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In Memoriam – Dick Kramer

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Artist Dick Kramer passed away late last week. He was well known for his pencil drawings of military, law enforcement and first responders.

He will be missed. May He Rest In Peace.

In Memoriam – Don Russell Fell

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

Today we honor Don Russell Fell who passed away on January 7th.

At the age of 15 he founded FellFab, which in the subsequent seven decades has grown into a textile manufacturing operation spanning two nations with four locations. A long time supplier of sewn goods to the Canadian military, his efforts helped keep soft goods jobs in Canada.

Friends say he was driven and hardnosed, but also a very compassionate man.

May He Rest In Peace.   

Infamy – An Indelible Mark In History

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

In·fa·my (noun)

1 the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.

Infamy is a word forever tied in my mind with the date of December 7th, 1941. Born in the late 60s, I grew up in a culture that spoke about the attack on Pearl Harbor and with a grandfather who fought in the Pacific theater. His generation remembered what had happened and the cost of that war and they weren’t afraid to acknowledge it.

While time has healed many wounds and forged new alliances, I will not forget what that day, 80 years ago means to my nation. It is a mark in time that will forever be etched in history.

Please join me in honoring the 2402 Americans who were lost on that day, along with the hundreds more, who were wounded during the attack. They suffered the opening salvo of a war that would engulf nations around the globe in conflict.

In Memoriam – Darrel Ralph

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

I am saddened to report that Darrel Dean Ralph Jr has passed away. Many of you knew Darrel from his bladesmithing days and that’s where I met him. Always a generous man, with a joke or two, he put a smile on many a face. Although he invented the 18X-Ray automatic knife issued to multiple units, he also created exquisite pieces that are as much art as function. You can see an example following his obituary. Darrel will be missed by family and friends.

May He Rest In Peace

Darrel Dean Ralph Jr, age 67, of Newark, passed away on November 20, 2021. Darrel was born on June 1, 1954, to the late Dean and Ethel (Somerlot) Ralph.

He was a premiere custom knife maker. He loved his work and enjoyed everything about it! When he wasn’t working he enjoyed going fishing, spending time with his friends and family, and loved making pizza with his granddaughter.

Darrel is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Ralph; sons. Robert Bailey, Ryan (Karah) Bailey, Ian (Samantha) Ralph; grandchildren, Alayna, and Skyler Ralph; sisters, Joni (Rhonda) Ralph, Pamela Ralph; nieces and nephews, and his canine companion, Sophie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Ralph.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 28 at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home from 12 PM – 1 PM. Where his service will immediately follow at 1 PM with Pastor Wally McLaughlin officiating.

To sign the online guest book please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

John Noveske – Lost Footage 2011

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Mil-Spec Monkey sent us this note and video of John Noveske to share with our readers.

Back when we did a Noveske Rifleworks tour, John also did an interview style video with us. He was always a bit camera shy so never got around to telling us to publish the video, however we feel there never was anything to worry about in the footage. Finally deciding to release, we hope folks will appreciate learning more about John’s personality and philosophy on a range of subjects. The footage is lightly edited to let his character and knowledge points shine.

We were fortunate enough to be able to hang out with John for a solid day where he showed great hospitality and being an all around great dude. It was clear we lost an industry great when he passed in 2013.

May John’s legacy live on!

The Battle of Mogadishu

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Everyday marks an anniversary of a significant event in American military history, but today stands out among them.

On this date in 1993, US service members were engaged in what is now known as the Battle of Mogadishu. A joint organization was formed named ” TF Ranger” to deploy to Mogadishu, Somalia in support of a UN-led humanitarian mission. Already having conducted operations for some time, on 3 October they raided the city’s Olympic Hotel in order to capture key leaders of the Aidid Militia.

Unfortunately, during the exfil portion of the raid, a battle ensued which claimed the lives of 18 Americans and wounded another 73. Additionally, CW3 Michael Durant was captured by the Aideed militia. Fortunately, Durant was later repatriated and went on to retire from the 160th.

Of the men killed that day, two would be awarded the Medal of Honor, Delta Operators Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart, for their selfless efforts to protect Durant after his aircraft, callsign Super 64, was shot down.

Recently, the US Army reevaluated the awards presented to the participants of that battle and amongst the Ranger element, upgraded 60 veteran’s awards including 58 Silver Stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. The order of battle included other organizations and their Soldiers will soon receive similar upgrades.

If you are unfamiliar with the events, one of the best accounts of the battle is contained in the book, “Blackhawk Down” by author Mark Bowden. Much of the information was serialized prior to the book’s publication in the Philadelphia Enquirer. Later this was made into a movie bearing the same name.

Please take a moment to remember these men and their sacrifice.

Additionally, the 75th Ranger Regiment was created on this day in 1984, with the stand up of its 3rd Battalion. Almost four decades later, the Ranger Regiment boasts boasts five battalions of some of the most elite warriors on the face of our planet.

Remembering 9/11 – In Honor of Flight 93

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Never Forget these fine people who were taken from us by evil men. Let’s honor the heroes of Flight 93 who made a fateful decision that they weren’t going to become pawns in a crazed attempt to decapitate our government. They took the enemy on, firsthand. They will always have our respect.

Let’s Roll!

The Crew
Jason Dahl
LeRoy Homer, Jr.
Lorraine Bay
Sandra Bradshaw
Cee Cee Lyles
Wanda Green
Deborah Anne Jacobs Welsh

The Passengers
Christian Adams
Todd Beamer
Alan Beaven
Mark Bingham
Deora Bodley
Marion Britton
Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
Willam Cashman
Georgine Rose Corrigan
Patricia Cushing
Joseph DeLuca
Patrick “Joe” Driscoll
Edward Porter Felt
Jane Folger
Colleen L. Fraser
Andrew Garcia
Jeremy Glick
Lauren Grandcolas
Donald F. Greene
Linda Gronlund
Richard Guadagno
Toshiya Kuge
Hilda Marcin
Waleska Martinez
Nicole Miller
Louis J. Nacke II
Donald and Jean Peterson
Mark “Mickey” Rothenberg
Christine Snyder
John Talignani
Honor Elizabeth Wainio
Kristin Gould White

We will not name the hijackers. May they forever be dishonored.

9/11 Remembered – The Toll

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

If you thought 2020 sucked, welcome to 2021. Not only are we observing the 20th anniversary of the greatest attack on America, we also just turned Afghanistan over to terrorists.

Reading the timeline each year is a sobering experience, but it pales in comparison to the haunting images from that day. I watched it all live, as it happened and I was numb to it. It didn’t sink in because I was trying to formulate a plan to react. Now, the images haunt me, and I fear they always will.

It’s a belittling experience when one of your children, born after the war began, sees dad with tears and I feel helpless in my act of self-pity. I’m supposed to be his rock and there I am, sobbing because of some video on TV that is foreign to him. It only has any meaning to him at all, because I’ve told him about that day and the toll. For him and his generation, the world has always been this way; they’ll never understand how much we sacrificed.

We live in a military community, so there’s a basic level of respect for what we happened, but I see what’s going on in the world. Our President didn’t even address the nation live. He taped his statement.

There were 2996 immediate deaths on September 11th, 2001. There were people who cheered that day, celebrating an attack on America. I will never forget them. I will never forgive them. Two decades later, I see members of our government trivialize the events of that day, desecrating the dead with their comments. Twenty years and America forgets its dead, abandoning its mission.

Regardless of which way the political winds blow, I remain a patriot. But in a greater sense, I will also always honor those from other nations who stood with us on that day and throughout the ensuing decades of conflict. After all, there were victims from 90 countries on 9/11. A sick ideology attacked the world and despite our efforts, it lives on, dug in like a tick.

The crisis remains. Every year we lose more and more to that fateful day. Victims and rescuers alike suffer life threatening medical conditions due to the exposure to toxins during the attacks and continue to succumb to these lingering wounds. As a country, we must stand by them.

And then, there’s the war that has yet to end. In the ensuing 20 years we’ve definitely taken the fight to the enemy and even cut their head off a time or two. The names change, but they remain enemies of freedom. We must secure our future, here and abroad. Afghanistan is over..for now, but the struggle goes on.

Even now, the world is faced with the continued threat of Islamic fundamentalism that targets our ideals in both word and deed. We must oppose them in every case, lest our efforts thus far, be in vain.

Never Forgive, Never Forget