Category Archives: Embeds

Updated Embed Wish List

I’m updating this post to include two new items.

First, I need a new set of ice cleats, as the rubber snapped on the old pair. ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats in Large would be a huge help!

Second, the recent cold snap brought to mind that something like this
could be very useful.

Now, the rest of the list:
Petzl E89 PD Tactikka XP Headlamp, Desert My old one disappeared and has not been found.
ContourROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder My current one suffered a mischief on the lens.
Contour 3900 Picatinny Mount Would really like two of these as they are more fragile than anticipated.
Streamlight 14512 Sidewinder Compact II Military Model Angle Head Flashlight, Headstrap and Helmet Mount Kit Need a good helmet light.

If you can help with these, it will be much appreciated! They are also listed on my Amazon Wish List to make it easy. If questions, drop me a line.

Embed Wish List — Most Urgent Items

I am getting asked what I need most in the way of replacement gear.  Here’s a quick list of the things that urgently need replacing:

Petzl E89 PD Tactikka XP Headlamp, Desert My old one disappeared and has not been found.
ContourROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder My current one suffered a mischief on the lens.
Contour 3900 Picatinny Mount Would really like two of these as they are more fragile than anticipated.
Streamlight 14512 Sidewinder Compact II Military Model Angle Head Flashlight, Headstrap and Helmet Mount Kit Need a good helmet light.

If you can help with these, it will be much appreciated!  They are also listed on my Amazon Wish List to make it easy.  If questions, drop me a line.

Finally Afghanistan? (!!)

 

At the Garryowen Club

At the Garryowen Club

I’ve talked on Facebook about how well things have been going here in NYC.  To say that there have been a lot of meetings, a lot of walking, and multiple chances to get to know the subway system like a native is quite an understatement.  To say that the meetings have been good ones is quite an understatement as well.  I have to admit I’ve very much enjoyed where some of the meetings were held…

One of my first ones ended in a very unexpected way.  Chris Page of Army Week has been allowing me to help a bit with some of his efforts, and making a number of introductions in support of my projects (Ernie, Nature Wolf, & Secret).  He had business with Army PAO here in NYC, during which time I also met the head PAO here for the USMC.  He’s getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan to be there for the withdrawal of Marines from Helmand and the closing of Camp Leatherneck.  After we had talked for a couple of minutes, and he got over my being a War Eagle given that he went to Alabama, he asked me if I would like to cover that process.

Yes.  Hell Yes!  I followed-up with him to be sure he was serious, and he was.  I’m now talking with him and others to try to make this happen.

This means I need either to raise funds or get sponsors (or both) as I will need some money or other assistance with transportation ($2.5k min); fees and other for the Afghan Government ($500-$700)new combat insurance ($12k total, at least $2.5k to start);and, some replacement/misc. gear ($350-$2k).

What are these costs?

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Meet Bernard Dargols, Normandy Veteran

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It’s the 1930s, a time of Fred Astair, Ginger Rogers, and a golden age of Hollywood. The glamor in many ways was focused on New York, which epitomized culture and more. Now imagine you are a young Frenchman, who has been sent by his father to learn more about the family business in New York. It would be a bit like heaven to such a young man, no?

For Bernard Dargols, it was. It was also a time when he had to get a physical and prepare to return home for his mandatory military service. Until WWII started that is. He swore he would fight, and began looking at how to do so. The path he took led him to the United States Army, and to selection for a very special unit that saw him hitting the beaches at Normandy in a jeep named “La Bastille” where he ranged behind enemy lines to gather intelligence.

Thanks to some friends I made this year in Normandy, I had the chance to meet him and get an interview following a talk he gave. His description of the reaction of the locals to having someone drive up in a strange-looking vehicle while speaking perfect French with a Parisian accent had all of us laughing. I hope you enjoy getting to meet Normandy veteran as much as I did.

Enjoy.

This trip and other embeds sponsored in part by MilitaryLuggage.Com and B.N. Shape Clothing. My thanks to them and to everyone who has contributed to make this and other trips possible. Be sure to check out my Facebook Page for other photos, stories, and more.

A variety of advertising sponsorships are available, and you can contribute to this trip and other embeds at GoFundMe or hit the Paypal link in the upper right.

Meet Edward Roberts, Normandy Veteran

Welcome Jawa Readers This is the first of several video interviews from Normandy, more coming each week.  Meantime, feel free to look around, kick the tires, and let me know what you think. 

Thanks to your generosity, I made it to Normandy this year.  I’m struggling with a number of technical and other challenges right now, but am glad to be able to share this video of a Normandy Veteran with you.

Here is a man who enlisted three times at age 15 to fight in WWII.  The third time was the charm, and Edward Roberts found himself in the middle of the bloodiest battle of the Normandy campaign.  To say it was an honor, and a delight, to meet him is an understatement.  I hope you enjoy meeting him as well.

This trip and other embeds sponsored in part by MilitaryLuggage.Com and B.N. Shape Clothing.  My thanks to them and to everyone who has contributed to make this and other trips possible. Be sure to check out my Facebook Page for other photos, stories, and more. 

A variety of advertising sponsorships are available, and you can contribute to this trip and other embeds at GoFundMe or hit the Paypal link in the upper right. 

Camp Laughing Wolf

CampLW1

Yes, I am camping and here’s the shot.  If the wind did not die down last night, I may have slept in the car.  :)  As it is, not a bad home from home.

CampLW2

The hatch in back makes for a dandy standing office, and it is where I have set up the power drop from the camp so I can charge, work, or do whatever is needed.  No cooking, but getting by with things like dry sausage, cheese, meats the butchers prepare, and other delights.

All in all, not bad.  If only the wifi at the site were less flaky…

LW

Normandy 2013

This year’s events and ceremonies at Normandy are shaping up to be sad on many levels.  It appears that the sequester is cutting back US participation.  The number of D-Day veterans shrinks every day, and the number of survivors who will be able to attend this year is very limited.  Who knows how many, if any, will be able to attend next year.

N10So, I am trying to raise the funds to go spend three weeks at Normandy this year, to document what remains, the ceremonies, and the survivors.  If possible, I hope to capture events and interviews on film, but also on video as well.  I have hope that I will be able to spend some time with the survivors, and try to get their stories down for future generations while we still can.

Please help me get there.  At the link, you will be able to see a cost breakdown, goals, and more.  Anything helps, and if you can’t donate money, please spread the word!

A Chance To Visit NTC

Well, it’s not Afghanistan, but it’s not bad either. I have the chance to go spend a week plus with a very storied unit at the NTC. This is a great opportunity, and opens some doors.

That said, it also costs money:  car rental, gas, food during travel, etc.  If you care to help, you can hit the donate button here.

The High Cost of Embedding, Even When Not Embedded

I have a bit up on the financial side of things over at Blackfive. If you can do so, and care to help out, go here.

Thanks!

Sharing A Memory

What is presented in the linked story was and is moving to me, and changed the way I look at the holidays. No offense to my folks, but it was also the most memorable Christmas of my life to date.

Check out: A True Gift Of The Season