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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-28-02
dansangel and Billie

Posted on 10/28/2002 1:20:35 AM PST by dansangel

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues;  salute
and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new
word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who
are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which
we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.  I
can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands
of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.

A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1

TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet

MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga

BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc

TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette

MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid

BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf

TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP

MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian

BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68

MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack


Freeper since December 19, 2000

Salvation was born and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She attended elementary, high school and two years of college there. After earning her Associate's Degree in Education, she taught second and third grades in Dix, NE. A few years later, she wound up moving to California, near Anaheim, and it was there that she met her husband-to-be on a blind date. They were married a year and a half later and moved to the Bay area.
During the next few years, Salvation's husband Dave worked first as an auditor for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and then as Controller for what was then called Central California Federal Savings and Loan in the main office in Auburn, CA. Also during this time, Salvation had given birth to three girls and a boy. While Controller for Central California Federal, Dave had the pleasure of meeting Ronald Reagan during a trail ride on horseback sponsored by his employer.
Ronald Reagan, lovingly rendered by our own Billie (c)2001.
Desiring a change, Salvation and her husband flew to Salem, OR to look at a child care center that was for sale. They decided to purchase the child care center, licensed for 50 children with a staff of five adults and two teacher aides, usually high schoolers. Two years after moving there, their youngest son was born. Salvation's husband Dave worked for the State of Oregon as a fiscal analyst for the Child and Protective Services. He also handled all the bookkeeping for their daycare center.

What appeared on the surface as a life of bliss as parents and business-owners, in reality caused stress leading to the request for a divorce by Dave. Salvation signed them both up for a Marriage Encounter weekend without Dave's knowledge. He consented to go, however, when the weekend was finally scheduled. It turned their marriage around. Subsequently, they went for training to be a presenting team couple for Marriage Encounter weekends - as if they didn't already have enough on their plates! They did that for about five years, and also presented several Family Weekend Experiences for families in the Salem area.
Their children were active in Little League; Dave served as League president and umpired games for the region. In high school, their daughters were involved in Spanish Club, dance team and soccer. The boys went out for football and wrestling. During this time Dave was also the campaign treasurer for several Republican candidates in local elections. Salvation says she was "still too busy to get into the politics of it all, however."

Then, in 1985, as Salvation puts it, "the big bomb hit. It may as well have been a bomb, because I was devastated. We found out that my husband had lung cancer in April and he died the last week of August of that year. I am thankful that the Lord gave me those four months, don't get me wrong."
It was a year later that Salvation attended her first Beginning Experience weekend. She returned a year after that for another weekend and relates that her life has never been the same. It was as though God was preparing her for her next painful experiences. Over the next 6 years she experienced four more deaths in her immediate family. Drawing on her strength and her deep faith in God, she became an active member in her Catholic parish (Disciples in Mission) and during Lent she is on the Pastoral Council.
This all leads up to Salvation joining Free Republic. She credits her late husband with her Republican "conversion." She was brought up in a Democratic family who believed in government subsidies for farmers. Dave helped her to see that the subsidies, by and large, did not really help the farmers at all, while taxing all of the other citizens of the nation.

Salvation's actual Free Republic membership began by lurking during the hearings after the presidential election and the subsequent Democratic election fraud fiasco in Florida. She ended up tiring of being a lurker and signed up. She is pro-life and anti-government-takeover of privately-owned land. As a former business-owner (she no longer owns the daycare center, having sold it in 1991), Salvation feels that when a person's income depends on the land they own (such as in the farmlands surround the Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon), "it is vital that we all stand up and speak out."

Salvation is proud to be a Roman Catholic and contributes to threads in the religion forum on a regular basis. She also posts the "Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings" on FR each day and the "Sunday Mass Readings" on Sunday. She also tries to post the "Radio Address by the President to the Nation" each Saturday morning but is not always so successful in getting it posted. She says that is due to her "laziness," but with all of her accomplishments and raising 5 children to boot, it is very difficult to believe the word "lazy" even exists in her vocabulary.
Salvation's five children are all grown and live in Chicago, Phoenix, Cornelius, OR, Salem, OR and her youngest son is a student at Portland State. Salvation also has "three and almost four" grandchildren. Two grandsons are in Phoenix and a granddaughter is in Cornelius. Salvation feels it is important that "I also try to enjoy the each day as the Lord gives it to me. Smell the flowers, gaze at the sunset."
Finally, Salvation cites the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi as her favorite:
~Prayer of St. Francis~

Lord, make me and instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are both to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi.

Please join me in giving another deserving FReeper a warm welcome to FR's Finest...
Today that Finest is


10-26, 27-02 "A Few Of FR's Finest" Weekend Thread

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
The guy's good, folks!

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To: lodwick; Aeronaut
Good Morning, {{{{{{{{lodwick}}}}}}}}}

Your sunrises (and breakfast!) are always so appreciated. Excuse me while I nudge aeronaut out of the way for a shot at those waffles!!!

21 posted on 10/28/2002 5:25:10 AM PST by dansangel
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To: knighthawk

So glad to see you this morning! Although, I imagine it's already afternoon out in your part of the world.

We're always so glad when you can stop in for a visit!

22 posted on 10/28/2002 5:28:54 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Molly Pitcher; Salvation

"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11

23 posted on 10/28/2002 5:31:51 AM PST by lodwick
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To: dansangel
Excuse me while I nudge aeronaut out of the way for a shot at those waffles!!!

At your own risk my friend!;-)

24 posted on 10/28/2002 5:35:39 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: whoever; Beep
Hoping that both of you, Beep and whoever, have the chance to drop by. We have all been praying for you and can't wait for your return...


25 posted on 10/28/2002 5:36:09 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Aeronaut
At your own risk my friend!;-)

I'm usually gentle, but when it comes to food.....

26 posted on 10/28/2002 5:40:41 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel
In memory of my fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots who were killed in that war the following were lost on OCT 28. God bless them all.

1969 CPT Thomas E. Campbell -- 192 AHC, Age 24, Lawton, Oklahoma
1969 CW3 Ferman B. Hodges -- 15 MED BN 1 CAV, Age 37, Gardendale, Alabama
1969 1LT Mark Jackson -- D/3/4 CAV 25 INF, Age 21, Vero Beach, Florida
1969 WO1 Ralph D. Tadevic -- C/227 AHB 1 CAV, Age 22, Chicago, Illinois
1969 WO1 John P. Wright -- 192 AHC, Age 19, Aurora, Colorado

Memoriam to 1LT Jackson: Killed in action Tay Ninh, South Vietnam.
I was in the aero-rifle platoon. Mr. Jackson was one of our pilots. Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.

Jim Brothers -- D/3/4 CAV

OH-6-Type flown by LT Jackson.



27 posted on 10/28/2002 5:43:35 AM PST by ladtx
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To: BeforeISleep
Oops....I guess I haven't rubbed all of the sleep out of my eyes yet! I very nearly missed you!

Thank-you for coming by to visit so early. We hope you'll come back later when more people are ***awake*** including our FRiends out on the West Coast!

28 posted on 10/28/2002 5:47:19 AM PST by dansangel
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To: GailA; Aeronaut
Thank-you for the bisquits and coffee! Now that I'm full, I'm feeling guilty about "nudging" Aeronaut out of the way....

Please forgive my lack of manners!!

29 posted on 10/28/2002 5:50:57 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel
Please forgive my lack of manners!!

Quite alright. I was probably a bit assertive my darned self.

30 posted on 10/28/2002 5:52:26 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: ladtx
Thank-you ladtx for your faithful remembrance of our fallen heroes.

May God comfort their families and may we all have the wisdom to know that if it were not for the men and women who sacrificed their lives in our armed services, we would not enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

31 posted on 10/28/2002 5:55:41 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Aeronaut

I was probably a bit assertive my darned self.

Something about good food first thing in the morning....

A Hug to make up!

32 posted on 10/28/2002 6:00:31 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel
Good morning kittens. Have a good one.
33 posted on 10/28/2002 6:10:19 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: dansangel; ladtx

Eagle Flight 1966 Vietnam

A vet's son posts his dad's pictures.

34 posted on 10/28/2002 6:15:57 AM PST by lodwick
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To: dansangel
You'll be in my evening prayers.

I think, of all the wonderful things I've heard President Bush say this last, rough year, it was when he simply said, "I feel the prayers of the people." I believe him.
35 posted on 10/28/2002 6:27:22 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Salvation; dansangel
Oops! Post above was for salvation inititally, to say:

You'll be in my evening prayers.

I think, of all the wonderful things I've heard President Bush say this last, rough year, it was when he simply said, "I feel the prayers of the people." I believe him.

(Hmm, although I see no reason, having promised, that you shouldn't get a mention to, Dansangel! Sigh, it's Monday! What a pretty blue background.)
36 posted on 10/28/2002 6:29:22 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Temple Owl
And a very good morning to you, Temple Owl! We're so glad you could come by. I hope your Monday is a Happy One!

37 posted on 10/28/2002 6:58:54 AM PST by dansangel
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To: knighthawk; Salvation; dansangel; lodwick; Billie; daisyscarlett; Flyer; ladtx; All

Hi Salvation!

Congratulations for being featured today on FR's Finest. I just love your screenname!

Knighthawk, I didn't know you were Catholic, So am I!

Loddy, Thanks for the breakfast, it lookes delicious!

Ladtx, God bless you for keeping those who gave thier lives for freedom on our minds and in our hearts.

38 posted on 10/28/2002 7:01:42 AM PST by Pippin
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To: lodwick
I am always in awe of helicopters flying. Airplanes sort of make sense bcause they resemble birds, but helicopters are so different!

.45MAN (when his computer isn't "crashed" as it is now) has Flight Sim (he's a "frustrated pilot"). It's amazing to watch him "fly" a helicopter and, according to him, far more difficult.

I have so much respect for those who willingly take the risk of being in a helicopter on a daily basis.
39 posted on 10/28/2002 7:02:30 AM PST by dansangel
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To: FreeTheHostages
Good Morning, FTH! I understand the "Monday' thing....wouldn't it be nice to start the week off on Tuesday? LOL!

40 posted on 10/28/2002 7:03:48 AM PST by dansangel
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