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"The Old Sergeant" and Jodies
http://steven.newton1.home.att.net/ ^ | 2005 | Steve Newton

Posted on 09/22/2005 1:56:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton

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THE OLD SERGEANT AND JODIES

The old sergeants platoon was behind the wire today and standing down for a well earned rest. As the sergeant was walking across the compound, headed toward his office, he heard the sound of a marching cadence. Ever the sergeant he walked toward the sound until he found the goon squad, sitting in the shade of a building, signing Jodies.

Momma, momma, can't you see? Look what the Army's done to me. ... They took away my faded jeans; Now I'm wearing Army green. They took away my gin and rum; Now I'm up before the sun...

Then:

Whoa-whoa, whoa, whoa. ... I used to have the high school queen; Now I've got my M-16. I used to drive a Chevrolet; Now I'm running every day...

“Hey Pappy,” the squad leader called in greeting. “Come and help us make up a few new cadences.”

The old sergeant sat down and listened for a while. Some of the Jodies they sang were old and brought back memories for pappy. Some good and some not so good.

Drip-drop, drip-pe-ty-drip-drop; Sit-tin' on a hill-top, raindrops on my head; My baby left me, she left me for dead...

Finally they all settled down to a little comradery talk.

“I suppose you ladies know where the very first cadence, or “Jodie” came from right?” Pappy inquired. At the blank look on their faces he continued:

“Soldiers have been signing while they marched probably as long as there have been armies. During the Revolutionary War, American marching troops took special pleasure in singing Yankee Doodle – the song the British had used to taunt them -- back to the defeated Redcoats.”

“Through the years, other military marching songs arose. During the Civil War, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again sent blood pumping through Yankee and Rebel veins.”

“In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Over There and The Caisson Song were popular among marching troops. The official Army song, The Army Goes Rolling Along, even urges soldiers to count off the cadence loud and strong.

“But the first ever recorded cadence or Jodie was over 60 years ago. AND BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING LADIES, NO I WAS NOT ALIVE THEN Anyway, as the story goes, a formation of exhausted troops was returning to its barracks at Fort Slocum, N.Y., in May 1944 when a rhythmic chant arose from the columns.”

“Pvt. Willie Duck-worth, a black soldier on detached service with Fort Slocum's Provisional Training Center, sang out the first-ever rendition of Sound-off, Sound-off; 1-2; Sound-off; 3-4; Count cadence; 1-2-3-4; 1-2 -- 3-4. Other soldiers in the formation joined in and their dragging feet picked up momentum.”

“At a time when black soldiers' achievements were just being acknowledged by many in the Army, the Duckworth Chant, as Duckworth's cadence came to be called, got noticed. Col. Bernard Lentz, Fort Slocum's commander, recognized it as a way to keep his soldiers in step while boosting unit pride and camaraderie.” “Hey, you mean Jodies were invented by an African America?” The goon squad leader asked.

“Yep.” Said Pappy. And nobody seems to know for sure when the Duckworth Chant became known as the jody call. In fact, nobody's even sure who Jody is.”

“In the many cadence calls that disparage Jody's name, Jody is the guy back home, trying to court a soldier's wife or girlfriend or sister. And as more women joined the ranks, Jody also came to represent the woman out to seduce a husband or boyfriend.”

“In either case, Jody is a civilian enjoying the comforts of home while the soldier sweats it out in the field or overseas. And soldiers love to console themselves by singing about Jody.

“Remember this one?” Ain't no use in going home; Jody's got your girl and gone. Ain't no use in feeling blue; Jody's got your sister, too. Ain't no use in lookin' back; Jody's got your Cadillac...

“Whatever the case Jodies have been used by the military every since to build unit cohesion, increase morale and give a lift when the troops need it the most.”

“So, you ladies have learned something new today, right?”

“Right pappy.” One of the goon squad said. “We learned that Jodies were invented by the army to make us work harder.”

Pappy just shook his head and as he walked off he could still here them:

One mile, no sweat. Two miles, better yet. Three miles, think about it. Four miles, thought about it. Five miles, feeling good like I should...

WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR JODIES!

Steve Newton All the Old Sergeant stories are fictional http://steven.newton1.home.att.net/ steven.newton1@att.net Data obtained from Donna Miles DoD Book one now for sale

1 posted on 09/22/2005 1:56:44 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

Interesting story -- except it's spelled singing!

I thought these was about a bunch of deaf people at first.


2 posted on 09/22/2005 2:03:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Steve Newton

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
Live a life of blood and danger
Just two things that I can't stand
A bald-headed woman and a straight-leg man


3 posted on 09/22/2005 2:06:27 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Politician - Lawyer - Journalist.... when you lie for a living)
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To: Steve Newton; Neil E. Wright; SandRat

BTTT


4 posted on 09/22/2005 2:08:49 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Steve Newton
In fact, nobody's even sure who Jody is.”

He's Bill Clinton.

5 posted on 09/22/2005 2:11:46 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sorry my friend.

Knew I should have edited it.

But glad you liked it.

Steve


6 posted on 09/22/2005 2:14:21 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

Sgt's face was turning green
Cause someone pissed in his canteen
Sgt's face was turning black
Cuz someone sh@t in his knapsak
to the left to the left
to the left right left

I will never forget that from the 82nd when I was a kid and we were stationed there. Much to my mother's chagrin.

All the Way!


7 posted on 09/22/2005 2:14:48 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Lexington Green

Aww yes. I remember that one now.

Thank you.

Steve


8 posted on 09/22/2005 2:15:00 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: doodad

OUTSTANDING

Thank you.

And ALL THE WAY!

Steve


9 posted on 09/22/2005 2:16:09 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: elbucko

Ha

You know,-------hum.

We could make up a Jodie with his name.

Now let me see----

Steve


10 posted on 09/22/2005 2:17:08 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

No problem. It just threw me for a minute! I loved the story. I've always enjoyed hearing the military chanting in movies, etc. -- never needing to use it myself.


11 posted on 09/22/2005 2:18:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Steve Newton
I have to wonder how much of this is true and how much may be urban legend. IIRC, the US Army was still strictly segregated in 1944. I'd think it would have been highly unlikely that a black soldier would have been on 'detached service' in that time period.

From Combat Magazine

JODY CALL : rhythmic chants or rhyming songs intended to coordinate marching tempo, sometimes shortened to JODY; probably derived from labor songs that paced the work and maintained the processing order. These songs, along with country and blues, share the common miseries of ordinary people, featuring the archetypal JODY as villain or rake, who typically wins the soldier's pay and possessions, seduces the serviceman's wife and dog! See CADENCE, HEP, CHANTEY, HOISE. [nb: some revisionists, by ignoring the extensive history of martial music and work songs going back to ancient China and early Rome, are "crediting" segregated Negro troops with the 'invention' of CADENCE calls for the improvement of morale during training in WWII, specifically an impromptu "Sound Off" CADENCE call initiated by PVT Willie Duckworth while marching in the Provisional Training Center of Fort Slocum, New York, in May 1944, and later identified as the "Duckworth Chant" in folklore. It's another insidious myth and pernicious lie perpetrated upon the gullible by self-anointed elitists! The similarity of JODY to every carpetbagger and scalawag argues demonstrably for a 19th Century development, as does the word 'cadence' in early Army songs ("count off the cadence loud and strong"), but even more is the persistence of sea chanteys by sailors laboring at common tasks.]

12 posted on 09/22/2005 2:18:59 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Steve Newton

......in May 1944 .....

So by December '44. the 101st Airborne in Bastonge had taken up the practice so they could proudly march out, shot up with heads held high, as William Bendix led them.

That's the way the movie portrayed the scene.


13 posted on 09/22/2005 2:23:18 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat in Baton Rouge!)
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To: Bob

Could be

But the info came from the DoD.

Hum. Now thats saying something isn't it.

And your right they were segregated. As the story illustrates.

Good points

Steve


14 posted on 09/22/2005 2:26:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Bob

oh yes

http://users.erols.com/loriryan/history.html

Steve


15 posted on 09/22/2005 2:29:51 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: bert

Aww yes.

Need to watch that one again.

Steve


16 posted on 09/22/2005 2:31:22 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

This one is ceremonial more than everyday and is played in the museum at Bragg (or was). I did hear this on the streets though. Somehow I imagine newer members just to teach and "shake" them.

Is everybody happy
Said the sergeant looking up
Our hero feebly answered "Yes"
And then they hooked him up,
He jumped into the slipstream,
And he twisted twenty times,
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:
|: Glory glory what a hell of a way to die,
Glory glory what a hell of a way to die,
And he ain't going to jump no more.
2. He counted loud, he counted long
And waited for the shock
He felt the wind, he felt the air,
He felt that awful drop,
He pulled his lines, the silk came down
And wrapped around his legs
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:

3. The days he lived and loved and laughed
Kept running through his mind
He thought about the medics
And wondered what they would find,
He thought about the girl back home,
The one he left behind.
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:

4. The lines all wrapped around his neck,
The D rings broke his dome,
His lift webs wrapped themselves
In knots around each skinny bone,
His canopy became his shroud
As he hurtled to the ground ,
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:
5. The ambulance was on the spot,
The jeeps were running wild,
The medics, they clapped their hands
And rolled their sleeves and smiled,
For it had been a week or more,
Since last a chute had failed,
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:

6. He hit the ground, the sound was "splat",
The blood went spurting high,
His pals were heard to say
Oh what a lovely way to die,
They rolled him up still in his chute,
And poured him from his boots,
And he ain't going to jump no more.
Chorus:

7. There was blood upon his lift webs,
There was blood upon his chute,
Blood that came a trickling
From his paratrooper boots,
And there he lay like jelly
In the welter of his gore,
And he ain't going to jump no more.


17 posted on 09/22/2005 2:32:56 PM PDT by doodad
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To: doodad

Very very nice

Thank you

I may have to make a "Jodie" site

Steve


18 posted on 09/22/2005 2:35:40 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Bob

I was a classics major at one time and recall reading where ancient Greek armies marched with music. I think I can even recall seeing paintings of slaves (maybe) playing flutes in front of the soldiers.


19 posted on 09/22/2005 2:37:32 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Steve Newton
Napalm, napalm, sticks like glue...

I don't know, but I've been told, Eskimo -----'s mighty cold...
20 posted on 09/22/2005 2:38:31 PM PDT by null and void (I'm a patient and peaceful man. Threaten me or mine, and that changes. Then, I am a vengeful man.)
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To: null and void

Ha

Good one

Thank you

Steve


21 posted on 09/22/2005 2:40:08 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

I can recall my Uncle singing this one, he was a Korean war veteran:

There's no use in looking down,
aint't no discharge on the ground.


22 posted on 09/22/2005 2:42:37 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I thought these was about a bunch of deaf people at first.

There's always that risk when correcting grammar or spelling here on FR that you will make a mistake in the middle of your correction.

I honestly don't know if what I just wrote is grammatically correct....

23 posted on 09/22/2005 2:43:07 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (Back in the day...)
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To: Mr.Unique

Ha

Don't worry about it. Ya did good. (That is correct, right?)

Steve


24 posted on 09/22/2005 2:47:09 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: doodad

The British had marching songs in WW I. but not like Jodys,
one I remember reading that they were particularly fond of
singing was,

"Do your balls hang low,
do they dangle to and fro,
can you catch them in a mangle
do your balls hang low..."

The also liked,

"John Brown's baby has a pimple on it's bum..."


25 posted on 09/22/2005 2:47:21 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: yarddog

Oh my

Now THAT brings back memories. Thank you my friend.

Steve


26 posted on 09/22/2005 2:48:09 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: tet68

You are correct.

The military of many nations have been singing, (Hope I got that right), for thousands of years.

Would be interesting to read some of the earliest songs.

Thank you buddy.

Steve


27 posted on 09/22/2005 2:52:01 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: bert

"as William Bendix led them."

If the movie was Battleground with Van Johnson, it was "James Whitmore", the Sgt that was limping as he called out the cadence. The movie dates back to 1949.


28 posted on 09/22/2005 3:00:47 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Frodo failed, Hillary now has the Ring)
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To: Steve Newton

Aint no use in lookin' down
Aint no discharge on the ground

Aint no use in goin' home
Jodie's got your girl and gone

Two ole hoeze laying in bed
One rolled over to the other and said
Airborne..Ranger which is best?
Airborne Airborne yes yes yes

If I die in a combat zone
Box me up and ship me home
If I die on the Russian front...
Bury me with a Russian..
never mind

Feeling mean and looking good
Ought to be in Hollywood


29 posted on 09/22/2005 3:10:17 PM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: Darksheare
ping you for what it's worth
here there is a cadence dearth
30 posted on 09/22/2005 3:14:42 PM PDT by null and void (I'm a patient and peaceful man. Threaten me or mine, and that changes. Then, I am a vengeful man.)
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To: Lexington Green

We had two Airborne cadences that I remember singing during the morning PT run:

C130 rolling down the strip
Airborne Ranger gonna take a little trip
Stand up, Hook Up Shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four
1...2...3...4
If my chute don't open wide
I've got another one by my side
If that one should fail me too
I'll be on the ground before you.


C130 rolling down the strip
Airborne Ranger gonna take a little trip
Stand up, Hook Up Shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four
1...2...3...4
If my chute don't Blossom Round
I'll be the first one on the ground.
(or) I'll be six feet in the ground.


On our way to the church service, I would sing Amazing Grace and other hymns to cadence.


31 posted on 09/22/2005 3:15:08 PM PDT by Sensei Ern (Christian, Comedian, Husband,Opa, Dog Owner, former Cat Co-dweller, and all around good guy.)
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To: 4mer Liberal

Yellow Bird Ping!!!!!


32 posted on 09/22/2005 3:16:20 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Steve Newton
Here's a few...

Little yellow birdie with a little yellow bill,
Landed on my windowsill;
Lured him in with a crust of bread,
And then I smashed his little yellow head!

Up in the morning with the rising sun,
Gonna run all day 'til the runnin's done;
Gonna run so far and run so fast,
Gonna show 'em how long a Marine can last!

(variation on the last one)
Up in the morning with the bloodshot eyes,
Looks like another tequila sunrise;
Stand up, fall down, hit the floor,
Grab the bottle and drink some more!

Cruisin' along in my '54 Ford,
Got my plastic Jesus sittin' on my dashboard;
He don't slip and He don't slide,
'cause his ass is magnetized!
I think He's King and I think He's cool,
He walked across my swimming pool;
But that plastic Jesus has got to go,
'Cause His magnet's messin' up my ra-di-o!

33 posted on 09/22/2005 3:17:04 PM PDT by Antonello
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To: null and void

''I don't know, but I've been told, Eskimo -----'s mighty cold...''

If I die on the Russian front
Bury me in a Rusian c--t.

Two old ladies laying in bed
One rolled over to the other and said


34 posted on 09/22/2005 3:20:28 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Politician - Lawyer - Journalist.... when you lie for a living)
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To: Lexington Green
I knew a girl in a Mississippi town...

The prettiest girl
I ever saw
Was sippin' bourbon
Through a straw...
35 posted on 09/22/2005 3:22:32 PM PDT by Antonello
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To: Steve Newton

A couple of my favorites:

Up in the morning, out of the rack
Awakened at dawn by a mortar attack
In the early morning rain
In the early morning rain

See the soldier on the hill
You know he's not afraid to kill
In the early morning rain
In the early morning rain

See the soldier in the sky
You know he's not afraid to die
In the early morning rain
In the early morning rain

See the woman dressed in black
She knows he's never coming back
In the early morning rain
In the early morning rain


Another variation of the C-130 jody:

C130 rollin' down the strip
Hit a rock and began to flip
64 troopers trapped inside
All wish they were Mechanized


And another:
C130 rollin' down the strip
Hit a rock and began to flip
64 troopers trapped inside
64 troopers Kentucky fried

And yet another:
C-130 rollin' down the strip
Airborne Rangers on a 1 way trip
Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door
Knees buckled and I hit the floor
Jumpmaster picked me up with ease
Threw my ass out in the breeze
Well, I slipped to the left and I slipped to the right
I slipped on down into a firefight


36 posted on 09/22/2005 3:28:05 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: Steve Newton
Thanks, thanks a lot. Now I've got cadences from 20 years ago playing in my head.

Head. Bed.

"Two old ladies lyin' in bed,
One rolled over to the other and said,
"I wanna be an Airborne Ranger..."

Oh, God. Make it stop.
37 posted on 09/22/2005 3:28:33 PM PDT by Rembrandt_fan
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To: tet68

Heh... don't let your dingle-dangle dangle in the dirt....


38 posted on 09/22/2005 3:28:47 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: Rembrandt_fan

Hehehe...

When my granny was 91, she did PT just for fun
When my granny was 92, she could PT better than you.....


Yeah, I know, I'm evil.


39 posted on 09/22/2005 3:30:23 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: Steve Newton
We had a Black kid in my platoon did the best Jodie cadience I ever heard.

Old Jodie will drink your whiskey, nail your woman, smoke your cigars, and spend all of your money, Old Jodie was an evil dude.

40 posted on 09/22/2005 3:33:08 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: Antonello

"Little yellow birdie with a little yellow bill,
Landed on my windowsill;
Lured him in with a crust of bread,
And then I smashed his little yellow head!"

The moral of
this story is
if you want some H&ad,
you need some bread......


41 posted on 09/22/2005 3:34:51 PM PDT by DHak (usma '91)
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To: Steve Newton

When in danger, when in doubt,
Run in circles, scream and shout
RAAAANNGGGEEERR


42 posted on 09/22/2005 3:47:13 PM PDT by hurly (A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds!)
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To: Steve Newton

One or two I remember from the Hawaiian Infantry Training Center in 1951 goes like this:

"Little birdie in the sky
drop some white stuff in my eye"
"sound off...1, 2...sound off...3, 4...cadence count
1,2,3,4...1,2...3,4.

"I don't know but I been told
eskimo p***y is mighty cold"

"sound off...1, 2...sound off...3, 4...cadence count
1,2,3,4...1,2...3,4.

"Jody was there when you left...You're right
Jody was there when you left...You're right

"sound off...1, 2...sound off...3, 4...cadence count
1,2,3,4...1,2...3,4.


43 posted on 09/22/2005 3:55:19 PM PDT by Major Retired
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To: doodad

It's called "Blood Upon The Risers". And it is sung to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

AIRBORNE.!!!


44 posted on 09/22/2005 3:56:17 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: Steve Newton
I remember a Jody from Navy Officer's Candidate School (Class 201).

She was alot more fun than what you guys are talking about.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

45 posted on 09/22/2005 4:05:06 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm

thank you

Love em

Steve


46 posted on 09/22/2005 4:08:04 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Major Retired

OUTSTANDING SIR

And thank you for your service.

Steve


47 posted on 09/22/2005 4:09:10 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Little Bill

Thank You

You know, Im going to keep track of these things. We should not forget them because they ARE a part of our military history.

Thank you

Steve


48 posted on 09/22/2005 4:11:13 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: joesnuffy

Thats it!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

Steve


49 posted on 09/22/2005 4:13:11 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: joesnuffy

Thats it!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

Steve


50 posted on 09/22/2005 4:13:13 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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