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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: John Darling Terry ~ May 20, 2013
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Army honors highly decorated Civil War Soldier

By David Vergun

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 5, 2013) -- A Union Army war hero and Medal of Honor recipient was recognized recently by the Army for brave and honorable service, when a past injustice to his record was corrected.

That Soldier's story begins in the early days of the Civil War.

In May 1861, young John Darling Terry left home in Montville, Maine, for Boston where, on the 23rd, he joined the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. He was only 15.

Just a month before Terry enlisted, the Confederate guns had fired on Union defenders at Fort Sumter, S.C., signaling the opening volley of the Civil War.

The final chapter of Terry's story was not completed until nearly 150 years later.

This year, the highest echelon of Army record reviewers, the Army Board for Corrections of Military Records, or ABCMR, heard Terry's case and completed that work.

Robert "Bob" Haddon Terry, Terry's great grandson, was instrumental in providing critical documents, obtained from the National Archives, to the board for their review. Much of what follows is a result of his decade of diligent research.

Terry's service with the 1st was short-lived. His father notified the Army that his son was underage; so on July 5, just two months after he enlisted, Terry was discharged.

But he was persistent. On Sept. 5, 1861, just two days after turning 16, Terry joined the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, despite Army policy that a young man needed to be at least 18 to don the uniform.

Six months later, Terry would be tested in combat.

NORTH CAROLINA BATTLES

In March 1862, Terry arrived in North Carolina with the 23rd. Since many of his fellow Soldiers came from fishing towns along the New England coast, the Soldiers embarked on Union gunboats and attacked Confederate vessels and forts in a naval engagement and amphibious operation around Roanoke Island near the Virginia border.

Terry's gunboat blew up and his clothing caught fire. He jumped into the water to quell the flames, but survived with minor injuries. The Union forces were victorious.

On March 13, 1862, Brig. Gen. John G. Foster led the 23rd and sister regiments in battle against Confederate forces near the town of New Bern, in northeastern North Carolina.

During that epic battle, Terry was shot in the lower left leg, which later had to be amputated below the knee.

In 1882, Terry was interviewed by John S. Pierson for the book "Sabre and Bayonet: Stories of Heroism and Military Adventure." In one of the passages, Terry said:

"On the 13th day of March, 1862, the 23rd Regiment Mass. Vols., landed some 15 miles below Newbern, N.C., my arm still very sore and lame from a contused wound received in the fight at Roanoke Island, some few weeks before. Company E, in which I was a sergeant, was recruited in the old historic town of Plymouth, Mass., strong, healthy, robust young fellows, all of whom were accustomed to the management of boats, and therefore we were detailed to man the boats and disembark the regiment.

"I had charge of the vessel's 'cutter,' and worked very hard in order to make the most landings. After the regiment was all ashore we took up line of march by the right flank towards Newbern. It came on to rain very hard and the narrow road was in bad condition. Just before dark we went into bivouac in the woods, on the left of the road, having marched about 13 miles that day, very hungry, cold, wet, sore, and tired. My arms became very painful, and to sleep was entirely out of the question, and to make a fire was contrary to orders."

"Daylight, however, broke at last and with a little half cooked coffee and well soaked crackers, we were soon on our way to 'do or die,' and almost before we knew it, were under fire, shooting away for dear life. In going from the road into and up through a little ravine, column of fours, the Col. (John Kurtz) passed us and called to me to go with him. I had been acting as right general guide of the regiment. Soon afterwards the colonel ordered me to go down the rear line and find the lieutenant colonel."

"In obeying this order I saw that the regimental line was very ragged; everybody seemed to be all mixed up with one another, and badly scattered from their own companies. I sought out Company E. and found the men brave as young lions, but in bad order and no officer in command, captain wounded. I immediately reported these facts to the colonel, whereupon to my great astonishment and delight, he ordered me to go back and take command of the company. I did so, and succeeded in getting the men well up and together, and they very soon became steady as old veterans."

"We had been firing some little time when the lieutenant colonel came to me and asked if I saw a single gun (12 pounder) that the enemy had got out in front of Fort Thompson, this fort contained 12 guns. I answered him that I did. This single gun was doing our ranks great injury."

"The lieutenant colonel then asked me if I thought we could charge and take it. We charged, we got the gun, the very last shot from which, before we reached it, got me with seven other comrades, including the lieutenant colonel, killed. My foot was gone, and we were left on the field in very nearly the same spot as where we fell. Our regiment claimed this gun, and (Maj. Gen. Ambrose) Burnside ordered that it should remain with the regiment. Some days after the fight (and my foot had been amputated) Col. Kurtz and Gen. Burnside visited the hospital and the colonel told me that I should have a commission. I got that, and the Congressional Medal of Honor besides."

Terry's actual Medal of Honor citation is terse but telling: "In the thickest of the fight, where he lost his leg by a shot, still encouraged the men until carried off the field."

That would have been the end of the war for many, but Terry had different ideas.

He was sent to Lexington Army Hospital in New York City, where he was fitted with what was described as a wooden "peg leg." He remained in the hospital for rehabilitation, serving as the sergeant of arms until he was discharged as an "invalid" on March 20, 1863.

DRAFT RIOTS

While remaining in New York, Terry attempted to re-enter "active service." In July 1863, the notorious draft riots broke out. The protestors were angry at Lincoln and Congress for initiating a Civil War draft, since the war at that time was unpopular in many areas of the North.

Protestors took their anger out on African-Americans, killing an estimated 100. Police, augmented by Union Soldiers and volunteer militia, were called in to quell the riots.

Terry, now classified as an "invalid" by the Army, volunteered for service with the outnumbered military forces in New York City, where he was ordered by Maj. Gen. Harvey Brown "to deliver the muskets and ammunition to the Custom House and Post Office authorities for their defense," Terry wrote in a letter.

He continued: "I was assigned to command a body of convalescent Soldiers and ordered on guard duty in Gramercy Park by order of Gen. Brown, where, on the corner of 21st Street and Third Avenue, I was struck a severe blow over the left eye with a club by a rioter and was badly hurt. I was mentioned in orders issued by Gen. John A. Wool, for the 'Very signal service rendered.'"

It was on day three of the riots while reinforcements were arriving from the Battle of Gettysburg that Terry got word of his appointment as a lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers.

Terry headed back south to New Berne to join with his new regiment.

The Army welcomed him back. Brig. Gen. Edward A. Wild did the honors of promoting Terry to first lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina, which was later renamed the 35th U.S. Colored Troops in February 1864.

The 1st North Carolina enlistees were former slaves from coastal Virginia and the Carolinas.

Wild too was an amputee, having lost his left arm at the Battle of South Mountain in Maryland.

Incidentally, Col. James Beecher, commander of the 1st North Carolina, was the half-brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the famous abolitionist and author of the influential novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a depiction of the lives of African-Americans slaves.

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE

In February 1864, the 1st North Carolina participated in the Battle of Olustee, just to the west of Jacksonville, Fla. Fighting alongside them were African-American Soldiers from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, who had previously fought in the Battle of Antietam.

As an aside, men of the 54th were portrayed in the 1989 movie "Glory," based on the true story. The film, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman, was nominated for five academy awards.

Once again, the fighting was intense and Terry was in the thick of it. And once again a bullet struck his leg. Fortunately, the leg that was shattered was his peg leg.

On March 2, 1864, the Hartford Evening Press in Connecticut reported the engagement and Terry's ordeal:

"A lieutenant of the same regiment, who had lost a leg in an engagement in North Carolina, and who had supplied in its place with an artificial member consisting of a stout oaken peg, was present at this fight, and, a rebel sharpshooter put a bullet through his trousers leg and his wooden peg. He felt the blow but escaped the twinge of pain that generally accompanies the passage of a pellet through genuine flesh and muscle, and enjoying a keen sense of the ludicrous, he forgot the battle and its dangers, and gave way to the heartiest and most explosive laughter.

"He pushed along the line and approached the colonel, to whom, after a severe effort, he was able to communicate the cause of his mirth. Almost convulsed with laughter, he exclaimed, 'colonel! By George! The dammed rebels have shot me through the wooden leg! Ha! Ha! Devilish good joke on the fellows!' and he hobbled back to his position on the line, and chuckled to himself immensely over the sell [sic]."

Terry left the Battle of Olustee with his regiment in the trailing troops, who along with the survivors from the 54th, had to push a disabled train by hand for more than 10 miles back to Jacksonville. In the months that followed Terry was fitted with two new prosthetics in order to remain in the active service.

A week after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on Palm Sunday 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated. Then on May 9, 1865, the war was officially declared over and on May 23, Terry accepted a promotion to captain by Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton.

On Sept. 19, 1865, the Army withdrew Terry's promotion to captain, citing his disability and that a captain of a company is expected to march with his command and perform duty on foot with his men.

RECONSTRUCTION

On Sept. 23, 1865, Terry was assigned to Saxton's staff at the Freedmen's Bureau in Charleston, S.C. Creation of the Freedman's Bureau was initiated by Lincoln in March 1865, with the purpose of assisting freed slaves. The bureau was under the Department of War and played a major role in post-Civil War Reconstruction until it was disbanded in 1872.

In January 1865, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman was said to have directed Saxton to provide families of freed slaves "40 acres and a mule" by order of the president.

In October 1865, Terry wrote a letter to a family friend, former New York state Sen. Preston King, asking that he look into restoring his rank to captain. Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, who heard the case, denied the senator's petition. King could not reply because he died shortly after receiving Foster's letter.

On Nov. 25, 1865, Terry submitted a letter of resignation, saying he didn't want to serve as a first lieutenant after having served as a captain. On Dec. 16, 1865, Terry had second thoughts about leaving the Army and withdrew his letter of resignation.

Terry was given a brevet promotion to captain on Feb. 21, 1866.

A brevet rank comes without the additional pay of the higher rank and exercise of authority is limited. The practice was common during the Civil War. For example, George Armstrong Custer was promoted to brevet major general but after the war his rank reverted to captain. He was later promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel and was later killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

On Jan. 23, 1866, Terry was transferred to Headquarters, Department of the South, in Charleston, under command of Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, who was still serving within the Freedman's Bureau.

Like Terry, Sickles lost a leg. It was shattered by a cannonball during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Terry was mustered out of the service on June 6, 1866, with the rank of first lieutenant. On June 22, 1867, the Army officially recognized Terry as a brevet major but his final rank remained first lieutenant.

After the war, Terry had a 50-year career at the Customs House in New York City as a deputy collector in the audit department and he also served as a clerk.

Terry, who was born in 1845, died on March 4, 1919 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York, Plot: Section 141, Butternut Plot, Lot 14454.

POSTSCRIPT

Donald Terry MacLeod Jr., the great, great grandson of Terry and also Bob Terry's cousin, has a special interest in Terry. He said his grandmother shared memories with him about Terry, since she had conversations with him. She was 18 when he died.

"My grandmother told me that when they were children he would sit on the porch of their home in Westchester County, N.Y., and take off the wooden prosthesis and show it to them," said MacLeod. "He would also apparently bang it on the front steps and make them laugh. He supposedly joked that the South had bad aim because when they shot him in the leg the second time they hit the wooden leg."

MacLeod also shared his thoughts on America's evolving attitudes toward race.

"We do feel strongly that his rank of captain was withdrawn due to the change in attitude after Lincoln's death about the officers who were close to the former slaves and working for their good, masked of course by the premise that he couldn't function as a captain with his disability. This is a larger story that is only exemplified by what happened to John D," MacLeod said.

Bob Terry shared his thoughts as well, in a letter to the ABCMR.

"In a twist of irony, officers who became amputees such as Gens. Wild and Sickles were allowed to remain in service, but enlisted personnel were not," Terry's letter read. "Additionally, Maj. Gen. Foster obfuscated the issue because he not did attempt to revoke my great grandfather's commission, but decided simply to demote him from captain back to first lieutenant on the basis that my great grandfather could not possibly perform the duties of a captain with only one leg."

"Extensive records in the National Archives provide clear evidence that my great grandfather's commission was not fraudulent, that he was already serving honorably as a permanent captain at the time of his demotion, and that he performed admirably as a brevetted major after his demotion. Documentation also shows there was no attempt to hide his disability at the time of his permanent promotion to captain."

During an interview with Bob Terry, he echoed his cousin's thoughts on race as a factor, although Terry himself was not an African-American:

"The idea of correcting the record was his family carrying on a fight that we found he waged up until his death in 1919 to gain justice. The injustice was because John Darling associated with officers like Maj. (Martin) Delaney, the highest ranking black officer in the war and John's commander of the 104th U.S. Colored Troops; Maj. Gen. (David) Hunter and Wild, who recruited former slaves in South Carolina and North Carolina respectively for the Union Army; Saxton and Sickles, the latter who on Grant's recommendation replaced Saxton after President Johnson fired him for refusing to take back land grants awarded to freed slaves."

"My great grandfather and all these officers suffered greatly for the stands they took," he said. "But they stood for what was right and fought the war after the war in spite of having to sacrifice rank, position, and peace."

Bob Terry said as a result of his research, he feels for combat veterans today who are struggling from losses of limbs, other physical injuries, and mental wounds suffered years after.

"Terry lost his limb because he was left on the battlefield for five days and gangrene set in," Bob Terry said. "At the time, there was no ambulatory service and medical care that was provided was appalling by today's standards."

"Also, there was a stigma associated with being an invalid," he said. "But Terry refused to be labeled as such. He was offered positions in the artillery, home guard and even in the newly formed Invalid Corps. But he turned them all down, wanting instead to go back into the field where he would have to move about on his feet."

"I hope Terry's story will be an inspiration for vets who were injured and are struggling today."

ARMY REOPENS CASE

Based on evidence that Bob Terry, the great grandson obtained from the National Archives and elsewhere, the ABCMR ruled in favor of Terry.

"Our board has substantial authority and equity and we made the decision that Terry did in fact prove he could serve and lead from the front as a captain, even with the peg leg. Our board felt revocation of his promotion was unjust," said Conrad V. Meyer, director, ABCMR.

"Therefore the board determined that the evidence presented was sufficient to warrant relief and recommended all Army records be corrected by reinstating his permanent rank to captain."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bob Terry and MacLeod welcome inquires and conversation about Terry. They have a lot more information about Terry and events surrounding his service and they plan to eventually put it all in a book. To get in contact with the two, send an email to arnews@dma.mil to ask for their contact information.

Medal of Honor Citation


 

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant John Darling Terry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 14 March 1862, while serving with Company E, 23d Massachusetts Infantry, in action at New Bern, North Carolina. In the thickest of the fight, where he lost his leg by a shot, Sergeant Terry still encouraged the men until carried off the field.General Orders: Date of Issue: October 12, 1867

Action Date: March 14, 1862

Service:
Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company E

Division: 23d Massachusetts Infantry

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1 posted on 05/19/2013 5:00:20 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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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)

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"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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 05/19/2013 5:00:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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Please note: The author of the Hall of Heroes is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

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3 posted on 05/19/2013 5:04:31 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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4 posted on 05/19/2013 5:05:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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5 posted on 05/19/2013 5:08:01 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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6 posted on 05/19/2013 5:08:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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7 posted on 05/19/2013 5:13:43 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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Good evening, Kathy and Star!

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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! Captain John Darling Terry (MOH) is an outstanding addition to our Hall of Heroes!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

8 posted on 05/19/2013 5:19:10 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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A story is told that Queen Victoria of the UK was deeply moved during a church service. Afterward, she asked her chaplain, “Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?” He did not have an answer. But an evangelist named John Townsend heard about the Queen’s question, and after much prayer he sent her a note: “With trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10?”

Two weeks later, the evangelist received this letter: “. . . I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God’s grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’ —Victoria Guelph”

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9 posted on 05/19/2013 5:25:38 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Thanks, galz, for another wonderful story of bravery from one of our military heroes! (((hugs))) to you both!


10 posted on 05/19/2013 5:28:10 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

That is quite a writeup. There is not much information on the Civil War it seems. I tried to look up some current military people but it seems after 9-11 that much has been removed I suppose to protect people.

Courage is not limited by time or location. We have much better medical care and quick treatment but the soldiers of older wars did not hold back for fear of the danger.


11 posted on 05/19/2013 5:29:04 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...any garden time this weekend?

Sunny today and the snow is gone from our yard, streets dry. d:o)


12 posted on 05/19/2013 5:31:43 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

Hi Everybody!

(((HUGS))))

The recital was AMAZING!


13 posted on 05/19/2013 5:33:09 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I used to live near a large tract of land in Readville, MA which was the site of FT Meigs, where the Mass 54th Colored Regimenbt trained.

I have played the organ at the Blue Hill Community Church, which was founded to minister to the soldiers there.

If you watch “Glory” carefully, you will see the words “Readville Ma” when it fades to the scene where Denzel Washington and others are training.

It is now swampy watershed land for the Blue Hills, and is a Bird Sanctuary, but we used to ride our bicycles through there and call it “The Bug Sanctuary” LOL

Some of the bugs were as big as birds.


14 posted on 05/19/2013 5:39:22 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
It is hard to even begin to imagine what kind of formative experiences gave such indomitability, toughness, and perseverity to our forebears. Today, whiners abound who would not have lived to maturity then.

Thanks so much for this reminder of American grit.

15 posted on 05/19/2013 6:00:46 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Let the redeemed of The LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. (Ps. 107:2))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Hi Kathy - no garden time this weekend. Rain off and on. I did get a couple of photos - day to day progression:



Buds of Reine de Violettes - Hybrid Perpetual - Mille-Mallet 1860
My Front Garden - 17 May 2013



Reine de Violettes - Hybrid Perpetual - Mille-Mallet 1860
My Front Garden - 18 May 2013



Reine de Violettes - Hybrid Perpetual - Mille-Mallet 1860
Wet with Light Rain - My Front Garden - 19 May 2013




"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

16 posted on 05/19/2013 6:11:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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Good evening, Connie, and thank you for the tributes. *HUGS*

Hope you had some "me" time this weekend.

Snow is gone from the houses on my side of the street now.

Everything, including the street was white Saturday morning.

17 posted on 05/19/2013 6:15:57 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 Kathy! I’m back. Sorta. Ruff two weeks. But okay. Ever try a sand bath? Loads of fun!! See you on your Monday. Janey.


18 posted on 05/19/2013 6:30:21 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
Hi Kathy, no me time except the time I spent in the kitchen cooking. I really enjoy doing that although it is a lot of work.

How lovely the pines are in the pic. Can’t image how tall they are. I’ve always loved pines.

Wiahing you summer although that pic is very pretty.:)

19 posted on 05/19/2013 6:39:52 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: ConorMacNessa
And in first....Mac grabs the gold!!


20 posted on 05/19/2013 6:40:46 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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Hope all those tornadoes up there missed you!


21 posted on 05/19/2013 6:45:08 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: AZamericonnie
And in second....Connie snags the silver!!


22 posted on 05/19/2013 6:55:17 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; 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”
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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)

23 posted on 05/19/2013 6:58:59 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: The Mayor
And rounding out the top three....The Mayor bags the bronze!!


24 posted on 05/19/2013 7:05:44 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

He fought at Olustee which is West and maybe North of Jacdsonville, FL.

The battle which was a Confederate victory was unusual for it’s high percentage of casualties especially on the Union side. Some of the soldiers had fought in many of the fierce battles of the war but to a man they said Olustee was the fiercest fighting they had been in.


25 posted on 05/19/2013 7:17:00 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: LUV W

Good evening, Luv...he was for sure a hero. He let nothing stop him...even his young age and a peg leg.

Hope your day went well, another day better, a nap, and no ugly weather. ((HUGS)) I just heard about the tornadoes. Reading the thread now.


26 posted on 05/19/2013 7:18:07 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: E.G.C.; Dust in the Wind; alfa6; GoldStarBrother; AZamericonnie; LUV W

FReepers and family and friends.....

Health and welfare check!

Please check in.

Prayers up for your safety.


27 posted on 05/19/2013 7:26:48 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; GoldStarBrother; alfa6

Thanks, Kathy! I didn’t know all of their names. I think Gold Star Brother is fine. He is near where my son lives, and there was no tornado there....thank God!

Alfa I’m worried about. KS is really getting slammed!


28 posted on 05/19/2013 7:29:21 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Wow, Thanks!

83 degrees in sunny Buffalo today.


29 posted on 05/19/2013 7:31:58 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: The Mayor

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

Hope you had some relax time this weekend.


30 posted on 05/19/2013 7:33:43 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: yarddog

Good evening, yarddog, and thanks for adding more information to the thread. Always appreciated!


31 posted on 05/19/2013 7:40:51 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

Defend Freedom and respect the Defenders of Freedom.


32 posted on 05/19/2013 7:43:40 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
We are fine here Kathy, thank you for asking. The severe weather was unfolding a 5 to 8 hour drive east of us here on the extreme west end. Got a sprinkle here. Have many relatives from Tulsa up through mid Kansas and on to Kansas City. Trusting God to carry them through.

Our family has experienced a miracle in the past two days. A 2 year old grandniece was run over by a Durango in a concrete parking lot. Happened Friday evening. She/they spent about 24 hours in the hospital and she was released to go home to heal. Two breaks in her pelvis and bruises and scrapes. The docs told my nephew to have her in a stroller or lying down. When she is comfortable enough to move she is healing.

33 posted on 05/19/2013 7:53:03 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: The Mayor

Toasty....

We had 2” of snow Friday night and Saturday morning. Started melting Saturday afternoon and today is sunny and mid 40s. Snow has melted on the lawns of east facing homes, streets are dry. Now, maybe spring will stay for good.


34 posted on 05/19/2013 7:58:16 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

WOW...... It’s time!


35 posted on 05/19/2013 8:10:07 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Dust in the Wind

Thanks, Dust, for checking in...glad you are safe.

A miracle indeed! Prayers for complete healing of your grandniece.

And prayers up for your family in the bad areas....may they all be safe.


36 posted on 05/19/2013 8:19:25 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

You should have seen the complaining at work on Friday as the rain turned to sleet, and then to snow. NO ONE was happy. LOL!


37 posted on 05/19/2013 8:25:43 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion

Good evening, mountainlion....

Sure glad the grandson and great-grandson went to the effort of getting John Darling Terry’s store resurrected and completed.

We need to know about these heroes of “old”. Like you said, even knowing the consequences, they forged ahead.


38 posted on 05/19/2013 8:42:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jim Robinson; Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; ...




MAY ALMIGHTY GOD UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!



This Nation is dearer to me than my own life.
I fought for it willingly and proudly, as my ancestors have done since the American Revolution, and as members of my family continue to do to this very day.



Memorial to Battery "C", 5th U.S. Artillery at Gettysburg, PA
My 3-greats grandfather, Cpl. William Murphy,
a member of this Battery, was wounded by shrapnel
at the Clump of Trees in Pickett’s Charge,
July 3, 1863.


In the Second World War my Father, who enlisted in the Navy before his eighteenth birthday, my Father-in-Law, a combat Marine, my ex-Father-in-Law, Army, along with a veritable platoon of my Uncles and Great Uncles, served in the Army, The Army Air Force, The Navy and the Marine Corps, in the American Theatre, in the Pacific, and in Europe. I would add that my Maternal Grandmother served as a Civilian at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from WWII until the late 60’s. One of my prized possessions is her Certificate of Appreciation for Service During WWII from President Truman.

My Father, then a Reservist, was called up, after his graduation from college, at the onset of the Korean War and served on board the USS Borie, DD-704 as a Radioman Third Class in the waters around the Korean Peninsula. The Borie was part of the armada that participated in the Hungnam Evacuation in December, 1950, following the fabled fighting withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir. He earned a commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer by examination in 1951 and served faithfully, zealously and professionally in the Navy until his retirement in 1969.

In my youth, I spilled my blood for this Nation on the Field of Battle, in a far-off land, in a war that was abhorred, excoriated and avoided by a great many of my contemporaries; a war in which we were victorious in every major engagement on the field; and a war in which we were betrayed by a coterie of spineless politicians, by The Fifth Column that masquerades as the media, by Academia, and by the Hollywood elite.

I was joined in that cause by my Father, who had boots on the ground in-country on several occasions in the early 60’s. I was likewise joined by several cousins in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.



In my old age, the jackals gather again, seeking once more to steal a victory won by another generation of Americans, seeking to transform our Beloved Nation into a Socialist State in which we are all tools of the collective rather than free men and women, a State in which we will be nothing more than thralls and subjects rather than free and proud citizens. They seek by every artifice, scheme and fraud known to man to undo the American Revolution.



Though I am old and weak, I would willingly fight for our Beloved Nation once again, and, if necessary, give my life for it if doing so would advance the cause of Liberty.

I say this without boast or apology – I am no better or worse than the millions of American men and women who have answered the Nation’s call, and I am no hero. I am simply one of the millions of Americans who did his or her duty when called upon by the Nation to do so. Many of my Comrades-in-Arms join in posting on this Forum, and in this Canteen, and I thank and honor them for their service to our Nation, both on the Field of Battle and now, in the arena where public opinion is molded.



The consequences of the 2012 election have unfolded at an alarming pace. Those consequences include an intensified attack on our basic Freedoms, an increasing tax burden on the middle class and small business, and an increasingly aggressive endorsement of the Gay Agenda with its concomitant attack on traditional marriage and our dearly held family values, and our inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and Happiness. On Mother's Day, the Narcissist-in-Chief kowtowed to the Priestesses of the Abattoir – aka Planned Parenthood.

In the past week, we have seen the burgeoning of a trio of scandals involving this this benighted Regime. The cover-up of the Benghazi Massacre continues unabated. The Stalinesque discrimination by the IRS against conservative citizens seeking to obtain tax-exempt status becomes more apparent day-by-day. The unbridled abuse of discretion by Holder's Office in obtaining phone records of the Press and the Congress is just now becoming apparent.

Now, FRiends, is not the time for equivocation, it is not the time for despair; it is not the time for surrender. Now is the time rather to reaffirm with heightened resolve our belief in our core values: individual liberty, self-reliance and personal responsibility, honoring the traditional family, the sanctity of human life, Love of God and Country, and Courage in the face of great Peril. These are the values that made this Nation great, the values that have sustained it through over two centuries of wars, economic upheaval and civil strife. These are the values that are anathema to the left, the values that contemporary society has largely abandoned, and the values that we must proclaim with renewed vigor, that we must inculcate in our children, and that we must reestablish as the normative values in our Society if we are to endure as a Free People.

There are those who say they will discourage their sons and daughters from serving in our military because of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the advance of the Gay Agenda under this Regime. This course of action will ensure the imminent subversion and effective dismantling of our military. I will not countenance the relinquishment of our magnificent military to a gang of perverts, appeasers and traitors. My family has served since the Revolution, we serve now, and we will serve in the future. My youngest son, John-Man, is bent on becoming a Marine, and I will give him every encouragement to stand in the yellow footprints and follow in a long and honorable tradition.

Many now advocate secession from the Union. Secession is not the answer, even if it could be accomplished. This is the greatest Nation to emerge in the long history of this planet, and it will endure the abuses of the present Regime, survive and flourish in Freedom again!

More to the point, this is MY Country – and it is yours as well! All here love it and would willingly sacrifice to sustain it and the Liberties we enjoy!

Here I am and here I stay!

I am not willing to abandon it to the Leftist traitors now in power or to any other enemies, domestic or foreign. I took a solemn oath when I shipped on over forty-five years ago to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic – that oath bound me while I wore the uniform, it binds me today and it will continue to bind me until the day I die.

"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre,
Mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað. "

"Will shall be the sterner, heart the keener,
Spirit shall be the greater as our might lessens."
(Battle of Maldon – lines 313-314)

KNOW THIS: I will not sit idly by while Marxists, atheists, perverts and traitors work relentlessly to sabotage the heroic efforts and sacrifices of over two centuries of Patriots, to rip away our basic Freedoms, and to bring this great Nation to its knees.

May God continue to Bless and Protect the United States of America – A Beacon of Freedom shining through the darkness of a World beset by Tyranny!

May God Bless and Protect our Valiant Troops of all Services – men and women - combat and non-combat – of whatever MOS. By virtue of their service and sacrifice we continue to enjoy the benefits of Freedom!

With the help of Almighty God, may the Right and our Beloved Nation prevail!









"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

39 posted on 05/19/2013 8:43:28 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; ...
AND FURTHERMORE!!!




Tomb Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns September 2012




"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

40 posted on 05/19/2013 9:02:52 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: left that other site

Good evening/morning, ML...((HUGS))

Congratulations on your AMAZING recital!!!

Did you play along with anyone? Parents respond well? Lots of clapping and cheering?


41 posted on 05/19/2013 9:15:19 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

Thanks, ML, for the personal additions.


42 posted on 05/19/2013 9:20:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Bump


43 posted on 05/19/2013 9:34:58 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: imardmd1
Welcome to the Canteen, imardmd1. Glad you enjoyed Star's report on this hero...John Darling Terry.
He was, for sure, persistent in his pursuit of his goal.
44 posted on 05/19/2013 9:48:00 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

WOW! Those are beautiful, especially since they don’t know for sure what season it is.


45 posted on 05/19/2013 9:51:49 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
I was stunned at how quickly they erupted into bloom. I should be used to that by now - I've only been doing this for several decades. Yet it always catches me by surprise. I looked out the window at the back garden today - haven't been back there in a week because it's hard for me to get down the stairs.

The usual suspects, General Jack, Mme. Gregoire Staechelin, Marchioness of Londonderry are all in bloom, along with a new entry, Zepherine Drouhin. I have a lot of work to do back there. :)



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

46 posted on 05/19/2013 10:11:22 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: AZamericonnie
The stump you see is the last of the pine tree that came down in the high winds of September.

Some time in the next two weeks the tree folks should be here to grind the stump and roots and do the soil prep and reseed.

During the September HIGH wind storms the neighbor across the street came over and told the neighbor to the right that it was leaning towards his garage. He borrowed our chain saw and took it down. The remains are going soon...and no one or nothing got hurt by the tree. The same cannot be said for other homes in the neighborhood.


47 posted on 05/19/2013 10:11:47 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, and welcome “home”...((HUGS))

Sand baths do NOT sound like any fun. Wind/dust storms?

Get some rest!!


48 posted on 05/19/2013 10:14:15 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; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!


TATTOO
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Must retire – the 0445 Reveille approaches relentlessly.

The Bugler, his grim visage replete with an evil sneer, already mounts the parapet.

Lt. Vincent R. Cappadanno, CHC, USN (MOH)
Stands The Watch Tonight!



"Do poor Tom some charity, whom the foul fiend vexes!"
(King Lear, Act III, Scene iv)




All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
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Good night, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America!

Godspeed our Troops around the Globe – especially those in harm’s way – by virtue of their service and sacrifice we continue to live in Freedom!









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

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)

49 posted on 05/19/2013 10:16:38 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: acad1228

Health and welfare check....hope the tornadoes passed you by.


50 posted on 05/19/2013 10:17:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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