May, 2012

Editorial written by Keylalah

Wolfcub helped in the research

Gillian and Maiden submitted material

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Over there, Over there,

Send the word, Send the word, Over there...

That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming

The drums rum tumming everywhere...

So Prepare, say a Prayer,

Send the word, Send the word to Beware!

We'll be over, We're coming over,

and we won't come back till its over over there!

Sung by Billy Murray


This song was the popular war song during World War I.

World War 1, also known as the First World War or the Great War and the War to End All Wars, was a world conflict lasting from 1914 to 1919, with the fighting lasting until 1918. The war was fought by the Allies on one side, and the Central Powers on the other. No previous conflict had mobilized so many soldiers or involved so many in the field of battle. By its end, the war had become the second bloodiest conflict in recorded history.

World War 1 became infamous for trench warfare, where troops were confined to trenches because of tight defenses. This was especially true of the Western Front. More than 9 million died on the battlefield, and nearly that many more on the home fronts because of food shortages, genocide, and ground combat. Among other notable events, the first large-scale bombing from the air was undertaken and some of the century's first large-scale civilian massacres took place, as one of the aspects of modern efficient, non-chivalrous warfare.

    US (entered in 1917 only after a German u-boat sunk a boat full of civilians)

    The British Commonwealth countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, etc. Canada was part of this group but was almost instantly looked upon as a rising superpower for it's soldiers bravery and tactics, the Germans started calling them the "storm troopers" after they took Vimy Ridge (a vantage point previously thought impossible to take after numerous tries by the British and french)

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  World War I             4,734,991       53,202        63,114        116,316           204,002           2.46%    

World War II

Over There” was also the popular song for World War II. It was a good song to get the men hyped about leaving their families and country to once again go on foreign land to fight!

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated, as soldiers, war workers, or victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million casualties and nearly 400,000 death. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  World War I I          16,112,566     291,557     113,842      405,399           670,846          2.52%   

Korean War

God, Please Protect America

Oh people let's start prayin' as we never prayed before.

We need the hand of God, to lead us through this war.

Give us vic'try in Korea and save our boys so fine!

God please protect America in this troubled time.

written and sung by Jimmy Osborne

This song was the most popular during the Korean War

On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War.

By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. After some early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them.

Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China–or even, as some warned, World War III.

Finally, in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  Korean War            5,720,000      33,746           3,249       36,995             103,284         0.65%   

Vietnam War

As I looked through the songs written and sung about the Vietnam War, they are filled with hate, brutality, death...definitely a dark attitude about the war, our leaders, and the people they were fighting. Of all the songs I looked through – there was not one I would post here because of the language and substance of the songs.

The songs that they wrote, the letters of negativity and the unknown, should give us an inclining that the soldiers were definitely not happy about being there or having to go over there and sacrificing their lives for their country that they felt deserted them. They were never given the truth about their purpose or reason for their sacrifice.

The Vietnam War was the last war that used the draft system to get men in the armed forces to fight.

This war was during an era of complete change in life style, responsibility, morals and self respect in America.

The Vietnam War was the prolonged struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the South Vietnamese) attempting to prevent the spread of communism. Engaged in a war that many viewed as having no way to win, U.S. leaders lost the American public's support for the war. Since the end of the war, the Vietnam War has become a benchmark for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts.

Dates of the Vietnam War: 1959 -- April 30, 1975

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  Vietnam War           8,744,000     47,355          10,796         58151            153,303        0.67%   

Maiden's father served in the Army and shared with us this piece...

I am Donna Jones dad and proud of the 26 plus years I spent on Active Duty and US Army Reserve in a variety of positions until my retirement.

While I did not serve in combat, I like to think that the time is

spent training and mentoring others meant when the time came,

they and their successors were better prepared to fulfill their roles.

I am proud she asked me to contribute to your project to honor those who have served, and are serving.

Desert Storm

This song itself was not written for any war or political event in particular, but it has been massively popularized during wartime. First, during the Gulf War and again after the Sept. 11th attacks and Iraq War.

God Bless the U.S.A.

If tomorrow all the things were gone

I'd worked for all my life

And I had to start again

With just my children and my wife

I'd thanks my lucky stars

To be living here today

'Cause the flag still stands for freedom

And they can't take that away!

From the lakes of Minnesota

To the hills in Tennessee

Across the plains of Texas

From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Huston

And New York to L.A.

Well there's pride in every American heart

And it's time we stand and say...

I'm proud to be an American

Where at least I know I'm free

And I won't forget the men who died

Who gave that right to me!

And I'd gladly stand up next to you

And defend her still today

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land!

God Bless the U.S.A.

Written by and sung by Lee Greenwood

The Persian Gulf War, code name “Desert Storm”, was an International conflict triggered by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

Though justified by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on grounds that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq, the invasion was presumed to be motivated by Iraq's desire to acquire Kuwait's rich oil fields and expand its power in the region. The United States, fearing Iraq's broader strategic intentions and acting under UN auspices, eventually formed a broad coalition, which included a number of Arab countries, and began massing troops in northern Saudi Arabia. When Iraq ignored a UN Security Council deadline for it to withdraw from Kuwait, the coalition began a large-scale air offensive (Jan. 16–17, 1991).

Saddam responded by launching ballistic missiles against neighboring coalition states as well as Israel. A ground offensive by the coalition (February 24–28) quickly achieved victory.

Estimates of Iraqi military deaths range up to 100,000; coalition forces lost about 300 troops. The war also caused extensive damage to the region's environment.

The Iraqi regime subsequently faced widespread popular uprisings, which it brutally suppressed. A UN trade embargo remained in effect after the end of the conflict, pending Iraq's compliance with the terms of the armistice. The foremost term was that Iraq destroy its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs. The embargo continued into the 21st century and ceased only after the Iraq War started in 2003.

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  Desert Storm          2,225,000        147               235              382                   467               0.02%   

Gillian submitted the following

This was during the time frame that I have been sharing....

Operation Uphold Democracy


I remember Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti 1994. I was in the Barbados Defense Force at the time. It was a joint effort between USA, British & Caribbean forces to restore the over-thrown President – Jean Bertrand Aristide as ruler. Initially it was supposed to be a forced invasion, but troops were allowed to enter peacefully.

My platoon had just returned from almost a week of training in “the bush” and had gone home when we were ordered back to base. Once every soldier had reported in the base was locked down and we were told what was going on. Everyone was supposed to report to their station and stay there until other orders were given. For me that meant the medical station. While we weren’t expecting an attack, the suspense of not knowing how the invasion would turn out was extremely nerve wracking. Females were not allowed to go but I had 2 friends that did end up going to Haiti. The guys were scattered and one of my friends ended up being close to the Haiti/Dominican Rep border. Things got a little crazy over there and he ended up being grazed in the arm by a bullet. If memory serves me correctly only one person was killed. I believe it was a US soldier.

Once we found out that the troops would be going in peacefully they opened the base back up but we still had to remain there until the following day. We’d been trained to handle everything from combat to dealing with natural disasters but it’s only when you’re faced with something like this that you realize just what you’re made of.

Fear takes a backseat to survival.

Operation Enduring Freedom

Oct 7, 2001 – Jan 1, 2002

Operation Enduring Freedom was the initial United States military response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, in which almost 3,000 Americans and other nationalities were killed by members of the al-Qaeda terror network. When the Taliban Islamist extremists who controlled Afghanistan, refused to surrender al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin, the United States launched its attack the following month on October 7. The operation, initially named "Infinite Justice," was accompanied by a homeland security military effort named Noble Freedom. A part of Enduring Freedom was Operation Anaconda, an undertaking to root out al-Qaeda and Taliban personnel in northern Afghanistan. With the success of Enduring Freedom in 2002, the United States would go on a year later to the second phase of its war on terrorism: Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

  Enduring Freedom                        1,099             318           1, 417               9,675                0   

Operation Anaconda

Mar 2, 2002 – Mar 12, 2002

On January 4, 2002, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Nathan Ross Chapman became the first member of the U.S. military to be killed by hostile fire. Fighting continued in spurts until March 2, the launch of Operation Anaconda. The largest ground operation of the war, Anaconda involved some 2,000 U.S., Afghan, and allied troops, and would result in eight U.S. deaths. Its purpose was to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters still holding out in the mountains of southeastern Afghanistan. But as the mission came to a close some two weeks later, assessment of its success was difficult.

Over the course of an 11-day battle near Shah-i-Kot, for instance, U.S. military commanders had been forced to reassess original estimates of enemy strength in the region upward from 150 or 200 to 1,000. As that part of the offensive came to a close on March 17, it appeared that the U.S. military had produced as many as 800 enemy casualties, but numbers were difficult to determine. In any case, civilian and military leaders were not inclined to evaluate the offensive in terms of body counts—a lesson learned from the Vietnam War a generation earlier.

Noble Eagle

Accompanying Enduring Freedom was Noble Eagle, a military operation designed to safeguard homeland security during the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), principal guarantors of stateside port security, played a central role in Noble Eagle. USCG deployed 55 cutters (small armed vessels), 42 aircraft, and hundreds of boats to establish port and coastline patrols. It also called up more than 2,800 reservists to support homeland security operations at the country's 361 ports.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mar 20, 2003 – May 1, 2003

The 2003 Invasion of Iraq (19 March – 1 May 2003), was the start of the conflict known as the Iraqi War or Operation Iraqi Freedom, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq and toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein in 21 days of major combat operations. The invasion phase consisted of a conventionally fought war which concluded with the capture of the Iraq capital Baghdad by United States forces.

Four countries participated with troops during the initial invasion phase, which lasted from 19 March to 9 April 2003. These were the United States (148,000), United Kingdom (45,000), Australia (2,000), and Poland (194) 36 other countries were involved in its aftermath. In preparation for the invasion, 100,000 U.S. troops were assembled in Kuwait by 18 February. The United States supplied the majority of the invading forces, but also received support from Kurdish irregulars in Iraqi Kurdistan.

According to U.S. President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the coalition mission was "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” Former chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council Richard A. Clarke believes Mr. Bush came into office with a plan to invade Iraq, According to Blair, the trigger was Iraq's failure to take a "final opportunity" to disarm itself of alleged nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that U.S. and British officials called an immediate and intolerable threat to world peace. In 2005, the Central Intelligence Agency released a report saying that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq.

Total Casualties as of December 13, 2010

                                        Total            Battle          Other          Total            Wounded     Pct Killed 
                                      Serving       Deaths        Deaths       Deaths     

      Iraqi Freedom                              3,483             890           4,408               31,935              0   

Operation New Dawn

Sept 1, 2010 - Dec 14, 2011

The transition to Operation New Dawn, Sept. 1, 2010, marks the official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom and combat operations by United States forces in Iraq.

During Operation New Dawn, the remaining 50,000 U.S. Service members serving in Iraq will conduct stability operations, focusing on advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Operation New Dawn also represents a shift from a predominantly military U.S. presence to one that is predominantly civilian, as the Departments of Defense and State work together with governmental and non-governmental agencies to help build Iraq’s civil capacity.

The transition to Operation New Dawn represents the U.S. commitment to the government and people of Iraq as a sovereign, stable country that will be an enduring strategic partner with the United States. This has been made possible by the improved capability of the ISF to take the lead in securing their country.

New Dawn also signifies the success of the responsible draw-down of forces and the redeployment of thousands of U.S. Soldiers, as well as the return or transfer of war fighting equipment to the U.S. or to combat troops fighting in Afghanistan.

I found this statement from M Norris who was in the Iraqi Wars from 2004-2008, this was his comment:

You could never know what happens over there, we officially passed over control to the Iraqis in 2008 during my last tour to Iraq. From 2004-2007ish we fought an enemy we could not see and could only respond to attacks instead of fighting our enemies head on. The casualties in Iraq over the last 2 years have been nearly all non combat casualties and the place had clearly changed from when I left in 06 to summer 08 when I came back. We were not attacked a single time on the road nearly every day, and 2 years ago it was nearly guaranteed to have something happen. All we did was assist the Iraqis in 08 so why not change the name, it's not the same thing we were doing earlier in the war. Osama is dead and we are finally out of the most pointless war Americans have ever had to die for.

All these statistics and wars that our men and women have been in to protect The United States Of America are to be honored, respected, cherished, appreciated and prayed for daily. Multitudes have died to keep this country a free and safe place to live and bring up our families.

I would like to end my editorial with this:

...Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you!

Jesus Christ and the American Soldier

One died for your soul -

the other for your freedom.”

Lt Col Grant L Rosensteel Jr.



God Bless!

Happy Touring!

Cris, Key and Staff