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

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

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

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues;  salute
and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new
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are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which
we can express ourselves.

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of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.

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,
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad,

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.


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

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KEYWORDS: freepers; fun; military; surprises; veterans
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To: Aquamarine
Oh, that one! Even if it IS a midi, it's still so pretty! Not to mention Lady Liberty and the flag!
41 posted on 08/14/2002 8:02:52 AM PDT by Billie
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To: eureka!
I've bumped by on occasion for a quick read but only have so much time a day here. Spend most of my FRee time on news/politics. Love your work by the way. Simply wonderful....

That you would come by and say that, too, made my day, thanks!

42 posted on 08/14/2002 8:04:46 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning and thanks for highlighting a few of our veteran friends and family. bbl
43 posted on 08/14/2002 8:05:19 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Billie
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
with Liberty and Justice for All

44 posted on 08/14/2002 8:21:15 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear; All
Good morning...It is Weds...some folks call it "Hump Day"..

I just love the calendar today and hope it provokes some "sister" stories and tributes. I do not have any sisters but envy those who do. My Mom had a lot of sisters and they shared a special bond all through their lives even though they all took different paths and made different choices....

45 posted on 08/14/2002 8:25:58 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: Billie
Mornin' Billie.

What a good looking group of FR's Finest....

Salute to my fellow Armed Forces comrades- Past and Present.

46 posted on 08/14/2002 8:27:07 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: lodwick
Good morning, your list must be long. :) (You're late arriving and not staying yet!) See you later, JL!
47 posted on 08/14/2002 8:28:05 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Diver Dave
Good morning, Dave and LOGAN!!!!! I don't know if others got the picture without pasting the url in browser, but all I got on the thread was that dreaded little red x.

What you did with Logan is precious! Can I save it and use it? I want his name on it!

48 posted on 08/14/2002 8:30:15 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Lodwick has his own interesting "news" thread going on this morning! That may be why he just breezed in and out!
49 posted on 08/14/2002 8:35:41 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Billie
"MeeknMing's dad"

Hey, Miss Billie ! Good job ! Thank you so much.

50 posted on 08/14/2002 8:37:18 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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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!

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

: )

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


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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