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A Few of FR's Finest....06-18-19-07....Military Tribute
Billie, The Mayor

Posted on 06/17/2007 9:06:15 PM PDT by The Mayor







A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I could no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I have been including them here as I receive enough to make another collage.
I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why we've created a place for just that. This is a friendly room in JimRob's house where FReeper FRiends can gather every day and just say hello if that's all they want to do.
We have featured different FReepers, with a little background information on who they are and what makes them who they are, along with a few photos you might not have seen on other threads; sometimes others write an essay for us to post as the feature for the day; sometimes our presentation is a human interest story found elsewhere that you might not have read; sometimes special holiday threads; but whatever the topic of the day, it is always with FR's Finest in mind and that is YOU!
Every Monday we post the photos of FR's Military Personnel that I have collected and put into groups; these will be available to view through a link the remainder of the week - every day just a click away. :)   If you would like to add a photo of yourself or a loved one in the military, past or present, please let me know; I will hold it until I have enough for a new group.
Thank you, and please have fun with us...every day!

~ Billie, The Mayor, and all The Finest ~

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Thank You For Serving Our Country!

TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1



TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet
MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga
BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc



TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette
MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid
BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf



TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP
MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, Neets, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma



TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.



TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang



TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.



TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack



TOP:  Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.



TOP:  dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.



TOP:  ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM:  AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.



TOP: Mo1's dad; BuffyT's Uncle (right, w/ her dad & grandmother); Armymarinemom's 3 sons.
MIDDLE: ru4Liberty's dad; SheLion's husband, MaineRebel; wirestripper.
BOTTOM: fivetoes; bigghurtt; hurricane; ladtx' dad; Pippin's brother.



TOP: Repubmommy's brother, Rose in RoseBear's uncle, BoxerBlues' son Chris, BoxerBlues' son Brent.
BOTTOM: Rose in RoseBear's cousin's hubby, Deadhead's stepdad, Dansy's dad, Misty's brother.



LEFT: Little Pig; TOP: hattend, Old Sarge, Aquamarine's dad.
MIDDLE: HuntsvilleTxVeteran.
BOTTOM: Its_me_K.E.T.'s son, Veloxherc, SeeRushToldU_So.



TOP: DollyCali, Wheelbarrow, DollyCali's dad, DollyCali's brother, Jen's Mom's daughter Jen.
MIDDLE: Warthogtjm dad & Warthogtjm, SoldiersPrayingMom's son jmpmstr4u2,
Indy Pendance's daughter, Agthorn's dad.
BOTTOM: Tupac, GulfWar1Vet, SandRat, JRios1968.









FR FINEST
HALL OF FAME #19




THE WEEKEND THREAD

06-15-16-17-07....
T.G.I.F. at the Finest

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
Every Thursday at the Finest
The guy's good, folks!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: freepers; military; monday; tribute

1 posted on 06/17/2007 9:06:20 PM PDT by The Mayor
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...




Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Dutchess; dollycali;The Mayor; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy, and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.



gator girl........................husband
severa.......................... brother
Maigrey.........................cousin
mystery-ak...........son, husband
Inspectorette.......................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
Diver Dave........niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
Pippin............niece's husband
sneakers..........................son
weldgophardline.................son
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
jamaly.................brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater.......cousin
WaterDragon............grandson
WaterDragon...........son-in-law
kimmie7......................brother
LadyX (RIP)..............grandson
fawn796......................nephew
ValerieUSA..................2 sons
Lakeside......................2 sons
LakeLady....................nephew
Spruce......................daughter
Leofl.................................son
chena...............................son
Hope and Glory..................son
TheMayor...............friends'son
Doug from Upland.......soninlaw
homeschoolmama........nephew
ariamne...................2 cousins
mhking.........................cousin
Consort.................2 daughters
Consort...................son-in-law
gonzo...................friend's son
visualops......................cousin
auboy..........................cousin
painter........................nephew
jrushing.............................son
LoneRedRanger...brother-in-law
Ladysmith.nephew, friend's son
tina07......soninlaw & his friend
MontanaCowgirlCop......brother
nelibeli........................nephew
Misty4jc.....................husband
Colorado Slim..............nephew
Tapatio....................2 nephews
ProudAFDad......................son
Alouette.............................son
Katydidnt...........................son
Zechariah_8_13....brother-in-law
Zechariah_8_13.............cousin
PreviouslyA-Lurker........brother
sheeza.......................husband
kemathen7..................husband
Q6-God..................twin brother
Q6-God....................active duty
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne..........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells....................active duty
LongCut...................active duty
cjk...........................active duty
Trish........................active duty
ODC-GIRL................active duty
AF_Blue...................active duty
thumperusn..............active duty
Veloxherc.................active duty
Don Simmons...........active duty
wingnutx...................active duty
CGblue.....................active duty
bigghurtt...................active duty
frankiep....................active duty
veeceeque................active duty
JRios1968................active duty
NoLongerFreeState...active duty
CMS........................active duty
JemiansTerror...........active duty
Hoosiersailor...........active duty
txradioguy..................active duty tongue-tied. .............active duty
vigilante2.....son,& adopted soldier
NavySEAL F-16................son
Jaxter.....................son-in-law
2ndDivisionVet..........brotherinlaw
2ndDivVet.....former stepdaughter
GrandEagle ............... friend-Tim
DebWisconsin....................nephew
JarhedAirmanPatriot.........brother
athelass.......two sons and two nephews
DCBryan1................Active Duty

OhioWfan................................son
ladtx..................................2 sons
Its_me_K.E.T.........................son
MozartLover...........son, nephew
ak_daddoo........................nephew
Dubya............................nephew
LBGA (RIP)..........................son
katykelly..............................son
Armymarinemom................3 sons
american_ranger.....................son
cookcounty.............................son
Himyar....................................son
SpookBrat........................nephew
SpookBrat........................cousin
boxerblues........................2 sons
the piper..............................son
Tiffee4Bob......................boyfriend
TexKat.......................son, step-son
StarCMC.............................brother
Darheel...............................niece
Donaeus...........................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe........................son
Repubmommy........................brother
AgThorn................................2 sons
kneezles.................................son
RoseinRoseBear.....cousin's hubby
Atomic Conspiracy......half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...........nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..............niece
Sunflowergal....................grandson
mrstank..............................husband
MrsMike31........................husband
spotbust1............................husband
campfollower............................fiance
LUV W........................................son
SilentServiceCPOWife........husband
DirtyHarryY2K......................daughter
DirtyHarryY2K................son-in-law
Skimask.....................................son
Palladin...............................grandson
MississippyMuddy...................sister
MississippyMuddy........2 nephews
Kramster...............................stepson
Socratic.............................nephew
freema.......................nephew, son
Azbushgal..............................son
kimmykay.................................son
NavySEAL F-16........................son
Ike..........................................son
repubmom...............................son
wolfcreek..........................daughter
JesseJane ...........................cousin
Roses0508..............................son
pmmd81..................................son
SoldiersPrayingMom.................son
WakeUpandVote..................brother
Skyraider.................................son
CyberAnt...........................nephew
mrs tiggywinkle...................cousin
Jen's Mom........................daughter
Meg33.............................grandson
911angelady........................2 sons
Nadine...............................nephew
U S Army EOD.................daughter
thehumanlynx...........brother-in-law
JFC..................................nephew
Earthdweller......................nephew
Scubachick.......................husband
ChairmanDec19thSociety ..brotherinlaw
Anthem............................2 cousins
meanie monster .........family friend
PragmaticWarrior..........2 nephews
Sageb1...........................3 cousins
JulieRNR21.........friend's grandson
SuzyQue...mom,2 sons,3 brothers
weeder1...........................nephew
IndyPendance..daughter,soninlaw
fatima.....................granddaughter
Lori from Long Island....soninlaw
monkeyface..........two grandsons
redhead...................grandnephew
varina davis................ ...Grandson
Rivendell.......................daughter
W.W.Smith...........................son
Gonzo........................Son-in-law
USMCWife6869...........Husband
AgThorn & Lily4Jesus......son
jackv...............................Son
Anne of DC.......niece's husband
GulfWar1Vet...........two cousins
TINA KIRBY...................Son
TADSLOS......................Son





2 posted on 06/17/2007 9:08:03 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...
~Freedom Isn't Free~

Honoring Those Who
Gave All
To Protect Our Nation

3 posted on 06/18/2007 2:57:11 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

June 18, 2007

Use It Wisely

READ: Genesis 2:7-15

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. —Psalm 24:1

God gave us an incredible gift—the beautiful world in which we live. Naturally, though, as we share this planet with so many others, we run the risk of seeing its beauty diminished and its resources depleted.

While we have every right to use the resources God placed in and on the earth, we also need to recognize our responsibility to respect the earth as His and to preserve its resources for future generations.

In Genesis, the Lord told Adam (and, by extension, all of us) to “tend and keep” the earth (2:15). Because we don’t know when Jesus will return, it would not be responsible stewardship to leave our children and grandchildren without the resources that God provided for them as well.

We might think our individual efforts to preserve God’s world aren’t valuable. But we can all work together to do our part. Buying and consuming less, simplifying, repairing instead of replacing, reusing, and recycling are all good stewardship practices.

One way we can testify of our love for God and to express our gratitude for what He has done is by tending and keeping the earth and all that it offers. Until the Lord returns, let’s use our world wisely.

The natural world that God has made
Is given to us and must be shared;
May generations yet to come
Be thankful that we cared. —D. De Haan

God created the world and placed it in our care.


4 posted on 06/18/2007 4:13:23 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Good morning all. Hope everyone had a great Father’s DAy.


5 posted on 06/18/2007 4:33:13 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: MEG33; The Mayor; La Enchiladita; Mrs.Nooseman; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; DollyCali; ConorMacNessa; ...

Good morning, y'all. It's Monday once again. yipee?
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
We're having a hot one today so I'm out the door shortly for my walk. Got to do it early today and tomorrow.


6 posted on 06/18/2007 5:03:39 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem?)
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To: spotbust1

Good morning.
I did.. : ) I hope all the other Dad’s did too. Thank you.


7 posted on 06/18/2007 5:36:58 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: beachn4fun

Morning Beachie.
Monday is always a crazy day for me.


8 posted on 06/18/2007 5:37:33 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Good morning, Mayor


9 posted on 06/18/2007 5:40:45 AM PDT by beachn4fun (How long will the world allow terrorism to be the answer to the problem?)
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To: All
If I die before you wake...
10 posted on 06/18/2007 6:47:05 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor; Finest FRiends

To All Who Are Serving Our Country



*THANK YOU*

11 posted on 06/18/2007 10:21:24 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: All; The Mayor; MEG33; Mama_Bear; Billie; LUV W; ConorMacNessa; GodBlessUSA; Diver Dave; ...
& Allies!!!!!!!

12 posted on 06/18/2007 12:34:25 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj; Aquamarine; beachn4fun; Billie; Diver Dave; DollyCali; dutchess; ...

HAPPY MILITARY MONDAY TO THE FINEST!



The Soldier’s Code

1) I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

2) I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

3) If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

4) If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me, and will back them up in every way.

5) When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies, or harmful to their cause.

6) I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, August, 1955.


13 posted on 06/18/2007 12:56:04 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; Aquamarine; beachn4fun; Billie; Diver Dave; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; ...

14 posted on 06/18/2007 12:57:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: All
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15 posted on 06/18/2007 1:12:01 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: All
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Women have made major advancements during their 64 years in the Corps from their beginnings during World War II. The Women Marines Association tries to uphold the traditions created during that time but the local San Diego Chapter is in need of the younger active duty members.


16 posted on 06/18/2007 1:38:10 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
The Women Marines Association tries to uphold the traditions created during that time but the local San Diego Chapter is in need of the younger active duty members.

Hmmmm. Maybe they should call 'em BAMs again. :))

17 posted on 06/18/2007 1:55:14 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: The Mayor; Texas Songwriter; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; ...



GOD BLESS AMERICA!

[click on picture]

Run to the Sounds of the Guns
~~~by Texas Songwriter~~~
aka Jeff Russell


18 posted on 06/18/2007 2:06:09 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: LUV W

Re: Your ping to Your post # 18...

That trumps a virtual visual of a Snicker’s bar pic every time!...

I know that You know tis a carry over comment from another Thread reply!...

Am just explaining a bit so those who come across this reply & wonder what it means/the connection!


19 posted on 06/18/2007 3:15:51 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

T Y for the pings today CMac! especially the stone sculptured Soldiers!Awesome!


20 posted on 06/18/2007 3:22:25 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

LOL! Thank you!

We should have just left them guessing! ;D


21 posted on 06/18/2007 4:59:35 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: LUV W

Yeah, that would have been more fun huh?


22 posted on 06/18/2007 5:02:07 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

23 posted on 06/18/2007 5:12:00 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: The Mayor

070617-N-4207M-106 SHOALWATER BAY, Australia (June 17, 2007) - Sailors of Assault Craft Unit 5 walk off Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1651 to set up the beachhead, during an assault rehearsal for exercise Talisman Saber 07 (TS07). TS07 is a U.S. and Australian-led Joint Task Force exercise designed to prepare both nations for crisis action planning and the execution of contingency operations. TS07 will maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces, demonstrating commitment to regional security and the U. S. and Australian military alliance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhoan Montolio (RELEASED)


070615-N-0780F-003 SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (June 15, 2007) - Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) departs Souda harbor following a routine port visit to Greece's largest island. Scranton is on deployment as part of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which returned earlier this month to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Bataan ESG has the capabilities to support maritime operations, combat operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley (RELEASED)


070615-N-4014G-231 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 15, 2007) - A Sailor aboard amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) directs a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 261. Kearsarge is underway in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser (RELEASED)


070614-N-0120A-052 GULF OF THAILAND (June 14, 2007) – Guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) and USS Jarrett (FFG 33) transit together during a practice underway vertical replenishment with dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Ford, Jarrett and Harpers Ferry are currently participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2007. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and six Southeast Asia nations designed to build relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces. Harpers Ferry is the flagship for CARAT 2007 with Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 embarked onboard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark R. Alvarez (RELEASED)


070618-N-5387K-025 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 18, 2007) - USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Honor Guard bow their heads during a burial at sea ceremony. The cremated remains of World War II veterans retired U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Wyllis H. Fox and retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William F. Nichols were committed to the Coral Sea from a HH-60H Seahawk helicopter. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, and is in the first month of its summer deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Antoine King (RELEASED)

24 posted on 06/18/2007 5:18:02 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: Diver Dave
Maybe they should call 'em BAMs again. :))

Good idea it may help.:^)

25 posted on 06/18/2007 5:29:49 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: ConorMacNessa; The Mayor; MEG33; All
Thank you for the Pings, my Finest FRiends. Standing with our Military in Gratitude and Prayers. God Bless and Keep them Safe Always.


26 posted on 06/18/2007 7:52:15 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: Kitty Mittens; Purple Mountains Maj; Aquamarine; beachn4fun; Billie; Diver Dave; MEG33; LUV W; ...
Thank you to ALL of our military around the world from a grateful America & prayers for your safety.

Hey!.. want to hear an update about one of our FAVORITE marines from a few years back...?

Cee-gar guy

I recieved a note from his wife .. here are a few "clips"

. Nick has been very busy this past year working on a book with a writer. It is due to come out around the holiday season. It is one of the most humble books you will ever read about a Marine. We know with confidence most people will absolutely love it. Our Military families will be proud, It is so much more than a story of one man, but the life of all of us and our dedication to our country and each other. I will keep you posted.

Nick is on his 3rd year of college. He will attend San Diego State University this fall. He has consistently held straight A’s even with a visual impairment. He is loved by his teachers; he will make a wonderful High School Teacher.

Since the Fall of the Statue in that memorable photo, everyone at FR have been there for us.

The love and support of all the bloggers, were more than we could have ever imagined and our wish is that any serviceman or women could feel as valued and cared for as you all made us feel. When times were tough, reading the messages from everyone, made us stronger and ready to take on any battle..........Once more, thank you from the bottom of our hearts...for being there with us.

I just wanted to share a new story about Nick and his progress with you. He has at story that is currently running on the San Diego Union Tribune web page.

Thank you again for being there for us.


Here is a thread from the Finest on Cee-gar Guy done a few years ago. Click here
27 posted on 06/19/2007 12:01:09 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

June 19, 2007

Not Boredom But Freedom

READ: 2 John 1-6

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. —Matthew 11:29

During World War II, a fellow soldier said to me, “Herb, you seem to be happy. But if I had to live the way you do, I’d just as soon be dead.” He was implying that my life was so moral that it had to be boring. But I had never thought of it that way. In fact, I often felt guilty because of my many failings.

I grew up in a Christian home where I was taught that I was a sinner in need of salvation. But I also learned that God in the person of Jesus Christ had paid the price for my sins.

Then, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, I recognized the truth of this teaching. And as a child, I placed my trust in Jesus and committed my life to Him. From that day on, I tried to live out the command to love God and my neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40). My obedience to God was a natural response for one who had truly believed.

In 2 John the word commandment is used four times to remind us that we are to walk the path of truth and to love one another (vv.4-6). Christians who do this will find joy and freedom, not boredom and bondage, as some people mistakenly think.

I love the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is good to bear, My load is light” (NEB).

Happy are they who love the Lord,
Whose hearts have Christ confessed,
Who by His cross have found their life,
Beneath His yoke their rest. —Bridges

Joy is the result of walking with God.


28 posted on 06/19/2007 4:16:35 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor
Another wonderful message Mayor.

May God bless our Military and the United States of America.

29 posted on 06/19/2007 6:17:01 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: DollyCali

Thank you, Dolly.. I am so glad ot read this..He was our symbol , our”pin-up” on the “war” thread. God bless you Cee-Gar guy.


30 posted on 06/19/2007 7:55:40 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...

~~
U.S. Marines with the Military Police Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion stand with a group of children on top of a hill in Al Qam, Iraq, June 5, 2007. The 2nd Maintenance Battalion is deployed with Multi-National Forces - West in support of Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq to develop Iraqi Security Forces.
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*Thank You*
To All Who Serve Our Country

Good Military Tuesday To the Finest

31 posted on 06/19/2007 8:06:16 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: The Mayor; All
Thank you, to all our Troops, for all you do
to keep the light of our country burning.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 4:45:00 PM PDT by Billie
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To: All

The Boys of Iwo Jima

By Michael T. Powers
From the book: Heart Touchers “Life-Changing Stories of Faith, Love, and Laughter”

Each year my video production company is hired to go to Washington, DC with the eighth grade class from Clinton, Wisconsin where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I always enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. But this fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. It is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — the W.W.II image of the six brave men raising the American flag at the top of Mount Surabachi on the Island of Iwo Jima, Japan. About one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed toward the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, “Where are you guys from?”

“Wisconsin,” I replied.

“Hey, I’m a Cheesehead, too! Come gather around Cheeseheads, and I will tell you a story.”

James Bradley just happened to be in Washington, DC to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say goodnight to his dad, who has since passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night. When all had gathered around he reverently began to speak.

“My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called Flags of Our Fathers which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me. Six boys raised the flag.”

That’s when he pointed to the guy putting the pole in the ground and told us his name was Harlon Block. “Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game, a game called ‘war.’ But it didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of twenty-one, died with his intestines in his hands.”

Bradley shared that detail with us because he said that generals stand in front of the statue and talk about the glory of war. “You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen years old.”

He pointed again to the statue. “You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken, you would find a photograph in the webbing. A photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection, because he was scared. He was eighteen years old. Boys won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not men.”

The next image on the statue was that of Sergeant Mike Strank, we learned. “Mike is my hero.” Bradley exclaimed. “He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the ‘old man’ because he was so old. He was already twenty-four. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill the enemy’ or ‘Let’s die for our country.’ He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home to your mothers.’”

The next man on the statue was Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona who lived through the terror of Iwo Jima. “Ira Hayes walked off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad and President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero.’ He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only twenty-seven of us walked off alive?’”

“So you take your class at school. Two hundred and fifty of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only twenty-seven of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind.”

We learned that Ira Hayes died dead drunk, face down at the age of thirty-two, ten years after the famous photo was taken.

“The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky, a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy,” Bradley continued. “Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of nineteen. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. The neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.”

Finally Bradley pointed to the statue’s image of his father, John Bradley from Antigo, Wisconsin. His dad lived until 1994, but declined all interviews. “When Walter Kronkite, or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say, ‘No, I’m sorry sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually he was sitting right there at the table eating his Campbell’s soup, but we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press. You see, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ‘cause they are in a photo and a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a caregiver. In Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died, and when boys died in Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed in pain.”

Bradley recalled his third grade teacher calling the elder Bradley a hero. “When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. DID NOT come back.’”

“So that’s the story about six nice young boys, Bradley finished. “Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, seven thousand boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.”

That number boggled my mind as I tried to comprehend how many lives those deaths altered back on American soil so many years ago. How many hearts of loved ones left behind were seared? Loved ones like this proud son who had so graciously shared part of his history with us.

Suddenly the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes through the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero then ... and now.

Michael T. Powers, Copyright © 2000 HeartTouchers@aol.com

Write Michael and let him know your thoughts on his story!

Michael T. Powers, the founder of HeartTouchers.com and Heart4Teens.com, is the youth pastor at Faith Community Church in Janesville, WI. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart Kristi and proud father of three young boys. In his spare time he loves coaching the JV Lady Cougars basketball team in Clinton, Wisconsin.

He is also an author with stories in 20 inspirational books including many in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. To preview his books or to join the thousands of world wide readers on his inspirational e-mail lists, visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com

Most importantly, Michael believes that life is not about religion, but about a relationship — a relationship with Jesus Christ.


33 posted on 06/19/2007 5:11:42 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: The Mayor

Happy are they who love the Lord,
Whose hearts have Christ confessed,
Who by His cross have found their life,
Beneath His yoke their rest. —Bridges

Joy is the result of walking with God.
________________________________________

AMEN!!!


34 posted on 06/19/2007 6:00:09 PM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: DollyCali
I was not here on FR then to hear of this back when it 1st happened & was posted initially... Thanks much for the Ping to this man's story. Very moving & brave happenings! Such an inspirational response to overcoming adversity he exudes!
35 posted on 06/19/2007 6:46:28 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: MEG33

Thank You Meg for ALL of Your Pings,every day/night!


36 posted on 06/19/2007 6:48:31 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

I have to apologize for being AWOL lately. As many of you know I am once again running for office, Erie County Legislature. That combined with the amount of work this time of year brings has had my head spinning.

Plus my BLOG that is rated in the top 5 in NY State http://albanysinsanity.com/ keeps me very busy too. Needless to say, my cup runneth over. But, that’s nothing new either.

A real answer to Prayer comes our way too. My sister who lives in Massachusetts has had what some might say a bad stroke, but.... Because she had the stroke the doctors became aware how serious her health really was. She is now better than she has been in 5+ years. Her meds were cut drastically, she was taking way to much. It makes us all wonder what the doctors were thinking, or not thinking.

She is home, on a regular schedule, taking little meds, has got her Diabetes under control and is eating & sleeping normally. Thank God Almighty for His healing powers. We have been Praying for her for so long and our Prayers have been answered.

Thank you all for your posts and great graphics. I have to hit the sack as morning comes early. G’Night all and God Bless.


37 posted on 06/19/2007 7:46:37 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

We understand how busy you are. I just hope you are successful at your bid for this office you are running for. Erie County needs you!

Thank God for the good news about your sister. I pray that He continues to bless her with better health.

Nite, Rus! Sweet dreams. See you next time. Thank you for Military Tribute!


38 posted on 06/19/2007 7:56:29 PM PDT by LUV W (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: The Mayor

Good Night Mayor. It’s good to hear that you sisters health has improved.


39 posted on 06/19/2007 7:57:03 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: The Mayor

God bless you! Good luck on your office run..and your work. I am so thrilled about your sister’s vastly improved health..Thank you, Father.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 8:00:11 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

You are most welcome, majie.


41 posted on 06/19/2007 8:08:54 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Warm Fuzzy Wednesday :)
42 posted on 06/19/2007 9:08:52 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. It Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: The Mayor

Good Evening The Mayor,
Wonderful news to hear your prayers are answered with your sister’s health!

I have been gone a lot lately myself. Busy with Son home from Coast Guard. I’m spending every minute I can with him.

Saying prayers you win office! Try not to work too hard ;)


43 posted on 06/19/2007 9:11:15 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. It Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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44 posted on 06/19/2007 9:12:29 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. It Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: The Mayor
Thank God Almighty for His healing powers. We have been Praying for her for so long and our Prayers have been answered.

Thank you so much for testifying! I never cease to be amazed, totally in awe, of how God "works all things together for GOOD to those who love Him and are Called according to His Purpose in Christ Jesus!" (Romans 8:28-29)

45 posted on 06/20/2007 2:33:59 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: The Mayor

No need to apologixe...Very understandable!
Glad your sis is doing so much better!
Hope you win your current political race as was so re: the prior race too.

Pretty please Dear Jesus with a win on top,for the mayor this time!


46 posted on 06/20/2007 8:53:30 AM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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