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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day 08-14-02
Billie

Posted on 08/14/2002 6:42:42 AM PDT by Billie




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

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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.



TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1






TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet

MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga

BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc






TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette

MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid

BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf





TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP

MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian

BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma






TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68

MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack





                     










Past or Present, We Salute You!




Thank you for your service to our Country!






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



dakine's wife:  White House Communications Agency (WHCA) 7 years, retired 05-02;  MeeknMing's dad:  USAF;  Auntbee's nephew:  USNavy since '89, USS George Washington;  MilitiaMan7:  USAF 07-73, Lackland AFB, Tech School at Goodfellow AFB, printer systems operator. first duty station Karamursel, CDI Turkey; then Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece; Other assignments included Alaska, Maryland (NSA), Japan, Michigan, Ohio, Japan again, 7 months in the USAF Regional Hospital at Travis AFB, Calif, and final assignment at McDill AFB, Florida. Retired 08-93, after 20 years.  AlasBabylon:  USAF 1976, retired in 1998 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) after 22 years as a communications and computer specialist. Some of his awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal (Bosnia/Herzogivina), and the National Defense Service Medal.  Joe Brower:   US Marines, Navy Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force (HM3) in 1981 when photo was taken; deployed USS Tarawa with 5th Marine Amphib Brigade to Iran during the hostage crisis.  Temple Owl:  US Army. Photo taken in 1948 in Ruhpolding Germany, served 7 years in the Army Security Agency, leaving as a staff sgt. in 1954.  Temple Owl's wife:  Nurse with the 11th Evacuation Hospital in Korea circa 1951. She was a first lieutenant. Her unit received 5 battle stars.  dutchess' dad:  US Marines;  aomagrat:  US Navy, retired (former MMFN, GMT3 & WT2) Photo taken onboard USS Ranger (CV-61) in the Gulf during the war. 1982-83 - boot camp Great Lakes Illinois; 1983 Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific, NAS North Island GMT "A" School; 83-86 USS Enterprise (CVN-65) W Div. Homeport: NA Alameda CA; 86-90 NAS Island CA, Security Dept; 90 Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific, NAS North Island WT "C" School; 90-93 USS Ranger (CV-61) W Division. Homeport: NAS No Island CA; 93-94 Naval Recruiting Station, Huntsville, AL; 94-99 USS Wasp (LHD-1) Ordinance Control. Homeport: N Norfolk, VA; 99-02 Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon NV.









THIS WEEK'S THREADS

08-12-02 backhoe
08-13-02 MeeknMing


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: freepers; fun; military; surprises; veterans
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To: Diver Dave
Morning Diver Dave. Is that adorable baby in the picture yours? That is so cute. Enjoy the very hot day in the Valley.
51 posted on 08/14/2002 8:39:02 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: daisyscarlett
I have sisters! Neat calendar day! Morning, daisy!
52 posted on 08/14/2002 8:44:45 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ladyinred
Oh, I didn't know that - maybe I should go find it! Thanks!
53 posted on 08/14/2002 8:46:02 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; dakine; MeeknMing; Auntbee; Militiaman7; Alas Babylon!; Joe Brower; Temple Owl; dutchess; ..
I just love it when we have new photos. Thanks to all in Group 10 who served. Billie, thank you for presenting them so well.

dakine: Lovely photo of your wife with our wonderful President.

Auntbee: God Bless your nephew who is on Active Duty and in Harm's Way.

MilitiaMan7:Congratulations on your very fine 20 years of Service is the USAF and thank you.

AlasBabylom: One of our very own past FR's Finest Profilee...Thanks again for a very distinguised career in the USAF

Joe Brower: Congratulations to you. Another Marine. We luv our Marines.

Temple Owl: Great photos of you and the Missus from WWII. Wow! What a patriotic pair. It was worth the wee bit of time and effort it took for us to get your photos. lol...

aomagrat: What a proud Navy vet you must be. Congratulations and thank you for your service on all those wonderful ships and especially your service during the Gulf War.

Dutchess-I hope you are going to make a stop at your parent's home on the way back from your Library Vacation so you can show your Dad his photo...If you do, please give him a hug and a big thank you for his service.

MeeknMing: Congratulations and thanks to your Dad for his Air Force Service. Please tell us more about him today....


54 posted on 08/14/2002 8:47:34 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: MeeknMing
Yup! You're welcome - you got him in just under the wire!

Hope your jaw is doing much better! Hope Ming liked your thread yesterday and the flowers from Mama_Bear, too!

55 posted on 08/14/2002 8:48:24 AM PDT by Billie
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To: daisyscarlett
You're so thoughtful to make a special point of addressing each of them individually, daisy! Have also added it to the original FR Finest (Veteran's Day) thread, so am up to date there, too! Yahoo! (Sometimes I've forgotten to add it to that thread right away!)
56 posted on 08/14/2002 8:51:21 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; g'nad; ladyinred; Freedom'sWorthIt; Teacup; lodwick; Aquamarine; MeeknMing; ...
"Everyone sends it a little differently, and some give more than other, some hardly any info at all. (That, plus, I don't understand a lot of it) :)"

You know me - I always have a (not necessarily perfect) 'solution'..:)))

g'nad, perhaps, could arrange a temporary enlistment in the Marine Corps and have you go to BOOT CAMP!!
The problem would no longer be a problem.

The Corps will ENLIGHTEN you!
LOL

57 posted on 08/14/2002 8:57:19 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: Billie
Morning,

: )

58 posted on 08/14/2002 8:57:41 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ClaraSuzanne
You ate my pies! : (

But....

good morning, anyway.

I don't hold grudges. : )

59 posted on 08/14/2002 9:00:07 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: daisyscarlett; ladyinred
Morning, ladies.

You're lookin' mighty pretty today. : )

60 posted on 08/14/2002 9:01:42 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
HEH! HEH! HEH!

Howdy, Louie!

61 posted on 08/14/2002 9:02:25 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: LadyX
Good Morning, LadyX!

i'll try to do better! =^)

62 posted on 08/14/2002 9:03:52 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Diver Dave; whoever
Hey, Diver! Feeling better?

We've missed you and 'who'.

You two aren't squirreled away together, are ya? : )

63 posted on 08/14/2002 9:04:34 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Billie
Yes, if my computer behaves itsself!
64 posted on 08/14/2002 9:05:30 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie; daisyscarlett
Greeting all from the Boyne City Public Library. I seriously think that the staff here think I'm a porn addict or something, I try to act nonchalant but catch myself smiling, chuckling etc.

Billie - How neat to arrive here and see my dad. Thanks and thanks to the many fine folks who have served our country.

Mr. D. is giving me 15 minutes today. OUCH! Except it's a beautiful day on the lake and we're going to try our hand at kayaking.

Daisyscarlett - We head back to my folks cottage tomorrow. Will be sure to share this post with them. I know dad will be touched!

Have a great day! Looking forward to spending more time here tomorrow night and Friday (when I can make as much noise as I want LOL)
65 posted on 08/14/2002 9:06:42 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: Billie
I need a Baltimore oriole bird.
66 posted on 08/14/2002 9:06:52 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Mama_Bear
Come out, come out, wherever you are!

It's not 'that' early in Calif. : )

67 posted on 08/14/2002 9:07:13 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: LadyX
Boot Camp?! Oh no! YIKES! I couldn't handle Boot Camp. They yell at you, don't they?! LOL!


68 posted on 08/14/2002 9:07:31 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ladyinred
Nope!

i had iced tea!

Peach tea!

69 posted on 08/14/2002 9:07:41 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: JustAmy
C'mon, Frank......time for trouble makin'. LOL
70 posted on 08/14/2002 9:08:30 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: bluesagewoman
hi, Blues!

It's been awhile!

71 posted on 08/14/2002 9:09:08 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Morning TLL! Oh, goodie! Another one! So cute!!


72 posted on 08/14/2002 9:09:15 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Told ya I'd catch up to you. : )

Working on your page, are you?

73 posted on 08/14/2002 9:10:07 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: MeeknMing
Howdy, Meek!
74 posted on 08/14/2002 9:10:43 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1
No, I'm at work right now =^(
75 posted on 08/14/2002 9:13:28 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Good - you may have to put it (your computer) in Timeout if it doesn't behave!
76 posted on 08/14/2002 9:14:36 AM PDT by Billie
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To: dutchess
Hi, dutchess! Only 15 minutes today?! YIKES! Not fair!

I'm glad we got enough photos to get this done so you can show your dad tomorrow! It's also on the FR Finest Veteran's Day thread.

Have a good day kayaking - don't turn over!

77 posted on 08/14/2002 9:16:52 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
LOL!!! That's a good idea!<p. It will have a rest from Friday to Sunday as I'll be in Pennsylvania on a retreat this weekend, we're leaving on Friday morning but today it my "Friday" at work. Yippie!
78 posted on 08/14/2002 9:17:06 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie
Good Afternoon Billie!
79 posted on 08/14/2002 9:17:32 AM PDT by Dog
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To: daisyscarlett
Thanks, daisyscarlett, but I can't claim to have been a Marine. I was a Navy doc who did manage, through happy circumstance, to work with the FMF during my entire enlistment. Being an avid hiker, camper and shooter, it was great to have Uncle Sam foot the bill for everything!

Being a squid and not a grunt also made it twice as satisfying when I would consistently outshoot those fine individuals with their own weaponry. Of course, all the money I made off bets made on the firing line was usually recouped by those after-hours poker games... $;-)

80 posted on 08/14/2002 9:17:39 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: ClaraSuzanne; ST.LOUIE1
I need a Baltimore oriole bird.

You get that, Santa Louie? :)

81 posted on 08/14/2002 9:18:21 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Morning TLL! Oh, goodie! Another one!

: )

So cute!!

Just like you. : )

82 posted on 08/14/2002 9:19:47 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Dog
Hi, Dog! Still morning here for about 40 more minutes! You doing okay?! Nice seein' you!
83 posted on 08/14/2002 9:20:02 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ladyinred; Billie; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear
If you want more birds to watch, I recommend you have a frequently-replenished birdbath AND turn on a sprinkler with gentle spray near it!

They will come half a dozen at a time, co-existing while playing in it!
I also have a weighted animal feeding bowl on the ground for the neighborhood kitties and squirrels, all this under the shade of a large pecan tree.

We have a large variety of birds, but one of the robins who comes often stands out.
He is much larger than the others, and his favorite thing is to drink from and then hunker down in the LITTLE BOWL (6" square) and bathe endlessly, ignoring the others who pressure him to give them a turn!
It is so funny to watch him - named him 'The Intimidator.'

84 posted on 08/14/2002 9:20:22 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: ClaraSuzanne
No, I'm at work right now =^(

Bummer! : )

85 posted on 08/14/2002 9:20:48 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Thanks for reminding us you'll be gone Friday - know you mentioned it earlier, but we'll still see you tonight and tomorrow, right?!
86 posted on 08/14/2002 9:21:01 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1
Yep! i'll be here tonight and tomorrow.

Tell Louie to behave himself and stay out of trouble!

87 posted on 08/14/2002 9:22:43 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Joe Brower
Uh-oh, I got your information wrong, then? I was the one who showed you as being in the U.S. Marines in that paragraph below the photograph. I'm sorry.
88 posted on 08/14/2002 9:22:47 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ClaraSuzanne
I need a Baltimore oriole bird.
You get that, Santa Louie? :)

Get it, but ain't got it. LOL

Will do some checking around.

89 posted on 08/14/2002 9:23:38 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!
90 posted on 08/14/2002 9:24:29 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Carried over from other thread:

How are you doing today?

Doing pretty good, Miss Clara. My tooth is a little sore, but not bad at all. Ya'll
ok today?

91 posted on 08/14/2002 9:24:53 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Yep!
92 posted on 08/14/2002 9:25:41 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1
: ) Thanks!

Hey, how's Mits doing? I forgot to ask you after you got back from the vet for her checkup. Can I give her a SK-WEEEEEEEEZE?!

93 posted on 08/14/2002 9:25:47 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
"good luck kayaking...don't turn over"

don't turn over??? Yikes, what am I getting myself into???

Sigh...Mr. D. just arrived (he did give me an extra 10 minutes...the sweetheart!)
Signing off from the BC Public Library....
94 posted on 08/14/2002 9:28:05 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: Billie
Doing good....:-)

You take care....:-)

95 posted on 08/14/2002 9:29:27 AM PDT by Dog
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To: LadyX
The Intimidator! How cute! Bet it 'is' fun to watch!
96 posted on 08/14/2002 9:29:30 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear
Yup! You're welcome - you got him in just under the wire!

Hope your jaw is doing much better! Hope Ming liked your thread yesterday and the flowers from Mama_Bear, too!

Whew ! I'm glad, then ! I already sent the link to this to Dad, Bro, et al. Thanks !
Ming loved the thread and the flowers and everything. Thanks, Mama_Bear.

The old tooth is a little sore, but not bad, considering they were using jackhammers,
files, grinders and dynomite on it less that 48 hours ago! LOL!

97 posted on 08/14/2002 9:32:19 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Billie
Sorry about the dreaded red x. I'm still a HTML & Web rookie. :^)

Can I save it and use it? I want his name on it!

We'd be honored.

98 posted on 08/14/2002 9:34:18 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
Hi, DD!
99 posted on 08/14/2002 9:35:10 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie
I wouldn't have put "US Marines" at the very beginning, but it certainly is no big deal. It can be confusing, since the USMC uses Navy corpsmen (unlike the other service branches who have their own medical corps).

FWIW, I considered myself to be more of a Marine than a Sailor, especially since I was the the USMC my whole tour. Actually, I enlisted in the Navy specifically to be a field medic, since I wanted to serve with ground forces yet did not want my primary directive to be killing people. Not that that prediliction would have proven to be any deterrent if the situation demanded it.

100 posted on 08/14/2002 9:37:26 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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