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Freeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Sgt Alvin P York ~ 19 May 08
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Posted on 05/18/2008 5:00:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!
 
For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!
 
 
~ Hall of Heroes ~

Sgt. Alvin C. York

ArmyPatch small   NavySeal small   Air Force Seal   Marines Seal small   Coast Guard Seal small (better)

BIOGRAPHY

Alvin Cullum York (1887-1964) ended the First World War as one of America's most famous soldiers, with fame and popular recognition assured following a remarkable act of courage and coolness in October 1918.

Having grown up in poverty the young York honed his skills as a crack marksman, a useful talent for use in hunting food for himself and his family - and one put to high effect during the war.

Despite his remarkable reputation for bravery and the win-at-all-costs attitude displayed during his wartime service York was and remained a pacifist.  Following a religious conversion in 1911 - he became lay deacon of a local pacifist sect - he declared himself a convinced pacifist.

Consequently with the U.S. entry into World War One York initially returned his draft papers before they were summarily resent to him by the draft board, at which stage he was drafted into 328th Regiment, 82nd Infantry.  During training however he was convinced by his battalion commander, Gonzalo Edward Buxton - a fellow Bible student - that the Bible sanctioned active service.

Once in France the semi-literate York earned lifetime fame for his part in an attack in the Argonne Forest against German machine gun positions on 8 October 1918.  York, an acting Corporal, led 17 men in action against a German stronghold, the aim being to secure the position and return with German prisoners.

Initially successful without coming under fire, the small expedition took a number of prisoners before the Germans launched a heavy counterattack.  With 11 of York's men guarding the captured prisoners (and with the other six killed) York resolved to proceed alone and tackle the German gunners ranged against them.

Having shot some 17 gunners via sniping, York was charged by seven German soldiers who realised that he was operating on his own.  He killed them all with his pistol.  With the aid of a German Major captured earlier York brought in a total of 132 German prisoners, a remarkable feat.

He was well rewarded however, receiving lavish press coverage at home and the Congressional Medal of Honor, in addition to the French Croix de Guerre (and a fulsome citation from Supreme Allied Commander Ferdinand Foch).

Returning home to a New York City parade, York was awarded a gift of a farm by his home state, Tennessee.  A film of his life was made in 1940, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper; York used the fee he was paid for the film to fund a Bible college.

He died in 1964.

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QUOTES

"Sir, I am doing wrong. Practicing to kill people is against my religion."
York, speaking of target practice at human silhouettes.

 
"What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe."
Marshall Ferdinand Foch, on York's feat in the Argonne.

 
"This uniform ain't for sale."
York, on demands for his endorsement.

 
"It's over; let's just forget about it."
York's modesty about the the event that brought him the Medal of Honor.
 

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Medal of Honor Citation

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 328th Infantry, 82d Division.
Place and date
: Near Chatel-Chehery, France, 8 October 1918.
Entered service at
: Pall Mall, Tenn.
Born
: 13 December 1887, Fentress County, Tenn.
G.O. No.
: 59, W.D., 1919.

Citation:

After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machinegun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machinegun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns.  

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1 posted on 05/18/2008 5:00:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hey Kathy I tell you Hollywood story Sgt York didn’t want nobody to play him in a movie except Gary Cooper since dude had final script approval this back in da day when Movie system ran things he got his way and his choice

BOY STUFF you learn watching Turner Classic movies


2 posted on 05/18/2008 5:01:49 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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Please note: The author of today's Hall of Heroes is StarCMC. Please thank her for the thread.

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3 posted on 05/18/2008 5:04:36 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hey Kathy. How are you?


4 posted on 05/18/2008 5:04:58 PM PDT by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

2nd?


5 posted on 05/18/2008 5:05:28 PM PDT by Radix (The Army Times will not let me post "their images" of OUR Troops on Free Republic)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good evening!


Good night.
6 posted on 05/18/2008 5:06:24 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Tony Stark makes you feel he's a cool exec with a heart of steel . . .)
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To: SevenofNine

Wow,

FIRST of Nine!


7 posted on 05/18/2008 5:07:20 PM PDT by Radix (The Army Times will not let me post "their images" of OUR Troops on Free Republic)
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To: sneakers; vigilante2; Jade Falcon; Laurita; txradioguy; tongue-tied; SoldierDad; KB4W; ...
Honoring Our Heroes

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8 posted on 05/18/2008 5:14:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Radix
FIRST of Nine!

And now you are Seven of Nine posts!

9 posted on 05/18/2008 5:18:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Tony Stark makes you feel he's a cool exec with a heart of steel . . .)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

May 19, 2008
A Question Of Motive
The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12

My wife and I were stopped at a railroad crossing to allow a train to pass. As we waited in the line of cars, the driver next to us suddenly darted through a nearby parking lot and headed in the direction of the next available railroad crossing.

I turned to Marlene and said, with some righteous indignation, “Look at that guy. He’s trying to get around the train instead of waiting like the rest of us.” As soon as I said those words, the man, camera in hand, hopped from his car to take pictures of the oncoming train. I had judged his motives, and I was dead wrong.

Although we can observe behavior and outward appearance, only God can see what’s in the heart. That is one reason we all need the Word of God so desperately. Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

When we find ourselves ready to judge another person’s motives, let’s pause and remember—only God can see the heart, and only His Word can expose its motives. Our responsibility is to let the Lord and His Word convict us about our own hearts.

The Bible is a lamp from God,
A sword of truth and light;
It searches heart and soul and mind,
And helps us know what’s right. —Bosch

People will be judged by the way God sees them not by the way we see them.


Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 1–3; Proverbs 17:1-14


10 posted on 05/18/2008 5:20:08 PM PDT by The Mayor ("A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov. 16:9))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

In late again.


11 posted on 05/18/2008 5:20:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC; All
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

Prayers going up.


12 posted on 05/18/2008 5:30:11 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Aloha Night Owl!


13 posted on 05/18/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: U S Army EOD
Someone of interest....ping
14 posted on 05/18/2008 5:34:14 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC; All


United States Marine Corps Band~National Anthem


15 posted on 05/18/2008 5:36:19 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: MoJo2001; StarCMC; HiJinx; beachn4fun; laurenmarlowe; HopeandGlory; AZamericonnie; LUV W; ...
For those interested in sending get well cards to Jim Robinson....see below.

"Funny" is the order of the day. He is in good spirits.

Jim Robinson
PO Box 9771
Fresno, CA 93794

Jim's recent medical odyssey...check Post #1780!


16 posted on 05/18/2008 5:39:30 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Despite everything York did for his country in France, the IRS went after him with a vengeance late in life.

The story is here:

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More than twenty years after his return from France as the most decorated soldier of World War I, York signed a contract with Warner Brothers for a moving picture telling the story of his life. The picture, in which Gary Cooper played the part of York, was called "Sergeant York," and was released in 1941. It made him some money but not a great deal. A report from Warner Brothers covering the period from the release of the picture to March 2, 1946 shows that York's share of revenue from the movie amounted to $169,449.84.

With this money York paid off most or possibly all of his debts. In the Farm Credit Manager in 1942 he says, "I'll bet I'm the first person who ever paid off a Federal Land Bank loan with money from a movie." And in the same magazine he pats himself on the back when he says, "It's the wise farmers who get their debts in shape for anything that might happen."

But a lot of the money from the movie went into the York Bible School at Pall Mall that never did materialize. In a story in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine for May 14, 1961 York is quoted as saying of the Bible School that "I put up all the money except $2,000. . . . . it cost about $40,000."

It was the revenue from the movie that got the old soldier into a peck of trouble with the income tax people. He paid what his lawyers said he owed, but the IRS billed him for more than $85,000 after they refused to allow deductions of donations to York Institute on the grounds that it was not a charitable institution since it was supported by the state. This $85,000 finally snowballed to $172,000 with penalty and interest and became absolutely impossible for him to pay after his third cerebral hemorrhage in February, 1954. He had suffered his first in 1949, but from 1954 until his death ten years later he was a complete invalid. The IRS finally agreed to accept $25,000 as full payment of his income tax debt. This amount was raised by public subscription from people all over America who sympathized with the now totally disabled old soldier.

17 posted on 05/18/2008 5:40:54 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; Jim Robinson

Glad to hear Jim is feeling good


18 posted on 05/18/2008 5:43:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

PRESENT FOR DOODY!


19 posted on 05/18/2008 5:45:48 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

York was 31 in 1918. Does anyone know if he had a wife and children when he served?


20 posted on 05/18/2008 5:51:41 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

It's Natural

U.S. service members from all over Iraq take their seats before the naturalization ceremony April 12 at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad. During the ceremony, which was one of the largest overseas naturalization ceremonies to date, approximately 260 service members were granted U.S. citizenship. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Andrea Merritt)

21 posted on 05/18/2008 5:57:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: All

A PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are, God is,
And all is well.
Amen.

BLESS THIS HOUSE
 Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day; 
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out:
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there, with smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee. 
(Click on graphics for music)


22 posted on 05/18/2008 6:00:26 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SevenofNine
And Johnny-on-the spot....Seven is first!


23 posted on 05/18/2008 6:02:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: skimask
And snagging the silver...skimask!!


24 posted on 05/18/2008 6:04:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; AZamericonnie
Hey Kathy -- thank you so much! I apologize for bailing and
really appreciate you always being here to cover for me when I
need it. And you too Connie -- you ladies are GOLD!


25 posted on 05/18/2008 6:08:54 PM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/peoples-information-support-team/ -JOIN US!-We're PIST!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

How are you?


26 posted on 05/18/2008 6:10:05 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Arrogance IS my virtue!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Great idea! Sorting through my cards now.....:)


27 posted on 05/18/2008 6:14:26 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Radix
And rounding out the top three...Radix!


28 posted on 05/18/2008 6:19:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: La Enchiladita; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; ...
On the Closing of Tucson's Remaining Die-In Theater.


29 posted on 05/18/2008 6:19:26 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Good evening, TS, and good night and rest well.

Have a good Monday.


30 posted on 05/18/2008 6:23:07 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

LOL!! Good one, Sand.


31 posted on 05/18/2008 6:25:17 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
On the Closing of Tucson's Remaining Drive-In Theater.


32 posted on 05/18/2008 6:25:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

The passion pits were responsible for a lot of marriages and the start of a lot of families.


33 posted on 05/18/2008 6:27:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: StarCMC






Supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
at more than 1,000 places across the U. S. and around the world.

~Tribute to Our Troops~


34 posted on 05/18/2008 6:32:15 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Old Sarge

Good evening to you, Sarge. How was doody this weekend? Did you learn new stuff? Please forgive me, I cannot remember the official name of the weaving place...did things get cleaned up and up and running again? Did they find and punish the destructors?


35 posted on 05/18/2008 6:32:29 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska

Thank you Starlette for this evenings thread & Kathy for posting! *Hugs*


36 posted on 05/18/2008 6:33:37 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Alvin C. York, Sgt. York, 1887-1964, by Gladys Williams*
37 posted on 05/18/2008 6:35:08 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Please note: The author of today's Hall of Heroes is StarCMC. Please thank her for the thread.

Thanks, Star! York is one of my all-time favorites.
38 posted on 05/18/2008 6:41:47 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Breaking News: Chocula drops out of presidential race over Frankenberry VP scandal.)
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To: skimask
Good evening, skimask...all is well here. Are you having a nice spring? And our thanks to your son, Capt Kevin, for his service to our country.


39 posted on 05/18/2008 6:42:55 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC

Thank you Sweet Shining Star.


40 posted on 05/18/2008 6:43:01 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs to said?)
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To: Radix

Good Sunday evening, Radix. Hope you had some resting time today.


41 posted on 05/18/2008 6:46:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor....hope you got a good night’s sleep and are feeling better today. Thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.


42 posted on 05/18/2008 6:49:56 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Das Outsider

Welcome to the Canteen, Das Outsider....thanks for thanking the author. I just posted it for her.


43 posted on 05/18/2008 6:52:46 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...how was your Scout outing yesterday?


44 posted on 05/18/2008 7:04:04 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Hope, for today's Pledge. Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


45 posted on 05/18/2008 7:05:44 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Welcome to the Canteen, Das Outsider....

Thank you. I'll have to check out the "Hall of Heroes" series more often.
46 posted on 05/18/2008 7:07:39 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Breaking News: Chocula drops out of presidential race over Frankenberry VP scandal.)
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To: SandRat

*snicker*

“Drive-In” babies.....I’ll bet there are statistics........


47 posted on 05/18/2008 7:09:49 PM PDT by LUV W (The Republican Party is strongest when it is fearlessly conservative! RL \:D/)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Thanks, Star and Kathy, for posting this tribute to a real down-to-earth hero who had no idea that he was heroic.

And that is one of the qualifications.

All our troops are heroes to me!


48 posted on 05/18/2008 7:11:03 PM PDT by LUV W (The Republican Party is strongest when it is fearlessly conservative! RL \:D/)
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha, Hawaii....little people report. What did you decide on for a snack?


49 posted on 05/18/2008 7:11:17 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W

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50 posted on 05/18/2008 7:11:30 PM PDT by LUV W (The Republican Party is strongest when it is fearlessly conservative! RL \:D/)
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