South Sea Scouts

Pacific Paratrooper

The Ol' Officer's Mess The Ol’ Officer’s Mess

This is basically a follow-up to the post, Fiji Guerrillas, which can be reviewed first if you so desire.

At the end of 1942, the Americans on Guadalcanal had requested more Fiji guerrilla troops and this was met by the dispatch of 2 further units – 1 Commando Fiji Guerrillas and 1 Battalion Fiji Brigade Group.  Both of these landed on 19 April 1943.  Commanded by C.W.H. Tripp, they would now be labeled the South Sea Scouts, made up of 39 New Zealand officers and NCO’s from the Southern and Eastern Independent Commandos and 135 Fijians from the same units.

28 Tongans, under Lt. B. Masefield, increased the strength of Tripp’s unit to 203 before it went into action on New Georgia.  During this time, 200 Solomon Islanders were absorbed into the unit and changes were made in the organization.  Each platoon became a patrol…

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With a wink and a nod

Being Margaret


The “Happy Holiday” vs. “Merry Christmas” debate heats up every year around this time.  Well, let’s be honest people, the holiday debate probably starts in September when the department stores start to set up their Christmas displays in a pitiful effort to outdo the sales of their competition.  Shameful!!

Since when has saying a very simple “Merry Christmas!” become such a crime?  I know, touchy subject.  But, bear with me and let’s see if we can’t sort this entire mess out.  OK?

If I understand it correctly, when in public, I’m supposed to avoid the words “Merry Christmas” at all costs for fear of completely offending someone to their core if they are not a Christian?  Is that correct?  Now, if someone came up to me and said “Happy Kwanzaa!” I’d be like, right on!…”Happy Kwanzaa to you as well!”  Of course I myself do not celebrate Kwanzaa but I…

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Mytwosentences 123 (side story continues)



As I wiped drying drops of blood off my brow, numbing knees briefly held me in place while the enigmatic figure unlocked his lamp-like eyes from mine to turn and point into the darkness.
While choking on my pounding heart, which was throwing itself against my chest, the retreating silhouette dissolved into the nighttide revealing the incomprehensible sight of a cemetery entrance that simply didn’t exist.
(Continued from Mytwosentences 122)
(Photo: Edward Roads)

Written by Edward Roads

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One year with two ears

Words dipped in Happiness


Image source: IntentBlog


Just when everything was darker, I saw you shining with your passion as the fire.

Jitters in my thoughts got cleared seeing you. I took your candle as inspiration & started to follow the path of my passion.

Jingle bells in my ears, were your words which made a way to my heart, where they will stay forever. 

Journey began in December, 2014 with rays of hope and happiness as the epicenter.

July 2015 it was though when I started to follow this path sincerely and began to love what I do.

Joyfully I penned down my heart with words going through systolic and diastolic movements.

Jumping through word by word, I tried to build my way to make it more meaningful and worth reading.

Justifying my views with fellow writers, I started to improve my skills and thinking ability by gaining knowledge from various sources.

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