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Singing stars visit with patients (Nugent and Keith)
Kaiserslautern American ^ | 4 June 2004 | Todd Goodman

Posted on 06/04/2004 10:57:25 AM PDT by SkyPilot

It was an unusual pairing of VIPs, but one that had patients and staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center buzzing.

Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Toby Keith and Motor City Madman and rock legend Ted Nugent stepped off an Army Blackhawk May 30 to visit the wounded at LRMC before playing a free USO concert in Illesheim, Germany. First was lunch at the dining facility. Mr. Nugent, an avid hunter, was pleased with the menu.

“Give me the biggest, greasiest, nastiest rib you can get your hands on,” said Mr. Nugent to one of the servers.

After lunch, the visit turned into an autograph and photo session as the two men tried to make their way to various patient wards.

“Snuggle me like you love me,” said Mr. Nugent as several nurses gathered around for a photo.

Once on the wards, patients gathered around to describe their injuries and receive a morale boost.

“Hello young warrior,” said Mr. Nugent as he walked into the rooms decked out in a large cowboy hat, red-white-and-blue sunglasses and a desert camouflage top. “Where are you from? Vermont? I love that state. Big deer up there.”

One Soldier, confined to a wheel chair, leg in a cast, patch over one eye and shrapnel wounds throughout his face and neck, began to sob as he told Mr. Keith what had happened to him. Mr. Keith, already shaken from a visit to the intensive care unit and donning dark sunglasses, used humor to defuse the tense situation.

“Hey, buddy, I’m telling you that 95 percent of America supports you,” said Mr. Keith. “We’ve got five percent of hippies who don’t support you, and we’re beating them up.”

“Our prayers are with you, as are the prayers of every American, and there is a chant across the land,” said Mr. Nugent. “The media does not represent what’s going on. The heart and soul of America is with you.”

The two men spoke with dozens of wounded service members. However, their trip to the ICU was the most moving.

“Words can’t describe how I felt,” said Mr. Keith. “That was an emotional roller coaster with negative G’s. I had to walk away.”

“The truth doesn’t get swayed by unfortunate conditions,” said Mr. Nugent. “The truth is that evil has to be crushed, and you have to send in strong warriors to do that. The emotional tendency is that if we avoid evil we will limit casualties, but in the final analysis it’s the exact opposite.”

There were, however, some light-hearted moments in the ICU. One came from a 73-year-old Korean War veteran who had Mr. Keith doubled over with laughter.

“He asked me, ‘You still feeding beer to those horses?’ I said, ‘Yes, Sir.’”

That question was in reference to Mr. Keith’s duet with Willie Nelson, titled “Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.”

Mr. Keith said he tries to perform a USO tour for the servicemembers every two years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: heroes; landstuhl; supportourtroops; tednugent; tobykeith; uso; waronterror; wia; wounded
These two men did so much for the morale of our wounded at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). They are great Americans.
1 posted on 06/04/2004 10:57:26 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Very moving. God bless 'em. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!


2 posted on 06/04/2004 11:01:53 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Save Terri Schiavo!!!)
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To: SkyPilot

I agree, Great job by these 2 patriots.


3 posted on 06/04/2004 11:03:48 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: SkyPilot

Ping!!

I listen to Toby Keith every day during my commute to work. Keeps me going.


4 posted on 06/04/2004 11:04:39 AM PDT by Skywarner (Enjoying freedom? Thank a Veteran!)
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To: Skywarner

Toby is set to be the next Elvis. He will dominate the airwaves for years to come. His attitude and values really set the stage for his listeners.


5 posted on 06/04/2004 11:10:10 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SkyPilot

Very cool. These two ROCK.


6 posted on 06/04/2004 11:12:03 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP (McClintock - In Your Heart, You Know He's Right)
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To: Skywarner
Even my 13 year old daughter likes Toby Keith. I remember when Keith criticized the Dixie Chicks last year, and told them they were a disgrace.

The chubby one didn't like that very much. She started wearing a T-shirt that had the initials: F.U.T.K

When she was asked by a reporter if it was in reference to Keith, she lied and said it didn't. Sheesh.


7 posted on 06/04/2004 11:14:28 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Agreed and they tell it like it is. I'm honored to call them fellow Americans.


8 posted on 06/04/2004 11:14:42 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: SkyPilot
Enjoy...
Country music star Toby Keith, right, and rock guitarist and noted outdoorsman Ted Nugent meet with U.S. troops at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 3, 2004 prior to a United Service Organizations (USO) performance for coalition forces here.  Keith  is touring U.S. military installations for the USO in Kosovo, Germany, Italy and the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
Thu Jun 3, 4:23 PM ET
AP

Country music star Toby Keith (news), right, and rock guitarist and noted outdoorsman Ted Nugent (news) meet with U.S. troops at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan (news - web sites), Thursday, June 3, 2004 prior to a United Service Organizations (USO) performance for coalition forces here. Keith is touring U.S. military installations for the USO in Kosovo, Germany, Italy and the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler, USO)
Rock and roller Ted Nugent, right, shakes hands and speaks with Maj. Jess J. Abbott, a chaplain who is currently a patient at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, western Germany, in this photo taken Sunday, May 30, 2004 and made available June 2, 2004. (AP Photo/LRMC-U.S.Army, Sgt. Joe M. Battle)
Wed Jun 2,11:31 AM ET
AP

Rock and roller Ted Nugent (news), right, shakes hands and speaks with Maj. Jess J. Abbott, a chaplain who is currently a patient at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, western Germany, in this photo taken Sunday, May 30, 2004 and made available June 2, 2004. (AP Photo/LRMC-U.S.Army, Sgt. Joe M. Battle)

Country star Toby Keith, right, and rock guitarist Ted Nugent salute troops after a United Services Organization (USO) performance at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 29, 2004.  Keith, who won top honors at the Academy of Country Music Awards this week, is on a USO tour of US bases in Kosovo, Italy, Germany and South Asia.    (AP Photo/USO, Mike Theiler)
Sat May 29, 8:54 PM ET
AP

Country star Toby Keith (news), right, and rock guitarist Ted Nugent (news) salute troops after a United Services Organization (USO) performance at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, May 29, 2004. Keith, who won top honors at the Academy of Country Music Awards this week, is on a USO tour of US bases in Kosovo, Italy, Germany and South Asia. (AP Photo/USO, Mike Theiler)

9 posted on 06/04/2004 11:18:56 AM PDT by Toidylop
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To: SkyPilot

If Toby was single---

~~sigh~~


10 posted on 06/04/2004 11:20:32 AM PDT by najida (Who said I could spell? My fingers are faster than my brain.)
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To: Toidylop
Wonderful photos. I am surprised the biased AP even ran them. Many, many thanks for posting them.
11 posted on 06/04/2004 11:21:00 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Nugent called in to the Bob & Tom show this morning from Kuwait. You could tell that he was wound up, he was on a roll even for him. He really laid into anyone who was weak on the war.


12 posted on 06/04/2004 11:22:34 AM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: SkyPilot
“We’ve got five percent of hippies who don’t support you, and we’re beating them up.”

I know nothing of Mr. Keith, but I really, really like this quote.

13 posted on 06/04/2004 11:26:58 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery." ~Calvin Coolidge)
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To: cspackler

Did you hear B&T afterwards? They played Toby Keith's taliban song, hilarious. LOL at your tagline.


14 posted on 06/04/2004 11:28:04 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (As a matter of fact I like beer.)
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To: SkyPilot

Nugent/Keith 2008
Keith/Nugent 2008
Works for me!


15 posted on 06/04/2004 11:30:12 AM PDT by macrahanish #1
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To: SkyPilot
“Hey, buddy, I’m telling you that 95 percent of America supports you,” said Mr. Keith. “We’ve got five percent of hippies who don’t support you, and we’re beating them up.”

Heh heh heh...Toby Keith ROCKS!! So does Gonzo!!

FReegards...MUD

16 posted on 06/04/2004 11:33:23 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: SkyPilot
"Even my 13 year old daughter likes Toby Keith. I remember when Keith criticized the Dixie Chicks last year, and told them they were a disgrace."

Add my 9 year old son and my 6 year old son to the roles of the TK fan club. ;-) My 6 year old will try to sing "American Soldier" whenever he hears it.
17 posted on 06/04/2004 11:36:29 AM PDT by Skywarner (Enjoying freedom? Thank a Veteran!)
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To: SkyPilot

bttt


18 posted on 06/04/2004 11:38:30 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: SkyPilot

Thanks for this awesome story! I just fired up my iTunes and am listening to Toby's Taliban Song. If you haven't heard it, you MUST!


19 posted on 06/04/2004 12:01:14 PM PDT by UlmoLordOfWaters
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To: SkyPilot

quite a few years ago we had 2 deer hunters crossing the missouri river and their boat capsized and both men died.
ted nugent reading of this sent massive flower displays to their funerals and notes of condolences. terrible ted is always welcome here in st louis.
p.s. mr kieth also.


20 posted on 06/04/2004 12:01:15 PM PDT by 537cant be wrong (the lib turneraitor)
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To: cspackler

Love your tagline!


21 posted on 06/04/2004 12:01:44 PM PDT by jtminton (Ever notice that Al Qaeda, Al Jazeera, and Al Gore all have the same first name?)
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To: FourPeas
"We’ve got five percent of hippies who don’t support you, and we’re beating them up."

I know nothing of Mr. Keith, but I really, really like this quote.

I don't know much about him either but.....

I think he may be referencing a country song from the late 70s named "Redneck Mother."

The lyrics go something like.....

Well, it's a-up against the wall redneck mother.....

A mother who raised her son so well.....

Well, it's a-up against the wall redneck mother.....

Just-a kickin' hippies' a$$es and raisin' he11.....

or something like that.

22 posted on 06/04/2004 12:22:48 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron (It translates as the Great, Big Salsa Dancer, nothing more. :-))
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To: SkyPilot

I'm glad to see Toby Keith out there affirming his support for our troops. (I was wondering about his politics for awhile, he seemed to be wavering.) But in any case, he's a fine entertainer. I'm glad I bought his "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" album.


23 posted on 06/04/2004 12:27:07 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: SkyPilot

Here's hoping that Fox News will have Nugent and Keith on their evening shows when they come back.


24 posted on 06/04/2004 12:29:58 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: SkyPilot
“Hey, buddy, I’m telling you that 95 percent of America supports you,” said Mr. Keith. “We’ve got five percent of hippies who don’t support you, and we’re beating them up.”

You know them guys ate that up!

Toby and Ted, what a helluva duo to get the troops FIRED UP! Thanks to both of these patriots for doing the best thing they can for our troops, conveying the thanks of all of us!

25 posted on 06/04/2004 12:35:56 PM PDT by Chieftain (To all who serve and support those who serve - thank you!)
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To: StoneColdGOP
Mr. Nugent: “The truth is that evil has to be crushed, and you have to send in strong warriors to do that. The emotional tendency is that if we avoid evil we will limit casualties, but in the final analysis it’s the exact opposite.”

Say it louder, Ted; I don't think the Democrats heard you.

Don't forget about the other great folks who support our troops through the USO. Here's a picture of one of them showing our guys in Afghanistan why she "don't give a d*mn 'bout her bad reputation".

26 posted on 06/04/2004 12:59:44 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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just too dang cool.....


27 posted on 06/04/2004 1:11:02 PM PDT by tarawa
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To: SkyPilot

I love BOTH of these guys!! HOOAH!!!


29 posted on 06/04/2004 2:05:31 PM PDT by StarCMC (Please pray for the 2/7 Marines and Josh.)
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To: 537cant be wrong

HEY!! WHERE ARE U FROM?? Wildwood here!!


30 posted on 06/04/2004 2:10:00 PM PDT by StarCMC (Please pray for the 2/7 Marines and Josh.)
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To: SkyPilot
For those who may not have gotten the memo:

TED NUGENT ROXXORS!

31 posted on 06/04/2004 3:09:56 PM PDT by Imal (Relax! It's the Free Republic, baby!)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Wow, she looks WAY different blonde!


32 posted on 06/04/2004 3:13:31 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Cedar lattice . . . works every time.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

NICE!


33 posted on 06/04/2004 3:39:08 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP (McClintock - In Your Heart, You Know He's Right)
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To: Xenalyte; StoneColdGOP
Joan Jett is no "one shot"; she's been going everywhere for the USO for years. Almost makes up for being a delegate for Howard Dean (or the rumors of lesbianism). Whatever; when it comes to the troops she's always there. More pictures at her record labels website.
34 posted on 06/04/2004 4:08:51 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: najida

Yeah, he could park his boots under my bed any day!

God Bless Him and Ted Nugent!


35 posted on 06/04/2004 4:15:21 PM PDT by not2worry
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Oh, I knew she was still around . . .I just didn't know she was still so hot!


36 posted on 06/04/2004 8:03:14 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Cedar lattice . . . works every time.)
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To: SkyPilot

Testosterone is always better when dished up in large portions!

I have always liked Ted, but if I was fifteen years younger and Toby was single, well, he might have been inspired to write a few more love songs...
I adore Toby Keith!
I think it is just wonderfull that these great entertainers take the time and effort to go see our troops.It means so much, and may God bless both of them!


37 posted on 06/04/2004 8:30:30 PM PDT by sarasmom (Sometimes, I wish liberals had beliefs, so I could desecrate them. (spok))
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To: SkyPilot

Two good men. Bob Hope would be proud. It's great to hear from guys who really support the troops and respect what they are doing, unlike the disgusting Democrat and media phonies who always say they care about them, but think they are misguided imperialist oppressors.


38 posted on 06/04/2004 8:47:58 PM PDT by SupplySider
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To: SkyPilot
Ted Nugent and Toby Keith are appearing on my camp in Baghdad tonight.

We're all very excited about it. I imagine it's going to be packed. They'll be appearing about three minutes walk from where my living unit is.

39 posted on 06/04/2004 9:27:50 PM PDT by Allegra
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To: SkyPilot

Awesome!


40 posted on 06/04/2004 9:31:29 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: UlmoLordOfWaters

>>Taliban Song<<

And a Bus Songs BUMP!


41 posted on 06/04/2004 9:33:26 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: Allegra

That is great--enjoy the show. Thanks for your service!


42 posted on 06/04/2004 9:35:58 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: StarCMC

good morning starcmc.

we are neighbors. ballwin, right off of new ballwin road.
keep on freepin' and keep in touch.


43 posted on 06/05/2004 3:02:17 AM PDT by 537cant be wrong (the lib turneraitor)
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To: El Gran Salseron

Jerry Jeff Walker


44 posted on 06/05/2004 3:21:29 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Allegra

Can we have an after action report please??? :o)


45 posted on 06/05/2004 4:43:48 AM PDT by StarCMC (Please pray for the 2/7 Marines and Josh.)
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