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USO Canteen FReeper Style FReeper FRiday....VetVetDoug's Cousin....October 18,2002
FRiends of the USO Canteen FReeper Style and Snow Bunny

Posted on 10/18/2002 12:36:24 AM PDT by Snow Bunny

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The USO Canteen FReeper Style
Delivering a Touch of Home

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A Touch of Home

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This is how I think of the USO Canteen 
Freeper Style. It is like a cottage down a road,
a place where a weary veteran can spend the night. 


Since it opened, it is magical how so many
Freepers who post here, feel it too. 
It has been so dear how the Freepers
kept making it a cottage - a home-type of 
place that had a huge living room
for them to visit in and a dance floor, 
a library, etc. 


Many Veterans have written to me, 
saying that the Canteen is like home
to them for the first time since they 
served. 


This is your Canteen -
a respite from our busy 
and sometimes troubling world. 
Make yourself at home.

Snow Bunny

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If you know a Veteran, someone in your family, 
friend of the family, neighbor, who served their  
country, take a brief moment of your day to thank 
them. 


Thank them for the sacrifice they made
for the better good of their country.


We at Free Republic, and the USO Canteen FReeper 
Style, are thankful for every service member 
in our military, who has served our great nation.


So, to the men and women who answered the call,
in both times of war and peace, thank you.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 

John McCrae 

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The USO Canteen Honors FReepers
who have served, or are now serving their country.

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You may have a loved one who has served in the past.
We at the FReeper USO Canteen would like to honor each and every one.

March 10,1945....50 B-29’s crashed
burning four square miles in the heart of Tokyo

At the same time hearts were torn apart
in homes throughout America.Where
loved ones of the 11 men on each of
those 50 planes waited and prayed in
vain for the “ safety of the boys’.

It has been over 50 years ago since
the low-flying raid took place.

Among those who died in the raid was.......
2nd Lt. Claude Taylor Dean
873rd AAF Bomber Squadron.....co-pilot

Along with others of his squadron,
he was stationed on Saipan in the
South Pacific during the final weeks
awaiting the orders to strike.

He was smiling and sun-backed in the
photographs he had sent home to the
family.

He wore his cap at the jaunty angle
and his rakish mustache was
representative of the same bravado
in attitude affected by hundreds
of other young American men
of the Clark Gable era.

Dean like many others was anxious
to get into the heat of the battle. He
graduated from Corinth High School
in 1937 when the turmoil which
turned to WW11 was beginning to build.

After two years at Union University
in Jackson, Tenn. He made the decision
to join the U.S.Army Air Force. He
went in as a mechanic.

“I remember he was so excited, yet
so worried he would not be accepted.
It was his weight, he was so small. He
was afraid his weight would keep him
from passing the physical”, recalled
his sister, Fadra Dean Dodd.

“He was so funny in his desperation.
He ate several pounds of bananas just
before going for his physical,” she
smiled in remembering this fun
loving brother.

Whatever the reason- perhaps it was the
trick with the bananas,Dean passed the
physical, and was accepted then sent to
Canute Field, Illinoins.

Shortly after WW11 broke out, Dean
began flight training, stationed at
Selma, Ala.

He received his wings in Moultrie, Ga.

“ In the fall of 1943, he was in B-29 training
at Salina, Kan. I went up there to spend a
week with him. I remember how guarded
they kept the B-29’s on the base. They
wouldn’t let me, or any other authorized
personnel get within a half mile of one.”
His sister added.

In early 1944 Dean married in a beautiful
ceremony in the base chapel.

During the summer as he passed his
27th birthday in July, he spent his
additional training in Hobbs,N.M.

He spent Christmas stateside but it was
shortly afterwards he was sent to the
Island of Saipan and into the heat of
the battle.Other members of the same
group were scattered throughout
neighboring islands and air strips.

“ His squadron was involved in raids over
Nagasaki and other key cities.Then on the
night of March 10th ,the B-29’s from the
Islands of Saipan, Guam and Tinian,
rendezvoused for the raid over Tokyo.”
Mrs. Dodd recalled.

This was the first time the B-29’s had
gone in as low as 4,000 feet.

“It has been explained to me that being a
nighttime raid, it was necessary to go in
this low.”, she explained.

Dean’s plane was hit and crashed into the
side of the mountain. The air-ship was not
found until after the war was over.

The men were identified by their dog tags
or dental records. Their bodies were taken
to a mausoleum in the Philippines.

In the fall of 1945, the family had the
young man’s body brought back to
Corinth for burial there.

Since the losses were so great
they never went in that low again.

On that night though.......
they burned four square miles in the heart of Tokyo

We salute the memory of 2nd Lt. Claude Taylor Dean



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Tribute To HEROES

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While the dogtag is used to provide information on an individual serviceman,
I also believe that the chain which holds them represents a connection to all
servicemen, no matter where you served, how you served or when you served.

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The Minuteman in 1776 has a connection to the soldier fighting in Afghanistan today.
That connection is every individual who has ever served in the United States Military.

Each of us represents a link in the chain that connects that Minuteman of
over 200 years ago to the soldier in Afghanistan today.

SAMWolf

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Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

Please click on picture.

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The great intangible of America's wars beyond logistics,
beyond strategy, beyond wonder weapons and Generals,
is the spiritual force of its fighting men and women -
and that is the force that the USO so serves.

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Free Republic....Click for Donations

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Partners

USO Canteen The Poetry Branch

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.To Jim Robinson,
Founder of FRee Republic and Navy Veteran

Thank you, from all those
who frequent the FReeper Canteen

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1 posted on 10/18/2002 12:36:24 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: bentfeather; GatorGirl; LindaSOG; coteblanche; Kathy in Alaska; SassyMom; AntiJen; MistyCA; ...

2 posted on 10/18/2002 12:38:17 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: DoughtyOne; AntiJen; SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A Navy Vet; JohnHuang2

3 posted on 10/18/2002 12:39:18 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFCATMRet; Radix; Victoria Delsoul; GatorGirl; MistyCA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; radu

4 posted on 10/18/2002 12:40:17 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; SassyMom; coteblanche; souris; Victoria Delsoul; AntiJen; MistyCA; ...

A PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are,God is,
And all is well.
Amen.


5 posted on 10/18/2002 12:41:49 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: tomkow6; AntiJen; souris; LindaSOG; MistyCA; Kathy in Alaska; radu

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Click on Beamer to go to thread for details of the USO Canteen FReeper Style
Business Card and How To's

6 posted on 10/18/2002 12:43:16 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: FlyVet; LindaSOG; SAMWolf; Mr_Magoo; 4TheFlag; AFCATMRet; coteblanche; AntiJen; Cap'n Crunch; ...

Poor is the nation that has no heroes.
Shameful is the one that, having heroes - Forgets them!
from a monument on the Davis Bridge Battlefield, Bolivar,Tn.

We support our Canadian troops, our friends fighting the enemy with us.
Operation APOLLO is Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism.


Sergeant Kory Fisher of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) Battle Group

7 posted on 10/18/2002 12:47:07 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: *USO Canteen; archy; Alamo-Girl; Angelwood; AntiJen; abner; A Navy Vet; ...
Hi I hope you all have a fabulous Friday. Thank you for your marvelous support of the USO Canteen FReeper Style,the troops and their families.
Thank you Veterans!


8 posted on 10/18/2002 12:50:57 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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9 posted on 10/18/2002 12:52:43 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Johnny Gage; Valin; AntiJen; souris; coteblanche; Radix; LindaSOG; SassyMom; Kathy in Alaska; ...

Individuals may donate $25 which goes toward sponsorship of an
"Operation USO Care Package"
Personal greetings may be included on an
"Operation USO Care Package"
postcard, available for download here by

CLICKING ON THE GRAPHIC….Please be gentle with Souris when you click

USO of Metropolitan Washington
Operation USO Care Package
PO Box 10835
Arlington, VA 22210

10 posted on 10/18/2002 12:53:47 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning Bunny.


11 posted on 10/18/2002 12:58:13 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: coteblanche; Entropy Squared; conniew; Light Speed; habs4ever; WestViking; Argh; headsonpikes
Operation APOLLO is Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism


Afghanistan Private West Prince takes up a defensive position behind his C-9 light machine-gun on the perimeter of Kandahar International Airport. Pte Prince is a member of 2 Platoon, Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) Battle Group


The Canteen also remembers the Canadian POW/MIA's

12 posted on 10/18/2002 12:58:29 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny; SpookBrat; Mr. Spooky1; SassyMom; MistyCA; SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; ...
Mornin', everybody !!


Have a cup while you FReep !




For those who prefer hot chocolate.....



13 posted on 10/18/2002 1:02:04 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Snow Bunny; All
Good morning, Snow! Good morning, EVERYBODY!

Happy Friday!


14 posted on 10/18/2002 4:00:28 AM PDT by tomkow6
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Apra Harbor, Guam, Oct. 17, 2002 — USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) passes the Apra Harbor breakwater at Orote Point. She will be part of Submarine Squadron 15 (SUBRON 15). The Navy had announced the reactivation of SUBRON 15 in February 2001 and that three Los Angeles-class submarines would be stationed in Guam. After 20 years of dormancy, the squadron was reactivated to support the homeporting of the three Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines, of which City of Corpus Christi is the first. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Jeffrey Portish. [021017-N-1746P-002] Oct. 17, 2002

15 posted on 10/18/2002 4:02:03 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: Snow Bunny; SAMWolf; MistyCA; Victoria Delsoul; radu; AntiJen; Kathy in Alaska; WVNan; SassyMom; ...
Today's FEEBLE attempt at humor:

Max sat at the bar totally dejected. The bartender served him
his second drink and said, "What's wrong pal?"

"I'll never understand women." Max said. "The other night my
wife threw me a birthday party. She told me that later on, as
her gift to me, I could do with her whatever I wanted."

"Wow!" said the bartender. "But why so unhappy? That
sounds like quite a gift to me."

"Well, " Max went on, "I thought about it and sent her home to
her Mother. Now she won't even speak to me."
16 posted on 10/18/2002 4:05:18 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: Snow Bunny; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...
Morning, friend.

As you know, I'm having computer problems -- but I should have 'em all taken care of by Monday.

Take care, God bless y'all =^)

17 posted on 10/18/2002 4:37:40 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; All; SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; souris; coteblanche; SassyMom; 4TheFlag; ...
We salute the memory of 2nd Lt. Claude Taylor Dean

Amen!

Hope everyone has a great TGIF! See you tonight.

click on the graphic

18 posted on 10/18/2002 5:07:37 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: All
Great thread! :-)

Please have a safe and wonderful day.

19 posted on 10/18/2002 5:07:47 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer
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To: Snow Bunny

Today's classic warship, USS Wasp

Sloop of War
Displacement. 450
Lenght. 106'7"
Beam. 30'1"
Draft. 14'1-5/8"
Complemrnt. 110
Armament. 2 12-pdrs., 16 32-pdr. car.

The USS Wasp, a sloop of war constructed in 1806 at the Washington Navy Yard, was commissioned sometime in 1807, Master Commandant John Smith in command.

Wasp's movements in 1807 and 1808 remain unrecorded, but, by 1809, she was cruising the eastern seaboard of the United States. By the close of 1810, she was operating from the ports of Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., presumably concentrating on the waters along the southern portion of the country's eastern coast. In 1811, she moved to Hampton Roads Va., where she and brig Nautilus joined frigates United States and Congress in forming a squadron commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur.

She continued to operate along the coast of the middle states after the United States went to war with Great Britain in June of 1812. Her single action of that war came in October 1812. On the 13th, she exited the mouth of the Delaware River and, two days later, encountered a heavy gale which carried away her jib boom and washed two crewmen overboard. The following evening, Wasp came upon a squadron of ships and in spite of the fact that two of their number appeared to be large men-of-war, made for them straight away. She finally caught the enemy convoy the following morning on and discovered six merchantmen under the protection of a 22-gun sloop-of-war, HMS Frolic.

At half past eleven in the morning on 18 October, Wasp and Frolic closed to do battle, commencing fire at a distance of 60 to 60 yards. In a short, but sharp, fight, both ships sustained heavy damage to masts and rigging, but Wasp prevailed over her adversary by boarding her. Unfortunately for the gallant little ship, a British 74-gun ship-of-the-line, Poietiers, appeared on the scene, and Frolic's captor became the final prize of the action.

Wasp's commanding officer, Master Commandant Jacob Jones, had to surrender his small ship to the new adversary because he could neither run nor hope to fight such an overwhelming opponent. Wasp served briefly in the Royal Navy as Peacock but was lost off the Virginia capes in 1813.

20 posted on 10/18/2002 5:08:09 AM PDT by aomagrat
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