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Vets Hoofing It In Support Of Troops In Iraq
Dunn (NC) Daily Record ^ | 3/5/2008 | Steve Reed

Posted on 03/05/2008 5:17:10 PM PST by impeachedrapist


Three retired Army veterans marched through Dunn yesterday en route to Washington, D.C. From left are Maj. Carl Heerup, Lt. Col. Marc Breslow and Maj. Dennis McCool. The purpose of the ‘Resolve To Win’ march is to show support for the troops and their mission in Iraq. Their 400-mile march is scheduled to end March 16 at the Lincoln Memorial. Daily Record Photo/Steve Reed


Three retired U.S. Army veterans decided to do something different to support the troops in Iraq.

On Saturday, Maj. Dennis McCool, Maj. Carl Heerup and Lt. Col. Mark Breslow departed South of the Border near Dillon, S.C., for a 400-mile walk to Washington, D.C.

On March 16, the trio will end their march at the Lincoln Memorial.

The purpose of the "Resolve To Win" march is to show support for the troops and their mission by demonstrating resolve to do a difficult task, Maj. McCool said.

"We wanted to do something difficult," he said. "If we did something easy it wouldn't draw any attention. It's taking us three weeks to get the job done."

The purpose of the march is to show support for the troops in Iraq. All three served together on Gen. David Petraeus' staff, the commanding general of Multi-National Force in Iraq.

"He has turned the tide in Iraq," Maj. McCool said. "The surge is working. The troops don't want to come home until they achieve victory. They've earned that right."

Maj. McCool said he believes most Americans want to support the troops but don't know how.

(Excerpt) Read more at dunndailyrecord.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; resolve; resolvetowin; to; win
Day Four: Dunn to Smithfield in the rain.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 10:30 PMby BlogMasters

A really terrific day even with the rain. Lots of wonderful Patriots in North Carolina. Nice article in the Fayetteville Observer on Tuesday Morning State & Local Page.

Started at Lewis Farms, 5 miles south of Dunn, NC. Escorted by Harnett County Sheriff’s cruisers. Beautiful morning weather. Our first stop was at the IGA in Dunn where many supporters waited with coffee and donuts. American Legion Post 58 Commander Travis Page and many of the Post member were there, as were members of VFW 6767.

Harnet County Sheriffs Deputies handed us off to Johnston County Sheriffs Deputies at the County line and we were joined by Jerry Tart, District Commander of American Legion 2 and Wanda Moore, Auxillary President of American Legion Post 109 who walked with us to Benson where the Post served us lunch at Post 109. Many wonderful Patriots and a brief but incredibly enjoyable experience. Colby (age 5) and Pastor Travis were also personal highlights of our lunch break.

The Core Group along with District Cdr Jerry Tart did a live interview with WPYB Radio during our lunch break. We also did a live interview with WQDR radio as we began our afternoon walk.

Jerry and Wanda walked with us for about an hour after lunch and took the nice weather when they departed. We hit thunder showers from about 130 for several hours. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Johnston County Sheriffs Office we had no problem continuing our March.

Benson Middle School was waiting for us with a crowd of school children to cheer us on. It gave us a lot of extra energy. Thank you BMS.

Sandra Howe joined us again and managed to arrive to enjoy the rainfall with us. Also arriving in the rain was our favorite photographer and Patriot, Bubba McDowell...

http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin

1 posted on 03/05/2008 5:17:11 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: concretebob; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; SandRat; Just A Nobody; Straight Vermonter; ...

2 posted on 03/05/2008 5:19:31 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist

“All three served together on Gen. David Petraeus’ staff...”

And NONE will get any credit for turning things around, but those of us in the know say, “God Bless Them All!”

I hate the b@stards in the MSM. Really. I do.


3 posted on 03/05/2008 5:19:50 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Me too, Diana.

And God bless these guys.


4 posted on 03/05/2008 5:22:37 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Allegra; HiJinx; patton; Angelwood; BillF
How can you help?

http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/10121/How+Can+You+Help%3F.html
5 posted on 03/05/2008 5:23:27 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist

Thanks. I will pass that on.


6 posted on 03/05/2008 5:25:46 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: impeachedrapist; EarthBound

poong


7 posted on 03/05/2008 5:52:12 PM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Me too Diana.

I pray for soft winds, warm sun, and safety for these magnificent heroes!

mrs


8 posted on 03/05/2008 5:57:22 PM PST by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: MacDorcha
Date
Start
Daily Destination
SC / NC Stateline at Rt 301
 Miles
01-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Hwy 211, northside of Lumberton, NC  25.1
02-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Hwy 87, south of Fayetteville, NC  25.0
03-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Hwy 421 / 55, in Dunn, NC  25.4
 04-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Brogdon in Smithfield, NC  26.2
 05-Mar-08  Route 301 @ US117, in Wilson, NC  25.7
 06-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Rte 1545, northside of Rocky Mt, NC  25.4
 07-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Hwy 627, southside of Emporia, VA  25.1
 08-Mar-08  Route 301 @ NC 903, in Halifax, NC  26.0
 09-Mar-08  Route 301 @ Hampton Inn, Stony Creek, VA  26.8
 10-Mar-08  Route 301 / Hwy 1 @ Woods Edge Rd Col Heights, VA  26.6
 11-Mar-08  Hwy 1 @ I-295, Biltmore north of Richmond, VA  25.6
 12-Mar-08  Hwy 1 @ SR 712 Ladysmith, VA  24.3
 13-Mar-08 Hwy 1 @ VFW Post 3103 south of bridge in Fredericksburg, VA  22.3
 14-Mar-08  Hwy 1 @ Celestial south of Woodbridge, VA  22.2
 15-Mar-08  3939 Oak St, Fairfax VA (at American Legion Post)  24.9
 16-Mar-08  Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC  16.2

9 posted on 03/05/2008 5:59:03 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist

Just spoke to Maj McCool senior- the Mar 8 and 7 slots are switched. They are fixing it as we speak.


10 posted on 03/05/2008 6:29:02 PM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: Bat_Chemist

Ping


11 posted on 03/05/2008 6:31:23 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; Ajnin; ...

Ping


12 posted on 03/05/2008 6:32:27 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: MacDorcha

Thanks


13 posted on 03/05/2008 6:38:39 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: freema; mystery-ak; armymarinemom

Carl Heerup’s observations—Day 5

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 09:38 PMby BlogMasters

I missed yesterday’s observations, basically because I was lazy, sorry.

Today, we finished Day 5 in good order. We were joined by a wonderful retired Marine, GySgt Larry Hoffa. He walked 25 miles with us, despite having had numerous back and neck injuries which had required multiple surgeries. This staunch supporter of U.S. Servicemen and veterans devotes his time regularly to Eagles-Up. He embarrassed me greatly by praising us, the ResolveToWin marcher, for our endeavor. None of us has been active in these causes until now, and this is a one-time effort (although I’m sure our experiences on this effort will cause us to become more active in the future). Many other people we’ve encountered, both today and previously, despite having much better credentials in service, have also praised me, much to my shame. Well, there’s only one way to fix that…

We were also joined today by Wanda Moore, the president of the American Legion Post 109 Auxiliary, in Benson. This wonderful lady, who walked over six miles with us yesterday, as well, cheered us by her presence, support and enthusiasm, as is best represented by her “Woo-Hoo!” at every motorist or bystander who waived or expressed support. Very encouraging!

After traveling through Smithfield and Selma (where we were afforded excellent support and encouragement by the police department and the citizenry), we entered upon rural Wilson County, and our Johnston County Sheriff’s escort left us. This stretch of road would have been rather lonely and hard, but for a large gathering of wonderful folks who met us at the third stop with flags and cheers. This group then leapfrogged ahead every couple of miles until our destination, gathering to waive flags and cheer us on. It’s hard to express how much nicer that made this part of the journey.

Finally, we were treated to a wonderful dinner (and conversation) at Parker’s Barbeque, by Mr. Mike McNeely, a Vietnam Veteran...

http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/10676/Carl+Heerup%92s+observations%97Day+5.html


14 posted on 03/05/2008 6:43:22 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: blam; DaveLoneRanger; EarthBound; Salamander

Spread the word!


15 posted on 03/05/2008 6:43:36 PM PST by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: impeachedrapist; Flora McDonald; nina0113; Steve0113
Thanks for the ping! God Bless these awesome patriots.

They will be about 8 miles away from my place. Where can I find out how we can meet up with them?

16 posted on 03/05/2008 7:13:56 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Just A Nobody

See the itinerary at Post #9? Looks like you just show up! These guys are great, wish I were closer.

BTTT!!!


17 posted on 03/05/2008 7:42:36 PM PST by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: Taxman; freema; Recovering Ex-hippie
I admire these gents for their gumption, and wish I was in good enough physical and financial shape to join them.

I did get a snicker though, when I noticed one of them out of step with the other two! (I guess we Marines always notice this kinda stuff!)

18 posted on 03/05/2008 8:01:22 PM PST by Chieftain (RIP Texas Cowboy, 68-69 TonkinGulfYachtClub and Chief Negotiator, we miss you all.)
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To: Just A Nobody

You stay in touch with me, young Lady. I have plans in the works for this weekend.


19 posted on 03/05/2008 8:38:32 PM PST by concretebob (If liberals aren't traitors, their only defense at this point is they are incredibly stupid)
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To: impeachedrapist

this Just made my day! Naw, my Week!!!!


20 posted on 03/06/2008 5:51:08 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: impeachedrapist

If I could I would march from Key west to DC in support of our forces.

My wife and my boss are the only things that stand in my way.


21 posted on 03/06/2008 6:30:30 AM PST by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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Bump


22 posted on 03/06/2008 2:42:04 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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March Day Six-From the Road: BlackBerry Updates

Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 09:47 AM by BlogMasters

Day six begins.
Marc is challenged by foot problems but we are motivated an heading North through Wilson NC.

God Bless America.
Dennis
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


Having lunch at Elm City, NC.
Beautiful weather.
Jerry Tart, AL Post 109 has rejoined us, as has Larry Hoffa, Life member, American legion.
Next stop, just south of Rocky Mount.

God Bless America.
Dennis
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


23 posted on 03/06/2008 2:51:14 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist

May the wind be at your back...and warm :)


24 posted on 03/06/2008 3:14:54 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: freema

Meanwhile the raving loon pinkos are frantic to break laws on the west coast.


25 posted on 03/06/2008 3:50:13 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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BTTT


26 posted on 03/06/2008 6:47:45 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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Bump


27 posted on 03/06/2008 6:57:32 PM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Day Six View From The Road:

Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 11:02 PMby BlogMasters

Another beautiful day in NC as we started our days journey from just south of Wilson, NC. We did our daily “on-air” interview with Fox 35 TV in Orlando.

Tim Williford, County Commissioner from Wilson County met us at our first break area, expressing his strong support for our March effort and made a nice donation. Thank you Commissioner.

Before noon we were joined by Jerry Tart, who walked with us for the third day. During our lunch break Jerry hung a Battle Streamer for AL Post 58, Benson, NC. HOOAH.

Larry Hoffa joined us again, this time riding his Harley. He parked his Harley at the Lunch stop and walked the next six miles with us.

Carl Smith joined us in the late morning and provided continual rear guard and recon for the remainder of the day. Thank you, Carl.

We picked up Doug Jones and several other members of the Patriot Guard Riders enroute to the third stop and they followed us along with Larry Hoffa to our final stop of the day. Nancy Winters stopped one of the Patriot Guard Riders and gave them a nice donation for us. Thank you, Nancy.

Bill Lomain from WRAL Radio did an on air interview with Carl, Marc and I as we approached our third stop. The Rocky Mount Telegram did an interview at the 3rd rest stop. Many supporters were waiting at the third stop.

We ended the days March with a terrific reception at American Legion Post 58. Many Legion leaders were there for our arrival, offering their support. Particularly notable was Mr. Eugene Thomas an 85 year old WWII veteran who has been a member of the American Legion for 61 Years. WOW!!! He has been a member longer than I have been alive.

Particularly noteworthy today, I must mention again that it is Carl Heerup’s 52d birthday. What a way to spend your birthday, but I promise he will never forget what he was doing on his 52d. We also spent the day, as I mentioned earlier, for the third time, with Jerry Tart. Today is Jerry’s 65th birthday. Happy Birthday Carl and Jerry, we are honored to have spent the day with you.

More tomorrow. We will see you on the road from Rocky Mount to Halifax.

God Bless America.

Dennis

http://www.vfwwebcom.org/resolvetowin


28 posted on 03/07/2008 9:10:24 AM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; MacDorcha

29 posted on 03/07/2008 9:11:19 AM PST by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist; Chieftain

Wow....Hero Warriors on a roll!

Of course, the Pinkos just drive up to a building, get out, eat and drink. mess up the whole place and after a day or so drive off...

WHAT a comparison!


30 posted on 03/07/2008 3:55:07 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: impeachedrapist

‘Tis a thing of beauty! :)


31 posted on 03/07/2008 7:41:58 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: impeachedrapist; concretebob; All
Concretebob called in from North Carolina a little while ago.

Spirits are high as they march through the rain.

Anticipated arrival at the North Carolina/Virginia state line on Rt. 301 is 3:00 p.m. (1500 hours) this afternoon, Saturday, March 8th.

Any FReepers and Patriots in the vicinity are urged to be on hand to greet these heroes as they cross the state line.

More information on the itinerary and meet up points:
Resolve To Win Blog
Map Set For Day 8

32 posted on 03/08/2008 8:09:13 AM PST by Flora McDonald (God bless Duncan Hunter)
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To: impeachedrapist; freema; usmcobra; floramacdonald; bmwcyle; BufordP; Albion Wilde; maica; ...
Coop and I arrived just in time to catch the RTW RV as it was traveling to the step off point for the 8th day of the Resolve to Win Walk. I had dropped my vehicle at the VA/NC State line and rode with Coop. I was not prepared for the level of motivation displayed by these men and the people with them. I knew it was high; but when you experience it first-hand, it's truly inspirational.

These men had spent their lives in service to their country and retired to enjoy the benefits of the freedoms they had fought to preserve. They voluntarily returned to active duty and went to Iraq. What they saw there convinced them, in spite of news reports to the contrary, that we can win if only we have the Reslove to Win. They didn't have to do this. They could have stayed home and enjoyed every minute of the rest of their lives and no one would have questioned it. Instead, they decided it was time to make a statement. It was time to show the American people, and the world, that America is a force for good and we need to win.

The Major runs a tight ship.

We stepped off promptly at 0730 with Gunny taking the Guidon, Major Heerup holding the American flag and just as promptly, it began to rain. Not too bad. The first leg of the walk was mildly uncomfortable, with intermittment rain squalls, but we had two young active duty Army recruiters on point and spirits were high. No way was I gonna go girly in front of these Warriors. I am a former Marine after all. I had prepared with rain gear, and knew I could handle just about anything short of a hurricaine or tornado.

I had emailed two morning radio shows about this event and had called in around 0630 to the Lee Brothers on WRVA.

I was informed that they would take my call at 0750. Coop is giving me five minute warnings as the clock ticked. Promptly at 0750 I made the call and was put right through. Scott Lee spoke to Major Heerup and emailed at 0759 to tell me that VNN had picked up the story.

I mentioned two morning shows didn't I? The second show was John Boy and Billy out of Charlotte. I never heard a response back from this one, and no one picked up the phone during the broadcast. I'm disappointed with these people and will let it be known just how disappointed I am shortly. They have always been good supporters of the troops in the past, but apparently, three retired Army officers just back from Iraq who decide to walk 400 miles to show their resolve that we can win this thing isn't worthy of their time. I would appreciate it if anyone reading this would take a minute and let them know how I feel as well.

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Our first stop came, and we rested for thirty minutes and stepped off again. I noticed a white SUV parked on the side and assumed it was a LEO waiting for us. As I walked past, I looked back and saw a license plate with 173DABN Sky Soldiers mounted on the front. Well, I wasn't going to walk past THIS vehicle without a question. Turned out to be the parents of two soldiers with the 2nd Battalion 508BCT. They had heard of the walk and brought two little ones with them. They met us twice more during the walk and the video is Major McCool speaking to the parents at the VA/NC state line.

A little more rain, and now my feet are starting to bark. I have good boots; I never had a problem with my feet. Suddenly, I'm feeling pain where there usually isn't any. Shifting my weight from the ball to the heel helped; the burning on the bottom of my heels subsides and then it becomes a contest to see how long it takes to relieve the pain in my heels, versus the pain in my calves as I shift my weight.

I think the thing that impressed me most was the fact that Major Heerup and I share a common interest. Major Heerup is a structural engineer in civilian life. Because my job involves the construction of infrastructure, I had questions about the conditions in Iraq, and whether he had used his skills as an engineer during his deployment. We spoke about the conditions of the infrastructure in Iraq. He told me it was bad. Insurgents apparently do not appreciate the basic neccessities we here in America take for granted and really don't think about until they cease to function: clean water, waste water treatment, and power. Not only do the insurgents not appreciate them, they don't want anyone else to have them either. Major Heerup spoke of an incident where a WWTP (waste water treatment plant) had been repaired and put online. Within days, the insurgents had stripped and removed every piece of equipment, every run of wire, anything that could have been sold for scrap. Clean water is the basis of a civilized society. When you provide a sustainable source of clean water to any area, you can build from there. PRT's (Provincial Reconstruction Teams) are working daily in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide these people with the basic neccessiities and AQI and the Taliban are working just as hard to keep these people in the Dark Ages.

The left in this country don't seem to understand this fact either; and if they do, their actions make them culpable with the terrorists. They are either incredibly stupid or they are traitors.

The day ended for me at the VA/NC state line. Gunny and his wife Lori were impressed. Lori chastised me for not getting in the car with her for the last 1/2 mile. Fussed at me is more like it. She could tell I was hurting, and frankly, the thought had crossed my mind until I saw that Georgia-Pacific water tower in the distance. Thats in VA. Just across the line. From my position as "Tail-end Charlie" I called out to the group "Ya see that water tower? THAT'S IN VIRGINIA!!!"

I hurt in places I haven't hurt in since boot camp. I moved like an old man this morning. But you know what, I'm going to join them again in Fairfax on Sunday and walk the last 16 miles with them.

You couldn't keep me away with a shotgun.

33 posted on 03/09/2008 5:24:39 PM PDT by concretebob (If liberals aren't traitors, their only defense at this point is they are incredibly stupid)
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To: concretebob

How many Miles?


34 posted on 03/09/2008 6:16:31 PM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: concretebob

So proud of these guys.


35 posted on 03/09/2008 6:29:40 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: usmcobra

20 and change by my calculations.


36 posted on 03/09/2008 9:00:04 PM PDT by concretebob (If liberals aren't traitors, their only defense at this point is they are incredibly stupid)
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To: Flora McDonald; BufordP; bmwcyle; usmcobra; freema; armymarinemom; 3D-JOY
A message from my brother in feets

When my alarm buzzed at 3:30 a.m., I was surprised at how quickly this olÂ’ fortysomething got moving. Despite the early hour and challenges ahead, I was excited to join AmericaÂ’s finest for a small part of an epic walk from the NC/SC border up to Washington D.C. After a quick shower and an accelerated morning routine, I departed at 4:02 for the 160 mile or so drive to Emporia. There I met up with Bob Miller, a friend and Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. We grabbed some coffee and Mountain Dew and intended to welcome the walkers to Virginia by escorting them across the state line.

Who were these walkers? Three retired veterans who had recently been voluntarily recalled and served over in Iraq. They determined to do something significant and difficult to show America that many of us want our troops to come home as winners, having accomplished a very challenging mission. ThatÂ’s how Resolve to Win was born. They also hope to build excitement and momentum along the way, resulting in a large following in northern Virginia next weekend.

Route and schedule here:
http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/10113/March+Route+and+Schedule.html

Bob and I staged his vehicle at the VA/NC state line, then drove south on Hwy 301 and soon (by pure coincidence) found ourselves behind the Resolve to Win recreational vehicle. We knew from photos this was the walkers’ main support vehicle, so we followed behind it all the way to this morning’s starting point in Halifax County. There, in a light drizzle, we met up with walkers Dennis McCool, Carl Heerup and Marc Breslow, plus their support crew (Ada, Don, Carl, Pearl – my apologies if I missed anyone). We learned the unfortunate news that Marc, after walking seven consecutive days, was going to depart for much-needed medical attention on his feet. So the core group of four was down to two (Dennis and Carl). The fourth member, an Army major or lieutenant colonel and Dennis’ son Gerry McCool, walked for several days in the beginning before needing to return to work. However, he will rejoin the group for the last few days. The group wished Marc a fond farewell, a speedy recovery, and plans to see him in D.C. on March 16th.

We stepped off at 7:30 in a light rain, which over the next couple of hours faded on and off, with one stretch of 10-15 minutes of fairly heavy rain that unfortunately soaked our footwear. In addition to Dennis, Carl, Bob and I, we were joined by two active duty Army recruiters (Darrick and Trey, who were determined to escort these amazing veterans through their area of operations) and another old Marine Corps friend, Larry Hoffa (whom we did not realize until just then would be walking with us). Each walking segment was 6-7 miles, taking about two hours. ThereÂ’s a half-hour morning break, a 45-minute lunch, a half-hour afternoon break, with each day completed about 6:00 p.m.

http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/10184/Battle+Rhythm.html

During the first leg Bob called in to a Richmond radio station, and the DJs interviewed Bob and Carl. Dennis normally receives a daily morning call from a Fox affiliate in Orlando FL that has been tracking their progress. However, this morning for some reason there was no call. People took turns carrying the American flag and the guidon (a long wooden stick with a metal pike on top, holding a small banner usually denoting a particular unit. This blue banner with fringe says Resolve to Win.) Since the recruiters and Larry were only planning to walk until lunch, I held off carrying the guidon until the later legs. We walked along the right edge of Hwy 301 and were blessed to have NC sheriff and police escorts all the way to the lunch break. I was disappointed that Virginia did not have anyone (police or otherwise) greeting us at the state line. But the support crew and walkers all have Nextel phones, so they managed traffic very professionally with no significant problems all day.

During the second leg we heard a disturbance behind us, and saw an elderly veteran with an American flag double timing (running) to catch up to us. We slowed down, and he walked with Dennis McCool up to a bridge (where his wife picked him up) just to show us his support. Very motivating! And during this leg another gentleman pulled his southbound vehicle over, jumped out, snapped a couple of photos and thanked us for walking.

The rain cleared up after the first leg, and by lunchtime the sun was coming out. A reporter from Littleton NC took pictures and interviewed some of the folks. We ate and then bid a fond farewell to our Army recruiter friends, Darrick and Trey, as they had to prepare for an ROTC ball that evening. Both were fun to have around, sharing knowledge of the local area, trail mix and HersheyÂ’s kisses! And Darrick kindly gave me a pair of hiking socks. I had neglected to bring a back-up pair, and the wet shoes & socks resulted in a couple of blisters on my right foot by lunch. So those socks did considerably cut down on my discomfort. Larry was feeling pretty good, so he wanted to walk the third leg with us. His wife Lori, following in a support vehicle, good naturedly agreed to go to work a little later so Larry could have some more fun with us (in a masochistic sort of way).

As Carl, Dennis, Bob, Larry and I set off on Leg 3 after a lunch of sandwiches, pickles and potato chips (and lots of fluids!), a white SUV pulled over in front of us. It was a NC family of four who had heard about us on the radio and wanted to say “Hello” and cheer us on. They chatted briefly with Bob, then drove ahead of us. They pulled out a large unit flag for the 173rd Airborne, in which they have two sons (Sean and Chase, I believe) currently serving in Iraq. 9-year old Gavin was waving the flag, which was twice as big as him, in a strong wind, while 3-year old Raven was on the SUVÂ’s hood waving to us as we walked by. At DennisÂ’ urging I ran back to a trail vehicle and retrieved some small American flags for the kids, Mom and Dad. Bob and I went over to chat and snapped some photos. They wanted to purchase some Resolve to Win t-shirts and hats, which were in the RV. They decided to meet us at the state line (our third break area) to buy those, and then handed me a nice donation for RTW. Raven had a picture of soldier brother Sean on her t-shirt. If you canÂ’t tell, those cute kids were the highlight of my day.  Bob and I then ran to catch up to the core group, and the running actually felt good to use some different muscles for a while. True to their word, they were waiting for us at the state line. They bought a load of shirts and hats and spoke for a while with Dennis. He cut short his rest and foot maintenance just to speak with them. During the third break I needed to lance a couple of huge blisters on my right foot, and Dennis gave me some moleskin which helped considerably.

After the break we all – walkers and support crew - posed for photos at the “Welcome to Virginia” sign. We said goodbye to Lori and Larry Hoffa, who were gracious enough to run Bob back to retrieve my vehicle at the starting point. That enabled me to walk the final leg with Dennis and Carl, who otherwise would have been alone. Most of our route paralleled railroad tracks, and the trains were all honking, so we surmised they were talking about our march on the radio. I started carrying the guidon early in Leg 3, and never gave it up after that. Leg 4 was extremely windy, and the fairly comfortable temperatures from the morning had dropped a good 15-20 degrees. My hands were cold, but not enough to retrieve my gloves from the trail vehicle. We heard via radio there were gale warnings in the area. We weren’t surprised! Early in Leg 4 we heard a snap, looked ahead about 40-50 yards as the crown of an old tree plummeted into the roadway. Fortunately it was on the other side of the highway and no cars were coming. I quickly cleared the debris and we continued. We saw homes with shingles missing and at least two sheds with the roofs peeled back like tin can tops. Needless to say, managing the guidon and American flag in those conditions was challenging. Twice (during Legs 2 and 4) the American flag separated from the pole and was retired to the support vehicles.

As we approached the dayÂ’s final destination (a church parking lot 25-26 miles from the morningÂ’s starting point), I could see Concrete Bob waiting with his vehicle. HeÂ’s never looked so beautiful (he was my ride back to MY vehicle!). Dennis and Carl decided to skip going out for dinner and instead focus on warm baths and caring for their feet. So we posed for more pictures, including one for a nice veterans group in Missouri that sent a check for Resolve To Win. ItÂ’s nice to see the donations, because Dennis, Carl and the others have put a lot of their own money into this effort of love, with some wonderful support from American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. We then said our goodbyes and everyone departed. Don, one of the support crew, said Day 8 was the most challenging with the rain and wind, so I was especially glad to have joined these fine folks on this day and hopefully provided some good company and encouragement.

As Bob drove me back to retrieve my vehicle, the first song coming from the radio was Alan Jackson’s “Where We You (When the World Stop Turning,” a moving reminder of the horrible slaughter of 9/11/01 and its impact on our lives. A very fitting ending to an amazing day dedicated to our troops.

I am sore, with a few blisters, but have no regrets. However, itÂ’s absolutely incredible to me that two gentlemen (one ten years and the other 19 years my senior) have done this eight consecutive days, with another eight still to come. These guys are first-class studs! What keeps them going is not only the knowledge theyÂ’re walking for everyone in uniform defending our freedom, but also the support of everyone who walks with them or simply stands along the route to clap, cheer on and thank them. I urge everyone reading this to:
• tell a friend and local/national media organizations about this epic journey
• visit the below website to post a short note of encouragement and/or buy a t-shirt or hat
• consider meeting them somewhere between Emporia and D.C. through March 16th.

Maybe YOU could be one of the thousands they hope to have escorting them over the Memorial Bridge from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial on March 16th. God willing, IÂ’ll be there. http://www.vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/ Semper Fi, Eric

37 posted on 03/09/2008 9:19:22 PM PDT by concretebob (If liberals aren't traitors, their only defense at this point is they are incredibly stupid)
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To: concretebob

That is awesome, Concretebob! I got an email from Gunny earlier describing the day and how great you all were. God bless you.


38 posted on 03/09/2008 11:05:57 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
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To: concretebob

I am so proud of you!

Your support for these wonderful guys is a tribute to all of us who support the troops.

I sure would like to have been there to cheer as you reached the State Line!

I will look for a report on your day next weekend too!


39 posted on 03/09/2008 11:31:57 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Bahbah; concretebob; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; SandRat; Just A Nobody; ...

Dennis McCool had a very difficult Day 12 today in Virginia’s hills north of Richmond. He faces another challenging day tomorrow. Please consider stopping by to post a few words of encouragement in the “Resolve to Win” guestbook.

http://vfwwebcom.org/resolvetowin (guestbook link is right in the middle, near the top of the home page)


40 posted on 03/12/2008 8:54:54 PM PDT by impeachedrapist
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To: 3D-JOY; Flora McDonald; freema; AGreatPer; usmcobra; Marine_Uncle; Recovering Ex-hippie; ...

Ping to #40


41 posted on 03/12/2008 9:00:05 PM PDT by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...

Maybe they could visualize the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders out there rooting them on?!

I can certainly empathize!
(Little known fact. I did 800 miles in 7 days on a bicycle. But I was a tad younger : )


42 posted on 03/12/2008 9:24:41 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: concretebob
God Speed, gentlemen.

Best regards to you and Coop.

43 posted on 03/12/2008 9:44:09 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: freema

and the bicycle was stationary ;)


44 posted on 03/12/2008 10:38:20 PM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: usmcobra; concretebob

T’wasnt! LOL!

I wonder if bob’s feet are still soaking ; )


45 posted on 03/13/2008 2:44:51 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: impeachedrapist

BUMPING!


46 posted on 03/13/2008 7:51:13 AM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/peoples-information-support-team/ -JOIN US!-We're PIST!)
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To: concretebob

Bumpity bump! *HUG*


47 posted on 03/13/2008 7:54:14 AM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/peoples-information-support-team/ -JOIN US!-We're PIST!)
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To: impeachedrapist

How is Dennis today? I signed the guestbook last night and prayed for him. Words fail me; there are none to equal what they are doing. They have a big heart for what is right.


48 posted on 03/13/2008 5:01:24 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita
Since you were kind enough to ask, I wanted you to read Dennis McCool's inspiring report from today. I won't be posting any more updates here.
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Day 13: We love Spotsylvania County

Rough start, but God heard all your prayers and things evened out for me early on today. We were joined at the start by Don Blosser carrying the Guidon while Randy Shrader and Ron Crouch from the Legion Riders, Post 320 kept us moving and motivated.

Lots of excitement all day because of the terrific support for WFLS radio in Fredericksburg. We were joined at the first stop by Col.Harry Riley and Brad Riley for Eagles UP. Harry carried the guidon and marched as Brad did a live Podcast to the Internet. HOOAH. Many walkers accompanied us in the morning including Lorie Hoffa and Elyse Buongiorno.

Lunch was hectic and exciting as we talked with many supporters and did a live radio show interview.

John and Louise Dodd spent the afternoon with us representing their son-in-law in Iraq, CAPT Louis Gomez.. Mary Rowe an Richard McClure made nice donations as did American Legion Post 320, VFW Post 3103 and Don Blosser. Thanks to all of you.

We were greeted at our third stop by many well wishers, including 4 WWII Vets. The Honor Guard for Post 320 met us at the third stop and marched with us the entire 4 leg and we were joined by two bagpipe musicians as we closed in on our destination (VFW Post 3103). It was very energizing. It is not possible to list everyone name who walked with us, stopped to show support and give us energy, but I feel compelled to list a few: Bruce Mognesen, Junior and Linda Rose, Ed and Lee Cole, Ken Creasy and Inga, Bucky Dabnay, Edward Luesker, Kenneth and Karen Weakley, Bill Mickelson, Renee Parham-King, Bob Sussan, Dean Strong, Catherine Massey, Jimmy James, Ken Kreitz, Kevin Shanahan, Dave Fischer, John W. Cain, Ted Prasatek

In closing I wanted to pass on a comment forwarded to me from General Petraeus. "Wonderful support.....deeply appreciate the support for our Troopers. Thanks/Best from Baghdad" General David Petraeus HOOAH.

See you tomorrow on US 1 from Fredericksburg to Woodbridge. Please sign our Guest Book. God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America.

Dennis McCool

49 posted on 03/13/2008 8:31:52 PM PDT by impeachedrapist
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To: impeachedrapist

A personal message from General Petraeus, now that is awesome and energizing. This is wonderful; I’m so glad to hear they are all able to carry on and are getting co-walkers along the way and support from others. I will continue to pray for this endeavor. Thank you for posting the report from today and I’ll check the website thereafter.


50 posted on 03/13/2008 9:00:27 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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