We don’t write books or make movies about the men and women who drive ships any more. But maybe we should.
The world is full of extreme analogues, those things that are like us, but more extreme. If you’re smart, you can figure out how to use them. We use them all the […]
The average age of an American serviceman killed in Vietnam was 23 years old. In Iraq, it was 27. The average American lives to be about 80. The data for other conflicts […]
It’s all going to be over soon. You’ll be out on that clean, green field with the sun bearing down on you, bathing those crisp white uniforms in a blinding glare. You’ll […]
A lifetime ago I was stationed in a dusty outpost in a backwater province in one of the dozens of countries American men and women have served in dusty outposts in backwater provinces. One […]
Jim Webb graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968, 31 years before I did. He served in Vietnam as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, was wounded twice and […]
16 million Americans served during World War II from a country only about 40% as populous as we are today. About half of all working aged men went off to war between […]