Archive for: Marines

Did DeAngelo Williams Really Salute the Troops?



Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams caused quite a stir on Facebook Monday when he posted the above photo to his timeline.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Williams immediately got some negative feedback from the FB haters (“u seem to like being showy about it too”) but most followers applauded the gesture (“all I got to say is mad respect. Thanks for the support to vets”).

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Rock Legend Meets Actual Hero at the White House


Marine Kyle Carpenter had a big day at the White House last Thursday. Not only did President Obama award him the Medal of Honor for using his body to shield another Marine from an explosion in Helmand Province in 2010, he ran into rock legend Dave Grohl roaming the halls of the White House. +Continue Reading

On the Ground in Afghanistan With ‘The Hornet’s Nest’

hornetsnest1 The Hornet’s Nest is a new documentary that shows the war in Afghanistan from some different perspectives. There’s a lot going on here: much of the footage was shot by the father/son war correspondent team of Mike and Carlos Boettcher, but there’s also a good chunk of footage shot by soldiers and (amazingly) some footage taken from captured Taliban cellphones. Longtime Hollywood executives David Salzberg and Christian Tureud compiled the footage and crafted a film that tells two distinct stories: in the first half, Mike allows Carlos to join him in covering the war in an attempt to connect with his son after spending most of Carlos’ childhood away from home covering conflicts around the world. After Carlos returns to the States (and the two share an Emmy for their work), Mike embeds with the Army’s 101st Airborne and tells the story of a hellacious nine-day siege in Kunar province. +Continue Reading

‘Against the Odds’ Relives Epic Battles


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

New SI Swimsuit Model’s Parents Were Both Marines

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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

R. Lee Ermey Plans ‘Saving Private K-9′


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’s Kit Up! blog.) +Continue Reading

Wounded Warrior Project’s 10th Anniversary Documentary

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The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. Each episode will tell the story of vet and how they’ve faced their injuries. +Continue Reading

10 Shows That Should Inspire the New FOX Comedy ‘Enlisted’

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).
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NCAA Bans Marine Vet From Playing Football


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.

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Nat Geo TV Heads Back to Afghanistan

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After the success of Inside Combat Rescue, National Geographic Channel just launched two new Afghanistan-set reality series, Battleground Afghanistan and Eyewitness War. Both are running on Monday nights through the end of July. +Continue Reading