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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Hollywood Part 1 ~ June 3, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 06/02/2013 5:02:32 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Hollywood Part 1
 

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Back when being a "Hollywood Legend" didn't necessarily mean you were an anti-American mouthpiece, there were some men who were real men and served their country.  I wish it was still that way!  These heroes might surprise you - they did me!  Thank mountainlion for alerting me to these!
James Garner

Before he was Rockford, he earned two Purple Hearts in the Korean War!

After working at several jobs he disliked, at sixteen Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine near the end of World War II. He fared well in the work and with shipmates, but suffered from chronic seasickness. At seventeen, he joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. It paid well, $25 an hour, but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, he said he hated modeling and soon quit and returned to Norman. There, he played football and basketball, as well as competed on the track and golf teams, for Norman High School. He never graduated from high school, explaining in a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview: "I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army."

Later, he joined the National Guard serving seven months in the United States. He then went to Korea for 14 months in the Regular Army, serving in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and second on April 23, 1951 in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dived headfirst into a foxhole. Garner was awarded the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. For the second wound, he received a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), although Garner received the medal in 1983, 32 years after his injury. Garner was a self-described "scrounger" for his company in Korea, a role he later played in The Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily.

Ed McMahon

"Heeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"  That's what Ed McMahon is probably most famous for - his introduction for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.  Did you know he has 6 Air Medals?  No kidding! 

McMahon hoped to become a US Marine Corps fighter pilot. Prior to the US entry into World War II, however, both the Army and Navy required two years of college for their pilots program. McMahon enrolled into classes at Boston College. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, the college requirement was dropped, and McMahon immediately applied for Marine flight training. His primary flight training was in Dallas, followed by fighter training in Pensacola, where he also earned his carrier landing qualifications. He was a Marine Corps flight instructor for two years, finally being ordered to the Pacific fleet in 1945. However, his orders were canceled after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki forcing Japan's surrender.

As an officer in the reserves, McMahon was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. This time, he flew the OE-1 (the original Marine designation for the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog), an unarmed single-engine spotter plane. He functioned as an artillery spotter for the Marine batteries on the ground and as a forward controller for the Navy and Marine fighter bombers. He flew a total of 85 combat missions, earning 6 Air Medals. After the war, he stayed with the Marines, as a reserve officer, retiring in 1966 as a Colonel, he was later commissioned to the rank of Brigadier General in the California National Guard.

 

More next week!!  Thanks mountainlion!!  :-)

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 06/02/2013 5:02:32 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: 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)

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!!!!!!!








"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 06/02/2013 5:02:54 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
When Garner signed with Warner Brothers in 1956, the studio at first didn't know what to do with him. He got a small and thankless role in "Sayonara".

It was Roy Huggins who got Garner his big break. Huggins had written a number of Westerns with well thought out scripts and elements of comedy, to include "Buchanan Rides Alone", a Randolph Scott movie that is almost a pilot for "Maverick". Huggins took the "Maverick" concept to Jack Warner, and now the studio found a use for Garner's easygoing persona. Garner was cast as Bret Maverick, professional gambler and coward whose slogan was, "A man who fights and runs away lives to run away another day." For the first three years of the series, Garner worked both the Western and comedy veins in that role.

After some years in the movies, Garner teamed with Huggins again for "The Rockford Files", which was simply Bret Maverick as a private detective in L.A. Garner's knee injuries curtailed the series after seven seasons, and his later TV work wasn't as strenuous, to include the voice of God in "God, the Devil and Bob".

He gets around in a wheelchair these days, and from his appearances on documentaries I suspect he's had a few strokes. He'll be 85 this year.

3 posted on 06/02/2013 5:15:29 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hollywood in WWII as full of Patriots and Heroes, but not the Hollywood of today.


4 posted on 06/02/2013 5:16:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Heroes come form all walks of life.


5 posted on 06/02/2013 5:16:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: StarCMC; mountainlion; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...
Please note: The author of the Hall of Heroes is StarCMC.

Please thank StarCMC for today’s thread.

~ Hall of Heroes: Hollywood Part 1~

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6 posted on 06/02/2013 5:28:25 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
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7 posted on 06/02/2013 5:30:52 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
Thanks to StarCMC and Kathy in Alaska for your work every for your posts.
8 posted on 06/02/2013 5:31:33 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

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Wise Words

June 3, 2013

Now in my sixties, I reflect back on wise spiritual leaders who had a positive impact on my life. In Bible school, God used my Old Testament professor to make the Word come alive. My Greek teacher relentlessly employed high standards to goad my study of the New Testament. And the senior pastor in my first pastoral ministry shepherded me in building vital ministries to help others grow spiritually. Each of these teachers encouraged me in different ways.

King Solomon wisely observed some ways that spiritual leaders can help us grow: “The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd” (Eccl. 12:11). Some teachers prod us; others build solid spiritual structures into our lives. Still others, as caring shepherds, are there with a listening ear when we hurt.

The Good Shepherd has given leaders a variety of gifts: exhorting, developing, and shepherding. Whether we’re a leader or a learner, though, He desires that we maintain humble hearts and a love for others. What a privilege to be led and used by our Shepherd to encourage others in their walk with Him.

Give us the wisdom we need, Lord, to encourage
others in their spiritual walk. We know we need Your
Spirit’s power to do that. Use the gifts You have
given us to help others along on their journey.
May our words reflect the heart of God and His wisdom.

Read: Ecclesiastes 12:6-14

The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. —Ecclesiastes 12:11
Bible in a Year:
2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13:21-38


9 posted on 06/02/2013 5:32:44 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: ConorMacNessa; The Mayor; SandRat; mountainlion; BIGLOOK; laplata; HiJinx; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


10 posted on 06/02/2013 5:33:09 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

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

Old Hollywood heroes....interesting reads, and who knew.


11 posted on 06/02/2013 5:42:01 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Publius

Good evening, Publius, and thanks for more information about James Garner. ((HUGS))


12 posted on 06/02/2013 5:50:39 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

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

So very true: old Hollywood had many Patriots and Heroes; new Hollywood has NO clue why they are free to be so stupid.

Hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend.


13 posted on 06/02/2013 5:55:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

Man, do I miss that Hollywood!


14 posted on 06/02/2013 6:02:30 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

((((((HUGS))))

I love Korean War Memorial in DC. It is an amazing piece of art.


15 posted on 06/02/2013 6:07:16 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good evening, Kathy...((HUGS))

On Sat got some more done to be able to sell Dad's house at last.

Sun got some old Toys out of the shed for Nate and Maddi. We've saved the Toys that were originally our children: Old Fisher-Price.

16 posted on 06/02/2013 6:07:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Jean2

As do we all.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 6:08:34 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: txradioguy; SoldierDad; mike1sg; Milo828; mystery-ak; CMS; The Sailor; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...
Honoring Our Heroes

2LT Rebecca USA (Daughter of U S Army EOD)
3 sons (armymarinemom and amdad)
86th Fighter Weapons Squadron "Combat Hammer" (saminfl)
AbnSarge USA
Allegra
Anoreth USCG (daughter of Tax-chick)
aviator USAF
BIGLOOK USN
Brett USN (CindyDawg)
Brother and Son-in-Law (kalee)
Cannoneer No. 4
CAPT Bryan USA (Diver Dave)
CAPT Future Snake Eater USA (RightOnline)
CAPT Jason Clendenin (friend of Frou)
Chris USA (amom)
Chuck USA (RightOnline)
CMS USA
COL Mike (gpapa)
ConorMacNessa FMF Corpsman
Cpl Don USMC 1963-1967 (Diver Dave's twin)
CPT Carol USA, Nurse Corp (Vineyard)
David USAF (LUV W)
Defender2
Deven USA (Shimmer)
Diver Dave USN
Drumbo USN
Ethan USMC (georgiabelle)
forgotenknight13 USA (grandson of Monkey Face)
Fred (DocRock)
GulfWar1Vet USA
HiJinx USA
IS2 Brianne USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
IS2 Heather USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
Jade Falcon USN
James USA (Grumpybutt)
JemiansTerror USA (Jemian)
Jet Jaguar USAF
Joel (NEMDF)
Jonathan USMC (AZbushgal)
Josh USN (doug from upland)
Karen USA (fatima's granddaughter)
Kenneth (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
Kevin USMC (skimask)
Kevin and David USA (vigilante2)
KJD USAF (SuzyQue)
Laurita USA
LCpl Carter USMC
LCpl Joe USMC (Don’tMessWithTexas)
Lindsay (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
LT David (Coldwater Creek)
LT Gerald USN (Vineyard)
M1911A1 USMC (M0sby)
M1Tanker
Major Jennifer USA (Diver Dave)
Major joma89 USAF
MEG33's Navy Grandson
Michael USAR (RightOnline)
Mike1Sg USA (mystery-ak)
Milo828 USA (mystery-ak)
MSgt Eddie USAF (Son of ThomasPaine2000, CMSgt USAF, Ret)
MSGT Glen Ignasiak USAF (nephew of AirForceMom)
Nate USN (sneakers)
Navy Chaplain, Lt Nathan Rice (Coldwater Creek)
Old China Hand USA
Old Sarge USA
OneLoyalAmerican USCG
PFC Jake USMC (son of Enough_Deceit)
Philetus USA
PROCON USA
Rick USAF (Doogle)
Robert, Jeremy, Daynnis USA (SoldierDad)
SandRat USA
Sat-Com Chris USA (son of KC Burke)
SGT Alex USA (son of Enough_Deceit)
SGT Chris USA (son of Vineyard)
SGT Ev USA (Mozie)
SGT Gray USA (colorcountry’s son)
SGT Matt USMC (SuzyQue)
SGT Robert USMC (MarineMom613)
SGT Sean Reed (preed)
Son USCG (GodBlessUSA)
SPC Drew USA (brother-in-law Stonewall Jackson)
SPC Mike USA (AbnSarge)
SPC Ted USA (nephew of hoagy62)
SPC William Akin USA (Step-son of BlueLancer)
SPC4 Dan USA (son of swmobuffalo)
SSG Brian USA (repubmom)
SSG Dustin USA (SIL of U S Army EOD)
SSG Dusty USA (MountainDad)
SSG Mitchel USA (tina07)
SSG Spencer USA (grame)
SSGT Adam USA (Diver Dave)
SSGT Don May Jr USMC (debm29palms)
SSGT John Linde USA (JFoxbear)
SSGT The Black Knight USAF
Stevan USA (Grumpybutt)
Terrence USN (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
The Sailor
TMSuchman USMC
tongue-tied USN/USA
Tonkin USN/USCG
TSGT Jason M Kibler USAF (son of AirForceMom)
SFC txradioguy USA
USAFSecurityForces (son of visualops & TheStickman)
Valerie USAF (Shimmer)
Victor and Tony D USMC (weldgophardline)
Vineyard USN
William USA (jackv)
WOs Bob and Michelle USA (nephew, and his wife, of BnBlFlag)

 




18 posted on 06/02/2013 6:22:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion
Heroes come from all walks of life.

They sure do...so many we will never know.

Good Evening, mountainlion...hope you had a good, restful weekend and thanks for the suggestions.

19 posted on 06/02/2013 6:29:30 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! Jim Garner and Ed McMahon are most deserving of admission 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)

20 posted on 06/02/2013 6:42:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: The Mayor

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

Hope you had a good and restful weekend.


21 posted on 06/02/2013 6:44:07 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

And Thank you!!


22 posted on 06/02/2013 6:49:32 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: SandRat

That’s the living truth brother. Sad ain’t it?


23 posted on 06/02/2013 6:52:45 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC; mountainlion

How fun to find out which of the Hollywood crowd were patriots...at least at some time in their lives! Thanks, Galz...and mountainlion!


24 posted on 06/02/2013 7:02:07 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Evening Kathy, how's things up there in “The Last Frontier’’? Been a wild and wooly day down here on The Jersey Shore, the weather that is. Kid you not. At 4 this afternoon it was partly sunny with thunderclouds and wind. At one point the sun was out and yet it was raining on my front lawn and the backyard wasn't getting a drop! Then it stopped and lo and behold there was a beautiful rainbow off to the south! I thought I captured a pix of it on my cell phone camera but I don't think I got it. But then again, it isn't easy to catch a rainbow is it? Say a prayer for our friends in Oklahoma. I'd like to remember my Uncle Fred who passed away a few months ago. He was the last surviving uncle of my childhood. He served with the 84th. Infantry Division in Belgium during the winter of Dec. 1944 and January 1945. He was wounded, recovered, promoted to 1st. lieutenant. He was re-activated in August of 1951, served as a supply officer in West Germany during the Korean War, honorably discharged in Sept.1953. Thanks Uncle Fred, rest in peace. Have a great week Kathy.
25 posted on 06/02/2013 7:09:07 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))...did the weather cooperate for a ride today?

You and Linda get out?

That memorial is very different, very interesting.


26 posted on 06/02/2013 7:14:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jean2

Welcome to the Canteen, Jean2...the entertainers of old are sorely missed, that is for sure.


27 posted on 06/02/2013 7:27:14 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
Not a bad, day, thanks, Kathy! I overslept this morning and didn't get in to the office until 10:30. A fairly uneventful day. When I left the office at 7:00 this evening we were in the midst of a violent cloudburst - had to wait for a few minutes before walking to the car. It appears that the project will end late tomorrow or early Tuesday. Resume is updated and will go out to the usual suspects once I have a fix on the endpoint.

I hope you've had a great weekend. When the storms came through this evening we went from the high 80's to the high 60's in a matter of moments.



"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)

28 posted on 06/02/2013 7:29:08 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

This morning, Linda and i went to a few more yard sales, and then to the Doggie (Soggie)Park.

For some reason which shall remain a mystery, she got into a fight with a Golden Retriever. The humans had to break up the two, and there was no blood, so it was probably just a “Chick Fight”.

We came home after that, and I was ready to suit up for a ride, and the heavens OPENED! (sigh)


29 posted on 06/02/2013 7:37:04 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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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!!








"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)

30 posted on 06/02/2013 7:40:55 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
Oh my goodness...a trip down memory lane.


31 posted on 06/02/2013 8:07:51 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar; ConorMacNessa

We got some good rain over night....maybe more Monday.


32 posted on 06/02/2013 8:12:15 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!!


33 posted on 06/02/2013 8:28:41 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

and don’t leave out the Nurses Kit.


34 posted on 06/02/2013 8:29:36 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Publius
And in second....Publius snags the silver!!


35 posted on 06/02/2013 8:38:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat
And rounding out the top three....Sand bags the bronze!!


36 posted on 06/02/2013 8:43:00 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!


Sir Winston S. Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA
(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)



Rule Britannia
HM Royal Marines
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“We Shall Never Surrender”
“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,
we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

In the House of Commons, 4June1940


"With Mind And Hand"



Coronet Winston S. Churchill
4th Queen's Own Hussars
1895











"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)

37 posted on 06/02/2013 9:01:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: jmacusa
Good evening, jamcusa...we got some much needed rain over night, and hoping for more maybe tonight or tomorrow.

It is so "funny" when there is rain on your right hand, but not on our left. And then you got a rainbow....nice, even if you didn't capture it on your phone.

Our friends in Oklahoma are surely in need of all the prayers we can provide.

Our thanks to Uncle Fred for his service to our country.


38 posted on 06/02/2013 9:08:14 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

We need some. Badly.


39 posted on 06/02/2013 9:16:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good thinking about waiting to get to the car. No need in getting drenched.

Good that your resume is ready to go. A prayer that just the right project finds you.

We had some heavy rain over night, but it was needed. Of course I watered the lawns yesterday. d:o) More maybe tomorrow.


40 posted on 06/02/2013 9:17:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Hi Conor!!!!


41 posted on 06/02/2013 9:33:39 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
Never saw the nurses kit. My niece is 22 now and we got all sorts of cool stuff for her at garage sales. She loved the stuff that made lots of noise.

This was her favorite, but about 15 seconds was all anyone could take. LOL!


42 posted on 06/02/2013 9:40:38 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*

You caught me just in time - packing it in now! I hope you have a great day!



"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)

43 posted on 06/02/2013 9:43:07 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
Thanks, Mac, for the Missing Man Setting as we remember those who have given their all that we may gather safe and secure.
44 posted on 06/02/2013 9:44:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; 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.

Spirits of Our Fallen Draw Near
To Stand 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)

45 posted on 06/02/2013 9:45:00 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: Jet Jaguar

Hoping you get some rain soon. Have you been fishing yet?


46 posted on 06/02/2013 9:46:53 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank you, Conor.

Rest well, Brother.


47 posted on 06/02/2013 9:47:44 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: SkyDancer

G’Day, Janey...((HUGS))...have a great week.


48 posted on 06/02/2013 10:39:22 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
God Bless you good, Mac. Good night and rest well. Thanks for helping honor our troops, past and present.
Thank you for your service to our country.


49 posted on 06/02/2013 10:41:31 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

Thank you Kathy. And thank you for the “Railsplitters’’ patch!


50 posted on 06/02/2013 11:03:38 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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