Twenty-four years ago, a man named Kevin Wisniewski showed up at the annual EAA airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  He stood out amongst the thousands of other people, because he was dressed as an officer from World War II.  Every piece of his gear was authentic, part of a lifelong collection.  He wondered around the displays of World War II planes in the show’s famed “Warbird Alley.”  People were enthralled with his outfit.  Many asked to take photos with him.  It went over so well that the next year, Kevin asked his best friend to join him.  A few years after that, they were approached by representatives of Warbird Alley and asked to set up a camp there. Read More

A Marble Stone (Poem)

A cold, unfeeling marble stone
That’s all there is for the soldier unknown
Lost in a graveyard as big as the sea
My love comes looking but won’t find me
Because all I have is a white marble stone
And all it says is “soldier unknown”

I fought like the heroes, we were the same
But I got no medal, they don’t even know my name
I was just one body in an ocean of death
Just one warrior who took a dying breath
I got no honors, nothing to show
Just this marble stone, white as snow Read More

The Angel of Marye’s Heights

His is one of the most famous legends from the American Civil War.  His actions spawned a monument in Fredericksburg, Virginia, that still stands today.  His name is Richard Rowland Kirkland, and he is known as the Angel of Marye’s Heights.

The story first appeared in the Charleston News and Courier in 1880.  Written by former Confederate General Joseph B. Kershaw, it goes something like this:

IMG_4244The Battle of Fredericksburg, in particular the Union charge up Marye’s Heights, was a disaster for Uncle Sam.  The Confederate line had entrenched at the top of a slope behind a stone wall.  Their position was optimal, as it allowed them free fire over Read More

Etches in Stone

The Fremont Culture – Lost Tribe of Utah

In Mid-May, I found myself back in beautiful Moab, Utah.  The state has a pull for me – the red rock canyons, the wide open fields, the deep blue skies and the snow-capped mountains.  Everywhere you look, it’s beautiful.

This time, while hiking through the Arches National Park, I got to learn about another gem of Utah.  This one is harder to see amidst the sprawling scenery, swarms of tourists, and tangles of hiking trails.  It is fading with age and blended into the canyons, but for those willing to stop for a closer look, it’s a glimpse hundreds of years back in time. Read More