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Decorated Vietnam Vet Arrested Guarding War Memorial and American Flag in San Diego
Newsgroups: alt.war.vietnam ^ | 01/10/30 | SOURCE: Jaffe & Co., Inc., Strategic Media and Crisis Management

Posted on 11/03/2001 10:31:40 AM PST by B4Ranch

Newsgroups: alt.war.vietnam
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 8:04 PM
Subject: [the-longest-war] Decorated Vietnam Vet Arrested Guarding War Memorial and American Flag in San Diego

Decorated Vietnam Vet Arrested Guarding War Memorial and American Flag in San Diego

(EXCERPT) Arrested Vet's Dog, 'TJ' Taken Away and Placed in Pound On 'Death Row' While Attorneys Battle City to Free Both

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Jaffe & Co. Inc., Crisis Management:

Robert Thomas Northcut is a decorated Vietnam Veteran. In the years that have passed since he was blown up in a delta ambush he spent his time in and out of Veteran's hospitals.

Ten years ago he walked out of the VA hospital never to look back. He found his way to Solana Beach, California where he has lived outside, as a homeless man, never panhandling a dime.

Each day he walks the streets with his trusty German Shepherd, ``TJ,'' given to him by caring townfolks. He always stops to greet people and pat children on their heads as they pet his dog and look in wonderment at this shell of a man, forever wounded serving his country in the war in Vietnam. His Purple Heart went the way of all his belongings when he decided to stop living in a VA hospital and get out and enjoy the beauty of the California coastline with ``TJ.''

His long shaggy Australian bush coat and Crocodile Dundee hat distinguish him for the hero he is as he is seen searching in the morning shadows looking for food.

For ten years Thomas has been the street ambassador of Solana Beach.

When he heard the tragedy of ``9/11'' on his little portable radio he was instantly moved to action. He now had a purpose, a mission, a reason to reestablish his identity. He went to the little traffic island of the City which houses the stone war memorial next to the large American flag pole. He took up residence next to the Memorial, resting his head each night on it to protect it from what he felt was a possible terrorist attack. Each night he lowered the flag and each day raised it to half mast.

Neighbors brought food for him and his dog and brought him newspapers to keep up to date.

It had all come back to him....a purpose, a vision, an identity. He was now back in the line of duty. Every small part helped. His was to raise the flag and to protect the Monument.

Early one morning after he raised the flag, the workmen arrived. As he saluted, they pounded into the ground the two foot square No Trespassing sign. Moments later they called the Sheriff's department and held Thomas there until they arrived.

The city code enforcer ordered a citation to be issued for Thomas Northcut for trespassing. Thomas crumpled it into his pocket and went back to his duties, guarding the monument.

The code enforcer patiently waited for the court appearance date to pass then asked that the arrest warrant be issued.

Thomas and his dog awoke to the angry sounds of deputies as they pulled him from the ground, his hat falling by the side of the Monument and dragged him away in one direction screaming for his dog as they dragged ``TJ'' away to an animal control truck.

Thomas was handcuffed and taken to jail to await arraignment. ``TJ'' was taken to the pound where if unclaimed, he will be put to death in a matter of weeks.

This story did not take place in 1975. It was Thursday, October 26, 2001. Thomas, unable to post the bond, waited in the lockup and had to be sedated because of panic attacks which resulted from his incarceration. Meanwhile, his dog, ``TJ'' has lost his appetite longing for his owner. And the flag just sits at half mast.

``How soon we forget,'' said Sam Georges, an attorney, U.S. Air Force veteran and friend of Northcut's who is trying to get people to help for the jailed vet get released and see that he's reunited with his dog, and in the process sensitize the city. Georges is also president of the internationally famous Anthony Robbins Companies.

``It's pretty obvious that a time like this, we need to show our respect to patriotic Americans to those who have fought to protect our freedoms. Especially those who have worn the uniform of our armed forces and sacrificed for our country,'' said Stephen Jaffe, president Jaffe & Company, a crisis management communications firm in based in Los Angeles.

This morning, Jennifer Lynch, Esq., an attorney living in Vista who heard about the Northcut case from friends, appeared, pro bono, on his behalf in Superior Court. She noted that Northcut has served several days in jail for essentially protecting a Monument to those who had died defending our country during a former war. Northcut remained silent but the Judge, a distinguished veteran himself, saw the sad irony of the case and dismissed it for ``time served.''

``Now there remains only one more injustice to be corrected,'' Lynch stated, ``and that's for Thomas to be reunited with his dog, 'TJ.''' Friends of Northcut have agreed to take him to the pound where ``TJ'' is being held tomorrow. ``If the city officials and the system doesn't get in the way, Thomas and 'TJ' will be together again, greeting the folks in Solana Beach and enjoying the freedom he gave so much of himself to protect,'' Lynch added.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Lynch, Esq., +1-760-643-4113; or Sam Georges, Esq., +1-619-417-1408; or Stephen Jaffe of Jaffe & Co., Inc., +1-310-275-7327.

SOURCE: Jaffe & Co., Inc., Strategic Media and Crisis Management

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To: krunkygirl
I also e-mailed Shepard Smith at Fox...he always has an animal/human interest story on his 7 PM (EST) news show. I asked him to look into it NOW as time may be short for TJ.
151 posted on 11/03/2001 5:42:37 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Look what I got back ...

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

chamber@solanabeach.com

152 posted on 11/03/2001 5:44:42 PM PST by JudyB1938
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To: JudyB1938
I also got a delivary failed notice. Hmmm... think they turned off their email? Gee, wonder why?:)
153 posted on 11/03/2001 5:47:05 PM PST by blu
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To: blu
ooooh---makes me mad! got my e-mail to the chamber of commies returned as well...doggone it! I wanted them to hear what I had to say
154 posted on 11/03/2001 6:15:02 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: B4Ranch
bttt
155 posted on 11/03/2001 6:26:16 PM PST by glock rocks
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To: blu
Maybe their server is full.
156 posted on 11/03/2001 6:32:21 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: DrTEJ
bttt
158 posted on 11/03/2001 6:43:38 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: blu
I love your letters! Thanks for your support.
159 posted on 11/03/2001 6:46:23 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: krunkygirl
Volley bump!
160 posted on 11/03/2001 6:46:44 PM PST by firewalk
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
A-HEM...Free Republic is BASED in California, you insensitive guy!
161 posted on 11/03/2001 6:53:20 PM PST by Feiny
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To: BeforeISleep
thank you for that...i'm new here and don't fully understand what is and isn't acceptable. Is it o.k. to continue to 'bump' a thread just to keep it alive when interest (at least for the moment) seems to be lagging?
162 posted on 11/03/2001 6:55:54 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: krunkygirl
Yes.
163 posted on 11/03/2001 7:00:07 PM PST by WVNan
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To: onedoug
I have known of two homeless ex Navy Seals in Santa Monica, CA. I know they were real because I have friend was an actual seal & he verifed they were as well. Apparently, it is not that uncommon for these guys to end up like that...they have seen alot and some just cannot cope in "the real world". Both seemed very happy living on the streets.
164 posted on 11/03/2001 7:01:49 PM PST by Feiny
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To: RevNan
O.K. then---BUMP!
165 posted on 11/03/2001 7:10:55 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: Cavalry; B4Ranch; wirestripper; WileyCoyote22; Cachelot; onyx; lmr; piasa; DooDahhhh...
"We cry high and mighty and civilized...but sh$# like this happens all the time. This society has no tolerance for outcasts...and is very uncreative at solving the problem. And the doctors treating these people are often to simpleminded to do them any good."

Cavalry: You dare now to mock Viet Nam Vets also!
You have unanswered questions about your anti-American,
pro Taliban statements on this thread.


Oh, I noticed on another thread you were bashing the Culver City police.
166 posted on 11/03/2001 7:13:04 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the ping 'Yatch'

This "city code enforcer" needs an attitude adjustment, and I hope someone will deliver it soon.

What is it about 'Nam vets that breeds such hatred and bigotry toward them?

167 posted on 11/03/2001 7:14:23 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: B4Ranch
see my post 166
Cavalry = Enemy Within
168 posted on 11/03/2001 7:16:15 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Darlin'; Letitring; christine11; celtic gal; ValerieUSA; tomkat; Servant of the Nine
Ping
169 posted on 11/03/2001 7:16:48 PM PST by catpuppy
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To: krunkygirl
"Is it o.k. to continue to 'bump' a thread just to keep it alive when interest (at least for the moment) seems to be lagging?"

You bet it is; keep on bumping!

This is just the kind of thread that most deserves attention.

170 posted on 11/03/2001 7:17:51 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: editor-surveyor
"What is it about 'Nam vets that breeds such hatred and bigotry toward them?'

the peaceniks and their socialist agenda and the media who spread their lies
171 posted on 11/03/2001 7:18:59 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: krunkygirl
I see you've already been answered. So I'll just leave this for you before I sign off for the night. (-:


172 posted on 11/03/2001 7:28:15 PM PST by firewalk
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To: feinswinesuksass
"Both seemed very happy living on the streets."

That would seem fine, but where the they urinate? Defecate? And how do they eat? By pandhandling?

I'm not sure whether the City Of Santa Monica ever did anything about the army of bums - most of them young, physically able males...often imposing, and just as agressive...including many so-called "Homeless veterans" - that took over the oceanfront and Third Street Promenade out there, because we haven't been back since, even though we live just west of there...in Hollywood, for God's sake!

173 posted on 11/03/2001 7:29:03 PM PST by onedoug
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To: catpuppy
Thanks for the ping, cp. I'm sending notes to everyone involved.
174 posted on 11/03/2001 7:37:58 PM PST by Darlin'
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

176 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:05 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

177 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:06 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

178 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:07 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

179 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:07 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

180 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:08 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

181 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:08 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Attention:

Click here to send a message to the City without messing with their stupid website

You'll be glad you did

182 posted on 11/03/2001 7:40:11 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: B4Ranch
Bumpity Bump!
183 posted on 11/03/2001 7:46:42 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: BeforeISleep
Thank you! I don't know how to do all that 'fancy' stuff...lucky I can send e-mail and post
184 posted on 11/03/2001 7:48:15 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Bump for our forces!
185 posted on 11/03/2001 7:49:45 PM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: swheats
"...Has the dog bit anyone? I would bark at these mean folks too..."
===============================================

Roger That...
Never trust ANYONE that your dog doesn't like....

186 posted on 11/03/2001 7:53:08 PM PST by Alabama_Wild_Man
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I have a confession to make,
As a young boy in New Orleans, I used to play on a WWI memorial in Audubon Park.
I used the lanyard of it's flag pole as a swing.
I wrapped a piece of wood in the lanyard and hung on as I would swing around the flagpole.
Back then the Names on it meant nothing to me
and since it was all but abandoned by the city, it's workers, and the community at large,
I had great fun doing so
Now I am older and know better
Now I know the pain of the loss of brothers in arms,
and why their memories should never be forgotten
and that Memorials to them should never be left to abuse or neglect.
His man was doing what most around him would not have done
He was paying respect to a Memorial in a deep and personal way.
He was not homeless,
his home is America
He wasn't a vagrant,
he was employed by those whose names were on the stone of that memorial.
They called upon him to defend it,
to remind people of it's symbolism
to breath new life back into the rememberance of those that laid down their lives defending this country.
What more could the city of San Deigo ask for than such a man and his dog ready to stand guard on such a Memorial.
187 posted on 11/03/2001 7:56:00 PM PST by usmcobra
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To: editor-surveyor
Thank you, Mr. editor. When I sent a message to this address earlier it did not go through. Seems to be O.K. now--so folks, let's freep 'em hard! For TJ and Mr. Northcut...
188 posted on 11/03/2001 7:56:06 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: usmcobra
Lovely reminder...I hope you shared this perspective with the people who need to hear it in Solana Beach, CA
189 posted on 11/03/2001 7:58:53 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: usmcobra
Lovely reminder...I hope you shared this perspective with the people who need to hear it in Solana Beach, CA
190 posted on 11/03/2001 7:58:54 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: krunkygirl
whoops! don't know what I did to post that last message twice...?
191 posted on 11/03/2001 8:00:13 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: krunkygirl
Excellent bumping style!
192 posted on 11/03/2001 8:03:48 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: krunkygirl
"whoops! don't know what I did to post that last message twice...?"

"Never look a gift horse bump in the mouth"

193 posted on 11/03/2001 8:07:05 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the heads up!
194 posted on 11/03/2001 8:07:11 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: editor-surveyor
[What is it about Nam vets that breeds such hatred and bigotry toward them]

What it is about Vietnam War Veterans that makes them targets of hatred is that they are Americans who fought communists. Communists hate them for that. I think we need to start fighting communists here at home. They've been allowed free rein for too long.

195 posted on 11/03/2001 8:08:02 PM PST by Twodees
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To: editor-surveyor
keep it up, I'll actually think I know what I'm doing!
196 posted on 11/03/2001 8:08:48 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: B4Ranch; Landru; ChaseR; FallGuy; goldilucky; KLT; summer; AuntB; Dukie; Jeff Head; AAPATRIOT...
"Just keeping my word."

Thanks...GREAT STORY!!

FReegards...MUD

197 posted on 11/03/2001 8:10:44 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
"HOWEVER the city workers have filed a complaint that T.J. Is a dangerous dog and may not be released!"

Damn them "city workers"!!

"Mr. Georges would like us to mail, email and call the mayor ASAP...
Thomas M. Campbell, Solana Beach Mayor
635 South Highway 101,
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone - (858) 720-2400
Fax - (858) 792-6513/755-1782"

Will do, mi amigo...MUD

198 posted on 11/03/2001 8:15:58 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: krunkygirl
Actually I was thinking of logging on to Military.com
and giving them a heads up on this.
I hate e-mailing
199 posted on 11/03/2001 8:17:14 PM PST by usmcobra
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To: Twodees
" I think we need to start fighting communists here at home. They've been allowed free rein for too long."

No question on that, they control every city council in every city in America, and every school board in every government school district.

200 posted on 11/03/2001 8:18:35 PM PST by editor-surveyor
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