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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Rick Rescorla ~ September 16, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 09/15/2013 5:00:09 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!
 
For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!
 
 
~ Hall of Heroes ~


Info and some photos from WeWereSoldiers.net.

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During combat in Vietnam, Lt. Rick Rescorla would sing to his troops to keep their spirits high while under fire. As head of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York, Rescorla used the same tactics to calm co-workers as he led them from their offices during the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Rescorla survived battlefields in Southwest Asia, but he apparently was not so fortunate Sept. 11. Currently on the missing list, Rescorla was last seen in a 10th-floor staircase. He is credited with saving 3,800 colleagues, while sacrificing himself.

Rescorla is a featured character in "We Were Soldiers Once … And Young," a factual account of combat in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley. Written by Army Gen. Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway, the book is considered required reading among Army officers. Since the book was first published in 1996, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has sold 47,000 copies, with more than 3,200 sold in the last year alone. The book was made into a Mel Gibson movie that is due out next spring.

"He was on the cover of the book," Galloway said, recalling the photo of Rescorla as a battle-weary lieutenant preparing for a bayonet charge with his M-16 rifle. Rescorla, 62, took charge during the terrorist attack on his building, just as if he was again in combat, Galloway said during a telephone interview from his home in Washington, D.C. "No one would have expected anything less of him," Galloway said. Rescorla was in his office on the 44th floor at 8:48 a.m., when the first plane struck the neighboring tower. At 9:10 a.m., a plane hit the second building where Morgan Stanley, an international financial services firm, had offices between the 43rd and 66th floors. Survivors said Rescorla grabbed a bullhorn and cleared out 3,800 workers from 20 floors. When newspapers published accounts of Rescorla’s calming office workers with his songs, Galloway remembered Rescorla singing Welsh mining songs during combat in Vietnam. Comrades who served with Rescorla said he would sing and tell jokes to motivate troops. "He was doing what he always did, singing to them," Galloway said. "Just as he did in battle."

In 1993, when terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, Rescorla also headed the evacuation. To get the crowd’s attention during that attack, he mooned them, Galloway said. "He was a genuine hero then," Galloway said. According to a press account, Morgan Stanley employee Bob Sloss last saw Rescorla in a 10th floor stairwell, calming the fleeing mob of office workers. "Rick was down toward the base trying to make sure people got down and out," Sloss was quoted in the report. "He was definitely there well after it had been established that the building was in trouble."

Born in Hayle, England, in 1939, Rescorla joined the U.S. Army in the 1960s and went to Vietnam as a platoon leader with the B Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry. In November 1965, his unit plunged into a battle at Landing Zone X-Ray, at the base of the Chu Pong, a 2,400-foot mountain in the Ia Drang Valley. He later survived a North Vietnamese ambush at nearby Landing Zone Albany that claimed the lives of 151 men in his unit. In the book, Rescorla played a significant part in repelling the enemy when they outnumbered his unit. Moore, the officer who led the battle at Landing Zone X-Ray, and Galloway, a UPI reporter who covered it, painted Rescorla as a likeable character, who was a skilled leader under fire. "Gen. Moore said he was the finest platoon leader in the Army," Galloway recalled.

After the war, Rescorla went to Oklahoma University on the G.I. bill, and later earned a master’s degree and a law degree. In 1989, he retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve. For the past 18 years, he had worked in security management for Morgan Stanley. During a televised celebrity fund-raiser following the attacks, Robin Williams told the nation of Rescorla’s heroism, Galloway said. Galloway said he will no doubt have Rescorla on his mind Nov. 16, as he speaks to members of the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry during the unit’s annual ball in Schweinfurt, Germany. "If you can go to the grave knowing you helped save people, it seems to be a life well-lived," Galloway said. "He died as he lived, a great soldier."

Rick Scavetta
Stars and Stripes
 

More reading...it's well worth your time to click these links and remember a true modern day hero.  One of the sites records how many times people have remembered a hero by adding a flower at the bottom of the page for each visitor.  Please click through to find out which one it is!

 Rick Rescorla.com

 Rick Rescorla "Follow Me" Statue Unveiling

  Presidential Medal of Freedom

 Rick Rescorla: American Hero

 Blackfive: Rick Rescorla: Someone You Should Know

 Rick Rescorla: Cornish Hero

 LZXray.com: American Soldier

 We Were Soldiers Once And Young

 TapsBugler: From Vietnam to the World Trade Center

 9-11 Heroes Page

 Armchair General: Rick Rescorla forum thread

 

Thank you for your help, Aloha Ronnie!

Prayers going up for the family and friends of Rick Rescorla. 
May God bless you and give you comfort and peace. 
Rick was truly a hero. 


 

A hero is someone who has given his or herself to something bigger than oneself.
-Joseph Campbell

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
-Bob Dylan (!)

Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.  This is a politics-free zone!  Thanks for helping us in our mission!


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To: All
Good afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a cupcake?

Cookies?

Pancakes?

Treats?


51 posted on 09/16/2013 12:42:34 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks, Star. for this morning's thread. How's it going?

52 posted on 09/16/2013 1:25:30 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


53 posted on 09/16/2013 1:26:22 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska

We had a nice service today, except that it rained, which kept the less stalwart of the bikers home. So it was a small group, but very attentive.

The, right in the middle of Brother Jerry’s reading of the Gospel, The guitar player noticed a HUGE water bubble (about a YARD in diameter) forming in the overhead tarp DIRECTLY OVER OUR INSTRUMENTS! We are talking about my Electric Bass, John’s Gretsch Electric Guitar, and My ENTIRE PA system. John and I discreetly walked up to the stage, and as quietly and as unobtrusively as possible, began to disconnect all the wires and pack up all the equipment without shutting off the preacher (LOL!). Just as the last cable was safely stowed away the tarp collapsed in a waterfall all over the portion of the stage where our equipment had BEEN.

“Hallelujah!” said the preacher, “We jess had a BAPTISM!”

Thank GOD John noticed the Bubble! Eek!

And I DID get to ride on Saturday! It felt SO good after being cooped up in the rain for three weekends running.

Lynn-Dah has no use for the harley. LOL.


54 posted on 09/16/2013 3:01:28 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I took pictures of my Dad’s Stone in Bourne National Cemetery so my Mom could see it.

Bourne is over a hour’s drive from where Mom lives, and she would never be able to walk across the grass either.

Those are great pictures.


55 posted on 09/16/2013 3:05:33 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; E.G.C.; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; MEG33; mylife; ..


Good morning, Canteen.

Good morning to our

Military, our Allies, and their families.

Thank you, Star, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.
He was one AWESOME guy.
Your job on earth is done...R I P, you deserve it.

DC Metroland weather report

~ Today... Cloudy with a few showers. High 73F.
Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 30%.

~ Tonight... Partly cloudy skies. Low 53F.
Winds N at 5 to 10 mph

Yeah, I think fall has arrived.

Good morning y'all.
Taking a few minutes to sneak in to say hello
before the masses arrive.
Hope you all had a great weekend,
and are now ready for Monday.

Gotta run. Be back later to catch up.

But please stay right where you are.
Chat up the military or a family member.
No need to fret...you know I'll be back!

The FR Canteen is

Come in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes, conversation, silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM ~ DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM


FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before.



56 posted on 09/16/2013 4:02:24 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

#50

57 posted on 09/16/2013 4:09:35 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: beachn4fun

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach. How’s it going?


58 posted on 09/16/2013 4:27:49 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. 73º here this morning and will hit the low 90s this PM.





59 posted on 09/16/2013 4:40:16 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beach and (((HUGS))).


60 posted on 09/16/2013 4:41:10 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

WOOHOO on the 50!!


61 posted on 09/16/2013 4:42:06 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks fr the ping. As ALOHA RONNIE is fond of saying, “NEVER FORGET”


62 posted on 09/16/2013 4:49:20 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (01-21-13, Obama declares war on The Constitution of the United States)
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning EG ((HUGS))

It’s going ok. Not ready to be back at work but it pays the bills.

Howz it for you?


63 posted on 09/16/2013 4:58:54 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning dear ((HUGS))

Blah! Monday.

How are you?


64 posted on 09/16/2013 5:08:50 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: beachn4fun
Morning Beachie!!

Our weather has turned to Fall also, cooler and starting to get wet, actually a relief!

Got through our first week of school sports, whew!

Both my Oregon State Beavers and Seattle Seahawks won too :-)

Coffee isn't helping much this morning :-(

Have a scrumptious day!

65 posted on 09/16/2013 5:40:13 AM PDT by PROCON (Low information voters gave us this nightmare.)
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To: beachn4fun

It’s going OK here. Been getting some rain the last few days. Maybe getting some more today and this week. Looking to resume mowing the lawn sometime this week.


66 posted on 09/16/2013 5:42:05 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Gooood mornin', Early Birds!
Whoooo said it could be Monday already!
Sheeeeesh!
Anywhoooo, hope y'all have a good one.
Love----the Night Owl *yawn*
PS--At least the weather is cooler...80s later!
((((hugs))))

67 posted on 09/16/2013 6:14:11 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: beachn4fun

Just finished my walk and it is quite humid here. OK otherwise and nothing much to do today.


68 posted on 09/16/2013 6:16:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: LUV W

Good morning LUV and (((HUGS))). We should stay in the lower 90s today. Sure hope so.


69 posted on 09/16/2013 6:17:33 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: LUV W

((HUGS))Good morning, LUV W. How’s it going?


70 posted on 09/16/2013 6:19:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: PROCON

Good morning Pro ((HUGS))

I’m sure you’ve heard the Skins lost? Glad I didn’t watch.

I feel ya...coffee didn’t help me, wishing I was still home.

Got a shooter at the Washington Navy Yard. Getting too close for comfort. Our base is on lockdown until they catch the SOB.


71 posted on 09/16/2013 6:47:03 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; AZamericonnie; HiJinx; All

Two confirmed shooters at the Washington Navy Yard. One is now dead. Everything around it is locked down.

We’re a few miles away, we’re lock down until further notice. With the way traffic is around here we’ll probably be stuck here for a while.


72 posted on 09/16/2013 8:58:00 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning, Kathy!

*HUGS*

Sorry I missed you last night - I was a little under the weather and hit the hay early.

Choir went very well yesterday. I rested in the afternoon and watched the Redskins get slaughtered by the Packers. A smooth commute this morning.


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

73 posted on 09/16/2013 9:00:20 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun

Taking a quick peek into FR....thanks, beachy, for the update. Will try to follow a thread.

Stay safe!!


74 posted on 09/16/2013 10:39:00 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Be careful out there with the shootings going on. I hope they off the shooters.
I’m sick of how they handled the Ft Hood terrorist attack.


75 posted on 09/16/2013 11:06:43 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Ma ((HUGS))

Still waiting for word of when they’ll let us leave.

One shooter is dead, not sure about the second one. News is saying possibly two that are on the run.


76 posted on 09/16/2013 11:33:09 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good afternoon, Mac...*HUGS*...the Redskins did get mauled.

Be really careful getting home. We are on a second day of sunshine, but more rain on the way.


77 posted on 09/16/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Will do, Kathy - leaving the office in about 30 minutes. I have no idea what effect the Navy Yard shootings will have on the evening commute.


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

78 posted on 09/16/2013 1:11:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun

I hope you’ve gotten to go home by now.

Prayers up for the victims & their loved ones.


79 posted on 09/16/2013 1:26:13 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...




GOOD EVENING To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!

GODSPEED OUR TROOPS around the Globe, especially those in combat!



Evening Colors - 1st Marine Division
Camp Pendleton, California


Evening Colors
U.S. Army Bugler
(Click)




MAY THE LORD Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Performance Of Their Vital Mission!

MAY HE KEEP Their Families Secure During Their Time Of Separation!

MAY HE PRESERVE And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Crisis!








Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

80 posted on 09/16/2013 4:07:48 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Very nice. I have never been to my parents burial place.

I shall go but I will probably cry. I do miss them.


81 posted on 09/16/2013 7:36:28 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: All; Kathy in Alaska; Joe 6-pack

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NEVER FORGET

..RICK RESCORLA - “The Man Who Predicted 9/11” - History Channel.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9iLzu_bGys

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NEVER FORGET

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82 posted on 09/17/2013 12:46:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; Jimmy Valentine's brother; Kathy in Alaska; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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..9/11 Lifesaver of 1,000’s RICK RESCORLA - True “HEART of a SOLDIER” - The Opera..
http://theclassicalreview.com/2011/09/heart-of-a-soldier-creators-hope-the-new-operas-personal-story-will-transcend-the-911-particulars-at-san-francisco-opera/

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NEVER FORGET

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83 posted on 09/17/2013 12:51:06 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; DuncanWaring

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NEVER FORGET

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RICK RESCORLA - 9/11 Widow SUSAN RESCORLA’s Statue unveiling - April 1, 2006

http://rickrescorla.com/the-statue/

http://rickrescorla.com

(SUSAN just LOVES your Photo of RICK RESCORLA’s Final Resting Place)

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NEVER FORGET

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84 posted on 09/17/2013 12:58:23 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; DuncanWaring

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NEVER FORGET

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RICK RESCORLA = Always a SOLDIER..

http://www.lzxray.com

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NEVER FORGET

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85 posted on 09/17/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I have yet to go to the graves of my parents. I’m not sure I believe they are gone.

Thanks for sharing. My father died in 1978 and my mom in 2003.

I have a lot to say when I visit. They are buried together.

God Bless

Mike


86 posted on 09/21/2013 11:22:45 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress

Good morning, Mike...it really made me happy to see my Dad’s headstone there with all those patriots, all in nice neat rows. It made me proud. One day my Mom will join him.

A Blessed Lord’s Day to you and yours.


87 posted on 09/21/2013 11:50:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Catching up.....

NEVER FORGET!!

We won’t, Ronnie, we won’t.


88 posted on 09/22/2013 12:11:19 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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