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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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jdhelm
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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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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:57:27 AM

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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SE3.5
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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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reb4
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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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hero4hire
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 7:23:44 AM

Maria, thanks for that link on the WWII link, makes a proud Marine choke up.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 7:17:13 AM

yesterday was anniversary of capture of u boat on display at museum of science an industry
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 8:00:19 PM

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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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 5:17:32 PM

AF your site does not work for me, but I did find it when I goggle Mike's name.Is this the same?
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 3:26:26 PM

Mike Rowe gets it....
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Chey1954
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 12:15:35 AM

Thank you for defending our freedoms......May you all rest in peace

[Edited by: Chey1954 at 5/27/2014 12:15:56 AM EST]
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 8:43:18 PM

The entrance to Arlington National Cemetery was really, really busy. People were walking all over. My mom silently visited my dad and my brother. It was, as always, a poignant reminder for me and my family of all the lives given for our country when we saw the visitors to the newest section.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 8:41:08 PM

God bless your hearts....so much to remember.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 7:39:26 PM

"If you were not there, I can't explain it to you."

How does one explain giving one's own coordinates to "fire control", because your position has been over run??? You don't.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 5/26/2014 7:40:19 PM EST]
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 7:17:40 PM

Kind of puts things in perspective.....
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>>>Say hi to Retired Staff Sargent Travis Mills, formerly of the 82nd Airborne, US Army.

As you can see, Travis has undergone a few structural modifications, most visibly in the leg department. Likewise, his left arm is more machine than flesh, and though his right arm appears to be around my waist, it really isn’t. Like the rest of his limbs, it’s been missing in action for some time.
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Then we ducked behind a blue curtain, and Travis Mills stood up to greet me. Actually, he kind of unfolded himself from a chair, and came toward me with a very wide smile. He then extended a prosthetic arm and offered a plastic hand, which I automatically shook.

“Mike Rowe! What an honor! I’m Travis Mills, and I’m very, very pleased to meet you.”

I’ve seen a lot of things over the years, and I’ve gotten good at pretending there’s nothing unusual when there clearly is. But I was completely unprepared for this.

“Ahh...shit,” I said. “What happened?”

“IED. Afghanistan.”

“Damn. I’m sorry.”

“No big deal. It’s been two years now. I’m good. Tell me something though - are you gonna do anymore Dirty Jobs?”

“Uhh...what?”

“Dirty Jobs, man! When are we gonna see some new ones?”
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That’s how the conversation started. My show. My foundation. My book. Etc. But I eventually steered it back to him, and learned that Travis is one of only five quadruple amputees to survive that level of injury in the recent wars. He has a motto: Never Give Up - Never Quit. He has a Foundation. He’s featured in a new documentary. He also has a wife and a kid, and a deeply personal commitment to help other wounded Vets cope with their injuries. But when I asked why I hadn’t seen him in any of the typical commercials and PSA’s for wounded veterans, his answer was stunning. He said he didn’t consider himself to be wounded.

“I’m not a victim, Mike. And I refuse to be portrayed that way. Case closed.”

Fact is, Travis is missing more than a few original parts; he’s missing all traces of self-pity. And that’s presents a challenge for mortals like me. Because it’s a hell of a thing to feel put out because a crowd of fans are making me late for an important meeting, and then listen to a guy with no arms or legs tell me how lucky he is, and how much he appreciates all my hard work.

That’s called a gut-check, and I could use one from time to time. Especially on Memorial Day, when the biggest decisions I face are what to grill and which type of frosty beverage to enjoy. This year, as I resolve these and other important issues, I’ll think of Travis Mills. A guy who went out on a limb for me, in every way possible.

Thanks Travis.
And Happy Memorial Day to you all.<<<

This kind of makes all out petty bickering here on this site pale in comparison to what really matters.

That man - Mr. Travis Mills - is an inspiration of the strength of the human spirit.

Mr. Mills I salute you!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 8:33:54 AM

"I hope that we learned after Vietnam. ..se3.5.. ?"

The average citizen now appreciates veterans.

The VA--not so much.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 6:31:18 AM

If you were there, I don't have to explain it.

If you were not there, I can't explain it to you.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: May 22, 2014 1:31:19 PM

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee GreenwoodThank you.
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 11:01:04 AM

HAPPY ARMED FORCES DAY !!!!!

ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL !!!
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 11:14:08 AM

I never miss an opportunity to thank any vet. Bless their hearts. I hope that we learned after Vietnam. ..se3.5.. ♥
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 11:03:11 AM

"Thank you for not spitting on me."

My return trips from Iraq were glorious. The flights in the United States usually come from Ramstein, Germany to Baltimore. There is a group that greets every "freedom flight" that arrives regardless of what time they return. They are there with flags, waving, cheering, shaking hands, giving hugs...just about anything you can think of. I was lucky in that my dad and sister just happened to be in Washington DC the week I returned from my last trip and they greeted me there as well. Most people do not have family there, just this group of well-wishers. My family that was there was really impressed that so many showed up just to say welcome home!
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 5:52:15 PM

**== I salute you + thank you
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 5:24:19 PM

<<Vietnam Veterans Day March 29th
Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters>>

Thank you for not spitting on me.
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01DuraMAX
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On this day in 1940, the American destroyer Greer becomes the first U.S. vessel fired on in the war when a German sub aims a few torpedoes at it, sparking heightened tensions between Germany and the United States.

It was a case of mistaken identity. As the Greer made its way through the North Atlantic, a British patrol bomber spotted a German sub, the U-652. The British bomber alerted the Greer, which responded by tracking the sub. As the American destroyer approached Iceland, the area in which the sub had been spotted, a British aircraft dropped a depth charge into the water, rocking the sub. The U-652, believing the Greer responsible for the charge, fired its torpedoes. They missed. The Greer made it safely to Iceland. Although the United States was still officially a neutral country, Roosevelt unofficially declared war on anyone who further attacked American vessels in the North Atlantic: "If German or Italian vessels of war enter these waters, they do so at their own peril."
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 12:21:14 PM

Vietnam Veterans Day March 29th
Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters

[Edited by: 01DuraMAX at 3/29/2014 12:21:52 PM EST]
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 8:01:29 PM


Forwarded to me by a vet friend. I didn't know this existed. How wonderful.

This is incredible! The heart of the American people, represented by a cellular company, who would have ever thought it would be like this and not our own government making this kind of thing happen across the country? Had no idea this was in existence. How many of you have ever seen or heard anything about this beautiful Memorial?
God Bless America!!!

We can do things like this without the Government getting involved. Please send this on to all your friends especially Veterans and ask them if they knew about it. This seems a little like a commercial but it’s not and they deserve the credit they’re given. This is a story everyone needs to know; what and where it is! My hat is off to all the Motorcycle Jockeys that had a hand in bringing this to our attention.

The Middle East Memorial Wall

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 6:29:30 PM

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Oops. Repeat.



[Edited by: Panama19 at 1/17/2014 6:28:58 PM EST]
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:50:17 AM

OK check this out, Can you contact your Representatives and get some Support??

Support Sgt Bowe Bergdahl
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 10:53:54 AM

MAX - hooah, thank you for that link
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 10:48:23 AM

Hey Folks get this thread back on track and stop your politicing.

I fought for you
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TimEum
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 2:01:50 PM

A lie is when you know something is untrue but state it anyway.

The Bush/Cheney administration did not "lie" about the need for war with Iraq.

It is a fact that Sadam had used chemical weapons on his own people. It is a fact that all the other world intelligence agencies also believed Sadam had nuclear and chemical weapons and had the willingness to use them. Iraq had also provided safe harbor for terrorists and allowed them to operate within their borders. When Bush/Cheney cited these as reasons to invade -- they believed these facts to be true -- and so did the rest of the world. Iraq had shown that it was willing to use armed force against its neighbors such as Iran and Kuwait. It was believed they would do so again in the future.

It is not lying when you state things you believe are true.

Our troops fought brilliantly. Those who died or were wounded were dedicated to serving the United States. Our troops are still willing today to risk their lives to serve America.

I wish liberals would realize that soldiers believe that some things are worth dying for and that wars sometimes must be fought to preserve freedom and our way of life.

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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:27:35 PM

"If this administration had taken that position on Iraq al-Qaeda would not have retaken Fallujah and Ramadi and we would not have wasted the blood of our soldiers bringing stability to the region."

You kind of skipped the part about the Bush/Cheney lies that led to the thousands of American troop deaths.

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 11:03:19 AM


jdhelm, "According to The Daily Telegraph, this agreement would allow both military trainers and U.S. special forces and air power to remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024. Top officials for both governments reportedly say they want to sign this pact before December"

If this administration had taken that position on Iraq al-Qaeda would not have retaken Fallujah and Ramadi and we would not have wasted the blood of our soldiers bringing stability to the region.

A stability that has now been squandered by our novice in charge.

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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 8:47:10 AM

"As far as McCain is concerned we should stay there for at least another ten years.

Enough already! "-yer a tad behind in yer news fact finding there. obama says - U.S. troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024. That's 10 years later than when the U.S. has said it would hand over security to Kabul.

But the British newspaper "The Daily Telegraph" reports that the two governments are close to signing a deal that would allow thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan for the long haul.

What for?

The reason we went into Afghanistan – Osama bin laden – is dead. The U.S. economy is collapsing under a mountain of debt. We are either unable and/or unwilling to fix our own financial problems.

So what exactly is the point of dumping billions of additional dollars, not to mention human treasure, into Afghanistan?

According to The Daily Telegraph, this agreement would allow both military trainers and U.S. special forces and air power to remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024. Top officials for both governments reportedly say they want to sign this pact before December.

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 7:03:06 PM

My cousins son is back in Irag, third tour. I am proud and yet very fearful of him not coming back. I feel the world is lucky to have these brave Women & Men. Yet I wish for this war or police action or whatever they want to call it to be over, I also know that if we are not there we would be somewhere else.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 1:05:41 PM

As far as McCain is concerned we should stay there for at least another ten years.

Enough already!
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 8:07:38 AM

Here is a happy New Year greeting!!
(be sure to watch YouTube video)

Hey......I thought we had removed all combat troops from Afghanistan last year...........did 0bama lie to us again?

[Edited by: I75at7AM at 1/3/2014 8:07:35 AM EST]
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:50:21 AM

Merry Christmas to all!!!
Thanks for the post Panama I saw Bob Hope in Subic Bay 1964.
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daylily2009
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 9:55:00 AM

A Merry Christmas to every person that has served this country!!
Veterans and their supporters back home!
Gods richest blessing to all!!
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 9:01:24 AM


I saw him in Da Nang, Christmas 1970.

Bob Hope Christmas

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 8:58:11 AM


TimEum, thank you for your service and for that of your family! It is an honor to have met you.

I was named for an uncle (to keep the name alive in the family) who went in before the first wave on Omaha Beach to blow up the landing defenses. But he survived front line combat all the way to Paris, and we served in Viet Nam at the same time but in different locations.

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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 6:44:11 AM

Those two sites were great Panama, thank you for sharing them. I saw on the news that the USAF band was supposed to only be expected to get 1000 hits. The news reported that 2 days ago, it had over 1,000,000 hits and still going strong.

Merry Christmas
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:07:00 AM

Thank you for your service and our freedom!
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TimEum
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:00:33 AM

My dad's oldest brother was a 1LT in Korea whose last act was calling in artillery onto his position which was being overrun. He was given the Silver Star and buried in the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific (Punch Bowl, Hawaii). I was born shortly afterwards and named after him. My dad was a career Air Force officer, one of those who spent time in Titan silos with one of those keys that he and another officer had to turn simultaneously to launch an ICBM at our enemies. I served in the Army and Army Reserves first in Air Defense Artillery and then in Missile Maintenance/Logistics and am now drawing Army retirement pay. I still work as a Department of Defense civilian in the Missile Defense Agency. My youngest daughter graduated from West Point in 2003, served as a Patriot battery commander in Korea, served as an Intelligence officer in Afghanistan, and is now a Major serving as an instructor at West Point.
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:49:12 AM

Great videos, Panama, the Air Force Christmas and the Food City one too. I got misty on those as well.
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:44:48 AM


Did you see this one?

Brilliant manoeuver

Kind of like arming hippies and then being surprised at the results, isn't it?

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:10:45 AM


jdhelm, "i ran into a rare person today, a vet who actually still supports bho"

There's a lot of traumatic brain injury from the IEDs.

Don't think too harshly of him.

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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:14:46 PM

i ran into a rare person today, a vet who actually still supports bho. uffda
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:40:45 PM

Panama,

Thank you for both of those links. Wow.
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