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FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 06 June 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 06/05/2013 6:00:12 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska




~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~

~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~


PARIS PERCH

Paris, a coalition force military working dog, stands in a tactical vehicle during a patrol stop in Afghanistan's Farah province, Nov. 24, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau




Canteen Mission Statement

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies' military
and family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.




TROOP LIFT

U.S. Army Sgt. Andre Lobban, a spur candidate with Palehorse Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment carries a soldier posing as a casualty through a simulated minefield during a spur ride as part of Operation Swift Saber at Rose Barracks, Germany, Nov. 28, 2012. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards

BOEING UNLOADING

U.S. Marines unload a Boeing 747-400 carrying gear and equipment for Exercise Forage Fury 2012 on Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands, Nov. 28, 2012. The island will host nearly 100 U.S. Marines and sailors during the exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. J. Gage Karwick

VENTURA FLIGHT

The crews of two E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif., Nov. 20, 2012. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early warning squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call



DAUGHTER DELIGHT

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Winstead hugs his daughter during a homecoming celebration on Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, Nov. 17, 2012. Winstead is assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 141, which completed a deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Smelley


PIER REPAIR

Marines and sailors work to repair a pier damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 3, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

FIREFIGHTING TRAINING

Sailors train in fighting a flight deck fire at the Center for Naval Engineering Firefighting School at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Farrington



FARAH FOOTSTEPS

A coalition force member maintains security during a patrol in Afghanistan's Farah province, Nov. 25, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

POW/MIA CEREMONY

Service members stand at parade rest next to flag-draped transfer cases during the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Arrival Ceremony, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 30, 2012, in honor of fallen U.S. personnel whose identities remain unknown. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth


PRE-MISSION BRIEF

U.S. Army Sgt. Thaddaeus Hendershot, left, conducts a pre-mission brief at Forward Operating Base Farah prior to departing to meet with the Chief Justice of Farah province in Farah City, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup


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1 posted on 06/05/2013 6:00:12 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you cousin Amanda for your service and thank all those serving also.


2 posted on 06/05/2013 6:04:22 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; 300winmag; ..

~ Remembering Our Troops! ~

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3 posted on 06/05/2013 6:05:13 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))))


4 posted on 06/05/2013 6:05:42 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: mountainlion; The Mayor; SandRat; ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; laplata; HiJinx; Jet Jaguar; Publius; ...

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


5 posted on 06/05/2013 6:07:21 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

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


Leading From The Front

June 6, 2013

Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers follows the US Army’s Easy Company from training in Georgia through the Normandy Invasion of D-Day (June 6, 1944) and ultimately to the end of World War II in Europe. For the bulk of that time, Easy Company was led by Richard Winters. Winters was an especially good officer because he led from the front. The most commonly heard words from Winters in combat were, “Follow me!” Other officers may have sought the safety of the rear areas, but if Winters’ men were going into combat, he was going to lead them.

Jesus is the one true Leader of His children. He knows what we need and where we are most vulnerable. His leading is part of what makes Psalm 23 the most beloved song in the Bible’s hymnal. In verse 2, David says that the Shepherd “leads me beside the still waters,” and in verse 3 he adds, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” These twin ideas reveal why His care is so complete. Whether it is times of refreshing and strengthening (“still waters”) or seasons of doing what pleases Him (“paths of righteousness”), we can follow Him.

As the old song says, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness; all I have to do is follow.”

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness;
All I have to do is follow.
Strength for today is mine always
And all that I need for tomorrow. —Cox
Jesus knows the way—follow Him!

Read: Psalm 23

He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. —Psalm 23:2-3
Bible in a Year:
2 Chronicles 25-27; John 16


6 posted on 06/05/2013 6:07:56 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you Kathy and Star for remembering the troops.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 6:11:30 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Good evening, mountainlion...hope you’ve had a good day.

What branch of service is cousin Amanda?


8 posted on 06/05/2013 6:12:52 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
Evening MA!!! *HUGS*
How are you?

Evening Canteen!!
How is everyone?
9 posted on 06/05/2013 6:17:42 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

Hi, Kathy!

I hope you had a good day today!

:-)


10 posted on 06/05/2013 6:20:45 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))...did you have your bestest students today?

Did the rain stop?

Just got my first ping for Tropical Storm Andrea. I really enjoy following those threads. Is she coming your way?


11 posted on 06/05/2013 6:24:55 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

Andrea will most likely stay to the west of me.

However, the air is so thick and tropical that it feels like the shores of the Dead Sea, which is so below sea level that there is a whole bunch more ATMOSPHERE pressing down on you!


12 posted on 06/05/2013 6:28:19 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
They will always be remembered.
13 posted on 06/05/2013 6:31:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: The Mayor

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

Today’s message is “Band of Brothers”, and my lead picture is “Band of Brothers”.


14 posted on 06/05/2013 6:37:20 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

Some of us old guys remember happily on TV this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7oHeqMw6nQ&list=PL1qbz4BoGKhAv3jqdF7g60XYvBwGwB-7m 8^}


15 posted on 06/05/2013 6:38:03 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: CMS

CMS...good to see you...((HUGS))

Looking for rain, hopefully.

You and the family all well? Little one thinking about crawling yet?


16 posted on 06/05/2013 6:39:44 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
Ash prefers to roll than crawl. It's funny to watch.
Family is doing well. Wife is very happy because we are PCSing to Ft. Eustis in August. I'm going to be an AIT instructor at USAALS, teaching the new soldiers to be aviation electricians.
17 posted on 06/05/2013 6:43:25 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: All

BAND OF BROTHERS

Soldiers watch troop movements during Green Flag-West 13-2 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012. The soldiers, assigned to the 1st Brigade, Fort Carson, Colo., took part in a three week pre-deployment training exercise. U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes

18 posted on 06/05/2013 6:43:45 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 for you. Teach them well.

Whatever gets her where she wants to go. LOL!


19 posted on 06/05/2013 6:48:25 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion
And in first....mountainlion!!


20 posted on 06/05/2013 6:50:22 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
And in second....ML snags the silver!!


21 posted on 06/05/2013 6:53:34 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
And rounding out the top three....The Mayor bags the bronze!!


22 posted on 06/05/2013 6:55:56 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

}:-)


23 posted on 06/05/2013 7:05:34 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








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!!!!!!!








"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)

24 posted on 06/05/2013 7:07:09 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; The Mayor

Great Theme for D-Day!
Thank you for remembering.


25 posted on 06/05/2013 7:08:16 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: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))...yes, they will always be remembered.

I am off to get a hair cut and then home. Back later.


26 posted on 06/05/2013 7:09:19 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!

Gotta run...hair cut night.


27 posted on 06/05/2013 7:10:58 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 very much, Kathy!

***HUGS***



Striding up the gangplank as we speak,
rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!

Thank you very much for tonight's "Remembering Our Troops" thread!








"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 06/05/2013 7:17:05 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
Today’s message is “Band of Brothers”, and my lead picture is “Band of Brothers”.

I saw that, Love the pic and the Band of Brothers! Thank you!

29 posted on 06/05/2013 7:21:05 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good evening, Kathy...((HUGS))...Check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_and_Marty


30 posted on 06/05/2013 7:37:58 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

An old guy and a bucket of srimp

Did you know this? See below…..

“An Old Guy and a Bucket of Shrimp” This is a wonderful story, and it is true. It is also an important piece of American history.

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.

Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.

Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave.

He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant .... maybe even a lot of nonsense.

Old folks often do strange things,
at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.

Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida . That’s too bad. They’d do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World War I, and now he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive.

The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft..

Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap.
It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait . . . and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea.

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull... And he never stopped saying, ‘Thank you.’ That’s why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference:
(Max Lucado, “In The Eye of the Storm”, pp..221, 225-226)

PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America ‘s first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices than brave men have endured for your freedom.


“Kind words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24


31 posted on 06/05/2013 7:44:32 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...






WELCOME HOME, BROTHERS!



ACROSS THE YEARS!

All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
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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)

32 posted on 06/05/2013 7:46:36 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*...hope you had a great day.

Hope your weather behaved today.

Can’t decide if it will rain or not. Tomorrow I go to a day long seminar on payroll law. Should be interesting.


33 posted on 06/05/2013 8:51:30 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; 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

Robert Schumann - Traumerei
(Click)

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)

34 posted on 06/05/2013 9:05:02 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
A good day, Kathy - thanks very much! The weather here was beautiful today - unfortunately I was indoors the entire day. I got into overtime at about 3:00 this afternoon.

They now say that the project will probably end Friday. We're capped at 64 hours per week. I'll hit that Friday in time for an alcoholic lunch - a fitting way to end one of these campaigns!

Today was my ninth consecutive day on this project - 101 billable hours in. I still have it!!



"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)

35 posted on 06/05/2013 9:12:50 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; All

NORMANDY INVASION

May 1944 had been chosen at the conference in Washington in May 1943 as the time for the invasion. Difficulties in assembling landing craft forced a postponement until June, but June 5 was fixed as the unalterable date by Eisenhower on May 17. As the day approached and troops began to embark for the crossing, bad weather set in, threatening dangerous landing conditions. After tense debate, Eisenhower and his subordinates decided on a 24-hour delay, requiring the recall of some ships already at sea. Eventually, on the morning of June 5, Eisenhower, assured by chief meteorologist James Martin Stagg of a break in the weather, announced, “O.K. We'll go.” Within hours an armada of 3,000 landing craft, 2,500 other ships, and 500 naval vessels—escorts and bombardment ships—began to leave English ports. That night 822 aircraft, carrying parachutists or towing gliders, roared overhead to the Normandy landing zones. They were a fraction of the air armada of 13,000 aircraft that would support D-Day.


36 posted on 06/05/2013 9:13:13 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; All

January 1944 meeting of Operation Overlord Commanders, General Eisenhower, Walter B. Smith, Omar Bradley, Arthur Tedder, Bernard Montgomery, Trafford Leigh-Mallory and Bertram Ramsay. The Eisenhower Presidential Library


37 posted on 06/05/2013 9:14:42 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
(Click)


Must retire – the 0445 Reveille approaches relentlessly.

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

General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA
Stands The Watch Tonight!



Gen. Eisenhower addressing troops of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) before D-Day Normandy

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




All Gave Some – Some Gave All!!!
(Click)


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)

38 posted on 06/05/2013 9:15:49 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

I became friends with an old couple at church. Shut ins. Visiting them the first time and making small talk. I noticed that Harry had an anchor tattoo - and I asked,

“Oh were you a sailor? Must have been World War II? My Dad was in the Navy in WWII”

He answered “Yes”.

His wife piped in “He drove a Higgin’s boat”.

“Oh, the landing craft - wow.”

The guy seemed a bit surprised that I knew that and looked up and said “That’s right”.

His wife then said “He was at D-Day.”

I just sat there not knowing what to say. Shocked with the movie reels playing in my mind, awe at what this guy had done and what he must have seen, and could tell he hadn’t wanted to talk about any of it. (But his wife was sure proud!) I just got up and walked over and shook his hand again and said “Thanks for your service, and all the sacrifices that you made.”

God Bless all of our troops - doing no less heroic and dangerous things today, and still making sacrifices for us.


39 posted on 06/05/2013 9:24:40 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

This project sounds like they have their act together. Wonder if those other guys EVER got it together.

I would say you still “have it”. Good job!


40 posted on 06/05/2013 9:27:36 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat; All


And Thank You, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker!




"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)

41 posted on 06/05/2013 9:33:05 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: 21twelve
Thanks, 21twelve, for sharing that story.

Thanks to your Dad and your friend for their service to our country.


42 posted on 06/05/2013 9:40:11 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa; All

GENERAL EISENHOWER’S MESSAGE SENT JUST PRIOR TO THE INVASION

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower


43 posted on 06/05/2013 9:42:58 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

Ike wrote two reports before the D-Day Invasion - one to be released if the operation failed. I read it some years ago. He took all the blame. God Bless his gallant soul!


44 posted on 06/05/2013 9:52:54 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: SandRat

Thanks for posting the story about Eddie Rickenbacker.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 9:52:55 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: SandRat; All
Thanks so much, Sand, for sharing some of Eddie Rickenbacker's story.


46 posted on 06/05/2013 10:02:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

*sigh* so unlike today. No one is responsible for anything.


47 posted on 06/05/2013 10:06:36 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa; SandRat; All

D-DAY AIRBORNE AND BEACH ASSAULT

The Normandy beaches were chosen by planners because they lay within range of air cover, and were less heavily defended than the obvious objective of the Pas de Calais, the shortest distance between Great Britain and the Continent. Airborne drops at both ends of the beachheads were to protect the flanks, as well as open up roadways to the interior. Six divisions were to land on the first day; three U.S., two British and one Canadian. Two more British and one U.S. division were to follow up after the assault division had cleared the way through the beach defenses.


48 posted on 06/05/2013 10:09:32 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: pax_et_bonum

Good evening, pax...((HUGS))...paychecks printed for the week.
Days still busy, but the heat is off.

Hope your day went well.


49 posted on 06/05/2013 10:32:42 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat
Oh my gosh, Sand...Spin and Marty. My favorite on Mickey Mouse Club!!

Thanks for a piece of my childhood. Marty was SO afraid of horses.


50 posted on 06/05/2013 10:40:16 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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