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Twisting In The Wind – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Full Circle of Retribution  Thomas Calabrese… Allison Christiansen’s name was a contradiction in itself for there was absolutely nothing Christian-like about this young girl’s upbringing or behavior. She was completely void of morals or anything resembling a conscience. Her father Jason was a ruthless collector of unpaid gambling debts and her mother Maureen descended from a […]

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Hank’s Justice He Walks The Blue Line – Thomas Calabrese

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

  He Walks The Blue Line Thomas Calabrese … It was late afternoon in Oceanside, California and twenty women were doing a yoga demonstration under a clear blue sky on the beach next to the pier as a large banner flew next to them; Peace and Tranquility through Yoga. They were going through a series of […]

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The Underground Dynasty – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

I Can Dig It Thomas Calabrese ….  Mohawk Indians have an impressive history of being fearless and adept iron workers. Seven generations of this special breed of men have climbed halfway to the heavens on two foot wide steel girders with a steady gait and unwavering balance to create monuments of architecture. Their contributions to […]

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Confirmed Last Transmission – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Roger That Thomas Calabrese… The mortars dropped in on the Marines like fire from hell and the jungle warriors instinctively dived for cover. The screams of anguish of those who had been hit filled the morning air and once the location of the enemy’s mortar position was determined, grunts grabbed their weapons and raced into harm’s […]

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Thy Kingdom Come – Part Two – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

(Answer My Prayer)   Air Force One was in the air in less than thirty minutes and President Trask was already halfway through the service record of Joe Kingdom, “Ten years in the Navy Seals, two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts. After he left the Seals he worked […]

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Thy Kingdom Come – Part I

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

(Answer My Prayer) Thomas Calabrese …. When Robert Trask campaigned for the Presidency of the United States, one of his promises was that he would the turn the economy around which had been sluggish for years. He would make it easier for companies to make a profit by reducing cumbersome and unneeded regulations that had a […]

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Smoldering Australians -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Smoldering Australians     Too Hot To Handle Thomas Calabrese.. It was April 20, 1968 in South Vietnam and the stench of death and jungle decomposition combined with the stifling humid heat to attack my sense of smell like a sapper squad on opium laced steroids. My Marine Corps infantry platoon had seen action in three […]

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All Choked Up – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

  An Unfortunate Chain of Events Thomas Calabrese … Pepper was a Brindle Pitbull, black and white in color and almost fourteen years of age. This was old for most dogs especially one of her size and breed and she had her share of health issues which included arthritis and lung cancer.  She was the sole […]

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Munday Memories Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 22, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 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  /  8 Comments

(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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