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Memorial Day Miracle At 'The Wall' (tear jerker)
NPR ^ | 5/22/09 | NA

Posted on 05/22/2009 11:06:20 AM PDT by Drango

Allen Hoe, 62, served as a combat medic in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

His son, K. Nainoa Hoe, served as a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army's 3rd Battalion in Mosul, Iraq. He died there on Jan. 22, 2005, at the age of 27.

On Memorial Day that year, Allen traveled to Washington, D.C., from his home in Honolulu for services being held at the Vietnam Memorial, often referred to as "the wall." Army nurses returning home from the war were being honored there that day.

"I thought it would be great to welcome these young trauma nurses with some special Hawaiian leis," Hoe says.

When he saw Maj. Paula Couglin walking up the path he said, "Here, this is a special gift from me to you."

Couglin lowered her head so Allen could place the lei on her and saw a button Allen had pinned to his chest. She put her finger on it and said, "I know him."

"How do you know him? He was my son," Hoe recalls saying.

"I was the trauma nurse at the crash unit where he died," Couglin said. "I will never forget that face." The two hugged and Couglin cried.

Allen could tell that Couglin was tense. "I want you to know that my son was a warrior," he told her. "He absolutely recognized all of the risks that were involved."

Couglin decided to tell Hoe something that had been bothering her. It was her job to prepare his son's body for a last viewing, but she couldn't get his eyes to close.

Hoe laughed.

"My son would sleep with his eyes partially open," he told her. "His men ... were never certain what they could do when the lieutenant was sleeping, because they never knew if he was sleeping or if he was just awake watching what they were doing."

Reflecting on the chance encounter, Hoe says, "It was one of those miracles at the wall. It was absolutely remarkable."


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: npr; warrior
Listen to the audio at the link....Thank you NPR. (How rare is that for me to say?)

And thank you Lt. K. Nainoa Hoe for your service.

1 posted on 05/22/2009 11:06:20 AM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

ping for home


2 posted on 05/22/2009 11:08:11 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Drango

Awesome. Thanks so much for posting.


3 posted on 05/22/2009 11:09:35 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: Drango
Great story. I'll be washing the Wall tomorrow morning with a group of people from the park service.
4 posted on 05/22/2009 11:12:25 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is a jive turkey)
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To: Drango

That’s a tear jerker.


5 posted on 05/22/2009 11:15:40 AM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: Vision
I'll be washing the Wall tomorrow morning
Thank you.
6 posted on 05/22/2009 11:16:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Drango

Thanks for posting and making my screen go all blurry...


7 posted on 05/22/2009 11:17:31 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Drango

fuzzy screen bump


8 posted on 05/22/2009 11:20:26 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Drango

9 posted on 05/22/2009 11:20:29 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (zer0 is doing to capitalism what Kennedy did to health care)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Ever should we remember that:

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. George Orwell
10 posted on 05/22/2009 11:24:12 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Drango
...for those of you who have never visited “The Wall”, but intend to....be prepared, it will grip you in an embrace that will never be forgotten. I surely ,for one, hope not.
11 posted on 05/22/2009 11:24:58 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Vision
Thank you so much. We tried to make it for the washing this year but family issues prevented it.

Please wash a spot for me and my family. We would be very thankful.

12 posted on 05/22/2009 11:27:05 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: Drango
Dang it I promised myself i would hold it together this year and I already blew it.
13 posted on 05/22/2009 11:27:50 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: Drango

NPR can do some really good work


14 posted on 05/22/2009 11:29:19 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Memorial Day is NOT just for a Bar-B-Que!!!

Thank you for that image Ron...

15 posted on 05/22/2009 11:31:55 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: mad_as_he$$

I find it hard to go to the veterans events on Memorial day.

I tear up which the sunglasses hide, but frankly many times it’s a lot more than just tears and audible sobs and nose blowing are evident. On one hand I feel a little bit embarrassed, on the other hand I don’t care if my emotions surface.


16 posted on 05/22/2009 11:33:13 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: JDoutrider
Memorial Day is NOT just for a Bar-B-Que!!!

You are welcome and so very correct.

May God Bless and watch over our guys in harms way.

17 posted on 05/22/2009 11:34:33 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (zer0 is doing to capitalism what Kennedy did to health care)
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To: oh8eleven; mad_as_he$$

No need to thank me, I’ve done nothing. Happy memorial day.


18 posted on 05/22/2009 11:38:30 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is a jive turkey)
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To: Drango

fyi....a memorial day tribute from a fellow freeper

http://www.youtube.com/user/theinwithin


19 posted on 05/22/2009 11:50:01 AM PDT by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: Drango

God Bless America..not much else to say.


20 posted on 05/22/2009 12:02:49 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Drango
OK, now I'm crying.


21 posted on 05/22/2009 12:15:11 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife ... please pray for my deployed husband (deployment #6 to Iraq))
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To: Drango
Nainoa Hoe's last patrol

Mahalo, Lt. Hoe.

22 posted on 05/22/2009 12:36:35 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Vision
"I'll be washing the Wall tomorrow morning..."

Thank you for that -- and for all you do for us here on FR...

23 posted on 05/22/2009 5:10:40 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: sasafras

Hey FRiend....I always get an error message when trying to play the video....


24 posted on 05/22/2009 5:25:22 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: JDoutrider
Received by e-mail .. Glenn Beck narating

I don't care for the visual, so I closed my eyes and listened ... and cried.

25 posted on 05/22/2009 5:52:24 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Drango

We will never forget. Never.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WvML4xAt0c&feature=related


26 posted on 05/22/2009 5:52:27 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: sasafras

Beautiful.


27 posted on 05/22/2009 6:41:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("In the northern hemisphere, nations swirl to the left before going down the sewer." - glock rocks)
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To: Drango

“Hey FRiend....I always get an error message when trying to play the video....”

youtube was having problems - looks like it is fixed now if you want to try again.


28 posted on 05/23/2009 3:11:23 PM PDT by sasafras (TIME FOR A RESURGENCE - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - NO MORE COMPLAINING - LET'S GET BUSY!)
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To: oh8eleven; kalee; mad_as_he$$; TXnMA; Drango
The washing went well...beautiful morning.





You move everything left at the wall then rinse, scrub, and rinse the walls; then do the same for the granite in the walk way.









There were two groups. We then washed the woman's memorial while the other group did the 3 soldier statue. We left that area looking pretty good. Washed down the entire floor.




All done.







Freeper kalee asked me to stop by and say a prayer for...

Panel 44W - Line 28
"Tell him Kalee remembers."

THOMAS WARREN ROBERTS
SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on May 14, 1968
Casualty was on Sep 11, 1968
In TAY NINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

...I did. And got a rub.









We will never forget.
29 posted on 05/23/2009 5:20:23 PM PDT by Vision (Obama is a jive turkey)
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To: Vision

Very, very nice. Your gift is a fitting tribute to those who gave all.


30 posted on 05/23/2009 5:25:13 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango
bttt

The Wall is a powerful place. Even now my monitor is blurry. I was fortunate to visit in 1992. A family member's name is in this photo.


31 posted on 05/23/2009 5:27:16 PM PDT by Professional Engineer ("A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin. Sorry Dr. Franklin)
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To: Vision

Thank you.


32 posted on 05/23/2009 5:38:33 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Vision
I'll be washing the Wall tomorrow morning

This vet thanks you!

33 posted on 05/23/2009 5:48:03 PM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it.)
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To: Drango; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

Ping


34 posted on 05/23/2009 5:52:13 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: Vision
Thank you for your work and beautiful feedback.

That is one "menial" task that I would consider to be a high personal honor!

I have only seen the "moving wall" (at 2 am) -- but that was about as much emotional impact as I could handle...


35 posted on 05/23/2009 6:28:09 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Vision

Thanks again ...


36 posted on 05/24/2009 5:35:50 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Vision
Vision, I cannot thank you enough for being there an sharing with us.

We will never forget.

37 posted on 05/24/2009 6:06:49 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit (Two terms for politicians, one in office, one in jail.))
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To: Drango; ALOHA RONNIE

ping, Brother.


38 posted on 05/24/2009 6:07:28 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit (Two terms for politicians, one in office, one in jail.))
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To: freema

At least those that hate this Republic have not figured out how they can erase this day from memory. To many remember the reason for it.


39 posted on 05/24/2009 2:06:07 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (I still believe Duncan Hunter would have been the best solution... during this interim in time....)
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