In Honor of all Veterans.

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    I post the following every year on Veterans day with the hope that we never forget the price paid by some, and the sacrifices made by so many in service to our Country.

    This year being at USMB, I thought it appropriate to have a Senior Veteran add to the post.
    I have invited CSM to contribute. CSM is as far as I know, the longest serving Vet here.
    I am pleased he accepted my invitation to contribute. Thanks CSM!
    I have also listed all the veterans here at USMB that responded to my request for information. I have listed them in the order of response. Thanks to everyone that kept the post up front for all to see.
    I hope no one was left out. And of course, Thanks to Jimmy for a place to post.

    Mr. P

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    What is a Vet?

    Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing
    limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

    Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone
    together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg, or perhaps another sort
    of inner steel... the soul's alloy forged in the refinery of
    adversity.

    Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept
    America safe wear no badge or emblem.

    You can't tell a vet just by looking.


    What is a vet?........

    He's the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia
    sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel
    carriers didn't run out of fuel.

    He's the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks,
    whose Overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times
    in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the
    38th parallel.

    She (or he) is the nurse who fought against futility and went to
    Sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

    He's the POW who went away one person and came back another...
    or didn't come back at all.

    He's the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat,
    but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account
    rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to
    watch each other's backs.

    He's the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and
    medals with a prosthetic hand.

    He's the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals
    pass him by.

    He's the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns,
    whose Presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever
    preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies
    unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's
    sunless deep.

    He's the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, palsied
    now and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp
    and who wished all day long that his wife were still alive to
    hold him when the nightmares come.

    He's an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person
    who offered some of this life's most vital years in the service
    of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would
    not have to sacrifice theirs.

    He's a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness,
    and he's nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on
    behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

    So remember, each time you see someone who has served our
    country, just lean over and say, "Thank you!" That's all most
    people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals
    they could have been awarded or were awarded.

    Two little words that mean a lot, "Thank You!"

    It's the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, not the reporter,
    who has given us freedom of the press.

    It's the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, not the campus
    organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

    It is the soldier, sailor, marine and airman, who salutes the
    flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by
    the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

    - Anonymous

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    USMB Veterans and Active Duty members.

    THANK YOU!





    -=D=-

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: Active Duty Army:
    May 92 - May 95
    Apr 97 - Jul 00

    Nat'l Guard
    May 95 - Apr 97

    Rank: SGT/E5

    Unit: 5-3 Air Defense Artillery, Wackerneim Germany; HHC 1 Armored Div, Bad Kruetznach Germany; HHC 81st Infantry Brigade, Seattle WA; 52nd MP Co, Camp Carroll, Waegwon South Korea; HHC I Corps, Fort Lewis, WA
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    CSM

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: 1968- 2002 (six year break between 1983 and 1989)

    1968-1983 Active US Army
    1989-2002 Army National Guard


    Rank: Command Sergeant Major E-9

    Unit:

    Other info: (retired) A little over 28 years of honorable service

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    freeandfun1

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: Feb 1985 - Apr 1992

    Rank: SGT/E5

    Unit:

    Other info: MOS: 11H - Infantry Anti-Tank (TOW)

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    Bullypulpit

    Branch: United States Navy

    Date/s: 1979-1984

    Rank: Photographers Mate 3rd class

    Unit:

    Other info:

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    Gop-Jeff

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: 30 May 1998 - 29 May 2003

    Rank: 2LT, 30 May 1998; 1LT, 1 Dec 1999, CPT, 1 Dec 2001.

    Unit: 593rd Corps Support Group, Fort Lewis, WA, Nov 1998-Mar 2000; 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (The first Stryker Brigade), Fort Lewis, WA, Apr 2000-May 2003


    Other info:

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    HGROKIT

    Branch: United States Air Force

    Date/s: 9 Jul 76 - 11 Apr 88.

    Rank: SSgt (E-5)

    Unit:

    Other info:
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    Joker

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: ETS Date (official) 04 OCT 04
    Still inactive reserve.

    Rank: E-5

    Unit: 7th Infantry Division


    Other info: Intelligence Analyst. 40% disabled vet of war!!!

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    Frm Jarhead

    Branch: United States Marine Corps

    Date/s: 83-87


    Rank: Cpl

    Unit: 3rd MAW MAG 13 VMA 211 Wake Island Avengers

    Other info:
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    Gaffer

    Branch: United States Army/ United States Air Force

    Date/s: july 66 to july 68 (Army)
    sept 1973 to Sept 1977 (Air force)

    Rank: spec 4 (Army)/ Sgt. (Air force)

    Unit: 196th Light Infantry Brigade Dec 24 66 to Dec 23 67 Vietnam (Army)
    SAC (Air force)
    Other info: drafted (Army)/ Enlisted Air Force

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    Pale Rider

    Branch: United States Air Force

    Date/s: 10/79 to 8/87

    Rank: TSgt

    Unit:

    Other info: Integrated Avionics Instrumentation/Flight Controls Systems Specialist, F-4, F-16
    60% Service Connected Disabled Veteran

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    NATO AIR

    Branch: United States Navy

    Date/s: Active, August 2002 - present.

    Rank: E-4

    Unit:

    Other info: Hello Mr. P,
    I am an e-4, US Navy Active, August 2002-now. You'll be seeing me on a boat until January 2008.
    Have a good day, may I please go on liberty now?

    V/R
    Eddie

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    Merlin

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: active service Jun 1966 - Sep 1973
    Alabama National Guard May 1975 - Sep 1994.

    Rank: CW4 (Chief Warrant Officer)


    Unit:

    Other info:

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    fubar

    Branch: Army National Guard

    Date/s: '83-89

    Rank: E3

    Unit: 5th ptn 26th MP Co, 26th Inf (Yankee ) Div, MARNG

    Other info:

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    Jimmyeatworld

    Branch: United States Air Force

    Date/s: Served from 86 to 91.

    Rank: Senior Airman

    Unit:

    Other info:

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    drowe

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: 1992 - 1997

    Rank: SGT/E-5

    Unit:

    Other info:
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    no1tovote4

    Branch: United States Navy

    Date/s: July 1989 - July 1993

    Rank: Petty Officer Third Class

    Unit:

    Other info: Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive - Russian Language)
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    Sailor Man

    Branch: United States Navy

    Date/s: 1969 - 1989

    Rank: Lt. Commander

    Unit:

    Other info:
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    pegwinn

    Branch: United States Marine Corps

    Date/s: 1981-2003

    Rank: Master Sergeant

    Unit:

    Other info:

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    Mr. P

    Branch: United States Army

    Date/s: 7/73 - 12/77

    Rank: CW2 (Chief Warrant Officer)

    Unit: C troop 1/17 Air Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division

    Other info: Helicopter Pilot
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    Veterans Day 2004
    By CSM

    Another Veterans Day just like many others has arrived. There will
    be flags, parades, and poems honoring vets everywhere that will bring a tear
    to the eye and a swelling of pride to the heart. Some older folks will don
    their old uniform, perhaps for the last time, straighten up their crooked
    backs, and haltingly shuffle out into public. Some younger folks will
    squeeze themselves into a not so old uniform that is just a wee bit too
    small for them anymore but still gives a fair representation of that young
    Marine, Soldier, Airman, or Sailor that so recently finished his or her
    hitch. There will be others who are serving still, who will form ranks and
    march down Main Street to martial tunes played by the high school band along
    with the old and not so old vet. Proudly they will pass by, carrying flags
    and banners, wearing patches and symbols that designate a forgotten unit or
    battle in a war long over, or of even more recent events in far off lands.
    There will be even more vets who, for whatever reason, will keep a low
    profile. They will not march in any parades or wear any uniform. They will
    not hear the poems and praise being broadcast in their honor. Yet they too,
    will stand a little straighter and a little taller on this day. They too
    will have that small gleam in their eye, that little spark, by which every
    veteran, no matter his age, is marked as having served.

    The older vets will look back and see the younger vets arrayed behind them
    and grunt with satisfaction that they are leaving the country in good hands.
    The younger vets will look ahead and see the older vets in front and,
    perhaps with just a bit of awe, determine to carry on as they did. Those
    younger vets will also look behind them and see those still serving, and
    think that they too leave the country in good hands. Those still serving
    will see the old and not so old vets in front of them, and perhaps with the
    same sense of awe, will determine that their generation will do as well or
    better as those in front of them. All, the young and old alike, will
    remember those who were like them, yet gave more in their service. Many will
    shed a tear or two for their lost comrades, and render that mental salute
    reserved for those who gave full measure. Each and every one of them will
    get that little tug at their heart when TAPS is played and the salute fired.
    Then they will go home or back to their barracks and be themselves once
    more, to be just as they have always been on every other day of the year.

    Ladies and gentlemen, those veterans we seek to honor today did not serve
    for glory. They did not serve for money. They did not serve position or
    power. They served for ideals that some consider politically incorrect in
    this day and age. They served for us, this country, and its people. You do
    not have to heap praise on them, you do not have to throw flowers or money.
    You do not have to genuflect before them or even shake their hands. In fact,
    they do not ask for anything. They hope, however, that you will say "Thank you".

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    I hope this post has been cause for a bit of reflection for all readers, and please, remember those two words, not just for today, but always. Have a nice Veterans day, guys....SALUTE!!

    Mr. P


    ******When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning******
     
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    To those of you listed above, THANK YOU!!!! and to ALL of the men/woman that are serving or haved served, a thank you to you all too!!! Freedom is nice, and if for not all of you, we wouldn't have that. Much respect for all of you!!!! Happy Veterans Day!!!!! :salute:

    Let us also not forget those that lost their lives for us either!
     

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    wow, we got a lot of vets here... happy veterans days folks :teeth:

    thank you Mr. P & CSM for an excellent thread, I am most certainly e-mailing your eloquent and powerful writing to the vets in my family.
     
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    Thanks to all you vets out there; speciail thanks to those who are disabled.
     
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    Happy Veterans Day!! Thank You All!! :salute:
    Great Post Mr.P and CSM!! Thank you both, too!! :usa:
     
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    Thanks to all our brave servicemen and women! We would probably not have the opportunity to be on this board today without your devoted service. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!
     
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    :salute: Thanks !
     
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    Happy Veterans Day to all our vets and thank you very much!
     
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    You draw the line in the sand. You keep us free. Thank you all.
     
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    I'd like to put in a thanks to my Dad. He served from '67-'70 in the USMC.
    He was in Vietnam for about 6 months, and was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart. He was wounded in a sweeping mission, when his buddy stepped on a land mine. Thankfully, he recovered and is here with us all today.

    Also my brother, he served in the Air Force from 91-99.

    Thanks guys...and thanks to all the Vets. for serving for us and our country!!! :salute:
     

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