CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989
As a former member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion who has fought in two wars, Korea (1951-1952) and Vietnam (1966-1967 and 1969-1970), I found the article quite interesting. I volunteered to serve as a combat infantryman in both wars because I had been taught to serve my country "right or wrong." I also knew that as a black infantryman I would be assigned to the 24th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division or the 3rd Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
March 21, 2010
Brian Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army. One of them was as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. That experience left an indelible impression on Turner and resulted in his book, "Here, Bullet," from which these poems are drawn. His new book of poetry, "Phantom Noise," is to be published in April from Alice James Books. What Every Soldier Should Know "To yield to force is an act of necessity, not of will; It is at best an act of prudence."
August 19, 2010 |
Their Stryker, hulking in the dark like a dinosaur, is prepped with coolers full of water and Gatorade. The iPod is wired into the communications system. Now all they can do is wait for the ride their commanders have named "the last patrol. " It's just past midnight Monday at Camp Taji on the northern boundary of Baghdad. Staff Sgt. Shawn Sedillo chats with his gunner, Spc. Ben Longoria, and driver, Spc. Joseph LeFevre, who are smoking outside the motor pool. Sedillo's deputy, Sgt. Dennis Hill, naps inside their armored vehicle's box-like interior, grateful to get away from his hyper buddies.