Veterans Expeditionary Media and HOPR studios have created a chilling short film to convey the horror of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir through the eyes of a young Marine during the Korean War.
True story from the Korean War! Baptized by Fire is a short animated film adapted from the graphic novel Hold the Line, and inspired by the true story of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. While delivering mail to the grunts of Fox Company, Private First Class Billy French is trapped in a massive surprise attack launched by the Communist Chinese Army. French must prove his mettle when the company’s position is overrun by hordes of enemy troops.
About the Chosin Reservoir Campaign: In the winter of 1950, deep within the frozen mountains of North Korea, 15,000 U.S. Soldiers and Marines were surrounded and trapped by 120,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite the odds, the Marines refused to surrender and fought their way 78 miles to the sea and rescued 98,000 refugees. This tale of sacrifice and courage that contends with the story of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae as one of the most heroic feats in history.
Produced in partnership with Veterans Expeditionary Media and Hopr Studios.
The origins of this popular nickname are somewhat murky. A popular theory links the term to the early 20th century, when “G.I.” was stamped on military trash cans and buckets. The two-letter abbreviation stood for the material from which these items were made: galvanized iron. Later, the definition of GI broadened and during World War I it was used to refer to all things Army-related, according to “Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language” by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman. When this happened, GI was reinterpreted as “government issue” or “general issue.”
The prevalence of the term led soldiers in World War II to start referring to themselves as GIs. Some servicemen used it as a sarcastic reference symbolizing their belief that they were just mass-produced products of the government. During the war, GI Joe also became a term for U.S. soldiers. Cartoonist Dave Breger, who was drafted into the Army in 1941, is credited with coining the name with his comic strip titled “G.I. Joe,” which he published in a weekly military magazine called Yank, beginning in 1942. In 1964, U.S. toy company Hasbro, after taking note of competitor Mattel’s huge success with the Barbie doll (launched in 1959), debuted “G.I. Joe,” a military-themed line of action figures for boys.
Meanwhile, in June 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, which became commonly known as the GI Bill. The famous legislation provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans, including funding for college, home loans and unemployment insurance.
Can you really blame our Troops? Obama has screwed them and our Vets.
From The Daily Caller:
According to former U.S. Navy SEAL Carl Higbie, over 90 percent of troops disapprove of President Barack Obama. Higbie made the comments to “On The Record” host Greta Van Susteren Wednesday.
“Effective today, the president? A photo-op? or something in between?” Susteren asked.
“Photo-op. Complete photo-op. This indicative of a global failure of his foreign policy,” Higbie explained. “He has toted that he is behind the troops before and he stands in front of these guys, gets a photo-op, everything like that, while saying he’s going to send 3,000 guys to combat Ebola, but I’m not going to send any to combat an actual enemy that’s really threatening America.”
“What do you think they think? I mean, I suppose it’s kind of a mixed bag?” Susteren pressed.
“I’d say most of the troops,” Higbie replied. “Probably over 90 percent, do not support the president.”
Susteren then asked Higbie about his time as a Navy SEAL, “As a Navy SEAL, you have trained foreign troops? Right? How many times? More than one trip to Iraq?”
“Absolutely, we did two deployments,” Higbie said. “We did one in 2007 and in 2009. We did this foreign international defense over there, and it’s not effective. They don’t have the accountability, and the understanding, and the actual fortitude to fight an enemy like ISIS who’s dedicated. They’re willing to die for this cause.”
“What about the foreign fighters you’ve come in contact with,” Susteren asked. “That would presumably be in the universe of the people we’d be training?”
“In general, we train the best of the best while we were over there, the best Iraq had to offer to train with us,” Higbie said.
“I don’t think they’re competent enough to take on a group like ISIS,” Higbie concluded.
A group of patriotic veterans welcomed Barack Hussein Obama, when he decided to go to another fundraiser in their state, by standing and turning their backs to him.
They said that since Obama turned his back on our vets, then every vet should do the same to him.
Although he sometimes seems intent on destroying every one of them, Barack Obama remains president of a nation where individual freedoms are protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Those freedoms include the right to free assembly and free speech, both of which were exercised recently by a group of veterans in Delaware when Obama’s motorcade drove by them.
As the initial police escort passed, the veterans faced the street. Then, as the presidential limousine approached, a hearty “about face” command was issued, and the veterans turned their backs on the leader of the free world.
The protest was organized because of the group’s feeling that President Obama is ignoring the needs of America’s military veterans.
Little Emmett Rychner, 3, and Erling Kindem became friends last year when the inquisitive tot helped the elderly man tend to his tomato garden plot. Their close friendship blossomed, staying close even during the winter. But the Rychner family has sold their house and is set to move, breaking apart the inseparable pals.
89 Year Old D-Day veteran Jock Hutton returns to the drop zone in Normandy he landed in 70 years ago as remembers his part of the operation to liberate of Europe from Nazi occupation during the Second World War
In the early hours of 6 June 1944 around 7,900 troops from the British 6th Airborne Division landed on the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious assault ever launched.
Among them were the men from Parachute Battalion, whose achievements were vital to the success of the operation and the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, 89-year-old D-Day veteran Jock Hutton returned to the drop zone he landed in Normandy.
He remembers that his commanding officer brought with him a hunting horn so that the parachute soldiers would be able come to a rallying point after they landed in the dark.
“It certainly was a big help to those groping in the dark,” he said
In order to calculate the monthly payout for a wounded warrior, the Veteran’s Affairs office breaks down injuries via a detailed grading system.