I was asked about Netflix’s Punisher. Was it good and accurate to the military? Well I didn’t really like it, I thought it dragged on and was a little too emo.
I also didn’t really like how certain aspects of military service seemed to be slammed. It was like the producers looked up almost every negative stereotype of the military and went with it.
Also they really veered from the source material to make this happen which made it seem like there was a point they were trying to make that wasn’t exactly flattering to the Marine Corps or the United States as a whole. I liked the Ray Stevenson Punisher movie the best.
I wanted to do something different this year for Pearl Harbor. I have the utmost respect for those who died on December 7th. 76 years later, the effect of Pearl Harbor can still be felt in our nation’s fabric and how we approach warfare. As I started looking at Pearl Harbor I realized that there was a part of the story that is rarely discussed.
There is this theory that Pearl Harbor was setup to force the United States to join the war. After an attack like we suffered on this day 76 years ago, people wanted answers. How was the United States caught so totally unprepared?
I realized I could not give this story all the attention in this episode. I will do a 3 to 4 part series starting in January. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about Peal Harbor until I started researching it from this angle.
So I hope you will join me for this story arc. If you have anything to add, email me – firstname.lastname@example.org . It is my desire that we never forget what was lost on that day.
There is still time to help out for Operation Wreaths for Veterans! Check out their Facebook Page. Just Checking In is getting started this Friday.
Do you think we will be attacked again like we were at Pearl Harbor? I had to think about this one. I don’t know if someone will be able to replicate something like Pearl Harbor in this day and age of satellite coverage and early warning systems.
Space and space exploration always interested me. I studied John Glenn and his historic orbit around earth in the Friendship 7 all through school. It never ceased to amaze me. Look at his NASA Profile and you will see a man who is calm, cool and enjoying life all while wearing Ray Bans and Converse Chucks. Watching the movie, The Right Stuff, only added to my admiration for the men and women who took America in to space.
WWII Pilot, Test Pilot, Korean War Pilot, Astronaut, and Marine. John Glenn was the oldest human to go into space successfully. Advocate for the elderly when he became Senator from Ohio. I also want to note that he was an astronaut without a college degree. John Glenn joined the Army Air Corps when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and thus began his journey and did not finish his degree. I don’t think that would ever happen now.
I have nothing but respect and admiration for John Glenn and his family. I dedicated this episode to Senator Glenn and his family because he never shirked his duty. In my own way, I hope to follow his example in what I do. Rest in Peace.
The Complaint Department – POG & GRUNT
This week they are both happy and sad. Happy that they have something to complain about, sad that there will be one less thing to be happy about. The M9 Beretta Pistol is slated to be replaced. None of us liked the pistol. I can join in and say that I will not be sorry to see it replaced. This has been a long drawn out process so when a new service pistol is selected it will cause for celebration.
Unit Shout Out
Friday December 10th was the Army/Navy Football Game. The shout out goes to the Army Football Team who beat Navy after a 14 year drought.
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Are you excited about “Mad Dog” Mattis being selected to be Secretary of Defense. I can only say YES in so many ways….. Finally someone who knows how to fight and win battles. I love it.
Words to live by in my book
The Word – 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
I wanted to talk about how my grandfathers’ felt about Pearl Harbor when the United States was attacked. Both men served in the Navy, and while they were not in combat (At least that is what they said, I still remember a lot of what they talked about. I may have rambled at bit, but they have been gone a while. I don’t think we should ever forget what happened and how we changed as a nation because of that day.
USS Arizona Memorial
The Complaint Department
My Grunt isn’t too sure about the new Marine Corps Poncho Liner. I love mine, but withhold judgement.
Unit Shout Out
This is to a person and not a unit this week. Technical Sergeant Timothy Montjoy retired from the Air Force and will now dedicate time to his non profit Operation Teammate. I want to congratulate Tim on his successful transition to civilian life. Tim will be coming on Oscar Mike Radio in February 2017.
Tim Montjoy USAF – Retired – Founder of Operation Teammate