Project Vigil

The Christmas Truce

December 24th, 1914

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Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Halleluja,
Tönt . . .

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December 24, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

The soldiers I've met along the way

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August 2nd, 2017, Fort Campbell, KY.

As Project Vigil reaches its 5th Anniversary, and this being Veterans Day weekend, I decided to dedicate a blog post to the active duty soldiers and veterans whom I've had the honor of meeting over the past few years. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the US . . .

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November 10, 2019

Abraham Goldstein


Today, I am publishing this post in memory of Abraham Goldstein of Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is my post to him on the 75th anniversary of his death in the historic Battle of Saint-Lô.


Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1907
H&W: 5’8” 185 lbs.
S/N: 33833739
Conscripted: November 15, 1943
. . .

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July 17, 2019

Taps and the American Bugler Crisis

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Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

The other day I received an e-mail from a Project Vigil follower. The e-mail brought to my attention a problem in America that needs to be addressed immediately. For that reason, I've decided to dedicate a blog post to it.

What is Taps?

In . . .

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July 13, 2019

Experiences in the Cemetery

One Man's Search for Closure

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June 2nd, 2018, telling the life story of Stanley Stockins. You never know who's standing just a few feet away from you.


For those of you who do not know what I do, every year I travel to Normandy where, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, I stand vigil at the grave sites of three . . .

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April 24, 2019

Staff Sgt. Jerry Michael Durbin Jr.

Killed in Action, January 25th, 2006, Baghdad, Iraq

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On this day, 13 years ago, Jerry Michael Durbin Jr. was killed in action when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated while he was on patrol in Iraq. Today, I would like to honor him, his family and his friends with this blog post, on the anniversary of his death.

Michael's early life

Michael was born on July . . .

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January 25, 2019

03xx Foundation

Serving Infantry Marine Corps Veterans and their Navy Corpsman

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03XX Foundation: Serving Infantry Marine Corps veterans and their Navy Corpsman.

I recently discovered something that shocked and saddened me. While researching the US Marine Corps, I came across a very powerful article written by Dave Philipps of The New York Times. In his article, Philipps recounts the story of a Marine Corps . . .

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December 03, 2018