Thursday, May 31, 2012

ACTION-PACKED VIDEO: 173RD AIRBORNE BLAST TALIBAN




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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NO SURPRISE HERE! REPUBLICANS PUT OIL AHEAD OF TROOPS' LIVES


There should be no surprise for anyone who has been watching the news since we invaded Iraq under the pretense of WMD and we would obtain Iraq oil.   Now Republicans are saying we need to invade Syria to protect oil interests in the region. 

Every story of a fallen soldier over the Memorial Day weekend mentioned they had been on their third or fourth deployment to Afghanistan when they were killed by the Taliban.

The Republicans want us to go to war with Syria and their mouthpiece, FOX NEWS, has been hammering away at why we need to go to war with Syria.  The latest excuse is to provide protection for oil sources. 

It never ceases to amaze this Army veteran how Republicans are so quick to want to go to war, but in their own cases or that of their children or grandchildren they bust their asses to keep them from enlisting.

Here is the link to the story:

http://tiny.cc/4xv3ew

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MILITARY MISTAKES, ACCIDENTS, CRASHES. SNAFU




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This video would be hilarious if it weren't true.  Yes, shit happens when you are in the military. 

Watch video to see some of the more bizzare happenings.















Sunday, May 27, 2012

MY WORLD WAR II SCRAPBOOK

In 1941 I started a scrapbook about World War II.  The scrapbook contains newspaper headlines, articles and memorabilia from World War II.  You can click on the link below and follow the arrows to cycle through the scrapbook.  I recently donated the scrapbook to the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.

Here is the link to the scrapbook:

http://issuu.com/billcorc1/docs/billcww2scrapbook

FOUR GIS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO WATCH THIS VIDEO AND SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS STILL AT WAR




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Please take a moment over the Memorial Day weekend to watch this video and say a prayer for our troops who are still at war in Afghanistan and deployed around the world. 

The Afghanistan War has become the second "forgotten war."   I served in the Army during the first "forgotten war," the Korean War.

There are still close to 100,000 young men and women in our Armed Forces deployed to Afghanistan, but you would never know it by reading the newspapers or watching TV. 

President Obama has promised to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014.  Frankly, I feel Obama should pull all of our troops out of Afghanistan and turn over the security to the ANA (Afghanistan National Army).

Bill Corcoran, Fmr. Cpl. (E-4), United States Army Combat Engineers, Korean War veteran, 1951-1953. 



 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

MUST VIEW MEMORIAL DAY VIDEO: ARTISTS SARAH MCLACHLAN AND TOBY KEITH




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Sarah McLachlan, who will star at Ravinia on June 30, and Toby Keith dedicate songs to our fallen troops in this heart-warming video.  This is a must see video for Memorial Day, 2012.

Bill Corcoran, Cpl. (E-4), United States Army Combat Engineers, Korean War veteran, 1951-1953.














"BECAUSE THE COST OF FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE"---MEMORIAL DAY MAY 28, 2012 VIDEO TRIBUTE




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I dedicate this video to the 120 men from my 200 man United States Army Combat Engineer Company who were either killed or wounded in the KOREAN WAR.  I will never forget you guys. 
Bill Corcoran, Cpl. (E-4) United States Army Combat Engineers, Korean War veteran, 1951-1953.















Friday, May 25, 2012

MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE 2012




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I dedicate this video to the 120 men from my United States Army Combat Engineer Company of 200 who were either killed or wounded in the KOREAN WAR.  Bill Corcoran, Cpl. (E-4) United States Army Combat Engineers, 1951-1953















AFGHANISTAN FIREFIGHT CAUGHT ON HELMET CAM




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Helmet cam captures US troops in a firefight with Taliban

















Thursday, May 24, 2012

BYE, BYE TALIBAN SAFE HOUSE. AC-130 GUNSHIP DESTROYS IT



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Video footage from an AC-130 gunners station

















Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GRIPPING DOCUMENTARY OF MARINES IN AFGAHNISTAN




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This is a documentary of 3D Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment's (3/5) deployment to Afghanistan. The documentary summarizes the deployment in a very broad sense. The footage was compiled from myself and members of the Combat Camera team attached to 3/5, as well as helmet cameras provided by various Marines on the deployment as well.

The entirety of the video was edited by myself. I personally was attached to Company "L"














FOR THOSE WHO STILL CARE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AFGHANISTAN---RAW VIDEO




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The interest in the war in Afghanistan has sunk to an all-time low in the United States. 

It is a dirty rotten shame so few people care about our troops in Afghanistan. 

Less than one percent of the American population have a family member in the United States military. 

Watch this video to see what our troops are doing in Afghanistan.   One of them might be your neighbor. 



















Monday, May 21, 2012

75th Ranger Regiment-Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.




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Sunday, May 20, 2012

SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY

MSNBC'S MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY leads a discussion about sexual assault in the military.

Watch video here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46979745/#47494631

SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN REACHES CRITICAL STAGE

The New York Times reported Sunday the Taliban have struck US forces in Southern Afghanistan with an untold number of injuries. 

Read details here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/world/asia/bomber-strikes-american-forces-in-southern-afghanistan.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

FANTASTIC VIDEO OF US MARINE ENGINEERS DESTROYING TALIBAN IED FACTORY




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Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion destroy a bazaar used to make IED's as part of Operation Black in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

















Saturday, May 19, 2012

OZZY OSBOURNE: Soldier Tribute- Mama I'm Coming Home




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TIME TO RETHINK AFGHANISTAN


The mission in Afghanistan is a total mess.  Over$2 billion a week in US taxpayer money is being spent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.  France is planning on pulling their troops out in the next few months.  Obama will begin to drawdown US troops in 2013.  According to reliable sources, the Taliban are poised to again takeover Afghanistan the minute US and NATO forces leave the coutry.

Read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/afghan-general-corruption_n_1527448.html

US PARARESCUE TEAM SAVES WOUNDED AFGHAN SOLDIERS




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Friday, May 18, 2012

THIS IS WHAT REAL COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN LOOKS LIKE




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US Marines and supporting forces respond to a Taliban ambush in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
















Thursday, May 17, 2012

MAJOR DRUG BUST IN AFGHANISTAN


U.S. and NATO forces carried out a major drug bust in Afghanistan this week.

Watch video and read Reuters story here:

http://tiny.cc/bzngew

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

GRAPHIC VIDEO: US Soldiers Ambushed in Kunar Province Afghanistan




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Afghanistan war firefight, casualties in Afghanistan, between US soldiers and Taliban in Kunar Province during war in Afghanistan

















Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Dad Home From Afghanistan




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New video shows GI returning from Afghanistan to meet his kids in school.
















Monday, May 14, 2012

U.S. Army Sniper Engages Enemy Forces In Afghanistan



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U.S. Army soldiers from C. Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, engage enemy forces from Combat Outpost Mace in Nuristan Province of northeastern Afghanistan.














Sunday, May 13, 2012

MAJOR SETBACK TO PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN

An assassin armed with a pistol has killed one of the top Afghan negotiators who has been working on bringing peace to Afghanistan. 

Details are still emerging, but click on this link for the latest information.

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/05/13/top-afghan-negotiator-slain-in-kabul-attack/

AFGHAN ARMY ON TRACK TO HANDLE OWN SECURITY

The Afghan Army is on track to handle their own security according to a ranking NATO official.


Read more here and watch video:


http://tiny.cc/8ue8dw

Saturday, May 12, 2012

U.S. Army Soldiers Ambushed By Enemy Fighters In Afghanistan




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U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Platoon, B. Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, engage enemy fighters a short distance from a suspected insurgent training camp in the Watahpur Valley District in Kunar Province of northeastern Afghanistan.














Friday, May 11, 2012

Missile Flight Test THIS IS COOL!



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gloSecond-Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Completes Successful Intercept Flight Test The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, resulting in the first intercept of a short-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Navy's newest Missile Defense interceptor, the Standard Missile -- 3 (SM-3) Block 1B. At 8:18 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time (2:18 a.m. EDT May 10) the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew on a northwesterly trajectory towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, the USS LAKE ERIE detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB interceptor. The USS LAKE ERIE continued to track the target and sent trajectory information to the SM-3 Block IB interceptor in-flight. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space, as designated by the fire control solution, and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of a direct impact, engaged and destroyed the threat in a hit-to-kill intercept. Today's event, designated Flight Test Standard Missile-16 (FTM-16) Event 2a, was the first successful live fire intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB interceptor and the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system. Previous successful intercepts were conducted with the Aegis BMD 3.6.1 weapon system and the SM-3 Block IA interceptor, which are currently operational on U.S. Navy ships deployed across the globe..

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"GOT YOUR 6" LAUNCHED WITH SUPPORT OF HOLLYWOOD STARS




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"GOT YOUR 6," a military term which means I got your back, has been launched by veterans with the support of Hollywood stars.  Find out more by watching video.
















NEW VIDEO: NEW FIREFIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN



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Embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports as a military outpost comes under attack.
















Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Afghan Soldier Kills US Marine, Marking 19 Attacks This Year -- News from Antiwar.com


The wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers on U.S. soldiers contiues and the latest is a U.S. Marine was killed by an Afghan soldier.

Read the full story here how 19 such attacks have occured this year.

Afghan Soldier Kills US Marine, Marking 19 Attacks This Year -- News from Antiwar.com

Sunday, May 6, 2012

AFGHAN SOLDIER KILLS 2 NATO SOLDIERS


The biggest threat to our troops and NATO troops in Afghanistan is not the Taliban or Al Qaeda, but members of the Afghan Army who are increasing their attacks on U.S. and NATO service personnel.

Read this CNN story of another attack:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/06/world/asia/afghanistan-troops-killed/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

HEART-WARMING VIDEO OF A FALLEN SOLDIER'S LAST WISH


Don't miss this heart-warming video of a fallen soldier's last wish to his family. 

Read story and watch video here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/05/captain-hays_n_1479634.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D158266


Thanks to the time and money of hundreds of volunteers and well-wishers, a fallen soldier's last wish -- a gift to his beloved wife -- has been fulfilled, 9News reports.
Several years ago, Bruce Hays purchased a battered 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck for his wife, Terry, as an anniversary gift.
“I used to tell Bruce about how, when we were kids, we would go to the drive-in in my dad’s Chevy Apache," Terry told Fox News. "He remembered that. He knew how much it meant to me."
Though the truck was an old wreck when he bought it, Hays had hoped that he and his wife would be able to restore it together.
But before they got the chance, Hays -- a captain in the Wyoming Army National Guard -- was deployed to Afghanistan.
Less than a month later, in September 2008, Captain Hays was killed by a roadside bomb, leaving behind his wife and their family.
He also left behind a final, uncompleted gift for his family -- that old Chevy Apache.
Before he left for Afghanistan, 9News reports that Hays paid a local mechanic $17,000 to restore the truck. It was to be a surprise gift for his wife.

Unfortunately, it was soon learned that the man Hays had hired had taken the money and fled. By the time law enforcement caught up with the mechanic, he had already
spent the money and had left the truck in several pieces.
When friends of Hays heard about this, they knew they had to act -- honoring a soldier's sacrifice by helping complete the final gift for his wife.
With the help of Kent Stevinson, president of Stevinson Automotive, students from WyoTech, a local technical school, community volunteers and donors nationwide who contributed parts and money to the Captain Bruce Hays Chevrolet Apache Project , the pick-up truck was finally restored.
In February, Capt. Hays's gift to his wife was delivered to her home in Las Cruces, N.M., Fox News reports.
“Sitting in the truck is like having his arms around us, giving us comfort,” Terry said.
“They’ve really captured his spirit. The truck is a beautiful symbol of American strength and unity," she added.
According to 9News, donations to the Captain Bruce Hays Chevrolet Apache Project not only covered the cost of restoring the truck, but also provided seed money for a scholarship fund, which will be offered to veterans and their children attending WyoTech.
To donate to the project or to learn more, visit the Captain Bruce Hays Chevrolet Apache Project's website.

Afghanistan The Battle for the Helmand Province: BBC documentary



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Brilliant BBC documentary on the battle for Helmand Province.

















Friday, May 4, 2012

INTENSE FIREFIGHT BETWEEN U.S. ARMY AND TALIBAN (LIVE VIDEO)



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U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Platoon, B. Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, engage in a firefight while going to clear a suspected Insurgent training camp in Watahpur district, Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Thursday, May 3, 2012

US may use 'military means' to defend Afghanistan until 2024



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The US and Afghanistan agree on a deal that could see Washington providing military and economic help to Kabul for another decade after the 2014 pullout deadline.

READ WHAT WAS FOUND IN OSAMA BIN LADEN COMPOUND AFTER NAVY SEALS KILLED HIM


Read this story to find out what was found in the Osama Bin Laden compound in Pakistan after President Obama gave the orders for Navy Seals to kill the terrorist.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/osama-bin-laden-documents_n_1473757.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=050312&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeatureTitle&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

PENTAGON SIGNALS "ACUTE" PROBLEMS IN AFGHANISTAN

A resilient Taliban and Al Queada are posing new problems for our troops in Afghanistan.  Read story and wach video here:

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2012/0502/Pentagon-signals-acute-problems-in-Afghanistan-even-as-US-cuts-forces-video

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Obama Gains Edge in Military Campaign Donations | Military.com

Eat your hearts out Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.  Military.com reports campaign donations are way up for Obama from active military personnel. 

Obama Gains Edge in Military Campaign Donations | Military.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dog Fetches Ball and Gets a Surprise! | Military.com

Great video of a dog's surprise after fetching a ball.

Dog Fetches Ball and Gets a Surprise! | Military.com

Raw Combat - AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO CLOSE FIREFIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN | FUNKE...



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Australian Commando Regiment 2 CDO raid a Taliban compound and engage the enemy 3 meters away.

















Afghan Song by Kid.. wow



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Afghan kids play a song they wrote.