Fiftieth Anniversary Remembrance of the Vietnam War

Nov 10

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial Frankfort, Kentucky, September 25, 2014 The American People On September 25, 2014, I was privileged to hear journalist Joe Galloway speak at The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky where 500 veterans, family and supporters gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.   Joe was with General...

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Bravery & the State of America

Jul 03

Bravery & the State of America

It is safe to say that America was forged as an act of courage, then further refined by generations of courageous men and women. Bravery is the binding that threads together a vast majority of our history’s pages. But are we as brave as we once were? These last few decades have played host to a series of tragedies that, at face value, appear to threaten our national...

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Rodney Williams Jr. Memorial Award

Jun 11

Col. Ray was recently honored to receive the Rodney Williams Jr. Memorial Award on behalf of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky.  This award is in recognition of demonstrated leadership, committed service and dedicated support of the Marine Corps Community within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Below is an excerpt: Like most Americans, who have earned...

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Russia Does About-Face on West

Apr 07

During the Cold War, President Reagan appealed to the God-and-country base in America, contrasting the Christian values on which America was founded with the godless, totalitarian sham that was the Soviet Union. When Reagan confronted the Soviets, he derided their “Evil Empire”, calling attention to their horrible, murderous track record. Thirty years later, as Pat...

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A Code of Conduct

Mar 19

Until Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, who as a young Navy Lieutenant at Pearl Harbor was one of the few naval aviators who got his fighter plane into the air to answer the Japanese assault, I had NOT been taught that which sets us apart as Marines, the first principles of our Honor Code also known as “Exemplary Conduct.”  Admiral Moore told me in 1993 that the Code hadn’t...

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A Military Identity Crisis

Mar 10

A Military Identity Crisis

The Armed Forces, an institution revered by the American people—with which we associate the highest ideals of America—is dying the death of a thousand scandals. While Kelley Vlahos of The American Conservative points to a corporate, careerist culture, the crisis is far deeper and more fundamental in nature. While the military has never been known as a monastery,...

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Homecoming 2013 honors distinguished and well-loved alumni

Nov 25

Homecoming 2013 honors distinguished and well-loved alumni

November 7, 2013 By Mariel Smith         On Saturday morning, the Donald D. Buchanan ’83 Memorial Outdoor Classroom was formally dedicated, officially welcoming it to the College campus. Homecoming was a resounding success this year, with over 1,000 alumni invited to return to campus. While the weekend was overflowing with festivities for alumni of all ages,...

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