An Interview with Military Correspondent Joseph Galloway



Joseph Galloway is a military correspondent and former columnist who frequently reported from war zones and is co-author of “We were Soldiers Once … and Young.” In November 1965, Galloway embedded with the 1st Calvary Division in the first major battle of the Vietnam War — the battle of the Ia Drang. He served four tours in Vietnam and became one of the most influential war reporters in U.S. history. He worked more than 20 years as a foreign and war correspondent. In 1998, Galloway was awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire at Ia Drang. He is the only civilian to receive a combat medal form the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

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Dreaming Drones

Drones I suppose it was inevitable, still it caught me completely off-guard. I suffered a lot of nightmares as a child and even through my college years. Just ask my college roommates. I’m sure I’ve been the talk of their dinner party laughter for dozens of years now. That was that particularly bad time at Oregon State University where I started having night terrors. My poor roomie had a time. The screaming always woke her, but surprisingly, not me – the one doing the screaming. The night terrors started in October, but we didn’t find out until March that the source of the night terrors was a real terror. Our landlady had been corresponding with inmates at the nearby State Penitentiary. After one particularly bad night terror, we discovered a ladder leaned up against my bedroom window. It was a large window and my bed was pushed up against it. The theory is that I saw someone outside the window in my half-awake state and thus, the night terror that woke everyone. I hope whoever was on that ladder peed his pants and got burn marks from running home in wet breeches. But if you had told me when I was a college coed that I’d suffer nightmares from drone attacks, I would have likely responded, “Huh?” The only kind of drone we knew back then was the sound the TV made after it signed off the air following the Johnny Carson Show. Sure enough, though, I’ve had my first drone strike nightmare. I was at home, of all places. Minding my own beeswax, when all of a sudden a drone broke through the bright blue sky aiming straight for me. I was a goner. Obliterated. Wipe-Out. I didn’t have time to run, hide or scream. They say you don’t dream your death. Perhaps the people who claim that had never dreamed up a drone. But, then again, drones are a living nightmare for some. Karen Spears Zacharias is author of After the Flag has been Folded (William Morrow).


Book Karen

On the Altar of War


Mr. & Ms. Politician:

I heard you on the radio the other day. Public Broadcast, my favorite station. I listen to it every morning. Lately, though, I’ve taken to turning it off. Or not even turning it on. I don’t like starting my day angry and all this news leading into the next presidential election, well, it just makes me so mad I could spit red lava.

I don’t belong to any one party. There’s no point in it anymore. Not since Congress ruled that Corporations are people, too. You are all crooks. Lying. Cheating. Thieving. Carpet Bagging. Bunch.

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Life in the Bubble

girl in a bubble

I was driving over the pass today, headed from one state to the next, from one grandson to the next, from one daughter to the next, doing that thing women have done ever since we could stand on our own two feet – helping.

It was a long drive and I was tired. As I told Pistol Pete this morning, “You wear me out.” To which he replied, “You wear me out, too, Ranny.”

Pistol Pete got a baby brother this week. He likes him very much, in very brief spurts, which is probably the best way to get used to any new person, if you think about it.

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Pimping out the Military

Miliitary Thank you

As if the NFL wasn’t knee-deep in dookey already.

Now comes a report that they charged the military millions to “pay tribute” to the troops.

According to, this has been a common practice:

  • The Guard paid NFL teams $5.6 million in 2013 and 2014. This year, the Guard is spending $4.1 million on advertising through sporting events. That includes $1.2 million in payments to NFL teams. The Super Bowl-champion Patriots got the most at $225,000, with the Indianapolis Colts ($200,000) and Miami Dolphins ($160,000) close behind.

Let’s be clear about where those millions come from – you, the taxpayer.

I cannot begin to put into words how upsetting this is for me, a Gold Star daughter.

To charge the military for the “opportunity” to honor veterans and their families is so egregious. It violates everything that it means to honor someone. There is absolutely nothing honorable about what the NFL has done.

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