Topic: U. S. Marines
Clarksville, TN – Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir is a book that takes you inside the mind of a helicopter pilot in the throes of war.. When you begin the first chapter, you are captured by the understated play-by-play of the life of a young boy who grew up in Tullahoma and became a decorated pilot in one of the areas of heavy combat in Vietnam.
Bud Willis, author of Bluestocking and former resident of Clarksville, tells the story in Marble Mountain of being a pilot of a Huey (UH1-E, the workhorse helicopter of the Vietnam War; it is a forerunner of the Cobra) and being sent to pick up an injured Marine.
Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
Monrovia, Liberia – During the American Revolution, George Washington used part of the Continental Army’s scarce budget to purchase quinine for the treatment of malaria in his troops.
According to Professor Dale Smith, a military medical historian at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the U.S. military counted more than a half-million cases of malaria during World War II.
“This will be a long war, if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in the hospital with malaria, and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease,” said Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Fort Campbell, KY – Two Fort Campbell Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion recently returned from the Army Warrior Games trials with gold, silver and bronze medals in hand – along with the esprit-de-corps that represents the determined and resilient strength of the famed installation that sits on the Kentucky/Tennessee border.
The trials, held June 15th-20th at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, will determine which 40 Soldiers and Veterans will be chosen to represent the Army at the 2014 Warrior Games scheduled from September 28th through October 4th, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO.
Clarksville, TN – Former Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Theater Joe Fillipo introduced his long-time friend, Bud Willis, at the Friday luncheon of Clarksville Writers’ Conference 2014. Describing Willis’ service in Viet Nam as a Huey “chopper” pilot and his career as a stockbroker in glowing terms, Fillipo also revealed that Bud’s birth name was “Beasley.”
Bud told his audience that he wrote his first book, Bluestocking, about gratitude. His mother, who was born in the Bluestocking area near Tullahoma, reared her nine children alone from the time her youngest was two months old. Bud’s tribute to his mother and the antics of his brothers and sisters are well documented in his first book.
Nashville, TN – Having spent time with U.S. Marines in the field, from the Pentagon to Fallujah, Iraq to Guantanamo Bay and to U.S. Embassy compounds around the world, Nashville-based nationally syndicated talk show host Steve Gill is finally heading to one of the locations where Marines are made: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. «Read the rest of this article»
The History of Veterans Day
Washington, D.C. – World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Clarksville, TN – A Clarksville resident who survived the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis in July 1945 will speak extensively about the tragedy he endured at sea during an appearance next month at Austin Peay State University.
Edgar Harrell will tell about the sinking of the heavy cruiser, the largest casualty at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy, at 5:00pm, Friday, October 21st in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. His talk, sponsored by the Student Veterans Organization at APSU, is free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»
It isn’t often that you pick up a book that takes you inside the mind of a helicopter pilot in the throes of war. Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir is that book—and so much more. When you begin the first chapter, you are captured by the understated play-by-play of the life of a young boy who grew up in Tullahoma and became a decorated pilot in one of the areas of heavy combat in Vietnam.
Bud Willis, author of Bluestocking and former resident of Clarksville, told the following story both in Marble Mountain and on his visit to the TODAY show:
The pilot of a Huey (UH1-E, the workhorse helicopter of the Vietnam War; it is a forerunner of the Cobra), Willis was sent to pick up an injured Marine. «Read the rest of this article»
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