Monthly Archives: May 2016

I Remember Lt Col Charles Whittlesey

In October 1918 the 308th Infantry Regiment prepared to charge towards the German lines in the Argonne Forest.  Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Whittlesey, 554 men went “over the top” in what was supposed to be a well planned and coordinated attack.  Unfortunately, plans don’t always survive contact with the enemy. The regiments […]

I Remember Captain Donald Cook

If you have never been to the Vietnam Memorial in our nation’s capitol, I highly recommend you go.  If at all possible, go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming.  The contrast of black granite against soft white and pink is worth seeing. The Wall, as it is commonly referred, is overwhelming.  The […]

I Remember Joshua Chamberlain

Maine’s native son Joshua Chamberlain is hands-down our state’s best known Veteran.  However, the reason why I remember him on this Memorial Day isn’t for his impressive record of military achievements. Most know him for his leadership of the 20th Maine atop Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.  The defense of the Union’s […]

Proper Memorial Day Etiquette

I dread the arrival of Memorial Day for a rather petty reason.  Every year some well-intentioned friend or family member will post a remembrance piece on Facebook, which is a good thing.  But then they go ahead and tag all the Veterans in their life, including yours truly. While I appreciate the noble intent, Memorial Day […]