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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day 09-03-02
DaisyScarlett and Billie

Posted on 09/03/2002 5:13:29 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
word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who
are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which
we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.  I
can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands
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:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett

MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17

BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau

TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,

dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony

BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang

TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx

MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law

BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog

MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son

BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.

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


              Diver Dave

A Man Who Loves His Country,
His God, and His Family

Diver Dave with his wife, Linda
Modesto, California
Freeper since 07-04-98


Military Service
Diver Dave served in the U.S. Navy for four years, enlisting on 9/30/63.
He began his Navy career as a Shipfitter/Pipefitter and his first ship was the USS Piedmont (AD-17) homeported in San Diego. While serving on the PIEDMONT, he made three WESTPAC Tours, each tour lasting six months. The PIEDMONT was a destroyer tender - a floating shipyard of sorts. It was their job to provide repair services to the ships of the Seventh Fleet.
Just prior to sailing for his second WESTPAC tour, a call went out for volunteers to attend diving school. Diver Dave volunteered, was interviewed and after passing several tests (such as swimming, diving and recompression/decompression testing) he was accepted and attended the Navy Second Class Diving School in Subic Bay. After completing Diving School, he reported back to the PIEDMONT for duty in the Diving Locker. Diver Dave left the Navy after his four year enlistment ended having attained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.

Diver Dave feels that the separation from loved ones was the hardest thing about serving in the military. Other than that obvious hardship, he says that he enjoyed his time in the military and would do it all over again.
Support of the Military
Diver Dave is a strong supporter of those serving our country now and those who have served our country in the past. He participates in many Forum threads pertaining to the military.
He once told the story of how he saw an elderly gentleman alighting from his vehicle which had a bumper sticker sign stating he was a Veteran of WWII. Diver Dave went over to him and shook his hand and thanked him for his military service. This is just one example of similar stories he has related on the Forum threads.
Political Activism
Diver Dave, like so many of us, lurked on Free Republic for a long time before signing up. He found FR Forum through a Drudge Whitewater link and was immediately hooked. He finally registered on the Fourth of July 1998. Someone had started a thread calling for all members of the Armed Forces and Vets to answer roll call. After reading all the posts from members, with tears streaming down his face, he signed on and mustered-in.

His screen name served two purposes. First, The Whitewater File, and the depths that X42's went to hide their scandals, required some "deep diving" to get to the bottom of the mess. The second purpose of his screen name was, of course, in relation to his military diving career.

"Freeping the Dirtbag"
"We Have Not Forgotten - Gary Condit's Rotten."
Diver Dave is a member of the California Central Valley Chapter of FReeRepublic.Com (aka the Modesto Freepers). The Modesto Freepers are well known and well loved for their successful Freeping of (soon to be be former) Congressman Gary Condit out of office.
Every Saturday afternoon for eight months, beginning on July 20, 2001, Diver Dave-along with a dedicated group of diehard FReepers and Patriots-gathered on the corner of 16th and J Streets in downtown Modesto, CA and Freeped for the removal or resignation of Gary Condit from office as a U.S. Congressional Representative and later on, calling for his defeat as he shamefully ran for reelection.

Diver Dave attended almost all of these Saturday afternoon Freeps of the Dirt Bag, missing only two in the entire eight month period. Sometimes he was joined by as many as 40 FReepers and concerned citizens and sometimes it was a group of less than 10. Passing motorists gave much encouragement to the group - honking their horns in support and giving the "thumbs up" sign. Jim Robinson journeyed 200 miles round trip from Fresno to attend many of these Freeps of Condit as did other Fresno Freepers. He also posted the weekly report of the Condit Freep in Modesto on the FR Forum and thus became the FR sounding board for the Condit Freeps.

Thank you Diver Dave and FReepers and FRiends. Here are some names of those who supported the Condit FReep: DiverDave; CheneyChick; Saundra Duffy; lager; ontherightside; Commander8; SiFiPattie; Mtngrl@vrwc; JustAmy; MamaBear; JKPhoto; Cali5; CounterCounterCulture; I_want_gary_condit_out's mom; The Real Deal; HDRider; fxrdeb; and Jim Robinson. This is NOT an inclusive list, so speak right up if I left you or one of your FRiends out!!!!


Diver Dave is a man of strong religious conviction. He attends religious services, reads the Bible and prays regularly, much as our President George W. Bush does. He often quotes religious scripture in his posts on FR..
"My faith, and thus my walk with the LORD, are the most important things in my life. I pray that it is the same for everyone." ~Diver Dave
"I felt the call to the ministry but GOD had other plans. Many are called - but few are chosen. My calling is not as a pastor, but instead, a layman to witness and share the Gospel - Ever ready to share the Good News of Jesus Christ." ~ Diver Dave
Diver Dave's Mother and Father were Godly Christian parents. His father entered into the presence of the LORD in 1996 at age 88 and here are some memories that DiverDave has of him:
"My Dad was uneducated by today's standards, was rejected by the military in WWII due to health reasons, so he wasn't a war hero. In my eyes, he was an even greater hero because of his belief and faith in Jesus Christ. He walked the walk and talked the talk. In my whole life, I never heard him swear once. I watched as his hand got smashed while hooking up a truck trailer to a truck. Not a word! The intense pain was obvious but not one swear word. I was with him on several occasions as he bore witness of his faith to different people and later led those people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. At a time when parents would drop their kids off at Sunday School, Dad and Mom took us to Sunday School and church services. He taught several Sunday School classes from Jr. High boys to Adult classes and he was very good at it. Do I have any idea what a powerful man is? You better believe I do."

STAY PRAYED UP (post#143)

"The Bible tells us not to have a prideful heart, but it sure is hard when we marvel at what He has blessed us with - be it our children or grandchildren." ~ Diver Dave
DiverDave is
  • a devoted son to his octogenarian Mom,
  • a loving husband to his wife Linda,
  • a proud father to their three daughters,
  • a doting grandpa to grandsons Christian and Logan David (in fact he provides child care for them on a regular basis), and
  • a beloved sibling to his twin brother and three sisters.

Diver Dave also......

Loves His Mom, Apple Pie and Baseball..
How much more American can one get?

His love of his Mom was noted above.
So we will move right along to his love of apple pie. We are not sure he actually loves apple pie, but he most likely does as he is a genuine cysberspace chow hound and is usually first in line when the cyberfood bell is rung-on this or any thread. To be fair, he often serves up scrumptuous cyberfood to his FRiends as well.

At last we get to "Loves Baseball". He is a long time fan of baseball in general, the Dodgers in particular. When he bleeds, his blood is Dodger blue. Living in Modesto, far away from Chavez Ravine, he does not get to see the Dodgers very often except when they come to SF to play the Giants. Being a baseball fan, in general, he attends Oakland A's and Giants' games whenever possible. He is not only an ardent fan of "America's Pastime", he is also a very knowledgeable one and is always ready to join in a baseball discussion when it comes up on a thread.

Diver Dave, Congratulations


08-31-02 thru 09-02-02 Labor Day Holiday Weekend

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Seems only fitting to show both of Diver Dave's grandsons with the Pledge of Allegiance this morning. Christian led the Pledge at his Kindergarten Graduation this year, and Dave wrapped Logan in the flag and photographed him for the second photo.

1 posted on 09/03/2002 5:13:29 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...
Good morning, FReeper FRiends, and Welcome! We hope you had a luxuriously labor-free, laid-back, long weekend and that you're looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for you this week.

We promise not to disappoint. Daisy and I worked together to bring you today's Feature. Usually when we do a profile, we do all of the research, the writing, and the design and layout by ourselves; and only when we have a Guest Writer does that change. The Guest Writer does the research and writes the story, then sends it to one of us for the design, the layout, the graphics, etc.

For today's FReeper profile, however, Daisy did all the research and the writing, and emailed it to me for the visuals. We hope you enjoy.....not only today, but every day. :)

2 posted on 09/03/2002 5:15:11 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Diver Dave; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; WVNan; lodwick
Indeed it IS the Finest, Billie!
Just stopping by before I head out to Augusta for most of the day.

Morning greetings to all, and especially to you, Diver Dave!

All who know you, love and admire you.
May your day be as special as you are.

3 posted on 09/03/2002 5:24:43 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: LadyX
I think I remembered reading you would be gone most of today - am so glad I got today's thread posted before you left! Thank you, M!
4 posted on 09/03/2002 5:27:32 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Diver Dave; Billie
I'm on my way out of town for the week, but had to wait long enough to say "Congratulations, Diver!"
You are truly one of FreeRepubic's finest. Enjoy your day!

5 posted on 09/03/2002 5:29:00 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy; LadyX
Morning, Amy! Are you two going shopping together and didn't invite daisy, Lori and me?! :)
6 posted on 09/03/2002 5:34:05 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Good Morning, Billie
The NetNanny will be able to relax this week; I will be out of town until next Monday (I'm taking JustFrank with me .... Whew) Sorry we won't be around to give you a bad time and to continue wishing Diver Dave a great day.

7 posted on 09/03/2002 5:34:07 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy; ST.LOUIE1; ladyinred; chadsworth; COB1
The NetNanny will be able to relax this week; I will be out of town until next Monday (I'm taking JustFrank with me ....

But what about Louie and the other hooligans? They going, too? :)

8 posted on 09/03/2002 5:37:28 AM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy; Billie; LadyX; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett
Hey ...... She can't relax yet; I haven't left yet!

Two guys were lounging on a nude beach when a attractive young blonde wandered by.

One man turned to the other and said "Man, I bet she looks hot in a bikini!"


Heh Heh Heh

9 posted on 09/03/2002 5:39:08 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: The Mayor; All
Miss your morning coffee, Mayor - we just can't make it as good. :) But we try. Here goes.......

10 posted on 09/03/2002 5:40:17 AM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy
Thanks for the early morning laugh! ALL WEEK?! Darn! Gonna miss JustAmy! (Ok, maybe JustFrank a little bit) :)
11 posted on 09/03/2002 5:42:36 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1; chadsworth; COB1; ladyinred; jkphoto
"But what about Louie and the other hooligans? They going, too?"

No, I can't handle all of them! LOL
Without Frank to encourage them, maybe they will behave until the week-end.
12 posted on 09/03/2002 5:43:05 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Billie; chadsworth; ST.LOUIE1
"(Ok, maybe JustFrank a little bit) "

You must be kidding; no one misses JustFrank. He's like a wart, just there. Louie wants me to send him either to Alcatraz or boot camp. (Can't do that to the poor little fellow; Alcatraz will not take him and he would never survive boot camp)
13 posted on 09/03/2002 5:47:50 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Diver Dave; Billie

Diver Dave, you and your fellow Modesto FReepers are a FreeRepublic Classic. Keep up the good work and let's take back California.

Welcome to September! It's time to put summertime fun aside and get to work on elections!


C.R. 383 - Angelina County

County Road 383  - Photo by Flyer



14 posted on 09/03/2002 5:47:50 AM PDT by Flyer
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To: JustAmy
No, I can't handle all of them! LOL Without Frank to encourage them, maybe they will behave until the week-end.

You must be kidding; no one misses JustFrank. He's like a wart, just there.

Ok, I was JustBeingNice, really. :) Maybe you can JustLeave him there, wherever you're going? :)

15 posted on 09/03/2002 5:53:12 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Flyer; ValerieUSA
Good morning, Flyer. Beautiful photograph! Between you and Valerie, we are seeing some of the most gorgeous places in America!

Hope your weekend was good even though you said you had to work. :)

16 posted on 09/03/2002 5:55:55 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ValerieUSA
It was Valerie's work that encouraged me to work a little more on my Texas photos.

I did get to go to Galveston and Crystal Beach this weekend - for work.

17 posted on 09/03/2002 6:02:09 AM PDT by Flyer
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To: Billie; Diver Dave; jkphoto; chadsworth; MeeknMing; lodwick

18 posted on 09/03/2002 6:04:26 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Flyer
Well, both your photographs are outstanding!

I'm sure you found a little time out of work to enjoy the beach, right?! :)

19 posted on 09/03/2002 6:07:26 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Flyer
Great shot Flyer. I love those country roads....
20 posted on 09/03/2002 6:15:44 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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