The crew of PT 109 (COURTESY FILES OF JOHN FLORES)
By John W. Flores
The young, skinny Navy officer walked along the dock at a South Pacific base and met his new crewmen for the first time, as they stood on the sun-drenched deck of a nondescript, navy green torpedo boat.
Some of the men on board were crusty old sailors and war veterans, others just young and cocky “swabbies” new to the U.S. Navy’s war against the vaunted and feared Japanese Imperial Navy. Some of the guys aboard heard the scuttlebutt—the rampant rumors—that this new captain of the 80-foot torpedo boat, Lt.(junior grade) John Kennedy, was the son of ultra-wealthy Joe Kennedy of Boston. +Continue Reading
The United States Postal Service is marking Veterans Day with the issue of its new World War II Medal of Honor Forever stamps. Of the more than 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during that conflict, only 464 were awarded the medal and almost half of those received the honor posthumously. +Continue Reading
The 2014 Pin-Ups For Vets Calendar is available for pre-order and we’ve got a few images shared by founder and lead model Gina Elise, including the one featuring the male veterans they found through an open casting call.
Jayson Adler (Army), Phillip Gomez (USCG), Alex Minsky (Marines), PJ Walsh (Navy), Chris Crane (USAF) join Gina Elise on the November calendar page (in honor of Veterans Day). This year’s calendar also features Mylee YC, a female Army veteran (and breast cancer survior) and Kelly Serio, a female Navy vet. Returning from 2013 are UFC tonight host Leeann Tweeden and the first female NBA scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin. +Continue Reading
If you’re looking to upgrade your computer audio setup, the Orb Mini-T Amplifier & Speaker Package offers outstanding sound at a surprising price. The version I tested would also be a great home audio setup if you’re looking for something that can do double duty.
You might not have heard of Orb. They’re an American company that manufactures their speakers here in the States and only sells their gear online at their website and via Amazon. That means your can’t buy their products at Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club or any high-end audio dealers. The retail markup on hi-fi gear is notoriously high and Orb aims to offer high-quality gear at a reasonable price by selling direct.
Of course, there’s a risk there: how can you sell high-end audio gear without a demonstration? Isn’t that like trying to sell cars without a showroom? Orb’s relying on word of mouth, reviews in non-traditional media (like this one) and offering a 30-day home trial for the curious.
So, what are you getting with Orb? The idea was that I’d be testing this system with an eye towards using it as a desktop computer and PC gaming setup. Does it work for that? Yes, but the actual experience listening to the system was a bit more complicated and interesting than I was expecting. +Continue Reading
Gina Elise and her team at the veterans charity Pin-Ups for Vets are putting together their 2014 calendar and they’ve put out a casting call for male Veterans (one from each branch) to appear in a group photo with Gina for one month in next year’s edition. +Continue Reading
Spike TV (the cable channel with Impact Wrestling, Bar Rescue and 1000 Ways to Die) has a different take on handing out trophies and their Guys Choice awards show returns next month with the big event premiering on Wednesday, June 12th at 9PM ET/PT.
Why do we care? Well, the Guys Choice awards show has always made a point of supporting the military and this year’s show will feature salutes to the troops and returning veterans. There’s also a special Troops Choice Entertainer of the Year award that they want our readers to vote for. Click here to choose between Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Anniston, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Crowe, Steven Spielberg, Vin Diesel, Zach Galifianakis or anyone else you might want to write in. +Continue Reading
If you’re in Jacksonville or Virginia Beach this week and want to see the new IMAX 3D version of Top Gun, Paramount has 5 pairs of tickets for Military.com readers in each city for special advance screenings. Details are below: +Continue Reading
Attention Ft. Riley, Kansas! Four comedians who provide the voices for Action Figure Therapy will be performing stand up and meeting with the troops and other fans this Friday and Saturday (11 May and 12 May).
Friday they will be at The Warrior Zone, show beginning 2000, Saturday they will at Rally Point Bingo. The comedians would like us to reiterate that they will be hanging round after the show expressly to meet everyone and express their gratitude and appreciation for what they call the most awesome fan base in the world. +Continue Reading