What made you switch from anti-gun to pro-gun?

Posted 11 May 2017. I was never “anti-gun,” really - I just never owned any due to spending most of my career (and adult life) in the relatively anti-gun state of Hawaii. Moving to Georgia changed that… and also introduced me to my wife. Now, with her being Russian (ethnically Armenian - this is important …

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How have depictions of World War I changed over time in American pop culture?

Posted 11 May 2017.  The answer to this is pretty much the same as what I had to say about the changes in depiction of the Second World War, here. The bigger part of the problem is one of our collective memory. Recently, I completed a course on the Korean War, and part of my concluding …

How have depictions of World War II changed over time in American pop culture?

Posted 11 May, 2017. I think a better aspect of this question would be “how has American pop culture changed since World War II?” For this thought experiment, I am going to take one movie and discuss the reactions of the audience to a modern example in relation to contemporary films. Say we find a …

What is it like to own a Vietnam era M60?

Posted 12 May, 2017.  Finances and a overpowering sense of practicality prevents me from actually owning a “Vietnam era M-60.” However, as this was my primary weapon for the first half of my military career, I can offer some insight as to some of the key areas of focus - namely purpose, maintenance, and frequency of use. Bagram, Afghanistan …

Did the U.S. Navy participate at all in the European, Mediterranean, African, and Middle Eastern theaters during WW2?

Posted 7 May 2017. The short answer is: “Of course.” The longer answer will have you losing focus pretty quickly, as the sub-topics are huge and easily the vortex of many hours spent and tabs open. However, one of the more interesting and relatively obscure American Naval officers participated in several salvage jobs in Africa …

What moment in a helicopter gave you the most anxiety?

Posted November 7, 2017 I had to laugh at this question at first only because it was the topic of a discussion with my wife a week ago… Four come to mind… one of which involved plums and have previously written about. The other three were equally as… interesting. Chronologically, the first one also occurred …