Paul Szoldra is a journalist with past bylines at Business Insider and We Are The Mighty, and is the founder of Duffel Blog. He is a former Marine infantryman.

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Marine Sergeant Major To Receive Medal Of Honor For Risking His Life To Save Wounded Comrades In Vietnam

September 25, 2018

Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Vietnam during the Battle of Hue City, the White House announced Tuesday. Then-Gunnery Sgt. Canley “fought off multiple enemy attacks as his company moved along a highway toward Hue City to relieve friendly forces who were surrounded,” read a … Read More

UN Members Laugh After Trump Claims He’s Accomplished More Than ‘Almost Any Administration In History’

September 25, 2018

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Members of the United Nations laughed during President Donald Trump’s speech to the General Assembly after he claimed that his White House had accomplished “almost more than any administration in the history” of the United States. The non-laugh line and the amusement from the audience that followed knocked Trump off from his prepared text, before … Read More

‘Green Side’ Navy Docs Now Need To Get Haircuts Just Like The Marines They Serve With

September 25, 2018

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Well, it finally happened. The U.S. Navy has taken away the beloved perk of keeping that long, flowing Navy hair away from its corpsmen and other sailors assigned to Marine Corps units. The service issued an administrative message on Friday updating its uniform policies, one of which says that “sailors assigned to U.S. Marine Corps … Read More

Afghan Governor: The Taliban Are ‘Going To Win’ If Death Toll Continues To Rise

September 24, 2018

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A provincial governor in Afghanistan says the Taliban is “going to win” if the death toll among Afghan security forces — which the New York Times reports is double the average from two years ago — continues unabated. “The Taliban don’t want peace, because they think they can win the war,” Baghlan Province Governor Abdul Hai Nimati told … Read More

Congress Is Giving The Navy 3 More Littoral Combat Ships Than It Wants Or Needs

September 19, 2018

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Lawmakers are giving the U.S. Navy three more littoral combat ships than the service actually wants or needs, because of course they would. Although the Navy set a requirement of 32 LCS’, lawmakers offered up funding for three more while cutting funding for modules that would make the current ships more useful, such as an anti-submarine … Read More

Hilarious Video Shows Navy Carrier Officers Having Way Too Much Fun Launching Aircraft

September 19, 2018

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You wouldn’t think listening to ‘Gangnam Style’ would make much sense during U.S. Navy carrier flight deck operations, but about a dozen catapult officers have proven us all wrong. Our friend Doctrine Man reposted a video to his Facebook page on Wednesday set to the K-pop hit showing various Navy lieutenants in action, dancing, hopping … Read More

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Reportedly Tried To Get A Russian Visa

September 17, 2018

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange reportedly tried to obtain a Russian visa in 2010, according to the Associated Press. In a letter to the Russian consulate in London obtained by AP dated Nov. 30, 2010, Assange wrote: “I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my … Read More

The Youngest And Oldest Living Marine Medal Of Honor Recipients Met, And This Epic Photo Is The Result

September 14, 2018

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The Medal of Honor Convention is currently taking place in Annapolis, Md., and it has brought together the youngest and oldest living Marine recipients of our nation’s highest award for battlefield heroism in a photograph of epic proportions. In a post on Twitter on Thursday, retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 28, said that he was “beyond … Read More