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Today I Met The Finest.
self | 11/10/07 | timydnuc

Posted on 11/10/2007 1:54:57 PM PST by timydnuc

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1 posted on 11/10/2007 1:54:58 PM PST by timydnuc
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To: timydnuc

I don’t really know what to say- your post made me cry.

We can never be grateful enough for what you, our fathers and our sons and daughters have given.

May God bless you all.


2 posted on 11/10/2007 2:00:27 PM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: timydnuc

Thank you...


3 posted on 11/10/2007 2:01:14 PM PST by Red RN
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To: timydnuc

A misty eyed Thank you!


4 posted on 11/10/2007 2:02:50 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Ron Paul is nutcase, plain & simple.)
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To: timydnuc

You made my day.

Thank you very much.


5 posted on 11/10/2007 2:04:04 PM PST by dadgum
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To: timydnuc; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

Big box of kleenex. Big box.


6 posted on 11/10/2007 2:04:24 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Mother, and FRiend)
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To: Red RN

Don’t thank me, thank them. I met the real heros today. I ain’t got jack on them.


7 posted on 11/10/2007 2:04:57 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: timydnuc

Thank you for your post. It should be on every editorial page in the country!


8 posted on 11/10/2007 2:06:58 PM PST by Vermonter
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To: 13Sisters76
Everything in this story, everything, is the reason why America remains the country that she is. To know that we have all walked among these heroes that have given damn near everything they have, for us, is too inspiring for words.

They have made sacrifices that we could not ever repay. This is what our enemies fear.

They fear well.

9 posted on 11/10/2007 2:11:03 PM PST by tenthirteen
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To: timydnuc
I told him "Thank You", he looked at my hat and struggled out...Thank You. I lost it!

Your the reason.. Excellent Post.

10 posted on 11/10/2007 2:14:32 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: timydnuc

Thank you for your service, and for posting this. And, yes, thank you to all our of our Heroes for their service. You are all Heroes in my book!


11 posted on 11/10/2007 2:15:12 PM PST by Red RN
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To: timydnuc

Thanks for the post.

As a former Army enlistee, I never miss an opportunity to show my respect and appreciation to our service men and women regardless which branch of service. Lately I have had several occasions to step in and pick up the check for people in uniform who were purchasing food at the mall. Not long ago, after paying for two guys in desert camo, I went and got some food and joined them for lunch. What a great time of fellowship! Wouldn’t trade it for anything.


12 posted on 11/10/2007 2:17:55 PM PST by Tucker39 (I pray that God will give the USA one more huge revival before the Great Tribulation comes to pass.)
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To: timydnuc
Thank you for sharing that

I met three old Marines that were members of the Chosin Few. Survivers of the battle of the Chosin Reserviour in North Korea. Look that battle up on the Web and you'll find a story that will break your heart.

Summary: 27:November:1950

A column of Marines and armor of the 1st Marine Division moves through Communist Chinese lines during the successful break-out from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

The Marines were besieged when the Chinese entered the Korean War on 27 November 1950, sending 200,00 troops against United Nations forces.

Surrounded by Chinese and heavily outnumbered, 10,000 marines battled their way to safety down 40 miles of winding mountain roads in sub-arcticv weather

Veterans of the campaign have called themselves the "Chosin Few" ever since.

The fighting withdrawal from 27 November to 9 December 1950, is considered one of the greatest moments in the history of the Marine Corps and Navy.

The isolate 1st marine Division managed to decimate 10 Chinese infantry divisions in the Marines' assault westward to the North Korean port of Hungnam, where the Marines were redeployed by Naval Ships of Task Force 90.

Along the way, the Leathernecks received critical close air support from the Carriers of Task Force 77.

14 marines and 2 sailors later were awarded the the Medal of Honor.
13 posted on 11/10/2007 2:19:07 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

And I had the honor of meeting three of those Marines. Thank you God for today.


14 posted on 11/10/2007 2:29:22 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: timydnuc

A neighbor of mine had a “Chosin Few” sticker on his car. My 7 yr old son asked me what it meant. Wow. Quite an awesome story.


15 posted on 11/10/2007 2:40:32 PM PST by dadgum
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To: timydnuc

Thank You for your service!


16 posted on 11/10/2007 2:43:10 PM PST by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: stylin19a
"Good night Chesty, wherever you are!"

Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller earned more awards than any Marine in history: five Navy Crosses, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit with "V" device, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Chesty Puller requested to return to active duty to serve in Vietnam, but was turned down because of his age. He died 11 October 1971 in Hampton, Virginia, after a long illness. He was 73.

Quotes of Chesty Puller:

"Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!"

"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!" When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines in Korea and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

"there are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going where ever they wont to go"

"We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things.

Semper Fi


17 posted on 11/10/2007 3:02:11 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: timydnuc
A big heartfelt thanks for your service and your post. This will be forwarded to all the Vets on my e mail list.

God Bless You.

18 posted on 11/10/2007 3:11:49 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: timydnuc

God Bless you sir and a teary eyed, goose bump thank you

Semper Fi

Marine Mom


19 posted on 11/10/2007 3:13:07 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: Red_Devil 232; ConorMacNessa
From ConorMacNessa on the Canteen....
20 posted on 11/10/2007 3:14:45 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Red_Devil 232
thanks...

“Good night Chesty....”

that was our evening prayer in boot camp.

Semper Fi

21 posted on 11/10/2007 3:25:58 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: timydnuc
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story -- and for your service!

I had a wonderful experience recently as well. A young Navy corpsman spoke at our luncheon the other day in remembrance of Veteran's Day. He gave the most eloquent and patriotic speech I have heard in a long time. It made me think of how wrong Jon Carry was about the best and brightest young people we have serving in our armed forces.

He recounted his two tours in Iraq and joked about being the right kind of Navy guy according to the Marines. He also discussed the amazing progress he saw from one visit to the next. The first time he didn't think he'd make it home alive and the second time he made friendships with Iraqis that he will never forget.

The remainder of his speech focused on thanking those whose unwavering support made it possible for them to continue to keep their high morale and continued commitment for the cause each time they are deployed.

He was so humble, yet so proud of his service and his country. Mostly, he was extremely thankful for the support of his family, friends and fellow Americans. He reminded us that the deployments are often harder on those left behind. He mentioned how grateful the troops are for care packages from home and for cards written to them by school children.

I had tears well up in my eyes when he finished as we all gave him a standing ovation. I wanted to run up there and hug him (but I restrained myself). I looked over at his young fiance who was at my table and she had tears of pride running down her cheek (I hugged her instead). It was all very heartwarming and inspirational to see such bright, young Americans sacrificing so much for us.

God bless all of our Veterans -- the old ones and the young ones!

22 posted on 11/10/2007 3:30:22 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate (Common sense conservatives UNITED behind Mitt 2 defeat Rudy and then Hillary)
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Welcome home, Sir. I’ll always be proud to be associated with our mentor generation - the Vietnam Vets. Best teachers we could ever have. Because of you, I am alive today. Thanks.


23 posted on 11/10/2007 3:33:22 PM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: timydnuc

Wow!! Truly inspiring. Thank you so much. Once for sharing that wonderful day of yours and thank you again for your service. I am so lucky to be in this company.

mrs


24 posted on 11/10/2007 3:49:29 PM PST by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: Kimmers
To a Marine Mom and all Marine wives and their famlies.

This was writen by the SgtMaj of the Marine Corps - Carlton Kent.

There are many ingredendients you must have in the mix to create a strong willing Marine. Honor, duty and bravery come to mind for the average citizen. But those who experience and live those ideals every day know the importance of clarity and focus. An effective Marine is not distracted from the importance of his mission. An effective Marine does not hesitate in the moment of crisis because he is sure. An effective Marine will not second-guess his finely-honed instincts by worrying about what is happening at home.

You can not have a strong Marine without a successful family readiness program, that forms the backbone of the Corps. Marine famlies are committed to contributing to victory by winning on the home front when the Marines are foward deployed. We cannot turn a blind eye to them - because they sacrifice just as much. I think you would be hard pressed to find me a Marine that doesn't have a great family supporting with pride and prayer.

Marine Mom, may God keep your Marine safe.

25 posted on 11/10/2007 3:52:47 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: stylin19a

Yes it was the very last thing we said every night just after the lights were turned out!


26 posted on 11/10/2007 4:07:37 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Amen and thank you....


27 posted on 11/10/2007 4:08:54 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: timydnuc
Your essay is mentioned in the American thinker

here

28 posted on 11/10/2007 4:54:31 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: timydnuc

My monitor is all blurry..snif

Thank you and I thank all the Veterans!!


29 posted on 11/10/2007 4:58:19 PM PST by PROCON
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To: timydnuc

Because you went I did not have to.

Thank you for your service.

You met the finest today, because you are one of them.


30 posted on 11/10/2007 5:11:55 PM PST by exit82 (I believe Juanita--Hillary enabled Juanita's rapist.)
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To: timydnuc

Well Done!


31 posted on 11/10/2007 5:17:00 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: timydnuc
When I was growing up, my neighbor across the street was a Korean War combat veteran. Once, he showed me an old Life Magazine page he had saved. It was a photo of him and a couple of his buddies in a frozen trench at the Chosin Reservoir.

They were all smiling for the camera, in spite of the miserable cold and the Red Chinese threat to overrun them and take their lives. I marvel at the toughness of such people. There are so many over there in the Middle east right now, of similar character.

32 posted on 11/10/2007 5:29:31 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: timydnuc

Thanks for sharing this great experience.

Welcome Home and Thank You for serving our great country, Brother.

I’ll proudly be attending two events tomorrow.

Salute


33 posted on 11/10/2007 5:54:47 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: timydnuc; freema

Some things must be repeated time in again, year after year. America must never reach a point where it forgets the sacrifices our men and women perform in uniform, every time their nation calls upon them to do very extraordinary things.


34 posted on 11/10/2007 7:03:40 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: timydnuc

Wow, what an honor just to read the stoty.


35 posted on 11/10/2007 7:05:06 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: timydnuc; acad1228; AliVeritas; aomagrat; beachn4fun; BIGLOOK; blackie; bluesagewoman; CH3CN; ...
Pinging some friends to read a GREAT post that starts... Today my wife talked me into going to our Veterans Center for the annual breakfast.

Thanks for posting your experience, timydnuc. And thank you for your service to our country. Our troops are the best. Bar none.

36 posted on 11/10/2007 8:37:24 PM PST by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2007/08/11/school-of-the-counterpropagandist/)
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timydnuc: Thank you for your service.

Star: Thank you for the ping.

Bump!


37 posted on 11/10/2007 8:50:42 PM PST by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and tshirtcollections.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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For nearly three decades every veterans day it was my privilege to interview some vets. I could always tell the men who had been in combat. The men who had seen the death and destruction are different from those who spent their time away from combat. Combat changes those who experienced it.

The true hero's were very embarrassed when called heros. They felt uncomfortable if you referred to them as heros. It took me a long time to figure out why.

In nearly every case they are haunted by the things they didn't do. They didn't risk certain death to take a one chance in a million of saving a fellow soldiers life. They tend to blame themselves for not taking the fatal bullet that killed their buddy. They suffer guilt for not being among the ones killed in battle.

I used to tell them what General Patton said. No one every won a war by dying for his country. Wars are won by men who cause the enemy to die for his country.

The veterans of combat need to understand that is is not the men who lie dead and buried as a result of combat who are the heros of WWII. We do owe those killed in combat much.

But it is the men who survived day after day of combat and came home alive that are the real heros. They are the ones that caused the enemy to die for their country. They are the reason our nation was victorious in WWII. WE ALL OWE THEM MORE THAN WE CAN EVER PAY!!!

38 posted on 11/10/2007 9:30:32 PM PST by Common Tator
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To: timydnuc

...just a reminder:

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ‘empire building’ by George Bush. He answered by saying, “Over the
years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

It became very quiet in the room.


39 posted on 11/10/2007 9:31:10 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: timydnuc

Amen. Thank you.


40 posted on 11/10/2007 10:13:49 PM PST by AliVeritas (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: StarCMC

BTTT


41 posted on 11/11/2007 2:56:15 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Squantos; Valin; leadpenny; FreedomPoster; Travis McGee; Lion Den Dan; colorado tanker; ...

Veteran’s Day bump.


42 posted on 11/11/2007 3:14:48 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: timydnuc

Cried through the whole darn thing.

Thank you.


43 posted on 11/11/2007 5:59:38 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: timydnuc

Thank you for your service and for posting this.


44 posted on 11/11/2007 6:08:11 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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Bump


45 posted on 11/11/2007 7:45:57 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: SLB

11-11-11 BTTT


46 posted on 11/11/2007 7:58:49 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: timydnuc

Thank You for your service, and for sharing this story. I just emailed it to some of my friends.


47 posted on 11/11/2007 10:14:38 AM PST by pattty (Duncan Hunter '08!)
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To: SLB; Travis McGee; sit-rep; ExSoldier; archy; hiredhand; TEXASPROUD; river rat; Lurker

Respects to Ya’ll on this day !

I hope it is easy for you and ya have a place in the sun to warm your old bones !

Stay safe !


48 posted on 11/11/2007 1:39:13 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Squantos

Thanks partner, I appreciate that.

In fact - I am presently sitting out in the warm and bright sun on my patio in California, operating wirelessly.
It feels good on my back and my balding head.....even though I can remember how I cursed the Sun when I didn’t want the light to torture me with its heat or reveal our position or movement to the enemy...

For two days and nights now — I’ve been pouring some good sipping whiskey into an old fashion glass over an ice cube and drinking toasts to those brothers who are no longer with me...

From my patio - I have neither a clear line of sight to my East toward the Wall on the Mall nor to my Southwest toward Vietnam — mountains surround me. But I can see both clearly, even through whiskey, tears and age blurred eyes...

This is always a horrible time of year for me and mine.....

I pray for the lost, and pray that the sword and shield of our Lord will stand over our young warriors still on the battlefield....that they may slay the enemy and return intact to their loved ones and family.

And you old friend, Your legs should be getting less speedy, so cut your fuses a little longer or run your wire a lot further before you crank off that charge..

Semper Fi -— and rest assured that at the core, it’s STILL the Corps.

Happy Birthday Marines!
Welcome home warriors!
And Good Night Chesty!


49 posted on 11/11/2007 2:28:13 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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