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USO Canteen FReeper Style....FReeper FRiday ....GATOR NAVY ......August 23,2002
FRiends of the USO Canteen FReeper Style and Snow Bunny

Posted on 08/23/2002 1:28:27 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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Message from Snow Bunny to all those who visit the Canteen.

This is how I think of the USO Canteen Freeper Style.
It is like a cottage down a road,
a place where a weary veteran can spend the night.

Since it opened, it is magical how so many
Freepers who post here, feel it too.
It has been so dear how the Freepers
kept making it a cottage - a home-type of place
that had a huge living room
for them to visit in and a dance floor, a library, etc.

Many Veterans have written to me,
saying that the Canteen is like home
to them for the first time since they served.

This is your Canteen -
a respite from our busy
and sometimes troubling world.
Make yourself at home.

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The USO Canteen Honors FReepers
who have served, or are now serving their country.

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You may have a loved one who has served in the past.
We at the FReeper USO Canteen would like to honor each and every one.

Thank You GATOR NAVY for Serving our Country

Because 5 of 6 ships I have been on have been amphibious ships,
or "gators".

Also, my job is navigation, or a 'gator.

I am a Chief Petty Officer and just went
over 20 years service this March.

My ships have been :
USS CROMMELIN (FFG-37) plankowner
USS BRISTOL COUNTY (LST-1198)
USS ST LOUIS (LKA-116)
USS SAN BERNARDINO (LST-1189) decomm crew
USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8)
USS JUNEAU (LPD-10)

I have been stationed in Japan since 1990.
I am currently on shore duty near Tokyo,Japan/

Prior to this tour all my Japan time was in Sasebo, on Kyushu.

I have been happily married for over 9 years to my lovely wife Atsuko.


We have two sons, Takezo, age 7, and Shuzo, age 5.

Here is my son Takezo

Here is my son Shuzo

Although I read FR daily, I don't usually log on unless I want to
reply to a thread. But I will always get back to you (ask Snow Bunny)
sooner or later if you send something my way.


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Tribute To HEROES

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If there's anything that identifies and personifies all military people, it's the dogtags.
It's one of the first things we get, and sometimes it's the last reminder of who we are.
They signify our unity of purpose and our dedication to our country.

COB1

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Tribute to Vietnam Veterans
Please click on picture.

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The great intangible of America's wars beyond logistics,
beyond strategy, beyond wonder weapons and Generals,
is the spiritual force of its fighting men and women -
and that is the force that the USO so serves.

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Free Republic....Click for Donations

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For our Troops, and supporters of
those serving now, and our Veterans.

Partners

....USO Canteen The Poetry Branch....

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To Jim Robinson,
Founder of FRee Republic and Navy Veteran

Thank you, from all those
who frequent the FReeper Canteen

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1 posted on 08/23/2002 1:28:27 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: DoughtyOne; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A Navy Vet

2 posted on 08/23/2002 1:30:20 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MistyCA

3 posted on 08/23/2002 1:31:30 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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4 posted on 08/23/2002 1:32:18 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: SassyMom; SpookBrat; coteblanche; souris; Victoria Delsoul; AntiJen; MistyCA; LindaSOG; ...

A PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are,God is,
And all is well.
Amen.


5 posted on 08/23/2002 1:33:50 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: *USO Canteen; archy; Alamo-Girl; Angelwood; AntiJen; abner; A Navy Vet; ...

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Thank you for your kind and marvelous support each day for the USO Canteen FReeper Style and our troops and their families.

God bless you all and your loved ones.

Thank you Veterans for your service to our country.


6 posted on 08/23/2002 1:38:44 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: GATOR NAVY
Gator, thank you so much for being FReeper FRiday active duty for us today. Thank you for your service to our country. God bless you and your beautiful family.
7 posted on 08/23/2002 1:40:39 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: SAMWolf; Mr_Magoo; 4TheFlag; coteblanche; AntiJen; Cap'n Crunch; Entropy Squared; Johnny Gage
Poor is the nation that has no heroes. Shameful is the one that, having heroes - Forgets them!
from a monument on the Davis Bridge Battlefield, Bolivar, TN

Our wonderfull American Troops....Thank you

We support our Canadian troops, our friends fighting the enemy with us.
Operation APOLLO is Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism


8 posted on 08/23/2002 1:47:25 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Hey, guess what? My computer didn't crash...hehe ;^)

Good morning, friend!

9 posted on 08/23/2002 1:51:45 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; hchutch; AuntB; nunya bidness; GrandmaC; Washington_minuteman; buffyt; Grampa Dave; ...


10 posted on 08/23/2002 1:52:36 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: SJackson; LindaSOG; SpookBrat; SAMWolf
Help deliver honey and chocolates and support messages to the Israeli troops.

Please click on picture.Thank you.


11 posted on 08/23/2002 1:53:00 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: JohnHuang2
OH wow, Good! FR angels will not allow your computer to crash. You are much too important!!! Yep. ( big smile.

Good to see you dear friend.Thank you for the ping and support.

12 posted on 08/23/2002 1:55:33 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Don't thank me -- YOU ARE the one who deserves all the thanks in the world for your devotion and dedication to the men and women who serve our great country! Keep up the great work you do.

*Smiles*

13 posted on 08/23/2002 1:57:41 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; SpookBrat; Mr. Spooky1; SassyMom; MistyCA; SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; ...
Mornin' everybody !
14 posted on 08/23/2002 2:00:23 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Morning, amigo =^)
15 posted on 08/23/2002 2:01:11 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Snow Bunny; GATOR NAVY
BEAT NAVY!!!!! Sorry Gator, We love ya and support ya..But it is football season...GO ARMY!!!!!!!!
16 posted on 08/23/2002 2:03:46 AM PDT by For_God_and_Country
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To: JohnHuang2; MeeknMing
Good Morning to Ming and Da King of Ping....
17 posted on 08/23/2002 2:04:24 AM PDT by For_God_and_Country
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To: Snow Bunny
Mornin' Snowness...
18 posted on 08/23/2002 2:04:55 AM PDT by For_God_and_Country
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To: For_God_and_Country
Goodmorningbackatya! =^)
19 posted on 08/23/2002 2:05:27 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
You are so kind.
((( hug )))
20 posted on 08/23/2002 2:09:35 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: MeeknMing
Hi Meekie,good morning. I am off to bed very soon. hahaha
21 posted on 08/23/2002 2:10:30 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
=^)
22 posted on 08/23/2002 2:10:33 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: COB1
Hey, FRiend! I was going to post the big Laredo flag but the picture won't post now. I finally figured out how to uplink pics on my AT&T, thanks to SamWolf. Any way I could persuade you to put it up long enough for me to upload it on my computer? (BIG smile here)........

This flag (in Laredo, Texas) was completed Sunday May 26,
2002, just in time for Memorial Day. It is the tallest flagpole
in the United States. It is 308 feet tall, weighs 52 tons, and
flies a 100-foot by 50-foot flag. It cost $300,000, which was
paid for by The Laredo National Bank.

23 posted on 08/23/2002 2:10:34 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: For_God_and_Country
oh wow HI there. Good to see you!!!

giggle yesssss it sure is Football season. Yipeeeee!!!!!

I hope I see you later. I am going to sleep now, actually I think I am typing this in my sleep.. hahahaa

24 posted on 08/23/2002 2:12:06 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Good morning Bunny.


25 posted on 08/23/2002 2:23:01 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Snow Bunny
Good mornin from the comments section in Maine. 55 and sunny. I seem to be getting up with the sun and staying up later. Wif is planning som kind of beach picnic late this afternoon. So I will have to be a nice host.
26 posted on 08/23/2002 3:15:54 AM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: Snow Bunny
Link to send e-mail to a specific ship
27 posted on 08/23/2002 3:24:51 AM PDT by piasa
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USS Shreveport
28 posted on 08/23/2002 3:29:57 AM PDT by piasa
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To: GATOR NAVY; piasa; JohnHuang2; Aeronaut; MeeknMing
Hey Navy. Now I know what a gator is.Thanks for your Service to our Country. Come to the USO when you can. Most of the fun seems to be on Japan time. What a beautiful family you have!...
29 posted on 08/23/2002 3:31:32 AM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: larryjohnson
Good morning Larry
30 posted on 08/23/2002 3:32:55 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: larryjohnson

31 posted on 08/23/2002 3:33:37 AM PDT by piasa
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To: For_God_and_Country
Good mornin,For...
32 posted on 08/23/2002 3:41:18 AM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: Snow Bunny
This Bud's for you... and for the Gator Fleet.


33 posted on 08/23/2002 3:47:42 AM PDT by piasa
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To: GATOR NAVY; All
Gator Navy - thank you for allowing us to honor you today! You deserve our recognition for helping to defend our country for 20+ years! I salute you and thank you for your contribution to our nation's defense. Thank you also to your beautiful family!

~~~~~SALUTE~~~~~

Jen


Special Dedication to our Military Members
who are Working to Protect and Defend our Country
and Especially to an Active Duty Hero - Gator Navy!

"Hero" by Mariah Carey

MIDI version

MP3 version

34 posted on 08/23/2002 3:48:19 AM PDT by Jen
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Uh, never mind... too early in the morning for that.

:-D

35 posted on 08/23/2002 3:48:57 AM PDT by piasa
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To: Snow Bunny
Gator Navy...ahhh, the memories of those small ships bouncing inthe Atlantic and Western Pacific... Here is the Lamoure County, LST 1194, September 1978, off Denmark, heading in to Eschburg for Northern Wedding/Bold Guard 78. I was attached to MASS-1 then.
36 posted on 08/23/2002 3:58:36 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
OOPS, Wrong description!!! That is off the Shetland Islands inside a landing craft. We were hitting the beach on the URA Firth, a nice day for September I guess, we were so glad to get off the boat and on land, whether dry or not. Funny thing, after 24 hours in that peat bog in 50 degree rain and fog, we were so glad to be back on the boat!! The seas were kind of rough there, we were all standing ashore, when one of us noticed we all were swaying back and forth like we were on the ship! It was hilarious! Ok, HERE is the pic of us off Denmark. This is a normal scene off the bow in the North Atlantic. You literally have to put somethign under your tray inthe chow hall or else your tray will slide off the table, just like in the cartoons!
37 posted on 08/23/2002 4:04:09 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: Snow Bunny; GATOR NAVY
And by the way, a BUMP to you, Gator Navy! When in doubt, empty the magazine!! Thanks for still being there while the rest of us got out!
38 posted on 08/23/2002 4:06:30 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY!
39 posted on 08/23/2002 4:15:53 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: For_God_and_Country; All

40 posted on 08/23/2002 4:16:11 AM PDT by Jen
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To: GATOR NAVY
YEAH, GN!

GN also stands for GO! NAVY!

Thank you for your service to our country Gator Navy.<p. May God bless you and your beautiful family!

41 posted on 08/23/2002 4:20:53 AM PDT by Pippin
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Good morning, Snow! Good morning, EVERYBODY!

HAPPY FRIDAY!
42 posted on 08/23/2002 4:21:13 AM PDT by tomkow6
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Hey, Tom, I'm ALREADY awake AND at work!

Neener! Neener!

43 posted on 08/23/2002 4:22:18 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny; All
Today's FEEBLE attempt at humor:

One day a sweet little girl becomes puzzled about her origin. "How did I get here, Mommy?" she asks.

Her mother replies, using a well-worn phrase, "Why God sent you, Honey."

"And did God send you too, Mommy?" she continues. "Yes, Sweetheart, he did."

"And Daddy, and Grandma and Grandpa, and their moms and dads, too?"

"Yes, Honey, all of them, too."

The child shakes her head in disbelief. "Then you're telling me there's been no sex in this family for over 200 years? No wonder everyone is so grouchy!"
44 posted on 08/23/2002 4:22:25 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Good morning, Clara!

I'm glad to see you finally made it to work............ON TIME!

45 posted on 08/23/2002 4:24:25 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: SassyMom
Good morning, Sassy!........giggle.......
46 posted on 08/23/2002 4:25:12 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: GATOR NAVY
From one sailor to another:

SALUTE

GO NAVY!

47 posted on 08/23/2002 4:28:48 AM PDT by tomkow6
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To: Snow Bunny
Thanks for your service to our country Gator Navy, from a sailors son and Army retiree.

A picture of the USS Maryland (the battleship my dad served on in WWII)

SCOUTS OUT!

48 posted on 08/23/2002 4:42:09 AM PDT by ladtx
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Good Morning everyone!!!
49 posted on 08/23/2002 4:55:46 AM PDT by kneezles
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To: Snow Bunny; GATOR NAVY
'Mornin' Bunny! How are ya on this beautiful Friday mornin'? I was just watchin a bald eagle out of my window and thankin' God for this beautiful world, and a chance to serve...

Ahoy there GATOR NAVY! I've sailed on the San Berdoo, many many moons ago...being a jarhead, I got a soft spot for you gators...keep up the good work brother! Beautiful family you got there...
50 posted on 08/23/2002 5:05:58 AM PDT by g'nad
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