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Army Times Photos: Faces of Valor (An FR Holiday Tribute to our Armed Forces)
Army Times ^ | 12/16/03

Posted on 12/16/2003 11:23:36 AM PST by Wolfstar

Edited on 05/07/2004 10:24:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; airforce; armedforces; army; bush; coastguard; iraq; marines; navy; oif; pictures; tribute; usmilitary
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In this holiday season, never forget those who sacrific so much to keep us free and safe. Join with me in honoring our Armed Forces by posting your tribute on this thread.
1 posted on 12/16/2003 11:23:40 AM PST by Wolfstar
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To: Wolfstar
Thank you. Let us not forget!
2 posted on 12/16/2003 11:25:29 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (I miss Bob Bartley....)
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks for a great post!
3 posted on 12/16/2003 11:27:54 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: Wolfstar
Thank you all and God Bless you and keep you safe during this Christmas season and always.
4 posted on 12/16/2003 11:28:14 AM PST by GrandmaPatriot
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To: Wolfstar; Diogenesis
Thank you for the post. Great shots. Dio ping.

To our Troops, President and Administration: God Bless you and Thank You. Godspeed for continued success with minimal sacrifice....

5 posted on 12/16/2003 11:28:20 AM PST by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: Wolfstar
Great Photo Essay. I wrote this yesterday. Hope you won't mind if I post it.

"Freedom"

Freedom isn’t free you know,
It isn’t even cheap.
Many paid the highest price,
So freedom, we could keep.
Soldiers fought and soldiers died,
In many foreign lands.
In forest deep and thick with snow,
And even desert sands.
We fought at sea and in the air,
The battle rages still.
We must back our troops today,
And show we have the will.
To stay the course until it’s done,
And then again we’ll see.
That freedom still belongs to us,
But never is it free.

Conspiracy Guy 12/15/03
USAF 1972 - 1976
6 posted on 12/16/2003 11:30:26 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thank you!

God Bless you and watch over you.
7 posted on 12/16/2003 11:30:41 AM PST by najida (Where is Snake Pliskin when you need him?)
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To: Jim Robinson; PhiKapMom; Jeff Head; TruthNtegrity; 4integrity; prairiebreeze; Miss Marple; ...
Ping in honor of our Armed Forces.
8 posted on 12/16/2003 11:31:51 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
Here's a link I found on the 4th ID message board.

http://www.redneckrepairs.com/pow/stand/

It's a great tribute to our fine young men and women.
9 posted on 12/16/2003 11:32:43 AM PST by TMD
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Don't mind at all. Great poem.
10 posted on 12/16/2003 11:33:07 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
Just great!..Thank you!God bless our wonderful armed forces.
11 posted on 12/16/2003 11:33:47 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Wolfstar
Great photos! I actually had someone ask me if I joined the military because I couldn't get a job elsewhere. I almost decked him. How clueless can you get?
12 posted on 12/16/2003 11:35:03 AM PST by CholeraJoe (PSST...Saddam! Do ya like Metallica? You're gonna hear alot of it for the next six months.)
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To: Wolfstar
God Bless our President, our Country and the men and women in our armed forces. I thought we were good when I was in uniform but these men and women today are head and shoulders above us. And let us not forget the Coast Guard. They are in Iraq like the rest of the armed services.
13 posted on 12/16/2003 11:36:57 AM PST by caisson71
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To: TMD
Wonderful photo tribute on that site. Thanks so much for linking it here. All photos, links, poems, prayers and other messages honoring our Armed Forces are most welcome on this thread.
14 posted on 12/16/2003 11:37:42 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: CholeraJoe
CJ,

But in your case and mine, that was true.

CG
15 posted on 12/16/2003 11:38:31 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks. Want some more of my Troops Tributes?
16 posted on 12/16/2003 11:40:01 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thank you
17 posted on 12/16/2003 11:40:03 AM PST by mystery-ak (Mike...Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...)
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To: CholeraJoe
Good day, Joe. There are so many touching photos on the Army-Navy-Air Force-Marine Times sites. I think one of the most heart-wrenching is that one that I posted of the parents standing there seemingly all alone receiving the casket of their son. I wish I could comfort them in some way.
18 posted on 12/16/2003 11:40:35 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Any heartfelt tribute to our guys and gals is welcome on this thread. That's why I started it — so FReepers could post their tributes to our Armed Forces.
19 posted on 12/16/2003 11:41:57 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Maybe yours but I didn't have a choice. If I wanted a college education, I had to go ROTC. Being a sharecropper's son from Selma, there wasn't alot of college money laying around. My draft number was low. Either way I was headed for the military.
20 posted on 12/16/2003 11:43:14 AM PST by CholeraJoe (PSST...Saddam! Do ya like Metallica? You're gonna hear alot of it for the next six months.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks for the post. I am sooo proud of our troops. Beautiful pictures.
21 posted on 12/16/2003 11:43:39 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: caisson71
I wanted to post at least eight pics honoring each service, but couldn't find many of the Coast Guard. Went to the Coast Guard's home page and found a link to photos, but you have to have a password to get into that page. So if you could find any other good CG pics, especially of them at work over in Iraq, please post them here. Thanks.
22 posted on 12/16/2003 11:44:15 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: areafiftyone
Me too, so proud. There are a bunch of great photos at the site I linked at the top of the post. I tried to select some of the best. There's also a link to the names of all our 450+ casualties in Iraq.
23 posted on 12/16/2003 11:46:28 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar; shezza
Thank you Davie, Thank you Scott, and, yes even, thank you Charlene. You make me proud!!
24 posted on 12/16/2003 11:47:20 AM PST by N8VTXNinWV
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To: Wolfstar
God bless our gallant men and women. Keep them safe from harm while they fight the enemies of Liberty.

Lee Heggy-USCG 'Oleander' 1970
25 posted on 12/16/2003 11:48:21 AM PST by Lee Heggy (An erection is not personal growth)
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To: Lee Heggy
Thank you for your service, Lee. As I mentioned, I tried to find more CG pics. If you can find any, especially of Coast Guard over in Iraq, please post some here. I admire the Coast Guard and sometimes regret that I didn't join it rather than the Navy.
26 posted on 12/16/2003 11:50:10 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: boxerblues
Thought your son might also want to see this thread!
27 posted on 12/16/2003 11:51:10 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all!)
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To: Wolfstar
I'll try.
28 posted on 12/16/2003 11:53:56 AM PST by caisson71
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To: hoosiermama
Do you know who keeps the list of all the FReepers who have family members serving overseas? I'd like to ping them to this thread to let them know we are thinking of them and their service members.
29 posted on 12/16/2003 11:54:42 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: caisson71
Thanks.
30 posted on 12/16/2003 11:55:06 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
The following pic was posted today on Yahoo News. Our guys are starting to get more intelligence from Iraqis.


31 posted on 12/16/2003 11:56:42 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar; chadsworth
Wonderful tribute thread!

Merry Christmas to our troops at home and abroad, and especially those serving in the theater of Iraq. Our love and gratitude is immeasurable!

May God bless and protect you all. Great Job! Someday soon, may we all have peace on earth.

32 posted on 12/16/2003 11:57:17 AM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: Wolfstar; Billie; kayak; ohioWfan; mystery-ak
Try Kayak or Billie. If they do not have the list OhioWFan or MysteryAK might know who does.

By the Way BoxerBLues's son with the 101st is home on leave for two weeks. I'll ping you to the thread.
33 posted on 12/16/2003 11:58:18 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all!)
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To: hoosiermama
BR>
Pictures of little kids missing a Dad or Mom who is serving makes me tear up everytime.
34 posted on 12/16/2003 11:58:36 AM PST by boxerblues (If you can read this.. Thank a Teacher..If you can read this in English ..Thank a US Soldier)
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To: Wolfstar
Outstanding!!
35 posted on 12/16/2003 11:59:09 AM PST by MJemison
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To: hoosiermama
Thanks, hoosiermama.
36 posted on 12/16/2003 12:04:22 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
I'll add the CIA to the tribute as well:

 

Die CIA hat bereits in der Vergangheit in Afghanistan mit solchen ferngesteuerten ''Predator''-Drohnen Raketen auf mutmaßliche Stellungen der al-Qaida und der Taliban abgefeuert

Rooting out the terrorists by remote control.

 

Johnny "Mike" Spann (KIA Afghanistan)

pre-Gulf War analysis

 


37 posted on 12/16/2003 12:04:33 PM PST by Incorrigible (immanentizing the eschaton)
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To: Wolfstar
Well to keep from being a hog. One more.

"We Owe You"

We owe you all, for all you do,
You risk it all each day.
We’d like to send our deepest thanks,
To you we’d like to say.
You are our bravest and our best,
We’re proud of all of you.
You serve your country selflessly,
Your country knows this too.
So know that while you’re far away,
This nation backs your fight.
With your hard work and God’s Dear Grace,
This all will come out right.
So please stay safe and do your best,
Our hearts are with you there.
We hope you know that here back home,
The people really care.

Conspiracy Guy December 2003
USAF 1972 - 1976
38 posted on 12/16/2003 12:04:35 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks, Little did I know when I enlisted...thought the Guard would be a bit easier than the Army. Imagine my surprise when I met my new 'Daddy'! A 6'3" 200lbs+ Marine Master Sgt. I went in with 74 other recruits and ten weeks later graduated from Boot with the 46 survivors. I lasted three years untill I was injured fighting a fire on the Ohio River. Great experiences though and some of the finest people I've ever had the honor of working with. I'll see if I can find some photos. The best one's though are in my mind of the looks on people's faces when we arrived to rescue them. They called us 'shallow water sailors' but they did it with love and respect.
39 posted on 12/16/2003 12:06:31 PM PST by Lee Heggy (An erection is not personal growth)
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To: Wolfstar
Bump!


;-)

40 posted on 12/16/2003 12:06:35 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Support Our Troops!)
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To: CholeraJoe
CJ

I know the saga of the sharecropper's son. I was born a coal miner's daughter. No that was Loretta Lynn. I had a good job but woke up one morning and said, "Gee, I'd like to join the Air Force". I'm serious.

CG
41 posted on 12/16/2003 12:07:17 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Clues for sale, 20 % off through Christmas. Don't be clueless, buy yours today.)
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To: boxerblues; hoosiermama
The little guy is A.J. Anderson, who is 5. The pic shows him wiping his eyes in front of a fence hung with yellow ribbons during a March 26 ceremony at Fort Story, Va., in support of troops deployed overseas for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His father, Lt. Col. Brian Anderson, commands of the 11th Transportation Battalion, which earlier deployed to Kuwait from Fort Story.
42 posted on 12/16/2003 12:08:01 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Incorrigible
Great! Good idea to add the CIA, since they have many agents serving in the field in both Afghanistan and Iraq. God bless and keep them all.
43 posted on 12/16/2003 12:09:25 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
SPOTREP - Lest we forget!
44 posted on 12/16/2003 12:09:28 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Another terrific poem. You couldn't possibly be a "hog" when paying tribute to our guys and gals. Maybe some of them will get to read this thread. Heartfelt tributes like yours mean a lot.
45 posted on 12/16/2003 12:11:47 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
Great pics; thank you. The fourth one down in the Marines section is an Air Force Pararescueman.
46 posted on 12/16/2003 12:12:32 PM PST by Jarhead_22 (Peace can wait. I want payback.)
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To: Lee Heggy
I'll bet you have some great stories to tell [grin].
47 posted on 12/16/2003 12:13:01 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks for the awesome pics!
48 posted on 12/16/2003 12:13:40 PM PST by fellowpatriot
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To: Wolfstar; Squantos; SLB
Pretty cool--graphix intensive.

It looks like the Army does a lot more hugging than the other branches...

49 posted on 12/16/2003 12:14:54 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (The Guns of Brixton)
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To: Jarhead_22
The fourth one down in the Marines section is an Air Force Pararescueman.

That photo came from the Marine Times Photos of Valor site. Although I'm ex-Navy, my service was some time ago. I did not recognize the insignia. But it's OK. Whatever branch of service, they all deserve to be honored.

50 posted on 12/16/2003 12:16:47 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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