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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....03-31-03 - A Salute to our Military
Billie and Mama_Bear

Posted on 03/31/2003 4:50:32 AM PST by Mama_Bear

Edited on 04/01/2003 5:02:57 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

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

We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.


GROUP 5A: TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68. MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797. BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack.
GROUP 6A: TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett. MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick, Leroy S Mort, Mark17. BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.
GROUP 7A: TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam, dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony.BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang.
GROUP 8A: TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx. MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law. BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

GROUP 9A: TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog. MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son. BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.
GROUP 10A: TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon. BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.
GROUP 11A: TOP: ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son. BOTTOM: AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset); WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.



ANCHORS AWEIGH my boy, Anchors Aweigh,
Farewell to foreign shores,
We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more,
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

The Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 27, 2003
The "Air Boss" observes flight operations from primary flight control as an S-3B Viking of the "Checkmates" of Sea Control Squadron Two Two (VS-22) launches from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). The "Boss," the Air Department Head on a carrier, oversees all aircraft operations on the flight deck, the hangar, and the operations of the various maintenance shops. Truman and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) are supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor.

"I am the American Sailor"


Thank you to the men and women of the United States Navy. God bless and keep you. We await your safe return. Salute!


Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! (Give 'er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

B-2 Spirit Bomber
The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses. Along with the B-52 and B-1B, the B-2 provides the penetrating flexibility and effectiveness inherent in manned bombers. Its low-observable, or "stealth," characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended, targets.


Flags keep family close.....

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- With three American flags on board his F-15E Strike Eagle, Lt. Col. Matt Meloy prepares for a mission March 16 at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia. Two flags in the front of the canopy represent his two kids and he carries one for his wife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen)


The U.S. Air Force is an important component of the coalition military force being assembled in the Gulf region. All U.S. Air Force assets in the region are organized under the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force commanded by Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley.


Thank you to the men and women of the United States Air Force. We are praying for your safe return. Salute!


Over hill, over dale, as we hit the dusty trail,
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter march and right about,
And the Caissons go rolling along.

A soldier of U.S. Army 173rd Airborne guards the Harir airfield, 45 miles northeast of the Kurdish city of Irbil, after the group opened a new northern front on Thursday. The U.S. military parachuted about 1,000 troops into the Kurdish-held area of Iraq in a dramatic nighttime operation.


Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in firing positions during an enemy approach on their position at Objective Rams, in Southern Iraq, March 24, 2003. Joint Combat Camera Center photo by Sgt. Igor Paustovski, U.S.Army


NAJAF, IRAQ (Army News Service, March 27, 2003) -- After a push deep into Iraq, the 3rd Infantry Division (Mech.) consolidated its forces northwest of Najaf March 25, about 60 miles from Baghdad, expecting a final assault on Republican Guard units ringing the capital.


The Army Airborne Special Forces motto:
"De Oppresso Liber -
To Liberate the Oppressed"

The Special Forces Creed

The Special Forces Prayer


Men and women of the United States Army, we salute you. God bless and keep you safe.


to the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title

The Marine Corps is a maritime force and is expeditionary in nature. In fact, the Marine Corps' history and legacy is a landing force from the sea. Today, Marines continue to be trained and equipped to come from the sea and fight America's battles. The unit in the Marine Corps specifically groomed for the contingency battles of the future is the Marine Expeditionary Unit or MEU.

A MEU is based on Naval vessels and is normally built around a reinforced battalion, a composite aircraft squadron, and by a MEU Service Support group totaling about 2,000 personnel in all.

Commanded by a colonel, the MEU is employed to fulfill routine forward deployments with fleets in the Mediterranean, the Western Pacific, and periodically, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The MEU's very existence is vital because with the decline of American bases abroad, it's possible that the only U. S. forces available to respond to worldwide crisis quickly will be the Marines.


MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Southern Iraq(March 22, 2003) -- First Marine Expeditionary Force's headquarters element and other command and control assets convoyed across the Kuwait-Iraq border and headed north March 22. In just about the middle of nowhere, Marines have stood up a forward operating base from which they are now running the Corps' portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

God bless "the few, the proud" of the United States Marine Corps. Thank you for your service. Salute!

We're always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through howling gale and shot and shell,
To win our victory.
"SEMPER PARATUS" is our guide,
Our pledge, our motto, too.
We're "Always Ready," do or die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.

Dateline - March 4, 2003 North Arabian Gulf....Coast Guard Port Security Units maintain security on oil terminals. Coast Guard personnel from Port Security Unit 313, from Tacoma, Washington, discuss security strategy onboard the Mina al Bakr oil terminal.


"We’ve activated nearly half of our selected reserves in support of Operations Neptune Shield, Liberty Shield and Iraqi Freedom . And our Auxiliary continues to provide an awesome presence throughout our Coast Guard—truly a model American volunteer organization.

I salute every member of our Coast Guard for the sacrifice, selfless courage, and professionalism that have been so clearly evident throughout the past year, and especially during the past week. Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who remain in harm’s way, and whose inspiring service compels me to say that I have never been more proud to wear the uniform of our great nation."

........Admiral Thomas H. Collins - March 26, 2003.


We salute the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Thank you for your service. God bless and keep you.

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1 posted on 03/31/2003 4:50:33 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: LadyX; Pippin; g'nad; whoever; ru4liberty; shaggy eel; T'wit; YankeeinSC; GatorGirl; ...
Please join us in a 'finest' salute to the United States Armed Forces.

If you would like to be added to or removed from the "Finest" ping list, FReepMail me.
2 posted on 03/31/2003 4:53:04 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama and all.

3 posted on 03/31/2003 4:54:59 AM PST by Aeronaut (Love the Lord with all your heart and mind.)
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To: Mama_Bear
We all need to pray hard today for all of our troops; from the lowliest private to the Commander-in-Chief.

Things are reaching the critical stage, and the Lord of Hosts can give us a victory that will shock the world.
4 posted on 03/31/2003 4:56:57 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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Oops! Louie, somehow your name fell off of the ping list.....don't know how that happened. I've put it back - but, just for today, you get your own private ping to the thread. LOL


5 posted on 03/31/2003 4:58:19 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear

I still hold that oath close to my heart

6 posted on 03/31/2003 5:00:33 AM PST by The Mayor (Iraq is french for hollywood)
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To: Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; JustAmy
Sorry, when I copy and pasted my ping list this morning I missed a few of you along with Louie - (and of all people to leave out; the charming wolf, my finest sistahs, my favorite Modesto FReeper guy, and my FReepin' buddy Amy!) LOL!

Happy Monday to you all.
7 posted on 03/31/2003 5:06:57 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: EternalVigilance
We all need to pray hard today for all of our troops; from the lowliest private to the Commander-in-Chief.

Amen! Show your colors, fly your flag, and PRAY.
8 posted on 03/31/2003 5:14:08 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning.....and thanks for the fly-over. Always nice to know you are up there. And, the plane you're in today is perfect or our military theme.

Have a good Monday. :-)
9 posted on 03/31/2003 5:16:29 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: The Mayor
Good morning, Mr. Mayor! I'm smiling at your tag line. LOL.

Thank you for your service. :-)
10 posted on 03/31/2003 5:20:29 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dutchess; daisyscarlett; ST.LOUIE1

What a beautiful, exquisite tribute to all of our men and women in uniform. Especially to those who are putting their lives on the line to free the Iraqis and to ensure our freedom here in America.

{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}} to all of my sistahs - you all have FReepmail......


11 posted on 03/31/2003 5:24:53 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: All

A Prayer for our Military

Lord Jesus, Savior of the World and King of Peace, watch over our sons and daughters in the service of their country. Protect them from the physical and moral dangers of military life. Keep them close to You and help them live in such a manner that is pleasing to You. Lord Jesus, give them courage to serve their country with honor and dignity. Be with them when they are in danger; strengthen them when they face hardships. Above all Lord, grant that when their service is finished they may return to us, sound in mind, body and soul. And Lord, for those who give the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for serving our country, please touch and minister grace and healing to their families. Amen

12 posted on 03/31/2003 5:28:54 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: dansangel; .45MAN
Thank you, dansy.

Got your mail.....I'm sorry that things are so stressful for your right now. I will be keeping you and Mr. Angel in my prayers. Hang in there, Sis.

((((((((dansangel .45man)))))))))
13 posted on 03/31/2003 5:34:45 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Our troops truly are the finest on the face of the earth, and they are a juggernaut that won't be stopped til they have accomplished their mission. God bless and keeps safe each one of them.

P.S. There are a number of sites around for donating money for calling cards for the troops or for 'care packages' containing items they've requested.
14 posted on 03/31/2003 5:47:36 AM PST by WaterDragon (Playing possum doesn't work against nukes.)
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To: WaterDragon
Our troops truly are the finest on the face of the earth

Yes, indeed. I am so proud of the way they are fighting this war.......not only with fierce determination and skill, but also with compassion for the oppressed Iraqi civilians.
15 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:13 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear
G'mornin Mama and Freepers. It's a beautiful day. Peter Arnett has been fired.
16 posted on 03/31/2003 5:58:27 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl
It's a beautiful day. Peter Arnett has been fired.

Yes! I just heard that. Now, in order to make it a truly beautiful day, the U.S. needs to revoke his passport. That traitor should never be allowed to set foot in this country again.

17 posted on 03/31/2003 6:01:58 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Support our our President.....Honk! Honk!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; WVNan; dutchess; Molly Pitcher; ohioWfan
Good morning. Prayers for safety for our troops, and a "well done!" to WVNan for this weekend's rally!
18 posted on 03/31/2003 6:06:58 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody !! Happy Monday !

50 degrees right now and headin' for 77 today. (Close your eyes Pippin!!) . . .

EIGHTIES ALL the rest of the week !!! . . .

Have a cup while you FReep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

19 posted on 03/31/2003 6:07:06 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !:
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