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Christmas from the ends of the earth
| December 23, 2005
| W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
Posted on 12/23/2005 3:16:26 PM PST by SuzyQ2
Like Temple, Lou, Murph, others, I too have my own memories of Christmas in uniform. My recollections go back to a time close to when Lou was a captain aboard a carrier in the Indian Ocean. I was a Marine corporal on Okinawa, sitting on my rack in a dingy squad bay, listening over-and-over to a cassette tape of Christmas wishes from family and friends, eating some chocolate-chip cookies Mom had made for me, looking at family pictures, and doing what all American soldiers and sailors have been doing during the month of December since 1775 dreaming of home.
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posted on 12/23/2005 3:16:29 PM PST
posted on 12/23/2005 3:23:54 PM PST
(The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
This story was on the History channel last night. One of the more interesting sections was the film of the soldiers in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. They had one side story about the troops discovering that canvas "gunny sacks" worked to keep their feet warm.
Thanks for finding the printed version.
posted on 12/23/2005 4:21:04 PM PST
(Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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