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Munday Memories Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 22, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ghost of Khe Sanh   Thomas Calabrese …. Captain Matthew Munday could have been forged in the steel mills of ancient mythology to stand beside the Gods of Aries and Zeus on Mount Olympus. He also could have been finely stitched by a master leathermaker to be rawhide tough and ride the trails of the Wild […]

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Frankly Speaking – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

(Once every ten million, One in ten billion) One in Ten Billion  Thomas Calabrese Billions of stars and thousands of planets from different galaxies were in perfect alignment for this unique celestial event that only occurred once every ten million years and lasted less than a tenth of a second. An energy beam so powerful […]

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Blurred Lines – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Broken Rules of Engagement Thomas Calabrese … Second Lieutenant Ron Foss graduated at the top of his Officer Candidate class. He could spit shine his boots and shoes until he could see the reflection of his face in them and recite regulations word for word so when he landed in Danang, South Vietnam on May17th, 1969, […]

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Miss Mercs. – Thomas Calabrese 4/9

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

They put the take in breathtaking Thomas Calabrese … It was a hot and muggy evening in Juarez, Mexico and the stench of garbage stubbornly hung over the city like a foul smelling guest who’s overstayed his welcome.  The ruthless enforcers of the drug cartel caught a group of careless men transporting cocaine through their area […]

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The Devil’s Breath – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Don’t be Fooled…   Thomas Calabrese …  The group consisted of forty students and ten teachers from Mira Costa Junior College in Oceanside, Ca.  They were touring religious and historical sites in Israel when they were kidnapped as they left the Garden Tomb. Hamas and Isis both claimed responsibility for the abduction and Intel determined it […]

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Uncle Chubby’s Pool Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

   Beware of the Deep End Thomas Calabrese …When I say the word chubby, the first thing that probably comes to your mind are words like plump and chunky. When you hear the name, Ervin “Chubby” Piper, you can easily picture a pleasant rotund cheerful fellow with rosy cheeks. If you are a sensitive person […]

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Diligent and Dangerous Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  12 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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