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16 sci-fi soldiers we should all salute on Memorial Day
SciFi Wire ^ | 05/27/10

Posted on 05/27/2010 7:17:04 PM PDT by KevinDavis

With Memorial Day bearing down on us, we thought it the right time to salute those brave sci-fi soldiers who've fought so hard for the betterment of the sci-fi universe.

The tribute begins below!

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


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1 posted on 05/27/2010 7:17:05 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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To: IYAS9YAS; FrPR; GOP Poet; OriginalChristian; El Sordo; ronnyquest; cizinec; Ronin; ...


A big thanks goes to Visualops for the Banner!!


2 posted on 05/27/2010 7:17:54 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Jesus Saves... Allah Kills...)
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To: KevinDavis
Need to be on this list:

LTC McQueen from "Space - Above and Beyond"

Col. Tigh from the remade BSG

3 posted on 05/27/2010 7:19:43 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: KevinDavis

Lorne Greene in that crap show? BS.

Here is a
http://ufoseries.com/guide/straker.html

Commander Ed Straker
The head of SHADO, Ed Straker has been involved with every aspect of its creation since the beginning. Formerly a Colonel in the United States Air Force, his dedication and long hours on the job during SHADO’s creation cost him his marriage. Demanding of his people, but also loyal to them. Bases many of his decisions on computer predictions & logic, and is good at guessing the Aliens next move. Rarely lets people get close to him, and can come across as cold & distant.
Actor: Ed Bishop
Episodes: All

http://www.yuchtar.com/Straker.html

Ed Straker was a (very young) Colonel in the US Air Force when he was called upon to head up the construction of SHADO. A newly wed intelligence officer, Straker was hesitant at first - thinking the command should have gone to his boss and friend, General Henderson. Once he agreed to accept the responsibilty, however, there was no turning back and no compromising ...

Straker is a complex and tragic figure - SHADO and Ed’s dedication to fighting the alien threat destroyed his marriage and would also play a part in the death of his son. His single-minded devotion to duty sets him apart from his elite crew, who often regard their leader as a cold, calculating, ruthless commander. In certain respects, that may be true, but Ed’s aloofness has also left him lonely, and in many ways, vulnerable as well.


4 posted on 05/27/2010 7:23:08 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: KevinDavis

A disgraceful article and disgraceful post to all those who served.

Not funny, cute or entertaining.


5 posted on 05/27/2010 7:32:47 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: KevinDavis

Sergeant Todd ROCKS!

“Fear. Fear and... discipline.”

Great line.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 7:34:13 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: TSgt

Lighten up.


7 posted on 05/27/2010 7:36:35 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: KevinDavis

Roy Batty!!!


8 posted on 05/27/2010 7:38:02 PM PDT by Historix
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To: Astronaut

I’ve got a sense of humor however I don’t find making light of our nation’s veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice humorous or entertaining.


9 posted on 05/27/2010 7:39:22 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: KevinDavis

Props to Cpl. Hicks.

Who nuked the site from orbit.

10 posted on 05/27/2010 7:39:58 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: KevinDavis

Might as well salute the So Faux soldiers while your at it: Gore, Kerry, Blumenthal ...

Naaah. Why further denigrate REAL soldiers that are actually deserving of our praise.


11 posted on 05/27/2010 7:41:31 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: KevinDavis
I love a good scifi/action flick as much as the next guy, but Memorial day should be for REAL soldiers.

Facing up to foam-rubber aliens and CGI lazer blasts takes a lesser kind of courage, IMO.

12 posted on 05/27/2010 7:42:07 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: TSgt
I’m not even an American, and I don’t think it’s right to comingle make-believe heros, with the real ones on Memorial Day.
13 posted on 05/27/2010 7:47:09 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: martin_fierro

Au contraire! The power station overloaded and blew itself up.


14 posted on 05/27/2010 7:48:21 PM PDT by poindexter
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To: KevinDavis

15 posted on 05/27/2010 7:49:08 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: KevinDavis

No Sgt. Malcolm Reynolds!


16 posted on 05/27/2010 7:49:18 PM PDT by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: KevinDavis

Sorry, KD, but this Holiday is for Real People...not those little toys you play with. This post is really too juvenile for FR.

Vietnam ‘70


17 posted on 05/27/2010 7:51:12 PM PDT by Ecliptic
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To: TheVitaminPress

“No Sgt. Malcolm Reynolds! “

He reminded the author of the article of a Tea Partier.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 7:53:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

LOL, if ever sci-fi had a pro liberty franchise that was it.


19 posted on 05/27/2010 7:57:18 PM PDT by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: TSgt

A disgraceful article and disgraceful post to all those who served.

Not funny, cute or entertaining.


Thank you for saying so. You’re absolutely right. I’m really surprised that Freepers would mock Memorial Day like this.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 7:57:50 PM PDT by pgkdan (I Miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: KevinDavis

21 posted on 05/27/2010 8:03:03 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Don't think of work as 5 days on, 2 days off. Instead think 4 nights on, 3 off.)
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To: TSgt

Agreed.. We are talking about real soldiers not some lollypop candy ass playing a soldier.. Not some guy behind a camera laughing and smirking at the anti-military lines that are fed into the movies... We are talking about real blood spilled on battle fields not corn syrup with red dye in it.. Memorial Day means alot to me, for the men that died in all our conflicts. Lets remember some of the real soldiers on Monday. Patton,Audy Murphy,Carlos Lozada,Charles Waters,Eric Wood Jr. Real men not make believe...


22 posted on 05/27/2010 8:06:34 PM PDT by crazydad (What)
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To: KevinDavis

Thanks for posting. I enjoyed pretending for a few minutes. Unlike some others, I’m able to separate reality from fiction and enjoy some of both. ;)


23 posted on 05/27/2010 8:21:51 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: KevinDavis

Clearly from the tenor of some responses to this post it is totally inapporpriate to have fun on Memorial Day.
Instead you should pray and meditate over those who have died in the country’s wars.

Now, do I think the Honroed Dead should be remembered? Absolutely. There should be parades and people putting flowers and flags on graves.

But I think it’s also important for all to remember that one of the things we fight for is freedom of speech and expression. I want people to have fun, even if it does occasionally touch on things some people might might consider sacred.


24 posted on 05/27/2010 8:23:38 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: KevinDavis

I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

25 posted on 05/27/2010 8:24:58 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: MadJack

Wow. I should have finished my coffee and done a better job of proofreading.


26 posted on 05/27/2010 8:27:07 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: KevinDavis
There is some good ones on the list but without:

Sgt. Malcom Reynolds this list is meaningless!

27 posted on 05/27/2010 8:28:24 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: TruthHound

Okay, since Leslie was one of the sci-fi soldiers that came to my mine, what was his character’s name in this film?
The quantum mechanic chief was also good.


28 posted on 05/27/2010 8:29:24 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: TruthHound

Okay, since Leslie was one of the sci-fi soldiers that came to my mind, what was his character’s name in this film?
The quantum mechanic chief was also good.


29 posted on 05/27/2010 8:29:39 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: KevinDavis

Tim Thomerson as The Sarge in “Zone Troopers.”
If you’ve not seen this one, it is a must.


30 posted on 05/27/2010 8:34:21 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: martin_fierro

It was the only way to be sure....


31 posted on 05/27/2010 8:36:01 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: TSgt

Lighten up Francis.

This list is NOT disrespectful to my father, brother, uncle, grandfather, father-in-law, grandfather-in-law, or anyone else who has served in real life.

It’s just a science fiction oriented website trying to be topical.

Memorial Day is an important day and you should be appropriately solemn at a memorial service.

But you can still have fun over a holiday weekend. My Vietnam Vet father is going to spend his Memorial Day splashing in the pool with his grandkids. He’s earned it.

You can criticize this article as long as you only attend a memorial service and do not go to a Memorial Day picnic, baseball/softball game, parade, festival, amusement park, beach, or anything fun this coming weekend.


32 posted on 05/27/2010 8:37:58 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: TSgt
I agree. How about we salute Dan Vece? An Iwo vet in my town. Joined the Marines his senior year in High School. Experience the entire Iwo campaign. After the war he was a founding member of Iwo Jima Survivors Association which was responsible for lobbying for and raising the money to build the memorial we see today in D.C. Here is Dan a few days ago:


Looks good for his age doesn't he? The model next to him was cast from the original sculpture before the 40 foot tall one everyone knows was cast (Dan said at a speech yesterday they had a heck of a time finding a foundry which could handle the full size monument).

Oh well...back to promoting an industry, the entertainment complex, which has polluted our culture and which hates what Dan stands for.

33 posted on 05/27/2010 8:38:30 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: KevinDavis

Obviously the linked list was for for the reading impaired.

1. John Carter
2. Johhny Rico
3. Donal Graeme
4. Robert Hedrock
5. Honor Harrington
6. Roderick Blaine
7. Michael O’Neal
8. Alois Hammer
9. Mike Harmon
10. Roger MacClintock


34 posted on 05/27/2010 8:39:44 PM PDT by Waverunner (a)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

It is disrespectful.

Comparing Sci-Fi heros to those who made the ultimate sacrifice is a disgrace and others here agree.

Having never worn the uniform I can’t imagine you would understand.


35 posted on 05/27/2010 8:40:47 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

No, it is not. You are wrong.


36 posted on 05/27/2010 8:42:18 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: KevinDavis

Any list without Ender is a weak one.


37 posted on 05/27/2010 8:45:29 PM PDT by Ingtar (If Palin were perfect, she could campaign for godhood. Since she is human, Obama's job will do.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Let it go.

Here’s another one:
The USMC bird colonel in the original “War of the Worlds.”


38 posted on 05/27/2010 8:48:30 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: MadJack

Commander JJ Adams. He got Anne Francis, so the name don’t matter much.


39 posted on 05/27/2010 8:55:53 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Brugmansian

Just a historial footnote re Iwo Jima. There was one official army unit that was in the 3rd assault wave. It was the famed 75th JASCO (Joint Assault Signal Company) in which my father-in-law served throughout the Pacific.

I understand that a Seabee company was accidentally sent ashore (the call was for one Seabee needed to operate some equipment) and they that were literally wiped out (too lightly armed).

Vietnam Swift Boat veteran John O’Neill’s father fly missions at Iwo, while radio talk-show hosts John Batchellor’s father served there as did Mark Levin’s grandfather.

A salute to all our veterans (including my son, OIF). You put most of our politicians to shame.


40 posted on 05/27/2010 9:27:15 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: KevinDavis
They left out Bill, the galactic hero!

No Oscar "Scar" Gordon?

And *none* of the several candidates from the Dorsai (Childe Cycle) stories?

Oh; it is all film stuff.

Sorry.

41 posted on 05/27/2010 9:31:54 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Commander/Major/General Jack O’Neil, SG-1


42 posted on 05/27/2010 10:00:55 PM PDT by redhead
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To: TheVitaminPress

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me...

- Firefly theme


43 posted on 05/27/2010 10:24:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: MadJack; TSgt; KevinDavis

Theres nothing wrong with looking at Sci-Fi warrior heroes, and memorial day is as good a day as any to do it. The mistake is linking the actions of, lets face it, made up heroes, with the stories of real people.


44 posted on 05/28/2010 1:27:06 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: martin_fierro


45 posted on 05/28/2010 3:45:56 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: TSgt

Exactly. Very poor taste


46 posted on 05/28/2010 3:49:00 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: KevinDavis

Hi Christopher!

47 posted on 05/28/2010 3:49:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: KevinDavis

No Lt. Col. Samantha Carter? I salute every time I see her. Or think about her.


48 posted on 05/28/2010 5:17:57 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Notary Sojac
LTC McQueen from "Space - Above and Beyond"

I second that nomination!

I absolutely loved that series.

49 posted on 05/28/2010 8:02:43 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (You can only get smarter by engaging a smarter opponent.)
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To: TSgt

I wore the uniform, so did my dad and both my uncles, two of whom served in combat, and this thread does not bother me at all.


50 posted on 05/28/2010 8:55:59 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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