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Title: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 02, 2012, 05:12:01 AM
May And June US Military Combat Deaths
        

LEST WE FORGET.....REST IN PEACE TO ALL.

June 2012 Heroes

Spc. Gerardo Campos, 23, of Miami, Fla
Pfc. Vincent J. Ellis, 22, of Tokyo, Japan
Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif.
1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash.
Cpl. Anthony R. Servin, 22, of Moreno Valley, Calif
Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, 20, of Luthersville, Ga
Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, of Gulfport, Fla.
Pfc. Nathan T. Davis, 20, Yucaipa, Calif.
Spc. Bryant J. Luxmore, 25, New Windsor, Ill
Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, 21, of Andover, Minn
Sgt. 1st Class Barett W. McNabb, 33, of Chino Valley, Ariz
Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti, 30, of San Diego, Calif.
Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly, 25, of Flint, Mich.
Spc. Trevor A. Pinnick, 20, of Lawrenceville, Ill.
Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, of Spokane, Wash
1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl, 30, Lexington, S.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas, 30, Travelers Rest, S.C.
Spc. John D. Meador II, 36, Columbia, S.C.
Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 22, of Gustine, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, 21, of Laurel, Md.
Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, N.Y.
Pfc. Steven P. Stevens II, 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears, 23, of Arlington, Va
Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Leach, 29, of Ferndale, Mich
1st Lt. Stephen C. Prasnicki, 24, of Lexington, Va
Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr., 25, of Cullman, Ala.
Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, of Hamilton, Ohio
Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Ark.

May 2012 Heroes

Capt. Bruce K. Clark, 43, Spencerport, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Zachary H. Hargrove, 32, of Wichita, Kan
Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs, 38, Warren, Ark
Sgt. John P. Huling, 25, of West Chester, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Thomas K. Fogarty, 30, of Alameda, Calif
2nd Lt. David E. Rylander, 23, of Stow, Ohio
Spc. Junot M. L. Cochilus, 34, of Charlotte, N.C.
Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie, 22, of Clarksville, Tenn.
Spc. Chase S. Marta, 24, of Chico, Calif.
Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, Ky.
Petty Officer Second Class Jorge Luis Velasquez, 35, of Houston
1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz
Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, 22, of Normangee, Texas
SSpc.Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif.
Spc. Alex Hernandez III, 21, of Round Rock, Texas
Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, Rolla, Mo.
Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuanes, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M.
Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan.
Sgt. Jabraun S. Knox, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of, Prince George, Va.
2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, 30, of Lawton, Okla.
Spc. Arronn D. Fields, 27, of Terre Haute, Ind
2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, 25, of San Jose, Calif.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson, 26, of Shasta, Calif
Pfc. Cale C. Miller, 23, of Overland Park, Kan
Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey, 22, of Boring, Ore
Hospitalman Eric D. Warren, of Shawnee, Okla.
Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez, 21, of Salinas, Calif.
Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo, 23, of Wilmington, Calif.
Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Va.
Sgt. Julian C. Chase, 22, of Edgewater, Md.
Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton, 24, of Leesburg, Ga
Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas, 20, of Fairfield, Ohio
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean E. Brazas, of Greensboro, N.C
Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza, 28, of El Paso, Texas
Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis, 47, of Dawsonville, Ga
Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs, 21, of Denver, Colo
Pfc. Leroy Deronde III, 22, Jersey City, New Jersey
Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Witsman, 23, of Covington, Ind.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on August 02, 2012, 12:12:29 PM
May they rest in peace. God bless the U.S.A.!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 02, 2012, 05:13:02 PM
I went home early today, got to watch the great TV waseland from1 until 5PM. Watched the  apathetic golden bodies from the ages of 18-26 surfing. checked out the web site you posted. I guess these brave individuals will never enjoy those benefits, where do we find these brave and dedicated individuals?
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: svd385 on August 02, 2012, 07:54:11 PM
REST IN PEACE TO ALL.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on August 02, 2012, 08:05:01 PM
God bless them and their families.  RIP.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 03, 2012, 02:37:40 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57485667/nyc-sued-over-comp-for-nypd-officers-in-military/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57485667/nyc-sued-over-comp-for-nypd-officers-in-military/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 22, 2012, 08:37:17 PM
PORTRAIT OF A WARRIOR GALLERY.....   Portrait of a Warrior (Texas Country Reporter) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRGWUFEeXZw#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 22, 2012, 09:10:51 PM
The man is gifted with a great talent, I am glad to see he cares about those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. As a Vietnam vet he did a fantastic painting on the three soldiers at the Wall. Well gotta go I think I have some dirt in my eye if you know what I mean!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: SEIGEL TO UNION ST on August 23, 2012, 11:48:47 AM
JACK, This is only what is reported, as i type we have "boots on the ground"in about 44 nations and this is not counting the friendlies... In '60 we had 200 advisers on the ground in SE asia...
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 23, 2012, 03:49:44 PM
Please explain post #8, I am confused. ??? ??? ???GG
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 23, 2012, 05:40:41 PM
I would think it refers to the amount of American Troops that we have committed as the "World Police" in 2012 as opposed to a smaller role in 1960.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 25, 2012, 07:46:52 PM
HEART TO HEART......  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40153870/vp/48713865#48713865 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40153870/vp/48713865#48713865) 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 07, 2012, 07:09:13 PM

 
http://www.businessinsider.com/here-is-why-the-navy-is-betting-it-all-on-the-high-tech-virginia-class-submarine-2012-7?op=1#ixzz23B9OChAV (http://www.businessinsider.com/here-is-why-the-navy-is-betting-it-all-on-the-high-tech-virginia-class-submarine-2012-7?op=1#ixzz23B9OChAV)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 07, 2012, 07:42:28 PM

Thirty-nine years ago,
an Italian submarine was sold for a paltry $100,000 as scrap. The submarine, given to the Italian Navy in 1953 . . was originally the USS Barb . . an incredible veteran of World War II service . . with a heritage that should not have been melted away without any recognition.
The U.S.S. Barb was a pioneer, paving the way for the first submarine to launch missiles and it flew a battle flag unlike that of any other ship.
In addition to the Medal of Honor ribbon at
the top of the flag identifying the heroism of its Captain, Commander Eugene 'Lucky' Fluckey. And the bottom border of the flag bore the image of a Japanese train locomotive.
The U.S.S. Barb was indeed, the submarine that SANK A TRAIN !

July 18, 1945 In Patience Bay, off the coast
of Karafuto, Japan.

It was after 4 A.M. and Commander Fluckey rubbed his eyes as he peered over the map spread before him. It was the twelfth war patrol of the Barb, the fifth under Commander Fluckey. He should have turned the submarine's command over to another
skipper after four patrols, but had managed
to strike a deal with Admiral Lockwood to make a fifth trip with the men he cared for
like a father.
Of course, no one suspected when he had struck that deal prior to his fourth and
should have been his final war patrol, that Commander Fluckey's success would be so great he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Commander Fluckey smiled as he
remembered that patrol. Lucky Fluckey
they called him. On January 8th the Barb
had emerged victorious from a running
two-hour night battle after sinking a large enemy ammunition ship. Two weeks later
in Mamkwan Harbor he found the mother-lodeâ... more than 30 enemy ships.
In only 5 fathoms (30 feet) of water his crew had unleashed the sub's forward torpedoes, then turned and fired four from the stern. As he pushed the Barb to the full limit of its
speed through the dangerous waters in a daring withdrawal to the open sea, he recorded eight direct hits on six enemy
ships.

What could possibly be left for the Commander to accomplish who, just three months earlier had been in Washington,
DC to receive the Medal of Honor? He smiled to himself as he looked again at the map showing the rail line that ran along the
enemy coastline.

Now his crew was buzzing excitedly about bagging a train!
The rail line itself wouldn't be a problem. A shore patrol could go ashore under cover
of darkness to plant the explosives... one of the sub's 55-pound scuttling charges. But
this early morning Lucky Fluckey and his officers were puzzling over how they could blow not only the rails, but also one of the frequent trains that shuttled supplies to
equip the Japanese war machine. But no matter how crazy the idea might have sounded, the Barb's skipper would not risk
the lives of his men.
Thus the problem... how to detonate the explosives at the moment the train passed, without endangering the life of a shore party.
PROBLEM ?
If you don't search your brain looking for them, you'll never find them. And even then, sometimes they arrive in the most unusual fashion. Cruising slowly beneath the surface
to evade the enemy plane now circling overhead, the monotony was broken with
an exciting new idea: Instead of having a crewman on shore to trigger explosives to blow both rail and a passing train, why not
let the train BLOW ITSELF up?
Billy Hatfield was excitedly explaining how
he had cracked nuts on the railroad tracks
as a kid, placing the nuts between two ties
so the sagging of the rail under the weight
of a train would break them open. Just like cracking walnuts, he explained. To complete the circuit [detonating the 55-pound charge] we hook in a micro switch... and mount it between two ties, directly under the steel rail.

" We don't set it off . . the TRAIN will. Not
only did Hatfield have the plan, he wanted
to go along with the volunteer shore party.
After the solution was found, there was no shortage of volunteers; all that was needed was the proper weather... a little cloud
cover to darken the moon for the sabotage mission ashore.
Lucky Fluckey established his criteria for the volunteer party:

[ 1 ] No married men would be included, except for Hatfield,
[ 2 ] The party would include members from each department,
[ 3 ] The opportunity would be split evenly between regular Navy and Navy Reserve sailors,
[ 4 ] At least half of the men had to have been Boy Scouts, experienced in handling medical emergencies and tuned into woods lore.

FINALLY, Lucky Fluckey would lead the saboteurs himself.

When the names of the 8 selected sailors
was announced it was greeted with a
mixture of excitement and disappointment.
Among the disappointed was Commander Fluckey who surrendered his opportunity at the insistence of his officers that as commander he belonged with the Barb, coupled with the threat from one that I
swear I'll send a message to ComSubPac if
the Commander attempted to join the demolition shore party.

In the meantime, there would be no
harassing of Japanese shipping or shore operations by the Barb until the train
mission had been accomplished. The crew would 'lay low' to prepare their equipment, practice and plan and wait for the weather.

July 22, 1945 Patience Bay [Off the coast of Karafuto, Japan]

Waiting in 30 feet of water in Patience Bay was wearing thin the patience of Commander Fluckey and his innovative crew. Everything was ready. In the four days the saboteurs
had anxiously watched the skies for cloud cover, the inventive crew of the Barb had crafted and tested their micro switch.
When the need was proposed for a pick and shovel to bury the explosive charge and batteries, the Barb's engineers had cut up
steel plates in the lower flats of an engine room, then bent and welded them to create the needed digging tools.
The only things beyond their control were
the weather.... and the limited time. Only
five days remained in the Barb's patrol.

Anxiously watching the skies, Commander Fluckey noticed plumes of cirrus clouds,
then white stratus capping the mountain peaks ashore. A cloud cover was building
to hide the three-quarters moon. So, this would be the night.

MIDNIGHT, July 23, 1945

The Barb had crept within 950 yards of the shoreline. If it was somehow seen from
the shore it would probably be mistaken
for a schooner or Japanese patrol boat. No
one would suspect an American submarine
so close to shore or in such shallow water.
Slowly the small boats were lowered to the water and the 8 saboteurs began paddling toward the enemy beach. Twenty-five
minutes later they pulled the boats ashore
and walked on the surface of the Japanese homeland.
Stumbling through noisy waist-high grasses, crossing a highway and then into a 4-foot drainage ditch, the saboteurs made their
way to the railroad tracks. Three men were posted as guards, Markuson assigned to examine a nearby water tower. The Barb's auxiliary man climbed the tower's ladder,
then stopped in shock as he realized it was
an enemy lookout tower . . . an OCCUPIED
enemy lookout tower.
Fortunately the Japanese sentry was peacefully sleeping. And Markuson was
able to quietly withdraw to warn his
raiding party.

The news from Markuson caused the men digging the placement for the explosive charge to continue their work more quite
and slowly. Twenty minutes later, the demolition holes had been carved by their crude tools and the explosives and batteries hidden beneath fresh soil.

During planning for the mission the
saboteurs had been told that, with the explosives in place, all would retreat a
safe distance while Hatfield made the final connection. BUT IF the sailor who had
once cracked walnuts on the railroad tracks slipped or messed up during this final, dangerous procedure . . his would be the
only life lost.
On this night it was the only order the sub's saboteurs refused to obey, and all of them peered anxiously over Hatfield's shoulder
to be sure he did it right. The men had come too far to be disappointed by a bungled
switch installation.

1:32 A.M.
Watching from the deck of the submarine, Commander Fluckey allowed himself a sigh
of relief as he noticed the flashlight signal from the beach announcing the departure
of the shore party. Fluckey had daringly,
but skillfully guided the Barb within 600
yards of the enemy beach sand.
There was less than 6 feet of water beneath the sub's keel, but Fluckey wanted to be
close in case trouble arose and a daring
rescue of his bridge saboteurs became necessary.

1:45 A.M.
The two boats carrying his saboteurs were only halfway back to the Barb when the
sub's machine gunner yelled, CAPTAIN '
there's another train coming up
the tracks The Commander grabbed a megaphone and yelled through the night, Paddle like the devil ! knowing full well
that they wouldn't reach the Barb before
the train hit the micro switch.

1:47 A.M.

The darkness was shattered by brilliant
light . . and the roar of the explosion!
The boilers of the locomotive blew,
shattered pieces of the engine blowing
200 feet into the air. Behind it the railroad frieght cars accordioned into each other, bursting into flame and adding to the magnificent fireworks display. Five
minutes later the saboteurs were lifted to
the deck by their exuberant comrades as
the Barb eased away . . slipping back to
the safety of the deep.
Moving at only two knots, it would be a
while before the Barb was into waters deep enough to allow it to submerge. It was a moment to savor, the culmination of teamwork, ingenuity and daring by the Commander and all his crew. Lucky Fluckey's voice came over the intercom. All hands
below deck not absolutely needed to maneuver the ship have permission to
come topside. He didn't have to repeat
the invitation. Hatches sprang open as the proud sailors of the Barb gathered on her decks to proudly watch the distant
fireworks display. The Barb had sunk a Japanese TRAIN !

On August 2, 1945 the Barb arrived at
Midway, her twelfth war patrol concluded. Meanwhile United States military
commanders had pondered the prospect
of an armed assault on the Japanese homeland. Military tacticians estimated
such an invasion would cost more than a million American casualties.
Instead of such a costly armed offensive
to end the war, on August 6th the B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a single
atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima,
Japan. A second such bomb, unleashed
4 days later on Nagasaki, Japan, caused
Japan to agree to surrender terms on
August 15th.
On September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Harbor
the documents ending the war in the
Pacific were signed.
The story of the saboteurs of the U.S.S.
Barb is one of those unique, little known stories of World War II. It becomes increasingly important when one realizes
that the [ 8 ] eight sailors who blew up the train near Kashiho, Japan conducted the
ONLY GROUND COMBAT OPERATION on
the Japanese homeland during World
War II.

[Footnote : Eugene Bennett Fluckey retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral, and wore
in addition to his Medal of Honor . . [4]FOUR Navy Crosses . . a record of heroic awards unmatched by any American in military history.]
In 1992, his own history of the U.S.S. Barb
was published in the award winning book, THUNDER BELOW. Over the past
several years proceeds from the sale of this exciting book have been used by Admiral Fluckey to provide free reunions for the men who served him aboard the Barb, and their wives.

P.S. : He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1935 . . lived to age 93 . .
   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 10, 2012, 12:38:25 PM
DECK OF CARDS........Short video stay till the end.........                                                           http://stg.do/91qb (http://stg.do/91qb)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 15, 2012, 03:17:59 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/us-marines-dead-afghanistan_n_1885596.html?ncid=webmail1 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/us-marines-dead-afghanistan_n_1885596.html?ncid=webmail1)   ...    RIP to the two Marines most recently killed in Afghanistan.....& to the Ambassador & the other three Americans killed on a different front.....our response to that was to send just 50 Marines ?......time for the boss to stop the campaigning & fundraising & figure this out......my suggestion....either send an appropriate amount of Troops to flatten the insurgents on all negative fronts or bring all our Troops home.....best idea would be to bring our Troops home... Embassy people included...i as a Military person have been there & wanted to be there (on an older front & never questioned anything then & i am proud to have been there but i am still here to talk about it, many, many are not ) as a Marine in the past & have seen what the outcome was.....lost American lives & no betterment for those we tried to help....Let us keep our Military Ready Willing & Able  to protect American soil...  JMHO........ ULTIMATE RESPECT TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED & THOSE STILL SERVING.
   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 19, 2012, 02:22:23 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/txblacklabel/true-love-in-pictures-only-28m7/ (http://www.buzzfeed.com/txblacklabel/true-love-in-pictures-only-28m7/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 29, 2012, 12:08:52 AM
LIKE A ROCK..... Tribute to the United States Marine Corps- "Like A Rock" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExUepS61rHI#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 10, 2012, 07:27:09 PM
Long-missing Colo. Marine buried with full honors
By DAN ELLIOTT | Associated Press – 19 hrs ago.. .
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DENVER (AP) — For 37 years, Delouise Guerra never knew for certain what happened to the young man she called her baby brother, an 18-year-old Marine from Colorado who was missing and presumed dead after a helicopter crash on the other side of the world.

The Defense Department, however, told Guerra two months ago it had positively identified the remains of the man who disappeared so long ago, Pfc. James Jacques.

"Oh my God, it's a relief to know that they have found his final remains," Guerra said. "It's just an honor to bring him home."

The Colorado Marine was killed during the rescue of the crew of the S.S. Mayaguez, an American cargo ship seized by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge two days earlier on May 12, 1975.

Jacques will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Tuesday on what would have been his 56th birthday.

Jacques — pronounced "HAW-kas" — was among hundreds of Marines and airmen sent to storm Koh Tang Island, about 60 miles off the coast of Cambodia, to rescue the Mayaguez crew. A helicopter carrying Jacques and 25 others crashed into the surf off Koh Tang Island amid unexpectedly heavy fire from Cambodian fighters.

Half the men on the helicopter were rescued, but the other 13 were declared missing, including Jacques.

All 39 crew Mayaguez members were released safely by Cambodia, but some 40 U.S. servicemen were killed.

Jacques' identification dog tags were found in 1992, but his remains weren't positively identified until this year, said Air Force Maj. Carie Parker of the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office.

A Cambodian had turned over the remains to a U.S.-Cambodian search team in 2007. Newly available DNA technology allowed researchers to confirm the identity this year.

Guerra got the news in a letter from the Marines that arrived at her Denver home on Aug. 14. Her son Bob was with her.

"I started crying because I knew it was about my brother," she said. "We were crying, we jumped, we hollered."

Guerra, now 71, was 15 when Jacques was born.

"He was a very loving, very caring — well, he was my baby brother," she said. "He was just a really good person."

Jacques grew up in La Junta, a small town about 140 miles southeast of Denver. He joined the Marines in October 1974, shortly after his 18th birthday. His family was apprehensive but didn't try to dissuade him, Guerra said.

"It was something he wanted to do," Guerra said. "He wanted to go and serve his country and do his best."

He died just seven months after enlisting.

Twelve of the 13 missing servicemen are now confirmed to have died, Parker said. She said she could not discuss the 13th because an investigation is ongoing.

The Mayaguez operation is considered the last U.S. military engagement in Southeast Asia after the long and bloody war in Vietnam. The last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam in 1973, and the South Vietnamese capital fell to North Vietnam on April 30, 1975, just two weeks before the Mayaguez engagement.

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Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP (http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP)
... ..
CONTINUED REST IN PEACE......SEMPER FI .
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on October 10, 2012, 08:13:26 PM
I flew with Forward Air Controllers 68-69 in SNM, NVM, Laos and other places. FAC's and Rescue people had a promise, we leave no one behind!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 11, 2012, 03:59:07 PM
Vietnam vet Plumley dies; featured in war movie
Associated Press – 13 hours ago.. .


COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie "We Were Soldiers," has died at 92 — an age his friends are amazed that he lived to see.

Plumley fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and was awarded a medal for making five parachute jumps into combat. The retired command sergeant major died Wednesday.

Friends said Plumley, who died in hospice care in west Georgia, never told war stories and was known to hang up on people who called to interview him. Still, he was near-legendary in the Army and gained more widespread fame through a 1992 Vietnam War book that was the basis for the 2002 movie starring Mel Gibson. Actor Sam Elliott played Plumley in the film.

Plumley didn't need a Hollywood portrayal to be revered among soldiers, said Greg Camp, a retired Army colonel and former chief of staff at neighboring Fort Benning who befriended Plumley in his later years.

"He's iconic in military circles," Camp said. "Among people who have been in the military, he's beyond what a movie star would be. ... His legend permeates three generations of soldiers."

Debbie Kimble, Plumley's daughter, said her father died from cancer after spending about nine days at Columbus Hospice. Although the illness seemed to strike suddenly, Kimble said Plumley's health had been declining since his wife of 63 years, Deurice Plumley, died last May on Memorial Day.

A native of Shady Spring, W.Va., Plumley enlisted in the Army in 1942 and ended up serving 32 years in uniform. In World War II, he fought in the Allied invasion of Italy at Salerno and the D-Day invasion at Normandy. He later fought with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment in Korea. In Vietnam, Plumley served as sergeant major — the highest enlisted rank — in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.

"That puts him in the rarest of clubs," said journalist Joseph L. Galloway, who met Plumley while covering the Vietnam War for United Press International and remained lifelong friends with him. "To be combat infantry in those three wars, in the battles he participated in, and to have survived — that is miraculous."

It was during Vietnam in November 1965 that Plumley served in the Battle of la Drang, the first major engagement between the U.S. Army and North Vietnamese forces. That battle was the basis for the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young," written nearly three decades later by Galloway and retired Lt. Gen. Hal G. Moore, who had been Plumley's battalion commander in Vietnam.

In the 2002 film version, Mel Gibson played Moore and Elliott played Plumley. Galloway said several of Elliott's gruff one-liners in the movie were things Plumley actually said, such as the scene in which a soldier tells the sergeant major good morning and is told: "Who made you the (expletive) weather man?"

"Sam Elliott underplayed him. He was actually tougher than that," Galloway said. "He was gruff, monosyllabic, an absolute terror when it came to enforcing standards of training."

That's not to say he was mean or inhuman, Galloway said. "This was a man above all else who had a very big, warm heart that he concealed very well."

Plumley retired with the rank command sergeant major in 1974 at Fort Benning, his last duty station. He then took a civilian job doing administrative work for the next 15 years at Martin Army Community Hospital.

Camp said Plumley remained strong until just a few weeks before his death. He helped open the Army's National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning in 2009. Camp, who now works for the museum's fundraising foundation, said Plumley helped him get Elliott to come narrate a ceremony dedicating the parade ground outside the museum. When Camp mentioned the actor's name, Plumley handed him Elliott's cellphone number.

After Plumley became ill, Galloway mentioned his worsening condition on Facebook. Fans of the retired sergeant major responded with a flood of cards and letters. The day before he died in hospice, Camp said, Plumley received about 160 pieces of mail.

"He was dad to me when I was growing up," said Kimble, Plumley's daughter. "We are learning every day about him. He was an inspiration to so many. He was a great person, and will always be remembered."
   REST IN PEACE SGT MAJOR......THANK YOU.....YOU DID IT ALL.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on October 11, 2012, 04:50:19 PM
The book was great, the movie was great. First large-scale battle between large opposing forces, many lessons were learned the hard way that day. But what many people have no idea of is the battle @ LZ Albany, two days later when the re-inforcing battalions were retreating to a LZ for recovery. Units were attacked when the officers were seperated from their units to attend a briefing. The resulting ambush resulted in 155 KIA, 124 WIA, which were higher casualities than those suffered by 1/Cav, Hal Moore's unit. By the way Col Moore's units engaged 3 NVA Battalions with 1600 enemy troops. Respect  the ending playing homage to the names and men and women whose names are on The Wall.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 15, 2012, 06:02:56 AM
OUR WAR DEAD FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2012-FROM HONOR & REMEMBER
        We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who
recently lost their lives, and Remember them each specifically by name.
Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

September 2012 Heroes

Spc. Kyle R. Rookey, 23, of Oswego, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas
Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va.
Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske, 21, of Dubois, Ind
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas
Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn, 26, of Lafayette, Ind.
Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of North Huntingdon, Pa.
Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind
Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, of Honolulu
Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22, Greenville, N.C.
Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas
Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, Claremore, Okla.
Sgt. Jason M. Swindle, 24, of Cabot, Ark
Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Roberts, 25, of North Chicago, Ill.
Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Ariz.
Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J.
Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, 39, of Tolar, Texas
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe, 29, of Liverpool, N.Y

August 2012 Heroes

Staff Sgt. Jessica M. Wing, 42, of Alexandria, VA
Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, CO
Spc. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City, OR
Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, 20, of Greenwood, MS
Sgt. Louis R. Torres, 23, of Oberlin, OH
Sgt. David V. Williams, 24, of Frederick, MD
Sgt. 1st Class Coater B. Debose, 55, of State Line, MS
Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, FL
Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N. A. Krause, 29, of Cathedral City, CA
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, of Des Moines, WA
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, 28, of Edgewater, MD
Sgt. Richard A. Essex, 23, of Kelseyville, CA
Sgt. Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, MI
Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes, 36, of Lynch Station, VA
Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class Darrel L. Enos, 36, of Colorado Springs, CO
Spc. James A. Justice, 21, of Grover, N.C
Pfc. Michael R. Demarsico II, of North Adams, MA
Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman, 39, of Evans City, PA
Pfc. Andrew J. Keller, 22, of Tigard, OR
Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson, 29, of San Diego, CA
Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr., 20 of Ventura, CA
Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y.
Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, 29, of Los Altos Hills, CA
Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke, 31, of Herndon, VA
Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote, 27, of El Dorado, CA
Master Sgt. Gregory R. Trent, 38, of Norton, MA
Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y.
Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, WY
Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Lewiston, ID
Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, GA
Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton R. Beauchamp, of Weatherford, TX
Cpl. Daniel L. Linnabary II, 23, of Hubert, N.C
1st Sgt. Russell R. Bell, 37, of Tyler, TX
Staff Sgt. Matthew S. Sitton, 26, of Largo, FL
1st Lt. Todd W. Lambka, 25, of Fraser, MI
Pfc. Jesus J. Lopez, 22, of San Bernardino, CA
Spc. Kyle B. McClain, 25, of Rochester Hills, MI
Lance Cpl. Curtis J. Duarte, 22, of Covina, CA

RESPECT DUE !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 23, 2012, 11:40:50 PM
29 Years ago today 10-23-83 ..... 214 US Military mostly Marines were killed in suicide truck bombing at Beirut International airport in Lebanon......a near simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 Paratroopers........NEVER FORGET  !........NEVER FORGIVE !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 24, 2012, 02:10:43 AM
95 Year old WW2 Vet sends letter to the Whitehouse..............QUOTE.........
   95 year old hero!
Letter To Obama at White House Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor - Fantastic!



                    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
                    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.



                    Dear President Obama,

                    My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

                    I enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

                    One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

                    So here goes.

                    I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

                    I can't figure out what country you are the president of.
                    You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
                    " We're no longer a Christian nation"
                    " America is arrogant" - (Your wife even
                    announced to the world," America is mean-
                    spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching
                    that nonsense to 23 generations of our
                    war dead buried all over the globe who
                    died for no other reason than to free a
                    whole lot of strangers from tyranny and
                    hopelessness.)
                    I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

                    After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."

                    Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

                    I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

                    Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

                    Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

                    And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

                    One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

                    You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
                    You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
                    And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle...

                    Sincerely,
                    Harold B. Estes
                    Snopes confirms as true:
                    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp)


                    When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass this along.

                    -- Please Visit  http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/ (http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/)  Web Page.                     http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/ (http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/)   Web Page.

 UNQUOTE.   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on October 24, 2012, 08:37:08 AM
95 Year old WW2 Vet sends letter to the Whitehouse..............QUOTE.........
   95 year old hero!
Letter To Obama at White House Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor - Fantastic!

                    Sincerely,
                    Harold B. Estes
                    Snopes confirms as true:
                    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp)


                    When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass this along.

                    -- Please Visit  http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/ (http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/)  Web Page.                     http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/ (http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/)   Web Page.

 UNQUOTE.   

  That's a VERY IMPRESSIVE LETTER from a VERY IMPRESSIVE PERSON. I will certainly do my best to pass it along.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on October 24, 2012, 02:36:11 PM
95 Year old WW2 Vet sends letter to the Whitehouse..............QUOTE.........
   95 year old hero!
Letter To Obama at White House Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor - Fantastic!



                    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
                    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.



                    Dear President Obama,

                    My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

                    I enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

                    One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

                    So here goes.

                    I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

                    I can't figure out what country you are the president of.
                    You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
                    " We're no longer a Christian nation"
                    " America is arrogant" - (Your wife even
                    announced to the world," America is mean-
                    spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching
                    that nonsense to 23 generations of our
                    war dead buried all over the globe who
                    died for no other reason than to free a
                    whole lot of strangers from tyranny and
                    hopelessness.)
                    I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

                    After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."

                    Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

                    I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

                    Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

                    Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

                    And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

                    One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

                    You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
                    You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
                    And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle...

                    Sincerely,
                    Harold B. Estes
                    Snopes confirms as true:
                    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp)


                    When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass this along.

                    -- Please Visit  http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/ (http://www.republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/)  Web Page.                     http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/ (http://www.thehighlandsteaparty.com/)   Web Page.

 UNQUOTE.   
Reading this just made my day. Utterly incredible!

This man makes me proud to be an American. I will certainly pass this along!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 14, 2012, 07:29:24 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/12/13/marine-double-amputee-gets-help-from-fellow-vets-angered-by-delta-airlines-treatment/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/12/13/marine-double-amputee-gets-help-from-fellow-vets-angered-by-delta-airlines-treatment/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost)
F&#K delta....pass this info around... true scumbags..........Marine i hope your next trip will be better ....Best Of Luck in your future endeavors...Thank you .... SEMPER FI.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on December 14, 2012, 08:07:13 PM
work for a delivery service, will make sure NO package makes a Delta flight!! And  to the veteran sir, thank you for your service
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 15, 2012, 11:46:53 AM
This is outrageous.  That crew should be disciplined.  Shame on Delta.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 15, 2012, 08:27:50 PM
VET DOGS......  http://www.vetdogs.org/ (http://www.vetdogs.org/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 16, 2012, 01:03:19 AM
Our Honored War Dead-September October & November 2012-Honor & Remember
        November 2012 Heroes

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J.
Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, N.Y.
Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y.
Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, N.Y.
Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa
Spc. Daniel L. Carlson, 21, of Running Springs, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Bennett, 26, of Glendora, Calif.
Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore
Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash
Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, N.C.
Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer, S.C.
Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark
Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, 23, of Jordan, Minn
Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif.
Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J.

October 2012 Heroes

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, N.C.
Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, N.C.
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine
Sgt. Camella M. Steedley, 31, of San Diego, Calif
Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro, 27, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez, 25, of Aberdeen, N.C.
Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, 26, of Long Beach, Ca
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, 29, of Sierra Vista, Ariz
Cmdr. Joel Del Mundo Tiu, 49, of Manila, Philippines
Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla
Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va
Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, Idaho
Chief Warrant Officer Michael S. Duskin, 42, of Orange Park, Fla
Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon, 31, of Houston, Texas
Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz, 22, of Murrieta, Calif
Cpl. Alex F. Domion, 21, of Richfield Springs, N.Y

September 2012 Heroes

Spc. Kyle R. Rookey, 23, of Oswego, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas
Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va.
Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske, 21, of Dubois, Ind
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas
Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn, 26, of Lafayette, Ind.
Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of North Huntingdon, Pa.
Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind
Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, of Honolulu
Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22, Greenville, N.C.
Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas
Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, Claremore, Okla.
Sgt. Jason M. Swindle, 24, of Cabot, Ark
Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Roberts, 25, of North Chicago, Ill.
Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Ariz.
Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J.
Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, 39, of Tolar, Texas
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe, 29, of Liverpool, N.Y
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 18, 2012, 02:04:59 AM
MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT PASSES TO A HIGHER LEVEL !
Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the Senate's second-longest serving member, has died at age 88, his office announced.

He had served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Commerce

Committee and was the first chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, according to his office.

Inouye earned the Medal of Honor for charging a series of machine gun nests in Italy during World War II.

From his Wikipedia
Military service (1941–1947)

Inouye was at the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 as a medical volunteer.[6]

In 1943, when the U.S. Army dropped its ban on Japanese-Americans, Inouye curtailed his premedical studies at the University of Hawaii and enlisted in the Army.[6] He volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.[7] This army unit was mostly made up of second-generation Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland.[8]

Inouye was promoted to the rank of sergeant within his first year, and he was given the role of platoon leader. He served in Italy in 1944 during the Rome-Arno Campaign before his regiment was transferred to the Vosges Mountains region of France, where he spent two weeks in the battle to relieve the Lost Battalion, a battalion of the 141st Infantry Regiment that was surrounded by German forces. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant for his actions there. At one point while he was leading an attack, a shot struck him in the chest directly above his heart, but the bullet was stopped by the two silver dollars he happened to have stacked in his shirt pocket.[9] He continued to carry the coins throughout the war in his shirt pocket as good luck charms until he lost them shortly before the battle in which he lost his arm.[10]
Inouye as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army

On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most dogged line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.

As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively "clenched in a fist that suddenly didn't belong to me anymore".[11] Inouye's horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, "nobody called off the war!"[12]

The remainder of Inouye's mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him.[13]

Although Inouye had lost his right arm, he remained in the military until 1947 and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. At the time of his leaving of the Army, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. Inouye was initially awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in this action, with the award later being upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton (alongside 19 other Nisei servicemen who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were believed to have been denied proper recognition of their bravery due to their race).[14]
REST IN PEACE SIR !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 26, 2012, 05:51:43 PM
Best of luck....Semper Fi...........           http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/high_stepping_39i2tr1UU80xZOswpEz4zO?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Brooklyn (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/high_stepping_39i2tr1UU80xZOswpEz4zO?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Brooklyn)             
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 26, 2012, 07:05:17 PM
Charles Durning RIP...... Military service

Durning served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Drafted at age 21, he was first assigned as a rifleman with the 398th Infantry Regiment, and later served overseas with the 3rd Army Support troops and the 386th Anti-aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion. For his valor and the wounds he received during the war, Durning was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals.[1]

Durning participated in the Normandy Invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was among the first troops to land at Omaha Beach. In Episode S03E09 of the program Dinner for Five, which also included Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly), Reynolds spoke about Durning's service career for him, as Durning didn't like to talk about it much. Reynolds revealed that Durning was in a group of gliders who overshot their landing zone and that he had to fight alone all the way back to the beach. Reynolds also stated that his own father was there fighting about 15 yards away and that Durning was probably the most decorated veteran (then) still alive from World War II.[2] Some sources state that he was with the 1st Infantry Division at the time, but it is unclear if he served as a rifleman or as a member of one of the division's artillery battalions.[citation needed]

Durning was wounded by a German “S” Mine on June 15, 1944, at Les Mare des Mares, France. He was transported to the 24th Evacuation Hospital. By June 17 he was back in England at the 217th General Hospital. Although severely wounded by shrapnel in the left and right thighs, the right hand, the frontal region of the head, and the anterior left chest wall, Durning recovered quickly and was determined to be fit for duty on December 6, 1944. He arrived back at the front in time to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, the German counter-offensive through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg in December 1944.[3][4]

After being wounded again, this time in the chest, Durning was repatriated to the United States. He remained in Army hospitals to receive treatment for wounds until being discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, 1946.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a Marine veteran in "Call of Silence," an episode of the television series NCIS, first broadcast November 23, 2004. Drawing on his first-hand knowledge of the lingering effects of battle-induced stress, Durning's character turns himself in to authorities, insisting that he must be prosecuted for having murdered his buddy during ferocious combat on Iwo Jima six decades earlier.[5] The real truth of the incident only becomes known for certain when the guilt-stricken veteran goes through a cathartic reliving of the battlefield events.

Durning is well known for participating in various functions to honor American veterans. He was the chairman one year of the U.S. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.[6] He was an honored guest speaker at the National Memorial Day Concert for many years, televised by PBS every year on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend.

In April 2008 Durning received the National Order of the Legion of Honor from the French consul in Los Angeles, awarded to those who served with distinction in France. During the ceremony, Durning spoke about his wartime experiences.[7]
   


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Post by: nfd2004 on December 26, 2012, 07:43:03 PM
No wonder they called them the Greatest Generation.

 Rest in Peace Charles Durning.

 My father, George Dennis, who passed away a few years ago was a Combat medic in WWll stationed somewhere in France. Like most, he never talked much about his time there. Except I remember he hated the cold. He told me how in a fox hole, with pine needles for bedding, his toes froze. Even though he became a career firefighter, he never liked the cold New England Winters.

  Recently a you friend of mine got discharged. He was also a Medic, but over in Afganstian. He spent two tours there. He is the son of a retired firefighter that I worked with. When he was young he wanted to be a firefighter. He still wants that job, and it is my hope that some lucky city will get young Tommy C jr as a firefighter in their city.

 
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Post by: 68jk09 on January 12, 2013, 01:15:00 AM
I am standing at attention & rendering a salute......    http://news.yahoo.com/afghanistan-hero-gets-medal-honor-234245155--abc-news-politics.html (http://news.yahoo.com/afghanistan-hero-gets-medal-honor-234245155--abc-news-politics.html)
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Post by: 68jk09 on January 19, 2013, 09:55:49 PM
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/19/3798296/korean-war-vet-retired-charlotte.html (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/19/3798296/korean-war-vet-retired-charlotte.html)
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Post by: 68jk09 on January 26, 2013, 04:17:29 PM
USS PUEBLO..NEVER FORGET !   ..... http://chuckhillscgblog.net/2013/01/23/uss-pueblo-ager-2-originally-akl-44-1967-____/ (http://chuckhillscgblog.net/2013/01/23/uss-pueblo-ager-2-originally-akl-44-1967-____/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 05, 2013, 09:29:13 PM
Navy Seal Dog RIP........  http://www.myspartanews.com/articles/2013/01/28/news/doc51066fcfe01c9381644899.txt (http://www.myspartanews.com/articles/2013/01/28/news/doc51066fcfe01c9381644899.txt)
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Post by: 68jk09 on February 11, 2013, 07:22:24 PM
US Army Medal Of Honor recipient.........   The citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3rd, 2009.
On that morning, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small-arms fire. Staff Sergeant Romesha moved uncovered under intense enemy fire to conduct a reconnaissance of the battlefield and seek reinforcements from the barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant gunner.
Staff Sergeant Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team, and, while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, inflicting him with shrapnel wounds. Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sergeant Romesha continued to fight, and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble additional soldiers.
Staff Sergeant Romesha then mobilized a five-man team and returned to the fight equipped with a sniper rifle. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost's perimeter.
While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, Staff Sergeant Romesha maintained radio communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds, Staff Sergeant Romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters.
After receiving reports that seriously injured soldiers were at a distant battle position, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured Soldiers to safely reach the aid station. Upon receipt of orders to proceed to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking the bodies of their fallen comrades.
Staff Sergeant Romesha's heroic actions throughout the day-long battle were critical in suppressing an enemy that had far greater numbers. His extraordinary efforts gave Bravo Troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and prepare for the counterattack that allowed the Troop to account for its personnel and secure Combat Outpost Keating.
Staff Sergeant Romesha's discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.
 
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Post by: grumpy grizzly on February 11, 2013, 07:34:58 PM
Where do we find those who think of their country before themselves. Not a 18 year old who can dunk a basketball but do nothing else, yet many praise his actions. Those who have met the evil eye do not shy from it, they become strong with resolve and will triumph. Thanx for all the MEN and WOMEN who sacrafice their future plans for our present plans. GG
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 19, 2013, 11:12:32 PM
HONOR & REMEMBER ..............................

Lest We Forget

January 2013 Heroes

Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va.
Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va.
Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich.

December 2012 Heroes

Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, 26, of Mechanicville, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class. Darren M. Linde, 41, of Sidney, Mont.
Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, N.D.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa
Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, Texas
Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, of Rochester, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y.
Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa
Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas
Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fl

November 2012 Heroes

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J.
Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, N.Y.
Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y.
Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, N.Y.
Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa
Spc. Daniel L. Carlson, 21, of Running Springs, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Bennett, 26, of Glendora, Calif.
Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore
Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash
Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, N.C.
Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer, S.C.
Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark
Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, 23, of Jordan, Minn
Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif.
Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J.

October 2012 Heroes

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, N.C.
Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, N.C.
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine
Sgt. Camella M. Steedley, 31, of San Diego, Calif
Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro, 27, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez, 25, of Aberdeen, N.C.
Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, 26, of Long Beach, Ca
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, 29, of Sierra Vista, Ariz
Cmdr. Joel Del Mundo Tiu, 49, of Manila, Philippines
Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla
Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va
Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, Idaho
Chief Warrant Officer Michael S. Duskin, 42, of Orange Park, Fla
Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon, 31, of Houston, Texas
Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz, 22, of Murrieta, Calif
Cpl. Alex F. Domion, 21, of Richfield Springs, N.Y
RESPECT DUE !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 27, 2013, 10:25:34 PM
ANGEL FLIGHT.....Bless them all !  Angel Flight (Radio Tower Remix) - w/ Lyrics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 09, 2013, 03:34:28 AM
Cutbacks in Education benefits to those serving......a total disgrace.....maybe this is part of his plan to water down the American Military....... http://www.stripes.com/news/army-suspend....troops-1.210999 (http://www.stripes.com/news/army-suspend....troops-1.210999)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on March 10, 2013, 03:03:17 PM
Cutbacks in Education benefits to those serving......a total disgrace.....maybe this is part of his plan to water down the American Military....... http://www.stripes.com/news/army-suspend....troops-1.210999 (http://www.stripes.com/news/army-suspend....troops-1.210999)
Outrageous! Unfortunately our president's got another four years to water down the U.S. military even more, thanks to the idiots who voted him in, again.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 10, 2013, 03:11:46 PM
What is the famous saying?: I am from the government and I am here to help you! >:( >:( >:( ::) ::)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 11, 2013, 04:45:53 PM
RESTORED PT BOAT.....  http://videos2view.net/PT658.htm (http://videos2view.net/PT658.htm)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 19, 2013, 07:18:16 PM
7 Marines Killed in Training Accident …



At least seven U.S. Marines were killed and seven others were injured during a mortar firing exercise in Nevada, the Pentagon said today.

The Marines were all from the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and were training at the Hawthorne Army Depot 140 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., when a mortar exploded shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

The injured were taken to area hospitals, according to a statement from the Marines.

Several defense officials say this incident did not appear to involve a round landing on the troops.

The mountainous desert terrain of the 230 square mile depot is used as a training location for special forces since it "provides a realistic simulation of the situation in Afghanistan," according to the depot's website. The depot is also used as a storage site for ammunition awaiting demilitarization.

"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time," Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox said in a statement. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

The Marine Corps is notifying families before releasing the identities of those who were killed and said the conditions of the seven injured Marines would be shared as information becomes available.

   ...                                                REST IN PEACE TO THOSE KILLED...PRAYERS FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE INJURED.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 19, 2013, 07:49:40 PM
Realistic training is always dangerous.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17370716-7-marines-killed-in-explosion-during-training-exercise-at-army-depot-in-nevada?lite (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17370716-7-marines-killed-in-explosion-during-training-exercise-at-army-depot-in-nevada?lite)

RIP.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 19, 2013, 07:52:44 PM
As a father of a USMC vet with 2 tours in Iraq and being a Forward Air Controller in SEA 68-69, Hue/Phu Bai I humbly offer a slow hand salute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. You train as you fight, never thought it would happen in NV. Freedom has a price that most people will never understand! And by the way, you send us out into harm's way but the politicians cut the benefits we earned on the battlefield. Difference between a politician and a whore, the whore gives you a price up front, the politician just screws you forever! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 19, 2013, 10:32:17 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57575076/seven-marines-killed-in-nev-training-exercise/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57575076/seven-marines-killed-in-nev-training-exercise/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 20, 2013, 01:04:20 AM

60mm is a basic infantry weapon:

60 mm direct lay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkcQ9b7Ot0#)

60 mm fire for effect (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToWid001Yy4#)

USMC Combined Arms Assault with 60mm Mortars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQon-oLeijI#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 20, 2013, 01:09:13 AM
http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/19/congressman-tsa-humiliates-injured-marine/ (http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/19/congressman-tsa-humiliates-injured-marine/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 22, 2013, 08:12:54 PM
http://www.facebook.com/FIF.HOH (http://www.facebook.com/FIF.HOH)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 24, 2013, 06:17:38 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294284/WWII-color-Rare-photos-1942-Flying-Fortress-bombers-heroic-crews-The-Mighty-8th-Command.html#ixzz2NhPaoYSd (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294284/WWII-color-Rare-photos-1942-Flying-Fortress-bombers-heroic-crews-The-Mighty-8th-Command.html#ixzz2NhPaoYSd)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 24, 2013, 04:07:22 PM
Great pictures Chief. Thanks.

Sad to think many of the Service members in these pictures were shot down and never made it home.  These crews took terrific losses. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on March 24, 2013, 05:28:26 PM
Great find Chief, My dad was a crew chief on a B-17 during WWII! Thank you.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 26, 2013, 12:16:30 AM
Mike Monsoor,


Was Awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" Last Week,


For Giving His Life In Iraq , As He Jumped On, And Covered With His Body, A Live Hand Grenade,




Saving The Lives Of A Large Group Of Navy Seals That Was Passing By!


~


During Mike Monsoor's Funeral,


At Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , In San Diego , California ..


The Six Pallbearers Removed The Rosewood Casket From The Hearse,


And Lined Up On Each Side Of Mike Monsoor's Casket,


Were His Family Members, Friends, Fellow Sailors, And Well-wishers.


The Column Of People Continued From The Hearse, All The Way To The Grave Site.


What The Group Didn't Know At The Time Was,


Every Navy Seal


(45 To Be Exact)


That Mike Monsoor Saved That Day Was Scattered Through-Out The Column!


~


As The Pallbearers Carried The Rosewood Casket


Down The Column Of People To The Grave Side.


The Column Would Collapse..


Which Formed A Group Of People That Followed Behind.


~


Every Time The Rosewood Casket Passed A Navy Seal,


He Would Remove His Gold Trident Pin From His Uniform,


And Slap It Down Hard,


Causing The Gold Trident Pin To Embed Itself


Into The Top Of The Wooden Casket!


Then The Navy Seal Would Step Back From The Column, And Salute!


~


Now For Those,




Who Don't Know What A Trident Pin Is,


Here Is The Definition!


~


After One Completes The Basic Navy Seals Program Which Lasts For Three Weeks,


And Is Followed By Seal Qualification Training,


Which Is 15 More Weeks Of Training,


Necessary To Continue Improving Basic Skills And To Learn New Tactics And Techniques,


Required For An Assignment To A Navy Seal Platoon.


After successful completion,


Trainees Are Given Their Naval Enlisted Code,


And Are Awarded The Navy Seal Trident Pin.


With This Gold Pin They Are Now Officially Navy Seals!


It Was Said,


That You Could Hear Each Of The 45 Slaps From Across The Cemetery!


By The Time The Rosewood Casket Reached The Grave Site,


It Looked As Though It Had A Gold Inlay From The 45 Trident Pins That Lined The Top!





This Was A Fitting End To An Eternal Send-Off For A Warrior Hero!


This Should Be Front-Page News!


Instead Of The Garbage We Listen To And See Every Day.
~


Here's A Good Idea!


Since The Main Stream Media Won't Make This News.


Then We Choose To Make It News By Forwarding It.


~
I Am Proud Of All The Branches Of Our Military..


If You Are Proud Too, Please Pass This E-Mail On.


~


If Not, Then Delete This E-Mail.
But, I BET YOU WON'T
=
 
 
 
 
   
 

   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 05, 2013, 11:48:50 PM
Rest In peace to the crew of U.S.S. Thresher


US sub sinking 50 years ago led to safety changes
By DAVID SHARP | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago.. .


KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The first sign of trouble for the USS Thresher was a garbled message about a "minor difficulty" after the nuclear-powered submarine descended to about 1,000 feet on what was supposed to be a routine test dive off Cape Cod.

Minutes later, the crew of a rescue ship made out the ominous words "exceeding test depth" and listened as the sub disintegrated under the crushing pressure of the sea. Just like that, the Thresher was gone, along with 129 men.

Fifty years ago, the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history delivered a blow to national pride during the Cold War and became the impetus for safety improvements. To this day, some designers and maintenance personnel listen to an audio recording of a submarine disintegrating to underscore the importance of safety.

"We can never, ever let that happen again," said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, an engineer and former submariner who now serves as commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

This weekend, hundreds who lost loved ones when the Thresher sank will gather at memorial events in Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.

Built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, and based in Groton, Conn., the first-in-class Thresher was the world's most advanced fast attack submarine when it was commissioned in 1961.

Featuring a cigar-shaped hull and nuclear propulsion, the 278-foot-long submarine could travel underwater for unlimited distances. It could dive deeper than earlier submarines, enduring pressure at unforgiving depths. It was designed to be quieter, to avoid detection.

On April 10, 1963, the submarine already had undergone initial sea trials and was back in the ocean about 220 miles off Cape Cod, Mass., for deep-dive testing. Some submariners are baffled by the initial message about a minor difficulty because it's believed a brazed joint on an interior pipe had burst — a problem anything but minor.

The Navy believes sea water sprayed onto an electrical panel, shorting it out and causing an emergency shutdown of the nuclear reactor.

The submarine alerted the USS Skylark, a rescue ship trailing it, that it was attempting to surface by emptying its ballast tanks. But that system failed, and the sub descended below crush depth.

Understanding their dire situation, Navy crew members and civilian technicians would have scrambled to close valves to try to stem the flooding, struggled with a ballast system disabled by ice, and worked to restore propulsion by restarting the reactor, a 20-minute process.

Their deaths would have been instant because of the force of the violent implosion. The sub's remnants came to a rest on the ocean floor at a depth of 8,500 feet.

There was nothing the divers on the Skylark could do.

"It's one of those times when there's silence," recalled Danny Miller, one of the Skylark divers, now 70 and living in Farmington, Mo. "You don't know what to say. You don't know how to feel. You just know something tragic has happened."

The Thresher wreckage covers a mile of ocean floor, according to University of Rhode Island oceanographer Robert Ballard, who used his 1985 discovery of RMS Titanic as a Cold War cover for the fact that he had surveyed the Thresher on the same mission.

"It was like someone put the submarine in a shredding machine," Ballard said in a recent interview. "It was breathtaking. There were only a couple of parts that looked like a submarine."

Word of the disaster spread quickly.

Paul O'Connor, now a union president at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, remembers seeing the bulletin on TV. He was 6. Barbara Currier, whose husband, Paul, was a civilian worker on the Thresher, was shopping with her daughters when she heard the news on the radio in a store.

What followed was a blur of activity for families. Navy officers in dress whites showed up on doorsteps. Friends and neighbors brought food.

After the submarine was declared sunk, President John F. Kennedy ordered the nation's flags lowered to half-staff. International leaders sent condolences.

"The men, they were heroes. Most of them were doing what they wanted to do for their country to keep the country safe," said Currier, 86, who never remarried and still lives in the same house in Exeter, N.H. "They were pushing things to the limit."

For the families, the silver lining is that subs are now safer. The Navy accelerated safety improvements and created a program called "SUBSAFE," an extensive series of design modifications, training and other improvements.

People involved in the SUBSAFE program are required to watch a documentary about the Thresher that ends with an actual underwater recording featuring the eerie sounds of metal creaking and bending as a U.S. Navy submarine breaks apart with the loss of all hands.

"Every job we do, we need to have in the back of our minds that we have the lives of the sailors in our hands. It's that critical and it's that literal," said O'Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council.

Hundreds of family and friends of the Thresher's crew, along with sailors who previously served on the submarine, will gather Saturday for a memorial service in Portsmouth, N.H. A day later, neighboring Kittery will dedicate a flagpole that stretches 129 feet high in remembrance of the number of lives lost.

Because of their tender ages, and the lack of a body or proper grave site, children like Vivian Lindstrom, who lost her father, Samuel Dabruzzi, a Navy electronics technician, were unable to grieve properly.

Thanks to the reunions, they at least know they're not alone, said Lindstrom, of Glenwood City, Wis.

"We've experienced the same things, felt the same things," she said. "We feel like family. We call ourselves the Thresher family."

___

Follow David Sharp at http://twitter.com/David_Sharp_AP (http://twitter.com/David_Sharp_AP)
 
 
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 06, 2013, 10:15:12 AM
Ihave watched the Ballard story about using the Thresher mission to find the Titanic. Ballard did the Navy justice by finding the Thresher.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 12, 2013, 01:48:06 AM
Korean War Vet receives the Medal Of Honor on 4-11-13.......                                                           http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/emil-kapaun-medal-of-honor-_n_3047406.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/emil-kapaun-medal-of-honor-_n_3047406.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 24, 2013, 04:43:29 PM
Fleet week cancelled........                                                                                                                            http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/24/nycs-fleet-week-canceled-due-to-federal-budget-cuts/ (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/24/nycs-fleet-week-canceled-due-to-federal-budget-cuts/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 27, 2013, 12:33:51 AM
Our Honored War Dead March 2013-Honor & Remember


Spc. Cody D. Suggs, 22, of West Alexandria, Ohio
Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La
Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla.
Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz.
Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, of Greensboro, N.C
Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La.
Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Md.
Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla.
Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla
Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, of Kettering, Ohio
Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif.
Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, of Indianapolis, Ind.
Sgt. Michael C. Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky
Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, of Summerville, S.C
... ..
RIP TO ALL....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.
 


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 28, 2013, 03:57:05 AM
April 26th, 2013 | Historical Marine Corps Navy World War II | Posted by Jacqueline Klimas

Alan Wood, a Navy officer who died April 18, is the one who gave a Marine the flag in this iconic image. (Joe Rosenthal/The Associated Press)

Though his face isn’t on the Iwo Jima memorial in D.C., Alan Wood played a role in one of the most iconic images of World War II.

Wood, a former Navy officer, provided the flag raised over Iwo Jima. He died April 18 at the age of 90, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Wood was in charge of communications on a landing ship off the coast of the island. During the battle, a Marine boarded the ship and asked for the biggest flag he could find. Wood gave him a 37-square-foot flag from a Pearl Harbor Navy depot, the Times reported.

That was the second, larger flag raised at Iwo Jima, and the one captured in Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer prize-winning photograph. It is also on a rotating display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia.

Though many over the years have claimed to be the one who handed over the flag, Marine Col. Dave Severance, the commander of the company that took Mt. Suribachi, said that it was Wood, the paper reported.

“He didn’t talk much about it,” Wood’s son Steven told the paper. “He didn’t draw attention to himself. He was just there when someone needed a flag and he gave it to them.”
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 04, 2013, 02:37:07 PM
How they got fuel for the D DAY invasion.......                                                                                                                                            http://www.youtube.com/v/Nv9lBqPVuoE%26feature=uploademail (http://www.youtube.com/v/Nv9lBqPVuoE%26feature=uploademail)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on May 07, 2013, 01:07:54 AM
A Tribute.

   http://www.legacy.com/Soldier/MovingTributes.aspx?Page=FSMovingTributes (http://www.legacy.com/Soldier/MovingTributes.aspx?Page=FSMovingTributes)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 06, 2013, 04:59:15 PM
JUNE 6 1944 ....D DAY INVASION....NEVER FORGET.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 07, 2013, 08:33:06 PM
Too good to not pass on.

 






A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11.
 
A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children,
 including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers,
 as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the
 cribs.
 
There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and
 strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own."
 
About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in
 tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started
 gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac .
 
Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines
 stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a
 circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the
 covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they
 put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this
 circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.
 
The chaplain then said,
 "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news
 stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there.”
 
There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.
 
It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to
 life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who
 salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
 
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and
 appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women, who have served and are currently serving our country, and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
 
GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY
 


--
 :"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports."  George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 14, 2013, 04:04:46 PM
SPITFIRE 944.......                           SPITFIRE 944 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie3SrjLlcUY#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 21, 2013, 06:42:06 PM

All Veterans, Veterans service organizations and patriotic members of the public are invited to join with us in the internment of the unclaimed, cremated remains of 34 Veterans and 9 spouses of Veterans
Including the Remains of Two Veterans of the Civil War
Full Military Honors will be rendered on
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 11:00 am
Long Island National Cemetery
2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 28, 2013, 04:36:21 AM
Nearly 70 years later, an old soldier holds out hope for long-lost Medal of Honor


By John Roberts
Published June 27, 2013
FoxNews.com









With an act of almost unbelievable courage, Arthur J. Jackson took out 12 bunkers and killed almost 50 soldiers in a single savage battle for the South Pacific island of Peleliu in 1945, earning him the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman.

But it stayed in his hands for only a couple weeks. Jackson was in New York to be saluted at a gala event along with several other World Word II Medal of Honor winners and left it on his bed when he went out for the evening. It was the last time he saw it.

“I had left my ---damned medal in its box on the bed in the room,” he told Fox News. “And I knew when I got back .... It’s the first thing I looked for – and it was gone.”

For 42 years, the medal’s whereabouts remained a mystery. Then, in 1987, it appeared there was a break in the case.


"It’s the first thing I looked for – and it was gone.”

- Arthur J. Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient

Jackson got a call from Harold “Speedy” Wilson, a fellow Medal of Honor recipient. Wilson had been told by a VA administrator in Chester, S.C., that Jackson’s medal was on display at a local TV repair shop.

The shop owner, Joel Shockley, told Fox News he bought the medal for $300 at a gun show in Charlotte, N.C.  It came with a photocopy of Jackson’s citation, so he assumed it was Jackson’s medal.

Shockley agreed that the medal should go back to its rightful owner. So he boxed it and mailed it to Jackson.

But when Jackson opened the package, and turned over the medal he was stunned. On the back, there should have been an inscription with his name, Truman’s and the place and date of action.  But the metal was flat and blank.

The medal was a fake.

For the second time, it had slipped from the grasp of Jackson, now 88, who is a resident of Boise, Idaho.

The FBI got involved, and assumed that Shockley had kept the real medal, while sending Jackson a facsimile. There were plenty of those floating around. In fact, the company that was hired to produce the Medal of Honor was fined and lost its government contract for stamping out bogus medals in addition to the real ones.  They became popular items for military collectors.

Twenty-five years have since passed, but the investigation has yielded no clues as to where Jackson’s medal might be.

Fox News learned of the story a few weeks ago and spoke several times with Shockley about the medal he returned and whether it was possible he never relinquished the real one.

In a phone conversation, Shockley told Fox News, “I did not lie about that.  I told them – I said that’s the one that I had.  It’s the only one that I’ve ever had in my hands and that’s the one I sent him back.”

There were two main reasons the FBI believed there were multiple medals. One was that Wilson had seen the inscription on the back. But according to Shockley, Wilson never came into his shop -- only the VA Administrator did.

The other reason is an article in the Chester News and Reporter from March 30, 1987.  It detailed Jackson’s story and Shockley’s offer to send the medal back. In a photograph of Shockley holding the medal, the ribbon is different from the one that held Jackson’s medal. The FBI figured: two ribbons, two medals.

But when Jackson’s family sent the fake medal to Fox News for examination, it came with two ribbons. A ribbon identical to the one in the photo, and a ribbon similar to the original.

When Fox News shared this new information with investigators, they began to reconsider.

It is now possible, sources close to the investigation tell Fox News, that Shockley never had the real medal. That he was essentially duped at the Charlotte gun show into buying a fake.

Fox News asked Shockley if he knew of any collector who might have the original medal.

“No – I wish I did,” he said.  “That way I could get this mess straightened out once and for all.  I tell you – it has caused a lot of heartache and headaches.”

The question remains: If Shockley never had Jackson’s medal, where is it?  The FBI’s only interest now is in returning it to its rightful owner.

The Medal of Honor is a highly prized collectible among fans of military memorabilia. But Jackson’s family says it belongs to the hero who earned it through extraordinary valor.

In fact, Jackson’s Medal of Honor citation is nothing short of incredible. During the savage battle for Peleliu in the South Pacific, his 7th Marines were pinned by withering Japanese fire from dug-in fortifications. That’s when the 19-year-old Jackson drew on an almost superhuman courage and determination.

“When my platoon leader came along,” Jackson told Fox News, “he asked me…Jackson – do you think you can get into that ---damned shallow trench that runs across the front of that big bunker?  If you can, you could probably do some bad things.”

Dodging a hail of enemy fire and snipers in the surrounding coconut trees, Jackson made for the trench.  He and a squad member had rigged a pack with 45 pounds of C2 plastic explosive.  Jackson threw a phosphorous grenade into the bunker, then pushed the pack through the aperture and lit the fuse.

“And it just sizzled. And I knew I had about 30 seconds to get the hell out of the area,” he told Fox News.

Jackson spotted a nearby crater from a 500-pound bomb and ran to it like it was the last thing he’d ever do. It almost was.

“Just as I dove in there, the roof of that big bunker -- whoooooom..!  Up it went…coconut logs, boulders, earth..  I thought – I’ve been done in by my own stupidity.”

That would have been enough for most warriors.  But Jackson kept going.  By the time it was all over, he had taken out 12 bunkers and killed 50 enemy troops.

Almost singlehandedly, Jackson had secured the southern tip of Peleliu for the Marines.

A year later, at the White House, President Truman slipped the Medal of Honor around  Jackson’s neck.

“Well, old Truman is a good old boy,” Jackson said, “and he says “I’m proud of you.” He says “you have a fantastic citation.” And he said,“I appreciate everything you did, and so do the American people.”

Jackson now is one of just 10 living World War II Medal of Honor recipients. He told Fox News he doesn’t think he has many years left.  He would just like to hold his medal again before he, like so many other heroes of the ‘greatest generation,’ passes.

The FBI is simply hoping that someone out there will do the right thing.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society has agreed to receive and return Jackson’s medal.  They are willing to accept it anonymously, or give credit to whoever chooses to return it.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/27/nearly-70-years-later-old-soldier-holds-out-hope-for-long-lost-medal-honor/#ixzz2XSnX9OHv (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/27/nearly-70-years-later-old-soldier-holds-out-hope-for-long-lost-medal-honor/#ixzz2XSnX9OHv)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 03, 2013, 02:47:11 AM
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The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero
By CLAY TARVER
NY Times
July 2, 2013


Jason Everman

I asked if he ever talked about it. Jason shook his head no. Did they find out anyway? “Always.”
 
The first time was at Fort Benning in 1994, in the middle of the hell of basic training. The ex-cop recruits in boot camp with him said that prisoners had more freedom than they did. There were guys who faked suicide attempts to get out of basic. But Everman never had any doubts. “I was 100 percent,” he told me. “If I wasn’t, there was no way I’d get through it.”

He had three drill sergeants, two of whom were sadists. Thank God it was the easygoing one who saw it. He was reading a magazine, when he slowly looked up and stared at Everman. Then the sergeant walked over, pointing to a page in the magazine. “Is this you?” It was a photo of the biggest band in the world, Nirvana. Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”

Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”

And that was only half of it. Jason Everman has the unique distinction of being the guy who was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two rock bands that would sell roughly 100 million records combined. At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.

Then again, he wasn’t remotely. What Everman did afterward put him far outside the category of rock’n’roll footnote. He became an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, one of those bearded guys riding around on horseback in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

I’ve known Jason Everman since we played rock shows together nearly 25 years ago. What happened to him was almost inexplicable, a cruel combination of good luck, bad luck and the kind of disappointment that would have overwhelmed me even at my most brashly defiant. After having not seen him since the early ’90s, I ended up hanging out with him in his apartment in Brooklyn last summer. We had drinks, retraced steps. We once were in the same place in our lives. But mine had since quietly transitioned from rock to parenthood. My changes were glacial. His were violent.

None of it is easy for him to talk about. Jason is one of the most guarded people I have ever met. But when I pulled up to his remote A-frame cabin near Puget Sound last winter, there he was, a sturdy, tall figure in a Black Flag sweatshirt holding a glass of red wine. This was his private place, and he was letting me into it.

Books and action figures covered one wall. Guitars and drums were scattered on the floor. But the far wall almost looked like a memorial: medals, artifacts, war photos. I took it all in, asking about a hand-decorated gun on the fireplace. “That’s how the Taliban trick out their weapons,” he said. Then I picked up his Army helmet. It seemed heavy to me. “Dude, that’s light,” he said. “That’s state of the art.” It had his blood type still written on the side: O positive.

The first time I met Everman was also the first time I ever stepped foot on a tour bus. It was 1989, which was a confusing time to be in a rock band. My band, Bullet LaVolta, had been on tour with the Seattle group we admired most, Mudhoney. They were role models to us. They didn’t just have a sense of the punk-rock rules of the day; they pretty much set them. Just as it does now, the grown-up economy seemed to have little use for 20-somethings like us. The mainstream music business didn’t, either. Our kind of punk rock was all about creating your own place, doing music for its own sake, usually the opposite of what was popular. If you wanted to “make it,” you played pandering cheese-metal like Warrant or Slaughter, the bands on MTV. They were bad. We were good. It was all so cut and dried.

The next-to-last show of our Mudhoney tour was in Chicago, where both bands were to open for Soundgarden at the Cabaret Metro, the biggest venue of the trip. Soundgarden was a much bigger deal in music circles than Nirvana at the time. As crazy as this may sound, Nirvana was a joke to all of us — a generic grunge band with a terrible name. Soundgarden had signed a big contract with A&M Records. People in the music business believed it was the one band that would break through. We didn’t know what to think. We were threatened, jealous, judgmental. As Dan Peters, Mudhoney’s drummer, remembered: “We were both showing up in vans, and they had a big old bus. It was weird.”

Soundgarden was the most professional rock operation I’d ever seen. They had a full crew, the full major-label push and 16 different T-shirts for sale. They also happened to be exceedingly nice, inviting us onto their bus. When the doors hissed open, we dropped silent in awe. It had a minifridge. A card table with a faux marble base. It had a bathroom.

We made it past the bunks to the lounge. And there he was: Soundgarden’s bassist, Jason Everman. You couldn’t look more “rock dude” than he did: all that hair, the dour expression. It was an imposing energy to encounter in tubular mood lighting. And he was the first person I ever met with a nose ring. At the time, I read it as a flashing sign that said, “I will have unbearable attitude.” But he didn’t at all. In fact, he was smart and had a dry wit. He offered me Funyuns.

The rest of that night was just as confusing. We went on so early that people were still arriving as we finished. Mudhoney was great but sounded strange in a cavernous room. And Soundgarden left us mystified. They seemed to have their eyes on a bigger prize, one we couldn’t see yet. As I watched Jason onstage — his rock hair pounding — it dawned on me: “My God, these guys are going to be rock stars.”




In July 1989, Jason Everman was a member of Nirvana.

Everman was born on a remote Alaskan island. “My birth certificate says Kodiak, but I’m pretty sure it was Ouzinkie, where my parents lived in a two-room cabin with a pet ocelot named Kia.” That odd precision is how he talks. He’ll describe soldiers as “freemen, who, of their own volition,” are willing to “lose everything” or carefully explain the “epistemological dilemma” in Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who!” And yet his thoughts still tend to be underlined with a distinctive “dude.” His parents, Diane and Jerry, moved to Alaska to get back to nature, but the marriage didn’t work out. Diane couldn’t take the harsh life, and after a couple of years she left Jerry and started over. She took Jason to Washington and eventually married a former Navy man named Russ Sieber. They settled in the Poulsbo area, across Puget Sound from Seattle. Jason’s mother never told him about the Alaska years. His half-sister, Mimi MacKay, with whom he grew up, said Jason didn’t know his real father existed until he was 13 or so.

Poulsbo, back then, was right on the edge of suburban safety. Though Diane adored Jason, growing up in their house wasn’t easy. “My mother was extremely depressed, an artistic genius who was also a pill-popping alcoholic,” Mimi told me. “Jason and I learned to walk on eggshells and really learned to take care of ourselves.” As a young boy, Jason went through a phase of stuttering. “My mom joked that this is how she cured Jason, by telling him, ‘Either spit it out or shut up,’ ” Mimi said. “I became really adept at finishing his sentences for him.”

Soon the silence evolved into acting out. He and a friend blew up a toilet with an M-80. What might have landed a kid in jail today only got him suspended for a week or two of junior high in the early ’80s. Still, his grandmother Gigi was alarmed. Gigi Phillips was one of the people Jason was closest to. And she wasn’t going to mess around with this kind of trouble. She got the best therapist she could find, who happened to be, Mimi was told, the sports psychiatrist to the Seattle SuperSonics.

In therapy, Everman just sat there. But the doctor happened to be a music freak and had a few vintage guitars around the office. Everman picked one up. The therapist started to strum with him, hoping this would open Jason up. “It was a big family joke that those were the most expensive guitar lessons ever,” Mimi told me. That’s when Everman first started playing guitar.

Music changed everything for him, especially after he discovered punk rock. “I’d have to say that was the first defining event in my life,” he told me. “In punk there’s an extreme kind of conformity to all the nonconformity. You realize in all this rebellion that everyone’s doing the same thing. But in a weird way, that’s what kind of lets you eventually forget the rules, and you can be yourself.” During high school, Everman spent much of his free time playing in bands. In the summer after his junior year, he started visiting his biological father in Alaska, where he spent several seasons working on his fishing boat. He graduated a semester early, and soon he had earned $20,000 and a reputation for being self-sufficient.

It was then that he got the kind of break you read about in paperback rock biographies. Jason’s childhood friend Chad Channing happened to meet a guitarist and a bassist from Olympia looking for a drummer. They were Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, and they called their band Nirvana. Channing played drums for many of their ramshackle early shows. When Cobain considered getting another guitar player, Channing piped up. “I was like: ‘I know this guy. This friend of mine, Jason.’ ”

At first, Everman seemed to be the perfect fit. These were irreverent guys who had all set off bombs in their own way. Nirvana’s gloominess is such a part of the band’s mythology now, but Cobain was also wickedly funny. As Novoselic put it to me, “We were fun-loving dudes.” Onstage, Nirvana had entered a heavy phase, perfectly suited to Everman’s rock vibes. Jonathan Poneman, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, the label that signed Nirvana, told me that Cobain introduced Everman as his “surprise” before a sound check in San Francisco. Poneman loved the new guy.

Everman also helped the band in another way. Nirvana owed money to the producer of their first album, “Bleach,” which they’d already recorded. “Jason was very generous,” Novoselic said. “And he’d had a job. . . . So he had, like, bucks, O.K.? You know how it said it was recorded for like six hundred and something bucks on the back of the record? Jason paid for that.” It was $606.17, which came out of Everman’s fishing money. Sub Pop thought so much of him that it printed a limited-edition live poster of Jason rocking out.

But it was when the band hit the road — piling into a cruddy van, as we all did — that it came undone for Everman and Nirvana. A tour is tough for anyone to handle, especially the first one. The days are 23 hours of stultifying boredom — all so you can have one hour onstage, one hour of visceral release that makes it worthwhile. Between the hangovers, the stink, the beaten-to-death inside jokes, touring can make anybody crazy. The key is to keep the van fun. The guy next to you may love you when you start, only to hate the way you keep asking him to turn the Stooges down 100 miles later. “We had some great shows with Jason,” Novoselic said. “But then things went south really fast.” Somewhere along the way, a cloud formed over Jason, an impenetrable inwardness that just hung there. They say he wouldn’t talk to anyone, completely removing himself from the circle.

By the time they made it to New York, “the fun stopped,” Novoselic remembered. “The fun stopped fast.” Channing was confused by it, too, and he was one of Everman’s oldest friends. “He doesn’t talk freely when things are bothering him,” Channing said. It just seemed as if he didn’t want to be there. Cobain and Novoselic wanted Everman out but didn’t know how to do it. That’s the inherent contradiction of punk-rock rules: you were supposed to hate careerism yet still have a career. And 20-year-old kids aren’t particularly good at sorting that out. So Nirvana didn’t actually fire Everman; the band canceled the rest of the tour and drove straight from New York to Washington State, 50 hours in silence. Hardly a word was spoken.

Even with more than 20 years of perspective, Everman still doesn’t have a clear answer for what went wrong. “To be honest, I never had any expectations about the gig,” he told me. “It just ended.” In “Come as You Are,” the definitive book on Nirvana, by Michael Azerrad, Cobain dismissed Everman as a “moody metalhead.” Even worse, he boasted about not paying Everman back for “Bleach,” claiming it was payment for “mental damages.” In Nirvana — a band with a lead singer so famously tortured that he would commit suicide — Jason Everman was kicked out for being a head case.




By September 1989, he was in Soundgarden. By the next year, he was with neither.

The timing for what happened next was baffling. After years of playing every lousy gig they could, Soundgarden had A&M Records behind them, a tour bus waiting, a full slate of tour dates booked. But Soundgarden’s bass player, Hiro Yamamoto, didn’t want anything to do with it. Their road manager, Eric Johnson, told me: “He really was just truly punk rock. There were meetings with A.&R. guys, and it was no longer dudes in a van. He was all like: ‘Oh, no, no, no. This isn’t for me.’ ” In 1989, just as their first major-label album, “Louder Than Love,” was released, Yamamoto abruptly quit the band.

Everman had always liked Nirvana, but he loved Soundgarden. Playing bass for them — on the verge of stardom as they were — was the most-coveted gig in Seattle — even one of Everman’s old friends, Ben Shepherd, auditioned. Soundgarden, meanwhile, had called Jason right away. “We knew things ended with Nirvana on less-than-ideal terms,” Kim Thayil, their guitarist, told me. “He didn’t fit with Nirvana? Big deal. That’s them. We’re Soundgarden. We’re a different animal.” In the first audition, he impressed them all. “Jason was the guy,” Soundgarden’s drummer, Matt Cameron, remembered. “Jason came prepared.” After the disaster with Nirvana, now Everman was playing bass for his favorite Seattle band. He couldn’t believe his luck. As he put it to me, “What were the chances of all that happening?”

The next year was a blur of touring throughout the United States and Europe. Only 22, Everman still felt behind. Everybody in the band was several years older than he was. “I was drinking water from a fire hose,” he said. “But I thought this was it. This was going to be my identity.” So did I. After that show in Chicago, Bullet LaVolta opened for Soundgarden for a month. And if I was initially judgmental about their ambitions, I realized it was more complicated after seeing it up close. There’s pressure when you’re supposed to be the next big thing. People believed it was going to work, too. In town after town, I watched bands fawn over Soundgarden, Everman included. He was who they all wanted to be.

When Soundgarden returned home, they called a band meeting. Jason showed up on Cameron’s porch thinking it was about the next record. Thayil told me, “I thought I would be diplomatic . . . and wasn’t getting to the point.” He said Chris Cornell, Soundgarden’s singer, finally cut to the chase: It wasn’t working out, Cornell said. Thayil remembers thinking: We’re not behaving like a band. I’m not happy. No one here is happy. No one’s talking to each other. Just like that, Everman was fired again.

When I heard the news, it made me worry for him. He’d been kicked out of a band with a bright future for a second time. There had to be a reason. Cameron kept wanting to say: “Hey, why so moody? You’re in a good band.” Johnson, the road manager, couldn’t figure it out: “He was funny and witty, and then a cloud would come over him. He would sit in the bus and be really mad with his headphones on all the time. I felt bad for the guy, and I feel even worse now, thinking about somehow he was suffering and nobody really knew how to address that.”

I don’t know how he got through the next year. Everman’s friend from home, Ben Shepherd, replaced him in Soundgarden. Their next album went double platinum. Of course, Nirvana — after replacing Jason’s friend Chad Channing on drums with Dave Grohl — became the biggest band in the world. That record he never got paid back for, “Bleach,” eventually sold 2.1 million copies. “Nevermind” sold nearly 30 million copies worldwide and changed the course of rock. Everman, meanwhile, was left behind with no idea what to do next.

For the first month, he just went fetal. “It was a huge blow,” he admitted to me quietly. “I had no warning. The only good thing about it was it made me leave the Pacific Northwest. I would never have done that otherwise.” He moved to New York and got a job working for a while in the Caroline Records warehouse, a long way from the tour bus.

Jason played with other bands, eventually joining one called Mindfunk. He actually had success with it, moving with the band to San Francisco, but something was still not right. Then in the midst of all the confusion in his life, he came to the realization that he had to make a change. He knew he didn’t just want to be a guy in his 15th band, the guy talking about his time in Nirvana and Soundgarden 20 years later. He wanted to do something, he said, something impossible. “I was in the cool bands,” he told me in the cabin. “I was psyched to do the most uncool thing you could possibly do.”

So in 1993, while living in a group house in San Francisco with the guys in Mindfunk, Everman slipped out to meet with recruiters; the Army offered a fast track to becoming a Ranger and perhaps eventually to the Special Forces. He told me he always had an interest in it. His stepfather was in the Navy; both grandfathers were ex-military. Most of the people he grew up with scoffed at that world, which was part of the appeal to him. Novoselic remembered something Everman said way back in the Olympia days. “He was just pondering. He asked me, ‘Do you ever think about what it’d be like to be in the military and go through that experience?’ And I was just like . . . no.”

Everman started waking up early while his bandmates slept in; he went biking, swimming, got in shape. One day, with zero warning, he resigned. He put all of his stuff in storage. He took a flight to New York and went to an Army recruiting office in Manhattan. A couple of weeks later he was on a flight to Georgia. “Was I nervous?” he asked. “I was a little nervous. But I knew.”

When he arrived for basic training at Fort Benning, his hair was cut, his nose ring was removed; he was as anonymous as every other recruit. At 26, he wasn’t an old-timer, but he was close to it. Training had been going on for about a month when Cobain committed suicide and Everman’s rock past was discovered, which gave more ammunition to the drill sergeants. There was a lot of “O.K., rock star, give me 50.” Everman insists he didn’t expect anything else.

A fellow soldier named Sean Walker told me that Ranger instructors begin by asking recruits to quit now to save time. “You had to pass a 12-mile road march in three hours or less,” Walker said, “run 5 miles in 40 minutes or less, complete the combat-swimmers test, as well as other evils the cadre decided to throw at you.” Half the recruits quit. But Everman refused to let himself be left behind this time. He completed every last requirement.

After Fort Benning, Everman was assigned to Fort Lewis, in Washington, 60 miles from where he grew up in Poulsbo. Everman’s Army buddies I spoke with said he never mentioned his past to anyone there either. Still, word got out. Walker thought the rumor of Everman being a rock star was a joke until someone showed him a VHS tape. “I had to watch the segment a few times just to make sure I was seeing correctly,” Walker said in an e-mail. “But it was Jason Everman playing some huge concert. I was wondering what the hell Jason was doing joining the Army when he was living the life most people could only dream about.” And he was doing it all less than an hour from Seattle’s Memorial Stadium, where Soundgarden was now playing.

During one of his first visits into Seattle, Everman happened to spot a familiar beat-up red van — it belonged to Kim Thayil from Soundgarden. Thayil saw Everman’s car tailing him, heard the honking but didn’t know who it was. “I wasn’t going to go home, that’s for sure,” Thayil said. He finally pulled over, and a guy with short hair got out of the car, saying, “Hey, Kim!” Thayil took him at first to be a superfan. “And then I heard: ‘It’s me. Jason.’ ” He was floored. They hung out, had a few beers. At night’s end, Everman went back to the base.





Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Everman likens his experiences with the Army Rangers and Special
Forces to those of being in a band. “It’s a heightened state,” he says.



 
Everman’s first action as a Ranger was somewhere in Latin America, he said, an operation in the covert war on drugs, about which he declined to give details. Despite all the training, nobody knows for sure how he’ll react to the stress of combat. “The bond of locking shields with each other, working together to defeat a common enemy,” Everman told me in his typically formal manner, “it’s a heightened state.” It was kind of like being in a band onstage, he said, only more so. “Everyone looks around and you know — you know — something cool is going on here. I knew this was it. This is living.”

He served out his first enlistment as a Ranger. “But I felt like I wasn’t finished with something.” He still wanted to make Special Forces, which to Everman was the ultimate achievement. It’s a different world. They operate as a group of equals. They call one another by their first names. They engage in a wider spectrum of operations than less-elite units.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Everman was starting the last phase of Special Forces training. It was the first day of language school, and he was watching CNN in the common room with some buddies. “I saw the video of the plane impacting the tower and kind of innately knew we were going to war,” he said. “I don’t believe in fate or destiny, but I did feel a strange sense of kismet, which was probably more of just the right place at the right time. I guess I knew it was on, and I hoped that I would be prepared when it was time to go.”

He told me about riding horseback with the Pashtun, helicoptering in for midnight raids, sitting at a base for days at a time with absolutely nothing to do. Everman saw Soviet tanks rusting in the Panjshir Valley. He smelled the poppy fields outside of Kandahar. He encountered suicide bombers. Yet he always made a point to say fighting often isn’t what you think. “It’s not like the movies,” he stressed. “It’s slow, deliberate.”

Between Afghanistan deployments, Everman went to Iraq, and that, at times, was like a movie. He was in the front row of one of the biggest conventional military operations since World War II, with helicopters hovering on either side of his vehicle, “the full might of the U.S. forces,” as he puts it, in the column behind him. As he shot grenades from a Humvee, he recounted, “Iraqi tanks were exploding all around, turrets shooting off into the desert. I saw stuff I never thought I’d see. Buildings blew up in front of me, dude.” At one point, he came across a pile of Iraqi Army boots, hundreds of them. “Guys would just strip off everything they had on that said they were army and split.”

I wanted to know every detail, but he wouldn’t say much. Or couldn’t. There’s a code among Special Forces: they don’t talk about what they do. I actually think this was part of the appeal for Everman. After having such a public rock face, he went for something that wasn’t just anonymous; it was classified. Mimi once met a couple of Special Forces guys who idolized Jason. “They didn’t approach like the usual fanboys who asked, ‘Your brother was in Nirvana?’ ” she said. “No, they came to me like: ‘Jason Everman is your brother?’ ” One turned to the other and said, “Dude, do you know what that guy’s done?”

In the war, Everman seemed to have found his place. The cloud didn’t go anywhere; it just didn’t matter anymore. As one of his Special Forces colleagues (who is still on active duty and requested that his name not be published) told me: “He would get moody sometimes, but it didn’t interfere with the task at hand. I would rather work with somebody who is quiet than ran their suck constantly.” In Everman’s cabin, I saw medal after medal, including the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge. “Sounds kind of Boy Scouty,” he said. “But it’s actually something cool.” I saw photos of Everman in fatigues on a warship (“an antipiracy operation in Asia”). A shot of Everman with Donald Rumsfeld. Another with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. And that’s when it hit me. Jason Everman had finally become a rock star.

“The way I look at it, life is meaningless,” Everman said the last time I saw him. “The meaningfulness is what you impart to it.” The words sounded an awful lot like those of a philosophy undergrad, which is the latest iteration of Jason Everman’s life. He was talking about Jack Kerouac; he had to reread “On the Road” for one of his classes. We were standing in front of Butler Library on the Columbia University campus in New York. Everman looked rested and content, a backpack over his shoulder. After he left the military in 2006, he used the G.I. Bill to apply to two places: Seattle University and Columbia University. He says he threw Columbia in almost as a joke. General McChrystal wrote a letter of recommendation. To Everman’s shock, he was accepted. “It’s almost like a dare that went too far — and it keeps going.” At 45, he just received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

As we walked past all the oblivious college students, their whole lives ahead of them, I thought about how astonishingly few people do what Everman did. What happened to him was so brutal, seeing success pass him by — twice. But he didn’t let that misfortune define him. Of all the guys I knew through my years in rock, a precious few made it huge. Good for them. Most never came close. Some never managed to get past the failure of the dream, but it seems pretty clear that Everman did. When I told his former bandmates what he’d been up to, they all seemed genuinely thrilled with what he did with his life — and surely a little relieved.
As we made our way along what Columbia calls College Walk, I asked Everman what it was like to be a student after all he had been through. Everman smiled dryly. “It’s anonymous. Just the way I like it.” I suggested that his unique résumé might make him just about the coolest college professor of all time. “No way, man,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t have the patience. I’ll probably just be a bartender somewhere.”
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 07, 2013, 01:02:55 AM
 If you are not a regular viewer of WATKINS ST's excellent website take a few minutes & click on.........in the 4th of July Salute there is another link to click about a story written by Ret AC Al Hay (also a Watkin's St Vet) it is an account of some hairaising exploits of his Dad (also a RET AC & Watkin's St Vet) during WW2....it is amazing........           www.watkinsst.com/news/index/layoutfile/home (http://www.watkinsst.com/news/index/layoutfile/home)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 10, 2013, 06:14:00 PM
NEVER FORGET !......                   http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/2013/release_burgess.pdf (http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/2013/release_burgess.pdf)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 19, 2013, 04:53:53 AM
A REMINDER IN HISTORY

General VoNguyen Giap
General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader
of the North Vietnam military. The following quote
is from his memoirs currently found in the
Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi:
'What we still don't understand is why you
Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi.
You had us on the ropes.
If you had pressed us a little harder,
just for another day or two, we were ready
to surrender! It was the same at the
battle of TET. You defeated us!
We knew it, and we thought you knew it.   
But we were elated to notice you’re media was helping us.
They were causing more disruption
in America than we could in the battlefields.   
We were ready to surrender.  You had won!   
 
General Giap has published his memoirs and
confirmed what most Americans knew.  T
he Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam —
IT WAS LOST AT HOME!
The same slippery slope, sponsored by the U.S. media, is currently underway.   
It exposes the enormous power of a Biased Media
to cut out the heart and will of the American public.
 
A truism worthy of note: Do not fear the enemy, for they can only take your life.
Fear the media, for they will destroy your  honor.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 27, 2013, 01:05:03 PM
Another MOH recipient......   http://gazette.com/second-fort-carson-soldier-to-receive-medal-of-honor-for-2009-battle/article/1504025 (http://gazette.com/second-fort-carson-soldier-to-receive-medal-of-honor-for-2009-battle/article/1504025)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on July 27, 2013, 01:39:52 PM
Army soldier to get Medal of Honor for Afgan fire fight heroism:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/27/obama-to-bestow-medal-honor-to-combat-vet-for-daylong-afghan-fight/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/27/obama-to-bestow-medal-honor-to-combat-vet-for-daylong-afghan-fight/)

Staff Sergeant Ty Carter is also a former Marine.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on July 27, 2013, 01:43:30 PM
400 Taliban attacked a 53 US Soldier outpost. 

Rare second Medal of Honor for fierce Afghan battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPZLnC5Tvlo#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 28, 2013, 02:07:14 AM
60 Years ago...CONTINUED RIP TO ALL...NEVER FORGET !.....   http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/armistice-ends-the-korean-war (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/armistice-ends-the-korean-war)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on July 28, 2013, 09:44:55 AM
Pictures - USS Gerald R Ford in construction - the most expensive ship ever built.

"The United States is building its next generation of aircraft carrier, the FORD-class carriers.

The numbers behind the USS Gerald R. Ford are impressive; about $14 billion in total cost, 224 million pounds, about 25 stories high, 1,106 feet long and 250 feet wide. But the sheer enormity of the ship and construction operation is hard to grasp until you're nearly face-to-metal with the massive military beast.

At Newport News Shipbuilding the power of new technology and 100 years of carrier design is built into every facet of the new ship. The Ford will handle up to 220 takeoffs and landings from its deck every day. Part of that quick turnaround is because when aircraft like the new F-35 return for maintenance, the plane's network will already have alerted ground crews to what's needed so they can get the aircraft on its way faster than ever before."

http://finance.yahoo.com/photos/check-out-the-construction-of-the-most-expensive-ship-ever-uss-gerald-r-ford-slideshow/1-uss-gerald-r-ford-photo-1374772152547.html#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fcheck-out-the-construction-of-the-most-expensive-ship-ever-uss-gerald-r-ford-slideshow%252F9-uss-gerald-r-ford-photo-1374772154981.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/photos/check-out-the-construction-of-the-most-expensive-ship-ever-uss-gerald-r-ford-slideshow/1-uss-gerald-r-ford-photo-1374772152547.html#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Fcheck-out-the-construction-of-the-most-expensive-ship-ever-uss-gerald-r-ford-slideshow%252F9-uss-gerald-r-ford-photo-1374772154981.html)

Carrier originally estimated to cost $8B each in 2007.  Current cost is $14B each.  Cost to run is $7M daily.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 28, 2013, 06:42:47 PM
Colonel "Bud" Day an 88 year old Veteran of 3 Wars & more than one US Service Branch & also a MOH recipient Passed To A Higher Level on Saturday....REST IN PEACE COLONEL...THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXEMPLARY SERVICE......SEMPER FI... .
Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died on Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88.


His death was announced by his wife, Doris.

Colonel Day was among America’s most highly decorated servicemen, having received nearly 70 medals and awards, more than 50 for combat exploits. In addition to the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, he was awarded the Air Force Cross, the highest combat award specifically for airmen.

In a post on Twitter on Sunday, Senator McCain called Colonel Day “my friend, my leader, my inspiration.”

Colonel Day’s life was defined by the defiance he showed in North Vietnamese prison camps, where besides Mr. McCain, the future senator and Republican presidential candidate, whose Navy fighter had been downed, his cellmates included James B. Stockdale, also a Navy pilot, who became Ross Perot’s running mate in his 1992 presidential campaign.

When he volunteered for duty in Vietnam and was assigned to a fighter wing in April 1967, Colonel Day, then a major, had flown more than 4,500 hours in fighters.

On Aug. 26, 1967, he was on a mission to knock out a surface-to-air missile site 20 miles inside North Vietnam when his F-100 was hit by antiaircraft fire. He suffered eye and back injuries and a broken arm when he ejected, and he was quickly captured.

Major Day was strung upside-down by his captors, but after his bonds were loosened, he escaped after five days in enemy hands. He made it across a river, using a bamboo-log float for support, and crossed into South Vietnam. He wandered barefoot and delirious for about two weeks in search of rescuers, surviving on a few berries and frogs. At one point, he neared a Marine outpost, but members of a Communist patrol spotted him first, shot him in the leg and hand, and captured him.

This time, Major Day could not escape. He was shuttled among various camps, including the prison that became known as the Hanoi Hilton, and was beaten, starved and threatened with execution. His captors demanded information on escape plans and methods of communication among the prisoners of war, as well as on America’s air war.

In February 1971, he joined with Admiral Stockdale, then a commander and the ranking American in the prison camp, and other prisoners in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while rifle muzzles were pointed at them by guards who had burst into a prisoners’ forbidden religious service.

He was released on March 14, 1973, having supplied only false information to his interrogators. He was promoted to colonel during his captivity, and on March 4, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford presented him with the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in which Admiral Stockdale was also awarded the medal.

Colonel Day received the medal for his escape and evasion, brief though it was, and his refusal to yield to his tormentors.

“Colonel Day was totally debilitated and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself,” the citation read. “Despite his many injuries, he continued to offer maximum resistance. His personal bravery in the face of deadly enemy pressure was significant in saving the lives of fellow aviators who were still flying against the enemy.”

Mr. McCain recalled in his memoir, “Faith of My Fathers,” written with Mark Salter, that Colonel Day “was a tough man, a fierce resister, whose example was an inspiration to every man who served with him.”

Telling how Colonel Day, in wretched condition himself, comforted him when he was near death from beatings, Senator McCain wrote that Colonel Day “had an indomitable will to survive with his reputation intact, and he strengthened my will to live.”

George Everette Day, known as Bud, was born on Feb. 24, 1925, in Sioux City, Iowa. He quit high school to join the Marines in 1942 and served with an antiaircraft battery on Johnston Island in the Pacific during World War II.

He graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, obtained a law degree from the University of South Dakota and then received an officer’s commission in the Iowa Army National Guard. After transferring to the Air Force Reserves, he was recalled to active duty in 1951 and received pilot training. He flew a fighter-bomber, tracking Soviet planes off the coast of Japan, during the Korean War and then remained in military service.

After coming home from Vietnam, Colonel Day underwent physical rehabilitation, regained his flight status and served as vice commander of a flight wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He retired from the military in 1977 after being passed over for brigadier general and then practiced law in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Colonel Day represented military retirees in a federal court case aimed at securing what they said were health benefits once promised by their recruiters. He campaigned for Mr. McCain when he challenged George W. Bush for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. When President Bush sought re-election in 2004, Colonel Day worked with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization in sharply attacking Mr. Bush’s Democratic opponent, Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, over his antiwar activities after coming home. Colonel Day backed Mr. McCain’s presidential bid in 2008.

In addition to his wife, Colonel Day is survived by two sons, Steven and George Jr.; two daughters, Sandra Hearn and Sonja LaJeunesse; and 14 grandchildren.

Admiral Stockdale, his fellow prisoner of war, died in 2005.

Looking back on the torment he endured as a prisoner, Colonel Day expressed pride over the way he and his fellow prisoners of war had conducted themselves. “As awful as it sounds, no one could say we did not do well,” he told The Associated Press in 2008.

Being held prisoner “was a major issue in my life, and one that I am extremely proud of,” he said. “I was just living day to day.”
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 28, 2013, 07:51:24 PM
This is a wonderful story, and it is true.  You will be pleased that you read it.

It is an important piece of American history.


 

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.
 
Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.'
 
In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave.

He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant ... maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things,
 at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in  Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII.  On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.


The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on.  All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft...

Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.
 It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait . . . and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference:

(Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp..221, 225-226)
 
PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America 's first ace.  In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots.  Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero.   And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.

 

 

It is a great story that many don't know...You've got to be careful with old guys, You just never know what they have done during their  lifetime.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on July 28, 2013, 07:54:30 PM
Thanks Chief.  Great stories.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on July 28, 2013, 09:28:10 PM
That is a story that should be told to every American that walks this Great Country.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 30, 2013, 01:12:07 AM
RESPECT DUE !......FOR ALL THE VET'S......  2011 West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjPmmCtHmfE#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 01, 2013, 04:33:12 PM
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/08/01/lightning-at-fort-carson-leaves-12-soldiers-hurt/ (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/08/01/lightning-at-fort-carson-leaves-12-soldiers-hurt/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 03, 2013, 02:17:43 AM
SEMPER FI......        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151759497404769&set=a.360794549768.147593.182249954768&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151759497404769&set=a.360794549768.147593.182249954768&type=1&theater)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 06, 2013, 12:50:43 AM
Marine Earns Silver Star for Courageous Leadership

Aug 05, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sergeant Matthew T. Woodall, a former squad leader serving with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was awarded the Silver Star Medal at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 2.

Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., earned the nation’s third highest military award for valor for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I was doing my job, I don’t think I did anything different than anyone else would,” Woodall said. “But when you’re there, you’re really doing everything for your brothers on your left and on your right.”

A platoon-sized enemy force attacked Woodall and his Marines from several fortified positions during a security patrol mission in the Sangin district of Helmand, July 10 through 11, 2011.

A Marine was wounded by gunfire directly in front of Woodall. Without hesitation, he exposed himself to a hail of enemy fire and shielded the Marine with his body while providing suppressive fire until a corpsman arrived.

“When you’re over there with these guys every day, it really becomes like a family,” Woodall said. “Your natural instinct is to protect your family. It was just the natural thing for me to do.”

Woodall ensured his wounded Marine was properly cared for before leading an assault on the nearest enemy compound. He directed his squad as they repelled repeated enemy assaults with light anti-armor weapons and small arms fire from their flank.

“We ran low on ammo at one point,” said Lance Cpl. Justin Lehn a rifleman serving with Bravo Co. “(Woodall) had our (squad automatic weapon gunners) break down their ammo drums to give more ammo to our riflemen.”

When the enemy pinned down a squad sent to reinforce Woodall’s men, Woodall led a counterattack through multiple compounds to secure the reinforcement.

“He’s the kind of leader that all Marines strive to be,” said Cpl. Jalonnie Rhim, an assistant squad automatic weapon gunner serving with Bravo Co. and native of Rochester, N.Y. “He was very cool under fire.”

Woodall then led his men as they crawled through a cornfield for more than an hour to ambush an enemy force after receiving reports of the enemy gathering for another attack. They took the enemy with the surprise of their withering fire and drove them out of the village after more than seven hours of intense combat.

“What we thought was going to be a normal day turned out to be one hell of a firefight,” said Lehn, a Long Island, N.Y., native. “Woodall kept directing us with orders and reassuring us with confidence to keep us pushing through.”

He kept himself collected during the firefight to keep his Marines from becoming nervous or scared, he said

“I always tried to remember that I’m in charge of these guys, so I wanted to lead by example,” Woodall said. “I always felt that if they saw me keeping my emotions under control, that they would try to emulate me.”

His daring actions ultimately defeated the enemy attack, killing four insurgents and wounding many others.

“I know that the citation that was read says my name on it, but I’m just an individual Marine,” Woodall said. “My squad was just amazing, and they are some of the best Marines I’ve met. They were brave every day. Sangin was a terrible place. Without them, I’m just one Marine.”

Woodall was honorably discharged from active duty service during December 2012. He currently attends the University of Eastern Kentucky and hopes to work for the Department of Homeland Security in the future to continue serving his country.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 16, 2013, 06:50:02 PM

AVOID THE MOVIE  "THE BUTLER"
Never forget what  this miserable woman did, and the pain and suffering she  caused.



THE MOVIE "THE BUTLER IS BEING  SHOT IN NEW ORLEANS.   
THE TRAITOR, JANE FONDA,  PLAYS NANCY REAGAN.   
AS AN AMERICAN I CAN NEVER FORGIVE JANE  FONDA FOR HER ACTIONS IN VIETNAM.   
MANY AMERICANS DIED IN THAT  WAR AND FOR HER TO CALL AMERICANS SERVICE PEOPLE   
WARMONGERS  IS UNFORGIVIABLE TO ME.
  SHE WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBILE FOR THE  DEATHS OF 3 MEN   
WHO DIED AFTER RECEIVED BEATINGS FOR PASSING  A NOTE ABOUT THE CRUELTY   
THEY FACED EVERY DAY WHICH SHE IN  TURN TURNED OVER TO THE  VIETCONG..
I hope all people,  young and old know this...
If not, please read all of this message.   
In "my time" it was fairly well known what she did, but over  time it seems to have been forgotten or lost in time...
otherwise she never should be asked to perform in any capacity !


 



Ronald Reagan would be rolling over  in his grave!
 
JANE FONDA AS NANCY REAGAN 
 
This cannot go around too much.   
Those of us that were living in  those years will never forget   
that  she was a traitor and did a lot of damage to our  boys..
She has now been  chosen to play Nancy Reagan in her life story. 
I am sending this one out because so many do not know  this truth...   
and also because she was on 3 times this week talking about her new book... 
And how good she feels in her 70's...   
she still does not know what she did wrong...
her book just may not make the best list if more people knew...   
also....   



Barbara Walters said: 
 
Thank you all. Many died in Vietnam for our  freedoms.
 
I did not like Jane  Fonda then, and I don't like her now.   
She can lead her present life the way she wants   
and perhaps SHE can forget the  past,   
but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment   
and see her "honored" as a "Woman of the Century".


 



I  remember this well
 
For those who served and/or died. . . 
 
NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A  TRAITOR!
  and now they want to honor  her...!!!
In Memory of LT. C.Thomsen  Wieland who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton [Famous North Vietnam  Prison]
 
IF YOU NEVER FORWARDED  ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL  KNOW!!!
 
A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO  BE HONORED.
 
KEEP THIS MOVING  ACROSS AMERICA
 
This is for all  the kids born in the 70's and after who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers, and older brothers and sisters had to bear.
 
Jane Fonda  is being honored as one of the
'100 Women of the Century.'
 
BARBARA  WALTERS WRITES:
 
Unfortunately,  many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how  Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who  served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.
   
The first part of this is from an F-4E  pilot.
 
The pilot's name is  Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat.
 
In  1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho  Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.' Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a  cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to  describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and  humane treatment' he'd received.
   
He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged  away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp  Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk. 
 
In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still  suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career)  from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden  baton.
 
From 1963-65, Col. Larry  Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi  Hilton'...the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing  in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group,  too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a  'peace delegation' visit.
 
They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they  were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When  paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking  each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you  sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment  from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they  each palmed her their sliver of paper.
   
She took them all without missing a beat.. At the end  of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked  disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed  him all the little pieces of paper...
   
Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel  Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only  reason we know of her actions that day..
   
I was a civilian economic development advisor in  Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South  Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years. I spent 27 months  in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year  in a 'black box' in Hanoi . My North Vietnamese captors deliberately  poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in  Banme Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the  Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal  weight is 170 lbs)
 
We were Jane  Fonda's 'war criminals...'
 
When  Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political  officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted  to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how  different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese,  and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient'.
   
Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on  my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight placed on  my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.
   
I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon  after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me  on TV. She never did answer me.
   
These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone  who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we  forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor  whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots. 
 
There are few things I have strong visceral  reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you  possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs  to know that we will never forget.
   
RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance  Squadron, Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343 
 
PLEASE HELP BY SENDING THIS TO EVERYONE IN  YOUR ADDRESS BOOK. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SEE THIS MAYBE HER STATUS WILL  CHANGE.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on August 16, 2013, 08:22:52 PM
http://www.26thmarines.org/janefonda.html (http://www.26thmarines.org/janefonda.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 17, 2013, 10:36:28 AM
Never Forget What Hanoi Jane Did
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on August 17, 2013, 11:09:00 AM
(http://s21.postimg.cc/yxd5x2ulf/JF_2.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/yxd5x2ulf/)

Jane Fonda quotes:

"It's my fondest wish, that some day, every American will get down on their knees and pray to God that some day they will have the opportunity to live in a Communist Society."

"POWs are lying if they assert it was the North Vietnamese policy to torture Americans."

"This is Jane Fonda speaking from Hanoi, and I'm speaking particularly to the U.S servicemen...I don't know what your officers tell you...but your weapons are illegal and that's not just rhetoric...The men who are ordering you to use these weapons are war criminals according to international law, and in the past, in Germany and Japan, men who committed these kinds of crimes were tried and executed."

When American POWs finally began to return home (some of them having been held captive for up to nine years) and describe the tortures they had endured at the hands of the North Vietnamese, Jane Fonda quickly told the country that they should "not hail the POWs as heroes, because they are hypocrites and liars."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 17, 2013, 11:41:30 AM
I wish I could reply to this post and especially "this individual" but I would probably aggrevate those who run this site with my choice of words!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 28, 2013, 07:48:52 PM
We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who
 recently lost their lives, and Remember them each specifically by name.
 Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

 
July 2013 Heroes
 
We remember these eleven heroes who gave their lives and the families they left behind.
 
Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, Ga.
 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah
 Pvt. Errol D.A. Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala
 Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark
 Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio
 Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas
 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz.,
 Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and
 Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
 Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga.,
 Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va
 
June 2013 Heroes
 
We remember these eighteen heroes who gave their lives and the families they left behind.
 
Spc. Ray A. Ramirez, 20, of Sacramento, Calif.
 Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, of Moseley, Va
 Pfc. Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, of Houston, Texas
 Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Dover, Del
 Staff Sgt. Job M. Reigoux, 30, of Austin, Texas
 2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz.,
 Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Okla.
 Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y.
 Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, N.Y.
 Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Fla
 Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown, 20, of Youngstown, Fla
 Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla
 Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C.
 Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash.
 Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson, Texas
 Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr., 28, of Greenfield, Calif
 Sgt. Corey E. Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine
 Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, of Barton, N.Y
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 30, 2013, 11:17:04 PM
REST IN PEACE S/SGT....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES........ www.ny1.com/content/news/187996/staten-island-soldier--24--killed-in-overseas-insurgents-attack (http://www.ny1.com/content/news/187996/staten-island-soldier--24--killed-in-overseas-insurgents-attack)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 07, 2013, 05:45:12 PM
Honors for S/SGT Ollis.....  http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/188213/family--friends-honor-fallen-staten-island-soldier-with-vigil (http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/188213/family--friends-honor-fallen-staten-island-soldier-with-vigil)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 14, 2013, 06:45:34 AM
QUOTE.......

Awesome Letter That A Dying Military Veteran Sent To His Representatives In Congress

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Michael Snyder



You will be amazed by the things that a dying military veteran wrote in a letter to the two U.S. Senators that are representing his state. Like so many other Americans, this elderly vet is absolutely disgusted by the corruption and the incompetence that he sees coming out of Washington. In the past, I have also written about how $1.4 billion is spent on the Obamas each year and about how Congress isliving the high life at our expense, but in this letter this dying military veteran puts things much more eloquently than I did. The name of the vet that wrote this letter is Bill Schoonover, and it was written on April 3rd, 2013. Even though his representatives in Congress will probably never take the time to read this letter, I think that you will agree that the emotions that Mr. Schoonover has expressed in this letter are shared by millions upon millions of other Americans all across the country…


Dear Senator:
 
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
 
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
 
Last year, the president spent an estimated 1.4 $billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America ‘s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
 
In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.
 
You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).
 
You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote ) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democrat voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?
 
I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.
 
As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?

While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.
 
As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
 
The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.
 
I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.
 
My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bill Schoonover
....UNQUOTE


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 17, 2013, 01:35:11 PM
VETS WELCOMED AT THE FIRE ACADEMY.........  http://www.myfoxny.com/story/23446860/fdny-welcomes-veterans-to-fire-academy (http://www.myfoxny.com/story/23446860/fdny-welcomes-veterans-to-fire-academy)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 18, 2013, 01:43:38 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/18/assault-vehicle-fire-kills-marine-in-california/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29 (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/18/assault-vehicle-fire-kills-marine-in-california/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29)



http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/18/marine-killed-twentynine-palms-training/ (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/18/marine-killed-twentynine-palms-training/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 18, 2013, 04:20:47 PM
Honors for S/SGT Ollis.....  http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/188213/family--friends-honor-fallen-staten-island-soldier-with-vigil (http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/188213/family--friends-honor-fallen-staten-island-soldier-with-vigil)


http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130918/new-dorp/staten-island-solder-died-saving-polish-colleague-report-says (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130918/new-dorp/staten-island-solder-died-saving-polish-colleague-report-says)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 21, 2013, 03:37:32 PM
Vietnam vets get medals, 46 years later

By Associated Press

September 21, 2013 | 4:47am


Joe Cordileone (left) and Robert Moffatt were finally recognized for their heroism during the Vietnam War.


SAN DIEGO — Two Vietnam veterans were awarded the Silver and Bronze Star medals Friday for their courage in a battle on a jungle hillside where more than 75 percent of the troops with them that day were killed or wounded.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in his citation to the president that Joe Cordileone and Robert Moffatt showed extraordinary heroism during the first Battle of Khe Sanh in 1967. Marine Brig. Gen. James Bierman apologized to the veterans for the 46-year-wait, saying “I’m sorry that it took so long for these awards to work their way around to you.”

The men were never recognized until now because the commanders who make such recommendations were killed: Of the more than 100 American troops on the hill, 27 were killed and 50 were wounded.

The pursuit for medals for the men started with a retired Marine general listening to a group of veterans reminisce about April 30, 1967, when troops with Company M, 3rd Marine Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, advanced to secure Hill 881 South and were attacked by the North Vietnamese Army.

Maj. Gen. John Admire said he was shocked to learn not one of the survivors had a medal.

Retired Pfc. Cordileone still has shrapnel in his face from the fighting. He continued firing for about eight hours after getting hit by fragments from the explosions as he carried his platoon commander, who was killed when a second mortar hit. Moffatt suffered severe head wounds after taking over the machine gun from a wounded comrade, saving American lives.

“I knew we had to remedy this because there was no doubt in my mind that what they did was absolutely courage beyond belief,” Admire said.

Admire conducted research to verify the veterans’ stories. Thanks to his efforts, six Marines have received medals for that day, including Cordileone, now the chief deputy city attorney for San Diego, and Moffatt, a retired cost estimator who lives in Riverside.

The Navy says Cordileone’s efforts saved the lives of at least 10 Marines.

Cordileone at one point dragged Moffatt to a bomb crater for safety and tried to stop the bleeding from his cheek by dressing the wound. He recalled with a laugh how Moffatt gestured for him to pull it off and when he did, Moffatt told him “You idiot, I can’t breathe.”

Both men still suffer from post-traumatic stress. Moffatt continues to see doctors for traumatic brain injury.

Cordileone said he was humbled his fellow Marines would recommend him for the award.

“The truth is I was just doing my job,” he said at the ceremony attended by parents of recruits graduating Friday from boot camp. “I did nothing more than any other Marine would have done in the same situation, and I certainly know that I did no more than any other Marine or corpsman who climbed hill 881 with me that day.”

Retired Pfc. Moffatt accepted his award in memory of his fallen comrades.

“I can go to my grave with some peace of mind and say well somebody appreciated what I tried to do,” he said after the ceremony.

The Navy Secretary had to cancel his appearance at the ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot because of Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on September 21, 2013, 04:05:59 PM
Hill 881N and 881S. Numerical designation is for the height in meters. These were USMC outposts, out in the middle of nowhere. Heavy combat, a long night for the grunts, which is not degatory but a sign of high respect from those whose boots are on the ground!!!!!!!!!! Serious hand to hand combat at times but the Marines prevailed. To me I was a FAC but in Vietnam the greatest honor was a USMC grunt! My son was a grunt, 2 tours in Iraq, but like most USMC, will not talk, just part of the best who got it done! Hey Justin, wanna join The few, the proud, the Marines. Guess not, looking for men, and yes women!!!!!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 25, 2013, 12:17:32 AM
Some WW2 History links.....  http://lonesentry.com/ (http://lonesentry.com/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 25, 2013, 01:02:20 AM
RESPECT DUE !..... Ship Naming Ceremony Held for 3 Destroyers

Sep 23, 2013

Navy News| by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee

SAN DIEGO -- A naming ceremony was held at Naval Base San Diego for the Arleigh-Burke class guided- missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Sept. 20.

Friends and family attended the ceremony and Lt. Gen. John A Toolan Jr., Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, gave the keynote address.

Toolan expressed that the three men for which the ships are named, were like anchors within their units and set a high standard for heroism within the services.

"These three men are examples of the service, sacrifice, dedication and the heroism it took to be that anchor from World War II to Vietnam to Iraq," said Toolan. "We're here today to name these destroyers in their honor. These destroyers will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peace time presence and crisis management, to sea control and power projection."

Georgeann McRaven, sponsor of the USS Ralph Johnson, said she's looking forward to working with and supporting the ship and it's crew as it transforms from raw metal to a war-fighting vessel.

"I will become part of the ship. I'll be kind of like a den mother to the crew," said McRaven. "It will be wonderful when the ship has a crew and will be able to go out to see for the first time. I look forward to it."

Lt. John Finn was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. He was honored for defending his ship from Japanese aircraft for over two hours during the attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot twice and having numerous shrapnel wounds. He died at the age of 100 in 2010.

Pfc. Ralph Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in March 1968 after jumping on a hand grenade that was thrown into his fighting hole to save the life of a fellow Marine and to prevent the enemy from penetrating his patrol perimeter.

Sgt. Rafael Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after taking critical gunshot wounds and later grabbing live grenade and covering it with his body to save his fellow Marines during a firefight in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 2004.
......NEVER FORGET !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 01, 2013, 09:27:11 PM
Vietnam POW Reunion....  NEVER FORGET !.......   Vietnam POW 40th Reunion News Coverage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LemllfcAY8A#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on October 04, 2013, 03:18:13 PM
Battle of Mogadushu (Black Hawk Down) Anniversary   Oct 3-4,1993

"The Battle of Mogadishu, more commonly referred to as Black Hawk Down or, locally, as the Day of the Rangers was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on 3 and 4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid who had support from armed civilian fighters.
 
"A U.S. Army force in Mogadishu, consisting primarily of U.S. Army Rangers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; C Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), better known as "Delta Force"; as well as Air Force Combat Controllers and Pararescuemen and helicopters from 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, attempted to seize two of Aidid's high-echelon lieutenants during a meeting in the city. Shortly after the assault began, Somali militia and armed civilian fighters managed to shoot down two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The subsequent rescue operation to secure and recover the crews of both helicopters drew the raid, intended to last no more than an hour, into an overnight standoff in the city. The battle resulted in 18 deaths, 80 wounded, and one helicopter pilot captured among the U.S. raid party and rescue forces. One Pakistani soldier and one Malaysian soldier were killed as part of the rescue forces. American sources estimate between 1,500 and 3,000 Somali casualties, including civilians; SNA forces claim only 315 killed, with 812 wounded."
(Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993)) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993)))

US CASUALITIES:

1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta
 
- MSG Gary Gordon 33 Killed defending Super Six-Four's crew Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
- SFC Randy Shughart 35 Killed defending Super Six-Four's crew Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
- SSG Daniel Busch 25 Crashed on Super Six-One, mortally wounded defending the downed crew Silver Star, Purple Heart[58]
- SFC Earl Fillmore 28 Killed moving to the first crash site Silver Star, Purple Heart
- MSG Timothy "Griz" Martin 38 Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died while en route to a field hospital in Germany Silver Star, Purple Heart
 
3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
- CPL Jamie Smith 21 Killed around crash site one Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart
- SPC James Cavaco 26 Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- SGT Casey Joyce 24 Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- PFC Richard "Alphabet" Kowalewski 20 Killed on the Lost Convoy by an RPG Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- SGT Dominick Pilla 21 Killed on Struecker's convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- SGT Lorenzo Ruiz 27 Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died en route to a hospital in Germany Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
 
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
- SSG William "Wild Bill" Cleveland, Jr. 34 Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- SSG Thomas "Flipper" Field 25 Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- CW4 Raymond Frank 45 Super Six-Four's copilot, killed Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- CW3 Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott 36 Super Six-One's pilot, died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star,  Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
- CW2 Donovan "Bull" Briley 33 Super Six-One's copilot, died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
 
2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
- SGT Cornell Houston 31 Killed on the rescue convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device,
 de Fleury Medal, Purple Heart
- PFC James Martin Jr. 23 Killed on the rescue convoy Purple Heart

RIP

Black Hawk Down: Real Footage and Radio Transmissions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIwxJdiPfSU#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 04, 2013, 11:31:17 PM


September 2013 Heroes
 
We remember these twelve heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.
 
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa
 Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif.
 Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore.
 Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colo.
 Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J.
 Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga
 Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, of Edmond, Okla.
 Sgt. William D. Brown III, 44, of Franklin, N.C.
 Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane, 43, of Indianapolis, Ind
 Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, of Fontana, Calif
 Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Conn
 Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga
 
August 2013 Heroes
 
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y.
 Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark.
 1st Lt. Jason Togi, 24, of Pago Pago, American Samoa
 Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif
 Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, Mo.
 Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va
 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, of Helena, Ala
 Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho,
 Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark.
 Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas
 Spc. Nickolas S. Welch, 26, of Mill City, Ore
 
July 2013 Heroes
 
Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, Ga.
 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah
 Pvt. Errol D.A. Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala
 Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark
 Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio
 Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas
 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz.,
 Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and
 Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
 Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga.,
 Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on October 07, 2013, 12:11:04 AM
MSG Nicholas Oresco - oldest WWII Medal of Honor winner passes away:

http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/Oldest-Medal-of-Honor-recipient-dies/52395075812/Comcast/TopVideoClips/ (http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/Oldest-Medal-of-Honor-recipient-dies/52395075812/Comcast/TopVideoClips/)

http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2931/oresko-nicholas.php (http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2931/oresko-nicholas.php)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 18, 2013, 07:38:53 PM
http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2013/10/latest-pics-of-zumwalt-ddg-1000/ (http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2013/10/latest-pics-of-zumwalt-ddg-1000/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 23, 2013, 05:33:46 PM
10-23-83....NEVER FORGET !....    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Beirut_barracks_bombing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Beirut_barracks_bombing)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on October 23, 2013, 06:34:15 PM
Those Marines died because they were not allowed to carry weapons. That is like sending an engine company with no hose or a truck company without an aerial. Our government was just as guilty as those who launched the attack. 241 brave men died to make a policy statement. Marines are not defenders, they are attackers. They died because of stupidity from within our government, they died because of devotion to duty.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 26, 2013, 09:51:46 PM
Finally a "little" support for this MARINE....better late than never.........     http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/26/marine-who-sent-email-now-getting-bipartisan-hill-support/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/26/marine-who-sent-email-now-getting-bipartisan-hill-support/) 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on November 01, 2013, 12:10:55 AM
Fallen soldier return flight home:

http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/fallen-soldier-213011521.html (http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/fallen-soldier-213011521.html)

Fallen Soldier on My Delta Flight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3iHAmU8poo#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 01, 2013, 02:49:58 AM
Thank You to the person that wrote this article & to those who witnessed it & cared....click on the comments & be glad that there people who also cared.... RIP TO ALL..... http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/fallen-soldier-213011521.html (http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/fallen-soldier-213011521.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on November 06, 2013, 09:22:34 PM
IV Cellular presents "Freedom Isn't Free" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEPBQGu74oo#ws)

The Mid-East War Memorial wall.

Memorial completely funded by Illinois Valley Cellular.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on November 07, 2013, 05:47:18 PM
This is located about 70 miles south west of Chicago. I live on the outskirts of Chicago,  in Cicero, and sad to say I did not know it existed. Might wanna reserve that week end in June!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 08, 2013, 07:50:19 PM
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/At-107-nation-s-oldest-veteran-enjoys-limelight-4965938.php?t=fdba0656a75eb86e8f (http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/At-107-nation-s-oldest-veteran-enjoys-limelight-4965938.php?t=fdba0656a75eb86e8f)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 16, 2013, 12:50:49 AM
http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/obama-building-compliant-officer-class/#7spYHBDj0OFKQWA8.99 (http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/obama-building-compliant-officer-class/#7spYHBDj0OFKQWA8.99)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 16, 2013, 01:58:34 AM
LET NO VETERAN DIE ALONE.....   http://sofrep.com/29722/let-veteran-die-alone/#ixzz2kkaDGZqY (http://sofrep.com/29722/let-veteran-die-alone/#ixzz2kkaDGZqY)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 19, 2013, 11:18:39 PM
TANGO MIKE MIKE....MOH RECIPIENT......   Honor at Last for Roy P (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7968BbMnU#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on November 20, 2013, 10:25:57 AM
Great post Chief! Had a relative that knew him.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on November 20, 2013, 01:07:12 PM
Thanks Chief.  Excellent post.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 24, 2013, 06:57:58 PM
DRONE TECHNOLOGY....  http://www.businessinsider.com/the-x-47b-drone-photos-brave-scary-new-world-2013-5?op=1 (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-x-47b-drone-photos-brave-scary-new-world-2013-5?op=1)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 25, 2013, 04:41:29 AM
SEARCHING FOR THE LOST.......   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/magazine/the-search-for-the-lost-marines-of-tarawa.html?ref=us&_r=1&pagewanted=all& (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/magazine/the-search-for-the-lost-marines-of-tarawa.html?ref=us&_r=1&pagewanted=all&)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 29, 2013, 05:09:45 AM




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We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who
 recently lost their lives, and Remember them each specifically by name.
 Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

 

October 2013 Heroes
 
We remember these nine heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.
 
Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La.
 Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, of Norfolk, Va.
 Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, Pa
 Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio
 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif.
 Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa.
 Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.
 Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore
 Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wis
 
September 2013 Heroes
 
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa
 Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif.
 Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore.
 Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colo.
 Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J.
 Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga
 Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, of Edmond, Okla.
 Sgt. William D. Brown III, 44, of Franklin, N.C.
 Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane, 43, of Indianapolis, Ind
 Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, of Fontana, Calif
 Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Conn
 Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga
 
August 2013 Heroes
 
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y.
 Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark.
 1st Lt. Jason Togi, 24, of Pago Pago, American Samoa
 Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif
 Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, Mo.
 Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va
 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, of Helena, Ala
 Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho,
 Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark.
 Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas
 Spc. Nickolas S. Welch, 26, of Mill City, Ore
 
July 2013 Heroes
 
Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, of Augusta, Ga.
 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah
 Pvt. Errol D.A. Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala
 Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark
 Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio
 Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas
 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz.,
 Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and
 Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
 Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga.,
 Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va
 


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 30, 2013, 02:19:17 AM
VJ DAY 1945 VIDEO....  VJ Day. The Bravest Generation Celebrates (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ85j6U2Fvs#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 05, 2013, 12:19:17 AM
Take the time to watch this in silence and with reflection. Show it and explain it to your children, grand children and, if possible, great grand children. Let no generation ever forget or disrespect what is seen here....................a real tribute to our fallen heroes.


Turn up your sound and click on ..... mansions of the lord (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq2BbVZ2LEc#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 07, 2013, 05:12:18 AM
STAND TALL JASON ...SEMPER FI.....  ACTIVE FDNY FF & MARINE MAJOR ....A DISGRACE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO HIM......Maj. Jason Brezler’s warnings about an Afghan police chief and his ‘tea boys’ went unaddressed, and three Marines were slain. One year later, the Marines are taking action—against him.

More than a year after three Marines were shot to death on their base in an insider attack by an Afghan police chief’s “tea boy,” there is still no official explanation for why a warning that could well have prevented the tragedy seems to have gone unheeded.

There is also no explanation for why the police chief was allegedly allowed to sexually assault children with apparent impunity on an American military facility.

But authorities have taken action against one person they should be praising, the 32-year-old Marine Reserve officer who issued the warning about the police chief and his crimes.

Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler—now also a firefighter with the elite Rescue 2 of the FDNY—faces a forced exit from the Marine Corps as a result of an inconsequential security infraction he committed in his hurry to respond to an urgent email from Afghanistan that he received two years after he returned home.


The July 25, 2012, email that popped up on Brezler’s Yahoo account was sent to him from Helmand Province by a fellow Marine officer, and its subject line made its urgency unmistakable:


“IMPORTANT: SARWAR JAN IS BACK!!!”

Exclamation points by themselves in a message from Helmand meant it could very well be a matter of life and death. The name Sarwar Jan made it all the more so.

Jan had been district police chief when Brezler served in the same town, Naw Zad, in 2010. Brezler had come to the conclusion that Jan was involved in narcotics and arms trafficking as well as facilitating attacks by the Taliban, even selling Afghan police uniforms to the enemy. Jan also was alleged to be what Brezler’s lawyer would call “a systematic child rapist” who allegedly ran a child kidnapping ring and acquired “tea boys” with the help of U.S. taxpayer job development money.

Jan might have imagined himself untouchable as the protégé of an accused drug lord who has connections to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Brezler kept pushing and was finally able to pressure the provincial governor into removing Jan from his post, a rare and notable bright spot in the bloodiest province in the bloodiest year of the war.


But now here was this email from a fellow Marine officer in Afghanistan saying Jan was back as police chief and had allegedly been raping as many as nine boys at Forward Operating Base Delhi. The email asked Brezler for any information he might be able to provide.

The Marines had not issued laptops during Brezler’s deployment, and he had used his own to send and receive reports while in the war zone. He was at a graduate school seminar using this same laptop when he received the email from Helmand, and it seemed like a stroke of great luck that the lone report he inadvertently still had on hand summarized the allegations against Jan.

Brezler attached the report to his reply and emailed it with the same urgency that he would demonstrate as a firefighter whenever an alarm came in. He made clear in the accompanying message that he considered Jan a serious threat who allegedly dealt with the enemy while essentially making the Americans party to sex crimes against children.

The fellow officer who had made the inquiry and received the response, identified by one source as Marine Maj. Brian Donlon, noted that in his haste Brezler had sent what was technically a classified document via an insecure mode of communication. Brezler acknowledged the error and duly reported himself, in keeping with a code of honor befitting a graduate of the Naval Academy.




“He said, ‘The chief of police is filthy,’” the father says. “I said, ‘How can he be in your base?’ And he said, ‘He is.’”

Whatever Donlon did with Brezler’s warning, little, if anything, seems to have changed. Jan continued to come and go as he pleased at FOB Delhi, free to carry weapons and to consort with his “tea boys.”

“The Marines continued to provide Jan and his sex-abuse victims armed, unescorted access to their base,” Brezler’s attorney, Kevin Carroll, would later say.

On August 10, 2012, just over two weeks after the warning that should have resulted in the police chief being banned from the base, one of Jan’s teenage “tea boys” went into the FOB Delhi gym with what was apparently the police chief’s AK-47. The tea boy, Aynoddin, proceeded to kill three unarmed Marines, Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, Cpl. Richard Rivera, and Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. A fourth, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode, survived despite being shot five times.

Buckley’s father, Greg Buckley Sr., would later report that his son had expressed misgivings about the police chief three months before.

“He said, ‘The chief of police is filthy,’” the father says. “I said, ‘How can he be in your base?’ And he said, ‘He is.’”

The father adds, “Everybody on the base knew [Jan] was a bad guy.”

The son had made the darkest of predictions.

“He said, ‘I’m not going to be coming home. They’re going to kill me here, murder me here,’” the father says.

The son recalled some advice the father had often repeated.

“He said, ‘You know what, Dad, you always said go with your gut feeling, and my feeling is something bad is going to happen to me on this base,” the father reports.

The son had been lifting weights in the gym with his buddies just two days from the end of his deployment when the tea boy shot him in the chest and neck.

“They keep telling us it’s under investigation,” the father says.

The Buckley family learned of Brezler’s warning—and the apparent failure of their son’s superiors to act—not from the Marine Corps but from the office of Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who had taken up the major’s cause. King is close to Brezler’s godfather, retired FDNY Capt. John Vigiano, who lost two sons on 9/11, one a firefighter, the other a police officer.

The law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan heard of Brezler’s plight and offered to represent him pro bono, with their man Carroll in the lead. Carroll met with the Buckley family, and they were doubly outraged to learn that Brezler was to be brought before a Board of Inquiry with the possibility he would be forced from the Marine Corps.

Back when Brezler self-reported the security violation resulting from the urgent email response, his immediate commanding officer had found no cause to pursue the matter. The investigating officer from his headquarters recommended the matter be closed with no disciplinary action. An assessment in Afghanistan determined that this intelligence “spillage” was of no military importance and recommended that the emailed report be declassified. The military analyst who wrote the report is of the same opinion.

But for reasons that are not clear, NCIS went ahead and initiated an inquiry. Brezler allowed agents to examine his computer and search his residence on October 17, 2012. They left without discovering any classified material.

Brezler then remembered an external hard drive he had brought home from Afghanistan. The agents had missed it in the search, but Brezler again proved to be an old school man of honor. He would have called the agents to come get the drive even if he had known that it still contained some 100 classified documents, largely of a tactical nature pertaining to particular combat operations that were long since completed. Their value to an enemy would be essentially nil.

“There is no allegation that Major Brezler was unauthorized to receive these documents in the first instance, or any evidence of additional spillage of these documents,” writes Carroll in a summary of the case. “NCIS closed their investigation without any criminal referral. Agents even remarked in the case file upon Major Brezler’s remarkable cooperation and transparency.”

Again for reasons that are not clear, Marine Col. Michael LeSavage took it upon himself to lodge a negative evaluation against Brezler for his supposed security infractions. Protocol called for the evaluation to have been issued by another commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Whisnant, who reportedly considered Brezler one of his best officers and had recommended him for promotion.

Even as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, among others, stepped forward on Brezler’s behalf, the Marine Corps moved ahead with plans to conduct a Board of Inquiry at the Reserve headquarters in New Orleans, perhaps in December.

Some observers believe the matter is being pushed by the present Reserve commander, Lt. Gen. Richard Mills. He was previously deputy commandant for combat development and integration. His predecessor in that post was Lt. Gen George Flynn, whose son-in-law happens to be Maj. Donlon, who sent the email inquiry to Brezler with the subject line “IMPORTANT: SARWAR JAN IS BACK!!!”

Donlon and Mills’s office both referred requests for comment to the public affairs officer for the Marine Reserve, Col. Francis Piccoli.

“Pursuant to a NCIS investigation that substantiated the mishandling of classified information, Maj. Brezler has been ordered to show cause for retention in the U.S. Marine Corps before a Board of Inquiry,” Piccoli said in an email. “The Marine Corps will not comment further on this case at this time because we do not want to influence the Board of Inquiry’s decision-making process and/or jeopardize the due process Maj. Brezler should be afforded during this administrative hearing.”

Jan has denied the widely reported sex crimes allegations in the past but is presently unavailable for comment. He was briefly jailed after the tea boy shooting and was placed under house arrest thereafter—officially, anyway. The tea boy is supposedly going on trial in Afghanistan in May, though the Buckleys want to see him tried in America.

As Brezler awaits the Board of Inquiry that will determine whether he can remain a Marine, he continues to serve with the FDNY. To watch Rescue 2’s rig rumble from its Brooklyn firehouse in response to an alarm is to see the spirit of the 343 members of the department who perished on 9/11 come alive anew.

And the six firefighters from the company who were among those 343 would no doubt be particularly pleased that the current members include a Marine Reserve major who served with such distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving a Bronze Star.

The Marines who were killed while serving with Brezler would surely be just as pleased that one of their own was riding with an elite outfit that had served so bravely on the morning when our longest wars began and that now continues to race into harm’s way for the sake of others.

The fallen fighters and fallen Marines would have cheered as one when Brezler and the rest of Rescue 2 joined other companies in fighting a fire on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn on the night of November 9. Brezler was up on the fire floor, where flames were exploding out of the windows.

“A pretty intense job,” a fire officer remarked.

But imagine the disgust of the fallen, a disgust we all should share, at the prospect that this firefighter-Marine who so often has placed himself at risk should be betrayed.

Along with explaining its inaction following the warning and its failure to address the allegations of sex crimes against children in one of its facilities, the Marine Corps needs to explain why it is so insistent in going after one of its best.

What the Marines should do is send him another email, this one with the subject line “IMPORTANT: BREZLER’S BACK!!!”......YES THEY SHOULD BE WATCHING IT ....BACK THIS MARINE UP !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 07, 2013, 08:22:33 PM
TALKING PROUD HOME.....   http://www.talkingproud.us/index.html (http://www.talkingproud.us/index.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 07, 2013, 08:58:35 PM
POSTERS.....   http://www.google.com/search?q=military+motivational+posters&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=y8-jUvzTOtWysQTr9oDoDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1440&bih=731 (http://www.google.com/search?q=military+motivational+posters&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=y8-jUvzTOtWysQTr9oDoDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1440&bih=731)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 08, 2013, 07:10:17 PM
RIP SOLDIER...PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.....   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/iraq-vet-indianapolis-lured-death-craiglist-ad-ipad-reports-article-1.1541427#ixzz2mvcprvr1 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/iraq-vet-indianapolis-lured-death-craiglist-ad-ipad-reports-article-1.1541427#ixzz2mvcprvr1)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 20, 2013, 02:42:06 PM
Major Brezler has recd an Honorable Discharge...(SEE REPLY # 128 ABOVE)......while this may sound good to some i think the fact is that he did not want to be separated....he wanted to & should have been allowed to remain in the USMC...there are some others who should be further investigated relative to this case & why they pushed for the Major's discharge....just a real shame..... www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/19/marine-honorably-discharged-after-afghan-threat-warning/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/19/marine-honorably-discharged-after-afghan-threat-warning/)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdce54 on December 20, 2013, 03:03:59 PM
Major Brezler has recd an Honorable Discharge...(SEE REPLY # 128 ABOVE)......while this may sound good to some i think the fact is that he did not want to be separated....he wanted to & should have been allowed to remain in the USMC...there are some others who should be further investigated relative to this case & why they pushed for the Major's discharge....just a real shame..... www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/19/marine-honorably-discharged-after-afghan-threat-warning/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/19/marine-honorably-discharged-after-afghan-threat-warning/)
Chief, I think it's called "scapegoat".
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 21, 2013, 09:42:01 AM
Stopped at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday -

(http://s14.postimg.cc/kvhw1r5ot/Arlington.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/kvhw1r5ot/)

Lest we forget.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 21, 2013, 03:37:33 PM
Yes someone showed me that picture yesterday...NEVER FORGET !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on December 21, 2013, 04:36:57 PM
I have seen that Arlington picture with a dusting of snow on the wreaths. Makes you really think!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 22, 2013, 01:08:43 AM
WELCOME HOME SGT....CONTINUED RIP...  Widow Gets Remains of Soldier Lost in Korean War

Associated Press|Dec 21, 2013


LOS ANGELES - Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return.
 
On Friday, 94-year-old Clara Gantt stood up from her wheelchair and wept in the cold before the flag-draped casket.
 
Sgt. Gantt was finally home.
 
"He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife," she told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport, where his remains were carried from a jetliner by military honor guard.
 
Gant was a field medic who went missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 during the Korean War while serving with Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, according to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C.
 
According to the office, elements of the 2nd Infantry Division were attacked by greater numbers of Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea. The division disengaged and withdrew, fighting its way through a series of Chinese roadblocks. Numerous U.S. soldiers were reported missing that day in the vicinity of Somindong, North Korea.
 
After a 1953 exchange of prisoners of war, returning U.S. soldiers reported that Gantt had been injured in battle, captured by Chinese forces and died in a POW camp in early 1951 from malnutrition and lack of medical care. His remains were only recently identified. Information on when they were found was not immediately available from the missing personnel office.
 
Nearly 7,900 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War. According to the Defense Department, modern technology allows identifications to continue to be made from remains turned over by North Korea or recovered from that nation by American teams.
 
"Sixty-some odd years and just receiving his remains, coming home, was a blessing and I am so happy that I was living to accept him," Clara Gantt said.
 
She met her future husband in 1946 while on a train heading to California. Two years later, they were married.
 
She lives a few miles away from the airport in Inglewood. She bought the home in the 1960s to await her husband's return and even hired a gardener because he hated yardwork, she told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1dYMORj (http://lat.ms/1dYMORj))
 
One wall of her bedroom is covered with photos of military certificates and photos but Gantt said she hasn't displayed his posthumously awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor for fear they would be stolen; there have been many break-ins over the years in her neighborhood.
 
Over the years she worked as a caregiver for the disabled and children. But she never was tempted to marry.
 
"I am very, very proud of him. He was a wonderful husband, an understanding man," she told reporters. "I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete."
 
Joseph Gantt is to be buried with full military honors is scheduled for Dec. 28 in Inglewood, Calif. Gantt said she plans one day to be buried next to him.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: jmag228 on December 22, 2013, 10:53:27 PM
The wreaths at Arlington are from the Wreaths across America program. It is a great program that originates in Maine. They stopped at a middle school in my town enroute to Arlington. The school is named for a WWII Medal of Honor recipient ( Posthumously)
15 Tractor-Trailers full. We had traffic blocked for for the ceremony. If you google Wreaths across America, it is a great story about patriots who care about our veterans.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 27, 2013, 05:17:54 AM
HISTORIC KOREAN WAR PHOTOS...  http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/06/17/on-war-korean-war-60th-anniversary/2125/ (http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/06/17/on-war-korean-war-60th-anniversary/2125/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 29, 2013, 01:38:47 AM
HISTORIC WW2 PHOTOS (also some interesting comments following)....   http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/03/18/captured-blog-the-pacific-and-adjacent-theaters/#more-1547 (http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/03/18/captured-blog-the-pacific-and-adjacent-theaters/#more-1547)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 01, 2014, 07:03:37 PM
Gen. Petraeus about our military today
 
 
 
    Thanks to my fellow veterans:
 
 
 
I remember the day I found out I got into West Point.  My mom   
actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited
for me to get out of class.  She was bawling her eyes out and     
apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter.  She     
wasn't crying because it had been her dream for me to go there.
She was crying because she knew how hard I'd worked to get in, 

how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an     
infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity. 

 
 
That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially

told me the following:
"David, you're a smart guy.  You don't have to join the     
military.  You should go to college, instead."
 
I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the   
military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite     
institution, that separate from that it is actually     
statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is     
to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a     
challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for     
a host of reasons, but I won't.
 
 
 
What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told   
that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then   
there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too     
many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.
 
In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four (4) years.
 
During the Vietnam era, 4.3% served in twelve (12) years.
 
Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the   
Global War on Terror.
 
 
 
These are unbelievable statistics.  Over time, fewer and fewer 
people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is   
only getting worse.
 
 
 
Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of
10% veterans with only one person having a child in the     
military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war.  War bonds     
were not sold.  Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average     
citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed     
nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their   
hearts. The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their 

families.  The volunteers.  The people who swore an oath to   
defend this nation.  You stand there, deployment after     
deployment and fight on.  You've lost relationships, spent years     
of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids     
you'll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even     
professional athletes don't understand.
 
 
 
Then you come home to a nation that doesn't understand.  They
don't understand suffering.  They don't understand sacrifice.   
They don't understand why we fight for them.  They don't     
understand that bad people exist.  They look at you like you're     
a machine - like something is wrong with you.  You are the     
misguided one - not them.
 
 
 
When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with     
political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq     
and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can't

understand the macro issues they gathered from books, because of

your bias.
 
 
 
You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent
strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your   
retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more. But

the amazing thing about you is that you all know this.  You know 
your country will never pay back what you've given up.  You know 
that the populace at large will never truly understand or     
appreciate what you have done for them.  Hell, you know that in   
some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having   
worn the uniform.  But you do it anyway.
 
 
 
You do what the greatest men and women of this country have
done since 1775.  YOU SERVED.  Just that decision alone

makes you part of an elite group.
 
 
 
"Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by 
so many to so few."  -Winston Churchill-  Thank you to the 11.2%

and 4.3% who have served and thanks to the 0.45% who

continue to serve our Nation.
 
 
 
General David Petraeus
 West Point Class 1974
 
 
 
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a 
difference in the world.  But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don't have that problem.”
 
R. Reagan
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 02, 2014, 06:10:31 PM
EQUAL STANDARDS ?  ....   http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/01/02/us/politics/ap-us-women-in-combat.html?hp (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/01/02/us/politics/ap-us-women-in-combat.html?hp)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 19, 2014, 07:47:25 PM
VERY INTERESTING STORY.....QUOTE.....   SIX BOYS AND 13 HANDS
 
 
Each year I am hired to go to Washington , DC , with the eighth grade class from Clinton , WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?'

I told him that we were from Wisconsin . 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.'

(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington , DC , but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)
 
 
When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)
 
 

'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin . My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers'. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.
 
 

'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team.. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.
 
 

(He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.

'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'

'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'
 
 
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).

'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada . Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell 's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press.

'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.'
 
 
'So that's the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.'

Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.

Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom...please pray for our troops.
 
 
Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also ...please pray for our troops still in murderous places around the world.
 
 
REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.
 
 
One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.
 
 
Great story - worth your time - worth every American's time. Please pass it on.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on January 19, 2014, 09:27:47 PM
Thanks for a touching story, Chief.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on January 20, 2014, 12:29:15 PM
The USAAF needed Iwo Jima for crippled B-29,s returning from raids over Japan 7000 Marines died taking that island but 2500 B-29's made emergencey landings on Iwo. A B-29 had a crew of 10, do the math, 25,000 aircrew members were saved by the heroism which took place on that island.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on January 29, 2014, 08:44:40 PM
I'm not sure if this has been posted yet but I searched the website and didn't find it. It's a pretty nice story about the USS Nassau along with some great pictures, especially the "FDNY" fire engine on the bottom.


http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=29206 (http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=29206)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 31, 2014, 11:19:00 PM
Good find 79....here are 2 more shots of this... there also was another one leterred 298.......   http://www.davesems.com/files/FDNY_on_carrier.gif (http://www.davesems.com/files/FDNY_on_carrier.gif)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 31, 2014, 11:29:01 PM
http://nypost.com/2014/01/29/thousands-on-hand-for-inspiring-wounded-warriors-game/ (http://nypost.com/2014/01/29/thousands-on-hand-for-inspiring-wounded-warriors-game/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 03, 2014, 02:00:53 AM
"MIDDLE EAST MEMORIAL WALL"....This is awesome ....however it was not done by the Government but rather by a private entity... Pass This Around & CONTINUED RIP TO THOSE MEMORIALIZED HERE....NEVER FORGET !.... www.youtube.com/embed/WEPBQGu74oo (http://www.youtube.com/embed/WEPBQGu74oo)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on February 03, 2014, 01:48:52 PM
What I thought was the best superbowl commercial in a long time. What do you guys think?

Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII -- "A Hero's Welcome: Full Story" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSjsLA9Jdo#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: memory master on February 03, 2014, 06:23:35 PM
I think it's damn good! It's too bad that this can't be done for all the returning Veterans. God Bless them, God Bless those still over there, God Bless all who have served our Country and a special thank you to Budweiser. God Bless America.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on February 03, 2014, 07:00:16 PM
best Bud commercial, Clysdales @ Ground Zero, bowing their heads in respect.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 07, 2014, 06:57:20 AM
A LOT OF GUY'S ON THE GROUND AS WELL AS SOME OF THEIR OWN SHOT DOWN OWE THEIR LIVES TO THESE GUYS....RESPECT DUE .... www.youtube.com/embed/qH2vbYs6ebc (http://www.youtube.com/embed/qH2vbYs6ebc)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 10, 2014, 05:11:52 AM
PLEASE... View this short video clip & take the time to share it... especially w/some younger people ...Thanks in advance...ALL VET'S..RESPECT DUE ! www.sermonspice.com/product/32960/i-fought-for-you (http://www.sermonspice.com/product/32960/i-fought-for-you)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 10, 2014, 06:46:58 AM
DO YOU KNOW ?     ..    http://mash.network.coull.com/activatevideo?video_provider_id=2&pid=8165&website_id=23863&width=549&height=339&embed_type=IFRAME&video_provider_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/embed/A1jeJmeeMjs%3Fversion%3D3%26rel%3D1%26fs%3D1%26showsearch%3D0%26showinfo%3D1%26iv_load_policy%3D1%26wmode%3Dtransparent&mobile=true&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fallenwestrepublic.com%2F2013%2F11%2F10%2Fallen-west-here-is-truly-one-of-the-exceptional-good-guys-on-capitol-h (http://mash.network.coull.com/activatevideo?video_provider_id=2&pid=8165&website_id=23863&width=549&height=339&embed_type=IFRAME&video_provider_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/embed/A1jeJmeeMjs%3Fversion%3D3%26rel%3D1%26fs%3D1%26showsearch%3D0%26showinfo%3D1%26iv_load_policy%3D1%26wmode%3Dtransparent&mobile=true&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fallenwestrepublic.com%2F2013%2F11%2F10%2Fallen-west-here-is-truly-one-of-the-exceptional-good-guys-on-capitol-h)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on February 10, 2014, 08:17:25 AM
PLEASE... View this short video clip & take the time to share it... especially w/some younger people ...Thanks in advance...ALL VET'S..RESPECT DUE ! www.sermonspice.com/product/32960/i-fought-for-you (http://www.sermonspice.com/product/32960/i-fought-for-you)

Thanks for posting, Chief.  A very moving video.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 11, 2014, 07:07:18 AM
BENGAZI..... 

TRUE ACCOUNT OF BENGAZI ATTACK- A MUST READ!
 

This is a must READ!!!!!!! Cynthia Lee Meyers - what really happened to her brother I checked Snopes and Truth or Fiction before forwarding this one.  Both sites not only confirmed the authenticity of this letter, but further added that Myers was also interviewed on Fox News.  This is quite an eye-opener to say the least.

Cynthia Lee Meyers–

You need to read this true account of what happened to our Ambassador
Stevens and the other 3 who died. If this doesn't make you
mad...............

Cynthia Lee Myers Wanted to share the truth of what happened over in Libya, you will not find this in the media yet but it airs tonight on FNC.....please read....

"Here is my story. A week out the Embassy in Tripoli began receiving multiple
tips about an Al Qaeda cell in the area planning an attack on 9/11 in
response to the killing of Bin Laden. For the next several days, the
state dept and WH were asked for a security force and were denied at
least six times. Ambassador Stevens and his team were given the all
clear that the Consulate in Benghazi was safe and there was no need for
a security force other than his 3 personal guards(One being my cousin)
and a few Libyans who were not armed.

Then the attack and murders occurred. Immediately the WH claimed it was
 


a protest gone bad over a you tube video. Obama made a quick speech in the
 


Rose Garden on Sept.12 before catching a plane to Vegas to campaign.
 


He made a generic statement at the end of his speech after placing the blame on
an overheated protest over the video. He said "No act of terror will
shake the resolve of America. Later that day and over the next 2 days,
the liberal media began saying Ambassador Stevens and the other 3 men
died of smoke inhalation. This was not the case. Out of respect for my
cousin, I'm not going to be specific about his murder.

However Ambassador Stevens was brutally murdered. His genitals were cut off,
 


he was sodomized and beaten and cut and stabbed and burned. He was dragged
 


through the streets and left for dead. This is eyewitness testimony of a local Dr. who
 


found the Ambassador in a ditch and tried to save his
life. He had no idea who he was. The other 3 men, including my cousin,
met similar fates.

And deaths due to smoke inhalation is a 100% fabricated LIE. The next week
 


I drove my aunt and Uncle and 2 others to DC to receive his body. We met with
Hillary, Panetta, and Susan Rice. ALL of whom apologized and said it was
a protest gone bad over a video and exited the area.

Next Obama entered with the same story and didn't apologize and wasn't
sympathetic. My aunt cried to this man and all he did was hand her
flowers and walk away. I tried to get his attention, but didn't. I got
upset and yelled liar to him, he kept walking. Then a secret service
agent grabbed my arm and led me to a room where I was held till the
proceedings were over.

America, I saw firsthand how cold this man is. What kind of liar he is.
 


Most of you haven't a clue about this tyrant and yet you support him. And act like
every word he says is Gospel. These murders and the fast and furious
cover ups make water gate look like, a kid who told his bff's secret to
the class.

We must stop this man, and please pass this story along.
--
God Bless America!

THIS PART YOU DON'T KNOW, BUT SHOULD.
AMERICAN VALOR, BENGHAZI, LIBYA:

The stunning part of this story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60
 


of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed
 


to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and
destruction.

The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the
 


Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and
three others in Benghazi, Libya. However, there's a little known story
of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top
story.

So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya? We are learning
more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service
officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of
temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the
so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president
Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be
unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair.

Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation.
 


Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the
 


current government is very unstable, and therefore,
unreliable.

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically
targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force
that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined
the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it
should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one
occasion to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he was quite
concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is
thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a "hit list".

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping.
They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment
totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy
Seals.

When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you
 


would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently,
they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in
their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched
up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the
American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two Seals set up a defensive
perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured,
and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their
quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in
the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two
courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against
them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came
in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods
Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was
overrun, the attackers wereand Glen  incensed to discover that just two men
 


had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going
to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As
we know now, that was not to be. I'm fairly certain they knew they were
going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of
bad guys with them!

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code:
1) Loyalty to Country, Team and
Teammate,
2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the
Battlefield,
3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit,
4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your
teammates,
5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and
Innovation,
6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation's
Enemies, and...
7) Earn your Trident every day

(http://www.navyseals.com/seal-code-warrior-creed (http://www.navyseals.com/seal-code-warrior-creed)).

Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the
SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of
certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your
newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his
father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending
others.

Dr. Charles R. Roots
Senior Pastor
Former Staff Sergeant, USMC Captain,
U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret.)

This should be passed on and on and on.

NO TRUE AMERICAN WOULD OBJECT TO RECEIVING THIS MORE THAN ONCE SO PASS IT ON
 

And Let us never forget the Hillary Clinton Comment
"What Difference Does It Make?"
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 19, 2014, 01:17:05 AM
TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH A HERO VET ...NOW CONGRESSWOMAN PUT A MILITARY SCAMMER IN HIS PLACE....   http://www.upworthy.com/whats-the-worst-thing-you-could-say-to-a-congresswoman-who-lost-her-legs-in-battle-found-it?g=2 (http://www.upworthy.com/whats-the-worst-thing-you-could-say-to-a-congresswoman-who-lost-her-legs-in-battle-found-it?g=2)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on February 22, 2014, 04:43:32 PM
A Dying WWII Sailor's Last Wish Come True - Thanks to US Navy

WWII Veteran Bud Cloud:
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"A Sailor’s Dying Wish

Pearl Harbor, USS Dewey, Veterans Day, WWII

After signing my Pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I’d given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to “visit the Navy in San Diego.”
 
I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who’s currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour.
 
The next day she sent me an email from the current USS Dewey (DDG 105)’s XO, CDR Mikael Rockstad, inviting us down to the ship two days later.
 
We linked up with Mandy outside Naval Base San Diego and carpooled to the pier where we were greeted by CMDCM Joe Grgetich and a squad-sized group of Sailors. Bud started to cry before the doors of the van opened. He’d been oohing and pointing at the cyclic rate as we approached the pier, but when we slowed down and Mandy said, “They’re all here for you, Bud,” he was overwhelmed.
 
After we were all out of the van directly in front of the Dewey, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, Petty Officer Simon introduced himself and said as the ship’s Sailor of the Year he had the honor of pushing Bud’s wheelchair for the day. Unbeknownst to us, they’d decided to host Bud aboard the Dewey, not at the Dewey. And so they carried him aboard. None of us expected him to go aboard the ship. I’d told him we were going down to the base and would have the chance to meet and greet a few of the Sailors from the new Dewey. He was ecstatic. The day before, he asked every few hours if we were “still going down to visit the boys from the Dewey,” and “do they know I was on the Dewey, too?”
 
Once aboard, we were greeted by the CO, CDR Jake Douglas, the XO and a reinforced platoon-sized group of Sailors. To say it was overwhelming is an understatement. These men and women waited in line to introduce themselves to Bud. They shook his hand, asked for photos with him, and swapped stories. It was simply amazing.

They didn’t just talk to him, they listened.

Bud’s voice was little more than a weak whisper at this point and he’d tell a story and then GMC Eisman or GSCS Whynot would repeat it so all of the Sailors on deck could hear. In the midst of the conversations, Petty Officer Flores broke contact with the group. Bud was telling a story and CMDCM Grgetich was repeating the details when Flores walked back into view holding a huge photo of the original USS Dewey. That moment was priceless. Bud stopped mid-sentence and yelled, “There she is!” They patiently stood there holding the photo while he told them about her armament, described the way it listed after it was hit, and shared other details about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
 
Bud finally admitted how tired he was after more than an hour on deck. While they were finishing up goodbyes and taking last minute photographs, GMC Eisman asked if it’d be OK to bring Sailors up to visit Bud in a few months after a Chief’s board. I hadn’t said it yet because I didn’t want it to dampen the spirit of the day, but I quietly explained to GMC Eisman the reason we’d asked for the visit was simple: Bud was dying.

I told him they were welcome to come up any time they wanted, but I suspected Bud had about a month left to live. Almost without hesitation, he asked if the crew could provide the burial honors when the time came. I assured him that’d be an honor we’d welcome.

Leaving the ship was possibly more emotional than boarding.

They piped him ashore. CMDCM Grgetich leaned in and quietly told me how significant that honor was and who it’s usually reserved for as we headed towards the gangplank. Hearing “Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing” announced over the 1MC was surreal.
 
Later that night Bud sat in his recliner, hands full of ship’s coins and declared, “I don’t care what you do with my power tools; you better promise you’ll bury me with these.”
 
He died 13 days later. For 12 of those 13 days he talked about the Dewey, her Sailors and his visit to San Diego. Everyone who came to the house had to hear the story, see the photos, hold the coins, read the plaques.

True to his word, GMC Eisman arranged the details for a full honors burial. The ceremony was simple yet magnificent. And a perfect sendoff for an ornery old guy who never, ever stopped being proud to be a Sailor. After the funeral, the Sailors came back to the house for the reception and spent an hour with the family. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s another example of them going above and beyond the call of duty, and it meant more to the family than I can explain.
 
There are more photos, and I’m sure I missed a detail, or a name. What I didn’t miss and will never forget, is how unbelievable the men and women of the USS Dewey were. They opened their ship and their hearts and quite literally made a dream come true for a dying Sailor.

They provided the backdrop for “This is the best day of my life, daughter. I never in my whole life dreamed I’d step foot on the Dewey again or shake the hand of a real life Sailor.”

Without question, it’s the best example of Semper Fidelis I’ve ever seen."

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https://idrivewarships.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/a-sailors-dying-wish/ (https://idrivewarships.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/a-sailors-dying-wish/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on February 22, 2014, 08:46:28 PM
 Thank you to every one who has told these eleven or so pages of stories.

 And Thank you to all those of whom these stories are about. There really are no words to describe what our military members have sacrificed for our country. Many of the stories go beyond belief.

 These stories need to be told to those beyond this web site. And not just on Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

 For our Military members both past and present, I can only say "Thank You". I know it doesn't come close to what I really owe you. But it's impossible to ever repay you back for what you've done for us. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 23, 2014, 05:29:42 AM
THIS MAN ....THE LAST LIVING MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FROM D DAY ....PASSED TO A HIGHER LEVEL THIS WEEKEND....RIP...PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.... A SOLDIER WITH AN M1 RIFLE

Walt Ehlers is the only living Medal of Honor recipient from the Normandy invasion. In his dreams he still sees his brother Roland, killed that day.



“The beach was 10 times worse than shown in “Saving Private Ryan,” he says. “They couldn’t possibly show (the reality) in a movie.”


He also left the service with three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. He is a modest man who wears his role with dignity.


Today at age 80, Walt Ehlers sits with an M1 Rifle across his lap and remembers. His eyes are still sharp enough to read without glasses the serial number of the 1943 Springfield he holds. His memories of a war long ago are also still sharp. On this day he shares those memories and his observations on the M1 rifle, which he carried through North Africa and France.

EHLERS’ STORY
On June 6, 1944, Walter Ehlers was at the tip of the spear plunging into Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

 
At Omaha Beach the 23year-old staff sergeant led his squad out of the Higgins boat and into the merciless storm of fire. Within days Ehlers would fight his way deep into France and earn a soldier’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.


The first wave had stalled on the beach with casualties of 50 percent. Ehlers and his troops were sent ashore soon after. He saw a mortar blast wipe out a whole boat, which he later learned carried his brother Roland. Everything was stalled.

 
“I got my squad going,” Ehlers says. “The first thing they wanted to do was to dig in; they were scared half to death. So I said, ‘You gotta go. Get off this beach – otherwise you’ll get killed.’” They followed him off the beach to where engineers who had been blowing the wire were pinned down by German snipers. Several of the engineers had been killed.


Laying a barrage of covering fire with their M1 rifles, the squad members enabled the engineers to clear the route to the German trenches above. Of that day, Ehlers recalls: “The guy got the wire blown, and we went through. I got all 12 of my men off the beach without a casualty, which was the best thing I ever did in my life.”


Though supposed to be on recon patrol, Ehlers’ squad was instead caught up in constant firefights. The next few days can be summed up by the text from his Medal of Honor citation:


CITATION
Place and date: Near Goville, France, 9-10 June
1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership.


Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action.

 
Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the
mortar section, killing 3 men himself.


After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively
covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed.


The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw.


At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously.


After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad.
The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 24, 2014, 05:18:02 AM

Pilots often claim that the two worst things that can happen to a pilot are:
( 1 ) Walking out to the aircraft knowing this will be your last flight or
( 2 ) Walking out to the aircraft NOT knowing this will be your last flight.

This pilot's story adds another possibility....

The events of September 11, 2001, put two F-16 pilots into the sky with orders to bring down United Flight 93 .

Late on that Tuesday morning of September 11th, Lt. Heather "Lucky" Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders, "Bring down United Airlines Flight 93."

The day's fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.

"I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off," says Maj. Heather "Lucky" Penney, remembering the September 11 attacks and the initial U.S. reaction.

The one thing she didn't have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft. Except her own plane. So that was the plan.

Because the surprise attacks were unfolding, in that innocent age, faster than they could arm war planes, Penney and her commanding officer planned to fly their jets straight into a Boeing 757.

"We wouldn't be shooting it down. We'd be ramming the aircraft," Penney recalls of her charge that day. "I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot."

For years, Penney, one of the first generation of female combat pilots in the country, gave no interviews about her experiences on September 11 (which included, eventually, escorting Air Force One back into Washington's suddenly highly restricted airspace).

But 10 years later, she is reflecting on one of the lesser-told tales of that endlessly examined morning: How the first counterpunch the U.S. Military prepared to throw at the attackers was effectively a suicide mission. "We had to protect the airspace any way we could," she said last week in her office at Lockheed Martin, where she is a director in the F-35 program.

Penney, now a major but still a petite blonde with a Colgate grin, is no longer a combat flier. She flew two tours in Iraq and she serves as a part-time National Guard pilot, mostly hauling VIPs around in a military Gulfstream. She takes the stick of her own vintage 1941 Taylor craft tail-dragger whenever she can.

But none of her thousands of hours in the air quite compare with the urgent rush of launching on what was supposed to be a one-way flight to a midair collision. First of her kind!

She was a rookie in the autumn of 2001, the first female F-16 pilot they'd ever had at the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. She had grown up smelling jet fuel. Her father flew jets in Vietnam and still races them. Penney got her pilot's license when she was a literature major at Purdue. She planned to be a teacher. But during a graduate program in American studies, Congress opened up combat aviation to women and Penney was nearly first in line. "I signed up immediately," she says. "I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad."

On that Tuesday, they had just finished two weeks of air combat training in Nevada. They were sitting around a briefing table when someone looked in to say a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York. When it happened once, they assumed it was some yahoo in a Cessna. When it happened again, they knew it was war.

But the surprise was complete. In the monumental confusion of those first hours, it was impossible to get clear orders. Nothing was ready. The jets were still equipped with dummy bullets from the training mission. As remarkable as it seems now, there were no armed aircraft standing by and no system in place to scramble them over Washington. Before that morning, all eyes were looking outward, still scanning the old Cold War threat paths for planes and missiles coming over the polar ice cap.

"There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that," says Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. "It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react."

Things are different today, Degnon says. At least two "hot-cocked" planes are ready at all times, their pilots never more than yards from the cockpit.

A third plane hit the Pentagon, and almost at once came word that a fourth plane could be on the way, maybe more. The jets would be armed within an hour, but somebody had to fly now, weapons or no weapons.

"Lucky, you're coming with me," barked Col. Marc Sasseville. They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye. "I'm going to go for the cockpit," Sasseville said.
She replied without hesitating, "I'll take the tail."
It was a plan. And a pact. 'Let's go!'

Penney had never scrambled a jet before. Normally the pre-flight is a half-hour or so of methodical checks. She automatically started going down the list.

"Lucky, what are you doing? Get your butt up there and let's go!" Sasseville shouted.

She climbed in, rushed to power up the engine, screamed for her ground crew to pull the chocks. The crew chief still had his headphones plugged into the fuselage as she nudged the throttle forward. He ran along pulling safety pins from the jet as it moved forward. She muttered a fighter pilot's prayer - "God, don't let me [expletive] up"- and followed Sasseville into the sky.

They screamed over the smoldering Pentagon, heading northwest at more than 400 mph, flying low and scanning the clear horizon. Her commander had time to think about the best place to hit the enemy. "We don't train to bring down airliners," said Sasseville, now stationed at the Pentagon. "If you just hit the engine, it could still glide and you could guide it to a target. My thought was the cockpit or the wing."

He also thought about his ejection seat. Would there be an instant just before impact? "I was hoping to do both at the same time," he says. "It probably wasn't going to work, but that's what I was hoping."

Penney worried about missing the target if she tried to bail out. "If you eject and your jet soars through without impact... " she trails off, the thought of failing more dreadful than the thought of dying.

But she didn't have to die. She didn't have to knock down an airliner full of kids and salesmen and girlfriends. They did that themselves. It would be hours before Penney and Sasseville learned that United 93 had already gone down in Pennsylvania, an insurrection by hostages willing to do just what the two Guard pilots had been willing to do: Anything, and everything.

"The real heroes are the passengers on Flight 93 who were willing to sacrifice themselves," Penney says. "I was just an accidental witness to history."

She and Sasseville flew the rest of the day, clearing the airspace, escorting the president, looking down onto a city that would soon be sending them to war.

She's a single mom of two girls now. She still loves to fly. And she still thinks often of that extraordinary ride down the runway a decade ago.
"I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off," she says.
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Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 26, 2014, 05:31:09 AM
CAMP LEJEUNE TAINTED  DRINKING WATER.....  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Mortality Study Results Released

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

On February 19, 2014 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) "Evaluation of mortality among Marines and Navy personnel exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A retrospective cohort study" was published (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/mortalitystudy.html (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/mortalitystudy.html)).

 

The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposures of Marine and Naval personnel to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune increased risk of mortality from cancers and other chronic diseases. The study focused on 154,932 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 to December 1985 and were stationed at USMC Base Camp Lejeune anytime during this period. A comparison cohort consisted of 154,969 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 - December 1985, were stationed anytime during this period at USMC Base Camp Pendleton, but were not stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The study relies on ATSDR's previous water modeling estimates (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html)) of past exposures to a class of chemicals known as "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) in water.

 

This study is one of several health initiatives that ATSDR is expected to complete in the next several years. For more information about these studies, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/ (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/) or call (800) 232-4636.

 

Since 1991, the Marine Corps has supported the health initiatives conducted by various scientific agencies. We are also working diligently to identify and notify individuals who, in the past, may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water. For more information about these efforts or to update your contact information, please see: http://www.marines.mil/clwater/, (http://www.marines.mil/clwater/,) call (877) 261-9782 or e-mail clwater@usmc.mil.

 

To contact Veterans Affairs to learn more about health care benefits, please visit  http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/ (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/) or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare) or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).

 
Sincerely,
The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program



Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 01, 2014, 06:51:47 AM
We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who
 recently lost their lives, and Remember them each specifically by name.
 Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

 



January 2014 Heroes
 
We remember these seven heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.
 
Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Wash.,
 Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla.,
 Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams, 27, of Cheyenne, WY,
 Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, 25, of Kailua, Hawaii,
 Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, of Crossville, Tenn.,
 Spc. Andrew H. Sipple, 22, of Cary, NC,
 Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif.,
 
December 2013 Heroes
 
Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, of Fairhaven, MA,
 Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith, 38, of Huffman, Texas,
 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, OK,
 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, AZ
 Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, NC
 Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, GA
 Spc. Terry K. D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, MS
 Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, IN,
 Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, 27, of Abington, Mass.,
 Capt. David I. Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho.
 
November 2013 Heroes
 
Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan.,
 Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, of Seguin, Texas,
 Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, of Keller, Texas, died Nov. 17, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
 
October 2013 Heroes
 
Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant, 20, of Richwood, La.
 Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, of Norfolk, Va.
 Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, Pa
 Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio
 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif.
 Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa.
 Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.
 Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore
 Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wis
 
September 2013 Heroes
 
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, of Milton, Pa
 Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif.
 Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore.
 Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colo.
 Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J.
 Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga
 Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, of Edmond, Okla.
 Sgt. William D. Brown III, 44, of Franklin, N.C.
 Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane, 43, of Indianapolis, Ind
 Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, of Fontana, Calif
 Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Conn
 Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga
 
August 2013 Heroes
 
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y.
 Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark.
 1st Lt. Jason Togi, 24, of Pago Pago, American Samoa
 Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria, Calif
 Pvt. Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, Mo.
 Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va
 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, of Helena, Ala
 Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho,
 Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark.
 Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas
 Spc. Nickolas S. Welch, 26, of Mill City, Ore
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 01, 2014, 09:56:24 AM
SSG Michael H. Ollis - New Dorp, Staten Island - US Army KIA - Silver Star and Bronze Star

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Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis

Died August 28, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


24, of Staten Island, N.Y.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y.;died Aug. 28 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device, small-arms fire and indirect fire.


Drum soldier who saved Polish officer tapped for Silver Star

By Joe Gould

A Fort Drum, N.Y., soldier killed in Afghanistan died shielding a Polish soldier from a suicide bomber during an assault on their base that involved grenades, mortars, rockets and a 3,000-pound bomb.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), stepped into the path of an unnamed Polish officer, blocking him from the suicide vest of an insurgent who had raided Forward Operating Base Ghazni.

“In emotional interviews with investigators, the Polish officer repeatedly praised SSG Ollis and credited him with saving his life,” according to an Army account of the Aug. 28 action obtained by Army Times.

The 24-year-old from Staten Island, N.Y., has since been nominated for a Silver Star, the third highest military decoration for valor, according to an Army source. The nomination is working its way through Ollis’ chain of command in Afghanistan.

“Unfortunately, we lost a great American there from 10th Mountain Division in that attack, but the defenders did extraordinarily well,” said Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the No. 2 commander for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Milley is a former commander of the 10th Mountain Division.

Milley called the Ghazni defense a “tough fight,” but said, “the enemy completely failed in achieving any kind of operational or strategic effect.”

In a ceremony on Sunday at the base, four American and two Polish army soldiers were recognized for valor in the attack, which began when a car bomb breached the base’s eastern perimeter wall, allowing 10 insurgents in suicide vests to infiltrate the compound.

The attack
 The massive blast from the car bomb reverberated across the post at 3:54 a.m. on Aug. 28, kicking off an assault from the east, west and north sides, as insurgents rained mortar shells, shoulder-fired rockets and hand grenades from outside the post, according to Army accounts.

Though it’s highly unlikely insurgents would have been able to overrun the base, it holds strategic importance as ISAF’s local headquarters and a traffic hub to Gardez and Khost to the east.

Troops who headed to the blast site to aid the wounded found insurgents in suicide vests with assault rifles who had poured through the breach.

The two sides locked in 10 minutes of close combat as coalition troops fought through gunshot and shrapnel wounds.

Meanwhile, Ollis — who first accounted for his men in a bunker — raced toward the bomb blast’s massive white smoke plume and the sound of gunfire.

Ollis linked up with a Polish officer he did not know and then with a team of special forces soldiers who had killed eight of the insurgents wearing suicide vests.

A ninth suicide bomber emerged from behind a group of containers, threw a grenade and was killed.

A 10th emerged from behind some other containers near the Polish officer and Ollis, who was the closer of the two.

“As Staff Sgt. Ollis stepped toward the insurgent, he stepped in front of the Polish officer, thereby blocking him,” when the insurgent’s vest detonated, according to the Army’s account.

In the attack, Ollis and a Polish soldier were killed. Ten Polish soldiers and dozens of Afghans were reportedly wounded.

Afghan forces averted a larger tragedy by finding and neutralizing a second car bomb near the base, according to the Army. Two Afghan soldiers received certificates of appreciation for rendering the second car bomb safe.

Ollis’ comrades told Army Times they were not surprised that Ollis, who joined the Army in 2006 and had previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, died saving the life of another soldier.

They praised Ollis as courageous and diligent, and said he felt a genuine sense of responsibility for keeping his soldiers safe.

“That was the way he was brought up, and I think it would make everybody proud to know that he went out there to take the fight to the enemy,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tim Sireno, who served with Ollis in Afghanistan in 2010.

“He still protected his men and was leading from the front,” said Sireno, now with the 4th Ranger Training Brigade. “You couldn’t ask for anything more.”

'Significant offensive'

Milley, the ISAF commander, said coalition and Afghan forces should expect more complex “high-profile” attacks, which are carried out by suicide bombers and fighters on foot against fixed targets of political significance.

Enemy forces have replaced some less aggressive commanders and are planning a “significant offensive,” he said.

Ollis was one of 35 people killed in four attacks around Afghanistan on Aug. 28, and there have been more than a dozen high-profile attacks against ISAF or Afghan facilities in the Kabul area since early May.

“So I don’t think their intent was to hold anything back,” Milley said.

Milley characterized these attacks as a “resounding failure.”

“I would not call those attacks anything that demonstrates any kind of viable capability on the part of the enemies of Afghanistan, except the fact that they’re terrorists and they’re murderers,” he said.

Honored soldiers

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter recognized the following American, Polish and Afghan troops in the Sunday ceremony at the base:
Polish 2nd Lt. Karol Cierpica, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Lester Edwards, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Nate Abkemeier and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. DaRelle LaMarque received the Bronze Star Medal for valor.
Polish Lt. Col. Krzysztof Slomski, Polish 1st Lt. Tomaz Sobanski and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Clemens received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for valor.

“What these soldiers showed was not only acts of extreme courage and bravery, they displayed tremendous acts of skill, initiative and fortitude all wrapped up in one event,” said U.S. Army Col. Patrick Roberson, commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.

“Most people probably would not have taken the risks they did — exposing themselves to the enemy in the open with no cover. But they were only thinking about engaging the enemy, not their personal safety.”



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-soldier-michael-ollis-24-killed-afghan-rebels-article-1.1441501 (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-soldier-michael-ollis-24-killed-afghan-rebels-article-1.1441501)

Honored by Polish Government for heroism saving life of Polish soldier:
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/photosvideo_staten_island_sold.html (http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/photosvideo_staten_island_sold.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: BCR on March 01, 2014, 11:05:03 AM
That's  a true hero I just wish that more people were aware of the sacrifice that is still going on so we can safely live the way we do.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 08, 2014, 07:30:03 PM
YOUNG AMERICAN PAYS IT FORWARD...  On the Road: Ohio boy pays it forward with found fortune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FCxuVSkT7k#ws)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 15, 2014, 05:09:14 AM
2nd-most decorated WWII soldier won't get MoH

Lt. Garlin Murl Conner earned four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in WWII
• Thursday, March 13, 2014
 
By Brett Barrouquere
 Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

But despite backing from congressmen, senators, military veterans and historians, he never received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military distinction, awarded for life-risking acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

Now a federal judge in Kentucky has ended his widow's 17-year quest to see that her husband received the medal.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, in an 11-page opinion issued late Tuesday, said a technicality will prevent Pauline Conner of Albany, Ky., from continuing her campaign on behalf of her husband, who died in 1998. Russell concluded that Pauline Conner waited too long to present new evidence to the U.S. Army Board of Correction of Military Records, which rejected her bid to alter her husband's service record.

Russell praised Conner's "extraordinary courage and patriotic service," but said there was nothing he could do for the family.

"Dismissing this claim as required by technical limitations in no way diminishes Lt. Conner's exemplary service and sacrifice," Russell wrote.

Richard Chilton, a former Green Beret and amateur military historian who has researched Conner's service, said Conner deserves the Medal of Honor. Chilton pledged to get resolutions from lawmakers and veterans' groups in all 50 states in an attempt to get Congress to act on Conner's behalf.

"I want to make sure they can't walk away from this," Chilton told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "He's a man worthy of this."

Roughly 3,400 people have received the Medal of Honor since it was created in 1861, including actor Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II. Murphy fought in the same areas as Conner and went on to star in dozens of Hollywood films, most of them Westerns and war epics.

Conner served with the 3rd Infantry Division, which fought in France and Europe in 1945. The Army in 2001 named Eagle Base in Bosnia-Herzegovina after Conner, who died in 1998 in Clinton County, Ky., where he lived after his fighting days and served 17 years as president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau.

"He was a real hero," said attorney Donald Todd of Lexington, who represents Conner's family.

Conner's citation for the Distinguished Service Cross states that on Jan. 24, 1945, near Houssen, France, he slipped away from a military hospital with a hip wound to rejoin his unit rather than return home to Kentucky and unreeled a telephone wire, plunged into a shallow ditch in front of the battle line and directed multiple rounds of fire for three hours as German troops continued their offensive, sometimes getting within five yards of Conner's position.

The board first rejected Conner's application in 1997 on its merits and turned away an appeal in June 2000, saying at the time no new evidence warranted a hearing or a new decoration despite more than a dozen letters of support for Conner.

In the years that followed, lawmakers in Kentucky, Tennessee and three other states passed resolutions backing the effort to see Conner receive the Medal of Honor. After Chilton found three eyewitness accounts to Conner's deeds in 2006, Pauline Conner resubmitted the case to the board in 2008 — two years after the statute of limitations expired.

A bipartisan group of current and former members of Congress has backed Conner's application in the past, including retired Sen. Bob Dole, a Kansas Republican and World War II veteran; retired Sen. Wendell Ford, a Democrat from Kentucky; current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; and Whitfield, who represents Conner's home town near the Tennessee line. Noted World War II historian Steven Ambrose, who died in 2002, wrote in November 2000 to support Conner's application, saying his actions were "far above the call of duty."

The review board remained unmoved by Conner's submission.

"The most recent information received 22 December 2008 is not new evidence and does not warrant granting an exception to the above cited regulation and a formal hearing," wrote Conrad V. Meyer, the director of the Army Board for Correction of Military Records on Feb. 9, 2009.

While the military board has upgraded other recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross to a Medal of Honor, the action is rare. As of 2012, the last year available, 178 Distinguished Service Crosses had been elevated to Medal of Honor status out of 13,000 issued since 1917. Military policy dictates that the first decoration must be re-examined, re-justified and then re-evaluated with new evidence before any action can be taken.

The military can also conduct a review at the behest of Congress.

In February, the Pentagon announced that President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor on 24 other veterans after a decade-long congressionally mandated review of minorities who may have been passed over for it because of prejudices. The unusual mass ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, will honor veterans — most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage — who already had been recognized with the Distinguished Service Cross.

Conner's commander in World War II, retired Maj. Gen. Lloyd B. Ramsey of Salem, Va., filed an affidavit saying Conner's work, while injured, provided valuable intelligence.

"There is no doubt that Lt. Conner should have been awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions," Ramsey wrote. "One of the most disappointing regrets of my career is not having the Medal of Honor awarded to the most outstanding soldier I've ever had the privilege of commanding."

Conner's fellow soldiers also filed affidavits crediting Conner with helping not only save the lives of fellow soldiers but being key to defeating the Germans in the battle.

Retired Lt. Harold Wigetman, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, said that between the artillery strikes Conner called in and spray from his own machine gun, he killed at least 50 German soldiers and wounded twice as many.

"His heroic and entirely voluntary act saved our battalion," Wigetman wrote. "If he hadn't done what he did, we would have had to fight for our lives."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 24, 2014, 04:51:24 AM
Iran is building a mock-up of the USS Nimitz-class nuclear carrier near Bandar Abbas

DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2014, 1:48 PM (IST)

Tags:  Iranian Navy,  Aircraft carriers,  US Fifth Fleet,  drones,

At the same time as President Barack Obama was sending New Year greetings to the Iranian people Thursday, March 20, US satellites snapped shots of a mockup of Iran’s first aircraft carrier under construction at the Revolutionary Guards naval base of Bandar Abbas. After decoding the images, US intelligence experts were astonished to find it was a replica of a US Nimitz-class super-carrier. debkafile reports that the construction work was first picked up by drones from the US Navy's 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Arabian Sea.

In his message, the US president challenged Iran’s leaders to “take meaningful and verifiable steps to assure the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only” for the sake of "a new beginning," including “a better relationship with the United States and the American people, rooted in mutual interest and mutual respect.”

Of the US Navy’s 10 operational Nimitz-class carriers, two - the USS George H.W. Bush and the USS Harry S. Truman — are currently deployed in the Middle East. Each is 330 meters long and carries on is decks up to 3,000 naval and air crew and 85-90 fighter craft and helicopters.

The Pentagon’s first response to the discovery was uncertain: "We are aware that Iran has constructed a floating barge that resembles a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier near Bandar Abbas,'' spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said Saturday. "Commercially available imagery shows its construction. We are not sure what tactical value Iran hopes to gain by building a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier.”

Since the disclosure, Iran experts have been speculating on that question. Some have suggested that it was a crude model which the Iranians were planning to destroy as a propaganda stunt during a naval training exercise.

However some military experts are taking it more seriously and warn that the mock-up carrier signaled a new level of sophistication in the use of unconventional doctrine and capabilities for confronting superior US naval power."
 Obama’s message of friendship for Nowraz was not exactly reciprocated: At a speech in Mashhad the next day, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the US the "enemy" and a "dictatorial and arrogant" power. Khamenei said the Americans “used rhetoric and language that was less courteous and more aggressive… and insulting to the people.”

debkafile’s military experts offer six points of interest about Iran’s attempt to replicate a US carrier:

1. The discovery of this project was not random. Its construction has been going on for more than two years, but the Obama administration preferred to keep it dark so as not to spoil the climate of détente it was striving to build with Tehran. And indeed, the first response to the disclosure from the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel was that the mock-up “demonstrates Iran’s continued lack of good faith.”

2.  The Iranians deliberately exposed the project by placing air force fighter jets on the deck of the fake Nimitz to make sure they were detected by US surveillance.
 3.  Its purpose is neither for propaganda nor for show in a training exercise. Iran’s method for its most ambitious military projects is to start from scratch and advance step by step until their goal is reached, our Iran experts sources report. Their UAV program began with primitive models, which were perfected stage by stage over a period of years, with the help of Chinese, Russian and North Korean experts. The drone project has by now advanced enough for Iran to hand the Lebanese Hizballah a fleet of drones with high-grade technological and surveillance capabilities.
 4.  The mockup vessel program is adjusted to the long-term prospects of nuclear diplomacy - in Iran’s estimation. Tehran is certain that negotiations with the six powers are going nowhere, fated to be dragged out to bar any diplomatic or military solution of their nuclear controversy forthcoming before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. By 2017, when his successor takes office, Iran’s policy-makers calculate that their mockup will have been developed into a full-scale operational aircraft carrier ready to go from Bandar Abbas.

5. On various occasions in the past year, officials associated with Iran’s nuclear program and senior commanders of its Navy and Revolutionary Guards have said that high-grade nuclear fuel will be needed for their nuclear-powered naval vessels and submarines – which they don’t possess.  Iranian negotiators will for the first time be able to present a complete aircraft carrier to support their claim when they are confronted by skeptical world powers.
 6. Iran obviously lacks the capacity to build an aircraft carrier to US standards. Nor does it possess advanced fighter jets comparable to US or Israeli air force aircraft; or the technology for constructing and operating the sophisticated military electronic devices installed in American warplanes and carriers.

At the same time, Tehran has surprised the world by its strides in drone and cyber technologies, while at the same time demonstrating the military and tactical mastery for turning the tide of the Syrian civil war from Bashar Assad’s almost certain defeat to success. Iran’s aggressive ambition to outperform its enemies should therefore not be underestimated.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 26, 2014, 12:01:31 AM
HAPPY BAND OF BROTHERS DAY.....  HAPPY BAND OF BROTHERS DAY........
About 9% of the US population has served in the military. Just under one percent are serving on active duty today. These numbers are small but often it is the small things that nurture greatness. As our government is headed towards a most drastic reduction in our military capability at a time when we may be facing a growing worldwide threat from Russia, China and the Middle East, I worry that our culture has come to denigrate the contribution and sacrifice of those who serve. Bless you all.


You may have served in Combat or in non-combat.
You may have retired out or you may have served for a short time.
You may have been a draftee or a volunteer.
You may have served in the Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or
the Merchant Marines,

BUT YOU SERVED. YOU DID YOUR JOB HONORABLY and for that I am PROUD to call
you Brother.

You may have served during Korea, WWII,. Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq or
Afghanistan, But you served, you did not run.


You have a DD 214 with those words "HONORABLY DISCHARGED" two of the most
noble words in the world.


Again I am proud to know each and every one of you.

* Today is Band of Brothers' Day* ; send this to all your brothers,
fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Happy Brothers' Day!

To the cool men that have touched my life: Here's to you!! I was never a
hero, but I am thankful and proud to have served among them.

A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 26, 2014, 12:45:57 PM
To reply. Honorably Discharged are two words that mean a lot to a vet. You called and we picked up the phone.But to see vets begging on the street while we  piss money away is just not right. How was your Christmas, loved the Super Bowl, our son celebrated his birthday. There was someone doing his job. What makes me proud: Being a vet, 2 tours in Nam, to all my brothers, Welcome Home. Father of a vet, 2 tours in Iraq, his wife was 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" And to those who did not serve, sorry, we want the real deal!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 26, 2014, 01:35:47 PM
HAPPY BAND OF BROTHERS DAY.....  HAPPY BAND OF BROTHERS DAY........
About 9% of the US population has served in the military. Just under one percent are serving on active duty today. These numbers are small but often it is the small things that nurture greatness. As our government is headed towards a most drastic reduction in our military capability at a time when we may be facing a growing worldwide threat from Russia, China and the Middle East, I worry that our culture has come to denigrate the contribution and sacrifice of those who serve. Bless you all.


You may have served in Combat or in non-combat.
You may have retired out or you may have served for a short time.
You may have been a draftee or a volunteer.
You may have served in the Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or
the Merchant Marines,

BUT YOU SERVED. YOU DID YOUR JOB HONORABLY and for that I am PROUD to call
you Brother.

You may have served during Korea, WWII,. Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq or
Afghanistan, But you served, you did not run.


You have a DD 214 with those words "HONORABLY DISCHARGED" two of the most
noble words in the world.


Again I am proud to know each and every one of you.

* Today is Band of Brothers' Day* ; send this to all your brothers,
fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Happy Brothers' Day!

To the cool men that have touched my life: Here's to you!! I was never a
hero, but I am thankful and proud to have served among them.

A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.

Chief - Thanks for your military service.

"From now until the end of the world,  we and it shall be remembered.
 We few, we Band of Brothers.
 For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
 - William Shakespeare ("King Henry V")
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 26, 2014, 02:20:51 PM
For evil to succeed requires good men do nothing!!!!







Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 10, 2014, 06:17:31 PM
Medal of Honor Recipient Rejoins Army as Officer

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.|Apr 10, 2014|by Adam Ashton


Medal of Honor recipient Capt. William Swenson has rejoined the Army and been assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's I Corps, the corps spokesman said Wednesday.
 
Swenson's appointment to the corps plans office means that three of the six living military service members who have received the Medal of Honor for actions of Afghanistan are now assigned to Lewis-McChord.
 
Swenson, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Staff Sgt. Ty Carter are the only Medal of Honor recipients still on active-duty.
 
The three of them were recognized last week at a ceremony in Olympia in which their names were added to the state's Medal of Honor monument. Petry and Carter wore dress uniforms to the event while Swenson wore a civilian suit.
 
I Corps spokesman Col. Dave Johson said Swenson joined the Lewis-McChord headquarters on March 14 as a captain.
 Swenson of Seattle left the Army in 2011, two years after he repeatedly risked his life to recover the bodies of ambushed Marines and Afghan soldiers in Kunar Province. Five U.S. military service members and nine of their Afghan partners lost their lives in the battle.
 During the battle, Swenson coordinated combat aviation and helicopter assets. He fought to rescue a wounded comrade, and delivered first aid under enemy fire.
 
He received the nation's highest military honor in an October ceremony at the White House, two years after Marine Dakota Meyer received a Medal of Honor for his role in the same battle.
 
A McClatchy investigation by reporter Jonathan Landay, who was embedded with the troops during the ambush, showed that Swenson's nomination for the medal was delayed because the Army lost his paperwork.
 
Carter serves in Lewis-McChord's 7th Infantry Division. Petry soon is expected to retire from his 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 13, 2014, 03:36:34 AM
VIETNAM TRAILER....NEVER FORGET !...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-CTKFzWjjw&sns=em (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-CTKFzWjjw&sns=em)   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 20, 2014, 03:20:52 AM
Soldier to Receive MOH for Afghan Battle

Apr 15, 2014|by Richard Sisk

In the worst moment of the brutal firefight in Afghanistan, a 20-year-old soldier was faced with a terrible decision that he knew could mean his death.
 
Platoon Radio Operator Kyle Jerome White paused briefly to gauge his chances of reaching a badly wounded Marine.
 
"I knew he needed help and there was a lot of fire coming in, but it really didn't matter at that point, but by then I already had known, well, s--, we're not gonna' make it through this one,” Ryan later said.
 
"It's just a matter of time before I'm dead," White said. "I figured, if that's going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can."

White, who left the Army as a sergeant in 2011 and now lives in Charlotte, N.C., would survive that battle in Afghanistan's in northeastern Nuristan province on Nov. 9, 2007, that killed six of his Army and Marine comrades.
 
The White House announced Tuesday that on May 13 President Obama would award White the Medal of Honor, making him the seventh living recipient of the nation's highest award for valor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
The Army's account of White's actions, written by J.D. Liepold for the Army News Service, follows:
 
White will receive the Medal of Honor for his disregard of his own life while trying to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers after his team of 14 U.S. Soldiers and squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force who engaged in a three-prong attack from elevated ground.
 
Ambush at Aranas

On Nov. 8, 2007, Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173 Airborne Brigade, left Combat Outpost Bella by foot to visit the large village of Aranas, Afghanistan, for a Shura meeting with village elders. The American Soldiers weren't thrilled about the mission because the villagers had been suspected of collusion which resulted in a major attack months earlier on COP Ranch House which resulted in 11 wounded and the closure of the outpost.
 
Under cover of a pitch-black sky, the team made for the American-built schoolhouse on the edge of the village where they would bunk for the night.
 
At daybreak, Nov. 9, the group prepared for the late morning meeting at the mosque, but villagers delayed the get-together, saying the elders were praying for several hours. The meeting was put off until early afternoon, about 1:30 p.m.
 
White recalled that village turnout for the Shura was unusually large as were the number of questions being asked. The Soldiers were hopeful about the level of interest from the young village males of fighting age. Then the 20-year old White said the interpreter was receiving radio traffic in a language he didn't understand. The lone Marine and embedded training team member Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks then advised platoon leader 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, it was best leave the area.
 
"There was one shot, you know, down into the valley, and then it was two shots, and then it was full-automatic fire and RPGs ... it was coming from multiple directions," White remembered. Carrying a fully-automatic M4A1, White emptied his 30-round magazine, then loaded another, but he didn't get a chance to fire.
 
"An RPG hit right behind my head and knocked me unconscious ... it was just lights out ... when I woke up, I was face-down on a rock," he said, recalling that as he was awakening, an enemy round fragmented near his head sending a shower of broken rock chips and debris into the side of his face. "I didn't feel pain at all, just numb like when you go to the dentist."
 
More shots, more booms, more chaos ... then White realized 10 of the 14-man American element and the ANA soldiers were gone. With no cover, the remainder of the patrol had been forced to slide more than 150 feet down the side of a rocky cliff.
 
The only ones remaining up top were Spc. Kain Schilling, Ferrara, Bocks, the interpreter and White. Then White looked around and saw Schilling had been shot in the upper right arm and was dodging and weaving and running toward the cover of shrubs and the umbrella canopy of a single prickly tree. White made for the tree which provided just enough shade to make the two Soldiers nearly invisible.
 
White pulled out a tourniquet and asked Schilling, who was grimacing with pain, if he could apply it. White could see where the bullet entered and the blood was flowing from, so he slipped the tourniquet on and instead of cranking down too hard, White said he tightened it just enough to stop the bleeding.
 
"As I was working on him, I had the radio on, then I rolled over and sat next to Schilling just to take my pack off, that's when I got that metallic taste, then that burning in my lungs," White said, adding that he and Kain covered their mouths with their shirts to filter whatever it was.
 
"Initially, I thought we were the first unlucky bastards to have chemical weapons on us ... that's what we thought initially, but then I saw a stream of smoke over my shoulder and I realized my pack was smoldering -- it was the battery from my radio burning up," he said.
 
White checked his radio, then grabbed Schilling's radio, but both were out of the fight. Then White saw Bocks, who was badly wounded, lying out in the open, about 30 feet from the shade of the tree. He began encouraging the Marine to use all the strength he could, but Bocks couldn't make any progress.
 
"I knew he needed help and there was a lot of fire coming in, but it really didn't matter at that point, but by then I already had known, well, %$@*, we're not gonna make it through this one; it's just a matter of time before I'm dead," White said. "I figured, if that's going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can."
 
White sprinted the 30 feet to Bocks as rounds skipped around his feet and snapped past his head, but he made it to Bocks unscathed, but remembered thinking, his wounds were severe. He looked over at Schilling and yelled at the interpreter to attend to the Soldier, but the interpreter was pinned down and couldn't move.
 
"At that time, I can remember thinking he wasn't going to make it, but I knew I wasn't going to stop trying," White said. "No matter what the outcome, I'm going to do what I can with what I have."
 
White grabbed the buddy carry handle on the back of Bocks' vest and began pulling the 200-pound plus Marine toward cover. He realized that the enemy was now shooting directly at him and further endangering Bocks, so he ran back to cover, waited until fire died down, then ran out again repeating the process four times until Bocks was under cover.
 
White saw that Bocks' leg was bleeding badly, so he grabbed another tourniquet out of his pack, slipped it around Bocks' leg and tightened down until the bleeding stopped. Next he tore Bocks' shirt open, saw another wound, but it wasn't until he rolled him over that he saw the large exit wound. "Stop the bleeding" is all he thought as he stuffed bandages, clothing, whatever he could to stop the bleeding. No matter what White did, the bleeding wasn't stopping and the Marine succumbed to his wounds.
 
No sooner had White realized Bocks had passed than he looked over to see Schilling get hit again by small-arms fire, this time in the left leg. White scrambled to Schilling. Out of tourniquets, White pulled his belt from his ACUs and looped it around Schilling's leg.
 
"Hey man, this is going to hurt," he said to Schilling who replied, "'Just do it,' so I put my foot on his leg and pulled the belt as hard as I could until the bleeding stopped."
 
White next looked around for the lieutenant and noticed his platoon leader, Ferrara, was lying still, face-down on the trail. Again, White exposed himself to fire, this time crawling to Ferrara's position. The lieutenant was dead, so White moved back to Schilling where he began to use Schilling's radio until an enemy round zipped right through the hand-mic blowing it out of his hand. Now both Soldiers' radios had been destroyed.
 
The paratrooper moved to Bocks and found that his radio was still operational, so he established communication with friendly elements and rendered a situation report. He understood the situation well enough that he was able to bring in mortars, artillery, air strikes and helicopter gun runs to keep the enemy from massing on friendly positions.
 
"I heard a hiss, just a second of a hiss and then a big, big explosion and that one brought me to my knees," he said. "It scrambled my brains a little bit."
 
That was concussion No. 2 for the day, caused by a friendly 120-mm mortar round that fell a little short of its target.
 
After nightfall, White began giving the interpreter commands to relay to the ANA to establish themselves as a security perimeter. Medevac was still a few hours away, so White kept telling Schilling to stay awake as he consolidated sensitive items -- radios and weapons in a central location to ensure no equipment would be lost to the enemy.
 
While trying to keep Schilling from falling asleep, White battled his own multiple concussions. He knew if he passed out, the helicopters wouldn't be able to find them or the two wounded ANA soldiers who White had also treated.
 
Eventually, White marked the landing zone and assisted the flight medic in hoisting the wounded into the helicopter. Only after all wounded were off the trail did White allow himself to be evacuated.
 
While many ANA and fellow Soldiers were injured on that autumn day nearly seven years ago, five American Soldiers and one Marine died during the battle which White and Schilling say they have never forgotten and never will.
 
Each of the surviving Soldiers of the Battle of Aranas wears a stainless steel wristband with the names of those who didn't come home: 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, Spc. Sean K.A. Langevin, Spc. Lester G. Roque, Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour and Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks.
 
Aftermath and Life Today

The only child of a Vietnam era Special Forces Soldier and his wife, White first wanted to join the Marine Corps in 2006. His father convinced his 19-year-old son -- who grew up hunting, fishing and snowboarding -- to go Army and to be a paratrooper. In February 2006, he signed on as an infantryman.
 
Following airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., White was assigned to Vincenza, Italy, with 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry as a grenadier and rifleman. While with the 503rd, White was deployed to Afghanistan as a platoon radio telephone operator from May 2007 until August 2008. He next served as an opposing forces sergeant with the Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning.
 
He separated from the Army on July 8, 2011, and used his G.I. Bill to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from which he received a bachelor's degree. Today, he works as an investment analyst at The Royal Bank of Canada in Charlotte.
 
Former Spc. Kain D. Schilling who was shot twice, credits White with saving his life. He said before White patched him up with two tourniquets, he didn't think he had a chance of getting out of the ambush.
 
Today, he's well and serves as an armed security officer in Palo, Iowa. Like White, he was also just 20 at the time of the battle. While White and Schilling were friends before the battle, they've become even closer friends who experienced a major trauma and the horror of war.
 
"Kyle still comes up once a year because he knows I have a family and it's hard for me to break away, so he comes to me ... that's really cool," Schilling said, adding that he'll be at the ceremony. "I consider him my best friend. We're still very close after these seven years."
 
Schilling said that while White didn't actually get hit by any enemy rounds, his pack was shot up and his weapon was also shot more than a few times.
 
"I just want people to know, the fire he moved through was just absolutely ... I can't even describe how intense it was, that's what amazed me, how he went to get Bocks so many times -- faster than a speeding bullet -- he's definitely lucky and so am I."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 20, 2014, 03:25:05 AM
AFTER THE TOURISTS LEAVE PEARL HARBOR FOR THE DAY....  http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage (http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 30, 2014, 12:53:08 PM
April 30, 1975 – Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.
North Vietnamese forces under the command of General Văn Tiến Dũng began their final attack on Saigon, with South Vietnamese forces commanded by General Nguyễn Văn Toàn, on April 29, suffering heavy artillery bombardment. This bombardment at the Tân Sơn Nhứt Airport killed the last two American Servicemen to die in Vietnam, Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge.....CONTINUED RIP TO ALL...NEVER FORGET !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: tem217 on April 30, 2014, 01:02:25 PM
JACK..GREAT FIND AND POST..THANK YOU
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 13, 2014, 07:42:33 PM
WELL DESERVED MOH......  WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on May 13, 2014, the White House announced late Tuesday afternoon.
 White, 27, will receive the nation's highest military award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on Nov. 9, 2007.

 White was serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, when his team of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force after a meeting with Afghan villagers.

 "There was one shot, you know, down into the valley, and then it was two shots, and then it was full-automatic fire and RPGs ... it was coming from multiple directions," White later recalled, according to an Army news release.

 White was knocked unconscious by a rocket-propelled grenade that landed near him. When he woke up, 10 of the 14-man American element and the ANA soldiers were gone. To avoid the enemy fire, they had been forced to slide 150 feet down the side of a rocky cliff.

 White noticed that his teammate, Spc. Kain Schilling, had been shot in the arm. After White and Schilling found cover under a tree, White put a tourniquet on Schilling and stopped the bleeding. Then White saw Marine Sgt. Phillip Bocks lying out in the open, badly wounded.

 White sprinted 30 feet across open ground under a hail of bullets to reach Bocks. White made four runs out in to the open to drag Bocks out of the line of fire. He succeeded, but Bocks eventually succumbed to his wounds. Soon afterward, Schilling got hit in the leg by small-arms fire. White again saved his life, using his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

 Then White noticed his platoon leader, 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, lying face-down on the trail, motionless. White again exposed himself to fire and crawled to Ferrara's position. After he realized Ferrara was already dead, White returned to Schilling’s side and began using his radio, until an enemy round blew the hand-mic out of his hand and disabled the radio. White grabbed Bocks’ radio and used it to bring in mortars, artillery, air strikes and helicopter gun runs to keep the enemy at bay. Friendly fire gave him his second concussion of the day when a mortar round landed too close and knocked him off his feet.

 After nightfall, White marked the landing zone and assisted the flight medic in hoisting the wounded Americans and Afghans into the helicopter. White would not allow himself to be evacuated until everyone else was in a position to leave.

 Six American servicemembers died in the battle.

 White, a native of Seattle, separated from the Army on July 8, 2011, and used his G.I. Bill to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte.

 White, whose father was a Special Forces Soldier during the Vietnam era, will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join President Barack Obama at the White House for the presentation ceremony
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Post by: 68jk09 on May 14, 2014, 11:48:27 PM
4-16-45....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5uCgJfM5PM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5uCgJfM5PM)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 17, 2014, 08:11:03 PM
MAY 17,2014....ARMED FORCES DAY....A THANK YOU ..A SALUTE..& A PRAYER FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL SERVING....... www.defense.gov/afd/ (http://www.defense.gov/afd/)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on May 18, 2014, 08:37:00 PM
4-16-45....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5uCgJfM5PM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5uCgJfM5PM)

It is worth the trip to Charleston SC to see this piece of History.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 28, 2014, 05:30:09 AM
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140525_The_Pulse__Side_by_side__an_eternal_bond.html (http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140525_The_Pulse__Side_by_side__an_eternal_bond.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2014, 06:11:01 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/02/veterans-see-red-as-jane-fonda-tapped-to-speak-to-ucla-grads/ (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/02/veterans-see-red-as-jane-fonda-tapped-to-speak-to-ucla-grads/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 11, 2014, 04:28:40 AM
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE AMERICAN VETERANS ADMINISTRATION ?..... VA medical center pulls curtain to hide Jesus, cross and altar
June 3, 3014

 At the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, officials have decided a dedicated chapel should not be perceived as a chapel because it might offend someone.
 Because the chapel is open to the public 24/7, Director James Rice authorized staff to literally hide the statue of Jesus, a cross and altar behind a curtain. He's still trying to figure out what to do about the religious-themed stain glass windows.
 The Center's Facebook page tried to defend its agnostic decision by saying the chapel displays the religious items during scheduled "chapel services" on Friday and Sunday. During other times, they must be hidden from public sight to give an appearance of "religious neutrality."
 Once again, the VA is showing hostility toward expressions of the Christian faith.
 Last December, VA centers censored displays and expressions of Christmas at four separate facilities, prompting Congress to call the VA to task for the blatant violation of religious freedoms by patriotic Americans.
 Richard Riley, pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, said the decision to turn the formerly Christian chapel into a religiously neutral room is evidence of a bigger problem.
 "Christianity, not only globally, but particularly in the United States, is really under attack," he told FoxNews' Todd Starnes. "Christianity is coming under some horrendous conflict from the media and to some degree from our own government."
 TAKE ACTION
 Strongly urge your members of Congress to personally investigate why the Veterans Administration continues to censor the Christian religion at medical facilities.
 With former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki now resigned in disgrace, it's time for our elected officials to make a clean sweep of the VA and stop the nonsense under President Obama’s leadership.
 
Email your Representative and Senators now!


It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.......IS'NT SOMETHING OWED TO THE VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO DISPLAY THESE IDEALS ?

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Post by: mikeindabronx on June 19, 2014, 08:51:17 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27926914 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27926914)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 24, 2014, 08:28:48 PM
Wednesday, 25 June, marks the 18th anniversary of the bombing of Khobar Towers in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.  AQ has been identified as being responsible.  Nineteen members of the United States Air Force died in the attack and 498 other persons, including civilians, were injured.  Please keep them in your prayers.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on June 25, 2014, 11:31:20 AM
If I remember correctly most of the Air Force personnel were firefighters
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Post by: 68jk09 on June 27, 2014, 04:19:43 AM
Wednesday, 25 June, marks the 18th anniversary of the bombing of Khobar Towers in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.  AQ has been identified as being responsible.  Nineteen members of the United States Air Force died in the attack and 498 other persons, including civilians, were injured.  Please keep them in your prayers.
CONTINUED RIP TO ALL.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 27, 2014, 04:20:52 AM
http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part2/06_smith.html (http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part2/06_smith.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 11, 2014, 06:19:05 PM
WOUNDED WARRIORS IN NYC.....  http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/rescue_5_welcomes_40_service_m.html (http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/rescue_5_welcomes_40_service_m.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on July 11, 2014, 07:37:07 PM
WOUNDED WARRIORS IN NYC.....  http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/rescue_5_welcomes_40_service_m.html (http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/rescue_5_welcomes_40_service_m.html)

  The Wounded Warriors is one of two Charities that we try to help support in our yearly Get Together's. We hope to do the same this year in October, in appreciation for the tours that are given to us.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 21, 2014, 07:59:03 AM
http://wtkr.com/2014/08/17/navy-tests-unmanned-x-47b-with-fa-18s-aboard-the-uss-theodore-roosevelt/ (http://wtkr.com/2014/08/17/navy-tests-unmanned-x-47b-with-fa-18s-aboard-the-uss-theodore-roosevelt/)


http://wtkr.com/2014/08/20/watch-the-uss-theodore-roosevelt-test-fires-a-rolling-airframe-missile/ (http://wtkr.com/2014/08/20/watch-the-uss-theodore-roosevelt-test-fires-a-rolling-airframe-missile/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 26, 2014, 10:51:37 AM
http://www.stripes.com/news/us/rocket-with-experimental-army-weapon-explodes-after-launch-1.299883 (http://www.stripes.com/news/us/rocket-with-experimental-army-weapon-explodes-after-launch-1.299883)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on August 30, 2014, 03:57:24 PM
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...

http://qpolitical.com/2-men-laugh-soldier-memorial-watch-guard-set-em-straight/ (http://qpolitical.com/2-men-laugh-soldier-memorial-watch-guard-set-em-straight/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on August 30, 2014, 07:36:16 PM
I can't remember off hand where I read it either yesterday or today, but two people were arrested while defacing the Sailor's and Soldier's Monument on Riverside Drive.
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Post by: 68jk09 on August 30, 2014, 09:05:08 PM
I can't remember off hand where I read it either yesterday or today, but two people were arrested while defacing the Sailor's and Soldier's Monument on Riverside Drive.
   http://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&source=hp&q=2+ARRESTED+FOR+DEFACING+SOLDIERS+%26+SAILORS+MONUMENT&oq=2+ARRESTED+FOR+DEFACING+SOLDIERS+%26+SAILORS+MONUMENT&gs_l=hp.12...7061.32091.0.35104.53.44.1.8.8.0.278.5072.10j33j1.44.0....0...1c.1.52.hp..16.37.3564.qZekS-fvlV0 (http://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&source=hp&q=2+ARRESTED+FOR+DEFACING+SOLDIERS+%26+SAILORS+MONUMENT&oq=2+ARRESTED+FOR+DEFACING+SOLDIERS+%26+SAILORS+MONUMENT&gs_l=hp.12...7061.32091.0.35104.53.44.1.8.8.0.278.5072.10j33j1.44.0....0...1c.1.52.hp..16.37.3564.qZekS-fvlV0)
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Post by: manhattan on August 30, 2014, 09:07:11 PM
Thanks, Chief.  If it wasn't so late on a Saturday night and I wasn't so lazy I mightt'a thought of that!!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 27, 2014, 02:36:33 AM
FR. KAPAUN...  https://www.youtube.com/embed/AZuPrQBSDCs (https://www.youtube.com/embed/AZuPrQBSDCs)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 28, 2014, 04:24:12 AM
GOD'S OWN LUNATICS....ALWAYS A WELCOME SOUND...THESE GUYS DID UNBELIEVABLE THINGS.....RESPECT DUE !...  LiveLeak.com - God`s Own Lunatics by Joe Galloway. (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=02e_1374306864)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on October 28, 2014, 09:15:26 AM
GOD'S OWN LUNATICS....ALWAYS A WELCOME SOUND...THESE GUYS DID UNBELIEVABLE THINGS.....RESPECT DUE !...  LiveLeak.com - God`s Own Lunatics by Joe Galloway. (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=02e_1374306864)

  I am going to pass this video on to two guys I worked with who were a part of those helicopter teams during the Viet Nam War. They are GREAT Guys and they were Great firefighters. One became the Chief of Department and the other became the Deputy Chief of Department, the second highest ranking officer.

  They really didn't talk too much about their days in Viet Nam, but when they did, "you had to listen". Other Viet Nam Vets who knew what they did would always tell of the kinds of risk these guys took. They too talked about how glad they were to hear the sounds of those choppers coming in.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 29, 2014, 11:33:23 PM
US NAVY LEAPFROGS..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSYCkCoIdqA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSYCkCoIdqA)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on October 30, 2014, 12:31:35 AM
US NAVY LEAPFROGS..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSYCkCoIdqA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSYCkCoIdqA)

Don't forget their ex-rivals from the East Coast, the "Chuting Stars".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMF7iAkHAuw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMF7iAkHAuw)

And some history on the SEAL Parachute Team.
https://www.navysealmuseum.org/about-navy-seals/seal-history-the-naval-special-warfare-story/seal-histor-the-leap-frogs-origins-of-the-navy-seal-parachuting-exhibition-team (https://www.navysealmuseum.org/about-navy-seals/seal-history-the-naval-special-warfare-story/seal-histor-the-leap-frogs-origins-of-the-navy-seal-parachuting-exhibition-team)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 17, 2014, 03:24:06 AM
SEARS TAKES CARE OF THE MILITARY..... QUOTE..... Christmas shopping this year.

I know I needed this reminder, since Sears isn't always my first choice. It's amazing when you think of how long the wars have lasted, and Sears hasn't withdrawn from their commitment. Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this year?

What commitment you say?

How does Sears treat its employees who are serving in our military? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being on active duty.

Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all employees who are serving.


I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution. I suggest we all shop at Sears at least once this year. Be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement & feedback it well deserves.


I decided to check this before I sent it forward. So I sent the following e-mail to the Sears Customer Service Department:

I received this e-mail and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your company. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears instead of another store for a like item, even if it's cheaper at that store.

This is their answer to my e-mail:

Dear Customer:
Thank you for contacting Sears. The information is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our men and women can make. This is the "least" we can do for them. We are happy to do our part to lessen the burden they bear at this time.
 Bill Thorn
Sears Customer Care

Please pass this on. Sears needs to be recognized for this outstanding contribution and we need to show them as Americans, we do appreciate what they are doing for our Military!!!
 

It's verified! By: www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp (http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/sears.asp) .... UNQUOTE....THANK YOU SEARS.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 20, 2014, 11:04:45 PM
THESE 2 SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A DIVE OFF THE EL.......  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/creeps-trash-world-war-ii-memorial-wreath-queens-article-1.2016901 (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/creeps-trash-world-war-ii-memorial-wreath-queens-article-1.2016901)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on November 21, 2014, 12:35:59 AM
Interesting counterpoint to this article.  Last night I passed by the site of our last week's Veterans Day ceremony in Chelsea and noted that the wreath was still in its place.  The area is often a gathering site for the transient and the homeless and I learned today that those gentlemen have made sure that the wreath has remained undisturbed for ten days.  Some of them are Veterans. You never know who you're dealing with.  Remember that and keep them in your prayers.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 09, 2014, 07:10:58 PM
TONY ORLANDO ON THE '73 VIETNAM POW RETURN CEREMONY....(thanks to JOR).....  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=861025907261401&set=vb.114634691900530&type=2&theater (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=861025907261401&set=vb.114634691900530&type=2&theater)
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Post by: CFDMarshal on December 09, 2014, 08:37:05 PM
Great Story Chief! I always loved the Bob Hope specials from the war zones.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 09, 2014, 08:47:42 PM
Very touching story - thanks Chief.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 09, 2014, 08:55:24 PM
 That really is a GREAT Story. Thank you Chief JK and thank you "JOR176" for passing that on. And if you don't mind, I'd like to pass it on also. It sure makes you think.

  For our younger members who don't know this guy Tony Orlando or a song about yellow ribbons.

   And for Chief JK, "68jk09", Jack O'R., "JOR176", and all our other veterans on this site, who wanted to come home, this one is for you. With a Special Thank you for what you have done. We take you back to those days of one very famous song. Sung by a guy named Tony Orlando. Called: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon around the Old Oak Tree".

  THANK YOU our U.S. Military Veterans.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ouKAhxZbQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ouKAhxZbQ#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on December 14, 2014, 02:13:25 PM
A Soldiers Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sUGOjNsE4aY&app=desktop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sUGOjNsE4aY&app=desktop)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 30, 2014, 05:40:37 AM
SOMETHING THE BLEEDING HEARTS SHOULD THINK ABOUT.... QUOTE...
I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.
 After I returned in 1973...I published 2 books that dealt a lot
 With "real torture" in Hanoi .  Our make-believe president is
 Branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has
 No idea what torture is.
 
 As for me, I was put thru a mock execution because I would not respond..
 Pistol whipped on the head....same event..  Couple of days later...
 Hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got
Shot and recaptured.  Shot was OK...what happened afterwards was not.
 
 They marched me to Vinh...put me in the rope trick, trick...almost
 Pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a
 Little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot,
 Unbroken hand a pulp.
 
 Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist...wiped
 Out the nerves in my arms that control the hands....rolled my fingers
 Up into a ball.  Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. 
 So I started answering with some incredible lies.
 
 Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
 
 Hanoi ..on my knees....rope trick again.  Beaten by a big fool. 
 
 Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
 
 Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.
 
 Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
 
 Several more kneeling events.  I could see my knee bone thru
 Kneeling holes.
 
 There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo.  I was the Senior
 Officer of a large building... because of escape...they started a mass
 Torture of all commanders.
 
 I think it was July 7, 1969...they started beating me with a car fanbelt.
In the first 2 days I took over 300 strokes...then stopped counting
 Because I never thought I would live thru it.
 
 They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent
 Part in the escape.  This went on for at least 3 days.  On my knees...
 Fan belting...cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke.  Opened up
 Both knee holes again.  My fanny looked like hamburger...I could not
 Lie on my back.
 
 They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape...and
 That my 2 room-mates knew about it.
 
 The next day I denied the lie.
 
 They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of
 The fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th..to 14 October
 1969.  I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
 
 Now, the point of this is that our make-believe
 President has declared to the world that we (U.S..) are a bunch of
 Torturers...Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they
 Catch us...because that is what the U.S. Does.
 
 Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks
 That pouring a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of
 women's pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE..  He is a meathead.
 
 I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron,
In jail...as was John McCain...and we agree that McCain does
 Not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was
 Torture...or that "water boarding" is torture.
 
 Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing
 Our great country are a disgrace to the United States .  Please pass
 This info on to Sean Hannity.  He is free to use it to point out the
 Stupidity of the claims that water boarding...which has no after
 Effect...is torture.
If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC ...
Hurrah for the guy who poured the water.
____________________________________________________________________
 
 "Bud" Day, Medal Of Honor Recipient
 
 George Everett "Bud" Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired
U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the
Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S.   
Service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having
Received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions
In combat. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.....UNQUOTE...THANK YOU SIR.
 
 
 



Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on December 30, 2014, 08:47:34 AM
Major George Everett Day was flying a 2-seat F-100F "Fast FAC" on 26 August 1967 when the aircraft was hit by AAA fire. Both plots ejected, the co-pilot was rescued but Major Day was captured before he could be rescued. He suffered several injuries during ejection including a dis-located left knee, a blood clot in his eye, and his left arm was broken in 3 places. He escaped several times from his captors before being re-captured and sent to Hanoi was he suffered many severe torture sessions at the hands of Cuban interrogators. Major Day was released from Hanoi on March 14, 1973.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 30, 2014, 09:24:35 AM
SOMETHING THE BLEEDING HEARTS SHOULD THINK ABOUT.... QUOTE...
I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.
 After I returned in 1973...I published 2 books that dealt a lot
 With "real torture" in Hanoi .  Our make-believe president is
 Branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has
 No idea what torture is.
 
 As for me, I was put thru a mock execution because I would not respond..
 Pistol whipped on the head....same event..  Couple of days later...
 Hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got
Shot and recaptured.  Shot was OK...what happened afterwards was not.
 
 They marched me to Vinh...put me in the rope trick, trick...almost
 Pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a
 Little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot,
 Unbroken hand a pulp.
 
 Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist...wiped
 Out the nerves in my arms that control the hands....rolled my fingers
 Up into a ball.  Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. 
 So I started answering with some incredible lies.
 
 Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.
 
 Hanoi ..on my knees....rope trick again.  Beaten by a big fool. 
 
 Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.
 
 Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.
 
 Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.
 
 Several more kneeling events.  I could see my knee bone thru
 Kneeling holes.
 
 There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo.  I was the Senior
 Officer of a large building... because of escape...they started a mass
 Torture of all commanders.
 
 I think it was July 7, 1969...they started beating me with a car fanbelt.
In the first 2 days I took over 300 strokes...then stopped counting
 Because I never thought I would live thru it.
 
 They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent
 Part in the escape.  This went on for at least 3 days.  On my knees...
 Fan belting...cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke.  Opened up
 Both knee holes again.  My fanny looked like hamburger...I could not
 Lie on my back.
 
 They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape...and
 That my 2 room-mates knew about it.
 
 The next day I denied the lie.
 
 They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of
 The fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th..to 14 October
 1969.  I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.
 
 Now, the point of this is that our make-believe
 President has declared to the world that we (U.S..) are a bunch of
 Torturers...Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they
 Catch us...because that is what the U.S. Does.
 
 Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks
 That pouring a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of
 women's pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE..  He is a meathead.
 
 I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron,
In jail...as was John McCain...and we agree that McCain does
 Not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was
 Torture...or that "water boarding" is torture.
 
 Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing
 Our great country are a disgrace to the United States .  Please pass
 This info on to Sean Hannity.  He is free to use it to point out the
 Stupidity of the claims that water boarding...which has no after
 Effect...is torture.
If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC ...
Hurrah for the guy who poured the water.
____________________________________________________________________
 
 "Bud" Day, Medal Of Honor Recipient
 
 George Everett "Bud" Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired
U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the
Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S.   
Service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having
Received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions
In combat. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.....UNQUOTE...THANK YOU SIR.

  Just reading that story makes me sick. How could anybody do that to another human being ? I guess the REAL QUESTION is "How can anybody go through that with no hope of when it will end" ?

  This is the first time I ever heard that story. But it will stick with me for the rest of my life.

  To me, Major George Everett Day is NOT a HERO. He's A GOD.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 04, 2015, 11:10:38 PM
ANOTHER DISGRACE BY THE CARDBOARD SIGN CARRYING PUNKS.....http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/01/navy_vet_100_persuades_protest.html (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/01/navy_vet_100_persuades_protest.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 12, 2015, 12:22:37 AM
52 YEARS AGO.....Operation Chopper - January 12, 1962

In the first use of the recently-arrived U.S. helicopters, Operation Chopper lifts about 1,000 South Vietnamese paratroopers to an assault on a suspected Viet Cong headquarters about 10 miles west of Saigon.

Operation Chopper marks America's first combat missions against the Vietcong.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 16, 2015, 11:03:06 PM
23 YEARS AGO....THE START OF OPERATION DESERT STORM - January 16, 1991.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on January 17, 2015, 12:20:53 AM
23 YEARS AGO....THE START OF OPERATION DESERT STORM - January 16, 1991.

  Hard to believe that was 23 years ago. We were able to watch this on our television sets as it was happening. I remember thinking that we were going to take a beating as the planks dropped into the water and our soldiers would attempt to fight as they ran for land.

   Instead we saw a high tech war using direct hit missiles fired from ships off sea. Our military was hitting all their major roads and bridges. We knocked out their communications systems and the enemy was surrendering by the hundreds within a few hours.

  It was referred to as "Shock and Awe". I'm glad I was on the winning side of that because I know I was "shocked and awed" by what I saw. As I remember, the late General Norman Swartzkoff was the man who ran that campaign. He was referred to as "Stormin' Norman". He had all the great qualities of what a real leader should be.   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on January 31, 2015, 02:46:40 PM
United States Coast Guard in Vietnam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Z2UdR5hBc&index=13&list=WL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Z2UdR5hBc&index=13&list=WL)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: jmag228 on January 31, 2015, 05:52:22 PM
General Schwartzkopf JR. was the son of Colonel Norman Schwartzkopf Sr. The colonel was also a West Point graduate, WW 1 veteran and the founder and first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in 1921. He wore badge number 1
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on January 31, 2015, 10:41:43 PM
General Schwartzkopf JR. was the son of Colonel Norman Schwartzkopf Sr. The colonel was also a West Point graduate, WW 1 veteran and the founder and first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in 1921. He wore badge number 1

  Thank you "jmag228". I didn't know that but I always considered General Schwartzkopf Jr an excellent leader. I would watch him as he gave reports on TV and I thought to myself, "If I ever became a leader, I would try to follow him in the way he led the troops". He was respected by all, not just the military.

  I don't know if guys know this or not, but this months issue of "Readers Digest" (February, 2015) has an interesting article in it called: Our Troops Tell All". I've only read a few bits of it, but so far it seems pretty good.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 01, 2015, 02:57:14 PM
46 YEARS AGO THIS WEEKEND.....THE TET OFFENSIVE.....CONTINUED RIP TO THE AMERICAN TROOPS & OUR ALLIES..... NEVER FORGET !......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on February 01, 2015, 05:56:54 PM
Welcome to the Nam, my first day in-country!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 02, 2015, 04:18:54 AM
February 2 marks the 114th anniversary of the inception of the Army Nurse Corps.
If you meet an Army nurse, tell them Happy Birthday!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 07, 2015, 03:48:58 AM
VAN T. BARFOOT THANK YOU & RIP...... 
Van T. Barfoot died  Dec 17, 2014
...................................................
Remember the guy who wouldn't take
the flag pole down on his Virginia
property a while back?
You might remember the news story several
months ago about a crotchety old man in
Virginia who defied his local Homeowners
Association, and refused to take down the
flag pole on his property along with the large
American flag he flew on it.
Now we learn who that old man was.
On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in
Edinburg , Texas . That probably didn't make
news back then.

But twenty-five years later, on May 23,          1944,
near Carano , Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot,
who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set
out alone to flank German machine gun
positions from which gunfire was raining
down on his fellow soldiers.
His advance took him through a minefield but
having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly
take out three enemy machine gun positions,
returning with 17 prisoners of war.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ix-lSLEY2l0/VG5AzehzFxI/AAAAAAAAWx4/pcXyrRvyrrs/s1600/van1.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ix-lSLEY2l0/VG5AzehzFxI/AAAAAAAAWx4/pcXyrRvyrrs/s1600/van1.jpg)
And if that weren't enough for a day's work,   he later
took on and destroyed three German tanks
sent to retake the machine gun positions.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pIEZMB_O8bY/VG5A9N7pMhI/AAAAAAAAWyA/1438at4E1iQ/s1600/van2.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pIEZMB_O8bY/VG5A9N7pMhI/AAAAAAAAWyA/1438at4E1iQ/s1600/van2.jpg)
That probably didn't make much news either,
given the scope of the war, but it did earn
Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a well
deserved   Congressional Medal of Honor.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jn1BzMfwH5E/VG5BIF2PVmI/AAAAAAAAWyI/TiAEDRnOHMQ/s1600/van3.jpg (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jn1BzMfwH5E/VG5BIF2PVmI/AAAAAAAAWyI/TiAEDRnOHMQ/s1600/van3.jpg)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_UOXTdiTZfY/VG5BTRT-W_I/AAAAAAAAWyQ/9W7__5f4LjY/s1600/van4.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_UOXTdiTZfY/VG5BTRT-W_I/AAAAAAAAWyQ/9W7__5f4LjY/s1600/van4.jpg)
What did make news...Was hisNeighborhood
Association's quibblewith how the 90-year-old
veteran chose to fly the American flag outside
his suburban Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules
said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted
bracket, but, for decorum, items such as
Barfoot's 21-foot flagpole were "unsuitable".
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D7VpjwqT3cU/VG5BkhA1NXI/AAAAAAAAWyY/aCxsMEQBw-g/s1600/van6.jpg (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-D7VpjwqT3cU/VG5BkhA1NXI/AAAAAAAAWyY/aCxsMEQBw-g/s1600/van6.jpg)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vYCN6U7drsA/VG5BrQfY-bI/AAAAAAAAWyg/9hexE7NBmVc/s1600/van5.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vYCN6U7drsA/VG5BrQfY-bI/AAAAAAAAWyg/9hexE7NBmVc/s1600/van5.jpg)
Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for
the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing
court action unless he agreed to take it down.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yKj9yx-_-EQ/VG5CLmmQSdI/AAAAAAAAWyo/2YLFwNvW1b8/s1600/van8.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yKj9yx-_-EQ/VG5CLmmQSdI/AAAAAAAAWyo/2YLFwNvW1b8/s1600/van8.jpg)
Then the HOA story made national TV,
and the Neighborhood Association rethought
its position and agreed to indulge this
aging hero who dwelt among them.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzKKCNFF-sQ/VG5CWqwpZ0I/AAAAAAAAWyw/weKElA3ITUk/s1600/van9.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SzKKCNFF-sQ/VG5CWqwpZ0I/AAAAAAAAWyw/weKElA3ITUk/s1600/van9.jpg)


"In the time I have left", he said to the
Associated Press, "I plan to continue
to fly the American flag without interference."

As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to
contest him further, they might have done well to
read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn't particularly
good at backing down.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vBe5N9w9fyI/VG5CgOG3SnI/AAAAAAAAWy4/s4n4VhR24yA/s1600/van10.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vBe5N9w9fyI/VG5CgOG3SnI/AAAAAAAAWy4/s4n4VhR24yA/s1600/van10.jpg)
Van T. Barfoot's Medal of Honor citation:
This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the
National Medal of Honor Society,
is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot,
157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_6CaWge2vF8/VG5CwNkLprI/AAAAAAAAWzA/j96wNpp-Eag/s1600/van11.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_6CaWge2vF8/VG5CwNkLprI/AAAAAAAAWzA/j96wNpp-Eag/s1600/van11.jpg)


WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! AND, BECAUSE OF  MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
  LOVE LIFE AND ENJOY YOURSELF TODAY LIKE THERE WILL BE NO TOMORROW.
"IN GOD WE TRUST"


 

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on February 12, 2015, 12:24:43 PM
 It's called; "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue". For those who serve(d), "this one's for you".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 12, 2015, 11:22:38 PM
22 Marines injured in Fire extinguisher incident    ......                     http://7online.com/news/22-marines-injured-during-training-exercise-at-base-in-california/515506/ (http://7online.com/news/22-marines-injured-during-training-exercise-at-base-in-california/515506/)   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 13, 2015, 09:59:28 AM
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/us/ap/marines-exposed-to-fire-retardant-in-california-accident/article_25481745-937a-5523-8a18-623a4c8ac471.html (http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/us/ap/marines-exposed-to-fire-retardant-in-california-accident/article_25481745-937a-5523-8a18-623a4c8ac471.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 18, 2015, 04:48:28 PM
DOG TAG BEER.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 19, 2015, 06:04:23 PM
2-19-45....30 Thousand US Marines land on Iwo Jima commencing an over a month long Battle for the Island. .........                                     
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on February 19, 2015, 10:48:59 PM
Never forget.

"When you go home tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 20, 2015, 08:36:56 PM
THE FIRST AIR FORCE ONE........        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwvZXVKmPU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwvZXVKmPU)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 22, 2015, 04:36:14 AM
IN RECENT TIMES THE WORD "HERO" HAS BEEN USED A LOT....THE FOLLOWING POST AS WELL AS THE YOU TUBE VIDEO BELOW IT CHRONICLES A TRUE "HERO".....On Nov. 15, 2003, an 85-year-old retired Marine Corps Colonel died of congestive heart failure at his home in La Quinta, Calif., southeast of Palm Springs 
He was a combat veteran of World War II. Reason enough to honor him. But this Marine was a little different.
 
This Marine was Mitchell Paige. It's hard today to envision -- or, for the dwindling few, to remember -- what the world looked like on 26 Oct 1942.
 
The U.S. Navy was not the most powerful fighting force in the Pacific. Not by a long shot. So the Navy basically dumped a few thousand Marines on the beach at Guadalcanal.
 
As Platoon Sgt. Mitchell Paige and his 33 riflemen set about carefully embracing their four water-cooled .30-caliber Browning machine guns, manning their section of the thin khaki line which was expected to defend Henderson Field against the assault of the night of 25 Oct 1942, it's unlikely anyone thought they were about to provide the definitive answer to that most desperate of questions: How many able-bodied U.S. Marines does it take to hold a hill against 2,000 desperate and motivated Japanese attackers?
Nor did the commanders of the Japanese Army, who had swept everything before them for decades, expect their advance to be halted on some jungle ridge manned by one thin line of Marines in October of 1942.
 
But by the time the night was over, The Japanese 29th Infantry Regiment has lost 553 killed or missing and 479 wounded among its 2,554 men, historian David Lippman reports. The Japanese 16th Regiment's losses are uncounted, but the [US] 164th's burial parties handled 975 Japanese bodies. ... The American estimate of 2,200 Japanese dead is probably too low.
 
Among the 90 American dead and seriously wounded that night were all the men in Mitchell Paige's platoon; every one. As the night of endless attacks wore on, Paige moved up and down his line, pulling his dead and wounded comrades back into their foxholes and firing a few bursts from each of the four Browning's in turn, convincing the Japanese forces down the hill that the positions were still manned.
 
The citation for Paige's Medal of Honor Citation defines the event: "When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machine gun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire."
 
In the end, Sgt. Paige picked up the last of the 40-pound, belt-fed Browning's (the same design which John M. Browning fired for a continuous 25 minutes until it ran out of ammunition, glowing cherry red, at its first U.S. Army demonstration) and did something for which the weapon was never designed. Sgt. Paige walked down the hill toward the place where he could hear the last Japanese survivors rallying to move around his flank, the belt-fed gun cradled under his arm, firing as he went. The weapon did not fail. At dawn, battalion executive officer Major Odell M. Conoley was first to discover the answer to our question: How many able-bodied Marines does it take to hold a hill against two regiments of motivated, combat-hardened Japanese infantrymen who have never known defeat? On a hill where the bodies were piled like cordwood, Mitchell Paige alone sat upright behind his 30-caliber Browning, waiting to see what the dawn would bring.
One hill: one Marine.
But "In the early morning light, the enemy could be seen a few yards off, and vapor from the barrels of their machine guns was clearly visible," reports historian Lippman. "It was decided to try to rush the position."
For the task, Major Conoley gathered together "three enlisted communication personnel, several riflemen, a few company runners who were at the point, together with a cook and a few messmen who had brought food to the position the evening before."
Joined by Paige, this ad hoc force of 17 Marines counterattacked at 5:40 a.m., discovering that this extremely short range allowed the optimum use of grenades. They cleared the ridge.
And that's where the previously unstoppable wave of Japanese conquests finally broke and began to recede. On an unnamed jungle ridge on an insignificant island no one had ever heard of, called Guadalcanal
.
But who remembers, today, how close-run a thing it was, the ridge held by a single Marine, in the autumn of 1942?
 
Sometime after, when the Hasbro Toy Co. telephoned asking permission to put the retired Colonel's face on some kid's doll, Mitchell Paige thought they must be joking.
But they weren't.
 
That's his face on the little Marine they call "G.I. Joe."
 
Rick Conn, US Navy Seabee Ret
 
http://www.pbs.org/weta/americanvalor/stories/paige.html# (http://www.pbs.org/weta/americanvalor/stories/paige.html#)
 
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on February 22, 2015, 12:29:19 PM
Mitchell Paige - a hero - RIP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA3jz6H3H0k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA3jz6H3H0k)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on February 25, 2015, 11:53:01 PM
His son was killed so he honored him by becoming a Marine surgeon in Afghanistan- posted on BFD site:

http://chachanova.com/4963 (http://chachanova.com/4963)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 07, 2015, 05:02:31 AM
ANOTHER "STOLEN VALOR" POS.....6 MONTHS SUSPENSION ? ...FIRE HIS ASS (but it is the media so that won't happen)......QUOTE..NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay following his false claims about an experience he had during the Iraq war, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced Tuesday night.

"We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately," Turness wrote in a memo to staff. "We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News."

In addition to Williams' false claims about Iraq, Turness said she the Comcast/NBCUniversal brass had "concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field."

Steve Burke, the CEO of NBC Universal, said Williams' actions "are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate." However, Burke also said Williams "deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him."

The full memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness:

All,

We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.

Our review, which is being led by Richard Esposito working closely with NBCUniversal General Counsel Kim Harris, is ongoing, but I think it is important to take you through our thought process in coming to this decision.

While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.

In addition, we have concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field.

As Managing Editor and Anchor of Nightly News, Brian has a responsibility to be truthful and to uphold the high standards of the news division at all times.

Steve Burke, Pat Fili and I came to this decision together. We felt it would have been wrong to disregard the good work Brian has done and the special relationship he has forged with our viewers over 22 years. Millions of Americans have turned to him every day, and he has been an important and well-respected part of our organization.

As I’m sure you understand, this was a very hard decision. Certainly there will be those who disagree. But we believe this suspension is the appropriate and proportionate action.

This has been a difficult time. But NBC News is bigger than this moment. You work so hard and dedicate yourselves each and every day to the important work of bringing trusted, credible news to our audience. Because of you, your loyalty, your dedication, NBC News is an organization we can – and should - all be proud of. We will get through this together.

Steve Burke asked me to share the following message.

“This has been a painful period for all concerned and we appreciate your patience while we gathered the available facts. By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate. Brian’s life’s work is delivering the news. I know Brian loves his country, NBC News and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him. Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone’s trust."

Deborah...UNQUOTE.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 07, 2015, 08:58:38 AM
You really think Walter Cronkite was truthful all the time either?
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 07, 2015, 11:45:29 AM
On March 8, 1965, elements of the Marines 9 MEB, the First and Third Battalions came ashore @ DaNang. Their mission was to provide security at the airbase. Well we all know now that was just an excuse from the politicians to get more troops in place. Soon the names of Con Thien, Khe Sahn, Hue, Phu Bai, Chu Lai, the Rockpile would be added to the USMC vocabuary.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 07, 2015, 03:25:18 PM
Con Thien  in Vietnamese  a "Place Of Angels"......more like hell....one Angel was my Radio Operator .....Continued RIP US Marine Manuel Nieves only a few hours on the hill.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 22, 2015, 08:07:57 PM
3 CARRIER GROUPS & THE USS NEW YORK........     http://jwvsw.org/carriers.pdf (http://jwvsw.org/carriers.pdf)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 26, 2015, 03:04:47 AM
PLEASE READ THIS & PASS IT ON TO A YOUNG AMERICAN.....CONTINUED RIP....SEMPER FI !.... www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32029227 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32029227)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 26, 2015, 09:52:09 PM
A well deserved Honor bestowed by the USO........ http://todays1019.cbslocal.com/2015/03/25/stevie-nicks-honored-in-dc/ (http://todays1019.cbslocal.com/2015/03/25/stevie-nicks-honored-in-dc/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 28, 2015, 05:07:56 PM
A NEW DD214 RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE....
 
If you were asked for but didn't know how to get it DD214, well now they have made it real easy for you and your family members to get your DD214. Go to this Link and down load it on line.
It's official, DD-214's are NOW Online.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's online:
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ (http://vetrecs.archives.gov/)   
 
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his
DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 29, 2015, 04:26:10 PM
ANOTHER "DOOLITTLE RAIDER" RIP....2 LEFT....... http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/38dbd746817441cd8550d101bb509db9/TN--Obit-Hite (http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/38dbd746817441cd8550d101bb509db9/TN--Obit-Hite)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 02, 2015, 01:58:04 AM
The 70th Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Okinowa, an island 300 miles from Japan.. This was the last major battle in the Pacific theater in WW II . Thousands of U.S. Marines and Soldiers were killed and wounded in this three month fight to defeat the Japanese military. ......... CONTINUED RIP TO THOSE KIA THERE & THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED SINCE.......NEVER FORGET !........ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 02, 2015, 10:27:54 AM
My son was stationed at MCAS Futema on the island of Okinawa. He was later part od a 12-man detechment that was on the island of Ie Shima. It was on this island that the war correspondent lost his life on April 18, 1945. A monument was erected by the 77th Infantry Division, when the island was returned to Japanese control it was one of three monuments that were allowed to stay. I think the 77th has some New York lineage.
(http://s28.postimg.cc/y60fd0qnt/USMC_P_19.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/y60fd0qnt/)
The pix is my sons P-19 @ Futema.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 02, 2015, 11:09:54 AM
left out the most important part, Ernie Pyle, sorry.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 04, 2015, 09:00:54 AM
http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-04-03/hunter-army-airfield-firefighters-marines-train-fight-aircraft-blazes (http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-04-03/hunter-army-airfield-firefighters-marines-train-fight-aircraft-blazes)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 08, 2015, 04:28:37 AM
I realize that this was a long time ago (however sometime it seems like yesterday) maybe some reading this can help out or pass this on to their Father or Grandfather....SEMPER FI.... www.vietvet.org/usmc108.htm (http://www.vietvet.org/usmc108.htm)


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 11, 2015, 12:13:03 AM
THE MAN WHO RODE THUNDER....    https://www.youtube.com/embed/0cqQzcChFG0 (https://www.youtube.com/embed/0cqQzcChFG0)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 23, 2015, 04:15:04 PM
http://www.kinsale.ie/2015/04/20/video-from-saturdays-unveiling-of-plaque-in-kinsale-in-memory-of-uss-navy-seal-lt-col-michael-murphy/ (http://www.kinsale.ie/2015/04/20/video-from-saturdays-unveiling-of-plaque-in-kinsale-in-memory-of-uss-navy-seal-lt-col-michael-murphy/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on April 24, 2015, 10:53:26 AM
THERE I WAS: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
http://fightersweep.com/1509/struck-lightning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FighterSweep+%28Fighter+Sweep%29 (http://fightersweep.com/1509/struck-lightning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FighterSweep+%28Fighter+Sweep%29)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 26, 2015, 08:34:31 PM
 BUDGET CUTS ? ......   https://www.youtube.com/embed/G7TZqJMQWeU?feature=player_embedded (https://www.youtube.com/embed/G7TZqJMQWeU?feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 28, 2015, 05:34:48 PM
2 NAVY SEALS (BOTH FORMER USMC) DIE IN POOL TRAINING ..... RIP..PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES..  http://files.ctctcdn.com/7b44437c001/76124ab7-b525-4496-a33c-1ab76df68b56.pdf (http://files.ctctcdn.com/7b44437c001/76124ab7-b525-4496-a33c-1ab76df68b56.pdf)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on May 01, 2015, 08:45:37 PM
Viet Nam 1959 - 1975. THANK YOU to those who served for us.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwTbuQiGelA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwTbuQiGelA#ws)

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7hMR-Ea8c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7hMR-Ea8c#)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 04, 2015, 02:07:24 AM
WW2 stats...  http://pippaettore.com/Horrific_WWII_Statistics.html (http://pippaettore.com/Horrific_WWII_Statistics.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 05, 2015, 06:12:26 PM
6 SECONDS..... QUOTE..I think the tragic death of NYPD Officer Moore makes this even more important. We work with so many people with the same qualities as these two Marines, the real heroes in life that you could never pick out on a street or having a cold one with or joking around with. Whether military, cops, firefighters, or anybody else tasked with the safety and security of their friends and neighbors, this shows that real heroes exist in our midst.

May Corporal Yale, Lance Corporal Haerter, and Officer Moore Rest In Peace. The world is a better place because of men like these, and I'm sure they're getting to know each other right now.

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Subject: The last 6 seconds

One can hardly conceive of the enormous grief held quietly within General Kelly as he spoke.

On Nov 13, 2010, Lt. General John Kelly, USMC, gave a speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, MO. This was four days after his son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, was killed by an IED while on his 3rd Combat tour. During his speech, General Kelly spoke about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us.

During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. He closed the speech with the moving account of the last six seconds in the lives of two young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines.

"I will leave you with a story about the kind of people they are, about the quality of the steel in their backs, about the kind of dedication they bring to our country while they serve in uniform and forever after as veterans. Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22 ND of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 "The Walking Dead," and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, and the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda.

Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and whom he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America's exist simultaneously depending on one's race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like, "Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?"

I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like, "Yes Sergeant," with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, "No kidding ‘sweetheart’, we know what we're doing." They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way - perhaps 60-70 yards in length, and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck's engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn't have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different.
Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event - just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I'd have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, "We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing." The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, "They'd run like any normal man would to save his life." "What he didn't know until then," he said, "And what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal."

Choking past the emotion he said, "Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did." "No sane man." "They saved us all." What we didn't know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before, "Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass." The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were - some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines' weapons firing non-stop the truck's windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the (I deleted) who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers - American and Iraqi-bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground.

If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight - for you.
We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth - freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious - our soldiers, sailors, airmen, U S Customs and Border Patrol, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines - to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away.

It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the "land of the free and home of the brave" so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm.
God Bless America, and SEMPER FIDELIS!"

IT WOULD BE NICE (GREAT!) TO SEE the message spread if more would pass it on Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps...

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever
UNQUOTE....SEMPER FI....RIP.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 06, 2015, 12:49:52 AM
USN DRONE BOATS......     http://www.chonday.com/Videos/swarbaotyj2 (http://www.chonday.com/Videos/swarbaotyj2)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 08, 2015, 03:05:36 PM
MAY 8th VE DAY....  Thanks to all who accomplished this....Continued RIP to those who have Passed To A Higher Level.....pass this on to a youngster.....NEVER FORGET !... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day)

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 11, 2015, 07:35:05 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/26/mighty-fine-at-10-america-oldest-vet-marks-birthday-with-cigar/?intcmp=latestnews (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/26/mighty-fine-at-10-america-oldest-vet-marks-birthday-with-cigar/?intcmp=latestnews)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 12, 2015, 07:15:37 PM
US Marine helicopter missing in Nepal earthquake aid mission

Published May 12, 2015
FoxNews.com


A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter providing assistance after the earthquake in Nepal was reported missing Tuesday, U.S. officials said.

Navy Capt. Chris Sims said the Huey was conducting disaster relief operations near Charikot. Six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were aboard the helicopter.

Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said there are "no indications of a crash," because the area is rugged.

Other aircraft nearby heard the helicopter's pilot say something about a "fuel problem."

The aircraft is part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. It had just dropped off supplies at one area and was en route to a second location.

The Pentagon said that other U.S. military aircraft, including the MV-22 Osprey, were taking part in the search. Warren said the search has been suspended for today due to darkness.

Charikot was one of the villages hardest hit by a 7.3 magnitude quake Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 14, 2015, 01:44:42 AM
http://www.navytimes.com/story/breaking-news/2015/05/13/mid-amtrak-death-usna-academy/27229435/ (http://www.navytimes.com/story/breaking-news/2015/05/13/mid-amtrak-death-usna-academy/27229435/)      ....  Sadly a young Man who was a step up fellow & aspiring  Military Member was killed in the Philly Amtrak derailment......we need these people in our Country....REST IN PEACE MIDSHIPMAN.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 15, 2015, 03:38:00 PM
2  WW1  MOH recipients

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/15/long-overdue-2-wwi-heroes-to-get-medal-honor-for-courage/ (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/15/long-overdue-2-wwi-heroes-to-get-medal-honor-for-courage/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 18, 2015, 06:56:38 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/18/marines-12-taken-to-hospital-after-aircraft-hard-landing/ (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/18/marines-12-taken-to-hospital-after-aircraft-hard-landing/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 20, 2015, 04:24:05 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/off-duty-army-captain-pulls-man-fiery-north/story?id=31142141 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/off-duty-army-captain-pulls-man-fiery-north/story?id=31142141)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 26, 2015, 05:55:36 PM
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/events/2015/052515a.shtml (http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/events/2015/052515a.shtml)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 28, 2015, 01:52:13 AM
65 PERFECTLY TIMED PHOTOS...     http://imgur.com/a/LAdE3?gallery (http://imgur.com/a/LAdE3?gallery)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on May 28, 2015, 11:48:26 AM
Absolutely magnificent, Chief!  Thanks for posting these images.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on May 28, 2015, 01:42:37 PM
Incredible photos, thanks for sharing, Chief.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 28, 2015, 04:04:59 PM
Thanks Chief
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 06, 2015, 05:14:25 PM
June 6.....71 years ago today D DAY  Normandy Thanks to all who served & those who gave all....NEVER FORGET !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 09, 2015, 04:20:37 PM
Son of RET BC John Salka BN*18......SEMPER FI....     http://www.wcti12.com/news/Camp-Lejeune-Marine-awarded-Bronze-Star/33460834 (http://www.wcti12.com/news/Camp-Lejeune-Marine-awarded-Bronze-Star/33460834)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 09, 2015, 05:48:57 PM
Congratulations to 1st Lt.Salka
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: STAjo on June 09, 2015, 10:48:19 PM


  OUTSTANDING !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on June 09, 2015, 11:02:49 PM
Son of RET BC John Salka BN*18......SEMPER FI....     http://www.wcti12.com/news/Camp-Lejeune-Marine-awarded-Bronze-Star/33460834 (http://www.wcti12.com/news/Camp-Lejeune-Marine-awarded-Bronze-Star/33460834)

  What a real American Hero is.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 09, 2015, 11:38:20 PM
PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE GREATEST......    http://imgur.com/a/bLyB6?gallery (http://imgur.com/a/bLyB6?gallery)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 19, 2015, 08:53:36 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/19/green-berets-seals-and-now-raiders-marine-corps-resurrects-name-legendary-elite/ (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/19/green-berets-seals-and-now-raiders-marine-corps-resurrects-name-legendary-elite/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 27, 2015, 01:23:07 AM
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DISGRACE ?  ...... http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/06/21/marines-amphibious/28935549/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/06/21/marines-amphibious/28935549/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 28, 2015, 09:30:16 AM
POTUS and all those who blindly follow! sickening!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 08, 2015, 10:31:12 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/bodies-wwii-us-marines-recovered-pacific-075205962.html (http://news.yahoo.com/bodies-wwii-us-marines-recovered-pacific-075205962.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on July 08, 2015, 10:57:28 PM
Eternal Peace - USS Arizona Memorial


https://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage (https://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 13, 2015, 12:07:52 AM
Any Vets aware of how these cards will be issued ?...... www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/buchanans-bill-replace-dd-214-veterans-id-card-passes-senate-without-opposition?utm_source=Constant%20Contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News%20 (http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/buchanans-bill-replace-dd-214-veterans-id-card-passes-senate-without-opposition?utm_source=Constant%20Contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News%20)


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on July 13, 2015, 12:21:05 AM
"I'd like to see this one come off without a hitch," the bos'n said with a knowing grin!

It sounds too good to be true and it sounds like common sense.  Those are two sure indicators that it's unlikely to work.  Not that I'm cynical or anything like that.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 08, 2015, 04:25:34 AM
WW2 USN BASE ON ULITHI..... http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=52966 (http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=52966)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on August 08, 2015, 12:12:50 PM
Some wonderful history in this post.  Thank you, Chief.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 12, 2015, 01:26:45 PM
http://www.wdtimes.com/news/national/article_fb6c2ecf-e167-51a0-a77f-00346f69f277.html (http://www.wdtimes.com/news/national/article_fb6c2ecf-e167-51a0-a77f-00346f69f277.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 18, 2015, 07:26:59 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/18/army-ranger-school-to-graduate-its-first-two-women/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/18/army-ranger-school-to-graduate-its-first-two-women/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 20, 2015, 04:53:11 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/20/army-kicking-out-decorated-green-beret-who-stood-up-for-afghan-rape-victim/ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/20/army-kicking-out-decorated-green-beret-who-stood-up-for-afghan-rape-victim/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 28, 2015, 03:28:11 PM
THE LADIES YOU NEVER SEE.....RESPECT DUE.... http://theerant.yuku.com/topic/78563/Our-Lady-Veterans-you-never-see#.VgmUDbQ-DVo
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 30, 2015, 04:28:11 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?ref=topics
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on September 30, 2015, 11:32:36 AM
http://www.jdnews.com/article/20150929/NEWS/150928876/-1/s/?Start=1
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 10, 2015, 04:45:06 PM
Unbelievable


http://www.amny.com/news/lieutenant-colonel-mark-visger-recommends-no-jail-for-army-sergeant-bowe-bergdahl-1.10945516 (http://www.amny.com/news/lieutenant-colonel-mark-visger-recommends-no-jail-for-army-sergeant-bowe-bergdahl-1.10945516)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 15, 2015, 07:30:15 AM
http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Former-Fort-Carson-soldier-to-receive-Medal-of-Honor--332988751.html (http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Former-Fort-Carson-soldier-to-receive-Medal-of-Honor--332988751.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 22, 2015, 09:08:37 PM
VIETNAM NEVER FORGET !  .... http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/events/2015/102115a.shtml
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on October 23, 2015, 08:06:34 AM
Today, October 23, is the 32nd Anniversary of the twin bombings of the United States Marine Corps barracks and the French paratroop barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  220 US Marines, 18 US Navy Sailors and three members of the United States Army died as did 58 members of the French military.

Prayers are in order.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: fdny1075k on October 23, 2015, 11:16:23 AM
Never forget.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 23, 2015, 01:54:44 PM
10-23-83...CONTINUED RIP TO ALL....NEVER FORGET ! ..NEVER FORGIVE !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 28, 2015, 12:55:28 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/10/28/marine-corps-new-helicopter-completes-its-first-flight.html?intcmp=hpff (http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/10/28/marine-corps-new-helicopter-completes-its-first-flight.html?intcmp=hpff)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 02, 2015, 08:48:33 PM
http://abc7ny.com/news/cleared-of-wrongdoing-green-beret-trades-mugshot-for-medal/1065169/ (http://abc7ny.com/news/cleared-of-wrongdoing-green-beret-trades-mugshot-for-medal/1065169/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 08, 2015, 10:35:54 PM
Father Capodanno ... http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/s-priest-killed-vietnam-named-priest-article-1.2427414?cid=bitly
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 09, 2015, 06:37:14 PM
ONE LIFE..ONE FLAG... https://www.youtube.com/embed/GJokaiyJNVA
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 12, 2015, 07:48:06 PM
Newest Medal of Honor recipient


http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/11/12/obama-awards-medal-of-honor-to-army-captain-out-of-fort-carson/ (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/11/12/obama-awards-medal-of-honor-to-army-captain-out-of-fort-carson/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 12, 2015, 08:06:22 PM
Well done CPT. Groberg.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 16, 2015, 05:57:33 PM
FDNY VIETNAM 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE...."Every Firehouse and EMS Station throughout the five boroughs will participate in the program, and commemorative flags marking FDNY’s participation will fly beneath the American flag through 2017"........   http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/events/2015/102115a.shtml
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on November 17, 2015, 09:08:10 PM

  Coming Home.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnEnhmrOHwk
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on November 30, 2015, 09:10:12 AM
Senate considers congressional gold medal for Vietnam air ambulance crews:
http://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2015/11/vietnam-air-ambulance-unit-gold-medal-bill.html#
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on November 30, 2015, 12:30:13 PM
Arlington National Cemetery short 30,000 wreaths

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/27/arlington-national-cemetery-short-30000-wreaths-du/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 06, 2015, 10:43:34 PM
HELP A VET....Subject: Helping Our Heroes From Captain Woody  {Fowarded from Danny Prince}

  Friends, We need your help Fire Fighters !Assisting Armed Forces
Families and Truckin'4 Troops are teaming up and we are building a
great warrior retreat for wounded veterans, firefighters, police and
public safety. If you would get involved by giving and talking with
your friends and businesses in your area. The property is between Ft.
Bragg and Camp LeJune,  Attached is a flyer of the property  and a
great raffle we are offering now. So many warriors need our help and
are coming back to this area. I truly believe that God has opened a big
door of opportunity for us to offer a great service to these well
deserving heroes. Please get involved and help! Everyone can either go
on line and give or get tickets for the raffle.
 
 This isn't just any raffle. A great American Patriot has donated the "
Patriot Raptor Ford Truck" for this cause. This truck has everything
and is beautiful. It has been hand painted with an all American theme!
If you are in the North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina area and
want physical tickets I can get them to you. Thank you all in advance
and God bless you!
We are a 501-c-3 and your donations are tax deductible!  Woody

FFAAFF, Inc.
P.O. Box 19062
Raleigh, N.C. 27619


John A.Woodall
captainjwoody@aol.com
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 12, 2015, 12:55:31 PM
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2015/12/12/new-hampshire-army-ranger-was-killed-during-live-fire-drill/CEApWSLCq7Io1fxkgmgtbM/story.html?p1=stream_news (http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2015/12/12/new-hampshire-army-ranger-was-killed-during-live-fire-drill/CEApWSLCq7Io1fxkgmgtbM/story.html?p1=stream_news)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 12, 2015, 07:01:03 PM
MISSING MAN TABLE...  http://toprightnews.com/chick-fil-a-customer-stunned-by-what-he-finds-on-unattended-table-he-was-speechless/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 13, 2015, 10:58:59 PM
Danger in the drink: Stricken vets fight VA over Camp Lejeune water poisoning


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/10/camp-lejeune-veterans-press-va-for-information-on-toxic-water-disability-claims/ (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/10/camp-lejeune-veterans-press-va-for-information-on-toxic-water-disability-claims/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 14, 2015, 12:00:41 AM
IN REGARD TO THE ABOVE POST IF YOU WERE THERE & HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOU MAY DO SO HERE.....   https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/home.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/clwater/index.aspx
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 14, 2015, 03:58:59 PM
Charges against Bergdahl referred to trial by court-martial


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/14/charges-against-bergdahl-referred-to-trial-by-court-martial.html (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/14/charges-against-bergdahl-referred-to-trial-by-court-martial.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 15, 2015, 08:43:27 AM
 One of the members sent me this. Maybe you've seen it before. But I think it's GREAT.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjPmmCtHmfE
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 21, 2015, 10:33:36 PM
AN NYPD OFFICER & 5 OTHER AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AN ATTACK WHILE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN ......REST IN PEACE TO OUR BROTHER IN BLUE & HIS 5 MILITARY BROTHERS. ...THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPREME SERVICE....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES...... www.nydailynews.com/news/world/nypd-killed-afghanistan-suicide-bombing-article-1.2473357


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 21, 2015, 11:48:47 PM
A TOTALLY DISGRACEFUL ACT TOWARD AN HONORABLE US MARINE...As a Marine i am in total disgust w/the way this case is being handled....he should have been awarded a Meritorious act for saving lives if his warning was heeded....what is being done to politicians who used an unsecure channel ?...NOTHING....those who went before us looking down i am sure cannot believe this.....hopefully as the case plays out there will be a better outcome for the Major......Jason you are in one of the best places to be in the FDNY keep your chin up ...you did do the right thing....SEMPER FI !
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/11/30/decision-to-force-out-marine-who-sent-warning-ahead-of-insider-attack-upheld/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 22, 2015, 07:18:01 PM
Refer to reply # 316 above...   http://patch.com/new-york/harrison/ny-fly-flags-half-staff-dec-23-honor-joseph-lemm-0
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on December 24, 2015, 12:52:58 AM
AN NYPD OFFICER & 5 OTHER AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AN ATTACK WHILE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN ......REST IN PEACE TO OUR BROTHER IN BLUE & HIS 5 MILITARY BROTHERS. ...THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPREME SERVICE....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES...... www.nydailynews.com/news/world/nypd-killed-afghanistan-suicide-bombing-article-1.2473357
https://www.booster.com/in-loving-memory-of-nypd-detective-joseph-lemm
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 29, 2015, 12:25:31 AM
USN High Speed Rail Gun.....       http://www.asminternational.org/news/videos/-/journal_content/56/10192/20085491/VIDEO
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: Disp51 on December 31, 2015, 09:12:46 PM
WW II female pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery



http://newsinkansas.com/female-wwii-pilots-barred-from-arlington-national-cemetery/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 06, 2016, 06:41:52 PM
Pentagon probes how civilian lived for months in Fort Bragg barracks


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/06/pentagon-probes-how-civilian-lived-for-months-in-fort-bragg-barracks.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/06/pentagon-probes-how-civilian-lived-for-months-in-fort-bragg-barracks.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on January 06, 2016, 08:15:50 PM
RE:  "'This is a very unique and interesting situation,' Thomas McCollum, the garrison public affairs officer for the North Carolina base told Military.com." 

I nominate this for understatement of the decade.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 06, 2016, 08:25:17 PM
I always wished i could live in the civilian housing (Capes) on the old Ft Tilden Base by 329.......PS back around 1993 the Vollies from Breezy got permission to do live burns at the old wooden barracks on the Fort grounds.....they actually just burned them down...the FDNY had orders from HQ not to go near any of the burns...tons of people were pulling up to 329 yelling "Fire " & not understanding why no one turned out.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on January 06, 2016, 08:31:01 PM
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Marjah District, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.

McClintock was assigned to the1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Buckley, Washington.


With prayers for Sgt. McClintock, his family, friends and colleagues.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on January 10, 2016, 09:47:23 AM
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Marjah District, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.

McClintock was assigned to the1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Buckley, Washington.


With prayers for Sgt. McClintock, his family, friends and colleagues.
Two articles relating to the unfortunate event. Rest in peace, thank you for your service:
http://sofrep.com/45772/special-forces-soldiers-left-flapping-in-the-breeze-in-marjah-afghanistan/
http://sofrep.com/45826/navy-seal-congressman-leads-congressional-inquiry-into-obamas-afghan-quagmire/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 17, 2016, 04:11:33 PM
U.S. NAVY SEALS REQUEST THAT YOU PASS THIS ON!!!
 For those who may not know, here are a list of Chris Kyle's awards.
 
•2 Silver Stars with Combat Valor
 
•5 Bronze Stars with Combat Valor
 
•Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Valor...
 
•2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Valor
 
•2 Combat Action Ribbons
 
•Navy Presidential Unit Citation
 
•Joint Meritorious Unit Award
 
•Navy Unit Commendation
 
•Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
 
•Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 Service Star
 
•National Defense Service Medal
 
•Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 
• Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 Campaign Stars
 
•Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
 
•Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
 
•Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Service Stars
 
•Rifle Marksmanship Medal
 
•Pistol Marksmanship Medal
 
• United States Navy SEALs Insignia
 
Here isa description of his funeral, definitely worth reading:
 
Chris Kyle:
 

This is apparently from a wife of one of the Navy Seals in attendance... it makes interesting,disturbing, but hardly surprising reading.
 
Chris Kyle became the US armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of lives.
 

 
 
Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams because he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper" and 100%of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq .
That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen, how to protect themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker. He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.

 
Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.

 
Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport to the funeral... free of charge.The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened. Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
 
The Marriott Hotelreduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEAL's and family.
 
The Midlothian,TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALS.
 
Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated).
 

The police and secret servicewere on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.
At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALS to meet in and so they could use the restroom there instead of the bathroom in the house.
 
Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home. Only a hand full of SEALS went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on an hourly basis.
 
It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.
 
 
 
George W. Bush and his wife Laura , met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring.
 
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers.They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALS and their families.
 
The nextday a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front ofthe house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.
JerryJones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of....Class...He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium forthe services because so many wanted to attend. The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALS in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium!

 
We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about 300 people . We were growing. A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.
The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us.
It was a beautiful and emotional service.The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
 
 
 
The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian , TX to Austin for burial.It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out.
We had dozens of police motorcycle riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars . You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge.
Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection.
It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas.People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.
 

Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by.
Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It was so heart warming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.
The service was at TexasNational Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honour winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas .
It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.
 
Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it.
 
Another tearful moment.

 
After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita , invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALS a coin of Texas . She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess. We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas.
They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.
We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week."
 

 
To this day, no one in theWhite House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle; his service, his death, his duty, his generosity, his caring, his life.
 
 
However, the President can call a sports person and congratulate him on his bravery for announcing to the world that he is gay.
 
 
 He can say on national television that someone, a man who has committed a crime and was shot by police in the line of duty, would have made him a good son.
 
 
The SEALS  have asked that you please, keep this moving if you think Chris Kyle would have made a good son.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 24, 2016, 03:37:08 AM
THE ONLY THING IN DC NOT SHUT DOWN..... http://theerant.yuku.com/topic/81251/TOMB-OF-THE-UNKNOWN#.VqSMNjZlnVo
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 26, 2016, 12:02:26 PM
Active Shooter Reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego


http://ktla.com/2016/01/26/active-shooter-reported-at-naval-medical-center-san-diego/ (http://ktla.com/2016/01/26/active-shooter-reported-at-naval-medical-center-san-diego/)


http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/active-shooter-reported-at-naval-medical-center-san-diego/38830296 (http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/active-shooter-reported-at-naval-medical-center-san-diego/38830296)



https://www.google.com/maps/place/34800+Bob+Wilson+Dr,+San+Diego,+CA+92134/@32.7255809,-117.145544,404m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d9549938a31fc3:0x10c546f682e5e407 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/34800+Bob+Wilson+Dr,+San+Diego,+CA+92134/@32.7255809,-117.145544,404m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d9549938a31fc3:0x10c546f682e5e407)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 26, 2016, 05:41:03 PM
The update on the San Diego Naval was a 10-92.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on January 26, 2016, 08:42:33 PM
I was just about to post that Chief!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 30, 2016, 03:35:38 AM
Pay attention to the Green Beret at the 28 minute mark.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeJdVgUZxd8
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on January 31, 2016, 08:37:05 AM
Thanks for the post Chief! That was no where to be found in the mainstream media!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 01, 2016, 08:33:19 PM
$30M Military Clothing Fraud


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/01/owners-at-center-30m-military-clothing-fraud-to-be-sentenced.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/01/owners-at-center-30m-military-clothing-fraud-to-be-sentenced.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 07, 2016, 04:59:46 AM
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/blackmail-iran-now-says-it-took-these-from-captured-american-sailors?f=must_reads#ixzz3zRlpd1Rl
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 17, 2016, 02:31:06 AM
VET BEATEN & ROBBED....   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/iraqi-vet-beaten-black-lives-matter-teens-article-1.2533590
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 20, 2016, 03:44:48 AM
NICE JOB 104 PCT...   https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160219/glendale/wwii-vet-adopted-by-queens-precinct-after-burglaries-laid-rest
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 22, 2016, 06:49:57 PM
“There is no weapon in our arsenal that offers more effective close-air support to American ground troops serving in harm’s way than the A-10 aircraft,”

- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz



http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/22/legendary-10-warthog-wins-another-fight-vs-budget-ax.html?intcmp=hpbt1 (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/22/legendary-10-warthog-wins-another-fight-vs-budget-ax.html?intcmp=hpbt1)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 25, 2016, 03:28:43 AM
AN AMERICAN HERO...RIP COLONEL..  http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/fred-cherry-dies-vietnam-pow-for-seven-years-was-87-1.11493455
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 25, 2016, 05:29:45 AM
Rest In Peace
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 27, 2016, 01:41:40 AM
SOARING VALOR...NEVER FORGET THESE MEN & Continued Thanks to LT Dan... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3P15s4zWNQ
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on February 27, 2016, 01:52:17 AM
Chief, you constantly out-do yourself by finding and sharing these posts.  Thank you.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on February 27, 2016, 09:38:56 AM
Chief, you constantly out-do yourself by finding and sharing these posts.  Thank you.

  How right you are there "Manhattan". That video and the trip for those guys are great.

  I have a good friend who has met some members of this site. He is a World War II veteran and just turned 92 years old. I can't wait to show him that video. We buffed the FDNY together for many years. He would love a trip like this. Anybody know of any upcoming trips like this out of the NYC area, please let me know.

  I know of another WW II vet who would have loved to do a trip like this also. One that I have always been very proud of. He is no longer with us. My father who was a Combat Medic during that time. Later he became a highly decorated firefighter in the Bridgeport, Ct Fire Department.

  They were often referred to as "The GREATEST GENERATION". They grew up as kids during the Great Depression. They fought for our country during World War II. And those that returned, raised families and built America in the 1950s to be the strongest and most prosperous country in the world.

  Thank you to all our World War II Vets for all you have done for us.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 28, 2016, 01:54:25 AM
RETIRED ARMY VET STANDS GUARD AT BURGLAR TARGETED FH.... http://www.statter911.com/2016/02/22/veteran-stands-guard-after-break-ins-at-south-carolina-firehouses/
Title: OUR MILITARY
Post by: manhattan on February 29, 2016, 11:08:07 AM
http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/moh/byers.html?nl=morning-briefing&em_pos=large&emc=edit_nn_20160229

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.: For actions during Operation Enduring Freedom on Dec. 8, 2012  navy.mil  22916
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 29, 2016, 03:30:24 PM
What an excellent American....."Byers has deployed overseas 11 times with nine combat tours. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor (five awards), the Purple Heart (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards, one with Valor), the Combat Action ribbon (two awards), and the Good Conduct Medal (five awards)."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 04, 2016, 03:12:46 AM
CAMP LEJEUNE TAINTED  DRINKING WATER.....  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Mortality Study Results Released

Dear Sir or Madam:

 

On February 19, 2014 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) "Evaluation of mortality among Marines and Navy personnel exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A retrospective cohort study" was published (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/mortalitystudy.html (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/mortalitystudy.html)).

 

The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposures of Marine and Naval personnel to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune increased risk of mortality from cancers and other chronic diseases. The study focused on 154,932 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 to December 1985 and were stationed at USMC Base Camp Lejeune anytime during this period. A comparison cohort consisted of 154,969 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 - December 1985, were stationed anytime during this period at USMC Base Camp Pendleton, but were not stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The study relies on ATSDR's previous water modeling estimates (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html)) of past exposures to a class of chemicals known as "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) in water.

 

This study is one of several health initiatives that ATSDR is expected to complete in the next several years. For more information about these studies, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/ (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/) or call (800) 232-4636.

 

Since 1991, the Marine Corps has supported the health initiatives conducted by various scientific agencies. We are also working diligently to identify and notify individuals who, in the past, may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water. For more information about these efforts or to update your contact information, please see: http://www.marines.mil/clwater/, (http://www.marines.mil/clwater/,) call (877) 261-9782 or e-mail clwater@usmc.mil.

 

To contact Veterans Affairs to learn more about health care benefits, please visit  http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/ (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/) or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare) or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).

 
Sincerely,
The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program
AN UPDATE ON THIS WITH ADDED SICKNESS'S  ...HOPE NOBODY COMES DOWN WITH ANY.....http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2015/12/17/va-change-disability-claims-rules-camp-lejeune-veterans/77486076/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on March 05, 2016, 08:59:24 PM
MARSOC 10 Year Anniversary - Heritage Video:
https://youtu.be/b0F7VWE6Z1c
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 15, 2016, 11:23:27 PM
Cemetery Watch
 
This is one we all need to read every once in a while.
 
My friend Kevin and I are volunteers at a National cemetery in Oklahoma and put in a few days a month in a 'slightly larger' uniform.  Today had been a long, long day and I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey's and have a cold one. Sneaking a look at my watch,
I saw the time, 16:55.  Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day.

 
Full dress was hot in the August sun Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever--the heat and humidity at the same level--both too high.

 I saw the car pull into the drive, '69 or '70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail's pace.. An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed;  she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers--about four or five bunches as best I could tell.

 I couldn't help myself.  The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste:  'She's going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I'm ready to get out of here right now!'  But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in.

Kevin would lock the 'In' gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along,
we might make it to Smokey's in time.

 I broke post attention.  My hip made gritty noises when I took the first
 step and the pain went up a notch.  I must have made a real military
sight:  middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine
full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes
after I began the watch at the cemetery.

 
I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk.  She looked up at me
with an old woman's squint. ' Ma'am, may I assist you in any way? '

 She took long enough to answer. ' Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad
slow these days. '
 
' My pleasure, ma'am. ' (Well, it wasn't too much of a lie.)
 
She looked again. ' Marine, where were you stationed? '
 
' Vietnam, ma'am.. Ground-pounder. '65 to '67. '

 
She looked at me closer. ' Wounded in action, I see.  Well done, Marine.  I'll be as quick as I can. '
 
I lied a little bigger: 'No hurry, ma'am.'
 
She smiled and winked at me.  'Son, I'm 91-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off.. Let's get this done.  Might be the last time
I can do this.  My name's Joanne Wieserman, and I've a few Marines I'd like to see one more time. '
 
'Yes, ma 'am. At your service.'
 
She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone.
She picked one of the flower bunches out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone.

 She murmured something I couldn't quite make out...  The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918 .
 
She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone I saw a tear slowly tracking its way
down her check. She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X. Davidson, USMC, 1943.
 
She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone,
Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944 .
 
She paused for a second and more tears flowed.  'Two more, son, and we'll be done.'
 
I almost didn't say anything, but, 'Yes, ma'am. Take your time.'
 
She looked confused.  'Where's the Vietnam section, son?  I seem to have lost my way.'
 
I pointed with my chin. 'That way, ma'am.'
 
'Oh!' she chuckled quietly. ' Son, me and old age ain't too friendly.'
 
She headed down the walk I'd pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted.  She placed a bunch
on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968 , and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970.

She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn't make out and more tears flowed.
 
'OK, son, I'm finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.'
 
Yes, ma'am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?'
 
She paused. ' Yes, Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons.  All
were killed in action, all Marines.'
 
She stopped! Whether she had finished, or couldn't finish, I don't know.
 
She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully. I waited for a polite
distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car.
 
'Get to the 'Out' gate quick.. I have something I've got to do.'
 
Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us down the service road fast. We beat her.
 
She hadn't made it around the rotunda yet.
 
'Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost.
 
Follow my lead. 'I humped it across the drive to the other post.
 
When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best
gunny's voice:
 
'TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!'
 
I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye--full dress attention
and a salute that would make his DI proud.
 
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for
knowing duty, honor and sacrifice far beyond the realm of most.
 
I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.
 
Instead of 'The End,' just think of 'Taps.'
 
As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer:   'Lord, keep
our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas.
Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us. '
 
Let's all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts.  They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy. 
 
'In God We Trust.' 
 
Sorry about your monitor; it made mine blurry too!
 
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under!

 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 17, 2016, 10:54:07 PM
Time for the clowns to move on & Honor those who deserve it... http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-just-named-navy-warship-something-that-infuriated-many-a-big-slap-in-the-face-to-military/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: tem217 on April 17, 2016, 11:19:06 PM
my father god rest his soul..FDNY..US NAVY WW11 de155 USS HOPPING is turning over in his grave.
some piece of shit this president
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 06, 2016, 08:08:08 PM
Next generation Humvee.....    http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/industry/2015/08/25/oshkosh-wins-jltv-award/32278319/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 11, 2016, 12:29:58 PM
Navy SEAL trainee dies during swim training


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/11/navy-seal-trainee-dies-during-swim-training/84220154/#cx_navSource=arttop&cx_art_pos=4&cx_ab_test_id=24&cx_ab_test_variant=cx_collab_ctx&cx_bucket=article-right-rail&cx_tag=none&cx_rec_type=collabctx&cxrecs_s (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/11/navy-seal-trainee-dies-during-swim-training/84220154/#cx_navSource=arttop&cx_art_pos=4&cx_ab_test_id=24&cx_ab_test_variant=cx_collab_ctx&cx_bucket=article-right-rail&cx_tag=none&cx_rec_type=collabctx&cxrecs_s)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 11, 2016, 10:10:33 PM
Soldier killed during live-fire training


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/11/soldier-killed-live-fire-training-la/84252554/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomnation-topstories (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/11/soldier-killed-live-fire-training-la/84252554/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomnation-topstories)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 16, 2016, 06:55:15 PM
Air Force Nose Art


http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2016/05/14/air-force-nose-art-painted-planes/82979232/ (http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2016/05/14/air-force-nose-art-painted-planes/82979232/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 19, 2016, 08:14:58 AM
B-52 Crashes at Guam Air Base; No Injuries Reported

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/B-52-Crash-Guam-After-Takeoff-Air-Force-Says-380044621.html#ixzz496St1rRF
Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook



http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/B-52-Crash-Guam-After-Takeoff-Air-Force-Says-380044621.html (http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/B-52-Crash-Guam-After-Takeoff-Air-Force-Says-380044621.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 21, 2016, 05:36:53 PM


Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:33 AM WEST POINT, N.Y. — Vice President Biden told the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country’s armed forces. “Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they’re asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms,” Biden said in his speech at a graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River. More than 950 cadets received their degrees and commissions as second lieutenants. Among them were the first seven women to be commissioned into combat divisions since combat restrictions for them were lifted. The vice president saluted class president Eugene “E.J.” Coleman for publicly coming out as gay. Before the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2010, “E.J. would have been discharged from the Army, and we would have lost an incredible talent,” he said. “Thanks for your courage, E.J., and I expect we’re going to hear big things from you, pal.” Biden also warned the graduating class that it’s facing a vast range of complex challenges, including battling Islamic State extremists, containing outbreaks of contagious diseases and defending against cyberattacks. “Whenever the stakes are highest, we turn to the United States Army,” he said. “Whether it’s fighting terrorism, training our partners, reassuring our allies or providing humanitarian relief, we call on you,” he said. “And right now, the stakes could not be higher.” Biden singled out cyberattacks as a growing threat that could allow American enemies to knock out the nation’s power grid or disable satellite systems. “The bad thing about advanced technology is that it gives immense powers to stateless actors,” Biden said. He added: “You’ll need to dominate the cyber realm as you do the physical one.” Biden also was West Point’s commencement speaker in 2012.


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: XPFD3 on May 23, 2016, 10:55:16 AM
#358 was removed?
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 23, 2016, 03:01:52 PM
#358 was removed?
Yes... i had posted it then recd a message from another poster that according to snopes & another site it was not fact so i removed it .
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 26, 2016, 03:15:08 PM
2 F/A-18s collide off North Carolina coast


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/26/2-fa-18s-crash-off-north-carolina-coast-report-says.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/26/2-fa-18s-crash-off-north-carolina-coast-report-says.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 26, 2016, 10:15:46 PM
Less than 10 percent of new VA hires were doctors


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/26/study-less-than-10-percent-new-va-hires-were-doctors.html (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/26/study-less-than-10-percent-new-va-hires-were-doctors.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 28, 2016, 12:07:58 PM
Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour


http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-first-look-at-americas-supergun-1464359194?mod=trending_now_1 (http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-first-look-at-americas-supergun-1464359194?mod=trending_now_1)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2016, 06:33:01 PM
Pilot of Blue Angel jet died in Smyrna,TN crash


Rest In Peace


http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/06/02/navy-blue-angel-jet-crashes-smyrna/85308972/ (http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/06/02/navy-blue-angel-jet-crashes-smyrna/85308972/)


http://www.fox19.com/story/32126574/pilot-killed-in-blue-angels-jet-crash-smyrna-tn (http://www.fox19.com/story/32126574/pilot-killed-in-blue-angels-jet-crash-smyrna-tn)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2016, 07:03:58 PM
3 dead, 3 injured, 6 missing after flood sweeps Army truck

Rest In Peace


https://www.yahoo.com/news/waterlogged-texas-braces-more-rain-flooding-continues-184425398.html (https://www.yahoo.com/news/waterlogged-texas-braces-more-rain-flooding-continues-184425398.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on June 03, 2016, 12:48:54 AM
USAF Thunderbird F-16 Viper crashes after flyover at the USAF Academy graduation, pilot is OK. Prayers for him as well as his brother from the Navy Flight Demo Squadron.

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/02/thunderbird-crash-colorado-springs/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 06, 2016, 05:04:08 AM
6-6-44 ....72 Years ago operation Overlord "D DAY"....NEVER FORGET !...... www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/d-day


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 22, 2016, 05:40:18 PM
VIET VET RECEIVES THE MOH.....   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3654347/President-Obama-award-Medal-Honor-Vietnam-veteran-helicopter-pilot-50-years-braved-enemy-machine-gun-fire-rescue-40-trapped-soldiers-badly-damaged-Huey.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 25, 2016, 03:21:46 AM
Purple Heart Recipient Honored at ENG*45..LAD*4..BN*9..... 6-24-16....
...
FROM TWC NY 1..QUOTE.."The FDNY gave back to an Iraq War veteran who gave to them.

Charles Wayne O'Brien was honored Friday at Engine 54 on 48th Street and Eighth Avenue in Midtown.

The Kansas native was wounded in combat when his vehicle was struck by an explosion in 2007.

While on his honeymoon in 2012 in the city, O'Brien anonymously placed his Purple Heart award on the September 11th memorial at the station known as the "Pride of Midtown."

O'Brien was tracked online by members of the firehouse.

"With 9/11, even growing up in the middle of the country, it was still very impactful. And when I was recovering from my wounds, it kind of, I drew inspiration from the city because post-9/11, the city didn't shut down, the city didn't give up. So this was my opportunity to give back," said O’Brien.

"I'm humbled by this to meet him. When I first got here, to find out that was an authentic Purple Heart, I was, I'm glad I helped found this," said Jonathan Bush, a firefighter from Engine 54.

O'Brien's Purple Heart has been framed and posted at the firehouse.

Fifteen firefighters from Engine 54 lost their lives on September 11, 2001." UNQUOTE......RESPECT DUE !

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 25, 2016, 03:26:53 AM
http://www.pictaram.com/media/1279913333416121130_388484596
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on July 15, 2016, 05:54:02 PM
Great story about a Bad Angel: https://fightersweep.com/5671/bad-angel/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 18, 2016, 07:25:47 PM
VIET VET RECEIVES THE MOH.....   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3654347/President-Obama-award-Medal-Honor-Vietnam-veteran-helicopter-pilot-50-years-braved-enemy-machine-gun-fire-rescue-40-trapped-soldiers-badly-damaged-Huey.html


http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-medal-of-honor-20160718-snap-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation+%28L.A.+Times+-+National+News%29 (http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-medal-of-honor-20160718-snap-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation+%28L.A.+Times+-+National+News%29)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 07, 2016, 08:54:17 PM
U.S. ARMY AWARDS $6.7 BILLION JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE CONTRACT TO OSHKOSH CORPORATION


https://oshkoshdefense.com/news/u-s-army-awards-6-7-billion-joint-light-tactical-vehicle-contract-to-oshkosh-corporation/ (https://oshkoshdefense.com/news/u-s-army-awards-6-7-billion-joint-light-tactical-vehicle-contract-to-oshkosh-corporation/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 20, 2016, 07:16:34 PM
Pilot dies after U-2 spy plane crashes in California


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/20/u-2-spy-plane-crashes-in-california.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/20/u-2-spy-plane-crashes-in-california.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 22, 2016, 03:26:45 PM
Army Designs a New Hand Grenade


https://warisboring.com/the-u-s-army-designs-a-new-hand-grenade-after-more-than-40-years-7b81f0752fd#.am0nbee3u
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 24, 2016, 03:12:33 PM
REST IN PEACE BROTHER...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.....    http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/fairview-firefighter-and-soldier-killed-kabul#stream/0
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on October 24, 2016, 09:02:13 PM
Awarded Bronze Star for bravery.  Thank you and RIP.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 24, 2016, 09:38:10 PM
Rest In Peace
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: JOR176 on October 25, 2016, 10:07:24 AM
R.I.P.   Sir
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 08, 2016, 07:03:00 PM
http://www.startribune.com/at-800-000-per-round-ammo-on-uss-zumwalt-too-pricey-to-fire/400419881/ (http://www.startribune.com/at-800-000-per-round-ammo-on-uss-zumwalt-too-pricey-to-fire/400419881/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on November 09, 2016, 07:37:28 AM
Thanks to all Servicemembers and Veterans for their service - 2016 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts:
 
- Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2016: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active service members. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. There will be 7 entrées to choose from. All current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon to be redeemed on additional food and beverage offerings or for a later time. Military ID or proof of service required.
- IHOP, Nov. 11, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 6, 2016: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 18th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 6th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse). Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.
- Mimi’s Café Nov. 11, 2016. November 11, 2016 – Free entrée on select menu items for veterans and active duty members. Proof of service required. More info.
- Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2016.
- Twin Peaks, Nov. 11, 2016. Free menu item at participating locations. Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.
Wiener schnitzel, Nov. 11, 2016. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink is redeemable at participating Wiener schnitzel locations on Friday, November 11 only, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform. Contact your local Wiener schnitzel Locations to verify participation.
- BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2016. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. More info. Locations.
- California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2016. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service. Find a location near you.
Carraba’s, Monday Nov. 9 – Sunday Nov. 15, 2016. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty service members and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.
- Chili’s – Free meal, Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of any lunch combo, or your choice of a dinner meal from a select menu, including any full-size flatbread. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
- Claim Jumper, Nov. 9, 2016. Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only.
- Denny’s, Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel.
- Hooters, Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase.
- Little Caesars® Pizza, Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.
- LongHorn Steakhouse, Complimentary Texas Tonoi and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required.
- Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Guests that dine with a Veteran also receive 10% off of their bill as well!
- On The Border, Veterans and current service members will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.
- PDQ Tenders, PDQ Free 3 piece Tenders or Sandwich with a military ID or uniform. PDQ also offers 50% off the entire order for all active/retired military personnel on the first Monday every month.
- Red Lobster – Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12, 2016. Free Appetizer or Dessert during the week of Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts.
- Red Robin, Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service.
- Sizzler Restaurants, Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service.
- Starbucks, Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses.
- Texas Roadhouse, Free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.
- T.G.I. Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.
- Tony Roma’s, Free half rack Baby Back Ribs at select Florida locations. For current and former military members with valid proof of service.
- Uno Chicago Grill, Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Portion of your party’s check will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an awesome military charity.
- Chick-fil-A, Participating locations are offering a free meal to all veterans and those currently serving. ID required.
- East Coast Wings, Free Appetizer or Desert. Proof of service required.
- Einstein Bros Bagels, Free coffee. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.
- Famous Dave’s, Free meal (one meat, a side and a corn muffin).
- Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees, & veterans.
- Lone Star Steakhouse, All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a free Starter. ID or proof of service required.
- Noah’s Bagels, Free coffee for active duty and veterans. Proof of service required. 
- Rib City, 50% Military Appreciation Meal Discount everyday to all Veterans and Active Duty Military. Eat in or carry out.
- Ruby Tuesday’s, Free appetizer at participating locations, proof of service required.
- Ruby’s Diner, Free Cinnamon Roll French toast until 11:30am. Valid for all military service members past and present. Coupon required.
- Souplantation,  Free meal with purchase of another regular priced meal. Available to current and former military members with valid ID. Available at all Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations.

Note: Many more local restaurants honoring Veterans on Friday.  Check with local restaurants for details.  Proof of military service or former military service usually required (ID, DD214, other).
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on November 09, 2016, 09:54:04 AM
 Thank you "mack" for taking the time to post all of that.

 This is a small, simple way of saying "THANK YOU" to all those who serve or have served in our U.S. Military.

 I also plan to keep this list and whenever the opportunity comes to support these establishments, "I will do that".

 Thank you to those who have served us so well and thank you "mack" for posting this information.

 Also to those in the NYC area, please remember to try and come out to honor our veterans at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Manhattan at the Chelsea Veterans Memorial, 27th St and Ninth Ave, on Friday, November 11th at 10 am. Only walking distance to the parade on Fifth Ave. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on November 09, 2016, 08:45:22 PM
The website SOFREP, which is mostly a paid membership site, has removed its paywall for around the next month. Lots of great articles written almost exclusively by veterans, most special operations vets. Nobody covers veteran and military issues like this site. The link below is a short article about the loss of 6 SF soldiers over the past week. Rest in Peace:
https://sofrep.com/67086/the-regiment-loses-six-in-a-sad-week/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 22, 2016, 05:09:16 PM
From: "Thomson, Lynda (FDNY)" <Lynda.Thomson@fdny.nyc.gov>
Date: November 21, 2016 at 11:52:36 AM EST
To: "Thomson, Lynda (FDNY)" <Lynda.Thomson@fdny.nyc.gov>
Subject: FW: Veterans Advisory Board: November 30th

    Kindly see the below email I received from Oswaldo Pereira of the NYC Department of Veterans Services.
They will be hosting their first Outreach MEETING.   
The only way to Solve a problem, is to let it be known.      Please send this out to anyone you feel might like to attend.    YOU Must R S V P.
 
 
PLEASE Do not respond to me:
Respond to:
ospereira@veterans.nyc.gov
 
Telephone # 212-442-6330
 
As Always Thank You .
 
Please note:
The Room NUMBER IS: 2208. The Correct Room Number is on the meeting notice.
 
 
From: Pereira, Oswaldo (DVS)
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 11:20
To: Pereira, Oswaldo (DVS)
Subject: Veterans Advisory Board: November 30th

Good Morning Veterans, Friends, Colleagues, and Coworkers,
 
On November 30, 2016, the NYC Department of Veteran Services (DVS) will be hosting the next Veterans Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at our headquarters, 1 Centre Street 22nd Floor #2088. The Meeting is to start at 6:30pm. This is the first meeting being held at the new DVS, and the first meeting held since I joined the team as the Community Outreach Manager. This is a great opportunity to meet all the rest of the new staff, check out the new digs, make your voices heard, and network with likeminded stakeholders.
 
We’ve worked together, side-by-side, in many previous veteran related ventures, please join me on the 30th and let’s continue pushing veteran initiatives into the forefront of citywide government. The power to hold this agency accountable is in our hands. Looking forward to seeing you all again.
 
One Team, One Fight.
 
 
 
 
From: Pereira, Oswaldo (DVS)
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 11:42 AM
Subject: Greetings
 
Good Morning Friends, Colleagues, and Coworkers,
 
I’m proud to announce that I am officially a member of the New York City Department of Veteran Services. I have joined the administration as the Community Outreach Manager. I write you this email as a general courtesy and to hand off my new contact information. You can reach me via email and phone during regular business hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, and as always I can be reached 24/7 via my Twitter account; New York is the City that never sleeps, and neither should its government.  See contact info below.
 
One Team, One Fight!
 
Oswaldo M. Pereira
Community Outreach Manager
NYC Department of Veteran Services
Email: ospereira@veterans.nyc.gov
Phone: 646-799-6958
Twitter: @VeteransLiaison
 
 

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 04, 2016, 12:40:57 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/4-quit-after-oklahoma-veteran-with-maggots-in-wound-dies.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/4-quit-after-oklahoma-veteran-with-maggots-in-wound-dies.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 04, 2016, 01:35:03 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/4-quit-after-oklahoma-veteran-with-maggots-in-wound-dies.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/4-quit-after-oklahoma-veteran-with-maggots-in-wound-dies.html)

 Something is VERY WRONG with our system when we treat those who served and fought for each and every one of us this way. I don't know how most feel but after reading this; "It sickens me".

 Meantime, our wealthy, selfish, over rated politicians line their pockets with money, while a large portion of our population bow down to these people as our so called hero's.

 They are NOT my Hero's !!! My hero's are the guys like this poor veteran who served when the time came.

 NO ONE SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THIS. Certainly not someone who did so much for all of us. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 04, 2016, 04:45:26 PM
Bill - I agree with your sentiment but an important clarification must be made.  The facility was not a federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or clinic.  It was a state of Oklahoma nursing home.  I believe today, the federal VA provides effective, competent medical care in their facilities.  It is sad that some state-run veterans facilities, at least in Oklahoma, apparently do not meet the same standards of care.

It is too bad that the state also seems to have taken no disciplinary action against these 4 providers, a PA and 3 RNs.  In fact, the PA was actually rehired by the state to work at another facility. 

       http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/physician-assistant-who-resigned-in-wake-of-veteran-s-death/article_ed574264-538f-5631-abc7-94c6df3ae217.html

You are right - our veterans deserve better nursing and medical care.  This seems like negligence and bureaucratic indifference.     
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 04, 2016, 05:41:54 PM
Bill - I agree with your sentiment but an important clarification must be made.  The facility was not a federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or clinic.  It was a state of Oklahoma nursing home.  I believe today, the federal VA provides effective, competent medical care in their facilities.  It is sad that some state-run veterans facilities, at least in Oklahoma, apparently do not meet the same standards of care.

It is too bad that the state also seems to have taken no disciplinary action against these 4 providers, a PA and 3 RNs.  In fact, the PA was actually rehired by the state to work at another facility. 

       http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/physician-assistant-who-resigned-in-wake-of-veteran-s-death/article_ed574264-538f-5631-abc7-94c6df3ae217.html

You are right - our veterans deserve better nursing and medical care.  This seems like negligence and bureaucratic indifference.   


Thank you Joe for that input. I was not aware of that. At least that is some encouraging words on the way our veterns are treated at other care facilities.

Let me also add for those here who don't know, "Thank you for "your" MANY YEARS of military service as well". There is really quite a story that goes along with those Many Years of Service.

And thank you for helping us to understand this article a little better.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 19, 2016, 02:03:47 AM
Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote tothe NFL commissioners the following:

QUOTE.
Commissioners,
I've been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium.

I missed the '90-'91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they're something special! They're not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this! You'll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it's their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.

[https://coxrare.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/ap177600776455.jpg?w=616&h=518]

What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?

I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that's much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn't it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?

Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!

You condone it all by your refusal to act. You're just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don't do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don't even have ice! Many don't have legs or arms.

Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel.

Powers originally sent his letter to former Florida congressman Allen West. West then posted the letter to his news website.

As of last week, at least 18 NFL player had protested the anthem by either kneeling during the anthem or raising their fists, according to USA Today Sports. UNQUOTE.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 01, 2017, 02:04:59 AM
http://www.ibtimes.com/what-happened-janaye-ervin-navy-punished-threatened-more-ex-sailor-says-exclusive-2464570
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 03, 2017, 07:52:54 PM
OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM....    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrl0w97ogHs&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 13, 2017, 10:39:11 PM
VIETNAM VET SURVIVING SPOUSE INFO....From: "Thomson, Lynda (FDNY)" <Lynda.Thomson@fdny.nyc.gov> ....QUOTE..
Subject: Deceased Vietnam Veteran's Surviving Spouse
Date: January 12, 2017 at 12:28:14 PM EST
To: "Thomson, Lynda (FDNY)" <Lynda.Thomson@fdny.nyc.gov>

Happy holiday's and good wishes to all as we start this New Year.
I've been notified about a second part affiliated with The United States of America's Vietnam Veteran War Commemoration Certificate of Honor Program.

We received phone call in regards to Deceased Members.

Kindly look to Paragraph Four
Deceased Vietnam Veteran's Surviving Spouse.

If anyone knows of a Deceased Member would you kindly follow these guidelines.

Have them email the following information to:
FireOps@fdny.nyc.gov
In the SUBJECT MATTER YOU MUST LIST: Deceased Vietnam Veteran's Surviving Spouse
Information required :
Deceased Member's Exact spelling of name;
Where member served on active duty
Branch of service
Period of time served
Address where Certificate and Pin can be mailed.

Please be advised that we will not be mailing these items out immediately upon receipt of the required information.

Thank you for your assistance and patience.
Please feel free to send this out to others you think can assist.

Respectfully
Lynda.
UNQUOTE.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 24, 2017, 01:10:00 AM
http://blog.theveteranssite.com/ghost-recon/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 01, 2017, 12:27:06 AM
Worth your time

QUOTE
Please take the time to read this e-mail in full! One in a thousand e-mails can really affect you and this is one.
It makes me so proud to be an American

Subject: AN AIRLINE CAPTAIN'S REPORT:


AN AIRLINE CAPTAIN'S REPORT

The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it.....
The American flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died serving it."

AIRLINE CAPTAIN - You will not regret reading this one. I Promise

My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this
flight." (H.R. stands for Human Remains.)

"Are they military?" I asked.

'Yes', she said.

'Is there an escort?' I asked.

'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat'.

'Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him
early," I said...

A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was
the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I
asked him about his soldier.

The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still
alive and still with us. 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia ,' he
said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.

I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told
him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the
work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first
officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight
Deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful
departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the
lead flight attendant in the cabin.

'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on
board', she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother,
wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father
home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container
that the soldier was in before we left.

We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four
hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia . The father of the
soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the
cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the
family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything
that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family
wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off
the airplane.

I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked
me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I
would get back to her.

Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail
like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight
dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the
operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the
dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the
situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted.
He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to
get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text
message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the
dispatcher and the following is the text:

'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on
this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated
escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the
ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a
secondary van for the family.

The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the
terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area
for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will
be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded
for the final leg home.

Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our
condolences on to the family. Thanks.

I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I
printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on
to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me,
'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'

Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After
landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is
huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area
with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we
entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that
all traffic was being held for us.

'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked
like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the
seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family
from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the
copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate
to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp
controller said, 'Take your time.'

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public
address button and said: 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain
speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement.
We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name
is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX s
under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant
XXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your
entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to
allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown
procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found
the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I
was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft
stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.

When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started
to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the
entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank
you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made
their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down
to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.

Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had
made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over
again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.

I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices
that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and
safety in these United States of AMERICA.

Foot note:

I know everyone who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me.
Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it! Please send this on after
a short prayer for our service men and women.

Don't break it!

They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and
respect.

Prayer Request:

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our
troops around the world... There is nothing attached. Just send this to
people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts
you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in
harm's way, prayer is the very best one.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!
UNQUOTE
Thank you all who have served, or are serving. We Will NOT FORGET !!!!





Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 02, 2017, 03:46:01 AM
Thank You President Trump...   https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-makes-unannounced-trip-honor-fallen-navy-seal-203926513--politics.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 03, 2017, 08:43:52 AM

When the Music Stopped...

(For those who are unaware:  At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.)

This is written from a Chaplain in Iraq:

I recently attended a showing of 'Spiderman 3' here at  LSA Anaconda.        We have a large auditorium that we use for movies as well as memorial        services and other large gatherings.
 
As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when The National Anthem began before the main feature.

All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.

Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-to-22-year-olds back in the States?   I imagine that there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin.   Of course, that is, only if they had stood for The National Anthem in the first place.

Here in Iraq 1,000 soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward.   The music started again, and the soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention.   Again, though, at the same point, the music stopped.   What would you expect 1,000 soldiers standing at attention to do?   Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start.

No!!. . . You could have heard a pin drop while every soldier continued to stand at attention.

Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off:  "And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.   Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq, and I wanted you to know what kind of U.S. Soldiers are serving you!   Remember them as they fight for us!

Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad.   Many have already paid the ultimate price.

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins, LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad.   Please share only if you are so inclined.   God Bless America and all of our troops serving throughout the world.
 

 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 03, 2017, 03:49:45 PM
This video is very moving……they were all hero's ! Semper Fi, Dave
 
Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger.
 
On November 5, 1944, Deen's squadron participated in a raid on Manila where his plane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser.
 
Deen was killed. The Avenger's pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex.

Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it.
 
It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. Military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.

http://loyceedeen.webstarts.com/uploads/GoingHome.mp4
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 03, 2017, 10:48:06 PM
Thank you, Chief.

Can you imagine that:  there was once a time when there was so much more to life than "I, Myself and Me".  How quaint that Honor, Sacrifice and Devotion to Duty should have been a "lifestyle" before we became aware that "self", "acquisition of 'things'" and "individuality" are the ultimate reasons of life.

We should pray in thankfulness every day - and several times every day, at that - that there are still men and women willing to pick up the slack whether in military or civilian uniform or working in the national interest in the Intel Community, Department of State, as Legal Attaches or any efforts protecting and promoting the United States of America in the world arena.

As an aside, I think that it would be wonderful was there a move to force the political will to demand three or four years of public service in the military or any other USG department or agency of anyone capable of performing any type of civilian employment.  Without National Service, one gets no driver's license, no Social Security or other government benefits, no ability to have a bank or brokerage account or anything else.  Period, end of the line, that's all she wrote.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 22, 2017, 05:00:03 PM
http://trihamletnews.com/legless-marine-graduate-suffolk-county-police-department/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 07, 2017, 11:16:00 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/07/pow-story-angels-bataan-army-nurses-is-one-greatest-wwii-stories-never-told.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/07/pow-story-angels-bataan-army-nurses-is-one-greatest-wwii-stories-never-told.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on April 18, 2017, 09:14:13 AM
Rest in peace, hoping for a full recovery for the injured: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/17/black-hawk-helicopter-crashes-on-maryland-golf-course.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 26, 2017, 03:52:27 AM
SORRY THE PHOTOS DID NOT TAKE BUT THE NAMES ARE HERE...REMEMBER THESE AMERICANS...Do you remember these men? Some of my elder friends will…the younger generation may have trouble knowing who these people were. But, as stated at the end of this email,  how many of today's Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan.
 
  cid:14780143575818b595e5968603863633@donpowellshow.com
George Gobel comedian,  taught fighter pilots in the Army Air Corps.  Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said, "The Japs didn't get past us!"

cid:14780143575818b595e60ab334190696@donpowellshow.com
Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS.  Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. Was awarded the Silver Star.

cid:14780143575818b595e67b7094344693@donpowellshow.com
James Stewart, US Army Air Corps.  Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.

cid:14780143575818b595e6eb9153746806@donpowellshow.com
Ernest Borgnine, US Navy.  Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton.

cid:14780143575818b595e75c1150856316@donpowellshow.com
Ed McMahon, US Marines.  Fighter Pilot.  (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)

cid:14780143575818b595e7cdc700180816@donpowellshow.com
Telly Savalas, US Army.

cid:14780143575818b595e83f3938497812@donpowellshow.com
Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

cid:14780143575818b595e8b05522489347@donpowellshow.com
Steve Forrest, US Army.  Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.

cid:14780143575818b595e9219563329840@donpowellshow.com
Jonathan Winters, USMC.  Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard.  Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa.

cid:14780143575818b595e993e483074849@donpowellshow.com
Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.
 
cid:14780143575818b595ea06e473849166@donpowellshow.com
Kirk Douglas, US Navy.  Sub-chaser in the Pacific.  Wounded in action and medically discharged.

cid:14780143575818b595ea7a3946345505@donpowellshow.com
Robert Mitchum, US Army.

cid:14780143575818b595eaed2318928056@donpowellshow.com
Dale Robertson, US Army.  Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton.  Wounded twice.  Battlefield Commission.

cid:14780143575818b595eb621934245367@donpowellshow.com
Henry Fonda, US Navy.  Destroyer USS Satterlee.

cid:14780143575818b595ebd86932374090@donpowellshow.com
John Carroll, US Army Air Corps.  Pilot in North Africa.  Broke his back in a crash.

cid:14780143575818b595ec4c8955070455@donpowellshow.com
Lee Marvin US Marines.  Sniper.  Wounded in action on Saipan.  Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis.

cid:14780143575818b595ecc1c122699026@donpowellshow.com
Art Carney, US Army.  Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day.  Limped for the rest of his life.

cid:14780143575818b595ed390328772607@donpowellshow.com
Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex.  Downed seven Japanese fighters.

cid:14780143575818b595edb19596887634@donpowellshow.com
Rod Steiger, US Navy.  Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.

cid:14780143575818b595ee292465812104@donpowellshow.comcid:14780143575818b595eea0e439680685@donpowellshow.com
Tony Curtis, US Navy.  Sub tender USS Proteus.  In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan.

cid:14780143575818b595ef185240221400@donpowellshow.com
Larry Storch.  US Navy.  Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis.

cid:14780143575818b595ef90e440629647@donpowellshow.com
Forrest Tucker, US Army.  Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.

cid:14780143575818b595f00a0158937120@donpowellshow.com
Robert Montgomery, US Navy.

cid:14780143575818b595f0828412150289@donpowellshow.com
George Kennedy, US Army.  Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years.

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Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton.  Bronze Star.

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Denver Pyle, US Navy.  Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal.  Medically discharged.

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Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps.

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DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps.

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Robert Stack, US Navy.  Gunnery Officer.

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Neville Brand, US Army, Europe.  Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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Tyrone Power, US Marines.  Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

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Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps.  Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians.

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Danny Aiello, US Army.  Lied about his age to enlist at 16.  Served three years.

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James Arness, US Army.  As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy.

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Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army.  Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest.

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Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.

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Rod Serling.  US Army.  11th Airborne Division in the Pacific.  He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila.

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Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps.  Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater.

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William Holden, US Army Air Corps.

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Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.
 
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Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps.  B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines.

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William Conrad, US Army Air Corps.  Fighter Pilot.

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Jack Klugman, US Army.

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Frank Sutton, US Army.  Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.

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Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps.  Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.

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Tom Bosley, US Navy.

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Claude Akins, US Army.  Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines.

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Chuck Connors, US Army.  Tank-warfare instructor.

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Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.

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Mel Brooks, US Army.  Combat Engineer.  Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps.  B-24 Co-Pilot.

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Pat Hingle, US Navy.  Destroyer USS Marshall

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Fred Gwynne, US Navy.  Radioman.

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Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps.  8th Air Force, NCO

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Earl Holliman.  US Navy.  Lied about his age to enlist.  Discharged after a year when they Navy found out.

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Rock Hudson, US Navy.  Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines.

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Harvey Korman, US Navy.

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Aldo Ray.  US Navy.  UDT frogman, Okinawa.

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Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater.

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Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.

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Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy.  Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa.

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Soupy Sales, US Navy.  Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.

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Lee Van Cleef, US Navy.  Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

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Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific.  Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

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Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers.

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Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945  101st Airborne Division.

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Don Adams.  US Marines.  Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor.

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James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.

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Brian Keith, US Marines.  Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.

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Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines.  Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.

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Charles Durning.  US Army.  Landed at Normandy on D-Day.  Shot multiple times.  Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts.   Survived the Malmedy Massacre in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Raymond Burr, US Navy.  Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged.

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Hugh O'Brian, US Marines.

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Robert Ryan, US Marines.

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Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard.  Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa.

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Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps.  B-17 gunner over Europe.

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Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps.  B-29 gunner, wounded in action.

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Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps.

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Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

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Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.

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Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps.  Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber.

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Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps.  Intelligence Officer

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Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard.  Coast Guard.  Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.

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Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.

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Jason Robards, US Navy.  was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal.  Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.

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Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines.

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Dennis Weaver, US Navy.  Pilot.

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Robert Taylor, US Navy.  Instructor Pilot.

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Randolph Scott.  Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.

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Ronald Reagan.  US Army.  Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war.  His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.

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John Wayne.  Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps), so he gets honorable mention.

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And of course we have Audie Murphy, America's most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.
 
Would someone please remind me again how many of today's Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan?  The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals football team to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001.  He serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004.  But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers.
 
 
My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort. Like millions of Americans during the WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn't question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw.  They took it as their "responsibility", their "duty" to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come. I'm forever humbly in their debt.
 
This will remind you of what real men were like.
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on April 26, 2017, 08:30:16 AM
Thanks Chief for the post of famous people in the military post who served in our military.  Unfortunately, we live in a different era.  Few Americans, especially Hollywood people, can relate to service to help others or service to our country.  There are some remarkable celebrities from the past who risked their lives serving in our armed forces.


Jimmy Stewart - famous actor - Hollywood 2 Academy Awards - military 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 3 Air Medals:

     Born to the owner of a hardware store, Jimmy Stewart dodged continuing the family business to become one of the most prolific actors of this time. Stewart was shy as a child and was interested in aviation, but his father discouraged him from attending the U.S. Naval Academy and guided him towards Princeton. It was at Princeton that Stewart became involved in acting, and began a career as a stage actor.

     During the depression, cinema houses were taking over stage plays, and Stewart experienced difficulty finding work. However, he eventually made the switch to Hollywood and began working in cinema. He worked on films such as Destry Rides Again, The Shop Around the Corner, and Pot o' Gold. During this time, Stewart realized his passion for aviation by logging over 400 hours of flight time as a pilot.

     When the U.S. entered World War II, Stewart was drafted into the Army but was rejected because he was underweight for his height. He worked with colleagues to put on the necessary pounds, and successfully enlisted with the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Moffett Field, California as an enlisted man. During his nine months of training at that base, he also took extension courses with the idea of obtaining a commission.

     His college degree and extensive flight time played to his favor, and he received his commission after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Because he had logged over 400 hours as a civilian, he was permitted to take basic flight training at Moffett and earned his pilot wings. During the next nine months, he instructed in AT-6, AT-9, and B-17 aircraft and flew bombardiers in the training school at Albuquerque, N.M. In the fall of 1943, Stewart went to England as Commanding Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron, equipped with B-24s.

    He began flying combat missions and on March 31, 1944, was appointed Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group and, subsequently, Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat wing, 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Corps. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the Army Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23, 1959. He also volunteered for service in Vietnam.

    When Stewart returned to acting after the war, he continued on his career as a top actor, starring in movies like It's a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, and The Spirit of St. Louis. Upon retiring, he had accumulated 12 civilian and military medals, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and numerous Lifetime Achievement awards from different institutes. He passed away in 1997.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on April 26, 2017, 08:42:36 AM
Ted Williams - Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox baseball player - US Marine Corps pilot - MLB last player to bat .400 - USMC 39 combat missions,  3 Air Medals, Navy Unit commendation, Presidential Medal of Freedom, American and Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal

"'As good a Marine as he was a ballplayer'   By Jonathan Mayo   MLB.com

Unlike many athletes who were pressed into military service, Williams was involved in active combat during the Korean War. Flying a total of 39 missions, he lost part of his hearing and survived many extremely dangerous situations. He also became close friends with another fellow Marine pilot.

"Some people came back in from the sports world who were put to work as coaches for the baseball teams or something like that," said John Glenn, who of course went on to greater fame with NASA and the U.S. Senate. "Ted was not that way. Ted fit right in. He was a Marine pilot just like the rest of us and did a great job."

Williams' military career began during World War II...He missed the next three baseball seasons, spending his time studying and learning how to fly. As he did with baseball, he excelled at his new craft. During his training, he set records for hits, shooting from wingovers, zooms and barrel rolls. He also set a still-standing student gunnery record, in reflexes, coordination and visual reaction time.

He never got called into active combat and was discharged in December of 1945. He returned to the Red Sox for the 1946 season, picking up where he left off. It would be seven years before his military career would continue.  Williams was called from the inactive reserves in 1952 to fight in the Korean War. He arrived in Korea in February 1953 as a member of the first Marine Air Wing. It was then he began his friendship with Glenn.

"By luck of the draw, we went to Korea at the same time," Glenn said. "We were in the same squadron there. What they did at that time, they teamed up a reservist with a regular to fly together most of the time just because the regular Marine pilots normally had more instrument flying experience and things like that. So Ted and I were scheduled together. Ted flew as my wingman on about half the missions he flew in Korea."

This wasn't a goodwill tour. Williams got hit on several occasions, managing to escape death each time.

"Once, he was on fire and had to belly land the plane back in," Glenn said. "He slid it in on the belly. It came up the runway about 1,500 feet before he was able to jump out and run off the wingtip.

"Another time he was hit in the wingtip tank when I was flying with him. So he was a very active combat pilot, and he was an excellent pilot and I give him a lot of credit."

So did the American public, who gave Williams a hero's welcome upon his return to baseball at the end of the 1953 season. Williams, however, didn't really understand the what all the commotion was about.

"Everybody tries to make a hero out of me over the Korean thing," Williams once said. "I was no hero. There were maybe 75 pilots in our two squadrons and 99 percent of them did a better job than I did. But I liked flying. It was the second-best thing that ever happened to me. If I hadn't had baseball to come back to, I might have gone on as a Marine pilot."

There wouldn't have been any complaints from the Marines, least of all from his squadron leader.

"Much as I appreciate baseball, Ted to me will always be a Marine fighter pilot," Glenn said. "He did a great job as a pilot. Ted was a gung-ho Marine." "



Note:  Ted Williams frequently expressed his desire to be a firefighter:  "That's the life, being a fireman.  It sure beats being a ballplayer. I'd rather be a fireman.''
Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox 1940


https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/remembering-ted-williams-marine-fighter-pilot
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on April 26, 2017, 08:52:01 AM
Yogi Berra - Hall of Fame MLB player and US Navy Seaman - MLB 10 World Championship rings, 3 MVPs, 15 years All Star - US Navy

As 19-year-old Second Class Seaman Lawrence P. Berra, he played a significant part in one of the war's most important campaigns, the Normandy Invasion (better known as D-Day).

"I sit and I thank the good lord I was in the Navy. We ate good, clean clothes, clean bed. You see some of these Army men, what they went through, that's the one I felt for."

Son of Italian immigrants Pietro and Paolina Berra, Lawrence Peter Berra grew up in St. Louis in an Italian neighborhood called "The Hill." His parents didn't know anything about baseball, but the local American Legion league set him on a path that would take him to the Hall of Fame. It was during his years in the American Legion that he earned the nickname Yogi when his friend, Bobby Hofman, said he looked like a Hindu yogi because of the way he sat with his arms and legs crossed when waiting to bat.

When Yogi turned 18, he put his baseball career on pause and joined the Navy in 1943. Trained as a gunner's mate, Yogi worked on a rocket launching boat and served on D-Day. He said about the invasion that "Being a young guy, you didn‘t think nothing of it until you got in it. And so we went off 300 yards off beach. We protect the troops." For the next twelve days his boat was ordered to shoot down enemy aircraft...He went on to serve in a second assault on France for which he received a medal from the French government.

Sixty years later, he received the Lone Sailor award from the U.S. Navy... The president and Navy Memorial CEO said, "Our honorees are living examples of how service to country changes lives and helps develop leaders."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on April 26, 2017, 08:59:58 AM
 Thanks "mack" for these GREAT Stories of two of America's most famous baseball players, as well as TRUE American Hero's, Ted Williams and Yogi Berra. I gotta pass these stories on to tell a few other guys about this.

 Thank you.

 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on April 26, 2017, 09:06:07 AM
Hollywood celebrities who served honorably:

Ed McMahon (Tonight Show, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Star Search) was a fighter pilot Marine in WW II, served in the Korean conflict, and retired as a Colonel. He later became a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard.

Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as a U. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.

Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.

James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) was a member of the Canadian Army. At the age of 19, Doohan joined the Canadian Army and saw action during World War II. He fought on the beach at Normandy on D-Day. While leading a group of soldiers, Doohan was shot several times, injuring him in the leg and chest. The chest wound could have proved fatal had it not been for a cigarette case in his shirt pocket. Doohan also lost one of his fingers.
 
Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down, held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.

David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy.

Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He attended the Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct. 28, 1942. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s.

Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant

Earnest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate

Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.

Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more specifically on B-29s in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.

George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.

Brian Keith served as a U.S. Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.

Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was wounded earning the Purple Heart.

John Russell: In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor at Guadalcanal.

Robert Ryan served in the Marines, stateside at Camp Pendleton for the duration of the war (this description has been officially authorized by the Robert Ryan family).

Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into, and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Audie Murphy, little 5'5" tall 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts? Along with Matt Urban, one of the most decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with "V", 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on April 26, 2017, 07:05:17 PM
This was sent to me by my friend, a retired USAF Brigadier.  I don’t know the source, but it deserves to be read.

This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his
kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine.
Interesting observation by this dad.  A very interesting
commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society.

"Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was
defending me.  Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming
conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a
member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name
very carefully. Sometimes I cry.

In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress
blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way.  John was
headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with
straight backs and flawless uniforms.  I did not.  I live in the
Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I
write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.

It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to
Georgetown and New York University. John's enlisting was unexpected,
so deeply unsettling.  I did not relish the prospect of answering the
question, "So where is John going to college?" from the parents who
were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going
to Harvard.  At the private high school John attended, no other
students were going into the military.

"But aren't the Marines terribly Southern?" (Says a lot about
open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while
standing next to me at the brunch following graduation.  "What a
waste, he was such a good student," said another parent.’ One parent
(a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a
school meeting and suggested that the school should

“carefully evaluate what went wrong."

When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island,
3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands.  We parents
and our Marines not only were of many races but also were
representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived
crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus.  John told me that a
lot of parents could not afford the trip.

We in the audience were white and Native American.  We were Hispanic,
Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing
the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with
battles' names.  We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads
from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and
white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos.  We
would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents
gathered on the lawns of John’s private school a half-year before.

After graduation one new Marine told John, "Before I was a Marine, if
I had ever seen you on my block I would've probably killed you just
because you were standing there." This was a serious statement from
one of John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who,
as John said, "would die for me now, just like I'd die for him."

My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish
and insular to experience before.  I feel closer to the waitress at
our local diner than to some of my oldest friends.  She has two sons
in the Corps.  They are facing the same dangers as my boy.  When the
guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it.
His younger brother is in the Navy.

Why were I and the other parents at my son's private school so
surprised by his choice?  During World War II, the sons and daughters
of the most powerful and educated families did their bit.  If the idea
of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky
enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our
children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?

Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists?  Is the
world a safe place?  Or have we just gotten used to having somebody
else defend us?  What is the future of our democracy when the sons and
daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more
likely to be put in harm’s way than are any of the students whose
dorms their parents clean?

I feel shame because it took my son's joining the Marine Corps to make
me take notice of who is defending me.  I feel hope because perhaps my
son is part of a future "greatest generation."  As the storm clouds of
war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in
uniform in the eye.  My son is one of them.  He is the best I have to
offer.  John is my heart.

“Faith is not about everything turning out OK;

Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 30, 2017, 03:44:48 PM
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/veteran_faces_21_years_in_prison_for_possession_of_pistol_magazines.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 30, 2017, 04:11:34 PM
http://theerant.yuku.com/topic/91476/Fifty-Years-Bloodiest-Battles-Vietnam-Survivors-Gather#.WQY_blLMw1k
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: FDNY793727 on April 30, 2017, 11:13:36 PM
I don't mean to post too many links, but there's a few stories I want to make people aware of (RIP to the three soldiers). 2 Army Rangers from 3/75 killed in an Afghanistan raid, possibly from friendly fire: http://abcnews.go.com/International/army-rangers-killed-friendly-fire-afghanistan/story?id=47086092

82nd Airborne soldier killer by IED in Mosul: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-army-paratrooper-killed-in-iraq-identified-by-pentagon/article/2621728

Great job by the 106th Rescue Wing of the NY ANG. 7 PJs made a night jump to a ship 1,200 miles off of the East Coast to assist sailors that were burned: https://theaviationist.com/2017/04/27/dramatic-rescue-at-sea-u-s-air-force-pararescue-makes-night-jump-at-sea/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 02, 2017, 06:42:41 PM
https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-releases-combat-photographers-last-photos-before-fatal-explosion (https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-releases-combat-photographers-last-photos-before-fatal-explosion)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 05, 2017, 01:09:56 AM
https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/how-the-soldiers-of-outpost-harry-decimated-an-entire-chinese-division
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 09, 2017, 08:28:25 PM
https://thousandpointsofright.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-wall-and-fallen-veteran-who-saved.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 10, 2017, 12:24:02 AM
FDNY HONORS WW2 VETS....   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/fdny-honors-firefighters-fought-world-war-ii-article-1.3150922
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: saltyoldlt on May 10, 2017, 08:05:26 PM
Really nice ceremony yesterday. Felt honored to be a member of the FDNY. We Never Forget.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 19, 2017, 04:25:35 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/17/obama-doj-refused-hire-veterans-jobs-investigation/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 20, 2017, 10:48:23 PM
5-20-17 ARMED FORCES DAY 2017....NEVER FORGET !..... www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=armed+forces+day+2017


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on May 20, 2017, 11:12:50 PM
Not a word about the day in the media.  Thank you, Chief for posting this.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 20, 2017, 11:33:06 PM
   The USS Intrepid Air/Sea/Space museum located at pier 86, W. 46th  Street & 12th Ave (NYC)   has a new exhibit  dedicated to veterans of the Vietnam War.  This exhibit is located between the 2nd and 3rd elevators.  It  runs  through Oct 2017.
   Presently, admission to the museum is TOTALLY FREE to ALL veterans providing you have proof of service such as your DD-214, VA medical ID card, (NY) drivers license with the word "Veteran" in the upper left hand corner,  old military ID card, etc.
  It would be nice if you pass this on to any veterans you might know so that they visit this exhibit and the rest of the ship.
 
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 25, 2017, 08:02:18 PM
ON LINE PX ACESS FOR ALL HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETS.....   Anybody have any further info or thoughts on this ? ..... www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1049503/department-of-defense-extends-online-military-exchange-shopping-privileges-to-v/

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 26, 2017, 01:03:00 PM
ON LINE PX ACESS FOR ALL HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETS.....   Anybody have any further info or thoughts on this ? ..... www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1049503/department-of-defense-extends-online-military-exchange-shopping-privileges-to-v/


http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/defense-officials-approve-expanded-veterans-online-shopping-benefit (http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/defense-officials-approve-expanded-veterans-online-shopping-benefit)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/its-official-military-exchanges-plan-to-offer-online-access-to-veterans-by-nov-11 (http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/its-official-military-exchanges-plan-to-offer-online-access-to-veterans-by-nov-11)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on May 26, 2017, 01:46:37 PM
Chief - All veterans with honorable discharges will have on-line exchange privileges beginning November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day.  They must register.  All that is needed is Name, DOB and SSN.


     Site to register:   https://www.vetverify.org/


These are instructions from AAFES  site: https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans


It is easy.  Even Navy veterans should be able to follow instructions and register. 


This will enable on-line AAFES shopping - which is extensive and provides tax-free purchases.  On-base access to exchanges is still not permitted.  Access to military bases is a major security concern and varies from base to base.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: enginecap on May 26, 2017, 01:53:58 PM
Thank you for posting this!    I am verified and my wife is ready for Nov 11th
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 28, 2017, 08:44:45 PM
A Navy SEAL Team member died Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a demonstration over the Hudson River.


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/28/navy-parachutist-killed-after-chute-fails-during-fleet-week-show.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/28/navy-parachutist-killed-after-chute-fails-during-fleet-week-show.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 06, 2017, 06:02:21 PM
June 6, 1944  D DAY...   NEVER FORGET !....      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVU75AZ5gJU
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 06, 2017, 06:13:36 PM
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/d-day
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 07, 2017, 01:30:52 AM
PRESIDENT REAGAN HONORING THE WARRIORS IN 1984.....     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzP-xjkBROI
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 08, 2017, 12:07:30 AM
PRAYERS REQUIRED

https://www.navytimes.com/articles/update-no-sign-of-cruisers-overboard-sailor-search-widens?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Navy%20DNR%2006-07-17&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Navy%20-%20Daily%20News%20Roundup

UPDATE: No sign of cruiser's overboard sailor, search widens
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 18, 2017, 06:00:48 PM
A MILITARY DAUGHTER ON FATHERS DAY.....Daddy's Poem
Her hair was up in a ponytail,
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home;
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why, once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school ,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees, a dad
Who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in
Back, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seat.

One by one the teacher called
On a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
A man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
Another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher, who
Told her to go on..

And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.

"My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories,
He taught me to ride my bike;
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I'm not standing here alone.

'Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart;
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart"

With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.


And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was a right.

And when she dropped her hand back
Down, staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.


"I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.


You see he is an American Soldier
And he died just this past year,,
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Americans to fear.


But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.

And to her mother's amazement,
She witnessed with surprise,
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them;
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.

"I know you're with me Daddy,"
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for
a moment, by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
Send this to the people you'll never forget and remember to send it also to the person that sent it to you. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends.

Take the time....to live and love.

Until eternity

God Bless

There must be many children in the same boat as this little girl, thanks to our servicemen and their families for the sacrifice they are making to keep our country free.
 
The ULTIMATE sacrifice is being left behind. Don't forget them.
PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 25, 2017, 07:09:42 PM
In regard to reply #s 420..421..& 422 above concerning PX benefits  is anybody else having trouble registering ?
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 25, 2017, 07:26:10 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 26, 2017, 03:32:15 AM
THE SPARTAN PLEDGE W/RET FDNY FF DANNY PRINCE.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuCyZmCESdQ&sns=em
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 26, 2017, 08:59:18 PM
Yesterday, June 25, 2017, was the 21st Anniversary of the bombing of Khobar Towers, a high-rise complex which was used as housing for, primarily, U.S. Air Force personnel in Dharan, Saudi Arabia during Operation Southern Watch.  Nineteen U.S. military personnel and one Saudi citizen were killed when the truck bomb detonated. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 10, 2017, 04:36:25 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-stopping-pick-marines-hat-blown-wind-presidents/story?id=48528095
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 11, 2017, 09:11:32 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/11/marine-aircraft-disaster-fbi-seeks-answers-in-mississippi-crash-that-killed-at-least-16.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/11/marine-aircraft-disaster-fbi-seeks-answers-in-mississippi-crash-that-killed-at-least-16.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 12, 2017, 04:33:47 AM
https://vimeo.com/217405571
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 12, 2017, 04:54:42 AM
This 1967 true story is of an experience by a young 12 year old boy in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is about the vivid memory of a privately rebuilt P-51 from WWII and its famous owner/pilot.

In the morning sun, I could not believe my eyes. There, in our little airport, sat a majestic P-51. They said it had flown in during the night from some U.S. Airport, on its way to an air show. The pilot had been tired, so he just happened to choose Kingston for his stop over. It was to take to the air very soon. I marveled at the size of the plane, dwarfing the Pipers and Canucks tied down by her. It was much larger than in the movies. She glistened in the sun like a bulwark of security from days gone by.

The pilot arrived by cab, paid the driver, and then stepped into the pilot's lounge. He was an older man; his wavy hair was gray and tossed. It looked like it might have been combed, say, around the turn of the century. His flight jacket was checked, creased and worn - it smelled old and genuine. Old Glory was prominently sewn to its shoulders. He projected a quiet air of proficiency and pride devoid of arrogance. He filed a quick flight plan to Montreal ("Expo-67 Air Show") then walked across the tarmac.

After taking several minutes to perform his walk-around check, the tall, lanky man returned to the flight lounge to ask if anyone would be available to stand by with fire extinguishers while he "flashed the old bird up, just to be safe." Though only 12 at the time I was allowed to stand by with an extinguisher after brief instruction on its use -- "If you see a fire, point, then pull this lever!", he said. (I later became a firefighter, but that's another story.) The air around the exhaust manifolds shimmered like a mirror from fuel fumes as the huge prop started to rotate. One manifold, then another, and yet another barked -- I stepped back with the others. In moments the Packard -built Merlin engine came to life with a thunderous roar. Blue flames knifed from her manifolds with an arrogant snarl. I looked at the others' faces; there was no concern. I lowered the bell of my extinguisher. One of the guys signaled to walk back to the lounge. We did. Several minutes later we could hear the pilot doing his pre-flight
run-up. He'd taxied to the end of runway 19, out of sight. All went quiet for several seconds. We ran to the second story deck to see if we could catch a glimpse of the P-51 as she started down the runway. We could not. There we stood, eyes fixed to a spot half way down 19. Then a roar ripped across the field, much louder than before. Like a furious hell spawn set loose -- something mighty this way was coming. "Listen to that thing!" said the controller.

In seconds the Mustang burst into our line of sight. It's tail was already off the runway and it was moving faster than anything I'd ever seen by that point on 19. Two-thirds the way down 19 the Mustang was airborne with her gear going up. The prop tips were supersonic. We clasped our ears as the Mustang climbed hellishly fast into the circuit to be eaten up by the dog-day haze. We stood for a few moments, in stunned silence, trying to digest what we'd just seen.
The radio controller rushed by me to the radio. "Kingston tower calling Mustang?" He looked back to us as he waited for an acknowledgment. The radio crackled, "Go ahead, Kingston." "Roger, Mustang. Kingston tower would like to advise the circuit is clear for a low level pass." I stood in shock because the controller had just, more or less, asked the pilot to return for an impromptu air show! The controller looked at us. "Well, What?" He asked. "I can't let that guy go without asking. I couldn't forgive myself!"   

The radio crackled once again, "Kingston, do I have permission for a low level pass, east to west, across the field?" "Roger, Mustang, the circuit is clear for an east to west pass." "Roger, Kingston, I'm coming out of 3,000 feet, stand by."
We rushed back onto the second-story deck, eyes fixed toward the eastern haze. The sound was subtle at first, a high-pitched whine, a muffled screech, a distant scream. Moments later the P-51 burst through the haze. Her airframe straining against positive G's and gravity. Her wing tips spilling contrails of condensed air, prop-tips again supersonic. The burnished bird blasted across the eastern margin of the field shredding and tearing the air. At about 500 mph and 150 yards from where we stood she passed with the old American pilot saluting. Imagine. A salute! I felt like laughing; I felt like crying; she glistened; she screamed; the building shook; my heart pounded. Then the old pilot pulled her up and rolled, and rolled, and rolled out of sight into the broken clouds and indelible into my memory.

I've never wanted to be an American more than on that day! It was a time when many nations in the world looked to America as their big brother. A steady and even-handed beacon of security who navigated difficult political water with grace and style; not unlike the old American pilot
who'd just flown into my memory. He was proud, not arrogant, humble, not a braggart, old and honest, projecting an aura of America at its best.

That America will return one day! I know it will! Until that time, I'll just send off this story. Call it a loving reciprocal salute to a Country, and especially to that old American pilot: the late-JIMMY STEWART  (1908-1997), Actor, real WWII Hero (Commander of a US Army Air Force Bomber Wing stationed in England), and a USAF Reserves Brigadier General, who wove a wonderfully fantastic memory for a young Canadian boy that's lasted a lifetime.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on July 12, 2017, 08:05:22 AM
Thanks Chief for making me tear up this morning! Great Story!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CVILLE 7111 on July 18, 2017, 09:15:50 AM
http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/ftrStory.asp?issue=3&id=101444
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 21, 2017, 04:29:18 PM

USN SEAL MIKE MONSOOR, RESPECT DUE !


Mike Monsoor,

Was Awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" Last Week,

For Giving His Life In Iraq , As He Jumped On, And Covered With His Body, A Live Hand Grenade,


Saving The Lives Of A Large Group Of Navy Seals That Was Passing By!

During Mike Monsoor's Funeral,

At Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , In San Diego , California ..

The Six Pallbearers Removed The Rosewood Casket From The Hearse,

And Lined Up On Each Side Of Mike Monsoor's Casket,

Were His Family Members, Friends, Fellow Sailors, And Well-wishers.

The Column Of People Continued From The Hearse, All The Way To The Grave Site.

What The Group Didn't Know At The Time Was,

Every Navy Seal

(45 To Be Exact)

That Mike Monsoor Saved That Day Was Scattered Through-Out The Column!

As The Pallbearers Carried The Rosewood Casket

Down The Column Of People To The Grave Side.

The Column Would Collapse..

Which Formed A Group Of People That Followed Behind.

Every Time The Rosewood Casket Passed A Navy Seal,

He Would Remove His Gold Trident Pin From His Uniform,

And Slap It Down Hard,

Causing The Gold Trident Pin To Embed Itself

Into The Top Of The Wooden Casket!

Then The Navy Seal Would Step Back From The Column, And Salute!

Now For Those,

Who Don't Know What A Trident Pin Is,

Here Is The Definition!

After One Completes The Basic Navy Seals Program Which Lasts For Three Weeks,

And Is Followed By Seal Qualification Training,

Which Is 15 More Weeks Of Training,

Necessary To Continue Improving Basic Skills And To Learn New Tactics And Techniques,

Required For An Assignment To A Navy Seal Platoon.

After successful completion,

Trainees Are Given Their Naval Enlisted Code,

And Are Awarded The Navy Seal Trident Pin.

With This Gold Pin They Are Now Officially Navy Seals!

It Was Said,

That You Could Hear Each Of The 45 Slaps From Across The Cemetery!

By The Time The Rosewood Casket Reached The Grave Site,

It Looked As Though It Had A Gold Inlay From The 45 Trident Pins That Lined The Top!



This Was A Fitting End To An Eternal Send-Off For A Warrior Hero!

This Should Be Front-Page News!

Instead Of The Garbage We Listen To And See Every Day.
~
Here's A Good Idea!

Since The Main Stream Media Won't Make This News.

Then We Choose To Make It News By Passing It On .
~
I Am Proud Of All The Branches Of Our Military..





Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 31, 2017, 05:10:18 PM
PRES TRUMP PRESENTS MOH TO VIETNAM VET.....  https://www.google.com/search?q=PRESIDENT+TRUMP+PRESENTS+MOH+TO+VIETNAM+VET&oq=PRESIDENT+TRUMP+PRESENTS+MOH+TO+VIETNAM+VET&gs_l=psy-ab.12...15891.20747.0.23409.14.14.0.0.0.0.190.1117.7j4.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..3.0.0.Icw1kUwk8bM
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 01, 2017, 11:34:21 PM
FIRE TRUCKS AT WAR....    http://www.firetrucks-atwar.com/v.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 02, 2017, 03:51:52 AM
http://affr.homestead.com/untitled7.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: STAjo on August 03, 2017, 01:21:34 AM
FIRE TRUCKS AT WAR....    http://www.firetrucks-atwar.com/v.html

 Great Stuff, Chief ! Thanks,   8)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 03, 2017, 02:28:51 AM
I am not sure if this story is really Uniting America but RESPECT DUE to the MOH Recipients...   http://nypost.com/2017/08/02/the-vietnam-war-is-finally-uniting-america/
Title: DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO QUALIFIES? SPREAD THE WORD.
Post by: manhattan on August 03, 2017, 11:23:40 PM
https://www.armytimes.com/education-transition/education/2017/08/02/new-gi-bill-passes-senate/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Army%20DNR%2008-02-17&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Army%20-%20Daily%20News%20Roundup

New GI Bill passes Senate
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: jking7 on August 04, 2017, 10:26:38 AM
Chief, had issue opening your link
Hope this is the video you posted  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPKpIuX3cY

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 04, 2017, 07:02:27 PM
A recent link ? which one ? or what reply # did i post it in....the Deck Of Cards is not a recent one.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 05, 2017, 06:16:45 PM
PRAYERS FOR THE MISSING.....  http://nypost.com/2017/08/05/search-effort-underway-after-marine-aircraft-mishap-off-australia/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 23, 2017, 01:23:03 AM

Subject: Living in a Military Town
 
Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently  encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces, and 6th Army Rangers.
 
My home is exactly 5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB. Most folks in the USA don't live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in uniform walking the streets and jets over head daily. They go on with their lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about. And that's OK .... but I want to share with you what it's like to live in a Military Town. We see guys in uniform all the time, we have state of the art, high performance aircraft in the air nearby all day long. We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22, or F-35 streaks over the house ..... and we read in the local paper, some times daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in combat in the Middle East. And that is what brings me to the reason for this email.
 
Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area. He was killed on April 8, 2017 while fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. In January of this year, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. He promised his adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School graduation. He didn't make it. But she went to graduation anyway. And in the audience were eighty (80) US 7th Army Special Forces soldiers from her dad's unit in full Parade Dress Uniform. Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well.
 
And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP. And when she was presented her diploma they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED , WHISTLED .... and YES, CRIED. Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered. Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad ..... but she had 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his place.
 
I just wanted to share this moment with you ..... and remind you that THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN. THIS is the real America we all love ..... and I'm proud to be part of it. May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much. (Take a second to pass this along to someone you know. It's the least we can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces, United States Army.)
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: JOR176 on August 23, 2017, 09:55:24 AM
Outstanding    God bless America.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on August 23, 2017, 02:03:11 PM
Thank you Chief.  Wherever we live should be "military towns".  God bless America. 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 06, 2017, 04:23:46 PM
http://www.historynet.com/uncle-sams-flying-fire-trucks.htm (http://www.historynet.com/uncle-sams-flying-fire-trucks.htm)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on October 13, 2017, 04:02:15 AM
USS COLE ...NEVER FORGET ! ...    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cole_bombing
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: ******* on October 13, 2017, 02:12:56 PM
October 13,1775 the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. So, Happy 242nd birthday USN, may there be endless more.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 16, 2017, 01:22:02 PM
Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty in desertion case


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/16/bowe-bergdahl-pleads-guilty-in-desertion-case.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/16/bowe-bergdahl-pleads-guilty-in-desertion-case.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 23, 2017, 08:22:14 PM
Former Vietnam medic Gary Rose awarded Medal of Honor


https://twitter.com/i/moments/922580010359144448 (https://twitter.com/i/moments/922580010359144448)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on October 23, 2017, 09:22:15 PM
An extraordinary story of valor, integrity and self-sacrifice.  As are the stories of all MOH awardees.  I agree with Gen. Kelly: today's real one per cent are those who serve.  The "one per cent" of that one percent are the MOH holders.  The most highly honored are those veterans who inhabit Arlington and other cemeteries across our great nation.  And Capt. Rose's contributions continue to this day.  If children, youth or others are wanting for "role models", forget sports players, most politicians, "social media stars" and others.  Look no further than Capt. Gary Rose, his fellow Awardees and those who serve with honor.

I agree also with Senator McCain who decried the fact that not all are required to be in service to their nation.  My personal belief is that it need not be military service.  VISTA, the Peace Corps, fire, police or social service, National Park Service, Government Accountability Office, Veterans Affairs, hospitals and a thousand other service options are available and should be made available, on a mandatory basis - no exemptions, no deferments - to every man and woman capable of future employment.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 10, 2017, 04:56:10 AM
242nd USMC BIRTHDAY..SEMPER FI !....   https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/2017/11/242nd-marine-corps-birthday-message-commandant-marine-corps
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on November 10, 2017, 02:10:13 PM
Happy birthday United States Marine Corps.

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JQ0bzoOgrM
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on November 17, 2017, 06:57:12 PM
GENE SIMMONS MILITARY TRIBUTE....   https://www.youtube.com/embed/5MtdIO23MKM
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 17, 2017, 07:39:46 PM
https://twitter.com/i/moments/931618117876436994 (https://twitter.com/i/moments/931618117876436994)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on November 17, 2017, 08:31:05 PM
Go Navy!!  Anyone wanna hire a newly unemployed ex-Navy jet jockey?
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on November 25, 2017, 04:27:31 PM
RIP - sailors lost in crash.

     https://nypost.com/2017/11/25/navy-identifies-sailors-missing-after-plane-crash/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 02, 2017, 07:07:55 PM
http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2017/12/02/six-101st-airborne-division-soldiers-receive-soldiers-medal-response-helicopter-crash/ (http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2017/12/02/six-101st-airborne-division-soldiers-receive-soldiers-medal-response-helicopter-crash/)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 16, 2017, 08:59:28 PM
MORE STOLEN VALOR....    http://lerant.proboards.com/thread/9443/decorated-green-beret-total-fraud
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 23, 2017, 01:19:13 PM
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-gas-explosion-20171223-story.html (http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-gas-explosion-20171223-story.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 08, 2018, 05:08:48 PM
http://abc7ny.com/society/cadet-from-nyc-honored-for-actions-during-london-terror-attack/2913047/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on January 09, 2018, 09:56:57 PM
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, 24, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died Jan. 8 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on February 05, 2018, 08:57:38 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/nyregion/four-chaplains-sacrifice.html?ref=todayspaper

Remembering the Four Chaplains and Their Ultimate Sacrifice
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 24, 2018, 07:33:42 PM
THE "DOCUMENTARY".......This is by far the very best critique I've read of Ken Burns' recent documentary on Vietnam. It's a bit long but this guy Garlock is a great writer.
Worth the five minutes to read. Well written and long overdue.

Propagandists masquerading as historians
by Terry Garlock
Scheduled for publication Wed, Jan 31 in The Citizen, a local Fayette County, GA newspaper

I was only one of many Vietnam veterans who wrote opinion columns criticizing the Vietnam War film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, opining their work seemed more like propaganda than history. In doing so I occasionally used “Burns” as shorthand for the pair, to which Ms. Novick emailed me her objection. She is correct, I should consistently include her name as co-producer because she is equally culpable in the hit piece they brazenly call a documentary.
So, Ms. Novick and Mr. Burns, this is for you. My back-handed compliment is that your wholly inaccurate film is a slick rationalization for aging Americans who, decades ago, loudly encouraged our enemy while we were killing each other in combat. For those harboring doubts about actively opposing us in their youth while we served our country in a war, your film may have supplied just the soothing salve they need.
You bent the truth in your film too far, too consistently, too repetitively, and omitted too much to leave any room for me to believe those errors, omissions, distortions, half-truths and complete falsehoods were remotely accidental.
Like a house of distorted mirrors, you portrayed the murderous and avowed Stalinist Ho Chi Minh as a nationalist driven by reunification of North and South Vietnam rather than his real commitment to Communist conquest of free South Vietnam. Your film repeatedly depicted the war as unwinnable, the North Vietnamese cause as just, war crimes between the two sides as morally equivalent, American troops as victims, South Vietnamese as mere bit players, all that and much more of your content completely opposite of the truth. You selected for dominant interviews from the tiny percentage of American combat veterans with a grievance who joined the protestors when they returned home.
I cannot know the motivation in your hearts, but I have the stark impression that your plan from the very beginning was to delegitimize America’s role in the war and justify the anti-war left by very selectively emphasizing negatives and minimizing positives to shape the film’s message to your liking.
There is a tragic irony in protests by the anti-war left and your justification for them. The noble cause of the Vietnam War was trying to stop the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia, especially important given the hegemony of China in the region. Even so, while we answered our country’s call and honorably performed our difficult duty, leadership in the White House and Pentagon created a patchwork of micromanagement and idiotic war-fighting limitations, obstacles that got thousands of us killed while preventing victory. Those egregious and very real failures alone would have been worthy of protest, but your buddies on the left either didn’t notice or felt compelled to manufacture their own demons, like John Kerry’s fantastic lie that we were raping, murdering and rampaging in Vietnam like Genghis Khan.
The outrage is our enemy’s daily atrocities against their own people, juxtaposed against how we Americans defended and helped those civilians in a hundred ways, both ignored by the news media while American troops were maligned.
Ms. Novick, you were just eleven years old when America withdrew from Vietnam in 1973, so you might have missed personally knowing the effects of false stereotypes about Vietnam and its veterans.
Like so many others, I came away from that experience with my eyes opened, having learned by watching young Americans the true meaning of honor, courage and trust. Those men and women were then and still are the finest people of character I have ever known.
I saw my fellow helicopter pilots fly into enemy fire routinely, taking mortal risks to protect civilians and their brothers, and I saw grunts do the same crazy things for each other. I flew gun cover for Dustoff crews braving enemy fire to pick up wounded, and I flew gun cover for LRPs sneaking in enemy turf, the bravest men I have ever seen; if you have an open mind, read Six Silent Men by Gary Linderer to understand how bold our Rangers were.
I saw doctors, nurses and orderlies drive themselves to physical and emotional exhaustion every day as they struggled to send us home alive, and still we found time to send medical help to poor villages where medicine had never been seen. There was much to admire, and when I finally wrote a book my title tells my sentiments: Strength and Honor: America’s Best in Vietnam.
Anti-war voices were overwhelming, and America never knew what a fine job their youth had done in Vietnam, despite impediments imposed by our own government, despite collaboration with the enemy by our own fellow citizens.
When we came home, the country seemed to us to have turned principles upside down. Wearing the American uniform invited hostility while refusing to serve was somehow a virtue. These remarkable troops, young enough to be called boys but now battle-hardened men, never lost a single significant battle against a very tough enemy, but they didn’t know how or want to engage in political argument. And so many like me kept their head down and went on with life. Nobody wanted to hear about our experience anyway, for two reasons.
First, everybody already knew all the answers about Vietnam, they had seen it on TV. Second, in those days the Vietnam War was a shunned topic, something dirty not discussed in polite company.
Even some family members skirted the subject, wary of the rumors they heard about rampant war crimes, drug addiction and vets prone to snap into violence. During his first visit home, Tony Foster’s mother asked him what kind of drugs he was on.
False stereotypes took root from repetition in a media leaning hard against the war. Movies reinforced the lies with absurd stories and unreal characters that indulged Hollywood’s ridiculous fantasies of the war. Period fiction followed suit, and TV dramas occasionally created a Vietnam vet when they needed an unbalanced, unpredictable and dangerous character.
Spreading these attitudes has consequences. Not everyone thought the worst of us, but enough did to change the national mood.
Even small slights left lasting impressions. Jay Standish escorted his date to their seats near the front of an off-Broadway theater, proudly wearing his Marine Corps dress blues, prompting boos from many in the audience. A Sgt. named Chip went to see a Priest for pre-marital counseling wearing his Army dress greens, and the Priest told him to come back when he was wearing decent clothing.
Vietnam vets learned to leave the war off their resume to avoid rejection in the first cull of job applicants. They soon knew to keep quiet in college classes since anti-war professors used their grading pen as a weapon.
ROTC membership plummeted and some professors wouldn’t accept members as students. Military recruiters were ejected from campus. The uniform was not popular, as R.J. DelVecchio learned by hostility to his Marine Corps uniform at the University of Maryland and was advised not to wear it again on campus. Wearing a uniform made some feel invisible waiting to be served in a restaurant.
Drew Johnson, who ferried Navy aircraft to Vietnam over an extended period, returned through California airports at least two dozen times and saw the escalation of vitriol aimed at our returning troops by anti-war protestors who, by my measure, were unfit to shine a veteran’s shoes. Officials and most in the public merely looked the other way while protestors yelled “babykiller” and worse at returning vets, threw nasty splatter packets at them and frequently used their own spit.
In 1971, my commanding officer told me to remind my men not to wear their uniform off-base, for their own personal safety.
Some anti-war tactics were despicable.. An F-105 fighter pilot I will leave nameless bet his life every time he flew into North Vietnam through the toughest air defenses in the world. When he was shot down, even before his wife received official notification, anti-war activists called to say her husband was a baby-killing a**hole and deserved what he got.
There were many thousands of these uncouth episodes incited by fabrications from the anti-war left, and they were made worse that they were aimed at Americans who served honorably and sacrificed much. And yet every Vietnam vet I know is proud of their service, fiercely patriotic and doesn’t want even a shred of sympathy.
They do want one thing. They want the truth told about them, their enemy, their war.
Now, after forty something years, Ms. Novick and Mr. Burns, along comes the misrepresentation you call a documentary, very pretty but with only fleeting intersections with the truth and reviving conflict long ago buried. It seems, to me at least, that you pre-planned your strategy to build up to your conclusion in support of your friends on the left, “The Vietnam War was a tragedy, immeasurable and irredeemable.”
Even with 10 episodes over 18 hours, you left out vital pieces of the story. In 1974, in the aftermath of Watergate, Democrats were elected in a landslide and the new Congress violated America’s promise by cutting off funding for South Vietnam’s self-defense. Then when the Communists attacked South Vietnam in massive force, Congress refused to honor America’s pledge to come to their aid. The left’s view seems to be North Vietnam’s conquest had the happy result of reunification. Senator J. William Fulbright, who provided the forum for that spectacular liar John Kerry, said about the fall of Saigon that he was “. . . no more depressed than I would be about Arkansas losing a football game to Texas.”
Trivializing the human cost of Communist victory, you didn’t mention tens of thousands of executions, the million or so sent to brutal re-education camps, the panicked populace fleeing in rickety overpacked boats and dying by the tens of thousands. You neglected North Vietnam’s obscene practice of bulldozing South Vietnamese graves, and the influx of North Vietnamese to take over the best farms, businesses, homes and jobs in South Vietnam. And you swept under the rug America’s shame, the betrayal of our ally, never mind the genocide by Communists as they murdered two million in Cambodia next door.
All in all, Ms. Novick and Mr. Burns, kudos on the slick appearance mixing photos, film clips, tilted narration and sad music to set the mood for your biased content. I think you have succeeded in making your semi-factual slop believable to a naïve public, and students in schools you send it to will likely lap it up because they don’t know better.
That means we will need to redouble our efforts to tell the story true.
As I tell students when I speak to them about the Vietnam War, “Why does this ancient history matter to you? Because you need to know how a false history takes root, and you need to be smart enough to beware propaganda when you turn on TV news.” Or watch a film labeled a “documentary.”
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Terry Garlock lives in Peachtree City, GA. He was a Cobra helicopter gunship pilot in the Vietnam War. He can be reached at tlg.opinion@gmail.com
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 24, 2018, 08:11:13 PM
Chief.. thanks for posting that
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on February 24, 2018, 10:38:21 PM
I told my wife the show was shallow and one sided. I called bullshit and am so happy the gentleman with a pedigree (vietnam Vet) confirmed what I was seeing! Thanks Chief for posting!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 06, 2018, 01:44:44 AM
USS LEXINGTON  (may open slowly).....    https://www.paulallen.com/uss-lexington-wreck-located-rv-petrel/#uss-lexington-wreck-located-rv-petrel
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 12, 2018, 12:50:57 AM
A TRIPLE WAR VET....RET LT COLONEL FLOYD J. CARTER SR / NYPD DETECTIVE.....REST IN PEACE LT COLONEL....THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING SERVICE.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.... www.nydailynews.com/new-york/floyd-carter-sr-tuskegee-airman-nypd-vet-dies-95-article-1.3867333


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 12, 2018, 11:49:05 PM
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/u-s-destroyer-named-after-vietnam-veteran#gs.UDW1cmM

U.S. Destroyer Named After Vietnam Veteran 

And an Irishman to boot.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY "THE LOSS OF A GIANT"
Post by: manhattan on March 13, 2018, 12:10:37 AM
http://wtkr.com/2018/03/11/tuskegee-airman-from-yorktown-dies-at-95/

MoH Awardee, Tuskegee Airman, WW II, RoK and RVN Veteran and NYPD Det. 2nd Grade from Yorktown dies at 95   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY. FDNY LIEUTENANT, IRAQ
Post by: manhattan on March 16, 2018, 03:21:52 PM
https://patch.com/new-york/glencove/s/gdn9h/106th-ang-members-killed-in-iraq-helicopter-crash?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert

106th Air National Guard Members Killed In Iraq Helicopter Crash

A Long Island firefighter was among those killed when the helicopter hit a power line.
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UPDATE

https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/fdny-lieutenant-among-7-killed-iraq-helicopter-crash

FDNY Lieutenant Among 7 Killed In Iraq Helicopter Crash
Lt. Christopher Raguso was also a volunteer firefighter on Long Island.
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https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Helicopter-Crash-Iraq-Death-New-York-FDNY-Westhampton-477110893.html

2 FDNY Firefighters Among 7 Killed in U.S. Helicopter Crash in Iraq, Sources Say

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 16, 2018, 06:00:06 PM
Signal 5-5-5-5 has been transmitted, it is with regret to announce the death of Lt Christopher J Raguso, appointed March 8th, 2005, which occured March 15th, 2018, from injuries sustained while serving on active duty in Iraq with the New York Air National Guard.

Signal 5-5-5-5 has been transmitted, it is with regret to announce the death of Fire Marshal Christopher T Zanetis, appointed September 12th 2004, which occured March 15th 2018, from injuries sustained while serving on active duty in Iraq with the New York Air National Guard.

Lt Christopher Raguso:

     (https://s9.postimg.cc/pdl4fque3/christopherraguso-facebook-4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pdl4fque3/)


     (https://s9.postimg.cc/opc9wit0r/Raguso_2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/opc9wit0r/)



FM Zanetis/Lt Raguso:

     (https://s9.postimg.cc/dgthv359n/iraq.5aac39eeabc0b.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dgthv359n/)


     (https://s9.postimg.cc/prmgfj1or/zanetis-raguso.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/prmgfj1or/)



https://nypost.com/2018/03/16/fdny-firefighters-among-dead-in-military-helicopter-crash-in-iraq/



http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/16/us-military-aircraft-crashes-in-iraq-officials-say.html



106th Aire Rescue Wing:

(https://s9.postimg.cc/isdgcxd3f/18195077_1729118627114524_7947261342101782943_n.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/isdgcxd3f/)

http://www.106rqw.ang.af.mil/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 16, 2018, 06:17:45 PM
http://abc7news.com/stanford-law-grad-among-7-killed-in-iraq-helicopter-crash/3224998/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 16, 2018, 06:19:01 PM

(https://s9.postimg.cc/ie72g7ue3/Raguso_3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ie72g7ue3/)

Raguso, who lived in Commack with his wife and two daughters, celebrated his 39th birthday the day before the crash, and he spent some of that day on FaceTime with his two daughters. The girls are somewhere between 4 and 7 years old, Quigley said.
“He was a total family man. He spent a lot of time with the department and when he was off, he spent it with his family,” he said.
In a brief interview Friday, Laura Raguso of East Northport confirmed that her son was among the victims.
“I just can’t talk right now,” Raguso said through tears.
Quigley said Raguso was attached to a search-and-rescue unit. He was an engineer on the helicopter and also manned the gun on the side of the aircraft.
“Anytime he was asked to go and serve he never turned it down,” Quigley said.
The two men knew each other a long time, so Friday was a day of grief and memories. Quigley recalled that they had spoken only two days earlier.
“He sent me pictures of him shooting, you know, practice shooting, and I sent him pictures from when I was in and we were joking back and forth,” said Quigley, who had served as a Marine in Iraq. “And I just said keep your head down and be safe. That was it.”
Two months ago, the Commack firefighters threw Raguso a going-away party.
“We celebrated up in headquarters with all the members of his department,” Raguso said, “his family, his friends.”
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 16, 2018, 06:29:00 PM
LT Ragusa - Previous deployment:

WATCH: Commack Firefighter Deployed In Texas Describes Life-Saving Efforts
The local firefighter was deployed with the U.S. Air Force 106th Rescue Wing to help rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
By Priscila Korb, Patch Staff | Aug 29, 2017 5:11 pm ET | Updated Aug 29, 2017 5:17 pm ET

     https://patch.com/new-york/commack/watch-commack-firefighter-deployed-texas-describes-life-saving-efforts

A local firefighter who was deployed with the U.S. Air Force 106th Rescue Wing to conduct lifesaving rescues in Texas recently described the details of the efforts to save the victims of Hurricane Harvey during an interview with a local news outlet.
Lt. Christopher Raguso, of Commack Fire Department's Engine Company 4, was interviewed on the Central Texas news outlet, KCEN TV, on Tuesday where he provided details from the rescue mission he performed over the past few days saving infants, toddlers, young adults, elderly people and more.
Raguso was part of a team who helped save people stranded on the roof of a school.
"We would get general information from the dispatchers and we would try to get on station and do our search and once we would find them then we would develop a game plan on how we were going to rescue them, how were going to get them in and most importantly how we were going to get them out," he told KCEN.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: scoobyd on March 16, 2018, 07:14:09 PM
Chris was a FF in L 113 and a covering LT in D 13.  He had taken quite a few deployments over the years- here and overseas.  A very solid guy and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 16, 2018, 07:38:04 PM
5-5-5-5... LT. CHRISTOPHER J. RAGUSO and FM CHRISTOPHER T.  ZANETIS .

It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the deaths of Lt Christopher J. Raguso of Division 13 in Queens and Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis of the Bureau of Fire Investigation. Lt. Raguso and Fire Marshal Zanetis died in an American military helicopter crash in Iraq on March 15. Lt. Raguso is a 13-year veteran of the Department; Fire Marshal Zanetis is a 10-year veteran. “Lt. Raguso and Fire Marshal Zanetis bravely wore two uniforms in their extraordinary lives of service – as New York City Firefighters and as members of the US Armed Forces,” said Commissioner Nigro. “The hearts and prayers of the entire Department are with their loved ones and with the families of their 5 fellow service members who lost their lives defending our country.”
. . . . .
Lt. Raguso was appointed as a Firefighter in March of 2005, assigned to Ladder 113 in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In September, 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Battalion 50 in Queens. On 6 different occasions he was cited for bravery and life-saving actions as an individual Firefighter or as part of a unit.
. . . . .
Fire Marshal Zanetis was appointed Firefighter in September of 2004, assigned to Engine 28 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 2007 he transferred to Ladder 11, located in the same firehouse. In April, 2013, he was promoted to Fire Marshal and assigned to the Bureau of Fire Investigation’s Citywide South in Brooklyn. In 2014, he was recognized for his bravery as part of an investigative unit.
. . . . .
Lt. Raguso and Fire Marshal Zanetis are the 1,148th and 1,149th members of the FDNY to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the line-of-duty. The last member of the Department to die in the line of duty was Firefighter William N. Tolley of Ladder 135, who died on April 20, 2017. The last member of the Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice while in active military service was Firefighter Christian P. Engledrum, who was killed in action on November 29, 2004 in Iraq. Currently, 62 FDNY personnel are on extended military orders in the branches of the US Armed Forces, serving around the world. There are more than 1400 FDNY members who are military reservists or veterans.

Lt. Raguso of Commack, New York, is survived by his wife, Carmella, and their two daughters, ages 6 and 5.

Fire Marshal Zanetis is survived by his parents, John and Sarah, of Carmel, Indiana.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



REST IN PEACE BROTHERS.... THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY & FDNY...PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.....NEVER FORGET !
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 16, 2018, 08:43:54 PM
Rest In Peace
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on March 16, 2018, 10:22:32 PM
 To the members of the FDNY I am sorry to hear of the loss of both Lt Raguso and FM Zanetis. As reported they wore two uniforms representing the very best.

 We Thank them for their service to our country and to the citizens of New York.

 May they and the other military members lost, Rest in Peace.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 18, 2018, 08:42:55 PM
https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-york-firefighters-give-a-st-patricks-day-goodbye-to-heroes-killed-in-iraq?via=newsletter&source=Weekend

New York Firefighters Give a St. Patrick's Day Goodbye to Heroes Killed in Iraq
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 19, 2018, 12:33:47 AM
https://law.stanford.edu/stanford-lawyer/articles/knock-elbows-tribute-tripp-zanetis/?utm_source=highlights&utm_medium=6up&utm_campaign=homepage&utm_content=stanfordlawyer
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 21, 2018, 04:27:02 PM
Pending.....     http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/resources/do/2018/027_2018.pdf
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 21, 2018, 05:18:05 PM
LT Raguso Bunting Ceremony......    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFOCNt4HCWU
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 21, 2018, 06:28:36 PM
WWII ship USS Juneau located by #RVPetrel on St. Patrick’s Day 2018 —unexpected coincidence since she is best known for the Sullivans, all 5 brothers were lost, along with the other 682 sailors. Only 10 survived the sinking by Japanese torpedoes. http://vlcn.fyi/Xfqm30j2mI0
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 24, 2018, 02:34:27 AM
FM Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis  Memorial Service will take place next Thursday (3/29). FDNY will lead a procession that starts at 11AM from Tripp’s firehouse, Engine 28 Ladder 11, goes up to 14th Street, comes down 5th Avenue, and concludes under the arches in Washington Square Park. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will follow for Tripp’s family, friends, colleagues, and dignitaries at approximately 12 PM in NYU’s Kimmel Center- Eisner & Lubin Auditorium. ........     http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/resources/do/2018/028_2018.pdf
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 25, 2018, 11:59:15 PM
^^^^^^   UFA 65-2
#17 of 2018     ·     March 25th
 
5-5-5-5 LODD
Fire Marshal Christopher Zanetis
BFI Citywide South
FUNERAL
Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:00 am
Washington Square Park
Fifth Ave and Waverly Place
New York, NY 10012

 Due to the many moving parts of this event, the Ceremonial Unit is asking all uniformed members to muster up on 5th Avenue and 12th Street by 10:00 am. The Ceremonial Unit will direct members from this point.

There will be no wake preceding the funeral service.
   
All Off-Duty Members should attend in Class A Uniform.


● Website www.UFANYC.org
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 26, 2018, 12:05:05 AM
"^^^^^^   UFA 65-2   #17 of 2018     ·     March 25th"

And we're only starting the 13th week of 2018.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 27, 2018, 12:46:25 AM
TECH SGT TASHAN BRIGGS...REST IN PEACE BROTHER...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE & SACRIFICE...PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES....Wake and funeral arrangements have been announced for USAF Technical Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, the Riverhead LI native killed in a military helicopter crash in Iraq March 15.

Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, is survived by his wife Rebecca and two young children, Jayden and Ava. (See complete obituary.)

Visitation will take place at the Westhampton Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, March 28, from 2 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the department on Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Briggs was among seven military personnel who perished in the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in western Iraq near the Syrian border. He and three others aboard the aircraft — Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City and Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack were members of the 106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing in Westhampton. The crash is not believed to be the result of hostile fire, according to military officials.
Briggs held the rank of staff sergeant when he died. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of technical sergeant.

A GoFundMe page has been started to benefit his widow and children.

TAGSDASHAN BRIGGS

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 27, 2018, 01:05:56 AM
FUNDRAISER FOR CHRIS RAGUSO & DASHAN BRIGGS.... https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/t2tragusobriggs/tunnel2towers?utm_campaign=ocdonate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=crowdrise
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 29, 2018, 04:40:41 AM
https://maritime-executive.com/article/u-s-commemorates-national-vietnam-war-veterans-day#gs.EvJdts8

U.S. Commemorates National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 03, 2018, 02:33:41 AM
 AUDIE MURPHY ...
Interesting read....
 
Audie Murphy, the kid from Farmersville, Texas, was only 46 years old when he died in a helicopter crash into the Virginia Mts.  He was bothered all his life when he came back from the War and it really affected his life.  He never got the medical help he should have gotten.
 
Not many young people know who Audie Murphy was or how big a war hero he was.  Two or three of the medals he earned would make most service men proud, but to have earned his decorations in battle is truly unbelievable.
 
 
List of Decorations for Audie Murphy:
 
Medal of Honor
 
Distinguished Service Cross
 
Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
 
Legion of Merit
 
Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor Device)
 
Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)
 
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
 
U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
 
Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak Leaf Cluster)
 
American Campaign Medal
 
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine Campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
 
World War II Victory Medal
 
Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 
French Fourrage in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
 
French Legion of Honor - Grade of Chevalier
 
French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star)
 
French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
 
Medal of Liberated France
 
Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
 
 
Additionally, Murphy was awarded:
 
The Combat Infantry Marksman badge with Rifle Bar,
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar.
 
Isn't it sad the media can tell us all about the BAD that goes on, but ignores the GOOD people?  If a movie Star or politician stubs their toe we have to hear about it for Days!!!
 
 
From the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010
 
Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration hospital, treating every veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP.
 
Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same special treatment from her.  She would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.  If they didn't, watch out.
 
Her boys weren't Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam.  They had served their Country. That was good enough for her. She never called a veteran by his first name.  It was always "Mister."  Respect came with the job.
 
"Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office.
 
She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her boys mattered.  She was our angel."
 
Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women. "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my hero," Pam told me.
 
She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van                                         Nuys where she raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's debts. At first, no one knew who she was.  Soon, though, word spread through the VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow.
 
It was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a Hug. "Thank you," they said, over and over.
 
The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.
 
One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran's Day column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no. "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
 
The vets disagreed.  Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said. Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts.  She was considered "excess staff."  "I don't think helping cut down on veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve should be considered excess staff," she told me.
 
Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered "excess staff."
 
She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87.
 
"The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam Murphy was 90 when she died. What a lady.
 
 
by Dennis McCarthy,
Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010
 
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on April 03, 2018, 09:59:43 AM
AUDIE MURPHY ...
Interesting read....
 
Audie Murphy, the kid from Farmersville, Texas, was only 46 years old when he died in a helicopter crash into the Virginia Mts.  He was bothered all his life when he came back from the War and it really affected his life.  He never got the medical help he should have gotten.
 
Not many young people know who Audie Murphy was or how big a war hero he was.  Two or three of the medals he earned would make most service men proud, but to have earned his decorations in battle is truly unbelievable.
 
 
List of Decorations for Audie Murphy:
 
Medal of Honor
 
Distinguished Service Cross
 
Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
 
Legion of Merit
 
Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor Device)
 
Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)
 
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
 
U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
 
Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak Leaf Cluster)
 
American Campaign Medal
 
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine Campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
 
World War II Victory Medal
 
Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 
French Fourrage in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
 
French Legion of Honor - Grade of Chevalier
 
French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star)
 
French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
 
Medal of Liberated France
 
Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
 
 
Additionally, Murphy was awarded:
 
The Combat Infantry Marksman badge with Rifle Bar,
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar.
 
Isn't it sad the media can tell us all about the BAD that goes on, but ignores the GOOD people?  If a movie Star or politician stubs their toe we have to hear about it for Days!!!
 
 
From the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010
 
Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration hospital, treating every veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP.
 
Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same special treatment from her.  She would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.  If they didn't, watch out.
 
Her boys weren't Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam.  They had served their Country. That was good enough for her. She never called a veteran by his first name.  It was always "Mister."  Respect came with the job.
 
"Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office.
 
She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her boys mattered.  She was our angel."
 
Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women. "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my hero," Pam told me.
 
She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van                                         Nuys where she raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's debts. At first, no one knew who she was.  Soon, though, word spread through the VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow.
 
It was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a Hug. "Thank you," they said, over and over.
 
The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.
 
One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran's Day column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no. "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
 
The vets disagreed.  Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said. Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts.  She was considered "excess staff."  "I don't think helping cut down on veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve should be considered excess staff," she told me.
 
Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered "excess staff."
 
She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87.
 
"The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam Murphy was 90 when she died. What a lady.
 
 
by Dennis McCarthy,
Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ui_sVKvR5M
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: JOR176 on April 03, 2018, 08:15:38 PM
Outstanding.   Respect Due.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on April 07, 2018, 01:34:20 AM
https://www.theday.com/military-news/20180308/billet-night-sets-stage-for-future-coast-guard-officers

Billet night sets the stage for future Coast Guard officers 

Wishing the soon-to-be new Ensigns and Second Lieutenants from all the Service and Maritime Academies smooth sailing and fair, following winds.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: capthale on April 09, 2018, 06:08:49 PM
 We should have a veterans list for this site 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 13, 2018, 01:53:39 AM
USS NEW YORK....   http://jwvsw.org/carriers.pdf
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 21, 2018, 10:00:03 PM
I received  this disturbing message.....this must be acted on & rectified.... QUOTE....SHALL WE HIRE A MONUMENT
ENGRAVER TO GO TO
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 
AND ADD THE MISSING WORDS?
 
THIS
IS A MESSAGE FROM AN APPALLED OBSERVER:
 
Today
I went to visit the
  new
 World War II
Memorial in Washington,DC.
I got
an unexpected history lesson. Because I'm a baby
boomer,
I was
one of the youngest in the crowd. Most were the age of my
parents,
Veterans of 'the greatest
war,' with their families. It was a beautiful day,
and
people were smiling and happy to be there. Hundreds of us
milled around
the memorial, reading the inspiring words of Eisenhower and
Truman
that
are engraved there.
 
On the
Pacific side of the memorial, a group of us gathered to read the
words
President Roosevelt used to
announce the attack on Pearl Harbor :
 
'Yesterday, December 7,
1941--a date which will live in infamy--
the United States of
America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked.'
 
One
elderly woman read the words aloud:
 
'With
confidence in our armed forces, with the abounding
determination of our people,
we will gain the inevitable triumph.'
 
But as
she read, she was suddenly turned angry. 'Wait a minute,' she
said,
'they
left out the end of the quote. They left out the most important
part.
Roosevelt ended the
message with
 
'So help us God.'
 
 
Her husband said, 'You are probably
right. We're not
supposed to say things like
that now.'
 
'I know I'm right,' she insisted.
'I remember the speech.' The two
looked dismayed,
shook
their heads sadly and walked away.
 
 
Listening to their
conversation, I thought to myself,
'Well,
it has been over 50 years; she's probably
forgotten.'
 
But
she had not forgotten.
  She was right...
 
 
I went
home and pulled out the book my book club is reading
---
'Flags
of Our Fathers' by James Bradley.
It's
all about the battle at IwoJima.
 
I
haven't gotten too far in the book. It's tough to read
because
it's a
graphic description of the WWII battles in the
Pacific.
 
 
But
right there it was on page 58.Roosevelt's speech to the nation
ends in
'So help us God   ..'
 
 
The
people who edited out that part of the speech when they
engraved
it on
the memorial could have fooled me. I was born after the
war!
But
they couldn't fool the people who were there.
Roosevelt's words are
engraved on their hearts.
 
 
 
Now I
ask:
 
 
'WHO
GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORDS OF OUR
HISTORY???'
 
 
Send
this around to your friends. People need to know before everyone
forgets.
 
 
People today are trying to
change the history of America by leaving God
out
of it, but the truth is, God has been a part of this nation, since
the beginning.
He
still wants to be...and He always will be!
 
 
If you agree, pass this on
and God Bless YOU!

If not, May God Forgive
You!
 
UNQUOTE.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: enginecap on April 22, 2018, 08:44:59 AM
A memorial of that size doesn’t get built without a large committee.....how is that decision passed??   That sounds like something that should go strait to Mr Trump
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: capthale on April 22, 2018, 12:11:26 PM
The last phrase in a re-enlistment oath is “so help me god. As long as that stays warehouse once that is omitted we are lost forever
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 02, 2018, 01:04:49 PM
5/2/2018  C-130 military transport plane crashes


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/02/c-130-military-transport-plane-crashes-near-georgia-airport-faa-says.html (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/02/c-130-military-transport-plane-crashes-near-georgia-airport-faa-says.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY Retired SEAL Britt Slabinski to Receive Medal Of Honor
Post by: manhattan on May 09, 2018, 10:48:23 PM
https://news.usni.org/2018/05/08/retired-seal-britt-slabinski-to-receive-medal-of-honor?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=0b061be7aa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-0b061be7aa-85690821

Retired SEAL Britt Slabinski to Receive Medal Of Honor 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 13, 2018, 07:11:09 PM
Tonight on the Fox News channel at 2200 hrs (not the regular Channel 5 news) which in NY on Spectrum is Channel 44 on the Levin Show "Life , Liberty & Levin" Gary Senise will talk about Veterans & his plans for taking care of the Children of Fallen Service Members.


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: capthale on May 20, 2018, 12:54:12 AM
HAPPY armed forces day
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 20, 2018, 02:26:54 PM
ARMED FORCES DAY....5-19-18.....  https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/2018/05/18/armed-forces-day-2018-a-time-to-reflect-on-freedom-and-those-who-defend-it/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on May 23, 2018, 09:11:38 PM
The United States Merchant Service - an all-too-often forgotten, but critical, part of our national defense.

https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/national-maritime-day-remembering-our-past-focusing-on-our-future#gs.LB3jpM4

National Maritime Day - Remembering our Past, Focusing on our Future 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 26, 2018, 12:46:03 AM
FLEET WEEK 2018....    https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=GOUIW8aRF46szwLwv4xI&q=when+is+fleet+week+nyc+2018&oq=when+is+fleet+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0l10.1533.10260.0.12750.18.12.2.4.4.0.104.941.11j1.12.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.18.992...0i131k1.0.Ncwcwbk1ETE
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 01, 2018, 01:08:23 AM
FOLDS OF HONOR.....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Hh0oR3yQzNQ
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 01, 2018, 01:44:37 AM
Well done, Chief.  Thank you for posting this.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 13, 2018, 08:42:45 AM
Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies at age 94

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/12/navajo-code-talker-samuel-tom-holiday-dies-at-age-94.html?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obnetwork (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/12/navajo-code-talker-samuel-tom-holiday-dies-at-age-94.html?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obnetwork)


Kayenta,AZ    The Burger King Has a nice Navajo Code Talker exhibit, my wife & I stopped in to see it
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 18, 2018, 01:16:39 AM
To those who have served, you will understand. To those who haven’t, perhaps this will help you understand why we take the flag and our national anthem so seriously. God bless.

by Lt. Col. George Goodson, USMC (Ret)

It was late 1967. I had just returned after 18 months in Vietnam. Casualties were increasing. I moved my family from Indianapolis to Norfolk, rented a house, enrolled my children in their fifth or sixth new school, and bought a second car.

A week later, I put on my uniform and drove 10 miles to Little Creek, Virginia. I hesitated before entering my new office. Appearance is important to career Marines. I was no longer, if ever, a poster Marine. I had returned from my third tour in Vietnam only 30 days before. At 5'9", I now weighed 128 pounds - 37 pounds below my normal weight. My uniforms fit ludicrously, my skin was yellow from malaria medication, and I think I had a twitch or two.

I straightened my shoulders, walked into the office, looked at the nameplate on a Staff Sergeant's desk and said, "Sergeant Jolly, I'm Lieutenant Colonel Goodson. Here are my orders and my Qualification Jacket."

Sergeant Jolly stood, looked carefully at me, took my orders, stuck out his hand; we shook and he asked, "How long were you there, Colonel?" I replied "18 months this time." Jolly breathed, "You must be a slow learner, Colonel." I smiled.

Jolly said, "Colonel, I'll show you to your office and bring in the Sergeant Major. I said, "No, let's just go straight to his office." Jolly nodded, hesitated, and lowered his voice, "Colonel, the Sergeant Major. He's been in this job two years. He's packed pretty tight. I'm worried about him." I nodded.

Jolly escorted me into the Sergeant Major's office. "Sergeant Major, this is Colonel Goodson, the new Commanding Officer." The Sergeant Major stood, extended his hand and said, "Good to see you again, Colonel." I responded, "Hello Walt, how are you?" Jolly looked at me, raised an eyebrow, walked out, and closed the door.

I sat down with the Sergeant Major. We had the obligatory cup of coffee and talked about mutual acquaintances. Walt's stress was palpable. Finally, I said, "Walt, what the hell's wrong?" He turned his chair, looked out the window and said, "George, you're going to wish you were back in Nam before you leave here. I've been in the Marine Corps since 1939. I was in the Pacific 36 months, Korea for 14 months, and Vietnam for 12 months. Now I come here to bury these kids. I'm putting my letter in. I can't take it anymore." I said, "OK Walt. If that's what you want, I'll endorse your request for retirement and do what I can to push it through Headquarters Marine Corps."

Sergeant Major Walt Xxxxx retired 12 weeks later. He had been a good Marine for 28 years, but he had seen too much death and too much suffering. He was used up.

Over the next 16 months, I made 28 death notifications, conducted 28 military funerals, and made 30 notifications to the families of Marines that were severely wounded or missing in action. Most of the details of those casualty notifications have now, thankfully, faded from memory. Four, however, remain.

MY FIRST NOTIFICATION
My third or fourth day in Norfolk, I was notified of the death of a 19 year old Marine. This notification came by telephone from Headquarters Marine Corps. The information detailed:
*Name, rank, and serial number.
*Name, address, and phone number of next of kin.
*Date of and limited details about the Marine's death.
*Approximate date the body would arrive at the Norfolk Naval Air Station.
*A strong recommendation on whether the casket should be opened or closed.

The boy's family lived over the border in North Carolina, about 60 miles away. I drove there in a Marine Corps staff car. Crossing the state line into North Carolina, I stopped at a small country store/service station/Post Office. I went in to ask directions.

Three people were in the store. A man and woman approached the small Post Office window. The man held a package. The store owner walked up and addressed them by name, "Hello John. Good morning Mrs. Cooper."

I was stunned. My casualty's next-of-kin's name was John Cooper!

I hesitated, then stepped forward and said, "I beg your pardon. Are you Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper of (address)?

The father looked at me - I was in uniform - and then, shaking, bent at the waist, he vomited. His wife looked horrified at him and then at me. Understanding came into her eyes and she collapsed in slow motion. I think I caught her before she hit the floor.

The owner took a bottle of whiskey out of a drawer and handed it to Mr. Cooper who drank. I answered their questions for a few minutes. Then I drove them home in my staff car. The store owner locked the store and followed in their truck. We stayed an hour or so until the family began arriving.

I returned the store owner to his business. He thanked me and said, "Mister, I wouldn't have your job for a million dollars." I shook his hand and said; "Neither would I."

I vaguely remember the drive back to Norfolk. Violating about five Marine Corps regulations, I drove the staff car straight to my house. I sat with my family while they ate dinner, went into the den, closed the door, and sat there all night, alone.

My Marines steered clear of me for days. I had made my first death notification.

THE FUNERALS
Weeks passed with more notifications and more funerals. I borrowed Marines from the local Marine Corps Reserve and taught them to conduct a military funeral: how to carry a casket, how to fire the volleys and how to fold the flag.

When I presented the flag to the mother, wife, or father, I always said, "All Marines share in your grief." I had been instructed to say, "On behalf of a grateful nation...." I didn't think the nation was grateful, so I didn't say that.

Sometimes, my emotions got the best of me and I couldn't speak. When that happened, I just handed them the flag and touched a shoulder. They would look at me and nod. Once a mother said to me, "I'm so sorry you have this terrible job." My eyes filled with tears and I leaned over and kissed her.

ANOTHER NOTIFICATION
Six weeks after my first notification, I had another. This was a young PFC. I drove to his mother's house. As always, I was in uniform and driving a Marine Corps staff car. I parked in front of the house, took a deep breath, and walked towards the house. Suddenly the door flew open, a middle-aged woman rushed out. She looked at me and ran across the yard, screaming "NO! NO! NO! NO!"

I hesitated. Neighbors came out. I ran to her, grabbed her, and whispered stupid things to reassure her. She collapsed. I picked her up and carried her into the house. Eight or nine neighbors followed. Ten or fifteen minutes later, the father came in followed by ambulance personnel. I have no recollection of leaving.

The funeral took place about two weeks later. We went through the drill. The mother never looked at me. The father looked at me once and shook his head sadly.


ANOTHER NOTIFICATION
One morning, as I walked in the office, the phone was ringing. Sergeant Jolly held the phone up and said, "You've got another one, Colonel." I nodded, walked into my office, picked up the phone, took notes, thanked the officer making the call, I have no idea why, and hung up. Jolly, who had listened, came in with a special Telephone Directory that translates telephone numbers into the person's address and place of employment.

The father of this casualty was a Longshoreman. He lived a mile from my office. I called the Longshoreman's Union Office and asked for the Business Manager. He answered the phone, I told him who I was, and asked for the father's schedule.

The Business Manager asked, "Is it his son?" I said nothing. After a moment, he said, in a low voice, "Tom is at home today." I said, "Don't call him. I'll take care of that." The Business Manager said, "Aye, Aye Sir," and then explained, "Tom and I were Marines in WWII."

I got in my staff car and drove to the house. I was in uniform. I knocked and a woman in her early forties answered the door. I saw instantly that she was clueless. I asked, "Is Mr. Smith home?" She smiled pleasantly and responded, "Yes, but he's eating breakfast now. Can you come back later?" I said, "I'm sorry. It's important. I need to see him now."

She nodded, stepped back into the beach house and said, "Tom, it's for you."

A moment later, a ruddy man in his late forties, appeared at the door. He looked at me, turned absolutely pale, steadied himself, and said, "Jesus Christ man, he's only been there three weeks!"


Months passed. More notifications and more funerals. Then one day while I was running, Sergeant Jolly stepped outside the building and gave a loud whistle, two fingers in his mouth....... I never could do that..... and held an imaginary phone to his ear.

Another call from Headquarters Marine Corps. I took notes, said, "Got it." and hung up. I had stopped saying "Thank You" long ago.

Jolly, "Where?"

Me, "Eastern Shore of Maryland . The father is a retired Chief Petty Officer. His brother will accompany the body back from Vietnam ...."

Jolly shook his head slowly, straightened, and then said, "This time of day, it'll take three hours to get there and back. I'll call the Naval Air Station and borrow a helicopter. And I'll have Captain Tolliver get one of his men to meet you and drive you to the Chief's home."

He did, and 40 minutes later, I was knocking on the father's door. He opened the door, looked at me, then looked at the Marine standing at parade rest beside the car, and asked, "Which one of my boys was it, Colonel?"

I stayed a couple of hours, gave him all the information, my office and home phone number and told him to call me, anytime.

He called me that evening about 2300 (11:00PM). "I've gone through my boy's papers and found his will. He asked to be buried at sea. Can you make that happen?" I said, "Yes I can, Chief. I can and I will."

My wife who had been listening said, "Can you do that?" I told her, "I have no idea. But I'm going to break my ass trying."

I called Lieutenant General Alpha Bowser, Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, at home about 2330, explained the situation, and asked, "General, can you get me a quick appointment with the Admiral at Atlantic Fleet Headquarters?" General Bowser said, "George, you be there tomorrow at 0900. He will see you."

I was and the Admiral did. He said coldly, "How can the Navy help the Marine Corps, Colonel." I told him the story. He turned to his Chief of Staff and said, "Which is the sharpest destroyer in port?" The Chief of Staff responded with a name.

The Admiral called the ship, "Captain, you're going to do a burial at sea. You'll report to a Marine Lieutenant Colonel Goodson until this mission is completed..."

He hung up, looked at me, and said, "The next time you need a ship, Colonel, call me. You don't have to sic Al Bowser on my ass." I responded, "Aye Aye, Sir" and got the hell out of his office.

I went to the ship and met with the Captain, Executive Officer, and the Senior Chief. Sergeant Jolly and I trained the ship's crew for four days. Then Jolly raised a question none of us had thought of. He said, "These government caskets are air tight. How do we keep it from floating?"

All the high priced help including me sat there looking dumb. Then the Senior Chief stood and said, "Come on Jolly. I know a bar where the retired guys from World War II hang out."

They returned a couple of hours later, slightly the worse for wear, and said, "It's simple; we cut four 12" holes in the outer shell of the casket on each side and insert 300 lbs of lead in the foot end of the casket. We can handle that, no sweat."

The day arrived. The ship and the sailors looked razor sharp. General Bowser, the Admiral, a US Senator, and a Navy Band were on board. The sealed casket was brought aboard and taken below for modification. The ship got underway to the 12-fathom depth.

The sun was hot. The ocean flat. The casket was brought aft and placed on a catafalque. The Chaplain spoke. The volleys were fired. The flag was removed, folded, and I gave it to the father. The band played "Eternal Father Strong to Save." The casket was raised slightly at the head and it slid into the sea.

The heavy casket plunged straight down about six feet. The incoming water collided with the air pockets in the outer shell. The casket stopped abruptly, rose straight out of the water about three feet, stopped, and slowly slipped back into the sea. The air bubbles rising from the sinking casket sparkled in the sunlight as the casket disappeared from sight forever....

The next morning I called a personal friend, Lieutenant General Oscar Peatross, at Headquarters Marine Corps and said, "General, get me out of here. I can't take this anymore." I was transferred two weeks later.

I was a good Marine but, after 17 years, I had seen too much death and too much suffering. I was used up.

Vacating the house, my family and I drove to the office in a two-car convoy. I said my goodbyes. Sergeant Jolly walked out with me. He waved at my family, looked at me with tears in his eyes, came to attention, saluted, and said, "Well Done, Colonel. Well Done."

I felt as if I had received the Medal of Honor!

'A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including their life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

I am honored to pass this on and I hope you feel that way too.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: bigcheese on June 18, 2018, 11:15:23 PM
Thanks Jack. God bless America.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 19, 2018, 10:41:15 PM
Thanks for sharing Chief!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: JOR176 on June 20, 2018, 12:54:29 PM
Outstanding Chief,going to take a few to let my eyes dry.

God Bless America.    USA Viet Nam 66,  Korea  66-68.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 20, 2018, 05:51:41 PM
WW2 TWINS REUNITED 74 YRS AFTER DEATH.....Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy
By MARK D. CARLSON and VIRGINIA MAYO | Associated Press

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France – For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.


On Tuesday, Julius Heinrich Otto "Henry" Pieper, his identity recovered, was laid to rest beside his twin brother in Normandy, 74 years after the two Navy men died together when their ship shattered while trying to reach the blood-soaked D-Day beaches.

Six Navy officers in crisp white uniforms carried the flag-draped metal coffin bearing the remains of Julius to its final resting place, at the side of Ludwig Julius Wilhelm "Louie" Pieper at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

The two 19-year-olds from Esmond, South Dakota, died together on June 19, 1944, when their huge flat-bottom ship hit an underwater mine as it tried to approach Utah Beach, 13 days after the D-Day landings.

While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, his brother's remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017.

A lone bugler played taps as the casket was lowered in an end-of-day military ceremony attended by a half-dozen family members, closing a circle of loss. Each laid a red rose on the casket and two scattered American soil over it.

The Pieper twins, both radiomen second class, are the 45th pair of brothers at the cemetery, three of them memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the cemetery. But the Piepers are the only set of twins among the more than 9,380 graves, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The cemetery, an immaculate field of crosses and Stars of David, overlooks the English Channel and Omaha Beach, the bloodiest of the Normandy landing beaches of Operation Overlord, the first step in breaching Hitler's stranglehold on France and Europe.

"They are finally together again, side by side, where they should be," said their niece, Susan Lawrence, 56, of Sacramento, California.

"They were always together. They were the best of friends," Lawrence said. "Mom told me a story one time when one of the twins had gotten hurt on the job and the other twin had gotten hurt on the job, same day and almost the same time."

The story of how the twins died and were being reunited reflects the daily courage of troops on a mission to save the world from the Nazis and the tenacity of today's military to ensure that no soldier goes unaccounted for.

The Pieper twins, born of German immigrant parents, worked together for Burlington Railroad and enlisted together in the Navy. Both were radio operators and both were on the same unwieldy flat-bottom boat, Landing Ship Tank Number 523 (LST-523), making the Channel crossing from Falmouth, England, to Utah Beach 13 days after the June 6 D-Day landings.

The LST-523 mission was to deliver supplies at the Normandy beachhead and remove the wounded. It never got there.

The vessel struck an underwater mine and sank off the coast. Of the 145 Navy crew members, 117 were found perished. Survivors' accounts speak of a major storm on the Channel with pitched waves that tossed the boat mercilessly before the explosion that shattered the vessel.

Louie's body was laid to rest in what now is the Normandy American Cemetery. But the remains of Julius were only recovered in 1961 by French divers who found them in the vessel's radio room. He was interred as an "Unknown" at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville, Belgium, also devoted to the fallen of World War II, in the region that saw the bloody Battle of the Bulge.

Julius' remains might have stayed among those of 13 other troops from the doomed LST-523 still resting unidentified at the Ardennes cemetery. But in 2017, a U.S. agency that tracks missing combatants using witness accounts and DNA testing identified him.

Lawrence, the niece, said the brothers had successfully made the trip across the English Channel on D-Day itself, and "they had written my grandparents a letter saying, do not worry about us we are together."

"My grandparents received that letter after they got word that they (their sons) had passed away," she said.

The Pieper family asked that Louie's grave in Normandy be relocated to make room for his twin brother at his side.

The last time the United States buried a soldier who fought in World War II was in 2005, at the Ardennes American Cemetery, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.

___

God bless the greatest generation. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Although 74 years ago, it still tugs at our hearts for the way you marched into the jaws of death, so that an entire continent can be liberated. Today, hundreds of millions of people owe you a debt of gratitude.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on June 22, 2018, 12:03:46 PM
 In 1973 the Viet Nam War was still going on. In that year a song came out by a guy named Tony Orlando from New York City. It became very popular within a very short period of time.

 As a result of that song, you could ride down many streets across America and see yellow ribbons tied around trees in the neighborhood.

 Here is Tony Orlando as he tells his story years later, after receiving a phone call from the late and very famous celebrity, Mr Bob Hope.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ap9HDUIg4 

 For those who forgot the song or who have never heard it, this is the song that Tony Orlando is referring to. It became very popular with the military and their families and friends.

 It's called: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the ole Oak Tree".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ouKAhxZbQ
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on June 25, 2018, 02:12:51 AM
Chief and Bill,

Once again you've each out done yourselves.  What you've shared should be required annual reading for every American above the age of ten.

Thank you.
Title: OUR MILITARY - PURPLE HEART
Post by: manhattan on June 27, 2018, 11:25:42 PM
https://news.usni.org/2018/06/26/report-congress-purple-heart-2?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=0a67596ad4-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-0a67596ad4-233897405&ct=t(USNI_NEWS_DAILY)&mc_cid=0a67596ad4&mc_eid=4660720535

Report to Congress on The Purple Heart
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on July 05, 2018, 08:08:50 AM
FROM ANOTHER SITE AUTHORED BY A POSTER.....Media's self-importance never dies

An Associated Press photographer died. He was the fellow who took the picture of a fully armed paramilitary immigration enforcement officer taking a screaming child of six by force who was hiding with an adult in a closet, as the Clinton administration had no compunction about separating a Legal Immigrant from his family on American soil.

The Associated Press ran a 749-word obituary on the photographer, Alan Diaz. It was an interesting story -- AP hired him after he took the SWAT team-crying kid photo.

But the story was a bit much, and a reminder of the media's overblown sense of importance. The word iconic appeared four times.

Which brings me back to a story I shared with readers three years ago about Melvin Garten, a real hero. His death brought no AP obituary because he never got a byline.

I wrote this three years ago.

Toby Harnden, the Times of London reporter who has covered war with the troops and United States politics with equanimity, tweeted on May 6, 2015: "Trumpeter, food blogger, actress, golfer get New York Times obits today, but this man has his death notice paid for by family."

The man whose family had to pay for his obituary was Melvin Garten, the most decorated and forgotten soldier at the time of his death.

Let's fix that.

Heroes are born and made. Melvin Garten was born May 20, 1921 in New York City, where he became another smart Jewish boy attending City College of New York. Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, greatly altered his immediate plans. Upon graduation from CCNY, he joined the Army and became a paratrooper. He then married his girlfriend, Ruth Engelman of the Bronx, in November 1942. She was a war bride. Everyone said the marriage wouldn't last, and they were right because the marriage ended on January 9, 2013 -- the day she died.

Melvin went off to the Pacific Theater of the war, where he participated in what can only be described as an audacious airborne raid of Los Banos in 1945, rescuing more than 2,000 U.S. and Allied civilians from a Japanese prison camp. He was a highly decorated soldier, earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation and the Purple Heart with three Oak Leak Clusters for his wounds in battle. He was tough and handsome and courageous.

Ruth stayed home. She was a neophyte in the art of homemaking, and with him fighting overseas, she didn't get much chance to be a housewife. But Melvin eventually and luckily came home, and on October 29, 1946, she gave birth to the first of their two sons, Jeffrey. Four years later, son Allan followed.

As would war. At dawn on Sunday, June 25, 1950, with the permission of Stalin, the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel behind artillery fire. Melvin was back in combat. Captain Garten proved his mettle again as commander of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. President Eisenhower awarded him the Distinguished Service Cross.

The citation reads: "Captain Garten distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Surang-ni, Korea, on 30 October 1952. On that date, observing that assault elements of Companies F and G were pinned down by withering fire on a dominant hill feature, Captain Garten voluntarily proceeded alone up the rugged slope and, reaching the besieged troops, found that key personnel had been wounded and the unit was without command. Dominating the critical situation through sheer force of his heroic example, he rallied approximately eight men, assigned four light machine guns, distributed grenades and, employing the principle of fire and maneuver, stormed enemy trenches and bunkers with such tenacity that the foe was completely routed and the objective secured. Quickly readying defensive positions against imminent counterattack he directed and coordinated a holding action until reinforcements arrived. His inspirational leadership, unflinching courage under fire and valorous actions reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the cherished traditions of the military service."

Back in the states, Ruth dealt with an infant and a toddler amid a crowd of wives of junior officers facing similar circumstances. They served as both mother and father, often moving to a new Army post with little if any help from their soldier husbands. In his 30 years in the service of our country, she made 30 moves -- six of them overseas. This difficult life is an American tradition as old as our nationhood. Ruth learned a lot as an Army wife. Her sons and her husband appreciated it -- as would the wives of the soldiers who later served under him.

Having served at Luzon and Pork Chop Hill, Captain Garten came home and the family moved around. Ruth took care of her men.

"I never even bought my own clothes," Melvin told Mike Francis of the Oregonian a few months before her death. "I never went shopping. It was not a part of my life. As an Army wife, she took care of those things."

Her sons Jeffrey, an economist, and Allan, a federal prosecutor, said their father was in charge when he was home. But Jeffrey told the Oregonian: "She is definitely the glue that held the family together. Wherever she was, that was our home."

Their sons were in their teens when the Vietnam War erupted. Melvin earned his Combat Infantry Badge for the third time -- perfect attendance as those men with that distinction of serving in those three wars called their service. The Army put him in command of the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry in 1968 and he reinvigorated the unit, calling it the No Slack battalion. Just as he almost completed the turnaround, his jeep ran over a Vietcong mine, sending shrapnel to his leg and to his head. Another war, another Purple Heart, only this time it cost him his leg. The military sent him to Walter Reed to recuperate.

Ruth went alone, shielding her sons from the news, as they were in college. She wanted to see how he was. Melvin was in horrible condition. His head wound was more serious than their sons realized. For nearly a year, he worked to recover from the explosion. Melvin wanted to stay on active duty as a one-legged paratrooper. She supported his decision. They had to appear before a medical board. Ruth told the Oregonian, "When I got there, they wanted to know only one thing. 'Was he as difficult a man before was wounded as he is now?' one board member asked. 'No difference,' I answered. And he passed."

His assignment was as post commander of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Airborne and Special Operational Forces, a nod to his sterling and exemplary service under fire. Ruth relished the role of the post commander's wife, visiting with the Army wives each day, for a talk and drinks. As the colonel's wife, Ruth treated them as her daughters, dispensing advice and encouragement, one Army wife to another.

The first part of their marriage was about to end. He retired as the most decorated man in the Army at the time with the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, five Purple Hearts, two Legion of Merits, two Joint Service Commendations, a Combat Infantry Badge for each of three wars, and a Master Parachutist Badge with two combat jump stars. Melvin paid dearly for those awards, but so did Ruth. She was one of the few women to receive five telegrams over the years informing her that her husband was wounded in combat. And by few, I mean I do not know of another.

But his retirement in Florida began three wonderful decades for them. Their children were grown and they had each other. She was still a Mom. When her eldest son Jeffrey married Ina Rosenberg, she knew nothing about cooking. Ruth got her a subscription to the Time-Life cookbook series, which sent a new book every month. This fascinated Ina. Today, Ina Rosenberg Garten is better known as the "Barefoot Countessa" on the cooking show that bears that name on the Food Network.

In 2000, Ruth and Melvin moved to Oregon to live near Allan. Doctors diagnosed her as having Parkinson's. Mike Francis interviewed Melvin and their sons 11 months before her death. Melvin said, "All these things she put up with. All the things she did for the family. She kept our lives going for 70 years. And she's going downhill now."

Following her death on January 9, 2013, the family buried her in Arlington, where all our military heroes belong. He joined her there following his death on May 2, 2015.
Title: OUR MILITARY - USS JASON DUNHAM ENS. SARAH MITCHELL LODD
Post by: manhattan on July 10, 2018, 10:26:22 PM
https://news.usni.org/2018/07/09/uss-jason-dunham-sailor-dies-following-small-boat-accident-red-sea?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=18f75b129f-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-18f75b129f-233897405&ct=t(USNI_NEWS_DAILY)&mc_cid=18f75b129f&mc_eid=4660720535

UPDATED - Ensign Aboard USS Jason Dunham Dies Following Small Boat Accident in the Red Sea


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on July 11, 2018, 07:59:28 AM
 While stopping at one of my local Dunks (Dunkin Donuts) yesterday (7/10) for a quick "pick me up", I met a 94 year old U.S. Navy Vet of WWII.

 He was wearing his WWII cap so I started talking to him. He told me his entire family was in the military. Not only himself, but his two brothers, and his two sons, who are now 70 and 72 years old. All apparently doing well and also retired military members.

 He showed me his drivers license and he was born in 1924.

 He still drives a car and I asked him how often he comes to this Dunks. He told me every day he makes the rounds but he has about four or five that he regularly visits. Talking to that guy "made my day".

 When we left I was behind him a few cars back. I got to tell you, he puts most of us to shame with his driving ability.

 I sure hope I get to see him again. I'm going to send his picture that I took to a couple of guys here and maybe one of them can post it on here.

 What a Great Guy.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on July 11, 2018, 10:07:44 AM
Working for Enterprise Car rental I am all over Central Illinois. At a McDonalds outside of Champaign I have had the honor to meet one of the few survivors on the Indianapolis tragedy.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on July 11, 2018, 04:20:38 PM
While stopping at one of my local Dunks (Dunkin Donuts) yesterday (7/10) for a quick "pick me up", I met a 94 year old U.S. Navy Vet of WWII.

 He was wearing his WWII cap so I started talking to him. He told me his entire family was in the military. Not only himself, but his two brothers, and his two sons, who are now 70 and 72 years old. All apparently doing well and also retired military members.

 He showed me his drivers license and he was born in 1924.

 He still drives a car and I asked him how often he comes to this Dunks. He told me every day he makes the rounds but he has about four or five that he regularly visits. Talking to that guy "made my day".

 When we left I was behind him a few cars back. I got to tell you, he puts most of us to shame with his driving ability.

 I sure hope I get to see him again. I'm going to send his picture that I took to a couple of guys here and maybe one of them can post it on here.

 What a Great Guy.

A WWII veteran to salute:

     (https://s33.postimg.cc/kludgh617/v_ET.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/kludgh617/)
Title: OUR MILITARY 130,000 veterans due tax refunds
Post by: manhattan on July 18, 2018, 11:20:20 PM
NOTE THE LINK TO THE US IRS

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/130000_veterans_due_tax_refund.html?ath=027f6ea648be3a3f00c0984c45050a2c#cmpid=nsltr_stryheadline

130,000 veterans due tax refunds: Do you qualify for $1,750 payment 

Secondary link to IRS   https://www.irs.gov/individuals/military/combat-injured-veterans-tax-fairness-act-claim-information-available 

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on July 26, 2018, 01:30:14 AM
https://maritime-executive.com/editorials/u-s-navy-s-first-female-admiral-passes-away#gs.IUkyDEc

U.S. Navy's First Female Admiral Passes Away   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on July 26, 2018, 09:54:18 PM
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/24/afghanistan-defense-cia-operation-704929?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=65eafce9b8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_26_04_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-65eafce9b8-122451265&mc_cid=65eafce9b8&mc_eid=7cdd9c7ac5

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was part of CIA operation 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on August 25, 2018, 12:33:08 AM
CAMP LEJEUNE WATER ISSUES....   "CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION PRESUMPTIVES

Effective 3/14/2017, the VA established presumptive service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.

The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

adult leukemia
aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
bladder cancer
kidney cancer
liver cancer
multiple myeloma
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Parkinson’s disease
In the early 1980’s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.

Our office can assist you with applying for this benefit, or any of the benefits listed on these pages. Please call us at 910-253-2233 to schedule an appointment."
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on August 25, 2018, 12:49:27 AM
Thanks for posting this, Chief.  I'm passing it on to some people.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on August 25, 2018, 12:54:23 AM
CAMP LEJEUNE WATER ISSUES....   "CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION PRESUMPTIVES

Effective 3/14/2017, the VA established presumptive service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.

The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

adult leukemia
aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
bladder cancer
kidney cancer
liver cancer
multiple myeloma
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Parkinson’s disease
In the early 1980’s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.

Our office can assist you with applying for this benefit, or any of the benefits listed on these pages. Please call us at 910-253-2233 to schedule an appointment."


Chief - thanks for posting. 

Marine veterans, and any other Service veterans, who were stationed at, trained at, went to school at Camp Lejeune in the 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s who have any of the illnesses listed should contact the VA ASAP.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on August 25, 2018, 09:55:39 PM
United States Senator and Captain, U.S.N. (Ret.) John McCain has died.  The word "hero" is so often over-used that it has, in many cases, become trivialized.  John McCain, a man of honor, principle and integrity truly belongs among that honored pantheon.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on August 25, 2018, 11:24:12 PM
United States Senator and Captain, U.S.N. (Ret.) John McCain has died.  The word "hero" is so often over-used that it has, in many cases, become trivialized.  John McCain, a man of honor, principle and integrity truly belongs among that honored pantheon.

 In this video, a famous singer named Tony Orlando tells a story about Senator John McCain. Senator McCain suffered and was tortured as a POW during the height of the Viet Nam War.

 Tonight (8/25/18) Senator McCain is to be honored and remembered for his service to Our Country.

 Here is that video as Tony Orlando tells the story of his first introduction to then, POW John McCain, who was sitting in the front row for his performance.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ap9HDUIg4 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on August 26, 2018, 12:26:26 AM
Thanks for posting that, Bill.  It's a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary gentleman, an American to be admired in the past, now and throughout the life of our Great Nation.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 08, 2018, 05:44:26 AM
Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden, challenged President Barack Obama to say “radical Islam” on Friday.
Obama delivered a long rebuke of President Donald Trump in Illinois on Friday and specifically knocked the president for his reaction to the Charlottesville neo-Nazi marches last summer. (RELATED: Obama Hits Campaign Trail, Goes Off On Trump: ‘We Can’t Just Put Walls Up Around America)
“How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?” Obama asked.
SEAL Team 6 member O’Neill shot back at the former president on Twitter, questioning when he would finally acknowledge the reality of radical Islamic terror. (RELATED: Former Obama State Dept Official Explains Why They Never Said ‘Radical Islam)
“Nazis are bad,” O’Neill wrote. “Now try saying, ‘Radical Islam.'” (Obama Refuses To Say Islamic Terrorism During Military Town Hall)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on September 08, 2018, 08:43:46 AM
 A good friend sent me this video recently. I guess he knows just where I stand. And with this posting I guess everybody else here will know where I stand too. And I know that I am NOT alone either.

 Thank you to Our Military Members who have served, fought, and suffered for ALL of us to enjoy the Freedoms we have today.

 It was just about 17 years ago on September 11, 2001 when Our Country was suddenly attacked. There are many members here who were a part of it. Many lost some very good friends and family members.

 If not for Our Military Members, things could have been quite different today.

 So THANK YOU to ALL who have served.

 www.break.com/video/anti-nfl-song-called-take-a-knee-my-ass-3137583   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 26, 2018, 03:20:21 AM
NATIONAL POW / MIA RECOGNITION DAY...... https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-national-pow-mia-recognition-day-2018/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on September 28, 2018, 01:45:40 AM
SPECIAL FORCES MOH RECIPIENT....   https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/09/21/former-special-forces-medic-to-receive-medal-of-honor-for-valor-in-afghanistan/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 05, 2018, 10:39:38 PM
INK RESTRICTING REENLISTMENT ?.....Total BS to turn away a qualified person "volunteering" to do a job protecting Our Counry that some would shun if forced to do so.... www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2015/04/20/tough-tattoo-regs-sink-stellar-marine-s-career/


Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on December 05, 2018, 11:26:58 PM
Absurd.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 06, 2018, 08:29:33 AM
Absurd.

 I am with you "manhattan" on this. Everyday it seems I watch our society take a step "backwards".
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 06, 2018, 09:40:20 AM
Marine Corps policy:

     https://www.marines.mil/Tattoos/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on December 17, 2018, 10:28:35 PM
PAYING IT FORWARD.....     https://www.youtube.com/embed/9FCxuVSkT7k
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on December 17, 2018, 10:44:24 PM
Lest we forget:

     (https://i.postimg.cc/v1pdWP20/0cfcd03de1b03fd01632bf627a16e222e4ee7525.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/v1pdWP20)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on December 31, 2018, 05:50:17 PM
 New Years Eve, December 31, 1969 in Viet Nam.


 www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmYJAAUOwwY 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 28, 2019, 06:30:22 PM
FUNERAL FOR A VET WITH NO FAMILY....  https://www.npr.org/2019/01/28/689378272/after-hearing-u-s-veteran-had-no-family-huge-crowd-attends-his-funeral-in-texas
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on January 31, 2019, 02:52:16 AM
https://www.longroom.com/discussion/125156/photo-chick-fil-a-proves-how-evil-they-are-with-what-they-re-doing-for-u-s-troops
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on February 02, 2019, 03:59:21 AM
 USS North Dakota back at U.S. Sub Base in Groton, Ct

 www.theday.com/local-news/20190131/uss-north-dakota-back-in-town
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: t123ken on February 02, 2019, 09:34:42 AM
This photo in the above article

(https://www.theday.com/storyimage/NL/20190131/NWS01/190139883/AR/0/AR-190139883.jpg&Maxw=960&q=75)

reminds me, to a lesser degree, of this photo of a returning Vietnam P.O.W.

(https://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/05/27/b72d16b8-d270-11e2-a43e-02911869d855/thumbnail/620x350/23b0f59b6fa20a07b6347c7436382885/pow-reunion.jpg).

May God bless all who serve.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 19, 2019, 10:14:32 PM
2-19-45...The start of the Battle Of Iwo Jima...    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on February 19, 2019, 11:41:00 PM
I had the extraordinary honor of knowing Chuck Lindburgh who was one of the Marines who secured Mount Suribachi and raised the original flag.  A great gentleman and an absolute class act.  God Bless, Chuck and continued rest in well deserved peace for you and Vi.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on February 23, 2019, 12:49:17 AM
FLYOVER FOR 10 US WW2 AIRMEN.....  (Info Thanks to fivestar) ....  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/us-airmen-saved-him-now-tony-foulds-wants-them-honored/2019/02/19/3530a386-341a-11e9-8375-e3dcf6b68558_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.90549e1e9c14
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 28, 2019, 11:51:42 AM
https://www.yahoo.com/gma/warrior-mother-cancer-survivor-navy-cryptologist-killed-syria-115903194.html (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/warrior-mother-cancer-survivor-navy-cryptologist-killed-syria-115903194.html)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 05, 2019, 10:15:36 PM
SEMPER FI.   https://www.facebook.com/FDNY/posts/10156890983690729?__xts__[0]=68.ARDqAwYHfj_OQ3arQSE8r_3AuIAQTe9XadcF-2zR_35el56tJif4WxmrZuudJuPHodT5G-Fx8vyPXqbroxoZevg0d0bGO8ouU66Zz8jMVGIj7DrBtgJ8C98doIebtkuD4qJXpIuJYBQPgFq8Pt3wpv0pmG3o5QVV4eNemgoTvqt6C0HoGaAzE9Ue-cZyShuGi11j4hcpl-D_v43Dj35Exia-iQivi02YqyjJA2NPMJyvyuXOFMFVUz35WkCI5d_ZKWKfs_mOauf96f6UyCrFwcwHPv7JRXsmym2BrEXFICzkK90PsGS_ARJm__AYZ7pVFYtebX7wMsXXDS-XjzpE&__tn__=-R
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 15, 2019, 04:12:21 AM
3-15-18...These servicemen gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country on March 15, 2018, when the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter they were aboard crashed in the Anbar Province in western Iraq, near the city of Qaim, where the U.S. military operates a logistics center and resupply hub.

The exact cause of the horrific crash that took the lives of these seven men is still under investigation, although initial reports claimed the helicopter hit a power line. It has been additionally reported that the helicopter crashed approximately 18 miles southeast of Qaim near a phosphate factory and railway station close to the base.

Amid the homage paid to these servicemen, four of whom were assigned to the Gabreski ANG Base in Riverhead, a pragmatic and practical response in the form of a fundraiser with benefits going directly to the families of the seven men is a community effort to show respect and remembrance to the challenges and efforts put forth by our military service members.

These are the names of the Jolly 51 Crew:

• Capt. Mark K. Weber, 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia

• Capt. Andreas B. O'Keefe, 106th Rescue Wing, Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York

• Capt. Christopher T. "Tripp" Zanetis, 106th Rescue Wing, Francis S. Gabreski ANG Base ..FDNY.

• Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 106th Rescue Wing, Francis S. Gabreski ANG Base .....FDNY.

• Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 106th Rescue Wing, Francis S. Gabreski ANG Base

• Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, Patrick AFB, Florida

• Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, Patrick AFB
CONTINUED REST IN PEACE BROTHERS...GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: nfd2004 on March 15, 2019, 08:01:37 AM
 A tragic loss to Our Military.

 May these members of Our U.S. Military, Jolly 51 Crew, Rest In Peace.
Title: Veterans Receive Golden 'Tickets' Canceling Their Medical Debt
Post by: Disp51 on March 16, 2019, 06:25:32 PM
https://www.military.com/military-report/veterans-receive-golden-tickets-canceling-their-medical-debt.html?ESRC=mr_190311.nl
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 16, 2019, 10:45:55 PM
https://uwvc.org/vietnam-veterans-day-2019/?fbclid=IwAR0tiCdN1v2JVnOsR4qYlsuiP1MW14buTOstAM1akBkiRNL_rsaIupKqsKk
Vitenam Veterans Day

I pass it along for those who might be interested.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 17, 2019, 09:19:42 PM
https://www.facebook.com/nycfirewire
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 18, 2019, 11:05:50 PM
VIETNAM HISTORY SITE....    http://www.tom.pilsch.com/Vietnam.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: CFDMarshal on March 19, 2019, 09:55:25 AM
Great site Chief! Now my wife says you have me occupied for the next 6 months!
 
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 25, 2019, 11:16:05 AM
National Vietnam Veterans Day March 29:

     National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 and is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Mission BBQ restaurant - free sandwiches to Vietnam veterans:
 
     (https://i.postimg.cc/7GjR4H9D/Vietnam-Veterans-Day-Flyer.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7GjR4H9D)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 25, 2019, 11:55:57 AM
"Brothers who fought without America's support, Brothers who returned without America's welcome, Brothers who will always be the best America had.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 25, 2019, 12:42:00 PM
"Brothers who fought without America's support, Brothers who returned without America's welcome, Brothers who will always be the best America had.

Grump - Thank you, and many others on this site, for you service in a dangerous place. You all were and still are - the best!
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on March 28, 2019, 01:27:45 PM
"If fear is cultivated it will become stronger; if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery." - U.S. Naval Commander John Paul Jones

On March 27, 1794, the United States Government established a permanent navy and authorized the building of six frigates.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 29, 2019, 04:07:57 PM
MARCH 29....  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Vietnam_War_Veterans_Day
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 29, 2019, 04:34:07 PM
Continued Rest In Peace To All .... especially my Radio Operator USMC CPL Manuel C. Nieves KIA 12-6-67 www.virtualwall.org/dn/NevesMC01a.htm at Con Thien ......  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Thien Also Remember those who may still suffer effects to this day.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mack on March 29, 2019, 05:02:03 PM
Continued Rest In Peace To All .... especially my Radio Operator USMC CPL Manuel C. Nieves KIA 12-6-67 www.virtualwall.org/dn/NevesMC01a.htm at Con Thien ......  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Thien Also Remember those who may still suffer effects to this day.

RIP CPL Nieves

     (https://i.postimg.cc/MvP9gMZr/37723-1966-Plt-1056-Neves-Manuel-Catano-dob-2-15-1943-12-6.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MvP9gMZr)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 29, 2019, 08:49:06 PM
Thank You mack for posting Mannys picture.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on March 29, 2019, 08:55:52 PM
I know we remember the sadness & the loss of so many of Our Troops as well as Our Wounded  & Still Missing but i do also remember the music of the era...not necessarily because it was all to my liking (not many Doo Wops) but because i do remember both good & bad times associated with the music & those there then ..some here today ... some not ....NEVER FORGET ! ....    https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=G7yeXPiRFqGe_Qbq_oHYCw&q=songs+from+the+vietnam+war+with+lyrics&oq=SONGS+OF+THE+VIET+NAM+WAR.&gs_l=psy-ab.1.6.0i13i30l3j0i22i30l7.2239.22263..51174...0.0..0.114.1971.23j3......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0j0i131j0i10j0i22i10i30j0i13j0i13i5i30._ctctqqE3Pw   ......"IF YOU ARE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO" (by the Late Scott Mackenzie)  was a big one   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJdRw6VCWyA  ....years later when i played it often on the Jukebox people would ask if i was a hippie back then....i explained that to those of us in Vietnam it had a different meaning which has to do with the fact that in the USMC if you left Da Nang Airstrip after your tour (on Tiger Airlines who flew Troops out to go home ) first you stopped in Okinawa for processing for a few days then to San Francisco for a Commercial flight HOME ....  so San Francisco was our Safe Haven....the thing about my first flight out of Vietnam was  (i had flown all over the World in all kinds of weather on all different kinds & models of ...Fixed Wing Prop Planes ...Jets... Helicopters & also had more takeoffs then landings due to Parachuting.
however the Tiger takeoff from Da Nang on a short runway then going almost straight up to avoid flying over the jungle & taking fire was unique if not expected on a Commercial.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 08, 2019, 06:18:56 PM
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/c-130-gets-new-electronic-propeller-controls-to-fly-into-2030s (https://www.foxnews.com/tech/c-130-gets-new-electronic-propeller-controls-to-fly-into-2030s)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 08, 2019, 07:24:44 PM
In 1968 I flew from Saigon to DaNang to work with the Forward Air Controllers. My mode of transport was the rear of a C-130 with 4 water buffaloes, some chickens, an ARVN Spec Ops team, and some civilians.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 08, 2019, 08:11:52 PM
In the USMC we were on a training excercise having flown there in a C 130 ..part of the exercise involved CS Gas (a white powder which replaced tear gas) .....returning afterwards the contaminated clothing were in Willy Peter Bags (waterproof bags)....there was a whole pile of them ....during the flight a Marine gets up from the sling bench & says "im taking a nap" & dives onto the bags & two ripped open of course powder came out & started circulating ....luckily it was not a heavy concentration but it was still irritating.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 09, 2019, 02:45:16 PM
LtCol Richard "Dick" Cole, the last living survivor of the "Doolittle Raid" has passed away at his home in Texas. He was the co-pilot on Jimmy Doolittle's aircraft. A slow hand salute.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 13, 2019, 01:31:36 AM
THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=WjQRCV8RV00
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 25, 2019, 03:52:21 AM
AUSTRAILIANS IN VIETNAM....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uODWvj8aP-Q
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 26, 2019, 12:58:29 AM
A MARINE makes the Greatest play in MLB....SEMPER FI !.....Looking back on Rick Monday's flag-saving incident in 1976

By Luke Stuckmeyer April 25, 2019 2:02 AM

"I would rather be remembered as someone who stood up and did something about something I felt strongly about, than as someone who just stood there and watched the parade go by."

When you least expect it, life can come at you pretty quickly. The way Rick Monday reacted 43 years ago in a Cubs uniform is still worth remembering.

The Cubs were playing at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976. Monday was in his fifth season with the Cubs and playing in center field. Steve Stone was the starting pitcher and in the bottom of the fourth inning, Monday heard something going on around him. Two fans ran onto the field and then past Cubs left fielder Jose Cardinal.

"Is it because they have a bet with somebody?" Monday said. "Is it because they've had too much to drink? Is it because they don't like you?”

The fans turned out to be protesters and one of them was carrying the American flag under his arm. As they laid down the flag and doused it with a can of lighter fluid, Rick Monday darted at them from center field.

"It angered me for a lot of reasons," he said. "First of all, you're interrupting the game. Secondly, now you're bringing out a flag and I was only about three or four years removed from being in the Marine Reserves."

Monday considered bowling them over if he got there on time, but the first match blew out as they tried to ignite the flag. Monday improvised. He scooped up the soaking wet flag and kept running with it. By the time he'd handed it to a teammate near the dugout, Tommy Lasorda let the protesters have a few choice words. At the time, Lasorda was the third baseman for the Dodgers.

"He [Lasorda] came running past me yelling about every expletive that a longshoreman would utter on a bad, bad day!" Monday said.

The fans were arrested, and when Monday came to the plate for his at-bat in the top of the fifth inning, the scoreboard in center field paid tribute with - "Rick Monday...you made a great play" and the California crowd gave the Cubs outfielder a standing ovation. One year later, they'd be cheering for him again. The Cubs traded Rick Monday in a five-player deal that brought Bill Buckner and Ivan DeJesus to the North side. Rick Monday went on to play a total of 19 seasons in the Majors. He was part of the Dodgers World Series championship team in 1981.

43 years after the flag incident, Rick Monday works in the Dodgers radio broadcast booth and that American flag is still a part of his life. He and his wife take the flag around the country while raising money for military charities. Monday says he reacted quickly that day because that's the way he was raised. Six years in the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserves only reinforced those instincts.

"It's a good thing I did get it, because I did not want any of my former drill instructors from the Marine Corps to come and say, 'Hey Marine! Why did you stand there and watch when they ignited the American flag?" Monday said.

An All-American play by a two-time All-Star outfielder

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on April 28, 2019, 08:44:24 PM
WW2 MARINE RAIDER W/OUT RELATIVES GIVEN A PROPER BURIAL...... https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/yorktown/2019/04/26/world-war-ii-marine-funeral-shrub-oak-hero/3575402002/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 15, 2019, 12:41:41 AM
WW2 MOH RECIPIENT DIES AT 98....REST IN PEACE .....THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXEMPLARY SERVICE...PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/obituaries/robert-maxwell-dead.html?action=click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=Obituaries
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 17, 2019, 11:17:41 PM
ARMED FORCES DAY 5-18-19...  https://militarybenefits.info/armed-forces-day/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 17, 2019, 11:45:25 PM
On Sat 5-18-19 at 1100 hrs there will be a Planned Flyover of a Dozen Green Douglas DC-3 Aircraft over the Hudson River at an approximate altitude of 1,000 Ft.

Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: manhattan on May 18, 2019, 01:13:54 AM
Thanks for this reminder, Chief.  I hope everyone will display the Colors today and say a prayer for those in uniform.
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 18, 2019, 03:39:30 PM
PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION.....  https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-armed-forces-day-2019/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 29, 2019, 02:11:43 AM
FOR ANYBODY WHO DID NOT GET TO SEE IT ....HERE IS THE 2019 MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT..... This is the 30th Annual Concert held at the Whitehouse....i have watched them since the start in 1989 & they always are great...the Singing & the Bands & the Historical videos are great....from year to year some new stories of Veterans are brought forth....it is a greatly deserved Annual Tribute to our Veterans... something that should also be focused on are several messages thru the broadcast brought out by RET General Colin Powell & later a Veteran who lost both legs in Afganastan whose Twin Brother took his own Life related to "survivors guilt"....the Hosts Joe Mantegna & Mary McCormack reiterated more than once during the broadcast about looking out for others & pointing a Veteran in the right direction if you feel they are "getting lost" ....as rousing as the performances were in this broadcast ...looking out for another should be a "take away".....while this broadcast is basically geared to Military Veterans we in the FDNY thru the years have also had a number of sad issues regarding suicide....WATCH YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER...... if anyone missed the broadcast here it is....(it starts slowly about the 2:14 mark) ...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmp0ENoJUY
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY. ‘THE OLD GUARD’ ARLINGTON
Post by: manhattan on May 29, 2019, 03:50:35 AM
https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/sacred-duty-soldiers-tour-arlington-national-cemetery/

Sacred Duty - A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery   
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on May 29, 2019, 04:04:41 PM
SEMPER FI GUNNY......     http://guide.sportsmansguide.com/memoriam-gunnery-sergeant-carlos-hathcock-ii-white-feather/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 09, 2019, 01:48:17 PM
STATEN ISLAND DSC RECIPIENT....    https://www.silive.com/news/2019/06/army-sergeant-michael-ollis-receives-distinguished-service-cross-in-memoriam.html
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 12, 2019, 08:28:04 PM
NEVER FORGET ! ....What some are out there doing daily....   https://news.usni.org/2019/06/10/remains-of-marines-lost-in-kc-130j-crash-off-japan-recovered
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 14, 2019, 03:22:46 PM
PFC EMMANUEL MENSAH BX ST RENAMING.....   https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=2PIDXZD5L8TP5gL30K7wBg&q=EMMANUEL+MENSAH+ST+RENAMING&oq=EMMANUEL+MENSAH+ST+RENAMING&gs_l=psy-ab.3...1300.27100..29311...0.0..0.134.2449.27j4......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131j0j0i10j0i22i30j33i299j33i160.jSLqU3kx4_c
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 18, 2019, 03:43:47 PM
STEPHEN SILLER FUND DOES IT AGAIN......   https://www.cnet.com/news/see-how-the-futuristic-home-of-a-wounded-warrior-has-life-changing-consequences/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 25, 2019, 04:26:32 PM
FIRST LIVING IRAQ VETERAN TO BE A MOH RECIPIENT .... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-medal-of-honor-presentation-ceremony-army-staff-sgt-david-bellavia-today-2019-06-25-live-updates/
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: 68jk09 on June 25, 2019, 04:30:18 PM
^^^^^^   https://www.c-span.org/video/?462085-1/army-staff-sergeant-david-bellavia-awarded-medal-honor
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 26, 2019, 04:18:45 PM
Bodies of US WW2 troops found on Pacific island

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48775714 (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48775714)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 15, 2019, 06:17:02 PM
https://www.foxnews.com/us/idaho-pilot-woman-f-35-marine-corps (https://www.foxnews.com/us/idaho-pilot-woman-f-35-marine-corps)
Title: Re: OUR MILITARY.
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 17, 2019, 12:30:34 PM
https://www.foxnews.com/us/female-airman-army-ranger-tab (https://www.foxnews.com/us/female-airman-army-ranger-tab)