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So many, many memories. A night training mission at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where I let go of my friends load bearing suspenders on a hill top which let him go crashing down hill with all his weapons and gear flying. (You held on to your squad members gear to stay together.) Whoops! My first ambush patrol where I had nine men counting on ME to to order them to tell them what to do. Luckily, no contact. Later contact where we kicked the ass of an NVA patrol near Chi lang, a village near Dalat, Central Highlands of II Corps. 1st Cavalry 6, NVA 0. We never got a scratch. (MY squad, nobody else sweeping.) SP/4. Q blown up because an idiot was fooling around with C-4 plastic explosive. SP/4 Gretta throwing down his rifle and swearing he was done with this shit and later getting a Bronze Star. I could go on and on. A couple things hit me though, a line from a Tom Cruise Movie in which Demi Moore spells it out. "They stand on a wall(or in a jungle, or in a trench, or in the Ardennes, or on Heartbreak Ridge, or in the Chosin Resovoir, or the Ashau Valley, or in Iraq. you get my drift) and make sure it's safe for us. "They say, you don't have to worry, no one will harm you, not on my watch." That pretty much say's it all. My absolute favorite quote is from the Bard, William Shakespeare. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my Brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his conditon; And gentlemen in England now abed Shall think themselves now accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us on St. Crispins Day." My
 

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Veterans have my deepest respect, perhaps the Viet Nam veterans most of all because they were the only ones denied jobs, spat on and called 'baby killers' when they came home. My Dad is a Viet Nam combat veteran.

:beer: to all you guys

RIKA
 

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Rika - I do believe Vietnam vets had it the worst.

I'm a vet, but not a combat vet. We owe our combat vets literally every freedom we have, because they bought them.
 

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Canadian Army August 1973- February 2002
 

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Happy Veteran's Day....

While I have been in my country's service as an LEO for 25 years now, I have never been in the military, yet I do feel a great deal of gratitude to those who have served in the military ranks. Whenever, in recent times, I think of the service they have given, this piece comes to mind:


WHAT IS A VET
By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a
jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence
inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the
leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged
in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and
women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't
tell a vet just by looking.

What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia
sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers
didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose
overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the
cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th
parallel.

She or he-is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep
sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another-or didn't
come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat-but has
saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account ******** and gang
members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals
with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass
him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose
presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the
memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with
them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket-palsied now and
aggravatingly slow-who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who
wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when
the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being-a person who
offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his
country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to
sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he
is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the
finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country,
just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in
most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been
awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."

Remember November 11th is Veterans Day.

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the
press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of
speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us
the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag."
 

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Just saw a news story about Armistice Day in England today. They featured a 108 year old fellow who was one of only 20 surviving WWI vets in England. (I think they meant in England.) To see the children line up to honor him and to ask him questions was a good thing to see.
 

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gripper said:
Terry,were you 5thID?
I guess you mean me. No, 1st Cavalry, the Fifth Infantry didn't serve in Viet Nam.
 

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No Terry,I knew you was Cav in Vietnam,but when I saw your posting on the subject of training at Polk,I thought you might have served there afterwards.Besides,I knew a lot ofE-&s&up who had a red diamond patch on each shoulder.Thanks ,though.
 
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