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USO Canteen FReeper Style....Rocky Versace Tribute.... July 28,2002
Thank you Coteblanche for the Capel and Faraday for the research .......Snow Bunny

Posted on 07/28/2002 1:31:09 AM PDT by Snow Bunny

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If you know a Veteran, someone in your family,
friend of the family, neighbor, who served their
country, take a brief moment of your day to thank them.
Thank them for the sacrifice they made
for the better good of their country.

We at Free Republic, and the USO Canteen FReeper Style,
are thankful for every service member
in our military, who has served our great nation.

So, to the men and women who answered the call,
in both times of war and peace, thank you.

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Although we are always aware
that the Canteen is operating
in Cyberspace, we want the troops
and anyone who is on the receiving end
of prayers at the Canteen,
to know that these prayers are very real.

I hope the troops and Canteeners
alike, will view this Canteen Chapel,
as a place where you might go in times of
trouble, or times of joy, to be with your God.

"Come unto me all ye who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest." (Matt: 11:28).

Amazing Grace

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We at the Canteen Salute Rocky Versace
“He traveled to a distant land to fight to bring freedom.......”

The highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States

Unlike the Air Force, Navy and Marines, the Army never before has awarded a Medal of Honor to a POW from Vietnam for heroism during captivity.
Versace's heroism spanned almost two years

"His is a story of a remarkable, unyielding spirit and an uncompromising fierce defiance -- the courage never to submit or yield," Shinseki said. "It is the story of a soldier who, in the worst of circumstances, demonstrated all that is best about our profession and our values. It is a story about a man subjected to the most relentless atrocities who persevered -- and in doing so, revealed an unwavering strength of character that inspired all who witnessed his triumph over his tormentors."....... Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki

An Alexandria native, Capt. Versace, 25, was a few days away from joining the priesthood when he was captured by Viet Cong guerrillas in October 1963 as he accompanied an operation near U Minh Forest.

Captain Versace remained optimistically defiant as a POW

Army Captain Rocky Versace spent 23 months as a prisoner of the Viet Cong. Being the ranking officer in the prison camp, Versace loudly and defiantly demanded humane treatment for his fellow captors. Captain Versace only had two more weeks of duty left before he could leave Vietnam but was among those caught in an ambush.

He was held captive in bamboo cages, 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet high.

After trying to escape , Versace was shackled. He was kept flat on his back and often gagged in a tiny, dark isolation cage. The captors often paraded the prisoners around the villages, pulling them by a rope tied around their necks. Versace, his head swollen, his hair white and skin yellowed by jaundice, was pulled around villages.

Versace's defiance grew even as his condition worsened, infuriating his captors.

Versace's untreated leg became badly infected, but within three weeks he tried to escape, dragging himself on his hands and knees. Guards soon discovered him crawling in the swamp. Back in camp, they twisted his injured leg.

Three times, after receiving tips about Versace's whereabouts, U.S. advisers launched helicopters to rescue him, and three times they came back empty-handed, taking heavy casualties on one occasion.

His youth shows early signs of being the man be became.

Living with his grandmother and aunt, Versace spent his senior year at Catholic High while the rest of his family was stationed in Germany.

Strong-willed was the common way friends and loved ones described Versace.

Born on July 2, 1937, he was the oldest of five children. His father's career in the Army meant the family moved often. Versace filled the void left by his father's regular absences, his family said.

``He could pretty much drive anybody crazy,'' said Stephen Versace, a professor at the University of Maryland. ``There was no gray for Rocky and he lived that way. Right is right. Wrong is wrong.''

He attended Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, during the 1953-54 school year, a member of the class of 1955 though he actually graduated in 1955 from Norfolk Catholic High School

As the end of high school approached, Rocky Versace struggled with a choice: West Point or the priesthood.

He picked the Army.

The first call to rise at West Point came every morning at 5:45, said Gurr, who is now retired outside Charlottesville. Most of the cadets slid back toward their bunks after the first rise and shine.

Not Versace. He'd walk over toward the chapel.

``Into the cold, dark winter,'' Gurr remembered. ``And there he goes.''

At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Versace excelled at sports, too, winning the intermural wrestling championship at West Point.

Capt. Humbert Roque "Rocky" Versace receives his 90-day combat infantry badge from his father, Col. Humbert Joseph Versace.

Versace's father, Humbert Versace, died brokenhearted within a few years of his son's death His mother, author Tere Versace, never stopped believing her son would emerge from the jungle.

"My mother, she never gave up," said one of Rocky's brothers, Dick Versace, president of the National Basketball Association's Vancouver Grizzlies. "Until she died, she thought he'd come walking out of those jungles any day."

After graduation, he went to Korea, then Vietnam in 1962 as a military adviser. He asked for and received a six-month extension of his Vietnam tour in the Mekong Delta.

Versace immersed himself in Vietnamese culture and the delta town of Camau. He created dispensaries, procured tin sheeting to replace thatch roofs and arranged for tons of bulgur wheat to feed family pigs, Price said. He wrote to schools in the United States and got soccer balls for village playgrounds.

``He was so eager to accomplish his mission of gathering intelligence that it was bound to get him into trouble sooner or later,'' retired Lt. Gen. Howard G. Crowell Jr., who bunked with Versace, told a historian preparing the Medal of Honor application.

In a 1962 Christmas letter to his family, Versace wrote from Vietnam: "I am convinced that your taxpayers' money is being put to a very worthy cause-that of freeing the Vietnamese people from an organized Communist threat aimed at the same nasty things all Communists want-at denying this country and its wonderful people a chance to better themselves.... Many among the poor and remote people are responding to a government that can and does help them and protect them. I have found villagers and ordinary soldiers and farmers to be wonderful people."

By 1963, Capt. Versace had had enough. Scheduled to return home, Versace planned to leave the Army and study to become a priest with the Maryknoll Order missionaries.

But Versace was captured on Oct. 29 by the Viet Cong, sustaining three bullets to one leg, shrapnel wounds and a blow to his head.

As the senior member of the imprisoned Americans, Versace insisted that his captors follow the Geneva Convention rules on humanitarian treatment, according to his fellow prisoners.

He sang popular American songs to lift morale. He berated his guards, who in turn shackled and gagged him.

``He wouldn't just say nothing,'' Gurr said. ``Rocky's nature was combative and stubborn. He would yell and curse. They were wrong, communism was wrong and he wasn't afraid to say so.''

Adding to the Viet Cong's ire, Gurr said, Versace rebuked them in French and Vietnamese. ``And he paid the price,'' Gurr said.

H e was kept hungry. His captors placed him in a tiger cage, its bamboo walls only 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet high.

`Like a coffin,'' Gurr said.

For other prisoners, the guards thatched only the top to beat back the heat. For Versace, they covered the sides to turn up the temperature.

``He went from 185 pounds down to something over 100,'' Gurr said. John Gurr, one of his classmates from West Point and a member of the grass-roots Friends of Rocky Versace.

He attempted to escape three times. But in September 1965, North Vietnamese radio announced that he and another American prisoner had been executed in reply to the death of three terrorists in Da Nang.

The villagers stated that CPT Versace not only resisted the Viet Cong attempts to get him to admit war crimes and aggression, but would verbally and convincingly counter the VC assertions in a loud voice so that the villagers could hear. The local rice farmers were surprised at CPT Versace's strength of character and his unwavering commitment to his God and the United States.

CPT Versace's tenacious and heroic adherence to the Code of Conduct was in keeping with the absolutely highest standards of the United States Army and centuries of Ranger tradition. At no point from capture to execution, despite torture and isolation, did CPT Versace provide his captors with any information other than name, rank. Serial number and date of birth.

CPT Versace fought to protect his comrades until seriously wounded by BAR fire. He was about to literally sacrifice himself by attacking the Viet Cong with his remaining seven carbine rounds when wounded. In captivity he was willing to accept death rather than compromise the Ranger Creed, Code of Conduct, and the ideals of Duty, Honor, and Country. As senior American POW, CPT Versace deliberately forced his captors to focus their harsh treatment on him rather that the other American prisoners. His Ranger training, his unshakable belief in God and Country sustained him throughout his captivity until his death.

Villagers added that the worse he appeared physically, the more he smiled and talked about God and America.

His remains have never been found.

"Freedoms Song”

Artist Matt Hall specially commissioned for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, depicting Captain Versace singing to while a POW.

President Bush Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Hero

CAPTAIN HUMBERT R. VERSACE
UNITED STATES ARMY

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam.

While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion.

As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition.

Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status.

Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.

During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration.

The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America.

Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965.

Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.

“Good afternoon, and welcome to the White House. It's a -- this is a special occasion. I am honored to be a part of the gathering as we pay tribute to a true American patriot, and a hero, Captain Humbert "Rocky" Versace.

Nearly four decades ago, his courage and defiance while being held captive in Vietnam cost him his life. Today it is my great privilege to recognize his extraordinary sacrifices by awarding him the Medal of Honor.

I appreciate Secretary Anthony Principi, the Secretary from the Department of Veteran Affairs, for being here. Thank you for coming, Tony. I appreciate Senator George Allen and Congressman Jim Moran. I want to thank Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and General Pete Pace, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; Army General Eric Shinseki -- thank you for coming, sir. I appreciate David Hicks being here. He's the Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the United States Army.

I want to thank the entire Versace family for coming -- three brothers and a lot of relatives. Brothers, Dick and Mike and Steve, who's up here on the stage with me today. I appreciate the classmates and friends and supporters of Rocky for coming. I also want to thank the previous Medal of Honor recipients who are here with us today. That would be Harvey Barnum and Brian Thacker and Roger Donlon. Thank you all for coming.

Rocky grew up in this area and attended Gonzaga College High School, right here in Washington, D.C. One of his fellow soldiers recalled that Rocky was the kind of person you only had to know a few weeks before you felt like you'd known him for years. Serving as an intelligence advisor in the Mekong Delta, he quickly befriended many of the local citizens. He had that kind of personality. During his time there he was accepted into the seminary, with an eye toward eventually returning to Vietnam to be able to work with orphans.

Rocky was also a soldier's soldier -- a West Point graduate, a Green Beret, who lived and breathed the code of duty and honor and country. One of Rocky's superiors said that the term "gung-ho" fit him perfectly.

Others remember his strong sense of moral purpose and unbending belief in his principles.

As his brother Steve once recalled, "If he thought he was right, he was a pain in the neck."…. "If he knew he was right, he was absolutely atrocious."

When Rocky completed his one-year tour of duty, he volunteered for another tour. And two weeks before his time was up, on October the 29th, 1963, he set out with several companies of South Vietnamese troops, planning to take out a Viet Cong command post. It was a daring mission, and an unusually dangerous one for someone so close to going home to volunteer for.

After some initial successes, a vastly larger Viet Kong force ambushed and overran Rocky's unit. Under siege and suffering from multiple bullet wounds, Rocky kept providing covering fire so that friendly forces could withdraw from the killing zone.

Eventually, he and two other Americans, Lieutenant Nick Rowe and Sergeant Dan Pitzer, were captured, bound and forced to walk barefoot to a prison camp deep within the jungle. For much of the next two years, their home would be bamboo cages, six feet long, two feet wide, and three feet high. They were given little to eat, and little protection against the elements. On nights when their netting was taken away, so many mosquitos would swarm their shackled feet it looked like they were wearing black socks.

The point was not merely to physically torture the prisoners, but also to persuade them to confess to phony crimes and use their confessions for propaganda. But Rocky's captors clearly had no idea who they were dealing with. Four times he tried to escape, the first time crawling on his stomach because his leg injuries prevented him from walking. He insisted on giving no more information than required by the Geneva Convention; and cited the treaty, chapter and verse, over and over again.

He was fluent in English, French and Vietnamese, and would tell his guards to go to hell in all three. Eventually the Viet Cong stopped using French and Vietnamese in their indoctrination sessions, because they didn't want the sentries or the villagers to listen to Rocky's effective rebuttals to their propaganda.

Rocky knew precisely what he was doing. By focusing his captors' anger on him, he made life a measure more tolerable for his fellow prisoners, who looked to him as a role model of principled resistance. Eventually the Viet Cong separated Rocky from the other prisoners. Yet even in separation, he continued to inspire them. The last time they heard his voice, he was singing "God Bless America" at the top of his lungs.

On September the 26th, 1965, Rocky's struggle ended his execution. In his too short life, he traveled to a distant land to bring the hope of freedom to the people he never met. In his defiance and later his death, he set an example of extraordinary dedication that changed the lives of his fellow soldiers who saw it firsthand. His story echoes across the years, reminding us of liberty's high price, and of the noble passion that caused one good man to pay that price in full.

Last Tuesday would have been Rocky's 65th birthday. So today, we award Rocky -- Rocky Versace -- the first Medal of Honor given to an Army POW for actions taken during captivity in Southeast Asia. We thank his family for so great a sacrifice. And we commit our country to always remember what Rocky gave -- to his fellow prisoners, to the people of Vietnam, and to the cause of freedom.


Steve Versace holds up the Medal of Honor that President George W. Bush presented to him on the behalf of his brother, Army Captain Humbert "Rocky" Versace, during a ceremony in the East Room, Monday, July 8. Executed in a POW camp in Vietnam, Captain Versace is the first serviceman awarded the medal for bravery as a prisoner of war.

The award citation credited Versace for scorning the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts despite isolation, privation, hardships and extremely reduced rations. "The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God and his trust in the United States of America," stated the citation.

During interrogation sessions, Versace stuck to giving just his name, rank, social security number and date of birth as required by the Geneva Convention, according to fellow prisoners. Often he would divert the enemy's inhumane treatment of fellow prisoners onto himself, they recalled.


From the Army reception at Fort Myers for the family, friends, and classmates of Rocky. The first photo is President Bush making remarks at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House.


Other Medal of Honor recipients who attended.


President Bush presenting the MOH to Rocky's eldest brother Stephen Versace.


Paul Wolfowicz Assistant Secretary of Defense speaking with Medal of Honor winner, Capt. Roger Donlon (retired).


Michael Haisley, Roger Donlon, and General Gurda (Army Special Forces)--Mr. Donlon is holding the Medal of Honor.

Rocky was active with orphanages in VietNam. He would hit up his fellow officers to help support their work.

He planned after his tour of duty (scheduled to end literally days after his capture) to enter the Catholic Maryknoll seminary to become a priest; he then planned to return to VietNam as a missionary.


Rocky's brothers (from left to right) Michael,Stephen, and Dick.


These are the two Vietnamese children who modeled in the making of the statue.

According to SFC Pitzer "Rocky walked his own path. All of us did but for that guy, duty, honor, country was a way of life. He was the finest example of an officer I have known. To him it was a matter of liberty or death, the big four and nothing more. There was no other way for him. Once, Rocky told our captors that as long as he was true to God and true to himself, what was waiting for him after this life was far better than anything that could happen now. So he told them that they might as well kill him then and there if the price of his life was getting more from him than name, rank, and serial number".

"Rocky was our friend. He was a soldier," retired Army Brig. Gen. Pete Dawkins, a West Point classmate of Versace's, said in the keynote address. "He was killed because honor, duty and country meant more to him than life."

......."The last time any of his fellow prisoners heard from him, CPT Versace was singing God Bless America at the top of his voice from his isolation box.".......



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To: ClaraSuzanne
Me too, Clara! It makes me even more anxious to get my new programs to do animation! :))) Maybe soon I will be relocated and can get on that! :)
101 posted on 07/28/2002 9:03:03 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
That would be great!
102 posted on 07/28/2002 9:04:28 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: COB1
You know, the picture you posted, and the one Snow Bunny posted are wearing the same hat, but they sure don't look the same!

Now that we've seen you, how are we supposed to settle for mere mortal men...............Uh, in case my husband is lurking, I didn't mean you hon........ lol

103 posted on 07/28/2002 9:08:17 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: ClaraSuzanne
I am going to get a little more sleep before I start doing the work around here today! See ya in a little while! :)
104 posted on 07/28/2002 9:11:16 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny
Well good morning fellow Canteen members

Well AFP wire is reporting that cargo plane in Russia just crash and so far reported one dead

Developing late.......

Also AFP wire is also reporting that Tony Blair is denying wacky UK Sunday Mirror story that he chicken out on us on War with Iraq

GOOD TONY

105 posted on 07/28/2002 9:19:50 AM PDT by SevenofNine
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To: SevenofNine
Gopod Afternoon, Seven! Good news about those miners in Pennsylvania,Eh?
106 posted on 07/28/2002 9:25:18 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MistyCA
SEEYA!
107 posted on 07/28/2002 9:26:04 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; No more Demofascists
"Uh, in case my husband is lurking, I didn't mean you hon..."

In case you're lurking, SIR:

No, SIR! She didn't mean you, NO, SIR!!

By the way, I'm moving to Timbuktu tomorrow so there won't be any point in trying to locate me.

108 posted on 07/28/2002 9:39:53 AM PDT by COB1
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To: COB1
Timbuktu.......is that a Rural Route, or a P.O. Box?........ lol
109 posted on 07/28/2002 9:41:54 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks we appreciate bumps.

110 posted on 07/28/2002 9:42:35 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: COB1; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Psst! Cobby! You can come to Maryland! Shhhh! I won't tell anyone!
111 posted on 07/28/2002 9:43:33 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MeeknMing
PS: Columbia and Colorada appreciates pings also. LOL

112 posted on 07/28/2002 9:47:41 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: MistyCA
How are you doing? Hope you are having a super terrific day! :)

I am having a terrific day, thank you. I hope you do too!

113 posted on 07/28/2002 9:59:26 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: ClaraSuzanne
"Psst! Cobby! You can come to Maryland!"

Judging from past experiences, it would hurt just as bad to get the crap beat out of me in Maryland as it would in Texas!

114 posted on 07/28/2002 10:16:50 AM PDT by COB1
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To: JustAmy; Snow Bunny; SpookBrat; SassyMom; MistyCA; SAMWolf; CaTexan; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; ...
Howdy! I thought ya'll would like to see this great review of Ann's book! (Ann Coulter, of course)........

Slander

Excerpt:

It is not so surprising, really,  that the mainstream media, without fail, attacks Republicans and other conservatives as "evil," rich," "homophobic," or "just not getting it,"  and consistently praises the most pathetically inept and/or corrupt Democrats as "fighting for the little people", or perhaps as "the most intelligent woman in the world".  Many of the liberal media stars are former Democratic party workers, or were on the staffs of Democratic politicians. Several pages of the book are required for a partial list of them.  Liberals insist that disclosing these political ties to the public is not necessary, since their reporting and commentary is always "fair" and "balanced!" 

Having a lock on the mainstream media means the liberals never have to question their devotion to what is, in most respects, a religion -- socialism, which is a two-class system of government comprised of superior, elite (rich) rulers and grateful, adoring (not rich) servants.  Since they refuse serious debate and are frequently successful in silencing conservative voices, liberals don't think anyone will (or should) notice when their arrogance finally  becomes news. After all, they are rich not because they worked for their wealth, but simply because they are "good" and deserve not only the finest life has to offer but they also deserve not to have contact with the unwashed poor or that hated, soon-hopefully-to-be-taxed-out-of-existence middle-class who aspire to life's amenities and pleasures themselves. 

Early this year, Coulter tells us, David Geffen, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and other of the  fabulously rich Hollywood elites, erected  illegal chain link fences to keep normal citizens from using public beaches that happened to be next to the liberals' beachfront homes.  "The California Coastal Commission was forced to intervene to demand that the Hollywood  left stop blocking access to the beach."  Like their favorite, though impeached, president, the left considers themselves above the law. 

Despite the liberal media's years of propaganda and role-modeling for us on television and in the movies, drumming into the minds and hearts of America the image of the left as the true reflection of America -- intellectually, culturally and politically --  not many of our citizens buy into it. Slivers of the East and West coasts, enclaves in Florida, dependent government  bureaucrats, and fearfully deceived minority members, are all they can count on. America's interest in liberal newspapers and television programs continues a downward spiral. The reason for that is that Americans are generally a hard-headed, can-do, practical, sometimes religious people who have the sense to recognize that when someone lies to you a lot,  probably they want something from you they have no right to possess. 

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115 posted on 07/28/2002 10:19:11 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: COB1
Got a point, there! I know! I'll lead you to my hidint place in the Lurray Caverns in Virginia.
116 posted on 07/28/2002 10:27:47 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MeeknMing
Thank You for that exerpt of Ann Coulter's book and fir the pictures. More and more that I hear from Ann Coulter the more I'm likeing her for her common sense.
117 posted on 07/28/2002 10:31:17 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny
I am inspired. Sometimes, these threads are so moving, I hardly know what to say. This gets to me every time I see this...

The last time they heard his voice, he was singing "God Bless America" at the top of his lungs.

He is with God now and in a place so beautiful, we can't even begin to imagine.

118 posted on 07/28/2002 10:34:29 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: Snow Bunny
PS: I love his teeth. He had a gorgeous, melting smile.
119 posted on 07/28/2002 10:36:51 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Post #14? I don't find your link.........
120 posted on 07/28/2002 10:37:05 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: SAMWolf
SAM, I watched that video. Thank you for finding that and putting it up. It made me cry. His character should be studied. I think when my kids get older and can understand this better, I'm going to teach them about Rocky and his stubborn defiance. I want my kids to be stubborn about what is important and RIGHT in life. (Just not against me). LOL
121 posted on 07/28/2002 10:39:36 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: MeeknMing
I'll ping you over to ATRW So you can find Post #14. Sorry I dont know how to link. Give me a minute.
122 posted on 07/28/2002 10:41:54 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny
Another beautiful and moving tribute, SB. Thanks so much. I'll bump Rocky's family.
123 posted on 07/28/2002 10:42:13 AM PDT by Faraday
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To: Aeronaut
Hello Aeronaut. I missed posting at my favorite time of day with you this morning...so good afternoon now. Hope you are having a good day. :)


124 posted on 07/28/2002 10:42:20 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: JustAmy
JustAmy, thanks so much for your kind and unselfish assistance with our Missouri posts. The local FReepers who stand out there each week have encountered first cold, snow and ice, and now heat, rain and humidity. The group is not large but they are very loyal and committed.

A soldier once said thank you to us. Can you imagine him saying thanks to us? I was floored that a show of support to him was such a welcome thing in our town. We should be thanking him, and all our service men and women, and he was saying thanks to us, just for holding our flag and a couple of signs. Makes our little group very humble.

Our FReeper and Pro-American presence will swell when the students come back this fall. So much for kids not understanding what America is about or understanding the sacrifices that have been made.

End of my spiel for today. I am not that articulate, but do have a big heart for our country. Hopefully, this makes sense.

125 posted on 07/28/2002 10:45:45 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: larryjohnson
"I'm not that kind of guy". I walked away.

Good for you Larry. I'm sorry you had to hear that. I know you are "that kind of guy" and I thank you for it. You're a good man. Love to your family from me.

126 posted on 07/28/2002 10:46:18 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: SpookBrat
Hope you are having a good day. :)

Having a great day, thanks. That is a "bad" outfit!

127 posted on 07/28/2002 10:50:07 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: bluesagewoman
I'm green with envy that I can't come FReep with you. I wish I was rich and could hop on a plane and fly to all these FReeps. They look like so much fun and I would just LOVE to flip a peacenik off. Figuratively speaking of course. LOL


128 posted on 07/28/2002 10:50:23 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: MeeknMing
i pinged you to the other thread so you can find my post.
129 posted on 07/28/2002 10:53:18 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: aomagrat
Hi aomagrat! Thanks for the USS Maryland story. I love all the old pictures you put up. I have a "thing" for old pictures. I buy old pictures of people, even if they aren't my family. LOL Crazy, eh?
130 posted on 07/28/2002 10:53:34 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: SpookBrat
The best way to flip off a peacenik is to merely stand there and disagree with them. They are so smug believing they are not only right, but superior...they go nuts if you don't worship at their feet. Even worse, if you openly oppose their propaganda.
131 posted on 07/28/2002 10:55:31 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: bluesagewoman
Good afternoon, Blues!
132 posted on 07/28/2002 10:55:44 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Hello Clara...I do that don't I. Just appear with no warning or greeting. Pretty much leave the same way. Forgive my discourtesy.
133 posted on 07/28/2002 10:57:09 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: bluesagewoman
"I am not that articulate,"

HA!
And grits ain't groceries!

I have no problem hearing and understanding when a heart speaks.
Thanks for the post, and thank y'all for representing all of us in the great state of Missouri!

134 posted on 07/28/2002 10:57:56 AM PDT by COB1
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To: MistyCA
Sorry, I wasn't clear. That is FReeper Yehuda's neice.
135 posted on 07/28/2002 10:58:30 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Bahbah
Greetings my sweet friend.


136 posted on 07/28/2002 11:00:15 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: bluesagewoman
That's okay! I have that same habit and sometimes it gets me in trouble too.
137 posted on 07/28/2002 11:01:24 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: sleavelessinseattle
Seek ye not solace in the MALL! GO FORTH and BAKE!!! Yes, I SAY CREATE a POT LUCK...A FEAST OF EQUILIBRIUM IN this WORLD OF imbalance! (but more than one serving from the chocolate dessert group in that pyramid thingy)...Give us FREEPER MEN PIECE!!! PIECES OF PIE!!!! SLICES OF HONEY BAKED HAM SLATHERED IN SWEET HOT MUSTARD!!! HEREIN lies true happiness! A living room full of men with the button loosed on the trouser top.

Bare Arms, forgive me kind sir for not replying to your post from Friday. I've been so busy...

...getting ready to open my Bake Shop!

Any of you Boyz hungry???

138 posted on 07/28/2002 11:02:34 AM PDT by Jen
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To: Snow Bunny
The captions on two of the photos seem to be inverted. The picture above President Bush speaking at the lectern in the East Room of the White House is of three previous MOH heros. Please note in this picture, immediately behind these men are the widow and sons of American military hero Major James N. "Nick" Rowe. He, more than anyone else, brought the story of Rocky Versace back from the jungles of Nam in his important book Five Years to Freedom, (1971, Little, Brown & Co.). Nick was a fellow officer and POW with Rocky. He was later killed by Communist terrorists in the Philipines.
139 posted on 07/28/2002 11:03:19 AM PDT by Faraday
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To: AntiJen
Good Afternoon, Jen!
140 posted on 07/28/2002 11:04:25 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Euro-American Scum
"I just wonder if America can produce enough of them."

Well I guaran-darn-tee-ya, all the mothers and fathers in the Canteen are working damn...ooops...darn hard at it with their kids. :)

141 posted on 07/28/2002 11:05:53 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Guess we need another book for the library.


142 posted on 07/28/2002 11:07:38 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: SpookBrat; ClaraSuzanne
Greetings!
Good to log back on to find you two here.
South Carolina perfect summer day here - 89 degrees with 60% humidity!
143 posted on 07/28/2002 11:09:58 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: bluesagewoman; ClaraSuzanne; Dogrobber; HiJinx
I was more than happy to get your message out. We are proud of our fellow FReepers.

It is humbling when a member of the military stops to offer thanks. We have also had young men and women who have just enlisted and will soon be leaving home for their basic training. We always let them know we will be praying for them and thanking them for standing up for FReedom!


PS Go to your thread and ping everyone you know and even those you have just recently met.
144 posted on 07/28/2002 11:10:02 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: souris; Snow Bunny; coteblanche; All
Thank you Snow Bunny for this thread honoring this American hero and thank you, coteblance for the beautiful chapel and everything else you do for the Canteen. We do not tell you two ladies "thank you" enough.

Souris, you are absolutely right! Let me second that...

Thank you Snow Bunny for this thread honoring this American hero and thank you, coteblance for the beautiful chapel and everything else you do for the Canteen. We do not tell you two ladies "thank you" enough.

145 posted on 07/28/2002 11:10:04 AM PDT by Jen
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To: Valin; LindaSOG
Thanks for adding to Linda's posts. I enjoy studying history and it seems this thread is the best place to go for it.
146 posted on 07/28/2002 11:10:08 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: bluesagewoman
Good Choice!
147 posted on 07/28/2002 11:10:30 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: LindaSOG
The Loss of USS Callaghan July 28th 1945


Destroyer Callaghan,flagship of Captain A.E.Jarrell,ComDesRon 55,was on radar picket station off Okinawa.
With her on station were destroyers Prichett,Cassin Young and 3 LCS's.
Callaghan had seen her share of the Pacific war...more than her share.
The barrels of her guns were worn from hours of incessant fighting,her director system needed overhaul;her topside was weather beaten;her engines were tired.
For 18 months ship and crew had been on the go..and had survived 3 horrific months of Kamikaze attacks off Okinawa,....now she was due to go stateside-overhaul for the ship;recuperation for the crew.

The midwatch came on radar picket,the crew could hardly bear the anticipation...Destroyer USS Laws was coming to relieve the Callaghan...this would be her last hour on station at Okinawa.
At 0030 a "Bogey" was reported on radar
At 0031 the crew rushed to general quarters..moments later Callaghans 5-inch guns were hammering the night sky with splashes of flame.
The Kamikaze bore straight in on Callaghan...at 0041 crashed into the ship near the No.3 munitions handling room.
A thunderclap blast rocked the destroyer...moments later the munitions locker let go sending a wall of fire a hundered feet into the night sky.
The ship listed to starboard as flames gushed from the topside wreckage..the sea beginning to flood into Callaghans torn hull.
At 0050 all hands were ordered to abandon ship...LCS's came in to pick up survivors.
Callaghans fires glowed in the dark untill 0143 when she slipped beneath the waves.

46 Blue Jackets and 1 Officer were lost.
On Callaghans gun director were painted 12 Japanese planes brought down by the ships guns in the Pacific..the Kamikaze that killed her was the 13th.
USS Callaghan was within 1 hour of going Home.

13 U.S. Destroyers were sunk off Okinawa...of the 100's of DD's and DE's,near 80% suffered moderate to severe damage from Kamikaze Impacts.
From April 1st 1945-April 30th....the estimate survival rate for a destroyer on radar picket was 4 days.

Remembering the Gallant Crew of USS Callaghan DD-792

148 posted on 07/28/2002 11:10:34 AM PDT by Light Speed
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To: Aeronaut
My outfit is bad? Yikes! I hope not. That's what I wore to church. LOL
149 posted on 07/28/2002 11:12:26 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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To: bluesagewoman; SpookBrat; ClaraSuzanne
Hi, Spookie. I'm going to get FReeping lessons from blue sage or blues age women, on August 17. She is not giving up the secrect of her name, nor are you. I'll be on my way to St. Louis to settle 2 of my girls into their rented house for the upcoming school year. BeastieAnne is going into her 3rd year in law school and Lulu is just starting her first. I love these girls. Thank you, God.
150 posted on 07/28/2002 11:12:31 AM PDT by Bahbah
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