Category Archives: Taps

KC-130 Goes Down in Mississippi

Terrible news for the Marine Corps. A KC-130, used as a refueling tanker, “experienced a mishap” when it spiraled down about 4 p.m. into a soybean field, about 85 miles north of Jackson, the Marine Corps said. The aircraft’s debris … Continue reading

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RIP, Detective Harris (And Shepherd Book)

URR has a fine tribute to the late Ron Glass, the actor who brought Detective Ron Harris to life on Barney Miller, one of the best television programs ever. He also played the enigmatic Shepherd Book, the unofficial chaplain of … Continue reading

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Taps General John Vessey

As a Lieutenant (yes many light years ago) General John Vessey was the USFK and Eighth Army Commander in Korea (they were one command in those days).  He was a soldier’s soldier having been a First Sergeant in World War … Continue reading

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Taps: Kevin Helmick ’91

Sad news to report from the class of ’91: their Brother Rat Kevin Helmick passed away a few days ago from pancreatic cancer. The note from one of his BRs to me said, “He was the lax coach at The … Continue reading

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Pat Rogers, R.I.P.

I heard earlier today from the Krampus, and had it confirmed by the great John R. Murphy of FPF Training, that Pat Rogers has shed the mortal coil. Pat was one of the greats of the modern firearms training world, … Continue reading

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Taps: Frank Louthan ’41

RIP to a (very) prominent alumnus: He attended and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1941. During his cadetship, he ran track, was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Cadets and was awarded the Jackson-Hope Medal for highest academic … Continue reading

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One Lone WWII Vet Gets the Funeral He Deserves

A magnificent story in the WaPo about one lone, quiet WWII vet who lived and died in obscurity, and was given the send-off he deserved. Andrew Moore lived alone and died alone. He was raised in an orphanage, never married … Continue reading

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