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mexicomaria

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:45:13 PM

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” Gary Hart

Please tell about your service to our Nation here. I want to know.

Thank you to each one of you.... thank you is such an inadequate word.

I pray we are never insensitive to how much you gave and how much you risked.
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 11:36:14 AM

Panama - good post.
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:03:58 AM


From the military net...

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MAY HIS GOD BE WITH HIM, WHOMEVER HE MAY BE!
Jimbo

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Club,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew of where he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honour
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."



[Edited by: Panama19 at 11/15/2014 10:04:31 AM EST]
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 2:52:04 AM



Another amazing vet.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 8:43:53 AM

Panama, what a great story... Thanks for posting it, am glad I had the opportunity to listen to it this morning..

"Freedom has a taste the protected will never know."




So true MM....




Had an opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston last month.



My wife and I didn't take any of the tours offered due to time, but had the opportunity to see Nearly all of the spots ...




We were reading the fees of going into see one of the stops on the trail and my wife and I chose not to go in.



One persons complained to the group he was in, waiting in line to go into the stop "huh... they charge for going in to a site on the freedom trail"...


I couldn't resist... turned to my wife... gave her a squeeze of hand (warning her i was going to say something to that comment) and used the often over used phrase...



"Freedom isn't free" I also added: " many men and women sacrificed not just their time and money but some gave their all... "





We walked on.... and finished the trail...



[Edited by: reb4 at 11/13/2014 8:45:15 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:10:21 AM

For those who have fought and died for it....Freedom has a taste the protected will never know.

Wonderful story, Panama
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 1:39:47 AM


Interesting story
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:30:29 PM

I have a number of family members who served. I had an uncle who was a dentist, who was drafted for WW-II - to be a dentist. He was discharged a captain. I had a number of other uncles who served in WW-II, mostly as grunts. My father was also drafted, just before the Kennedy escalation of Viet Nam. I've never been deployed to a war zone, myself.
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Chey1954
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:25:51 PM

Thank you vets for your service..... without you, we would not have the freedoms we have today!
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:16:28 PM

My grandfather braved the North Atlantic in WWI, my father several fronts in Europe in WWII. My mother worked quality control in a factory ensuring large cannon and naval gun barrels were safely within spec before being shipped.
They gave of themselves to help ensure the freedom we enjoy today.
On this Remembrance Day I salute all veterans, and give an extra prayer of thanks for those who gave thrir lives for us.
Remembrance Day in Canada
"Canadians from coast-to-coast pause to remember military veterans and fallen soldiers, weeks after two military personnel were killed in attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa."
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:03:15 PM

America's oldest living veteran.

I salute you.
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 6:03:14 PM

Its a commercial but good for all O that
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 5:10:37 PM

I said this in another thread. I will copy and paste it here.

<<Whether the guy sitting next to me in a LOACH shared my political philosophy did not seem all that importent 45 years ago.

45 years later, I still choose to be tolerant of the political views of those who disagree with me.>>

The greatest thanks ALL could give to me for my service would be to stop hating on fellow Americans who disagree with you.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 11/11/2014 5:11:49 PM EST]
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SAVMOR
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 4:20:08 PM

Thanking all who served on this Veterans Day. To my father and uncles who all served in WWII in either the Army or Navy in Europe or the Pacific. I thank my mother-in-law, a US Navy nurse, and my father in-law a Naval Officer who served in WWII. Thanks to my sister-in-law, a US Navy nurse. We thank our two sons one who served in the US Navy during peace time and our Air Force son and our daughter-in-law who also served in the Air Force doing multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 3:37:26 PM

Lay me doone from the sound track of "We Were Soldiers"Staggering how many soldiers have given their lives in the service of the USA....

They served in our place.
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 2:10:49 PM

Here is the WWII story of a B-17 pilot. It's an amazing story, but it's not all happy.......Cedarville resident beat the odds to survive WWII B-17 missions.

My hat is off to him and all veterans, whether they saw action or were trained and armed and equipped and prepared to.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:44:38 AM

Thank you to all who have served our glorious country.

Semper Paratus!
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:41:29 AM

Thanks Fly!

Semper Fi
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:06:37 AM

To all my fellow vets - thanks and enjoy the thanks of everyone else.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:29:57 AM

Thank you to all who served this great country.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 3:10:49 PM

How amazing, tim...........just amazing. Congrats.
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TimEum
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 2:39:31 PM

I attended my daughter's wedding at the Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on 25 Oct 2014. She was a battery commander in a Patriot Battalion in Korea, served in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer, and is now an instructor at West Point. She is an Army Major.
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 9:31:02 AM

wink
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 8:50:02 AM

Good thread... But where are all the Liberals?

Oh, those that actually SERVED!

Sorry. Never mind...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2014 6:39:22 AM

hooah
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jdhelm
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hooah
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:54:58 AM

Pilgrim, my oldest brother was a member of the Marines that fought their way back during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8:51:10 AM

"1. proactively attack and kill Terrorists on their own turf, being fully prepared for long term commitment."

KGM, I would have no problem with this so long as everyone "EVERYONE" over the age of 18 must do at least one year of live combat.

[Edited by: Cliffisher at 10/21/2014 8:52:03 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 6:58:05 AM

hooah
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hooah
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:13:24 AM

Heard this first rendition of a song on FOX this morning so here is a rough draft, first sing..An American and a Remington.
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:11:05 AM

hooah
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 9:16:03 AM

hug a vet, hooah

link to click for - give meals for homeless vets, please help, thanks and hooah

[Edited by: jdhelm at 10/7/2014 9:18:32 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 6:17:04 PM

I actually think they are sociopaths and you can not heal sociopaths, certainly not with rhetoric or deals (we will give you five for one). Insane.
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 1:29:45 PM

Confronting Terrorism: The way I see it we (the US) have three options:
1. proactively attack and kill Terrorists on their own turf, being fully prepared for long term commitment.
2. Defend and fight Terrorists on our own soil as we'll be under constant attack because we did nothing about it on their turf.
3. Do nothing and endure the endless onslaught of terrorist attacks, burying the dead as our citizens fall before us while we hide in our basements as cowards.

It takes courage, commitment and cajones to go after this misfit culture of lowlife radical vermin and "manning up" to the fact that 99% of these lowlife SOBS are Muslin.

[Edited by: KansasGunman at 10/4/2014 1:33:54 PM EST]
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mexicomaria
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I honestly do not feel we should commit our troops to the Ebola fight. They have to be war ready and they may die there fighting a war that no one tells us the truth about.

How did that cameraman get Ebola? How, is it more contagious than any disease out their? Who knows all the answers...seems our CDC can not even get the disposal of contaminated waste here in the USA right. I feel our troops really did not sign up to work in Ebola areas. They are trained to fight in combat areas.

I am worried also that we do not have the best intel going on right now. It is like every day it is some different group...
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 1:14:52 PM

amen! flyb

we gotta go inna iraq and afghanistan the way BUSH did it!
no rules of engagement!
all out war!
no holds barred!
turn them nations into parking lots!

DO IT THE RITE WAY OR DONT DO IT ATALL!!!!!

thats how gops fite wars n not like obama n libs do it!!!!

woot!

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 11:20:45 AM

Well my feelings are really mixed. I honestly do not wish to deploy our folks again. However it is beginning to look as if something needs to be done.

The real problem is what? Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy over there.

Regardless - if we go in it ---- we go in it to win it. No more Vietnams and doing dumb things like Obama wants to do in Afgan and what he did in Iraq.
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"I wanted to know what those who served and actually have put their lives on the line think of putting boots on the ground...?"

The fighting forces of the USA are still the best in the world. The politicians of the USA require our guys to fight with one hand tied behind their backs. Because I know our politicians, I say NO to American boots on the ground.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 10/4/2014 8:50:24 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 8:31:47 AM

hooah
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 5:53:53 PM

US Army, 1980-84, 101st Airborne (Air Assault), 2nd Division, ROK, and 5th Infantry Div (Mechanized).

American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines will take the battle to the enemy and defeat them, no matter how big a poltroon the President is...

The Battle of the Frozen Chosin

"Battle of Chosin Reservoir - Aftermath

While not a victory in the classic sense, the withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir is revered as a high point in the history of the US Marine Corps. In the fighting, the Marines and other UN troops effectively destroyed or crippled seven Chinese divisions which attempted to block their progress. Marine losses in the campaign numbered 836 killed and 12,000 wounded. Most of the latter were frostbite injuries inflicted by the severe cold and winter weather. US Army losses numbered around 2,000 killed and 1,000 wounded. Precise casualties for the Chinese are not known but are estimated at 35,000 killed. Upon reaching Hungnam, the veterans of Chosin Reservoir were evacuated as part of the large amphibious operation to rescue UN troops from northeastern Korea."


[Edited by: Troller_Diesel at 10/3/2014 5:54:53 PM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 5:42:57 PM

Question....today Fox did a survey on what percent of Americans want boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, to take on ISIS...54% of Americans want boots on the ground....I wanted to know what those who served and actually have put their lives on the line think of putting boots on the ground...?

[Edited by: mexicomaria at 10/3/2014 5:44:47 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 10:35:08 AM

Did any of you see the 89 or 90 year old who piggy back jumped yesterday? WOW, what a great soldier, he had a rough landing, but he jumped right up and saluted. Just a great American hero.

And a very moving celebration over there.
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Today is a day to celebrate the courage, honor, and sacrifice of thousands of very good Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen! It was an undertaking that was doomed to fail but because of some great planning and deception and their dedication Europe was made free from Hitler and his Nazi Party.
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:26:21 AM

To those of you who survived D-Day--I salute you. For those who died--I shed a tear.

Thank you for your sacrifice.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:11:02 AM

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolph Hitler’s crack troops.

Army.mil

Never Forget!
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 8:33:01 AM

June 6 memorializes the 70th anniversary of D Day... Here is a link to WW II D-Day Memorial "What Does D-Day Mean?

The terms D-Day and H-Hour are used for the day and hour on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. They designate day and hour for an operation when the actual day and hour have not yet been determined or announced. The letters are derived from the words for which they stand, "D" for the day of the invasion and "H" for the hour the operation actually begins.When someone mentions D Day, I think of the invasion of Normandy Beach on this date... but I guess it should be considered by its name of Operation Overlord....





Saw some wonderful tributes to the Men and Women who participated and survived these 70 years to tell the events that took place...


Most are in their 90's now...

I saw a topic while looking for this to post about D Day about never forgetting referring to some scandal... Hope this is a date that we can pass on to multiple generations to remember the actions taken ....
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Maria, thanks for that link on the WWII link, makes a proud Marine choke up.
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yesterday was anniversary of capture of u boat on display at museum of science an industry
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Anyone else remember this - the battle of Midway---- June 4th 1942
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 2:54:48 PM

This is a sweet salute for a WW11 Vet traveling through the Detroit Airport, by the gate attendant.
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