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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Chester M "Whitey" Mack ~ April 1, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 03/31/2013 5:00:04 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska


Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!
 
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Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!
 
 
~ Hall of Heroes ~

Chester M. "Whitey" Mack

Some info from this website.

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Chester M. "Whitey" Mack, 77, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.

He was born July 20, 1931, in Glen Lyon, Pa.

Whitey and his beloved wife, Joan, moved to Englewood in 1995 from North, Va. He was a highly decorated U.S. Navy captain with 20 years of service. He had a chemical engineering degree from Penn State, and master's degree in international law from Georgetown University. He was a member of the American Legion, Military Officers Association of America of Sarasota, Fla., and the USS Lapon Association; and a life member of U.S. Submarine Veterans.

Arrangements were made in Port Charlotte, Fla.


So what did he do for those Navy decorations?  From a NOVA transcript:

NARATOR:  Sub commanders like Whitey Mack, knew the risks of getting in close; they also knew the rewards. In 1969, Mack slipped in behind the newest Soviet missile sub, and followed its every move for 47 straight days.

MACK: Every 90 minutes, he changed course. It wasn't 89 minutes or 91 minutes; it was exactly 90 minutes. And that's the longest I slept for the whole time. He'd go up, well we'd go up, he'd come down, we'd go down. And sometimes, we'd go pretty deep. We just did the merry old dance, you know, two 6,000 ton ships circling each other.

I think that probably the most important thing is that we came back like we had an idea of where he was operating, the method of his operations. We thought we had a better handle at the range of his tactical missiles. We could actually separate the different officers of the deck. We knew which guy had the deck just by the way he handled the ship, the way things ran. When you learn next door to somebody, you learn a lot about him, and we did. And we brought all that information back.

__: This business of surveillance against the Russians and finding out what they were doing, it was just like cowboys and Indians. And naturally, as it got more sophisticated, it was a bit more like three-dimensional chess. But with the added spur to it, knowing that somebody might be nudging up your backside any minute, and really being quite nasty about it.

NARRATOR: Sometimes spying against the other side led submarines into spaces they weren't supposed to be, a fact both sides, to this day, officially deny.

__: Our submarine never, never entered the American territorial waters. We had a strict order not to come closer than 50 miles.

__: The orders were quite clear, "Thou shalt not trespass."

__: And were those orders ever trespassed, themselves?

__: I can't answer that question. You might get someone from the United States Navy to answer that. I can't. I'll just leave it, "Thou shalt not trespass." And somebody wants to give a nudge and a wink, well that's up to them.

__: Look, in the '60s, I was training with the SEALs. I was in the Navy, training with the SEALs, and some of my colleagues had been in the sewers of Hanoi....(inaudible) that's one of the sewers. So can you get real close? Well you can get real close. ...(laughter)

The story of Whitey Mack is detailed in a book called "Blind Man's Bluff."

One of Whitey's favorite hangouts was the Horse And Cow.  And there's even a song called the "Ballad of Whitey Mack."  Click the link - you'll love it!

Thank you Whitey - you were a true hero.  

Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.  This is a politics-free zone!  Thanks for helping us in our mission!




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1 posted on 03/31/2013 5:00:04 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska








REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME ABOARD



CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
(Click for Bosun’s Whistle)




USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

2 posted on 03/31/2013 5:00:24 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Evening Kathy!!!!
How are you today?
3 posted on 03/31/2013 5:00:53 PM PDT by CMS (I have not heard any politcians say how to take away guns from criminals, just law abiding citizens)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!


4 posted on 03/31/2013 5:02:28 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




Good evening, Kathy and Star !

***HUGS***



Thanks very much – coming aboard! Rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!

And thanks very much for tonight’s Hall of Heroes thread! Capt. Mack is an outstanding addition to our Hall of Heroes!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 03/31/2013 5:05:52 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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

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

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


6 posted on 03/31/2013 5:06:53 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...








Welcome To All Who Enter This Canteen, To Our Serving Military, To Our Veterans, To All Military Families, To Our FRiends and To Our Allies!



Missing Man Setting

"The Empty Chair"

By Captain Carroll "Lex" Lefon, USN (RET), on December 21st, 2004

"In the wardroom onboard the aircraft carrier from which I recently debarked was a small, round table, with single chair. No one ever sat there, and the reasons, both for the table being there, and for the fact that the chair was always empty, will tell the reader a little bit about who we are as a culture. The wardroom, of course, is where the officers will dine; morning, noon and evening. It is not only a place to eat – it is also a kind of oasis from the sometimes dreary, often difficult exigencies of the service. A place of social discourse, of momentary relief from the burdens of the day. The only things explicitly forbidden by inviolable tradition in the wardroom are the wearing of a cover or sword by an officer not actually on watch, or conversation which touches upon politics or religion. But aboard ships which observe the custom, another implicit taboo concerns the empty chair: No matter how crowded the room, no matter who is waiting to be seated, that chair is never moved, never taken.

The table is by the main entrance to the wardroom. You will see it when you enter, and you will see it when you leave. It draws your eyes because it is meant to. And because it draws your eyes it draws your thoughts. And though it will be there every day for as long as you are at sea, you will look at it every time and your eyes will momentarily grow distant as you think for a moment. As you quietly give thanks.

AS YOU REMEMBER.

The small, round table is covered with a gold linen tablecloth. A single place setting rests there, of fine bone china. A wineglass stands upon the table, inverted, empty. On the dinner plate is a pinch of salt. On the bread plate is a slice of lemon. Besides the plate lies a bible. There is a small vase with a single red rose upon the table. Around the vase is wound a yellow ribbon. There is the empty chair.

We will remember because over the course of our careers, we will have had the opportunity to enjoy many a formal evening of dinner and dancing in the fine company of those with whom we have the honor to serve, and their lovely ladies. And as the night wears on, our faces will in time become flushed with pleasure of each other’s company, with the exertions on the dance floor, with the effects of our libations. But while the feast is still at its best, order will be called to the room – we will be asked to raise our glasses to the empty table, and we will be asked to remember:

The table is round to show our everlasting concern for those who are missing. The single setting reminds us that every one of them went to their fates alone, that every life was unique.

The tablecloth is gold symbolizing the purity of their motives when they answered the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones who kept the faith.

The yellow ribbon around the vase symbolizes our continued determination to remember them.

The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitterness of their fate.
The salt symbolizes the tears shed by those who loved them.
The bible represents the faith that sustained them.
The glass is inverted — they cannot share in the toast.
The chair is empty — they are not here. They are missing.

And we will remember, and we will raise our glasses to those who went before us, and who gave all that they had for us. And a part of the flush in our faces will pale as we remember that nothing worth having ever came without a cost. We will remember that many of our brothers and sisters have paid that cost in blood. We will remember that the reckoning is not over.

We many of us will settle with our families into our holiday season, our Christmas season for those who celebrate it, content in our fortune and prosperity. We will meet old friends with smiles and laughter. We will meet our members of our family with hugs. We will eat well, and exchange gifts and raise our glasses to the year passed in gratitude, and to the year to come with hope. We will sleep the sleep of the protected, secure in our homes, secure in our homeland.

But for many families, there will be an empty chair at the table this year. A place that is not filled.

WE SHOULD REMEMBER."

Thanks To Alfa6 For Finding Capt. Lefon's Chronicle Of "The Empty Chair."

Robert Schumann – “Traumerei”
(Click)

Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

7 posted on 03/31/2013 5:07:53 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

((((HUGS))))


8 posted on 03/31/2013 5:12:40 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


No Substitute Needed

April 1, 2013

While I was visiting my son in San Diego, we decided to go to Shadow Mountain Church to hear Dr. David Jeremiah preach. Steve and I got up early on Sunday morning and took the hour-long drive to the church. But our anticipation turned to disappointment when we discovered that Dr. Jeremiah was not there that day. “Some other guy”—a substitute—was preaching.

A couple of weeks later, I was scheduled to preach at the church in Grand Rapids where my wife and I attend. As I stood in front of the congregation, I realized that now I was “some other guy” and they might be disappointed because they had come to hear our pastor—not me—speak.

While we find comfort in the familiarity of those we depend on in life, we have to recognize that at times they can be substituted. But the One we need most—the One on whom we depend for life itself—is always present (Ps. 139:7-8). When we desire to enter God’s presence in prayer, He is always there: “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (55:17).

Looking for God? He’s always right there. No substitute needed.

Dear Lord, I am so thankful that You are always present.
I never need to make an appointment to speak to You,
the God of the universe. No matter where I go or what
time it is, I can depend on Your presence.
When you come to the Lord, there is no waiting line—His ears are always open to your cry.

Read: Psalm 139:1-12

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? —Psalm 139:7
Bible in a Year:
Judges 13-15; Luke 6:27-49


9 posted on 03/31/2013 5:14:38 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
~ Hi All And Happy Easter To You! ~

~ Greetings From DnUnDa ~

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10 posted on 03/31/2013 5:15:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

HiYa, Kathy....(((HUGS)))


11 posted on 03/31/2013 5:16:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ExTexasRedhead; Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; ...








FREEDOM ISN’T FREE! _________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

It Is Purchased With The Blood Of Patriots! _________________________________________________________________________________________


“Freedom Isn’t Free”

By Cdr. Kelly Strong USCG (ret)

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.


Eternal Father, Strong to Save
(Click)


I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.


Taps
(Click)


I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had covered a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.



I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives,
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington,
No, freedom isn’t free.


God Of Our Fathers
(Click)


Many Thanks To ExTexasRedhead For Finding This Poem!










Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

12 posted on 03/31/2013 5:17:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Hi Conor!!!!


13 posted on 03/31/2013 5:18:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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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 StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Hall of Heroes: Chester M "Whitey" Mack ~

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The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
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14 posted on 03/31/2013 5:20:21 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: SkyDancer
Hi Janey!

*HUGS*

Great to see you this evening - or morning!



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

15 posted on 03/31/2013 5:20:41 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; The Mayor; SandRat; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


16 posted on 03/31/2013 5:22:44 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: left that other site
Good evening, ML!

*HUGS*

How are you doing this evening?



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

17 posted on 03/31/2013 5:22:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!




"Who have never retreated from clash of spears!"



The Star Spangled Banner
John McCormack & Frank Patterson
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Please let me know by FReepmail if you would like to be admitted to or released from music ping list.









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 03/31/2013 5:25:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...how was your ham?

All the fixings superb for your Easter repast?

This morning one could not see the house across the street for the fog....finally lifted to a beautiful sunny day.


19 posted on 03/31/2013 5:27:47 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: CMS

Good evening, CMS....hope you had a great Easter.

Did Ashleigh get her first bunny?


20 posted on 03/31/2013 5:32:01 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
It was very tasty, thanks! We had baked praties and buttered corn with it. Korbel Brut as the potable. A most satisfying repas!



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

21 posted on 03/31/2013 5:32:06 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: mylife

6’6” on the USS Lapon SSN 661.....

On a submarine....how many things could he crack his head on, my?


22 posted on 03/31/2013 5:38:52 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, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)). Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


23 posted on 03/31/2013 5:41:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))...did you and Linda enjoy Easter?

Of course, no chocolate bunnies for her.

Did you have any music playing today?


24 posted on 03/31/2013 5:47:09 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

Leslie and Ashleigh are visiting family for Easter. But yes she got her first bunny. I’ll try and get pics posted from the Easter Service soon.


25 posted on 03/31/2013 5:51:16 PM PDT by CMS (I have not heard any politcians say how to take away guns from criminals, just law abiding citizens)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Today was a very busy day!

I spent the morning praying and posting appropriate Easter music and pics here and through my email.

Walked LiLynn-dah.

Then we went out together, washed the car, and went to the doggie park.

Then we came home, and i repaired two electric guitars (inside...the electronics part...eek!)

Then I vacuumed, Had lunch, read a little, and walked Lynn-dah again.

Read some more and listened to more inspirational music,

Then I went for a ride on my Harley and had some Chinese Food.

I did practice the guitar, after I fixed the input jack.

All in all a rather LOVELY day!

No chocolate for EITHER of us!


26 posted on 03/31/2013 5:57:21 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thank you for today’s sustenance for body and soul.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter.


27 posted on 03/31/2013 5:57:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa
And in first....Mac grabs the gold!!


28 posted on 03/31/2013 6:02:43 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

Thanks, galz, for a great adventure story of a real American hero!


29 posted on 03/31/2013 6:07:46 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: CMS
And in second....CMS snags the silver!!


30 posted on 03/31/2013 6:07:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: HopeandGlory
And rounding out the top three....Nana Hope bags the bronze!!


31 posted on 03/31/2013 6:11:49 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: SkyDancer

G’day, Janey....((HUGS))....interesting theory about rocket launches. LOL!

Great pictures and roos, too. Thanks!


32 posted on 03/31/2013 6:39:52 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

Hi and (((HUGS))) back. As pappy sez “Ah get’s ‘em and I sends ‘em” ... lots of friends back home send me pictures to post here but there’s so many I do have to be selective.


33 posted on 03/31/2013 6:41:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))

Did you go to sunrise services? This morning here was so foggy you couldn’t see the house across the street.

Did Maddi get an easter basket?


34 posted on 03/31/2013 7:22:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thanks to the Irish Tenors for the Star Spangled Banner....singing along.


35 posted on 03/31/2013 7:26:34 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; SandRat
It has been many years since I have attended a Sunrise Service. For several years I was participating in the Easter Vigil Service at my Church as a member of the Choir, cantor and soloist, but I have not been able to do so the last couple of years due to my physical condition. I could not commit to the rehearsal schedule, which is arduous, or to the demands of the Triduum.

I have many fond memories of those Liturgies. My daughter Mary Frances was with me in the choir from the time she was twelve until she left for university at eighteen. This Easter, she sang in the Triduum at her parish in Spokane.

I hope to be able to raise my voice with our choir again soon.



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

36 posted on 03/31/2013 7:35:16 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; LUV W

37 posted on 03/31/2013 7:35:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

And to you my FRiend! He is Risen.
God Bless, may He be with you and give you strength.


38 posted on 03/31/2013 7:38:20 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good memories, Mac....hope you are able to sing again in the near future.


39 posted on 03/31/2013 7:51:39 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

Ahh! I love Capt Chester “Whitey” Mack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCA2kFnYTwg


40 posted on 03/31/2013 8:18:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LUV W

Happy Easter, Luv...hope your visit is going as well can be expected.

I keep thinking about “Whitey” being 6’6” on a submarine. Ouch!!


41 posted on 03/31/2013 8:19:36 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

Now you are sailing my watery bit of the world.


42 posted on 03/31/2013 8:20:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: left that other site

Sounds like you had both an inspirational and busy, exciting day.


43 posted on 03/31/2013 8:22:14 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
A Happy and Blessed Easter, Mayor!

Your Lesson this evening rings true with me. For many years I served as cantor at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at our Parish. This Mass was celebrated in Latin by our Pastor Emeritus, Msgr. Robert Keesler, who was then in his nineties. Msgr. Keesler was a vigorous and dynamic preacher even at his advanced age and a steadfast champion of traditional Catholic doctrine. I looked forward to his weekly Homilies with great anticipation.

One Sunday morning I showed up for Mass and Msgr. Keesler was accompanied by a young priest I had never seen before and have not seen since. The young priest gave the Homily and his text was on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Gospel reading for that day. This is a Parable that I had never understood. My Father always cited it to me with respect to one of my younger brothers, who was wild, to say the least, in his younger days.

What that young priest taught me in that Homily was that Salvation is gratuitous - it is not earned by our works, as righteous as they may be, but by the gratuitous love and supreme sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To make a long story short, I was ultimately able to reconcile with my brother, who has turned out to be a good man. My Father, whose position I had opposed for many years, was right after all.



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

44 posted on 03/31/2013 8:23:48 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SandRat

Maxine knows her stuff!


45 posted on 03/31/2013 8:25:37 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

Whitey Mack had balls off steel.

He figured out the Crazy Ivan, and gave Ivan the finger

“Ivan Attitude” was kind of a boats mascot


46 posted on 03/31/2013 8:28:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

And he even has a Ballad named for him!


47 posted on 03/31/2013 8:36:48 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
Ahh the Horse and Cow
48 posted on 03/31/2013 8:39:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

He was a pretty remarkable guy.

Most of it will never be printed.


49 posted on 03/31/2013 8:41:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Happy Easter to you! (((hugs)))

I’ll bet he had more than a few bumps on his poor head during those tours!


50 posted on 03/31/2013 8:50:33 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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