Have you thanked a vet at all? (long post sorry)


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davidtdm
March 29, 2004, 04:27 AM
I just watched the flash presentation that 50shooter posted. I encourage everyone to take alook at it. http://www.justinbuist.org/flash/WeSupportU.swf

This past thursday I was talking with the parental unit. My dad told me that they went to an event to honor a local war hero. More on that a bit later. I know that there are those on this board who have been in wars and conflicts. To you I say thank you. Thank you for allowing me to continue to live in such a way that I realy have no worries. Hakuna Matata all the way.

I, like many of us have seen the news footoge of Iraq and Afganastan. We say our prayers for the guys and gals over there. Maybe we do some volunteering etc. etc. I also know that there are folks here that do a lot more than that and have a personal stake in the war wether it be a father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle.... I don't have such a personal stake such as that...Or so I thought.

If you'll allow me to endulge a bit further....

There was a little boy in Colorado, who was doing a school project. This school project was to send a little note to a soilder that was injured and now back on US soil or even still out in the field. This little boy asked his teacher if he could turn in his card the next day because he had something at home that he wanted to include in his card. The next day the little boy pulled out a small desk flag and started to attach it to the card. The teacher asked where he got it. The little boy said that his father gave it to him to rember him when he was deployed. The teacher called his parents up (his dad was on his way back) to see if this is what the boy realy wanted to do. Both his parents said if this is what he wanted to do then it is ok. When the teacher asked the boy if this is what he realy wanted to do his reply was: " he needs it more than I do" he being a wounded soilder.

Well this card got to its destination. When the soilder heard the story of the flag he had one request. He was going to take it home to show his family that this is what it is all about. Then he wanted to return the flag to the little boy. As you can imagine the flag was returned to the little boy. He did not want it. The soilder needs it more than I he still said. Some time had passed and the boys father was called up again. But this time the father said that the flag was not going with him or staying home. The flag (as far as I know) was sent back to the wounded soilder. The writer of this article said that this will mostlikly be an ongoing thing between these two families.

Back to the war hero that was being honored....

It turns out that my buddy in highschool was the one being honored. He was given the Bronze star and was also awarded the Purple Heart. I asked my dad if he was sure that this was my friend. Last I saw him he was in Germany a warrant officer and was planning on staying there.

When my dad started telling me why he got the awards I was stunned, scarred, worried, and proud all at once. I then spent the next 4 hours scouring the net to find any inforomation that I could. That's where I found the above story of the little boy and the wounded soilder.

A few days before the 507th out of FT BLiss TX was deployed, my buddy was reassigned to that unit. He's a Staff Sgt. I'm sure that everyone knows the story of Pfc Jessica Lynch. Well it's been over ayear since that incident and I guess it's taken this long for me to realize how close to home that was.

My buddy was in the second group that was seperated from the main convoy. He was shot 4 times. Once in the thigh, once in the upper arm (that has caused him to loose the function of that arm), once in the wrist, and once in the finger. ( he kinda chuckles about the finger wound)

They (government) say the firefight lasted from 60 -90 mins. The group had about 11 people in it. Luckily (or not?) all of the vehicles either broke down or was shot up enough where they all stopped about in the same spots. He and another Sgt. were able to set up a perimiter and defend it untill they thought they couldn't anymore. I'm guseeing things died down a bit because he heard a famillar sound. The others in the group wanted to stay put but he urged them to listen also. It was the sound of an Abrhams tank. He got up and started walking and got the others to start walking too. They walked about half a mile where they met up with a marine group who was sent to rescue them. When he saw the marines coming down the road he said that he took a knee and then realized that he'd been shot (he was patched up while they were in a ditch but the adrenaline was going 100 miles an hour)

A side note: The marines were supposed to take out three bridges going into
Nasiriyah. They had to add another objective. Save who they could of the 507th. While doing this they took many casualties.

This is the third offensive that has taken place in my lifetime. I've always had the utmost respect for those who fought for my freedom. There are times when I thought that if I skipped my Sr. year of highschool I could have signed right up and been in desert storm. There are times I wish I could sign up now.

I've always admired those of my grandfathers day and age those of the "Greatest Generation" and of my fathers through the Vietnam era. Since these people were family and were there I had a personal stake. It became harder to feel the same way about my generation. Yeah I knew some folks that fought in desert storm, but only in passing.

Like I said it's been over a year since my buddy went through what he did. Not to say that I've haddent had respect or reverance for those who fought in these most recent conflicts. But now I realize that I know someone, personally. Some one who I spent 6 years with getting to know. It's personal now. I'm sure everyone on this board can relate to this in some form or fashion.

I'm waiting on my dad to send me the article from the little city paper that covered the award ceromony. I'm hopping that It will have some info where I can get in touch with my buddy so I can personally thank him.

So back up to the subject line......Have you thanked a vet at alll?

I know of one here on the boards OEFVET. Thank you Frank.

To all the others that I don't know but hope to one day. Thank You.

And if anyone knows Stf. Sgt. Tarik Jackson of the 507th Maintenance Company. Let him know he's got a thank you comming too.


Thanks for endulging

Dave

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OEF_VET
March 29, 2004, 12:20 PM
Dave,

You're welcome.

I lost three friends in Iraq. CPT Pierre Piche, SGT Michael Acklin and SGT Rico (I can't think of his first name to save my life right now.). They are friends I'll always remember, for they paid the ultimate sacrifice. They gave their lives on the field of battle, fighting not for their country or its' political goals, but instead, they died fighting for their comrades. All three were professional soldiers who knew the risks they were taking when they went to Iraq. All three had been in the position to leave the Army previously, but had elected to stay in and serve. They are my heroes.

Frank

hapafish
March 29, 2004, 02:08 PM
A prayer for CPT Seifert, our Brigade S-2, lost in Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait in March '01. One of the most courteous, most dignified, most professional men I have ever had the honor to meet in service. And I didn't even know him well. I wish I could still throw him salutes.

Prayers for all the fallen.

LASur5r
March 29, 2004, 02:13 PM
I met a young man on line at TFL three years ago. He had joined the service before 9-1-1 and made it into the 101st Airborne. He deployed to Iraq and was in the push to Baghdad from its onset. He recently made it back intact and came to visit.
I got him around my family and friends and around people who thanked him with hugs and handshakes in the hopes that it would "soften" him up from his military bearing. He was against all of this attention , but stoically accepted it. He does not see what he has done as anything out of the ordinary.
One day we went on a simple doctor visit and he was in full uniform when an older lady asked him if she could hug him. Then a lady with her young son (about 8 years ago) stayed around until the first lady left and the mom was embarrassed but she explained that her son had noticed this soldier in uniform and especially noticed the eagle patch. He wanted to say something to the young man.
The young boy was wearing a Fire Department t-shirt and here this son of a hero in our eyes ( a father who puts his life on the line every single day for us) stood up straight and told the soldier that he wanted to thank him for fighting for our country.
The young soldier kneeled down took a pin that he had earned overseas and handed it to this young man, then hugged him. He then stood and saluted the young boy and his mother. A small crowd had gathered at this time and there were many smiles and quite a few wet eyes.
For the first time in three weeks, the soldier smiled....that night he closed the door to his room...I believed he cried for the first time in years of being a soldier because he realized how much the people of this country appreciates what all of our soldiers are doing for us Americans.
Irony is? He is Japanese but he has come to live here and has learned what our freedoms mean to us and he is willing to fight for that.

Please say a prayer for this soldier and all other our folks in uniform. He just got word that he is to be redeployed back in country.
I am extemely proud to call this soldier my nephew. I write to him and soldiers overseas to let them know how much they are appreciated...in that way I continue to thank them.
God Bless....Peace out.
Please don't forget the others who serve on a daily basis at home. Thank them too.

4v50 Gary
March 29, 2004, 03:19 PM
God Bless all our Boys & Girls in uniform here & overseas and those who have served.

They're out there in some place we can't even pronounce properly so that we can enjoy the blessings of liberty. Salutante!

Ben Shepherd
March 29, 2004, 05:14 PM
We have a Viet Nam vet that works with me. Since I've been with my current employer, we've went to lunch on Vetrans Day every year, and I pick up the tab.

To the rest who have served:

Rest assured that even though the country seems to be coming apart at the seams right now, there are those of us that think of you and are thankful for your sacrifice, and still believe this nation is the best on earth. God bless.

cdbeaver
March 29, 2004, 05:47 PM
This old Korean War vet is having a tough time reading the monitor right now.

When I returned home from overseas, I ran into people I knew and was met with a question: "You been gone?"

Sean Smith
March 29, 2004, 06:21 PM
One of my best friends (West Point classmate, armor officer) just got sent to Iraq. His wife (civilian contract employee of the Army) got sent over there, too. I know that 2 of my West Point classmates for sure have been killed in action in Iraq so far. And people wondered why I got pissed when they started talking sh*t about my alma mater around here... :uhoh:

http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1995/classnews/fallen.htm

standingbear
March 29, 2004, 09:11 PM
They are ALL heros in my opinion.recently..there was an story in the columbus,ohio dispatch about a young man that got a promotion within his civilian job and was called up to duty in iraq.upon his return..his civilian employer had given the promotion to someone else and told him he would have to go back to his old job at his old pay because he hadnt filled out the paperwork or somesort of nonsence.Im not sure of the company's name as I was fuming from the read and had to put it down awhile.I cant imagine the letdown.they serve their country and deserve the best and nothing less.

Psssniper
March 29, 2004, 11:30 PM
When I go out to dinner, wherever I may be, if a Military guy or group of guys is there, I pick up their bill. I live in a semi-military town called San Clemente and Camp Pendleton is right next door so this is an easy job for me. Went to dinner the other night at a local hangout and there was a table of three Marines eating pizza and drinking beer. PAID IT.
On vacation in Wash D.C. three weeks ago for my 25th anniversary, we were eating dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn (by George Washingtons house) and there was a guy in uniform with his wife having what was probably a "see ya in 9 months" dinner, PAID IT. The best part is telling them that we all appreciate them and love them. My buddy Al is in Iraq right now and I think of him always. The money that I spend is nothing compared to what these guys sacrifice. May God bless them and keep them safe.

thefitzvh
March 30, 2004, 01:01 AM
I've posted this story before, but I'll do it again...

I decided to stay in the military permanently after this... that's why I'm doing the ROTC thing now.

When I was in the army, after 9-11, my unit did search and rescue at the pentagon. It was pretty gruesome work.

There was a candlelight vigil/memorial area across the street next to the navy annex. I went there on my first day off, and was walkin around in uniform.

A kid comes up to me with a flag, and hands it to me. I don't remember all the details, but according to his mother, his dad was either wounded or dead in the pentagon, and this kid had waited since that morning to give this flag to a soldier.

I lost my cookies right there. Here's this kid, probably 8-10 years old, and all he can think about is giving a flag to a soldier. I musta scared the kid, cuz I was crying as I was squeezing the bejeezus out of him. LOL.

Nothing's made me prouder than my military service. I haven't been into combat yet, and sometimes that bothers me. But it's very satisfying to know that I can and will, whenever I'm needed.

I'm in cali, but I SOMETIMES get a little show of support from the locals. At the bar I work at, if I see any military personnel, their first round of drinks is on me, no matter what they order. Expensive tequila? FINE! It's all yours. I know what it was like to be an E3 with very little money, and only affording the cheap beer.

I can't wait to finish school and commission, and get back out there.
By the way, THR members who aren't in the military: You guys have said (here and in other threads) some of the nicest and most thoughtful things, and I thank you. THR members are a higher caliber (HAHA! get it!?) than the average american, and I would gladly serve with every last one of you.

God bless, and good shooting.

EDITED TO ADD: PSSSniper, I live in San Marcos. PM or email me and maybe we can have a San Diego area THR get-together

James

Drjones
March 30, 2004, 03:25 AM
So back up to the subject line......Have you thanked a vet at alll?


Well, I don't normally like to tell about these things, but since you asked, yes.

A few months ago I was in line at a Chipotle and there was an AF man in uniform a few people in front of me. As he was in the middle of getting his burrito made, and before he could get to the cash register, I asked him if I could buy him his burrito as a very small "thank you" for serving our country.

He gladly accepted.



A few weeks ago I walked into a local bar with a buddy, just a few minutes before last call.

A couple young guys (probably barely 21...though they looked 18) in fatigues were standing at the end of the bar having a couple beers. I started chatting with them, and asked if I could buy them a round.

They accepted, and asked if I'd do a shot with them, so I bought the three of us shots of Ouzo, a Greek liquor. :)

I then wanted to buy them another round of beers, as they had finished the ones in front of them.

Now, get this....

Are you guys ready for this?

I hope you are sitting down.....

Remember I live in CA, ok?

















The young men politely declined my offer to buy their next round because other people had already given them money for drinks.

:what: :what: :what:


Apparently, people in there had been buying them drinks all night long.

Mind you, this is in a bar in a large city in CA, which is definitely the LAST place I'd expect to experience this sort of behavior.

Who says CA is all that bad, huh?????

While I was talking with them, one guy walked by on his way out and shook their hands and said something to them that I couldn't understand, but I think he was just thanking them and was one of the people who had bought them some drinks.

Anyhow, I told them to save their money for the next night out and bought their beers anyway. ;)

I just hope more people will do the same.

I tell you, the best part of that night was hearing those AF boys (who work on the U2!) tell me that people have been buying them drinks all night... man, that made me about as happy as they were!

:)

PATH
March 30, 2004, 03:34 AM
You can never say THANK YOU enough to those who keep our families safe!
Thank you to all who have served and are now serving. We enjoy our freedom because of folks like yourselves.

Thank you!

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