All Blog Posts Tagged 'military' (3)

American Sniper - Etymology of word

The term sniper originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper". The term was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".  Dating back to the early 19th century, a sniper…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Listen to the Music

My wife and I are becoming regulars at our local, The Four Provinces in Falls Church, Virginia, where they host a Monday night session, or seisiún, of Irish traditional music.  We love hearing live music of all kinds and have…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on October 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Memorial Day 2013: Remembering Lawrence 'Turk' Condon

My father's uncle, Sgt. Lawrence Condon, died of shrapnel wounds in France two months before the Armistice ending World War I, "The War to End All Wars." His division, the U.S. Army's 27th, was known as "O'Ryan's Roughnecks." He was third generation American. One of his grandfathers was an Irwin, reputedly from Ballyjamesduff,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on May 30, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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