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..A Freeper Vet goes to the Vietnam Wall..
"ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer

Posted on 11/11/2003 9:08:29 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE

NEVER FORGET

...Over Veterans Day Weekend each year we surviving Veterans of the 1st Major Battle of the Vietnam War held in the Valley of Death that was the IA DRANG of 1965...

...greet the dawn's early light of a beautiful Sunday morning standing at the 3rd Panel of the Vietnam Wall. We go there, under the fresh shadow of the Washington Monument, to pay honor to our fallen U.S. 7th Cavalry Brothers who fell forever in that Valley of Death on behalf of the FREEDOM of Others.

...Though no exception, this year's Veterans Day Weekend in Washington, D.C. was truly unforgettable.

...Fellow IA DRANG Veteran and War Correspondent JOSEPH GALLOWAY, the only civilian who has been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor, writes about our IA DRANG Alumni Conference Weekend and of our obligation drawing us there for our fallen Brothers each year in his outstanding Kight-Ridder Article titled:

..'Remembering brothers on Veterans Day'

...A Link to this outstanding Article follows.

...Present and future U.S. 7th Cavalry Congressional Medal of Honor Recipiants stand side by side with the rest of us former U.S. 7th Cavalry SkyTroopers in unabashed gratitude at The Vietnam Wall to those who gave all they had long ago so that others may live in FREEDOM.

...This year's IA DRANG Alumni Conference Dinner Keynote Speaker was fellow IA DRANG Veteran JACK SMITH, now a retired ABC News Correspondent, who was wounded 4 times in the IA DRANG Valley 38 years ago. JACK SMITH's father was ABC News TV Anchorman HOWARD K. SMITH, the most honest of all American TV Anchormen reporting about our Fight for Freedom during the Vietnam War. This as opposed to former CBS News TV Anchorman WALTER CRONKITE ...who was lying to us on TV for the other side, our Communist Terrorist Enemy.

...JACK SMITH now finds himself in another fight for his life ...in a private war with Pancreatic Cancer.

...How profound it is to see today's Communist Vietnam, under threat from Terrorist Attacks and the encroaching Power of Communist China emerging all over East Asia, move closer to America for its own protection in a new Time of War. And to see an America reaching out to Communist Vietnam for exactly the same reasons..!!! It's a new World.

...Who would have thought so long ago in a land that was so very far away that we would live long enough to see this new world come our way back when...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG"..?

Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / Vet-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965

NEVER FORGET


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KEYWORDS: 17th; aloharonnie; cavalry; freedom; galloway; guyer; vietnam
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...May GOD Bless our FREEDOM Fighters, always...
1 posted on 11/11/2003 9:08:31 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: All; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub

'Remembering brothers on Veterans Day'


...by JOSEPH GALLOWAY


http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/galloway/7188148.htm
2 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:01 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

May GOD Bless our FREEDOM Fighters, always

Amen

3 posted on 11/11/2003 9:11:19 PM PST by katnip (It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Fred Mertz; VOA; risk; Boston; sport; Republic; Registered; kristinn; ...
..Clear, cool air graced us all...
4 posted on 11/11/2003 9:14:55 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: katnip; All
NEVER FORGET


...and what of the IA DRANG..?


'RONNIE GUYER PHOTO COLLECTION'


http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm


NEVER FORGET
5 posted on 11/11/2003 9:17:47 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Bless all our veterans, living and deceased. Especially bless those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Ronnie, I saw pictures of the Rocky Versace monument in Alexandria, VA. I must visit it when I next visit.
6 posted on 11/11/2003 9:18:03 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; bentfeather; Bethbg79; Fawnn; ...
A NEVER FORGET PING

ALOHA RONNIE : Thank You Brother for Never Forgetting
7 posted on 11/11/2003 9:19:53 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Never Forget Those Who Gave Their All Protecing Our Freedom)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
JACK SMITH now finds himself in another fight for his life ...in a private war with Pancreatic Cancer.

Sorry to read that.

Death in the Ia Drang Valley, by Pfc Jack P. Smith.

Thank you, Aloha Ronnie, and God bless you.

8 posted on 11/11/2003 9:20:09 PM PST by dighton (Nasty Little Clique™)
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To: Fred Mertz
...As Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE said to his Hero Soldiers at the Battle of IA DRANG-1965...

.."That's just Outstanding"
9 posted on 11/11/2003 9:20:51 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
God bless you, Ronnie.
10 posted on 11/11/2003 9:23:01 PM PST by Tribune7 (It's not like he let his secretary drown in his car or something.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Never Forget bump
11 posted on 11/11/2003 9:23:49 PM PST by Soaring Feather (God Bless Our Vets! Incoming HIJINX!!!!!!)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
bump
12 posted on 11/11/2003 9:24:33 PM PST by Soaring Feather (God Bless Our Vets! Incoming HIJINX!!!!!!)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank You Ronnie!

Enjoyed the pics.

-SoFo

13 posted on 11/11/2003 9:25:05 PM PST by South40
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To: dighton; ALOHA RONNIE
May GOD Bless our FREEDOM Fighters, always

A massive internal bump!!

14 posted on 11/11/2003 9:25:41 PM PST by GeronL (Visit www.geocities.com/geronl.....and.....www.returnoftheprimitive.com)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

MEL GIBSON is...


Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE / IA DRANG


http://www.WeWereSoldiers.com
15 posted on 11/11/2003 9:27:33 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Prayers sent...
16 posted on 11/11/2003 9:28:58 PM PST by herewego
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank you for your service, Ronnie, and prayers for Jack Smith.

You all should be proud of your service; you did a GREAT job; it was our politicians who failed.
17 posted on 11/11/2003 9:36:40 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ALOHA RONNIE
NEVER FORGET!!!

....and pass on the memories to your children...so that they will understand the cost of Freedom.

redrock

18 posted on 11/11/2003 9:36:50 PM PST by redrock (Faith....)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); Angelwood; arazitjh; b4its2late; ...





May we honor our veterans not only on November 11th but each and every day.



19 posted on 11/11/2003 9:42:02 PM PST by kayak (The Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy is truly Vast! [JohnHuang2])
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To: dighton
...In his Keynote Speach to us Saturday Night JACK SMITH had 3 points to make:

...First, JACK related how reports of his impending demise from Pancreatic Cancer were greatly exaggerated as he intends to beat it. He feels good after 8 weeks of Radiation/Chemo Therapy and I have to say that I've never seen him look better.

...Second, JACK related the horror of his being wounded 4 times while fighting at Landing Zone Albany in the IA DRANG Valley of November 1965, reading in part from his Saturday Evening Post Article you've posted a link to here.

...Thirdly, JACK shared what he saw in a now Communist Vietnam when he went back to the IA DRANG Valley of the Mid-1990's with JOE GALLOWAY and now retired Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE. This trip is chronicalled in an ABC News "DAY ONE" TV Special. What he saw there was a North and a South Vietnam that is poorer and in worse shape then when he first left it in November 1965.

...After JACK was finished with his riveting speech now retired General of the Army SHINSIKI stood to shake his hand. I was then blessed to give my "Thank You" to him as he went on to his chair. With that "Thank You" came JACK's sigh of satisfying relief at being so well received.

T'was all in GOD's Plan, perhaps..?
20 posted on 11/11/2003 9:53:46 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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