Against the Odds is a new television documentary series that features incidents from Vietnam, Iraq, Korea and World War II where troops faced insurmountable opposition and managed to find a way to come out on top. The six-part series debuts Monday March 3rd at 10pm ET on the American Heroes Channel.
We talked to John Ligato, a Marine vet who’s featured in the premiere episode The Marines at Hue, which details their efforts to retake Hue City during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Ligato served in Alpha Company during the battle and later went on to have an incredible career that includes undercover work for the FBI.
(What is the American Heroes Channel? It’s a rebranding of the Military Channel that also launches on Monday. Obviously they’re not giving up on the military-themed programming but they say they want to “broaden the scope” of the channel. That probably means they’re going to make reality shows about first responders, but it’s early days. You can find the American Heroes Channel at the same number on your TV that you’ve been using for the Military Channel.) +Continue Reading
First-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson revealed that her parents met while both served in the Marines. Dad was a sniper and mom was a drill instructor.
Growing up in small town San Angelo, TX, Ferguson long had aspirations to model for SI. She told Reuters, “My Dad has Sports Illustrated calendars in his shop. I would always flip through them and look at them and daydream about one day being able to do that. I never thought it would come true.” +Continue Reading
Our favorite movie Marine (and real-life Vietnam vet) R. Lee Ermey returns to TV this April with Saving Private K-9 on the Sportsman Channel. The show will profile some of the 2,500 dogs that military and law enforcement.
Ermey joined the Sportsman Channel in Las Vegas for the SHOT Show (that’s the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show for our three readers who’ve never heard of it) to announce the show. (Ermey was also there as a spokesman for Glock to talk about the new Glock 42 .380 pistol. Check out all our SHOT Show coverage on Military.com’s Kit Up! blog.) +Continue Reading
Military-themed comedies were once a staple of network TV and FOX will try to revive the genre this fall with Enlisted, premiering Friday, November 8. The show stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as three brothers serving together in the same platoon at a small Florida Army base.
Early clips suggest a show with a debt to Stripes: Stults is charged with shaping up Rear Detachment unit, portrayed as a crew of misfits that happens to include his two brothers. There’s an exasperated commanding officer, played by the great Keith David (Platoon). +Continue Reading
Steven Rhodes served his country for five years as a United States Marine. The 24-year-old has enrolled at Middle Tennessee University and joined the football team as a walk-on, playing wide receiver and defensive end.
The NCAA has decided that Steven isn’t eligible to play this season because he participated in a military-only recreational league in 2012. Even though it was a loosely-run league that sometimes went six weeks between games, the NCAA says that because the teams kept score and there were uniforms and referees, the league counts as “organized competition.”
UDPATE (Tuesday, 8/20): The NCAA heard the complaints and decided that Rhodes can play this season. Of course, you could point out that ignoring one of the organization’s own rules (no matter how misguided it might be) opens up all the other rules to challenges. Let’s not do that here and just be glad that Steven Rhodes get the shot he deserves.
Back when I passed through Hunstville, AL in the late ‘70s, all the rocket scientists sounded like they’d been imported from Indiana or had suspicious German accents. That’s why the National Geographic Channel’s Rocket City Rednecks has always been a mystery. I knew folks who talked like Travis, Daddy and the rest of the cast but they were always the ones badmouthing the “carpetbagger Yankee scientists.“Things have obviously changed enough down there so TV can come up with a Mythbusters–meets–Moonshiners concept show.
Tonight’s Season 2 finale has Dr. Travis deciding to invent a lightweight, full-body flak suit that won’t limit mobility in the field and testing out his homemade field armor in last October’s Marine Corps Marathon in DC. He recruits William Bodette a retired USMC drill instructor, to put him through a civilian boot camp to train for the race. No word yet if Travis finished the race or if he plans to test out his invention in actual combat.
We knew Katy Perry’s new video for “Part of Me” was gonna have to be a Mad Duo diatribe the minute we saw it.…however, journalistic standards imposed on us by good taste, common sense and Military.com forbid us from directly addressing some of the things many of you jarheads (especially the 03s) are already saying and doing. Look at it this way.…no need for sand goggles to enjoy watching her do her thing.
Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons took active duty leave from the Marine Corps Band to go star in some gay porno movies under the stage names “Christian Jade” and “Adam.”
He got himself in trouble when he wore part of his Marines uniform in some of the videos and identified himself as a Marine in some “behind-the-scenes” footage shot alongside one of his movies. After guilty-plea convictions on several charges, Simmons took his case to the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal appeals. +Continue Reading