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Please remember my sons:
Jason, Capt. U.S. Airforce
Shawn, Sgt. U.S. Airforce
Jacob, Sgt. U.S. Army

It was a priveledge for me to serve in the U.S. Navy.

We may have given for the providence of a nation but, Christ gave for the salvation of all men. Remember to thank Him the veteran and champion of the war over sin.

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My mother's father Confederate officer, my father veteran of World War 2 wounded twice, had 2 brothers served one Air Force one Army, as for me I was in the Air Force 66 to 69, my grand son is now serving in the Marines with orders for Afghanistan come January.

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I love that Specialist he's a neat young man, Mrs. D.!

The finest fighting service the world over: The United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal, 94-98, 0331 Machinegunner/"guns up" !

Born to fight/born to kill
Ready to die/but never will !

R/S,

MMD

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I love that Specialist he's a neat young man, Mrs. D.! I would heartily agree with this! :icon_mrgreen:

The finest fighting service the world over: The United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal, 94-98, 0331 Machinegunner/"guns up" !

Born to fight/born to kill
Ready to die/but never will !

R/S,

MMD

Good to see you around, stranger!!
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My Dad was in the Navy from 1959-1969. He served in Vietnam. Although there is no proof of it, we believe that his exposure to Agent Orange while in 'Nam caused his cancer (his diabetes and its complications were from Orange, also - proven by the VA). Agent Orange is known to cause several cancers, but this one hasn't been linked yet. It probably will be one day. So, even though my Dad didn't die in service, he probably did die as a result of it.

I know that, even if Agent Orange was the cause of his cancer, he would do it over again. He loved America.

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My Dad's Dad - WWI - US Army
My Dad - WWII - US Navy
Me - US Navy - 1978 - 1993
My son - US Navy - 2008 - 2012. My son's last day of service is this Friday (April 6, 2012). It will be good to have him home until he goes off to college.

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My Dad's Dad - WWI - US Army
My Dad - WWII - US Navy
Me - US Navy - 1978 - 1993
My son - US Navy - 2008 - 2012. My son's last day of service is this Friday (April 6, 2012). It will be good to have him home until he goes off to college.

WOW! Has it been 4 years already? I'm so glad for you that he's coming home soon (well, then leaving for college...). And it's good to see you back on here.
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My Dad was in the Navy from 1959-1969. He served in Vietnam. Although there is no proof of it, we believe that his exposure to Agent Orange while in 'Nam caused his cancer (his diabetes and its complications were from Orange, also - proven by the VA). Agent Orange is known to cause several cancers, but this one hasn't been linked yet. It probably will be one day. So, even though my Dad didn't die in service, he probably did die as a result of it.

I know that, even if Agent Orange was the cause of his cancer, he would do it over again. He loved America.



Parkinsons Disease has made he list too, I have dementia, and I believe it is a result of agent orange also, along with my diabetes and serosis of the liver.

I was at the USAPAC headquarters in Long Bien, one of the heaviest sprayed areas in Nam. No, I wasn't an officer, just stationed there as a sp/4. The VA does not recognize demantia yet, nor, I believe do they recognize serosis. Edited by irishman
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Parkinsons Disease has made he list too, I have dementia, and I believe it is a result of agent orange also, along with my diabetes and serosis of the liver.

I was at the USAPAC headquarters in Long Bien, one of the heaviest sprayed areas in Nam. No, I wasn't an officer, just stationed there as a sp/4. The VA does not recognize demantia yet, nor, I believe do they recognize serosis.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that dementia and cirrhosis are from Agent Orange! That stuff is nasty, nasty. And special thanks need to go out to all of our servicemen who put their lives on the line not just fighting the enemy, but with all the chemicals and stuff they were/are around that affect(s)ed them and their children.
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My father was too old for WW I........ Regarding the pic above......... My cousin Bud Harvey was one of the 52 survivors and was just below that flag when it was raised. He said it is almost exactly as shown in real life............

His greatest memory of it was the days on end of continuous fighting with dead bodies rotting in the sun and the stink of rotting flesh filled the air and in your nostrils non-stop.

Those boys were celebrated no doubt........... Funny one that happened: a buddy of mine as we were entering a room...... this white haired old man did not notice us and Ron motioned for me to be quite......... He sneaked up on him and that OLD MAN grabbed a very strong guy and slammed him on the floor in a GA second. We spent the next 2 hrs talking and he had his papers showing he was one of the 52 survivors as well.

I never knew any that gloried in war or spoke well of it if they spoke at all. Our young men are following the orders of evil old men in their ungodly endeavors. We're in a war in Iraq that should not have been. Our young men however are mostly serving with honor not to the credit of leadership.

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I was honored to serve.
2006-2012
Nuclear Machinist's Mate (06-09) and Engineman (09-12) with Naval Security Forces.
I pray that God continues to watch over the men and women who serve. I know for a FACT that he watched over me!

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US Navy, 1983-1993, as a Signalman, (now a defunct rating).
Bootcamp RTC San Diego, (now gone)
SM A school NTC Orlando, FL
Served on board USS Cleveland (LPD-7) out of San Diego and USS Camden (AOE-2) out of Bremerton, WA.
Last three years I was Military/Base police at (formerly) Naval Air Station Miramar, now a Marine Air base.
Also worked with the MIlitary Working Dogs as a decoy/ assistant. Best time I ever had!
I got out as a Clinton-era cutback. Go figure!

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I first enlisted in 1975 in the U.S.Navy , active duty on a cruiser. Thought I had enough so stayed out till 1991 and decided I wanted to be the guy to whoop Sadam, so I reenlisted in the reserves as a Seabee . In 2004 I was heading to Afghanistan with my unit and somewhere in all those shots I had a severe reaction and it has disabled me. I now hold a 100% rating from the VA.

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I never served but I was named after a Great Uncle who died in WW2. When he left for the War he said that he didn't believe he would be coming back. And he was right. 21 years old. Buried somewhere on the bottom of the Sea of Japan.

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US Navy, 1983-1993, as a Signalman, (now a defunct rating).
Bootcamp RTC San Diego, (now gone)
SM A school NTC Orlando, FL
Served on board USS Cleveland (LPD-7) out of San Diego and USS Camden (AOE-2) out of Bremerton, WA.
Last three years I was Military/Base police at (formerly) Naval Air Station Miramar, now a Marine Air base.
Also worked with the MIlitary Working Dogs as a decoy/ assistant. Best time I ever had!
I got out as a Clinton-era cutback. Go figure!

My dad was a skivvie waver, I had plans on striking for radarman (also defunct now), couldn't stand how badly Zumwalt mangled the USN as CNO and chose USAF instead.

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I mentioned serving in the U. S. Air Force, but I don't believe I gave a run down on my family. I will see if I can get it right.

 

  1. My grandfather on my mothers side was an office in the Confederate Army
  2. My father served in the U. S. Army World War 2, wounded twice, two purple hearts, rifle shot in the shoulder, them another rifle shot in the leg, both times he went back to his unit after partial healing continuing in combat 
  3. My father's oldest brother served more than 20 years in the U. S. Army, volunteered before the start of World war 2
  4. 1 brother served in the U. S. Army in the early 50's 
  5. 1 brother served in the U. S. Navy in the mid 50's
  6. 1 brother served in the U. S. Air Force in the late 50's
  7. I served in the U. S. Air Force Jan. 66 to May 69
  8. At present time my oldest grandson is serving in the U. S. Marines, two trips to Afghanistan, he should be getting out any day now, if he does not change his mind  

I was an engine mechanic of the B-52's & KC-135's, I spent the large majority of my time working flight line, spent most of my time at Blytheville AFB except for a 90 day TDY that turned into a 120 day TDY at Anderson AFB, Guam, for a bit over 3/4's of that time we worked 12 hours per day 7 days per week, the last part of it we worked 12 hours per day, 4 days on, with one day off. It was quite amazing seeing the B-52's leave loaded down with bomb seemly having a difficult time getting airborne, them in somewhat over 12 hours returning, them quickly what ever repairs it might need were done, loaded back full of bombs, them sent right back.

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My father was too old for WW I........ Regarding the pic above......... My cousin Bud Harvey was one of the 52 survivors and was just below that flag when it was raised. He said it is almost exactly as shown in real life............

His greatest memory of it was the days on end of continuous fighting with dead bodies rotting in the sun and the stink of rotting flesh filled the air and in your nostrils non-stop.

Those boys were celebrated no doubt........... Funny one that happened: a buddy of mine as we were entering a room...... this white haired old man did not notice us and Ron motioned for me to be quite......... He sneaked up on him and that OLD MAN grabbed a very strong guy and slammed him on the floor in a GA second. We spent the next 2 hrs talking and he had his papers showing he was one of the 52 survivors as well.

I never knew any that gloried in war or spoke well of it if they spoke at all. Our young men are following the orders of evil old men in their ungodly endeavors. We're in a war in Iraq that should not have been. Our young men however are mostly serving with honor not to the credit of leadership.

 

 

Sam, they said the same thing about Vietnam, and I am sad to hear it.  Many of my "buddies" gave their lives in Nam, and all for nothing seemingly.  In a way, the end does justify the means, at least in these cases.  I do not consider myself a warmonger, but I believe it is necessary, especially these days with the Muslim influence.  When they pull out of Afghanistan, then all those who died there are wasted lives.  We should stick with it until victory or defeat, whatever the Lord has for us. 

 

(I know I am responding to an old post, but had to get it off my chest)

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Sam, they said the same thing about Vietnam, and I am sad to hear it.  Many of my "buddies" gave their lives in Nam, and all for nothing seemingly.  In a way, the end does justify the means, at least in these cases.  I do not consider myself a warmonger, but I believe it is necessary, especially these days with the Muslim influence.  When they pull out of Afghanistan, then all those who died there are wasted lives.  We should stick with it until victory or defeat, whatever the Lord has for us. 

 

(I know I am responding to an old post, but had to get it off my chest)

Without launching a full scale war, followed by a full scale occupation, there can be no victory in Afghanistan.

 

For the Muslims, their war with us goes far beyond national pride aspects, it goes to the core of their religion and culture. The advance of Islam or the elimination of any threat from Islamic elements can't be eliminated by use of limited war or limited occupation.

 

America will not fight the Muslims as is necessary so they would be best off finding a good way to exit rather than to continue to waste lives while gaining nothing.

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partially true John, but eventually we will have to fight or surrender to the Muslim world.  There agenda is world dominance.

The crusades were about the same thing years ago, and they mangaed to win for awhile.  If we are going to go into a war without the resolve to win,there is no sense in going.  Too much politics destroys a good war!

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partially true John, but eventually we will have to fight or surrender to the Muslim world.  There agenda is world dominance.

The crusades were about the same thing years ago, and they mangaed to win for awhile.  If we are going to go into a war without the resolve to win,there is no sense in going.  Too much politics destroys a good war!

That's the problem, Americans are unwilling to face the fact of who, what and why the real enemy is. America is also unwilling to fight the Muslim world. For America, it's mostly about money and "the good life". For Muslims, it's about their core beliefs and their religion, culture and society are meshed together as one. Most Americans don't grasp that because for them religion is a side matter. Even for many professing Christians their Christianity is only a part of their life, not their whole life and not something they take as seriously as many Muslims take their religion.

 

American soldiers have to walk on eggshells in Afghanistan because they have orders not to "offend" Muslims. They have to hide their Christianity, they have to act as if Islam is wonderful, they have to protect Islamists.

 

For Bible believing Christians, this is all matters of the world the Lord will tend to. Scripture tells us it's the spiritual battle that we are to be concerned about and fighting. We know the destiny of all the nations and all peoples. The kingdom of God will prevail, all else will be burned away.

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