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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: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank you and bump
53 posted on 11/12/2003 10:48:40 AM PST by Soaring Feather (~Lighting Candles At Twilight and Dawn ~)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
God bless and thank you.
57 posted on 11/12/2003 11:27:43 AM PST by wardaddy (we have no choice but to crush our enemies and make them fear us and sap their will to fight)
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A "thank for for my freedom" BTTT.
59 posted on 11/12/2003 11:52:30 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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Happy veterans day.


Thank you
65 posted on 11/12/2003 4:35:23 PM PST by bulldogs
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Thanks, AR. Indeed, NEVER FORGET.

Ever think about returning?

I always told the guys I served with this place would be there someday.

66 posted on 11/12/2003 5:33:24 PM PST by onedoug
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks to you and all your brothers in arms.
73 posted on 11/12/2003 8:54:22 PM PST by Kudsman
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Hello FR

was invited to share an inhouse mail to Ronnie.

It comes from study of 3rd Marine...and of course Nolans excellent book *Into Laos.

Hi Ronnie

I too feel "We were soldiers" is the most honest un P.C. project to reveal the character of the U.S. serviceman and his ability to perform the task at hand sent to him.

A family member now deceased was a 'Gunny' with 3rd Marine Quang Tri Prov..65 -69.
entering country *Operation Starlite.

back and forth Ronnie...up to the DMZ..then down to the Khe Sanh hillcountry complex.

I read the stories of so many who were just glad to make it from Rockpile to Khe Sanh..route 9 being an attrition reality like going after a RPG team which just wolloped a Sheridan tank logger in the night.

appologies...just seems the Logistical ident was allways left for last..the reality sucking life from the Army as each day past.

Into Laos..by Keith William Nolan..Operation Dewey Canyon II or LamSon 719.

W**!!... Intel in Quang Tri had to know the North was getting intel leaks from ARVN...that they would be waiting.
the ROE was insane...100 helo's lost..600 shot to pieces. Guys driving down Route 9 start getting pasted just after leaving Rockpile....and the guauntlet doesn't ebb all the way into Laos.

so many brave serviceman..trying to cope..trying to save their friends who are down..cut off.
meanwhile..ARVN mechanized units sit and watch others get the chop to a man on a hilltop firebase....just a hundred yards away....having a smoke while thier own get slaughtered..and while brave U.S. Helo crews try to extract some very brave ARVN units fighting for their lives.
just a debacle..

Grant [my Family member] saw 3/3/3 pulled out of the Khe Sanh area,moved back to DMZ...shortly after..Charlie just phased back in....secured more trail outlets.
then the seige of Khe Sanh.

3/3/3/ were to be sent to Khe Sanh..then things changed....and 26th Marine got the call.

Grant survived and returned home....maybe that would have changed if 26th Marine had not replaced them.

from studying 3rd Marines operations..and the goings on in Quang Tri...seems to me that Intel was allways changing logistics...and logistical movement meant Charlie got more opportunity to do what he was good at.

this reality I see occuring again in Iraq..

wish the U.S. could get a handle on logistical planning..less moves....more firepower and sustained engagement.

So very proud of Grant and 3rd Marine..

proud of your Troop Ronnie too.

somehow..if the knowledge of your gens experience could be applied to today.....things might go better.

regards Light Speed

79 posted on 11/12/2003 9:25:16 PM PST by Light Speed
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...May GOD Bless our FREEDOM Fighters, always...

You got that right!

81 posted on 11/12/2003 10:52:23 PM PST by Patangeles
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General Sanchez said: "We are taking the fight into the safe havens of the enemy in the heartland of the country."

This is so different from the McNamara doctrine that gave the enemy safe havens.

83 posted on 11/13/2003 8:58:06 AM PST by muawiyah
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General Sanchez said: "We are taking the fight into the safe havens of the enemy in the heartland of the country."

This is so different from the McNamara doctrine that gave the enemy safe havens.

84 posted on 11/13/2003 8:58:06 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
You paved the way, in the Nam, for me in '67-'68. I heard a lot about the "Valley of Death" and I so admired y'all. I was 101st Airbourne Ranger and we had to stand and deliver during Tete in Hue. We kicked their butts but we lost many good friends.

I have been to "The Wall" only once. It's something I can't relate in this forum. Moving doesn't even touch what it is for a Vet. I survived and I don't know that it was fair. Sometimes I wish I would have died with them, but I didn't and I went on to college and medical school. Everyday, everyday, I think of my fallen brethern and everyday I work harder for their memory. I MUST be the best for those that saved me to come back and make a difference. Dear God, let me do the very best for their memory.

My Lady protested when I got the portrait "The Wall" but when I explained to her that I must never forget, she understood and let me hang it, nice frame and all, in in my computer room. She has excepted that it is not depressing, but uplifting, especially after 911.

Rule number one, in war; brave young men die in defense of their country. Rule number two; nothing can be done to change rule number 1, and there are no other rules. My life has been enriched by those men that are gone, those brave men that fought with me. They are saving lives today, but they know that. They are looking down from Heaven and helping me EVERYDAY. Thank you, my brothers. You are not now, nor will you ever be just a name on a wall, you are in my heart, and you are in my soul, and you are in my hands, and you are the better part of a healer of mankind. Every one of you make up the man that I am now.

Got something in my eye, gotta go!

Timy

90 posted on 11/13/2003 5:20:20 PM PST by timydnuc (qFR)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
You paved the way, in the Nam, for me in '67-'68. I heard a lot about the "Valley of Death" and I so admired y'all. I was 101st Airbourne Ranger and we had to stand and deliver during Tete in Hue. We kicked their butts but we lost many good friends.

I have been to "The Wall" only once. It's something I can't relate in this forum. Moving doesn't even touch what it is for a Vet. I survived and I don't know that it was fair. Sometimes I wish I would have died with them, but I didn't and I went on to college and medical school. Everyday, everyday, I think of my fallen brethern and everyday I work harder for their memory. I MUST be the best for those that saved me to come back and make a difference. Dear God, let me do the very best for their memory.

My Lady protested when I got the portrait "The Wall" but when I explained to her that I must never forget, she understood and let me hang it, nice frame and all, in in my computer room. She has excepted that it is not depressing, but uplifting, especially after 911.

Rule number one, in war; brave young men die in defense of their country. Rule number two; nothing can be done to change rule number 1, and there are no other rules. My life has been enriched by those men that are gone, those brave men that fought with me. They are saving lives today, but they know that. They are looking down from Heaven and helping me EVERYDAY. Thank you, my brothers. You are not now, nor will you ever be just a name on a wall, you are in my heart, and you are in my soul, and you are in my hands, and you are the better part of a healer of mankind. Every one of you make up the man that I am now.

Got something in my eye, gotta go!

Timy

91 posted on 11/13/2003 5:21:18 PM PST by timydnuc (qFR)
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"WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG"

A truly awesome movie, possibly the best to portray the Viet Nam Experience.
I have been to The Wall only three times. On my first visit I could only close to within about fifty yards. On my second I had my late wife with me and actually made it up to the grass in front of it. On my third try we touched it and looked up some names.
A powerful place.

100 posted on 11/14/2003 1:18:16 PM PST by R. Scott
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ALOHA RONNIE..........THANKS for the update, AND THANK YOU and your fellow 7th Calvary brothers who NEVER FORGET those who paid the ULTIMATE PRICE for FREEDOM that day in (IA DRANG) the Valley of Death!
101 posted on 11/14/2003 1:27:30 PM PST by PISANO (No one cares about the filabuster of judges or the rape of our constitution)
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My husband and I went to the Viet Nam Wall this past spring. I didn't expect the reaction I had. I was a girl in Jr. High at the height of the war. I prayed EVERYNIGHT for our soldiers. If I missed a night, I felt guilty. I would lie in my nice bed at night and think of what horrors our soldiers must be enduring on the other side of the world, while I lay there in my cozy bed. The thought of it made me cry more than once. When my husband and I went to the Wall for the first time, it brought it all back and I cried about it for the first time in years. But while I cried at the sorrow over all of those names there and the memory of a girl who cried at night thinking about our young people over there fighting for our country, I now cried with pride at these brave, selfless people. God Bless you all.
106 posted on 11/17/2003 8:02:32 PM PST by cowgirlcutie (wor)
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May God bless you Ronnie and all those who fought at Landing Zone X Ray and Albany! May we as a nation never forget the sacrifices of those who served and died in the Ia Drang Valley and their families.

109 posted on 11/20/2003 9:13:49 AM PST by Rebeleye
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Thanks for the link, I missed this one last Veteran's Day. From my own trip to The Wall in 1992:


110 posted on 04/16/2004 10:05:34 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Descendant of a bunch of dead white guys..........who conquered the world.)
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Thank you, and thank "them". A poignant dedication in deed.
114 posted on 04/26/2004 6:19:22 PM PDT by timydnuc ("Give me Liberty, or give me death"!)
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bttt
115 posted on 05/01/2004 7:25:25 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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Thank you Ronnie, and thanks to your Brothers in Arms,for all you have done for our country, and are still doing today.

God Bless All You Beautiful Guy and Gal Vets!!!


124 posted on 03/19/2007 10:36:13 AM PDT by Palladin (Surrender is not an option.)
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