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I'm the "Military Buff" Contributor on Squidoo.

Updated on January 12, 2014

Terry Villars - 3rd Generation Military Veteran and Squidoo "Military Buff" Contributor

When I was young, I didn't envision myself in the military, but I ended up there and had some very interesting experiences.

My Father, Charles C. Villars, was in World War II and experienced D-Day at Omaha Beach. If he had not been in the US Army, I wouldn't be here today as he met my Mother in Belgium. The story is a great one, at least from my perspective. Both of my parents have passed away but I have committed myself to bringing their experiences to paper before I leave this earth.

Many years later, I learned my Grandfather, Charles W. Villars, was in World War I and I actually found a copy of his draft notice online in a genealogy website.

I am the third generation of military veterans in my family. I was in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. My Mother cried when I left because my Father was in a war and she didn't want to experience that again with her Son. Although I would not want to do it again, I do have good memories and also some very scary ones.

I have a background in experience in the military and as the Squidoo Military Buff Contributor, I want to help others bring out the best in their military experiences. Whether those experiences were while in the services, or while they had contact with someone who did, or even because of a personal connection with a military object that you owned or discovered. I want to hear your story.

Foreign services are not excluded and I would love to hear perspectives from countries other than the USA.

Please bring your best and tell us how the military has touched you.

Thank you for your service or your contribution to bring out the human perspective of the military.

My Family was not like Lieutenant Dan's

While we had three generations of military Veterans in my family, none of us us died in combat and we certainly didn't have a fatal destiny like poor old Lieutenant Dan!

Charles C Villars
Charles C Villars

What is a "Human Interest" Military Story?

My Father told me many stories about his experiences.

We all know about the wars, battles and different services of the military. We can read books about Gettysburg and about D-Day and have even seen the films.

Since most of this information is written in stone, so to speak, we can get the information from many sources. The information that we can't get, comes from you.

Most people have a connection to the military in one way or another. Their stories are important to others. These stories, with a "human interest twist" help others understand themselves.

An Interesting Perspective to any Military Action - What would've happened if....? Your speculation is encouraged.

Hank Williams Jr. & His Interpretation of the South Winning the Civil War - Buy the Song Here!

If The South Woulda Won
If The South Woulda Won

Hank Williams Jr. wrote and sang this song.

It is an interesting perspective of the South winning the Civil War.

What is your perspective?


What Military Story do you want to Tell? - Are you looking forward to writing about your own military niche?

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you Barb!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hi there (again) - I'm the Country Music Contributor and I just finished a review about a Song by Kevin Costner's Country Band (yes that Kevin Costner) :) - it's about a song they wrote called "When the Angels Came Down about Fallen Soldiers - thought you may want to put it into your Niche catalog - here's the link - Barb

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      We have visited many battlefields in the U.S. and Europe and I am always filled with a sense of awe for what the soldiers have done and gone through. We're written a number of reviews of historical sites connected with the military, and probably will do more.

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      Devin Gustus 3 years ago

      This is the first of 3 lenses on military stories I have heard. Each lens is a couple short stories. I believe it will fit your niche nicely:

      Part 2

      Part 3

      This one may or may not fit, it is a little humorous, I hope, but isn't so personal:

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      I've written about my great uncle John's World War One division - the British Royal Naval Division who were sailors who fought on land in the trenches. Readers might also be interested in my uncle Jakes diaries in the book Tanks Across The Desert which document his exploits in North Africa in WW2 until he was killed in action.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      They picked the right person for this topic. So glad! Congratulations on your purple star as well.

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I thnik I'm going to be visiting this part of squidoo often. I'm ex British Army and also third generation (all of us as junior ranks) with my Grandfather on mother's side lying about his age and enlisting in ww1 at the age of 15. By 16 he'd already been invalided out after being wounded at the 1st battle of the somme. My Grandfather on dad's side went all five years of WW2 without a scratch only to get wounded by a V1 bomb in London in the final week of the war!

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ColettaTeske: Thank you. I knew a lot of Marines while in Desert Storm and previously in Fort Belvoir, VA. They trained there. We were all green! ha!

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      My dad was in the Marine Corps. I'm looking forward to watching your niche develop.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan. You are correct, so many things, including 9/11, seem to slip away during our routine lives. It is good to reflect on those things that made us who we are. Terry

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations on being part of this club.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @delia-delia: Not sure if it made it or not but I just reviewed it! Thank you for posting.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      I made a lens for my hubby on our personal experience of him going to Vietnam...I tried to add this to the list above but might not have succeeded

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thank you for your service and for helping to keep those memories alive! Americans (I guess all humans) have very short memories, but it's so important not to forget.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      History is a bit of a passion for me, so military stories are always of interest. You're a great choice to be Squidoo's leading "Military Buff," I must say - congratulations!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I have a military story in my head - the Grenadian Revolution (1983) - but this story holds so much pain for my fellow countrymen/women that I don't think it would be appropriate to write about it just yet. I'll be looking forward to your military contributions in your niche.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I am a huge supporter of our military and even though I do not personally have a military background, my brother was in the army and we have plenty of ancestors who fought in all of the major American wars. I even have ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. I can only imagine how awful that was since two of them were brothers, one on the side of the North, one on the side of the South, My husband is the history buff of our family, but you can't live with a history buff without learning a lot about it, which means I have learned more about military actions than I ever would have believed when I was in high school. I have no doubt, you will be the perfect Military Buff Contributor!