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GAS-15 Gary Stading (CA, KIA 25 April 68) on the beach at Chu Lai… Note the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), as well as the ‘California’ and single stripe on the cap. 

Note from Doc Norman: I was present when this photo was shot. It was taken by the Battalion mail clerk. Can’t remember his name, but he was an oriental guy, heavy into photography… It was colorized by somebody cause the clerk only shot B & W. He [the mail clerk] wanted to be a news photographer when he got back to the world and all they do is B & W. … Doc

Stading was in Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade.


CPT Sarah Cudd from Public Health Command, Fort Knox is only 1 of the 46 candidates who earned the EFMB yesterday at Fort Dix, NJ..27 April 2015. This is her last few seconds of the 12 Mile Foot March. The Foot March is the last event of the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB), and must be completed within 3 hours. If you want it, you have to go get it. Watch this video. This EFMB candidate wanted it, and she got it. It took heart, guts, determination, falling down and getting up, and a little motivation from the crowd to get across the finish line. Check this out

This pumps me the fuck up.


Polish Legion in Finland (pol. Legion Polski w Finlandii, fin. Puolan Legioona Suomessa) was a military unit comprising ethnic Poles who had been soldiers of the Russian Imperial Army in World War I. Created on April 24, 1917, in Viipuri, it existed until March 1, 1918. It comprised infantry battalion in Viipuri and infantry company in Ino and heavy artillery battery in Sveaborg. At its peak, the Legion comprised 37 officers, 1,700 soldiers and was commanded by Captain Stanisław Bogusławski.

The Legion, based in Viipuri, as well as other Finnish towns, such as Helsinki, Ina, Lappeenranta, Tampere, Vaasa, Turku, Oulu, Tornio, Hämeenlinna, Kokemäki, Rauma, Panelia (Kiukainen), Riihimäki, Kotka, Mikkeli, Pori and Hanko, was subordinate to the Government of Finland, and took part in fighting with the Red Army troops, capturing a lot of equipment, which was handed to the Finnish Army.
silly: in defense of parvati patil (in memory of lavender brown) - by dirgewithoutmusic
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The students of Dumbledore’s Army had many badges. A gold coin that called them first to lessons and then to war. Scar tissue that ran across the back of many of their hands. I must not tell lies.

Another: the sound of clacking footsteps on stone sent each and every one of them scattering, even years after. The only people bold enough to walk loudly were not safe.

Parvati went out on the anniversary of not the battle but the day she left Gryffindor Tower for the DA and the Room of Requirement. She bought a pair of heels, their red as loud as the sound they made on hard floors.

Dennis Creevey sent her Muggle sneakers for Christmas and she wore those when she needed to be stealthy (scuffed purple and white peeking out from beneath her robes) but she wore the heels on office days, interrogations, on nights out, because she wanted to be unafraid, because she wanted to be the scariest thing in the room.

I forgot that parvati’s sister’s name was padma, to be honest.

The part that stuck with me the most is the bit with Dennis’s photographs

(this is part of the same series as in “defense of hannah abbot” though I’m not sure i like them equally, but this one made me weepy so it’s obviously got some kick to it)

oh and i also liked the line about worrying their house colors would wash right off their robes unless they acted a certain way

complete @ 7200 words

[short fic] [side character centric: parvati patil] [i am vague!]


STARS AND STRIPES - P.O.T.W. - Essie - power clutch

Thought this was appropriate given the recent holiday.

Essie - Power Clutch, Revlon - electric, L’Oreal - creme puffs, O.P.I. - bling dynasty, O.P.I. - i’ll take the cake, O.P.I. - gargantuan green grape - matte, gold caviar beads, star shaped and round gold metal flats.

Visit the P.O.T.W. page for the other designs featuring this polish and more!