To my friend Scott Collins

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    I was sleeping in the barracks of the 94th Engineer Battalion, stationed in Germany, when I heard a knock on the door. I answered it; it was the CQ officer asking me to open up the supply room and issue out some linen for a new soldier. I wouldn't be so pissed off had I not came off CQ myself; but it's my job, so I had to do it.

    I went downstairs to find this soldier named Scott Collins. He was from Seattle, WA.

    Once I issued him his linen, I'd asked him, "So, what are you up to tonight?". He goes,"Uh, I don't know; I don't know where to go.". Now you know what this means... :dev1:

    TO THE S-BAHN...CHARGE!!!!

    We took the train to Frankfurt; man, this city is awesome because has a similar resemblence to manhattan. I told him to let me know when he sees the "Neon Pyramid", that being the glowing top of Frankfurt's Messehalle skyscraper. He saw it and I knew we were there. I'd warned him before we got off the train, "Ok, Dorothy, hang on tight; you're about to enter the Land of OZ".

    Our first STOP, the RED LIGHT DISTRICT; located one block away from the bahnhoft, it's the entertainment capital of the city. I took him to the "top cat" bar and told him I'll be right back. I'd walked around the block to call my then girlfriend, who was german, and told her what I'd done; She busted a gut laughing; she then recommended one of her girlfriends; I said, "OK, send her over".

    I go back into the Top Cat to find Scott confused. I'd asked him what's wrong and he complained that a girl walked up to him, asked him to step into a covered booth and buy her a drink. The problem.. that one drink cost 65 Marks, or 40 dollars. I finally had to let him off the hook and told him that the bar was actually a role playing brothel. Then I said,"Hey guys, come on in!". The rest of my friends, who were soldiers, came in and sprayed cheap champaigne all over him. In layman's terms, it was a hazing ritual.

    Within minutes after the hazing, my girlfriend and her friend showed up. As a group, we showed Scott the entire town, including the dance club "the magic box", which had the group SNAP (I got the power) playing that night.

    Afterwards, we'd parted ways with the other soldiers, it was me and my girl, along with scott and my girl's friend. My girlfriend was rather how shall I say adventurous; she was driving on the opposite side of the street most of the way to her house, just for the sake of scaring the hell out of us. Scott went nuts about her driving, from there, came an exchange of words that would etch a permanent place in my memory.

    Scott turned to me and said, "Oh man, we're going to die!". I jokingly responded back, "I'm not going to die..You will." We didn't die that night; instead, we had a good night with the girls and we went back to the barracks as friends...


    That was the first thing that went through my mind as I processed Scott Collin's body for transport from our turkish base to Germany. He was killed when his fuel truck was slamed into by a car driven by an insurgent. The poisonous irony..He was a better soldier than I was. He out performed me at all but the PT testing level. We were both battling for the next promotion and I got it, at the expense of his death.

    As I observe this Veterans Day, I feel even more proud to be a democrat and I have much repsect for every republican that'd served. For even though my friend Scott Collins was a Republican and I was a Democrat; for one moment in time, we were bothers, because we were both willing to fight and die for our country together. God bless you Scott.
     
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    That's a hell of a story. Sorry to hear about Scott's death.

    But you are also very correct - ties from serving together transcend just about any differences we have, be they political, religious, racial, whatever.

    Not that a smilie would ever do a soldier justice, but... :salute:
     
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    I respect your opinion, Jeff; just remember the major point about the American soldier; he/she is apolitical; I'd faught under the command of George Bush Sr, not because I believed in him (by the way, I didn't), but because my oath said that I'll obey the president without question. It was my job at the time and I had to do it.

    :salute: Back to ya!
     
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    So, when did Scott die? This war, or GW1. You said you served under Sr. so are you no longer in?
     
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    I agree that soldiers follow orders regardless of politics; however, I think it's a bit naive to say that soldiers are apolitical (i.e. have no political opinions). It's just that we put our politics aside for the time that we are in uniform, like you did in Desert Storm. (I'm an Army vet myself - been there.)
     
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    I'll tell you as soon as you tell me who you are, where you live, what you're doing, and that all of this info is verified.
     
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    First off, YOU are the one that made a public spectacle of your "friend". I don't buy the story.

    Sorry if it offends, but there were no insurgents in GWI (I was there), you say you prepared his body for return in Turkey, yet you say you served under Bush Sr. Too much just doesn't add up.
     
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    Jeff, let me summarized the point of this tribute.

    You and I are taking a moment to sit down at a table, drink a couple of beers, and talk about the times. Then, take a moment to respect each other's contribution to the wars we'd faught in, then go home. The next day, when the horn sounds, we come out fighting against each other again.

    All I'd done was to take that holiday off from the bickering; for in my opinion, it was a sacred holiday, that's all. The biggest struggle I have in this forum is that I am surrounded by a bunch of paranoids that believe I have an agenda behind every posting.

    I'm going to post my opinion and it's going to be honest; feel free to poke holes in it; I can't nor I won't stop you; I choose to serve and protect the 1st Admendment, regardless of the abuse of it.

    I'd posted my tribute, you take it for what it's worth.

    For the record, I believe you'd served alongside me; therefore, I salute you
    :salute:
     
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    busted - you're a fake.
     
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    How any military man can watch the dems blatantly lie about nearly every aspect of this war for political reasons and still be a dem is beyond me.
     
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