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The Heart Is A Refugee – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 12, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Sanctuary Of Another Thomas Calabrese — Claymore The M18A1Claymore is directional anti-personnel mine developed for the United States Armed Forces. Its inventor, Norman MacLeod, named the mine after a large medieval Scottish sword. Unlike a conventional land mine, the Claymore is command-detonated and directional, meaning it is fired by remote-control and shoots a pattern of metal balls into the kill zone like a shotgun. […]

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There Are Some Lines – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 5, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

You Don’t Cross Thomas Calabrese — A woman with her eight-year daughter has just exited the Dolce Cabana store at the Westfield Shopping Center, located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, California with four bodyguards, two in front of them and two behind. The woman informed the chief bodyguard, “We’ll be going […]

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O’Neill Family Vacation -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 28, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Practical Knowledge Thomas Calabrese — Colonel William O’Neill had been in the United States Marine Corps for twenty-six years. He had a distinguished career with numerous deployments and combat assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Africa, Philippines and Central America. He was respected by those under his command and trusted by his superiors. He had been […]

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The Long Sigh -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 21, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Make It Easy on Yourself Thomas Calabrese — Definition of sigh: emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling. Jake Russell never expected to be in hiding or using an alias, but just because he didn’t expect it, didn’t mean he hadn’t planned for that contingency. Top tier covert […]

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Son He Wished He Had – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 14, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Honor Is Not A Birthright Thomas Calabrese –Bright flashes and loud explosions burst all around the First Battalion of the Seventh Marines as they struggled up a narrow gravel trail, hardly suitable for even the local ox-carts.  They were up 3,000 feet in the frigid North Korean mountains with enemy small arms fire coming from […]

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Is YouTuber Alex Warren The Next David Dobrik?

By   /  September 12, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Oceanside, CA –Oceanside native, recently broke out on YouTube and Tik Tok, amassing millions of views and followers across both platforms. The word on the scene is he is the next David Dobrik who is a YouTube sensation with over 14 million fans. September 2019 一 Many know David Dobrik for his prank and comedy […]

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A Fragile Commodity – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 8, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

“Do you ever wish that we weren’t born into this kind of life?”

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The Banana Split Wars -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 31, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

The Three Legends Thomas Calabrese — The ‘Banana Wars’ were occupations, police actions, and interventions on the part of the United States in Central America and the Caribbean between the end of the Spanish–American War in 1898 and the inception of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1934. These military interventions were most often carried out by the United States Marine Corps. U.S. motivations for these conflicts were largely economic and military. The term […]

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Welcome Back Molly – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 24, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

To the Dog Side of Town Thomas Calabrese –Staff Sergeant Nick Morrison was currently deployed to Afghanistan and assigned to Camp Dwyer in the Gamir district of the Helmand River Valley with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. His recon team came under attack from small arms and light anti-tank weapons when a large group of Taliban […]

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Jack of Diamonds – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 17, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

And the Bandido Thomas Calabrese — John Joseph Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was born in Laclede, Missouri, the oldest of five children. He attended a school in town for precocious students of prominent citizens and after completing high school in 1878, he became a teacher of local African American children. He later applied […]

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Immoral Bay – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 10, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Beyond The Breakwater Thomas Calabrese — Gunnery Sergeant Luke Brody had been in the Marine Corps for 10 years after serving two West Pacific and two Middle East deployments with different units. He was currently assigned to a counter terrorism unit in Bahrain when he was called to Major John Ingram’s office. Luke Brody stood […]

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Anniversaries and Birthstones – What They Mean and Handy Lists You Can Use

By   /  August 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson –Anniversary and Birthday Celebrations pop up every year for individuals and couples and many struggle with what to give that special person(s) in their life. I recently celebrated my 45th wedding anniversary and presented my wife, Carolyn, with both the Traditional and Modern gift associated with that marriage anniversary date. There is some […]

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Hellfire Societe – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 3, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Warriors of the Six Spears Thomas Calabrese– Hellfire Club was a name for several exclusive clubs for high society rakes. ( Def: In a historical context, a rake (short for rakehell, analogous to “hellraiser”) was a man who was habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanizing. Often, a rake was also prodigal, wasting his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, and […]

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This Day in History for the Month of August

By   /  August 1, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson — Here you go Trivia and History Buffs, a day by day look at the month of August and some significant events that occurred at some point in our nation’s or world history on the particular day indicated. August 1 – First U.S. Census completed indicating 4 million people were in the U.S. […]

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One Square Mile of Hell – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 27, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

Private Parcel In Heaven Thomas Calabrese — The November 1943 invasion of the Gilbert Islands was the beginning of the U.S. ‘island hopping’ campaign in the central Pacific during World War II. U.S. commanders determined that amphibious attacks on Japanese –occupied islands was the key to victory. The island of Betio was the first target […]

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Leucadia’s Hidden Beach

By   /  July 25, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes– July, 2019 I’ve been to a lot of beaches in San Diego County thanks to my knowledge of the bus routes. From Oceanside to Ocean Beach, I had trekked the sand and discovered many different types of sea shells as seen in this previous article that I wrote: http://thevistapress.com/sharp-shell-shrapnels-treasure-by-the-handfull/. However, I was always […]

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The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Still My Enemy _ Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 20, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Spoils Go To The Victors Thomas Calabrese– The first CPRR locomotive crossed the California-Nevada border on December 13, 1867. The Central Pacific continued building track eastward to meet the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, forming the 1780 mile long Pacific Railroad linking California with the East by rail. In 1877 Southern California, Rake Meacham and his […]

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Win Wisely – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 13, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Always Try To Be An Honorable Man Thomas Calabrese — Schilling & Company was an American foodstuffs company founded in San Francisco, California, in 1881 by August Schilling and George F. Volkmann, a pair of 27 year-old Bremen, Germany immigrants. The company dealt in coffee, tea, baking powder, extracts, and spices. August Schilling had one son, Eric who was born in […]

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Share What You Can – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  21 Comments

Give What Comes Naturally Thomas Calabrese — Hodge Tucker graduated Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He began seeking employment and went on several interviews, but nothing really felt right to him. When he did some research about military opportunities for college graduates, Hodge thought he could enhance his skills […]

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What Is The 4th of July?

By   /  July 3, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

The 4th of July is often filled with parades, barbecues, fireworks, and impromptu baseball games. Families, friends, and neighbors often get together to enjoy scarfing down good food, talking, and lighting off colorful fireworks. The holiday was officially created in 1941, though the tradition of celebrating America’s Independence Day goes back to the 1700s and the american […]

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