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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-07-03...."Never Forget"
Dutchess and Billie

Posted on 05/07/2003 5:16:44 AM PDT by dutchess




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

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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.

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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.



TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.



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.



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 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma
         

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.




                     








"NEVER FORGET"




A proud Vietnam Veteran, a lover of freedom, a tireless activist, a man of faith, dedication and conviction..it is a pleasure to introduce you to.....


ALOHA RONNIE



To Understand Ronnie now….it's important to understand his core beliefs.
My Core Belief is that I know and understand how very dearly loved I am by the LOVE Itself, GOD is LOVE, and by that same LOVE that's carried in the hearts of those around me who really do care for me. And that LOVE is the Only Reality.


Ronnie says he lost the best friend he ever had, his LOVING Mother EVELYN, when he was 20 years old. He soon left college as a Political Science major and was drafted into the U.S. ARMY before Vietnam was a war. He already had a feeling about what was coming.
Before my reporting for Vietnam duty with the U.S. 7th Cavalry in the summer of 1965 my mother lovingly told me (in the clear from above) while I was standing over her hillside grave:
"Have no fear, RON, for you will survive this War and you will do so without having to fire a shot".
And that's exactly the way it all turned out for me, even with my going through the 1st major battle of the Vietnam War.


Ronnie at Christmas, 1965, in Vietnam...the closest thing to a Christmas tree..


We Were Soldiers Once…and Young
The Battle of IA Drang - 1965, which Ron's unit was involved in was chronicled in the Book… "We Were Soldiers Once…and Young", written by Lt. Gen Hal Moore (USA ret.) and Joe Galloway.
The book has since been made into a movie, "We Were Soldiers" staring Mel Gibson and Sam Elliot. In reality Ronnie served as the radio operator to both officers portrayed in the movie. This photo was taken at the Year 2001 IA DRANG Alumni DC Conference in D.C. (I would add that you all, at a minimum read the preface of the book and see the movie...it's a true history lesson!)


Actor SAM ELLIOTT who portrays Hero CSM BASIL PLUMLEY to
MEL GIBSON's Lt. Col. HAL MOORE in ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'..
with ALOHA RONNIE Guyer/Radio Operator to both in Vietnam ...and
the real IA DRANG-1965 Hero S-3 Operations Officer Capt MATT DILLON....to the left .
(photo taken by Kevin Burke)


Ronnie says he went to Vietnam as a political moderate who had shaken hands with JFK in Los Angeles on the day he accepted his party's nomination for President. At the time he was opposed to the death penalty.
I came back a staunch conservative, believing in the death penalty after having witnessed there being some really bad guys out there doing some really bad things to innocents…that had to be stopped.
Ronnie also says he was known as his unit's most prolific letter writer and photo taker. He has over 1,000 slides taken during that time and so many letters sent to loved ones back home that he's been told ever since that there is a book in there. He actually would like to publish a book about his experience, pictures and all, and how it pertains to the world today.
Ronnie returned from the war….having a "calling" to speak the truth about what really was happening. Regrettably, there was no internet, Conservative Talk Radio/TV or FOX News Channel to counter what Ronnie refer's to as"WALTER CRONKITES ANTI-US TV lies about our Fight for Freedom in a then Free South Vietnam".


Life after Vietnam
Upon his return Ronnie began working immediately for Matson Steamship Lines (www.Matson.com) which ships cargo to Hawaii and Guam.
At Matson Lines I supported our Military Heroes and their families, shipping their family cars to Hawaii where Freedom Fighters were on their way to fight wars over the decades.
He almost immediately became known as "Mr. ALOHA MATSON" because of his warm "ALOHA" spirit that he always shared with his customers. Thus his eventual Freeper/Talk Radio Name ALOHA RONNIE.


No Friend of Hillary


JimmyValentinesbrother carrying Ronnie's challenge at recent DC freep at a private fundraiser at her home
After his retirement from Matson Lines after 35 years, Ronnie's Citizen Activities began with the 1990's Battle to Save the U.S. Long Beach Navy Base from being turned over to Communist China by HILLARY RODHAM & BILL CLINTON for China Army Money. It was during this Battle that he first came to Freerepublic.com, having heard about it on Talk Radio.
After our beating the CLINTON White House in Congress, "Friend of HILLARY", Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill, pledged to flatten our Navy Base anyway, without her even having a Port Steamship Company tenant for it to use.
Ronnie continue's to fight against Hillary's influence and quest for power. You will frequently see and hear him challenge her recent appointment to the Senate Arms Services Committee. His regard for the military, freedom for the enslaved and distain for Hillary AND the left are clear:
Now, in a new Century of Freedom, the Iraq War has finally proven to be this Friend of HILLARY's credibility Waterloo with the American People...!!!
T'is too late, though, for the millions of poor Southeast Asian souls who lost their lives to invading communist bullies after "The Most Trusted Man in America" fooled US thru TV into leaving them behind to their fate. The blood of many just drips from the sleeves of one WALTER CRONKITE.
My Goal has always been to help bring some Political and Spiritual CLARITY ...for all to see ...that the very people who worked against Freedom for Vietnam long ago are the very same people who are against Freedom for Iraq now and always will be against Freedom for anyone, anywhere, anytime equals
  • HILLARY RODHAM
  • BILL CLINTON
  • WALTER CRONKITE
  • JOHN KERRY
and who want to still run our Country!!!!! NOT IT I CAN HELP IT!.

Ronnie is emphatic about his life's mission. In his own words:
  • Stop Anti-U.S./Anti-Freedom HILLARY RODHAM from ever becoming President of the United States.

  • Remove Anti-U.S./Anti-Freedom HILLARY RODHAM from the Senate Armed Services Committee that oversees our most secret Military Operations and their Budgets, especially in a time of a world war that we are now fighting against HILLARY RODHAM's Terrorist Partners.

  • Lastly, I am doing all I can to see Freedom's Return to Communist Vietnam on behalf of the Freedom-Loving Vietnamese-Americans here in Free America.


Ronnie at the Oscar Support our Troops Rally


In addition to fighting to keep ELIAN Free, hold Gary Condit accountable and attend Support our Troop events, Ronnie is also a frequent speaker at rallies as well as a frequent caller on talk radio and TV, always giving a plug for Free Republic.
Ronnie fights his battles with a passion…and is driven by his faith. In his own words:
As a Lifelong Witness to the Heroism of many I am now doing what the experiences GOD brought me to and then through for His Plan with my Life. I have entirely released EVERYTHING in my Life for His Purposes.

Thanks you ALOHA RONNIE for your faith, spirit, service to our country and for helping make sure we NEVER FORGET.... You indeed are one of our FR'S FINEST!




"NEVER FORGET"






THIS WEEK'S THREADS

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1 posted on 05/07/2003 5:16:44 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; ...
Welcome finest friends...please join us in welcoming ALOHA RONNIE as today's FR's FINEST!

2 posted on 05/07/2003 5:18:54 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess
Good morning Dutchess.


3 posted on 05/07/2003 5:20:40 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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FRENCHY: WINE WON’T HACK IT

Tony hits the Big Five 0. Whoopeee. Three cheers for Brit Tony. Hurrah hurrah hurrah.

Okay, now that that’s over, break out the wine? Ooops. Better read that card. It’s signed “French President Jacques Chirac”.

Kinda makes one think twice before swigging down, eh? Like the New Sweden Lutherans in Maine now thinking thrice afore wafting down that church kitchen coffee — considering that one fellow lies six feet under while other parishioners languish in Bangor hospital.

Bottled water looks pretty good these days, even though my dad would have labeled us all nuts for spending good money on water! Next we’ll be paying for breathing fresh air.

But back to Tony’s birthday bash. Chirac is there in the room via a wine bottle. Appears like a Brit can’t even get in the same room with friends without a tense moment. Oh well, Prime Ministers are supposed to be up to all that.

Chirac’s wine bit was touted as a “peace offering,” according to Reuters News. The wine was delivered prompto on Tony’s actual natal day. So somebody back in French home cares enough to send the very best — six bottles of 1989 vintage Chateau Mouton Rothschild and a Saint-Louis crystal carafe to boot. Can’t beat that for getting tipsy nice.

The media states that Britain and France have endured “months of frosty relations due to differences over Iraq.” That’s saying it in understatement.

Then there’s the card, not only with sig but with sweet tidings: "Knowing how much you love staying in France, I have the pleasure of offering you a present illustrating the quality of the land of our country, which you know so well," Chirac wrote.
Now that could be read tongue-in-check, that is, if Tony got up on the wrong side of his birthday bed Tuesday morn. The start-out could sound almost sarcastic: “. . .love staying in France. . .” Yeah, like taking a walk through Harlem at midnight. Thank you very much for nothing, Chirac.
And then those syrupy, kiss-ups: “. . .I have the pleasure of offering you a present. . .” Sure thing, Frenchy, as if wine bottles can make up for feeding Saddam info about US programming behind the US back, all the while Iraqis lay languishing under Saddam’s murderous regime.
Sure thing, Frenchy, as if wine bottles can make up for handing out passports to escapee Iraqi officials who had fled to Syria, thus opening up European Union country doors to thugs from Hussein Cult Maximum.
Sure thing, Frenchy, as if wine bottles can atone for slapping around the United States President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair — incessantly badgering them day and night, even to the point of Tony practically being slid off his PM’s chair — permanently.
Sure thing, Frenchy, as if wine bottles can make up for your in-bed-with Russia and Germany alliance to gang up against Iraqi citizens held captive by the despot. As if wine bottles can make up for your cozying up to Russia and Germany against the US-led coalition who sought to topple the very Hussein you were supplying goods to.
Not on your life, Frenchy. Wine won’t hack it. A genuine come-clean might help. An outright apology would begin to atone. A frank speech to world media concerning your regrets for making wrong choices and undermining decent alliances would go a long way to repairing relations.
But several bottles of good wine? I don’t think.



4 posted on 05/07/2003 5:21:53 AM PDT by grantswank
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning Aeronaut...I got a little late start today...was hoping I didn't miss you! Your flyover is always a source of comfort!
5 posted on 05/07/2003 5:22:27 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess
Your flyover is always a source of comfort!

{blush}! Thanks.

6 posted on 05/07/2003 5:24:39 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: grantswank
Good morning grant....Chrirac just doesn't get it does he LOL! Very well put!
7 posted on 05/07/2003 5:25:24 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; All

8 posted on 05/07/2003 5:30:38 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE
Great spotlight today dutchess. Congratulations RON, you're a true patriot and it's an honor get to know you better. You are a great asset to this forum.
9 posted on 05/07/2003 5:40:45 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE
What an interesting and noble "Feature" for today. Congrats to Ronnie. Impressive stuff.
10 posted on 05/07/2003 5:44:55 AM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
My gratitude for your tireless patriotic service all these many years. You're among the finest of the finest finest!

Leni

11 posted on 05/07/2003 5:52:16 AM PDT by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE
Congratulations Aloha Ronnie! Awesome bio...thank you for your service to our country.
Never Forget.


Click on the pic

12 posted on 05/07/2003 6:32:18 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE; joanie-f
If "tributes" must be paid, then I could hardly think of anyone more deserving -- on this forum, at any rate -- than Ronnie Guyer.

While still (essentially) a kid, this guy put his money where his mouth was way back when in se asia; &, at that instant, became a giant among men.
Ron Guyer's proven hismelf again & again to be a valued, solid citizen and an America loving patriot's patriot having few equals.

My hat's off to you, Sarge.
This Bud's for you.

...nice choice, Miss dutchess.

13 posted on 05/07/2003 6:48:04 AM PDT by Landru
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To: Landru
Good morning FRiends..Congrats Ronnie

Coffee's on


14 posted on 05/07/2003 7:13:22 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA

15 posted on 05/07/2003 7:21:47 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear
Morning Dutchess, Ron and Ladies.

Outstanding selection today for FR's Finest...

Congratulations Ron! I applaud your efforts to stay the course. Also appreciate all your help via Bob Dornan's radio show to rid us of our less than honorable congressman. Time now to hold Hillary accountable.

Atta Boy, Ron!!!

16 posted on 05/07/2003 7:28:58 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: ladtx
Hi ladtx....I thought of you and your service to our country as I prepared this. BTW...I haven't been around much this past week...how was the reunion with your son?
17 posted on 05/07/2003 7:29:22 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: Iowa Granny
Thanks for stopping by Iowa Granny. And thanks for all YOU do too!
18 posted on 05/07/2003 7:30:32 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: MinuteGal
Nice to see you Leni. Ronnie was a joy to work with. I wish I had half his energy!
19 posted on 05/07/2003 7:32:52 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: GailA
What a beautiful tribute to the military Gail...and, as always, appreciate the coffee and sausage and biscuits. YUM!
20 posted on 05/07/2003 7:35:47 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: Diver Dave
Hi Dave...thank YOU too...for your service to our country!
21 posted on 05/07/2003 7:36:57 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: Aquamarine
Hi Aqua. Beautiful graphic and love the taps...

I see you survived the storm...we had a heck of a thunderstorm this morning...I delaying putting up the thread this morning as we already fried one modem when lightening went through our telephone line. Hate when that happens!
22 posted on 05/07/2003 7:39:53 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess
The reunion with Brian has been great. He and his family arrived last Friday. He kept a journal while he was over there and had many pictures. He brought us a US flag he took with him on his first mission and gave it to us along with the arming pin off one of the JDAM's he dropped that first night. He'll be getting us a certificate signed by the crew and the squadron commander when they all get back. Little Leila was a little shy of him at first but adjusted quickly. Because of the jet lag he was sleeping a lot during the day and she would sneak into his bedroom just to watch him sleep.

They are leaving today to go visit in-laws and we will be joining them for a big crawfish party this coming weekend. The only damper is that his brother is still in Mosul in Iraq and will be there for a while yet. The one silver lining in that cloud is that Jeff has been promoted to SGT since he's been over there.

23 posted on 05/07/2003 7:41:33 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Landru; ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for stopping by Landru. I really enjoyed getting to know Ronnie. I've seen his him around....but was not aware of all that he was involved in.
24 posted on 05/07/2003 7:43:49 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess
Good morning Duchess. It was a very rough night. Loud thunderclaps and downpours woke me up off and on all night. Spent yesterday cleaning up blown down limbs and dead trees across the driveway. Now we're worried about flooding...the creek is roaring and will continue to crest today. Also have another big line of storms coming.
25 posted on 05/07/2003 7:57:50 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: dutchess
...thank YOU too...for your service to our country

You're Welcome, and thank you for those words. It was my honor, privilege, duty and pleasure to serve... Still is in a different capacity. The "oath" we took has no expiration date.

26 posted on 05/07/2003 8:03:43 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: dutchess

27 posted on 05/07/2003 8:14:21 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Great job with the Oscars Freep! That totally rocked. I think Kristinn plugged it on FOXNEWS when discussing the Tim Robbins stuff, too.
28 posted on 05/07/2003 8:16:36 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: FreeTheHostages
Good morning Free...Gosh we're here at the same time! Cute calendar...wish I was cuddling up in bed with "my kids" on this rain soaked day...instead I'm stuck at work...occasionally "sneaking in" LOL!
29 posted on 05/07/2003 8:18:20 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: ladtx
So glad that the reunion went well. I was thinking of you when I was watching the joyous reunions yesterday from the USS Lincoln. That's also great news that Jeff was promoted although I'm sure you miss him terribly.
30 posted on 05/07/2003 8:25:45 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: dutchess
We all do miss Jeff a lot. By coincidence we just got an email picture of him taken with the the first cache of either weapons or ammo (it's hard to tell) they found.

SCOUTS OUT!

31 posted on 05/07/2003 8:35:56 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Congratulations to a True Patriot on being today's Finest! Thank you for your service, Aloha Ronnie.
32 posted on 05/07/2003 8:44:58 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: dutchess
Good morning, dutchess! So glad to see you after having to deal with that horrible Billie and wretched FreeTheSausages yesterday. :)
33 posted on 05/07/2003 8:47:14 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: All; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; FreeTheHostages; LadyX; Mama_Bear; nicmarlo; ...

Good morning, everyone!

Enjoyed reading your profile in courage, Ronnie! HAVE A GREAT DAY

34 posted on 05/07/2003 8:57:42 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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Good morning, dutchess! So glad to see you after having to deal with that horrible Billie and wretched FreeTheSausages yesterday. :)

Oh oh....were billie and free bad girls yesterday?...shame on them for being mean to our very special Thin Man! (is it getting deep in here????)
35 posted on 05/07/2003 8:59:29 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; FreeTheHostages; All


God Bless Our Military

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Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Daisyscarlett; Dansangel; Dutchess; Mama_Bear; and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.
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We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions.
Please give us the strength, Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty, strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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OhioWfan........................son
mystery-ak..........son, husband
Gogrammy................grandson
Inspectorette...................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
anniegetyourgun...........nephew
Pippin....niece,nephew,loved one
Doug from Upland......son-in-law
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
WaterDragon..son-in-law,grandson
BeforeISleep...................son
BeAllYouCan Be............son
The Mayor.................niece
consort...2 daughters, son-in-law
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne.........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
LongCut..................active duty
Trish.......................active duty
bkwells..................active duty


Maigrey................cousin
ladtx....................2 sons
Mama_Bear...........nephew
gator girl............husband
severa................husband
MozartLover...........nephew
LBGA........................son
SpookBrat...........nephew
Himyar.....................son
boxerblues............2 sons
the piper...................son
sheeza...............husband
kemathen7...........husband
Diver Dave................niece
deadhead................cousin
JimRobinson.....2 nephews
Armymarinemom.....3 sons
kneezles...................son
Darheel..................niece
dixiesass..............nephew
LadyX..............grandson
AgThorn................2 sons



36 posted on 05/07/2003 9:01:12 AM PDT by dutchess (Welcome home USS LINCOLN !)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; dutchess; ladtx; Dubya; Diver Dave; All
It always is so thrilling to read of our Free Republic Patriots;
especially when they are like Aloha Ronnie.

There are many of us, Ronnie, who cannot and will not ever forget. I was a child during WWII; a U.S. Marine during the Korean Conflict; miitary wife during the Cold War and Nam, my husband serving in both Korea and in Southeast Asia (Oct '67-Oct '68).

We reared two sons and a daughter to be Patriots - the ultimate weapon against "The Destroyers."
They are Christian, caring, productive grownups who are passionate conservatives and God & Country-loving individuals.
They in turn produced eight children, on their way to being the same kind of Americans.

The tide is turning against the ones who took the nation off course.
How proud and appreciative we are there are those like you so dedicated to standing in the gap!

It is with utmost pleasure we honor you this day, Ronnie - - -


37 posted on 05/07/2003 9:06:09 AM PDT by LadyX (((( Lord - Bless America, and watch over our troops, wherever they are.. ))))
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To: dutchess
Mahalo, Aloha Ronnie, for all you do! And keep up the good work. You are loved and honored. For victory & freedom!!!
38 posted on 05/07/2003 9:11:22 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: dutchess; ALOHA RONNIE; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody !

Congratulations, ALOHA RONNIE, our FReeper of the day ! I hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight !

80 degrees as I post this . . .


Have a cup while you FReep !






For those who prefer hot chocolate.....






39 posted on 05/07/2003 9:11:58 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Aquamarine
Beautiful
40 posted on 05/07/2003 9:14:53 AM PDT by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings, facing the storm that is gathering near)
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To: martin_fierro
Good morning! Great graphic, did you make that one?
41 posted on 05/07/2003 9:15:12 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: dutchess
shame on them for being mean to our very special Thin Man!

Awww, you're such a nice hostess. Why can't the others be like you? :)

42 posted on 05/07/2003 9:19:46 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: Aquamarine
Yup! Used a program called PhotoMontage to do it.

Pretty cool, huh? <|:)~

43 posted on 05/07/2003 9:22:03 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
Kewl pic, martin! : )
44 posted on 05/07/2003 9:23:09 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: dutchess; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; FreeTheHostages; JohnHuang2
Wanted to take the time to make a separate reply to say your presentation of Ronnie is just beautiful, dutchess!

That is true of all the efforts you hostesses make, week in and week out, for the enjoyment of others.

It cannot be said often enough - -


45 posted on 05/07/2003 9:25:17 AM PDT by LadyX (((( Lord - Bless America, and watch over our troops, wherever they are.. ))))
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To: dutchess; Billie; ALOHA RONNIE; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; dansangel; .45MAN; ...
Thank you, Dutchess...very cool profile of a very cool dude...well written by our Hostess, well-spoken by our honored Profilee.

Well done by Billie...)

ALOHA RONNIE, my hat's off to you...congratulations on being asked to step into the spotlight today...I do believe you shine as bright as the Light Itself. Thank you for your service to Country, and to Him. I love what you have to say about Love.

Regards to all our Hostess-babes, and to all Freepers...it's another good day to be alive and enjoying the view.


46 posted on 05/07/2003 9:30:39 AM PDT by jwfiv
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To: martin_fierro
You sent me some links to those montages after I asked you to and I only got one of them uploaded (the eagle) before you deleted them. I was going to put up a link here for other's to go view them in my storage because they're very pixel intensive .

Was there one of George W? I remember there was a great one of Ronnie R.

47 posted on 05/07/2003 9:31:04 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
We were under a Tornado Watch for several hours last night, Aquamarine, and in fact, one bad cell produced a very strong lightning and thunderstorm with torrential rain for a while.

I logged off the computer, of course, and comforted my Scairdy Cat..:))
He does not like storms!

Thank you, too, Aqua, for all your wonderful songs and pictures!


48 posted on 05/07/2003 9:31:55 AM PDT by LadyX (((( Lord - Bless America, and watch over our troops, wherever they are.. ))))
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To: nicmarlo
Domo arigato!

If you supply me with your portrait, plus a couple hundred teddy bear photos (I don't doubt that you have them), I can do the same for you. <|:)~
49 posted on 05/07/2003 9:32:44 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: ladtx
I am so happy your reunion is an actuality, ladtx!
We here will continue to pray for your family, of course, and I send {{{ hugs }}} for little Leila Kay...:))

Imagine she has had dozens of those from all of you!

50 posted on 05/07/2003 9:35:55 AM PDT by LadyX (((( Lord - Bless America, and watch over our troops, wherever they are.. ))))
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