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Act of Mercy Has Unexpected Sequel
Wall St Journal ^ | 11-25-03 | BRYAN GRULEY

Posted on 11/25/2003 4:55:47 AM PST by SJackson

Edited on 04/22/2004 11:50:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The two young men stood trembling before Army Lt. John Withers, dressed in the rags they'd worn at the recently liberated Dachau concentration camp. Sores pocked their bony arms and legs. Decades later, the lieutenant would remember how their sunken eyes sought mercy.


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1 posted on 11/25/2003 4:55:48 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lakes,
From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is nigh.

A truly inspirational story.
2 posted on 11/25/2003 5:02:19 AM PST by friendly (Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
3 posted on 11/25/2003 5:09:22 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Amazing.
4 posted on 11/25/2003 5:10:50 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (SSDD - Same S#it Different Democrat)
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To: SJackson; Truelove; Teacup
dagnabit my eyes are leaking all over my keyboard!

what an moving story - thanks for sharing.

A timely reminder of how lucky we are on this Thankgiving and in this country.
5 posted on 11/25/2003 5:16:14 AM PST by MudPuppy (Semper FIdelis!)
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To: SJackson
Oh my goodness, I'm crying. Thanks for the wonderful story.
6 posted on 11/25/2003 5:19:18 AM PST by fml ( You can twist perception, reality won't budge. -RUSH)
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To: SJackson
What a wonderfully touching story....now if I could stop my eyes from leaking, I'd read it again.
7 posted on 11/25/2003 5:24:22 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: SJackson
What an awesome story. Thanks for posting.
8 posted on 11/25/2003 5:25:23 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: SJackson
Marvelous story! Add me to the list of those bawling at the end....
9 posted on 11/25/2003 5:25:51 AM PST by Amelia
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To: SJackson
Only had time for a few paragraphs, but BUMPING for later enjoyment! Looks great :-)
10 posted on 11/25/2003 5:27:06 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (Happily repopulating the midwest since 1991!)
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To: SJackson
My husband printed this story and laid it on my desk this morning.

It made my day.

11 posted on 11/25/2003 5:27:38 AM PST by Trust but Verify (Will work for W)
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To: SJackson
Thank you for sharing this with us.
12 posted on 11/25/2003 5:31:28 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: SJackson
I never knew that the song Taps had actual words written for the tune. Beautiful.
13 posted on 11/25/2003 5:31:47 AM PST by katnip (It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains - P. Henry)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Howlin; Freee-dame
Get your kleenex handy before you start reading this. You will not be able to stop until the end of the story.
14 posted on 11/25/2003 5:36:27 AM PST by maica (Leadership matters)
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To: SJackson
Great find ! Outstanding posts! Bravo !!
15 posted on 11/25/2003 5:38:16 AM PST by ex-Texan (CBS [SeeBS] Deserves a Long Double Flush . . . Pull the Chain!)
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To: SJackson
Fabulous reading.

Thanks for posting.

16 posted on 11/25/2003 5:38:38 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: SJackson
bookmark
17 posted on 11/25/2003 5:38:40 AM PST by wizardoz ("They're not Americans; they're Democrats." -NetValue)
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To: SJackson
bttt
18 posted on 11/25/2003 5:39:52 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Travis McGee
Ping!

By 2000, that was enough for John II, then 51 and the State Department's deputy chief of mission in Riga, Latvia. On vacation in Germany, he'd detoured to Staffelstein and questioned natives about the black Army unit.

19 posted on 11/25/2003 5:40:16 AM PST by maica (Leadership matters)
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To: Catspaw
Lt. Withers and his accomplishments fly in the face of the line peddled by today's 'black leaders' that there is no way blacks can succeed in America.

What an impressive man.

20 posted on 11/25/2003 5:40:41 AM PST by Trust but Verify (Will work for W)
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