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FReeper Canteen - Salute to the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 115th Birthday - 17 July 2013
16 June 2013 | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 06/16/2013 4:59:56 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa

The FReeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 115th Anniversary

17 JUNE 1898 – 17 JUNE 2013



From the early days of the Republic the Navy has had enlisted medical personnel known variously as “Loblolly Boys”, Surgeons Stewards, Pharmacists Mates and, most recently, Hospital Corpsmen. Established 17JUN1898 by an Act of Congress, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps is the only wholly enlisted corps in the Navy. The Hospital Corps is the largest rating in the Navy, comprising approximately ten percent of the Navy’s enlisted personnel.

They were originally called Loblolly Boys in Navy records on the 1798 muster roll of USS Constitution. As the requirements of this job expanded, in 1839, the Navy established the Surgeon's Steward Rating, which in turn became Apothecary in 1866. Navy regulations of 1870 refer to the rating as Bayman (possibly sick-bay-man), and in 1898 it became Hospital Steward, in turn becoming Pharmacist's Mate in 1917. After World War II, the name of the rating was changed to Hospital Corpsman.



Apothecary and Bayman
An apothecary (petty officer first class) treats a shipmate aboard the USS Boston in 1888.



Hospital Steward (CPO) and Hospital Apprentices, c. 1905

There is a special relationship between Hospital Corpsmen and Marines. The Hospital Corps supplies medical support to Marine infantry units. Prior to serving with the Marine Corps, Corpsmen attend Field Medical Service School, an intensive program of combat infantry training similar to boot-camp. They are then deployed for service with Marine Corps units of the FMF (Fleet Marine Force).



The bronze statue, depicting the bond between Navy Hospital Corpsmen and U.S. Marines, stands in the main lobby at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

From Belleau Wood to Baghdad, from Chateau Thierry to the Chosin Reservoir, in Hue, An Hoa, Khe Sanh, and in every major Marine Corps engagement of WWII, Corpsmen were present and provided medical support to the Corps. The Hospital Corps, in the person of Pharmacists Mate 2/C John H. Bradley (Navy Cross), took part in the iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi on 23FEB1945.



PM/2 John H. Bradley, USN



Navy doctors and corpsmen administer to wounded marines at an Iwo Jima first aid station, 20 February 1945. Navy Chaplain, LtJG John H. Galbreath (right center) is kneeling beside a man who has severe flash burns, received in an artillery battery fifty yards or so away.



HM/3 Vernon Wike, Khe Sanh, 1967 1st Bn. Ninth Marines "Walking Dead"



FMF Corpsman D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), "H" Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.



"You guys are the Marine's doctors; There's no better in the business than a Navy Corpsman...." Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, U.S.M.C.



Corpsmen have distinguished themselves in battle, being awarded 22 Medals of Honor between the Boxer Rebellion and the present:

Hospital Apprentice Robert H. Stanley, USN (Boxer Rebellion)
Hospital Apprentice First Class William Zuiderveld, USN (Veracruz Incursion)
Hospital Apprentice Fred H. McGuire, USN (Philippine Insurrection)
Hospital Steward William S. Shacklette, USN (Boiler Explosion in San Diego)

World War I:

Pharmacist's Mate First Class John H. Balch, USN
Hospital Apprentice First Class David E. Hayden, USN

World War II:

Hospital Apprentice First Class Robert Eugene Bush, USN
Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class William D. Halyburton, Jr., USNR
Hospital Apprentice First Class Fred F. Lester, USN
Pharmacist's Mate First Class Francis J. Pierce, USN
Pharmacist's Mate Second Class George E. Wahlen, USN
Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Jack Williams, USN
Pharmacist's Mate First Class John H. Willis, USN

Korean War:

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Edward C. Benfold, USN
Hospital Corpsman Third Class William R. Charette, USN
Hospitalman Richard D. Dewert, USN
Hospitalman Francis C. Hammond, USN

Vietnam War:

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Donald E. Ballard, USN
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Wayne M. Caron, USN
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Robert R. Ingram, USN
Hospital Corpsman Second Class David R. Ray, USN

In addition, Hospital Corpsmen have been awarded a host of esteemed decorations, including 174 Navy Crosses, 31 Army Distinguished Service Crosses, 946 Silver Stars and 1582 Bronze Stars, not to mention thousands of Purple Hearts.



Women in the Hospital Corps

Starting in January of 1943, women were permitted to enlist into the Hospital Corps. A year later, the first Hospital Corps School for WAVES was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. The first class consisted of 230 enlisted women. Women in the Hospital Corps had previously been WAVES, or members of the Women’s Reserve, U.S. Naval Reserve. New legislation permitted women to enlist in the Regular Navy, and HM1 Ruth Flora became the first hospital corpsman to do so on 12 July 1948. Women have served in the Hospital Corps ever since in most of the jobs performed by men. Women are assigned to most ships and field medical support units of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF). Until recently, women were not assigned to submarines or some units of the FMF.



Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II patrols along with male marines November 18, 2010 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.



In today’s Navy, the Hospital Corps serves in a number of capacities. In hospitals, dispensaries and clinics, Corpsmen serve as nursing assistants on the wards, as laboratory technicians, operating room technicians, x-ray technicians, and in a variety of other roles most medically related but also some administrative in nature. On board ships throughout the Fleet, Corpsmen assist the ship’s surgeon in all manner of ways. Qualified hospital corpsmen may be assigned the responsibility of independent duty aboard ships and submarines; Fleet Marine Force, Special Forces and Seabee units, and at isolated duty stations where no medical officer is available. Corpsmen continue to serve with Marines in the Fleet Marine Force. In their second century of service, Hospital Corpsmen continue to go above and beyond the call of duty both at sea and ashore to prevent and treat illness and injury to members of the Naval Service.



Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Anchors Aweigh!

The Marine Corps Hymn



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Welcome to all Canteen Denizens, Families, FRiends and Allies! Please be our guests for a salute to the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps!





"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)


1 posted on 06/16/2013 4:59:56 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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In my 30 year career in the Navy, it was my distinct honor to both teach, prepare for war, and serve with some of the best Hospital Corpsmen (And Corpswaves—before political correctness too over the NAVY) in the world!
BRAVO ZULU and Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 06/16/2013 5:05:27 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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3 posted on 06/16/2013 5:05:31 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: MagUSNRET

too=TOOK (Damned Political correctness horsechit!)


4 posted on 06/16/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: MagUSNRET
Welcome aboard, Mag, and thank you very much for your service to our Nation!



"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)

5 posted on 06/16/2013 5:07:28 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
Good evening, Kathy!

*HUGS*

It's wonderful to see you this evening!



"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)

6 posted on 06/16/2013 5:09:24 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: MagUSNRET
Welcome to the Canteen, MagUSNRET....we thank you for your service to our country.


7 posted on 06/16/2013 5:10:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thanks to those that risked their lives to help those in extreme need.


8 posted on 06/16/2013 5:11:05 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

You are very kind, and I thank you. My service to my nation was a privilege......Damned shame I could not say the same for service in the past several years....my heart aches for our men and women in harms way, knowing they have an idiot CinC, and sycophantic pukes in the JCOS........but...with that being said.....back to honoring our Corpsmen on their special day! :-)


9 posted on 06/16/2013 5:11:33 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: Kathy in Alaska

It was, indeed my honor. (and Im delighted that it is GWBs signature on my retirement papers, instead of the recent freeloader in the white hut ;-)


10 posted on 06/16/2013 5:13:41 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

((((HUGS))))


11 posted on 06/16/2013 5:13:44 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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Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


12 posted on 06/16/2013 5:14:40 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: MagUSNRET
It was likewise an honor for me to serve as a Platoon Corpsman in Kilo and Lima 3/5. Many brave men - some who are not with us - some who remain. God Bless them all!



"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)

13 posted on 06/16/2013 5:15:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Aye, GOD bless them all, and GOD bless your service and the care and skill in your hands...........when they needed you most...My sincere thanks to you for being there for them!


14 posted on 06/16/2013 5:17:13 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: mountainlion
Good evening and welcome, Mountainlion!



"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)

15 posted on 06/16/2013 5:17:35 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: Kathy in Alaska

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...hope you’ve had a restful weekend, and now are looking forward to your delayed Father’s Day grilled steak.


16 posted on 06/16/2013 5:18:13 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar; ConorMacNessa; All

JJ, I hope you got to go fishin' to cool off.


17 posted on 06/16/2013 5:22:11 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: MagUSNRET
For those now serving, I have nothing but the greatest respect. They augment a noble and honorable Tradition and serve, as you observed, in the face of egregious conduct on the part of the powers-that-be. All the more credit to them!



"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)

18 posted on 06/16/2013 5:23:17 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: mountainlion
Thanks to those that risked their lives to help those in extreme need.

I remember going through my outprocessing physical at Charleston Naval Base many years ago...I was in between stops and had time to look at the "Wall of Fame".

I was stunned at the number of Navy Hospital Corpsmen who won the Medal of Honor - nearly all post-h...may they rest in peace.
19 posted on 06/16/2013 5:24:49 PM PDT by DJlaysitup
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20 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:00 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; Jet Jaguar
Wow! According to my cell phone we're lingering right at 80 F here in DC Land!



"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)

21 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:29 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
My unit was 10 Marines and a Corpsman. When our Doc got hit I became the temp. Corpsman until we got another. This happened twice in two months.

I did my first IV and delivered a baby when I was 18. I preformed my only (Thank God) tracheotomy when was 19. Morphine and bandages were a weekly thing.

When we got a new Doc I was so happy to be just a Marine Radioman again.

Corpsmen do a heluva job and I never wanted to be one.

22 posted on 06/16/2013 5:27:42 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

As one who was assigned to several Army hospitals during the Vietnam era (but not in SE Asia,I never served there) I’m somewhat familiar with the stories of *Army* medics in combat.I haven’t the slightest doubt that the Navy corpsman is every bit as skilled,brave and dedicated as is his Army counterpart.I once read that Marine General “Chesty” Puller once said “you guys are the Marine’s doctors; there’s no better in the business than a Navy Corpsman....”.If my sense of the typical Marine General is correct that sounds like mighty high praise (and gratitude) indeed.


23 posted on 06/16/2013 5:28:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: MagUSNRET
And in first....MagUSNRET!!


24 posted on 06/16/2013 5:28:53 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




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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)

25 posted on 06/16/2013 5:29:24 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Washing the pollen off the cars to cool off.


26 posted on 06/16/2013 5:31:22 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Gay State Conservative

I have vivid memories of teaching Independent Duty Corpsmen how to do an emergency appendectomy-—before they were depoloyed to a sub or aboard ship in the 70s....I will never forget the “WTF????” look in their eyes on the first day of class...and their “DAMN, I CAN do this!” look in their eyes after they completed their testing......TRULY our Marines were in good hands!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 06/16/2013 5:33:49 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: chesty_puller
Outstanding, Chesty! Thanks very much for your service, Brother and Semper Fi!

The legend on your profile page was on my helmet in 'Nam.



"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 06/16/2013 5:34:11 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: mountainlion
And in second....mountainlion snags the silver!!


29 posted on 06/16/2013 5:34:34 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Gay State Conservative
Welcome aboard, GSC! Great to see you this evening and thanks very much for your service!



"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 06/16/2013 5:35:40 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

Same back at ya Brother.


31 posted on 06/16/2013 5:36:11 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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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."

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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)

32 posted on 06/16/2013 5:37:38 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: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




BAND OF BROTHERS

WORLD WAR II


Members of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles"
June 7, 1944 at Ste.Marie du Mont, France

"This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."

KOREA

Members of the "Chosin Few", 1st Marine Division
Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950


"Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford, and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered."

VIETNAM

FMF Corpsman D. R. Howe treats the wounds of Pfc. D. A. Crum, "H" Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.


"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."

AFGHANISTAN

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in action, Afghanistan, 2011


"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let it pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as does a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean."

(Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii)


THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TYRANNY GOES ON,
AS IT HAS FROM TIMES IMMEMORIAL.
THE BAND OF BROTHERS STILL STANDS FAST IN THE BREACH!

THEY HAVE OUR SIX!

Honor Them For Their Service And Sacrifice!








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)

33 posted on 06/16/2013 5:42:00 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: Kathy in Alaska
Thanks, Mac, for today's Salute To The U.S. Navy Hospital Corps On Its 115th Anniversary!


34 posted on 06/16/2013 5:42:08 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...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
(Click)


“The Lion’s Roar”

“I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”


In the House of Commons, 16 June 1940


"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)

35 posted on 06/16/2013 5:45:16 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac....it was/still is HOT today. Windows open and fan running and it is still 82 here at my desk.

Got all the Mom errands done, and gave the suburban its weekly exercise.

Got my sister’s ticket for August.


36 posted on 06/16/2013 5:53:49 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Gay State Conservative
I was medevacked through 95th Evac Hospital (Army) in Danang and underwent my initial wound debridement there. I received excellent treatment there, as I did on every step of the passage back to the States.



"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 06/16/2013 5:56:55 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: Kathy in Alaska
Still warm here - 77 degrees at 9:00 p.m. I went to the 5:00 p.m. Mass today - our seminarian was ordained yesterday and this was his first Mass. The A/C was on, but the church was really stuffy - I was glad to get into the van - cranked the A/C on full force.

All of my children contacted me today - my daughter Meg who's sojourning in Ireland, my son Tom from FL, and my daughter Mary in Washington State - and of course the three boys at home.



"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)

38 posted on 06/16/2013 6:03:30 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Kathy.


40 posted on 06/16/2013 6:07:02 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: factmart
Your comment is inaccurate, unpatriotic and beneath contempt. This is a thread that honors our military, those now serving and those who have served in the past. If you have nothing positive to contribute, kindly absent yourself.



"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 06/16/2013 6:09:13 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: factmart; darkwing104; Old Sarge; 50mm
I smell ozone!



"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)

42 posted on 06/16/2013 6:11:57 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Will bbiab - John-Man needs the computer for a bit.



"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 06/16/2013 6:14:11 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

Woohoo!!! Everyone checked in with Dad on Father’s Day!


45 posted on 06/16/2013 6:20:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

See you later...


47 posted on 06/16/2013 6:23:05 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: factmart

You have a problem with our Heroes, those that make it safe for you to make such outrageous statements, take it somewhere else!


48 posted on 06/16/2013 6:25:13 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: factmart

Stay off this thread.


49 posted on 06/16/2013 6:26:11 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: factmart
On all of FRee Republic you can't find a thread other than one that supports our military, past and present?

Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly. You are not welcome if you cannot adhere to these goals.

And calling one of our Veterans names is beneath contempt.

50 posted on 06/16/2013 6:29:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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