Posts tagged "Marines"

Memorial Day history lesson: 100s of black men victims of institutional racism in the military

This Memorial Day, author James Campbell reminded me that even the Greatest Generation had its dark shadows. In his new book, “The Color of War: How One Battle Broke Japan and Another Changed America,” Campbell lays out in stunning detail one of that generation’s most nightmarish events: the racism that caused the deaths of hundreds of African-Americans in... Read more »

Navy and Marines to extinguish the smoking lamp aboard ship?

The expression, “the smoking lamp is lighted,” is older than the United States of America. It is the word that is “passed” when it is all right to light up a cigarette, pipe or stogie. When it’s time to stop smoking (e.g. during the loading of ammunition), the word is “the smoking lamp is out.... Read more »
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