Category Archives: Combat Research and Prose

276 other supporters of U.S. Marines give a thumbs up to content posted by a guy there’s no evidence was ever in their Facebook group to begin with . . . well, there used to be evidence.

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Facebook member yanked from Leatherneck Lifestyle (The Underground) – a closed Facebook group – and records of his membership in the group obliterated, following another post from him that connected well with fellow group members. Thank God for screenshots, right?

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Facebook group membership data for this member accessed more than a year earlier, on 16 March 2018, confirms his membership in closed group for U.S. Marines and those who support our Marines:

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This post with data and emergency contact info for past and present female service members on the edge of suicide – featuring a United States Marine who shot herself shortly after her first VA visit – is an example of content posted for this group by this Facebook member and the kind of engagement prompted by his posts to this group.

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Following Facebook group membership record requested and accessed today, 11 May 2019. No evidence of this Facebook member ever being in the group. And Facebook record of more than 150 pages of posts and comments by this member, requested and accessed today, reveal that all evidence of his membership in this closed FB group for U.S. Marines and their supporters has been obliterated.

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Here are some results of Facebook member’s attempts to find his old Facebook closed group, Leatherneck Lifestyle (The Underground), attempted 11 May 2019:

 

 

Journeyman Pictures’ Battlefield ER: The brutal life of a warzone medic

“PROSE”: “the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing.”  – Merriam Webster

 

 

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U.S. troops carry a wounded Afghan National Army soldier to a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter in Qandahar, Afghanistan. (PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

“In the heart of Taliban territory, a talented and youthful team of medics race against the clock to save a constant stream of casualties, bracing themselves for the bloody consequences of the imminent ‘surge’.

“Welcome to M*A*S*H 2010, where a brave medical team are on 24 hour alert. “We’re the busiest Forward Surgical Team in Iraq and Afghanistan”. In the next moment, the alarm sounds and the medivac helicopter is taking off. “Is it a US…an Afghan…a child?”, asks the pilot, as a giant smoke cloud from an exploded mine-resistant vehicle comes into view. Two American soldiers have been killed and three wounded by an IED. All are loaded onto the helicopters and the golden hour in which they can be saved, begins…”We provide 21st century intensive care”, shouts Major Bryan over the blood-urdling screams of the injured. . . .”

The Golden Hour / Battlefield ER: The brutal life of a warzone medic. ABC Australia. (Journeyman Pictures.  December 16, 2013.) (26:42 min)

 

 

 

 

 

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Injured Marine Cpl. Burness Britt reacts after being lifted onto a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Lift “Dust Off,” Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight.”

“A lifesaving Defense Department policy that whisks wounded troops off the battlefield to lifesaving care within the first hour of injury is a luxury Marines may not have headed into the next big fight.

“The policy is credited with a near 98 percent survival rate, Rear Adm. Colin G. Chinn, Joint Staff surgeon, told audience members at a Navy medical symposium held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on Wednesday.

“But as the U.S. is facing more capable adversaries, it’s a promise the Defense Department no longer believes it can keep.”

Shawn Snow. “No guaranteed ‘golden hour’ for Marines headed into the next big fight.” Marinecorpstimes.com (February 15, 2018) 

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2018/02/15/no-golden-hour-for-marines-headed-into-the-next-big-fight/

 

Feature image courtesy Talking Proud Archives — Military Medevacs & Medics, Angels of Mercy. Accessed 25 July 2018

 

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Charles Bloeser is a lawyer and the researcher behind the creation of combatresearchandprose.com, a new open-source applied research initiative examining combat and those marked by it. His most recent publication, in August 2018, reports how a cancer-stricken, combat-haunted, Vietnam veteran fell between the cracks in a modern jail. It’s an account that, from that warrior’s deathbed, he asked author to share with those best able to keep the same thing from happening to others. STRIFE, at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, gave him a way to do that.  

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

 

 

BBC World Service interviews daughter of genocidal African dictator who ruled country we moved to when I was 5 years old.

BBC World Service – Outlook, The African girl raised by Kim Il-sung |
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In the early 1970s Monica Macias was born in the tiny country of Equatorial Guinea, the daughter of the President, Francisco Macias Nguema. Her father was a notorious figure, described as one of the most brutal dictators the African continent has ever seen. But Monica never really knew him because at the age of six, she was sent to live in North Korea – a country under the authoritarian control of Kim Il-sung, a friend and ally of her father. Kim Il-sung would become a father figure to Monica, overseeing her life and education for the rest of her childhood.

BBC World Service – Outlook, The African girl raised by Kim Il-sung
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz372

BBC World Service – Outlook, The African girl raised by Kim Il-sung

*** Excerpt from mom’s book manuscript about my family’s Cold War years in Africa, shared on social media by a possible on-line child predator claimed by an Episcopal priest to not really exist but rather, is a homeless bot:

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Facebook data reveal complicity in campaign to smear patriot researcher as activist, leftist resister

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1 min 5 second intro by researcher:

 

 

[Following update excerpted from Digital Brief: Law and Images, with link to complete document below]

Section 2(f) of this overview of law and facts features examples of four general tools of personal and professional character murder. But in recent weeks, presumptive defendants and their minions in the coming civil defamation action against the Episcopal Church / LGBT Alliance appear to have grown more aggressive in their dealings with this researcher and the work that he produces and releases. In addition to apparently obliterating before they can ever reach their destinations electronic communications that are clearly marked as “Confidential Privileged Communications” under both Attorney-Client Privilege and the Attorney Work Product Doctrine – new social media content from this lawyer is ever more quickly killed in the womb. But if that doesn’t work and that content manages to breathe life for even a moment, it’s killed as it exits the birth canal.

Presumptive plaintiff has also been dispatched without cause from at least one Facebook group whose members regularly and significantly interacted with content intended for past and present U.S. Marines and those who support them. But data received from Facebook 14 Feb 2019 have been sanitized to remove all references to this lawyer ever having been in the group to begin with. Thank God for screenshots.

As images in part 2 of this digital memo reveal, presumptive defendants from, inter alia, as many as 750 Episcopal Churches that have formally committed themselves to “welcome and affirm” “ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, GENDER IDENTITIES, AND GENDER EXPRESSIONS,” have colluded through various means to murder, professionally and personally, the American lawyer who authored a 2004 article that advocated amending the U.S. Constitution to define “marriage” as a union only between one man and one woman. Recent data received from Facebook reveal that one of those methods is to flagrantly lie to lawyer’s national security/defense/veterans audience that plaintiff followed and has now stopped following pages that plaintiff never would have followed in the first place and which are inconsistent with everything lawyer has ever produced or participated in, These include pages such as “resist.bot” and pages dedicated to those whose interests include aggressively waging political war in pursuit of a socialist agenda.

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https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/02/06/law-and-images-american-law-as-explained-in-first-amendment-opinion-cited-57-times-by-courts-across-the-country-authorizes-defamation-lawsuit-against-the-episcopal-church-and-its-lgbt-allies/

Thoughts on a visit to ground zero OKC before all the dead were found: a love letter to our first responders

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14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

 – Matthew 19:14

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I brought my wife and child to this killing field while the perimeter fence was still many blocks away from the blast site and while our first responders were still recovering the bodies and parts of bodies that had not long before been men and women, sons and daughters. Parents and grandparents.

Infants.

It would not be too long until we moved to Oklahoma City and my duties as a lawyer for the accused frequently brought me to the federal courthouse that’s at the top of the above image. And, depending on where I parked, I might cross hallowed ground to get there. But there were other times that I came here – and I will go again – when the daylight was not yet standing watch. Times when I asked God why He wasn’t in Oklahoma City that April day.

Over the weekend, I wrote a love letter to those whose job it is to pick up the pieces.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/04/29/five-finger-death-punch-blue-on-black-proceeds-from-this-song-to-be-donated-to-the-gary-sinise-foundation-to-benefit-first-responders-nyc-okc-mashup/

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(The following is excerpted from The Slaughter of the Innocents. Los Angeles Times. 20 April 1995)

The car bomb that destroyed a nine-story federal office building here Wednesday exploded directly under a day-care center on the structure’s second floor and badly damaged another baby-sitting facility in a nearby YMCA. Of the approximately 40 children thought to have been in the building when the bomb went off, at least 12 are dead and about 26 were listed as missing late Wednesday night. The dead ranged in age from 1 to 7 years old. Some of them were burned beyond recognition. One of the children known to have survived was in surgery Wednesday evening and the other was in an intensive-care facility.

On the sidewalk outside the devastated Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at midday, a young mother, her head swathed in bandages, sat weeping. Her husband and two daughters, ages 3 and 4, were among the missing. Another woman who survived the blast stood outside the building, screaming for her child. Rescue workers led her away just before they brought out a dead boy they believed was her son.

Inside, rescuers tried to cover the bodies of the dead children with blankets, but the wind, pushing through the vacant spaces where walls and windows once had been, kept blowing them off.

In the parking garage beneath the damaged building, a temporary morgue had been set up, and emergency medical technicians waited there for more bodies to be pulled from the rubble. Earlier, some of them had searched for victims in the devastated day-care center at the building’s west end.

Asked what it was like, nurse Rena Keesling, 28, pointed to a pile of bricks on the street and said, “like that.”

Keesling said she “saw decapitated bodies. Children were just all over. Their school papers and toys were strewn on the floor. One doctor who was with us picked up a group picture of the children and burst into tears. She couldn’t take it.”

Another nurse, Christine Johns, said: “Babies were wrapped around poles. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Her colleague, Bobby Johnson, 42 years old and the father of a 20-day-old son, had seen it before, but Wednesday’s carnage still brought him to tears. “I was in Vietnam,” he said, “and I never thought I would see something like that again. But this is worse. It was awful. There was lots of blood and debris. Children’s bodies were mangled and decapitated.”

I was shocked to think that someone could do that to small children,” he said.

Johnson’s blue surgical outfit was stained with blood, and so were the purple vestments and latex gloves of Father George Miley, a Catholic priest hurrying down a nearby street. He had been in a neighboring church administering the last rites to victims of the blast, and was on his way from there to another temporary morgue.

“I came to minister to the dead and dying,” he said. “They were all children–six babies.”

The Slaughter of the Innocents. Los Angeles Times 20 April 1995

 

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249,902,115 views: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch – resource contacts for past and present military personnel follow this video

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Wrong Side of Heaven + resources for all past and present military personnel

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May 2017 Resource Guide for Veterans and Their Families

 

*** Data used to create this blogpost’s feature image are borrowed from the May 2017 Resource Guide for Veterans and Their Families, published by Swords to Plowshares’ Institute for Veterans Policy and described this way:

“This is a comprehensive guide for researchers, policy makers, advocates, and veterans. It covers demographics and cultural characteristics of veterans and their families, the scale and scope of veteran issues, and the availability and limitations of federal resources for veterans and families.”

A love letter to our first responders

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I brought my wife and child to this killing field while the perimeter fence was still many blocks away from the blast site and while our first responders were still recovering the bodies and parts of bodies that had not long before been men and women, sons and daughters. Parents and grandparents.

Infants.

It would not be too long until we moved to Oklahoma City and my duties as a lawyer for the accused frequently brought me to the federal courthouse that’s at the top of the feature image. And, depending on where I parked, I might cross hallowed ground to get there. But there were other times that I came here – and I will go again – when the daylight was not yet standing watch. Times when I asked God why He wasn’t in Oklahoma City that April day.

Over the weekend, I wrote a love letter to those whose job it is to pick up the pieces.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/04/29/five-finger-death-punch-blue-on-black-proceeds-from-this-song-to-be-donated-to-the-gary-sinise-foundation-to-benefit-first-responders-nyc-okc-mashup/

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*** A note re images used in this blogpost: I’m the one who visited St. Paul’s Chapel in the fall of 2014 and took this photograph of a message Oklahomans had sent to first responders who’d been tasked with picking up the pieces where the Twin Towers used to be. Other images in this blogpost are open-source or appear here on a non-commercial, fair use status.