Traveling is important

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It’s important for the soul to travel and see different places in the world. It is important to see how people live differently so you can grow as an individual and human being.

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The Battle of Iwo Jima

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71 years to this day marks the Battle of Iwo Jima as part as “Operation Detachment”.  This was one of the bloodiest battles of WWII for the Allied Forces.  This was the Allies first attack on the Japanese homeland.  This island had an estimated 11-12 miles of tunnels and heavily fortified bunkers.  There were 21,000 Japanese soldiers of the Imperial Army stationed here and 19,000 of them died defending this Island.  The U.S. suffered about 6,800 deaths this day and the battle lasted 36 days.  The first objective for the U.S. Forces was to secure Mount Suribachi, the highest point of the island.  This is where the famous pictures of the flag being raised were taken.  The flag was raised twice, the second time for the ever so popular photograph.  The men that raised the flag were Michael Strank(USMC), Ira Hayes (USMC), Franklin Sousley (USMC), Rene Gagnon (USMC), Harlon Block (USMC), John Bradley (USN).  John Bradley was a Hospital Corpsman which is a combat medic that is attached to a Marine Corps. unit. The main objective was to secure the airfields on this island.  It was a bloody battle, never forgotten and hopefully never repeated.
-Semper Fi Marines

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My writing journey

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Hello everyone,
I thought I would share what I am currently doing and give updates on it every couple of months or so.  I am currently writing a novel and have about 30 pages and hope to have around 250 pages or maybe 300 pages to finish it.  It is a fantasy and science fiction themed novel and has no title as of now.  I also completed a short story that is about war in modern times.  It takes place in Afghanistan and is in first person.  I really like how it came out. That is really all I have been able to write because of my classes and what have you.
Thanks for reading,
Josh

Inspirational Quotes

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Hey everyone!  Here are some good quotes I like, especially the last one.  I hope you like them.

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”
-George S. Patton

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
-Albert Einstein

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
-Bruce Lee

“I never said most of the things I’ve said.”
-Yogi Berra

Medieval Militaries Series: Vikings

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In this series I intend to talk about some of the strongest and most feared armies from Medieval times.  I will more than likely cover other time periods as well because I love history and things related to the military.  Enjoy!!

During the Medieval Times,  the Vikings where feared for many reasons.  The way they fought in combat and what happened to cowards to just name a few.  They were some of the fiercest warriors to walk this earth.  It is estimated that the Vikings existed from 790s to 1066 CE.  They may have existed before 790 CE but this when there is record of their first raids.  Also, 1066 is the year that the Norman conquest of England happened and the leader is known as William the Conqueror.  This time period is also referred to as the Viking Age.  The Vikings fought with spears, axes, and some swords.  Most people have a perception that the Vikings fought with mostly swords but this is hardly the truth.  The swords at this time were very hard and expensive to make and were usually seen with someone of wealth.  The most common weapon was the spear, a wooden shaft with an iron spearhead on the end of it.  Most of the swords were made from iron not steel.  We would not see steal until later in the middle ages.  The Vikings were also invested in trading and could sail the ocean with their longships.  One thing I found most interesting about the Vikings is that they found North America before Columbus or Vespucci did and Columbus never actually found North America.  The Vikings actually tried to settle in Canada but it seems it was not successful.  There is no information or evidence about their existence there.  I also find it ironic that the man that defeated the Vikings was also a descendant of Pagan religion very similar to the Viking religion.

-Josh

Sources:
Peter Sawyer, The Viking Expansion, The Cambridge History of Scandinavia, Issue 1 (Knut Helle, ed., 2003), p.105

Motivation

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Hello to anyone and everyone that is reading this. This my first blog and first post so I thought that I would kick it off with some of my favorite quotes.
-JD

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
-Mark Twain
“The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world … we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
-Winston Churchill

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin