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German-born (1940) immigrant (1958). US Army 1958-1964. Vietnam 1962-1963. USN 1969-1993. Hofstra University BA 1966; University of New Mexico MA (1968), PhD (1971). Fully retired. Married. Five children, three grandchildren. Resident in Virginia Beach, VA
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 Heinrich Heine: A Man for the Ages
Heinrich Heine the man has virtually disappeared from modern view. Except in his poetry set to music, where he is an immortal.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Military Stereotypes
Professional military folk do not all come from the same mold. Individuality, talent, character, intelligence and creativity is as rich and varied behind a brass button as it is for the rest of humanity. Examples abound.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Humor: Not Everyone Is Laughing
The place and effect of humor in diverse cultures. How national character can be shaped by its sense of laughter and fun, starting at childhood with amusing - or not so amusing - tales.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 19, 2019 America's Golden Door
Coming to America: the motivation and hope. No matter where from or when, all immigrants share compatible stories and dreams. And only America has made the dreams possible.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2019 England's Nazi Obsession
Britain's attitude to Germans and Germany is defined by an entrenched pre-occupation with the Hitler era.
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 5, 2019 The Other Holocaust
Ethnic bigotry fueled the murder of innocents by saturation bombing that deliberately targeted urban civilian residential centers in a campaign that hid the truth from public opinion as well as air crews.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 16, 2019 A Hundred Yard Dash in Nine Seconds
Diffusing unexploded bombs has never been an easy job. Draper Kauffman led the way and his legacy lives on in EOD and SEAL training today.
(17 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 7, 2019 Fidem Servate
From time to time, part of being Catholic is to become a target and a laughing stock, but the Church is forever our home.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Leave the Rest to Heaven
Any number of people who did extraordinary things pass through our lives, some things push the envelope of our imaginings and are best left undisturbed. An executioner, for example. A hangman. The man with a gallows for his office. Rope, black hood and release lever for tools.
(70 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2018 When a War got its Stride
Kennedy's Vietnam started with rumors of an overseas deployment. The base library set us straight about the name switch. Indo-China was better known. A few years later the world knew it as a major war in Southeast Asia. Not in 1962.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 24, 2018 Evolving perspectives of a war never out of mind
Of role models, Left and Right; fostering bias ancient and new; little discussed, the Anabasis and contemporary Western resistance to Islam: how they all mix and match and will not die.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 17, 2018 It's an Honor, Sir
When it's OK not to genuflect: a palace, a prince, the Second World War remembered and the levelling effect of the American Republic in the presence of Royalty.