]

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Too Much Conversation, Not Enough Ammunition – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 21, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Beautiful Dogface Thomas Calabrese – Guy Taggiano was from Alameda, California and Louie Dielman grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and the two recruits met during Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego. During rifle qualification at Camp Pendleton’s Edson Range, both young men fired Expert. After completing Advance Infantry Training, Guy and Louie were […]

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Paladin- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 14, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

The Divine Spellcaster Thomas Calabrese – The Twelve Peers were Charlemagne’s Paladins or knights. They included Roland, Olivier, Gerin, Gerier, Berengier, Oton, Samson, Engelier, Ivon, Ivoire, Anseis and Gerard. They were the corps d’elite and Roland was the leader and the best of them all, as well as the king’s nephew. Each Paladin was a […]

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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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