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Generations of Valor - Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr.
San Antonio Express-News ^ | Veterans Day 2004 | (AP Photo)

Posted on 05/10/2005 9:09:10 AM PDT by Former Military Chick


Jim Mahoney/Dallas Morning News
Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas is overcome with emotion as he embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall on Thursday. Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of last year.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: graunke; iraq; marines; veterans
The following is a very interesting website.

Sgt Grit's Marine BS Iraqi War Volume 11

I had searched by name, did not see this photo, felt it fitting to share it and if it is a repeat, it frankly would be worthy of a repeat glance and moment of reflection.

Yesterday I posted one of the images said to be the best from the first Gulf War. I frankly have to tell you this is by far a more important image that appears to have been overlooked.

1 posted on 05/10/2005 9:09:11 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

That's fine. I didn't need to be wearing mascara anyway.


2 posted on 05/10/2005 9:13:43 AM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: Former Military Chick

Strange, there seems to be something in my eye.


3 posted on 05/10/2005 9:18:04 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: Former Military Chick

Again and again we ask, "Where do we find such men?" And then praise God for bringing them to us.


4 posted on 05/10/2005 9:22:03 AM PDT by NerdDad
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; armymarinemom; DTogo; Jeff Head; CheneyChick; Spruce; B-Cause; ...
A photo worth a thousands tears! PING


5 posted on 05/10/2005 10:43:39 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

God bless ALL these heroes.


6 posted on 05/10/2005 10:45:53 AM PDT by StarCMC (Free tagline courtesy of JesseJane!)
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To: Former Military Chick

This really hits you where you live.


7 posted on 05/10/2005 10:47:42 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: Former Military Chick

Salute!


8 posted on 05/10/2005 10:49:51 AM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: Former Military Chick

If that doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you are less than human.


9 posted on 05/10/2005 10:51:22 AM PDT by international american (Tagline now flameproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: StarCMC

BTTT


10 posted on 05/10/2005 10:51:51 AM PDT by international american (Tagline now flameproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: Nam Vet

PING


11 posted on 05/10/2005 10:53:02 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

A great reflection on the brotherhood of those who serve - and a middle finger salute to those who hid out in London or Moscow to become Rhodes scholars.


12 posted on 05/10/2005 11:09:40 AM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: NerdDad; All
NerdDad wrote, ” Again and again we ask, "Where do we find such men?" And then praise God for bringing them to us.”

We do not find such men and women, they rise out of the ranks themselves and are distinguished by their actions. They grow from the children that we raise and in whom we have instilled patriotism and a sense of duty and of honor. They are often the sons and daughters of men and women who have, themselves, placed freedom and love of country above their own needs and their own lives. These young people have seen the examples set by their parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and even grandparents and have, in their own turn, determined to achieve equally high standards of conduct and of honor.

But I have one question to you all. Will you remember this photograph the next time you vote for a candidate that wants to take away SSG Graunke’s VA benefits, his wife’s survivor benefits, or seeks to reduce the disability income that he receives for his wounds? Probably not, look at this Congress’ record on Veteran’s benefits –but that is a topic for another thread.

13 posted on 05/10/2005 11:12:10 AM PDT by retarmy (Been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it. . .)
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To: retarmy

Your comment touches the heart of many of us, and the sobering fact is, we must consider with clarity who we put in the White House, who we elect as our Congress Critters and their record with the military, for the military and the future of our military, retirees, Vets and those left behind giving the ultimate price.

Again, thank you for your sobering comment.


14 posted on 05/10/2005 11:25:50 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: retarmy
Your points are very well made. I was in the AF back when the promise was still to take care of our retirees. It sickens me that we - yes, we elected them so WE - have gone back on those promises.

I worked for 10 years for an Army retiree - till he retired from the company. This great American is dying from multiple myeloma resulting from agent orange exposure in Vietnam. We (the guys who worked for him) were all involved in a letter writing campaign to lobby against further erosion of veterans benefits even before he got sick. It embarrasses me that he has to put out a dime for the care that he needs. It embarrasses and angers me that my in-laws (he is retired AF) have to pay on the local economy for health care that was promised to them. But these uneducated, unemployed baby factories have no trouble getting health care for themselves and their next generation of welfare babies.

I did only 2 terms in the AF. I make no claim to rights or benefits resulting from that service, but we made promises to these men and women that we are no longer keeping. Obviously, the subject infuriates me. Thank you for calling attention to it.
15 posted on 05/10/2005 11:37:28 AM PDT by NerdDad
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To: Former Military Chick
That is a beautiful, heart-wrenching photo. Both men have been through so much.

Many, many thanks.
16 posted on 05/10/2005 1:49:46 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: Former Military Chick; tubebender; Eaker; Conspiracy Guy; Ga Rob; Uncle George; winodog; ...

NASCAR Fans, this is a bring your tissue box PING!


17 posted on 05/10/2005 2:46:49 PM PDT by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 26 more races to go...)
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To: ChefKeith

Yup, it is.


18 posted on 05/10/2005 2:49:32 PM PDT by umgud (FR, NASCAR, NRA, GOP)
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To: ChefKeith

Thank you for the ping.


19 posted on 05/10/2005 2:50:50 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Some days it doesn't pay to chew through the straps.)
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To: Nightshift

ping


20 posted on 05/10/2005 2:53:03 PM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer http://www.petitiononline.com/ijg520/petition.html)
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To: ChefKeith
Thanks for the ping...amazing picture...good for all of us to remember those sacrifices made and being made for our continued freedoms.

A stark reminder that freedom isn't free.

21 posted on 05/10/2005 3:04:41 PM PDT by housewife101
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To: NerdDad

Bump post 15 to the top


22 posted on 05/10/2005 3:08:20 PM PDT by Axhandle (AHS MilBlog: http://www.airbornehogsociety.com/blog/index.htm)
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To: Bahbah

I look like Alice Cooper now too!


23 posted on 05/10/2005 3:10:23 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: onedoug

incredible pic ping


24 posted on 05/10/2005 3:11:01 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Former Military Chick

I don't care how many body parts the Marine lost, he's still 10 times the man Clinton will ever be.


25 posted on 05/10/2005 3:12:58 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: ChefKeith
God bless them all.

Thanks.

26 posted on 05/10/2005 7:23:44 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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To: stylecouncilor
I once read in the Times about a guy somewhere out near Palmdale, who raises horses, who lost both legs, an arm and an eye to a mine in Vietnam.

In early '69 an infantry medic and myself patched a up a guy with the same injuries and got him onto a dustoff, and heard later he'd survived.

I've always wondered if that was they same guy.

If he's happy, it's one of the best things I've ever done.

27 posted on 05/10/2005 7:30:00 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Former Military Chick; XJarhead; You Dirty Rats

Belated thanks for the ping and these incredible photos, FMC . If anyone says there was a dry eye among any of the freepers on this post I won't believe it. Major goosebumps and how blessed we all are to have such magnificent heroes keeping us all safe. I want to know why these photos were not on the front page of every newspaper in this country. Sadly, I already know.

Prayers for all our troops, for those who lead them and those who wait for them. We will never forget you and your sacrifices for us. Thank you.


28 posted on 05/11/2005 9:12:38 AM PDT by GoldwaterChick
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To: ChefKeith

Great ping.....Thanks!


29 posted on 05/12/2005 4:03:15 PM PDT by Jackknife (No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.-MacArthur)
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To: Former Military Chick

Wow. Just wow. Without the Brave there just is no Land of the Free.


30 posted on 11/11/2011 3:46:53 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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