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Salute to FReeper Veterans; Check In!
self | 11/11/2004 | RightOnline

Posted on 11/11/2004 3:57:16 AM PST by RightOnline

With Jim Robinson's permission (hopefully) and the cooperation of fellow FReepers, I'd like to reprise a "tradition" I began here some years ago on this Forum.

Today is the day that we, as a Nation, specifically set aside to express our thanks to all who have donned a uniform, rendered a salute, said 'good bye' to loved ones to travel to distant lands, and otherwise committed themselves to the defense of the United States of America.

This is your day, FReeper veterans. Whether you served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other of the countless hot-spots around the globe, we salute you and thank you for your willingness to step up. Active duty, Reserves, National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.....whatever service, no matter when, where, or how long, we thank you.

Check in and accept our salute in return.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: military; remembrance; thanks; veterans; veteransday
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To: CheneyChick

Did you see this?

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1276965/posts


161 posted on 11/11/2004 6:01:07 AM PST by VMI70 (...but two Wrights made an airplane)
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To: RightOnline
Present, SIR!

Just another Joe
01/80 - 04/87
US Navy active duty
Only served on one ship, CG-31, USS Sterett, homeported out of Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines.

162 posted on 11/11/2004 6:04:56 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: jimfree
Good idea.

My Dad was a machinists mate on the USS Maryland in the Pacific.


163 posted on 11/11/2004 6:07:56 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: RightOnline

USAF Security Service, Fort Meade, MD (1962 -1966)


164 posted on 11/11/2004 6:08:05 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: RightOnline
US Army 1974-1976

HHC, 937th Engineer Group, Ft. Riley, Ks

HQ 5th Signal Command, Taukkunen Barracks, Worms, Germany

165 posted on 11/11/2004 6:12:10 AM PST by jellybean
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To: bulletinthegun
Thank you to all our veterans, young and old alike.

I'd also like to thank my dad in heaven for his service, Major-USAF 1958-1972, navigator, B-52, 28th Bomb Sqdn, 19th Bomb Wing, Sac, Robins AFB


166 posted on 11/11/2004 6:13:50 AM PST by eyespysomething (8 days out, and the Dems still don't get it.)
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To: RightOnline

Norwich University 1992, 8 years active duty US Army Aviation (Capatain), Bosnia, Macedonia 94 - 97. Currently Captain, Massachusetts National Guard,company commander, UH-60 Blackhawk pilot.


167 posted on 11/11/2004 6:13:58 AM PST by strider44
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To: RightOnline

A tribute to my dear Father, (Clarence) who passed away 3/18/04. This ones for you Pop's

Battleship USS Mississippi (BB41) 1944 - 1945
o Supported the Marine Landings on Peleliu
o Supported the liberation of the Philippines and the landings of Macarthur's troops.
o Fought in the battle of Surigao Strait, destroying an approaching line of Japanese battleships who had plans on laying waste of our soldiers ashore. Naval historians would later call this "The greatest Naval Battle in History", but for the Army ashore who could see the ships burning in the night sky, they had no words to explain what they saw, for they knew their worst nightmare was stopped dead in it's tracks by Admiral Oldendorf's old battleships. The men ashore have eternal gratitude to those Sailors and to the 1,100 of them that died out there that night.

The Mississippi was hit by a kamikaze while supporting the landing forces in the Philippines.

o Okinawa - The Mississippi placed 56 direct hits on the "indestructible" Shuri Castle with her 14 inch guns, allowing the Marines to take that important enemy stronghold. Again, the Mississippi was hit by a kamikaze, but even though she received heavy damage and many casualties the Mississippi refused to leave. The soldiers ashore were grateful that Ole Miss stayed on post even with her heavy damage. Her steadfast presence saved many lives on Okinawa.

o After the announced surrender of Japan, the USS Mississippi anchored in Tokyo Bay while the surrender documents were being signed onboard the USS Missouri on September 2nd 1945.

The ship was sold for scrap in 1956, but the men to which she was so good haven't forgotten her. It is recalled by all five of my brothers and sisters, that the first word Dad taught us to spell was M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i., and there is no doubt why.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY


168 posted on 11/11/2004 6:15:14 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: bulletinthegun
forgot one, sorry


169 posted on 11/11/2004 6:16:01 AM PST by eyespysomething (8 days out, and the Dems still don't get it.)
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To: RightOnline
I'm an infantryman in the Army National Guard serving on Active Guard and Reserve tour in the Pentagon; I have previously served in the active Army (10 1/2 years) and in the Individual Ready Reserve (1 year). I have served hostile fire tours in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Somalia.

I know this isn't Memorial Day, but I also remember the veterans in my family who came before me...

My dad was a WWII infantry platoon sergeant, who fought from one side of France to the other side of Germany.

I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War (Florida and Georgia infantry regiments) and all three Creek Indian Wars (in both the Alabama Mounted Creek Volunteer Regiment and the hostile 'Red Sticks'). Believe I have an ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War (North Carolina militia) but can't definatively prove the geneology link.

Even my brother, who took a law school deferment in the Vietnam era, but who at least served six months in Military Intelligence following his graduation.

To all who read this: interview the Veteran's in your family, and preserve their stories. Oh how I wish someone in my family had!

170 posted on 11/11/2004 6:18:01 AM PST by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: RightOnline

USAF :-)


171 posted on 11/11/2004 6:18:39 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RightOnline
KC-10 Aircraft Commander, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Public Affairs Officer, 1988-2002.

KC-10:

T-37:

172 posted on 11/11/2004 6:19:04 AM PST by BP2
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To: RightOnline

U S NAVY 1966-70


173 posted on 11/11/2004 6:19:30 AM PST by unojook
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To: RightOnline

Good morning from both of us!

Captain, USMC
Enlisted Nov77
Retired Oct98
Adjutant/Personnel Officer

Married to:
Major, USMC
Commissioned Jul82
Retired Jun02
Pilot

Oohrah!


174 posted on 11/11/2004 6:21:19 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: RightOnline

USAF 68-72

mc


175 posted on 11/11/2004 6:23:06 AM PST by mcshot (Age is the high price for maturity.)
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To: RightOnline

I'm thankful for all of our brave military and the freedom we enjoy thanks to their sacrifices!!


176 posted on 11/11/2004 6:25:34 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Violations of Florida Statutes ongoing!)
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To: RightOnline

SanDiegoDave, USAF 1973-75, NSA 1975-, SanDiegoDave's Oldest Daughter USMC JAG Current, 2nd Daughter USMC Air conrtact, Quant this summer. Err rah!


177 posted on 11/11/2004 6:30:59 AM PST by SanDiegoDave (Proud to be an American.)
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To: RightOnline

U.S. Army - 40th Inf. Div. - Korea - 1952-53


178 posted on 11/11/2004 6:34:18 AM PST by jackbill
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To: RightOnline

USN 61-65


179 posted on 11/11/2004 6:36:18 AM PST by blam
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To: RightOnline; Jamax58

USAF active 1978-1982 Security Police
Bitburg Germany; McChord AFB, Washington


180 posted on 11/11/2004 6:41:22 AM PST by Mustng959 (In loving memory of those that gave their all to preserve our Freedoms!)
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