Barton the Spartan

A big part of the “Behind the Gun” storyline is somewhat of an odyssey of military service. As we’ve read about the soldiers who trained and led me and my cohorts, and read about my peers, now we get to look at the soldiers I trained. The first soldier I chose to write about is Jeff Barton. I […]

One Shot, One Kill

For my friend Eric Smith – An American Sniper. Albeit a brief chapter, it’s among one of my favorites. When I hear the word “sniper”, one person instantly comes to mind; my “battle-buddy” (or battle for short) from basic training, Eric Smith. Smith was a great soldier, a badass, and among the finest human beings […]

CSM Kenny Lee “Claymore”

With a last name like Clayborn, his nickname was chosen long before he ever even dreamed of becoming a soldier. It was even decided long before he was ever born. CSM Kenneth Lee Clayborn  got his start in the Army like the rest of us in A CO 1-87 IN and like many of us, […]

Poe – The Iron That Sharpens

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17 Poe is the iron who has sharpened every soldier who had the privilege of spending any time at all around him in the Army. He is Iron Mike incarnate. Show me a good soldier and if you look, you will find the good leaders who molded him; […]

Sarah – “A Girl Named Larry”

As has become somewhat customary, I am creating a “Warrior Profile” for one of my kids on their birthday again. This time it’s for Larry (Sarah) who turns 11 today. Every since Sarah was a tiny girl, I have called her “Larry”, something she isn’t always so happy about these days as she heads off into […]

“Gute” – A Long Climb to the Top

On today, his birthday, Behind the Gun is going to tell you about Gerard Gutierrez as we celebrate his service, and also his birthday. Gutierrez, or “Gute” (like GOOT), fought in Mogadishu on Oct.3rd and 4th as a SAW gunner with 3rd Platoon C CO. 1-87 IN, and was wounded during the Battle of Mogadishu. Gute […]