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Diligent and Dangerous Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Thomas Calabrese… Part II When they got close enough to be seen, Catlin slumped over her board as Camille began waving at the yacht. It slowed down and pulled alongside, “What is wrong?” The deckhand called out with a heavy accent as he stared at the two beautiful women. “My friend is sick, can you help […]

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Diligent and Dangerous Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Semper Femme Fatale Thomas Calabrese …Part I Catlin Forrest and Camille Reubens were relaxing at the San Onofre State beach not far from their San Mateo base housing quarters when their Marine Corps pilot husbands flew low over them in their Cobra helicopters on their way back to the Camp Pendleton airfield. The two women […]

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Mary Myers’ Picket Fence – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

  Events in history that you never knew Thomas Calabrese ….Mary Garretson was born on March 4, 1860 in Durango, Colorado, the youngest of nine children. Her father Virgil nicknamed “Buck” worked at a variety of jobs including stagecoach guard, miner and faro dealer and her mother was half Cheyenne and a former dance hall […]

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Almost There – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Close is not good enough this time… Thomas Calabrese…It was the evening of December 28, 2016 and Glenn Garrison was scrolling down his list of potential resolutions for the upcoming year as he sat in the kitchen of his sparsely furnished one bedroom apartment in the Rancho Del Oro area of Oceanside. In the past […]

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Allegiance of Blood – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The True Bond of Loyalty Thomas Calabrese …. Pete Caldarelli’s paternal grandfather Salvatore migrated from Palermo, Sicily to San Diego California in 1946 after the end of World War II. His father Joseph was born in 1950 and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and after his discharge from the military, he became […]

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Candy and a Flower – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

(Who Saved Who?) Thomas Calabrese…Mike Hemmer was a homeless veteran, just one of thousands around the country and after his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. He was in the fourth year of a six year enlistment and serving with a Force Reconnaissance unit when the helicopter he […]

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Five O’clock Follies – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

(Die Laughing or Just Die) Thomas Calabrese …… Third Battalion, Lima Company, Second Platoon was the bottom rung of the ladder for speed freaks, potheads, juicers and hellraising Marines with too much time in country and not enough functioning brain cells to quietly complete their combat tours or die patriotically in the line of duty. They […]

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A Breed Apart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

The True Predators Thomas Calabrese…Sergeant Johnny Tersus served six years in the Marine Corps and had four deployments to the Middle East and wanted to surprise his parents Robert and Frances Tersus so he didn’t tell them that he was being discharged and coming home. It was mid-morning as he walked up the steps to […]

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Heaven Sent and Hell Bent – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

  Justice Comes Calling It was five am on June 15, 1930 and Frank McCall was driving from San Diego to his ranch in Valley Center. The Depression had been hard on him and his family, but it was hard on the entire country so Frank did not have any other choice except to roll […]

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Mariah – Part Two Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 7, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese…. When Mariah got the news from the Carlsbad Police about Ron’s death, she was devastated. This was a woman that had always been in control of her emotions, never took her eyes off the big picture and could always turn any negative event into a positive one, but not this time and when […]

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Mariah – Part One Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 31, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

  She was a force of nature … Thomas Calabrese … The Honor Initiative was a 501c3 charitable foundation based in Rancho Santa Fe, California and its Chief Executive Officer was Mariah Martine. The entire west wing of the palatial estate served as the headquarters for the charity and the twenty five acre property was immaculately […]

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Smiling Christmas Viper – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Best Gift Ever Thomas Calabrese …. As I lie on my deathbed within days or hours of my final demise, I can’t help but look back and wonder how much of this tale is actual fact and how much has been distorted by the gradual destruction of my brain cells from too many years of bad […]

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J.E.F. Part II Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Thomas Calabrese …The Joint Expeditionary Force had been in existence for over three years and had completed twenty four minor missions and seven major ones since its inception. A minor mission was designated as a rescue or assassination and a major mission was an attack on a large hostile force. Ben the Mossad Agent was […]

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J.E.F. – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 10, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese = Part One “Mad Dog” and the Joint Expeditionary Force             The one thousand acre property was located in Northern Israel not far from the city of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. It had been the site of a resort and convention complex until it was purchased by private investors for […]

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The Transitioner – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

A different perspective Thomas Calabrese….Tyler Hutchins was twenty four years old and had joined the Marine Corps when he was eighteen, right out of high school and was coming up on his six years anniversary and discharge date. He had four deployments during his enlistment and each one was rougher than the previous. Tyler was […]

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Ring of Truth – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

  The circle was complete… Thomas Calabrese … Lt. Colonel Louis Braddock, United States Marine Corps was stationed at Camp Pendleton from 2003 to 2008, the last three as Battalion Commanding Officer with the Ninth Marines and lived in the San Luis Rey housing area of the base with his wife Ellen, son, Michael and daughter […]

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Pumpkin Pie and Predators

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

A lot of things to be thankful for  Thomas Calabrese … A twelve man team fast roped out of the helicopter into the dark of night that was hovering in silent mode and was on the roof of the three story building in less than five seconds. The diversion of a car exploding down the road […]

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Ice & Steel Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 12, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

Thomas Calabrese ….Part II Three days later, Charlie and Jack were sitting in their vehicle across the street from Senorita Bonita, a restaurant in Mexicali. “I’ve always hated surveillance,” Jack grimaced as he squirmed in his seat. “That’s coming from a guy who would spend three days in the searing heat or freezing cold to […]

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Ice and Steel – Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 5, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

  Heal or Kill – Thomas Calabrese –  Part I ……It was nine pm, Wednesday night and Deputy Ben Allison was working the four to midnight shift in the Douglas, Arizona area. He drove down Pan American Avenue and turned on Tenth Street and pulled into the parking lot of Brasas Grill for his dinner […]

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Zeke the Zombie – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 29, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Born on Halloween Thomas Calabrese … Ezekiel “Zeke” Forrest was a former Marine and aspiring triathlete who lived in Vista, California. He was currently working as a security guard at the San Onofre nuclear power plant during the decommissioning process, three twelve hour shifts from seven pm to seven am, Friday through Sunday, and this was […]

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