Since Apr 14, 2003

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I’m damn sure not impressed by many quotes. The one I buy is-”For those who have fought for it- freedom has a special flavor the protected will never know.” If you are male and have not served and were able bodied and this country had a war going on when you were 19-24- perhaps you should ask yourself why?

What made America and still makes it is such a great nation is a combination of the constitution and Christianity plus brave men willing to fight for freedom. Without a church and Sunday schools to teach them the Lord’s word and His laws- kids are lost. Without both a father and a mother most kids are someway dependent on Government. Teen boys without a father usually end up with serious problems. Few women can raise a 14-15 year old and older boy anymore then most men can raise a teenage daughter by themselves. Without religion and fathers the family is more likely to be dependent on government and the progressive way of life destroys the family just as it is destroying America. It was Bill Clinton who denied already approved military pay raises in 1999 and he forced 30,000 military families to live on food stamps. It was Clinton who first forced queers and lesbians on the military. Clinton created coed basic training and women in combat. Only the Marine Corps stood up against Clinton's military appointee secretaries. Sara Lister a Clinton Asst. Secretary of the Army made a joke about the Marine uniform. Once Obama took over the agenda went back to the far left. John Kerry had the most progressive anti American voting record in both Houses. A friend of mine commanded the IV Corps Mike Force Airboat Company and John Kerry is a liar. This affirmative action president is a damn joke like all who check race expecting an advantage. He is no more a real American then those who illegally sneak across our border. Obama is a traitor. Hilliary like Obama is a Saul Alinsky fan. Both are firm believers in his 8 principles for radicals.The entire Democrat party has moved far left and there is no way to negotiate or work with them. He has divided this nation by pitting classes and race against each other. This country is divided with this ass. Until this country gets back to it's heritage and realizes our founding fathers were anti Muslim and anti anyone coming here uninvited we are in trouble. Military service should be every man's duty for a few years period. It is damn sick and speaks volumes about today's youth and young adults that not enough young men are physically fit to join the military to fill all the combat MOS', because; if there were enough men the competition would still be so tough that very few women would dare try. Women fighting in our wars brings up a serious question. Do American men really want their wife, fiancé, sister, or daughter facing bullets and/or exploding shrapnel? Have we lost our self respect as men? I can certainly tell you that I would not want any woman I know to be a POW of any oriental much less a Muslim. I will tell any woman that you had best think about being in the Infantry as I recall taking a pill before every combat OP to cause constipation as you do not want troops taking a crap while hunting the enemy. We'd carry 20 mags of 5.56 ammo plus extra smoke and frag grenades in our rucks. Add a 60 mm mortar HE round plus a claymore and your rations, extra water etc. You are not going to do anything personal except piss on a combat patrol. There is no washing,tooth brushing,shaving etc. Your sole job for 3-5 days on average is to hunt the enemy through terrain that can be jungle, mountains and slopes, or just about any type. Your main objective is to find the enemy undetected and to kill the bastards. The element of surprise has won many a firefight and battle. On my first OP I found out real fast that the LZ I picked was not ideal as I had leeches all over me from walking where the yards and the other SF men did not. I quickly learned a few things. By the end of the first day I was looking from my position in our perimeter at the avenues of approach and I watched our yards setting up machine guns and claymores. I briefly went over the mission and our position with my two SF NCO's. I radioed the last SITREP and gave our RON coordinates. We ate our INDIG rations took our last smoke before dark and had 50/50 alert and swapped guard for the next 8 hours. No one got over 4 hours sack time. Next day it was hump the bush again, sweat and sweat, listen to the strange sounds of the jungle,get water anywhere you can whether it's from a bomb crater filled with stagnant water from the monsoon season. Snakes, centipedes, scorpions, apes, monkeys, you name it live in the jungle. We'd fill our canteens and put halzone tabs in the mess. After 5 days you stink like hell, you crotch feels like sandpaper and your arms are scraped from wait a minute vines. Your feet ache and there is not one bone in your body that is not sore. You immediately get a brown bomber from the medics back at camp and when that kicks in you will head to the crapper. Lowering physical standards for any reason endangers others lives and I hope you can see why. I look back and I thank the Lord for letting me and my men get into LZ's without getting ambushed as soon as the choppers set down. However, two of my 1LT's and an SFC plus 28 yards were not so lucky on 24 April 69. I thank the Montagnards for their loyalty and always being alert in combat. I think about the many men I lost plus our unit did in 68-69. My two GSW's were nothing compared to others who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Thankfully, I was able to tell one of my 1LT's mother's about his time with us. She was grateful. My top SF NCO also called her. He is now deceased as is she. The Montagnards I had paid the highest price. Only one Rhade yard,Y Blim Nie, survived that war. May They All Rest in peace.