vietnamwarera:

Captured 60mm mortar rounds and AK-47 ammunition, 1968

retrowar:

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) fires two SM-2 missiles during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014.

I had a logistical hand in supporting this ship when was a Pre-commissioning unit. I also worked with a fellow officer who was also a Mustin and a direct descendant of the namesake of this ship. There are several family names in the Navy like Zumwalt, McCain and Mustin that carry a lot of history with it. 

johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 
johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home
http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 

johanvandemerwe:

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home

http://life.time.com/history/a-vietnam-veteran-comes-home-classic-photos/#1

These photos capture pretty well the alienation I have felt coming back from Afghanistan, then Iraq, then Haiti….now Djibouti. Only others that have gone through a combat deployment can really know.  Even regular deployments leave you feeling a bit disoriented coming back to “normal” life. 

Comin’ Home

Well, I’m down to the last days. 60 left to be nearly exact. My girlfriend  and friends have been absolutely wonderful. From the constant bombardment of care packages, to my best bud coming all the way down to my place to drive my truck to Chicago for storage covering many many miles. Encouraging emails and messages. 

I’d not even had made it to deployment had it not been for several of my friends. They were there for me when i needed help most. 

I look forward to getting home and being back with the old gang. 

Knowing that this is my last deployment makes these last days “in country” sort of bittersweet. Coming home for the final time from war will mark the close of one part of my life, and the opening of another. 

I got asked about the KB patch on my sleeve. 1. I am a photographer that really developed (pun intended) my love of photography over several overseas tours. 2. An because fuck you, that’s why. I’m an O-4 and a senior one at that. 

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lt-rik:

Erich Honecker shakes his hand with a group of east german Fallschirmjägers, 70’s

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Canon EOS REBEL T3i
notesfornicholas:





“Happiness is only real when shared”
- Christopher Mccandless, aka, Alexander Supertramp

notesfornicholas:

“Happiness is only real when shared

- Christopher Mccandless, aka, Alexander Supertramp

historicaltimes:

Hawk missiles in the Florida Keys during the Cuban missile crisis, October 1962.

triedandtruetomyself:

We changed it up today

Good idea!

triedandtruetomyself:

We changed it up today

Good idea!

coldwarhistory:

A West Berliner is kneed in the back by an East German border guard while playfully sitting atop the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, Nov. 15, 1989.

coldwarhistory:

A West Berliner is kneed in the back by an East German border guard while playfully sitting atop the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, Nov. 15, 1989.

coldwarhistory:

East and West German border guards shake hands after the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Carol Guzy-Carol Guzy/Washington Post)

willkommen-in-germany:

Limburg an der Lahn, Hessen, Central Germany. The town lies in a basin within the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge, surrounded by the low ranges of the Taunus and Westerwald. Owing to the favorable soil and climate, this is one of Hessen’s richest agricultural regions and has been of great importance to transport since the Middle Ages. Around 800AD, the first castle buildings arose on the Limburg crags, designed for the protection of a fort over the river Lahn. In the following decades, the town developed under the castle’s protection. Limburg was first mentioned in documents in 910. The nearest major cities are Wetzlar, Gießen, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and Koblenz.

Been here. Very beautiful place near where most of my family comes from……..

bag-of-dirt:

German Wehrmacht soldiers pose next to an abandoned Soviet SU-152 self-propelled heavy howitzer in a heavy snowstorm during the German breakout at Battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket where Soviet troops had trapped German forces of Army Group South (Heeresgruppe Süd) in a pocket near the Dnieper river. During weeks of fighting, two Soviet Army Fronts tried to eradicate the pocket. However, the encircled German units successfully broke out in coordination with a relief attempt by other German forces and were able to evacuate with minimal losses. Near Cherkasy, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union. January 1944.