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Posts by R.A. Jones


Never Shoot Too Low

An “old soldier” from the Army once enjoyed a Navy cruise from San Diego to Mare Island and was pleasantly surprised by the ship’s honorary protocols and unconventional crew.


Moxie and A Bulldozer

Recalling the moxie of a former Marine who used his guts to level brush for the Alaskan railroad.


Swear to Defend

Watching his granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, resident R.A. Jones is reminded that new generations continue to step up.


Active Duty — A Life

Take it from an Army guy, military living is a lifetime of plusses that can reach beyond a service member’s retirement.


Tap Dancer

Back in the sixties, resident R. A. Jones was on the shore of Monterey Bay, as the Tenth Infantry planted its colors at long gone Fort Ord.


The Russian Advisor

Even in 1963 there were faint rumors that Russian and Chinese advisors were in the field against us in South Vietnam.


The Frontier

Neon lights proclaimed it “The Green Lantern.” Any construction boomer in Anchorage knew it more accurately as “The Green Latrine.”


The Rescue

In the 1960s only limited, highly risky means were available to exfiltrate agents from behind the Iron Curtain.


Night Drop

If in the mid twentieth century you had lived in Bavaria, you would have become aware that sometimes at night would come the deep growling of a large transport plane flying very low and beneath all radar.


The Requisitioned Sweetheart

Back in the fifties, the Old Army maintained an R&R center in Garmisch, Germany.

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