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Dec. 6, 2002

Posted on 12/06/2002 12:33:24 PM PST by Jen

U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues

Where Duty, Honor and Country
are acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated.

Our Mission:

The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans.

We hope to provide an ongoing source of information about issues and problems that are specific to Veterans and resources that are available to Veterans and their families.

In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel free to address their specific circumstances or whatever issues concern them in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, brotherhood and support.

Veterans History Project
Keeps War Memories Alive

There are over 19 million veterans living in the U.S. today. With each is a personal story of battles fought, victories and defeats. Each story, though sometimes heartbreaking, is full of love, dedication and patriotism.



War correspondent May Craig
interviews a soldier, ca. 1945.


That's how Peter Bartis describes his work with the Veterans History Project. The grassroots effort that began two years ago -- and has now caught fire -- is hoping to keep those memories alive.

Bartis, a senior program officer for the project, said that each day some 1,500 U.S. veterans die -- and with them a treasured part of the nation's past. "These are some of the most amazing stories; when you put them all together you get a story of the nation," he said.

Over the past year alone, the project's staff of 16 has already collected more than 14,000 items, such as letters and other memoirs, and video and audiotape interviews.

"We're all just blown away by these stories," he said. "The information has been very rich, it's been emotional, and it's very heartening to listen to the stories, to learn how and why they (veterans) joined, their war-time experience."

With the idea that future generations could learn from the histories of the nation's veterans, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, began the effort to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of American war veterans -- men, women, civilians who served in World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The center needs contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers also.

Bartis said the amount of regular mail and the number of e-mails and phone calls vary from day to day, "but the response to this project has been enormous." "We get to know a lot of these people personally. That's the fun part," he said. Aside from the thousands of items received from everyday Americans each year, Bartis said the project has gained tremendous support from the corporate community as well.

The Veterans History Project's official Web site lists more than 50 national partners and support organizations from every state. The military services contribute through offices such as the Army's U.S. Center of Military History and the Naval and Marine Corps Historical centers, as well as DoD's official committee commemorating the 50th Korean War anniversary. Major national veterans associations are well-represented also.

"This is not our project or the library's project. This is the nation's project," Bartis said. "We want people of all walks of life to feel ownership of this project."

Learn more about the Veterans History Project.



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'Unless we fail in our objective -- this thread is designed to stir your emotions and memories and to bring out the patriotism in you.'

-- SAMWolf, US Army Veteran


1 posted on 12/06/2002 12:33:24 PM PST by Jen
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To: souris; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; MistyCA; SpookBrat; SassyMom; bluesagewoman; GatorGirl; ...
Good Luck! AntJen.
2 posted on 12/06/2002 12:35:35 PM PST by SAMWolf
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PING to the FReeper Foxhole!
3 posted on 12/06/2002 12:37:22 PM PST by Jen
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks SAM!
4 posted on 12/06/2002 12:37:54 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
Air Force Elves Help Answer Santa's mail

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFPN) — Children around the world can get a signed letter from Santa Claus, thanks to elves from the U.S. Air Force's 354th Operations Support Squadron's combat weather flight here.

For nearly 50 years, people at Eielson AFB have helped Santa answer the mail. Each year, the flight answers thousands of letters, sending responses postmarked "North Pole, Alaska." "Last year, because of operational concerns, we only answered about 1,000 letters," said 1st Lt. Andrew Mercer, chief elf for this year's program. The previous year, the flight answered more than 6,000 letters.

People who would like a free letter from Santa for a child should send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Santa's Mailbag, 354th OSS/OSW, 1215 Flightline Ave., Suite 100B, Eielson AFB, AK 99702-1520.

5 posted on 12/06/2002 12:41:29 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: AntiJen
What a terrific idea! Bump for history and patriotism!
6 posted on 12/06/2002 12:49:02 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: Neil E. Wright; A Navy Vet; Trueblackman; dcwusmc; Diver Dave; jkphoto; 45semi; ...
VetsCoR bump!
7 posted on 12/06/2002 12:54:53 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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Alaskan squadron delivers Christmas
by By Staff Sgt. Nate Hier

Isaiah, 12 weeks old, gets his first "lap-time" with a C-130 Hercules Santa from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Isaiah was one of two Arctic Village, Alaska, children seeing Santa for the first time. Many of the village's residents have seen all of the 30-plus Arctic Village trips the 517th Airlift Squadron "Firebirds" have made since 1967. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Theo McNamara)

12/06/02 - ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFPN) -- The 517th Airlift Squadron here made its annual pilgrimage to a remote Alaskan village Dec. 3 with Christmas gifts and cheer.

The 517th AS "Firebirds" have been making the trip to Arctic Village for more than 30 years.

The tradition began in 1967 when the porcupine caribou herd - the villagers' primary source of food - changed its migratory trek because of forest fires. The squadron, then known as the 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron, flew the village hunters to the herd and returned with their meat, saving the village from starvation.

Since then, the Arctic Village Booster Club - through the support of the 517th Spouses Group and squadron volunteers - has brought food, clothing, school supplies and gifts to the villagers every year.

"It's all about the children," said Linda Stephenson, a spouses group member who made her third trip to Arctic Village. "To see the smiles on their little faces is just amazing. The only Santa most of the villagers have ever seen has come off an Air Force C-130 (Hercules)."

One such villager, Bertha Ross, was just 4 years old in 1967 when the tradition began.

"When I was a little girl, Santa Claus would fly over waving from the side door, and the men would drop Santa's gifts out the back," said Ross. "It was the most exciting thing for the whole year."

Besides school supplies and gifts for the children, volunteers also brought meat to help alleviate a poor caribou-hunting season because of another change in the herd's migratory patterns. They also brought other staples, such as butter, bacon, flour and sugar, in addition to a laser printer and a new copier for the village council.

There were also some new additions to the traditional cargo this year. Spouse Lori Porter, a pediatrician, worked hard to obtain needed medical supplies. Elaine Hedden, another spouse who is a physical therapist, worked with the villagers on various stretching exercises. One villager in particular - recently shot in the knee while hunting - received one-on-one training to aid in his recovery.

One of the biggest additions to this year's event came from an Angel Tree the booster club set up in downtown Anchorage.

"Having the Angel Tree was an absolute huge help," said Stephenson. "That really helped let the community know what this annual event is all about and allowed them another avenue to join in and help."

The booster club also raised $13,000 through their annual auction, during which community businesses donated money and gifts.

Much has changed in the last 35 years for both the villagers and the volunteers. While Ross is no longer an excited little girl standing on the frigid runway waiting for Santa to open the door, she took just as much pleasure in this year's visit by bringing the next generation into the magic of this unique Christmas tradition.

During the celebration in the village community center where Santa handed out presents to each of the 74 children, Ross was holding two village infants as they saw their first "C-130 Santa Claus."

8 posted on 12/06/2002 12:55:28 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: Jim Robinson
Hi Jim, how're you doing these days?

Take care...

Molon Labe!
9 posted on 12/06/2002 12:58:55 PM PST by blackie
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To: blackie
Very well, thanks. Hope all is well with you.
Jim
10 posted on 12/06/2002 1:00:14 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: habs4ever
Thanks Habs!
11 posted on 12/06/2002 1:00:19 PM PST by Jen
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To: Jim Robinson
Hi Jim! Thanks for allowing us to have a FReeper Foxhole! And, thanks for the bump and pings.
12 posted on 12/06/2002 1:00:58 PM PST by Jen
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To: blackie
Hi Blackie. Thanks for coming to the FReeper Foxhole. Molon Labe!
13 posted on 12/06/2002 1:01:47 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
My pleasure. Thanks for the thread.
14 posted on 12/06/2002 1:02:21 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
Oregon is fine, a little cool and we need more rain.. :o)

I'm in good shape, considering the shape I'm in.. :o)

Ciao,
blackie
15 posted on 12/06/2002 1:06:33 PM PST by blackie
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To: AntiJen
Good timing, AntiJen. Sixty-one years ago today an enemy fleet was headed towards Pearl Harbor.
16 posted on 12/06/2002 1:09:22 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: AntiJen
Jim pinged me, we go back way before he got famous and before I signed up here...he's a bud! :o)
17 posted on 12/06/2002 1:09:28 PM PST by blackie
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To: Eastbound
Yes, it sure was. Guess what the topic for tomorrow will be? ;-)
18 posted on 12/06/2002 1:11:41 PM PST by Jen
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To: SAMWolf; AntiJen
I LIKE IT!!!
19 posted on 12/06/2002 1:12:08 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Eastbound
PS: I think it can be safely said that our response time today has been greatly enhanced.
20 posted on 12/06/2002 1:13:20 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: souris; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; MistyCA; SpookBrat; SassyMom; bluesagewoman; GatorGirl; ...
I'm planning on posting the "military history and military related" threads I've been doing here, let me know if you want to staya on the ping list.
21 posted on 12/06/2002 1:15:43 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: AntiJen
BTTT
22 posted on 12/06/2002 1:20:02 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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Thanks for the ping SAM...keep 'em coming, please!

Jen, this looks great! You've started me thinking about getting my older relatives involved in telling about their service. My father entered the Army a few months after Hiroshima, he served in the new USAF during the Korean war, and he was in Vietnam the year before he retired.

TY!
23 posted on 12/06/2002 1:22:46 PM PST by HiJinx
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"Yes, it sure was. Guess what the topic for tomorrow will be? ;-)"

....uh..lemme see. How many guesses do I get? :-)

Sixty-one years ago today I was 12 years old and finishing up my first year at a military school, and became an under-age enlistee in 1946, leaving the service before the next war started. Always wished I stayed. I've felt like a fish out of water ever since. Even today, at 73, I'd like to be able to climb that gangplank just one more time and say, "Permission to come aboard, Sir!"

Great idea, here, AntiJen. I'll surely be visiting. Thanks, JimRob.

24 posted on 12/06/2002 1:22:53 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: AntiJen
Bttt
25 posted on 12/06/2002 1:24:53 PM PST by firewalk
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Come visit the new daily thread in the VetsCoR Forum -- the FReeper Foxhole.

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26 posted on 12/06/2002 1:26:37 PM PST by Jen
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To: Eastbound
A word of warning about tomorrow, it's going to be a rather long and detailed opening post.
27 posted on 12/06/2002 1:27:24 PM PST by SAMWolf
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28 posted on 12/06/2002 1:28:22 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
Jewish-Americans Civil War Veterans Database
29 posted on 12/06/2002 1:29:54 PM PST by Alouette
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30 posted on 12/06/2002 1:30:18 PM PST by Jen
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31 posted on 12/06/2002 1:32:38 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
As a father, I constantly remind my children (4 boys and 1 girl due later this month) that the freedom they enjoy didn't come cheap, in fact, it costs (not "cost" but costs) something that they themselves may have to ante up one day: their very lives.

I honor all of the vets; those who are gone and those who are still present with us. You are the finest this nation has to offer.

God bless you all.

32 posted on 12/06/2002 1:33:19 PM PST by A2J
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33 posted on 12/06/2002 1:35:12 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
Kudos to all who have served our country.
34 posted on 12/06/2002 1:36:46 PM PST by 4CJ
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To: AntiJen
Thanks for the heads up!
35 posted on 12/06/2002 1:38:24 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: AntiJen
Excellent addition to the site ..

Over 19 million veterans .. Wow!!
36 posted on 12/06/2002 1:42:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: F-117A; F16Fighter; FAB; fabian; Fabozz; fabriclady; facedown; Factfinder; factmart; faeden; ...
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37 posted on 12/06/2002 1:42:50 PM PST by Jen
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Thanks for the bump to the great thread Jim. Thanks to you AntiJen. Very nice. I like the efforts that have been developed to let our military members past and present know how much we appreciate them. Keep up the good work.

D1

38 posted on 12/06/2002 1:44:03 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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The Harry S. Truman Color Guard posts the colors as the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier pulls away from her homeport at Naval Station, Norfolk on her regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Andrea Decanini. (RELEASED)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those M-1 rifles being carried by the Color Guard? If so, wonderful! I've always liked the M-1, much more so than the M-14 or -16...

John Garand's rifle was the single most significant small arms development in the history of modern warfare. No other rifle in this nation's history so outclassed that of its adversaries. The accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and most of all, its firepower, could not be matched by any of the Axis powers during WWII. It performed with distinction throughout WWII to Korea and to the early days in Vietnam.

-Civilian Marksmanship Program

In my opinion, the M1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.

-General George S. Patton, USA

39 posted on 12/06/2002 1:45:19 PM PST by Chemist_Geek
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Come visit the new daily thread in the VetsCoR Forum -- the FReeper Foxhole.

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40 posted on 12/06/2002 1:46:25 PM PST by Jen
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To: AntiJen
Very nice, and thanks for the ping.....
41 posted on 12/06/2002 1:48:43 PM PST by b4its2late
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To: AntiJen
Guess what the topic for tomorrow will be? ;-)

Early developments in spotting of aircraft by radar? (grin)

42 posted on 12/06/2002 1:48:49 PM PST by Chemist_Geek
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To: SAMWolf
Very neat, Sam and all.
43 posted on 12/06/2002 1:48:58 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: AntiJen
thanx
44 posted on 12/06/2002 1:52:00 PM PST by breakem
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To: AntiJen
bttt
45 posted on 12/06/2002 1:53:57 PM PST by Ff--150
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To: AntiJen
Thanks, I bookmarked it.


46 posted on 12/06/2002 1:54:44 PM PST by BSunday
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To: AntiJen
Thanks for the Ping, what a great idea.

Washington is sunny and cold today, perfect fall weather.

I look forward to seeing more of the foxhole.

Molon Labe!!

Aric2000
US Army 1986-1990
47 posted on 12/06/2002 1:55:32 PM PST by Aric2000
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To: AntiJen
I like it!

Look forward to each new thread.

Go Navy, beat Army!
48 posted on 12/06/2002 1:57:44 PM PST by Taxman
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To: AntiJen
Good luck !
49 posted on 12/06/2002 1:57:47 PM PST by genefromjersey
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To: AntiJen
Thanks for the ping.
50 posted on 12/06/2002 2:02:27 PM PST by carenot
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