Col. John W. Ripley

October 6, 2010

Read the book: "An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC". More info:

I Fought For You By The Sound Tank

July 7, 2010

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

June 24, 2010

North Platte Canteen

June 17, 2010

When the "Greatest Generation" passed through North Platte, Nebraska during WWII, they got a hug and a handshake, homemade cakes and cookies, and a moment of respite and prayer provided by thousands of volunteers from the surrounding communities. This spirit of service is vital to America today. You can give something back to our military members and their families. Visit to see how!

Kate Smith Introduces God Bless America

June 9, 2010

In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country. She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it. He said she could have it. She sat at the piano, played it, and realized how good it was.

She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing. So, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties. Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got 'dust' in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused.

This video clip has scenes from the movie "You're in the Army Now."

You may recognized the face of actor and later our 40th President reading "Variety" in Irving Berlin's office, toward the end of the clip.

You might get dust in your eyes as you listen. Sit back and enjoy a Real Star.

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