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Title: The Quiet Ones
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to actual persons, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Story summary: An NCO discovers a secret about one of his men. Fort Bliss, June, 2013.
Author's Note: I have taken some liberties with dates and facts, but inevitably will have gotten some things wrong. I apologise for those honest mistakes.

The story )

Heroes

Feb. 19th, 2017 04:00 pm
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Title: Heroes
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to actual persons, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Story summary: A soldier realises what it really means to be a hero. Fort Hood, Texas, November 2009.
Author's Note: The captain mentioned below was John Gaffaney, an Army Reserves officer from California. He was one of the thirteen people killed when Nidal Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood.


The story )
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Title: A Very Long Walk
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: All names given in this story are fictional and any relation to actual persons, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Story summary: A British infantry patrol on a route clearance mission has a bad day. Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Early April, 2012.
Author's Note: Any factual errors that occur within are my own.

The story )

Blame

Jun. 23rd, 2016 02:30 pm
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Title: Blame
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to actual persons, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Story summary: An infantryman cannot cope with losing friends in combat. Fort Lewis, Washington, January, 2009.
Author's Note: Warning for graphic description of gunshot wounds and suicide. This story is based on several events and people I encountered while I was on active duty. There is no happy ending here but this is deliberate. I intend no disrespect with this work of fiction. Don't read this story if you're in a good mood.

The story )
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Title: The Angel Walk
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: All names given in this story are fictional and any relation to actual persons, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Story summary: A Military Policeman learns about the realities of combat medicine while on guard duty. Mosul, Iraq, 2007.
Author's Note: Any factual errors that occur within are my own. This story is inspired by tales brought home by former colleagues after their deployment to Iraq. It is, I think, a fairly fitting Memorial Day piece

The story )

Shot Glass

Jun. 22nd, 2014 08:55 pm
barefoot_bard: (Darkness)
Title: Shot Glass
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to an actual person, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Summary: A US Marine remembers a fallen comrade. Arlington National Cemetery, May 2012.
Author's Note: This is not an Age of Sail fic. Any errors or mistakes contained herein are mine and I duly apologise for them.

The story )
barefoot_bard: (Darkness)
Title: Never Broken
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to an actual person, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Original pen-date: 5 July 2010
Summary: A medic faces down adversity from all sides. Kirkuk, Iraq, 2006.
Author's Note: This piece contains descriptions of wounds.

The story )

Mirrors

Jun. 24th, 2010 01:19 am
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Title: Mirrors
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: Names given in this story are fictional and any relation to an actual person, living or dead, is purely incidental.
Original pen-date: 10 March 2010
Summary: A 1st Cav soldier struggles to adjust to a life he never wanted. Texas 2008.
Author's Note: This is a dark piece that has been lurking around my brain for some time. It is a collective recollection of the soldiers who suffered burns in combat, many of whom I encountered as patients during my tour at BAMC. If anyone deserves to be called heroes, they do.

The story )

Kilroy

Feb. 27th, 2010 01:46 am
barefoot_bard: (Darkness)
Title: Kilroy
Rating: M (Suitable for ages 16 and above)
Disclaimers: None.
Original pen-date: 26 February 2010
Summary: An infantryman's reflections. Baghdad, 2007.
Author's Note: Inspired in part by a Marine patient I had. The setting is based loosely off the circumstances in which then-PFC Ross McGinnis, of 1/26 Infantry, earned the Medal of Honor.

This is not an Age of Sail story.

The story )

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