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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Vernon Baker ~ July 26, 2010
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 07/25/2010 5:00:19 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Vernon Baker

(Info found here.)

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On Saturday, July 13th, another Medal of Honor recipient left us to guard the streets of heaven.  Thank you, sir, for your service to our country.

Vernon Joseph Baker (December 17, 1919 – July 13, 2010) was a United States Army officer who received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II. He was awarded the medal for his actions on April 5–6, 1945 near Viareggio, Italy, when he and his platoon killed 26 enemy soldiers and destroyed six machine gun nests, two observer posts and four dugouts. He was the only living black World War II veteran of the seven belatedly awarded the medal of honor when it was bestowed upon him by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1997.

Early life

Baker was born on December 17, 1919, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the youngest of three children. After his parents died in a car accident when he was four, he and his two sisters were raised by their grandparents. His grandfather Joseph S. Baker, a railroad worker in Cheyenne, taught him to hunt in order to feed the family and became "the most influential figure in Vernon's life." His relationship with his grandmother was much more strained, and he spent a few years at the Boys Town orphanage in Nebraska to be away from her.

Baker graduated from high school in his grandfather's hometown of Clarinda, Iowa. He then worked as a railroad porter, a job he despised, until his grandfather's death from cancer in 1939. A series of menial jobs followed until his enlistment in the U.S. Army in mid-1941. At his first attempt to enlist, in April 1941, he was turned away, the recruiter stating "We don't have any quotas for you people." He tried again weeks later with a different recruiter and was accepted; he requested to become a quartermaster but was instead assigned to the infantry.

 

Military service

Baker entered the Army on June 26, 1941, six months prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. He went through training at Camp Wolters, Texas, and after completing Officer Candidate School was commissioned as a second lieutenant on January 11, 1943.

In June 1944, Baker was sent to Italy with the all-black 92nd Infantry Division. He was wounded in the arm in October of that year, hospitalized near Pisa, and in December rejoined his unit in reserve along the Gothic Line. In early spring, 1945, his unit was pulled from the reserves and placed in active combat. On the morning of April 5, he participated in an attack on the German stronghold of Castle Aghinolfi. During the assault, Baker led his heavy weapons platoon through German defenses to within sight of the castle, personally destroying three machine gun nests, two observation posts, two bunkers, and a network of German telephone lines along the way. It was for these actions that he was later awarded the Medal of Honor.

After the end of the war, Baker remained in Europe with the Allied occupation forces until 1947. He later joined the Army Airborne forces and left the military in 1968 as a first lieutenant.

In 1993, a study commissioned by the U.S. Army described systematic racial discrimination in the criteria for awarding medals during World War II. At the time, no Medals of Honor had been awarded to black soldiers who served in World War II. After an exhaustive review of files, the study recommended that several black Distinguished Service Cross recipients have their awards upgraded to the Medal of Honor. On January 13, 1997, President Bill Clinton awarded the medal to seven African American World War II veterans; Baker was the only recipient still living at the time.

Baker's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6 April 1945, near Viareggio, Italy. Then Second Lieutenant Baker demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company's attack against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain. When his company was stopped by the concentration of fire from several machine gun emplacements, he crawled to one position and destroyed it, killing three Germans. Continuing forward, he attacked an enemy observation post and killed two occupants. With the aid of one of his men, Lieutenant Baker attacked two more machine gun nests, killing or wounding the four enemy soldiers occupying these positions. He then covered the evacuation of the wounded personnel of his company by occupying an exposed position and drawing the enemy's fire. On the following night Lieutenant Baker voluntarily led a battalion advance through enemy mine fields and heavy fire toward the division objective. Second Lieutenant Baker's fighting spirit and daring leadership were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.

 

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1 posted on 07/25/2010 5:00:21 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska


REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD!





SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!





Lamh Foistenach Abu!
2 posted on 07/25/2010 5:00:45 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hiya Kathy!!


3 posted on 07/25/2010 5:01:00 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

In?


4 posted on 07/25/2010 5:02:19 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Lt. Vernon Baker, a true hero with an extrodinary career!


5 posted on 07/25/2010 5:03:34 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Please note: The author of the Hall of Heroes is StarCMC.
Please thank her for today’s thread.

Hall of Heroes: Vernon Baker

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6 posted on 07/25/2010 5:13:03 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; StarCMC
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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

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God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


7 posted on 07/25/2010 5:14:48 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: txradioguy; tongue-tied; SoldierDad; mike1sg; Milo828; mystery-ak; CMS; The Sailor; Jet Jaguar; ...
Honoring Our Heroes

2LT Rebecca USA (Daughter of U S Army EOD)
3 sons (armymarinemom and amdad)
AbnSarge USA
Allegra
Anoreth USCG (daughter of Tax-chick)
aviator USAF
Brett USN (CindyDawg)
Brother and Son-in-Law (kalee)
Cannoneer No. 4
CAPT Future Snake Eater USA (RightOnline)
CAPT Jason Clendenin (friend of Frou)
Chris USA (amom)
Chuck USA (RightOnline)
COL Mike (gpapa)
CMS USA
ConorMacNessa USN USMC
David USAF (LUV W)
Defender2
Deven USA (Shimmer)
Ethan USMC (georgiabelle)
forgotenknight13 USA (grandson of Monkey Face)
Fred (DocRock)
GulfWar1Vet USA
IS2 Brianne USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
IS2 Heather USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
Jade Falcon USN
JemiansTerror USA (Jemian)
Jet Jaguar USAF
Joel (NEMDF)
Jonathan USMC (AZbushgal)
Josh USN (doug from upland)
Karen USA (fatima's granddaughter)
Kenneth (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
Kevin USMC (skimask)
Kevin and David USA (vigilante2)
Laurita USA
LCpl Carter USMC
LCpl Joe USMC (Don’tMessWithTexas)
Lindsay (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
LT David (Coldwater Creek)
M1911A1 USMC (M0sby)
M1Tanker
Major joma89 USAF
MEG33's Navy Grandson
Michael USAR (RightOnline)
Mike1Sg USA (mystery-ak)
Milo828 USA (mystery-ak)
MSgt Eddie USAF ( Son of ThomasPaine2000, CMSgt USAF, Ret)
MSGT Glen Ignasiak USAF (nephew of AirForceMom)
Nate USN (sneakers)
Old Sarge USA
OneLoyalAmerican USCG
PFC Alan USA (brother-in-law Stonewall Jackson)
PFC Dan USA (son of swmobuffalo)
PFC Jake USMC (son of Enough_Deceit)
Philetus USA
Pvt Alex USA (son of Enough_Deceit)
Rick USAF (Doogle)
Robert, Jeremy, Daynnis USA (SoldierDad)
Sat-Com Chris USA (son of KC Burke)
SGT Ev USA (Mozie)
SGT Gray USA (colorcountry’s son)
SGT Robert USMC (MarineMom613)
SGT Sean Reed (preed)
Son USCG (GodBlessUSA)
SPC Mike USA (AbnSarge)
SPC William Akin USA (Step-son of BlueLancer)
SrA The Black Knight USAF
SSG Brian USA (repubmom)
SSG Dustin USA (SIL of U S Army EOD)
SSG Dusty USA (MountainDad)
SSG Mitchel USA (tina07)
SSG Spencer USA (grame)
SSGT Don May Jr USMC (debm29palms)
SSGT John Linde USA (JFoxbear)
Terrence USN (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
The Sailor
tongue-tied USN/USA
Tonkin USN/USCG
TSGT Jason M Kibler USAF (son of AirForceMom)
SFC txradioguy USA
USAFSecurityForces (son of visualops & TheStickman)
Valerie USAF (Shimmer)
Victor and Tony D USMC (weldgophardline)
William USA (jackv)
WOs Bob and Michelle USA (nephew, and his wife, of BnBlFlag)

 



8 posted on 07/25/2010 5:18:00 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!


9 posted on 07/25/2010 5:22:26 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; All

Sorry Kathy, the streets of Heaven are guarded by MARINES!


10 posted on 07/25/2010 5:24:13 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Thanks very much, Kathy!

*HUGS*

And thanks to you and Star for tonite's Hall of Heroes thread!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
11 posted on 07/25/2010 5:24:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; ConorMacNessa; MountainDad; PROCON

Good evening everyone! Hope all is well with you! *hugs*


12 posted on 07/25/2010 5:24:18 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: HopeandGlory

Good evening Hope. Thank your for tonights pledge! *hugs*


13 posted on 07/25/2010 5:25:23 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!





Cpl. Paul J. Miller, USMC, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, KIA Afghanistan 19JUL2010

I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


Eternal Father, Strong to Save



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, amid these who heeded the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



Taps





Lamh Foistenach Abu!
14 posted on 07/25/2010 5:25:54 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Aloha Night Owl!


15 posted on 07/25/2010 5:26:13 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: StarCMC

Good evening Star and thank your for another very worthy Hero! *hugs*


16 posted on 07/25/2010 5:27:06 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: oldteen
Good evening, Teenie!

*HUGS*

How are you doing tonite?

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
17 posted on 07/25/2010 5:27:11 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: TMSuchman

Evenin’ TMS. Have all the storms passed over? You doin’ OK?


18 posted on 07/25/2010 5:28:19 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: PROCON
Aloha and Hau`oli la Hanau, Procon!


19 posted on 07/25/2010 5:28:58 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha BIG! How U doin’? Rain? Sun? Fish? Or all of the above..lol. *hugs*


20 posted on 07/25/2010 5:29:42 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: BIGLOOK
Good evening, Shipmate! Hope all is well with you!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
21 posted on 07/25/2010 5:30:11 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: oldteen
Hey Teenie!!

Much cooler here today, just been a lazy @ss, how was your day?

22 posted on 07/25/2010 5:30:15 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Doin’ just fine, Conor, thanks for askin’. You still at work?


23 posted on 07/25/2010 5:31:04 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: PROCON
Hiya, Army Bro! How goes it with you this evening?

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
24 posted on 07/25/2010 5:31:11 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: BIGLOOK
Hey and Aloha back at ya!!

We're getting some summer weather and it is beeeautiful!

How's things in paradise?!

25 posted on 07/25/2010 5:31:45 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: oldteen
No - I left the office at 6:45 this evening - a productive day.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
26 posted on 07/25/2010 5:32:15 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: oldteen; Kathy in Alaska
Hi guys! SSG Dusty is at NTS Training at Death Valley, CA. Been there the last 3 weeks. Getting ready to deploy to Afgan. Heard from the daughter-in-law last night that he hurt his back pretty good.

Must be from hauling those mortar base plates all over Iraq!

27 posted on 07/25/2010 5:32:59 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Hey Navy Bro!!

It was a good weekend for being lazy and FReeping.

Are your weekend work days over?

28 posted on 07/25/2010 5:33:03 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: PROCON

Wasn’t too bad here either. I been a slug today! Haven’t even left the house. How was your Special 30th B’day? ;o)


29 posted on 07/25/2010 5:33:25 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: PROCON
Not sure if we'll be doing it again next weekend or not - In the interim, we can get all the OT we want.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
30 posted on 07/25/2010 5:34:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!





SSgt. Brian F. Piercy, USA, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, KIA Afghanistan 20JUL2010

I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


God Of Our Fathers



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, among these who answered the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



Taps




Lamh Foistenach Abu!
31 posted on 07/25/2010 5:35:32 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good for U! Will tomorrow be a rough day? (or all week?)


32 posted on 07/25/2010 5:35:44 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: oldteen
Aloha Teenster!

Sun and rain and two and a half days working on my computer. It's no way to spend the weekend.
33 posted on 07/25/2010 5:36:02 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: oldteen
How was your Special 30th B’day? ;o)

Hee-hee. Add 29 years and you have the right age.

I'm not feeling old, anyway!

34 posted on 07/25/2010 5:36:06 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: oldteen
Could be - I have a doctor's appt in the am - not sure how late I'll work tomorrow.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
35 posted on 07/25/2010 5:37:32 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
OT can definately be good for the paycheck!

I work for the state educational system, OT comes rarely.

36 posted on 07/25/2010 5:37:48 PM PDT by PROCON (Independence Day + 21, Let's see how long it lasts!)
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To: MountainDad

God Bless SSG Dusty, MD. Death Valley...ACK! Might it keep him from deploying?


37 posted on 07/25/2010 5:38:30 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!





1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan, USA, 52nd Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, KIA Iraq 21JUL2010

I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


God Of Our Fathers



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, among these who answered the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



Taps




Lamh Foistenach Abu!
38 posted on 07/25/2010 5:40:04 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: PROCON
I was just tryin' to make ya feel like a kid again :).
39 posted on 07/25/2010 5:40:33 PM PDT by oldteen
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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)


40 posted on 07/25/2010 5:41:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Don’t push yourself too hard!


41 posted on 07/25/2010 5:41:48 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: ConorMacNessa

Aloha Doc!

All’s well over here (except for the current problems that seem to have no resolution......yet). Trying to be patient.


42 posted on 07/25/2010 5:41:53 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

God rest the souls of our fallen and prayers for their families.


43 posted on 07/25/2010 5:43:35 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: redrock; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


44 posted on 07/25/2010 5:43:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: BIGLOOK
Keep your chin up, FRiend! We're all pulling for you and you're in our prayers!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
45 posted on 07/25/2010 5:44:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: PROCON

The weather here is gorgeous as well....not like the weather reports I’ve heard on the news of east coast sweltering heat and humidity.

Paradise needs tourists to share it with.....and they ain’t here.


46 posted on 07/25/2010 5:45:42 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...


REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER!





Cpl. Joe L. Wrightsman, USMC, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Died Afghanistan 18JUL2010

I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)


Eternal Father, Strong to Save



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, amid these who heeded the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



Taps





Lamh Foistenach Abu!
47 posted on 07/25/2010 5:46:17 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
And in first....Mac!!


48 posted on 07/25/2010 5:47:01 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: BIGLOOK
two and a half days working on my computer

Is it still acting up or did ya figger out the bug(s) that might be crawlin' around in it? That's waaaay more patience than I have. I'd have tossed it already!

49 posted on 07/25/2010 5:47:31 PM PDT by oldteen
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Mine?


50 posted on 07/25/2010 5:47:56 PM PDT by oldteen
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