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Focus on Freedom ^ | LtCol Strobl, USMC

Posted on 04/22/2004 8:39:17 AM PDT by steplock

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1 posted on 04/22/2004 8:39:19 AM PDT by steplock
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To: steplock
BTTT
2 posted on 04/22/2004 8:48:36 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: RaceBannon
sad and honorable bump
3 posted on 04/22/2004 8:52:19 AM PDT by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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To: RaceBannon
sad and honorable bump
4 posted on 04/22/2004 8:52:22 AM PDT by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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To: steplock; Ragtime Cowgirl; Teacup; RaceBannon; USMCVet; XtreMarine; g'nad; IGOTMINE; ...
watery eyes alert.
thanks for posting this.
I received this report via email this morning - the Marine legend continues....
God Bless the Marines past, present and future!
5 posted on 04/22/2004 8:52:55 AM PDT by MudPuppy (Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice!)
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To: MudPuppy; Coop
Ping
6 posted on 04/22/2004 8:53:23 AM PDT by IGOTMINE ("By God, I pity those poor bastards we're going up against. By God I do.")
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To: steplock
Tears here.... Godspeed, Chance Phelps.
7 posted on 04/22/2004 8:54:57 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: steplock
so moving, words fail me now ...
8 posted on 04/22/2004 9:00:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (PFC Chance Phelps - Rest In Peace)
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To: steplock
Thank you for posting this beautiful story.
9 posted on 04/22/2004 9:03:06 AM PDT by pbear8 (no complaining...Thanks be to God)
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To: steplock
Thank you for posting this!
10 posted on 04/22/2004 9:03:35 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless FreeRepublic.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
ping
11 posted on 04/22/2004 9:05:05 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (PFC Chance Phelps - Rest In Peace)
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To: steplock
wow
12 posted on 04/22/2004 9:09:55 AM PDT by FormerLib (Feja e shqiptarit eshte terorizm.)
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To: steplock
Hand Salute........two
13 posted on 04/22/2004 9:10:59 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: steplock
Speechless Bump
14 posted on 04/22/2004 9:11:16 AM PDT by KansasConservative1
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To: steplock; TrueBeliever9; Ragtime Cowgirl; TEXASOKIE; dandelion; Vets_Husband_and_Wife
I wondered how long till it was posted.

:~)

15 posted on 04/22/2004 9:12:56 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: steplock
Wow! Quite a story.
16 posted on 04/22/2004 9:18:15 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (24 years of Snarlin Arlen's Liberalism is enough! Vote Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate!)
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To: GOP_Thug_Mom
Get a hanky for this one.
17 posted on 04/22/2004 9:21:13 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: steplock
** SIGH **
18 posted on 04/22/2004 9:22:07 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (I'm isthisnickcool, and I approved this post!)
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To: steplock
A slightly different slant than the frontpage article from the Seattle Times. This was very well done.
19 posted on 04/22/2004 9:24:00 AM PDT by Eva
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The casket of Marine Pfc. Chance Phelps is taken

to the cemetery in a horse-drawn carriage driven by

Robin Wiltshire on Saturday afternoon in Dubois.

Photo by Sarah Beth Barnett/Casper Star-Tribune

Pfc. Phelps buried in Dubois

20 posted on 04/22/2004 9:24:31 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: steplock
tears.........
21 posted on 04/22/2004 9:31:08 AM PDT by mystery-ak (Mike1sg is coming home this week!)
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To: steplock
This story truly illustrates how grateful our countrymen are for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom...no matter what the talking heads on television, Ted Kennedy, or the lefites in the DNC say.

It also illustrates the true sickness and distaste that the lefties in this country have for their fellow man, especially those who die to protect the very freedoms that these people enjoy every day.

It also points to the utter depravity that John Kerry must have in his heart to come back from combat in Vietnam and say the things that he has said. His continued assault on the President about Iraq --a war that is far from a quagmire, as the Senator likes to imply-- is an extension of this depraved thinking.

After reading this story, there is no doubt in my mind that once America starts paying attention, there is no hope for the lefties. In a fashion similar to the terrorists they are willing to appease, their all out assault on American values and the attack on the President is their "last stand".

After the election in November, only the dunderheads in the media will still be talking about a "divided" country. Their commentary will finally be seen for the drivel that it is and has been for many years.

It reminds me a of a poignant moment last weekend. The family was travelling and we stopped for gas and snacks. There were 3 soldiers (Army) inside the conveience store. As we walked into the store, my 5-year old son noticed the soldiers. My son walks right up to the soldiers and says, "Thank you for protecting us against the bad guys" and extended his hand to shake theirs.

Bottom line: Even my 5-year old son gets it. Maybe I will have my son teach these liberals a thing or two about respect. They could certainly use it.

PFC Phelps, I salute you. I honor you in prayers and praise. Thank you. God Bless your family.

22 posted on 04/22/2004 9:31:54 AM PDT by mattdono (Big Arnie: "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: steplock
Beautifully written. It hit me hard.

God bless Chance Phelps and his family and friends.

23 posted on 04/22/2004 9:34:49 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: r9etb
"Tears here.... Godspeed, Chance Phelps."

He is safe at home with the Lord, forever at peace.
24 posted on 04/22/2004 10:12:23 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: dead
Hit me hard too. If I'm not mistaken, Chance Phelps was in the 3rd Brigade, 11th Marine Regiment. I don't know which battery. My son is serving with the K battery of this brigade. I'm sure there is much to be learned about PFC Phelps that would cause our hearts to burst with pride. Indeed, beautifully written.
25 posted on 04/22/2004 10:16:23 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: steplock
Semper Fi PFC Phelps.

L

26 posted on 04/22/2004 10:17:39 AM PDT by Lurker ("Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite"-Robert Heinlein)
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To: steplock
heartfelt BTTT....with tears and thanks to all our servicemen and women.
27 posted on 04/22/2004 10:27:22 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: steplock
It has taken me almost two hours to read this whole thing because of the tears that kept coming. Thank you so much for this post. For sharing it. This is awesome!
28 posted on 04/22/2004 10:28:46 AM PDT by Wneighbor (Texas. Land of opportunity! Have you found an opportunity here yet?)
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To: Ramius; g'nad; 300winmag; Corin Stormhands; Professional Engineer; msdrby
Ping. Well worth the long read. Prepare for tears though.
29 posted on 04/22/2004 10:30:22 AM PDT by Wneighbor (Texas. Land of opportunity! Have you found an opportunity here yet?)
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To: steplock; TrueBeliever9; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
Still saying goodbye to Pfc. Chance Phelps - a beautiful tribute from a fellow Marine.

 S


30 posted on 04/22/2004 10:34:39 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Evil is out there, and evil wishes to attack us." - Lt. Gen. J Vines, commander, 18th Airborne Corp)
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To: steplock
Thanks for posting this. I saw the picture of the casket in the horse drawn carriage the other day and remembered the name of the young Marine. I'm glad to learn more of the story behind the picture.

31 posted on 04/22/2004 10:41:32 AM PDT by radiohead (Over toning the opponent since 2003)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Fallen Marine Bump.
32 posted on 04/22/2004 10:41:46 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Stress is when you wake up screaming & you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet.)
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To: steplock
Thank you for posting this. And please, thank those Marines who do the burial details for us. To greet our loved ones when they return, to honor them when no one else sees - tell them, thank you.
33 posted on 04/22/2004 10:43:38 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: steplock
Because our losses have been relatively light in this war, compared to previous ones (with deaths in the hundreds or thousands each week, e.g., WWI and II, Vietnam), it's almost possible to "get to know" each man who died.

Here's another, from a small town near me: Friends, Relatives Remember Area Marine Killed in Iraq.

34 posted on 04/22/2004 10:45:00 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Wneighbor
Thanks for the ping.
35 posted on 04/22/2004 10:50:52 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Damn the stoplights, full speed ahead!)
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To: steplock; Old Sarge; Ragtime Cowgirl
Long but great story...

Thank God for both -- all -- of these heroes...

Thanks for the ping Rags....
36 posted on 04/22/2004 10:55:41 AM PDT by StarCMC (Kalen is home!!! Kalen is home!!! Thank you for all your prayers and support!!)
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To: steplock
Misty eyed gratitude to Chance Phelps.May he rest in God's arms.
37 posted on 04/22/2004 11:02:52 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: steplock
A rivetting, moving story.

God Bless Chance and his family and all the troops over there and their families for paying the price for our freedom.
38 posted on 04/22/2004 11:09:19 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: steplock
More tears. God bless our servicemen and women.
39 posted on 04/22/2004 11:18:33 AM PDT by chasman89031
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To: steplock
bump
40 posted on 04/22/2004 11:24:59 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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A bump and a prayer is all I have. A beautifully written account.
41 posted on 04/22/2004 11:35:50 AM PDT by Joe Driscoll
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Bump
42 posted on 04/22/2004 11:37:11 AM PDT by jtminton ("Being a 'moderate' Muslims means you only want to kill the Jews." - Micheal Graham)
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To: steplock
Words escape me. Thanks for the post - Slow, solemn salute to PFC Chance Phelps, and a heart felt thanks to his family for their sacrifice to our Nation. May God's peace that passes all understanding surround you.
43 posted on 04/22/2004 11:38:37 AM PDT by GrandEagle (Raw, Brute, Overwhelming force --- the ONLY answer)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I have no words.
44 posted on 04/22/2004 11:51:48 AM PDT by RightWingMama
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To: IGOTMINE
Sobering, but thanks for the ping.

Rest in peace, Chance.

45 posted on 04/22/2004 12:12:23 PM PDT by Coop (Freedom isn't free)
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To: steplock; Happy2BMe; Ragtime Cowgirl; Old Sarge; xzins
We'll miss him also. What a powerful reminder of this brave young mans sacrifice.

What gave us heart was America's reaction to it. Despite the liberal media's portrayal of the war, most of America "does" get it! Thank God!

The price is too high for us not to!

God will surely Bless Chance eternally, may He Bless and comfort the Phelps family in their grief.

I wish we could thank them personally. But for sure our prayers will be with them. We are so grateful words alone could never express it. Tears will be shed for their loss.
46 posted on 04/22/2004 12:44:04 PM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife (UNITED we STAND,... DIVIDED we FALL. God Bless our troops!)
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To: Yehuda
Thanks for making me cry while at my college class!!
47 posted on 04/22/2004 1:55:35 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: MudPuppy; Teacup; RaceBannon; 300winmag; 2Jedismom; Corin Stormhands; Ramius
I know the author, Mike Strobl. We served together in 10th Marines, and then at HQMC. He is a thoughtful, intelligent, articulate man. He captured the emotion of all Marines well in this article.

Semper Fi PFC Phelps, God bless you...

Let us cross over the river, and rest on the other side...
48 posted on 04/22/2004 2:14:38 PM PDT by g'nad (Fallujah delende est...)
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To: steplock
Dang blurry monitor!!

Great story about some great men.

49 posted on 04/22/2004 2:15:22 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: steplock
Saved for home read, tearfull bump!
50 posted on 04/22/2004 5:34:16 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I'm with the Federal Bureau of Mattresses and Pillows and I'm here to check your tags!)
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