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Marines and strangers rush to aid of victimized veteran
ABC13.com ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Miya Shay

Posted on 01/23/2013 3:37:53 AM PST by humblegunner

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There's a good news update on a home ransacked and spray painted by a pair of teen burglars in northwest Houston. While the burglars are now in custody, community members and Marines stepped in to help the homeowner -- a 93-year-old World War II veteran.

The Marines quickly marched into the defaced home of WWII veteran Elbert Wood, eager to help.

"It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said.

The presence of these local Marines is just one example of the outpouring of support for Wood since we first reported the burglary and vandalism of his home on Monday. Two teens, ages 13 and 16, were arrested for allegedly committing the crime.

"My feelings about them are not anger so much as just wondering why they would do something like that," Wood said.

Since then, calls came in from around the country, as former Marines and strangers offered to paint the graffiti-laden walls or replace the damaged household items. Gallery Furniture dropped off a living room set.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aid; elbertwood; houston; marines; rush; strangers; vandals; veteran; victimized; wood
Additionally, our local talk radio guy Michael Berry raised about $30,000 for Mr. Wood.


1 posted on 01/23/2013 3:38:00 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Thank you. There is good in this world. And I’m thankful they’ve caught the perps.


2 posted on 01/23/2013 3:50:28 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: humblegunner

I listen to Michael Berry on the computer here in Indiana, Pa.
He’s refreshingly honest.

God bless Mr Wood - and God bless the marines and others who helped him. I hope those two teenagers are hanging their heads in shame.


3 posted on 01/23/2013 3:51:09 AM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: humblegunner
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4 posted on 01/23/2013 3:59:32 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: humblegunner

The Few
The Proud
The Marines

What hearts these Marines have....from Toys for Tots to things like this.

I grew up near Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, couldn’t stand the (pardon the expression) Jarheads. Now I just wish the Navy community was as caring.

Semper Fi from a retired swabbie.


5 posted on 01/23/2013 4:03:06 AM PST by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: gorush

LOL! I love a happy ending!

God bless the Marines!


6 posted on 01/23/2013 4:05:10 AM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: gorush

great article!


7 posted on 01/23/2013 4:09:29 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: humblegunner

Thanks for posting this story Humblegunner,Made my day.Hat tip to all those people who helped this Marine.


8 posted on 01/23/2013 4:16:21 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: gorush

LOL! Must have been a slippery curb.


9 posted on 01/23/2013 4:25:03 AM PST by Humal
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To: fredhead

Semper Fi from a retired swabbie
= = = = = = = = = = =
Semper Fi from another ‘swabbie’.

You well know, that normally when ‘we’ call USMC types “Uncle Sams Misguided Children” or “Jarhead” that it is playful banter amongst ourselves.
Like when ‘they’ refer to us as ‘Squids’ just point out that a Squid is an intelligent form of Marine Life.
It is the ‘outsiders’ that haven’t ‘earned the right’...

In house ‘bickering’ is fine much like when the ‘Boyz’ address each other....<:

A ‘Gator’ from when “Iron Men” rode our “Wooden Small Craft” into battle....and we musn’t forget the ‘Brave Sailors that manned those Wooden Craft’, depositing those brave USMC/USN types on a hostile beach.
Lest the US Army types take offense, those of you that experienced same are considered amongst those ‘Iron Men’.

Semper Fi!
Sic Semper Tyrannis! Don’t Tread On Me!


10 posted on 01/23/2013 4:38:09 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: humblegunner

I watched the video and it made me cry... so much wonderful support! God Bless those Marines for offering help and visiting Mr. Wood. I am so happy that Wood’s house will be repaired.. it would be very difficult for him to just look at all that mess. Thanks for posting, Humblegunner (you big ole’ teddy bear!)


11 posted on 01/23/2013 4:45:58 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Humal

LOL! Must have been a slippery curb
= = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Indeed, as in ‘Back in the day’, a miscreant aboard ship that had roaming hands or sticky fingers, may experience ‘falling up a ladder’ on the way to a ‘crew assisted shower’ prior meeting the Captain, with the answer “SIR! he fell up the ladder while we were escorting him to the MAA Office” when questioned about the obvious bruises.
First time offenders usually didn’t get ‘phase 2’ and, as a result, there weren’t a whole lot of 2nd offenders, just the real hard core— And by the time ‘they’ got to the Captain, the subject was pretty much of a lost cause.
Like it or not, Deck Plate Justice had its place at Sea, along with such grand traditions (long since eradicated) as “Crossing the Equator”, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer, etc etc .....


12 posted on 01/23/2013 4:47:16 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: TheOldLady

13 posted on 01/23/2013 4:50:03 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: humblegunner

The punishment and consequences for the kids, is the part of this story that needs some publicity!

....assuming they ever happen....


14 posted on 01/23/2013 4:53:25 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: humblegunner

Who are the people who have trained and shaped the brains of these kids, such that they would consider this veteran should be a target in the first place?


15 posted on 01/23/2013 4:55:17 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

They are the children and grandchildren of LBJ.


16 posted on 01/23/2013 5:04:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: gorush

That clipping never gets old. I’ve read it a zillion times round the net and still smile when I get to the last paragraph.


17 posted on 01/23/2013 5:19:31 AM PST by circlecity
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To: humblegunner

These Marines make my heart sing with pride. Hopefully, their good example & kindess will be an inspiration to all the “yuth” in the hood.


18 posted on 01/23/2013 5:20:48 AM PST by FES0844
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To: humblegunner

Bump.


19 posted on 01/23/2013 5:27:45 AM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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To: Humal

> LOL! Must have been a slippery curb.

And I bet that will be the last time Tyrone tries to stab a Marine. Sounds like he received some “street justice”.


20 posted on 01/23/2013 5:28:47 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: circlecity

> That clipping never gets old. I’ve read it a zillion times round the net and still smile when I get to the last paragraph.

Same here. Sometimes “the use of force” is the only thing that thugs understand. You surely can’t reason with a closed mind that’s hellbent on destruction (in more ways than one). Sometimes you just have to slap’em to wake’m up and let’m know you’re serious. Our current society has tried to reduce the role of men and feminist them so much it would make John Wayne cry. Wait, John Wayne never cries...: )


21 posted on 01/23/2013 5:37:49 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: circlecity

> That clipping never gets old. I’ve read it a zillion times round the net and still smile when I get to the last paragraph.

Same here. Sometimes “the use of force” is the only thing that thugs understand. You surely can’t reason with a closed mind that’s hellbent on destruction (in more ways than one). Sometimes you just have to slap’em to wake’m up and let’m know you’re serious. Our current society has tried to reduce the role of men and feminize them so much it would make John Wayne cry. Wait, John Wayne never cries...: )


22 posted on 01/23/2013 5:38:20 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

It’s not real


23 posted on 01/23/2013 5:42:29 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: humblegunner
"It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said.
Always have been, always will be. Semper Fi ...
24 posted on 01/23/2013 6:00:02 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: humblegunner
Major Roberto Rodriguez?

Has anyone checked his papers? He sounds like an illegal.(sarc)

25 posted on 01/23/2013 6:05:45 AM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: humblegunner
"It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said.

Thanks for for blurring my vision, Major. I needed that.

26 posted on 01/23/2013 7:27:21 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: humblegunner

I worry about the man. What or who will protect him going forward? You know the punks or other thugs will be back. At the least, the old guy should have a security system.


27 posted on 01/23/2013 7:28:57 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: GBA

Slideshow of the activities yesterday:

http://michaelberry.iheart.com/cc-common/gallery/photos.html?album_id=341851&p=20268305#/0/20268305


28 posted on 01/23/2013 7:54:15 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: xrmusn

“Like it or not, Deck Plate Justice had its place at Sea...”

As it had to be. There weren’t policemen/deputies out there, and flying them in was certainly prohibitive, both in time and in money. Just like “the law of the old west”, it was/is necessary under the circumstances. In the old west, law enforcement was often days away. This on the scene justice is often the most effective deterrent to the perpetrator and to others who were considering doing the same thing. Not sure but what some of that wouldn’t be a good thing today.


29 posted on 01/23/2013 7:56:22 AM PST by Humal
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To: humblegunner

With the never-ending onslaught of negative news in the press today, it is great to hear a story like this with such a happy ending. Thanks again for posting.


30 posted on 01/23/2013 8:45:53 AM PST by Scutter
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To: humblegunner
Turn the 13 and 16 year old perps over to the Marines for some very serious “awareness” training. I guarantee they will have a new appreciation of others lives and property.
31 posted on 01/23/2013 9:24:12 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: humblegunner

Bump It Up To The Top!

(Is that the title of the new Justin Bieber hit?)


32 posted on 01/23/2013 11:03:14 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: humblegunner
That's part of what not leaving anyone behind looks like and that's the America I remember and think of.

Regretful that some on high need a little re-education.

Thanks for the link.

33 posted on 01/23/2013 1:05:25 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: humblegunner

It’s up to $50K now, with checks personally delivered to the station - not counting any mailed.


34 posted on 01/23/2013 1:41:20 PM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: gorush

bttt


35 posted on 01/23/2013 1:46:18 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: humblegunner

Michael Berry reports great response today. Link to Berry’s show online:

http://www.iheart.com/live/2285/?autoplay=true


36 posted on 01/24/2013 6:39:12 AM PST by rightly_dividing (My tag line is missing again.)
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To: gorush; sneakers; xrmusn; All
LOL! I love a happy ending!
God bless the Marines!
Great... 8-D ...Newspaper Article...
...thanks, for the "disciple" background..."falling up the ladder"..LOL!

37 posted on 01/24/2013 8:15:14 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: gorush

bttt


38 posted on 01/24/2013 11:54:08 AM PST by Luigi Vasellini (End the political class.......TERM LIMITS NOW!!!!!!!!!!)
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