Both Land and Sea

The Tiger Fliers

Everything necessary to understand my grandfather lies between two stories: the story of the tiger’s wife, and the story of the deathless man. These stories run like secret rivers through all the other stories of his life – of my grandfather’s days in the army; his great love for my grandmother; the years he spent as a surgeon and a tyrant of the University. One, which I learned after his death, is the story of how my grandfather became a man; the other, which he told to me, is of how he became a child again.
–Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife

Lou Diamond Phillips and Gunnery Sergeant Leland “Lou” Diamond

Lou Diamond Phillips

Your random Lou Diamond Phillips fact of the day is that the actor was born in Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines. Which means that one of his parents was probably a Sailor or a Marine:

Named by his Father for highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant Leland “Lou” Diamond, USMC, who enlisted in the Marines at age 27 in 1917, and saw action in both world wars. To this day “Lou” Diamond is considered one of the finest Marines of all time, and is known as “Mr. Leatherneck.”

As you may know, Lou plays Henry Standing Bear in the television series Longmire.


I was a Navy officer writing about Navy problems and I simply stole this lovely Army nurse and popped her into a Navy uniform, where she has done very well for herself.
–James A. Michener